This Weekend: Events Around the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles and Beyond, Plus a Movie Giveaway

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First Annual Sherry Theatre Spring Arts FestivalA mix of visual arts and performance, the three day festival will be a multifaceted, family friendly event filled with music, performance, and engaging programs. Hosted by founder & Artistic Director, Scott aAze and Jim Parrack, Creative Director, the event will be featuring talent by local and world known artists such as: James Franco, Jeff Wack Matt Smiley and more. Click here for a the schedule via the Noho Arts District.  The Sherry Theater is located at 11052 Magnolia Blvd. (between Lankershim and Vineland) in North Hollywood.

 Santa Monica Bead Show:   Find thousands of top-quality beads and beading supplies at affordable prices. This long-running country-wide  touring show will be at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium today through Sunday. Exhibitors from around the world will be present their wares. Peruse stunning and unique jewelry creations, eye-catching beads, beading tools and much more. Those who purchase a beading kit will get to attend, for free, a beading class led by beading expert and author Wendy Simpson-Connor.



The Strawberry Festival has something for the whole family.

The Strawberry Festival has something for the whole family.

California  Strawberry Festival: Jam-packed with strawberries and all your indulgences, the 30th Annual California Strawberry Festival Celebration Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19 in Oxnard is pure goodness with proceeds benefiting charities. What’s not to enjoy with non-stop concerts, Strawberryland For Kids with free rides and attractions, 250+ Arts & Crafts exhibits, celebrity chef demonstrations, incredible food, and yummy delicacies like strawberry pizza, deep fried strawberries, chocolate dipped strawberries and even strawberry beer. The tart toss and pie eating contests get your face in the fun that runs 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. On 50 acres, the Festival is among the nation’s top outdoor celebrations. Tickets start at $5, and are available with more information at or call 888-288-9242. Use the free park n ride shuttle to get there fast and save $10 on parking.

The 27th Annual Bug Fair: It’s all things buzzy, creepy and crawly…and tasty this Saturday and Sunday at the Natural History Museum. Nearly 70 exhibitors will fill the museum halls for this year’s theme — BEES! Explore bees, cradle a bug or two, learn about the homes and habits of a wide variety of roaming insects, meet the zombie fly, participate in citizen science projects, and a taste of bugs.



A music festival in our own backyard.

A music festival in our own backyard.

CHAMPS Annual 12 hour Music Festival: AER (Arts & Entertainment Radio)and CHAMPS Charter High School present the 4th annual music festival – CHAMPSFEST 2012 on Saturday from noon to midnight.This year’s 12 hour live festival will feature a diverse array of music that includes popular artists from L.A.’s underground Hip Hop scene  as well as members of other music and dance collectives. Food trucks, The Melt, Menchies and more will be on hand to feed the public. The station, recently adopted by the Grammy Foundation as a ‘buddy’ school, is visited by a steady stream of famous artists including Dave Grohl ofthe FooFighters, who commented ” This is amazing, I wish I had a station like this in my High School!” CHAMPS Charter High School of the Arts ) 6952 Van Nuys Blvd., (818) 570-2237,  $7 presale;  $10at the door.

A Grand Souk Festival: Celebrate the Big Read Program of the National Endowment of the Arts and the Museum of the San Fernando Valley this Sunday, May 19 11:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. The Bazaar features musicians, singers, dancers, story-tellers, weavers, artists and muralists from many Los Angeles communities. Food and beverages are available for a modest cost at the Rancho’s cantina on-site. Free Parking at the Rancho & lots of street parking. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Free to the Public. Donations appreciated. El Rancho Cordillera del Norte, 9015 Wilbur Ave. , Northridge. (Southwest Corner of Nordhoff & Wilbur). For more information, visit




Venice Art Walk

Venice Art Walk

34th Anuual 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 this Sunday.  Google headquarters in Venice hosts the silent auction for this event that benefits the Venice Family Clinic.  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. Food trucks, kids area and more. All proceeds from the Venice Art Walk & Auctions, which also features separately ticketed Art & Architecture Tours.

The 53rd Annual Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival:  It’s happening this Sunday, May 19th at Paramount Ranch, Agoura Hills featuring a main stage with over 100 instrumental and singing contestants competing for cash and gift awards, many professional bands, a dance barn with square dancing, clogging and other dancing to live music, jam sessions (bring your instruments), a childrens’ area, folk art and wares, great food, etc.   For tickets and more, click here.

Concerts on the Lawn: It’s the first concert of the season at this annual season of outdoor concerts at a home in Toluca Lake.  This Sunday, it’s the return of The Ukelele Orchestra of the Western Hemisphere. Get ready for this wall of ukulele sound — 15+ ukes plus vocals. Be prepared for NO Hawaiian songs. Instead think David Bowie,The Cars, Aerosmith, Radiohead … vintage TV show themes mash-ups … maybe some Peggy Lee or a Phil Spector classic. Come to The Lawn to find out what these ukers can do with the happiest instrument on earth. Please RSVP here or email your confirmation at: to get the private address if you need it. It helps to have a head count so they have room for you, your friends or family. BYOC (bring your own lawn chair) and be prepared to chill out under the trees. Suggested donation for this show is $10, cash preferred. Kids are free! For an extra $5 (total $15), you can pre pay via Paypal and have a lawn chair of your own reserved and waiting for you, front row seating. Side gate opens at 4:30 p.m.and the lawn will be totally shaded by then. Street parking is available, and please be conscious of their neighbors.

What are you doing this weekend? What do you want to do?










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