Chaya Downtown Beer Garden

Downtown’s Summer Beer Garden

Sake, skewers and Japanese whiskey. Oh, and don't forget the beer. Summer is here and Chaya Downtown is once again celebrating with their Japanese Beer Garden on the spacious lantern-bedecked outdoor patio. Every weeknight through the end of summer, the French-Japanese hot spot will be home to $2 kushiyaki skewers grilled on an authentic yakitori grill and lots o' drinks with sake flights, $15 pitchers of Kirin and hard-to-find brews. Arigato!
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Cheers!

Raise a Glass: East LA Meets Napa

Want a taste of East Los with a swig of Napa, all while helping those in need? Then it's time to dig into your pockets and get ready to taste, rattle and swirl at AltaMed’s 6th Annual East LA Meets Napa celebration at Union Station on Friday, July 8. Expect live music and the best wine and food from Latino-owned or Latino-operated Napa Valley wineries.
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Public Kitchen & Bar on GDLA with Mar Yvette

Hi Five: 5 for $5 @ Public Kitchen & Bar

Looking for a fistful of happy? Then you need to head over to Public Kitchen & Bar at the Hollywood Roosevelt for the “5 for 5” happy hour. Going on every Monday through Friday from 3pm to 7pm (finally, a happy hour that doesn't end at 5:30!), the menu features five signature items priced at $5 each, including drinks and yummy Med-inspired dishes.
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Taste of Greece dancers

Opa! Free Tix to Taste of Greece

Kick your feet up and shout "Opa!" 'cause the annual Taste of Greece festival is back in Orange County and MARPOP readers are invited--for FREE! Going on from Friday, June 24 to Sunday, June 26, the annual three-day celebration expects more than 11,000 revelers to get their fill of traditional Greek dishes--everything from spanakopita to saganaki (aka flaming cheese)--delicious homemade pastries and tons of drinks including a Greek coffeehouse and a wine taverna brimming with Greek beer and wine.
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International MakeUp Show

Get Made: Int’l Make-Up Show

Ever wonder how the cast of "True Blood" always looks so believably vampiric? Or maybe you just want a discount on your latest make-up shopping spree. Whatever the case may be, the International Make-Up Artist Trade Show is making its latest tour stop this weekend at the Pasadena Convention Center and it's gonna be a pretty--and sometimes ugly--sight!
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Dwell on Design

Dwell on Design: Half-Off Tix!

Don't know your Bertoia from your Breuer? Or maybe you just want to see the latest cool stuff out of Japan that might inspire you to amp up your apartment? Whether you appreciate modern design as a casual outsider or pride yourself on being in the know, Dwell on Design--the West Coast’s largest design show--is where you want to be. Better yet, MARPOP readers get 50% off admission price!
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Doggie Pwesh - Photo by Mar Yvette

Nuts for Mutts: Walk & Dog Show

Ready to strut your mutt?? Then it's time to join the 9th Annual Nuts for Mutts Dog Show and Festival on Sunday, June 26! The celebrity-and-canine-studded event includes a series of competitions showcasing mixed-breed dogs in categories like "Fastest Mutt" and "Most Ear-resistible Ears." But first, join hundreds of dogs and their human friends as they walk to raise funds for New Leash On Life Animal Rescue.
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L'Epicerie halibut - Photo by Mar Yvette

12 Best Dishes in LA Right Now

Looking for the best bites at LA's hottest restaurants? Much like an album, most restaurants serve up a few great hits that stand out from the rest of the menu and can be enjoyed over and over again. Whether it's the perfectly crisped piece of thin-crust pizza or a delicious preparation of vegetables (there's a lot of green food on this list), find out where to eat and what to order so you can get the best dishes being served in Los Angeles right now. Ready, set, go!
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Sweet Entrapment by Nouar

Eye Candy: Food as Art

Hello, Jello! We all know that food can inspire us and Los Angeles artist Nouar gives it a bittersweet expression with "Internally Yours," a mini exhibition opening on Saturday, June 11 and on view throughout the month. Three-dimensional sugary confections, gelatin dessert molds and a bright color palette seem innocent, but as the artist says, "I used food as a visual metaphor to symbolize how dangers are hidden, and how we don’t see them coming until it is too late."
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Casa-Vega-platter

Happy Meal: A $2.15 Mexican Feast!

LA might be the city where people never tell you their real age, but Casa Vega, the Valley's favorite spot for Mexican food, is one senorita who's not ashamed to let you know. To celebrate the celeb-heavy restaurant's 55th birthday, guests who order the House Combination on Tuesday, June 28 for either lunch or dinner will get it for just $2.15--the price Casa Vega charged in 1956. Now that' s one happy meal worth eating.
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Kaya toast - Photo courtesy of Street

Street’s New 3-Day $35 “Iris” Menu

It looks like Iris eyes are smiling at Susan Feniger's Street. That's because everybody's favorite spot for multi-culti street eats is doing a special three-day menu June 16-June 18 in honor of Cirque du Soleil's IRIS show that's coming to the Kodak Theatre in July. (Yes, it's a month early, but do you really want to hold off on eating that kaya toast?!!)
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Photo courtesy of IE Food Truck Fest

Clustertruck Alert: IE Food Truck Fest

Did you know that gourmet food trucks are prohibited to roam the streets of San Bernardino County? Quelle horreur! Food trucks have long been an intrinsic part of the LA food culture, and now our neighbors in the Inland Empire will literally get a taste of the gourmet food truck action at the first annual IE Food Truck Fest on Saturday, June 18.
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Jam Session

Freebie Alert: Jam Session

Jam on it! Johnny Rebs' is hosting a free Summer Jam Session on Saturday, June 11 as part of their ongoing series featuring local food and craft artisans. The restaurant, known for putting "some South in your mouth," is bringing together a handful of notable local jam and preserve makers to share tips, techniques and yes, treats.
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Paris, Mon Amour - Photo by David Leclerc

The City of Light Goes Black & White

Parlez-vous francais? Don't worry, you don't have to. A picture speaks a thousand words ... no translation necessary. From now until the end of June, the Alliance Francaise de Los Angeles is where you can journey through the streets of Paris as seen through the eyes of French-born, LA-based artist David Leclerc.
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Petrossian blinis - photo by Heather John

Get Schooled: Caviar 101

There's something fishy going on at Petrossian ... and we like it! Due to popular demand, on Thursday, June 1 and Friday, June 2 this chic and charming cafe on Robertson is bringing back Caviar 101, a tasty class designed for both novices and aficionados alike. For $35, guests can sample three types of caviar and two roes, paired with either a glass of Champagne or a flute of vodka. Cheers!
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Piece by Piece Skid Row Art

Mosaic Art Show to Help Skid Row

Beautify your home and help those who need one at the third annual “Pieces of Hope” art sale on Sunday, June 5. The all-day event will be your chance to buy one-of-a-kind mosaic mirrors, frames, flower pots and home decor created by Piece by Piece artists who are either homeless or poverty-stricken residents of Skid Row and South LA. There's also a Mosaic Workshop with a buffet lunch.
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CultureShock LA - Photo by Sthanlee B. Mirador

Street Seuss: Which-A-Way in LA

There are no green eggs and ham, but “Which-a-Way” wants to entertain you with a wild Dr. Seussian-inspired journey told through hip-hop, street dance and spoken word. Based on the classic children's story "Oh, the Places You'll Go!," performance troupe Culture Shock is opening up the Ford Amphitheatre's summer dance series on Saturday, June 4.
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LAB Art ice cream

Taking it to the Streets: Lab Art in LA

LA's art scene is hot! And it's not even summer yet. NYC gallery owner Jeffrey Deitch relocated here to become director of MOCA, Renzo Piano's recent LACMA expansion opened to much fanfare, and Eli Broad is planning a contemporary art museum downtown. Now we can add LAB ART to the mix, the country's largest gallery dedicated to street art.
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Bikini Bottom: Wax On, Wax Off

Freebie Alert: Wax On, Wax Off

Hairy much? Even if you're not a total woolly mammoth, it's always a good feeling when you get that beastly fur off your legs, underarms, chin, bikini line, whatever. And the folks at European Wax Center want to prove just how awesome they are with a "Free Wax Weekend" on June 4 and 5.
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Lightning in a Bottle - Photo by Curious Josh

Shazam! It’s Lighting in a Bottle

Think of it as Burning Man, but not nearly as dirty. If you want a real jolt this Memorial Day Weekend, head out to the Do Lab's 6th Annual Lightning in a Bottle festival. The four-day, three-night celebration is when music, dance, art, fun and green living converge. (You can even bring the kids.)
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Scarpetta brunch - Photo by Mar Yvette

Weekend Warrior: Brunch in LA

Ah, brunch. Arguably the most important meal of the week, it's when we say good-bye to a busy workweek filled with hurried lunches and usher in lazy mornings and a relaxing meal spent with friends, family, good food and maybe even a few surprises. Whether you're looking for an all-you-can-eat deal, brunch with the Beatles, a few hula dancers with your danish, or a French Riviera escape without leaving LA, here are some great ideas for brunch in Los Angeles.
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Harroin Salon

Get Blown: Foxy Fridays

Just got paid, Friday night, party's hoppin' ... but your hair's a wreck and you need a drink! No worries. Hairroin Salon has just the thing. Every Friday night from 6pm to 10pm, this friendly salon hosts Foxy Fridays where, for $35, you choose your shampoo, conditioner and blowout style while a DJ keeps the party mood going. Did I mention the free cocktails from Bombay Sapphire?
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nickels

Cheap Swills: Monday Nickel Night

Talk about cheap swills. If you're a Westsider, check out Basement Tavern at the Victorian's “Wooden Nickel Local Mondays." Just show a valid ID with any Santa Monica or Venice zip code and you'll get a wooden nickel redeemable that night for a 5¢ beer or one of the bar's signature $10 cocktails.
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