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What You’re Doing This Week: Aug. 19

August 19, 2013 6:00 AM

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(credit: Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival)

(credit: Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival)

(credit: Unleashed By Petco)

(credit: Unleashed By Petco)

We are already halfway through August, but the non-stop barrage of events just won’t stop. Here are a few ways for you to stay busy and entertained for an entire week.

August 19

(credit: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery)

(credit: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery)

120 Minutes of Dogfish Head

Franklin & Company
5923 Franklin Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90068
(323) 463-1552
www.franklinandcotavern.com

Sam Calagione, founder of Delaware’s Dogfish Head Brewery, will be in town and chatting up hop-sippers at Franklin & Company. From 5 to 7 p.m., sample several of the brewery’s craft beers alongside complimentary appetizers from the restaurant. Beers on the evening’s list include the 120 Minute IPA, 90 Minute, Sixty-One, Burton Baton, and the Indian Brown Ale poured through their flavor-infusing Randall filled with L.A.’s own Oaks Gourmet Market roasted coffee beans. If you are one of the first 10 to arrive, you’ll score a free hat. If you’re one of the next 48 guests, you’ll walk away with a free IPA glass.

August 20

(credit: Angel City Brewery)

(credit: Angel City Brewery)

Tacos & Trivia

Angel City Brewery
216 South Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 622-1261
angelcitybrewery.com

Downtown L.A.’s Angel City Brewery invites you out to its weekly trivia night hosted by Brainstormers. On top of that, Taqueria el Severo heats up the joint with its offering of various tacos that will keep you coming back for more. Try pairing an Angel City Amber, IPA or Pilsner a carne asada or veggie taco, and work your way through two hours of trivia questions. Trivia starts at 7 p.m. sharp, so get there early.

August 21

(credit: Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival)

(credit: Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival)

Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival

Various Locations
www.lafw.com

Santa Monica, Downtown L.A. and Beverly Hills will be overrun with chefs, mixologists and foodies galore during this year’s 3rd Annual L.A. Food & Wine extravaganza. The event begins with a high-priced Founders Dinner on Wednesday, then a number of events through Sunday evening, including Giada De Laurentiis’s Festa Italiana, Lunch at Scarpetta, Iron Chef Morimoto and Eater’s Asian Night Market, a cooking demo with Ziggy Marley and Ben Ford and the Lexus LIVE tasting hosted by Chef Curtis Stone with music from Gavin DeGraw, just to name a few. Visit the L.A. Food & Wine website for more information and to purchase tickets.

(credit: Ed Krieger)

(credit: Ed Krieger)

Stay & Play Happy Hour

Downtown Culver City
(310) 202-6060
www.downtownculvercity.com

Every third Wednesday of the month, from 5 to 9 p.m., Downtown Culver City opens its doors to anyone who wants to celebrate the fact that they’ve made it halfway through the work week. This month is special as the theme is all things sunny and breezy. This is the second annual “Stay & Play” Happy Hour and Tropical Drink & Treat Tasting. Grab a “passport” from Melrose Mac or Lundeen’s Gifts with the full list of participating bars, restaurants and shops. Stop by each one for a free sample to nibble or sip. There will be live music, face painting and balloon artists, as well. Don’t forget to drop your passport off at the Kirk Douglas Theatre to enter a prize raffle.

August 22

(credit: Lewis Payton)

(credit: Lewis Payton)

For the Record: Baz Luhrmann

Rockwell Table & Stage
1714 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 661-6163
www.rockwell-la.com

This is the third anniversary of the “For the Record” series, and the creative team has put together a collection of work from director and screenwriter Baz Luhrmann. Stories and music from a few of his biggest movies, including “Romeo + Juliet,” “Strictly Ballroom,” “Moulin Rouge,” and “The Great Gatsby,” will come to life as the actors sing and dance all around you. Doors open at 7 p.m., so enjoy a full dinner and cocktails just before or during the show. Preview shows began Aug. 15, but the official opening night is Thursday. The show will run through Oct. 19 with performances Thursday through Sunday, and tickets range from $25 to $55. Tickets can be purchased via phone or through the Rockwell website.

August 23

(credit: Mario DeLopez)

(credit: Mario DeLopez)

Ondo Dance Downtown

The Music Center Plaza
135 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-0777
www.musiccenter.org

Dance Downtown has been one of the best places to do a one, two-step and break a sweat with old friends and the new ones you will surely meet under the stars. Every other week, a new themed dance party goes down from 6:30 to10 p.m. in the middle of The Music Center Plaza. This time, try learning one the traditional Japanese styles of dance — ondo. Listen to live drummers while you add a new dance style to your repertoire. This is a free event to the public. No reservations or ticket purchase necessary.

August 24

(credit: Unleashed By Petco)

(credit: Unleashed By Petco)

Annual Summer Snow Day for Dogs

Unleashed by Petco
6331 East Spring Street
Long Beach, CA 90808
(562) 429-4105
unleashedby.petco.com

Snow is impossible to find in Los Angeles during the summer, but this year’s Summer Snow Day is designed to give this city’s pups something other than the feel of grass under their paws. This is a free event for friendly dogs everywhere. Head to the store for a few hours of play, free doggie ice cream treats, training demos and food trucks for the humans. The day’s activities begin at 9 a.m., but once the snow has melted, the fun is over. Show up early to take advantage of all the fun.

(credit: Salvador Farfan)

(credit: Salvador Farfan)

KCRW’s Summer Nights

California Plaza
350 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071
www.kcrw.com

Fared Shafinury and his ensemble play music that features the Iranian setar and Indian sitar in a harmonious blend, along with rhythmic beats and vocalizations. KCRW’s own Tom Schnabel hosts this free event that is open to the public and suitable for the entire family. Take the Metro Downtown, or if you live close by, ride your bike and take advantage of the free bike valet on the Upper Plaza.

August 25

(credit: Santa Monica Cultural Affairs)

(credit: Santa Monica Cultural Affairs)

Jazz on the Lawn

Stewart Street Park
1836 Stewart Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 458-8350
www.smgov.net

Enjoy smooth jazz on a cool afternoon in Santa Monica from 5 to 7 p.m. This is the 8th annual event hosted by the Santa Monica Cultural Affairs sector of the City of Santa Monica for the entire month of August. This week’s final featured group is The Overstreets New Orleans Jazz Band. There is plenty of room for your own chairs and picnic blankets, so pack a light meal and enjoy the music. The event is free to the public.

Chrystal Baker is a freelance food, events, culture travel contributor for CBS Los Angeles, Basil Magazine, Frugivore Magazine and Politic365. She is the co-editor of a recipe blog, The Duo Dishes, and manages her own lifestyle and travel blog, Any and Everywhere, as well as the Farm 2 Plate Culinary Club site.

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