12/12/2013 01:34 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Things To Do In LA This Weekend: Literary Death Match, New Plan Check


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Holiday East and West.


What: The beloved Sawtelle restaurant opens a second location for executive chef Ernesto Uchimura’s Asian-infused classics, plus Matthew Biancaniello’s crop-to-cup cocktails like the bonito-infused Fish out of Water.

Why: Arrive early for discount drinks during the daily hip-hop happy hour; stay into the wee hours to catch the late night-bites menu.

When: Opens Fri. Sun.-Wed., 11:30 a.m.-midnight; Thurs., 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m.; Fri. & Sat., 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m.

Where: 351 N. Fairfax Ave., at Oakwood Ave., West Hollywood (310-288-6500 ext. 2).

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What: Four scribes put their writing on the line in this comedic battle of words.

Why: It’s Def Poetry Jam meets American Idol, with a finale that trades literary sensibility for a large dose of absurdity.

When: Today. Doors, 7:15 p.m.; show, 8:15 p.m.; after-party, 9:45 p.m.

Where: Busby’s East, 5364 Wilshire Blvd., b/t S. Cloverdale Ave. & S. Detroit St., Mid-Wilshire (323-525-2615). Tickets ($5 with a Toys for Tots donation) at or at the door ($10).


The MiA Project Art & Performance Market

What: Shop the holiday bazaar for goods from under-the-radar American designers such as Adina Mills and Robert Siegel.

Why: Saturday’s market ends with a special performance by brother-sister duo Wardell.

When: Sat., 2-9 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.

Where: Dilettante, 120 N. Santa Fe Ave., at E. First St., Downtown. Tickets ($6-$15) at

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Echo Park Craft Fair

What: Score fresh-pressed juices, flowers, ceramics, and more at this annual gathering of local artisans.

Why: A portion of the proceeds funds arts education in an Echo Park elementary school.

When: Sat., noon-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.

Where: Mack Sennett Studios, 1215 Bates Ave., b/t Fountain Ave. & Effie St., Echo Park (323-660-8466).

What: The much-coveted Japanese line finally opens an L.A. outpost.

Why: More than 8,500 square feet of minimalist home and fashion essentials, including bag organizers, foldable umbrellas, knit capes, and Indian cotton chambray throws.

When: Opens Sat. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Where: Hollywood Galaxy Shopping Center, 7021 Hollywood Blvd., at N. Sycamore Ave., Hollywood (323-785-2013).



Georgetown Cupcake Decorating Workshop

What: Flex your frosting muscles and personalize a dozen festive treats; warm up with cold weather drinks and sample holiday mini cakes.

Why: Flavors include gingerbread, Rudolph red velvet, and Santa’s chocolate chip.

When: Sun., 2-4 p.m.

Where: 143 South Robertson Blvd., b/t Alden Dr. & W. Third St., Beverly Hills (310-893-2866). Registration ($75) at

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