The clock is ticking.
What: Loft-like new bistro for comfort food under international influence (blue tortilla corn soup, braised short rib osso buco style, brioche bread pudding) — although that might just be the wine or the handcrafted cocktails.
Why: You’re headed in the right direction.
When: Daily, 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: 3321 Pico Blvd., b/t 33rd & 34th St., Santa Monica (310-586-1111).
Joanna August Sample Sale
What: New collection of bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses available for ordering or buying right off the rack. Milk & Honey shoes on-site taking custom orders, too.
Why: Friends don’t let friends buy maroon sateen.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: 427 S. Lucerne Blvd., b/t W. Fourth & W. Fifth Sts., Hancock Park (323-465-6643).
What: Last chance to catch Chalk Repertory Theatre put on a highly stylized Shakespearean show inside the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
Why: Will you stay no longer? Nor will you not that we go with you?
When: Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.
Where: 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., b/t N. Van Ness Ave. & N. Gower St., Hollywood (323-469-1181).
What: A guided trek through more than 3,400 rare and pretty regular plants that make up the largest collection of the flowers in North America.
Why: Heavy petal parking lot.
When: Sat., 2 p.m.
Where: Center Circle, Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., b/t Verdugo Blvd. & Encinas Dr., La Canada Flintridge (818-949-4200).
Cocktail Napkin Art Invitational
What: Music, drinks, a retro dolled-up dress code, and doodles are de riguer at Jerico’s Downtown L.A. Cocktail Party No. 2, Ode to The Lounge Lizard.
Why: Come to terms with your tissues.
When: Sat., 8 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: E3rd Steakhouse & Lounge, 734 E. Third St., b/t S. Alameda St. & Traction Ave., Industrial District (213-680-3003).
Photo: Courtesy of Upper West