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Kusmi Tea Tasting
What: Sample brews from the Russian-born, Paris-based company that has the delicate blending process down to a, um, tea.
Why: Oolong is a well-known mood lifter — maybe because it’s fun to say. Plus, DailyCandy readers get 15 percent off Kusmi and Odacité Skin Care, the culty, all-natural line.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: The Detox Market, 1524 Abbot Kinney Blvd., b/t Navarre Ct. & Rialto Ave., Venice (408-518-1655).
What: Store/gallery space Deyermond Art + Books invites locals to use their words. Sore losers can nurse their pain with complimentary drinks. (How do you spell designated driver?)
Why: It’s a spell-ebration of fun and learning.
When: Thurs., 8-11 p.m.
Where: 2801 Main St., b/t Hill St. & Ashland Ave., Santa Monica (310-450-4400).
Angel City Art & Beer Garden
What: Toast the soon-to-open brewery with a weekend-long indoor festival with live music, exhibits, and plenty of microbrews.
Why: Beer does a body good. Oh wait, that’s milk.
When: Fri., 5 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sat. & Sun., noon-1 a.m.
Where: 216 S. Alameda St., b/t Traction Ave. & E. Fourth St., Downtown.
For the Record: Baz Luhrmann
What: Performances of songs and scenes from the director’s oeuvre with life-size green fairies and a rotating cast of Broadway notables such as Arielle Jacobs.
Why: Head there early for absinthe cocktails and a French-inspired prix fixe dinner.
When: Fri. & Sat. Dinner, 5-7 p.m.; doors, 8 p.m.; show, 9 p.m.
Where: Vermont Kitchen & Barre, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., b/t Prospect & Kingswell Aves., Los Feliz. Dinner and show tickets ($50) at 323-661-6163. Show tickets only ($20) online at showatbarre.com.
Planned Parenthood L.A. Food Fare
What: More than 150 of the city’s top restaurants, wineries, and caterers dish their gastronomic delights for a good cause.
Why: It’s a rare opportunity to feel good about yourself after pigging out.
When: Thurs., 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. & 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., b/t Pico Blvd. & Olympic Dr., Santa Monica (213-284-3316). Tickets ($150-$225) online at ppaction.org.
What: A six-hour spoken word marathon melding storytelling, communicative dance, music, and more.
Why: Pick up a few moves from Hula O’Hoaloha’s performance of the traditional Hawaiian dance.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 N. Mentor Ave., b/t Union St. & Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Info at 626-744-0340. Admission is free.
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