L.A. Weekender: Baseball, volleyball, jazz and food trucks

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In exactly ONE week the L.A. County Fair will be open and running for the month of September! We can’t think of a better way to celebrate Labor Day Weekend than with some good old-fashioned Fair food and exploring all the new exhibits this year. There is still plenty to enjoy right now and it looks like it’s going to be another beautiful August weekend:

Dodgers vs. Red Sox: Friday night. Baseball. Fireworks. Catch the Boston Red Sox tonight at as they face off against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Nosh on Dodger dogs and garlic french fries and cheer on the boys in blue, then head down to the field to enjoy a fireworks show with your family. The game begins at 7:10 p.m. The fireworks start directly after the end of the game.

Manhattan Beach Open: Carrying on the sports theme, the 53rd annual Manhattan Beach Open showcases some of the fiercest beach volleyball you will ever see. Watch athletes–including past Olympians–compete for the $200,000 prize. The tournament runs all weekend long.

Jazz at LACMA: If sports and loud crowds aren’t your cup of tea, visit Downtown LA and enjoy performances by some of L.A.’s most talented jazz musicians at LACMA. This Friday night features the Cross Hart Jazz Experience, a high-energy band with a fresh take on the genre. 6 p.m. Free

Food Truck Festival: If you’re already missing our Food Truck Fridays, you can compensate at the Corona Gourmet Food Truck Festival. More than 20 food trucks will be available for the tasting including some of our favorites like Belly Bombz, Cousins Maine Lobster, Ragin’ Cajun and Slummin’ Gourmet to name a few. A beer garden will also be open. Live music and other activities will also be available. Saturday, 11 – 6 p.m.

We hope you enjoy your weekend! We plan to take it easy because next week we will be living and breathing all things FAIR!

Happy Friday,

The L.A. Weekender

Event Industry News: 3-D tattoos, a giant smartphone and veggie cocktail trends


Augmented reality tattoos: While some tattoos are intricate, detailed and captivating, they are motionless. 2-D. Except for when you put a screen in front of them. Alison Bennett’s “Shifting Skin” exhibit displayed photos of tattoos and used several layers of augmented reality to transform body art into a 3-D experience.

Gallery guests only need to hold up a tablet in front of a photo and the tattoo would stretch and morph into a 3-D object. Bennett used a program called Aurasma to achieve this effect. Aurasma will be incorporated into an element of the L.A. County Fair as well (sans tattoos.) Mashable posted a video showing how the exhibit works.

Samsung’s giant phone: “Handheld device” is a bit of a stretch when it comes to Samsung’s Galaxy Mega phone. It is exactly what it sounds like: The latest version of the Samsung Galaxy (rivaling, and in many ways excelling against the iPhone), is a 6.3-inch giant of the original.

The phone arrives in  U.S. stores on August 23 of this year. While the Galaxy S4 still trumps the Mega in terms of power and display quality, the Mega will be useful for those who don’t like smaller screens (and by default text, photos, video etc.) and for those who find the touch screen tedious to use.

Drink your veggies: HotelChatter listed the top cocktail trends of the month, the leader being vegetable-infused cocktails. Several hotel bars have created drinks with kale, celery, arugula, spinach, apples and the health list goes on.

L.A. Weekender: Fireworks, foam and Farmers Market

carnival ferris wheel1 300x200 L.A. Weekender: Fireworks, foam and Farmers Market I would like to start this L.A. Weekender post by saying that we know — we haven’t been posting as frequently as we usually do. As we get closer to the Fair, our attention begins to focus on our Fair blog: hotblogonastick.com and preparing for all the fun and excitement that’s about to happen once the Fair starts!

We will still be posting on Fairplex Insider occasionally but it’s not until October that we will be posting with our usual frequency. That being said, you can still visit this blog for event industry news, a few snapshots and behind-the-scenes of the Fair posts and a couple fun items every now and then.

So without further ado, this week’s L.A. Weekender:

Tchaikovsky Fireworks Spectacular 2013: Begin your Friday night with style at the Hollywood Bowl. Since 1969, the Tchaikovsky Fireworks Spectacular has delighted Los Angeles guests with an exhilarating blend of music and fireworks. The L.A. Philharmonic and a number of brass bands, drum corps and color guards come together for this annual celebration. Tickets are available at http://www.hollywoodbowl.com

5k FoamFest: We’ve done color runs. We’ve done mud runs. We’ve done neon runs. And now, we are doing a foam run — specifically: FoamFest 5k. You don’t have to worry about being sweaty from the summer heat. Run a 5k and burn some calories the fun way with our foam zones (think bubble bath galore) and an energetic vibe that can only come when you are running and playing with bubbles at the same time.

L.A. Taco Fest: The 3rd annual L.A. Taco Fest is happening this weekend. Food vendors, community organizations, artists, musicians and more will come together to celebrate the talent and tacos of Boyle Heights and East LA.  It’s all about celebrating local businesses, organizations and the community as a whole.

Galaxy vs. Read Madrid: Take a break from the baseball mania (playoffs will be here before you know it) and cheer on Galaxy as they play against Real Madrid on Saturday night, 7:30 p.m. Tickets start as low as $20.

Claremont Farmers and Artisans Market: Shop for your week’s groceries and enjoy some time in the sunshine at the Claremont Farmers and Artisans Market. Shop organic produce, specialty arts & crafts and flowers and plants. Located on Second Street between Indian Hill Blvd. and Yale Ave.

Event Industry News: Instagram and Vine, meet MixBit

Instagram and Vine, meet MixBit: Instagram and Vine have been “duking it out” for the title of Top Dog of social media video platforms. Both have pros and cons but it’s still too early to tell who exactly will come out on top. Now a new contender has been added to the fray: MixBit. And it’s not just a random new app. MixBit is from the co-founders of YouTube, the king of all videos in social media. MixBit allows users to string together multiple streams of content and edit extensively. Remixed videos as long as one hour in length can be shared. May the most popular app win…

Conferences are in: BizBash posted a link to an article from David Ferrell of the OC Register, reporting on the current state of conferences… and the results are positive. With the continuing increase in technology it appeared as though hybrid conferences and virtual conferences would take the place of face-to-face meetings. No long lines for Starbucks, no rental cars, travel expenses or the need for a hotel room… But face-to-face wins out again. Read the full article here.

Live long and prosper: The annual Star Trek convention landed at the Rio Grande in Las Vegas over the weekend. Fans from around the world attended the convention, which was Star Trek themed from start to finish. The event featured themed cocktails and Spock-eared staff. Because the L.A. County Fair is so close, you can’t blame Fairplex for having Star Trek on the brain…

L.A. Weekender: Baseball, skateboards, reptiles and culture

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Happy Friday! Variety is the name of the game for this L.A. Weekender. If you wanted to have a little family time this weekend, these events are a perfect excuse to get the whole crew together for a little adventuring into Los Angeles:

Nisei Week Japanese Festival: First held in 1934, the Nisei Week Japanese Festival is one of the longest running ethnic festivals in the United States. Head down to Little Tokyo this weekend to check out the various exhibits, chow down on some sushi and noodles and spend an afternoon in Downtown LA. Located in the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center.

Dodgers vs. Tampa Bay: The Dodgers play against the Tampa Bay Rays all weekend. Take the family to a ballgame and enjoy Friday Night Fireworks tonight, or if you’re a big Dodger fan, head over to Dodger Stadium on Saturday for Hideo Nomo Bobblehead Day. Not only will the Dodgers be giving away free Nomo bobbleheads to the first, but the former pitcher himself will be there to do the ceremonial first pitch.

Summer Skate Expo: Come watch professional skaters perform their best tricks at the Southern California Skate Expo in the San Fernando Valley. The expo will have live music, dancing, autograph sessions, meet-and-greets, silent auctions, kids’ games, pro demos, plenty of food and other fun happenings. Of course, it is a Skate Expo, so guests are invited to sign up for the public skateboarding competition and strut their stuff throughout the weekend.

Reptile Super Show: Fairplex is hosting the Reptile Super Show this weekend. If you’ve ever wanted to own a snake, chameleon or any other number of reptiles, this is the place to be. A variety of colorful and interesting critters will be available for viewing (and purchase, if you feel like it.) Aug. 10-11.

Summer: Even if you don’t feel like going to a skateboard expo, hanging out with reptiles and couldn’t possibly trek to Dodger Stadium or Little Tokyo, there is still plenty to soak in before school starts. Beach. BBQ. Theme parks. Picnics. Game nights. It’s still summer. We hope you enjoy your weekend!

Event Industry News: ESPN Zone shuts down, Facebook embeds posts and 2014 Oscar host announced

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Goodbye, ESPN Zone: Sitting directly across from the Staples Center, the ESPN Zone at L.A. Live is closing down permanently. Taking the place of the ginormous playground dedicated to beer, sports and arcade games will be three new restaurants: Smashburger, Live Basil Pizza and Tom Urban 24. Live Basil Pizza and Tom Urban 24 originally hail from Colorado. These restaurants will provide dining options at a lower cost than the pricey menus of Wolfgang Puck, Yardhouse and Katsuya. The only ESPN Zone left in Southern California stands at Downtown Disney in Anaheim.

Facebook embedded: Facebook won’t be limited to likes anymore. Last week the social media powerhouse announced plans to roll out embedded posts. Users can now click on any given wall post, copy a code and insert that content into other sites including blogs and other media platforms. As of right now, only a few select sites are able to access this feature including Mashable and PEOPLE magazine.

Oscars 2014 Host: Ellen Degeneres has been announced as the official host of the 2013 Academy Awards. Degeneres previously hosted the event in 2007, with great success.

Water Sommelier (it’s a thing): According to an article from the Huffington Post, Ray’s & Stark Bar in Los Angeles now has a water menu… with more than 20 types of water to choose from. In addition to the menu, guests can do some good old-fashioned water tasting for the small price of $12. It’s hard to say whether people will take this seriously or not. While there is no denying the difference between certain types of water, it will be interesting to see whether customers are willing to shell out the extra cash for something like water tasting.

L.A. Weekender: Festivals galore

It’s hard to believe it’s already August (a.k.a. the last month of summer). That just means we are obligated to enjoy every weekend of this month to the fullest, starting tonight. Keep reading for a weekend full of fun:

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Summer X Games: Start your weekend in Downtown LA at the action-packed ESPN X Games. Check out a variety of competitions including motocross, skateboarding, car racing, and BMX as professional athletes compete for bronze, silver and gold.

Friday Festivals: The first Friday of any month is perfect for hitting up a festival or two in Los Angeles. Downtown is home to Figat7th’s Downtown Festival which includes happy hour specials, dancing and live music. On the West Side, Abbot Kinney’s First Fridays provide all the shopping, dining and a sunset-on-the-beach atmosphere. If you happen to be in the 562 part of L.A., consider hitting up First Fridays Long Beach for their “Summer of Love” happenings: jazz music, street performers, classic cars and live art.

The Hollywood Bowl: Legendary artist Tony Bennett will be performing at the Hollywood Bowl tonight. Listen to his classics, pack a picnic and enjoy a warm Friday evening under the stars.

Splash Dash 5k: We are hosting another 5k this Saturday and it looks like it’s going to be our most memorable race yet. In the Splash Dash 5k, runners make their way through the Fairgrounds and get soaked with water as they pass Splash Zones. At the end of the race, participants can meet up with their friends and enjoy the sight of dancers and Zorb balls, take a turn on the zip line and enjoy icy summer treats in the hot summer sun.

L.A. Waterfront Summer Festival: While it’s a bit of a drive for us, San Pedro is hosting the LA Waterfront Summer Festival  as part of their 125th birthday celebration. The festival features live entertainment, food, craft beer competition and a tasting garden. A carnival filled with rides and games will be available for the kiddies.

Lazy Sunday: Sometimes enjoying a weekend “to the fullest” means taking a few hours to quiet down and soak in some sun. Spend an hour or two browsing your local farmer’s market or take a walk in the park. Maybe even just take a nap. If you’re in our neighborhood and feel like going out, consider the Candlelight Pavilion and enjoy a lunch or dinner with a live performance of The King & I.

We hope you enjoy this first weekend of August as much as we do!