LA Weekend Roundup 04.01.11

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 04.01.11

branford marsalis and terence blanchard broad stageMUSIC

Apr. 2. Branford Marsalis isn’t just a three-time Grammy Award-winning saxophonist. He’s a composer, a producer and has played with a who’s who of jazz giants including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and SonnyRollins. Terence Blanchard isn’t just a four-time Grammy Award-winning trumpeter. He’s a bandleader, an artistic director and has scored fifty films. Having the chance to hear just one of these jazz greats would be amazing.But both of them, on the same stage is just plain phenomenal. The Broad Stage, Santa Monica Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, 310.434.3200.

Southeast Engine los angelesSoutheast Engine

Apr. 1. The indie-folk-rock band from Southeast Ohio is earning coast-to-coast praise for their newly released album, Canary. Canary blends rootsy Americana sounds with an folk-rock edge. Paste Magazine writes, “Especially when so many groups are mutating old-time American music into pedestrian pop, Southeast Engine distinguish themselves by gently updating these traditions for the 21st century.” The Satellite (formerly Spaceland), 1717 Silver Lake Blvd., L.A., 323.661.4380.

Bill Frisell Trio: Takes on Buster Keaton, Jim Woodring and Bill MorrisonBill Frisell Trio: Takes on Buster Keaton, Jim Woodring and Bill Morrison

Apr. 2. Geniuses collide as iconic guitarist Bill Frisell and his bandmates Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen play original compositions to a truly fantastic collection of visuals that include classic slapstick comedy from a trio of Buster Keaton classics, the bold illustrations of Seattle animator Jim Woodring and selections from avant-garde filmmaker Bill Morrison’s The Mesmerist, a documentary made entirely of visuals of decomposing film. Frisell’s trio will set this eclectic footage to music with a thrilling live score for an unforgettable evening. UCLA Live, Royce Hall, UCLA Campus, Westwood, 310.825.2101.

Los Angeles DodgersSports

March 31-Apr. 3. The Los Angeles Dodgers play their first home game of the season at Dodger Stadium in picturesque Chavez Ravine. Their formidable opponents are Western Division rivals and last year’s World Series champs the San Francisco Giants. Dodger Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Ave., L.A., 866.363.4377 Map G17

Los Angeles Pillow Fight DayEVENTS
Los Angeles Pillow Fight Day

Apr. 2. As part of International Pillow Fight Day, people from Belo Horizonte, Brazil to Kaohsiung, Taiwan will meet up for massive pillow fights. Grab a pillow or two and head downtown to Pershing Square to be a  part of LA’s pillow fight. Pershing Square, 535 S Hill St., downtown.

Griffith Observatory All Space ConsideredAll Space Considered

Apr. 1. Los Angeles 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 April 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.

Simplethings Third Street Los AngelesEat | Drink
Simplethings Tableside Service

April. The West Third Street sandwich and pie shop expands from counter only to offer tableside dinner service complete with candles. For all of April get a free “cute pie” with any savory pot pie entree order after 6 p.m. You can also dig into ongoing chef specials, sandwich, salad and soups. 8310 W 3rd St., L.A., 323.592.3390.

Grilled Cheese TruckFree Grilled Cheese at Grilled Cheese Truck

Apr. 1. We’re not joking! To celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month, Tillamook Cheese partners with the Grilled Cheese Truck to offer Tillamook “Loaf Love” grilled cheese melts from 11 a.m. to noon. Beverly Hills Porsche, 8425 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills.

Delphine W Hollywood HotelSeasonal Specials at Delphine

Now that Spring is here, stop by Delphine at the W Hollywood for Chef Sascha Lyon’s new menu featuring specials like crispy soft-shell crab, shaved Jamon Iberico and pan roasted Barramundi. Round that off with a trip to the raw bar and a fresh crafted cocktail and you’ll swear you were on vacation in the Riviera. Delphine, W Hollywood Hotel, 6250 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood.

Weekend Specials at Le Saint Amour Culver cityWeekend Specials at Le Saint Amour

Fresh off his flight back from Paris acclaimed  chef Walter Manzke (now consulting at Le Saint Amour), unveils a new list of specials at the Culver City French bistro. This weekend find Bouillabaisse (mussels, clams, prawns, loup de mer, monkfish, rouille, croutons) on Friday; filet mignon bordelaise (beef filet, red wine reduction, bone marrow, shallots, potato gratin) on Saturday; and fried chicken (served with frites, piment d’Espelette, cabbage slaw, seasonal vegetables) on Sundays. Either order the dish a la carte, or upgrade to a full meal (soup or salad, dessert) for $29. 9725 Culver Blvd, Culver City, 310.842.8155.

Mixology at Michael's Santa MonicaMixology at Michael’s Santa Monica

Michael’s, the acclaimed Santa Monica restaurant known for sourcing the freshest sustainable ingredients for its cuisine, teams up with acclaimed mixologist, Jason Robey to launch their new mixology program. Stop by for a night gourmet cocktails–some made with herbs grown on the new rooftop garden and fresh produce from the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market. Bar bites like yellowtail crudo, duck prosciutto and sliders accompany, along with a new art exhibition, “Drawn” with pieces from Alejandro Gehry and Vanessa Prager. Michael’s Santa Monica, Michael’s Santa Monica, 1147 Third St, Santa Monica, 310.451.0843.

The Escort Geffen PlayhouseTheater

Continuing. A high-class call girl challenges the limits of a liberally minded family. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood Village, 310.208.5454 Map J10

Burn This Mark Taper ForumBURN THIS

Through May 1. Romantic drama about a choreographer who, after losing her best friend in an accident, is visited by his brother in the middle of the night. This passionate modern classic, by Pulitzer Prize-winner Lanford Wilson (Talley’s Folly), features original music by Peter Golub, and is directed by Nicholas Martin (Dead End at the Ahmanson, The House of Blue Leaves at the Taper). Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772 Map H16

mercy seat ford amphitheatreTHE MERCY SEAT BY NEIL LABUTE

Through Apr. 24. The Vs. Theatre Company explores what would happen if you were suddenly faced with the now-or-never chance to leave your spouse for your lover, with no messy strings attached. Michelle Clunie (Queer as Folk) and Johnny Clark star in the L.A. premiere of The Mercy Seat, Neil LaBute’s caustically funny examination of opportunism in the wake of tragedy. Set on Sept. 12, 2001, The Mercy Seat attempts to “examine the ‘ground zero’ of our lives…the painful, simplistic warfare we often wage on the hearts of those we profess to love,” wrote LaBute. Tickets $20/$12, students/seniors. [Inside] the Ford, Ford Theatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, 323.461.3673.

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