Weekend Roundup 02.18.11

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 02.18.11

NBA ALL-STAR GAME AND EVENTSEVENTS
NBA ALL-STAR GAME AND EVENTS

Feb. 18–21. The ultimate battle for basketball bragging rights, the 60th NBA All-Star Game, returns Feb. 20 to L.A. for the fifth time and ushers in with it a host of NBA-related events.  Special events include the Jam Session (Feb. 18–21), which invites fans to play the massive court and meet NBA players and legends, plus the ever-popular Celebrity Game (Feb. 18) and All-Star Practice (Feb. 19) (all at L.A. Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.741.1151) Other events include the FIT Run, Walk & Dribble 5K race, beginning and ending at Staples Center, in which participants race for coveted tickets to the game. www.nba.com/allstar/2011

Anthony BourdainAnthony Bourdain

Feb. 18. When he’s not attempting ratatouille in Provence, or eating live octopus in a Korean market, Bourdain waxes poetic prose as the best-selling author of Kitchen Confidential and Medium Raw, and hosts Emmy-winning series No Reservations (premiering it’s 7th Season Feb. 28). Ask him how he likes his takoyaki at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. $60-$90. 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos, 800.300.4345. www.cerritoscenter.com

String Theory String Theory

Feb. 19. LA’s cutting-edge, mind-bending ensemble of sonic sculpture, dance and music are guaranteed to stretch your perception of art. Their signature Long-Stringed Harps have been known to stretch as far as 1,000 feet. Expansive yet intimate, every incarnation of dance and performance art is designed specifically for the venue. $32-$75. The Broad Stage, Santa Monica Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, 310.434.3200. thebroadstage.com

stART @ Royal/TstART @ Royal/T

Feb. 20. In conjunction with the Mr. Toast pop-up shop (where you can order Mr. Toast inspired menu items and shop Mr. Toast memorabilia), Mr. Toast creator, Dan Goodsell stops by Royal/T Saturday for a stArt workshop. Adults and children can learn how to draw cartoons with Godsell, refreshments and materials are provided. noon-3. Royal/T, 8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.559.6300. www.royal-t.org

National Drink Wine DayNational Drink Wine Day

Feb. 18. Local restaurants offer special eno-centric L.A. things to do for the holiday. Find a celebratory three-wine flight at Corkbar, “Guess the Grape” game at Napa Valley Grille and small bites and wine specials at Obika Mozzarela Bar. More Info: National Drink Wine Day

Decadestwo.1 Annual Shoe SaleSHOP
Decadestwo.1 Annual Shoe Sale

Feb. 19. Let the likes of Jimmy and Christian outfit your feet before hitting the red carpet (or your own Oscar party) next weekend. Decadestwo.1 offers everything from sexy stilettos to fab flats for $150/pair. You can also find the perfect dress to match as their $250 dress section debuts the same day. Decadestwo.1, 8214 Melrose Ave., L.A. decadestwo1.com

Gang of FourMUSIC
Gang of Four

Feb. 21. Legendary UK post-punk band influenced many with their political themes, including R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who’s first album was produced by founding member and guitarist Andy Gill. Catch them playing songs off “Content,” their first album of new music in more than 15 years. Music Box Hollywood, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.464.0808. themusicbox.la

Super DuperHappy Hour Live

Fridays. Ongoing weekly happy hour from 5-8 p.m. features drink specials and live music by LA’s most talented musicians brought to you by Koffeehouse Music Productions. This Friday, stick around for the CD release party of L.A.’s favorite rock-explosion band Super Duper. CENTRAL Social Aid & Pleasure Club, 1348 14th Street, Santa Monica, 310.451.5040. www.centralsapc.com

Ragga Muffins FestivalRagga Muffins Festival

Feb. 19-20. 30th annual reggae festival features performances by Bunny Wailer, Rebelution, Israel Vibration, Gentleman and many more. Long Beach Arena, 300 E. Ocean Blvd. Long Beach, 310.515.3322. www.raggamuffinsfestival.com

Il Turco in ItaliaOPERA
Il Turco in Italia

Feb. 19. James Conlon conducts Rossini’s zaniest comedy, which has been described as The Barber of Seville meets Così fan tutte. Nino Machaidze returns as Fiorilla, a woman determined to rid herself of the two men in her life – her exasperated husband (Paolo Gavanelli) and tedious admirer (Maxim Mironov) – in favor of a more exotic suitor, a pompously beguiling Turk (Simone Alberghini). The great Thomas Allen returns in the part of the poet Prosdocimo. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7211 Map H16 laopera.com

THE AUTHORTHEATER
THE AUTHOR

Through Feb. 27. Described as a play for the “fearless theatergoer,” The Author has Tim Crouch playing a playwright who has written a disturbing, violent work. Children under 7 not permitted due to explicit imagery and themes. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772 Map L11

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.

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