Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 7.26.13

national-dance-dayEVENTS
National Dance Day Celebration
July. 27. Whether or not you think you can dance, here’s your chance to be a part of the biggest dance event of the summer. In partnership with Dizzy Feet Foundation, Grand Park is the flagship West Coast location to celebrate National Dance Day. Stop by for festivities that include national routines led in person by Napoleon and Tabitha Dumo and by Nigel Lythgoe and Adam Shankman; dance classes in the park’s iconic fountains; special dance performances throughout the day; food from your favorite food trucks and more. Free. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Entrances at 200 N. Grand Ave., 221 N. Hill St., 221 N. Broadway and 227 N. Spring St., downtown, 213.972.8080. musiccenter.org

 

dizzy-feetDizzy Feet Foundation’s Celebration of Dance
July 27. National Dance Day festivities continue with a gala performance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Hosted by Nigel Lythgoe and Adam Shankman, the performance features performances by talent from So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With the Stars, the Step Up films, Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound, Philadanco, and many others. All proceeds from the evening benefit the DFF. $34-$125. 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7211. musiccenter.org

 

lucky-rice-night-marketLuckyRice Festival
July 27. Transport yourself to an Asian culinary wonderland at this event that teams rising star chefs and mixologists from Los Angeles’ exploding culinary scene alongside international celebrity chefs to create the ultimate Asian cocktail and foodie experience. The festival, hosted by Sang Yoon (Father’s Office/Lukshon) and presented by Bombay Sapphire East blends authentic night market street food, creative chef-driven dining and cocktails galore – all re-imagined through a locally global lens that spotlights LA’s exploding Asian food revolution. Local participating chefs include Yoon, Jet Tila (the Charleston), Bryant Ng (Spice Table), Kris Yenbamroong (Night + Market), Mohan Ismail (RockSugar), Jenee Kim (Parks BBQ) among others. Along with cocktails from some of the top mixologists from the city, also enjoy 16 custom cocktails from Bombay Sapphire East, Asahi beer, wines from Bordeaux, Champagne Nicholas Feuillatte and Bruce Cost Ginger Ales. $88/$125 VIP. 7-10 p.m. Bookbindery, 8870 Washington Blvd., Culver City. luckyrice.com

 

chicagoChicago: The Musical
July 26-28. Brooke Shields directs the brilliantly sexy tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz. Set amid the razzle-dazzle of the 1920s, this winner of six Tony Awards will come to life with a cast featuring Drew Carey (Amos), Lucy Lawless (Mama Morton) and Ashlee Simpson (Roxie), among others, in a one-of-a-kind Hollywood Bowl production. 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000. hollywoodbowl.com

 

downtown-fleaDowntown Flea
July 28. Shop for artisan and vintage wears and acessories as four parking lots in downtown’s Historic Core transform into an Etsy-esque extravaganza of vintage dealers and local indie designers and craftspeople. Also find food truck fare, performances from local bands, a private VIP “chill zone” and a kids’ rock climbing wall round out the attractions. 10 am–4 pm. $5. 246 S. Spring St., downtown, 323.391.3378. dtflea.com

 

point-break-livePoint Break Live
July 26. The live-action stage show that wowed L.A. audiences for more than five years returns for a special limited engagement featuring the original cast. The spoof of the 1991 blockbuster classic—starring Patrick Swayze as Bodhi, the Zen-surfing leader of a gang of bank robbing adrenaline junkies called the Ex-Presidents, and Keanu Reeves as Johnny Utah, an ex-college football star turned undercover FBI Agent—offers numerous chances for audience participation including the lead role of Johnny Utah. This all-encompassing event, the first in a series which also includes Terminator Too: Judgment Play runs through September at the Dragonfly. $25/$35 VIP. 6510 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A, 323.466.6111. Tickets

 

asicsASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball
Through July 28. See some of the world’s greatest beach volleyball players in an event that celebrates all things beach. Other highlights include opportunities for fans to showcase their skills in several amateur volleyball competitions and live music performances by Ryan Cabrera, Bonobo, Danny Avila, among others. In addition, if you’ve ever wanted a taste of the food and amenities you’d experience aboard a world-class cruise without casting off, you have your chance at the Celebrity Cruises “A Taste of Modern Luxury Culinary & Spa Tour,” July 25-28. The pop up event within the event offers gourmet cuisine from Celebrity’s signature restaurants Qsine, Tuscan Grille, Bistro on Five, The Porch and Grand Epernay prepared by their chefs in a specially outfitted food truck. Also indulge in complimentary neck and shoulder massages and get the opportunity to win a cruise vacation for two and more. 386 E. Shorline Drive, Long Beach. wsobv.com

 

Santa Monica PierSanta Monica Pier Twilight Concert Series
Spend Thursday evenings ocean-side at the iconic Santa Monica Pier for the 29th annual Twilight Concert Series sponsored by KCRW. The weekly fete kicks off just before sunset on July 11 with contemporary and classic tunes from Surfer Blood, and continues through Sept. 12 offering performances by No Age, Hanni El Khatib and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, among others. santamonicapier.org

 

Roaring NightsRoaring Nights
July 25. During this new summer series, enjoy live animal encounters and zookeeper talks, live music from up-and-coming local bands, such as So Many Wizards, CHIEF, and NO, a dance party with DJ MORNING STAR at the Zoo’s carousel, and standup comedians holding court at the petting zoo. Also find full bar service, and free bike valet. 7-10 p.m. $15 members/$18 non-members. 323.644.6042 lazoo.org

 

exhaleDetox DIY
July 27. Stop by Exhale Santa Monica for a workshop that features summer mocktails and cocktails from Core Fusion teacher and DIY crafter, Lindsey Arotin. You will learn how to create your own in-home spa environment and walk away with a summer detox basket that includes a homemade body scrub, lip scrub and essential oil diffuser. 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.319.3793. exhalespa.com/santamonica

 

Rooftop Yoga at InterContinental Los AngelsRooftop Yoga at InterContinental Los Angels Century City
July 29. Slip into a sun salutation on a helipad 16 floors above Century City with the InterContinental Los Angels Century City’s new rooftop summer yoga series. Each Tuesday throughout summer, renowned yoga instructor Noah Christensen will lead a class open to all skill levels against the picturesque cityscape, with views spanning downtown and the Hollywood Hills to the Pacific Ocean and everything in between. Classes are complimentary to hotel guests and open to the public for $16 (hotel valet parking is available for $6). Call to reserve your spot. 2151 Avenue of the Stars, L.A., 310.28.6538. intercontinentallosangeles.com

 

hollywood-bowlEAT | DRINK
Wine Bar at the Hollywood Bowl
If you’ve attended a concert at the Hollywood Bowl this summer, you may have noticed some improvements like the L-Acoustics K1 system—the most advanced sound tech on the market—new LED screens and refreshed benches and picnic tables. More deliciously, however is the new Wine Bar that overlooks the east entrance. If you choose to forgo your picnic and dine at the Wine Bar, you’re met with a menu that offers a creative selection of upscale small and large plates like Spanish chili-cheese fries with Cabrales blue cheese gravy, pulled pork sliders with a smoky bbq sauce, potato gnocchi with English peas and baby carrots, ocean trout with crispy skin served over a bed of farro and grilled asparagus, daily selections of cheeses and hams, and more. The food is accompanied by an extensive wine list (with abundant options from Napa and the Central Coast), craft beer and soju cocktails. You can also order offerings to go and if you don’t finish your drinks before the show, the Wine Bar graciously supplies you with to-go cups. Open two hours before the evening’s performance. 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.1885. hollywoodbowl.com

 

sayers-clubFront Room at the Sayers Club
The sexy “secret” Hollywood club’s entrance was formerly inside the old Papaya King. Now sbe has bid adieu to hot dogs and re-concepted the space debuting a new Scoppa-designed front room, cocktail and food menu in addition to early-evening live entertainment at the club. Pizzas (like the Green Goddess) arrive straight from the wood burning pizza oven, along with other fare like sausage stuffed crispy dates, hand-cut black truffle fries and tempura green beans. Drinks include a rotating menu of craft beers and signature cocktails like the Pineapple Smash and Mexican firing Squad. Tues.-Sun. beginning at 6 p.m. Happy hour daily from 6-8 p.m. 1645 Wilcox Ave., Hollywood, 323.871.8233. sbe.com/thesayersclub

 

chaya-summerChaya Summer Festival
July 28. It’s a statement in itself when a Los Angeles restaurant has consistently been creating decadent food for 30 years. That is the case for Chaya Brasserie Beverly Hills and to honor the anniversary they’ve designed a three-month series of festivities. It kicks off this weekend with the Summer Festival that pays tribute to the ceremonial feasts and vibrant festivals of CHAYA’s Japanese roots. Enjoy unlimited food offerings designed by executive corporate chef Shigefumi Tachibe; specialty “Dirty Thirty” cocktails, beer, wine and sake; live performances by The Gumbo Brothers, The Crown City Bombers, DJ Eric Sharp, Fire Groove Fire Dancers, along with traditional Japanese Taiko Drummers, a Tarot Card reader, Japanese games and more. A portion of the proceeds from the Festival benefit Share Our Strength’s mission to end Child Hunger. Tickets: http://www.chayafestival.eventbrite.com/ $55 presale/$65 door, free for children under 12. 5-10 p.m. 8741 Alden Drive, L.A., 310.859.8833. thechaya.com

 

olive-thymeOlive & Thyme Wine & Cheese Night
July 25. Embark on a wine and cheese extravaganza as owner Melina Davies and cheesemonger Tyler Schwarz guide you through more than a dozen of their favorite cheeses. You will also learn about qualities of the delicacy like aging, texture, methods of making, fat content, animal milk, and region of origin. Davies has hand selected six wines from around the world to accompany the cheese selections. $55/pp. 7-9 p.m. 4013 Riverside Drive, Toluca Lake, 818.557.1560. OliveandThyme.com

 

createNIGHTLIFE
Connor Cruise at Create Nightclub
July 26. The electronic music super star makes his first appearance at sbe’s Create Nightclub. After completing recent tours across the globe, Cruise makes his mark on the L.A. scene with the largest LED wall in Hollywood behind him, joining the ranks of internationally acclaimed artists that have performed there like Dash Berlin, Armin van Buuren and Eric Prydz. Cruise headlines with an opening set by DJ Jordan V. $15. 10 p.m.-4 a.m. 6021 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. createnightclub.com

 

white-party1st Annual Summer White Party at Greystone Manor
July 27. West Hollywood hotspot, Greystone Manor, welcomes back renowned DJ duo the EC Twins to captivate the crowd and keep everyone dancing until the early morning hours at the first annual party. Guests are encouraged to dress theme-appropriate as the nightlife space transforms into a white summer soirée with aerialists, confetti and LED-infused chandeliers. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $60. 643 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A. greystonemanorla.com

 

xivManufactured Superstars at XIV Summer Sessions
July 28. Break out your space gear and prepare for takeoff as the Manufactured Superstars land at sbe’s XIV Summer Sessions. The DJs bring their high-energy performance to the outer space-themed Sunday Funday, and of course they will be sporting their signature NASA spacesuits. The champagne will be flowing and the glow sticks will be glowing at this party that is sure to be “out of this world.” 5-10 p.m. $60+. 5-10 p.m. 1743 N. Cahuenga Blvd., L.A., 323.525.2450. xivsummersessions.com

 

muse-iqMUSIC
MUSE/IQUE’s Summer Of Sound
July 27. The outdoor soiree known for its counter-conventional performances that feel more like parties than formal concerts, continues their summer season with “Moving Pictures” with groundbreaking cellist Matt Haimovitz and Emmy Award-winning actress Wendie Malick (Hot in Cleveland). The duo perform a fresh take on motion picture scores by Elmer Bernstein, Jerry Goldsmith, Vangelis, Ennio Morricone, John Williams, Claude-Michel Schönberg and Erich Korngold, as well as the world premiere of “Sleepwalking,” a concerto for cello and chamber orchestra with images by Peter Golub. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. Outdoors at Caltech’s Beckman Mall in Pasadena. muse-ique.com

 

tracy-thomsTracie Thoms
July 28-29. Hear the Broadway and film star sing an eclectic mix of soul, r&b, pop and musical theater standards pulled from the Contemporary American Songbook. Thoms is known for her role as “Joanne” in the Broadway production of RENT, the corresponding movie and Hollywood Bowl production. Joining Thoms on stage will be another film, television and theater star, special guest Wayne Brady. Tony Award Winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots) directs the show and James Sampliner (Legally Blonde, The Wedding Singer) serves as musical director. 7 p.m. doors, 8:30 p.m. show. $30 reserved, $20 partial view. Rockwell: Table & Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., 323.661.6163 ext 20. rockwell-la.com

 

dodgersSPORTS
Dodgers vs. Yankees
July 30-31. Former New York Yankee Don Mattingly, now manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, leads his Boys in Blue against the Bronx Bombers for two nights at Dodger Stadium. The games also mark the 50th anniversary of the Dodgers’ 1963 World Series sweep of the Yankees. Dodger Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Ave., L.A., 323.224.1507. dodgers.mlb.com

 

A ParallelogramTHEATER
A Parallelogram
Through Aug. 18. In this dark comedy from Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Bruce Norris (Clybourne Park), protagonist Bee grapples with time, destiny and reality. Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro directs a cast that includes Carlo Albán, Marylouise Burke, Marin Ireland and Tom Irwin at the Music Center’s Mark Taper Forum. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org

 

mid-summers-nightA Midsummer Night’s Dream
Through July 28. See the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles the classic perform the classic play under the stars. This year’s production draws its inspiration from the late ’50s and early ’60s cultural revolution in Los Angeles. It features a returning military warrior’s spectacular wedding and the adventures of four young lovers and a group of six amateur actors, controlled and manipulated by a trendsetting sprite that utilizes live music of the era to underscore the exploits inspired by the god of love. The performance takes place at the West LA VA’s Japanese Garden, which mirrors the setting in this popular Shakespeare work. Picnicking is welcome before the performance starting at 6:30. $25+. The Japanese Garden on the grounds of the VA West Los Angeles Healthcare Center campus, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 800.838.3006. shakespearecenter.org

 

citizen-twainCitizen Twain
Through July 28. Val Kilmer picks up the cigar and slips on the white suit of legendary American figure—Mark Twain, in the solo show he wrote and directed. Kilmer’s production delves into the heart and soul of Samuel Clemens and conjures forth the great spirit of Mark Twain, America’s greatest storyteller. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. centertheatregroup.org

 

 

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