Eat for charity, catch a film in the making, and head to the annual county fair this week in Los Angeles. First, storytelling gets a twist at Shoot ’Em Up. Then master chefs fly into the city to cook up a storm for charity, and the Los Angeles County Fair offers activities for the whole family. Work up an appetite, and then head to Mainland Poke, a new poke restaurant that strives to be unique.
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September 8 | Storytelling
Shoot ’Em Up (Part II)
Los Angeles’s newest storytelling show follows the evolution of a story from personal history to screenplay to film. In part one of the three-event series, which took place in August, six storytellers got onstage and shared true stories from their lives. In part two, which happens this week at the Open Space in Beverly Grove, screenwriters will read aloud the scripts they’ve created based on last month’s stories. In part three, the screenplays will be made into films, and the storytelling process will be complete. Even if you didn’t attend part one of this series, it’s not too late to jump in and catch some of the action. The stories are entertaining, and the process behind making these soon-to-be movies is fascinating.
8 p.m. | Open Space, 457 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles | $10 | website
September 10 | Cookout
L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade
Alex’s Lemonade Stand is a national movement that raises money for childhood cancer research, all the while encouraging young people to get involved in the process of giving. This annual L.A.-based event, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade, is hosted by chef Suzanne Goin, Caroline Styne (The Lucques Group), and chef David Lentz (The Hungry Cat) and brings out top chefs and mixologists from around the country to create meals (and tasty drink pairings) for attendees all day long. Proceeds go to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.
12–4 p.m. | Royce Quad at UCLA, Los Angeles | $195 | website
September 10–11 | Escape the city
Huntington Beach is only about an hour away from Los Angeles, and it’s the perfect place to escape to when you need a weekend on the water (we’re talking water sports, not just tanning on Santa Monica’s beaches). Huntington Beach has some of the best surf in the country, whether you’re brand new to riding the waves or a total veteran. If you are new, head to Toes on the Nose—it’s conveniently located at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach and offers surfboard rentals and lessons. If surfing isn’t really your thing, head to Pacific Waters Spa for a seriously relaxing massage. Pair that with a Californication (strawberry-infused Dickel rye bourbon, carpano antico, rhubarb bitters, lime, and a pink peppercorn ice sphere) at Watertable overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Los Angeles County Fair
The Los Angeles County Fair has been going strong since 1922. Live music, fried Oreos, and carnival rides are all a serious draw, but so are the elaborate miniature train set, “The Farm,” and the animatronic dinosaurs. There’s even ice-skating in an igloo and a new carnival ride called Twister. Yes, it’s certainly something for everyone, and this year the fair has added lots of new attractions to the mix. You’ll want to buy multiple day passes because there’s no way you’ll get through your whole fair bucket list in one day.
Times vary | Pomona Fairgrounds, 1101 West McKinley Ave., Pomona | From $14 | website
Now Open | Restaurant
Although it seems like there’s a new poke joint opening up on every corner these days, this one is unique because it uses only the freshest ingredients and sauces. With everything at Mainland Poke made to order, you can fully customize your bowl without offending any chefs. Fish vary from salmon belly to albacore, kelp noodles are offered instead of rice, and you can choose from mango and crispy onions to top it off. Pro tip: You can’t go wrong with furikake and Red Alaea sea salt.
252 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale | website
Eva Glettner is a writer and a native Angeleno. She loves art, travel, coffee, and skateboarding.