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What You’re Doing This Week: Aug. 5

August 5, 2013 6:00 AM

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(credit: Hollywood Arts Council)

(credit: Hollywood Arts Council)

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(credit: Jon Edward)

The month of August is here, and there is no way to deny it. Instead of wondering where the days went, plan where you will be this week. Here is a list of just a few of the events happening across the city.

August 5

(credit: Jon Edward)

(credit: Jon Edward)

Tomatomania

Loteria Grill – Hollywood
6627 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 465-2500
loteriagrill.com

This is the perfect time of the year to rejoice about the juicy, red fruit. Loteria Grill began the week-long celebration on Saturday. Throughout the week, Loteria Grill will be host to events with celebrity chefs and authors. Reservations are required for each special event.

August 6

(credit: Station Hollywood)

(credit: Station Hollywood)

Station Unplugged

Station Hollywood
6250 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 798-1360
www.stationhollywood.com

Station Hollywood’s summer concert series continues with a performance from Smithfield Bargain. This is one of the re-occurring performances of the season featuring a variety of artists every Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. Take advantaged of specially-priced cocktails and small plates until 9 p.m. If you want a full meal, make a reservation at Delphine, which is just next door.

August 7

(credit: Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

(credit: Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

Rachel Zoe Fall/Winter Fashion Presentation

Bloomingdales Century City
10250 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90067
www1.bloomingdales.com

Style maven Rachel Zoe will be on hand to present her fall/winter presentation at Bloomingdales Century City. The presentation starts at 6:30 p.m., but doors open at 6 p.m. Space is limited, so RSVP by calling (310) 772-2114.

August 8

(credit: Superba Snack Bar)

(credit: Superba Snack Bar)

Superba Snack Bar’s One Year Anniversary

Superba Snack Bar
533 Rose Avenue
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 399-6400
www.superbasnackbar.com

Many would agree that the best way to celebrate a special occasion is with great food, and Chef Jason Neroni is bringing in several chefs to create a masterminded six-course prix-fixe menu. Chef David LeFevre of M.B. Post and Fishing with Dynamite, Vinny Dotolo from Animal and Son of a Gun, Kris Yenbamroong from NIGHT + MARKET and Craig Thorton of Wolvesmouth worked together on the food, while Noah Ellis of Red Medicine came up with the cocktails. The full menu is available for $75, plus another $35 should you be interested in the wine pairing options. Not only will you be part of Superba Snack Bar’s party, but all proceeds will go towards the Westside Food Bank, so you will have also made a big donation to a good cause.

(credit: Joanne Decaro)

(credit: Joanne Decaro)

For the Record: Zemeckis

Rockwell: Table & Stage
1714 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 669-1550
rockwell-la.com

The “For the Record” series meshes your favorite songs from one filmmaker’s movie masterpieces and creates a theatrical experience that reminds you just why you have a long list of favorite movies. The best part is that you are in the middle of the action as the actors sing and dance their way through the crowd. “For the Record: Zemeckis” features songs from “Forrest Gump,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?,” “Back to the Future” and more. Tickets range from $20 to $40, and doors open at 7 p.m. The show starts at 8:30 p.m., so there is plenty of time to eat dinner or grab a drink before the fun begins. The final performance for “Zemeckis” is Aug. 10, then “For The Record: Baz Luhrmann” kicks off on Thursday, Aug. 15.

August 9

(credit: Tad Motoyama)

(credit: Tad Motoyama)

3rd Annual Brew at the L.A. Zoo

Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 644-4200
www.lazoo.org

After this summer’s “Roaring Nights” series, the L.A. Zoo has yet another evening event, but this time, it is for the beer lovers out there. General pre-sale admission is $45 for non-members and $40 for members, but you walk away with a tasting mug and 12 tickets to exchange for samples. If you do not plan to drink, snag a $25 designated driver ticket, which includes free non-alcoholic beverages. As you walk through the zoo, check out the live bands and exhibits. The new LAIR –Living Amphibians, Invertebrates & Reptiles — exhibit will be open to the public. This event is 21+ only, and it is from 6 to 10 p.m.

August 10

(credit: South Bay Food Festival)

(credit: South Bay Food Festival)

South Bay Food Fest

StubHub Center
18400 Avalon Boulevard
Carson, CA 90746
(310) 630-2000
www.stubhubcenter.com

From 2 to 8 p.m., the South Bay Food Fest will feature more than 20 food trucks, including The Grilled Cheese Truck, Flipping Yolk, Me So Hungry, King Kone Ice Cream Truck and George’s Greek Truck. There will also be a beer garden and live musical entertainment for adults and separate fun for children. Parking is free, so all you need is a ticket. Pre-sale entrance tickets are $10, or you can order a family four-pack for just $40. All children under 2 are free.

August 11

(credit: Kidspace Childrens Museum)

(credit: Kidspace Childrens Museum)

Dino Days

Kidspace Children’s Museum
480 North Arroyo Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 449-9144
www.kidspacemuseum.org

Dino Days is a weekend-long event that ends on Sunday. It allows children and their parents to explore the Jurassic days by digging up fossils, face painting and building dinosaur masks. There will also be music and stories to pass the time. General admission to the museum is $10 for adults and all children over 1 year old. Members and children under 1 are free. Parking is free as well in the Rose Bowl Parking Lot I. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

(credit: Hollywood Arts Council)

(credit: Hollywood Arts Council)

28th Annual Children’s Festival of the Arts

Paramount Pictures
5555 Melrose Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90038
(323) 871-2787
www.hollywoodartscouncil.org

From noon to 4:30 p.m., the Hollywood Arts Council will entertain children and their parents with a day of face painting, arts and crafts workshops, dancing, singing, puppet shows and appearances from cartoon characters. If you have a star in the making, walk them along the Red Carpet for pictures. There will even be Screen Actors Guild Foundation members there to lead the BookPALS readings. Entrance to the event and parking are free, but food and drink will be available for purchase.

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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