Things To Do This Weekend | LA Weekend Events Roundup 11.09.12

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 11.09.12


afghan-whigsMUSIC & DANCE
Afghan Whigs
Nov. 9-10. Soulful alt-rock rebels (and one of the most lauded bands of the ’90s) wind down their reunion tour with two nights at the Fonda Theatre. Reuniting despite denials from frontman Greg Dulli that they ever would, original members Dulli, bassist John Curley and guitarist Rick McCollum promise fans a setlist of favorites from their repertoire, and possibility to hear haunting covers of “Love Crimes” (Frank Ocean) and “See and Don’t See” (Marie “Queenie” Lyons). Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Van Hunt opens. 6126 Hollywood Blvd., L.A.


mumford-and-sonsMumford & Sons
Nov. 10, 12. The London-based foursome has taken the world by storm with their catchy mix of pop-folk rock. Song “Little Lion Man” put them on the map with their first album “Sigh No More,” while “Babel,” their sophomore follow-up, debuted little more than a month ago boasting hit “I Will Wait.” Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000.


grupo-fantasmaGrupo Fantasma with Chicha Libre
Nov. 9. Two contemporary Latin dance bands join forces in modern interpretations of long-held traditions. Grupo Fantasma, a Grammy-winning 10-piece Latin-funk orchestra from Austin are beloved for their exuberant live performances. Frequent collaborators with Prince, they’ve emerged as one of the most important Latin bands in the country over the last decade. Brooklyn’s Chicha Libre play a mixture of Latin rhythms, surf music and psychedelic pop, inspired by Peruvian music from Lima and the Amazon. Royce Hall, UCLA Campus, Westwood.


world-city-git-hoanWorld City at The Music Center: Git-Hoan Dancers
Nov. 10. The Git-Hoan Dancers from the Pacific Northwest enliven the stage with traditional dance of the Tsimshian tribe. The dancers bring with them stunning, hand-carved masks, authentic skin and wood drums and colorful handmade regalia emblazoned with symbols of their culture. Stay for the art-making workshops after each show and learn to make your own unique pieces inspired by the culture of the Tsimshian First Nations people. Free. 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. W.M. Keck Foundation Children’s Amphitheatre at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, 151 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.4399.


Wine Riot
Nov. 10. Not your wine country wine tasting: Wine Riot aims to provide guests with an interactive and tech savvy wine tasting experience. Find 250 wines from around the world, crash course wine seminars, fake tattoos, photo booth pictures and live music from DJ Cassette. Food from L.A. food vendors is available for purchase. $50. Afternoon tasting 1-5 p.m.; evening tasting 7-11 p.m. Majestic Halls, 650 S. Spring St., downtown.


the-groveThe Grove Tree Lighting
Nov. 11. Whether or not you think it’s too early for the holiday season, The Grove is setting out to light their Christmas tree during a celebration that includes musical performances by Backstreet Boys, Colbie Caillat, Scotty McCreery, Philip Phillips, Michael Bolton, Far East Movement, Rickey Minor and DJ JibbJock. 7:30 p.m. 3rd Street and Fairfax Avenue, L.A., 323.900.8080.


360-sound360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story
The new Grammy Museum exhibit brings together a collection of diverse artifacts, rare photographs and footage featuring dozens of items from Columbia artists such as Louis Armstrong, Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand, Miles Davis, Bruce Springsteen, Robert Johnson, Johnny Cash, Beyoncé and many more. Also find interviews, an introductory film, legendary Grammy Award show performances and an interactive jukebox that plays the greatest Columbia recordings of all time. L.A. Live at 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.765.6800.


Who’s Your Bubbie?Who’s Your Bubbie?
Nov. 13. Just in time for the holidays, when food, family and memories intersect, join some of LA’s hottest award-winning chefs and Pulitzer Prize-winning LA Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold for an evening hosted by Evan Kleiman (KCRW’s “Good Food”) dedicated to food, family recipes, and the stories that link them together. Bring a favorite recipe to be entered into a drawing for gift certificates from Mezze, Cooks County and STREET restaurants. All contributed recipes will also be highlighted on the Beyond Bubbie website. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 310.440.4500. More Info.


nitro-dreamsEAT | DRINK
Nitro Dreams, Late Night Happy Hour at Mohawk Bend
Mohawk Bend heads into fall with new menu offerings (vegan jerk pizza, pan-fried goat cheese), fall cocktails and Nitro Dreams ice cream, made table-side by pouring liquid nitrogen into your ice cream flavor (cookies & cream, chocolate s’mores, caramel almond toffee and more). Nitro Dreams is available every Thursday in November. Mohawk Bend also just launched their late-night happy hour from 10 p.m.-close nightly where you can find $4 Golden Road Beers, $5 well cocktails and $6 bites. 2141 West Sunset Blvd., L.A., 213.483.2337.


ben-fordBen Ford Dinner at Strand House
Nov. 12. Winding up his Master Chef Series at Strand House, Chef Neal Fraser turns over his notable kitchen Ben Ford of Culver City’s Fords Filling Station. Dine on a savory feast of smoked fish, oyster stew, grilled squid, seared lamb, rabbit paella, and more, all paired with wines from the legendary Grgich Hills Estate’s own Violet Grgich. 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 Garces and Fraser. 7 p.m. $100/pp not inclusive of tax and gratuity; $50 wine/cocktail pairings, signed book. Reservations required. 117 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.7470.


WiSC-exteriorWolf in Sheep’s Clothing
After the success of the Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing (WiSC) pop-up at Capri on Abbot Kinney the concept has found a permanent outpost on the same street with new executive chef Kevin Kathman. A rustic approach to the menu pays homage to the South while also honoring the seasonality of California’s local markets (think shrimp salad with avocado and jicama; pork fritters with chicories; and catfish with remoulade, black-eyed peas, collard greens and bacon). The restaurant also offers weekend bunch with selections like shrimp and grits, fried chicken and waffles and more. 1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice,310.392.2425.


Brett Van Ort: Minescape
Nov. 10-Dec. 19. View large-scale photographs by Brett Van Ort that explores Bosnian and Herzegovinian landscapes still infected by the specter of landmines, 15 years after the war concluded there. Pairing lush, alluring landscapes with stark photographs of prosthetic limbs and the landmines themselves, Van Ort asks us to consider our own relationship with the hidden, man-made dangers embedded within the natural world. Opening Reception Nov. 10, 5–8 p.m. Venice Arts Gallery, 1702 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, 310.392.0846.


Through Nov. 18. Kip and Will became Silicon Valley legends after the viral success of their blockbuster video game. But success has driven them apart: Will has become a suit obsessed with the bottom line, and the death of Kip’s wife has turned him into a total recluse. Now they’ve been thrown back together in a high-stakes gamble to complete and ship a new multi-billion dollar game; but as Will re-enters Kip’s life, he realizes that his old friend has built a whole other world — complete with an artificial intelligence to whom Kip escapes to ease his loss. Now Will and Kip must work to resolve their differences, confront the past and face the fact that technology’s brave new world often leaves us with little else but a yearning for the old one. Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.


Through Nov. 18. Four aspiring young writers sign up for writing classes with an international literary figure. Written by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Peabody Award winner Theresa Rebeck and directed by Obie Award winner Sam Gold, the new comedy stars Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Jeff Goldblum. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.


krappKrapp’s Last Tape
Through Nov. 4. British actor and two-time Academy Award nominee John Hurt channels the surly Victor Krapp who, on his 69th birthday, meditates about the choices made in a lifetime. Written by Nobel Prize winner Samuel Beckett and directed by Michael Colgan. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772.


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.


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.