Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 8.1.14

Edited by Christina Xenos

hairEVENTS
Hair
Aug. 1-3. From its stunning Broadway premiere in 1968, Hair defined the “rock musical,” celebrating the hippie counterculture, anti-war movement and sexual revolution of the 1960s with a score of well-known hits like “Aquarius,” “Good Morning Starshine,” and “Easy to be Hard.” See it performed live on the Hollywood Bowl stage with a star-studded cast that includes Kristen Bell, Sarah Hyland, Mario, Hunter Parrish, and more. 2301 N Highland Ave., L.A., 323.850.2000. hollywoodbowl.com

 

Big Bite Bacon FestBig Bite Bacon Fest
Aug. 2. Pig out on  more than 40 bacon and pork infused dishes, from bacon-wrapped shrimp to ribs to hog pockets, at this celebration of the world’s most beloved protein. Taste dozens of California’s favorite craft brews including Pyramid Breweries, Lagunitas Brewing Company and Green Flash Brewing Co. to wash down all of the bacon and pork goodness. The fest offers lunch and dinner sessions. $35-$65, includes self-guided access to the majestic Queen Mary. The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach. bigbiteevents.com

 

nhm-summerSummer Nights in the Garden
Aug. 1. The new outdoor summer series at the Natural History Museum features music from KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez, food trucks, themed botanical cocktails, workshops, live performances and garden tours. 5-9 pm. Also on August 15, 29. Free. Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd., downtown, 213.763.3466. nhm.org

 

museMuse ‘til Midnight
Aug. 2. Hit the ultimate late-night party at LACMA. The annual Muse ‘til Midnight soiree begins at Chris Burden’s Urban Light sculpture with a dance party from design collective ISO50 featuring DJ sets by Tycho and special guest opener Christopher Willits. The performance is followed by the sounds of The Silver Lake Chorus, performing live inside three of LACMA’s exhibitions: Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky, John Altoon, and Marsden Hartley: The German Paintings 1913–1915 (not yet open to the public). $25 Muse members, $35 LACMA members, $45 general public. 8 p.m.-midnight. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6010. lacma.org

 

lobster-rollTasting Table L.A. Lobster Rumble
Aug. 1. Gorge on lobster rolls from 14 contenders like Cousins Maine Lobster, BP Oysterette, The Lobster, Santa Monica Seafood, among others. You will pick the winner while also noshing on savory sides and Cape Cod potato chips, desserts and more. Also enjoy open bars pouring Stella Artois beer, Bordeaux wines, cocktails, and Califia Farms beverages. $100. 7-10 p.m. Cooper Design Space 860 S. Los Angeles St., downtown. tastingtable.com

 

manhattan-beach-houseSunset Magazine’s Idea House
Aug. 1-Sept. 7. Be one of the first to tour Sunset Magazine’s inaugural Los Angeles Idea House that will be featured in the magazine’s November issue. LA’s DISC Interiors designed the 4,500-square-foot 4-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom ultimate modern Manhattan Beach house to exemplify the calmness, tranquility, and warmth of the Pacific Ocean and California coastline. $18. Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 111 S Meadows Ave., Manhattan Beach. Tickets

 

skirballSunset Concerts at the Skirball Cultural Center
July 31. This summer the 18th season of the Skirball’s Sunset Concert series features an exciting line-up of world and American roots music stars. The series continues this week with a performance from Cuban son superstars—Conjunto Chappottín y Sus Estrellas—in their much-anticipated California debut. Future artists set to perform are The Haden Triplets (August 7), Yiddish Tango Club (August 21), Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys (August 28), and more. Free. Doors 7 p.m., concert 8 p.m. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 310440.4500. skirball.org

 

x bar moviesX Bar’s Movies Under the Stars
Aug. 1. Grab a seat on the patio of newly renovated X Bar at the  Hyatt Regency Century Plaza for their summer outdoor movie series. The screenings kick off this week with Dazed and Confused and continue every Friday in August. Movie goers can enjoy complimentary popcorn and candy while watching the featured film. 2025 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, 310.551.3332. xbarla.com

 

crawfishLong Beach Crawfish Festival
Aug. 2-3. Dine on Cajun crawfish dinners prepared Louisiana-style, listen to zydeco and dixieland music hit the beach bar and more at the 21st annual Long Beach Crawfish Festival. $13-$28. Rainbow Lagoon, 400-403 Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach. longbeachcrawfishfestival.com

 

turtleTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Day at the L.A. Zoo
Aug. 1. In celebration of the upcoming Aug. 8 release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, the first 5,000 children (ages 12 and under) to enter the zoo will receive a free TMNT mask. Festivities also include a “fun facts” handout spotlighting the Zoo’s turtle and tortoise residents, which reveals how they stack up to their movie star counterparts, plus a chance to get up close and personal with the animals. Finally, in true Cowabunga fashion, you can enjoy a special screening of the film’s trailer. Golden State (5) and Ventura (134) freeways, 5333 Zoo Drive, L.A., 323.644.4200. lazoo.org

 

butterflyButterfly Release Party at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Aug. 3. Stop by the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden to usher into the wild all the butterflies that have been summering in the garden’s butterfly pavilion. Beginning at 1 p.m. until all the butterflies are out and about, each family unit may escort a butterfly out of the pavilion and into the Garden. You may even notice many more butterflies flitting around the garden following the release party. 1500 N. College Ave, Claremont. rsabg.org

 

macaronEAT + DRINK
Free Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches at Napoleon’s Macarons
Aug. 2. What’s better than free macarons? How about free macaron ice cream sandwiches? To celebrate National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, Napoléon’s Macarons at the Americana at Brand and Westfield Topanga is debuting their long awaited Maca’Long macaron ice cream sandwiches for free from 2-4 p.m. (or while supplies last). Sink your teeth into ice cream flavors like raspberry pistachio, hazelnut lemon, vanilla pecan, and mocha covered with two long, almond-based shells. Americana at Brand, 608 Americana Way, Glendale; Westfield Topanga Mall, 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park. napoleonsmacarons.com

 

la-liveFree Lunchtime Parking at L.A. Live
Through Sept. 30. Soak up summer afternoons dining at L.A. Live downtown. From now throughout September you can enjoy free parking while you lunch at the complex’s multitude of restaurants like Katsuya, L.A. Market, The Farm of Beverly Hills and more including Rosa Mexicano which celebrates summer by offering a variety of handmade ice creams (think flavors like sweet corn-caramel and chili-spiced chocolate) during their Ice Cream Festival from July 31-Aug. 24. Free parking, Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. lalive.com

 

lucky-rice-night-marketUPCOMING
LUCKYRICE Festival
Aug. 7. Transport yourself to an Asian culinary wonderland where some of L.A.’s best chefs and mixologists create the ultimate Asian cocktail and foodie experience. The festival, hosted by Sang Yoon (Father’s Office/Lukshon) and presented by Bombay Sapphire East blends authentic night market street food, creative chef-driven dining and cocktails galore – all re-imagined through a locally global lens that spotlights LA’s exploding Asian food revolution. $88/$150 (early entry) VIP. 7-10 p.m. Create, 6021 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. luckyrice.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

 

onceOnce
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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