Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 05.03.13
The Rolling Stones
May 3, 20. The Rolling Stones have been making music together for 50 years. And not just any music: Beginning in the 1960s with classics such as “(I can’t get no) Satisfaction” and “Sympathy for the Devil,” each decade, the band has produced hits for the charts and albums for the ages. But while they’ve already earned a lifetime achievement award or two, don’t tell Mick Jagger or Keith Richards that it’s time to hang up the tight trousers and headbands. Along with drummer Charlie Watts and guitarist Ronnie Wood, the legendary musicians still rock audiences around the globe, reminding fans young and old why they’re widely considered “The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World.” Catch them—live and kicking—when their latest tour, 50 and Counting, debuts at Staples Center. Staples Center, L.A. Live, 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 800.745.3000. ticketmaster.com
CINCO DE MAYO
Los Lobos Cinco de Mayo Festival
May. 5. The Greek Theatre kicks off its summer season with the festival that features Los Lobos with Robert Randolph, Los Super 7, Willie G of Thee Midnighters, in addition to special guests Kinky, El Chicano and Pedro Torres Y Su Mariachi. The Greek Theatre Plaza Stage will feature La Santa Cecilia, Los Fabulocos and Making Movies for a full day of music and celebration beginning at 3 p.m. $25-$70. 2700 N Vermont Ave., L.A. greektheatrela.com
May. 5. Ridiculously fun performance featuring masked Mexican wrestlers, comedy, and burlesque acts all rolled into one wacky and entertaining evening. Also expect Aztec and folkloric dancers, tequila, tamales and a dance party. Mayan Theatre, 1038 S Hill St., downtown. luchavavoom.com
Tortilla Republic Cinco de Mayo Block Party
May. 5. El Tovar place and the West Hollywood open air parking lot adjacent to Tortilla Republic will be transformed into an outdoor celebration celebrating Mexican heritage and culture, featuring food, pinata pit, cocktails, beer, food, and live entertainment, including a top 40 mariachi band. Next door, Tortilla Republic offers specially priced social margarita pitchers, buckets of beer specials, a photo booth and more. 2-7 p.m. $10, $20 VIP. 616 N Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.657.9888. tortillarepublic.com
Kentucky Derby Parties
May 4. Don your Derby-inspired dress for a party at Skybar; rsvp here. Bar NINETEEN12 at the Beverly Hills Hotel features complementary whiskey tastings and cocktails at their viewing party. Township Saloon wants you to enter their “best hat contest” while you sip themed cocktails. Tom Bergin’s offers pretzels and ponies of beer along with prizes for those who pick the winners. The Churchill becomes the Churchill Downs of the West with themed food and drink specials along with live music. Willie Jane invites you to relax over cocktails on their porch; while Franklin & Company offers food specials, $5 mint julips; in addition, ladies who show up in their Derby bonnets will get their first drink free.
Vegan Beer Festival
May 4. Sip unlimited pours by brewers from California and beyond, including Anchor, Sierra Nevada, Fireman’s Brew, Golden Road Brewing, among others and gorge on food from local vegan restaurants and vegan food truck selections from Mandoline Grill, Mohawk Bend, Gracias Madre, Cafe Gratitude and more. Festival also features live music from the Janks, Saint Motel and Branches. VIP includes noon entry, exclusive beer tasting and access to the VIP lounge. $40-$60; designated drivers $15/$20 door. 8950 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. More Info.
May. 5. The pork-centric event—now in its fifth year—features five chefs, five pigs and five wineries at each event of its national traveling culinary competition. After watching chefs compete, Joshua Whigham (Bazaar by José Andrés), Gavin Lansdale (Ford’s Filling Station), Ray Garcia (FIG Restaurant), Jet Tila (The Charleston), and Host Chef Sean Dent (House of Blues), you will be treated to an epic pork feast alongside tastings from the wineries. Also included in the evening is a preview of the new Heritage BBQ event in which Chris Fuller of Alleghany Meats in collaboration with Christian Page of Short Order will roll out family meal – an additional whole pig cooked barbecue-style immediately preceding the awards. VIP guests receive early access and special tastings. $125/$200 VIP. 4 p.m. (VIP); 5 p.m. general admission. House Of Blues Sunset Strip, 8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. cochon555.com
Angel City Heritage Music & Arts Festival
May. 4. Stop by to officially celebrate Angel City Brewery’s reopening over 11 styles of Angel City beer, in addition to eats by Seoul Sausage, Son of a Bun and The Melt, which will be parked outside, along with Peddler’s Creamery ice cream (11 a.m.- 6 p.m.). You can also stop by Saturday for their “Hair of the Dog” brunch (11 a.m.-3 p.m.) where you can sip micheladas, beer-mosas, and nosh on food from The Garbage Truck and India Jones, and listen to music by Mariachi Tesoro de Los Angeles. facebook.com/AngelCityBrewery
Flavors of Los Angeles
May. 5. This unique culinary event features a five-course meal with wine pairings, prepared tableside by one of the city’s top culinary talents, including chef Nyesha Arrington (Wilshire), chef Shigefumi Tachibe (CHAYA restaurant group), chef Mathew Woolf (Fat Cow) and many others. The evening begins with a cocktail reception, which will include delectable tray-passed hors d’oeuvres created by each participating chef, along with specialty handcrafted cocktails and wine. Proceeds benefit the American Liver Foundation. $275+. 5:30 p.m. cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner. Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, 1700 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. More Info.
Santa Monica Spring Jubilee Celebrates Britweek
May 4-5. Celebrate spring and all things British at a two-day festival full of flowers, family fun, shopping, food and entertainment. One of dozens of BritWeek events taking place across California, the festival is held on three blocks of the Third Street Promenade. Admission is free. 1350 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica. downtownsm.com
May 5. A 1951 Ferrari 212 Export is just one of 135 world- class automobiles on display at the annual event at the Greystone Mansion, a historic landmark and popular film and television backdrop. Tickets to the Concours also include a tour of the Beverly Hills mansion, food and beverages, and more. Greystone Mansion & Park, 905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.285.6830. greystoneconcours.org
Independent Label Market
May 4. Discover the best in local indie music when more than 30 of L.A.’s top independent music labels convene to offer you specials on records, music collections, autographed material and more. Labels include Dangerbird Records, IAMSOUND, Friends of Friends, Delicious Vinyl and more. Micheltorena Elementary School, 1511 Micheltorena St., L.A. More Info.
Rebecca Minkoff Sample Sale
May 6-11. Shop for up to 75% off Rebecca Minkoff’s coveted ready-to-wear, handbag, footwear and accessory collections. It’s being housed inside Confederacy in Los Feliz, so shoppers are also welcome to enjoy 20% off the Confederacy menswear collection. 4661 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. More Info.
Dance Downtown: Salsa/Merengue
May 3. Jump in and join a joyous mass of dancing Angelenos on summer Fridays! Get ready to salsa the night away at the first Dance Downtown of the year. No partners or experience necessary. Beginner lessons throughout the evening, live band and warm summer nights make for a chance to meet, greet, move and groove. 6:30-10 p.m. The Music Center Plaza, 135 North Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.3660. musiccenter.org
Through Jun. 2. Discover six intense rounds of riveting storytelling punctuated by syncopated dialogue at the world premiere of Marco Ramirez’s The Royale. Jay “The Sport” Jackson wants a shot at the world title in a time when black and white boxers did not face off. And he’s out to win at ANY cost. No matter the consequences. The Center Theatre Group claims that you’ve never seen, heard or felt a play like this. Wells Fargo is a proud supporter of the Center Theatre Group. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org
Joe Turner’s Come and Gone
Through Jun. 9. In this historic drama by playwright August Wilson, The Great Migration brings a revolving band of strangers to Seth and Berta Holly’s Pittsburgh boarding house. They are migrating to the industrial North in search of work, a new life, somewhere to belong. Phylicia Rashad directs. Wells Fargo is a proud supporter of the Center Theatre Group. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org
Through May 12. David Mamet’s play about thieves pursuing a rare-coin collection is reinvented by Geffen Playhouse artistic director Randall Arney. The American classic has not had a major LA production in more than a decade. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454. GeffenPlayhouse.com
Through May 5. The play, by Obie award-winning Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, follows the emotional trajectory of 17-year-old Eli, after the violent suicide of his beloved father. After Eli moves with his mother for a fresh start in Iowa, he is befriended by a boy at school, which exposes Eli again to the possibility of closeness and the danger of being swallowed by it. $34. Thurs.-Sun. Lillian Theatre, 1076 Lillian Way, L.A. rattlestick.org
Agony and The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs
May 15, 22, 29; June 5. Los Angeles audiences finally get the chance to see Mike Daisey’s highly controversial show that examines globalization through the rise and fall and rise of Apple, and the price we pay for our technology. Daisey has now revised the original piece (that ran at New York City’s Public Theater), after his performance of it on This American Life (one of the most downloaded of all time) was retracted for facts being embellished. Daisey made the new script public with this caveat: “The transcript is a theatrical blueprint which can amended or changed as you see fit.” Now, Ovation Award-winning actor Alex Lyras puts his own spin on the work in his first return to the Los Angeles stage since his award-winning play The Common Air debuted in 2008. $20. 8 p.m. Theatre Asylum, 1076 Lillian Way, L.A., 800.838.3006. brownpapertickets.com