Leslie's List: Arroyo Seco, Cherry Pie, and Happiness

The best things to eat, do, and read this week.
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After a month of long-weekend trips, I had my first Monday back in the office since early May, and I couldn't be happier—while four-day weeks are great in small doses, they're a little overwhelming one right after the other! I've been filling this week to the brim with L.A. Beer Week events (more on that below), a fun but hard workout with Fabletics last night, and drinks and dinners with friends. Friday I'm headed to LACMA for jazz night, then a rooftop movie on Saturday. Here's to summertime in L.A.!

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There are still a few days left of L.A. Beer Week, with tap takeovers and events going on through the 25th. Tonight, women-run brewery Three Weavers is taking over the taps at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood, and one of my favorite downtown breweries, Iron Triangle, is hosting trivia, to name just a few events!

If you're still looking for weekend plans, the Arroyo Seco music festival is going on in Pasadena and passes are still available! The lineup includes Tom Petty, Mumford and Sons, Alabama Shakes, The Shins, and Weezer. Also, no joke, after reading the list of food that's offered there and coming across Sumo Dog, I immediately ordered a "Miso Katsu Dog" for dinner. I can personally vouch for how delicious it is. #noregrets

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At my previous job, I worked with baker Erin McDowell. She's the type of person who, when I asked her how to make a pluot pie, said, "Let me get back to you!" and delivered a tried and tested recipe a week later. This week she finally released the cover for her upcoming cookbook, which is available for preorder here! The announcement reminded me of my all-time favorite recipe of hers, which is really the stuff of legends: Deep Dish Cherry Pie. Pie filling lovers, rejoice! 

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If you're a D.C. reader, this is for you! The National Portrait Gallery has an exhibit on the 1930s and 1950s German-born movie star and singer Marlene Dietrich. Known for her sultry voice, her legs (which her studio famously insured), and pioneering menswear, the photos capture her unapologetic confidence and strong personality. Learn more about how you can see the exhibit here, or listen to the NPR piece on it here.

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What does happiness mean? Is it over-rated? What's its evolutionary purpose? These questions are sussed out and examined in Quartz's new series, "The Happiness Experiment." One interesting tidbit I learned: Wikipedia's definition of "happiness" has been edited nearly 6,000 times by 3,000 users. Oh, and you guessed it, money can't buy it.

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In the amount of time I've wasted asking "What should we watch tonight?" I probably could have made it through AFI's entire list of 100 must-see movies. But The New York Times released a list last week that's, to me, far more eye-catching: "The 25 Best Films of the 21st Century." What surprised me the most is how few I've seen—only a fifth of those listed! I have my work cut out for me, starting with There Will Be Blood. How many have you seen so far?


So many great new music releases this week! HAIM's new song "Little of Your Love" is about as catchy as it gets, Icona Pop's "Girls Girls" is everything I want to listen to when I'm getting ready for a night out, and Lorde's new album isn't quite as good as her first, but I can't stop listening to "Perfect Places." Yay women in music! Speaking of which: Am I the last person to learn that Taylor Swift is on Spotify now? I know this probably isn't the coolest thing to publicly broadcast, but I could not be more excited to jam to 1989

P.S., I know I've written about them a million times, but one of my favorite bands, Jim & Sam are performing at Stories bookstore tonight as part of their Story Writer Song Teller series, starting at 8:00 pm. I'm going to try my best to be there as it sounds like a great event!

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Heading anywhere fun this summer? I've never been one to keep souvenirs from trips (aside from small ticket stubs and receipts that can fit in the pages of travel journals), but this DIY would make such a cute keepsake map to remember a summer by, hung on a gallery wall.