Things To Do This Weekend | LA Weekend Events Roundup 9.07.12

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 9.07.12

Fashion’s Night Out Los Angeles
Sept. 6. Los Angeles is packed with style meccas, making it an ideal participant in Fashion’s Night Out, the annual worldwide movement celebrating shopping. Robertson Boulevard. Rodeo Drive. The Beverly Center: Parties, guest appearances, fashion shows, live music, extended store hours and special sales happen at retail outlets throughout the city. Check out our roundup of Fashion’s Night Out Los Angeles festivities:


la-greek-festLA Greek Fest
Sept. 7-9. Experience the best of Greece in the middle of L.A. at the L.A. Greek Fest. Fill your dish with cuisine and pastries including gyros, spanakopita, baklava, baby lamb chops, feta fries, kebobs, kalamari, Greek wine, beer and cocktails, and much, much more. In addition to food, find ongoing dance performances, cooking demonstrations, Zorba dance competition and a special Saturday night performance by Greece’s acclaimed pop star Thanos Petrelis. Saint Sophia Cathedral, 1324 S. Normandie Ave., L.A., 323.737.2424.


good-food-pieGood Food Pie Contest
Sept. 8. Celebrate pie at the 4th annual contest that features baked creations from home cooks and professionals alike, judged by some of LA’s best chefs and food writers. Festivities include free pie tasting, apron fashion show, music provided by KCRW DJ Anne Litt and more. 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000.


lblobsterlogoLong Beach Lobster Festival
Sept. 7-9. The lobsters are coming to the Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach! Enjoy fresh live Main lobsters steamed in the world’s largest cooker while listening to popular local artists play swing, salsa, R&B and much more. The festival, which is the largest lobster festival outside of Maine, also features a giant food court, children’s area, dance floor, two stages and beach bars. 400 Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach, 562.496.5959.


station-hollywoodStation Hollywood Monday Movie Night
Sept. 10. Station Hollywood keeps the LA alfresco movie season going by featuring movies on their 35-foot outdoor screen Monday nights through September. The series kicks off with a screening of Sunset Strip. Special guests—including director, writer, and producer Hans Fjellestad, producers Donovan Leitch, Joseph Mundo, and Tommy Alastra of Sunset Strip—host the evening along with a post-screening question and answer session. The series continues Sept. 17, with Swingers and Sept. 24, with Tim Burton’s Batman. Shop up early to catch Monday night football before the show. Seating begins at 7:30 p.m., movie at 8 p.m. W Hollywood Hotel, 6250 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.798.1360.


good-eats-pasadenaGood Eats Pasadena
Sept. 8. Celebrate culinary delights in Pasadena from local to regional regional outlets. Festival features food from local restaurants, beer and wine garden, music, chef demos and hands-on activities. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. 23 S. Madison Ave., Pasadena, 626.744.0340.



la-county-fairLos Angeles County Fair
Through Sept. 30. Largest county fair in North America features rides, animals, live music, horse races. Musical acts include the Wanted, Karmin, the B52’s and Earth, Wind & Fire. Call for hours. $7–$17, under 6 free. Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, 909.623.3111.



Hot Chip, Passion Pit and Omar Souleyman
Sept. 9. Crafting London’s premier electronic dance music, Hot Chip is known for its stellar live shows. Soulful, danceable and unabashedly pop, Passion Pit brings infectious melodies and enigmatic lyrics, while Syrian folkloric dance and party music legend Omar Souleyman opens the night with his wild dabke sounds. 2301 North Highland Ave., 323.850.2000.


michael-cimarustiEAT | DRINK
Michael Cimarusti Dinner at Strand House
Sept. 10. Continuing his Master Chef Series at Strand House, Chef Neal Fraser turns over his notable kitchen to renowned Chef Michael Cimarusti (Providence) to collaborate on a five-course dinner. Each course will be paired with Quintessa and Flowers wines. Menu highlights include Wild Day-Boat Menemsha Fluke with Lone Daughter Ranch Oro Blanco; Hokkaido Scallop with Chanterelles; Cold Smoked Wild King Salmon with Crispy Potato, and more. 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 Cimarusti and Fraser. 7 p.m. $100/pp not inclusive of tax and gratuity. Reservations required. 117 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.7470.


garlic-fairChaya Garlic Fest
Through Sept. 30. Vampires beware, for the rest of the month you can immerse yourself in Chaya Venice’s garlic-centric dinner menu. Highlights from Chef Shigefumi Tachibe include Black Garlic seared Yellowtail Sashimi with Garlic Citrus Soy; Grilled Whole Sea Bass stuffed with Garlic, Fennel, Rosemary, Tomato, and Basil; Buffalo Burger on a Pretzel Bun with Garlic Chili Chutney, and more. 110 Navy St., Venice, 310.396.1179.


churchill-cocktailNew Cocktails at The Churchill
“Ccocktail-sophisticato” Mia Sarazen, who has made a name for herself in the LA cocktail scene by creating top-quality programs at SoHo House, Harvard & Stone, Black Market and Tasting Kitchen, launches new cocktail creations at The Churchill. The new menu is set up so imbibers can tailor their experience by choosing a drink that fits the time, location, mood, and purpose of their visit. The menu focuses on approachable cocktails, fresh ingredients, and something for every guest. Highlights include The Bulldog (Milagro blanco, passion, pineapple, lime, jalepeno), The Grapes of Wrath (Kappa Pisco, lime, pineapple, whites, bitters, cinnamon), Amelia (Kettle One, lemon, St. Germaine,violet, blackberries), among others. 8384 West 3rd St., L.A.


pasta-drago-centroCook the Perfect Pasta Class at Drago Centro
Sept. 6, Oct. 4. Learn how to make, roll, and cook fresh pasta dough featuring Chef Ian Gresik’s tips and tricks for the perfect plate of al-dente noodles. Each two-hour class comes complete with passed hors d’oeuvres, pasta tastings, full entrees, and pours of house wine. In addition to the class, take a look behind the scenes with a tour of the Drago Centro kitchen, and take it all home with Chef’s special gift bag. 7 p.m. $140. RSVP: 213.228.8998. Drago Centro, The City National Bank Plaza, 525 South Flower Street, Suite 120, downtown.


The Book of Mormon
Through Nov. 25. Nine-time Tony Award–winning musical The Book of Mormon comes knocking at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood for a 12-week engagement. The hit production—about a duo of idealistic Mormon missionaries sent to Uganda to share their sacred text with the local people—boasts a book, music and lyrics by four-time Emmy Award–winning creators of the animated series South Park Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and co-creator of the long-running musical comedy Avenue Q, Robert Lopez. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1779.


helenHelen at the Getty Villa
Sept. 6-29. In Helen, Euripides’ heroine is no wanton seductress, but rather a pious, faithful wife and a hapless victim of Olympian plots who struggles to make the best of a very bad situation. See this rarely performed masterpiece in the Getty Villa’s dramatic outdoor theater. 8 p.m. $42, $38 students/seniors. 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades, 310.440.7300.


elephant-roomElephant Room
Through 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.


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.