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A Blade Runner-Themed Pop Culture Bar Lands in Downtown This Fall

Plus Bruce Kalman does dinner, and a new local-ish cooking show

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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Another one

A new Blade Runner-themed bar aims to keep LA’s love of limited pop-up nostalgia alive. Per TimeOut LA, the upcoming Downtown bar is to be called Nexus 2019, and lands in November of this year to coincide with the year depicted in the original dystopian film. Expect a steep $82 entry fee, though that does come with a single cocktail and some swag.

Sauce boss

Chef Bruce Kalman is going old school with an Italian red sauce feast at AR Cucina in Culver City next week. The Monday event runs $60 per person and includes tax and tip, with a menu that runs from spaghetti and pork meatballs to garlic bread, eggplant parm, and beyond. There will also be gluten-free options available, and hopeful diners can make reservations on OpenTable.

New food

Dave Beran’s Dialogue is still turning out all new dishes for its nightly tasting menu. The latest batch of bites has recently arrived to capture the spring/summer/autumn changes; check out a couple of images below.

Coming in August

Food Network’s latest cooking competition show Family Restaurant Rivals will feature a slew of well-known local guest judges, including Ray Garcia, Jason Fullilove, Bricia Lopez, Antonia Lofaso, and more.

Westside beer

Three Weavers is popping up at Astro Doughnuts in Santa Monica this weekend, doing a full tap takeover of their Inglewood brews. Who doesn’t like beer and doughnuts as a combination?

All one can eat

The world gyoza eating competition is back on this year, meaning thousands of fans will flock to see Joey Chestnut and others try to down as many gyoza as possible in just a few minutes. This year’s event goes down August 17 at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center.

For the kids

Milk Bar is hosting a kid-friendly baking class on July 26 at its Melrose location. The one-hour event is meant for those between the ages of 3 and 12, and runs $35 a head.

And the adults

Speaking of baking, here comes East Hollywood’s Friends & Family with a new baking apprenticeship program. The goal is to take novice home or commercial bakers and allow them to work with the team for eight full weeks, learning both bread and pasty for at least 20 hours per week. Sounds like a dream for the right motivated person.