Although it’s named after a screen legend and housed in a restored movie house, the Kirk Douglas Theatre is all about the stage. The 317-seat venue hosts intimate showings of plays and musicals selected by artistic director Michael Ritchie, who strives to feature productions scribed by local playwrights.
The Tea Lovers Festival returns for its celebration of all things steeped on May 5 at the Armory Center for the Arts in Old Town Pasadena. At the event, the Tea Lovers marketplace showcases unique products from exhibitors such as Art of Tea, Numi, and Bird Pick Tea & Herb. As visitors stop by merchant booths, Darjeeling, Earl Grey, and green teas steep, filling the air with their subtle flavors while festivalgoers seek out new favorite brews. On the interactive side, tea studies target both novices and connoisseurs, and tea labs teach brewers the finer scientific points of brewing, such as how tea ware affects taste. A popular series from the 2011 festival called Everything You Wanted to Know About Tea, But Were Afraid to Ask also returns with new topics, covering teas from across the globe and how to read messages in tea leaves, such as “This water was too hot.”
Soak up the sun and revelry at Septemberfest, where attendees can let loose while enjoying live music on the Sony Studios lot, as well as unlimited sampling of more than 200 different brews, including Stella Artois, Anchor Steam, Sapporo, Allagash White, He’Brew, Bass, Hoegaarden, Shock Top, and Newcastle Brown Ale. Barbecue and food trucks are available (not included in the price of admission) for carousers who wish to fill up on delectable grub before shimmying to some sonic grooves.
Over the course of the summer, Street Food Cinema rolls out more than forty events that showcase the greatest hits of the silver screen and the LA food-truck scene. When the gates open, guests spread blankets on the grass and pop open coolers. Live bands play until dusk, when crowd-pleasing movies such as Fight Club and The Sandlot across the big screen. Meanwhile, a rotating food-truck schedule assembles a diverse curbside lineup, which might include asian-inspired tacos from Komodo or the gooey delights of The Grilled Cheese Truck. Their events also feature movie-themed games projected on the big screen for audience participation. During showcases, artisan vendors are on hand selling fresh baguettes, fine meats, and sweets for purchase.
Street Food Cinema's eclectic assemblage of food, music, and films has picked up attention beyond the park's bounds, snagging mentions on NBC4 and in the Huffington Post's Broke Girls Guide. Other videos of the events in action can be seen here. It's also become known for its philanthropic work: each year the organization supports one designated local charity.
The Antiques Dealers Association of California is something of an antique itself—founded in 1924, it is swiftly approaching its hundredth birthday. However, the organization's brainchild, the Los Angeles Antiques, Art + Design Show, has a distinctly modern edge. Up-and-coming artists, hip antiques dealers, and local galleries are the stars of the show, exhibiting their wares for crowds of art enthusiasts. Throughout the weekend of high culture, lecturers and panelists sound off on current and on-the-horizon design trends. The show even kicks off with a celebrity-attended red-carpet affair benefiting the LA County Museum of Art (LACMA).