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Sure, it’s beach weather, but creative types are doing a lot more than just lolling in the sun. Here’s a snapshot of some of the latest trivial pursuits in town.

Hosting goddess card cocktail parties

Invite a few girlfriends for happy hour, and let everyone pick from this deck of inspirational cards ($13) that are like Game of Thrones crossed with Dr. Phil. We pulled the Yemanya goddess, which told us, “Important doors are opening for you right now. Walk through them.”

McCoy Kirk

Discussing wild anti-drought measures

Don’t go to a cocktail party without reading about William Shatner’s proposed pipeline from Seattle. Hey, we’re all looking for a solution.

Trying to get into Jon & Vinnys

This new red-sauce Italian joint comes off like a casual neighborhood spot, but it’s the hardest reservation to score in town. Keep trying--it’s worth it for pizza crust dipped in ranch dressing made with pickled ramps. Since dinner is a two-week wait, stop in spontaneously for breakfast or lunch. The place opens at 8:00 a.m.

Jon & Vinnys, 412 N. Fairfax Ave.; 323-334-3369 or

Touring the Pasadena Showcase House

It’s your last week to tour one of the country’s oldest home-and-garden show houses, with rooms fashioned by top interior decorators and FIDM grads.

Eating falafel

Yesterday’s street food has gotten fresher, more creative and even more delicious.

Doing macramé and weaving

So. Much. Fiber. Learn macramé online or study weaving at Saori Studio in the Valley.

Watching Saint Laurent

This biopic about the glory years of the French designer opened over the weekend. It’s a nice, glamorous antidote to our fashion lingua franca of yoga pants.

Playing Backgammon

Put down your mobile. In a flashback to the ’70s, this game tests your logic, intelligence and propensity for risk. Plus, the cool boards look awesome on a coffee table.

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