Things To Do This Weekend | LA Weekend Events Roundup 9.27.12

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 9.27.12

Sept. 30. Accustomed to selling out multiple shows in a row when they hit Los Angeles, Wilco finally takes the stage as a Hollywood Bowl headliner. Hear Jeff Tweedy and his band of musical geniuses (including LA’s own Nels Cline on guitar) as they close the official summer season with special guest Joanna Newsom. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000.


dudamel-don-giovanneLos Angeles Philharmonic Opening Night: The Philharmonic Dances
Sept. 27. Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in selections from Tchaikovsky and Bernstein, honoring the traditions of dance rhythms. Special guest dancers, in collaboration with the Music Center, join the downtown concert program. 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000.



Art Platform Los Angeles
Sep. 27-30. Local and international artists, dealers, collectors, museums and art enthusiasts gather at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica to demonstrate L.A.’s influence on the contemporary art world. Docent-led tours provide an overview of the fair or focus on a particular theme. 11 am–6 pm. $15–$45 Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, 213.763.5890.


LA Loves Alex’s Lemonade Culinary Cookout
Sep. 29. Chef Suzanne Goin, business partner Caroline Styne, chef David Lentz, and actors Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka co-host an outdoor food and drink spectacular at Culver Studios in Culver City. The event, emceed by entertainer Jimmy Kimmel and featuring 40 top chefs and mixologists, helps raise funds for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Noon–4 pm. $175. The Culver Studios, 9338 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City.


front-porch-cinemaFront Porch Cinema
Sept. 28. Hit the Santa Monica Pier this fall for Front Porch Cinema, a Friday film series that features an eclectic line-up of movies, pre-show DJ, interactive booths, drinks and snacks under the stars, complimented by a cool, ocean breeze. The series kicks off with The Wizard of OZ. Movie goers are encouraged to walk the yellow brick road and dress as their favorite character. Future movies are The Hunger Games (Oct. 5), Exit Through the Gift Shop (Oct. 12), and 500 Days of Summer (Oct. 19). 6 p.m. music; 7 p.m. movie. Santa Monica Pier, 1550 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica.


feast-of-san-gennaroFeast of San Gennaro
Celebrate Italian food and culture in Los Angeles this weekend. At Feast of San Gennaro Los Angeles (Sept. 28-30) find food, wine and entertainment, including live music, street performers, kid’s corner, rides and games in the middle of Hollywood. You can also get your Italian food fix at Dominick’s and Little Dom’s (Sept. 27-29) where Chef Brandon Boudet celebrates the feast with a special menu of Italian-American street food including grilled steak topped with smoked mozzarella, sausage and peppers sandwich and BBQ balsamic vinegar short ribs.


LA Beer Float ShowdownLA Beer Float Showdown
Sept. 29. Five teams of top L.A. chefs and local breweries collaborate to create the ultimate beer float, and you are the judge. This year’s line-up includes: Eagle Rock Brewery + Andre Guerrero & Jan Purdy (The Oinkster / Maximiliano), Strand Brewing + Christian Page (Short Order) & Hourie Sahakian (Short Cake), El Segundo Brewing Co. + Shiho Yoshikawa (Sweet Rose Creamery), Golden Road Brewing + Josh Graves & Paul Sanguinetti (Ray’s and Stark Bar / C+M), and Beachwood BBQ and Brewing + Tony DiSalvo & Chris Crary (Whist). Each team will prepare a beer float, and then you will sample and vote on it, keeping in mind flavor, originality and presentation. $35 includes five floats, and a savory treat from Golden Road Brewing. $45 VIP. Golden Road Brewing, 5410 West San Fernando Road, L.A.


CBTL Trade Up Your CupCBTL Trade Up Your Cup
Sept. 29. Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf invites coffee and tea lovers to celebrate National Coffee Day at its inaugural “Trade Up Your Cup Event” in Los Angeles. Guests can exchange any new or used coffeemaker for a brand new complimentary CBTL® Kaldi Machine, and the first 200 people in attendance will also receive a free CBTL® milk frother. Eligible coffee machines collected will be recycled or redistributed to non-profits and schools throughout Los Angeles. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (or until supplies are exhausted). 8775 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood.


Fred Segal Santa Monica Fall Sale
Sept. 28-Oct. 14. Shop for 50% off fall wardrobe pieces, home furnishings, accessories, and footwear essentials at iconic shopping destination, Fred Segal Santa Monica. All the stores under Fred Segal Santa Monica’s roof such as Sharon Segal, Emphatic, Babakul, Bettina Duncan, Fred Segal Eyes, Aviator Nation, Happiness, Ron Robinson, Nina and Trend Man and others are participating. Starting Oct. 1, the sale increases to 2/3 off and Oct. 8, items are up to 75% off. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun. noon-6 p.m. 420 & 500 Broadway, Santa Monica.


Getty CenterMUSEUMS
Free Museum Visits with “Museums LA”
Oct. 1-Nov. 11. Whether you’re in town on a vacation, or you’re shacking up on a staycation “Museums LA” gives you the chance to visit more than 30 local museums for free when you book two nights at a hotel through Check out iconic offerings like Vincent van Gogh’s Irises at the Getty Center; Chris Burden’s Metropolis II at LACMA; the new Japanese Gardens at the The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens and much more. Hotel options span from downtown to the Westside and Hollywood to the Valley. Any participating hotel booked through at any price point qualifies.


Napa Valley GrilleEAT | DRINK
Fall Harvest Menu at Napa Valley Grille
Savor fall flavors and top cuisine with Napa Valley Grille’s new menu. Highlights include warm Brussels sprout salad with pancetta; pan-seared scallops with sweet corn relish and parsnip puree, lamb ragout with housemade pappardelle; and butterscotch bread pudding with housemade marshmallow. 1100 Glendon Ave., Westwood, 310.824.3322.


Oktoberfest at Lazy Dog CafeOktoberfest at Lazy Dog Cafe
Through Oct. 31. What better way to celebrate a festival of beer than with a sampler of six seasonal German beers, brat and brick oven pretzel? Lazy Dog Cafe offers the sampler, and a la carte options for the brat, beers and pretzel through the end of October at all its locations.



Through Nov. 24. Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet tells the tale of a president desperate to be re-elected—and the begging, borrowing and integrity sacrificing he does to achieve it. Emmy Award-nominee Ed Begley Jr. (Arrested Development, A Mighty Wind) and Academy Award-nominee and Emmy Award-winner Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives, TransAmerica) lead the cast in Pulitzer Prize-winner David Mamet’s spoof of the highest office in the nation. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.


By the Way, Meet Vera StarkBy the Way, Meet Vera Stark
Through Oct. 28. A former maid’s influence on race, film and feminism seeps its way into pop culture after she lands a groundbreaking role. Written by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage and directed by Jo Bonney. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.



book-of-mormonThe 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 starting. 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, co-creator of the long-running musical comedy Avenue Q, Robert Lopez. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1779.


helenHellen at the Getty Villa
Through Sept. 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.