Things To Do This Weekend | LA Weekend Events Roundup 8.17.12

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 8.17.12

Sunset Strip Music Festival
Aug. 16-18. Sunset Strip venues the House of Blues, Key Club, the Roxy, the Viper Room and Whisky A Go-Go host a music and street festival. Performers include Marilyn Manson, the Offspring, Steve Aoki, Bad Religion, Far East Movement. $75–$250. 310.659.7368.


craft-beer-crawlLos Angeles Craft Beer Crawl
Aug. 18. Broadway Bar, Caña Rum Bar, Casey’s Irish Pub, Cole’s, Golden Gopher, Las Perlas and Seven Grand pour more than 50 craft beers at their downtown locations. Beer personalities and authors “the Beer Chicks” curate a selection of lagers, ales and stouts from the top microbrewers in the country. 3–7 pm. $54–$74.


Hester Fair: Indie Craft MarketHester Fair: Indie Craft Market
Aug. 18. Shop for goods from 140 of the city’s most talented indie craft and designers. Devoted to independent goods, collected wares and food, every booth is a chance to encounter something you won’t find in a strip mall. Also enjoy live music and a craft beer garden. Lot on Hollywood Blvd. and Argyle Ave., Hollywood.


The Spare Room Game TournamentsThe Spare Room Game Tournaments
Aug. 20. Mondays through Oct. 1, show off you gaming skills at The Spare Room’s weekly tournament nights. In addition to a weekly featured game (this week is the card game War), you can enjoy Russian Standard cocktails and a special menu of small bites. Tournament prizes include Russian Standard products, Warby Parker specs, and of course, complimentary drinks, punchbowls, and wares from The Spare Room. 8 p.m. Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.769.7296.


APT2B at 1600 VineAPT2B at 1600 Vine
Aug. 18-19. Your favorite one-stop online furniture, design and housewares store, APT2B pops up at 1600 Vine for a unique shopping experience set in a three-bedroom, two-story townhome suite. Find walk-in closets stocked with the latest in menswear from Alpha Gear For Gents; women’s fashion from Le Fashion Truck and Della, a Los Angeles based fashion line; plus four bathrooms offering Bath Petals organic bath products and beauty supplies; and a sprawling floor plan with a showroom of Apt2B modern home furnishings. Delights include treats from Sweet E’s Bake Shop, tunes by DJs and giveaways. Noon-5 p.m. 1600 Vine, Hollywood.


gyoza-eating-nisei-weekNisei Week
Through Aug. 18-19. Little Tokyo’s Nisei Week celebrates Japanese and Japanese-American culture. The nation’s longest running cultural event of it’s kind wraps up this weekend with the Plaza Festival featuring a Rubik’s Cube championship, Taiko gathering and Gyoza eating competition where international eating superstars (including Joey “Jaws” Chestnut and Patrick “Deepdish” Bertoletti, the world’s top two competitive eaters) and amateur eaters compete. Various locations. See website for details:


Aug. 17-18. Colombian superstar Juanes has become the leading all-Spanish language music artist in the world. Both guitarist and songwriter, the 17-time Latin Grammy winner has made a global impact with his blend of rock en español and traditional Latin American rhythms, as well as with his commitment to social change through music. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 North Highland Ave., 323.850.2000.


Jennifer Lopez and Enrique IglesiasJennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias
Aug. 16-17. Superstars Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias stop at the Staples Center as part of their 2012 summer tour. With combined album sales of almost 125 million, Lopez and Iglesias are more than just superstars, they are some of the most dominant powerhouses in music today. Trailblazing international musician and singer/songwriter Frankie J supports. L.A. Live, 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 800.745.3000.


for-the-record-john-hugesFor the Record – John Hughes
Aug. 16-Sept. 15. This 360-degree theatrical concert and dining experience features world-class performers who bring the movies to life with signature songs and moments from John Hughes classics The Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink, Sixteen Candles, Weird Science, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with additional songs included from Uncle Buck, The Great Outdoors, She’s Having A Baby and National Lampoon’s Vacation. Arrive early and enjoy Rockwell: Table & Stage’s seasonal cuisine and cocktails. Thurs.-Sat. $35. 1714 N. Vermont Ave., L.A., 323.661.6163.


darkness-hot-cakesSongs and Sweets with The Darkness, Amoeba Music and Auntie Em’s Kitchen
Aug. 21. British glam rockers The Darkness release their new album “Hot Cakes” and pair some of L.A.’s best cupcakes from Auntie Em’s Kitchen with the tunes during the listening party. Revel in the majesty of “Hot Cakes,” nosh on chocolate with butter cream, red velvet, carrot, coconut and peaches’n cream cupcakes from Auntie Em’s Kitchen, and enter to win some killer prizes. 5 p.m. Amoeba Music Hollywood, 6400 Sunset Blvd.


celebrate-broadwayCelebrate Broadway
Aug. 17. Belt out popular Broadway favorites and classic tunes with hundreds of your fellow Angelenos. Singers of all levels are welcome and easy-to-use song sheets are provided. Free, tickets are distributed on a first come first served basis starting at 6 p.m. 6:30-8:30. W.M. Keck Amphitheatre, Walt Disney Concert Hall, 151 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.4399.


Dance in the USA
Aug. 17. Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre pays homage to the American experience with an explosive dance and music retrospective. The company combines stellar choreography with a compilation of musical works by iconic musical artists Aaron Copland, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Roy Orbison, Janis Joplin, The Doors, Michael Jackson and more. $15-$35. The Ford Amphitheatre, 1580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, L.A., 323.461.3673.


Walter Manzke Dinner at Strand House
Aug. 20. In what promises to be a one-night epicurean extravaganza, Chef Neal Fraser turns over his kitchen at The Strand House in Manhattan Beach to renowned Chef Walter Manzke to present a five-course dinner. Each course will be paired with exclusive wines from PlumpJack and CADE wineries. The evening kicks off with a 30-minute reception with passed hors d’oeuvres and a glass of sparkling wine and an opportunity to visit with Manzke and Fraser. 7 p.m. $150/pp not inclusive of tax and gratuity. Reservations required. 117 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.7470.


burger haven haven gastropubBurger Haven at Haven Gastropub + Brewery
Opens Aug. 20. Grab a burger on the go at Haven Gastropub + Brewery’s new burger pop-up. Arrive at Haven’s McCormick Alley entrance and pick from a selection of grassfed and free range burgers, including the signature Haven Burger and Lamb Burger. Go the extra mile with a quick pull of the daily Haven brew straight from the keg or cool off with a specialty milkshake. To celebrate the grand opening Haven wants to give you a burger on the house, if you’re one of the first 100 people to line up on opening day. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. daily. 42 De Lacey Avenue, McCormick Alley entrance, Pasadena, 626.768.9555.


royce-garden-dinnerGastronomy in The Garden Dinner at the Royce
Aug. 23. Dine on a three-course menu featuring fresh, seasonal organic vegetables and produce straight from Chef David Féau’s garden at The Langham. The evening begins in the garden, featuring tray passed amuses with wine pairings and followed by a special dinner in The Royce. $125/pp. The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena,626.585.6410.


Mary Poppins
Through 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.