Things To Do This Weekend | LA Weekend Events Roundup 8.04.12

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 8.04.12

Pixar in Concert
Aug. 3-5. Conductor Thomas Wilkins leads the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra through Pixar’s most beloved scores at the Hollywood Bowl. Visually stunning clips accompany music from Toy Story, Cars, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Wall-E, Up and Brave. 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000.


hard-summer-miike-snowHard Summer
Aug. 3–4. Summer electronic music festival features headliners: Bloc Party, Miike Snow, Skrillex and more than 50 other cutting-edge dance and electronic bands and DJs. 6 pm–2 am. $75–$250. Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring St., downtown, 855.235.2867.



Nicki MinajNicki Minaj
Aug. 5. The Grammy Award nominee brings her blend of Missy Elliot rhymes and Lil’ Kim attitute to the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live downtown for her Pink Friday Tour. The tour follows the launch of Minaj’s sophomore album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. 777 Chick Hearn Court, downtown, 213.763.6020.


Santa Monica Pier Twilight Concert SeriesSanta Monica Pier Twilight Concert Series
Thursdays. See free concerts at the iconic Santa Monica pier every Thursday through Sept. 8. Join the crowd that stretches from the Pier deck to the beach and beyond as the Santa Monica Bay’s summer days blend into evening sunsets. This week’s theme is “Australia Rocks” and features headliner Kasey Chambers, supported by opening acts Matt Ellis + D Henry Fenton. 7-10 p.m. Free. Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica.


Symphony of HopeSymphony of Hope
Aug. 3. The collaboration by 25 of today’s leading Oscar, Tony, Grammy and Emmy winning composers, aims benefit Haiti Earthquake Relief. The “Symphony of Hope” begins with an original Haitian melody, then each composer contributes an additional 8-32 bars of music to the piece and then passes it along to the next composer. The performance culminates in an original opus performed by a 70-member orchestra and 40-member choir. Fresh out of the studio, the musical fundraising project premieres live on the Grand Performances’ stage in its entirety. Free. 8 p.m. California Plaza, 350 S. Grand Ave., downtown.


Celebrate Mars at Griffith ObservatoryEVENTS
Celebrate Mars at Griffith Observatory
Aug. 2-3, 5. NASA’s Curiosity rover is set to touch down on Mars at 10:31 p.m. Sunday. To celebrate the landing head to Griffith Observatory this weekend for a roster full of programs. The party kicks off Aug. 2, at 7:30 p.m. with a special screening of Triumph of the Dream, a documentary that explores the human face of the Mars Exploration Program that landed two rovers on Mars in 2004. After the screening, filmmaker Norman Seeff will provide insight and commentary in a discussion with Griffith Observatory Curator, Dr. Laura Danly (7:30-9:30 p.m.). On Aug. 3, the All Space Considered free public lecture focuses on the Mars exploration with special guests John Callas, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Project Manager of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Project, and Space Journalist Leonard David. Finally on Aug. 5, watch live coverage of Curiosity’s landing on Mars with the Observatory staff and JPL scientist Adrian Ponce, starting at 9 p.m. 2800 East Observatory Rd., L.A., 213.473.0800.


lucky-rice-night-marketLuckyRice Night Market
Aug. 4. Susan Feniger, Jet Tila and other top L.A. and international chefs join host Sang Yoon at Helms Bakery in Culver City for a festival celebrating Asian culture and flavors. Local master mixologists serve custom cocktails and DJs spin tunes at this multi-sensory culinary experience. 7:30–10 pm, VIP entrance at 7 pm. $50, VIP $88. H.D. Buttercup, Helms Bakery District, 3225 Helms Ave., Culver City.


Plate By Plate Tasting
Aug. 4. Drink and dine on specialties from more than 30 top LA restaurants (Picca, Scarpetta, Rivera, Chaya, the Royce, among many others) and chefs at this event that celebrates food, wine volunteerism and community. In addition to chefs tastings highlights include live entertainment, a quick fire chef challenge featuring Top Chef’s Marcel Vigneron vs. a surprise chef, and a Plate by Plate cocktail challenge, sponsored by St. Germain Liqueur; the competing mixologists are Devon Espinosa (Ink, Pour Vous), Gia St. George (City Tavern), and Chris Hewes (Library Bar). $150 general/$250 VIP. Vibiana, 214 S. Main St., downtown.


Art and caffeine collide in the most delicious way possible at newly opened C+M on the LACMA campus. Indulge in artisan, handcrafted direct trade Intelligentsia coffee, pastries, signature milk sorbet treats and a daily selection of sweet and savory eats. The focus of C+M is their signature organic milk sorbet (Straus Family Creamery milk, organic sugar, Tahitian vanilla bean) is shaken into frothy “milk handshakes,” some with artisanal spirits, or sandwiched between freshly baked cookies in their “Milkwich.” 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323 857 6180.


Opening Aug. 1. Tony Award-nominated Alfred Molina again undertakes the role of bad boy artist Mark Rothko in this exploration into the soul of an artist. Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening) plays his assistant. Pigments and opinions collide on stage at downtown’s Mark Taper Forum. 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.


Jul. 31-Aug. 12. Musical about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Follow them on their journey to the ends of the airwaves – filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Pantages Theater, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770.


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.