This week in Los Angeles, catch an instrumental band that will make you forget why you thought all music needed vocals. Then head to Torrance for a celebration of food and culture from Tohuku, a small Japanese prefecture. On Thursday, head to 33 Tapas for National Sandwich Day, and make sure to catch the work of artist Travis Louie before his exhibition at gallery KP Projects closes.
AFAR Local is our weekly insider guide to the best of what’s happening in cities around the U.S.
November 4 | Music
Haas Kowert Tice at Hotel Cafe
Haas Kowert Tice plays acoustic music that manages to convey different voices through melodies—which is necessary because vocals are not part of the band’s entirely instrumental sets. Fiddler Brittany Haas (of the band Crooked Still), bassist Paul Kowert (of the band Punch Brothers), and guitarist Jordan Trice (from Tony Trischka) are true maestros when it comes to stringed instruments. Their sound is folksy and melodic, equal parts vibrant and chill. The young artists mix traditional and innovative elements that allow them to create sudden shifts in mood that will definitely keep you on your toes.
8:00 PM | The Hotel Cafe, 1623 Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles | From $10 | website
November 3 - 7 | Food fair
Rising Tohoku Fair
Mitsuwa Marketplace in Torrance is hosting a food fair focused on Tohoku, the northeastern region of Japan’s largest island, Honshu. Although it was hit hard by an earthquake five years ago, the prefecture is recovering—and so is its abundant agriculture. Tohoku’s people even learned how to cultivate new crops in the interim. Stop in to try bites such as Kesennuma tuna sushi and Migaki-Ichigo strawberries. This is part cultural fair as well, so there will also be Kokeshi doll coloring, Tanabata ornament crafts, Kanto lanterns, and traditional dances.
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Mitsuwa Marketplace, 21515 S. Western Ave., Torrance | Free | website
November 3 | Food
To celebrate National Sandwich Day, 33 Taps is offering some seriously delicious eats in the form of its beloved French dip sandwich. For the uninitiated, we’re talking short ribs, provolone, and crispy onions paired with waffle fries. If you’re still hungry, the skillet-baked chocolate-chip cookie is a must-try dessert. Trust us when we say you may never want to leave.
Two locations (Hollywood and Silverlake) | website
October 8 - November 5 | Art exhibition
Views from a Netherworld
Artist Travis Louie masterfully recreates characters from his imagination and simultaneously pays homage to Victorian and Edwardian formal portraits in his new exhibition, Views from a Netherworld. The juxtaposition of serious and whimsical is both playful and haunting, thanks to Louie’s delicate technique of painting with acrylic washes and simple textures. It’s up to you whether he’s drawing funny mash-ups or scary monsters.
KP Projects, 170 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles | Free | website
November 5 - 6 | Escape the city
Tehachapi is located between the San Joaquin Valley and the Mojave Desert in Kern County, roughly a two-hour drive from L.A. While you’re in town, make sure to check out the ostrich farm at Indian Point Ranch, where you can get up close and personal with these often misunderstood animals. Feed the ostriches, hold their three-pound eggs, and try ostrich burgers if you’re so inclined. Skip the hotel and opt for camping by Brite Lake, where you can try your hand at fishing in the clear water. If you catch anything, the area surrounding the lake has fish cleaning stations as well.
Eva Glettner is a writer and a native Angeleno. She loves art, travel, coffee, and skateboarding.