Things To Do This Weekend | LA Weekend Events Roundup 6.12.14

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 6.12.14

Edited by Christina Xenos

playboy jazzEVENTS
Playboy Jazz Festival
June 14-15. Pack your picnic basket and get ready to boogie at the 36th annual Playboy Jazz Festival, hosted by George Lopez, at the Hollywood Bowl. The star-studded two-day lineup features emerging artists as well as jazz legends, including Dianne Reeves (pictured), Al Jarreau and Stanley Clarke on June 14 and George Benson, Earl Klugh and James Cotton on June 15. 2301 N Highland Ave., L.A., 323.850.2000.


la-film-festLos Angeles Film Festival
June 11–19. Lisa Cholodenko is guest director for the 20th anniversary of Film Independent’s annual fest, which showcases feature films, shorts and music videos representing more than 30 countries. Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer opens the festival, and Warner Bros. Pictures’ Jersey Boys, directed by Clint Eastwood, closes. The hub is at L.A Live (800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown). Tickets start at $11. 866.345.6337.


dwellDwell On Design
June 13-14, 20-22. Meet the Architects (at Ace Hotel June 13), home tours (June 14, 21) and expo (June 20-22) hosted by Dwell magazine. More than 400 exhibitors at expo, plus speakers, seminars, a shop, family and tech pavilions, and more. Call or visit website for hours. General tickets $15–$60; home tour tickets $85–$95. Expo, Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 508.743.8593.


street-food-cinemaStreet Food Cinema Fest
June 14. Kick of the summer with the outdoor movie series where you can celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pulp Fiction this weekend. The roving summertime cinema extravaganza pairs your favorite flicks with food trucks. Also enjoy live music and games before the show. Screenings this month are: June 14 Pulp Fiction, Bring it On; June 21 Mean Girls; June 28 Pitch Perfect. Check website for location, times and ticket info.


winefestDrink:Eat:Play’s Wine Festival
June 14. Spend the evening at the iconic Santa Monica Pier sipping hundreds of wines from more than 50 wineries. Also find food offerings from neighborhood restaurants like Zengo, Sonoma Wine Garden, Crepe de Ville and more. $50/$60 VIP (early admission). 5-9 p.m. Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica.


santa-monica-festivalSanta Monica Festival
June 14. Fun, family-friendly festival features musical and dance performances, art workshops, food trucks, cooking demonstrations, fitness classes and more that reflect the “intersection of art and the environment.” 11 am–6 pm. Free. Parking, bike valet free. Clover Park, 2600 Ocean Park, Santa Monica, 310.458.8350.


silent-friscoSilent Frisco
June 13. Get ready to dance, shake, and laugh out loud at Wokcano Santa Moinca as Silent Frisco kicks off its new monthly L.A. silent disco party. The concept is simple: once you arrive just don a pair of two-channel, festival-optimized wireless headphones and you will be plugged into DJ Dave Paul’s “Prince & Michael Experience” and a second audio channel choice featuring Motion Potion’s “Beasties, Beatles, & Beck.” KCRW DJ Mario Cotto will also be spinning sets earlier in the evening. The event continues, July 11 (Daft Punk vs. Radiohead), Aug. 15 (East Coast vs. West Coast) and Sept. 12 (LCD Soundsystem vs. Talking Heads). $10+. 10 p.m. 1413 5th St., Santa Monica.


last-remaining-seatsLast Remaining Seats
June 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28. Now in its 28th season, the Los Angeles Conservancy’s Last Remaining Seats series is a summer tradition, presenting classic films in historic theaters accompanied by live entertainment, vintage cartoons and newsreels and other extras. This year, the series takes place entirely in downtown Los Angeles, with such highlights as screenings of The Lady Eve (1941) at the 1931 Los Angeles Theatre, Citizen Kane (1941) at the 1926 Orpheum Theatre and the cult classic Back to the Future (1985) at the meticulously restored The Theatre at Ace Hotel, formerly the United Artists Theatre (1927). Keep your eyes peeled for special guest appearances from cast members as well as the DeLorean Time Machine. Showtimes,locations vary by screening. $16–$20.


rodeo-concoursRodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance
June 15. Browse the exclusive display of luxury automobiles set against the backdrop of world class Rodeo Drive boutiques. To celebrate Beverly Hills’ centennial this year’s theme is “100 Years of Horse Power” and the car collection includes conic cars originally owned by the city’s glitterati and featured in film and television. Rodeo Drive between Wilshire and S. Santa Monica Blvds., Beverly Hills.


collabrewtiveFATHER’S DAY
Father’s Day “Collabrewtive” Brunch
June 14. Treat Dad to an afternoon of indulgent tastes at this festive brunch presented by Firestone Walker Brewing Company and Food GPS. Some of the area’s best breweries (Golden Road Brewery, El Segundo Brewing Co., Eagle Rock Brewery, among others) and coffee roasters (LAMILL Coffee, Handsome Coffee Roasters, Intelligentsia Coffee) have collaborated on coffee-flavored beers, created specially for the day. While you’re getting your brew-buzz on you can also nosh on eclectic bites offered by a dozen notable chefs (think Loteria Grill’s Jimmy Shaw, Plan Check’s Ernesto Uchimura, Mud Hen Tavern’s Kajsa Alger, and more) at individual food stations. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for VIP guests and 12:30 p.m. for general admission. $65/pp, $90/pp VIP, $30 children 7-12. Tiato, 2700 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica.

View our full guide to Father’s Day in Los Angeles

playaEAT + DRINK
Playa Provisions
The delicious seaside four-in-one concept from Chefs Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts swings into full gear. Drop by during the day to enjoy casual fare from from King Beach, sweet treats from Small Batch Ice Cream, seafood-focused dinner (think fried crab claw pops, clams casino, whole Main lobsters and lobster twice baked potato) and weekend brunch from Dockside Seafood Restaurant and cocktails and small bites from Grain Whisky Bar. 119 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey, 310.683.5019.


truffles-melisseBlack Truffle Friday Dinner at Mélisse
June. 13. Black truffle season officially launches on Black Truffle Friday, June 13. Celebrate the occasion with a decadent truffle-focused dinner at Mélisse. Chef Josiah Citrin will collaborate with Australian Chef Peter Gilmore of Quay restaurant for a one-night-only “Black Truffle Friday” five-course menu featuring Western Australian truffles from The Truffle & Wine Co. Two seating windows offered, 5:30-6:30 p.m. and 8:15-9:15 p.m. $185/pp, or $280/pp with wine pairing. Reservations are open via phone or through 1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.395.0881.


la-boulangeLa Boulange
The all-day upscale Bay Area Bakery concept owned by Starbucks hits La Brea Ave., serving up everything from breakfast and build-your-own burgers to dinner selections, to wine and beer on draft and house-made specialty cocktails. This is the first outpost to open outside of San Francisco, and diners can count on enjoying an expanded menu that builds on many of the staple SF dishes along with seasonal specials utilizing sustainably-sourced ingredients. 7 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. 359 S. La Brea Ave., L.A.


June 13. Take a culinary trip to Nola without leaving L.A. at this Mardi Gras-themed cooking class. Learn to make Bourbon Street classics like crispy fried okra, bag of prawns boiled in a zesty lemon pepper sauce, Cajun chicken and andouille sausage jambalaya and more. The three-hour hands-on class will cover everything you need to know and you’re be able to enjoy the spoils of your hard work paired with Bourbon Street Sangria. This weekend you can also find classes themed for Light and Healthy Eatz, and gluten-free cooking. EATZ, 612 N. La Brea Ave., L.A., 323.935.3289.


verdejoNational Verdejo Day
June 12. Sip on Rueda wines (Spain’s favorite white wine) while you listen to tunes by dynamic DJs one the rooftop of the Oviatt Penthouse in downtown L.A. The signature grape of Spanish wine region D.O. Rueda is gaining acclaim and renowned for its zesty acidity. The first annual L.A. event is held in conjunction with simultaneous rooftop parties in New York City, Chicago and Miami. Oviatt Penthouse, 617 South Olive St., downtown.


sailor-jerrySailor Jerry Day
June 12. Culver City’s the Blind Barber hosts a day dedicated to the rum where you can sip on Old Ironsides, and play Sailor Jerry Bingo for a chance to win free tattoos by tattoo artists Hek and Cormack along with Sailor Jerry merchandise. In addition, four lucky winners of the Sailor Jerry online trivia contest will also score VIP tiger head tattoos. To play, just follow Sailor Jerry Brand Ambassador Dana Michele on Instagram for trivia questions and post your answers at #SJDAYLA. 10797 Washington Blvd., Culver City.


toscanaToscana Classics Menu
June 15-Aug. 15. Dine on special anniversary menu celebrating 25 years of the renowned Italian restaurant in Brentwood. Toscana quietly opened in 1989 by first time restaurateurs Mike and Kathie Gordon who dreamed of recreating the simple, delicious food and warm, inviting ambiance they found in Italy, and has been a hit ever since. The month-long menu features favorites like Insalata Carciofi; Toscana’s original Pollo al Mattone; Ravioli Radicchio (pictured) and others at their original 1989 prices. Pricing will be à la carte and available Sundays through Thursdays. 11633 San Vicente Blvd #100, Brentwood, 310.820.2448.


Dodgers vs. DiamondbacksSPORTS
Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks
June 13-15. Take dear ol’ Dad to see Los Angeles’ own Boys in Blue play the Arizona Diamondbacks, plus enjoy special giveaways and events, at Dodger Stadium on Father’s Day. Dodger Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Ave., L.A., 323.224.1507.


Made in L.A.
Opens June 15. Hometown art pride is at an all-time high at the Hammer Museum this summer with the biennial Made in L.A. exhibit. Opening June 15, the show provides a glimpse into the city’s artistic currents and offerings through the works of under-recognized artists. Organized by Hammer chief curator Connie Butler and independent curator Michael Ned Holte, Made in L.A. offers visitors the opportunity to explore the talents of 35 locally based artists through a series of thought-provoking paintings, sculptures, performances and video installations—including 11 commissioned pieces—on display throughout the UCLA-backed institution. Visitors are judges, too: The recipient of the $25,000 Public Recognition Award is determined by viewers’ votes. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood, 310.443.7000.


Shakespeare at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum
June 7-Oct. 24. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum celebrates the Bard’s 450th Birthday with an All-Shakespeare Season under the stars. The five-play repertory season kicks off this weekend with A Midsummer Night’s Dream and King Lear. Opening the season on June 7, Ellen Geer takes on the title role in a gender-reversed Lear for the 21st century, a daring new production that sees Lear divide her kingdom and test the loyalty of her three sons. On June 8, the Theatricum’s stage and surrounding environment transforms into an enchanted forest, full of lovers and fairies for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The summer continues with All’s Well That Ends Well, Much Ado About Nothing and Bill Cain’s Equivocation. 1419 North Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga Canyon, 310.455.3723.


last-confessionThe Last Confession
Through July 6. In 1978, a little-known country priest is inaugurated as Pope John Paul I in an uneasy compromise. With the promise of liberal reforms, the “Smiling Pope” warns three hostile cardinals that they will be removed. Thirty-three days after his election, he is found dead and no autopsy is performed. The story is told from the point of view of Cardinal Giovanni Benelli, played by David Suchet. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
June 3-22. Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical retelling of the biblical story of Joseph, starring Broadway and television star Diana DeGarmo and Broadway star Ace Young. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770.


The Country HouseThe Country House
Through July 13. Actress Blythe Danner stars in this world premiere about a family of actors, inspired by Anton Chekhov’s pastoral comedies. Written by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies and directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan. Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.