Though the shores of Santa Monica Bay have spawned Black Flag and The Beach Boys, their greatest spawning performance might be that of the grunion. During higher tides, these fish heave themselves onto the sand en masse to deposit their eggs. Grunion running—the sport of scooping up the fish with your hands to clean and cook later—seems to be Mother Nature's contribution to the entertainment scene of South Bay, where fresh fish is only one delicious draw.Read More
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This week, it’s officially time to say goodbye to summer and hello to fall. A lemonade-themed festival and Beer Week barhopping early in the week feel distinctly summery, but by week’s end you can start prepping for Halloween at Universal Studio’s annual fright fest. And as always, check Groupon for even more great things to do in Los Angeles. 2014 US Sumo Open Long Beach | Saturday, September 20 This year's field of 40 challengers includes Byamba, a World Sumo Champion who has taken the title the last seven years in a row. Watch him continue his streak or get upset while sipping Sapporo and Hakutsuru sake. (Walter Pyramid; $25–$70; email to inquire about ringside seats; buy tickets here) L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade Westwood | Saturday, September 20 Yes, it's pricey, but it's for a good cause: this ongoing food-and-drink event raises money for Alex's Lemonade Stand for Childhood Cancer. And you'll be getting a lot of bang for your buck, thanks to treats and appearances from celebrity chefs such as Giada De Laurentiis and Roy Choi. (Royce Quad at UCLA; $195–$5,000; buy tickets here) Interpol Pomona | Tuesday, September 23 Textured instrumentation and Paul Banks's austere vocals make Interpol's music perfect for ringing in the fall season; just ask fanboy David Letterman, who kept saying he wanted to join the band after their performance of new single ''All the Rage Back Home'' on his show earlier this month. (The Fox Theater Pomona; $32.50–$42.50; buy tickets here) LA Beer Week Various Locations | Saturday, September 20, to Sunday, September 28 If you weren't one of the lucky ones to score a ticket to the sold-out kickoff party, never fear: there are plenty of events throughout the week, including rotating beer flights at Mohawk Bend in Echo Park and an 18th anniversary party at Stone Brewing with specialty vintage beers on tap. (Various locations; free; buy tickets here) Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood | Through Sunday, November 2 Have you ever wondered if you could outrun The Walking Dead’s zombies or The Purge's anarchists? Try your luck at Universal Studio's annual Halloween fest, which has 12 new attractions this year. Discounts available for several dates when purchasing tickets online. (Universal Studios; $52–$209; buy tickets here) Images courtesy of USA Sumo, Interpol, and Halloween Horror Nights’ Facebook pageRead More
There’s something for everyone this week: cartoon-themed trivia, a hip-hop festival, and high tea for kids. If you want to make this week’s itinerary even more well-rounded, then check Groupon for more great things to do in Los Angeles. Stonecutters LA West Hollywood | Saturday, September 6 At what's normally a monthly Simpsons-themed trivia, players will have to transition from Springfield to New New York City, fielding questions about Futurama from creator David X. Cohen as well as voice actors Phil LaMarr and Maurice LaMarche. (7522 Sunset Blvd.; free) KDAY's Fresh Fest 2014 Downtown | Saturday, September 6 The headliners at this Nokia Theatre rap fest may include genre vets Mack 10 and Mobb Deep, but the real draw here is Mase. It’s one of his biggest shows since returning to hip-hop, and maybe he still has some of those ''Mo Money Mo Problems'' shiny suits. (777 Chick Hearn Ct.; $25–$99.95; buy tickets here) Imagine Tea Pasadena | Sunday, September 7 At this inaugural seating of The Langham's kid-friendly high tea, young magicians from The Magic Castle will perform tricks as the audience dines on PB&J, gourmet cookies, pink lemonade, and caffeine-free, fruit-infused teas. Reservations are required, and can be made by phone. (1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave.; $28 for kids aged 4–12, $48 for adults) Los Angeles County Fair Fairplex | Through September 28 Now in its 92nd year, the LACF features everything from horse racing to wine tastings. You can get in for free with the purchase of any LACF Concert Series ticket, a diverse lineup with highlights that include Heart and Boyz II Men. (1101 W. McKinley Ave.; $6–$19, additional fees for parking and carnival rides; buy tickets here) Valley Vista: Art in the San Fernando Valley, ca. 1970–1990 Northridge | Through October 11 If you asked an Angelino to describe the Valley, they probably wouldn't use the phrase ''cultural and artistic mecca.'' CSUN is looking to change that with an exhibit that explores the region's influence on LA's contemporary arts scene. (18111 Nordhoff St.; free) Photos courtesy of Futurama’s Facebook page and The Langham.Read More
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