Weekly Fun: Events to Guide Your Free Time

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This week's event focus is all about three things: food, booze and comedy. With temperatures forcing people out of their homes, why not enjoy some laughs in an air-conditioned Beverly Hills theater, take in some nighttime drinks in Chinatown or stretch the possibilities of the suburbs (and your stomach along the way) with a food crawl through uptown Whittier. There's so much happening this week in the realm of art, music, culture and more, so be sure to check out our KCET events page for all of the latest and greatest in what to do around town.

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Let's start with the important stuff: drinking. Monday represented the kick-off of American Craft Beer Week, where local breweries all over the country spend seven days partying and showing each other support within the exploding craft beer market. For us regular drinkers, that means lots and lots of fantastic craft beer events to enjoy. L & E Oyster Bar in Silver Lake is opening their upstairs space for an Allagash Brewing takeover from, offering a full night of special taps and bottles. The popular Portland, Maine brewery is best known for their Allagash White, but will also be providing unfiltered, yeasty golden ales and a 9% strong ale to pair with L & E's regular assortment of fresh seafood. On Thursday, Central Coast brewers Firestone Walker celebrate American Craft Beer Week at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, with a night dedicated to rare Firestone Walker beers from the archives. Co-owner David Walker will be on hand himself to discuss the selected brews, including their always hard to find Anniversary Ales and the dark and stormy Parabola Russian Imperial Stouts. If that doesn't get you all worked up, try heading to Redlands on Saturday for Hangar 24's AirFest, a full day air show and anniversary celebration. As the blossoming regional craft brewery continues its expansion, the rest of us get to enjoy the spoils. Head out towards the Redlands Airport early to catch flying acrobatics and sky borne stunts all day long, with rare beer releases, cheap pours and plenty of food across the street at Hangar 24.

Speaking of food, there's going to be a glut of it this week as well. The biggest event on our noshing radar is the Uptown Whittier Chef Crawl, which brings together some of the suburban city's best eateries for one night. People already love the Mexican-inspired Bizzara Capital, but local Italian favorite Ciao Italia is joining in the fray as well, along with half a dozen other spots. Eventually, the night will end with drinks (yes, more drinks) at The Bottle Room, one of the better beer bars in the area. Or, in Chinatown, you can grub down on food, booze and some culture with Artopia. The LA Weekly-sponsored event will features walls and walls of curated photos, paintings and drawings to go with the punk rock stylings of FIDLAR and Keith Morris, formerly of Black Flag. Your $15 ticket also gets you access to the bar, while food comes courtesy the Seoul Sausage Truck, Ricky's Fish Tacos, the Lobos Truck and Starry Kitchen.

If you're trying to slim down for summer, you could always tighten your core with laughter this week. The ongoing L.A. Comedy Fest runs all week long, with screenings and performances all over Los Angeles. There are festival passes available, full gala events and one-off shows that are sure to tickle your funny bone. Or, if you really need that star power, sit in with Marc Maron and Judd Apatow for the latest Writer's Bloc installment. The two will crack wise and swap stories about the industry, their circuitous paths to stardom, and the ever-changing media landscape beneath their feet.

Of course, if you just feel like being an actual good person for once, you might want to consider the L.A. River Cleanup, happening this Saturday at 9 A.M. This eco-friendly event comes courtesy of the folks at Friends of the L.A. River, and will be rolling along in stages from Lake Balboa all the way south to downtown. Or, on Friday evening, learn up on the plight of the Colorado River with a free Watershed film screening. The documentary, narrated by Robert Redford, focuses on the agriculture-heavy expansion surrounding the Colorado River, which has simultaneously robbed precious gallons from the flowing source and contaminated large swaths further downriver. The effects, if left to continue, could be catastrophic.

As always, there are plenty of other great events going down this week (far more than we could cover here), so be sure to check them all out on our KCET Events page. Once that's done, you can drink and eat and laugh yourself silly with abandon.

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About the Author

Farley Elliott is a freelance food writer and comedian. He currently writes for KCET.org, SeriousEats.com, LAist.com, and L.A. Weekly. You can catch Farley doing comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Hollywood.
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