Things To Do This Weekend | LA Weekend Events Roundup 6.29.12

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 6.29.12

ben-harperMUSIC & DANCE
Ben Harper, Fitz & The Tantrums
Jul. 1. After nearly a decade, singer-songwriter Ben Harper returns to the Bowl with his diverse style of blues-driven rhythms. Local all-star soul-rockers Fitz & The Tantrums warm up the stage with their vintage organ and irresistible songs. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000.


Made in L.A. MusicMade in L.A. Music
Thursdays Jun. 28-Aug. 9. KCRW DJ Jason Bentley & KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole kick off the summer bash in the Hammer Museum’s outdoor courtyard. Enjoy amazing tunes, free museum admission and a cash bar. Galleries open late. During the summer series, two special evenings feature live performances from up and coming local artists the Allah-Las and Chicano Batman. On July 12, KCRW DJ Anne Litt plays some tunes and hosts the Allah-Las, who channel a distinctively California sound, and on Aug. 9, KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez spins a set of music and host East LA’s Chicano Batman. The quartet’s globetrotting sound includes soul, 70’s Brazilian Bossa Nova, spacey psychedelia and surf rock cumbia. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood, 310.443.7000.


dance-downtown-bollywoodDance Downtown Bollywood/Bhangra
Jun. 29. Active Arts at The Music Center wants you to feel the infectious beats and rhythms of Bollywood & Bhangra music with live bands and DJs. No experience necessary. Beginner lessons throughout the evening. 6:30-10 p.m. Free. Music Center Plaza, 213.972.3660.



summer-thingThe Summer Thing
Jun. 30. Summer concert series features Nicole Vaughn and Her Lovely Band, Preacher’s Sons and Golden Afternoon. Stop by for music, participate in the live art wall and pick up gear from Collaborative World. 6-10 p.m. Long Beach Towne Center, 7575 Carson Blvd., Long Beach. More Info.



AmericaFest4TH OF JULY
Jul. 4. One of the biggest and brightest fireworks displays in Southern California, choreographed and produced by Pyrospectaculars, can be found at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena. Food and entertainment offerings precede the explosive finale. 10 a.m.–9:30 p.m. $13, under 8 free. Parking $20. 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, 800.745.3000.


exposition-park-fireworksExposition Park
Jul. 4. For the 10th consecutive year, the Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza comes to Exposition Park. Entertainment commences around noon on Christmas Tree Lane. Fireworks show begins at 9 p.m. and is a full 60 minutes worth of entertainment. Exposition Park, 700 Exposition Park Drive, 213.744.7458.


4thPubCrawl“Red White & Brew” Bar Crawl
Jul. 4. Celebrate our nation’s birthday with an aptly-themed Santa Moinca pub crawl. More than a half dozen venues along Main St. offer drink specials, food, DJs, and more. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to The Surfrider Foundation to help protect our oceans. Main St., Santa Monica.

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Firm Body Evolution Open House
Jun. 28. Check out West Hollywood’s newest epicenter for wellness and genuine fabulousness. The holistic gym, spa and anti-aging center opens its doors to the public for exclusive tours, food and beverages from Pressed Juicery, mini-facials and mini-hand treatments, membership specials and raffle giveaways. Noon-8 p.m. Free. 8704 Santa Monica Blvd., 3rd floor, West Hollywood.


For the Record – Boogie NightsFor the Record – Boogie Nights
Through Aug. 4. This 360-degree theatrical concert and dining experience features world-class performers who bring the movies to life with signature songs and moments from P.T. Anderson’s Magnolia (Grammy and Oscar nominated soundtrack), Punch Drunk Love, There Will Be Blood, as well as the Dirk Diggler disco-fueled Boogie Nights, which scored two hit soundtrack releases. The show stars a rotating cast from stage, screen and music performing “Sister Christian,” “Brand New Key,” “Jesse’s Girl,” “Save Me”, “Wise Up,” “One,” “Boogie Shoes,” “God Only Knows,” “Aint No Stoppin’ Us Now” and more. Arrive early and enjoy Barre Vermont’s California cuisine and cocktails. Thurs.-Sun. $35. 1714 N. Vermont Ave., L.A., 323.661.6163.


loteria-grillEAT | DRINK
Loteria Grill 10 Year Anniversary
Jul. 1. Celebrate a decade of delicious Mexican cuisine and the summer of the taco. Loteria Grill offera 10 tacos for $10 all ay long at all their L.A. Locations.



fonutsFōnuts Ice Cream Party
Jun. 30. Fōnuts fans can taste the new ice cream flavors along with other special treats in collaboration with The Grilled Cheese Truck at an open-to-the-public ice cream party hosted by Chef Lucas and Truman. Fonuts recently kicked off the summer by debuting their ice cream sandwiches, which feature ice cream flavors than range from vanilla bean to olive oil and tahini. 6-9 p.m. 8104 West 3rd St., L.A.


david-feau“30 Ways in 3 Days: Foie Gras Farewell” Dinner
June 28-30. Chef David Féau throws a nod to foie gras and sustainable cooking practices as he prepares foie gras in 30 different ways over three days. Menu highlights include rhubarb with marble of foie gras, buckwheat with foie gras royale, lobster with pan-seared foie gras, and many more. Dishes are available a la carte starting at $20, with a minimum of three dishes per order; or opt for the chefs table for five additional surprise dishes of his choice. 1401 South Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena.


oyster-gourmet-church-stateOysters and Summer Cocktails at Church & State
Christophe Happillon, aka “the Oyster Gourmet,” and LA’s only Maître Écailler (shellfish master) brings hand-selected oysters, specially designed oyster bar, crushed ice and accompaniments: cocktail sauce and shallot and vinegar mignonette to Church & State every Tuesday and Thursday. Nosh on three different types of freshly shucked oysters, and sip new summer cocktails like the Gin Gin Smash (Plymouth gin, Averell Damson gin liqueur, raspberries, lemon, mint), Plummer’s Punch (Smith & Cross rum, Pear Eau de Vie, Old Grand Dad bourbon and lemon), B-Side (Luksusowa vodka, fresh blackberries, loganberry liqueur, ginger, lime), and more. 1850 Industrial St., downtown, 213.405.1434.


gladstonesGladstones Clambake
Jul. 1. Enjoy your day at the beach with a steamed seafood buffet on the sand. Gladstones pulls out all the stops on a perfect clambake and offers bottomless mimosas for $25. $35/pp; $20, children 12 and under. 17300 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, 310.454.3474.



Gustav Klimt: The Magic of Line
Opens Jul. 3. In the first retrospective fully dedicated to the father of Viennese modernism, the Getty Center follows the artist’s mastery of line and the human figure throughout the phases of his artistic development. 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A., 310.440.7300.


rock-and-rollWho Shot Rock & Roll
Through Oct. 7. Throughout the history of rock music, photographers have played a collaborative and creative role. In Who Shot Rock & Roll—the first exhibit about rock ‘n’ roll that spotlights this partnership—you can view the work of more than 100 of these photographers. Check out rare images, such as Alfred Wertheimer’s series of photos of Elvis Presley playfully kissing a woman backstage before a performance, to portraits including Michael Lavine’s photo of Notorious B.I.G., visitors experience the history of the musical genre. The exhibit features an original exclusive film with interviews and behind-the-scenes footage (Pictured: Danny Clinch, Tupac Shakur, 1993). 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, 213.403.3000.


levitated-massLevitated Mass
Continuing. Originally conceived by the artist in 1969, Levitated Mass is a 456-foot-long concrete slot, over which sits a 340-ton granite boulder. As visitors walk through the slot, the pathway descends to fifteen feet in depth, running underneath the boulder before ascending back up. While your there stop by Ray’s & Stark Bar for a special “Rocktail” in honor of the mass. Created by Barsmith Paul Sanguinetti, the “Rocktail” features Oro pisco acholado, fresh lemon juice, housemade chamomile syrup, Miracle Mile castillan bitters, egg white, and local bee pollen. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000.


The Exorcist
Opens Jul. 3. The world premiere adaptation of the 1971 novel transforms into a sophisticated, suspenseful theatrical experience at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood. The cast includes Richard Chamberlain as Father Merrin and Brooke Shields as Chris MacNeil. 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.


jitneyAugust Wilson’s Jitney
Through Jul. 15. Winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Olivier Award for Best New Play, South Coast Repertory’s production of August Wilson’s Jitney takes you back to the 1970s as urban renewal threatens a storefront station where the drivers of gypsy cabs, known as jitneys, share their funny stories about the day’s fares and meddle in each other’s lives. Cronies drop in, fights break out, a son faces his father after 20 years in prison, lovers make up and just as you get to know this cast of colorful characters, Wilson asks you to look again. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, 626.356.7529.


Through Jul. 29. The national tour of the powerful drama—and winner of five Tony Awards—makes a stop at downtown’s Ahmanson Theatre. Set in 1914 England at the onset of World War I, the story follows the journey of a boy and his beloved horse. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown.