This Weekend: Tiki Holiday, 1886 Westside, Tim Burton Speaks

— by Caroline on Crack

What a glorious weekend it’s going to be! Not only is it a holiday but it’s the last weekend before my European vacation! Woot! By the way, don’t forget: my Spare Room Taste of the Nation LA bowling party is tonight and I’m still collecting entries for my Bruery craft beer fest giveaway!

Thursday, May 26

BreadBar’s Hatchi Truck Stop with Rokyo Ramen Truck and 1886 Cocktails
The Raymond’s 1886 Bar in Pasadena comes to the Westside! Now’s your chance to check out what its skillful bartenders can do without having to drive four different freeways to get there. And the Rokyo Gourmet Ramen Truck will be on hand for this month’s BreadBar Food Truck series. Eight dishes like tempura eggs served with bacon-wrapped vegetables, Bibimbap and Rokyo Ramen will be be available at $8 each with a $32 minimum. The cocktails, like the Green Tea Toddy with Japanese whiskey and Sriracha Daisy, are available for $8-$12 each.

  • 6-10pm. BreadBar Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Boulevard, Century City (map). Reservations: (310) 277-3770,

Saturday, May 28

Spring Beer Festival at the Echoplex
Unlimited pours of craft beer (Strand, Lagunitas, Firestone, New Belgium and Green Flash), live music and food trucks! You get all that for $25 AND it’s for a great cause: 826LA, a non-profit dedicated to helping students with their writing skills.

  • 12-4pm. Tickets: $25. The Echoplex, 1154 Glendale Boulevard, Los Angeles (map).

Tim Burton Introduces His Ed Wood Movie at LACMA
Ed Wood, a biopic of the Hollywood director played skillfully by Johnny Depp, is one of my favorite Tim Burton movies and if it’s yours, too, you won’t want to miss this screening when the director himself introduces it! This helps kick off his exhibit at LACMA which starts May 29 and goes through Halloween this year. Other movies scheduled to screen in the coming weeks are Beetle Juice, Corpse Bride and Mars Attacks!

  • 7pm. Tickets: $10. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles (map).

Sunday, May 29

Katana’s 7th Annual Red Sun BBQ Garden Kicks Off
To celebrate the summer, this Sunset Boulevard chichi sushi joint will have a party on its patio every Sunday til Labor Day. There you can do a Red Sun BBQ Tasting menu complete with Robatayaki and Katana favorites for $40. Knock back $6 sake sangrias and Champagne St. Germains or split a Katana Pineapple Fusion bowl for two.

  • Every Sunday til September 4. 5:30pm-11:30pm. Katana, 8439 W Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood (map). (323) 650-8585.

Monday, May 30

Tiki Night at 320 Main
It’s Memorial Day! Wind down your holiday with Tiki drinks made by those who know how to make ’em like Matt Robold of RumDood, Jason Schiffer of 320 Main and Marcos Tello of The Varnish/1886 Bar. They’ll take turns behind the bar serving Painkillers, Nui Nuis, Navy Grogs and more! If you’re hongry there are $4 LA and Chicago dogs! Don’t forget to sport your loudest Hawaiian shirt! I’m so there.

  • 7pm-11pm. 320 Main, 320 Main Street, Seal Beach (map). (562) 799-6246.