Things To Do This Weekend | LA Weekend Events Roundup 7.27.12

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 7.27.12

Grand Park Opening Weekend
Jul 28-29. Check out the inaugural opening weekend of Los Angeles County’s Grand Park in downtown LA. On July 28, dance outdoors and celebrate National Dance Day with Nigel Lythgoe and other celebrities from “So You Think You Can Dance.” Other activities include a special performance by Cirque du Soleil, easy–to-learn community dance classes, food trucks and more. Continue the celebration on July 29, and experience Sunday Music in the Park featuring the distinctive sounds of Los Angeles. All events are free and open to the public. From Grand Ave. to Hill St. between Temple an First Streets, downtown, 213.972.8080.


the-producersThe Producers
Jul. 27-29. Broadway smash hit The Producers takes over the Hollywood Bowl for the venue’s only fully staged musical of the summer. Starring Richard Kind as Max Bialystock and Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Leo Bloom, the show also features an eclectic cast of supporting actors. Mel Brooks’ now-classic musical is about a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant, who concoct a get-rich scheme to bilk their investors out of millions by producing the most notorious flop in history. 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000.


chinatown summer nightsChinatown Summer Nights
Jul. 28, Aug. 11, 25. Part food event, part summer party, Chinatown Summer Nights features local bands and KCRW DJs Jason Bentley, Anthony Valadez, Jeremy Sole, Valida and Aaron Byrd. Taste the many culinary offerings of Chinatown and LA’s gourmet food trucks; sample the neighborhood’s wares; watch Chinese chefs perform cooking demonstrations; experience large-scale, outdoor video projections; take part in hands-on, Chinese cultural activities presented by local organizations and museums; sip on Chinese beer and dance in Central Plaza. Each event is represented by a different element: Earth, Water, and Fire. 5 p.m.-midnight. Chinatown, downtown.


poncho-sanchez-central-aveCentral Ave Jazz Festival
Jul. 28-29. Los Angeles’ rich west coast jazz heritage comes to life this weekend during the 17th annual festival that features a tribute to Etta James and headliners such as Poncho Sanchez, The Ray Goren Band, Gerald Wilson Orchestra and more. Free. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Central Avenue between 42nd and 43rd Streets, South Los Angeles.


West 3rd St. Summer StrollWest 3rd St. Summer Stroll
Jul. 26. Celebrate summer on one of LA’s best dining and shopping streets. Enjoy in-store events, special sales, refreshments and more. West 3rd St between Fairfax and La Cienega, L.A.



long-beach-crawfishLong Beach Crawfish Festival
Jul. 28-29. Dine on Cajun crawfish dinners prepared Louisiana-style, listen to zydeco and dixieland music hit the beach bar and more at the 19th annual Long Beach Crawfish Festival. $13-$38. Rainbow Lagoon, 400-403 Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach.



Fionna Apple
Jul. 29. The singer-songwriter-turned-cult-artist, whose recent return to the spotlight began with the June release of “The Idler Wheel,” her first album since 2005, performs new tracks and old favorites at the Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood. 6215 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, 323.962.7600.


Ted Baker Sample SaleSHOP
Ted Baker Sample Sale
Jul. 27. Top Ted pieces like women’s dresses and wallets, and men’s knitwear and leather bags are all discounted to $55 and under. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Ted Baker Showroom, Cooper Design Space, 860 S. Los Angeles St., 2nd floor, Suite 220, downtown.


Kelly Wearstler Sample SaleKelly Wearstler Sample Sale
Jul. 27-28. Find stylish signature Kelly Wearstler ready-to-wear and jewelry pieces up to 75% off. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 7961 W. 3rd St., L.A.



Cecconi’sEAT | DRINK
Italian Rosé Wine Tasting
Jul. 30. There’s nothing like a Rosé on a Los Angeles summer evening. At Cecconi’s follow General Manager and Sommelier Marino Monferrato as he hosts an interactive and informative wine tasting featuring Rosé wines from Italy in the restaurant’s pristine Butterfly Room. For $25, you will taste five different wines, while noshing on cicchetti (Italian tapas). 7 p.m. 8764 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310.432.2000.


the-parishThe Parish
Opens Jul. 27. Friday marks the highly anticipated debut of Executive Chef Casey Lane’s (The Tasting Kitchen) English gastropub-inspired restaurant and bar, The Parish in downtown’s fashion district. Stop in and savor daily-changing innovative, modern pub fare using quality, seasonal ingredients—butchered and cured in-house. Menu highlights include bone marrow with a celery salad; poutine pigs feet, buttermilk fried chicken; and daal (Indian lentils) served with chutney toast. Libations complement the fare with 20 rotating taps of locally brewed craft beer, a curated wine program and crafted cocktials designed by John Coltharp (Seven Grand, Caña Rum Bar). Dinner/bar daily 5 p.m.-2 a.m. 840 S. Spring St., downtown, 213.225.2400.


Cordero Negro Pop-Up at Royal/TCordero Negro Pop-Up at Royal/T
Jul. 26-27. These are your final two days to bid adieu to Culver City’s playful 10,000-square-foot Japanese pop art-inspired space and “cosplay” maid café. To mark that Cordero Negro pops up with Chef Sandra Cordero’s 12-course tapas tasting menu and selection of bar bites. Dine on selections such as frisée salad with honeyed lardons and peach; chorizo sausage with succotash and saffron corn veloute; and herbed goat cheese stuffed pequillo peppers with basil infused olive oil. Tasting menu $45/pp (excluding tax and gratuity), bar bites: $5 each. Reservations required: 8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.559.6300.


London Sole
Jul. 27. Celebrate the opening of the 2012 Olympics on Santa Monica’s Montana Ave. with London Sole, Partners Trust, French Lessons and Limonaia. Festivities include signature treats by the B Sweet dessert truck, as well as limited-time in-store promotions. Noon to 2 p.m. 1331 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403. 310.255.0937.


Downtown Burbank Car ClassicDowntown Burbank Car Classic
Jul. 27. See restored and pre-1974 sports cars and bikes, exotics, cruisers and hot rods, from Ferraris, Porsches and Cadillacs to custom Mustangs, Camaros and Harleys. Event also includes live music, comedy and more. San Fernando Blvd. and adjacent streets, downtown Burbank. 818.238.5209.


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.


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.