Things To Do This Weekend | LA Weekend Events Roundup 8.10.12

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 8.10.12

Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival
Aug. 9-12. More than 100 celebrity chefs, 250 acclaimed wineries and winemakers and a few Hollywood stars converge for four days of cooking demos, tastings, lunches, dinners and wine seminars. Highlights include Asian Night Market hosted by Travel Channel’s Andrew Zimmern, Dim Sum brunch with Ming Tsai, Festa Italiana with Giada De Laurentiis and many more. Most events at L.A. Live; other locations, hours and admission cost vary. L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown.


Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour
Aug. 14-15. Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour combines Jackson’s music and choreography with Cirque du Soleil’s creativity and literally turns his signature moves upside down. Jamie King, multiple Emmy Award and MTV Video Music Award nominee, wrote and directed the show; King, who in his early years worked for Jackson, has choreographed music videos and directed some of the highest-grossing concert tours of all time for artists including Madonna, Rihanna, Celine Dion, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 800.745.3000.


brew-at-the-zooBrew at the LA Zoo
Aug. 10. Spend an evening sampling beer from local craft brewers and microbreweries, while hanging out with the elephants, koalas, apes, amphibians and reptiles of the LA Zoo. Additional entertainment includes performances by local bands, DJs, comedians, food and more. 6-10 p.m. 21+. $40 advance/$45 door/$20 dd. 5333 Zoo Drive, L.A., 323.644.4200.


skybar-poolpartySunday Pool Party
Sundays. Make Sunday “funday” at Skybar’s weekly pool party. While you lounge poolside surrounded by sweeping views of the city, sip on signature flavored mojitos and lychee basil martinis and more. Noon-6 p.m. Contact for reservations: 323.848.6025; Mondrian Hote, 8440 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood.


red-hot-chili-peppersMUSIC + DANCE
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Aug. 11-12. The multi-platinum rock band hits Staples Center on their I’m With You World Tour. The 2012 arena tour is the band’s first full-scale tour of the US since 2007. 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown.


norah-jonesNorah Jones
Aug. 10. Norah Jones defies categories of pop, rock, country, jazz and makes it all her own with her singular voice. A multi-Grammy winner, she has collaborated with everyone from Willie Nelson and Herbie Hancock to Danger Mouse and Outkast. Norah returns to the Bowl for the first time since 2004 for a special, one-night-only appearance.


Andrew BirdAndrew Bird with Sharon Van Etten
Aug. 12. Chicago-based film score composer, multi-instrumentalist and lyricist Andrew Bird brings his whimsical melodies and violin pop to the Greek Theatre. Since beginning his recording career in 1997 he has released 11 albums; the most recent, Break It Yourself, was recorded at his barn in Western Illinois. Bird is joined by Jersey-bred/Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Sharon Van Etten, who was recently named a “must-see act” by Rolling Stone magazine. 7:30 p.m. 2700 North Vermont Ave., L.A.


Dance Downtown: 60s NightDance Downtown: ’60s Night
Aug 10. Celebrate the sheer joy of dancing with shakes, twists and shouts during a night of classic dance moves and tunes from the ’60s on Downtown’s only open air dance floor. Every experience level is welcome, no partner necessary. 6:30-10 p.m. 135 North Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.3660.



Sweet Crush Ice BarEAT | DRINK
Sweet Crush Ice Bar
Somewhere between shaved ice and snow comes a perfect summer treat from Sweet Crush Ice Bar. At its recently opened sleek Brentwood outpost, you can savor delicate shaved ribbons of frozen milk or fruit snow-based creations. Top them with everything from berries to graham crackers and drizzle them with a variety of flavors from chocolate to passion fruit. 11753 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.820.0607.


beverly-hills-cocktailsBeverly Hills Cocktail Week
Aug. 10-18. Sip on farm-to-shaker cocktail specials like a blue gin fizz, blackberry bramble, frozen fresh peach bellini and more, when you mention Beverly Hills Cocktail Week at BierBeisel, Bouchon, Beverly Wilshire, Momed, 10 Pound, Nic’s, Sotto and Xi’an. More Info.



ferragosto-cecconisCecconi’s Porchetta Roast & Ferragosto Celebration
Aug. 12. In Italy Ferragosto marks the time when city dwellers abandon their apartments and escape to the beaches, mountains and countryside for some serious R&R. Get in the spirit this Sunday at Cecconi’s as Chef Andrea Cavaliere roasts a 200-lb. pig over an open fire on their patio. Dine on roasted pork, apple sauce, wood oven roasted potatoes and pork cracklin. $26/plate. 2 p.m. until the pork runs out. 8764 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310.432.2000.


Mary Poppins
Aug. 9-Sept. 2. Broadway’s supercalifragilistic, award-winning hit musical returns to LA. Based on P.L. Travers’ stories and the classic 1964 Walt Disney film, Mary Poppins features the Academy Award-winning music and lyrics of Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.


Through Sept. 9. 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.


Through 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.