Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 02.11.11
Feb. 12. Colin Meloy and Co. drop in at the Wiltern to promote their new album, The King Is Dead. Perhaps concertgoers can expect to hear the band’s ballad “Los Angeles, I’m Yours”? 3790 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 877.598.8698 Map J13
Feb. 12-13. One of the most recognizable trumpeters in the world, Wynton Marsalis has received innumerable accolades and awards (including a Pulitzer and multiple Grammys). His new work, Swing Symphony, debuts on the West Coast this weekend. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000. www.laphil.com
Feb. 11-12. Wainwright has been tinkering with Piaf for several years now, ever since producer Hal Willner approached her with 300 songs and told her of his ambition to record a Piaf tribute record with a francophone singer. He wasn’t really pulling her arm, Wainwright has been a devoted fan since childhood when her elder brother, singer Rufus, found a box of Piaf records belonging to their mother. Check out her two-night run at Largo at the Coronet. 366 North La Cienega Blvd., 310.855.0350. www.largo-la.com
Feb 13. Celebrate animal mating, dating and cohabitation with a reception featuring tempting desserts and alluring wines followed by a provocative presentation by Zoo veteran Jason Jacobs with insights about the pros and cons of relationships vs. staying single in the animal kingdom. 5-7 p.m. $25. 5333 Zoo Drive, L.A., 323.644.6042. www.lazoo.org/valentinesday
Feb. 12. Reclaim romance at Spa Montage at Montage Laguna Beach with yoga workshops taught by yoga guru and Body-Mind Psychotherapy Coach Ashley Turner. During “Reclaim Romance— A Romantic Valentine’s Day Escape,” couples or singles can reconnect and renew romance with heart-opening yoga in an indoor/outdoor studio overlooking the ocean, loving-kindness meditations, partner yoga and an introduction to Tantra. The program includes a two-hour yoga session (11 a.m.-1 p.m. or 2 p.m.-4 p.m.) with full spa access to steam, sauna, relaxation areas and oceanfront spa lap pool. The Saturday workshops are $65 per person and a new topic is explored each month. To make a reservation or for more information contact Montage Laguna Beach, 30801 South Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.6010. www.montagelagunabeach.com/valentines-day-2011.php
Valentine’s Day Dining
Feb 14. The dim sum lounge & restaurant offers a three-course tasting menu with 10% of the profits going to support the St. John’s Heart Institute in Santa Monica. Dine on offerings such as soy braised abalone and maitake mushrooms; garlic black pepper medallions of beef and Singaporean “Chili Prawns” with wok fired Chinese greens, kabocha puree; and more. XINO, 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, 310.755.6220. www.xinorestaurant.com
Feb. 14. Chef Ray Garcia offers V-Day diners a special seasonal market-driven a la carte “Meat Market” menu. Guests can make their picks from a menu divided into two sides: “meat” (charcuterie; snacks like chicken oysters; four bacon selections; offal and tasty bits like chicharrones with hot sauce aioli; and steaks) and “market” (snacks of hand-stretched mozzarella; dates stuffed with blue cheese and almonds; starters like a chicory and orange salad; entrees of red beet risotto; warm Parmesan and avocado tart; and accompaniments such as Weiser Farm romanesco with sage and hazelnuts; braised chestnuts with kohlrabi). Fig Restaurant, 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.319.3111. figsantamonica.com
Feb. 14. Downtown Cali-centric wine bar serves an à la carte menu of chef’s specials designed just for Valentine’s Day. Prices of the entrées will range between $10 and $20; a flight of high-end sparkling wine will be available for $25. Corkbar, 403 W. 12th St., downtown, 213.746.0050. www.corkbar.com
Feb. 13-14. Gladstones Malibu caters to “lovers” and “haters.” On Feb. 13 mix, mingle and sip $25 bottomless Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas at their Anti-Valentines Day party. Indie rock tribute band, Black Crystal Wolf Kids play at 3 p.m. On Feb. 14, reserve a romantic window seat and dine on aphrodisiacs such as oysters and uni as well as signature Surf and Turf For 2. 17300 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades, 310.454.3474. www.gladstones.com
Feb. 14. Royal/T combines spices, seduction, and pop art-inspired holiday souvenirs with a specially themed “Royal India” Valentine’s Day dinner. Dine in an ambiance of elegant jewel-toned fabrics, low lighting, with a complementary glass of champagne and an indulgent, sensual meal—crafted by Indian-born chef and cookbook author Kaumudi Marathé of Un-Curry. Reservations required: royalindian.eventbrite.com. $60/pp. Royal/T, 8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.559.6300.
Through Feb. 13. Rock musical based on Frank Wedekind’s play about the sexual awakening of a group of teenagers in 19th-century Germany. Pantages Theater, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1772 Map W21
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
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.
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