Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 9.25.14

Edited by Christina Xenos

Feast of San GennaroEVENTS
Feast of San Gennaro
Celebrate Italian food and culture in Los Angeles this weekend. At the Feast of San Gennaro, Los Angeles (Sept. 26-28) find food, wine and entertainment, including live music, bocce, kid’s corner, rides and games in the middle of Hollywood. The fest kicks off on Sept. 26 with live music and performances scheduled over the entire thirty hours the festival doors are open. Special events going on throughout the weekend, include a “Gravy-Sauce” competition, “Galbani Cheese Building Contest for Charity,” and more. You can also get your Italian food fix at Dominick’s and Little Dom’s (Sept. 25-28) where Chef Brandon Boudet celebrates the feast with a special San Gennaro arancini menu, featuring one of Sicily’s most beloved street foods in flavors like chicken parmesan, shrimp scampi and “the hipster” (vegetarian and gluten free with Carnaroli rice, vegetables and almond milk ricotta).

Abbot Kinney FestivalAbbot Kinney Festival
Sept. 28. This neighborhood festival spotlights the eclectic offerings along the boulevard. Spend the afternoon enjoying live music on five stages, a pop-up shrimp boil from Salt Air, dozens of food trucks and booths, three beer and spirit gardens, 300 vendors, children’s activities and more. 10 am-6 pm. Free. Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, 310.310.0982. abbotkinney.org

 

Santa Anita Racetrack’s Oktoberfest Santa Anita Racetrack’s Oktoberfest
Sept. 27. Celebrate fall with German indulgences paired with a day at the races at this 2nd annual event. Santa Anita’s Oktoberfest showcases traditional German music from the Bavarian Wunderband, live tunes from the Spazmatics and special guest Boogie Knights, competitive alphorn blowing, stein holding contests, dachshund racing, and more including infield beer gardens and Dog Haus sausages in the VIP area. $10-$60. Come in your best lederhosen and receive FREE admission to the beer garden. Santa Anita Racetrack, 285 W Huntington Dr., Arcadia, 626.574.7223. santaanita.com

all star mixologyAll Star Mixology
Oct. 1. Taste cocktails and spirits, enjoy food from Herringbone, see some of your favorite mixologists from around the city compete in a cocktail competition and more at Covenant House California’s All Star Mixology event. This year’s showdown features 10 top L.A. mixologists who will display their creativity, technical skills and talent for a team of A-list judges including Jeremy Sisto (Suburgatory, Law & Order), Paul Hanneman (Co-President of Global Distribution, 20th Century Fox), Rachel Burkons (VP, The Tasting Panel Magazine), Alex Carlton (Owner, Funkin Cocktails), and Naomi Schimek (President, USBG Southern California). Proceeds from the event will fund Covenant House California’s life-changing work with homeless, at risk and trafficked youth. $75. SKYBAR at Mondrian, 8440 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. allstarmixology.com

queen-mary-1Queen Mary’s 80th Anniversary
Sept. 26. Eighty years ago at the John Brown & Company shipyard on the banks of the Clyde River in Scotland, Job Number 534—the largest ship the world had ever seen—slid down the launchways into the water. Celebrate the royal legend of Long Beach with complementary ship admission, tours and more, including a special presentation (for the first 1,000 people to arrive) in the Grand Ballroom and the unveiling of a very special cake designed by Jose Barajas, owner of Mmm Cakes and star of TLC’s Next Great Baker. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.3420738. queenmary.com

Gamble HouseThe Machine Project Field Guide to the Gamble House
Through Oct. 5. The L.A.-based arts collective Machine Project reimagines the Pasadena landmark as part of AxS Festival 2014. Machine Project founder and artistic director Mark Allen has organized Los Angeles artists to create new works exploring, celebrating, and dramatizing the curious architectural icon. Over the course of the festival, the history, aesthetic and craftsmanship of The Gamble House will be subtly transformed and revealed through experimental tours, participatory nap concerts, a tableau vivant, puppets, dance, seances, videos, inflatable sculptures, joinery-specific lawn furniture, a secret Swedish-Japanese fusion restaurant and more. 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena. machineproject.com/gamblehouse

Peninsula Beverly Hills Endless Summer at the Peninsula Beverly Hills
Through Dec. 31. The first day of Fall might have just past, but you can still soak up these warm SoCal days up high at the Peninsula Beverly Hills with 360-degree views. The lux Beverly Hills hotel unveils a refreshed rooftop terrace and offers access to its coveted poolside cabanas through the end of the year. Indulge in the hotel’s Endless Summer package and receive cabana and pool access, two specialty cocktails and seasonal bites from Executive Chef David Codney. $350. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 9882 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, 310.975.2855. peninsula.com/beverlyhills

Barnsdall Outdoor Movie NightsBarnsdall Outdoor Movie Nights
Through Oct. 18. The Los Angeles summer tradition continues into the fall at Barnsdall Art Park. The “School Nights” series celebrates beloved high school movies: Election (Sept. 27), Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (Oct. 4), Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Oct. 11) and Carrie (Oct. 18). Throw down a blanket on the lush west lawn of the famed Frank Lloyd Wright Hollyhock House and and enjoy wine tastings from Silverlake Wine and musical entertainment along with food truck fare and more. Doors 5:30 p.m., movie 7:30 p.m. $25 (movie + wine tastings), $10 (movie only). 4800 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. barnsdall.org

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

dudamelMUSIC
LA Phil Opening Night Gala Concert: A John Williams Celebration
Sept. 30. The LA Phil returns to the Walt Disney Concert Hall and celebrates with an evening conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, featuring film composer John Williams who is joined by legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman for an all-Williams concert program that includes music from Schindler’s List. The evening also showcases several elaborate video installations created by projection designer Netia Jones and critically acclaimed creative studio, LIGHTMAP. Jones is producing new video content for the performance of Williams’ Soundings, first performed at the 2003 opening of Walt Disney Concert Hall. For the show’s thrilling conclusion, Jones is designing a unique video installation featuring concept art from the Lucasfilm archive, to accompany the orchestra’s performance of the iconic Throne Room and Finale from Star Wars. 111 S Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000. laphil.org

Haunted ScreensMUSEUMS
Haunted Screens: German Cinema in the 1920s
Through April 26. Explore the height of German Expressionist film history through nearly 250 objects on view at LACMA’s newest exhibition. From the fantasy of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919) to the murder mystery M (1931), cinema during the liberal Weimar era was innovative in aesthetic, psychological, and technical terms. La Cinémathèque française partnered with the museum for the show and offers a vast collection of set design drawings to complement an array of film clips, photographs, posters, documents, and cameras on view; these artifacts represent 25 films, 20 artists, and 14 directors. Kino Ektoplasma—a three-screen installation created for the exhibition by Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, and Galen Johnson—resurrects lost films of the Expressionist era in film sequences. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000. lacma.org

La TraviataOPERA
La Traviata
Sept. 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

The HutchinsonEAT + DRINK
Hutchinson Cocktails & Grill
Opens Sept. 25. Indonesian flavors seamlessly fuse with stellar steakhouse fare in a sophisticated setting at this bold new restaurant on La Cienega Blvd. The outpost from brothers and restaurateurs Ian and Justin Hopper along with Noah Ellis and Executive Chef James Trees, celebrate the brothers’ family’s love affair with Indonesian cuisine and culture. Find elements of the far East woven into signature dishes like lobster tom-kah soup with coconut, galangal, lime juice, bean sprouts and mushrooms; beef rendang with Indonesian curry, coconut rice and caramelized baby bok choy; and green curry fried chicken with cabbage apple slaw and gula jawa syrup, along with with carefully crafted cocktails and beer and wine selections. 826 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.360.0884. hutchinsonla.com

Joan’s on ThirdJoan’s on Third Studio City
The Valley is heating up as evidenced by it’s onslaught of new residents, the latest being beloved West 3rd Street cafe, Joan’s on Third, which recently opened in a former post office in Studio City. Travel over the hill for Joan’s signature gourmet comfort food like the Chinese chicken salad, short rib sandwich, corned beef hash and more. Daily 8 a.m.-9 p.m. 12059 Ventura Place, Studio City, 818.201.3900. joansonthird.com

 

Jersey BoysTHEATER
Jersey Boys
Opening Sept. 30. The award-winning musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons makes a stop in L.A., bringing hit songs like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and more. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770. hollywoodpantages.com

 

BountifulThe Trip to Bountiful
Through Nov. 2. Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams and Blair Underwood star in this inspiring tale of an aging matriarch embarking on one last trip to her Texas hometown. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org

 

Kiss Me, KateKiss Me, Kate
Through Oct. 12. Wayne Brady lends his talents to this production of the classic musical, known for its iconic songs by Cole Porter. The play celebrates both Shakespeare and theater itself, and this retelling showcases the trailblazing African American actors of the early 20th century. $47-$125. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, 626.356.7529. pasadenaplayhouse.org

 

Choir BoyChoir Boy
Through Oct. 26. Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play deals with discrimination at a boys’ prep school, set against beautiful gospel harmonies. Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454. GeffenPlayhouse.com

 

Marjorie PrimeMarjorie Prime
Through Oct. 19. 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
Through 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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