Top 5 Things to Do in L.A. This Week

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Festival season may be drawing to a close in Los Angeles, but not before two prominent ones take place this week: one for food and wine aficionados and one for indie-music connoisseurs. For those looking for something a bit less hectic, this week also features not one but two cultural salons, plus a late-night museum shindig. Hit the jump for details.

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Los Angeles Food and Wine
Thursday, Aug. 22-Sunday, Aug. 25, in Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and downtown L.A.
A Michelin star-studded group of celebrity chefs has been assembled for this citywide culinary festival, including Thomas Keller, Masaharu Morimoto, Ricky Bayless and Grant Achatz. Along with local talents like Josef Centeno, Susan Feniger, Evan Funke, and Kuniko Yagi, they'll serve up multi-course tasting menus, cooking demos and wine seminars. Bring your appetite.

FYF Fest
Saturday, Aug. 24, and Sunday, Aug. 25, at L.A. State Historic Park
L.A.'s favorite recursively named indie-rock extravaganza has come a long way from its humble roots. What began 10 years ago as a one-day event in Echo Park has grown into weekend-long mini-Coachella in downtown L.A.'s backyard. My Bloody Valentine and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs will headline this year, with TV on the Radio, MGMT, Beach House, Deerhunter, Solange and many, many more acts filling out the bill.

Muse 'Til Midnight
Saturday, Aug. 24, 8 p.m.-midnight, at LACMA
Ever burned the midnight oil at a museum? Now's your chance as LACMA stays up late to show off its new exhibition "Hans Richter: Encounters," which highlights some 150 works by the artist and his colleagues, including Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray. Attendees can get in on the action themselves with collage making, Dada dance workshops and a headphone-powered silent disco. Food and drinks inspired by the exhibition will also be served up all night.

Silent Salon
Saturday, Aug. 24, 8:30 p.m., at Villa Aurora
Before landing at Mack Sennett's Keystone Studios in Los Angeles' Edendale neighborhood (what is now Silver Lake/Echo park), Charlie Chaplin was a little-known British vaudevillian. This program screens four of Chaplin's Keystone movies -- "Mabel's Married Life," "The Rounders," "The Masquerader" and "Dough and Dynamite," all made in 1914 -- with live accompaniment by Dean Mora on the Villa Aurora's historic pipe organ. The villa gardens will also be open early for picnicking and enjoying the sunset.

LAVA Sunday Salon
Sunday. Aug. 25, noon-2 p.m., at Les Noces du Figaro
Los Angeles Visionaries Association, the "loose-knit consortium of like-minded creative souls," hosts this monthly series featuring presentations on all manner of absorbingly arcane topics. This month Paul Nugent will discuss the history of the Aetherius Society, a spiritual organization founded in L.A. by yoga master and alleged extraterrestrial contactee George King, and Carlton Davis will delve into the past, present and future of the downtown Arts District. A walking tour of South Broadway will follow.

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Oliver Gettell is a writer and editor based in Los Angeles.

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