The Weekend Guide

grilled cheese!

Do the Muenster mash.

The Grilled Cheese Invitational
Battle amateur and professional chefs for the title of grilled cheese champion or just embrace all things cheesy — from Gouda-themed poetry and live music to vendors slinging their spin on the celebrated sammie.
Why: It’s the best thing since sliced bread.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., at Seco St., lot f, Pasadena.

MessHall Kitchen Boot Camp
Get a sneak peek of the upcoming Los Feliz eatery with three courses of inspired Americana fare (buttermilk crunch chicken with whiskey gravy, scout cookie with marshmallow and caramel).
Why: Classic cocktails by Josh Goldman (Ink) and Julian Cox (Sotto, Picca).
When: Fri., 7 p.m.-1 a.m.
Where: Short Order, 6333 W. Third St., at N. Fairfax Ave., Mid-City West (323-761-7970). Email testkitchen@shortorderla.com for reservations.

Swedish Hasbeens Pop-Up
Lace, buckle, and slip on a curated selection of the cult shoe label’s new ’40s- and ’50s-inspired collection while sipping PBR and guessing what the secret performance will be.
Why: Take home a free leather skinny belt when you spend $200 or less; spend more than $200 and get a leather envelope clutch.
When: Tonight, 7-9 p.m.
Where: American Rag, 150 S. La Brea Ave., b/t First & Second Sts., West Hollywood (323-935-3154). R.S.V.P. to jenniferl@postandbeam.is.

Elizabeth and James Sample Sale
Impossibly cool staples coveted by uptown and downtown girls alike at 50-70 percent off.
Why: Find deeply discounted Patterson J. Kincaid blouses and dresses in the mix.
When: Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: The Cooper Building, 860 S. Los Angeles St., at E. Ninth St., ste. 415, Downtown.

Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent Sample Sale
What: Take 60-70 percent off floaty chiffon dresses, resort-ready sandals, and printed totes from the local designer’s spring collection.
Why: A stash of samples priced at $40.
When: Fri., 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: The Cooper Building, 860 S. Los Angeles St., at E. Ninth St., ste. 422, Downtown.

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The Grilled Cheese Invitational
1001 Rose Bowl Dr
@ Seco St, lot f
Pasadena, CA 91103
Short Order
6333 W 3rd St
@ N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
860 S Los Angeles St
@ 9th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
150 S La Brea Ave
bt 1st & 2nd Sts
Los Angeles, CA 90036