Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 5.23.14

Edited by Christina Xenos

jazz-reggaeEVENTS
JazzReggae Festival
May 25-26. Kick off summer with live music, food, and more. Headliners of the 28th annual festival include Snoop Dogg, Aloe Blacc, Ky-Mani Marley, and many more. $30-65. UCLA Intramural Field, 405 Hilgard Ave., Westwood. jazzreggaefest.com

 

topanga-daysTopanga Days
May 24-26. Celebrate music, the arts and the work of local artisans at the 41st annual Topanga Days. Spend the weekend listening to live music, while discovering art, jewelry and clothing from local artisans. Musical headliners include: Lockdown, Wooden Roots, Royal Southern Brotherhood, and many more. 1440 N. Topanga Cyn. Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.1980. topangadays.com

 

mainopolyMAINopoly: A Taste of Main Street
May 25. Experience the best food and drink offerings along Santa Monica’s Main Street during the interactive community event that mirrors the classic board game. Exchange special MAINopoly dollars for food tastings that include items such as as fresh fish ceviche from Enterprise Fish Co., goat cheese en pan tostada from Manchego, famed Magic Brownies from M Street Kitchen, Captain Ron’s Mac n Cheese from The Galley, and more. Select restaurants will also be offering special happy hour menus and drink specials such as $4 draft beers and $5 cocktails and shots, to those with the official event wristband. Proceeds benefit Summer SOULstice and Heal the Bay. 2-8 p.m. Main St., Santa Monica. MAINopoly.eventbrite.com

 

Check out our full guide to Los Angeles Memorial Day weekend events!

 

Grand Park Sunday SessionsGrand Park’’s Got Moves: The Salsa Session
May 26. Celebrate the holiday weekend and the start of a “spicy hot” LA summer with Grand Park’s Got Moves: The Salsa Session. Grand Park collaborates with the 16th Annual International LA Salsa Fest to host a free Salsa event for families. Enjoy free music and dance performances from artists like Ricardo Lemvo and Grammy- winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra. 2-6 p.m. 200 Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.8080. grandparkla.org

 

fiesta-hermosaFiesta Hermosa
May 24-26. Check out one of the largest arts and crafts fairs in the country at the 42nd annual “Fiesta Hermosa” in downtown Hermosa Beach. The event features more than 300 artisans including painters, photographers, jewelers, sculptors and more, in addition to live music on two stages, an international selection of food to eat, beer, wine and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Hermosa Beach. fiestahermosa.net

 

balboa-wine-festivalBarnsdall Friday Night Wine Tastings
May 23. Enjoy evenings of fine wine and art in the gardens of Frank Lloyd Wright’s newly renovated Hollyhock House. The weekly event features four selections of boutique, small production, artisan wines from Silverlake Wine, music by KCRW’s DJ Dan Wilcox, and a host of specialty food trucks and more. The event continues ever Friday through Labor Day. $25. 4800 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.644.6275. barnsdall.org

 

pier-pressureCRUISE
Pier Pressure Marina Del Rey Yacht Party w/ DiJiTal
May 24. Celebrate the long weekend by taking a spin on the multi-million dollar Entertainer Yacht. The three-level party includes LA’s top open format and house DJs DiJiTal and Dr. Coolwhip, VIP open bar, VIP bottle service, sunset views, party favors and more. 3-7:15 p.m. 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, 323.604.6030. ournightlife.com

 

may-26-hornblowerMarina Del Rey Hornblower Yacht Party
May 26. Kick off the summer with three levels of fun on a Hornblower Yacht, including a VIP open bar, live DJs, cabanas, bottle service and more. 3-7:30 p.m. 13755 Fiji Way Marina del Rey, 323.604.6030. ournightlife.com

 

salon-benjaminBEAUTY
Rahua Treatment at Benjamin with Negin Zand Salon
Amp up your lovely locks for summer with the Rahua Omega 9 Pro Hair Treatment, exclusively available at Benjamin with Negin Zand Salon in West Hollywood. The treatment revitalizes dry and damaged hair, soothes scalps and makes all hair types vibrant and luxurious. All of Rahua’s products utilize the Amazonian rahua nut and are completely organic and vegan. All you have to do is add on the 15-minute treatment ($50) to one of the salon’s stellar services—like a cut, blow out (or both). If you want to keep your tresses tamed over the season,pick up a Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask, and other products in their line, next door at Selects Apothecary. 8910 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 424.249.3296. salonbenjamin.com

 

1 x-barEAT | DRINK
X Bar
The Century City hotspot inside the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza just upped their game with a stylish renovation and menu overhaul. Now walking into the breezy ambiance feels like floating through a chic Palm Springs resort, with rattan furniture for lounging and plenty of patio seating outside. Stop by for new cocktails, grouped into “Throwbacks” (classics like the Moscow Mule) and “New School” (think Aperol Smash with Hudson Manhattan rye whiskey, aperol, mint, lemon, fresh simple syrup), or take your pick from the burger-centric menu; we love the Oooh-Mommy made with Wagyu beef, caramelized shallots, hoisin-glazed shiitake mushrooms, goat cheese and kimchi aioli served on butter-toasted brioche. Get their early for food and drinks specials during happy hour from 4-7 p.m., or party late into the night. 2025 Avenue of Stars, L.A., 310.551.3332. xbarla.com

 

tunnel-barTunnel Bar
The new Sherman Oaks lounge teams classic cocktails with a rock ’n’ roll vibe. To find the hideaway, just look for the dim blue light directly behind newly opened Tipple & Brine restaurant. Once you’re inside the cavernous space, take a seat at the bar; it was built to look like a tunnel and was inspired by  Max’s Kansas City in New York, the gritty club  where 70s music icons launched their careers. The menu blends classic cocktails with crafted contemporary selections, in addition to sharable punches like the Red Lemon Branch Punch with Bulleit Bourbon, Campari, lemon, grapefruit and champagne. Open Thurs.-Sat. (photo by acuna-hansen) 14633 Venture Blvd., Sherman Oaks, 818.528.3434. TunnelBarLA.com

 

chaya-beer-gardenCHAYA Downtown Summer Beer Garden
May 27-Aug. 29. Spend your summer enjoying a Japanese inspired BBQ menu, refreshing summer cocktails, a curated list of beers, and musical entertainment on the restaurant’s lush outdoor patio. CHAYA offers a feast of specialty items at the beer garden, from Kushiyaki, to baked oysters “Sriracha Dote-yaki”, to grilled sweet corn served with jalapeño aioli and feta cheese. Also find an array of specialty beers, cocktails and boozy sno-cones. Mon.-Fri. starting at 4 p.m. 525 S. Flower St., downtown, 213.236.9577. thechaya.com

 

Different Words for the Same ThingTHEATER
Different Words for the Same Thing
Through June 1. In the world premiere of this new American play three generations of a multi-ethnic middle-America family come to life on stage. Thirteen years and 1,800 miles separate Alice from her childhood home. But after one phone call, the small-town streets and characters that once shaped her come rushing back and threaten to never let her go. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org

 

porgy-and-bessPorgy and Bess
Through 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
Through 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

 

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