Your weekend starts here with a Katy Perry and Khloé Kardashian Elephant Art Exhibition and Only Murders in Building Escape Room food and drink highlights, including your last chance to eat at Gladstones, and much more!
Isla’s work: “Bring your laptop and leave us the food, wine and wifi.” “A non-event event, perhaps the first of its kind. No frills, no frills, no place cards or set hours… come + work! » Thursday August 24, 12 p.m. – it’s up to you! 2424 Principale Street
Happy Hour with handlebars at Chez Jay: SM Spoke is a non-profit organization “dedicated to improving healthy walking, cycling and active transportation in the city.” At the end of each month, they host a happy hour to support local businesses and celebrate all things biking. Everyone is welcome. Thursday August 24, 5:30 p.m. @ 1657, avenue de l’Océan. https://www.smspoke.org/event/handlebar-happy-hour-chez-jay-08-24-2023/
Santa Monica Police Officer Association (SMPOA) Annual Classic Car Show: This FREE event on the SaMo Pier includes a raffle, food from “The Albright” and “Rusty’s” and a beer garden from Santa Monica Brew Works. Saturday August 26, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/smpoa-2nd-annual-classic-car-show-tickets-665698721797
Dog Daze of Summer on Montana Ave: Expect sales, treats, giveaways, photo ops and more. “It’s the perfect way to celebrate an afternoon with your four-legged friend.” Saturday, August 26, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. from 6th to 17th streets. https://www.facebook.com/events/190838110640643/
Dirty Dancing at Street Food Cinema Will Rogers State Historic Park: Los Angeles’ largest outdoor movie and music series is back in town for another season with this dog-friendly event on the Westside that features food trucks and live music. https://www.goldstar.com/los-angeles/shows/28589-street-food-cinema-films-music-and-food
The transformative power of the ocean and its waves: panel and art exhibition: Heal the Bay Aquarium is hosting the event to “engage in meaningful discussion about the powerful relationship between science and surfing and the cumulative impact on healing individuals, communities, and nature conservation.” Saturday August 26 · 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. @ 1600, promenade facing the ocean. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-transformative-power-of-the-ocean-and-its-waves-panel-exhibition-tickets-688169311937
The Santa Monica Museum presents “The Elephant Parade” by Katy Perry and Khloé Kardashian: The exhibit features a collection of five-foot-tall elephant sculptures along the boardwalk. Thursdays and Fridays from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. & Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. until September 22 @ 1219 3rd Street Promenade . https://www.elephantparade.com/parades/santa-monica-2023
Only murders in the building escape room: Enter the world of “Only Murders in the Building” and become a detective. After selling out Hulu’s “Only Murders in the Building” escape room earlier this month, explore show highlights, interact with props, and discover Easter eggs from the third season. Expect surprises like hidden doors and passages. Century City Mall until September 10. https://onlymurdersescapegame.com
What to eat and drink?
Collaboration between Jeni’s Ice Cream and Lonely Ghost: This week, Jeni’s Ice Cream’s, in collaboration with lifestyle brand Lonely Ghost, will launch a limited-edition flavor that captures the essence of cookie dough. The Double Dough is made with chocolate chip cookie dough mixed with brown sugar buttercream and will be available in scoop stores starting Thursday, August 24.
A taste of Caymus Vineyards at SALT Restaurant: Enjoy a seated dinner with wine pairings from Napa Valley Winery. The $95 ticket includes a welcome glass of wine, a three-course dinner with pairings, and a take-home souvenir. Thursday August 24, 7:13 p.m. Bali Way Marina del Rey https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-taste-of-caymus-vineyards-at-salt-restaurant-bar-tickets-532678715377?aff=erelexpmlt
Free coffee meeting with the CEO of Ridwell at Urth Cafe: Ridwell is a new service that processes recyclables that the City does not manage (such as thin and multi-layer plastics, clothing and shoes, batteries, light bulbs, Styrofoam) for a fee. “Meet and connect with other sustainability-minded neighbors interested in wasting less and see samples of what a few Ridwell categories are recycled into.” Friday 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. @ 2327, rue Principale. More details here.
LearnAboutWine presents: The Champaign Challenge: “Taste some great wines, compare some values, domestic products and odd finds, some we taste blind, and others we experiment with and discuss style. Accompanied by light and tasty bites from Papille Gustative. Sunday August 27, 3:30 p.m. @ Papille Gustative, 2823 rue Main. https://learnaboutwine.com/pages/wine-event-calendar
Gladstone Restaurant Closure: After 50 years, the last day of service is expected to be September 15 at PCH & Sunset, with Wolfgang Puck and Frank Gehry planning a transformation to open next year. https://www.latimes.com/food/story/2023-08-21/gladstones-restaurant-to-close-after-50-years-wolfgang-puck-and-frank-gehry-plan-a-makeover
Atlas: Michelin-starred Mexican chef Olvera, which has two restaurants on the World’s 50 Best list, opened this upscale restaurant on Abbot Kinney in Venice. https://www.latimes.com/food/story/2023-08-10/enrique-olvera-atla-shenarri-freeman-ubuntu
Offhand Wine Bar is a coffee bar by day and wine bar by night: KTLA’s LAunscripted did this fun video report on the store and how to beBlack ownership helps influence decisions. 3008 Santa Monica Boulevard. https://ktla.com/la-unscripted/offhand-wine-bar-in-santa-monica-is-a-coffee-bar-by-day-and-wine-bar-by-night/
LOOKING FORWARD: Main Street Festival themed “Day of the Dog” (September 9 and 10); Bergamot Station Arts Center Fall Open House (September 9); Free opera on the pier (September 23); LA Loves Alex’s Lemonade (September 24); “Woman. Life. Liberty.” Benefit gala (September 26)
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