Things To Do This Weekend | LA Weekend Events Roundup 8.24.12

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 8.24.12


Taste of Brews
Aug. 25. The premier beer-tasting festival features dozens of seasonal, craft and micro-brews paired with cuisine from high-end gastropubs and eateries. Noon–4 pm. $32.50–$50. Lighthouse Park, 200 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, 714.375.1132.


fried-chicken-festFried Chicken Fest
Aug. 26. Celebrate fried chicken as some of the city’s finest chefs offer their versions of the comfort food favorite accompanied by sides. Dine on recipes by Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill), Ricardo Zarate (Picca, Mo-Chica), David LeFevre (MB Post), Bryant Ng (The Spice Table), Marcel Vigneron and Haru Kishi (The Coop) and more. Wash it all down with bottomless cocktail punches, as well as endless craft beer from Firestone Walker Brewing Co., all set to the beats of DJ Stepdad. $55, includes fried chicken and a side dish from each participating chef, drinks and entertainment. A portion of proceeds benefit Share Our Strength. The Coop, 134 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A.


pop-up-dinner-los-angelesPopUp Dinner L.A.
Aug. 25. Gatsby-esque event puts a modern twist on an elegant dining experience, think: underground-dinner-meets-flash-mob-meets-outdoor-picnic. At an undisclosed (until the day of) L.A. location (one that has made history, we’re told) you arrive in all white, with your friends, a picnic (or opt for a catered meal by a burgeoning local chef) and are met with entertainment and a stylish spot to lay your picnic wares. 5-11 p.m. $28 BYO picnic/$78 catered dinner. A portion of proceeds will go to Slow Food Los Angeles.


Found Footage FestivalFound Footage Festival
Aug. 24. After appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! the Found Footage Festival heads to Largo at the Coronet to showcase their new lineup of quirky, odd and hilarious found videos (like the instructional video of “How to Massage Your Pet Opossum”) discovered at thrift shops and garage sales throughout North America. Hosts Joe Pickett (The Onion) and Nick Prueher (The Colbert Report) provide their unique observations and commentary on these found video obscurities. The show also features special guests they’ve tracked down from the videos, including yo-yo expert Kenny “K-Strass” Strasser, and Frank Pacholski in his festival debut. $25. 366 North La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.855.0350.


susan-feniger“Street Food” Launch Party at Street
Aug. 26. You love Susan Feniger’s riffs on street food at her restaurant Street, now learn how to make them at home. Feniger recently released her newest cookbook and wants to celebrate. The evening features interactive food stations, passed appetizers and a cocktail lounge highlighting recipes from the cookbook. Catch chefs Feniger and Kajsa Alger demonstrating their favorite dishes throughout the night, while DJs from Ameoba Records spin global funk tunes. You can get personalized copies of the cookbook and view exclusive travel footage shot by Liz Lachman. The first 50 guests to purchase tickets will receive bookmarks printed with an exclusive recipe and gift cards to Amoeba Records. 5-10 p.m. Reservations required. $50/$70, with a cookbook. Susan Feniger’s Street, 742 N. Highland Ave., L.A., 323.203.0500.


80s-prom-party80s Prom Party
Aug. 25. Whether you went to prom in the 80s, 90s, or 2000s, you can take a blast to the past for one night at 80s prom party. Break out that dated bridesmaid dress or ruffled tuxedo shirt and dance the night away to a soundtrack of Bon Jovi, Prince, Madonna and Journey; the event also features two 80s cover bands and DJ sets in between. $25, includes prom pictures. El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.936.6400.


Chipotle Farmers Market TourChipotle Farmers Market Tour
Aug. 25-26. If forging for sustainably sourced produce wasn’t exciting enough, head to the Silver Lake (Aug. 25) and Hollywood (Aug. 26) farmers markets this weekend for Chipotle’s first ever Farmers Market Tour that features live music cooking demos, and food-centric activities. Former pro surfer and musician Timmy Curran and indie band Good Old War headline the tour, which also includes local bands, salsa-making demos and more. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. 3700 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake; Ivar between Hollywood and Sunset Blvds., Hollywood.


H2O Music FestivalMUSIC + DANCE
H2O Music Festival
Aug. 25. Day-long live music festival features top headliners of Latin and American scene in rock, pop, hip-hop, alternative, and electronic music. Headliners include Wisin & Yandel, John Legend, Snoop Dogg, Gym Class Heros, Ozomatli and many more. Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring St., downtown.


diana-krallDiana Krall
Aug. 24-25. Diana Krall brings her elegance, style and warmth to an evening of jazz standards and beautiful ballads. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 North Highland Ave., 323.850.2000.



Dance Downtown: Ondo/Bon DanceDance Downtown: Ondo/Bon Dance
Aug 24. Join The Music Center for the first Ondo night at a special Dance Downtown. Get your Bon dance on and come dressed in your Ondo best. Dance lessons are offered throughout the evening. Music Center Plaza, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.3660



hallucination-dinnerEAT | DRINK
The Hallucination at Rivera
Chef John Sedlar wants you to hallucinate in the most elevated way possible. That is why he created a six-course feast where tequila is incorporated into each dish, with every dish paired with a different cocktail (created by Julian Cox, Eric Alperin and Julian Wayser). Begin your meal with a rare tequila blanco and four bowls of herbs and spices that highlight the different qualities of the spirit. Then move on to courses like oysters on the half shell with cucumber caviar, paired with sangrita verde and blue agave mezcal; and sous-vide duck leg and lamb chop paired with the “Sir Hazard” (Minero mezcal, gentian, sencha and Rioja). Luckily, if you need a hotel room downtown to ride out your hallucination, the hostess will be glad to make arrangements. $125/pp. 1050 S. Flower St., downtown, 213.749.1460.


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.


Auntie Em’s Kitchen Farmers Market DinnersAuntie Em’s Kitchen Farmers Market Dinners
Aug. 29. The beloved Eagle Rock cafe celebrates 10 years with a series of five-course farm-to-table dinners. The inaugural dinner offers selections like summer vegetable tempura, Moroccan-spiced lamb shank with smokey lentils, slow roasted smoked pork shoulder with mashed fingerling potatoes and tomato confit, and a pluot and peach galette. $45 adults/$10 children. Seatings at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., children’s menu offered at first seating. Future dinners are scheduled for Sept. 26, Oct. 24, and Nov. 14. 4616 Eagle Rock Blvd., Eagle Rock, 323.255.0800.


The Art of Mixology, an Andaz SalonThe Art of Mixology, an Andaz Salon
Aug. 24. Learn to be your own mixologist by attending a hands-on cocktail experience with expert mixologist Billy Ray. Learn how to make sophisticated cocktails featuring Absolut Vodka, Jameson Whiskey, Tequila Avión and Plymouth Gin. While you’re at it, nosh on small bites by Andaz’s Executive Chef Jorge Chicas. $45 person, includes four cocktails with paired appetizers. Andaz West Hollywood, 8401 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. More Info.


Elephant Room
Aug. 26-Sept. 16. The West Coast premiere of this “enchantingly goofy collaboration,” (Village Voice), follows three semi-pro magicians as they hang out in a basement rec room and practice their tricks with varying competence. Soon they realize that things are not as they seem, and there is something mysterious about their Elephant Room. Stars magicians Louie Magic, Daryl Hannah and Dennis Diamond. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City.


mary-poppinsMary 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.