Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 7.18.14

Edited by Christina Xenos

Dreamworks Animation in Concert: Celebrating 20 Years
July 18-19. From Shrek and How to Train Your Dragon to Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda, Dreamworks Animation’s great stories and beloved characters inspire and delight audiences of all ages. Celebrate the studio’s 20th anniversary in an evening, hosted by Jack Black, featuring visually stunning film highlights on the Bowl’s giant screen, with their memorable scores performed live. 2301 N Highland Ave., L.A., 323.850.2000. hollywoodbowl.com


Lady GagaLady Gaga
July 21-22. Expect Lady Gaga, aka the modern queen of quirk, to make a sensational entrance at Staples Center during the Los Angeles stop of her artRave: The ARTPOP Ball tour. Gaga’s crazy reputation belies true talent, and her live shows are not to be missed. K-pop quintet Crayon Pop opens both nights of the show-slash-dance party. (photo Kevin Mazur, Wire Image) 1111 S Figueroa St., downtown. staplescenter.com


Country in the CityCountry in the City: Gregg Allman with Sturgill Simpson
KCRW returns to Century Park in Century City for three nights this summer for free all-ages outdoor concerts inspired by the Annenberg Space for Photography’s newest exhibit, “Country: Portraits of an American Sound.” Performances include Gregg Allman with Sturgill Simpson (July 19), Shelby Lynne with Jamestown Revival (July 26), Wynonna and The Big Noise with Nikki Lane (August 2). Century Park, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City. kcrw.com


Ringo Starr & His All Starr BandRingo Starr and his All Starr Band
July 19. The former Beatle is still wowing crowds, now with his all-star lineup of musicians. Fans can look forward to a jukebox worth of hits like “Photograph,” “It Don’t Come Easy” and “(It’s All Down To) Goodnight Vienna.” Greek Theatre Los Angeles, 2700 N Vermont Ave., L.A., 323.665.5857. greektheatrela.com


626 Night Market
July 18-19. At the largest Asian themed night market event in the U.S., you can gorge on food from more than 100 vendors and food trucks, shop for crafts, arts and more, and hear local bands all night long. The event also bids adiu to Bobasaurus Rex, the world’s largest boba cup, which will make it’s final L.A. appearance. Santa Anita Park, 285 W Huntington Dr., Arcadia. 626nightmarket.com


Friends with Benefits loewsFriends with Benefits
July 19. Hollywood’s hottest pool party hits the ground running this summer at the Loews Hollywood Hotel. Lounge poolside while you get pampered with free spa treatments, pop-up shopping boutiques and food and drink specials from Pool Bar by Wolfgang Puck, Wolfgang Puck Catering. Saturdays through Aug. 23. Noon-6 p.m. 1755 N Highland Ave., L.A. Tickets


Fairfax Summer Kick-BackFairfax Summer Kick-Back
July 20. Spend your Sunday afternoon listening to sounds from some of L.A.’s finest DJs, enjoying BBQ from Lindy & Grundy, coffee and treats from the Coffee Commissary, cocktails and beer from The Fat Dog, and more. DJs scheduled to perform are Aaron Stein-Chester, Funk Fiction, Mayacamas, and Lawrence Grey. 3 p.m. Free. 801 N. Fairfax Blvd., L.A. More Info.


cafe-del-rey-marina-del-reyEAT + DRINK
The Truffle & Wine Co. dinner at Cafe del Rey
July 17. Dine on a special five-course truffle-wine dinner featuring Australian black truffles from The Truffle & Wine Co. and Summerland’s wines from the Central Coast of California. Throughout the night, you can savor truffle-laden dishes like “pork rolled in truffle” with tri-colored cauliflower, Serrano ham, and truffle rabbit jus; and tapioca “risotto” with roasted figs and thyme tuile with truffle anglaise. 7-9 p.m., kicks off with a cocktail reception at 6:15 in the lounge. Reservations required. 4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, 310.823.6395. cafedelreymarina.com


Dim.Sum.Mix at Hakkasan Beverly HillsDim.Sum.Mix at Hakkasan Beverly Hills
Cocktails and dim sum collide at Hakkasan Beverly Hills. Pull up a seat at the main bar or within the “Ling Ling” lounge, and order up a carefully crafted cocktail creation like the Lychee Martini (Belvedere vodka, Giffard lychee liqueur, grapefruit bitters and lychee juice) and pair it with complementary tastes of the restaurant’s dim sum selections like prawn and Chinese chive dumplings, crispy fried prawn dumplings in plum sauce and crystal vegetable dumplings, to name a few. Mon.-Fri. 5:30-7:30 p.m. 233 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, 310.888.8661. hakkasan.com


Sushi AkatoraSushi Akatora
Restaurateur Michael Cardenas (IDG, Lazy Ox) brings his dining expertise to the beach to open Sushi Akatora in Manhattan Beach. Executive sushi chef Hideyuki Yokoyama (Katsuya Hollywood) and kitchen chef Hiroyuki Fujita (Fat Spoon, Lazy Ox Canteen) will offer a face-to-face, interactive “Kappo cuisine” experience where you can dine on sushi and more rustic fare like rib eye steak and kobe sukiyaki, beet salad, grilled shishito peppers and more. 302 Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.802.1131. akatorala.com


AcabarSummer Cocktails at Acabar
Cocktails are always a draw at Hollywood hotspot, Acabar and now Josh Goldman and Julian Cox (Soigné Group) are channeling historical cocktail chronicler, Charles H. Baker, Jr. (specifically his 1946 edition of The Gentleman’s Companion: Being an Exotic Drinking Book or, Around the World with Jigger, Beaker and Flask) for their new menu based on flavor profiles. Order up a variety of drinks like the Tequila por mi Amante (strawberry tequila, Vermouth di Torino, lemon, acid phosphate), and Pan American Clipper (bonded applejack brandy, lime, pomegranate, absinthe) or opt for a Bartender’s Choice. 323.876.1400. 1510 N Stanley Ave., L.A.,323.876.1400. acabar-la.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

Opening July 15. 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
July 9-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
June 7-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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