Things To Do This Weekend | LA Weekend Events Roundup 3.21.14

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 3.21.14

Edited by Christina Xenos

Sixth Annual Toast

March 22. Join the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and their Young Literati for an evening of literature and music exploring the people, places and culture of Los Angeles. Sip cocktails, local wine and craft beer while you embark on an evening curated by Amanda and Shepard Fairey, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Moby, and Busy Philipps, featuring readings by Jason Reitman (Labor Day, Up in the Air, Juno), Nick Kroll (Kroll Show, The League), Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), Gillian Jacobs (Community), comedian Tig Notaro (This American Life), Aaron D. Spears (Being Mary Jane), a musical performance by Jenny and Johnny, and more. 8 p.m. Sony Pictures Studios, Culver City. $125-$175.

ludoAll Star Chef Classic
March 21-23. The three-day foodie event brings together 25 highly acclaimed chefs from around the country to cook in a “Restaurant Stadium” and “Chefs Tasting Arena” in downtown Los Angeles. Dazzle your taste buds during the French Masters Dinner, All-Star Lunch, Grill & Chill and Savor The Season events. LA Live, 800 W Olympic Blvd., downtown.

March 22. Anaheim isn’t too far of a drive to sample cask pours from 30 Southern California craft breweries—Eagle Rock Brewery, Golden Road Brewery, Monkish, among others—at Orange County’s first cask beer festival. The festival highlights Old World beer serving techniques blended with new creativity of today’s burgeoning local craft brewers. Enjoy local artisanal foods and more while supporting the charitable organization Inspire Artistic Minds, which raises awareness for the arts of taste, sight and sound. $50. 12-4 p.m. Farmers Park in the Anaheim Packing District, 400 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim.

champagne-socialChampagne Social
March 21. Sip champagne and mingle with stylish tastemakers while you hear a host of musical talents playing stripped-down sets throughout the night in the intimate, exclusive lounge at State Social House. RSVP mandatory on the website. Doors 7 p.m.; show 8-10 p.m. State Social House, 8782 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood.

Through March 28. Get inside access to the stars and creators of your favorite TV shows through panel discussions and celebrations at Paleyfest 2014. The Paley Center for Media hosts this annual event with panels from top TV shows including the 10th Anniversary of ABC’s Lost, Orange is the New Black, Parks and Recreation and Mad Men. All panels start at 7 pm except for Pretty Little Liars and Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1 pm); visit website for schedule. $15-$75. Dolby Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 800.745.3000.

Jackson Pollock & Ansel Adams Art At The Getty Center
Two of the biggest names in American art come together under one roof for side-by-side exhibits at the Getty Center. See Jackson Pollock’s newly restored Mural as you explore his signature splatter-and-drip-happy paint application technique on the piece. For another lesson in art history, head to In Focus: Ansel Adams. The exhibit features the famed landscape photographer’s “Museum Set” portfolio, which chronicles the California native’s most important works over the course of seven decades, alongside pieces from the Getty’s permanent collection. (Mural, 1943; Jackson Pollock (American, 1912 – 1956). Courtesy of the University of Iowa Museum of Art, Gift of Peggy Guggenheim, 1959.6. Reproduced with permission from The University of Iowa.) 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A., 310.440.7300.

hollywood-museumMarlene Dietrich Memorabilia at The Hollywood Museum
Through April 6. View an exclusive collection of rare Marlene Dietrich memorabilia that will be available for public sale for the first time at The 250 items on display include one of Dietrich’s famous tuxedos, an intimate letter to her from Ernest Hemingway, cigarette lighters, compacts, and the plaque from her Queens Theatre dressing room. Weds.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1660 N. Highland Ave., L.A.

rockwellMUSIC + DANCE
Telly Leung: Live at Rockwell
March 23. Star of the stage and small screen, Telly Leung (Broadway’s Godspell, Glee, RENT, Wicked) offers an electrifying evening of songs and personal anecdotes when he brings his sold-out NYC show to the West Coast. Expect an eclectic set list of songs from the world of pop, rock and Broadway—re-imagined and re-invented for a jazz trio and tunes from his debut album, {i’ll cover you} on the Yellow Sound Label. The evening also features a special guest performance from Kate Reinders (ABC’s Work It, Lifetime’s Sherri, Wicked). Doors 6 p.m., show 8 p.m. $15 – $25. Rockwell Table & Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 323.661.6163 x20.

Shen-YunShen Yun Performing Arts World Tour
March 22-23. Five thousand years of Chinese history come alive when performers from Shen Yun (below) take the stage at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live downtown. The show dazzles with 100 artists, 400 costumes, animated backdrops and an orchestra. 777 Chick Hearn Ct., downtown.

lacoLos Angeles Chamber Orchestra Celebrates Bach’s Birthday
March 22-23. Celebrated violinists Jaime Laredo and Jennifer Koh join the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and guest conductor James Feddeck for the West Coast premiere of Anna Clyne’s impressionistic Prince of Clouds. Clyne’s work, heralded by the Washington Post as “captivating” and “exhilarating from beginning to end,” is a LACO co-commission with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, IRIS Orchestra and the Curtis Institute of Music.  Feddeck, winner of the prestigious Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award in 2013 who is making his Los Angeles debut, also conducts Bach’s Concerto in D minor for Two Violins, BWV 1043, Mendelssohn’s “The Fair Melusina” Overture, with its distinctive aquatic theme, and Schubert’s graceful Symphony No. 3 in D major. (photo by Juergen Frank) $25+. Alex Theater (March 22), 216 North Brand Blvd., Glendale; UCLA Royce Hall (March 23), 340 Royce Drive, LA., 213.622.7001.

malibu-dinnerEAT + DRINK
Leader of the New School Pop-Up Dinner
March 23. Dine on fare from chefs Jason Fullilove (Malibu Pier Restaurant & Pier), Kris Morningstar (Ray’s & Shark Bar), Brendan Collins (Larry’s & Waterloo & City) and Phillip Frankland Lee (Scratch Bar LA). Each chef will serve two dishes, and highlights of the eight-course menu include hot smoked black cod with chrysanthemum leaves, horseradish cream and caviar; hand-rolled cavatelli with octopus ragu; green mussel and sea urchin sake shooter and more. Also, expect music from DJ Brutha Gimel, with a special performance by Amaris Dupree. 6-10 p.m. Malibu Pier Restaurant & Bar, 23000 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu.

justiceJustice Urban Tavern
Opens March 24. Not more than a few blocks from the LA Superior Courthouse is where you can find the new aptly named, Justice Urban Tavern. Dine on fare featuring locally sourced ingredients that ranges from the spot’s Barrister Burger, to a baby kale salad with pork belly crouton, to stout-braised short ribs. Stop in for any meal including a daily happy hour from 3-7 p.m. You’re invited out for their opening celebration on March 24; the evening kicks off with a ribbon cutting at 4:30 and continues with all-night happy hour. 120 S Los Angeles St., downtown, 213.473.1229.

raysRay’s and Stark Bar’s Mexican Fiesta
March 24. Celebrate three years of Ray’s and Stark Bar with a Mexican-inspired fiesta. Executive chef Kris Morningstar offers his delicious take on on Mexican cuisine with a variety of tasty small plates and margaritas. The festivity finishes with Morningstar carving a whole roasted lamb before presenting complimentary portions to all in attendance. Additional highlights from the a la carte menu include quesadillas of masa with mushrooms and epazote and pumpkin seed sauce; and Huarache of goat with pipián sauce, goat cheese, and citrus onions. 5-10 p.m. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6780.

steakDining Around Los Angeles
Steak is in the air with the opening of Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak Los Angeles at the Americana at Brand on March 26; Oliver’s Prime inside the Grafton on Sunset on March 24; and L’Assiette on March 20, which specializes in steak frites only. Stop by Franklin & Company on Saturdays between noon at 4 p.m. for brunch and BBQ with live entertainment provided by folk country duo, The Deltaz. Celebrate Spring on Dominick’s iconic patio when chef Brandon Boudet breaks out a lamb roast and accompaniments like roasted potatoes, buttermilk panna cotta and Dago Rose on March 26. Learn to make soba from scratch when Hamasaku’s executive chef Wonny Lee leads a demo at Williams-Sonoma in Beverly Hills on March 22 at 2 p.m.

Through April 13. With legendary songwriter and entertainer Barry Manilow behind the music and his frequent collaborator, Bruce Sussman, penning the book and lyrics, the new musical Harmony is sure to get toes tapping. But the plot is more than pop-song deep. Harmony tells the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, a vaudevillian, six-man singing group from Germany that rose from unemployment to international fame in the 1920s. readers can grab mid-orchestra seats at $39 (reg. $60) and $49 (reg. $70) on performances through March 25, by using promo code “BOYBAND”. 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.

brief-encounterNoël Coward’s Brief Encounter
Through March 23. 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.

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.