Green Festivals, Inc., America’s largest and longest-running suGreen-Festival-Logostainability and green living event will return to Los Angeles showcasing the latest trends in sustainable food and beverages, September 12-14.

Now in its 4th year in Los Angeles, Green Festival® is expecting more than 20,000 Angelenos who will have an opportunity to learn the latest in healthy eating, vegan/vegetarian diet alternatives, super-foods, juicing and eating for a sustainable lifestyle. In addition to a wide selection of exhibitors, free samples, cooking demonstrations and educational talks, attendees can enjoy an onsite Food Court, Café and Sustainable Beer and Wine Garden.

What: The Green Festival
Where: Los Angeles Convention Center, Kentia Hall: 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015
When: Sept 14 10:00 am – 6:00 pm;

In West LA…How about some theatre…?

Fri-Sept12-Odyssey-JohnStarkDirector/Producer John Stark presents “Oneill’s Ghosts” by Jovanka Bach, a guest production at the Odyssey Theatre. The show opened on September 5th and will run through September 28.

Award winning playwright Jovanka Bach’s play, O’NEILL’S GHOSTS is a riveting drama about the tormented relationship between Eugene O’Neill and his eldest son, and the psychological ghosts that haunt both. O’Neill’s Ghosts brings to life playwright Eugene O’Neill’s troubled relationship with his son and the haunting memories of his family that affected him and his writings. Taking place in 1950, the play also explores his relationship with his wife/manager Carlotta Monterey O’Neill, and, through his imagination, sends him into the past and his memories while writing his last play. O’Neill’s Ghosts is directed and produced by JOHN STARK.

This is a limited engagement. SPECIAL DISCOUNT- Use the password “Ghost” for $10 off each ticket purchase!

Tickets: $20.00; Performances are Thursdays through Saturday nights at 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Click Here to purchase tickets

What: Performance
Where: Odyssey Theatre, 2055 Sepulveda Blvd., West Los Angeles, 90064
When: Thursdays through Saturday nights at 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm
Phone: (310) 477-2055

For one afternoon, the chefs of Venice open up their doors for a unique tasting experience and a great cause. Presented by P.S. Arts, all funds raised from ticket sales support its arts education programs.

Taste of Venice consists of2014-Taste-of-Venice-Postcard.20141-800x566 three courses: The Opening Celebration, the Tasting Tour, and the Post Reception. Our guests will be divided into 25 tour groups, each led by a “Tastemaker,” a well-known member of the Los Angeles culinary community. The Opening Celebration will feature food, cocktails, a silent auction, and ample entertainment. The Tasting Tour will be an opportunity to taste exclusive samples from our favorite Abbot Kinney Boulevard restaurants. The Post Reception will include coffee, treats, and drinks for our guests.

This year enjoy a guided tour led by food industry specialists. Tours will begin promptly at 4pm. Many are already sold out…See website for a full list. Be sure to arrive with plenty of time to enjoy the many restaurants at the Opening Celebration and find your Tasting Tour group.

Admission: $125 per person; Click HERE to purchase tickets
**You must be 21+ to attend this event**

What: The Taste of Venice
Where: The Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice, CA 90291
When: Opening Celebration: 3-4:30pm; Tasting Tour: 4-6:30pm; Post Reception: 6:30-7:30pm
Where: The Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice, CA 90291

In Downtown LA…

CB1 Gallery presents “On Ice,” Lily Simonson’s second solo exhibition at the gallery.

Sun-Sept13-CB1Gallery-lily-simonson-garwood-ice-cliff-antarctica-3See image: Garwood Ice Cliff, Antarctica No. 3, 2014, oil and ultraviolet pigment on canvas, 98″ x 70″

Last year, Simonson spent over a month in Antarctica, sleeping in a one-person tent and plein air painting in the McMurdo Dry Valleys–one of the coldest, driest environments on the planet, bound by ice and volcanic rock. As the embedded artist in a National Science Foundation expedition, she worked in tandem with planetary geologists to investigate changes in this alien landscape. Invoking the tradition of Romantic landscape painting, Simonson’s new series of mammoth canvases transport viewers to this sublime, barely-explored, and thrillingly inhospitable world.

What: Opening reception
Where: CB1 Gallery, 207 W. 5th St., 90013
When: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Phone: 213-806-7889

Whew….this is going to be a wild weekend….BTW, I also wrote about this weekend’s Events in a recent Huffington Post article called “Galleries Get Wise.” To read more of my Huff Post articles (both art and food) see by author bio.