Here’s a short list of some of the cool happenings in Los Angeles during the month of August.
1) Brew at the Zoo - Ok, so I’ve never heard about this, but apparently this is something the LA Zoo does once a year. And shit, I’m THERE. Some of my favorite local breweries will be there (such as, Golden Road, Eagle Rock Brewery, Lagunitas & Firestone) serving 4.5 oz samplers. There’s food, beer, live music, and live animals. I’d say it don’t get much better. This event is $45 presale, $50 at the door, and 21+, and goes down on Aug 8 from 7-11pm.
2) Nisei Week - Nisei Week is a Japanese Festival held yearly in Little Tokyo. The festival is a giant appreciation and exhibition of the Japanese Culture. And it’s awesome. August 9-17.
3) Arcade Night at SPiN Standard - August 5th at 4pm, the SPiN Standard will open its doors to the nerds of the city. Unlimited ping pong and arcade gameing will be available for a mere $5 cover charge.
4) 626 Night Market - Held at the Santa Anita Park in the San Gabriel Valley, this Asian-themed festival features live music, food, arts, crafts, games and more. Starting at 4pm and running through 1 am, the festival runs August 15-17 & September 12-14, $3 admission.
FYF Fest - This year’s lineup to FYF is oh so much better than last year’s. ’Nuff said. August 23&24 at LA Sports Arena & Exposition Park.
Made In America - Jay Z and Budweiser present the 2-day music festival, Made in America. It goes down August 30th at LA Grand Park. The lineup includes some awesome artists, such as Cyprus Hill, John Mayer, Dr. Dog, Wolfgang Gartner, Kendrick Lamar, SchoolBoy Q, Weezer, Chance the Rapper, Rita Ora, Iggy Azalea, and the iconic Kanye. Even some hilariously bad-good artists will be there, such as Nipsey Hustle and YG. Bitch, you broke…and therefore can’t afford the $200 ticket price.
La Luz de Jesus Gallery - The La Luz de Jesus Gallery is an awesome, albeit totally weird, gallery located within the Wacko Bookstore complex on Hollywood Blvd. Exhibitions here are always pushing borders, and this is no exception. Entitles, Profanity Pop, the gallery’s most recent exhibition takes iconic animated characters from pop culture and incorporates them into traditional, historic religious paintings. The artist, Jose Rodolfo, juxtaposes religion and pop culture, while making statements about today’s cultural stereotypes and stigmas. He includes drug paraphernalia, homosexuality and all around provocative images from today’s culture - including one particularly large and half naked Snow White, taking a bathroom selfie with her iPhone. By placing iconic Disney characters in the style of traditional pre-Renaissance European paintings, and adding images of today’s culture, Rodolfo makes a pretty poignant statement about ignorance and acceptance. It’s forsure worth checking out. And if you’ve never been to Wacko, that place itself is fucking great.
This video portrays one of the many reasons why I would never have grown up anywhere but here.