What’s there to do during the dreaded Carmageddon weekend? I know some people are opting to stay home so they’re not stuck on the roads all day, but this is the worst week to do it! There’s a lot (and I mean A LOT) of food, drinking and live music in this week’s lineup of events. So fight the traffic for a bit this weekend — it’ll be well worth the drive.
Asian Vegetarian Food & Culture Tour™
When: Friday, July 15, 2:45 pm
Where: NYC Chinatown Tourism Kiosk, 220 Canal Street, Manhattan, NY, 10013
How: Purchase tickets online for $49 (plus a $2.21 convenience fee).
Travel through China in just one day and experience what it offers when it comes to delicacies and home cooked meals. Indulge in barbecue (roasted duck and pork), wonton soup, dim sum(roasted pork bun, or fried sesame ball), Cantonese beef jerky, teas, scallion pancakes and dumplings filled with meats, seafood, and veggies. It’s great to go as a group or on a first date!
2nd Annual Summer Tasting Event
When: Saturday, July 16, times vary
Where: The Rose Bowl, 360 North Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103
Sixty dollars will never get you as much food and diverse cuisines than it will this weekend as the LA Street Food Fest presents its annual Summer Tasting Event. From restaurants setting up shop for the day to gourmet food trucks, you can sample the finest foods in LA within three hours . . . without having to trek all over the city. There’ll be more than 60 vendors on hand, preparing fresh samples for you, along with entertainment and giveaways.
Indonesian Festival 2011
When: Saturday, July 16, 10 am
Where: Indonesian Consulate General, 3457 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90010
Experience Indonesia and Asian countries’ traditional dances, art and foods. This annual festival combines various cultures through artists and musicians along a closed off Mariposa Avenue. There are 20 groups of dancers, local talents and well-known Indonesian singers.
The event also marks 66 years of Indonesian Independence.
The Young Professionals’ Group 3rd Annual Gala
When: Saturday, July 16, 7:00 pm
Where: Tom Bradley Room, Los Angeles City Hall, 200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90189
How: You can only buy tickets in advance (they won’t be sold at the door), so get them here for $80.
The Young Professionals’ Group strives to provide the resources for success to the new generation of doctors and lawyers. This year’s gala and awards ceremony (where you’ll meet some dedicated high schoolers and their amazing stories of success) includes hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, and live musical performances by You Tube Sensation David Choi, Clara C, and Ken Oak. And for those looking to score some great deals while helping out a great cause, there’s a silent auction with some great stuff, including Sikara Jewelry, wine tasting for 20 people, a Monica Chang dress, facials at Skin Beau, and two tickets to Audrey’s Night Out Fashion Show!
AAJA-LA Panel: “Life After Journalism”
When: Wednesday, July 20, 6:30 pm
Where: Asian Pacific American Legal Center, 1145 Wilshire Blvd, 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017
How: It’s a free event!
Because of the recession, the print industry has been forced to undergo mass layoffs. In January 2008, the news industry has shed more than 46,000 jobs, according to UNITY Journalists of Color. Because of the instability of the job market, a lot of journalists have chosen to see other career options. Check out this AAJA (Asian American Journalists Association) panel to hear what some career writers have to say about “Life After Journalism.” Speakers include former LA Times staffers Peter Hong, Evelyn Iritani and Daniel Yi, and former City News Service editor Richard Fruto.
afterschoolspecial and MYNINJA! Rooftop Concert
When: Friday, July 22, 8:00 pm
Where: 10th Avenue Theater Rooftop, 930 10th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
How: For the 18 and over crowd. Tickets for the event are $10 presale/guest list and $15 at door. For pre sale tickets and guest list consideration, e-mail email@example.com.
Disappointed that you couldn’t snag a pass for the sold-out Comic-Con event this weekend? Well, here’s an awesome event that’ll make up for – a rooftop party! Band and lifestyle production company afterschoolspecial and MYNINJA! Clothing will will host “The Endless Summer Party” in downtown San Diego. It’ll be a celebration (it’s the four-year anniversary of afterschoolspecial and MYNINJA! is releasing its new summer clothing collection) and party with performances by afterschoolspecial, Kero One, and IAMMEDIC. DJ Peter Rocks is spinning all night long and the first 100 guests receive will a special gift bag with giveaways from performers and sponsors. Tabe Taco Truck is serving up freshly grilled food throughout the night, and did I mention there was a bar, too?