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

A scene from the Culture Collide Festival

When it comes to Los Angeles' top events this week, everything old is new again. Local history buffs can dig deep at USC's Archives Bazaar, modern-farmer types and art-and-craft aficionados can explore the locally sourced wonderland of Artisanal L.A., and policy wonks can join Zocalo Public Square to explore how our fair city can survive yet another looming water crisis. (Time to rewatch "Chinatown"?) Also on the agenda are a multi-venue music fest in Echo Park and a two-day art walk at one of the world's largest live-work artists' compounds.

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Culture Collide Festival in Echo Park | Event details
On any given night in Echo Park, as locals shuffle between the bars, clubs and cafes that line Sunset Boulevard, the neighborhood can often resemble an informal music fest or block party. Filter magazine's annual Culture Collide Festival makes it official with three days of concerts, creative panels and happy hours held across half a dozen venues, all within walking distance of one another. The lineup leans international and is toplined by Liars, King Khan and the Shrines, the Raveonettes, and Miami Horror.

Los Angeles Archives Bazaar at USC | Event details
Fans of Nathan Masters' blog posts here at KCET are already familiar with L.A. as Subject, an association of cultural institutions dedicated to preserving and sharing the hidden histories of the Southland. This Saturday, L.A. as Subject and the USC libraries present their eighth annual Archives Bazaar, where attendees can view materials from more than 80 collections and attend programs such as an "archives roadshow," a speed-dating-style overview of the bazaar and a session on the history of craft brewing in L.A.

Artisanal L.A. Fall Show at L.A. Mart | Event details
Angelenos who prefer to think globally and shop locally should find plenty to like at this pop-up marketplace showcasing produce, prepared foods, pantry items, meat, arts, crafts, housewares and more, all sourced from right here in Southern California. The two-day event also offers workshops, demos, panels and book signings (including an appearance from Mozza chef Nancy Silverton) focused on such topics as cooking, garening and preserving. Click here for a chance to win free weekend passes.

The Brewery Art Walk | Event details
The complex now known as the Brewery Art Colony originated as the site of an Edison power plant (one of the first of its kind built west of the Mississippi) and a brewery that churned out Eastside and Pabst Blue Ribbon beer for decades. In 1982, it reopened in its present incarnation as a live-work haven for painters, photographers, designers, architects, filmmakers, performance artists, sculptors, ceramicists and other creative-minded folks. Twice a year, the artists-in-residence throw open their doors to show off their studios and their work and to chat with visitors. Food and drinks will be available at a beer garden centrally located on the 16-acre campus and at Barbara's, the Brewery's on-site restaurant.

How Will We Survive the Water Wars? at Pacific Design Center | Event details
At the opening ceremony of the Los Angeles Aqueduct on Nov. 5, 1913, William Mulholland famously gestured toward the city's new water supply and said, "There it is. Take it." But keeping present-day Los Angeles watered -- in the face of a rapidly growing population, climate change and global economic development -- will likely require a more nuanced solution. On Sunday, the public salon series Zocalo Public Square teams up with Occidental College to tackle the thorny issues of how Los Angeles can meet these challenges and "learn to live in a less wet world."

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