L.A. Weekend Roundup 02.25.11

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 02.25.11

Icons of the Music Industry: Russell SimmonsEVENTS
Icons of the Music Industry: Russell Simmons

Feb. 25. His groundbreaking vision has influenced music, fashion, finance, the jewelry industry, television and film, and he’s changed the face of modern philanthropy. See Def Jam Recordings creator and Hip-Hop pioneer Russell Simmons as he is joined by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli, to discuss his monumental influence and entrepreneurial approach to both business and philanthropy that has made him a globally-recognized icon.  Simmons newest book, Super Rich: A Guide to Having it All will also be a topic of discussion. Q&Q session follows. 7:30 p.m. Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite A245, downtown, 213.765.6800 Map I15 www.grammymuseum.org

Maui and Sons Bar & GrillMaui and Sons Bar & Grill

Feb. 27. Located just down the street from the red carpet, the newly opened Maui and Sons Bar & Grill brings the beach to the boulevard launching volleyball games and BBQ in the Egyptian Theatre courtyard on Oscar Sunday and every Sunday thereafter. For, $5/pp, guests can participate in a volleyball game with all proceeds going to Make-A-Wish Foundation. Winning teams get a free round of shots. In between games, watch the Academy Awards on all 10 large flat screen TVs.  Maui and Sons Bar & Grill, 6708 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. www.mauiandsonsbarandgrill.com

Glowing Gold FacialGlowing Gold Facial

Get Red Carpet Ready this weekend at the Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles Spa. Glowing Gold Facial is an 80 minute treatment that uses gold flakes to relax and exfoliate the skin, the addition of real gold also creates a honey glow that is unparalleled. Follow that up with a Champagne & Citrus Sugar Scrub and you’ll be set for your closeup. Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles Spa, 900 W Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.743.8800. www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/LosAngeles/Spa

OSCAR Viewing AT MORTON'SOSCAR Viewing AT MORTON’S

Feb. 27. Have a glam night of Oscar viewing in Beverly Hills. Starting at 3 p.m., nosh on passed hors d’oeuvres along with red carpet coverage on a HD nine-foot drop-down screen. Just as James Franco and Anne Hathaway take the stage at 5 p.m., your three-course dinner will hit the table. The evening concludes with a champagne toast. 435 S. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills. Reservations required: 310.246.1501. www.mortons.com/beverlyhills

It's Our Nature Lecture: An Eye for ElephantsIt’s Our Nature Lecture: An Eye for Elephants

Feb. 26. Discover how Carol Stevenson, British-born photographer specializing in landscape, wildlife and documentary photography, photographs and experiences elephants and their mahouts in Thailand. Best known for her evocative color photography and distinctive style, Stevenson’s documentary work seeks to capture the essence of her subjects. Her conservation work revolves around a five-year project documenting the vanishing Asian elephant and the unique mahout  community in Northern Thailand. 11:30 a.m. Tickets $10/8/5 (lecture only) Witherbee Auditorium, Golden State (5) and Ventura (134) freeways, 5333 Zoo Drive, L.A., 323.644.4200 Map T23 LAZoo.org

LOCAL NATIVESMUSIC
LOCAL NATIVES

Feb. 26. 2010 saw the buzz about Silver Lake-based indie rock quintet Local Natives reverberate beyond the L.A. music scene after the band debuted at No. 3 on Billboard’s New Artist Chart with its first full-length album, Gorilla Manor. The band’s hometown show on Feb. 26 is hosted at L.A.’s premier music venue, Walt Disney Concert Hall downtown. The hall’s superb acoustics are all the better to showcase Local Natives’ knack for soaring harmonies and pounding percussion. 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000 Map H16 laphil.com

Kidd Pivot Frankfurt RM: Lost ActionDANCE
Kidd Pivot Frankfurt RM: Lost Action

Feb. 25-26. Crystal Pite, one of the most innovative choreographers in modern dance, debuts her company Kidd Pivot in Los Angeles with cutting-edge new work. Lost Action is a series of stylistic vignettes featuring solos and group dance that explores the capacity of the human body to create beautiful and unnatural shapes. The 70-minute piece is set to a memorable and evocative score by Canadian composer Owen Belton. UCLALive, Royce Hall, UCLA Campus, Westwood. www.uclalive.org

Nomad Two WorldsART
Nomad Two Worlds

Through March 2. Multi-media collaborative art project by renowned fashion photographer Russell James, incorporates James’ photography of Australia’s most breathtaking landscapes, some of the world’s most beautiful women and interesting people, and the cultural backdrop of Australia and America’s ancient, indigenous music and art scenes. Pier 59 Studios West, 2415 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica at Bergamot Station. nomadtwoworlds.dipdive.com

IL TURCO IN ITALIAOPERA
Il Turco in Italia

Feb. 27. 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

In Mother WordsTHEATER
In Mother Words

Through May 1. When some of contemporary theater’s most talented voices – including Pulitzer Prize winner Beth Henley, Peabody Award winner Theresa Rebeck and two-time Steinberg/ATCA New Play award finalist Michele Lowe — tackle the subject of motherhood, the result is an eyeopening, hilarious and irresistible night of theater. More than a dozen of today’s best playwrights come together to share their personal stories on one of the most universal themes. Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., L.A., 310.208.5454. www.geffenplayhouse.com

THE AUTHORTHE 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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