Posts Tagged ‘Go Topless’

Because we want equality for all, this upcoming Saturday represents National Go Topless Pride Day, a day where both men AND women can expose their upper bodies to the sun. This movement aims to spread awareness that women have the Constitutional right to bare their tops in public, despite local laws that otherwise prevent that. Many states actually allow top freedom; however, the police can still arrest bare-chested women for “disorderly conduct” even if the person did nothing else wrong. This Sunday across the nation, numerous movements will occur to shed light on the true legality of topless women in public, and aim to take a stand against authorities by marching topless. Certain cities allow bare tops during this movement, such as New York. However, Californian police will make arrests, so all women participating in this Sunday’s march in Venice must still cover up their nipples, either with pasties, stickers, or non-transparent tape.

In order to make this parade fun and successful, participants should make a few preparations for this event. Definitely prepare for prolonged exposure to the sun, so have sunscreen applied and available for reapplication. Part of this parade involves walking on sand with the rest on concrete, so sandals work best for footwear. The event page lists the approximate location as “198 Ocean Front Walk, Los Angeles, CA 90291” so when you get there, you may have to wander around a bit to find the meeting spot. Speaking of which, though the event starts at 1pm, the parade will not begin until some time between 2pm to 3pm. I still suggest arriving early to get settled, cover up the nipples if you had not already done so, mingle with others, and get a feel for the layout and parade path. Prepare to face a lot of troublemakers, gawkers, creeps, and generic immature people. They simply want attention, so just ignore them the entire time. All participants have the right to refuse photos, so if people start randomly taking pictures of you, kindly let them know that they cannot take a picture of you. Lastly, just let loose and have fun!

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77th Annual Nisei Week – Japanese Festival
August 19-27
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.niseiweek.org/

Participate in any of a variety of events celebrating Japanese culture during this nine-day period based out of Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles. Numerous events will occur at Little Tokyo or the Japanese American National Museum on the north side of Little Tokyo. Check the website for a full list of events, which include some eating competitions, the free family festival, and a car show.

Free Ska Show
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 22
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/273968869752961/

Get your skanking on at this free ska show this Tuesday night in Fullerton. No one under 21 may enter.

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 23-24
Pine Avenue Pier, Downtown Long Beach
http://downtownlongbeach.org/event-post/taste-of-downtown/

Sample food from local restaurants in Downtown Long Beach at this two-night tasting, or enjoy some brews at the beer garden sponsored by Beachwood BBQ. Each sample costs varying amounts of tickets, which cost $1 each. Purchase tickets online to receive two free tickets for every $10 spent. Guests can park for free for up to two hours in the parking structure between 3rd, 4th, and Pine.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 23
The Rookery, Pomona
http://rookeryalehouse.com/Events.html

Share your favorite craft beer with other craft beer enthusiasts at this bottle share this Wednesday night in Downtown Pomona. Bring in a 750ml bottle of craft beer and order at least $10 of food in order to participate. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the area, and can avoid paying for parking entirely.

Slaughter And The Dogs – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 23, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 24, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 25, The Hi Hat, Highland Park
http://www.satd.band/

British punk band Slaughter And The Dogs will headline a handful of shows in Southern California this week. The cover price for each show varies by location, so check with the venue for prices. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

2017 Naples Island Street Fair
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, August 24
Naples Fountain, Naples Island, Long Beach
http://www.naplesislandbusiness.com/

Bring your family out to this free street fair on Naples Island this Thursday evening. Complete with food, music, and plenty of activities, all visitors will find plenty to do, including raffles, face painting, sidewalk sales, live music, and more. Visitors should park in the neighborhood north of 2nd Street, as the southern neighborhood will close off to traffic.

7th Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 24
12:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 25
11:00 am – 2:00 am, August 26
11:00 am – 12:30 pm, August 27
Various locations, Los Angeles County
http://www.lafw.com/

Discover the multitude of food and wine options available in Southern California this week throughout Los Angeles County. Dozens of different events will take place that all feature something different, such as demonstrations, tastings, parties, and more. Events range in price from $100 to $250, so look at the website to discover what events float your boat.

2017 Anaheim Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 25
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 26
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 27
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimhomeshows.com/

This all-ages expo will showcase the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more. Admission costs $8 for adults. Print the coupon below to receive $2 off admission. Children may enter for free with a paid adult admission.

Japan World Heroes
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 25
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 26-27
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://japanworldheroes.com/

This all-ages expo celebrates all things Japanese heroes, such as Power Rangers, VR Troopers, Iron Man, and more. Tickets cost $20 for Saturday, $10 for Sunday, or $30 for all three days, and gets you access to the show floor with special guests, artists, vendors, screenings, panels, and more.

Pacific Plate Brewing’s 4th Anniversary
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 25
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 26
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 27
Pacific Plate Brewing, Monrovia
http://www.pacificplatebrewing.com/

Pacific Plate Brewing turns four this week, and to celebrate, they will release special brews each day this weekend. Visitors of all ages pay no cover to visit the tasting room – just stop on by, and pay for cold ones as you go.

4th Annual OC Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 25-25
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 27
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocnightmarket.com/

The popular 626 Night Market comes to Orange County this weekend at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa. This weekend-long all-ages festival brings the nightlife of the east to the west, and shows the locals what goes on at night in populated Asian cities. Visitors will find lots of food, merchandise, live entertainment, music, games, and more. Admission costs $5 per person, while parking costs $8 per vehicle. These night market events always see wall-to-wall people, so expect a big crowd all weekend.

14th Annual Carlsbad Music Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 25
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 26-27
Various locations, Carlsbad
http://www.carlsbadmusicfestival.org/

A handful of music concerts will take place throughout Carlsbad this weekend. This event will feature free concert stages as well as paid concert stages. One-day tickets cost $40 for general admission or $90 for VIP admission. Three-day tickets cost $99 for general admission or $199 for VIP admission.

Narcoleptic Youth @ The Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 25
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1963871960552443/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Labyrinth of Jareth XX – Masquerade Ball
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 25-26
Millenium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles
http://www.labyrinthmasquerade.com/

Experience a weekend of costumes and magic as you party with the beautiful people of Southern California. Dance and mingle with the Royal Court, and show off your creativity with your most extravagant costume as you lose yourself in the entrancing music and atmosphere of the Labyrinth of Jareth. In layman’s terms, check out this fantasy costume party in LA all weekend, and expect to see a LOT of skin. Admission prices vary, from as low as $50 to as high as $111. Early arrivals will find free street parking near the hotel. Otherwise, guests can park in a parking garage behind the venue, or park at the Biltmore Hotel and take a shuttle from there. All attendees must don a full costume – no half costumes or lazy costumes. Although this event has no age limit, I do not suggest that children attend this event due to the content.

7th Annual Rumble At The Rose Bowl – Gladiator Rock’n Run 5k & 10k
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, August 26
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://www.gladiatorrocknrun.com/rose-bowl-2017

Can you withstand the passage of time? Test your might at this 5k/10k challenge course this Saturday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Run, climb, jump, and crawl your way through unforgiving obstacles as you race towards the finish with little regard to however much mud and dirt you may pick up along the way. Registration for the 5k costs $75, while registration for the 10k costs $85.

19th Annual Fallen Heroes Memorial Run & Fundraiser
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 26
LAFD Fire Museum, Hollywood
http://www.firehogs.org/

A charity motorcycle ride will take place in Calabasas this Saturday. Tickets cost $40 for a single rider or $70 for a pair of riders.

Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Experience
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 26-27
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://brickfestlive.com/

The ultimate all-ages Lego convention comes to the Pasadena Convention Center this weekend. Attendees will find dozens of Lego vendors, artists, displays, interactive demos, and more. Tickets cost $25 for a four-hour session, or $39 for VIP good for an entire day.

Reflections Car Club South East Fundraiser Car Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 26
Artesia Park, Artesia
http://www.facebook.com/events/1800972446885932/

A free and all-ages car show comes to Artesia this Saturday afternoon.

3rd Annual The Fit Expo Anaheim
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 26-27
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://thefitexpo.com/

Experience everything related to fitness at this expo coming this weekend. Single day admission costs $25, while the weekend combo only costs $40. All attendees receive access the entire exhibit floor, competitions, seminars, demos, autograph sessions, free samples, and more.

2nd Annual Art In The Park
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 26
Triangle Park, Downtown Huntington Beach
http://www.hbdowntown.com/art-in-the-park.html

A free and all-ages event comes to Huntington Beach this Saturday afternoon. This event will feature food, arts & crafts, entertainment, activities, games, and other family-fun things.

Venice Beach Music Fest 12
11:00 am – 7:30 pm, August 26
Windward Plaza, Venice
http://venicebeachmusicfest.com/

Experience local music, art, and dance at this free and all-ages music festival this Saturday.

6th Annual Star Wars: It’s A Tap!
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 26
Pizza Port, San Clemente
http://pizzaport.com/locations/san-clemente/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1605106102867658/

Pizza Port will tap & pour Star Wars themed beers all day for $3 or $4 a pint depending on the beer. They will also have food specials, movies, costume contests, and more. No admission required – you only pay for what you consume.

Four Brewers 3rd Anniversary Celebration & Bottle Share
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 26
The Rookery, Pomona
http://www.fourbrewers.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/907605749407201/

Share your favorite craft beer with other craft beer enthusiasts at this bottle share this Saturday afternoon in Downtown Pomona. Bring in a 750ml bottle of craft beer and order at least $10 of food in order to participate. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the area, and can avoid paying for parking entirely.

7th Annual Los Angeles Taco Festival
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 26
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.latacofestival.com/

Check out the best in local tacos and local mariachi music this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. This festival bears no admission fee – visitors simply pay for tacos as they order them.

2nd Annual DTLA Proud Festival
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 26-27
Pershing Square, Los Angeles
http://dtlaproud.org/

A pride festival comes to Downtown Los Angeles this weekend, complete with lots of music and entertainment. Admission costs $5 for one day or $8 for both days.

Go Topless Day Pride Parade
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 26
Venice Beach, Venice
http://gotopless.org/

Because we want equality for all, this Saturday represents Topless Pride Day, a day where both men AND women can expose their upper bodies to the sun. Join in the pride parade this Saturday afternoon in Venice Beach, or anywhere else in the world where this may take place (check the website for more locations), and express your support of topless equality for all.

2017 Huntington Beach Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 26
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.huntingtonbeachbeerfestival.com/

Party hard with booze, loud music, dancing, and many drunk people this Saturday afternoon in Huntington Beach. General admission costs $35 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

It’s Not Dead Fest 2
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 26
Glen Helen Amphitheater, San Bernardino
http://www.itsnotdeadfestival.com/

Punk rock never died, and this concert will prove just that. Check out this all-day all-ages punk rock concert featuring some of the biggest names in punk rock this Saturday in San Bernardino. Tickets cost $42.50 and provides access to all music stages in the venue.

9th Annual San Diego Spirits Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 26
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 27
The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.sandiegospiritsfestival.com/

Immerse yourself into the wonderful world of spirits this weekend in San Diego. This year’s fest features three sections: cocktails, culinary, and culture, thus providing something to entice everyone. Attendees will also find live entertainment, bartender battles, chef demos, a fashion show, a burlesque show, and more. Admission ranges from $20 for food only up to $95 for VIP admission – see the website for a full list of admission types. No one under 21 may attend.

Summer Madness Ska Festival 2017
3:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 26
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/node/3328

An all-day all-ages ska concert will take place in Santa Ana this Saturday using both stages at the venue. Tickets to this concert cost $20.

Barks & Brews
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 26
Outlets at San Clemente, San Clemente
http://www.outletsatsanclemente.com/woof/

A free and all-ages event will take place at the Outlets in San Clemente this Saturday evening. This event encourages visitors to bring out their dogs to check out a beer garden, local food vendors, live entertainment, activities, and more.

Orfila’s 24th Annual Grape Stomp
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 26
Orfila Vineyards & Winery, Escondido
http://www.orfila.com/grapestomp/

Celebrate this annual vineyard tradition this Saturday in Escondido. General admission costs $90 and includes dinner buffet, dancing & live music, wine tasting, tractor rides, grape stomping, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

1st Annual Monrovia Wine Walk
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 26
Old Town Monrovia
http://www.cityofmonrovia.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/2456/611

Take a stroll through Old Town Monrovia this Saturday evening and enjoy wine sips at participating businesses. Tickets cost $40 presale or $45 on the day of the event, and include all wine sips while supplies last.

1st Annual Orange County Paella & Wine Festival
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 26
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://paellawinefest.com/

Enjoy paella and wines this Saturday evening. General admission costs $50 presale or $65 at the door. Non-alcoholic admission costs $35. VIP admission costs $1000 and includes access to a VIP area. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last.

In+ersection – A Playhouse District Festival
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 26
Playhouse District, Pasadena
http://www.playhousedistrict.org/calendar-of-events/intersection

A free and all-ages art & music event will take place in Pasadena this Saturday evening.

SCRD Demented Danas vs. Dirt City Roller Rats
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 26
Laguna Hills Community Center, Laguna Hills
http://www.southcoastrollerderby.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Laguna Hills. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $10 presale or $12 at the door.

27th Annual CHOC Walk In the Park
6:00 am – 10:00 am, August 27
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim
http://www.chocwalk.org/

Spend lots of money to go walk through Disneyland before it opens this Sunday morning. Participation requires a minimum payment of $85 but does not grant access to the parks after the walk.

18th Annual Elvis Festival
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 27
Main Street, Garden Grove
http://www.mainstreetgardengrove.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1078308315601473/

A free and all-ages event celebrating all things Elvis Presley comes to Garden Grove this Sunday afternoon. Visitors will find cars, vendors, live entertainment, games, activities, arts & crafts, and more.

Brewlates
10:00 am – 11:00 am, August 27
Legends Craft Brewery, Anaheim
http://www.legendsbeer.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/254970055014867/

Beer and yoga has already happened, and now we have beer and pilates. $20 covers your registration for this event, plus one pint of beer.

13th Annual LeucadiART Walk
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 27
West side of Hwy 101, Leucadia
http://www.leucadia101.com/events/leucadiart-walk-2017/

Check out local artists on this leisurely art walk in sunny Leucadia this Sunday. Completely free to attend for all ages, many art galleries along Highway 101 will open all their doors to the public, and live music will play throughout the area. All the local businesses will remain open under normal business hours, so you can check out the best in local eats & drinks too.

Tustin Brewing’s 21st Anniversary Party
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 27
Tustin Brewing, Tustin
http://tustinbrewery.com/
http://www.orangecal.com/calendars/tustin-brewing-company/events/21st-anniversary-beer-festival

Tustin Brewing turns 21 this week, and to celebrate, they will throw a beer festival at their brewpub this Sunday afternoon. General admission costs $40 and starts at 12pm, while VIP admission costs $60 and starts at 11am. All attendees receive unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. Attendees can purchase food and merchandise separately, so have cash available for that.

2017 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 27-29
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.westernfoodexpo.com/

The food and hospitality industry will have its own expo this weekend, featuring many aspects from food, ingredients, equipment, accessories, services, and more. This time, they have opened the expo to the public, so you no longer need to work in the industry to attend this. Attendees should expect lots of food and drink samples, plus lots of information about businesses and the industry. Registration for an attendee starts at $65. No one under 18 may attend.

15th Annual Gardena Jazz Festival
11:30 am – 7:30 pm, August 27
Rowley Memorial Park, Gardena
http://www.gardenajazzfestival.com/

Enjoy local jazz in the park at this all-ages outdoor concert for $25 per person.

7th Annual Treasure Chest Fest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 27
Green Flash Brewing, San Diego
http://www.greenflashbrew.com/treasurechest/

Raise a glass for breast cancer awareness at this beer fest & fundraiser this Sunday at Green Flash Brewing. Attendees will get to see the ins & outs of the brewery at this fest that takes place all around the brewery. Admission ranges from $30 to $55, and each admission gets you different things at the event – check the website for a full list of admission types. Attendees may purchase additional beers from the tasting room, where $1 from each drink sold will go towards the charity. No one under 21 may attend.

End of Summer Bash
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 27
Long Beach Creamery, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://longbeachcreamery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1434173113284447/

This Sunday afternoon, Long Beach Creamery will host some local vendors as they sample their goods as well as sell them.

Skankster Sunday
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 27
Union Nightclub, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/109077333104884/

A ska and hip-hop show will take place in Los Angeles this Sunday evening. No one under 16 may enter. Anyone 21 and over gets in for free. For those age 16-20, only the first 250 people get in free – anyone after that has to pay the $6 cover charge to enter.

Reagan Youth – Live in Camarillo
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 27
Rock City Studios, Camarillo
http://www.facebook.com/events/289912164762393/

End your weekend with some local punk rock this Sunday night in Camarillo. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

GBH – Live in San Diego
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 27
The Casbah, San Diego
http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/1485270-gbh-san-diego/

Legendary punk rock band GBH will headline a show in San Diego this Sunday night. Tickets to this show cost $22. No one under 21 may enter.

Look at the current year: 2016. Look at how far civilization has come. Look at the progress that the world has made in at least the past decade. The way civilization lives today differs tremendously from life during the mid-20th century. The way we interacted with others during our adolescent years no longer applies to the world. We have broken down race barriers, gender barriers, and even sexual preference barriers. However, although America preaches equality for all, discrimination still runs rampant in all corners of this glorious country. It may not appear as evident, but people of color still get treated differently, and women get treated differently in the workplace. How can this country claim “equality for all” when other countries have greater forms of equality, such as topless equality in many European countries? The time has arrived to spread the awareness of gender equality with the National Go Topless Pride Day.

Because we want equality for all, this past Sunday represented National Go Topless Pride Day, a day where both men AND women can expose their upper bodies to the sun. According to the Constitution, women have just as much the right to go topless in public as men; however, the United States does not allow women to do that, while other countries WITHOUT a Constitution already allow it! National Go Topless Pride Day aims to spread awareness that women deserve the right to do what men have done for decades without the stigma of drawing unnecessary attention due to the over-sexualization of breasts by the media. One of the problems derive from people growing up seeing breasts as a sexual object, not as a natural part of a human body. The media represents the greatest perpetrator of this notion because the media portrays women’s breasts as sexual objects. Imagine a world where mainstream media never existed, or at least never portrayed breasts as sexual objects. Nudist colonies already represent this theoretical world because their members view each other equally – they see nothing sexual in each other, even their lower parts. A world without mainstream media shoving ideas down our throats represents a world truly run by the people, not one run by a select few manipulating a massive population.

Unfortunately in today’s society it all comes down to still having to cover up just the nipples. I still attribute this to mainstream media portraying breasts as sexual objects though, because someone or something had to program that into our minds from a young age. Earlier this month, I saw a post saying something like “instead of sending my daughter home because she wore something that distracted the boys, why not educate the boys on the human body and how we all have normal human bodies?” We learn gender identities from an early age through parental guidance and the media. Traditional families will raise their children to behave as their respective genders, while a more modern approach allows children to define their own roles. Growing up with this stigma makes men view women’s nipples as some sort of holy grail, and it takes an epiphany to get the men to open up their minds and change their views. Women should never feel ashamed of their bodies. The issue that topless women face stems from the unwanted attention it draws from the locals. Placed in the correct setting, this would not present a problem. For example, nudist colonies and certain European beaches would not pay unnecessary attention to a topless woman because their cultures accept it. Send that same topless woman to a crowded Southern Californian beach where the culture does not yet accept it, and the woman faces arrest for “disorderly conduct.”

In order to spread awareness during National Go Topless Pride Day, organizers across the world staged Go Topless Pride Parades, organized marches/rallies where both men and women could bare it all, strut their stuff, and inform the public to not view them as sexual objects, but as human beings. Anyone wanting to participate still had to cover their nipples, so the women got creative in the ways they covered up such as using tape, pasties, and other things that could stick onto their bodies. Men also exhibited just as much support by applying tape, pasties, or anything else they could find. Due to the overwhelming press that this event received, it surely attracted tons of unwanted attention, such as religious protestors, old creepy men, and just general trolls. While the heavy police presence helped to curb the amount of trouble that surfaced, many undesired problems caused delays in the parade’s starting time. While waiting for the path and smoke to clear, many of the participants eagerly mingled with each other while dodging the bad people. Unlike other events I have attended, many of the participants declined to have their photo taken. Thankfully, a handful of energetic individuals did not hesitate to allow me to capture their beauty, so I got to work until the parade went under way.

This year’s parade saw some major differences from previous years. Unlike last year, the parade started significantly earlier, likely due to fewer distractions and obstacles. The religious protesters returned again, but appeared a lot more aggressive than previous years, some inciting violence against those that do not believe in their faith. It appeared that they have fallen into the stigma of “If you’re not a part of the solution, then you’re a part of the problem.” This year’s parade drew a lot more media attention – I spotted CBS, ABC, NBC, and at least two other news vans. The usual old creepy men trying to get really close to the women & obstructing the real press/media people clustered the scene, and many men took photos of women without asking for permission. Last and probably the most disheartening, significantly fewer women participated in this year’s rally compared with previous years. I can only wager what contributed to this: either lack of advertising the event prior to Sunday, lack of interest, or worry over the unwanted attention from gawkers.

National Go Topless Pride Day encourages women to stand up for their constitutional rights, whether or not a state allows it. In states that forbid it, this encourages women to get it legalized. In states that allow it, this encourages women to exercise their already-existing rights. The organizers want women to feel comfortable about their natural mammalian breasts as a body part, nursing or not, and not as a sexual object. Because this movement emphasizes equality, this movement has just as much a meaning to men too. Men have fallen under the lull of the media for too long, seeing women’s breasts as something sexual rather than just a body part like arms and legs. Unlike the lower body parts which have to do with reproduction, breasts have nothing to do with reproduction – instead, it has to do with the phase after reproduction: child care, a significant part in the upbringing of children. Over time, men have become desensitized to the sight of a woman’s suggestive appearance such as short skirts, yoga pants, or revealing cleavage, and this movement aims to desensitize men’s sexual impulse on the sight of a woman’s breasts. Go Topless Pride wants men to respect the beauty of the human body rather than oogle over it.

How did the success of these worldwide Go Topless Pride Day Parades fare? Did they successfully spread awareness that women have the equal rights to go topless in public? Or did they merely provide an outlet for men to get a free show? Think about the year 2015, and how far civilization has come after all this time. Just this year the United States finally legalized same-sex marriages, further strengthening the equality gap for all. Can the nation tackle topless equality next? Other things the nation worries about now that we have legalized gay marriages include marijuana laws, prison reform, campaign finance, right to die laws, student loan debt (currently exceeds credit card debt), prostitution, climate change, privacy laws, widening of the upper class-lower class gap, education, health care, and so much more that topless equality does not measure as a “big issue” that the nation needs to address. Until then, you can support the Go Topless cause by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter. Lastly, we as a collective human society need to stop viewing women’s breasts as sexual objects, start viewing them as just a regular body part, and respect women’s decisions to treat their breasts as just a normal body part as well.

Because we want equality for all, this upcoming Sunday represents National Go Topless Pride Day, a day where both men AND women can expose their upper bodies to the sun. This movement aims to spread awareness that women have the Constitutional right to bare their tops in public, despite local laws that otherwise prevent that. Many states actually allow top freedom; however, the police can still arrest bare-chested women for “disorderly conduct” even if the person did nothing else wrong. This Sunday across the nation, numerous movements will occur to shed light on the true legality of topless women in public, and aim to take a stand against authorities by marching topless. Certain cities allow bare tops during this movement, such as New York. However, Californian police will make arrests, so all women participating in this Sunday’s march in Venice must still cover up their nipples, either with pasties, stickers, or non-transparent tape.

In order to make this parade fun and successful, participants should make a few preparations for this event. Definitely prepare for prolonged exposure to the sun, so have sunscreen applied and available for reapplication. Part of this parade involves walking on sand with the rest on concrete, so sandals work best for footwear. The event page lists the approximate location as “198 Ocean Front Walk, Los Angeles, CA 90291” so when you get there, you may have to wander around a bit to find the meeting spot. Speaking of which, though the event starts at 1pm, the parade will not begin until some time between 2pm to 3pm. I still suggest arriving early to get settled, cover up the nipples if you had not already done so, mingle with others, and get a feel for the layout and parade path. Prepare to face a lot of troublemakers, gawkers, creeps, and generic immature people. They simply want attention, so just ignore them the entire time. All participants have the right to refuse photos, so if people start randomly taking pictures of you, kindly let them know that they cannot take a picture of you. Lastly, just let loose and have fun!

Upcoming Events: August 22-28, 2016

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World Series of Beach Volleyball
August 23-28
Alamitos Beach, Long Beach
http://www.wsobv.com/

This unprecedented event brings the world’s greatest beach volleyball players and their fans together for a week-long celebration of the summer. Festivities will include including sports, music, local culture, food, drinks, activities, and more. Visitors may attend any of the events for free, while premium seating for the broadcast events comes with a price.

1st Annual Burgers Bourbon + Beer
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, August 24
The Victorian, Santa Monica
http://www.lamag.com/lasocialevents/bbb/

Sample craft burgers, craft beers, and craft cocktails this Wednesday night in Santa Monica. General admission costs $65 and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $85 and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 24-25
Pine Avenue Pier, Downtown Long Beach
http://downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Final-Taste-of-Downtown-for-2016-Set-to-Invade-the-Waterfront-with-GrubnSunsets

Sample food from local restaurants in Downtown Long Beach at this two-night tasting, or enjoy some brews at the beer garden sponsored by Beachwood BBQ. Each sample costs varying amounts of tickets, which cost $1 each. Purchase tickets online to receive two free tickets for every $10 spent. Guests can park for free for up to two hours in the parking structure between 3rd, 4th, and Pine.

2016 Naples Island Street Fair
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 25
Naples Fountain, Naples Island, Long Beach
http://www.naplesislandbusiness.com/

Bring your family out to this free street fair on Naples Island this Thursday evening. Complete with food, music, and plenty of activities, all visitors will find plenty to do, including raffles, face painting, sidewalk sales, live music, and more. Visitors should park in the neighborhood north of 2nd Street, as the southern neighborhood will close off to traffic.

2016 Oktoberfest Lager Release
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 25
Anaheim Brewery, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimbrew.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/292426344449027/

This Thursday evening, Anaheim Brewery will have their own mini Oktoberfest celebration with the release of their Oktoberfest Lager. Stop on by, enjoy this brew, and don any festive clothing if you have it. This event has no cover charge – just show up and enjoy the night.

4 Sons Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 25
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1801059113447483/

Meat Up BBQ brings back their monthly pint nite this Thursday night. Buy a beer, and keep the glass while supplies last.

Build Your Own Grits Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 25
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Build Your Own Night returns to Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach this Thursday night, this time featuring grits! No reservations required – simply show up, get a table or seat at the bar, then customize your grits dish. Pick the toppings, herbs, cheese, sauce, meats, and pasta, and order a nice cold glass of craft beer.

6th Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 25
12:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 26
11:00 am – 2:00 am, August 27
11:00 am – 12:30 pm, August 28
Various locations, Los Angeles County
http://www.lafw.com/

Discover the multitude of food and wine options available in Southern California this week throughout Los Angeles County. Dozens of different events will take place that all feature something different, such as demonstrations, tastings, parties, and more. Events range in price from $100 to $250, so look at the website to discover what events float your boat.

Lagunitas Beer Pairing Dinner
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 25
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/lagunitas_beer_dinner/

Enjoy a three-course dinner complete with beer pairings for each course this Thursday night in Long Beach for $75 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

Wiens Brewing Food Pairing Dinner
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 25
The Rookery, Pomona
http://rookeryalehouse.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1754822874789012/

Enjoy a three-course dinner complete with beer pairings this Thursday night in Pomona.

Twilight Concerts @ Santa Monica Pier: Save Ferris
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 25
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://tcs.santamonicapier.org/tcs825

Enjoy a FREE and all-ages concert featuring ska band Save Ferris this Thursday night in Santa Monica.

Pacific Plate Brewing’s 3rd Anniversary
August 26-28
Pacific Plate Brewing, Monrovia
http://www.pacificplatebrewing.com/

Pacific Plate Brewing turns three this week, and to celebrate, they will release special brews each day this weekend. Visitors of all ages pay no cover to visit the tasting room.

Doggone Good Soda Company Grand Opening
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, August 26
Packing District, Anaheim
http://doggonegoodsoda.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/496695287206542/

A new shop will open to the public this Friday at the Anaheim Packing District. They will not have any specials or giveaways, but you can still stop by and check them out.

3rd Annual OC Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 26-27
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 28
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocnightmarket.com/

The popular 626 Night Market comes to Orange County this weekend at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa. This weekend-long all-ages festival brings the nightlife of the east to the west, and shows the locals what goes on at night in populated Asian cities. Visitors will find lots of food, merchandise, live entertainment, music, games, and more. Admission costs $5 per person, while parking costs $8 per vehicle. These night market events always see wall-to-wall people, so expect a big crowd all weekend.

San Diego Magazine’s 2016 Best of San Diego Party
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, August 26
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/April-2016/Best-of-San-Diego-Party-2016/

Sample food from San Diego County’s top restaurants and chefs, and sip on wines and beers from the area’s breweries and wineries at this tasting gala this Friday night. General admission costs $80 and starts at 6:30pm, while VIP admission costs $120 and starts at 5:30pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Nerd Con 2016
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 26
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 27
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 28
California Center For The Arts, Escondido
http://www.nerd-con.com/

All things pop culture will meet up at this annual convention in Escondido this weekend. Expect to find cosplay, games, comics, art, anime, technology, and more for the inner hobbyist in you. Admission greatly varies depending on what day you will attend and how long you will attend, so see the website for pricing details.

Free Music Show @ Out Of The Park Pizza
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 26
Out Of the Park Pizza, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/838548336275654/

Enjoy a FREE and all-ages rock show this Friday night in Anaheim.

Saves The Day @ Glass House
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 26
Glass House, Pomona
http://savestheday.com/

Saves The Day will headline an all-ages show in Pomona this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $22. Guests can find plenty of free parking around the area and can avoid having to pay to park.

Acidez @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 26
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/acidez

Rock out to some hardcore punk this Friday night in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15. Arrive early to park at the venue’s parking lot for free. Arrive too late, and end up parking in a lot down the street for $10 per car.

Bonecrusher @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 26-27
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1537761413200296/

Punk band Bonecrusher will headline two nights at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this weekend. The cover for each of these shows cost $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Youth Brigade: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 26, Borderline Bar & Grill, Thousand Oaks http://borderlinebarandgrill.ticketfly.com/event/1280039-youth-brigade-di-stalag-13-thousand-oaks/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 27, El Rey Theatre, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles http://www.theelrey.com/events/detail/312913

Punk band Youth Brigade will headline two all-ages shows in LA County this week. Ticket prices vary for each show, so click on a show’s link for ticket prices.

Tartar Control @ Dipiazzas
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, August 26
Dipiazzas, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1838797699686969/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Friday night in Long Beach. The cover for this all-ages show costs $7.

6th Annual Rumble At The Rose Bowl – Gladiator Rock’n Run 5k & 10k
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, August 27
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://www.gladiatorrocknrun.com/rose-bowl-2016

Can you withstand the passage of time? Test your might at this 5k/10k challenge course this Saturday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Run, climb, jump, and crawl your way through unforgiving obstacles as you race towards the finish with little regard to however much mud and dirt you may pick up along the way. Registration for the 5k costs $75, while registration for the 10k costs $85.

8th Annual San Diego Doggie Street Festival
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 27
NTC Park, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://doggiestreetfestival.org/

This event focuses on dog & cat adoptions, providing people an opportunity to add a pet to their lives. Free to attend for all ages, this event comes with food vendors, live music from local bands, speakers, pet merchandise & accessories, pet services, and more.

The Inspired Market – Yorba Linda
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 27
RM Nixon Park, Yorba Linda
http://theinspiredmarket.com/

This free and all-ages arts & crafts fair takes place on the last Saturdays of each month in Yorba Linda. Swing on by and check out the various vendors here selling accessories, apparel, and more.

2nd Annual The Fit Expo Anaheim
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 27-28
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://thefitexpo.com/ana.asp

Experience everything related to fitness at this expo coming this weekend. Single day admission costs $25, while the weekend combo only costs $40. All attendees receive access the entire exhibit floor, competitions, seminars, demos, autograph sessions, free samples, and more.

Bikini Bike Wash
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 27
Huntington Beach Harley Davidson, Westminster
http://www.hbharley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1129211980469212/

Got a Harley that needs a wash? Bring it down to HB Harley Davidson this Saturday and let some bikini girls wash it for you for free (plus tips).

1st Annual Art In The Park
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 27
Triangle Park, Downtown Huntington Beach
http://www.hbdowntown.com/art-in-the-park.html

A free and all-ages event comes to Huntington Beach this Saturday afternoon. This event will feature food, arts & crafts, entertainment, activities, games, and other family-fun things.

Venice Beach Music Fest 11
11:00 am – 7:30 pm, August 27
Windward Plaza, Venice
http://venicebeachmusicfest.com/

Experience local music, art, and dance at this free and all-ages music festival this Saturday.

Star Wars: It’s A Tap!
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 27
Pizza Port, San Clemente
http://www.pizzaport.com/locations/pizza-port-san-clemente/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1631024213878382/

Pizza Port will tap & pour Star Wars themed beers all day for $3 or $4 a pint depending on the beer. They will also have food specials, movies, costume contests, and more. No admission required – you only pay for what you consume.

San Gabriel Valley Sour Beer Festival
11:00 am – 2:00 am, August 27
38 Degrees, Monrovia
http://38degreesalehouse.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/965061530258722/

Contrary to the event name, this event will not function as a festival. Instead, 38 Degrees in Monrovia will have a plethora of sour ales on tap available for you to try. This event has no cover charge or admission – simply show up, and pay for drinks as you go.

6th Annual Treasure Chest Fest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 27
Green Flash Brewing, San Diego
http://www.greenflashbrew.com/event/treasure-chest-fest-san-diego-2016/

Raise a glass for breast cancer awareness at this beer fest & fundraiser this Saturday at Green Flash Brewing. Attendees will get to see the ins & outs of the brewery at this fest that takes place all around the brewery. General admission costs $50 presale or $55 at the door and gets you ten beer tasters, paired small bites from local restaurants, and a souvenir glass. Attendees may purchase additional beers from the tasting room, where $1 from each drink sold will go towards the charity. No one under 21 may attend.

Ska Brewing & Scooter Rally
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 27
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.selectbeerstore.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/632205490266488/

Two free events take place at Redondo Beach’s Select Beer Store this Saturday. All day, they will have a bunch of beers from Ska Brewing on tap available for you to try (at cost, of course). They will also have a scooter meetup and ride – check the event page for further details.

1st Annual Ohana Music Fest
1:00 pm – 9:30 pm, August 27-28
Doheny State Beach, Dana Point
http://www.theohanafest.com/

A two-day all-ages music concert comes to the beaches of Dana Point this weekend. Tickets start at $100.

8th Annual San Diego Spirits Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 27
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 28
The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.sandiegospiritsfestival.com/

Immerse yourself into the wonderful world of spirits this weekend in San Diego. This year’s fest features three sections: cocktails, culinary, and culture., thus providing something to entice everyone. Attendees will also find live entertainment, bartender battles, chef demos, a fashion show, a burlesque show, and more. The all-inclusive admission costs $85, but use promo code cocktails to take $20 off admission. No one under 21 may attend.

2016 FYF Fest
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 27-28
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
http://fyffest.com/

FYF Fest really requires no other description. If you have heard of or attended Coachella, FYF Fest will feel similar. This two-day concert will feature the largest names in music. Surprisingly, you can still purchase tickets! I recommend getting dropped off or taking the Metro, as parking will not exist on these two days.

Uncasked: A Neighborhood Craft Beer Fest
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 27
Westfield UTC, San Diego
http://www.westfield.com/utc

Sample local brews and taste delightful bites from local restaurants at this small beer fest this Saturday evening at the Westfield shopping center. For $20 presale or $25 at the door, guests will receive a souvenir glass, gift bag, beer guide, Westfield coupon book, and ten beer tickets. Attendees also may receive unlimited food samples from the resident restaurants within the festival.

Orfila’s 23rd Annual Grape Stomp
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 27
Orfila Vineyards & Winery, Escondido
http://www.orfila.com/winery-events/grape-stomp/

Celebrate this annual vineyard tradition this Saturday in Escondido. General admission costs $90 and includes dinner buffet, dancing & live music, wine tasting, tractor rides, grape stomping, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

Middle Earth Dinner
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 27
Whimsic Alley, Burbank
http://www.whimsicalley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/595304703966194/

Lord of the Rings fans will not want to miss this themed dinner taking place this Saturday night in Burbank. While you can attend in regular clothes, they encourage dressing up to the theme, as well as acting the part. Admission costs $70. No one under 18 may attend.

San Pedro Beer & Bacon Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 27
USS Iowa BattleShip, San Pedro
http://chugginbrews.com/

Indulge on beers and bacon aboard a battleship this Saturday night in San Pedro. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $45 presale or $50 at the door, and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Face To Face @ The Observatory North Park
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 27
The Observatory, North Park, San Diego
http://www.observatorysd.com/event/6835615

Punk band Face To Face will headline an all-ages show in San Diego this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $25.

12th Annual LeucadiART Walk
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 28
West side of Hwy 101, Leucadia
http://www.leucadia101.com/events/leucadiart/

Check out local artists on this leisurely art walk in sunny Leucadia this Sunday. Completely free to attend for all ages, many art galleries along Highway 101 will open all their doors to the public, and live music will play throughout the area. All the local businesses will remain open under normal business hours, so you can check out the best in local eats & drinks too.

1st Annual Cars & Doggies
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 28
Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, Irvine
http://www.mpsarmy.org/cars-doggies/

A car show and dog meetup will take place in Irvine this Sunday, free to attend for all ages.

Tustin Brewing’s 20th Anniversary Party
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 28
Tustin Brewing, Tustin
http://tustinbrewery.com/
http://www.orangecal.com/calendars/tustin-brewing-company/events/tbc-20th-anniversary-party

Tustin Brewing turns 20 this week, and to celebrate, they will throw a beer festival at their brewpub this Sunday afternoon. General admission costs $40 and starts at 12pm, while VIP admission costs $60 and starts at 11am. All attendees receive unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. Attendees can purchase food and merchandise separately, so have cash available for that.

2016 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 28-30
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.westernfoodexpo.com/

The food and hospitality industry will have its own expo this weekend, featuring many aspects from food, ingredients, equipment, accessories, services, and more. This time, they have opened the expo to the public, so you no longer need to work in the industry to attend this. Attendees should expect lots of food and drink samples, plus lots of information about businesses and the industry. Registration for an attendee starts at $65. No one under 18 may attend.

14th Annual Gardena Jazz Festival
11:30 am – 7:30 pm, August 28
Rowley Memorial Park, Gardena
http://www.gardenajazzfestival.com/

Enjoy local jazz in the park at this all-ages outdoor concert for $25 per person.

Bottle Share @ Monrovia Homebrew Shop
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 28
Monrovia Homebrew Shop, Monrovia
http://www.monroviahomebrewshop.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1735880903295814/

Share a beer or two at this free bottle share in Monrovia this Sunday afternoon. Guests should bring a 22oz bomber or two 12oz bottles to share with others.

Go Topless Day Pride Parade
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 28
Venice Beach, Venice
http://gotopless.org/

Because we want equality for all, this Sunday represents Topless Pride Day, a day where both men AND women can expose their upper bodies to the sun. Join in the pride parade this Sunday afternoon in Venice Beach, or anywhere else in the world where this may take place (check the website for more locations), and express your support of topless equality for all.

End Of Summer Bash
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 28
Long Beach Creamery, Long Beach
http://longbeachcreamery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1123689424370312/

Free to attend for all ages, Long Beach Creamery will close down their parking lot this Sunday afternoon for a day of live music and food.

Mead & Cider Bottle Share
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 28
Honest Abe Cidery, Carson
http://www.honestabecider.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1773259292922278/

Share your favorite mead and/or cider with others, and indulge in other ciders and meads this Sunday in Carson. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy drinks and good times.

Cruise the Pike Classic Car Show
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 28
The Pike, Downtown Long Beach
http://laydbackproductions.com/?page_id=4234

Come on down to The Pike this Sunday afternoon and enjoy art and cars on the grassy knoll! Spectators of all ages can attend for free. Anyone interested in showcasing their classic car in this show must register their vehicle for $15 prior to the event or $20 on the day of.

Beards & Beers Bonanza
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 28
The Stache Bar, Long Beach
http://www.folkrevivalfestival.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/116194742161626/

A beard & mustache contest will take place in Long Beach this Sunday evening. Throughout the day, the venue will have food & drink specials plus live music.

Look at the current year: 2015. Look at how far civilization has come. Look at the progress that the world has made in at least the past decade. The way civilization lives today differs tremendously from life during the mid-20th century. The way we interacted with others during our adolescent years no longer applies to the world. We have broken down race barriers, gender barriers, and even sexual preference barriers. However, although America preaches equality for all, discrimination still runs rampant in all corners of this glorious country. It may not appear as evident, but people of color still get treated differently, and women get treated differently in the workplace. How can this country claim “equality for all” when other countries have greater forms of equality, such as topless equality in many European countries? The time has arrived to spread the awareness of gender equality with the National Go Topless Pride Day.

Because we want equality for all, this past Sunday represented National Go Topless Pride Day, a day where both men AND women can expose their upper bodies to the sun. According to the Constitution, women have just as much the right to go topless in public as men; however, the United States does not allow women to do that, while other countries WITHOUT a Constitution already allow it! National Go Topless Pride Day aims to spread awareness that women deserve the right to do what men have done for decades without the stigma of drawing unnecessary attention due to the over-sexualization of breasts by the media. One of the problems derive from people growing up seeing breasts as a sexual object, not as a natural part of a human body. The media represents the greatest perpetrator of this notion because the media portrays women’s breasts as sexual objects. Imagine a world where mainstream media never existed, or at least never portrayed breasts as sexual objects. Nudist colonies already represent this theoretical world because their members view each other equally – they see nothing sexual in each other, even their lower parts. A world without mainstream media shoving ideas down our throats represents a world truly run by the people, not one run by a select few manipulating a massive population.

Unfortunately in today’s society it all comes down to still having to cover up just the nipples. I still attribute this to mainstream media portraying breasts as sexual objects though, because someone or something had to program that into our minds from a young age. Earlier this month, I saw a post saying something like “instead of sending my daughter home because she wore something that distracted the boys, why not educate the boys on the human body and how we all have normal human bodies?” We learn gender identities from an early age through parental guidance and the media. Traditional families will raise their children to behave as their respective genders, while a more modern approach allows children to define their own roles. Growing up with this stigma makes men view women’s nipples as some sort of holy grail, and it takes an epiphany to get the men to open up their minds and change their views. Women should never feel ashamed of their bodies. The issue that topless women face stems from the unwanted attention it draws from the locals. Placed in the correct setting, this would not present a problem. For example, nudist colonies and certain European beaches would not pay unnecessary attention to a topless woman because their cultures accept it. Send that same topless woman to a crowded Southern Californian beach where the culture does not yet accept it, and the woman faces arrest for “disorderly conduct.”

In order to spread awareness during National Go Topless Pride Day, organizers across the world staged Go Topless Pride Parades, organized marches/rallies where both men and women could bare it all, strut their stuff, and inform the public to not view them as sexual objects, but as human beings. Anyone wanting to participate still had to cover their nipples, so the women got creative in the ways they covered up such as using tape, pasties, and other things that could stick onto their bodies. Men also exhibited just as much support by applying tape, pasties, or anything else they could find. Due to the overwhelming press that this event received, it surely attracted tons of unwanted attention, such as religious protestors, old creepy men, and just general trolls. While the heavy police presence helped to curb the amount of trouble that surfaced, many undesired problems caused delays in the parade’s starting time. While waiting for the path and smoke to clear, many of the participants eagerly mingled with each other while dodging the bad people. Unlike other events I have attended, many of the participants declined to have their photo taken. Thankfully, a handful of energetic individuals did not hesitate to allow me to capture their beauty, so I got to work until the parade went under way.

A number of factors prevented the parade from launching on time. Religious protestors firmly planted themselves in front of the path and cited all the legal reasons why they could stand there, so the police could not legally remove them. Other trouble makers included old creepy men trying to get really close to the women & obstructing the real press/media people, young punk kids causing a scene, and all the men taking photos of women without asking for permission. Eventually the dust settled, and the parade could slowly but surely take off.

National Go Topless Pride Day encourages women to stand up for their constitutional rights, whether or not a state allows it. In states that forbid it, this encourages women to get it legalized. In states that allow it, this encourages women to exercise their already-existing rights. The organizers want women to feel comfortable about their natural mammalian breasts as a body part, nursing or not, and not as a sexual object. Because this movement emphasizes equality, this movement has just as much a meaning to men too. Men have fallen under the lull of the media for too long, seeing women’s breasts as something sexual rather than just a body part like arms and legs. Unlike the lower body parts which have to do with reproduction, breasts have nothing to do with reproduction – instead, it has to do with the phase after reproduction: child care, a significant part in the upbringing of children. Over time, men have become desensitized to the sight of a woman’s suggestive appearance such as short skirts, yoga pants, or revealing cleavage, and this movement aims to desensitize men’s sexual impulse on the sight of a woman’s breasts. Go Topless Pride wants men to respect the beauty of the human body rather than oogle over it.

How did the success of these worldwide Go Topless Pride Day Parades fare? Did they successfully spread awareness that women have the equal rights to go topless in public? Or did they merely provide an outlet for men to get a free show? Think about the year 2015, and how far civilization has come after all this time. Just this year the United States finally legalized same-sex marriages, further strengthening the equality gap for all. Can the nation tackle topless equality next? Other things the nation worries about now that we have legalized gay marriages include marijuana laws, prison reform, campaign finance, right to die laws, student loan debt (currently exceeds credit card debt), prostitution, climate change, privacy laws, widening of the upper class-lower class gap, education, health care, and so much more that topless equality does not measure as a “big issue” that the nation needs to address. Until then, you can support the Go Topless cause by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter. Lastly, we as a collective human society need to stop viewing women’s breasts as sexual objects, start viewing them as just a regular body part, and respect women’s decisions to treat their breasts as just a normal body part as well.

Nisei Week – Japanese Festival
August 15-23
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.niseiweek.org/

Participate in any of a variety of events celebrating Japanese culture during this nine-day period based out of Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles. Numerous events will occur at Little Tokyo or the Japanese American National Museum on the north side of Little Tokyo. Check the website for a full list of events, which include some eating competitions, the free family festival, and a car show.

World Series of Beach Volleyball
August 18-23
Alamitos Beach, Long Beach
http://www.wsobv.com/

This unprecedented event brings the world’s greatest beach volleyball players and their fans together for a week-long celebration of the summer. Festivities will include including sports, music, local culture, food, drinks, activities, and more. Visitors may attend any of the events for free, while premium seating for the broadcast events comes with a price.

Mocha Machine Release
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 18
Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Dark-beer fans rejoice – Beachwood Brewing will release Mocha Machine this Tuesday. Enjoy this coffee porter on draft at Beachwood Brewing, or buy bottles to take elsewhere to enjoy.

26th Annual Taste of MainStreet – Encinitas
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, August 18
Main Street, Encinitas
http://www.encinitas101.com/events/annual-taste-of-mainstreet/

Sample food from 34 restaurants in Encinitas this Tuesday night. Douse your thirst at the 16 sip stops along the street as well. You can gain all-access to this for $35 presale, or just $25 for food-only. This taste tends to sell out each year, so purchase your tickets soon if you wish to attend.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, August 19-20
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs during the summer months annually from May through August on the third Wednesday and the Thursday immediately after. Attendees may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem these tickets for food & drink samples from various restaurants along 2nd Street. Buy tickets presale now at Olives Gourmet, La Strada, We Olive, Mail Boxes etc. & Sweet Jill’s, or purchase tickets in front of CHASE BANK during the event.

Rising Tohoku Food Fair
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 20-23
Mitsuwa Marketplace, Torrance
http://www.mitsuwa.com/event/the-second-rising-tohoku-food-fair-part-i-torrance-store/

Immerse yourself in the Tohoku region of northeast Japan this weekend at Mitsuwa Marketplace in Torrance. Free to attend for all ages, find lots of food, drinks, treats, arts & crafts, live entertainment, and more.

Kratos: The Original Returns
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 21
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/1464818517155270/

Valiant Brewing brings back their original Kratos beer as well as three variations of it this Friday evening. No admission required – simply show up, and pay for the beers you wish to enjoy.

Orange Wine Walk
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 21
Old Towne Orange, Orange
http://www.orangewinewalk.com/

Stroll up and down Old Towne Orange, enjoy live music, and savor some wine and amazing local eats. The website has no other real information, such as how much this will cost, so bring some extra cash with you if you intend to attend.

The Return of La Banda Skalavera
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 21
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/la-banda-skalavera

Get your skanking on at this all-ages skacore show this Friday night at the Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to the show cost $13 presale or $16 at the door. Arrive early to park at the venue for free. Arrive too late, and end up parking in a lot down the street for $10.

San Diego Magazine’s 2015 Best of San Diego Party
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, August 21
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/February-2015/2015-Best-of-San-Diego-Party/

Samples food from San Diego County’s top restaurants and chefs, and sip on wines and beers from the area’s breweries and wineries at this tasting gala this Friday night. Admission to this event costs $75 per person, or $85 with a 12-month subscription to the magazine.

Brea Fest
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 21
Brea Civic & Cultural Center, Brea
http://www.ci.brea.ca.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=623

Essentially a “Taste of Brea,” this free and all-ages event will see over 30 restaurants from the area providing samples of their food to visitors. Visitors may freely walk into the event area for free, but must purchase tickets to redeem for food or drinks. In addition to all the food, visitors will find live music, a kids zone, arts & crafts, and more.

Rob’s Birthday Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 21
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/866765380026838/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

15th Annual Tiki Beach Festival
6:30 am – 9:30 pm, August 22
6:30 am – 5:30 pm, August 23
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach
http://alfredosbeachclub.com/tiki-festival.html

This Hawaiian & Islander festival takes place at Granada Beach this weekend from sunrise to sunset. Completely FREE to attend, you will find food, arts & crafts, vendors, games, music, dancers, hula hoop lessons, and more here.

7th Annual San Diego Doggie Street Festival
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 22
NTC Park, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://doggiestreetfestival.org/

This event focuses on dog & cat adoptions, providing people an opportunity to add a pet to their lives. Free to attend for all ages, this event comes with food vendors, live music from local bands, speakers, pet merchandise & accessories, pet services, and more.

The Fit Expo Anaheim
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 22-23
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://thefitexpo.com/ana.asp

Experience everything related to fitness at this expo coming this weekend. Single day admission costs $25, while the weekend combo only costs $40. All attendees receive access the entire exhibit floor, competitions, seminars, demos, autograph sessions, free samples, and more.

Nerd Con 2015
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 22
California Center For The Arts, Escondido
http://www.nerd-con.com/

All things pop culture will meet up at this annual convention in Escondido this Saturday. Expect to find cosplay, games, comics, art, anime, technology, and more for the inner hobbyist in you. General admission costs $20 for adults or $12 for children. VIP admission costs $50, but the website does not mention what VIP admission gets different. Use promo code KILLERSNCO to save 15% off admission.

6th Annual Sausage & Beer Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 22-23
Highland Springs Resort, Cherry Valley
http://www.hsresort.com/beer/

Halfway between the Inland Empire and Palm Desert lies the High Springs Resort, where they will host their annual Sausage & Beer Festival this weekend. Unlike a standard beer festival, this event will run continuously during the allotted times with no set schedule or strict event time. Free to enter and with free parking, visitors will end up paying for food and drinks as they go, so nobody has to rush to drink beer in a certain period of time. Bring plenty of cash if you intend to endure a long session here.

5th Annual Los Angeles Taco Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 22
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.latacofestival.com/

Check out the best in local tacos and local mariachi music this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. This festival bears no admission fee – visitors simply pay for tacos as they order them.

4th Annual Latin Jazz & Blues Festival
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 22
Houghton Park, Long Beach
http://www.insidedistrict9.com/4th_annual_uptown_latin_jazz_blues_festival

Bring out the family to this free and all-ages music festival this Saturday in Long Beach, and enjoy live music, food, arts & crafts, vendors, and more.

2nd Annual Horton’s Hayride
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 22
Berth 49, San Pedro
http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=6008095

Enjoy live music at this all-day all-ages rockabilly festival from the great sets of the Reverend Horton Heat, Nekromantix, and more, and check out the great food, classic cars, and pinup models. Tickets to this event cost only $15.

7th Annual San Diego Spirits Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 22
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 23
The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.sandiegospiritsfestival.com/

Immerse yourself into the wonderful world of spirits this weekend in San Diego. This year’s fest features three sections: cocktails, culinary, and culture., thus providing something to entice everyone. Attendees will also find live entertainment, bartender battles, chef demos, a fashion show, a burlesque show, and more. The all-inclusive admission costs $90 for one day or $150 for both days, so attendees should arrive early to maximize their eating & drinking time. No one under 21 may attend.

Tahoe Mountain Brewing – Tap Takeover
3:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 22
Public Beer & Wine Shop, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1616751838581579/

Enjoy any of six different brews from Tahoe Mountain Brewing this Saturday at Public Beer & Wine Shop in Downtown Long Beach.

Uncasked: A Neighborhood Craft Beer Fest
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 22
Westfield UTC, San Diego
http://www.ticketsauce.com/e/uncasked15

Sample local brews and taste delightful bites from local restaurants at this small beer fest this Saturday evening at the Westfield shopping center. For $20 presale or $25 at the door, guests will receive a souvenir glass, gift bag, beer guide, Westfield coupon book, and ten beer tickets. Attendees also may receive unlimited food samples from the resident restaurants within the festival.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 22
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=424

Have a fun time this summer at Chinatownin Downtown Los Angeles. Free to attend for all ages, this nighttime festival brings together food, music, art, and beer in a multicultural setting. Expect to see food trucks, merchandise, arts & crafts, live music, live DJ’s, a dance floor, a beer garden hosted by Eagle Rock Brewery, and more. Guests can find free street parking on Spring St and the side streets connected to Spring, including College St.

4th Annual Brews, Blues, N’ BBQ Festival
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, August 22
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonarboretum.org/brews_and_blues.php

The Fullerton Arboretum hosts a festival for blues music, craft beers, and BBQ this Saturday night. The $45 admission includes a souvenir glass, ten 4-oz beer tasters, free parking, live blues music, and complimentary sodas and water. All BBQ and food comes at a separate cost. No one under 21 may attend.

13th Annual Gardena Jazz Festival
11:30 am – 7:30 pm, August 23
Rowley Memorial Park, Gardena
http://www.facebook.com/events/1024827330880917/

Enjoy local jazz in the park at this all-ages outdoor concert for $20 per person.

Tustin Brewing 19th Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 23
Tustin Brewing, Tustin
http://www.orangecal.com/calendars/tustin-brewing-company/events/19th-anniversary-party

Tustin Brewing turns 19 this week, and to celebrate, they will throw a beer festival at their brewpub this Sunday afternoon. Admission costs $40 presale or $45 at the door, and comes with unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. Attendees can purchase food and merchandise separately, so have cash available for that.

Trump National Golf Club’s 7th Annual Wine & Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 23
Trump National Golf Club, Rancho Palos Verdes
http://www.trumpnationallosangeles.com/Default.aspx?p=DynamicModule&pageid=372108&ssid=286115&vnf=1

Have some wine and beer at one of Donald Trump’s golf clubs here in Southern California. The $50 admission comes with unlimited wine & beer and valet parking. Food trucks will keep patrons fed, and volunteers will sell raffle tickets.

Go Topless Day Pride Parade
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 23
Venice Beach, Venice
http://gotopless.org/

Because we want equality for all, this Sunday represents Topless Pride Day, a day where both men AND women can expose their upper bodies to the sun. Join in the pride parade this Sunday afternoon in Venice Beach, or anywhere else in the world where this may take place (check the website for more locations), and express your support of topless equality for all.

Local Live Music Industry Mixer
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 23
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/939584916063393/

Meet local musicians, promoters, venue owners, sound/studio engineers, producers, media, photographers, vendors, and more at this free mixer this Sunday afternoon.

2015 Plum Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 23
Old World Village, Huntington Beach
http://www.oldworld.ws/blog/event/old-worlds-annual-plum-festival/

Bring your family out to this FREE and all-ages event taking place at Old World Village in Huntington Beach this Sunday afternoon. Visitors will find games, arts & crafts, plum-based treats, live entertainment, and more.

Free Kite Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 23
Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa
http://www.scfta.org/Events/Detail.aspx?id=13346

At this FREE and all-ages event this Sunday afternoon, check out all things kites with kite-building stations, flying demos, arts & crafts, live entertainment, gourmet food trucks, and more.

Date A Derby Dame
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 23
The Wayfarer, Costa Mesa
http://tinyurl.com/dateaderbydame

Meet the women who participate in roller derby in this calm and encouraging environment. You may even find romance if you get lucky! General admission costs $35, or $10 for active roller derby athletes.