Things To Do This Weekend | LA Weekend Events Roundup 7.11.14

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 7.11.14

Edited by Christina Xenos

dineLA Restaurant Week
July 14-27. Hundreds of fine restaurants across the county offer specially priced prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner. This time around, the event offers two extra days for a full 14-day dining extravaganza. Indulge in new participants like Hakkasan, The Church Key, SunCafe Orangic and The Polo Lounge; as well as favorites like Craft, Fig & Olive, Water Grill, Mo-chica and many more. See website for list of participating restaurants and menus.


rib-festFood GPS Rib Festival
July 13. Gorge on ribs from some on L.A.’s best chefs in Chinatown’s historic Central Plaza. The chef-driven event includes unique approaches to ribs and sides, plus an array of delicious desserts, craft beers, cocktails and soda. Highlights include pork rib confit with trotter beans from Chad Colby (Chi Spacca); spicy Korean bbq spare ribs with Colombian street corn from Chis Oh (Seoul Sausage); lamb ribs rubbed with cumin, chile and mustard served with burrata, sambal, marinated grilled eggplant and breadcrubms from Bryant Ng (The Spice Table), among others. $65 advance/$75 door; VIP $90 advance/$100 door. Chinatown’s Central Plaza, 943-951 N. Broadway, downtown.


greaseGrease Sing-Along
July 13. “Wop baba lumop … ”: Brush up on the lyrics from the smash 1978 musical before heading to this participatory screening at the Hollywood Bowl—now an L.A. summer tradition. Frenchie herself will host the evening. 2301 N Highland Ave., L.A., 323.850.2000.


The Garagiste Festival: Urban ExposureThe Garagiste Festival: Urban Exposure
July 12. Sip handcrafted wines from more than 45 renegade small-lot winemakers—including a dozen local vintners­—at this new-to-L.A. wine festival to be held at Union Station, downtown. 2-5 pm. $65 & $80. Union Station, 800 N. Alameda St., downtown, 805.769.8211.


Taste Of Farmers MarketTaste of the Farmers Market
July 15. Indulge at  the sixth annual tasting event at the historic Farmers Market. Taste a variety of food from Farmers Market chefs, bakers and grocers. Also enjoy beer and wine samples, entertainment and more. 5–9 pm. $35–$40. Preregistration recommended. Farmers Market, 6333 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.933.9211.


Silver Lake Picture ShowSilver Lake Picture Show
See classic and contemporary films, meet film makers and hear local bands during free bi-monthly outdoor screenings. This year, each feature film is preceded by short films made by Los Angeles filmmakers who will make an appearance during the evening. Bring your own chair and pack a picnic every other Thursday night through Sept. 18. Catch Jurassic Park on July 10. Doors open at 6 p.m., movies start at sundown. 1523 Griffith Park Blvd., L.A.


Voices of LA:Voices of LA: The Krupnick Festival of the Arts
Through Sept. 14. They citywide collaborative series brings Jewish artists together with artmakers from diverse communities across Los Angeles to create original works featuring musicians, dancers, spoken word and visual artists. The fest kicks off this week with  a spoken-word performance on July 13, and a music performance with members of triple-Grammy-winning group Ozomatli and alt-R&B singer Jarrel Perry on July 14. Check website for full schedule and locations.


lou-ferrignoHey There Muscles
July 12-Aug. 16. Give yourself a complete overhaul of mind, body and spirit with classes focused on creating lean muscle and healthy living and eating habits. Throughout the six-week program, 50-minute classes will be led by acclaimed actor and body builder, Lou Ferrigno, his daughter and business partner, Shanna and the extended family, as well as local experts. See website for full schedule. Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica.


RingLing BrosRingLing Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Legends
July 9-15. The classic traveling circus is back in town with an all-new family-friendly show, complete with acrobatics, daredevils and even a “unicorn.” $26-$135. Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.742.7100.


Galerie MichaelGalerie Michael Charity Auction
July 12. Place your bid on a wide variety of art from around the world with proceeds benefiting the Children of War Foundation. Highlights from the auction block include works by Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, among others. C.O.W.F.’s mission is to provide life-altering medical and surgical treatment to children who lack access to care. 1 p.m. RSVP: 224 N Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.273.3377.


santa-monica-concertsMUSIC + DANCE
Twilight Concert Series
July 10, 17, 24, 31. The 30th anniversary of the summer concert series at the famed Santa Monica Pier features contemporary and classic bands. Let your beach days extend into the evening while you watch performances by Cults (July 10), Cayucas (July 24), Jagwar Ma (August 7), Ok Go (September 4), Charles Bradley (September 11) and many more from July 10-September 11. 7–10 pm. Free. 7–10 pm. Free. 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, 310.458.8901.


getty-chicano batmanSaturdays Off the 405  
July 12. Enjoy performances by up-and-coming bands and DJ sets to wrap up your weekend evening. The series kicks off this weekend with “Eastside L.A. fusionists” Chicano Batman. Future performances include Caught a Ghost (July 26), BADBADNOTGOOD (August 23), and Kan Wakan (September 13). 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A., 310.440.7300.


hammer-museumMade in L.A. Music at the Hammer Museum
Head to the Hammer Museum in Westwood this July for evenings that kicks off with happy hour and move into live music performances that showcase L.A.’s vibrant and diverse music scene. The four-night lineup features The Do-Over w/ De Lux + Mystery Guest DJs + KCRW DJ Mathieu Schreyer (July 10), An Evening of Community Music w/ crash + The Shoe + My Hawaii + KCRW DJ Liza Richardson, hosted by Alex Ebert (July 17), Afro Funke’ w/ Rocky Dawuni + KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole & DJ Glenn Red (July 24) and DEEP w/ DJ Marques Wyatt, DJ Doc Martin + KCRW DJ Raul Campos (July 31). Free. 6:30 happy hour, 7:30 performance. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., 310.443.7000.


romeoRomeo and Juliet
July 10-13. To celebrate The National Ballet of Canada’s 60th anniversary in 2011, Artistic Director Karen Kain commissioned internationally celebrated choreographer Alexei Ratmansky to create a new production of Romeo and Juliet. The new work blends the classic with the contemporary to create a fresh new take on one of the world’s most classic dance dramas. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 North Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.0711.


Los Angeles Bastille Day Celebrations
Commemorating the storming of the Bastille prison on July 14, 1789, Bastille Day has evolved into a celebration of French culture and cuisine in Los Angeles. Share in the spirit of Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité at Bouchon Beverly Hills on July 13 with live music, balloon artist, face painting, oyster and other menu specials and more. On July 14, sip free Kir Royales during dinner at L’Assiette Steak Frites; snatch up specialty red, white and blue macarons at Napoléon’s Macarons; a hearty Pan Bagnat at Church & State bistro downtown; and a special French menu at Les Noces du Figaro downtown. Night owls can head to the Piano Bar in Hollywood where La Belle et la Bête will put their unique spin on french classics from the 20s through the 60s.


EATZ KIDZ Cooking Camp
July 14-18. Foodie kids can embark on a five-class culinary journey that covers everything from breakfast and burgers, to Chinese food, pizza and more. Each class focuses on a different meal and all classes are hands-on. Ages 10-15. $350. Reservations required. 612 N La Brea Ave., L.A., 310.824.3586.


cocktail-theatreEAT + DRINK
Cocktail Theatre at 41 Ocean
July 11. Celebrated mixologist, Rob Floyd has been wowing sold out crowds at his Cocktail Theatre shows for the past two years. Now you can learn about the history of mixology while also tasting all of Floyd’s crafted drinks during this series that he describes as a cocktail show with “elements of the History Channel meets ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show.’” This time around the theme is “Salute to Bikinis and Beach Bums,” so you never know what might cross your path or your palate. 7-10 p.m. $200. 41 Ocean Club, 1541 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. Tickets


Buyer & Cellar
July 9-Aug. 17. See the fictitious show about a struggling actor who works in Barbra Streisand’s non-fictitious basement: an underground private shopping mall beneath her Malibu home. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown.


Twelfth NightTwelfth Night
Continuing. Independent Shakespeare Company’s popular Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival returns this summer with Twelfth Night followed later on in July with the Taming of the Shrew. Performances take place under the stars at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park. Pack a picnic and plan to arrive early for prime blanket placement. Free. Griffith Park Dr., L.A. 818.710.6306.


midsummerShakespeare 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 weaves together summer performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear, 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.


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.