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Car-Free Culver, Hip Hop Food, Mistress America: What to Do in LA This Week

Here are the six coolest things to do in and around LA this week. We publish a new list every Wednesday, covering Thursday through Wednesday. Stay tuned for insider updates on restaurant openings, festivals, exhibitions, shows, weekend escapes, and more.

August 6
Australia Rocks the Pier
Aussie musicians Ben Browning (of Cut Copy) and the three guys from DMA’S take the stage in Santa Monica with the Pacific Ocean as their backdrop. The sound is a bit like Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, and Arctic Monkeys rolled into one and blended with essence of Australia.
7–10 p.m. | Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica | Free | website

August 7
Sundance NEXT FEST 15: Mistress America + Sky Ferreira
Greta Gerwig is hysterical in her and Noah Baumbach’s new coming of age film, Mistress America. Showing at the uber hip Theatre at Ace Hotel, the screening is followed by music by Sky Ferreira, who uses her gorgeous voice to expose her disappointments and insecurities. This pairing of film and music makes for an unforgettable evening.
8 p.m. | The Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 South Broadway, Los Angeles | (213) 623-3233 | $25 | website

August 8–9
Unique LA
Unique LA was the very first Unique USA market, dedicated to making U.S.-produced art and design more accessible. The seventh annual LA summer market offers modern, made-in-America goods from over 350 sellers—everything from clothing to jewelry to stationery to toys. Gourmet edibles are on offer, too—try the brigadeiros for a genuine taste of Brazil—and there are free drinks and snacks available, plus craft projects, photo booth portraits, and more.
11 a.m.–6 p.m. | The Penthouse at California Market Center, 110 E. 9th St., Los Angeles | $10 | website

August 9
CicLAvia – Culver City Meets Venice
Imagine riding your bike without worry that some car is honking at you from behind. For one day a year, Culver City becomes mostly car-free, allowing you the freedom to bike with your entire family in tow. This day is brought to you by CicLAvia, which is committed to catalyzing vibrant public spaces, active transportation, and good health through car-free streets. Bike, skateboard, or even skipping encouraged, from Culver City to Venice Beach.
9 a.m.–4 p.m. | Culver City Metro to Venice Beach | Free | website

August 9
To Live and Dine in LA: A Live Mixtape
Join hip hop artist Rakaa Iriscience (Dilated Peoples), chef Roy Choi (a Food & Wine Best New Chef in 2010), and USC professor Josh Kun for a quintessential LA experience: a multimedia journey into issues of food history and justice, combined with jarocho, opera, and more. This eclectic evening benefits the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and coincides with the Downtown Public Library’s To Live and Dine in LA menu collection.
6 p.m. |The Regent Theater DTLA, 448 S. Main St., Los Angeles | (323) 284-5727 | From $20 | website

Weekend escape | August 9
Santa Barbara
It’s a good weekend to escape the metropolis for the ocean breezes and expansive nature of Santa Barbara: The LEED-certified Santa Barbara Public Market, epicenter of artisanal, local, and sustainable foodstuffs, is holding a Savory and Sweet Summer Soups Cooking Class. Leslie Thomas, “The Accidental Chef,” will teach you how to make gazpacho, zucchini with cannellini beans, and chilled cantaloupe soups. You don’t have to forego the Santa Barbara winetasting, either—wine and beer can be bought during the class. Register online or by calling (805) 845-3521.
2 p.m. | 38 West Victoria (at Chapala), Santa Barbara | (805) 770 7702 | $20 | website

Eva Glettner is a writer and a native Angeleno. She loves art, travel, coffee, and skateboarding. 

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