This week in Los Angeles, the city celebrates all things British, Roy Choi opens a brick-and-mortar shop, and everyone heads out of town for a weekend of horseback riding, archery, and maybe a little golf.
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April 30 | Festival
A Street Af(Fair)
With its art galleries and boutiques on Melrose Place and beyond, West Hollywood is at the cutting edge of L.A.'s fashion sensibilities. So it’s only fitting that Weho celebrates all the qualities that make it great with a giant street fair. West Hollywood Design District and Parachute Market present an outdoor marketplace with local vendors celebrating old-school Hollywood glamour and California modernism. There will be music, food, and super-cool SoCal folk.
11 a.m.–5 p.m. | Almont Ave., between Melrose Ave. and Santa Monica Blvd. | (310) 289-2534 | Free | website
April 30–May 1 | Escape the city
Alisal Guest Ranch, Santa Ynez Valley
Alisal Guest Ranch in Santa Ynez Valley is a good ol’ dude ranch with a refined palatte. It’s like John Wayne meets the Montage. Ride horses, play golf, and try your hand at a bit of archery. Even though this is a working 10,000 acre cattle ranch, it's best to think of it as a grown-up’s version of summer camp, but with way better food. (Plus, breakfast and dinner are included in the room rate.) And if you want to venture out, you’re just minutes from 75 vineyards and cute Danish enclave, Solvang. Perfection!
1054 South Alisal Road, Solvang | (805) 688-6411 | website
Through May 8 | Festival
The Queen has just turned 90, Adele continues to serenade our hearts, and Prince George is as cute as can be. Yes, we’ve had our differences with the British, but our ties are stronger than ever. To celebrate all things British, check out the variety of activities—including food, drink, and, of course, hob-nobbing—all around the city in honor of the monarchy, Posh Spice, and more.
Times, locations & prices vary | (617) 803-5173 | website
Roy Choi's Kogi Taqueria
Roy Choi is responsible for many innovations in the world of culinary arts. His Asian Fusion Kogi food truck helped transform the industry, and he has opened numerous cool eating spots from Watts to Koreatown and in between. Now, Choi sets up his first brick-and-mortar Kogi shop, called Kogi Taqueria, in oft-forgotten Palms. It is all of the Mexican-Korean goodness you’re used to—the famous tacos, carnitas, and sauces—but you don’t have to drive around town following Kogi’s twitter for locations. Rest assured, this joint is here to stay.
3500 Overland Ave., Los Angeles | (424) 326-3031 | website
Through July 2 | Art
Silent Wonderment: Exploring the World of Giant Robot
Giant Robot is a world dreamt up by Eric Nakamura that began as a zine and quickly turned into a movement. Giant Robot has introduced the world to rising artists in many different fields—from contemporary art to indie publishing, vinyl toys, and even large-scale art installations. If you really want to understand what Giant Robot stands for and how talented Eric Nakamura is, you must check out Silent Wonderment, which gives a great overview of this expanding world.
Times Vary | Vincent Price Art Museum, 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park |(323) 265-8841 | Free | website
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