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From Lay’s looking to find their “star” on potato chip bags and Torrance Restaurant Week to the Perini Ranch Steakhouse visiting Los Olivos and dineLBC hosting a special screening of Anthony Bourdain’s film, Wasted!, here’s what’s popping up in LA this week.

Friday, January 17

Do you know someone who goes out of their way to make people smile? Potato chip brand Lay’s is looking for local people living in Los Angeles to “star” on millions of its bags. You can nominate yourself or someone else, who goes out of their way to make other people happy. Just go to smilewithlays.com answer some questions and upload a photo. Fun Fact: Lay’s did a survey and found out that California, the #1 reason to smile was weather. It’s 72 and sunny always! For more information, visit smilewithlays.com.

Torrance restaurant week (Courtesy The Depot)

Friday, January 17-Friday, January 31 

With January being California Restaurant Month, Discover Torrance celebrates its first-ever Torrance Restaurant Week starting tonight and running until January 31st.  They’re starting their first year off with 11 restaurants, including local favorites like 21 Square Kitchen & Bar, The Depot, Snap Tin Eatery and Brio Coastal Bar and Kitchen. Offers vary per restaurant, from prix-fixe menu options, discounts of up to 10 percent off all wines, beer tastings, 10 percent off orders, and free drinks with a purchase of a meal.  For more information visit discovertorrance.com/restaurantweek2020/.

 

Saturday, January 18

DineLBC is hosting a special one-day only screening of Wasted!: The Story of Food Waste at the Art Theatre at 11 a.m. The documentary was produced by Anthony Bourdain and takes a deeper dive into the way we buy, cook, recycle and eat food, and how we can change our wastefulness as a society. With nearly 40 percent of fresh food going to landfills, it’s shocking to know that in the city of  Long Beach, nearly one in eight families are food insecure. Tickets can be purchased at boxoffice.diamondticketing.com/arttheatrelb/movies.

E.P. & L.P. (Michele Stueven)

Sunday, January 26

Australia is experiencing their worst fire season on record, with at least 30 people killed, and an estimated 1 billion animals lost to the bushfires. To support help those affected by the brush fires, E.P. & L.P., founded and led by Australian principals Grant Smilie and David Combes, are hosting a special Australian Bushfire Relief BBQ Fundraiser where 100 percent of the lunch proceeds go toward the Australian Relief Bushfire Fund. “Like all Australians, we’ve watched with heavy hearts — all the people, wildlife and bushland affected by the fires raging across our homeland.” For more information, go to americanaustralian.org/australian-bushfire-relief-fund/.

Sunday, January 26

Don’t know where to watch the Grammy’s this year? Station Hollywood located inside the W Hollywood has you covered and will be broadcasting the star-studded evening and celebrating with themed cocktails. Continuing their “Scene at Station” series, Station Hollywood is whipping up some  themed libations including the Lillet Nas X ( Tanqueray Gin, Lillet Blanc, strawberry, lemon and soda water) and the Lizz-Old Fashioned (Bulleit Bourbon, maple and bitters ), inspired of course by Nas and Lizzo. Their event starts 5 p.m. and goes until the Grammy’s end, but drinks will be served until close at 2 a.m. For tables and reservations for Station Hollywood, visit eventbrite.com/e/scene-at-station-tickets-87410955521 or call 323-798-1355.

 

Update: The Los Olivos event is postponed.