THIS WEEKEND: Festivals Galore, Funny Biz and a Shopping Deal

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2nd Annual Champsfest: It’s CHAMPS Charter High School of the Arts’ own Coachella this Saturday from noon to midnight — 12 hours of music hosted by the school’s Internet radio station AER (Arts Entertainment Radio). The daylong festival on the school’s Van Nuys campus will feature performances on two stages by 16 of SoCal’s best up-and-coming bands, six DJs, 25 solo musical performances, seven food trucks and other food vendors, a video game room, a skateboard area, a jewelry store, a mehndi and face painting area, and more! $10 in advance, $15 at the door. 6952 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys. (Home page photo with Dave Grohl).

WorldFest 2011 Earth Day Festival: There will be live music and entertainment, inspiring speakers, numerous nonprofits, kids’ activities, a food court, a beer and wine garden, a dog park and much more at this enormous Earth Day celebration in Woodley Park on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.General admission, $7; seniors over 60, students, Metro and bike riders, $5; children under 5 and residents of 91406 are free. 6350 Woodley Ave., Lake Balboa.

The Jumbo Shrimp Circus: Only seven performances left! Moms, dads and grandparents are bringing their little ones to Tujunga Village to see Epoxie (Phil Briggs) do his tricks in The Magical and Joyful Spectacle of Epoxie”: juggling, balancing, plate spinning, magic and storytelling. The one-man, 50-minute clown show is aimed at preschoolers to early-elementary-age kids). The show’s focus is about gently sharing new experiences with children and giving them a calm first experience with theater. May 23, 29, 30 and June 5, 6, 12, 13 at 10:30 a.m., Two Roads Theatre, 4348 Tujunga Ave., Studio City. $10 children; $12 adults; discounts for school groups. Click here for tickets. Call 818-917-1268 for further information.

San Fernando Valley Art Club 2011 Spring Juried Show Reception: The San Fernando Valley Art Club is launching its 2011 Spring Show featuring the latest work from their members, who are among the best fine artists in the 818. The reception is free this Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Gallery 800 at the Lankershim Arts Center, 5108 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Show runs through June 11.

Dress on a Dime Consignment Sale: A three-day, semi-annual consignment sale and the largest women’s of its kind in the Los Angeles area with over 15,000 items—clothing, shoes, purses and jewelry. Shop for  new and gently used name-brand items at a fraction of retail price. Find size 0 to plus sizes. Friday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1431 Truman St., San Fernando. Free admission.

Gelson’s Tarzana Sample Fest: Sample some of the favorite foods throughout the Tarzana store from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m on Saturday.


Venice Art Walk and Auctions: There’s no way to see more of Venice and the best of Venice, than the Venice Art Walk & Auctions today through Sunday.  Starting at a $50 donation, attendees enjoy access to more than 50 studios on the “Art Walk” proper, as well as several pop-up galleries and special exhibits, plus a shot at more than 400 original works in the Silent Art Auction. All proceeds from the Venice Art Walk & Auctions, which also features three separately ticketed Art & Architecture Tours – two on Saturday, May 21, and one on Sunday, May 22 – benefit Venice Family Clinic, which is now the largest free clinic in the country, caring for more than 24,000 people annually.

The 38th annual Beverly Hills Art Show – Affaire In The Gardens: Spanning four blocks, this free public art event on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. features 250 artists from around the United States that will showcase an upscale, yet affordable, array of paintings, sculptures, photographs, and prints. The event features art tours, a dance performance, the artists’ award ceremony, in-booth artist demonstrations, special exhibit curated by Los Angeles Art Association, wine garden and delicious food. (Beverly Gardens) 241 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills.

The Second Annual Silver Lake Jubilee Music and Arts Festival: It’s back this Saturday and Sunday with more than 50 live bands, 50 performance artists, more than 60 vendors and gourmet food trucks and food from local restaurants. Music, art, literature, theater, and educational activities  all ages.The event also features a literary stage with readings by community and established authors, theater, art installations, and comedy curated by Iliza Shlesinger. Family-friendly daytime programming offers an interactive and educational experience with a children’s village and eco grove, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) with the mars rover, arts and crafts, and kid’s music sessions. Proceeds support LAAAA’s mission to promote the importance of a life long engagement with arts and athletics.

Final Stage of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California Race: It concludes on Sunday at the Civic Arts Plaza, adjacent to The Lakes at Thousand Oaks. Watch as world-class cyclists race through the finish line marking the spectacular end to the 800 mile, 8 day race which spanned from Northern to Southern California. On race day, a Lifestyle Festival from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.will take place at the Civic Arts Plaza to celebrate the big finish of the race and eateries at the neighboring Lakes at Thousand Oaks will offer specials off of their menus including, the world-famous Nate ‘n Al, Sabor Cocina Mexicana and California Pizza Kitchen. Booths include bicycle, sportswear and equipment vendors showcasing the latest trends in cycling. Route details and race information for Stage 8 of the 2011 Amgen Tour is located on the Amgen Tour of California Conejo Valley website at or visit The Amgen Tour Conejo Valley Facebook page and Twitter, @AmgenTourConejo for updates. The Lakes at Thousand Oaks will charge $20 for event parking. Call in advance to purchase reserved seating on the Green at The Lakes to ensure a great spot in the center of all the action. For more information about The Lakes at Thousand Oaks visit

28th Annual Strawberry Festival: It’s worth the drive for this once-a-year event featuring live entertainment, more than 200 booths of arts and crafts, a huge assortment of delicious strawberry foods and beverages, demonstrations and presentations, plus Strawberryland for Kids with free rides, puppet shows and more. General admission, $12; seniors (62+), $8; active military and their dependents with ID, $8 (only available at entrance gate); children ages 5-12, $5; free for kids 4 and younger. Only cash at gate, or order by credit card online. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Strawberry Meadows of College Park, 3250 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard.

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