Things To Do This Weekend | LA Weekend Events Roundup 7.06.12

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 7.06.12


Frozen Planet in Concert
Jul. 6-7. Making its world premier at the Bowl, the stunning new production is the ultimate portrait of the Polar Regions. The latest series co-produced by the BBC and Discovery Channel features spectacular images of the Arctic and Antarctic as you have never seen them before, with live orchestral accompaniment conducted by award-winning composer George Fenton. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000.


drum-downtownDrum Downtown: A Taste of Latin Rhythms
Jul 7. Learn and explore the undeniable rhythms of Latin America with easy to follow patterns. Make music in the moment with this unique drumming experience downtown with Active Arts at The Music Center. Drums and percussion instruments provided. No experience necessary. Drummers of all levels welcome. Free. Music Center Plaza, 213.972.3660.


Movie Night at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
Mondays through Aug. 27. Spend Monday evenings poolside this summer at the Hollywood Roosevelt’s Tropicana Bar. Each viewing party includes special guests, movie-themed cocktails, and drink specials. This week catch Alicia Silverstone in her 1995 hit Clueless, during an evening that also includes assorted teen-aged trailers and possibly an Aerosmith video. 8:30 p.m. Tropicana Bar, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.466.7000.


July 7. Dancing and DJs under a 115-foot-high “dome” during Independence Day weekend promises to turn the Queen Mary into the biggest club in Southern California. Must be 21 or older. 9 p.m.–4 a.m. $30–$40, VIP ticket $100–$120. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 562.435.3511.



hester-night-marketHester Fair: Hollywood Indie Night Market
Jul. 7. In the second Hester Fair pop-up of the summer, shop from more than 100 carefully curated apparel, accessory and lifestyle merchants in an exciting nighttime shopping experience complete with a beer garden and food from CoolHaus, Dosa Truck, Mandoline Grill, Cousins Maine Lobster and many more. Lot on Hollywood Blvd. and Argyle Ave., Hollywood.


cinema-on-the-streetCinema on the Street: The Sandlot
Jul. 5. Family friendly outdoor movie series on the Third Street Promenade kicks off this weekend with baseball flick, The Sandlot. Show up early for a pre-show comedy performance from MI’s Westside Comedy Theater. Bring a blanket or beach chairs to sit on and perhaps a picnic. The series continues with Ghostbusters, Jul. 13; Rio 3D, Jul. 20; The Artist, Jul. 27. Movie begins at 7:30 (times subject to change depending on sunset). Third Street Promenade, between Wilshire Blvd. and Arizona Ave. (just outside of Chipotle).


dfflaDowntown Film Festival LA
Jul. 6-13. Festival of independent film showcases all types of films that reflect downtown LA’s unique cultural diversity. Most features are world premieres and programming also includes workshops, lectures, art exhibits, receptions and other after-hour events.



uss-iowaUSS Iowa Battleship
Opens Jul. 7. Be among the first civilians to step food on the USS IOWA as it settles into its new home in San Pedro. Once designated the “World’s Greatest Naval Ship” due to her big guns, heavy armor, fast speed, longevity and modernization; the ship is now transformed into an interactive an educational museum. Tour the battleship, check out the captain’s cabin where world dignitaries were entertained and view the only bathtub ever installed on a U.S. Navy warship for the use of the nation’s president and much much more. Pacific Battleship Center, USS IOWA BB-61, 250 Harbor Blvd., San Pedro.


pageant-of-the-mastersPageant of the Masters
Jul. 7-Aug. 31. Each night during the summer season, the Festival of Arts, now in its 80th year, presents its most famous attraction, the Pageant of the Masters. Enjoy ninety minutes of tableaux vivants (living pictures)—incredibly faithful art re-creations of classical and contemporary works with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. This year’s theme is The Genius with Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper,” returning as the traditional finale. Be sure to arrive early and get a glimpse of Orange County’s finest artists exhibiting throughout the Festival of Arts grounds. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.6582.


Made in L.A. MusicMade in L.A. Music
Thursdays Through Aug. 9. 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.


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.


laurent-queniouxEAT | DRINK
Laurent Quenioux Pop-Up at Barney Greengrass
Jul. 8-10. Culinary master Laurent Quenioux takes over the kitchen at Beverly Hills’ Barney Greengrass to serve a special four-course prix-fixe menu that includes selections such as aji sweet potatoes hamachi with a sea urchin smear; rabbit tartare; skate, sujok, cranberry beans and veal feet; lamb loin “parmentier,” and more. $50/pp; wine pairings $25/pp. 9570 Wilshire Blvd., 5TH floor Barney’s New York, Beverly Hills, 310.777.5877.


scarpettaGnudi Gnite at Scarpetta
Jul. 10. Famed chef Scott Conant kicks off his family-style dinner night by serving his famous light and fluffy “gnudi” (aka ricotta cheese gnocchi)… shoes, shirt still required. Every Tuesday, dine family-style on gnudi parmigiano along with arugula salad, porchetta and Weiser Farm roasted potatoes. $36/pp. 6-10 p.m. Scarpetta Beverly Hills, Montage Beverly Hills, 225 North Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, 310.860.7970.


Poutine_1P’tit Soleil
Now Open. At his new Quebecois hideaway in Westwood, Luc Alarie serves up regional small plates, cocktails, Canadian beer and 10 different types of poutine. The aforementioned tasty dish consists of crisp French fries topped with fresh cheese curds and gravy in its most simple form. Bold varieties offered include Poutine du Prince Edward which boasts mussels au gratin, and the go-to hangover cure: Poutine Val, which is classic poutine topped with a fried egg. End you meal on a sweet note with a selection of bite-sized desserts. 1386 Westwood Blvd., L.A.


Gustav Klimt: The Magic of Line
Continuing. 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
Through Aug. 12. 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.


Ajitneyugust 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.