Bartz Barbecue’s Pulled Pork Sandwich and El Segundo Brewing Co.’s Smoky Hollow Scotch Ale

Barbecue just tastes better with beer. El Segundo Brewing Co. (140 Main St., El Segundo) and Redondo Beach’s Bartz Barbecue are teaming up for an afternoon cookout on Friday (July 28), with slow-cooked brisket, pulled pork, beef ribs, pork sausage, chicken sausage, pork ribs and pork belly burnt ends — all smoked over white oak — emerging from Bartz’s trailer smoker after 3 p.m. Then on Saturday (July 29), Bartz heads north to serve their slow-cooked meats with BBQ beans, cream corn, apple coleslaw and mac-and-cheese from noon to 6 p.m. at Santa Monica Brew Works (1920 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica).

Starbucks’ swirly pink-and-blue Unicorn Frappuccino may have been a culinary flop-turned viral internet meme, but the unicorn theme still inspires vegan YouTube chef Nicole Derseweh, who’s hosting a Vegan Unicorn Brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday (July 29) at Feastly’s event space in Venice. The menu features a lineup of vegan-friendly specialties designed to tickle the senses of your inner-child — including a “Melting Unicorn Mimosa” bathed in crisp proseco, a “Unicorn Benedict” served up on a funfetti waffle, a Karma Bakery donut dipped in white chocolate frosting and capped with a marshmallow-y fondant horn, plus a “Magical Unicorn Noodle Salad” that changes colors before your eyes. 15% of the proceeds benefit Dogs Without Boarders Rescue. $48.

The Victorian (2640 Main St., Santa Monica) opens its doors from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday (July 29) for a 21+ summer soiree featuring live cooking demos by Nyesha Arrington (“Top Chef”) and Eric Greenspan (Mare, Fleishk’s and The Roof on Wilshire), exclusive food and drink tastings, live music and a silent auction benefitting the Fulfillment Fund. Good Day L.A.’s Julie Chang and Shira Lazar of “What’s Trending” host. $85+.

Bubbly and art make a fine pair at Venice Arts (13445 Beach Ave., Venice), which is hosting a champagne breakfast and gallery tour of Venice photographer Marian Crostic’s solo exhibition from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday (July 30). The event celebrates the close of Crostic’s exhibit of timeless photographs capturing the ethereal and introspective aspect of Venice Beach. Free.

Shake off the start of the work week with “Flights & Bites” of Glenfarclas single malt at Playa Provisions’ grain whiskey bar (119 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey) at 7 p.m. Monday (July 31). The tasting includes a selection of Glenfarclas 10, 12, 17-year and 105 cask strength whiskeys paired with small bites. $50 to $60.

— Christina Campodonico