Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 10.16.14

Edited by Christina Xenos

Los Angeles Sriracha Festival
Oct. 19. We pay homage to many delicious things in Los Angeles: fried chicken, food trucks and tacos—to name a few. That’s why it only seems fitting for us to turn up the heat for our favorite hot sauce—Sriracha—with bites from some of L.A.’s best chefs from restaurants around the city. And who better to organize than the man who wrote the book, Randy Clemens author of The Sriracha Cookbook and Food GPS. Tickets $59/$69, $90/#100 VIP. Tickets are only available for people 21+. Proceeds benefit Food Forward. 3-6 p.m. Chinatown’s Central Plaza, 943-951 N. Broadway, downtown. sriracha.nightout.com


fall-festivalFarmers Market Fall Festival
Oct. 18-19. The annual festive fall event features crafts and live music from country, bluegrass and special acts just for children. Find special activities like pie eating contests, a petting zoo, Agventure Play Land and Artisan Alley. Free. Los Angeles Farmers Market, 6333 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.933.9211. farmersmarketla.com


angel-cityPint-Sized Beer Festival
Oct. 19. Drink beer for a good cause at Angel City Brewery. Grab a 5 oz. commemorative glass and sip on offerings from four local breweries: Eagle Rock, Golden Road, Highland Park and Angel City Brewery. Admission includes eight tasting tickets and each brewery will offer two styles of beer. If the munchies hit, the Flatiron and Truckquito food trucks will be on site serving up specialties to revelers. All proceeds from the event will go to the Keep A Breast organization. The local non-profit is dedicated to breast health education, early detection and cancer prevention. Two sessions: 2-4 p.m. or 4:30-6:30 p.m. 216 S Alameda St., downtown, 213.622.1261. More Info.


beerfestL.A. Fall Beer Fest
Oct. 18. Indulge in more than 150 beers from Abita to Strand Brewing Company, food from food trucks, DJ tunes, live music from Country Gine Awry and Petty Cash and more. $40/general, $50/VIP, tickets must be bought in advance. Noon-4 p.m. Los Angeles Center Studios, 1201 W 5th St., downtown. drinkeatplay.com/labeerfest


Front Porch CinemaFront Porch Cinema with Saint Motel
Oct. 17. The much buzzed about indie-pop band opens the screening of The Grand Budapest Hotel at this week’s Front Porch Cinema. Huge fans of West Anderson, Saint Motel recently performed a cover of The Who’s “A Quick One While He’s Away,” for the two-disk compilation, I Saved Latin! A Tribute to Wes Anderson. During the evening you can grab free Dunkin Donuts coffee in the Cinema Lounge, along with other offerings like movie-themed cocktails curated by the Cocktail Academy, as well as baked goods and confections. 6 p.m., Cinema Lounge opens; 6:45 p.m., Saint Motel performance; 7:30 p.m., meet & greet with Saint Motel at the Lyynks Music tent; 8 p.m., The Grand Budapest Hotel begins. Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica. frontporchcinema.com


culture-collideCulture Collide Festival
Oct. 16-18. The 5th annual international festival showcases artists from more than 10 countries, in a musical melting pot of live performances, film screenings, and art. See live performances by Cloud Nothings, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Quantic and many more. Various locations in Echo Park. culturecollide.com


Moon Block PartyMoon Block Party
Oct. 18. The full throttle rock ’n’ roll festival hits Pomona with performances from Spoon, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Band of Skulls and many others. Find three stages of live music, clothing vendors, costume contest, and plenty of food and drinks. Noon. Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W McKinley Ave, Pomona. moonblockparty.org


Los Angeles Master ChoraleLos Angeles Master Chorale
Oct. 19. The Los Angeles Master Chorale, led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon, launches the 2014-15 season with a multi-faceted cinematic and music event featuring the Walt Disney Concert Hall premiere of Richard Einhorn’s 1994 work Voices of Light/The Passion of Joan of Arc, inspired by and performed live to the 1928 silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc. Einhorn’s evocative piece, written for orchestra, chorus and soloists, provides a haunting backdrop to the rarely seen restored version of Carl Dreyer’s cinematic work. (photo by Jamie Pham) $29-$129. 7 p.m. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213-972-7282. lamc.org


Beverly Hills ArtshowBeverly Hills Artshow
Oct. 18-19. This 40-year-running outdoor art showcase displays work from some 240 exhibitors twice a year. Wine and beer gardens and food trucks are also on offer. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Beverly Gardens Park on Santa Monica Boulevard from North Rodeo to Rexford drives, 310.285.6830. beverlyhills.org/artshow


hello-kittyHello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
Oct. 11-Apr. 26. Hello Kitty turns 40 this year, and the Japanese American National Museum is helping Sanrio mark the occasion with a special exhibition—the first large-scale museum retrospective in the United States devoted to the fan-favorite character. Since her very first appearance on a coin purse, Hello Kitty has developed into a pop icon and cultural ambassador. Head to JANM downtown beginning Oct. 11 to see a collection of rare and classic Hello Kitty products and contemporary art inspired by the character, including Konatsu’s “Kitty Negora” piece, above. Then, double your dose of cute at the four-day Hello Kitty Con 2014, kicking off Oct. 30 at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA next door. 100 N. Central Ave., downtown, 213.625.0414. janm.org


The Springs
Opens Oct. 18. Do something nice for your body and stop by the new Arts District spot for all things wellness. The urban oasis offers an in-house juice bar, raw vegan restaurant and wine bar, holistic treatments and a yoga studio. Enjoy everything from a variety of massages and wellness treatments, different styles of yoga classes, cold-pressed juices and smoothies and a raw vegan menu with indulgences like morel mushroom pot pie, green curry over zucchini noodles and pho with a mushroom miso broth. 608 Mateo St., downtown, 213.223.6226. thespringsla.com


Boo at the ZooHALLOWEEN
Boo at the Zoo
Oct. 18-19, 25-26. Get in the Halloween spirit with family festivities that include jack-o-lantern carving demonstrations, fun photo opportunities, eerie crafts and trick-or-treating throughout the zoo. You can also check out the Creepy Creature Encounter at the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo—then take in a live Halloween show in the Adventure Theater. Learn sweet and scary animal facts while watching some of our resident creatures enjoy enrichment surprises. Los Angeles Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, L.A, 323.644.4200. lazoo.org/Boo


Purge Breakout: HalloweenPurge Breakout: Halloween
Through Nov. 2. During this haunted house experience you are trapped in a house of a demented torturer and groups must work together to solve mind bending puzzles to escape and survive. The experience is based on popular escape room adventures taking the U.S. and Asia by storm, and is like a real life video game. 2323 Beverly Blvd., L.A. purgebreakout.ticketleap.com


Check out our full list of Los Angeles Halloween events


Freds at Barneys New York EAT + DRINK
Freds at Barneys New York
L.A.’s newest power lunch spot perched atop the fifth floor stellar shopping destination, Barneys New York is now open. Executive Chef, Mark Strausman serves up a Italian-inspired and contemporary American menu with a Californian spin. Dine on dishes like Mark’s Madison Avenue Salad, the ultimate chopped salad topped with imported Italian tuna, as well as some new Los Angeles-inspired dishes including the Beverly Hills Club with shrimp, crab, avocado, bacon, lettuce and tomato served on 7-grain bread along with Belgian pomme frites; the Raw Vegan Cashew “Cheese” Dip, served with sliced fennel, celery and carrots; or the Farmers Market Flatbread with mushrooms, zucchini, leeks, spring onions, green garlic, and local goat cheese. At the bar, sip on small batch spirits and seasonal cocktails along with cold pressed juices. (photo by Tom Sibley) 9570 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.777.5877. barneys.com


Serious Barbecue Back Lot BBQSerious Barbecue Back Lot BBQ
Through Oct. 24. Grilling expert Adam Perry Lang brings his wildly popular barbecue pop-up to the Jimmy Kimmel Live! parking lot for three weeks. Stop by for lunch to sink your teeth into APL’s signature sliced beef short rib, prime brisket, rib eye, New York strip steak. Tues.-Fri. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Cash only. Jimmy Kimmel Live! – Back Lot, 6901 Hawthorne Ave. aplseriousbarbecue.com


Through Oct. 26. Playwright and performer Dael Orlandersmith’s new play has its world premiere run in L.A., before its New York debut. The riveting family tale addresses topics including Harlem and Jim Morrison. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org


The Gospel According to Thomas JeffersonThe Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord
Through Nov. 23. This smart comedy centers around a spirited debate between the three great minds, as imagined by Real Time with Bill Maher executive producer Scott Carter. Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454. geffenplayhouse.com


Jersey BoysJersey Boys
Through Oct. 19. The award-winning musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons makes a stop in L.A., bringing hit songs like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and more. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770. hollywoodpantages.com


BountifulThe Trip to Bountiful
Through Nov. 2. 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
Through Oct. 12. 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
Through Oct. 26. 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


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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