Turn to the arts this week for both entertainment and motivation. First, learn the art of making money from your writing at a book discussion with Manjula Martin, author of Scratch: Writers, Authors, and the Art of Making a Living. Then rock out at the three-day, women-led music festival Girlschool, or head to the Women’s Center for Creative Work for a workshop on making art during fascism. Enjoy the culinary arts at the annual L.A. Beer and Food Festival, or check out a burger that’s worth traveling for in Orange.
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January 26 | Books
“Scratch: Writers, Authors, and the Art of Making a Living”
If you’ve ever wondered how to take your passion for writing and make it a full-time job (or, you’re curious about the realities of writers’ lives), look no further than Skylight Books. This week, author Manjula Martin (formerly an editor of online journal Scratch) breaks down how to make a livable wage off your writing gigs in her new book, Scratch: Writers, Authors, and the Art of Making a Living. Through a series of essays and interviews with successful authors, including Jonathan Franzen (The Corrections) and Nick Hornby (High Fidelity), as well as lesser-known writers, Martin will help shed light on how to find the balance between art and financial feasibility.
7:00 PM | 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles | Free | website
January 27 - 29 | Music
Girlschool 2017 is a three-day, 100 percent women-led music festival with the goal of celebrating female musicians of all ages and genres. From punk to folk and electronica, the Girlschool lineup has it all. Plus, proceeds from the fest go to benefit Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls L.A., a nonprofit that uses rock music to empower young girls. Don’t miss the uplifting power ballads of The Bird and the Bee and the grunge rock of Deep Valley, with lots of variety in between, including DJ sets and soul.
6:30 PM | Bootleg Theatre, 2200 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles | $45 | website
January 28 | Food
L.A. Beer and Food Festival
Los Angeles knows a thing or two about beer: There are over 40 independently owned and operated breweries throughout L.A. County crafting over 100 different types of brew. The L.A. Beer and Food Festival celebrates the city’s love of beer by pairing some of the most flavorful brews with equally delectable eats. Don’t miss Angel City Brewery, Timeless Pints, and bites from Eagle Rock Public House, Poppy + Rose, and many others.
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM | Mack Sennett Studios, 1215 Bates Ave., Los Angeles | From $40 | website
January 28 - 29 | Escape the city
Though it’s just 29 miles from L.A., Orange feels a world away. The city has that quintessential Orange County cool, and it’s a great place if you’re into Mad Men–era architecture (roughly half of all houses in Orange were designed by midcentury modern master Joseph Eichler) and antiquing. Don’t miss Orange Circle Antique Mall, home to several antique shops and consignment stores. Stop to refuel at Haven Gastropub—their Haven Burger with pickled red onions, roasted red bell peppers, wild arugula, and St. Agur cheese is truly one of the best meals in the city.
January 29 | Art
Making Art During Fascism
Coming off of the heels of the empowering and 750,000-strong Women’s March in downtown L.A., Women’s Center for Creative Work is offering creatives a safe space to utilize their art skills to provoke political thought and action. Many peaceful protestors were fired up last week with homemade signs like “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun-damental Rights” and “Smash the Patriarchy.” This is a chance to take the movement a step further by asking the question: Now that the inauguration is behind us, how can we use art to both inspire and resist?
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM | Women’s Center for Creative Work, 2425 Glover Pl., Los Angeles | Free | website
Eva Glettner is a writer and a native Angeleno. She loves art, travel, coffee, and skateboarding.