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Get Out: CA Biennial Opens at OCMA, Eco Homes Tour, Tikkunfest, Taste of Abbot Kinney

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Photo by Salina Canizales via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr


Photo by Salina Canizales via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr
2010 California Biennial Opening Day @OCMA
Be among the first to view the Biennial on opening day at The Orange County Museum of Art, which features special events like a Curator's Talk, Meet & Greet with Biennial artists, and live music. Museum open from 11-5 pm; special events scheduled 1-4 pm; all events open to the public.

Eastside Eco Homes Tour
See gray water systems, solar power, passive cooling, composting, organic vegetable garden, bee keeping, a modern chicken coop, even a green wedding. Meet the owners as they describe their efforts and their mistakes. Homes and people that are highly technical in their approach to footprint reduction and homes and folks who are down to earth and simplistic in their approach. It all works and it is free. Runs from Noon-4, 13 eco homes open for viewing. [detailed info and locations and map here] $5 suggested donation (for the whole tour), if you can afford it, it gets you a free stainless steel water bottle and proceeds go to support the new"green" magnet at king middle school to open in fall of 2011.

Tikkunfest Takes Over Pico Blvd.
Jewlicious, the popular three-day festival that takes place annually and features an impressive roster of the most talented musicians, comedians, and other artists producing contemporary Jewish culture, is bringing Tikkunfest to L.A. today. The event will feature community service and social action culminating in a free concert for volunteers (non-volunteer concert goers will pay a $10 ticket fee). Tikkunfest will spread out over 18 blocks of Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles. Volunteers will plant fruit trees and herb gardens in custom made planters, paint, clean up garbage, repair items, collect clothing and food for the needy, assist seniors, and promote community involvement. The event supports Worldwide Jewish Social Action Month and The LA Green Mile, which began a few years ago to help clean and revitalize the section of Pico Boulevard that runs through the most thriving part of Jewish LA. You might be able to squeeze in a volunteer shift still, but you can definitely donate, and also see the concert. 1-8 p.m.

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Taste of Abbot Kinney
The Taste of Abbot Kinney is a tasting tour of select restaurants, food trucks and wineries mixed with live entertainment from well-known musicians and local performance artists. Proceeds go to benefit Inside Out Community Arts, a Venice-based non-profit that provides after school arts education to most in-need children. Tickets are $2 each and can be used for food and wine tastings, music performances and for raffle items. 3-7 p.m.

Also today: The Los Angeles Magazine Food Event; Starry Kitchen's Pop-Up on the Mandoline Grill Truck + Wine Tasting @Domaine LA; Day 2 of Artisanal LA.