It’s opening night of our Pick of the week…the TASTE. It runs all weekend long.

Tonight…enjoy a speci2014TheTasteal opening night soirée where The Times’ hosts and their co-hosts will mingle with a more intimate crowd.

The Times’ renowned Food staff, the festival’s co-hosts, and participating chefs and bartenders gather for a soiree with a focused collection of tastings, premium cocktail and wine offerings, and live entertainment. Restaurants include CAFÉ del REY, DeSano Pizza Bakery, Girasol, Guelaguetza, Hamasaku, Mexicali Taco & Co., Pedalers Fork, Phorage, Plan Check, Sotto, Sushi Roku, THE Blvd Restaurant, Waterloo & City.

Or a more family friendly event….

The Los Angeles County Fair kicks off Today, but it will be running for a whole month. The festival features live music, rides, livestock, gardening and wine tasting for the parents.

2014-LACFlogoIt’s off the 10 Freeway, exit Fairplex Drive or White Ave.

Admission: Tickets prices range from as little as $8 (for a child) to a full weekend pass with parking for $53.  

Save cash and purchase a season pass. Be sure to check their website for more details.

Most days they open at 10:00 am…BE SURE TO CHECK THE WEBSITE.

Click here to purchase tickets.

What LA County Fair
Where: The Fairplex in Pomona, 1101 W. McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA 91768,
When: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm (Weekends – 10:00 am to midnight)

In Santa Monica…

L.A.’s largest dance festival, the Mix Match Dance Festival celebrates its eigth year. The annual festival started yesterday, and runs through Sunday. 

Fri-MilesMemorialPlayhouse-MixMatchThe weekend event will feature more than 60 dances in Hip Hop, Ballet, Tap, Modern, Tribal, Contemporary, Jazz, Belly, Pole & more from choreographers gathering from Southern California and across the United States to Santa Monica for four great shows in one amazing weekend. Each performance boasts a different line-up, making MixMatch one of L.A.’s most diverse and valued dance festivals.

Today’s event features: Ashley L. Jones, Lexi Stillanos, Hazel Clarke, Kelela Batinga, Diane McNeal Hunt’s Elevate, Merge Dance Theatre, Amaterasu Dance Company, Gabriela Hernandez Cardenas, J.J. Dance, Brooklyn Hughes Melton, Julianna LaRosa, Sara Kempa-Leon, OdDancity, Rosie Trump (With or Without Dance), Reach Dance Academy Burbank and the host company.

The festival runs from today through Saturday, Aug 30, 7:30 pm and Sunday, Aug. 31, at 2 pm. Admission is $17. (661) 755-2182;  To purchase tickets Click here. For more info about the festival see

What: Performance
Where: Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403
When: 7:30 pm
Phone: (310) 458-8634

In the Miracle Mile area…

JSat-Mar1-JackRutberg-JeromeWilkinack Rutberg Fine Arts in Los Angeles hosts a closing reception for “Twin Visions: Jerome Witkin & Joel-Peter Witkin.”

The show has united the two internationally celebrated artists – identical twins – in this much anticipated exhibition.

“Twin Visions” has enjoyed a successful run and has been extended several times due to popular demand.

See image: Jerome Witkin, Vincent and his Demons III, 2012 

What: Closing reception

Where: Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, 357 N. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

When: 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Phone: 323 938-5222