Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 6.19.14

Edited by Christina Xenos

hollywood-bowlEVENTS
Hollywood Bowl Opening Night
June 21. The Hollywood Bowl opens for the season with a star-studded extravaganza featuring Hall of Fame inductees Kristin Chenoweth, the Go-Go’s and Pink Martini. In addition to the new inductees, you will also notice improvements to the space like all new benches seats and refreshed lighting throughout the venue. 2301 N Highland Ave., L.A., 323.850.2000. hollywoodbowl.com

DTLA Night MarketDTLA Night Market
June 20-21. Be one of the first to taste the “La Sriracha Macha Ramen Burger” at the night market event that features more than 180 food, merchandise, crafts, arts, games, music, and entertainment attractions. Also find muralists at the art walk, live music by local artists, the world’s largest boba cup, hookah lounge, beer garden and more. $7 presale, $10 door. 4 p.m.-midnight. Staples Center, Lot 7, 1150 S Figueroa St., downtown. dtlanightmarket.com

La Brea Tar Pits The Ice Age Hair BallLa Brea Tar Pits The Ice Age Hair Ball
June 21. Join science and cultural luminaries along with celebrities and fashionistas at the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits for an evening that fuses fashion with science. Mingle with scientists, see current excavations, and dance the night away. Guests are encouraged to wear highly stylized hair and participate in the hair contest featuring celebrity stylist Kim Vo where all partygoers can vote for their favorite ‘do. Enjoy free frosty cocktails and drinks all night, along with free desserts from some of L.A.’s best food trucks. 8:30 p.m. 5801 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 213.763.3512. tarpits.org

Malibu Country Mart Outdoor MoviesMalibu Country Mart Outdoor Movies
June 20. Celebrate summer underneath Malibu’s starry sky and join Malibu Country Mart as they host their 2nd annual summer movie series. Everyone is welcome to grab a beach blanket and picnic basket to watch fun, family movies projected onto a giant outdoor screen. The series kicks off this weekend with Finding Nemo, and continues with Back to the Future on July 12, and NeverEnding Story on Aug. 3. If you don’t have a picnic, feel free to order from Taverna Tony’s, Mr. Chow-Malibu and Tra di Noi. Free. Movies start at 8:15 p.m., or about 15 minutes after sundown. 3835 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu. malibucountrymart.com

Ballet PreljocajBallet Preljocaj
June 20-22. France’s leading contemporary company conjures the sensual world of the ancient Orient in a new work freely inspired by the popular tales of “A Thousand and One Nights.” Seducing audiences with the mysterious and flamboyant world of these legendary tales, Ballet Preljocaj’s 18 dancers astound in a piece choreographed by Angelin Preljocaj, with music by Natacha Atlas & Samy Bishai and 79D, costumes by Azzedine Alaïa and set design by Constance Guisset. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.8001. musiccenter.org

"Crazy Pyes" Food Truck Tour“Crazy Pyes” Food Truck Tour
June 20-22. Fans of the Netflix hit, Orange is the New Black can indulge in the “Crazy Pyes” food truck that will be roaming the streets of L.A. this weekend. The truck was inspired by fan favorite character Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren (played by Uzo Aduba) and her Season 1 catchphrase, “I Threw My Pie for You” and will be giving out free fruit-flavored hand pies. As an ode to another popular “Crazy Eyes” line from the show, the truck will also give away free “Chocolate and Vanilla Swirl” soft serve ice cream cones. Catch the truck at Hollywood & Highland on June 20, from 4-8 p.m.; corner of Culver Blvd & W. Washington Blvd. Next to The Culver Hotel. in Culver City on June 21, from 1-5 p.m.; and at The Brig on Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice on June 22 from 2-6 p.m. Check @OITNB on twitter for updates on the truck.

american-tea-roomAmerican Tea Room TEA*VENT
June 19. American Tea Room, the luxury tea emporium in Beverly Hills that recently announced plans for a second location in downtown LA, is throwing a special “TEA*VENT” with cocktail chef Matthew Biancaniello. Throughout the night you’ll learn techniques for infusing spirits with American Tea Room teas to create original cocktails. You’ll also get to preview the menu of sweet and savory items by Valerie Confections that will be available at American Tea Room’s new location in the downtown Arts District slated to open in November. $30. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 401 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills. americantearoom.com

 

Bigfoot LodgeBigfoot Lodge 15th Anniversary
June 21. Celebrate 15 years of the log cabin drinking den and revel in its recently refreshed space, and redesigned cocktail menu, which offers an extensive selection of Western whiskeys, along with whimsical cocktails. Throughout the night you can vie for taxidermy prizes, giving you a chance to take home a token of the landmark bar while also enjoying $5 Jumbleberry Juleps, live music from soul singer Jo Harris, and barbecue bites from local favorite Bigmista’s Barbecue, with items including smoked bologna & crackers, rib tips, pig candy and and sliders. 3172 Los Feliz Blvd., L.A., 323.662.9227. bigfootlodge.com

Marcel VigneronMarcel Vigneron Pop-Up Dinner at Sushi Roku
June 24. You’ll recognize Chef Marcel Vigneron from his time on Bravo and the Food Network and now you can experience his culinary creativity first-hand. Together with Sushi Roku’s Executive Chef Jiro Kobayashi, the Top Chef and The Next Iron Chef alumnus will offer a $65, six-course prix fixe menu that incorporates their signature personalities into each dish. The meal includes trio of appetizers, sashimi, salad, hot plates, signature sushi, and dessert, and you can opt for cocktail pairings. $65/pp; $25/pp cocktail pairings. Two waves of seatings, beginning at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Sushi Roku, 8445 W 3rd St., L.A., 323.655.6767. sushiroku.com

Sling Off at Willie JaneSling Off at Willie Jane
June 19. See mixologists Derrick Bass and Aidan Demarest battle it out in this Chopped-meets-Knife Fight (but with booze) event. The competition challenges each mixologist to craft drinks from four mystery ingredients along with Selvarey Rum. You are invited to gather around the bar to spectate and smack talk throughout the night while you sip on their creations and help the judges pick the winner. Future Sling Offs will take place every third Thursday of the month, following the restaurant’s weekly “Willie Jane Kills the Blues” live blues nights. Each competition will bring on new competitors, new guest judges, and wildly innovative creations. $15. 9:30 p.m. 1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd., L.A., 310.392.2425. williejane.com

Chuan SpaSPA
Chuan Spa
Treat yourself to the ultimate spa experience at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena’s completely renovated Chuan Spa. The all-in-one wellness spot features massage, facial and skin treatments inspired by traditional Chinese medicine, as well as the latest skin-care technology, a fitness center and a salon. Pencil in some time to relax before or after your appointment so you can enjoy the Contemplation Lounge and Dream Room, along with the sauna, aromatic steam room and jacuzzi. 1401 South Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, 626.568.3900. pasadena.langhamhotels.com

Barton G. LA - The RestaurantEAT + DRINK
Barton G. LA – The Restaurant
To say the dining experience at the L.A. outpost of Barton G. Weiss’ signature Miami restaurant is playful would be an understatement. Expect an over-the-top, extremely social night out where you will indulge in flamboyant food presentations. Popcorn shrimp arrives in an actual popcorn machine, lobster pop tarts peek out of a silver Kenwood toaster, and your salad (aka “Barton’s Garden”) hits the table in a mini wheel barrel complete with a garden spade for serving. Save room for the “Cotton Candy Head” for dessert, you’ll want to snap a few selfies with the sugary pink bouffant “wig” shaped on a mannequin head. 861 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.388.1888. bartongtherestaurantla.com

Beelman’s PubBeelman’s Pub
Take a trip across the pond at newly opened Beelman’s Pub in downtown Los Angeles. The den of drinking and dining takes its name from Claud Beelman, famed designer of the California Bank Building that houses the new pub. Proprietors LLC (the brains behind the cocktails at Honeycut and NYC’s Death & Co) created a cocktail program that mixes new tricks with old world sherry, brandy, bubbles, and bitters. Also find 12 beer taps pouring Italian lagers, Czech pilsners, Belgian pales, Flemish reds, and Tripels; and and elevated English menu that offers fare like chicken liver mousse on an English muffin, pub burger with thick-cut bacon, Scotch onion soup and more. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. daily. 600 S. Spring St., downtown. BeelmansPub.com

SugarfinaSugarfina
Indulge your sweet tooth with more than 140 candies from around the world at the new Sugarfina candy boutique at the Americana at Brand. The massive curated sweet selection also includes more than 50 candies never before sold in the U.S. You can build your own Candy Bento Box, design custom favors and gifts at the Candy Concierge, shop from a selection of “top shelf” candy and sample a delicious assortment of candy tastings rotating daily. 889 Americana Way, Glendale, 855.784.2734. sugarfina.com

24 Hour Plays In Los AngelesTHEATER
24 Hour Plays In Los Angeles
June 20. See 24 actors, six writers, six directors and a dedicated production team risk their sanity and their reputations throughout six 10-minute plays written, cast, staged, rehearsed and performed in a single day with six musical interludes. The creative process begins the evening before for the performers and continues through the next day with rehearsals. The plays star Abbie Cornish, Alanis Morissette, Gavin Rossdale, Jamie Chung, Jason Ritter, John Cho, Kelly Osbourne, Michelle Trachtenberg, Rosie Perez, Seth Green, Wilmer Valderrama and many others. Proceeds benefit Urban Arts Partnership. 8-10 p.m. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. 24hourplays.com

last-confessionThe Last Confession
Through July 6. In 1978, a little-known country priest is inaugurated as Pope John Paul I in an uneasy compromise. With the promise of liberal reforms, the “Smiling Pope” warns three hostile cardinals that they will be removed. Thirty-three days after his election, he is found dead and no autopsy is performed. The story is told from the point of view of Cardinal Giovanni Benelli, played by David Suchet. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatJoseph 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 HouseThe Country House
Through July 13. 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

 

 

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