It's 1930. The stock market crashed. The Great Depression is beginning. Hollywood is starting to rot underneath its glamour and lights. Nobody knows this better than producer Paul Russell. He has to save a movie studio from financial ruin. All he has at his disposal are a stack of horror scripts, some old sets, and unknown actors. The Hollywood pecking order applies to people as much as studios. Actress Lillian Nelson learned this lesson shortly after arriving in Los Angeles. Although she is dating Paul, she refuses to let him give her parts at his studio. She wants to make it on her own. Her attempt to overcome obstacles in order to insert herself into the public's heart is the stuff dreams and nightmares are made of in Hollywood. James Cagney, Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Louis Brooks, and Jack Warner act as your guides while Take Her for a Ride peels back the skin of Hollywood's most glamorous age to reveal a core of talented businessmen, competent directors, and radiant stars. (Crucson Publishing)
1818 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Join New York-based cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt in launching her hilarious debut collection, MY DIRTY DUMB EYES, which has received advance praise from Patton Oswalt, Kristen Schaal, Julie Klausner, and Michael Kupperman. With movie reviews, tips for her readers, laugh-out-loud lists, and short pieces such as “Rumors I’ve Heard About Anna Wintour” and “The Secret Lives of Chefs,” Hanawalt makes the quotidian silly and surreal, flatulent and facetious, proving herself to be one of the foremost humor cartoonists of our time. Her presentation will be followed by a Q&A and signing.
135 So. Doheny Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
The seventh annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival showcases cinema from Greece and filmmakers of Greek descent worldwide. The Festival offers a diverse program of feature, short and documentary films, industry panels and gala receptions. Festival's Orpheus Awards are handed out at the end in a red-carpet gala.
5300 Melrose Avenue Hollywood, Hollywood, CA 90038
12:00pm to 6:00pm
Taking place at the historic Raleigh Studios on Melrose in Hollywood, the 8th Annual LAWineFest promises exploration, fun & education, showcasing wines from 13 countries, brews, artisan cocktails, food trucks, tasting seminars, live entertainment and much more - all in support of L.A.’s own Food Forward, the non-profit group that works with home and business owners to glean fruit from ornamental trees in order to feed the Southland’s hungry.
The 2013 event shines the spotlight on fun and discovery, serving up beer and spirits alongside food and drink demonstrations featuring Celebrity Chef Eric Greenspan. Plus Twitter-ific food trucks and, of course, hundreds of award-winning wines from around the globe. One-day tickets ($85) or Weekend Passes ($110) get ticket-holders unrestricted access to sample libations from near and far, accompanied by rockin’ live entertainment; food truck fare starts at just $2 per plate. For those wanting to take home a taste of LAWineFest, K&L Wines in Hollywood will be on-site to take orders and make wines available for instore pickup or home delivery.
LAWineFest is L.A.’s largest and longest-running wine tasting event, with the dual goals of enhancing Angelenos’ appreciation of all things epicurean and supporting local charitable organizations. LAWineFest was founded in 2005 by renowned wine personality Dr. Joel M. Fisher, and continues to be the Southland’s signature celebration of wine, beer, spirits and food.
5300 Melrose Avenue Hollywood, Hollywood, CA 90038
2:00pm to 5:00pm
In addition to showcasing award-winning wines from 13 countries, pouring craft brews and mixing up artisan cocktails, the 8th Annual LAWineFest will serve up interactive cooking demos, wine tasting seminars, Twitter-ific food trucks and early-entrance VIP tickets for those looking for an exclusive fest experience.
Saturday, June 8 - 2:45pm: Discovering Spain’s Rioja; $15 | 3:45pm: Artisinal Cheese & Wine Pairing Adventures with Barrie Lynn, The Cheese Impresario; $35 (a sell-out every year) | 4:45pm: Walking in Their Shoes: a panel discussion with California winemakers and winery owners, $15.
Sunday, June 9 - 1pm: Wine & Cheese - A Good Combo? Hosted by Terry & Wally August of Fancifull Fine Food & Baskets, $35 | 2pm: Discovering Spain’s Rioja, $15 | 3pm: Artisanal Cheese & Wine Pairing Adventures, $35 (a sell-out every year)
Celebrity Chefs Eric Greenspan of The Foundry on Melrose and Chang Sivilay of the Mandarin Hotel West Hollywood and Asia de Cuba will be presenting interactive cooking demos on the Wolf Range, one of the event’s premiere sponsors.
Stella Artois Beer Garden will offer several brew varieties on tap for all guests to enjoy.
Food Trucks & Restaurants include Lobsta Truck, Heirloom, Tainamite, Green Truck, Slammin’ Sliders, Hot’s Kitchen, The Surfer Taco, Sweet Arleen’s Cupcake & Bread Puddings. Plates start at $2; not included in event ticket price.
VIP Tickets are available on Saturday, June 8 only; $30 upgrade includes early admission at 1pm, access to the VIP Garden featuring exclusive tastings and VIP gift bag. Guests can purchase VIP tickets here: http://lawinefest2013.eventbrite.com/.
K&L Wines in Hollywood will be on-site featuring wines found at the LAWineFest.