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The craft beer scene in the South Bay area of Los Angeles County has surged quite a bit in the past year or two, and the scene will continue to experience rapid growth for an indefinite amount of time. This trend saw another spike this past Saturday when Absolution Brewing Company celebrated their third anniversary. Located across the ExxonMobil Refinery from the Torrance microbrewery core (which consists of Smog City Brewing and Monkish Brewing), Absolution Brewing represents another fine member of the South Bay craft beer collective. While they may not yet appear as widespread as Smog City or Monkish, the brews of Absolution live up to the expectations of any brewery from the South Bay.

At their third anniversary celebration, guests could still enter the tasting room and order beers right off the menu. To add to the celebration, Absolution employed a handful of additions, which included cask ales, games, mobile food vendors, and live music. Guests could still purchase beers as normal at the counter, but to those looking for a festival experience, Absolution offered just that in the form of beer packages. A general package cost $25 and came with three full beer pours, a souvenir glass, and one meal ticket from the food vendors. The VIP experience took place from 11am to 1pm, which consisted of unlimited beer pours for those two hours, plus everything that the $25 package gets.

Expect lots of hype and excitement from the South Bay in the upcoming weeks. This upcoming Saturday, Phantom Carriage in Carson will celebrate their second anniversary. The following weekend, Redondo Beach’s King Harbor Brewing Company will celebrate their third anniversary as well. The Monkish anniversary already happened the previous week, but one can expect that Smog City should have an anniversary event before summer starts. Regardless, one cannot go wrong with breweries in the South Bay, so head on over and check out some breweries!

The Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade returned to Downtown Hermosa Beach for its 32nd year running this past Saturday afternoon. Covering the streets of Downtown Hermosa Beach, the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce gives back to the community every year with this local treat that celebrates the local politicians and businesses. Featuring a plethora of local businesses, organizations, and politicians, every participating group represented one part out of the South Bay’s many diverse aspects. From marching bands to local dance crews to community service organizations to servicemen, if it had roots in the South Bay, it had a spot in this parade.

The Dickies (FB) performing Paranoid at the 2013 Long Beach Zombie Walk Music & Arts Festival in Long Beach, CA. Filmed on October 26, 2013.

Who appreciates the warmer weather recently? With Spring starting this week, Southern California definitely feels the turn of the seasons in the weather. The warmer weather combined with increased daylight hours allow people to do more things that they could not do a month or two ago due to weather restrictions. Perhaps people opt to travel to the beach as the most popular option. The beach certainly feels like a unifying area bringing together strangers onto one strand of sand all for the purpose of relaxation. Find other reasons to gather large groups of people, and the beach turns into the perfect venue for attracting said large groups. In this case, Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach provides the right expanse for AID LA to host their annual Holi On The Beach.

Holi originated in India, where they celebrate the arrival of Spring with a grandiose public party filled with colors, music, and joy. Traditional celebrations included nonstop live music, dancing, and the unique act of throwing or smearing color on other people. Like the color runs prevalent across the world today, these events typically involve using dry colors made with natural ingredients as to not stain the attendees’ clothing; however, traditional Holi also utilized wet colors, which the attendees at Holi On The Beach love to use.

Holi On The Beach lacks a structured schedule – instead, attendees simply arrive, receive colors from the organizers, and let loose on the sand. A live DJ provides music all throughout the afternoon while everyone dances and get merry with colors. Whereas other fests contain vendors and other content such as yoga, Holi On The Beach only provides the colors and the space to run around and get dirty. A food vendor eventually sets up on the sidewalk between the parking lot and the beach, but other than that, all attendees just show up and get crazy. Sometimes, you need no rules to live a joyful life.

Admission to this all-ages events costs $12 presale or $15 on the day of the event. Guests can find plenty of street parking in the nearby neighborhoods, but should prepare to walk a bit towards the event location. Most importantly – wear old clothes, and keep spare towels in your car.

They said the classics never go out of style, but eventually they do. But when looking at trends, things that have goner out of style also eventually rebound back into popularity. Trends and fads ride a wave where they peak at one point then fall down and rise back up, repeating this cyclical process over time. Take a look at Pokémon for example. It had its prime time in the early 2000’s then slowly faded down, but then it surged in popularity again with the release of Pokémon GO last year. The Power Rangers had its glory in the 1990’s, then faded away for some time. However, a new Power Rangers movie will release later this month, hoping to revitalize the franchise. It helps to pay attention to the classics, as they will always find a way to come back into our lives, as we witnessed at the 2017 Pasadena Comic Con & Toy Show.

Pasadena gets their own event dedicated to comics and toys of new and old with the Pasadena Comic Con & Toy Show. Taking place this past Sunday at the Pasadena Convention Center, this all-ages convention represents a smaller, localized version of some of the larger comic events known throughout the world. Unlike those larger events, this one only costs $10 to enter for a decent amount of content. The main show floor had dozens of writers and artists all showing their work, as well as a handful of vendors selling toys, video games, and accessories. Additionally, some of the convention center’s side rooms contained more content, such as more toy vendors, guest cosplay booths, and a seminar/programs room. Altogether, this represents a nice scaled version of the big comic cons.

As a comic expo, we cannot forget about the diehard fans dressing up as their favorite fictional character. At any expo involving comics, video games, anime, manga, and more, any attendee cannot avoid seeing another guest participating in the inevitable cosplay for the duration of the event. Cosplay has turned into an art of fans sporting outfits and accessories to appear like another usually recognizable character. Mainstream characters such as Harley Quinn and Deadpool often get selected as the costume of choice due to the fast recognition by many fans, while lesser known characters tend to receive more praise by the fans who recognize the outfit. As one of the smaller comic expos, the Pasadena Comic Con did not have as many cosplayers in attendance throughout the day. However, a good amount still showed up, and I got to interact with them at the same character level that I do at larger events.

The Pasadena Convention Center hosts a handful of related events, such as events dedicated to Legos, Transformers, Power Rangers, and more. Check out the convention center’s website often (linked above) to see when they will have an event next. Also make sure you like the Pasadena Comic Con on Facebook, as they will post links about the aforementioned similar events that will take place at the Pasadena Convention Center.

When Chinese New Year rolls around every year, those who celebrate it all over the world do not simply allow it to pass. They will celebrate this occasion by throwing a huge festival for it. Lots of places across the world have a festival in honor of Chinese New Year, such as the Lunar New Year Festival 2017 in Monterey Park this past weekend. This massive street fair took place along Garvey Avenue in Monterey Park, closing off streets and causing major traffic headaches while at the same time pleasing everyone who attended the festival on foot. The organizers originally scheduled this festival for the previous weekend, but had to postpone the festival due to rain. At this free and all-ages street fair, visitors encountered food, tons of vendors, arts & crafts, live entertainment, games, and more. While a festival such as this would appear like something good for local business, the corporate businesses had a major hand here, and gained the best spots along the street. Regardless of where you found yourself, you could not escape the pungent stench of stinky tofu. As the name suggests, it smells terrible to those untrained to handle such a scent. However, stinky tofu finds a comfy home in night markets and street fairs such as this. As for me, I will steer clear of stinky tofu if I ever know of its presence. Perhaps the prevalence of stinky tofu caused me to not overstay my visit to the Lunar New Year Festival 2017 in Monterey Park.

While the actual Chinese New Year already occurred this past Saturday, plenty more Lunar New Year festivals will take place within the upcoming weeks, including a major one in Chinatown this weekend. Check out your local cities to see if anymore Lunar New Year festivals will occur, since many of them make for a fun afternoon with friends and family.

When Chinese New Year rolls around every year, those who celebrate it all over the world do not simply allow it to pass. They will celebrate this occasion by throwing a huge festival for it. Lots of places across the world have a festival in honor of Chinese New Year, such as the 2nd Annual San Gabriel Lunar New Year Festival this past weekend. This massive street fair took place along Mission Drive in San Gabriel, closing off a few streets and causing traffic headaches to anyone driving by while at the same time pleasing everyone who attended the festival on foot. At this free and all-ages street fair, visitors encountered food, vendors, arts & crafts, live entertainment, games, and more. Prominently, one could not escape the color red among everyone set up here. From the booths to the banners to the merchandise, everyone here definitely saw red and continued to see red as some of the booths handed out free red tote bags. When looking at the various booths here, this festival catered more to the local mom & pop businesses instead of corporate businesses. Most Asian-themed festivals I have attended generally has a heavy influence of corporate businesses, so made for a refreshing change to not see big names all over the place.

While the actual Chinese New Year already occurred this past Saturday, plenty more Lunar New Year festivals will take place within the upcoming weeks, including a major one in Chinatown this weekend. Check out your local cities to see if anymore Lunar New Year festivals will occur, since many of them make for a fun afternoon with friends and family.