Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 10.14.11
Oct. 13-16. City-wide celebration features more than 70 events showcasing 100 celebrity chefs and 300 acclaimed wines. Highlights include “Lexus Live on the Plaza” (Oct. 15) featuring more than 200 wineries and 30 chefs including Wolfgang Puck, Nancy Silverton, Nobu Matsuhisa, Masaharu Morimoto, and Joachim Splichal taking place at Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE with musical performance from Train; Lexus Grand Tasting with Casey Thompson and Christopber Kostow; California Clambake with Tom Colicchio; Guy Fieri’s Bew B’Que and many more. 855.433.LAFW. LAFW.com
Through Oct. 23. Celebrate the diversity of LA and OC beer culture at one of the many events during this 14-day celebration of beer culture. The festival highlights an array of local beer establishments, breweries, beer cuisine, restaurants and education. labeerweek.com
Acclaimed photographer Mark Hanauer premieres his first collection of botanical photos at the Huntington Botanical Gardens, as part of their “Focus on Flowers” exhibition, which runs through Nov. 1. Hanauer’s exploration of botanicals began upon a visit the Huntington Botanical Gardens, where he got lost in the beauty, color, and shapes that appeared thought the gardens. Join Hanauer for an artist reception Oct. 15, 6-8 p.m. Botanical Center, Huntington Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. RSVP 626.405.3504 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Oct. 15. New beauty line known for their high-gloss nail polish pens, wants to get your hands in shape for fall by giving you free manicures in their new fall shades. Stop by Ron Robinson from noon-4 p.m. and let celebrity manicurist Mellisa Bozant work her magic. Fred Segal Melrose, 8118 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.651.1800.
Oct. 14-16. The Scottish Ballet arrives at the Music Center for their first U.S. performance in 25 years. The debut features an exhilarating double bill starting with Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s masterwork Song of the Earth, a powerful and bitter-sweet celebration of the cycles of life. In contrast, the North American premiere of Kings 2 Ends-a new work by the fiercely contemporary choreographer Jorma Elo-invites audiences to immerse themselves in its lyrical and vibrant choreography. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7211. musiccenter.org
Oct. 15, 18. LA-based indi-rockers take over the Wiltern for two nights. Best known for their single “Pumped Up Kicks,” the band released their first album, Torches this year, and were nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy Award. The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 877.598.8698.
Oct. 15. Enter the world of razor-sharp dancing, video effects, electronic rhythms, and beautiful melodies with Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, set to the music of Radiohead and choreography of Edward Clug. In a rare U.S. engagement, this powerfully gorgeous contemporary ballet from Eastern Europe gives new twist to this timeless tale of conflict, fate, and love. The rhythmic power of Radiohead’s dynamic compositions propels the dancers to new emotional heights in this West Coast Premiere. 8 p.m. $45. Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach, 562.985.7000. www.carpenterarts.org
Oct. 18. The Mariinsky Theatre can trace its origins back to 1783, when Catherine the Great issued a decree that led to its formation. It has staged the premieres of operas as well as many of the great Russian ballets. Under the leadership of Valery Gergiev, see them in a performance that includes Stravinsky’s Suite from The Firebird, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26; and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 10. 8 p.m. Valley Performing Arts Center, California State University, Northridge, 818.677.3000. www.valleyperformingartscenter.org
Oct. 16. The salon of LA’s most renowned chamber music performers kicks off its season with a program of J.Brahms Sonata-Scherzo “ FAE” (Sonatensatz) Opus Posthume and J.Brahms Piano Quintet In F Minor Op 34, with Phillip Levy and Julie Gigante on violins, Andrew Duckles on viola, David Low on cello and Rina Dokshitsky on piano. This performance is accompanied by Champagne, food by Patina and informal conversation introduced by musicologist Julius Reder Carlson. $65/$45 students. 4-6 p.m. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 310.498.0257. www.lesalondemusiques.com
Oct. 15. As part of LA Beer week, five top chefs including Ilan Hall (The Gorbals), CJ Jacobson (The Yard) and Laurent Quenioux (Vertical Wine Bistro) will collaborate with five top California breweries to develop imaginative beer floats. As an attendee you will be the judge, voting on “flavor,” “originality” and “presentation.” $35. 1-4 p.m. Eagle Rock Brewery, 3056 Roswell St., Eagle Rock. More Info.
Throughout the month of October and in celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, stop by the Peninsula Beverly Hills for a speicial afternoon tea that offers a five-course menu of savory sandwiches, a glass of Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rosé Champagne, a selection of pink-hued pastries and the hotel’s signature confection, and a Peninsula Page “Cap Cake.” Additionally, guests ordering the “Peninsula in Pink” Afternoon Tea will enjoy an especially sweet send-off: a $50 Tory Burch promotional card for shopping at any Tory Burch boutique. Peninsula Beverly Hills, 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.975.2736. www.peninsula.com/Beverly_Hills
Oct. 15-16, 21-22, 28-29. Chef Jet Tila (Wazuzu: Encore in Vegas) returns to Breadbar Century City with a new Bistronomics pop-up titled Lucky 13. Alongside chef Alex Ageneau (The Royce), the duo is highlighting an inventive blend of French technique and Asian flavors with seasonal produce, the á la carte B:13 menu includes inventive creations such as foie gras torchon, lobster bisque, beetroot poached scallops and more. 6-11 p.m. Breadbar Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., 310.277.3770. www.breadbar.net
Oct. 15, 22, 29. The year is 1892, the audience waits in anticipation for the master illusionist to create an evening of wonder and amazement, but the illusionist and her motley crew have something more sinister in mind. Expect a circus theatre spectacle for all ages that is sure to give thrills and chills. 2 p.m., 8 p.m. $10 advance/$15 door. 3604 Holdrege Ave., L.A., 310.606.2617. www.kinetictheorytheatre.com
Oct. 14–16, 20–23, 27–31. Madness and mayhem await in Long Beach for a fright fest that takes full advantage of the Queen Mary’s reputation as one of America’s most haunted places. The annual event features seven bloodcurdling mazes and attractions on the ship and shore, plus food and live entertainment. 7 pm–midnight. $24–39; VIP ticket $50–$60. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 562.435.3511. www.queenmary.com
Continuing. This year’s hayride at the Griffith Park Old Zoo is themed to take a deep look into the minds of the Clifton Twins, the daughters of Zoo Keeper Ferdinand Clifton. Rumored to have suffered from violent nightmares so uncontrollable they were treated for sleep disorders, the twins documented these visions in their journals, which were found and recreated into a 25-minute experience set in the woods that leaves guests as prey. $25. Griffith Park (Old Zoo), 4730 Crystal Springs Ave., L.A. www.losangeleshauntedhayride.com
Through Feb. 12. The first major museum exhibition to explore the extraordinary life and career of 12-time GRAMMY-Award winner George Harrison, “Living in the Material World” offers an in-depth look at all aspects of Harrison’s creative life. Explore a collection of diverse artifacts, rare photographs and footage including: several guitars used by George Harrison during his years with The Beatles and in his solo career; handwritten lyrics; personal journals and sketches; stage outfits and personal photographs shot by Harrison. Grammy Museum at LA Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.765.6800. grammymuseum.org
Through Jan. 8. Freedom’s Sisters, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and Cincinnati Museum Center, brings to life the stories of 20 extraordinary African American women who shaped much of the spirit and substance of civil rights in America. The women in this interactive, multimedia exhibit range from key 19th century historical figures to contemporary leaders who have fought for equality for people of color. Free with paid admission to the museum. The Museum of Tolerance, 9786 West Pico Blvd., L.A., 310.553.8403. www.museumoftolerance.com
Continuing. Watch out, Vegas! L.A. has finally earned its own Cirque du Soleil spectacle, fittingly themed around the history of film. The long-anticipated Iris: A Journey Through the World of Cinema, written and directed by director-choreographer Philippe Decouflé, runs at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre; it will be the exclusive host to this production. Described as a “lyrical, fanciful, kinetic foray into the seventh art,” Iris uses dance, acrobatics, live video, filmed sequences and animation to tell the history of cinema and its genres. More than 70 performers don 200 costumes for the show, which is scored by Grammy and Emmy Award winner and L.A. native Danny Elfman. Performances Tu–Su. $43–$133; VIP Ticket $253. 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 877.943.4747. www.cirquedusoleil.com
Through Oct. 23. When a mother ties her son to a mountain lion to make him strong, and a father won’t allow his daughter out of the house to protect her virtue, it’s going to take a Texas-sized, foot stompin’, genre-rompin’ (everything from western ballads to metal to opera with a crispy side of R&B) sensory assault to bring these star-crossed lovers together. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772.
Through Oct. 16. Direct from Broadway, John Leguizamo’s “Ghetto Klown” is the next chapter in his popular personal and professional story. His fifth one-man play follows in the uninhibited tradition of his Mambo Mouth, Spic-O-Rama, Freak, and Sexaholix…a Love Story. In Leguizamo’s trademark style, the piece explodes with energy, heating up the stage with vivid accounts of the colorful characters who have populated his life. The Ricardo Montalbán Theatre, 1615 Vine St., Hollywood, 323.461.0663. www.tix.com
Through Oct. 16. Playwright Theresa Rybeck’s dark adult comedy about two couples who battle issues of deception, marriage and fidelity, poses the question: Is it adultery if they already think you’ve done it? Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772. www.centertheatregroup.org