Looking up from California Plaza, DTLA
Ok Los Angeles event organizers, we need to talk. You did it again. You didn’t communicate with each other and planned all of your events on the same weekend. How are we Angelenos supposed to pick between all of the awesome things to do the 7th through the 9th? How? You have planned events stacked up one against the other that the only possible way to attend them all is to have some sort of Sci-Fi device on your side? The only option for us humans is a weekend long awakefest making it impossible for us to go to work on Monday. It isn’t like this weekend is the last weekend on Earth, why not spread the love to the other weekends? I have mentioned this complaint before, but this weekend coming is truly going to be a feat of endurance.
Here are a few of the many things happening this weekend in a two part post, because one post just cannot contain them all.
Friday, August 7th to Sunday, August 9th
Speaking of food culture ambassadorship, this weekend is another installment of 626 Night Market. Now in its 4th season, the 626 night market pays homage to the all-night street food wonderlands of the East. It is three day non-stop eating festival of masubi, curries, dumplings, bobas, street meats, etc. mixed with shopping, music, and entertainment. You could spend your entire weekend just at this event.
I have to say that I haven’t made the trek to Santa Anita, but I did attend the one and only time this event was held in Koreatown at the Robert F Kennedy K to 12.
I remember it being a sea of people. That people current pulling you towards a certain area in particular as it was the inner city debut of the ramen burger, before its brick and mortar place on 2nd and Vermont. I waited in line for 35 minutes in one spot to try it, but abandoned my dream of tasting this delicious sounding japanese/american hybrid because I stayed in the same spot the entire time and the stinky tofu was really living up to its name something fierce on that hot August night. I stuffed my face with mango mochi ice cream and hit some other booths instead.
Recommendations from friends is to go on the opening Friday during the day when everyone is at work. This way you can do a round one with less people and then do round two after exploring the event for a couple hours to hit all the things you missed. For mouth watering photos of the event follow @kristiehang on instagram.
This weekend includes a cosplay contest on Sunday the 9th. Get your Ahri(s) ready ladies!
Admission is $3. I also recommend bringing cash for the vendors. More information on their website.
Friday and Saturday
If you are a follower of my Facebook page, I have already given a preview of the incredible weekend that the Grand Performances has in store for you.
Friday will be Gabby Moreno and Jorge Drexler
Drexler won an Oscar for best original song in a movie for “Al Otro Lado del Rio” from Motorcycle Diaries. I remember he schooled Santana and Antonio Banderas singing his song wrong in his acceptance speech, which was pretty incredible.
Saturday will be Aloe Blacc and Yuna
This is a great match up of pop and soul. I am a fan of both these musicians and am sad that I won’t be able to attend as good friends are getting married this weekend. So if you go, please tell me about it and/or tag my account in a photo.
Earlier this summer I posted an insider’s guide to the Grand Performances here.
TO BE CONTINUED…