Summer, you’ve been great.

We’re saying good-bye with hearts, smiley faces and good eats

2 good 2 b 4gotten

 

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MAR VISTA ART WALK – MUSIC EDITION — Bummed because you’re not at Black Rock City?  This Thursday, head to the one mile stretch of Venice Boulevard between Inglewood and Beethoven  for the best FREE art and music street party in town!  The 30+ bands include live indie , jazz, acoustic, Latin, blue grass and more!   Wander the  Mayor Garcetti-designated “Great Street” and engage with 35 local artists including six new murals by Mitchelito, DJ Neff, Apexer, Starfightera, Wyatt Mills, and Madsteez.  Check out “TEEN CHOICE”: the exhibition at the C. Nichols Project that includes works by noted artists such as Mike Kelley and Cy Twombly.  Download the free map at the link above to plan your visit around live street painting, film, art installations, emerging and established artists, dance, experimental video, artists talks, spoken word, a pop-up from new and upcoming local resto The Mar Vista and a special After Party at Grand View Fine Arts Studios.   Why: Engaging one-on-one with artists on the street, in alleys, in galleries and everywhere else!

 

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LOS ANGELES TIMES – THE TASTE — If your goal is to celebrate the end of bikini season by eating your way through Labor Day weekend, look no further than The Taste: L.A.’s annual  foodie fest on the Paramount Pictures back lot. Kicking off Friday, the Opening Night event offers a “focused collection of tastings, distinctive cocktail and wine offerings” plus a chance to mingle with many of the weekend’s participating chefs and mixologists as well as L.A. Times hosts.  Grazers and gatherers will want to grab tix to Saturday’s Field to Fork, which focuses on locavore food offerings with the option of a Secret Cellar wine upgrade!  Saturday evening’s Dinner with a Twist explores the pairing of cocktails, premium wines and top-shelf spirits with the city’s best chefs. (Hello, Ms. Go Go’s favorite event!  The midday Sunday Block Party  highlights the best of summer faves while the closing night’s Flavors of L.A. reminds you of everything you love about the City of Angels’s melting pot of cuisines.  All this plus dozens and dozens of L.A.’s most interesting food and drink purveyors on five different themed blocks on the Paramount lot.  21+  Why: Showing out-of-towners the best of L.A. plus a taste of Hollywood with minimal traffic jams.

 

 

PLAYA PROVISIONS: END OF SUMMER BBQ — Is your Labor Day weekend incomplete without a seaside pilgrimage?  Avoid the sandy Cheetos and spilled soda; up your ocean side food game by scheduling a pre- or post-beach pit stop at the seashore-adjacent Playa Provisions for their “good-bye summer” bash.  (Or make it your  solo afternoon destination — we won’t tell!) The parking lot of the four-in-one food concept by Top Chef alum Brooke Williamson and her husband, chef Nick Roberts, will feature a beer garden with  The Stone Hop Wagon and a variety of Stone Brewing’s craft beers on-tap.  Also enjoy perfect cocktails, grilled burgers, and hot dogs while a DJ spins and kids play on the inflatable, bouncy obstacle course.  Why:  Upscale comfort food and adult libations at the beach make farewell to summer as painless as it gets.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

At the Taste, everyone basks in the cinematic “Golden Hours”. (Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Times)

Go Go’ers, consider this an early intervention for your Labor Day weekend.

You’ve planned out your non-Labor days: sailing, surfing, sunning, sipping adult beverages, and chatting up celebs and/or especially attractive wannabes.

Do you really want to waste that carefully cultivated glow on a backyard BBQ with shriveled weenies and some pickle relish potato salad?

Ms. Go Go doesn’t even need to hear your answer; for the libation-istas among us — you know who you are — the evening destination for Saturday, September 1st and Sunday, September 2nd is the Los Angeles Times the Taste at Paramount Studios.

Hint: you’ll want to book both nights.

Cocktail Confidential

Hosted by Times Food & Night Life Writer Jessica Gelt and Julian Cox, one of L.A.’s top mixologists — you know his tongue pleasers from Playa and Rivera — Saturday night’s Cocktail Confidential is a tribute to all things shaken and stirred. Expect mixology throwdowns judged by Gelt, Cox, and Pulitzer-Prize-winning food writer Jonathan Gold, elite elixirs, and cocktail-worthy nibbles from resto faves like The Roger Room, Rivera, Ammo, Public School 612 and Ray’s & Starck Bar.

Already, you’re sold.

But Go Go’ers, there’s late-breaking news. Alex Day, one of America’s top drawer cocktailians and co-founder of L.A. drinks consultancy Proprietors LLC, will lead a cocktail making demo at Cocktail Confidential. Day helped create Chapter & Verse, the Proprietors’ test kitchen and lab, and open Bar & Kitchen at the O Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

You can bet there won’t be a shriveled hot dog in sight.

Notice that the cocktail icon is first….

Dinner and Drinks

Go Go’ers, there’s really no good reason to stop drinking after the cocktail hour so you’ll want to clear Sunday night as well for Dinner and Drinks, hosted by Times Deputy Food Editor Betty Hallock and the “Beer Chicks” Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune. The Chicks just curated the L.A. Craft Beer Crawl and, in their Times Instagram TasteTakeover, matched brews to three courses of a Thai “hangover cure”: Thom Ka soup, shrimp chips, and sticky rice with banana.

Just in case you ever need a hangover cure.

Signature dishes will be paired with artisanal brews, custom cocktails and wine at the Sunday event; drink-and-dine establishments include Rustic Canyon Wine Bar, Whist at Viceroy Hotel, Salt’s Cure, Stella Rossa Pizza Bar and Red O. All this on Paramount Studio’s fabled lot where the glamour never ends.

Go Go’ers, it’s going to be a good one.

But that’s not all! Fans of the McNuggetini and Ham Daiquiri will be excited to hear that the Cooking Channel’s very own Classy Ladies Alie & Georgia will be demo-ing a cocktail or two.

Given their wild concoctions, you might want to stock up on the Thom Ka and shrimp chips before the weekend.

Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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LOS ANGELES TIMESTHE TASTE

Cocktail ConfidentialSat, Sept 21, 8-11pm

Dinner and DrinksSun, Sept 22, 8-11pm

$65 per event in advance; $75 per event at the door; 21+

For tix and more info — including deets on the Taste’s equally swell daytime events — go to www.latimes.com/taste

LAT the Taste @ The Studios at Paramount, 5555 Melrose Ave, Hollywood 90038