Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 8.8.14

Edited by Christina Xenos

Sundance Next Fest
Aug. 7-10. This newer summer festival, presented by the Sundance Institute, celebrates the intersection of music and film, featuring a special Cinespia screening at Hollywood Forever Cemetery and six L.A. premieres of independent films, followed by performances from buzzworthy bands or conversations with cultural icons. See website for schedule. $14-$25. Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 S. Broadway, downtown. sundance.org/next


k-conKCON 2014
Aug. 9-10. More than 20,000 Korean culture obsessed fans are expected to congregate in downtown L.A. for this celebration and mega-concert. Hit the convention to learn how to be a K-pop fashionista, or up your Korean language street cred by learning Korean slang from Dave Levene; stop by the Hallyu market place to shop from more than 250 vendors and more. After each day of the convention, KCON 2014 will host MCountdown 2Nights in LA Concert. The artist line-up features the hottest acts in K-pop including four acts to have never before played in the U.S. Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, 3939 S. Figueroa St., downtown. kconusa.com


L.A. Craft Beer CrawlL.A. Craft Beer Crawl
Aug. 9. Sip more than 100 craft beers from some of the top artisnal brewers in the country across eight bars and restaurants in downtown Los Angeles. Beers are curated by the best ladies in the business: The Beer Chicks Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune. Participating stops along the crawl include Honeycut, Broadway Bar, Cana Rum Bar, Coles, Seven Grand, among others. Check in and entry at Casey’s Irish Pub, 613 S Grand Ave., downtown. 3-7 p.m. 213nightlife.com/lacraftbeercrawl


lucky-rice-night-marketLUCKYRICE Festival
Aug. 7. Transport yourself to an Asian culinary wonderland where some of L.A.’s best chefs and mixologists create the ultimate Asian cocktail and foodie experience. The festival, hosted by Sang Yoon (Father’s Office/Lukshon) and presented by Bombay Sapphire East blends authentic night market street food, creative chef-driven dining and cocktails galore – all re-imagined through a locally global lens that spotlights LA’s exploding Asian food revolution. $88/$150 (early entry) VIP. 7-10 p.m. Create, 6021 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. luckyrice.com


PhotosynthesisPhotosynthesis Photo and Music Festival
Aug. 9. Photography and live music collide on the lawn adjacent to the Annenberg Space for Photography during this day-long festival. See works from three renowned photographers—displayed on two 15’ x 15’ LED video walls—who will also be onsite to share the stories behind the images. Between lectures, country and blues musicians will entertain the crowd. Aspiring photogtapers can also register for portfolio reviews conducted by photographers, editors and industry insiders. Free, but advanced registration is required. See website for talent, schedule and registration. 2000 Avenue of the Stars, L.A. annenberg25.org


brew at the zooBrew at the Zoo
Aug. 8. Sip craft beer and frolic with the animals while you enjoy live music and pub-style grub at the zoo. Grab a 4.5 oz beer mug and enjoy tastings from local craft and microbreweries while you listen to live music from The Spazmatics, Indian School,the Jug or Nots and DJ Johnny Hawkes. Animal highlights include elephants, koalas, apes, and the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles). You can also visit the new Rainforest of the Americas, featuring giant river otters, cotton-top tamarins, toucans, and many more. $45 advance/$50 door/$25 designated drivers. 7-11 p.m. 5333 Zoo Dr., L.A., 323.644.4200. lazoo.org/brew


LucquesLucques All American Rib Fest
Aug. 10. Feast on slow-cooked ribs, hot wings, and sides drink the fest that has become a Lucques tradition since 2000. A week of preparation goes into the smoking of pork, beef and lamb ribs, spreading the lure of wood smoke throughout the neighborhood and attracting a growing swell of Rib Fest groupies for the annual BBQ celebration. The menu is family style and includes Saint Louis style pork ribs, braised beef back ribs, spicy lamb spare ribs, and “too hot to handle” chicken wings; along with sides like cole slaw, baked beans, tomato-watermelon salad and desserts like peach cobbler with strawberries and buttermilk ice cream. Make a reservations from now through Aug. 9, for the hours between noon and 3 p.m. and receive a free Cowboy Cocktail. Fest begins at noon and serves continuously until 9 p.m. $55. Tickets may be purchased at the restaurant or by requesting a Rib Fest pre-pay form by phone. 8474 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, 323.655.6277. lucques.com


Malibu Country MartSummer Block Party at Malibu Country Mart
Aug. 10. Stop by Malibu Country Mart for a day filled with live calypso music, activities, and nostalgic food at the second annual event. The shopping destination will transform into a festive street fair and feature face painting and a petting zoo for children, and caricature portraits, Henna tattoos, Tarot card readings, a mobile photo booth and treats like cotton candy, popcorn, son cones and ice cream. Noon-3 p.m. 3835 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu. MalibuCountryMart.com


Justin Timberlake
Aug. 12. From heading ’N Sync to bringing sexy back, Justin Timberlake has always had his finger on the pulse of pop culture, and his reign continues with the 20/20 Experience World Tour, in support of of his dual album release last year. The suave singer brings his neo-soulful tunes and big band found to charm crowds at Staples Center with a thorough roster of songs from his solo catalog. 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.742.7100. staplescenter.com


Gladys knightGladys Knight with Kool & the Gang
Aug. 8-9. See R&B, soul, and jazz diva, Gladys Knight rock the stage at the Hollywood Bowl. Hear the seven-Grammy winner perform some of her legendary hits like “Midnight Train to Georgia.” She is joined by the famously funky Kool & the Gang who will “Get Down On It” during this weekend spectacular. 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.1885. hollywoodbowl.com


Tasting Room at Four Seasons Westlake Village EAT + DRINK
Tasting Room at Four Seasons Westlake Village
Take a trip to wine country without ever leaving the luxurious grounds of the Four Seasons Westlake Village. Their new Tasting Room offers oenophiles a taste of the Malibu Coast with vintages from Malibu Family Wines, complemented by wineries from throughout Malibu and California. Order by the glass, bottle or get the full tasting experience with a featured four-wine flight. You can also pair your experience with bites like artisan cheeses, smoked pork rillettes, or even an assortment of chocolate. Should you choose to make your wine tour into a staycation, the hotel will bundle two flights, overnight accommodations, a bottle of Malibu Family wine and a passport to exclusive offers at nearby wine tasting rooms and vineyards in their Malibu Coast Wine-Tasting package.  Two Dole Drive, Westlake Village, 818.575.3000. fourseasons.com/westlakevillage


DelphineRosé Happy Hour at Delphine
Aug. 11-Oct. 31. What’s better than sipping a glass of crisp rosé on a hot summer day? Perhaps taking your pick from vintages from France, Italy, and California, as well as mixed rosé cocktails, during Delphine Eatery & Bar’s new happy hour. Savor $6 glasses of rosé and $7 cocktails like Rosé Sangria (infused with lavender, peach and raspberry), while you nosh on a selection of $7 market-fresh small plates—think crispy pork belly, duck rillettes and strawberry-filled donuts—specially created to complement the wine. Mon.-Fri., 5-8 p.m. Bar and lounge area only. A portion of the proceeds will benefit breast cancer awareness. Delphine, 6250 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.798.1355. restaurantdelphine.com


The beloved Beverly Hills destination for modern Mediterranean cuisine opens its newest outpost in Atwater Village. Momed’s owner, Alex Sarkissian traveled to the Eastern Mediterranean where he discovered the region’s culinary traditions, which are woven into the restaurant’s cuisine, elevated and given a modern touch by consulting chef Jeremy Strubel. Stop by to enjoy Mezze like red Russian kale tabbouleh and avocado hummus or more indulgent dishes like their signature duck shawarma. Momed also features Mediterranean coffees and specialty coffee from local coffee roaster True & Brave, which is collaborating with Momed on a signature café on-site. Lunch, dinner and weekend brunch coming soon. 3245 Casitas Ave., L.A., 323.522.3488. atmomed.com


pasta-drago-centroSecrets of Pasta-Making Revealed at Drago Centro
Aug. 8. Have you ever wondered how to perfectly finesse fettuccini from flour to noodle? From spaghetti to cavatelli, learn how to prepare a variety of fresh pasta and traditional Italian sauces with Drago Centro’s Chef di Cucina, Ian Gresik. The delicious three-hour class, on June 7 or 28, also includes a take home pasta-making kit for participants. Noon-3 p.m. $100/pp. Reservations required call 213.228.8998 or betty.cardenas@dragocentro.com. 525 S. Flower St., downtown, 213.228.8998. dragocentro.com


We Will Rock YouTHEATER
We Will Rock You
Through Aug. 24. The first U.S. national tour of the musical that brings the spirit and songs of iconic rock band, Queen to the stage hits the Ahmanson Theater. Break out your favorite vintage T-shirt and motorcycle jacket to take part in this over-the-top performance where head banging and sining at the top of your lungs is are encouraged. Book and direction by Ben Elton. 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org


Through Aug. 10. Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this stage adaptation of the acclaimed film of the same name tells the story of a street musician in Dublin buoyed by the encouragement of a beautiful young woman. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770. hollywoodpantages.com


buyer-cellarBuyer & Cellar
Through Aug. 17. See the fictitious show about a struggling actor who works in Barbra Streisand’s non-fictitious basement: an underground private shopping mall beneath her Malibu home. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown. 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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