Your Weekend To-Do List: Doo Dah Parade & The LA Times Book Fest
Los Angeles is catering to every hobby this weekend, from reading to shopping to letting one's freak flag fly. Here's what do do April 29th to May 1st.
A New Burger: The battle for SoCal burger supremacy has traditionally raged only between In-n-Out and Fatburger ... and really, it wasn't much of a war. But this Friday marks the opening of the first Five Guys Burgers and Fries in L.A. It's the east coast favorite, and even has the same color scheme as In-n-Out. Let the comparisons begin.
Five Guys Burgers and Fries, 6000 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City; 866-345-4897
Freaks on the Eastside: Everyone knows about the proper and respectable Rose Parade, but the Doo Dah Parade is where Pasadenans really let loose. Participants have group names like Flying Baby Street Racing and Stroller Cross, Men of Leisure, and Drunk in the Garage, while others don't so much have themes as entirely inappropriate costumes. But it's so joyful that it's all family-friendly too.
Pasadena Doo Dah Parade, 2627 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; 626-590-1134
Men in Tights: Cinefamily's Mondo Superhero festival goes into high gear this weekend, with the Superhero Saturday Marathon showing five documentaries and under-appreciated superhero films like "Abar: The First Black Superman."
Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Ave.; 323-655-2510
Ladies Love Shopping: Confederacy is probably the coolest clothing boutique in Los Feliz, but they're changing things up a bit: the co-ed store is only going to sell menswear from now on. So, they're having a big ol' sale to unload the women's stuff, with huge discounts on fancy designers like Phillip Lim and Proenza Schouler.
Confederacy, 4661 Hollywood Blvd.; 323-913-3040
Reading is Hot: The biggest annual literary event in town is the L.A. Times Festival of Books, switching this year from UCLA to USC. There are readings, signings, panels, seminars, and workshops, along with live music and food trucks, making it a fun event even if your favorite author didn't make it out this year.
LA Times Festival of Books, USC, Exposition Blvd. and S. Figueroa St.; no phone