Weekend: Italian Feast of San Gennaro

The traditional street party is back in Hollywood with slices, calzones, tunes, and bocce.

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    Italian Feast of San Gennaro
    The Italian Feast of San Gennaro, hosted by Adam Carolla and Jimmy Kimmel, unfurls in Tinseltown from Friday, Sept. 27 through Sunday, Sept. 29.

    ITALIAN FEAST OF SAN GENNARO: It's been a dozen years for this traditional street party, a colorful, banner-bedecked food-centered celebration that recalls the decades-old parties of the NYC. Scratch that. Our own San Gennaro, which is hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla, is well-ensconced by this point, bringing to Hollywood bocce, bingo, music, and calzones. So. Many. Calzones. Call the Galbani-backed bash a vibrant 'n robust West Coast cousin to those Little Italy long-standing soirees. Friday, Sept. 27 through Sunday, Sept. 29

    WEST HOLLYWOOD BOOK FAIR: Some might think of this as the perfect type of book festival, but anything to do with books ranks as perfect, yes? Still, this happens over a single day, the authors and artists who visit are of the top-notch school -- hello, 2013 guests Debbie Reynolds, Christopher Rice, and Francesca Lia Block -- and the lit-loving setting and flow is of the shop, meet, greet, listen, and read variety. A culinary pavilion and poetry corner are part of the fun on Sunday, Sept. 29.

    FROGTOWN ARTWALK: The Elysian Valley is home to painters, cooks, music-makers, video artists, and performers who sometimes dress as La Llorona and wander the streets. Frogtown, in short, is a beautiful, evocative, river-close neighborhood, and residents gather together once a year to honor the creative spirit, good eats, live tunes, and the occasional spirited sighting. Get there around sundown, which is pretty magical. Saturday, Sept. 28

    THEATER IN OFFBEAT PLACES: Like your drama to be, well, off the stage and presented in an unusual place and way? You're in luck, lively-drama lover. Short plays are set to go down inside the Natural History Museum -- Chalk Rep is behind the stirring words/dramatics -- while Sarah Elgart directed and choreographed "Everywhere Nowhere," a "spectacle of movement, media, and color" set to take place at LAX on Saturday, Sept. 28.

    PASADENA WEEKEND: The Wiggle Waggle Walk, which lends a paw to the Pasadena Humane Society, heads out, with barkers in tow, at Brookside Park on Sunday, Sept. 29. And Trattoria Neapolis -- remember the place with the $55 bottle of rare beer? -- turns one on Saturday, Sept. 28 with a special menu. Hello, bombolini, barolo risotto, rabbit, and tiramisu (just four of the yummies on the festive roster).

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