Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 1.24.14

By Christina Xenos

free-museum-dayEVENTS LA Weekend Events
Free Museum Day
Jan. 25. Get cultured for free when Southern California museums band together for the Museums Free-For-All. Whether you’re interested in art, cultural heritage, natural history or science, you’ll have it all at your fingertips during the ninth-annual event. Participating Los Angeles museums include LACMA, MOCA, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Hammer Museum, Skirball Cultural Center and many more. The offer is for general admission only and many not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions and parking fees. (photo: Calder Foundation/Fredrik Nelson) To view the full list of participating museums, visit: SoCalMuseums.org


Cat Art Show Los AngelesCat Art Show Los Angeles
Jan 25-26, Feb. 1-2. Browse works from classic to contemporary at the largest exhibition of cat-inspired artwork for sale ever exhibited. Extending beyond our favorite internet memes, the inaugural Cat Art Show Los Angeles displays works from more than 50 globally recognized artists, including Tracey Emin, Shepard Fairey, Jonathan Yeo and Ray Caesar, who explore the feline role as both muse and inspiration. Jan. 25, 7-10 p.m.; noon-5 p.m. all other dates. 6205 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. catartshowla.com


Los Angeles Kings2014 NHL Stadium Series: Anaheim Ducks vs. Los Angeles Kings
Jan. 25. Dodger Stadium sets the stage for an icy rivalry when the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks face off on the legendary baseball-field-turned-skating-rink. This is the first hockey game to be hosted at the facility, which has held eight World Series since its inception 51 years ago. Even with LA’s unseasonably warm weather, rink temperatures are set to hover around a cool 22 degrees Fahrenheit to stabilize the 2-inch-thick playing surface—courtesy of 20,000 gallons of water. (photo: Debora Robinson/NHL via Getty Images) 1000 Elysian Park Ave., L.A. kings.nhl.com


Golden State of CocktailsGolden State of Cocktails
Jan. 27–30. Raise a glass to the conference and festival devoted to California cocktail culture. Industry leaders including Cedd Moses (the Varnish) comprise the advisory panel for the event, which features bar crawls and a grand finale party at Union Station. See website for ticket prices, hours and locations. goldenstateofcocktails.com


California Wine FestivalCalifornia Wine Festival
Jan. 25. Pair California wines with the Sunshine Millions California Cup at Santa Anita Park. Sip wines from more than 40 wineries around the state, including offerings from Leatitia Vineyards, Layer Cake, Smashberry, Zaca Mesa; enjoy craft beers from Golden Road and Eagle Rock breweries; and nosh on artisanal food pairings throughout the day. $50-$120. Noon-4:30 p.m. Santa Anita Park, 285 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia. sap.ticketmob.com


derek-hughesInsomnia at Casa del Mar
Jan. 26. Spend the evening in a luxurious beachfront room at Hotel Casa del Mar hotel in the presence of “modern conjurer” Derek Hughes. During Insomnia, Hughes blends humor and magic in a show—loosely inspired by the short fiction of Jorge Luis Borges—that treads the line between waking and dreaming. He says he chose the title “because when you leave, you will be too mystified to sleep, and too amused to care,” The evening kicks off with a wine and beer reception, and audience participation throughout the evening is welcomed. Show runs select Sundays and Thursdays from January through April 2014 Reception at 5:30 p.m., performance at 6 p.m. $55/pp. 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica. Tickets


dineLAdineLA Restaurant Week
Through Jan. 30. During dineLA, more than 300 of Los Angeles’ best restaurants are offering specially priced three-course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus during this wildly popular event. Dine at new restaurants like The Wallace, Mud Hen Tavern, and Allumette alongside returning favorites such as Crossroads, Culina, and Petrossian Paris Restaurant & Boutique. In addition to the usual two- to three-course prix fixe menus, select fine dining destinations—CUT, mar’sel, Melisse, Patina Restaurant, Spago Beverly Hills, and Valentino Restaurant—are offering multi-course tasting menus for $85. discoverlosangeles.com


Los Angeles Master ChoraleMUSIC
Los Angeles Master Chorale 50th Anniversary Weekend Celebration
Jan. 25-26. Celebrate 50 years with the iconic Los Angeles cultural institution during two performances of Bach’s incomparable B Minor Mass, considered one of the greatest works in the choral repertoire (it was also the first piece the Chorale performed on its inaugural concert in 1965). The concerts also include a spectacular gala extravaganza, “Golden on Grand,” which celebrates the Chorale’s remarkable legacy over the past five decades. Jan. 25, 2 p.m.; Jan. 26, 7 p.m. $29-$129. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown. lamc.org


Los Angeles Chamber OrchestraLos Angeles Chamber Orchestra: Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn
Jan. 25-26. Oregon Bach Festival artistic director Matthew Halls leads the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in his California debut, during a program that spans the centuries and spotlights LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, Principal Cello Andrew Shulman, Principal Oboe Allan Vogel and Principal Bassoon Kenneth Munday. Hear three pieces from the masters: Mozart’s Ballet Music from Idomeneo, K. 367, Haydn’s Sinfonia concertante in B-flat major, and Beethoven’s playful Symphony No. 1 in C major, which was instantly hailed as a masterpiece. (photo Eric Richmond) Jan 25, 8 p.m., Alex Theater; Jan. 26, 7 p.m. UCLA’s Royce Hall. $25+. laco.org


Barbershop RistoranteEAT | DRINK
Barbershop Ristorante Hollywood
Jan. 22-Feb. 15. Indulge in Michelin-starred chef Walter el Nagar’s fine cuisine at his fifth installment of the Barbershop Ristorante pop-up. The Farmer’s Kitchen in Hollywood is the perfect staging ground for the restaurant that offers a menu highlighting seasonal and local ingredients during its run. Using innovative cooking techniques and cutting-edge presentations, chef el Nagar serves a nine-course prix-fixe menu that includes selections such as Riccio alla Siciliana with annin tofu, green tomato marmalade, muddica, and Santa Barbara sea urchin; Topinambur al Caviale with sunchokes with sunflower seeds and petals, ricotta cheese and Osetra caviar; Dolce Amara ai Funghi with red beet pasta with radicchio, Barolo wine, porcini and wild mushrooms; Ali di Raza All’Acqua Pazza with steamed skate wing, celery root, sweet garlic and acqua pazza consommé. Reservations required. Wed.-Sat. nights, 6:30-9:30 p.m. $85/pp, BYOB, no corkage fee. 1555 Vine Street, #119, L.A., 424.272.5849. barbershop-ristorante.com


Red MedRed Med at Formosa Café
As part of its 75th Anniversary celebration, the storied Hollywood cafe revamps its menu with the help of the team behind eclectic Beverly Hills restaurant, Red Medicine. The new menu is inspired from the original, Vietnamese-themed offerings from the Red Medicine. Feast on highlights like green papaya with picked roots and fried taro; Shanghai rice cakes with pork belly and Thai basil; American Wagyu beef brisket; caramelized chicken dumplings; beef tartare and more. New menu will be available by Jan. 24 at the latest. 7156 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood. formosacafe.com


East BoroughEast Borough
Be among the first to get your French-Vietnamese fix with market-driven fare at the new Culver City neighborhood spot. Open for lunch presently, with dinner coming soon, the stylishly designed outpost of the Orange County mainstay offers signature dishes like Banh Mi Sandwich with flamed grilled lemongrass pork; Bo Kho (Vietnamese beef stew soup) with onions, cilantro, lime and baguette; Buoi with red cabbage, chicken/shrimp, grapefruit, lemongrass Thai basil and coriander; and Spring Rolls with pork, shrimp and chives peanut sauce. Also find patio seating, crafted cocktails, wine and American craft and Belgian beers. 9810 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.596.8266. east-borough.com


Robert Burns Day at The MorrisonRobert Burns Day at The Morrison
Jan. 25. Celebrate the legendary Scottish writer, poet and lyricist at The Morrison, LA’s revered Scotland-inspired gastropub. Festivities of the evening include the unveiling of the pub’s new winter cocktail section, a live bagpiper, “Whiskey for Words” competition where you’re invited to recite your favorite poems (preferably those by Burns), special Robert Burns menu that includes traditional Haggis and Scottish sides. Doors 4 p.m., celebration kicks off at 8 p.m. 3179 Los Feliz Blvd., L.A., 323.667.1839. themorrisonla.com


the-grill-on-the-alleyDining Around Los Angeles
Dine on a special “Nobu Lanai” menu at THE Blvd at Beverly Wilshire during dinner on on Jan. 27-28; highlights include yellowtail jalapeno rolls, white fish shiso chimichurri and more. Experience a Coastal Harvest menu during the Terranea Resort’s Chef’s Cooking Series on Jan. 30. Nelson’s Chef Andrew Vaughan offers selections like mini lobster thermidor, pan-roasted duck breast Margret, slow-braised veal cheeks, among others. Feast on indulgent wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas at 800 Degrees‘ newest outpost that is now open in Santa Monica. Sip $2 caramel, vanilla bean and dark chocolate latte macchiatos at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf locations on Jan. 27. Revered power-lunch spot The Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills celebrates 30 years with a special three-course dinner menu from Jan. 27-Feb. 2, that includes selections like lobster ravioli and pan fried John Dory.


A Word or Two
Continuing. A fixture of theater, TV and film for 60 years, the lauded Christopher Plummer brings his one-man show to the Ahmanson Theatre downtown for a limited engagement. Plummer wrote the autobiographical play, which details his lifelong love of the written word. (Photo by Stratford Shakespeare Festival/Andrew Eccles) Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org


An-IliadAn Illiad
Through Feb. 2. Homer’s epic poem roars back to life in a contemporary new telling. Obie Award-winner, Lisa Peterson directs Tony Award-winner, Dennis O’Hare in the production that captures the grief and glory of the battle for Troy. $39-$98. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, 310.434.3200. thebroadstage.com


jasonJason and the Argonauts
Through Feb. 2. Beverly Hills is abuzz over the fall debut of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, which repurposes the historic Beverly Hills Post Office and adds the 500-seat Goldsmith Theater and the 150-seat Lovelace Studio Theater. In addition to the new space, the theater makes their foray into innovative children’s programming with Scotland’s Visible Fictions Theatre Company’s comical take on the classic Greek myth, which is creatively presented with two actors, a variety of action figures and one incredible wooden cart. 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.746.4000. thewallis.org


Ill-go-onI’ll Go On
Through Feb. 9. Renowned Samuel Beckett interpreter Barry McGovern reprises his role in the play he helped develop 25 years ago. I’ll Go On extracts indelible characters from the Beckett trilogy Molloy, Malone Dies, and The Unnamable, and was hailed by The Times Literary Supplement as “one of the most remarkable, most original, and most haunting prose works of the century.” (photo by Jane Hobson) Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org




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