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Immerse yourself in the eclectic nature of LA culture this week at events that feature Jack Black, Indian food, Lord Jagannatha, and breastfeeding.

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Tuesday July 31 at 7:00 pm

Jack Black is back with bandmate and comedic partner Kyle Gass performing songs about their sexual prowess, friendship, roadies and aging groupies! You may not have loved the movie The Pick of Destiny but the raucous laughter (in my household) was a result of their insane jests and zappy one liners. And if seeing these guys ham it up on stage isn’t enough, you’ll be glad to know they will be backed-up by Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, bassist John Spiker and guitarist John Konesky of Filter, and Bob Odenkirk and J.D. Ryznar, who created the YouTube series Yacht Rock. If you love rock comedy this show is for you.

Tenacious D at the Wiltern

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Saturday, August 4, 1:30pm – 1:00 am

Its a hootenanny! Well its a folk festival at least at the one-of-a-kind Zorthian Ranch in Pasadena, a historical party place built by hand out of junk, spare parts, and the relics of legendary parties. This day-long event lasts way into the wee hours of the night with performances by bands including the Beachwood Sparks, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, Spindrift, Tom Brosseau, White Magic, Restavrant, Pisces, Triple Chicken Foot, and many many more! Be sure not to miss the square dance! Tickets are available online. You must park in the Zorthian Ranch lot and walk up the hill to the event. There are no shuttles to get you up the hill. So if you aren’t able to make a 10 minute hike up the hill, this event isn’t for you. But we think it will be worth the walk!

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Saturday August 4 6pm – 10pm

Celebrate India’s Independence Day with a hip, hot and spicy taste of India’s true flavors at the first annual SWAAD Indian Food Festival. This is a chance to eat with friends and share your favorite recipes. Entertainment wil be provided. Get your tickets online to insure your attendance.

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Sunday August 5 10 AM – Noon

Bring the family out for a colorful morning celebration as the 36th Annual Festival of the Chariots kicks-off at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Three fully decorated four-story tall chariots will be at the forefront of the parade which will head down Main Street and arrive at the Ocean Front Walk Plaza in Venice Beach at noon where there will be a free feast for thousands, free entertainment and exhibits and booths. The event hosted by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) dates back thousands of years. Held in cities all over the world the festival celebrates Lord Jagannatha, the Lord of the Universe. Auditorium parking is $9.00. The parade proceeds south on Main St. (past Farmers’ Market), turns right onto Rose Ave, turns left onto Ocean Front Walk (boardwalk) and finally arrives at Festival site, located at Ocean Front Walk Plaza off of Windward Ave.

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Sunday August 5 12pm – 4pm

World Breastfeeding Week is Aug 1 – Aug 7, and in honor of this momentous event, the Berlin Wellness Group and the Pump Station & Nurtury have teamed up to bring you Boobie-Palooza. This all day event at the Ebell will celebrate motherhood and breastfeeding with family fun, educational events and lots and lots of swag! Bring the kids! The Jenny Bec’s Kid Zone hosted by Kidville will be going all day with fun activities for the kids and a performance by Rockin’ Railroad. Also don’t miss a performance by Birdie’s Playhouse.

Boobie-Palooza includes expert panels with notables including Ricki Lake, Sarah Shahi, Dr. Harvey Karp, Dr. Yvonne Bohn and Dr. Stuart James Fischbein. There will also be a sling clinic, exhibitors, entertainment and a beer garden.

Laura Gerson loves to discover things about Los Angeles and share them with your family. She blogs about kids activities and resources for Moms at Mom Angeles