This week in Los Angeles, check out the launch of a Golden Girls–themed coloring book, or hit Power-Con to see behind the scenes of He-Man and She-Ra. Then catch Venice's gay pride block party before trying out the newest (and greatest) poke shop in L.A.
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June 4 | Podcast and coloring book release
The Golden Girls Celebration
There is a reason why the Golden Girls hold such a special place in our hearts and on numerous fan pages worldwide. Everyone can relate to headstrong Dorothy, ditzy Rose, belle Blanche, and matriarch Sophia. We thank them for being our friends, and we celebrate them this week with a live podcast recording and a coloring book release at Meltdown Comics. The podcast, hosted by H. Alan Scott and Kerri Doherty, is aptly titled Out on the Lanai: A Golden Girls Podcast. The coloring book, Cuter Than an Intrauterine: The BeaADay Coloring Book, was born out of author Mike Denison’s creative urge to draw Bea Arthur (the actress who brought Dorothy to life) every single day for an entire year.
7 p.m. | Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles | (213) 413-8200 | Free (RSVP required) | website
June 4–5 | Toys
If you’re a child of the eighties or have friends that grew up back then, He-Man and She-Ra are more than just names: They’re old friends. Power-Con celebrates these creative geniuses with cosplay, contests, panels, and exclusive toy sales. Delve into the histories of your favorite eighties superheroes and share the love with your kids—who get in for free!
10 a.m.–6 p.m. | Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach Hotel, 3635 Fashion Way, Torrance | From $25 | website
June 4 | Pride
Venice is lighting up its iconic sign with almost all the colors of the rainbow in celebration of gay pride. The lighting is part of a larger party, where there will be DJs spinning tunes, people dancing in the streets, and a feel-good atmosphere to celebrate Venice’s inclusiveness. Lots of neighborhood businesses will be taking part in the block party, so don’t forget to go join the festivities at places like Menotti’s or James’ Beach, too.
7 p.m. | Windward and Pacific Ave., Venice | Free | website
Carlsbad, the San Diego county city best known for Legoland, is just an hour and a half by car from L.A. But you’re missing out if you write it off as just for kids and Lego geeks. This town has excellent, award-winning pizza and drinks at local joint Pizza Port. Just a few blocks from the beach, Pizza Port has its own brewery (which you can tour) and serves up some of the best beer in the area alongside its pizza. They also have tons of fun events, like wing and cheese night, keep the glass night, and three-dollar Thursday. After you've had your fill of pizza, spend the rest of the weekend getting pampered at the Carlsbad Mineral Water Spa, where you can go for a day treatment that includes a bath in their special alkaline mineral water, a mud facial, and some aromatherapy. If an adrenaline rush is more your thing, hit the water for waterskiing at Carlsbad Lagoon or drive 30 minutes out of town to test your nerves by skydiving with GoJump Oceanside.
Now Open | Restaurant
Coral Fish Poke Shop
Poke shops are having their moment in L.A. right now. Coral Fish Poke Shop is the newest in town and delivers some seriously tasty cuisine. For fish, you have the choice between premium tuna, salmon, yellowtail, scallops, and spicy tuna. And when it comes to toppings, expect generous portions—we recommend the wasabi mayo to start. As an added bonus, the avocado at Coral Fish doesn’t cost extra—something that’s a miracle in and of itself.
6357 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles | (323) 655-8060 | website
Eva Glettner is a writer and a native Angeleno. She loves art, travel, coffee, and skateboarding.