Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 7.24.14

Edited by Christina Xenos

National Dance Day
July 26. Whether or not you think you can dance, here’s your chance to be a part of the biggest dance event of the summer. Start grooving on Grand Park’s performance lawn where you’ll learn some moves from Nigel Lythgoe and So You Think You Can Dance‘s Ade Chike Torbert, Ashley Valerio and Cyrus Glitch Spencer.  While you’re there, splash around in a fountain dance party by Baby Loves Disco. Shimmy across the street to continue the celebration at The Music Center with salsa, hip-hop, lyrical, afro-cuban, and modern dance styles taught by Contra-Tiempo, Lula Washington Dance Theatre and Culture Shock L.A. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Grand Park & The Music Center Plaza, downtown. musiccenter.org


central-ave-jazzCentral Avenue Jazz Festival
July 26-27. L.A.’s storied street where jazz clubs flourished from the ’20s through the ‘50s celebrates its rich history with the 19th annual music fest. Stop by to watch headliners like Kamasi Washington & Next Step, Patrice Rushen & Ndugu Chancler, Mongorama, Gerald Wilson Orchestra and more. Also enjoy a variety of local food from bbq to burritos. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Central Avenue from 43rd Street to Martin Luther King Blvd., L.A. centralavejazz.org


friscoSilent Frisco Seaside Soiree
July 27. Rock out under the sun and over the water to innovative mashups by L.A.’s hottest DJs through two-channel wireless headphones. Soak up stunning views of the Santa Monica Pier while you enjoy a one-of-a-kind sonic experience where you can choose your soundtrack with a simple flip of the switch. 2-9 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 21. $10-$15. Ocean Ave. at Colorado Ave., Santa Monica. silentfrisco.com


zooRoaring Nights at the Zoo
July 25. Get in touch with your wild side the L.A. Zoo’s summer music festival. Enjoy live music from Kiven and Queen Caveat, a DJ dance party, food trucks, full-service bars, pop-up zookeeper talks, animal encounters and visits to Zoo’s new Rainforest Of The Americas and other animal habitats. New this year is “Animal Artistry Paint Party,” where you can express your creativity by painting a favorite animal (or whatever inspiration strikes them) on a small canvas to take home as a souvenir. Also happens on Aug. 22. $18, or $15 for GLAZA members (age 18 and up with valid ID for both price levels). (photo by Nikko LaMere) 5333 Zoo Drive, L.A., 323.644.6042. lazoo.org


yogaSERENE Sunset Rooftop Yoga at Loews Hollywood Hotel
July 27. Dive into a downward dog 20 stories above Hollywood, surrounded by 360-degree views of the city during an hour-long sunset yoga session. Christi Christensen, one of exhale Spa’s master yoga teachers, will lead this class that is presented in collaboration with SERENE Social and exhale Hollywood at Loews Hollywood Hotel. Additional class is on Aug. 31. 12 spaces per class. $45 /$35 members. RSVP 1755 North Highland Ave., L.A. serenesocial.com


emmysAnd the Nominees Are… Emmy’s 2014
July 23-Sept. 14. The Hollywood Museum celebrates the 66th Primetime Emmy® Award nominees of 2014 with an exclusive exhibition showcasing costumes, props and more from Emmy®-nominated television programs. The exhibit spotlights nominees from your favorite shows like Breaking Bad, Dancing with the Stars, The Good Wife, House of Cards, Mad Men, Scandal, True Blood, and many more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building, 1660 N. Highland Ave., L.A. TheHollywoodMuseum.com


Century Crunch
July 25-28. It may not be Carmageddon or Obamajam, but the 57-hour closure of Century Blvd. at Aviation will undeniably affect anyone traveling to or from LAX this weekend. Plan ahead with the help of Metro, which has advisories, detour maps, fact sheets and more on their webiste. metro.net


July 23-Aug. 23. Are you ready to dance all night? The 1933 Group (Sassafras, Harlowe, Big Foot Lodge) and L.A. Event Curator Jeremy Fall are getting back to the roots of nightlife, creating a dance party in a secret attic space. Stop by Saturday nights for their underground dance party featuring music from  DJ Smiles and a rotating roster of secret guest DJs playing a variety of hits ranging from Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” to Kanye West’s “All Of The Lights.” Doors open at 9 p.m., RSVP@wtfisgenesis.com (does not necessarily guarantee entry). 1231 N. Vine, L.A. wtfisgenesis.com


Rebel Yell at The Grove
Opens July 25. Shop the celebrity-loved clothing brand’s vintage-inspired tops, dresses and accessories when it pops up at The Grove this summer. Inspired by Southern California’s sun and surf lifestyle, the Rebel Yell pop-up shop will feature a collection of vintage, worn-to-perfection clothing for shoppers looking to soak in the laid back California style. Look for it next to Pacific Theaters. 189 The Grove Dr., L.A. thegrovela.com


petit-troisEAT + DRINK
Petit Trois
Big tastes come in small packages at the intimate 21-seat French bistro from celebrity chef triumvirate of Ludo Lefebvre (LudoBites), Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook (of Animal and Son of a Gun), with Sydney Hunter manning the kitchen as chef de cuisine. While there’s no doubt droves of foodies will line up for week night dinner fare like steak frites, moules frites, beef tartar, and confit of chicken leg; casual diners will rejoice in the restaurant’s lunch sandwich service where you can your pick from two sammies offered daily (only 200 made each day). Starting out, the restaurant will be open weekdays from 12:30 p.m.-midnight. Dinner and bar service begin at 5:30 p.m., and 10 p.m. is the cutoff for the full dinner menu. After 10 p.m. you can still drink and feed your munchies with croque monsieurs. All transactions must be made with a credit card and an 18% service charge will be added to all items. Read more about Petit Trois.  (Photo by Lucy Lean) 718 N. Highland Ave., L.A. petittrois.com


crabCrabfest at the Hungry Cat Hollywood
July 27. Chef David Lentz’s flagship restaurant, Hungry Cat in Hollywood celebrates the annual crab fete with a menu honoring Baltimore Blue crustaceans and local market sides. Crab-centric menu items include Maryland crab soup, soft-shell crab po-boys, crab salad and more. Also enjoy a la carte offerings from the full raw bar and Thirsty Cat cocktails. Note that this is a ticketed event; tickets may be purchased at The Hungry Cat Hollywood or by phone. 1-7 p.m. $75/pp. 1535 N. Vine St., L.A., 323.462.2155. thehungrycat.com


Dodgers vs. Braves
July 29-31. Close out this most patriotic of months with an all-American night of baseball. 1000 Elysian Park Ave., L.A., 323.224.1507. dodgers.mlb.com


We Will Rock YouTHEATER
We Will Rock You
Through Aug. 24. The first U.S. national tour of the musical that brings the spirit and songs of iconic rock band, Queen to the stage hits the Ahmanson Theater. Break out your favorite vintage T-shirt and motorcycle jacket to take part in this over-the-top performance where head banging and sining at the top of your lungs is are encouraged. Book and direction by Ben Elton. 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org


Through Aug. 10. Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this stage adaptation of the acclaimed film of the same name tells the story of a street musician in Dublin buoyed by the encouragement of a beautiful young woman. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770. hollywoodpantages.com


buyer-cellarBuyer & Cellar
Through Aug. 17. See the fictitious show about a struggling actor who works in Barbra Streisand’s non-fictitious basement: an underground private shopping mall beneath her Malibu home. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown. 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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