Things To Do This Weekend | LA Weekend Events Roundup 3.28.14

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 3.28.14

Edited by Christina Xenos

neil-youngMUSIC + DANCE
Neil Young
March 29-April 2. For more than 50 years, the Canadian singer-songwriter has been rocking his way across the world, playing solo and collaborating with some of pop-culture’s finest bands. See him on stage at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.308.6300.

tune-in-laTune-In Festival L.A.
March 27-29. Hear four award-winning music ensembles that are changing the landscape of contemporary music. The festival kicks off on Thursday with North America’s premier wind quintet Imani Winds, in an earthy and eclectic program that features two works by and a performance from Palestinian-American oud and violin virtuoso and composer Simon Shaheen. The Festival continues on Friday with m a pair of emerging forces contemporary music, ETHEL (at 6 p.m.) and yMusic (at 8 p.m.), and wraps up on Saturday with a performance from multi-Grammy winning ensemble eighth blackbird performing work from The National’s Bryce Dessner, Tristan Perich, Ligeti and Johnson and more.

Tarantino In ConcertFor the Record: Tarantino
Opens March 27. The hit “For The Record” series brings the movies of Quentin Tarantino to life by performing the soundtracks he meticulously integrated into each of his films. See world-class performers enliven movies like Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Django Unchained and more, at DBA in Hollywood. While you’re there, enjoy gourmet snack offerings, and a cocktail program crafted specifically for the production by esteemed mixologists Dave Kaplan and Alex Day of Proprietors LLC (co-owners of Honeycut and New York’s famed Death & Company). Thurs.-Sun. Doors 7 p.m., show 8 p.m. 7969 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood.

dance-music-centerA Taste of Dance: Movie Moves
March 29. Learn dance steps from your favorite movies including Slumdog Millionaire, Blues Brothers, Saturday Night Fever, Flashdance and others on Music Center Plaza. Taste-test a variety of dances and recreate memorable movie moments for just $1 a lesson. Each lesson is 20 minutes long and can be purchased on the day of the event, beginning at 10:30 a.m. 11 a.m., 4 p.m. 135 N Grand Ave., downtown.

Grand Park’s Downtown Bookfest
March 29. This Saturday, Grand Park is the place to see, hear and read from the largest coalition of Los Angeles-based authors and publishers. Throughout the day, you can add a line to the World’s Longest Story, receive poems-on-demand by Poesia Para La Gente, meet and greet librarians from the LA public library, shop a local pop-up shop curated by Writ Large Press, and more. Free. Noon-5 p.m. 200 N. Grand Ave., downtown.

Ramen Yokocho FestRamen Yokocho 2014
March 29. Fourteen renowned ramen shops from around the world come together to offer their delicacies at the second incarnation of the popular noodle fest. Slurp on broth and noodles from Tsujita Tokyo and Tatsunoya from Japan, Monta from Las Vegas and local outposts Shin-Sen-Gumi, Jidaiya, Daikokuya, among others. All ramen is $8. 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Santa Anita Park, 285 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia.

exhale-yogaGlow Yoga
March 29. Roll out your mat and pose in candlelight when exhale mind body spa at the The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows turns out the lights for Earth Hour. The complementary hour-long class is for all levels, all you need to bring is your mat—and some glow-sticks, perhaps. 8:30-9:30 p.m. 101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica.


Mike Kelley
March 31-July 28. The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, downtown, kicks off a new era with Mike Kelley, a homecoming exhibit of works by the influential late artist. Regarded as one of the most influential artists of our time, Mike Kelley (1954–2012) produced a body of deeply innovative work mining American popular culture and both modernist and alternative traditions—which he set in relation to relentless, dark, and delirious examinations of self and society. This is the largest exhibition of the artist’s work to-date. 152 N. Central Ave., downtown. 213.621.2766.

faith-flowerEAT | DRINK
Faith & Flower
Opens March 31. Downtown’s newest dining destination is taking the city by storm bringing together cuisine from Executive Chef Michael Hung (San Francisco’s Michelin-starred La Folie), cocktails from mixologist Michael Lay (Restaurant 1833, Rose.Rabbit.Lie.) and desserts from Executive Pastry Chef Ben Spungin (Bernardus Lodge). Expect rustic Californian fare, on a menu that changes up frequently. Highlights include San Diego Halibut Carpaccio with pomelo and ruby grapefruit, herbed crème fraiche, and brioche croutons; a Chinese chili-soybean Oxtail Agnolotti glazed in bone marrow butter and finished with a tangerine conserva; Duck Liver Mousse Tarts with grenadine-candied onion; and more. Cocktails pay homage to speakeasies of the ’20s, and also include drinks that are a mix of modern and classic techniques. Sip on a Stormy Phosphate (Lost Spirits Navy rum, lime gum syrup, acid phosphate, and ginger beer), while you gaze up at a wall made up of distressed doors collected from the 1920s, or another covered entirely by a mural by highly acclaimed local street artist Robert Vargas. Dinner nightly, with lunch and brunch arriving soon. 705 W. 9th St., downtown.

spagoCalifornia Tasting Menu at Spago
Savor the seasonal flavors at Wolfgang Puck’s iconic Spago Beverly Hills. The new monthly changing menu offers expertly sourced elements from California’s farms, ranches and waters. Highlights of the eight-course menu include Santa Barbara sea urchin layered with homemade tofu topped with black truffles; shiro marinated Pacific black cod served over a six-grain rice salad; bincho-grilled Carpenter’s ranch squab served with mitake mushrooms; and more. The menu is accompanied by two possible wine pairings from Sommelier Phillip Dunn; one strictly made up from California selections ($65/pp) or the sommelier selection ($105/pp) which can encompass wines from around the world. $145/pp. 176 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, 310.385.0880.

casa-adoBrunch at Casa Ado
Feast on a menu of indulgent selections, just steps from the sea at Casa Ado’s new brunch. The classic Italian trattoria, known for it’s homemade pastas and stunning views, offers signature dishes like prosciutto with eggs and asparagus; grilled baby calamari served on a bed of lightly spiced green chard; grilled ciabatta with chicken breast, avocado, tomato and melted brie; and more including traditional fare like steak and eggs, and eggs Benedict. The restaurant is from the team of Paolo Cesaro and Chef Antonio Mure, who also recently opened the ever-romantic Adoteca in Brentwood, where uni lovers can now lock in reservations for a special three-course sea urchin menu on April 7-8. Casa Ado, 12 W Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey, 310.577.2589.

kombuchaKombucha Craft Cocktail Day at Vaucluse
March 30. Grab your pup and head to Vaucluse in West Hollywood for an afternoon of specialty cocktails from guest bartender Josh Curtis (Copa d’Oro). The cocktails each feature Kombucha Dog’s hand brewed 21+ kombucha, and each bottle of the beverage sports a different LA based rescue dog in need of a home. Noon-3:30 p.m. 8210 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood.


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.

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.