Things To Do This Weekend | LA Weekend Events Roundup 6.07.13

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 6.07.13

Taste of the Nation
June 9. Top fine restaurants and beverage purveyors including Night + Market, Mo-Chica, Superba Snack Bar and Plan Check dole out their signature dishes. Proceeds benefit Share Our Strength. 1–4 pm. $25–$160, under 13 free. Media Park, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City, 800.969.4767.


nhmNatural History Museum of Los Angeles Centennial Celebration
June 9. As part of its Transformation campaign, the 100-year-old museum unveils several new features. Get a first look at the Nature Gardens and Nature Lab, enjoy kid-friendly activities, workshops in the gardens, behind-the-scenes tours of NHM’s collections with thier scientists. Stay for musical entertainment from The Ranger Band and Rhythm Child and late night outdoor concerts with DEVO and GZA/The Genius. 900 Exposition Blvd., downtown, 213.763.3466.


la-wine-fest1LA Winefest
June 8-9. Sip through hundreds of wines, spirits and brews at this annual affair. Also offered are classes on beverage pairings, food trucks and live entertainment. Proceeds benefit Food Forward. June 8, 2–6 pm; June 9, noon–6 pm. $20–$85 per day; Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave., L.A.



prideLA Pride
June 7-9. What began as a parade to mark the first anniversary of the Stonewall riots has blossomed into an annual event that draws more than 500,000 people. Celebrate the city’s out-and-proud lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender community at events that include a three-day festival in West Hollywood Park and a parade. Festival $18–$20; other events vary. See website for complete event schedule. Parade, Santa Monica Boulevard between Crescent Heights and Robertson boulevards, West Hollywood.


celebrate-laCelebrate LA!
June 7. Celebrate LA’s diversity, creativity and innovative spirit at this free street festival that features a range of activities, performances, live music (including Grammy-winning artist Pepe Aguilar), art and food. Former President Bill Clinton will pay tribute to Mayor Villaraigosa, allowing an opportunity for you to bid farewell to him and welcome the incoming Mayor, Eric Garcetti. Free. 5-10 p.m. City Hall Steps, Grand Park, downtown, 213.365.0605.


626-night-market626 Night Market
June. 8-9. Transport yourself to an Asian night market in the middle of LA. For three weekends this summer Santa Anita’s Paddock Gardens will be transformed to accommodate the largest Asian night market in the U.S., featuring over 90 food vendors serving hundreds of Asian street foods, 70 local merchandise vendors, beer and spirits. There will be several entertainment areas with bands, performance artists, live DJ’s, dancing, short films, and children’s activities. Subsequent dates are July 6-7; Aug. 3-4. Santa Anita Race Track, Front Paddock Gardens, 285 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia.


Mr. C Yacht ClubMr. C Yacht Club
Through Sept. 8. Embark on a luxe weekly cocktail brunch and pool series at Mr. C Hotel. Relax and mingle poolside over brunch offerings like Venetian frittata, eggs Benedict with smoked salmon and cocktails like the Cipriani Bellini and Mr. C’s signature cocktail that is a mix of mandarin juice, prosecco and vodka. The event also features tunes by DJ Bobby French and a pool-wear pop-up shop from Shay Todd, curated exclusively for the event. 1224 Beverwil Drive, L.A., 310.277.2800.


hot-as-sunKCRW Summer Nights
June 8, 22. The weekly summer concert series kicks off this weekend amidst the historic buildings of One Colorado in Old Pasadena, featuring the sunny synth-pop sounds of local buzz band, Hot as Sun and tunes before and after the show by KCRW DJ Valida. The event returns June 22, with Mr. Little Jeans, who is actually a Norwegian pop musician named Monica Birkene. 7:30-9:30 p.m. 24 E. Union St., Pasadena.


Great Horror CampoutGreat Horror Campout
June 8-9. You finally have your chance to live through the slasher movies you were obsessed with in your teens. The 12-hour overnight, immersive experience puts you into an interactive horror camping adventure where, even though you can choose the intensity of your adventure, you are “fair game” for any of the performers who may want to handle you… or throw a hood over your head… or chain you up. $149, includes one-night tent accommodations, dinner, continental breakfast and more. The Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring St., downtown.


iam8bit Entertainment Systemiam8bit Entertainment System
June 7-30. Whether or not you’re hitting up E3 next week, you can fulfill all your retro gaming fantasies at a new art show featuring more than 80 artists, in addition to a life-size Duck Tales Money Bin that you can swim through like Scrooge McDuck. Opening night amusements feature DJ tunes at the Echo Park gallery. 7-11 p.m. 2147 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., 213.908.6154.


Last Remaining SeatsLast Remaining Seats
June 12, 19, 26, 29. Alfred Hitchcock couldn’t have fathomed watching his 1955 whodunit To Catch a Thief on a tablet. Nor, we reckon, would the 1925 silent film Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ pack much punch screened in a rumpus room. Back for its 27th season, the Los Angeles Conservancy’s series presents these films in full glory, as their makers intended: in magnificent historic theaters in Beverly Hills and downtown, featuring big screens, cartoon and newsreel previews, and live entertainment. Showtimes, locations vary by screening. $16–$20.


June 8, 11. The Icelandic ingénue brings her latest musical (and multimedia) project, Biophilia to Los Angeles for dates at the Hollywood Palladium (June 8) and Hollywood Bowl (June 11). The album, which is also an app for the iPhone and iPad features a 3D galactic interface with the song Cosmogony, music scores with karaoke playback, abstract song animation, and more. With a set up like that, we can only imagine what might be in store for her live show.


Lillias WhiteLillias White: One Woman On Love
June 10. Lillias White (Fela!, The Life, Dreamgirls), the Emmy and Tony Award-winner, who is currently starring in Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” at the Mark Taper Forum, sings about her life—both in and out of love—in her new exclusive two-night engagement at Catalina Jazz Club. Hear her voice flutter along sexy melodies from India Arie, Thelonious Monk and Rodgers & Hammerstein, as well as the hits that made her a Broadway sensation. Music Directed by Michael Orland (American Idol) with guest Jake Simpson (Oprah Winfrey Network), show is presented by Chris Isaacson and Upright Cabaret. Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 West Sunset Blvd., L.A.


Gilt City Los Angeles Warehouse Sale
June 7-8. Gilt City’s biannual mega-sale hits Hollywood, offering up to 90% off on men’s, women’s and kids’ fashions and home décor. Open to ticket holders only, shopping will include aisles upon aisles of fashions from hundreds of top brands, including up-and-coming young designers and venerable fashion houses. Expect the newest footwear styles, jewelry, denim, suits, jackets, tops and outerwear for men, women and children, as well as bedding, kitchen and bath accessories, decorative pieces, and more. Fri. 9:30-11:30 p.m., $20; Sat. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., $10. Siren Studios, 1050 N. Orange Dr., L.A.


one-picoEAT | DRINK
Shutters on the Beach 20th Birthday
June 8. Celebrate two decades at the iconic seaside destination with a cocktail reception and four-course dinner that features offerings from current chef Sven Meade and former chefs Jeff Jackson and Beau MacMillan, in addition to wine pairings from Far Niente. Menu highlights include heirloom tomato and watermelon salad, roasted Chilean sea bass, braised short ribs and more. Reservations required, email 7 p.m. $220. 1 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, 310.458.0300.


Willie JaneDining Around Los Angeles
Micah Wexler launches his second stint at UMAMIcatessen‘s The Residency Thursdays June 6-Aug. 15; this time he calls it “Dead Chefs” and pays homage to past culinary masters with unique menus. Chaya Downtown’s summer beer garden swings into high gear on the patio Sun.-Fri., with local craft brews, Kushiyaki, and Japanese-style BBQ. Unwind over stellar views of the Pacific Ocean over oysters at Strand House, which just launched a new “oyster cart” that offers a variety of oysters, shell fish, caviar and champagne. Quell your craving for churros at La Sandia; they come free now through June 10 with the purchase of an entree. Willie Jane now offers summer BBQ Saturdays from noon-2:30 (think cedar planed salmon, rack of ribs, herbed grilled chicken) and Sunday brunch with bottomless mimosas.


Yes, Prime Minister
Through July 14. The hit London West End play, based on the British television series, touches American soil at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood with director Jonathan Lynn at the helm. Michael McKean plays the prime minister and Dakin Matthews plays cabinet secretary in Lynn and Antony Jay’s wicked political satire. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., L.A., 310.208.5454.


The Scottsboro BoysThe Scottsboro Boys
Through June 30. Musical based on a true story about nine African American men accused of a violent crime they didn’t commit. Five-time Tony Award®-winner Susan Stroman (The Producers) directs and choreographs with a book by David Thompson (Chicago revival) and music and lyrics by John Kander & Fred Ebb. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.


Joe Turner's Come and GoneJoe Turner’s Come and Gone
Through June 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.