Things To Do This Weekend | LA Weekend Events Roundup 2.28.14

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 2.28.14

Edited by Christina Xenos

Oscar Parties
March 2. Comedian Ellen DeGeneres returns to host the Academy Awards for a second time when the The 86th Oscars®, held at the Dolby Theater at Hollywood & Highland, are presented Sunday evening. Celebrate Hollywood’s biggest night with plenty of champagne, red carpet photo opps and more at these Oscar Parties around town. Find celebrations at the bar at Wolfgang Puck at Hotel-Bel Air (where you can also dine on a menu inspired by Puck’s Governors Ball menu); Windows Lounge at the Four Seasons Los Angeles, The BLVD at The Beverly Wilshire, Whiskey Blue at the W Los Angeles-Westwood, W Hollywood Hotel and Public Kitchen & Bar at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. (Photo ABC/Andrew Eccles.)

The Oscars: Animated FeaturesThe Oscars: Animated Features
Feb. 28. The nominees in the Oscars Animated Feature category—The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Ernest & Celestine, Frozen, and The Wind Rises—will discuss how their films were developed, reveal their creative processes, and present clips illustrating their techniques in a discussion hosted by John C. Reilly. 6:30. Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills.


CronutsCronuts at The Grove
March 1. You don’t have to jet to New York and brave the Polar Vortex to wait in line for hours for chef Dominique Ansel’s coveted croissant-donut hybrid confections—he will be baking and serving them fresh at The Grove on Saturday. This is the first time the real deal has been served up outside of NYC, and they will only be available from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., or while supplies last (limit two per customer). Barneys New York, The Grove, 3rd Street and Fairfax Avenue, L.A., 888.315.8883.

PPLA Food FarePPLA Food Fare
March 6. Thirty-fifth annual food event features nearly 100 of the city’s best restaurants, including AOC, Drago Centro and the Tripel, plus caterers, wineries, florists, vendors and entertainers. This year the event also honors chef Celestino Drago (Drago Centro) as the Food Fare’s 2014 Chef of the Year. Day session 10:30 am-2 pm; evening session 6:30-9:30 pm. $150-$250. Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, 213.284.3200.

mardi grasMARDI GRAS
Mardi Gras at the Farmers Market
March 1-2, 4. At the 25th anniversary of LA’s most colorful Mardi Gras event,  celebrate with traditional New Orleans and Zydeco music, bead-throwing, strolling parade bands, arts and crafts and face painting for kids, authentic Cajun food, beer, and much more. The event kicks off on Saturday with the annual “Mutti Gras” pet parade and costume contest. Farmers Market, 6333 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.933.9211.

pearlsPearl’s Mardi Gras Masquerade Party
March 4. Take a trip to Bourbon Street without leaving West Hollywood at Pearl’s Masquerade Party. Revel on the bar’s two-story deck overlooking the Sunset Strip, and celebrate with Bayou-inspired food and drink specials complete with a seafood boil, gumbo and their Pearl’s Hurricane (dark rum, light rum, passion fruit puree, orange juice, lime and grenadine topped with Lillet Blanc and pineapple foam). Masks will be provided and you’re more than welcome to bring your own. 8909 W. Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood, 310.360.6800.

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Billy BuddOPERA
Billy Budd
March 2, 5, 8, 13, 16. Herman Melville’s tragic tale returns to Dorothy Chandler Pavilion downtown. Commemorating the 100th birthday of Benjamin Britten (Death of Venice, The Rape of Lucretia), James Conlon conducts the Los Angeles Opera in a grand production of Billy Budd. Set post-French Revolution, good and evil and innocence and immorality play out aboard the HMS Indomitable, where a pure-hearted sailor endures persecution. The all-male cast includes Liam Bonner making his role debut as Billy and Richard Croft as Captain Vere.  Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.8001.

From the team behind Beer Belly, the beloved Koreatown restaurant offering indulgent diners “Death By Duck” fries and a stellar selection of craft beer, comes Whiz, which serves a menu stacked with comfort food classics with a twist. Feast on a variety of cheesesteaks topped with housemade “cheese whiz,” hot sandwiches, burgers, wings and Sriracha beast fries. The spot is great for takeout and also offers patio seating with delivery to come. You can also order online to beat the rush. 3901 W. 6th St., Koreatown, 213.249.9449.

Los BalconesLos Balcones
Stop by the casual Peruvian dining spot in Hollywood to check out their updated look, menu and cocktails. Dine a selection of small plates, ceviches made to order and larger dishes like Lomito al Jugo, pairing sautéed beef tenderloin with onion, tomato, soya, rocoto and crusty bread; and Aji de Gallina, featuring shredded chicken, aji Amarillo, pecan, parmesan, hard-boiled egg and cream. Mixologist Marcos Tello channels inspiration he had on a trip to Peru into classic Pisco cocktails (including a build your own options), and Balcones “Originals”, that channel Peruvian flavors, including cacao, tamarind, and yacón. (Photo Michael Ryan Photography.) 1360 Vine St., L.A., 323.871.9600.

Feb. 26-March 23. Two friends, Cotton and Wrinkle, diligently look after a grove of birdhouses, making sure that everything stays “bright, ordered and white.”But when colors start to appear, things become truly magical. Winner of three Edinburgh Fringe Festival awards, White is a playful, highly visual new show for very young children, and is the perfect first time theater experience.“This may be the only show that will remind you simultaneously of Teletubbies and Waiting for Godot,The New York Times. For ages: 2 – 4 year olds. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.746.4000.

The Wooster Group: Cry, Trojans! (Troilus & Cressida)
Through March 9. The World Premiere of The Wooster Group’s newest production tackles the Trojan side of Shakespeare’s take on the Trojan War play about sincere love corrupted and the downfall of a noble hero. The piece originated as a co-production between The Wooster Group and the Royal Shakespeare Company for the World Shakespeare Festival, presented in conjunction with the 2012 London Olympics. Redcat, 631 West 2nd St., downtown, 213.237.2800.

native-voicesStand-Off at HWY #37
Feb. 28-March 16. An exciting, funny and thought provoking tale about political, environmental and spiritual convictions, Stand-Off at HWY #37 takes place in upstate New York, on the border of a small town and the local Haudenosaunee reservation, where a young National Guardsman of Tuscarora heritage has to choose between upholding the oath he took to defend his country and protecting the traditional lands of his people. With this world premiere, Native Voices at the Autry continues its vital role as the country’s only equity theatre company dedicated exclusively to developing the work of Native American playwrights. $10-$20. (Photo Craig Schwartz.) Wells Fargo Theater, Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, L.A., 323.667.2000 x299.

50-shades50 Shades! The Musical
Feb. 25-March 16. See the hit musical based on the best-selling book trilogy and future cinematic blockbuster. The setting is a ladies book club electing to read the hot and heavy novel, and through their interpretation, you’re led on a hilarious roller coaster ride complete with dance numbers, 11 original songs and a live band backing the performance. Original songs include “They Get Nasty”, “I Don’t Make Love”, and “There’s a Hole Inside of Me.” Not appropriate for those under age 18. $30-$60. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.972.4488.

brief-encounterNoël Coward’s Brief Encounter
Continuing. Attraction, desire, heartbreak: The romantic triumvirate takes center stage in Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter, an exuberant yet bittersweet Kneehigh Theatre adaptation making its Los Angeles premiere at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. The production moves deftly between theater and film to tell the story of a suburban housewife who falls in love with a married doctor over a series of meetings at a railway station tearoom. Here, staid exteriors belie passion and longing within: Which will prevail? Adapted and directed by Emma Rice, this innovative mash-up of Coward’s original one-act play, Still Life, and the screenplay for the 1945 movie Brief Encounter has left audiences “swooning” (to borrow The New York Times’ word) on both sides of the pond. Now, it’s L.A.’s turn. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.746.4000.

vanyaVanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Through March 16. David Hyde Pierce directs this play about stepsisters Vanya and Sonia, who are visited by their sibling Masha, a Hollywood star, and her young boyfriend. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.


book-of-mormonThe Book of Mormon
Through May 11. 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. Explicit language. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770.