L.A. Weekend Roundup 03.04.11

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 03.04.11

PALEYFESTEVENTS

PALEYFEST

March 4–17. Paley Center for Media hosts annual event with panels from TV shows including True Blood, The Walking Dead and American Idol. Most panels at 7 pm; visit paleycenter.org for schedule. $15–$75. Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.786.1010 Map I11

TRUCKIT FESTTRUCKIT FEST

March 6. Thirty-five food trucks, 200 local designers and artisans, live music, DJ’s and more. 11 am–5 pm. $5; VIP tickets with included parking, $45; under 13 free. Parking $8–$15. Union Station, downtown, 866.966.9495 Map H17 truckitfest.com

ALL SPACE CONSIDEREDALL SPACE CONSIDERED

March 4. L.A. astronomical beacon, the Griffith Observatory offers a public lecture where you can news on developments in astronomy, space science and space exploration, see beautiful astronomical images and get your March Sky Report. The event is free and open to the public.  Seating is first-come, first-served, up to the capacity of the theater. Griffith Observatory, Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater, 2800 East Observatory Rd., 213. 473.0800. www.GriffithObservatory.org

Mardi Gras Party at Farmers MarketMardi Gras Party at Farmers Market

March 5-6, 8. Party–extended over three days–features eight bands, numerous activities for children, periodic bead tossing and Mutti Gras pooch parade and costume contest. 6333 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.933.9211 Map I13 www.farmersmarketla.com

“IDEAL WOMAN” AT ROYAL/T“IDEAL WOMAN” AT ROYAL/T

Opens March 5. LA multi-media artist Allie Pohl’s month-long interactive display, using sculpture, video, mirrors, and the idea of repetition, deconstructs the idea of female physical perfection in Western Contemporary Culture. Inspired by 1960’s and 70’s minimalists and video artists, Pohl’s “Ideal Woman” takes Barbie’s form one step further by digitally enhancing her measurements to fit an even more “perfect” socially-constructed ideal of 36-24-36. Coordinated pop-up shop features “Ideal Woman” accessories for purchase. Royal/T, 8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.559.6300. www.royal-t.org

ROUGH RoSES SAMPLE SALESHOP

ROUGH RoSES SAMPLE SALE

March 5. It’s no secret that we love the bags and belts at Rough Roses in West L.A. Find great deals (50-70% off) on their stock of leather handbags, wallets and belts. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 11859 Wilshire Blvd., West L.A., 424.248.3026. roughroses.com

Herbie HancockMUSIC

Herbie Hancock

March 5. A true icon of modern music, highly acclaimed pianist and L.A. Phil Creative Chair for Jazz, Herbie Hancock continues to push the boundaries of jazz with his unmistakable musical voice. Join him for a unique and intimate evening. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000 Map H16 www.laphil.com

Sounds of L.A: Halau Keali'i O NalaniSounds of L.A: Halau Keali’i O Nalani

March 5-6. Under the direction of kumu hula (hula master) Keali’i Ceballos, west Los Angeles-based Hula Halau o Keali’i o Nalani is celebrated for its vibrant warmth and lyricism. Marking its 20th anniversary, the halau will close Sounds of L.A. 2011 with a special program exploring the interconnectedness of music and dance from ancient hula kahiko to modern hula ‘auana. Free; reservations required. 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A., 310.440.7300 Map K7 getty.edu

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BistronomicsEAT

Bistronomics

March 6-7. For this pop-up event at BREADBAR West Third, Chefs Jet Tila (Wazuzu, Wynn in Las Vegas) and Alex Ageneau (sous chef,The Royce at The Langham) team up to feature a five-course prix-fixe dinner of innovative, haute dishes that showcase the pure flavors of the season’s best produce. Expect interesting combinations such as skirt steak with cauliflower “Escabeche,” cauliflower cream, brunoise of calamari, and squid ink hollandaise; and roasted salsify over roasted garlic puree with charred mistake mushrooms, tarragon foam and wild herbs. $65. BREADBAR West Third, 8718 W. 3rd St., L.A., 310.205. 0124. www.breadbar.net

Nona Sivley LA MarketMardi Gras Tasting menu

March 5-8. Nona Sivley new Chef de Cuisine at L.A. Market (“Hell’s Kitchen” Season Eight winner) takes you to the heart of Bourbon St. with a traditional Louisiana inspired three-course Mardi Gras tasting menu. Indulge in Creole favorites such as Crawfish Etouffee, Chicken Gumbo, New Orleans BBQ Shrimp, Beinets and more. $34/pp. L.A. Market, JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live, 900 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.765.8600 Map I15

IL TURCO IN ITALIAOPERA

Il Turco in Italia

March 5. 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

AVENUE QTHEATER

AVENUE Q

Through March 6. Broadyway hit and Tony-Award winter for best musical, score and book, is about trying to make it in NYC with big dreams and a tiny bank account. Avenue Q features a cast of people and puppets who tell the story in a smart, risque and downright entertaining way. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 800.982.ARTS. www.broadwayla.org

In Mother WordsIn 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

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.

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

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