Things To Do This Weekend | LA Weekend Events Roundup 7.13.12

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 7.13.12

Dine L.A. Restaurant WeekEVENTS
Dine L.A. Restaurant Week
Jul. 16-27. From Venice to Hollywood, downtown to Beverly Hills, more than 250 restaurants—50 new to the program this summer—throughout LA showcase specially priced lunch and dinner menus in 12 days of culinary celebration. See website for list of participating eateries.


Bon Appetit Grub CrawlBon Appetit Grub Crawl
Jul. 13-15. Hop on an interactive food tour featuring some of LA’s top restaurants. Savor food and drink up-close, hang with the most influential chefs, get your hands dirty, roll up your sleeves, and go behind the scenes of the kitchen with the chefs to see where the magic happens. Stops, from downtown to Culver City, include Cole’s, Umamicatessen, STERET, The Spare Room, Picca, Lukshon and more. Saturday’s tour culminates in can’t-miss music performance by Vacationer at The Roxy. $79+; weekend pass $199.


Taste of Farmers MarketTaste of Farmers Market
Jul. 17. Spend an evening exploring the flavors of LA’s iconic Original Farmers Market. The event features dining tastes and samples from dozens of Farmers Market’s restaurants and grocers, from sliders to sushi, French toast to falafel and everything in between from all over the world. $40 ticket includes food and two drinks (beer, wine, soft drinks). 5-9 p.m. 6333 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.933.9211.


Venice Beach BiennialVenice Beach Biennial
Jul. 13-15. For this unconventional weekend exhibition (a tongue-in-cheek reference to the original Venice Biennale art exhibition in Italy), artists from across Los Angeles have moved from the white cube to the famed Venice Beach boardwalk to exhibit and sell their work alongside veteran boardwalk vendors and performers. In addition to vending stands, several temporary sculptures, installations, and performances will be on view in the Recreation and Parks area (near Muscle Beach, Mark Di Suvero’s sculpture Declaration, the skate park, and the graffiti wall). Free. Ocean Front Walk, Venice Beach, Venice.


Caulfield's Rooftop Summer Film FestivalCaulfield’s Rooftop Summer Film Festival
Tuesdays Through Sept. 25. The rooftop at the Thompson Beverly Hills transforms into a cinema under the stars this summer with a three-month movie series. Cozy up in a cabana or settle in poolside for dinner and a movie while watching your favorite films ranging from blockbuster thrillers to classic American romantic comedies. This week catch When Harry Met Sally. $20 per person, which includes a small popcorn and a soda. Purchase tickets online. Thompson Beverly Hills – Rooftop, 9360 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills.


Unique LAUnique LA
Jul. 14-15. Shop from over 150 hand-selected designers and artists for everything from jewelry & accessories, to gourmet edibles, to home decor, clothing and more. Other highlights include free DIY workshops and crafts all weekend long from bloggers I Spy DIY and Swellmayde and more. $10 (children 12 and under, free). Admission includes: free tote bag, free drinks, snacks, cocktails, re-entry for both days. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Santa Monica Barker Hanger, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica.


KCRW Live at Who Shot Rock & Roll MobyMUSIC
KCRW Live at Who Shot Rock & Roll
Jul. 14, 21; Aug. 4. RSVP now for a series of three free concerts accompanying the groundbreaking rock ‘n’ roll photography exhibition at the Annenberg Space for Photography. This Saturday catch Moby’s live acoustic performance and hear a set by KCRW DJ Jason Bentley. On Jul. 21, Portugal. The Man pays homage to one of the most influential bands of the early 70s, T. Rex, by celebrating the 40th anniversary of their seminal album “The Slider”. The evening is also a release party for the “T. Rex vs KCRW Soundclash” EP, where four KCRW DJs remix songs from the band’s catalogue. The final concert of the series, Aug. 4, lines up Raphael Saadiq and Band of Skulls for a night celebrating “Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan,” with KCRWDJ Anne Litt. All concerts start at 7 pm. RSVP is required: 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, 213.403.3000.


Music In the Los Angeles Zoo
July 13, 27. Spend the evening listening to music in the Los Angeles Zoo. The theme on July 13 is Best of Music; July 27 is Global Fusion. 6–9 pm nightly. $10–$20, under 2 free. Golden State (5) and Ventura (134) freeways, 5333 Zoo Drive, L.A., 323.644.6042.



Arena: Born To Rock jake simpsonArena: Born To Rock
Kicks off Jul. 13. Break out your old concert t-shirts, raise your cigarette lighters and come celebrate the most powerful bands of the 70s and 80s, whose music rocked a generation. This 90-minute testament to rock at Rolling Stone Los Angeles stars Jake Simpson and features hit songs from the all-stars of rock and roll including Journey, Foreigner, REO Speedwagon, VanHalen, Styx, Eagles and more. Using his impressive four-octave range and backed by a seven-piece band, Simpson takes you on a musical journey through heart-wrenching power ballads, explosive guitar riffs and the heavenly vocals that came to define Arena Rock. $10, VIP seating available. Rolling Stone Los Angeles, Hollywood & Highland Center, Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, Hollywood.


Grease Sing-A-LongGrease Sing-A-Long
Jul. 14. A new tradition at the Hollywood Bowl, the Grease Sing-A-Long features pre-show festivities and the classic film projected on the Bowl’s giant screen. Show up early for a pre-show dance, and strut your stuff in a revamped, all-new costume competition. 7 p.m. pre-show; 8 p.m. film. 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000.


Summer Treats at Magnolia BakeryEAT
Summer Treats at Magnolia Bakery
Jul. 14-21. Indulge your sweet tooth with lemon cupcakes, lemon cake, Magnolia Bakery’s luscious lemon bars, lemon muffins and more, and Magnolia will donate 100% of all proceeds from the sale to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which funds pediatric cancer research. 8389 West 3rd St., L.A., 323.951.0636.


National Hot Dog Day at Burger LoungeNational Hot Dog Month at Burger Lounge
July is National Hot Dog Month and to celebrate Burger Lounge offers a limited edition grass-fed beef corn dog available throughout the month. The grown-up, grass-fed version of the childhood summer favorite features an all-natural hot dog casing, and will be proffered with organic ketchup and spicy mustard for dipping. Top it off with onion rings and a Maine root agave pink drink. 8539 West Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.289.9250.


Sunday Supper at EveleighSunday Supper at Eveleigh
Jul. 15. Eveleigh’s Executive Chef Jordan serves 100% grass fed Angus beef from BN Ranch for its Sunday supper series. The event offers a family-style feast of different cuts from the farm’s Angus beef along with butchery demo, an aperitivo. 5 p.m. $55, prepayment required. 8752 W Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 424.239.1630.


Gustav Klimt: The Magic of Line
Through Sept. 23. 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.


As You Like It
Though Jul. 29. See William Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy performed by the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles outdoors in the Japanese Garden on the grounds of the West Los Angeles VA. The star-studded cast is led by Tessa Thompson (Veronica Mars, Grey’s Anatomy) as Rosalind and also features Peter Cambor (NCIS: Los Angeles) as Orlando and Michael Dorn (Worf from Star Trek) as both Duke Frederick and Duke Senior. Tickets $25+, for $10 off the best seats available, use code EB10. Tues.-Sun., 8 p.m. 11301 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.


the-exorcistThe 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.


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.