L.A. Weekend Roundup 11.26.10

Weekend Roundup

The best Los Angeles things to do 11.26.10


Thanksgiving in Los AngelesThanksgiving

Nov. 25. Not home for the holidays? You can still get your Turkey Day fix. Several restaurants and eateries remain open on Thanksgiving with holiday offerings. Comfort-food-loving chef Kerry Simon does his spin on the gamut of holiday classics at L.A. Market: roasted turkey, orange cranberry sauce, stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, candied yams and pumpkin and pecan pies. For an international twist on the favorites, the menu at The Bazaar by José Andrés, pictured, references Andrés’ home country of Spain in dishes such as Catalan spinach with apples and raisins and salted potatoes with mojo verde. On a budget? At Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse, get gravy-smothered turkey, brioche stuffing, mashed potatoes, candied squash and your choice of dessert (our pick: pumpkin-and-hazelnut religieuse) for just $39. Napa Valley Grille’s three-course menu is also a very reasonable $45 per person. Going straight for dessert? Pick up a rich pumpkin cheesecake, or perhaps a cranberry orange or pecan tart, from Susina’s Bakery (7122 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.934.7900). More Thanksgiving Dining options here—> LA Thanksgiving Restaurant Roundup

WEEZERMUSIC
WEEZER

Nov. 26-27. The kings of catchy nerd-rock perform a two-night engagement at Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City. Die-hard fans are treated to the Grammy Award-winning four-piece’s most iconic albums from the 1990s: On Nov. 26, Weezer performs its self-titled debut, dubbed the Blue Album, in its entirety; the following night, the band focuses on its sophomore record, Pinkerton. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 818.622.4440 Map H16

OK GOOk Go

Nov. 27. Their videos (175 million video streams and counting) have fueled many a rabid internet meme and their live funky beat-heavy pop tunes should not be missed. Catch them at Club Nokia with special guests A Fine Frenzy. Club Nokia, 800 West Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.763.6030. ClubNokia.com

LA PHILHARMONICLA Philharmonic

Nov. 26–28. For the second program of his homecoming, Conductor Laureate Salonen and remarkable bass-baritone singer Bryn Terfel team up for some powerful Wagnerian excerpts. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000 Map H16 LAPhil.com

HELLRIDEHELLRIDE

Nov. 27. Super-group features Mike Watt (Minutemen), Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction) and Peter Distefano (Porno for Pyros). We hear that their entire set list reinterprets the music of The Stooges by way of jazz legend John Coltrane. Recordings of the collective are rare (if they exist at all) so you’ll have to catch them live at Central SAP in Santa Monica. 8 p.m. 1348 14TH ST, Santa Monica, 310.451.5040. www.centralsapc.com

LA KINGSSPORTS
LA KINGS

Nov. 27. The LA Kings hold their first-place throne on the West Coast, but how will they match up to the 2010 Stanley Cup champs the Chicago Blackhawks. The battle goes down down at Staples Center. 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 800.745.3000 Map I15

L.A. AUTO SHOWEVENTS
L.A. AUTO SHOW

Through Nov. 28. For auto aficionados it’s a mandatory annual event, but even casual car fans can appreciate this popular show featuring premieres of soon-to-be released vehicles and sleek concept cars from the world’s top automakers. Look for designs from brands such as Lexus, Porsche, Aston Martin, Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar. Call for hours. $8–$12, under 13 free; Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.741.1151, ext. 3 Map I15 laautoshow.com

DISNEY TRON POP-UP SHOPDISNEY TRON POP-UP SHOP

Through Dec. 23. In conjunction with TRON: Legacy, releasing in theaters on December 17, the Royal/T pop-up shop gives fans of all ages the ultimate TRON experience. This six week-long retail destination offers one-of-a-kind, limited-edition TRON merchandise (a TRON couture collection, jewelry, accessories, action sportswear, a TRON menu, collectibles, music, art, and more) inspired by the high-tech 3D adventure. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily, extended hours on Wednesdays to 10 p.m. Royal/T, 8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.559.6300.www.royal-t.org

Next to Normal BroadwayTHEATER
Next To Normal

Through Jan. 2. Tony Award-winning musical from the director of Rent about a family dealing with its mentally ill matriarch. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772 Map H16

HERSHEY FELDER IN MAESTRO: THE ART OF LEONARD BERNSTEINHERSHEY FELDER IN MAESTRO: THE ART OF LEONARD BERNSTEIN

Through Dec 12. Playwright-actor-composer Hershey Felder plays the gifted composer of West Side Story, Candide and many more. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood Village, 310.208.5454 Map J10

RANDY NEWMAN’S HARPS AND ANGELSRANDY NEWMAN’S HARPS AND ANGELS

Through Dec. 22. World premiere musical with music and lyrics from beloved composer Randy Newman, about what it is like to “be born, grow up, fall in love, and live and die in America.”Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772 Map H16

LOHENGRINOPERA
LOHENGRIN

Nov. 28. L.A. Opera continues its exploration of the works of Richard Wagner with the composer’s most lyrical opera. An extraordinary cast brings this tale of royalty, honor, innocence and treachery to life. Superstar Canadian tenor Ben Heppner makes his L.A. Opera debut as Lohengrin, the mysterious knight; Finnish soprano Soile Isokoski is his devoted Elsa. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7211 Map H1

SAVOR SUNDAYS AT WHISTEAT | DRINK
SAVOR SUNDAYS AT WHIST

Sundays Through Dec. 5. If you didn’t catch it this summer, Chef Tony DiSalvo brings back his popular dining series Savor Sundays for a nine-week encore. Each Sunday DiSalvo highlights “family favorites” drawing from dishes his father cooked throughout his childhood. Three-course meal: $35/adult, $15/per child under 12. 5:30-9 p.m. Whist, Viceroy Santa Monica Hotel, 1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.260.7500.

KJZZ SUNDAY BRUNCHKJZZ SUNDAY BRUNCH

Sundays. Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa hosts the KJAZZ 88.1 FM Sunday Champagne Brunch Series with top jazz entertainment. Brunch includes all you can eat and drink from a wide variety of stations throughout the restaurant including omelets, eggs Benedict, waffles, carved prime rib, hot entrees, salads, desserts, champagne, mimosas and more. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Twist Restaurant, Renaissance Hollywood, Hotel, 1755 N Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.491.1000.

LA DOWNTOWN ON ICEHOLIDAY
LA DOWNTOWN ON ICE

Through Jan. 17. Skate on LA’s largest outdoor ice skating rink under the sun and stars at festive Pershing Square downtown. Info + detailed session schedule www.laparks.org. Pershing Square, 532 South Olive St., downtown, 213.847.4970.

ICE DOWNTOWN SANTA MONICAICE DOWNTOWN SANTA MONICA

Through Feb. 15. Ice skate in Santa Monica on an 8,000-square-foot outdoor ice rink as well as a 400-square-foot kiddy rink, painted with designs by Ed Massey and area children. $10 includes rental skates. 1324 5th St. and Arizona Ave. in Santa Monica, 310.496.9880. www.iceatsantamonica.com

MUMMIESMuseums
Mummies OF THE WORLD

Through Nov. 28. California Science Center hosts Mummies of the World, a traveling exhibition of 150 human and animal mummies and objects from South America, Europe, Asia, Oceania and Egypt, including a 6,420-year-old child mummy. $12.50–$19.50, under 3 free 700 State Drive, Exposition Park, downtown, 323.724.3623 Map K15 www.californiasciencecenter.org

THE SECRET LIFE OF DRAWINGSThe Secret Life of Drawings

Through Feb. 13. European drawings from the 1300s to the late 1800s, or Old Master drawings, were handled by artists and later by collectors.With this handling—along with poor storage and display conditions—they show the passage of time, often with distracting damage. This exhibition of thirty drawings illustrates the important role paper conservators play in reducing the effects of age and wear with treatments such as filling losses, reducing stains and mold, and repairing tears. It also reveals the mysteries conservators discover, including unknown drawings hidden beneath mounts or watermarks that help determine the date of the paper. Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A., 310.440.7300 Map K7 Getty.edu

EXTREME EXPOSUREEXTREME EXPOSURE

Through April 17. Photography exhibition features five photographers (Clyde Butcher, Paul Nicklen, Michael Nichols and Donna and Stephen O’Meara) who have made careers documenting some of the Earth’s most extreme environments and endangered species. 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, 310.209.4560 Map J11 www.annenbergspaceforphotography.org

Share.