Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 4.25.14

Edited by Christina Xenos

BH100 Centennial Block Party
April 27. Celebrate 100 years of style, glamor and luxury during the Beverly Hills centennial block party. Revelers can find a TASTE of Beverly Hills festival featuring bites from some of the city’s legendary restaurants, carnival rides and games, two four-story Ferris Wheels that will spell out 1-0-0; a 20-piece dance band, fireworks grand finale and more including a 10-foot-high, 15,000 slice birthday cake that weighs in at 4,000 pounds. R&B legend Martha Reeves will also be on hand to celebrate the event theme, “Dancing in the Street,” with a performance of the famed song. 3:30-8 p.m. 200-400 Blocks of Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills. rodeodrive-bh.com

lebowski-festLebowski Fest
April 25–26. Fans of the Coen brothers’ classic The Big Lebowski gather for a movie party with music from Kyle Gass Band at the Wiltern, followed by a night of bowling, costumes and games at Fountain Bowl. Movie party, $20, doors 7 pm; Bowling party, $25–$30, 8 pm. The Wiltern 3790 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 213.388.1400; Fountain Bowl 17110 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley, 714.963.7888. lebowskifest.com

artisanal-laArtisanal LA
April 26–27. Shop for stylish wares, sustainable edibles, handmade home goods from more than 200 vendors, while enjoying workshops, chef demos, tunes from DJs and more. Check website for hours and ticket information. LA Mart 1933 Broadway, downtown. artisanalla.com

langhamPasadena Restaurant Week
April 27-May 2. Dine through more than 40 of Pasadena’s best restaurants as they offer specially priced prix fixe lunch and dinner menus for the week. Dine at favorites like The Royce Wood-Fired Steak House, A/K/A an American Bistro, Trattoria Neapolis, The Terrace at the Langham and more. pasadenarestaurantweek.com‎

anenberg-beach-houseAnnenberg Community Beach House 5th Anniversary Party
April 26-27. Celebrate Santa Monica’s popular seaside destination with a weekend filled of activities like yoga on the beach, a bubble making show, sunset picnic, DJs spinning beach songs and more, including plenty of swimming in the beach house’s historic pool. 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica, 310.458.4904. annenbergbeachhouse.com

paris-photoParis Photo
April 25-27. Leading international galleries, collectors and artists cross-pollinate at this second U.S. edition of the celebrated art fair dedicated to the art of photography and the moving image. $20–$28; under 13 free. Paramount Pictures Studios, 5555 Melrose Ave., L.A. parisphoto.com

la-zooLos Angeles Zoo Earth Day Explore Weekend
April 26-27. Stop by the Los Angeles Zoo for a weekend expo spotlighting California wildlife and the role it plays in the health of Planet Earth. Experience interactive stations throughout the Zoo, which offer you an opportunity to explore information and ideas about animal conservation and preservation, sustainable living for humans, recycling, and how to make Earth a better place to live. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 5333 Zoo Drive, L.A., 323.644.4200. lazoo.org

brewery artwalkBrewery Artwalk
April 26-27. More than 100 artist studios at the former brewery open their doors for the twice-annual artwalk. The event offers goers the chance to see new works of art, speak with the artists and purchase works at non-commission studio prices. Dining available at the artwork and their on-site restaurant. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 2100 N Main St., downtown. breweryartwalk.com

modernismLos Angeles Modernism Show & Sale
April 25-27. Browse and shop from 40 premier national and international exhibitors featuring decorative and fine arts from all design movements of the 20th Century. The event also offers an opening night cocktail party, panel discussions and more. 3LABS Studio, 461 Warner Drive, Culver City. dolphinfairs.com

Wine Month-Hi Res26th Annual Vintage Bouquet Food and Wine Extravaganza
April 27. Spend the afternoon noshing on bites from some of L.A.’s best restaurants like Chaya, Bagatelle Los Angeles, Goldie’s, Napa Valley Grille and more while you sip wine from premium California Wineries and enjoy live entertainment and a silent auction. Celebrity Cruises also brings their food and wine offerings on shore as part of the event. Proceeds from this event will benefit charitable causes of the Beverly Hills Bar Foundation. Noon-4 p.m. Greystone Mansion, 905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills. bhbaweb.com

smoke-oil-saltEAT | DRINK
Tucked into a lively location on Melrose Ave., you can indulge in an array of wines and Spanish specialties from Chef Perfecto Rocher. Kick off your evening with some Cava and leisurely nosh on delicacies like melt-in-your-mouth fried potatoes with Serrano ham and chorizo, topped with a fried egg; Catalan toast topped with tomato and homemade red and white sausages; sea urchin flan adorned with caviar and shrimp chili oil, and more including wood-fire grilled filet of Iberico pork served with smoked green onions and Xacto sauce. Chef Perfect’s signature paella will also grace the menu soon. Open daily from 5:30 p.m. 7274 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.930.7900. smokeoilsalt.com

Chelsea Handler: Uganda Be Kidding Me Live
April 26. Touring to support the release of her latest book, Uganda Be Kidding Me, Chelsea Handler is one of the most successful women in the entertainment industry with credits in comedy, acting and writing. She was honored as one of Glamour Magazine’s 2011 “Women of the Year” and was featured in TIME magazine’s annual “TIME 100″ Portfolio. 8 p.m. 3900 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood. Info.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra: Chopin: Piano Concerto
April 26-27.  Hear the world premiere of This Ease by composer Hannah Lash as well as the LACO debut of Natasha Paremski, proclaimed a “spectacular pianist” (American Record Guide), performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21. Haydn’s buoyant Symphony No. 102 in B-flat major is also included in the program. $25+. (photo by Andrea Joynt). April 26, Alex Theatre, 216 North Brand Blvd., Glendale; April 27, Royce Hall, UCLA, 40 Royce Drive, L.A. laco.org

man-in-a-caseMan in a Case
Opening April 24. In a high-tech fusion of theater, movement, music and video, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Big Dance Theater artists perform a story based on Anton Chekhov’s short stories Man in a Case and About Love. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, 310.434.3200. thebroadstage.com

Porgy and Bess
April 22-June 1. The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, ahead of its time in 1935, has come of age in a contemporary new adaptation celebrated with the 2012 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. The production brings a 23-piece orchestra—to the Ahmanson Theatre, downtown. 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org

tallest-treeThe Tallest Tree In The Forrest
April 20-May 25. Obie Award-winning writer and performer Daniel Beaty chronicles Paul Robeson’s remarkable life in this theatrical biography. Throughout the performance, Beaty embodies Robeson and dozens of international personalities who crossed Robeson’s path. Follow Robeson’s triumphs and the indignities he suffered as a civil rights and labor rights activist during the McCarthy era. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown. centertheatregroup.org

widowBe A Good Little Widow
April 17-May 25. In this sad comedy about loss and longing, Melody ponders the right way to grieve after her husband dies in a plane crash. Fortunately, her mother-in-law is a professional. Widow, that is. Under her guidance, Melody must try her best to be a good little widow. $25. NOHO Arts Center, 11136 Magnolia Blvd., L.A. Tickets

book-of-mormonThe Book of Mormon
Through May 11. The hit production—about a duo of idealistic Mormon missionaries sent to Uganda to share their sacred text with the local people—boasts a book, music and lyrics by four-time Emmy Award–winning creators of the animated series South Park Trey Parker and Matt Stone, co-creator of the long-running musical comedy Avenue Q, Robert Lopez. Explicit language. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770. hollywoodpantages.com


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