Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 5.30.14

Edited by Christina Xenos

Taste of the Nation

EVENTS
Taste of the Nation
June 1. Top fine restaurants and beverage purveyors including Wilshire, Mélisse and Superba Food + Bread dole out their signature dishes at this outdoor food festival. Proceeds benefit Share Our Strength. 1–4 pm (VIP 12:30 pm). $110–$160, kids ages 5-12 $25, under 6 free. Media Park, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. ce.strength.org/losangeles

balboa-wine-festivalL.A. Wine Fest
May 31-June 1. Ninth annual festival brings hundreds of top wines, craft brews and spirits from around the world, plus food trucks, seminars, demos from local celebrity chefs (including Tony Esnault of Church & State) and more to historic Raleigh Studios. Sa 2-6 pm, Su noon-5 pm. See website for ticket information. 5300 Melrose Ave., Hollywood. lawinefest.com

Taste of the Eastside Taste of the Eastside
June 1. Fourth annual food and drink festival showcases culinary diversity of Eastside neighborhoods such as Silver Lake and Echo Park, with proceeds to benefit local charities. Participating purveyors include Allumette and G&B Coffee. 4–8 pm (VIP 2:30 pm). $40–$70, kids ages 2-12 $5, under 2 free. Los Angeles River Center and Gardens, 570 W. Ave. 26, L.A. tasteoftheeastside.com

Farmers Market Music NightsFarmers Market Music Nights
May 29-Aug. 29. Celebrate The Original Farmers Market’s 80th birthday all summer long with free music performances on Thursday and Friday nights from late May until the end of August. Thursday Night Jazz and Friday Night Music at Farmers Market offer an eclectic and entertaining summer of performances which draw heavily on Los Angeles’ many musical and ethnic sub-cultures. The season kicks off with Bobby Matos Afro-Cuban Jazz band on May 29, followed by Rockabilly artist, Slim Jim Phantom on May 30. Through the summer, the series will welcome the California Feetwarmers, purveyors of 20s & 30s gypsy jazz on July 10, the Jennifer York Quartet (sans traffic reports) on July 24, and the renowned Bill Watrous with his musical best friend Rob Stoneback on July 31.  The jazz roster also includes Sydney Weisman and the Wayne Peet Trio, jazzing up the American songbook on August 7 and Cow Bop, a cowboy jazz band, on August 21. Free. 7 p.m. 2 hours free parking with validation from purchase at all Farmers Market shops. 6333 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.933.9211. farmersmarketla.com

The Writers’ Room with Reza AslanThe Writers’ Room with Reza Aslan
Begins June 4. Head to DBA for an evening of intimate, yet fast-paced conversation with some of today’s most compelling poets, novelists, non-fiction writers and screenwriters. Reza Aslan, a controversial, internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions, and author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, hosts the monthly series that will be formatted much in the way of the popular series Inside The Actors Studio—but for writers. The first guest in the series is B.J. Novak, author (The New York Times Bestseller “One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories”), screenwriter (The Office), and actor (Inglourious Basterds, Saving Mr. Banks). 7969 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.378.5953. dbahollywood.com

L.A. Greek Film FestivalL.A. Greek Film Festival
June 4-8. The Los Angeles Greek Film Festival showcases new films from Greek filmmakers worldwide. Find premieres, features and short films that have received recognition in global film circles such as the Cannes, Venice and Sundance film festivals. Opening night feature is the world premiere of Nick Cassavetes’ hit romantic comedy “The Other Woman” with Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton. Appearing as one of the highlights of The New Greek Cinema section is Alexandros Avranas’  “Miss Violence.” Closing Night Gala will include the L.A. premiere of Yorgos Tsemberopoulos’ gripping revenge thriller “The Enemy Within” (O ehthros mou), the festival’s prestigious Orpheus Awards and closing night party. For tickets and screening times, visit lagff.org

bacon-and-barrelsElseWHERE
Bacon & Barrels
May 31. The ultimate food festival for bacon lovers, Bacon & Barrels showcases an array of local chefs’ most imaginative bacon recipes and barrel-made beverages. The all-inclusive tasting ticket covers more than 140 offerings from craft beer makers, Santa Barbara wineries and small batch distilleries. True bacon lovers can opt for the V.I.P.—Very Important Pig—experience that includes an all-bacon dinner prepared by Top Chef Alum Brooke Williamson, beer and bourbon pairings by Stone’s “Dr. Bill” Sysak and special lounge access on Saturday. Noon-5 p.m. Embarcadero South, 1 Marina Park Way, San Diego. baconandbarrels.com

Country: Portraits of an American SoundMUSEUMS
Country: Portraits of an American Sound
May 31-Sept. 27. Witness the evolution of country music through the camera’s lens in Country: Portraits of an American Sound, showing at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Century City. The sweeping exhibition features portraits of celebrated performers such as Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and Keith Urban, as well as the deejays, fans and executives who helped shape the genre through the generations. Complementing the more than 110 historical and contemporary prints on view are an original documentary, country albums and film posters, a slide show of digital images, musical instruments and stage costumes, and a jukebox containing rare audio files. Free. (Photograph by Leigh Wiener, courtesy of the Annenberg Space for Photography) 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, 310.209.4560. annenbergspaceforphotography.org

ChocoChicken EAT + DRINK
ChocoChicken
Opens May 29. You’ve never had fried chicken like this before. The cutting-edge fried chicken eatery features a new style of the comfort food that is amped up with chocolate and a secret spice blend woven into the batter. Expect a bite that bursts with sweet, salty and savory flavors. Also enjoy other menu items like house-made biscuits, new-school sides and sauces, with beer, wine and specialty cocktails to come. Mon.-Weds. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat. 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 403 W. 12 St., downtown. chocochicken.com

Beach NationBeach Nation
Spend the afternoon at the beach without heading west of the 405. The new West Hollywood restaurant boasts plenty of sand and patio seating (3,000 square feet) in the Thomas Schoos-designed space. Find pastries from Rockenwagner Bakery; coffee from small-batch roaster, Barefoot Coffee; and a selection on sliders, paninis, salads and more. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. during their soft opening; from the June 4 grand opening on, Sun.-Thurs. 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 7 a.m.-midnight. 8289 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.654.0020. beachnation.com

The London West HollywoodRooftop West at The London West Hollywood
Officially known as Brit Bar Lounge at Rooftop West curated by Jaguar, the London West Hollywood’s chic new poolside restaurant and lounge sits 10 stories above the Sunset Strip. Soak up awe-inspiring views while you sip hand-crafted British-influenced cocktails and cuisine like the Pink Lady (a refreshing mix of gin and lemonade), Yorkshire ale-battered fish and chips, steamed mussels with curry and chorizo and more. Sun.-Fri. 6-10 p.m. The London West Hollywood, 1020 North San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood., 310.854.1111. thelondonwesthollywood.com

 Caulfield's Bar and Dining Room Lobsterpalooza at Caulfield’s Bar and Dining Room
Thursdays. Savor the season over a new menu of lobster rolls offered Thursday nights. The offerings extend beyond butter and mayonnaise—choose from six twists on the summer sandwich that dabble with everything from pineapple slaw to sambal. $22/per roll. Thursdays throughout summer, 5-11 p.m. Caulfield’s Bar and Dining Room at SIXTY Beverly Hills, 9360 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. sixtyhotels.com

Cecconi’sCicchetti Cooking Class at Cecconi’s
May 31. You can dine on Cecconi’s cicchetti on their happy hour menu, but why not learn to make the tasty Venetian tapas from the master himself. Join Chef de Cuisine Alessio Biangini as he gives you an inside look on how to prepare the classic Italian plates. Learn how to make everything from pizzette and baked gnocchi Romana with gorgonzola; to salt cod croquettes with smoked tomato aioli; wild boar sausage with roast peppers and balsamic and more. Reservations required. $65/pp. 4-6 p.m. Cecconi’s West Hollywood, 8764 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310.432.2000. cecconiswesthollywood.com

langham-tea-smallThe Langham Huntington, Pasadena 1865 Anniversary Tea
Reserve by May 31. Indulge in a luxurious afternoon tea and pay homage to Europe’s first grand luxury hotel, The Langham, London, with a The Langham Huntington, Pasadena 1865 Anniversary Tea. The special anniversary tea turns the clock back to 1865 when the Langham, London originally opened and offers its signature Tiffin Afternoon tea for the original price of 1 shilling, 6 pence (or 15 cents). Embark on the tea that features astries inspired by the jewelry collection of one of the hotel’s co-owners, the glamorous Arabella “Belle” Huntington. Belle Huntington’s famous jewels were purchased in 1926 by acclaimed jeweler Harry Winston, and they continue to inspire luxury pieces today. You must sign up for a lottery for a chance to attend the tea before May 31 HERE. The Langham, Huntington Pasadena, 1401 South Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, 626.568.3900. pasadena.langhamhotels.com

Thaïs OPERA
Thaïs
June 1, 4, 7. The most beautiful courtesan in Alexandria, Thaïs holds an entire city in her thrall as she embraces life’s most sensual delights. One man alone, the monk Athanaël, weeps for her sins, but his pilgrimage to save the sinner’s soul becomes a tortured journey of erotic obsession. As seducer transforms into saint, the holy man falls victim to his own passions. Nino Machaidze returns as Thaïs, with Plácido Domingo as her would-be savior, in the L.A. Opera’s production. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.8001. laopera.org

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat THEATER
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
June 3-22. Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical retelling of the biblical story of Joseph, starring Broadway and television star Diana DeGarmo and Broadway star Ace Young. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770. hollywoodpantages.com

The Country House The Country House
Opening June 3. Actress Blythe Danner stars in this world premiere about a family of actors, inspired by Anton Chekhov’s pastoral comedies. Written by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies and directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan. Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454. geffenplayhouse.com

Different Words for the Same ThingDifferent Words for the Same Thing
May 4-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
April 22-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

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