Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 9.19.14

Edited by Christina Xenos

Sunset Strip Music Festival
Sept. 20-21. Alt-rock takes over the famed Strip during this sixth annual street festival. Once inside, catch bands playing in the street, or duck inside one of Sunset’s venues for a free show. Jane’s Addiction, Empire of the Sun and Cold War Kids headline. 2 pm. $75-$125. 9000 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.659.7368. sunsetstripmusicfestival.com


Katy PerryKaty Perry
Sept. 19-20. Katy Perry’s Prismatic World Tour lights up downtown’s Staples Center with glowing sets, neon costumes and, as one might expect from the “Firework” chanteuse, crowd-pleasing pyrotechnics. The larger-than-life spectacular befits the pop megastar, who has sold millions of albums and generated a string of No. 1 Billboard hits since hitting it big with 2008’s “I Kissed a Girl,” including “Roar” and “Dark Horse,” from her latest album, Prism. Los Angeles audiences are in for two nights of soulful ballads, irresistible dance hits and girl-power anthems, kicked off by special guests Canadian indie-pop duo Tegan and Sara. 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown. staplescenter.com


Los Angeles Chamber OrchestraLos Angeles Chamber Orchestra: Beethoven 5
Sept. 21. Music director Jeffrey Kahane opens the 2014–15 LACO season with Beethoven’s most famous Symphony and a foray into the exotic: Australian Cameron Patrick’s new work for strings and percussion reflects his native landscape while Saint-Saëns’ “Egyptian” Concerto fascinates with melodies and rhythms the composer encountered in the Middle East. $26 – $120, Royce Hall, UCLA, Westwood. cap.ucla.edu


Bobby McFerrinBobby McFerrin
Sept. 20. Multitalented musician Bobby McFerrin opens The Broad Stage’s 2014-2015 season this month. The sunny singer and 10-time Grammy winner arrives at the Santa Monica cultural hot spot in support of his latest album, last year’s Spirityouall. Forget your troubles as you take in the infectious sounds of McFerrin’s unique blend of jazz, rock and blues-inspired spirituals. 1310 11th St, Santa Monica, 310.434.3200. thebroadstage.com


L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Culinary CookoutEVENTS
L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Culinary Cookout
Sept. 20. The annual culinary cookout — a foodie tradition hosted by Chef Suzanne Goin, business partner Caroline Styne (Lucques, A.O.C., Tavern) along with Chef David Lentz (The Hungry Cat) — offers an afternoon of fantastic fare, cocktails for a cause, children’s activities, silent and live auctions, and much more. Taste food from returning chefs like Michael Voltaggio, Zach Pollack, Mary Sue Milliken, as well as new participating chefs Roy Choi, Tom Colicchio, Scott Conant, Michael Fiorelli, Benjamin Ford, among others. Leading mixologists and vintners from around the nation will be in attendance for samples of their cocktails and fine wines. Mixologists include the artistry of Eric Alperin, Neal Bodenheimer, Aidan Demarest, Greg Lindgren, Christiaan Rollich, Marcos Tello, and Mari Tuttle. 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. $195, $1,200 premier ticket level that includes a behind the scenes tour of the venue, an opportunity to meet the chefs and watch as they prepare their dishes, as well as an exclusive pass to the private Chefs Dinner the evening before, on Friday, September 19. Noon-4 p.m. Wilson Plaza at UCLA, L.A. alexslemonade.org


LA Beer Week 2014LA Beer Week 2014
Sept. 20-28. Celebrate the diversity of LA and OC beer culture at one of the many events during this nine-day celebration. The festival highlights an array of local beer establishments, breweries, beer cuisine, restaurants and education. Event highlights include the LA Beer Week Opening Gala at in Chinatown on Sept. 20 that offers unlimited sampling from local breweries; Angel City Brewery Oktoberfest, Sept. 21; Innaugural Battle of the Beer Bands, Sept. 22; Crafting & Drafting event at Plan Check Fairfax, Sept. 25; Golden Road Brewer’s Supper at Chloe’s, Sept. 25; and many more. labeerweek.com


LA Feline Film FestivalLA Feline Film Festival
Sept. 21. Meet all your favorite cat personalities like Lil Bub, Tara Hero Cat, Dusty Klepto Kitty and more at this premier event dedicated to the Internet phenomenon of cat videos. In addition to a 75-minute compilation of the best internet cat video clips, the festival will also feature a Cat Walk and Cat Crazy consume contest, LA’s top food trucks and Catoberfest Beer Tent, cat product vendors and nonprofits, cats up for adoption from local animal shelters and more. 1-10 p.m. Christmas Tree Lane, Exposition Park, downtown. lafelinefilmfestival.com


Sound of Music Sing-A-LongSound of Music Sing-A-Long
Sept. 20. The Hollywood hills are alive with The Sound of Music, as the popular sing-a-long event returns to the Hollywood Bowl. Wear your costume for the pre-show parade, and warm up your vocal cords for this annual summer event. 6 p.m. pre-show; 7:30 p.m. film. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000. HollywoodBowl.com


Barnsdall Outdoor Movie NightsBarnsdall Outdoor Movie Nights
Sept. 20-Oct. 18. The Los Angeles summer tradition continues into the fall at Barnsdall Art Park. The “School Nights” series celebrates beloved high school movies: School of Rock (Sept. 20), Election (Sept. 27), Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (Oct. 4), Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Oct. 11) and Carrie (Oct. 18). Throw down a blanket on the lush west lawn of the famed Frank Lloyd Wright Hollyhock House and and enjoy wine tastings from Silverlake Wine and musical entertainment along with food truck fare and more. Doors 5:30 p.m., movie 7:30 p.m. $25 (movie + wine tastings), $10 (movie only). 4800 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. barnsdall.org


Sept. 20. Dozens of the nation’s most distinctive emerging artists, performers, and cultural innovators come together and showcase their talents and ideas at historic and notable venues along the Miracle Mile. Find live music, painting and poetry, a beer garden, gourmet food trucks and more entertainment all day long. 1–8 pm. Free. La Brea Tar Pits Park 5801 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. tarfest.com


The Sonic Submarine Music FestivalThe Sonic Submarine Music Festival
Sept. 20. Groove out to DJ-driven tunes from five our KCRW’s best on-air personalities. The feat features hour-long sets from DJs Raul Campos, Mario Cotto, Chris Douridas, Travis Holcombe and Garth Trinidad, along with an interactive photos booth and more. The free event stretches the Third Street block from Santa Monica Boulevard to Arizona Street. 5-10 p.m. downtownsm.com


Third Street Promenade 25th Anniversary Block PartyThird Street Promenade 25th Anniversary Block Party
Sept. 21. The anniversary weekend’s events culminates with a throw back block part complete with a reenactment of the 1989 ribbon cutting—the actual ribbon in much more 2014, with a custom design and sustainable material, honoring the Promenade’s reputation as both innovative and evolutionary. Enjoy events all afternoon long like an ice cream social, an old-fashioned parade, live music and more. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica. downtownsm.com


For The Record: BazFor The Record: Baz
Sept. 12-Nov. 23. Though a cabaret lens, For The Record: Baz intertwines the tales of star-crossed lovers from Romeo + Juliet, Strictly Ballroom, Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby through songs like “Lady Marmalade,” “Kissing You,” “Love Is In The Air,” “Crazy In Love,” in a stunning 360-degree live theatrical concert experience. The cast will feature Janel Parrish (Pretty Little Liars, Dancing with the Stars), Rumer Willis (90210, House Bunny), Barrett Foa (NCIS: LA), Ginifer King (Haunted Hathaways), among others. Pair your night with five specialty cocktails inspire by the Baz Luhrmann catalogue. Fri.-Sun., 8 p.m. $35–$55. DBAHollywood.com


Rodeo Drive Festival of WatchesRodeo Drive Festival of Watches
Sept. 14-21. After Switzerland, two blocks of Rodeo Drive and Brighton Way in Beverly Hills feature one of the highest concentrations of fine timepieces anywhere on Earth. Celebrate the art of the watch at 16 Rodeo Drive boutiques. Connoisseurs, collectors and fashion aficionados can view the latest timepieces from the finest luxury brands, see view current watch trends for men and women and more. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills. rodeodrive-bh.com


Happy Hour at the (Nail) Bar
Happy hour takes on a new twist at The Spa at Beverly Wilshire’s Nail Bar. Sip on bubbly while you are pampered and your nails perfectly polished Mon.-Fri. from 1-4 p.m. You’ll also receive 15% off your manis and pedis when you book during those hours. 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.385.7023. fourseasons.com


La TraviataOPERA
La Traviata
Sept. 13, 17, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28. Nino Machaidze, one of LA Opera’s favorite leading ladies, returns as Violetta, with Arturo Chacón-Cruz as her handsome Alfredo in one of opera’s greatest romances, La Traviata. Plácido Domingo reprises in one of his newest signature roles, as a father determined to do the right thing. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7211. laopera.com


Brunch at Tanzy
Launches Sept. 20. Raise the bar on your weekend dining when you indulge in brunch fare from Executive Chef Bryan Podgorski at Tanzy. Known for his seasonal California-Italian cuisine, Podgorski serves up indulgent dishes like “bacon and eggs” ravioli, brioche French toast, crispy chicken and sourdough waffles and Bombolina (crispy Italian doughnuts). Accompanying this food parade is a selection of cocktails, Bloody Marys, mimosas and bellinis from Master Mixologist/Sommelier Adam Segar and straight from the farm(stand) drinks like the Cali Colada (fresh young coconut water, grilled pineapple, California pistachios). Saturdays and Sundays. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 10840 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood, 310.307.7004. tanzyrestaurant.com/westwood


BarbershopBarbershop Ristorante
Sept. 17-19. Known for his Barbershop Ristorante pop-ups around the city, chef Walter el Nagar, along with Adam Fleischman’s AdVantage Restaurant Partners, are soon to settle on a new brick and mortar restaurant, Barberìa. Until they seal the deal, Barbershop Ristorante rises once again, previewing Barberìa’s modernist Italian menu, served omakase style. Be one of the few to score a ticket to feast on dishes like Lamb “cacio e ovo,” prawns aguachile and abalone risotto with mushrooms and seaweed. 5220 W. Jefferson Blvd., L.A. barbershop-ristorante.com


The Trip to Bountiful
Opening Sept. 17. Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams and Blair Underwood star in this inspiring tale of an aging matriarch embarking on one last trip to her Texas hometown. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org


Kiss Me, KateKiss Me, Kate
Opening Sept. 16. Wayne Brady lends his talents to this production of the classic musical, known for its iconic songs by Cole Porter. The play celebrates both Shakespeare and theater itself, and this retelling showcases the trailblazing African American actors of the early 20th century. $47-$125. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, 626.356.7529. pasadenaplayhouse.org


Choir BoyChoir Boy
Opening Sept. 16. Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play deals with discrimination at a boys’ prep school, set against beautiful gospel harmonies. Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454. GeffenPlayhouse.com


Marjorie PrimeMarjorie Prime
Through Oct. 19. Playwright Jordan Harrison’s innovative new drama deals with hard-hitting questions technology poses­—specifically, whether one should use it to simulate departed loved ones. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org


getty-villaPersians by Aeschylus
Through Sept. 27. See a classical Greek tragedy in the Getty Villa’s dramatic outdoor theater. New York-based SITI Company, one of America’s leading theater ensembles, returns to the Getty Villa to perform Persians, an emotional story of war, victory, and loss experienced by an imagined Persian court. In this sole surviving Greek tragedy about a historical event—the battle of Salamis in 480 B.C.—Aeschylus glorifies the Athenian victors but also humanizes the defeated Persians, emphasizing the universal impact of war on family and community. Previews: Aug. 28-30, $25; Thurs.-Sat. Sept. 4-27. 8 p.m. $36-$45. 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades, 310.440.7300. getty.edu


Through Sept. 28. Multiple award-winning playwright/director David Mamet tackles America’s most controversial topic in a provocative new tale of sex, guilt and bold accusations. Two lawyers find themselves defending a wealthy white executive charged with sexually assaulting a black woman. When a new legal assistant gets involved in the case, the opinions that boil beneath explode to the surface. 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org


midsummerShakespeare at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum
Through Oct. 24. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum celebrates the Bard’s 450th Birthday with an All-Shakespeare Season under the stars. The five-play repertory season weaves together summer performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear, All’s Well That Ends Well, Much Ado About Nothing and Bill Cain’s Equivocation. 1419 North Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga Canyon, 310.455.3723. theatricum.com



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