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San Gennaro Cheese Festival Begins Tonight!

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Another festival alert, this one concerning cheese! Hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla will be celebrating the Italian-American immigrant experience this weekend in Hollywood at the 6th Annual Cheese Feast of San Gennaro.

Eat some excellent Italian food, play some bocce ball (courts will be set up all day), research your heritage, and watch a parade of the saint through the streets of Hollywood. (San Gennaro was one of those indestructable superhero saints who survived Roman persecution, including being burned alive, stretched on the rack, and being thrown to wild beasts -- they just don't make Catholics like that anymore!)

You can still purchase tickets for tonight's Prima Notte Fundraising Gala, honoring "prominent Italian-Americans" Frankie Valli and John Paul DeJoria (he's the CEO of John Mitchell hair care products) -- tickets are $100 and profits go towards Carolla and Kimmel's charity aiding all poor children in Los Angeles.

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But if you're not up for spending the big bucks, the festival itself runs all weekend long: admission's five bucks for adults, and free for the kids. It will feature vendors like Frankie’s on Melrose, Taste Chicago, Rocco’s Italian Kitchen, Taninos, Trastevere and Albano’s Pizza, as well as live music, street performers, strolling musicians, a kid’s corner, rides and games. And no Italian festival would be complete without a selection of wines from local wineries, which is sure to make my own bocce-ball playing attempts quite humorous!

Details and contact info below the jump.