Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 8.15.14

Edited by Christina Xenos

Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Fireworks
Aug. 16-17. The beloved Hollywood Bowl annual tradition returns this summer with an evening of classical and cannons. The USC Trojan Marching Band joins the LA Phil for the 1812 Overture, complete with thrilling instrumentation and pyrotechnics. 8 p.m. N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000. HollywoodBowl.com


Food GPS Fried Chicken FestFood GPS Fried Chicken Fest
Aug. 17. Celebrate fried chicken as some of the city’s finest chefs offer their versions of the comfort food favorite accompanied by sides, desserts, craft beer and cocktails. Dine on recipes by Nakul Mahendro (Badmaash), Jason Travi (Superba Food & Bread), Alvin Cailan and Johnny Lee (Eggslut), and many more. The event is all inclusive and also includes a VIP option that offers one-hour early admission (3-4 p.m.) and reserved seating. General admission $65 advance/$75 door; VIP $90 advance/$100 door. 4-7 p.m. Chinatown’s Central Plaza, 943-951 N. Broadway, downtown. foodgps.com


Dodger Stadium Movie SeriesDodger Stadium Movie Series
Aug. 16. See the Dodgers take on the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium and stay for a screening of the baseball flick, The Natural. The movie will be shown on the outfield screens following the game. 1000 Elysian Park Ave., L.A., 323.224.1507. dodgers.mlb.com


626-night-market626 Night Market
Aug. 15-16. At the largest Asian themed night market event in the U.S., you can gorge on food from more than 200 vendors and food trucks, shop for crafts, arts and more, and hear local bands all night long. The event also features a spray paint art battle at the art walk on Saturday and cooking demos on Sunday. Santa Anita Park, 285 W Huntington Dr., Arcadia. 626nightmarket.com


Los Angeles International Tea FestivalLos Angeles International Tea Festival
Aug. 16-17. Los Angeles may be a-buzz over its boom of high-end coffee bars, but it’s tea that’ll be in the spotlight at this fourth annual festival. Sample endless tastings of some of the world’s finest and more varied flavors of teas, attend presentations by leading tea authors and industry experts, experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and more, including a gift bag to take home. Exhibitors include some of L.A.’s favorite tea-centric locales like Chado Tea Room, American Tea Room and Art of Tea. $20. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Japanese-American Museum, 100 N. Central Ave., downtown. teafestivalla.com


Ramen Yokocho FestRamen Yokocho Fest
Aug. 16-17. Nine renowned ramen shops come together to offer their delicacies during Nisei Week in Little Tokyo. Slurp on broth and noodles from Tsujita LA, meat-free ramen with tomato noodle from Sacramento’s Shoki Ramen, the tonkotsu spicy miso ramen burger from Fujin Ramen and more. All ramen is $8. Soup’s on at 11 a.m. 160 N. Central Ave., downtown. ramenyokochous.com


Angel City Brewery Avocado FestivalAngel City Brewery Avocado Festival
Aug. 17. Avocados are abound as Angel City Brewery celebrates the season with the return of their popular Avocado Ale and festival. Celebrate over avocado ale pairings by Lime Truck and Sun of a Bun, brewer-led tours that focus on the avocado ale brewing process, live music, Si Paletas avocado popsicles, avocado games and more. Proceeds benefit Food Forward. Noon-8 p.m. 216 S. Alameda St. downtown. angelcitybrewery.com


Gyoza Eating ChampionshipDay-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship
Aug. 16. Coney Island may have its annual 4th of July Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, but that is nothing compared to Nisei Week’s 8th annual Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship. This year hot dog eating champ, Joey Chestnut arrives in downtown L.A. to reclaim his title from Matt Stonie, who defeated Chestnut last year by setting a new world record of 268 gyoza consumed in 10 minutes. The two will be vying for gyoza championship glory and competing for a $6,000 cash purse among a field of Major League Eating stars. 2 p.m.  City Parking Lots #7 and #2 behind the Japanese American National Museum, 100 N. Central Ave., downtown. niseiweek.org


AbraKIDabra at Casa del Mar
Aug. 16. Grab the little ones and head to Casa del Mar for the new kid-centric magic show from magician and comedian Derek Hughes. Throughout the afternoon, children can enjoy Hughes’s spellbinding illusions and hands-on lessons from the magician. Following the show, the young and young at heart can enjoy a complimentary reception with fresh lemonade, strawberry smoothies, cookies, and fruit. $40 includes tickets for one child and one adult, $15 for an additional child. 3 p.m. 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, 310.581.5533. hotelcasadelmar.com


BrilliantshineEAT + DRINK
Opens Aug. 19. Santa Moinca’s highly anticipated flagship bar and restaurant from Soigné Group’s Julian Cox and Josh Goldman is set to open on Tuesday. Find cocktails with an international flare and focus on whiskey, and a small but well curated arsenal of craft, boutique production spirits and fortified wines as well as craft beers from California. Richie Lopez (Paiche) weaves his Peruvian roots into the comfort-driven food menu that offers seasonal cuisine like red snapper crudo with citrus soy sauce, peaches and yuzu kosho; a sea urchin rice with lobster, sea urchin oil and puffed rice; and a pork belly and beet hash with a poached egg and baby friseé. The rustic, coastal saloon is located in the courtyard of the former Renee’s. 522 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. thebrilliantshine.com


South End$1 Pizza at South End
Aug. 17. Marking its one-year anniversary on the pizza scene, the Venice favorite is dishing out $1 rustic pies on Sunday. Choose from 12 delicious offerings like the 1905 (heritage pork salciccia, crushed Roma tomatoes, Kalamata olives, fresh mozzarella, red onion, marjoram), Vanguard (organic mushrooms, Fontina , Fresno chilies, Fiore Sardo, fine herbs), and the Boardwalk (Crushed Roma tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, sottocenere, speck, mushrooms, egg, rucola). 4:30-11 p.m. Seating is limited. No reservations. 2805 Abbot Kinney Blvd. (entrance on Washington Blvd.), L.A., 424.228.4736. SouthEndLA.com


Fifty SevenOne Night Only: A Dinner with… at Fifty Seven
Aug. 18. Already known for rotating in top culinary talent to serve as chef on a seasonal basis, Fifty Seven continues to feature top talent during its Monday night dinner series. This week, Nyesha Arrington (Top Chef, Wilshire restaurant) helms the kitchen serving up a dinner that is an ode to both her grandmother and her classic French training. Dine on dishes like octopus with cucumber and gochujang; oxtail bulgogi with farm egg and brulée onion pancake; and menage à pork with coleman farms lettuces and doenjang. One Night Only: A Dinner with Jesse Barber (Barnyard) follows on Aug. 25. $68. Seatings from 6:30-9 p.m. Reservations recommended and tickets are available on the website. 712 Santa Fe Ave., downtown, 213.816.8157. fiftysevenla.com


FerragostoFerragosto at Cecconi’s
Aug. 15-17. In Italy Ferragosto marks the time when city dwellers abandon their apartments and escape to the beaches, mountains and countryside for some serious R&R. Get in the spirit this weekend at Cecconi’s as they roast a whole Porchetta. Dine on roasted pork, peperonata (roasted peppers), wood oven roasted potatoes. $28. Dinner only. 8764 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310.432.2000. cecconiswesthollywood.com


CrossroadsBrunching Around Los Angeles
Celebrate a special 80s-themed brunch at Stella Barra Hollywood on Aug. 16; where you’re encouraged to dress in your finest leg warmers and Members Only jackets to dine on pepperoni pizza rolls, shake & bake chicken and Fruity Pebbles crispy treats, along with the regular menu. Chef Josh Drew kicks off weekend brunch at Fifty Seven this weekend with a menu that ranges from indulgent rosemary sticky buns, to “egg-in-the-basket” with smoked pork belly and cheddar cheese; also find bottomless rose and build-your-own michelada kit. Dine on classic brunch fare with a vegan twist at Crossroads’ new Sunday brunch, which offers selections like their signature Benedict with herb chickpea panisse, sautéed kale, shitake bacon and Tomato hollandaise. Gracias Madre serves up organic plant-based brunch fare like chimichangas and tofu ranchero scrambles, and cocktails like the Mexican mimosa or michelada. Brunch over stellar views over at Malibu Pier Restaurant & Bar where you can enjoy sea-to-table fare like lobster rolls, house-smoked salmon Benedict, California sea bass crudo and more. Bourbon Steak Los Angeles serves up a weekend brunch with Taylor Bay oysters, Alaskan king crab, eggs Benedict and steak and eggs. Casa Ado offers a daily brunch, steps from the sea, that includes delicious fare that ranges from spaghetti Bolognese, to eggs Benedict with a choice of Canadian bacon or salmon, or “Italian Style” with Mozzarella and tomatoes, all topped with hollandaise.


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


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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