By Vanessa Payes
Shop till you drop with Rachel Zoe, dig into Los Angeles’ vibrant cosmopolitan art scene with L.A. Weekly, crash a Harry Potter rollerskating party, or get your groovy earth lovin’ grub-on at the World Fest Vegan Festival.
This week do yourself a favor and get in on some of these wonderfully eclectic and unique things to do in Los Angeles. Whether you’re a bacon lover, a rock and roller, a shopaholics, or a wizard, you’re sure to dig some of these awesome happenings.
EVENTS: WORLD FEST VEGAN FOOD AND MUSIC FESTIVAL
In the city angels, those who champion cruelty-free cuisine, are in for a real treat. The World Fest 2014 Earth Day Festival brings eco-conscious animal lovers together for a day long commemoration of mother earth. Compassionate foodies come together for this celebration of the environment, animals and humanity. Enjoy live music, a cruelty-free food court, animal art, healthy cooking demonstrations, and a beer garden while you meet local animal activists and learn about volunteer opportunities in your community. The festival takes place on May 18th at Woodley Park. Tickets online.
MUSIC : IGGY AZALEA AT THE WILTERN
Hot and sexy model turned rapper, Iggy Azalea, is a genuine novelty for Southern booty-bass aficionados. Having been groomed in Miami, Florida for her bombastic brand of hip-hop, this bombshell serves up gritty Southern electro-bounce with the class and panache of an uptown girl. After droppin’ her debut album, “The New Classic”, Iggy boldly shoved forerunner, Trina, out of the way by calling her a has-been and stealin’ her shine. With rapper T.I. backin’ her up, the gutsy MC is bringin’ it hard. Catch this dirty diva when the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour presents: Iggy Azalea—The New Classic Tour on May 16th at The Wiltern. Tickets online.
COMEDY: Tig Notaro at Largo
Writer, and comedian, Tig Notaro’s 2012 performance at The Largo was hailed by Louis C.K. as “masterful” and catapulted her career. Shortly after being diagnosed with cancer, Notaro took the stage at Largo and blew the audience away in a now mythic performance. Notaro’s subsequent release of the recorded performance, “Live”, sold 75,000 copies in one week and earned her a Grammy nomination. Her dead-pan delivery of sardonic one-liners has brought her legendary status among great comedians and a legion of fans. Catch the brilliant comic when she re-visits the Largo on May 22nd. Tickets online.
FASHION: Super Saturday LA
Smart, classy and totally sassy fashion guru, Rachel Zoe, hosts the West Coast’s first annual Super Saturday fundraiser. Since its inception, the posh fundraiser has only been held in Hamptons, New York, but this year, the party goes bi-coastal. The event seeks to raise money for The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund by bringing fashionistas, celebrities, media, and shopaholics together for what could only be described as the goliath of designer garage sales. Top brands like Dash, Kitson and Hudson Jeans are just a few on the long list of participants that will be offering up their über trendy styles at discount prices. Luxuriously delicious and decadent treats courtesy of Lexington Social House will be up for grabs as you rub elbows with your favorite celebrities and get the full princess package in support of a worthy cause on May 17th at the Barker Hanger. Tickets online.
EVENTS: ARTOPIA 2014
Celebrate Los Angeles’ thriving art scene at Downtown’s legendary Grand Central Market for L.A. Weekly’s Artopia. The publication honors The Best Of L.A. People Issue with its annual cultural gathering of the city’s most innovative and intriguing creative visionaries, and art lovers alike. On May 15th, live music, drinks, food, films, fashion and incredible art installations will take up the underground market. Vendors like Berlin Currywurst, Belcampo Meat Co. and Jose’s Ice Cream Corner will also stay open after hours dishing out delicious munchies. This is a sublime way to experience the city’s diverse culture with art and entertainment. Tickets online.
EVENTS: HARRY POTTER ROLLER SKATE NIGHT
The Los Angeles Dumbledore’s Army throws down the most incredible night of fantasy, and fun, dedicated to the magical world of Harry Potter. For the last two years, hundreds of Harry Potter fans in full costume have crowded ‘70s retro roller-disco, Moonlight Rollerway, for a night of rollerskating and revelry. The third annual Harry Potter Roller Skating Night is definitely a must-do for fans, muggles, witches and warlocks. All ages are welcome to roll and boogie to wizard rock under neon lights with their favorite Hogwarts cronies and fellow Potter fans. This year’s unbelievable night of raffles, rollerskating and giveaways takes place on May 17.
MOVIES: SPIKE LEE’S SCHOOL DAZE
Spike Lee tackles good hair, complexion, social class and sexism with his revolutionary, 1988 dark comedy film, School Daze. Lee explores racial tensions among students at an African American university as the film pits the school’s light skinned students against the independent students of darker complexion. In the film, the “wannabes” and “jigaboos” challenge each other’s racial identity resulting in a divided student body. Through a disturbing and unforgettable song-and-dance sequence, the feelings of animosity among the students is expressed with a musical number titled “Straight and Nappy” and continuously delivers humorous glimpses into racial politics and tensions among the students. Spike Lee, Lawrence Fishburne, Brandford Marsalis and Tisha Campbell star in this illuminating comedy. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art Presents Spike Lee’s School Daze on May 16th at Lueders Park.
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MUSIC: JOURNEY AND STEVE MILLER BAND
Journey has been generous to their fans with hits that can be belted out at karaoke with a belly full of beer. On any given night, in any one of the fifty continental states of America, someone is singing “Don’t Stop Believing” under a glowing beer sign as bartenders, bouncers and pool hall hustlers all take a pause and join in. Just about everyone loves Journey. Old school fans, and new fans alike, will get a chance to blow out their favorite Journey tunes when the band performs live at The Hollywood Bowl with classic rock icons, The Steve Miller Band. Get your fringe vest and tie dyed concert tee out of the attic for this all-star jam on May 16th. Tickets online.
FOOD: BACON TOUR LOS ANGELES
A clandestine all-you-can eat bacon tour through Los Angeles? Sign me up! Bacon lovers won’t want to miss out on this ingenious tribute to pork fat. From crispy strips to tender morsels of juicy pork belly, there’s no telling what you’ll get on the Eat Your Way Through L.A. Bacon Tour. The curators of this novel food adventure tease the bacon connoisseur with mystery and intrigue as the tour bus takes its riders to undisclosed Los Angeles restaurants where chefs will surprise their taste buds with creative bacon-themed concoctions. You wont know where you’re going, or what you’ll be eating, but you can definitely count on bacon as the main ingredient. Tour bus takes off on May 17th at 10:00 a.m. Tickets online.
FASHION: VINTAGE FASHION EXPO
Retro junkies get your fix as you dig through a treasure trove of hard-to-find relics and rags at The Vintage Fashion Expo in Los Angeles. Pilfer through countless rarities from the Victorian Age to the ‘90s and racks of vintage couture for that perfect one-of-a-kind collectible piece that will turn heads and start conversations. Over fifty dealers of fine jewelry, clothing and accessories bring their unique goods to this chic vintage fashion bazaar. Whether its a Pucci scarf or a Paul Poiret flapper style silk slip, you’re sure to find a gem at The Vintage Fashion Expo from May 17-18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Tickets online.