L.A. Weekend Roundup 02.04.11

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 02.04.11

Cameo Bar at Viceroy Santa MonicaSUPER BOWL
Cameo Bar at Viceroy Santa Monica

Feb. 6. Stop by to watch the game over a themed menu that includes platters ($15) themed for Pittsburgh (cheese steak, kielbasa, ham salad, slaw, pierogies, pickles) and the Packers (grilled cheese, brats/kraut, nacho potato skins, wings, pickles) along with hometown beers ($5/each) like Rolling Rock, Yuengling, Old Milwaukee and Miller Lite. 3-8 p.m. 1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.260.7500. www.viceroysantamonica.com

Basement TavernBasement Tavern’s ultimate tailgate party

Feb. 6. Watch the game outside in front of televisions lining the property’s white picket fence while snacking on complementary hot dogs, hamburgers, coleslaw, potato salad, and baked beans on the front deck of the historical Victorian house. The game will also be shown on screens throughout the house’s main floor and Basement Tavern. Their $5 whiskey shot Super Bowl special continues post-game alongside late-night happy hour until 2 a.m. Basement Tavern at The Victorian, 2640 Main St., Santa Monica,  310.392.4956. www.facebook.com/BasementTavern

Pourtal Super Bowl Happy Hour Pourtal Super Bowl Happy Hour

Feb. 6. Take a wine tour while watching the game and sip $5 wine and beer . Pourtal, 104 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.393.7693. http://t.co/On2R4Zg

HIP HOP: A CULTURAL ODYSSEYEVENTS
HIP HOP: A CULTURAL ODYSSEY

Opening Feb. 5. Timed to coincide with the Grammy Awards ceremony, the Grammy Museum downtown presents an exhibition on the musical genre, based on a book of the same name. According to the museum, it’s the first major exhibition to explore the four-decade history of hip-hop. Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite A245, downtown, 213.765.6800 Map I15 www.grammymuseum.org

GOLDEN DRAGON PARADE AND FESTIVALGOLDEN DRAGON PARADE AND FESTIVAL

Feb. 5-6. The Chinese new year is fêted with a lively parade and festival in the streets of Chinatown. About 110,000 attendees are expected to celebrate the 112-year-old, weekend-long L.A. tradition, which features live music, floats, dancing, martial arts demonstrations, fireworks and more. Parade: Feb. 5, 1 pm. Parade along North Broadway; festival at Broadway and Cesar Chavez Avenue, Chinatown, 213.617.0396 Map G17 www.lagoldendragonparade.com

White Trash Deluxe Wine + Food TastingWhite Trash Deluxe Wine + Food Tasting

Feb. 4-6. Nosh on gourmet interpretations of “white trash” food carefully paired with wines in the latest non-traditional wine tasting series from Vintage Enoteca. Think creations like Truffled Chex Mix or Artisanal Marshmallow Fluff and Peanut Butter Brioche Sandwiches paired with wine selections spanning the globe. Also siop by Sunday for a Super Bowl tailgate at 2 p.m. 8 a.m.-midnight daily. $30 (call or log on to make a reservation). 7554 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.512.5278. vintageenoteca.com

CUPCAKE CHALLENGECUPCAKE CHALLENGE

Feb. 5. Bakers of LA’s best mini-cupcakes battle it out in front of a panel  of the public and celebrity judges. Each vote on their favorite cupcakes, culminating in the crowning of LA’s best traditional and nontraditional cupcakes. 4-7 p.m. $40. Hollywood Renaissance Hotel and Spa, 1755 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. www.drinkeatplay.com/cupcakechallenge

Dine LAEAT | Drink
DINE LA

Through Feb. 4. Enjoy gastronomic gems from restaurants such as Beechwood, Inn at the Seventh Ray, Hungry Cat, Buchon, Nobu, Michael’s, Comme Ca and more, for a fraction of the price. Some 297 of the city’s top restaurants offer specially priced three-course tasting menus for both lunch and dinner. www.dineLA.com/RestaurantWeek

Tokyo Nouveau Champagne Brunch PartyTOKYO NOUVEAU CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH PARTY

Sundays. Stop into Royal/T for a playful weekly dining series that combines the best of electronic beats, bubbles, and brunch fare at Culver City’s premier art space, retail store, and Japanese “cosplay” maid café. Pop open a bottle of Veuve du Varnay Brut Champagne ($28), or indulge in bottomless mimosas for $12 when you order a brunch special like eggs benedict; salmon croque madame; and salade niçoise with seared ahi, green beans, quail egg, and olives. Royal/T, 8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.559.6300. www.royal-t.org

George Herms: The Artist’s LifeTHEATER
George Herms: The Artist’s Life

Through Feb. 5. Known as one of the founders of California assemblage and an influential figure of the Beat generation, George Herms premieres a new free-jazz opera that features large-scale sculptural instruments, live and recorded video, and featuring the Bobby Bradford Mo’tet, the Theo Saunders group, and the voice of Diana Briscoe.Capturing the ethos of Herms’ aesthetic and inspired by 380 boxes and 42 flat files of his own archival material cataloged by the Getty Research Institute, The Artist’s Life is an encompassing reflection with a libretto sourced from the diary entries and notes Herms generated almost daily throughout his 50-year career. REDCAT | Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, 631 West 2nd St., downtown, 213.237.2800. www.redcat.org

Geffen Playhouse The Break of NoonTHE BREAK OF NOON

Through March. 6. Polarizing playwright Neil LaBute best known for his mischievous take on gender politics tackles a new relationship – man and God – in this world premiere play. 10886 Le Conte Ave., L.A., 310.208.5454. www.geffenplayhouse.com

33 Variations33 VARIATIONS

Through March 6. Jane Fonda reprises her Broadway role in this five-time Tony Award-nominated play at the Ahmanson Theatre. Leading a cast that includes Samantha Mathis, Fonda plays a music scholar with a terminal diseast trying to unravel a mystery about the Beethoven compositions of the play’s title. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.4400.

JOHN LITHGOW STORIES BY HEARTJOHN LITHGOW STORIES BY HEART

Through Feb. 13. In this one-man show at the Mark Taper Forum downtown, a unique take on theatrical memoir, much-lauded actor John Lithgow lovingly reinterprets a selection of tales passed down in his family from storytellers including P.G. Wodehouse and Ring Lardner. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772 Map H16

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