Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 1.22.15

Edited by Christina Xenos

goldenstate-cocktailEVENTS
Golden State of Cocktails
Jan. 26-29. Booze enthusiasts will love the trade show and festival celebrating all things mixology. Find industry seminars and consumer events including a dinner series and bar crawls in Hollywood and the Westside. See website for ticket prices, hours and additional locations. Los Angeles Athletic Club, 431 W. 7th St., downtown. goldenstateofcocktails.com

 

Bock Fest beerBock Fest
Jan. 25. Taste some of the world’s best winter beers when a unique group of brewers converge in Los Angeles for Bock Fest. Mix and mingle with the brew masters, enjoy unlimited tastings, take home a souvenir pint glass and more. 1-5 p.m. Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles, 506 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.915.8003. bockfest.net

 

Snow Day SoireeSnow Day Soiree
Jan. 23. Although temperatures may reach into the 80s this weekend, it’s going to be snowing downtown at Angel City Brewery. In addition to playing in the snow-filled space, the day-long party offers comfort food, hot toddies, contests, entertainment like a fireside screening of The Goonies, live music and more. 2-10 p.m. 216 South Alameda St., downtown, 213.622.1261. angelcitybrewery.com

 

dineL.A.dineL.A. Winter Restaurant Week
Jan. 19-Feb. 1. Discover more than 300 top Los Angeles restaurants (including newcomers Alimento, Butchers & Barbers, and Gracias Madre) during this biannual food event. This year expect a twist to the regular discounted three-course menus, in addition to $15, $20, or $25 lunch menus and $30, $40, or $50 dinner menus, participants have been challenged to either create an exclusive menu item or offer a menu that is 15% off the existing price. discoverlosangeles.com

 

Snow Days at the L.A. ZooSnow Days at the L.A. Zoo
Jan. 24-25. A blizzard hits the L.A. Zoo and Botanical Gardens, allowing Cali kids and animals (bears, tigers, takins and markhors) alike to celebrate winter surroundings. Frolic and sled in the snow, see ice carving demonstrations, pose for photos in a giant snow globe and more. 5333 Zoo Drive, Griffith Park, L.A., 323.644.4200. lazoo.org

 

Queen GeorgeQueen George
Jan. 21-22, 24-25. See a fusion of art and dance at the Fashion District’s Think Tank Gallery. Batsheva Dance Company alum Danielle Agami as collaborated with Israeli designer and carpenter, Amir Raveh, to create the work in the intimate, highly curated space. Queen George features Ate9 Dance Company dancers performing duets throughout the gallery, with private one-on-ones that break off into tiny rooms in the gallery for one dancer and one viewer. Queen George dissolves the unseen wall between seated audiences and stage performers, offering an intimate environment that encourages movement and tests traditional boundaries. $20/$15 students. 939 Maple Ave., downtown. thinktankgallery.org

 

Epithereal SkincareBEAUTY
Epithereal Skincare
Opens Jan. 24. Make your skin shine at this new beauty bungalow in Marina del Rey. Epithereal Skincare offers and innovative, natural approach skincare with non-surgical solutions. To kick off their opening stop by for complimentary mini treatments such as a 15-minute HydraFacial™ or lash/brow tinting, product demonstrations and discussions, light bites and refreshments, goodie bags, prizes and more. Comp services may be reserved in advance by calling the location. 13400 West Washington Blvd., Suite 202-A, Marina Del Rey, 310.439.1926. epithereal.com

 

The Blind DragonNIGHTLIFE
The Blind Dragon
Make all your diva dreams come true at The Blind Dragon, a sexy new karaoke lounge on the Sunset Strip. Find an Asian-influenced cocktail den with intimate nooks for your own private party. Team posh decor with sake bombs, punch bowls and a menu offering everything from dim sum to pizza and you’re set for an A-list night out. 9201 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. thehwoodgroup.com

 

Ramen ChampEAT + DRINK
Ramen Champ
If you didn’t have a chance to slurp down Alvin Cailan’s rich tonkotsu broth when he popped up at food fests last year, you finally have your chance. Ramen Champ is now slinging noodles in Chinatown’s Far East Plaza. The Eggslut founder’s newest concept offers its signature tonkotsu ramen along with bowls of shiitake shio ramen, chicken shio ramen and more. 727 N Broadway, downtown, 213.316.8595. ramenchamp.com

 

Jeni’s Splendid Ice CreamJeni’s Splendid Ice Cream
Jan. 28. On the heels of ice cream sensations Salt & Straw and McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams opening last year, Columbus, Ohio-based artisanal ice cream shop, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has locked in its first first West Coast outpost in Los Feliz. But you don’t have to wait until March to get your hand on a cone. Jeni’s has loaded up its Sweet Treat Truck to sling scoops starting on Jan. 28. We have three confirmed dates and locations so far: Urban Radish (Jan. 28), Poketo (Feb. 7), Silver Lake Flea Market (Feb. 14). Check Jeni’s twitter and Facebook feeds for additional dates.

 

Simmzy's BurbankSimmzy’s Burbank
The perennially packed Manhattan Beach eatery heads north to Burbank’s media district for its newest location. Stop by for lunch and dinner to enjoy artisanal ingredients and an array of local craft beer, cocktails and wine. All of Simmzy’s favorites are on the menu like the signature Simmzy’s burger with chow chow onions, melted cheddar and garlic aioli; shrimp, citrus and avocado salad; and spice & vinegar pulled pork panino. 5271 East 2nd St., Burbank, 818.962.2500. simmzys.com

 

Dog HausFoie Gras Specials at Dog Haus
Jan. 24-25. It’s not only L.A.’s finer dining restaurants celebrating the return of foie gras. Dog Haus Biergarten is getting in on the goose action with a foie gras-topped sausage dubbed “Duck the Police,” and foie fries, Culinary Director Michael Brown’s take on duck fat fries. Instead of using duck fat, they use the rendered fat from the foie gras after it’s seared, then grate five-year-old aged gouda over the top. The special is limited to the first 100 dogs. 93 East Green St., Pasadena, 626.683.0808. doghaus.com

 

Dame EdnaTHEATER
Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye
Jan. 24-Mar. 15. Australian entertainer Barry Humphries takes his hilarious and satirical alter ego, Dame Edna, for one last spin—he created the character back in 1956—during this critically acclaimed farewell tour. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org

 

Wooster GroupEarly Shaker Spirituals: A Record Album Interpretation
Jan. 21-Feb. 1. The Wooster Group returns to Los Angeles for the West Coast premiere of their newest work, Early Shaker Spirituals: A Record Album Interpretation. The avant-garde performance is based on a 1976 LP of Shaker hymns, marches, anthems, and testimony recorded by Sister R. Mildred Barker and the sisters of the Shaker community in Sabbathday Lake, Maine. The performers channel the voices of the Shaker singers to give a new live rendering of the songs. Complementing the songs are dances created by the group. The production echoes the artistic practice that the Wooster Group is known for: working with record albums as source material for original productions. 631 West 2nd St., downtown, 213.237.2800. redcat.org

 

Chavez RavineChavez Ravine
Opening Jan. 27. Theater troupe Culture Clash—Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza—revisits its beloved play, Chavez Ravine, 12 years after its world premiere in L.A., with new insights into the ever-changing landscape of the City of Angels. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org

 

Smoke and MirrorsSmoke and Mirrors
Through Mar. 15. Get ready for a night of mind-blowing illusions and mystifying slight-of-hand; Smoke and Mirrors is the semi-autobiographical, fantastical story of Albie Selznick and his journey to become a Master Magician. After suffering a formidable tragedy, Albie uses magic to misdirect his grief but discovers himself by facing his fears with the aid of a life-sized white rabbit, The Oracle and Harry Houdini’s wife, Bess. Through a myriad of adventures, magic takes on a variety of meanings both in spirit and spectacle. $34. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 310.477.2055 ext. 2. smokeandmirrorsmagic.com

 

Jack Lemmon ReturnsJack Lemmon Returns
Through Feb. 1. Chris Lemmon, actor and son of Academy Award-winning actor Jack Lemmon (Some Like It Hot, The Odd Couple), recreates his father’s magic in a heartfelt one-man show. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, 310.434.3200. thebroadstage.com

 

wickedWicked
Through Mar. 15. The award-winning theater phenomenon returns to L.A. with three months of performances. Learn the untold story of the witches of Oz, the “wicked” Elphaba and good witch Glinda, in this smash-hit prequel to The Wizard of Oz. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770. hollywoodpantages.com

 

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