Get the Scoop on Entertainment & Cultural Events in Venice, Santa Monica & Westside

Get the Scoop on Entertainment & Cultural Events in Venice, Santa Monica & Westside

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Just Added! New March Events:

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Her Dream Deferred: On the Status of Black Women

Celebrating the girls and women who dedicate themselves to promoting progressive change, the African American Policy and Hammer Museum present the third annual “Her Dream Deferred” through March 28-30 at 7:30pm. A series which studies black girls and women facing social injustice in the U.S.
10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
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The Not So Silver Screen: Black Women in Media

This panel moderated by professor Kimberlé Crenshaw explores the inequalities experienced by black women in Hollywood. Sitting in on the discussion are Diahann Carroll,  Tonya Pinkins, Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd; April Reign, and Kristen Warner. Catch this special event on March 30 at 7:30pm.
10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
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Say Her Name

This special program will pay recognition to the movement #SayHerName that honors the lives of black girls and women killed by police. Featuring stories from family members and victims of police brutality. Event will take place March 28 at 7:30pm. 
10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
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11th Annual Santa Monica Airport Art Walk

The 11th Annual Santa Monica Art Walk will showcase artist, L.A. Marler’s artwork on Saturday, March 18! Check out her Fine Art Studio and Gallery for exceptional art pieces! Attendees will be treated to a TypO Type- In workshop from 2pm-3pm and live music and food trucks form 12pm-5pm!
Located on the Eastside of 3000 Airport Ave near Walgrove
Details on Santa Monica Airport Art Walk >


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Outdoor Swing Dancing

Learn how to swing dance at Tongva Park, Saturday March 18! Don’t know how to swing? No problem! Dance instructors will teach you the basics! Beginners are welcomed, so get out there and dance!
615 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Inaugural LA Punk Film Festival 

Catch L7 new film “Los Punks” at Beyond Baroque and more films about punk in Los Angeles. You can also catch other local artists showcasing local venice art circa 70’s-80’s. This event is in conjunction with the Venice Art Walk and sponsored by BeachDancer Films. Get on out there and support local artists and check out LA Punk Film Festival on Thursday, March 16 at 6pm!
681 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
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LA Woman—Last Performance! 

Don’t miss LA Woman’s very last performance on Saturday, March 11 at 8pm. “A middle-aged actress at the end of her rope recounts her life and career, dramatically building to an explosive confrontation in this debut staged reading of the new work by playwright/novelist Richard Setlowe.” Sound interesting?
681 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
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LAMBDA Lit Fest – Inside the Writer’s Studio 

On Friday, March 10 Lambda Lit Fest brings special guests, authors and influencers Patricia Nell Warren and Felice Picano who speak and write about the LGBTQ community. The panel will discuss Warren and Picano’s writing processes, influences, and their places in LGBTQ literary history. Get involved and don’t miss this great opportunity!
681 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
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International Women’s Day Celebration 

This glorious event will be paying tribute to women who participate in music, film, and poetry. This celebration will feature eight Venice artists who will share their experiences and challenges women face in the art scene. Come together and share your story on Sunday, March 12 from 2pm-4pm and mingle with inspiring women!
681 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
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Family Flicks Film Series: Betty Boop and Friends

UCLA and Hammer Museum have teamed up to bring people of all ages a special matinee show and screening of new and old classic toons! Grab your popcorn and drink and join them Sunday, March 12 at 11am! Early arrival is recommended so make sure to get there early to get yourself a ticket!
10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
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First Abbot Kinney First Fridays Of 2017!

First Abbot Kinney First Fridays Of 2017!

Food Trucks on Abbot Kinney! January 6 :)
You do like Specials on Food trucks, right?

Can you believe it? 2017 is here and Abbot Kinney Bl is ready to welcome it, bringing the best food trucks in LA and lining them up down the Bl for all to enjoy! Grab all info and more below! We also got a SPECIAL  for our  followers at the bottom of the post! Updated Jan 6.

tacos-anyone-food-truck⇒ First Fridays FAQ

⇒ Food Truck FYI

⇒ First Fridays Map

⇒ Top 5 Food Trucks


Food Truck Lineup on Abbot Kinney

Come back for Updates with more food trucks!

Palms – California

My Delight Truck
Frach’s Fried Ice Cream
Sabores De Mexico
Mad Pambazos
Boba Tea & Me

macdaddy-food-truckCalifornia – Santa Clara

Roll N Lobster
The Grilled Cheese Truck
Street Kitchen LA
Son Of A Bun
The Lobos Truck
Chanco’s Tacos
Spyros Gyros
Tacos Chila
Tumaca Truck
Roni Macaroni

Santa Clara – San Juan

Pizza & Co
Blue Nova
Ridges Churro Bar
Thai- Mex Cocina


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The Brig

Dogtown Dogs – VIP Club Partner
Baby’s Badass BBQ
Border Grill
Kogi Truck
+ more

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homechef_Crispy_Garlic_and_Lemon_Salmon-AKFF-02We know you enjoy a tasty meal, that’s  why you like going to First Fridays – and we do too! What do ya do the rest of the week for good eats? Especially when you may not like cooking or  just don’t have time for it? Home Chef has chefs preparing a new menu of tasty meals you get to choose from each week – and  it’s delivered to your doorstep! It’s minimal prep time, so you get to eat delish food without  much investment  in time – or cash, because AKFF has an offer for you.

 Your FIRST order  gets you 4 meals for ONLY $20 !

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve at these Los Angeles Venues!

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at these Los Angeles Venues!

From Venice to Weho to Noho, Studio City and Costa Mesa, AKFF has you covered for New Year’s Eve Celebrations! 

image001The Lincoln

The Lincoln is easily becoming the must go to venue in Venice, so why miss their New Year’s Eve celebration? Enjoy craft cocktails like The Mid-Autumn at 2:27 in Upstate New York! Plus, what is New Year’s without a champagne toast? The Lincoln will have complimentary champagne to toast to the new exciting year! The AKFF checked out The Lincoln and it was well alive on a week night! Specialty cocktails pack a punch! There will be a line so arrive early. Doors open at 7pm. Check it out and party all night with The Lincoln!
2536 Lincoln Bl, Venice, CA, 90291




p1290650The Darkroom

Hand thrown pizza, fried chicken sandwich, the cheesiest mac and cheese, and a delicious fried egg cheeseburger are foods you can look forward to when celebrating New Year’s Eve at The Darkroom! Open from 2pm-2am New Year’s Eve.
7302 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90036



The Powerhouse

Grab a beer or two at Hollywood’s oldest bar to celebrate the New Year. Enjoy the old school Hollywood ambience and champagne toast at midnight! Venue opens at 7pm New Year’s Eve.
1714 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90028




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Celebrate the New Year the Hawaiian way! Tiki No’s New Year’s Eve event will supply guest with Hawaiian leis and fun party favors to get their guest into the spirit of welcoming a new year. Champagne toast will hit off at midnight. Doors open 7pm New Year’s Eve!
4657 Lankershim Bl, North Hollywood, CA, 91602






Firefly will make you feel right at home with their cozy patio with fireplaces, library lounge and four course meal for $95 for 5:30 seating and $125 for 9pm seating per person. AKFF visited Firefly and recommends it for couples and small groups for NYE. The food is superb, from the seared bluefin tuna appetizer to the delectable steelhead salmon and filet mignon that melts in your mouth! Reservations still available, call 818-762-1833 to reserve a spot. 
Check Out NYE Menu Here >
11720 Ventura Bl, Studio City, CA, 91604



Live music, rum tastings and cigar rolling are all happening before the New Year’s countdown. Guest will also be eating delicious entrees from Chef Miguel Quintero’s special New Year’s Eve menu!
Check Out Menu Here >
2930 Bristol St, Ste A110, Costa Mesa, CA, 92626






Spend New Year’s Eve at the most stylish event of the night! Mesa will present a theme inspired by Met Gala’s theme of honoring Rei Kawakubo and Comme des Garçons. All night long enjoy craft cocktails and bites from 9- 10:30pm, party favors, a champagne toast and more!
Purchase Tickets Here >
725 Baker St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 


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Abbot Kinney First Fridays Recap! Were You There?

Abbot Kinney First Fridays Recap! Were You There?

Smiles, Laughs and Delicious Food Filled Abbot Kinney Blvd on First Fridays!

shopping Hannah owner of Aust, owner of Waraku 01Shopping sure does work up an appetite! We stopped by to chat it up with Hannah, owner of Aust. She was showcasing her newest collection on AKFF which is out now. Check it out!


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New Kid on the Block! Just in the Flavor food truck made its first appearance on First Friday and made some tasty eats for us! Try the “Don’t tell Castro” Cuban sandwich, your tastebuds will thank you!


rollnlobster food truckLets not forget about the Rollnlobster, Pinch of Flavor, Sanook Soi 38, Tumaga, and so many more food trucks who stopped by AKFF!


shopping shoes john fluevelogAKFF got our shopping done visiting trendy boutique shops that are open during First Fridays like John Fluevog, with shoes to die for!


shopping at burro cardsWe were also able to get a little holiday
shopping out of the way at Burro!




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More shopping at Principessa!






shopping hyden yoo silk jktThe AKFF Team said hello to Hyden Yoo and we loved the new bombers!




Blue Nova food truckA crowd of people made line for Blue Nova!






couple w food street kitchenLovely couple enjoying a sandwich and fries and more from Street Kitchen!





Weekend Event

LA Beer Festival

Looking for something fun to do over the three day weekend? We are too! This Saturday enjoy food trucks, live music, and of course beer at LA Center Studios.
More Info Here> 


First Fridays Preview: FABuary 5 on Abbot Kinney

First Fridays Preview: FABuary 5 on Abbot Kinney

Abbot Kinney First Fridays Instagram Photo Contest
It’s so easy – Enter to Win Prizes – See Details:

Instagram-Photo-Contest-First-Fridays-AKFF1- Follow us on Instagram @abbotkinney1st
2- Tag your February 5, 2016 First Fridays photos: #akff
(by Saturday, Feb 6, 2016 at 11:59pm)

2 Winners chosen from photos with most likes
Prize: NextSpace Venice Beach Day Pass Value $30
Prize will be mailed (address required) or arrange pickup at NextSpace Venice Beach

Woodys Grill- Food TuruckThe AKFF Blog has a 1st Fridays Preview for February 5, 2016.  A small selection of tasty  food trucks you’ll be seeing and sampling from on Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice! Just updated with our Instagram Contest!

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Pudding Truck line

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Taste of Venice 2015 – it was Much More than Delicious Food!

Taste of Venice 2015 – it was Much More than Delicious Food!

PS Arts crew + Raffle tix PS Arts Sign PS Arts chalkboard mission statementTaste of Venice is an annual event (formerly Taste of Abbot Kinney) benefiting a worthy community arts organization, P.S. Arts, celebrating 25 years in Venice!

The annual event provided a taste of local Venice restaurants, cafes and food delivery services, along with wine, beer and spirits.

Bank of Venice slider Taste of Venice signThis year’s food tasting extravaganza was on August 30, 2015 and the AKFF Team loved being part of it, from tasting a variety of food and drink, chatting with the restaurant owners and guests at the event, in addition to contributing promotion for this worthy event.  The AKFF Blog has promoted the event since 2010!

On to the food front,  we enjoyed fresh raw ahi tuna salad from Poke Poke, an Asian inspired salad and meatball from Mind Body Fork, a new food delivery service with food made by Chef Debbie Lee, yummy pasta and sliders from Bank of Venice (almost a meal in itself)  with tacos from an old Venice standby, La Cabana, delectable ahi tuna from Larry’s, pasta making with Chef Gino from Piccolo was a real crowd pleaser and a healthy salad of julienne veggies from Komodo to name a few.


Vina SympaticaPlus there were plenty of beverages to quench your thirst with coffee from Groundwork, a longtime Venice favorite coffee spot (it made our Top 5 Coffee Spots in Venice), Matty Chai, an ice cold chai from Flake, a super sangria that was just right for the blazing heat on that day from Vina Sympatica, a new wine brand by a local woman entrepreneur, Sherrijon Gaspard,  a good cabernet from Dark Horse Winery plus Angel City Brewery, Firestone for those who preferred beer and a number of  spirit companies were pouring as well.

LarrysThere was also entertainment with a band, The Ugly Sweaters and DJ Ben Goldsmith, along with the fun Bosco photo booth presented by Cheeky, the fun  paper plate and plasticware company that gave a free meal for us taking a goofy photo added to the fun, along with some great gift baskets, messenger bags and more in the silent auction – all held at Lincoln Place. It made it easy to have everything in one location this year, instead of going from restaurant to restaurant, however, the element of shade was really missing. For next year an indoor/outdoor space would be ideal! All in all it was a fun day and great event – and yes, we ate too much!

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