The Best Los Angeles Things To Do In September 2013

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M83 plays the Hollywood Bowl in September.

Find the best Los Angeles things to do in September 2013, in our events roundup.

The Taste
Through Sept. 1. Los Angeles Times–sponsored festival celebrates L.A.’s culinary achievements with multiple food-and-drink-centered events hosted by star chefs and libation experts. The weekend kicks off with an intimate evening rubbing shoulders with the LA Times’ hosts and star chefs, followed by Russ Parsons and Michael Cimarusti’s Field to Fork tasting event on Saturday afternoon. Pulitzer Prize-winning restaurant critic Jonathan Gold and chef Sang Yoon host Flavors of L.A. Saturday night which features tastes from some of the city’s best restaurants. Sunday kicks off with a Labor Day block party hosted by Noelle Carter and chef Nancy Silverton and wraps with Cocktail Confidential, an evening event set at the intersection where mixology meets culinary creations. Event times vary. $50–$85. The Studios at Paramount, 5555 Melrose Ave., Hollywood. events. latimes.com/taste

Fiesta Hermosa
Through Sept. 2. Head to the beach to experience one of the largest arts and music festivals in Southern California. Check out work from more than 300 painters, photographers, ceramicists, jewelers, sculptors, and handicrafters. In addition to art the festival features two stages of live music that includes everything from tribute bands to Led Zeppelin, the Eagles and more to zydeco, country western, and rhythm and blues. Also enjoy a beer and wine garden, a variety of food from around the world, children’s activities and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Downtown Hermosa Beach, west of Manhattan Ave. between 14th and 10th Streets. FiestaHermosa.com

PaleyFest Previews: Fall TV
Sept. 6-13. Are you ready to get out of your summer TV watching slump and look forward to what will be the a buzz on the flat screen this fall? At 9th annual PaleyFest Previews: Fall TV you can get ultimate sneak-peek of the hottest new shows on television like CBS’ The Crazy Ones, FOX’s Sleepy Hollow, ABC’s Trophy Wife, NBC’s The Blacklist and many more. The festival will feature two special programs, a Fall Farewell salute to the SHOWTIME drama Dexter, on Sept. 12, featuring members of the cast and creative team for a screening and conversation; and a Fall Flashback, Reflections: China Beach 25 Years Later, featuring a reunion of the cast & creative team, on Sept. 13. The Paley Center for Media, 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. paleyfest.org

Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks
Sept. 9-11. Back in July, Los Angeles’ Boys in Blue—aka this season’s comeback kids—deftly swept the Arizona Diamondbacks on Chase Field. The teams continue their battle for supremacy of the National League West when they meet again at Dodger Stadium this month. With just a few weeks left in the regular season, expect packed stands, big hometown energy and a spectacular showdown. Dodger Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Ave., L.A., 323.224.1507. dodger.mlb.com

Breaking Ground: 20th Century Latin American Art at the Norton Simon Museum
Opening Sept. 13. The Pasadena museum renowned for its European, Indian and Southeast Asian art celebrates Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month with a presentation of 12 modern artworks by 20th-century Latin American artists. Among the celebrated and lesser-known artists featured are Diego Rivera, Roberto Matta and Antonio Frasconi. 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626.449.6840.  nortonsimon.org

Food GPS Fried Chicken Fest
Sept. 15. Celebrate fried chicken as some of the city’s finest chefs offer their versions of the comfort food favorite accompanied by sides, desserts, craft beer and cocktails. Dine on recipes by David LeFevre (Fishing With Dynamite), Jason Neroni (Superba Snack Bar), Bryant Ng (The Spice Table), Ricardo Zarate (Picca, Mo-Chica), and more. The event in downtown’s Arts District is all inclusive and also includes a VIP option that offers one-hour early admission, and a special cocktail created by mixologist Matthew Biancaniello. General admission $55 advance/$65 door; VIP $90 advance/$100 door. LOT 613, 613 Imperial St., downtown. nightout.com/events/foodgpsfriedchicken

“Get Frenchy” at Patina
Sept. 19. Gail Simmons (Food & Wine) and Joachim Splichal (founding chef of Patina Restaurant Group) host a night of French-inspired bites—cooked by some of L.A.’s best chefs—paired with hand-selected, biodynamic French wines from top wine importer Gregory Condes. Chefs on the night’s roster include chef Govind Armstrong (Post & Beam), chef Josiah Citrin (Mélisse), chef Charles Olalia (Patina), chef Brooke Williamson (Hudson House), and chef Ricardo Zarate (Picca, Mo-chica, and Paiche). Valerie Gordon of Valerie Confections will round out the night with her sweet creations. 7-10 p.m. $150 donation benefits the the Angelman Syndrome Foundation’s Dr. Joseph E. Wagstaff Postdoctoral Fellowship. Patina Restaurant, Walt Disney Concert Hall, 141 S. Grand Ave., downtown. RSVP HERE, or call Susan Ravellette at 619.806.9118.

Tarfest
Sept. 21. For the 11th year running, party animals descend upon their prehistoric counterparts for an afternoon of art and music on the grounds of the historic La Brea Tar Pits. The fun, free-for-all-ages festival on the Miracle Mile features indie bands, DJs, live art exhibitions and installations, a Lagunitas Biergarten, a wine bar, gourmet food trucks and more. Free. 5801 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., tarfest.com

M83 at the Hollywood Bowl
Sept. 22. Electronic band M83 pairs its synthesized rock and pop sounds and dreamy vocals with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in a debut show at the Hollywood Bowl, part of the KCRW World Festival series. Fronted by L.A.-based, French-born Anthony Gonzalez, M83 got a Grammy Award nomination this year for Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. Phantogram opens. 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000. hollywoodbowl.com

Kings vs. Ducks
Sept. 24. 2012 Stanley Cup winners the Los Angeles Kings meet last year’s Pacific Division champions the Anaheim Ducks. It may be hockey preseason, but expect the home-state rivalry to be as fierce as ever. They hit the ice at Staples Center downtown before their anticipated outdoor match at Dodger Stadium in January. 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 800.745.3000. kings.nhl.com

Los Angeles County Fair
Through Sept. 29. Largest county fair in North America features rides, animals, live music, horse races. Indulge in fair food like fried Oreos, bacon wrapped pickles and Krispy Kreme sloppy Joes. Musical acts include Demi Lovato, the Bangles, and Los Lobos and the Lonely Boys. Call for hours. $8–$19, under 6 free. Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, 909.623.3111. lacountyfair.com

The Sunshine Boys
Sept. 24-Nov. 3.The Ahmanson Theatre downtown opens its 2013 season with a little star power and sunshine—specifically, Taxi co-stars Danny DeVito and Judd Hirsch in a production of the classic Neil Simon comedy The Sunshine Boys. DeVito and Hirsch, who appear together for the first time 30 years after they acted in the landmark sitcom, play two showbiz veterans who are also reuniting after a long separation. Willie Clark (DeVito) and Al Lewis (Hirsch) were a popular vaudeville duo who parted on acrimonious terms, and they no longer speak. Then Lewis and Clark get an offer they can’t refuse to appear together on a TV special, but their longstanding feud turns out to be far from over. DeVito reprises his role after a successful run on London’s West End. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org

L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Culinary Cookout
Sept. 28. The L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Culinary Cookout, hosted by Chef Suzanne Goin, business partner Caroline Styne (Lucques, A.O.C., Tavern) along with Chef David Lentz (The Hungry Cat), returns to Culver Studios for its fourth season. Expect an afternoon of fantastic fare, cocktails, children’s activities, silent and live auctions, and much more. The 2013 event is shaping up to surpass the aspirations of previous years, with returning chefs Giada De Laurentiis, April Bloomfield, Gabrielle Hamilton, and many more. The event supports the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) in their quest to find better treatments and ultimately cures for all kids with cancer. Noon-4 p.m. $175+. Culver Studios, 9336 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City. alexslemonade.org

Thai Food & Culture Festival—BKK 2 LAX
Sept. 29. In addition to offering some tasty Thai restaurants, L.A. just happens to possess the biggest Thai community outside of Thailand itself. Let celebrity chef Jet Tila be your guide through the culinary highlights of the country at the Thai Food & Culture Festival—BKK 2 LAX in Hollywood on Sept. 29. Thai and American chefs gather to highlight the intricacies of Thai cuisine and culture, spotlighting its diverse geographical regions. Andy Ricker of Pok Pok in Portland, Ore., and David LeFevre of Fishing With Dynamite in Manhattan Beach are due to appear, with local eateries such as Jitlada and Ruen Pair serving fare. Also on tap: traditional dance, panels and other entertainment. The Studios at Paramount, 5555 Melrose Ave., Hollywood. thaifoodfest.com

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