For the next three weeks, Smorgasburg LA will be marking Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month by celebrating AAPI vendors while also welcoming pop-up guests to the market. It kicks off on Sunday, May 15, with DJ collective Brownies & Lemonade popping up in the beer garden and Chinatown cookbook shop Now Serving in the center shopping aisle.
The following week, on May 22, Smorgasburg LA will be home to a massive AAPI Market curated by AAPI LA, featuring baked goods, savory foods and merchants from vendors like Brother’s Sushi, A-Sha Noodles, Chef Shirley Chung, Domi, Flouring, Gold House and Valerie Confections. There also will be a live music stage and mahjong tables by Ricebox. For the grand finale on May 29, Sundae School and Fly By Jing will pop up featuring ice cream from Wanderlust Creamery.
Starting Wednesday, May 25, Hollywood rooftop hotspot Bar Lis launches Femme Follies, a weekly burlesque series with the founder of the popular revue Beauty of Burlesque, Miss Tosh. Inspired by Parisian burlesque culture and 1960s-era Moulin Rouge, the weekly event will take place from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m., featuring live performances throughout the evening.
Femme Follies joins the lounge’s existing programming, including Tuesday’s live modern Jazz night, Jazz Eclectic LA, local and international DJ performances Thursday through Saturday. Bar Lis features both indoor and open-air spaces to eat, drink and dance with views of the Hollywood Hills and Downtown LA. While walk-ins are welcome, reservations are highly encouraged. For reservations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In celebration of the release of his first cookbook, Bludso’s BBQ Cookbook: A Family Affair in Smoke and Soul,” Kevin Bludso and co-author Noah Galuten have partnered with The Proud Bird in Los Angeles to host a candid conversation, cooking demo, and a meet-and-greet book signing event inside the Inglewood-based food bazaar at LAX. The duo will discuss the inspiration behind their cookbook, in addition to sharing the best tips readers can find inside the book. Samples of brisket from Kevin’s demo will be from the demo stage, and the Mile High Bar is within the venue where guests can get a $6 Hennessy on The Rocks, which is the chef’s signature drink.The panel is open to the public and free to attend through Eventbrite, but does require an RSVP.
Those who RSVP in advance have the option to purchase a cookbook at a discounted price of $24.99. On-site, each guest will have the opportunity to purchase the new book for $29.99, snag some of Bludso’s famous sauces and rubs from his Hollywood location, and enjoy a complimentary taste of his signature BBQ brisket Pull at The Proud Bird’s Mile High Bar.
If your idea of heaven is waking up to the intoxicating aroma of fresh bread in the morning, the Gjusta Apartment is available for rent above Gjusta Bakery & Gjusta Goods. The 700-square-foot pad includes a living room, open plan kitchen and dining room, with a separate bedroom. The apartment is furnished with a selection of Gjusta Goods vintage fittings and homewares, made-to-order upholstered furniture, and custom stitched vintage rugs. From armchairs to our mirrors, ceramics and glassware, all of the items in the apartment are for sale. It’s furnished with a Smeg refrigerator, oven/stove, kettle, Smeg grinder and coffee maker, and is fully stocked with Staub cookware, Gjusta Goods ceramics, utensils and chef’s knives. The living and bedroom include vintage furniture, mirrors and lighting, custom upholstered seating, board games, books and Gjusta Goods linens. Blocks from the beach, the apartment is available for long- and short-term stays:
Sunday, Monday & Tuesday – $350/night
Wednesday & Thursday – $400/night
Friday & Saturday – $450/night
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