Weekend Agenda: Hollywood Farmers’ Market Benefit, Franklinpalooza, LA Times Festival of Books, Taste Local for Taste of the Nation at Domaine LA

by Jessica on April 28, 2011

This is one of those weekends during which there’s so much cool stuff to do, and chances are we’ll wind up doing hardly anything. But for those who are motivated and inclined to eat, drink, listen, read, and hang, you’re in luck.

If you’re following the news roller coaster and ongoing frustrations and overall bummerness about the future of the beloved Hollywood Farmers’ Market and want to do something to help, check this out if you’re free tomorrow night. The Farmer’s Kitchen hosts a dinner to raise money for the costs associated with managing negotiations with the Los Angeles Film School. Chefs Paul Osher of Bean & Thyme and Jessica Koslow of SQIRL will cook the $75 per person dinner.

Any given weekend in L.A. sees a lot of school fundraisers, but the one at our local elementary school sounds particularly awesome. Franklinpalooza takes place on Saturday, April 30th from 1 to 6 p.m. at Franklin Elementary School in Los Feliz (corner of Commonwealth and Franklin Avenues) to benefit enrichment programs. There’s a kick ass auction (I know parents have been busting their arses getting this together, so it’ll be a good one!) and disco and crafts for the kids. Tickets cost $10 adults, $5 kids. Here’s a real bonus: Franklin alumna Evan Kleiman will return to do a Q&A at 3:00 in the school auditorium! How great is that?

Oh, Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC. Way to make some of us feel torn in a gazillion different directions. It’s overwhelming enough to pick which panels to attend when you’re going alone or with friends.

Now we need to divide time among the Target Stage for Kids, and figure out the various readings and signings with big name authors and super smarties with whom we wish we could maintain a halfway intelligent conversation. Then there’s Madeline galore with featured artist John Bemelmans Marciano, and the Cooking Stage with Thomas Keller on Sunday. What are the die hard Ratatouille fans to do? And our good friend Scott is moderating a panel Sunday afternoon with my husband’s favorite musician. (The really ambitious types will stop by Cochon 555 Downtown, too.) My head hurts already, and that’s not due to any Book Fest-related intellectual straining, sadly.

Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation, one of the year’s best, BEST food fundraisers on June 12th in Culver City that benefits a super worthy cause, ramps up with a series of events. Domaine LA, our fave local wine shop, hosts the Taste Local benefit on Sunday from 2 to 5. (Not for the kids, obvs.) Food is by Crème CaramelLA, ChocoVivo, SQIRL preserves (same entity as mentioned above) and costs $15, including wine pairings. Tickets can be purchased in advance. And it’s a chance to get TOTN tickets at a $15 discount. (6801 Melrose Ave., between Highland and La Brea)


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