LA Life: Festivals, Craftsman Expo and Holiday Tours

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No matter how you feel about the outcome of the election, I’m sure many tomatoes are thanking their lucky stars it’s Friday and the whole thing is just… over.  Phew! There are plenty of distractions to wash election stress away. “The American Indian Arts Marketplace, might just satisfy the cravings of tomato shopaholics. If you are looking to eat and drink Japanese style, the “Japanese Food Festival” arrives Sunday. “The Pasadena Heritage Craftsman Expo” is back. And the LA Conservancy December Tours to celebrate the holidays and our history just went on sale. Yep, that time of year is quickly approaching tomatoes. EEEGAADS!

November 12 & 13. American Indian Arts Marketplace

LA Life: Festivals, Craftsman Expo and Holiday Tours

As American Indian Heritage Month continues in LA, the American Indian Arts Marketplace takes place this weekend at the Autry and is the largest high-end Native American arts fair in Southern California.  200 Native American artists who represent more than 40 tribes from across the country have items for sale including one of a kind sculptures and pottery, beadwork and basketry, photography and paintings, jewelry and textiles, wooden carvings and mixed media works.  Worth putting your shopping shoes on tomatoes!

The marketplace also includes performances, activities, talks and demonstrations and the annual short play festival from “Native Voices” the Autry’s resident theatre company.

Nov. 13. Japanese Food Festival

LA Life: Festivals, Craftsman Expo and Holiday Tours

This festival is touted as “The Premier Japanese Food Lovers Event in LA”. Lots of new flavors from Japan will be debuting, in addition to unlimited food samples and unlimited Ramen servings, at the Hilton in Universal City. It’s all authentic gals so don’t miss this once a year chance to savor the best in Japanese cuisine.  Is your mouth watering yet?

For over 15 years the ultimate goal of The Japanese Food Festival has been to promote and celebrate Japanese Food and Culture in So-Cal. With over 30+ exhibitors, many from outside of the US, they do just that.

November 12&13. The Pasadena Heritage Craftsman Expo 

LA Life: Festivals, Craftsman Expo and Holiday Tours

I adore…absolutely adore a Craftsman home so you might just see me on one of the many tours of American Craftsman gems that “The Pasadena Heritage Craftsman Expo” will be offering this weekend.  You can also head to Pasadena Convention Center where they are honoring the Craftsman movement with over 50 exhibitors from all over the US showcasing and selling their Craftsman era works. You might just fall in love ladies.

Since Pasadena is home to the most notable homes of the Craftsman style on the West Coast, it certainly makes sense that the City of Pasadena host this event.  Also known as the American Arts and Crafts Movement, the architectural style emerged in the early 1900’s and is noted for its emphasis of ceramics, art, and other features developed by skilled craftsmen. Tracing its roots to England, Craftsmen design has nevertheless developed a unique and internationally lauded aesthetic in Pasadena, with the work of architects Charles and Henry Greene, tile maker Ernest Batchelder, and writer/photographer Helen Lukens Gaut, among others.

Holiday Tours December

LA Life: Festivals, Craftsman Expo and Holiday ToursTrust me ladies, this may not be happening this weekend, but reservations for these very special December Walking tours will go superfast so this is my urgent “heads-up!” tomatoes. The holidays are upon us and the LA Conservancy “December Historic Highlights Tour” is a top notch way to celebrate the holidays in DTLA and the Clifton’s Tour  is indeed special and both tours are only in December gals.

Clifton’s will be all decked out for the holidays tomatoes and the December Clifton one-hour tours of this iconic restaurant will explore the history of the restaurant, as well as the unique décor.  The December Historic Highlights Tour will explore the architecture and history of 5 fabulous downtown buildings that will also be beautifully decorated for the holiday season so you want to get your tickets NOW tomatoes.


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