Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 9.12.14

Edited by Christina Xenos

simpsonsEVENTS
Fireworks Finale: The Simpsons Take the Bowl
Sept. 12-14. Journey from the Springfield Bowl to the Hollywood Bowl for this unprecedented event, celebrating the longest running sitcom of all time. Hank Azaria hosts the evening where the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra accompanies your favorite scenes on the big screen with special guests like Nancy Cartwright, John Lovitz, Yeardley Smith, “Weird Al” Yankovic among others, and a fireworks finale. 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000. hollywoodbowl.com

 

eat-drink-artEat.Drink.Art.
Sept. 13. Enjoy an evening of delectable food from local chefs and food trucks, artisanal spirits curated by Silverlake Wine and a celebration of art in all its forms, including live painting, performance artists, giant puppets and more. Live music will be preformed by musicians from “The Voice,” “American Idol,” and “The X Factor.” VIP preview from 5-7 p.m., includes a tastings from celebrity chef Kris Morningstar’s soon-to-open restaurant, Terrine. 7-11 p.m. $30, $100 VIP. LAMAG | Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. barnsdall.org

 

Voices of L.A. FestVoices of L.A. Fest
Sept. 14. Celebrate L.A.’s best cross-cultural entertainment at this event that features Jewish musicians, dancers and poets with artists from different cultures creating collaborative performances. Participants include La Santa Cecilia, Ozomatli, Yuval Ron Ensemble and Ate9 Dance Company, plus culinary presentations by top local chefs hosted by KCRW’s Evan Kleiman (“Good Food”). Hamsa and origami art workshops will also be available along with many delicious food options. Free. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wilshire Boulevard Temple, 3663 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. voicesoflafest.com

 

Mid-Autumn Moon FestivalMid-Autumn Moon Festival
Sept. 13. Celebrate the traditional Chinese lunar festival with full moon viewings via telescopes from the Griffith Observatory, cultural workshops, storytelling and a mooncake tasting, plus live music and a craft beer garden. 5pm-midnight. Free. Chinatown Central Plaza, 943 N. Broadway, downtown, 213.680.0243. chinatownla.com

 

Port of Los Angeles Lobster FestivalPort of Los Angeles Lobster Festival
Sept. 12-14. Enjoy discounted Maine lobsters, live music from up-and-coming bands, tall ships, artisanal shopping, a pirate camp and more at this nautical food festival on the L.A. waterfront. $10, under 12 free. Ports O’Call Village, 1190 Nagoya Way, San Pedro, 310.798.7478. lobsterfest.com

 

For The Record: BazFor The Record: Baz
Sept. 12-Nov. 23. Though a cabaret lens, For The Record: Baz intertwines the tales of star-crossed lovers from Romeo + Juliet, Strictly Ballroom, Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby through songs like “Lady Marmalade,” “Kissing You,” “Love Is In The Air,” “Crazy In Love,” in a stunning 360-degree live theatrical concert experience. The cast will feature Janel Parrish (Pretty Little Liars, Dancing with the Stars), Rumer Willis (90210, House Bunny), Barrett Foa (NCIS: LA), Ginifer King (Haunted Hathaways), among others. Pair your night with five specialty cocktails inspire by the Baz Luhrmann catalogue. Fri.-Sun., 8 p.m. $35–$55. DBAHollywood.com

 

Rodeo Drive Festival of WatchesRodeo Drive Festival of Watches
Sept. 14-21. After Switzerland, two blocks of Rodeo Drive and Brighton Way in Beverly Hills feature one of the highest concentrations of fine timepieces anywhere on Earth. Celebrate the art of the watch at 16 Rodeo Drive boutiques. Connoisseurs, collectors and fashion aficionados can view the latest timepieces from the finest luxury brands, see view current watch trends for men and women and more. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills. rodeodrive-bh.com

 

It’s Cool at the ZooIt’s Cool at the Zoo
Sept. 13-14. Hit the LA Zoo for the end of summer series of engaging and fun programs. Find ice sculpture artists crafting animal masterpieces, fire trucks and firefighters with demos and fire hose sprays, paper sun visors and paper fans that kids can customize with their favorite animal to keep shaded and cool all day, the popular Mobile Mural Lab for kids to paint on giant moveable canvases with Zoo residents as inspiration, and free samples of Chloe’s soft serve fruit pops. 5333 Zoo Drive, L.A., 323.644.4200. lazoo.org

 

DiavoloDiavolo / Architecture in Motion
Sept. 12. See Diavolo—the internationally renowned performance company that reinvents dance, reimagines theater and redefines thrills through a fusion of acrobatics, martial arts, ballet, contemporary, hip-hop and other dance programs—take the stage with special guests, spoken word artist, Steve Connell and renowned film composer, Nathan Wang. $75. Greek Theater, 2700 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. diavolo.org

 

Walking With DinosaursWalking With Dinosaurs
Sept. 11-14. Travel back in time at Staples Center as you watch impressively imposing and realistic animatronics. This updated production will showcase changes to the dinosaurs based on the latest scientific research including the likely feathering of some species. (photo by David Scheinmann) Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown. staplescenter.com

 

Step and RepeatStep and Repeat
Sept. 13, 20, 27; Oct. 4. MOCA returns to its performance arts roots with the multidisciplinary Step and Repeat at The Geffen Contemporary. Step and Repeat is a mash-up of new voices in performance art, music and sound art, comedy, and poetry from across the United States, with a special focus on the burgeoning performance communities in Los Angeles. 152 N Central Ave., downtown, 213.626.6222. mocastepandrepeat.tumblr.com

 

Nautica Malibu TriathlonNautica Malibu Triathlon
Sept. 13-14. Athletes, philanthropists and celebrities are among those who turn out to swim, run and bike at Zuma Beach, all to benefit the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Pediatric Cancer Research Program. 7–11:30 am. 30000 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 818.707.8866. nauticamalibutri.com

 

paleyfestPaleyfest Fall TV Previews
Sept. 6-15. Are you ready to get out of your summer TV watching slump and look forward to what will be the buzz on the flat screen this fall? At PaleyFest Fall TV Previews you can get ultimate sneak-peek of the hottest new comedies and dramas premiering this fall season on ABC, CBS, the CW, FOX, and NBC, and participate in interactive panel conversations with the show’s casts and creative teams. The festival will also feature two special programs: Fall Season Premiere: MTV’s Faking It on Sept. 12, and Fall Flashback: The Facts of Life 35th Anniversary Reunion on Sept. 15. The Paley Center for Media, 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. paleyfest.org

 

La Traviata
OPERA
La Traviata
Sept. 13, 17, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28. Nino Machaidze, one of LA Opera’s favorite leading ladies, returns as Violetta, with Arturo Chacón-Cruz as her handsome Alfredo in one of opera’s greatest romances, La Traviata. Plácido Domingo reprises in one of his newest signature roles, as a father determined to do the right thing. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7211. laopera.com

 

Bazaar
EAT + DRINK
The Bazaar Terrace Tasting Series
Sept. 12. Grab a seat on the terrace and enjoy luxe tapas and drink pairings every month. This month, The Bazaar features a variety of Casamigos Tequila cocktails paired with bites from chef Jose Andres like jicama-wrapped guacamole, avocado ceviche, goat cheese stuffed piquillo peppers and more. $45/pp. 465 S La Cienega Blvd., L.A. Tickets

 

Salt and StrawSalt and Straw
Opens Sept. 13. The wait for L.A.’s first outpost of Portland, Oregon’s beloved ice cream shop, Salt & Straw is finally over. Stop by the Larchmont Village location to feast on flavors (handmade in L.A.) like sea salt with caramel ribbons, almond brittle with salted ganache, chocolate with gooey brownie, among others. New flavors debut on the first Friday of each month and will feature collaborations with artisnal food makers and seasonal produce. Also enjoy an original menu of sundaes, whole pint milkshakes and floats. (photo by Leela Cyd) 240 N. Larchmont Blvd., L.A., 323.466.0485. saltandstraw.com

 

BarbershopBarbershop Ristorante
Sept. 11-12; 17-19. Known for his Barbershop Ristorante pop-ups around the city, chef Walter el Nagar, along with Adam Fleischman’s AdVantage Restaurant Partners, are soon to settle on a new brick and mortar restaurant, Barberìa. Until they seal the deal, Barbershop Ristorante rises once again, previewing Barberìa’s modernist Italian menu, served omakase style. Be one of the few to score a ticket to feast on dishes like Lamb “cacio e ovo,” prawns aguachile and abalone risotto with mushrooms and seaweed. 5220 W. Jefferson Blvd., L.A. barbershop-ristorante.com

 

Marjorie PrimeTHEATER
Marjorie Prime
Opening Sept. 10. Playwright Jordan Harrison’s innovative new drama deals with hard-hitting questions technology poses­—specifically, whether one should use it to simulate departed loved ones. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org

 

getty-villaPersians by Aeschylus
Through Sept. 27. See a classical Greek tragedy in the Getty Villa’s dramatic outdoor theater. New York-based SITI Company, one of America’s leading theater ensembles, returns to the Getty Villa to perform Persians, an emotional story of war, victory, and loss experienced by an imagined Persian court. In this sole surviving Greek tragedy about a historical event—the battle of Salamis in 480 B.C.—Aeschylus glorifies the Athenian victors but also humanizes the defeated Persians, emphasizing the universal impact of war on family and community. Previews: Aug. 28-30, $25; Thurs.-Sat. Sept. 4-27. 8 p.m. $36-$45. 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades, 310.440.7300, getty.edu

raceRace
Aug. 31-Sept. 28. Multiple award-winning playwright/director David Mamet tackles America’s most controversial topic in a provocative new tale of sex, guilt and bold accusations. Two lawyers find themselves defending a wealthy white executive charged with sexually assaulting a black woman. When a new legal assistant gets involved in the case, the opinions that boil beneath explode to the surface. 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772. 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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