Things To Do This Weekend | LA Weekend Events Roundup 7.20.12

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 7.20.12

LA Street Food FestEVENTS
LA Street Food Fest
Jul. 21. Culinary extravaganza offers tastes from 100 food vendors including trucks, carts and stands, plus appearances from celebrity chefs, street-food-inspired dishes from area restaurants, along with tequila and beer tents. Attendance sessions are 3-4:30 p.m. VIP hour; 5-9 p.m. general admission. $65/$45. Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena.


Bloomfest LABloomfest LA
Jul. 21. Enjoy and live music, street art, local artisan wares, good food, great brews and more at this free community street festival that celebrates the Downtown Los Angeles creative scene. 100% of proceeds from the Angel City Benefit Beer Garden support the community work of Los Angeles River Artists & Business Association (LARABA), which funds and conducts neighborhood beautification projects. 2-10 p.m. 800 E. 3rd St., downtown.


Drinking in the Greek MannerDrinking in the Greek Manner: A Brief History of the Symposion
Jul. 21. In ancient Greece the symposion was a social institution for men of status to meet, converse, and drink wine. Both men and women can learn more about this ritual in a lecture by Oswyn Murray, then taste wines inspired by ancient wine making techniques in the beautiful outdoor setting of the Getty Villa. $60. 5-8 p.m. Getty Villa, Auditorium and Inner Peristyle, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.


Los Feliz Village Street FairLos Feliz Village Street Fair
Jul. 22. Street fair features wares from local shops, food from neighborhood vendors, live music on two stages and more from the hip Eastside enclave. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.Hollywood Blvd. between Vermont and Hillhurst Avenues, Los Feliz.



Pineapple Express’ “Rolling Luau”Pineapple Express’ “Rolling Luau”
Jul. 22. It’s Sunday Funday at SHOREbar where you can dine on the “Godfather Of Hawaiian Food,” Sam Choy’s new food truck, Pineapple Express. Highlights from their menu include a trio of poke, a kalua pork sandwich roasted for 12 hours, “More Hula For Your Moola” wraps, upside down pineapple cake, and more. SHOREbar will be launching their new SHOREbowls, a variety of tropical libations that perfectly complement the truck’s island origins. 6 p.m. 112 W. Channel Road, Santa Monica, 310.429.1851.


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



Smokey RobinsonMUSIC
Smokey Robinson
Jul. 20-21. King of Motown, satin-voiced vocalist and brilliant songwriter Smokey Robinson is known for classic hits such as “Tears of A Clown,” “I Second That Emotion,” “Tracks of My Tears” and many more. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000.


People Under the StairsPeople Under the Stairs, Skeme and Verbs
Jul. 19. For the third installment of LACMA’s “Through the Mic” series, People Under The Stairs, the most successful independent hip hop duo of all time, tops an impressive bill that also features Skeme and VerBS. Through the Mic co-curator MURS hosts. $10 members/$15 general admission. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.


Motown SoundsMotown Sounds
Jul 20. Enjoy a summer evening under the stars and belt out the sweet and soulful tunes of timeless Motown classics. Bring the entire family and join in on this mega-chorus alongside a live band and fellow Angelenos at the Keck Amphitheatre at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Singers of all levels are welcome and easy-to-use song sheets are provided. 6:30-8 p.m. 151 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.3660.


Portugal. The ManKCRW Live at Who Shot Rock & Roll
Jul. 21; Aug. 4. RSVP now for the final two show in a series of three free concerts accompanying the groundbreaking rock ‘n’ roll photography exhibition at the Annenberg Space for Photography. This Saturday, 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 at 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, 213.403.3000.


Arena: Born To Rock jake simpsonArena: Born To Rock
Jul. 20. 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.


Soleto Trattoria & Pizza BarEAT
Soleto Trattoria & Pizza Bar
New downtown Italian hotspot offers expertly baked pizza (indulge in the potato-bacon pie), signature southern Italian specialities and a killer happy hour during the week with a selection of $5 bites (fontina fonduta and shrimp oreganato are a must) and $3 drinks. 801 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.622.3255.


Tuesdays at Tom Bergin'sTuesdays at Tom Bergin’s
Jul. 24. One of LA’s oldest and most beloved Irish pubs brightens your Tuesday with a special menu from Executive Chef Brandon Boudet (Dominick’s, Little Dom’s). Tom’s special includes a feature tavern plate (like Guinness BBQ chicken perhaps?)with a salad, soda bread, a protein and side, finished off with a dessert for $15; wash it all down with $4 pints of Harp and $5 glasses of house red or white wine. 840 S. Fairfax Ave., 323.936.7151.


Pop-Up Pizza TuesdayPop-Up Pizza Tuesday
Jul. 24. Actor, guest chef and pizza enthusiast Adam Tomei pops up at Hollywood’s Lexington Social House for a weekly series featuring an ever-changing selection of his personal pizza favorites. A native New Yorker and pizza aficionado, Tomei’s personal passion for all things pizza led him on monthly pilgrimages to Phoenix’s celebrated Pizzeria Bianco to research his own recipes and artisan style. Selections rotate weekly and include everything from a traditional Margherita to San Gennaro with buffalo mozzarella, smoked mozzarella, sopressata, and ricotta. 1718 Vine St., Hollywood, 323.461.1700.


The Sun and Other StarsART
The Sun and Other Stars: Katy Grannan and Charlie White
Jul. 22-Oct. 14. The exhibition at LACMA brings together two photographers whose bodies of work, together, map the fragility and resilience of individuality in contemporary western culture. Katy Grannan’s unflinching portraits along sun-struck boulevards elevate her subjects from obscurity, while Charlie White’s series of blonde teen girls frames the popular and tyrannical appetite for celebrity with an unsentimental lens. Through nearly seventy-five photos, as well as a three-channel video installation by Grannan and a video animation by White, this exhibition examines the complexity of the human condition and the effects of desire and aspiration. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.


rock-and-rollWho Shot Rock & Roll
Though 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.


LA Cage Aux FollesTHEATER
LA Cage Aux Folles
Though Jul. 22. Saint-Tropez nightclub owner Georges and his partner Albin, who moonlights as glam chanteuse Zaza, meet the conservative parents of George’s future daughter-in-law. Star of stage, film and TV George Hamilton stars as Georges and two-time Tony Nominee Christopher Sieber stars as Albin. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.468.1779.


As You Like ItAs 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.


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.