Events | LA Weekend Events Roundup 4.30.15

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 4.30.15

Edited by Christina Xenos

Paris photosEVENTS
Paris Photo Los Angeles
May 1-3. Leading international galleries, collectors and artists cross-pollinate at this third U.S. edition of the celebrated art fair dedicated to the art of photography. Browse works from more than 250 artists in Paramount’s soundstages and movie-set replicas of New York City streets. F-Sa noon-7 p.m.; Su noon-6 p.m. $20–$28, under 13 free; weekend pass $46. Parking $12. (photo Ralf Peters, Bernhard Knaus Fine Art) Paramount Pictures studios, 801 N. Gower St., L.A.


Street Food CinemaStreet Food Cinema
May 2-Oct. 31. The outdoor film series kicks off this weekend with a 30th anniversary screening of The Breakfast Club and continues throughout the summer/fall with screenings every Saturday night at various locations across L.A. The party heats up with live music and food from the city’s top trucks. Highlights include a 25th anniversary screening of Pretty Woman on May 9, Pitch Perfect on May 16, 500 Days of Summer on May 23 and Stand by Me on May 30. See website for a full schedule. 5:30 pm. $6-$17. 323.254.5068.


derbyKentucky Derby
May 2. Hailed as the “most exciting two minutes in sports,” the horse racing, julep- and hat-filled spectacle gets underway on Saturday. Watch it at The Churchill over Bellini carafe specials and an expanded happy hour; at Franklin & Company over southern fare and drink specials; over seaside views at Coast Beach Café & Bar with a Derby-themed brunch menu; over more ocean views and a racing-themed cocktail menu at Terrazza Lounge; a full on Kentucky Derby Party at Shade Hotel; over Derby-themed cocktails and live music at Seven Grand; on the big screen over juleps and Hot Browns at Baltaire; at a Derby-themed soiree at The Detour Bistro Bar.


First FridaysFirst Fridays
May 1. The provocative series at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County continues its season with a night of live music, discussions and curatorial tours. Drop by this month for cutting-edge science and musical performances from Kinky, Salt Petal, with resident KCRW DJ Raul Campos featuring DJ Panamami. 5-10 p.m. 900 Exposition Blvd., L.A., 213.763.DINO.


Pacquiao Vs. MayweatherPacquiao vs. Mayweather
May 2. See the long-awaited fight in style over a feast at sidebar at Beverly Wilshire. Chefs Ari Rosenson and Ken Concepcion have created a number of specialty fight night menu items including the “Knuckle Sandwich” with crispy pig’s trotters, pickled red onion and whole grain mustard aioli on a house made honey bun. Signature boxing-themed cocktails will also be available. $40 earns you entry to the bar, a signature cocktail and unlimited bites. Tables and couch seating are also available by reservation ($400 minimum for a table and $1400 minimum for couch seating). 9500 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, 310.276.8500.


Bar IlegalBar Ilegal
May 4-10.  For seven nights only the back bar at Harvard & Stone will be transformed into Cafe No Sé, L.A.’s outpost of Ilegal Mezcal’s Guatemalan home. Sip Ilegal Mezcal, a selection of wild agave mezcals, infused mezcals and Mexicali beer, all ranging from $5-$10. You can also pair that with late night eats from James Beard Award-Winning Guelaguetza and live musical performances. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. 5221 Hollywood Blvd., L.A.


Angel City Brewery’s Heritage FestivalAngel City Brewery’s Heritage Festival
May 3. Angel City Brewery celebrates its 3rd Annual Heritage Music & Arts Festival with a day filled with live entertainment, food vendors and beer. Spend the day listening to live music from Christian Lee Hutson, Mariachi Los Toros and Blackwater Jukebox; enjoying performances from Olvera St. Aztec Dancers, Taiko Drum Center (Taiko Drumming & Dancing), Capoeira Brasil (Capoeira demonstrations); feasting on food from Border Grill, Kogi Truck and Philippe The Original; and sipping nine beers on draft. 216 Alameda St., downtown, 213.622.1261.


David SedarisDavid Sedaris
May 5. Laugh-out-loud author David Sedaris brings his stories, anecdotes and personal essays to UCLA’s Royce Hall. Sedaris is the author of bestsellers Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and his most recent book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. Royce Hall, UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, Westwood, 310.825.2101.


Concours d’EleganceConcours d’Elegance
May 3. Show features vintage automobiles and motorcycles, plus a marketplace, gourmet food and beverages and access to historic Greystone Park & Mansion interior and grounds. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $125, under 10 free. Parking at First Credit Bank Building, 9255 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. Greystone Park & Mansion, 905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.285.6830.


Thomas Angel Foundation Benefit ShowThomas Angel Foundation Benefit Show
May 1. See some of the most side-splitting comedians in town perform to benefit the Thomas Angel Foundation. The evening, hosted by Echo Kellum, Johnny Meeks, Jess Eason, Marcy Jarreau and Donna Thomas, includes performances by Ian Roberts, Ben Schwartz, Thomas Middleditch, Rob Coddry, Nate Coddry, Adam Pally and many more. Enjoy a cocktail reception following the show. $15-$100. Comedy Central Stage at the Hudson, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. Tickets


The Mixing RoomMay Mix Off at The Mixing Room
May 6-27. The five-week event features some of L.A.’s best bartenders creating inventive cocktails every Wednesday night. The series kicks off on May 6, where you can mingle with bartending contenders over signature cocktails and small bites from The Mixing Room’s new menu. May 13 begins the weekly competition where participants create three specialty cocktails: two using the round’s featured spirits and one using an unidentified spirit for a splash of spontaneity. Each cocktail will be judged on taste, presentation, performance, and the intensity level of the crowd’s cheers. You’ll also have the opportunity to sample the competing cocktails. Winners from each week will advance to the final round on Wednesday, May 27, battling it out for bragging rights and the grand prize trip to Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. Notable past participants include Chris Amirault of Harlowe, Eva Pelczer of Honeycut, and Kristina Howald of Bestia. 7-9 p.m. JW Marriott Los Angles L.A. LIVE., 900 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.765.8600.


lucha-vavoomCINCO DE MAYO
Lucha Vavoom
May 4-5. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a ridiculously fun performance featuring masked Mexican wrestlers, comedy, and burlesque acts all rolled into one wacky and entertaining evening. The show also features a lowrider car parade, Folkloricos, Aztec dancers, comedy and more. Mayan Theatre, 1038 S Hill St., downtown.


Check out our full list of Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo In Los Angeles


Decades Pop-Up at Curve
May 1-3. Shop an array of curated vintage designer pieces for three days only. Cameron Silver and Christos Garkinos, co-owners of Decades and Nevena Borissova, founder/creator of CURVE have hand selected pieces from Decades  vault of fashion flashbacks. Shop vintage pieces from Alaia, Halston, Chanel, Pucci and Versace. The event will also include a special selection of previously unworn samples and pristine pieces of Jean-Paul Gaultier’s iconic designs from the 1990s. The event’s hosts will be on hand during the pop-up’s kick off cocktail reception on Saturday to assist you in picking out your priceless designer duds. Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; cocktails 3-7 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Curve at The Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Rd.


May 2. It has been a whole decade since we first crowded around our computers and televisions to watch the quirky L.A.-based alt-rock quartet cruise across a team of treadmills. Now, armed with nearly four full-length albums (the fourth, Hungry Ghosts drops this fall), OK Go hits The Wiltern with their infections riffs. Synth rockers Kitten open the show. 3790 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.


Howlin’ Ray’s Hot ChickenEAT + DRINK
Howlin’ Ray’s Hot Chicken
May 4. Get a taste of Chef Johnny Zone’s (La Poubelle) forthcoming Howlin’ Ray’s Hot Chicken food truck that slings something L.A. hasn’t seen much of before: Nashville Hot Chicken. The cult cuisine is fried chicken bathed in a spiced cayenne pepper sauce (get it anywhere from mild to “Howin’ Hot!”) served on white bread with pickle chips. At the one-night-only pop-up at Barrel and Ashes you can get it served with a farmers market side for $12. In addition to the chicken you can also enjoy Barrel and Ashes regular menu. 11801 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, 818.623.8883.


Fritzi DogFritzi Dog
Lunchtime downtown now has a little more snap. Enter Fritzi Dog, Neal Fraser’s (Redbird) sought after hot dog stand that now officially has a second location—at the Vibiana—after the Original Farmers Market outpost. To celebrate the opening you can now sink your teeth into the Smoky Snappy, a beef and pork dog with a lot of snap and a hint of smoke. When you pair it with a drink you’ll also get a side of tots or fries for free. Enjoy that or the full menu of Fraser’s all-beef, beef & pork, turkey & duck, jalapeño chicken and sous-vide spiced carrot dogs. 214 S Main St., downtown.


Strand House Culinary Masters SeriesStrand House Culinary Masters Series
May 4. Dine on a five-course menu from guest Chef Troy Guard of the acclaimed TAG Restaurant Group in Denver. The dinner menu will be paired with a selection of wines from La Sirena and Barrett & Barrett. In attendance will be renowned Winemakers/Owners Heidi and Bo Barrett. Highlights include Spanish octopus served with corn pureé, pasilla chili and fava beans; Colorado lamb neck served with goat milk ricotta agnolotti, spring peas, Maui onion soubise and lemon balm; and Aspen Ridge strip loin with carrot salad, potato rosti, ramp green goddess and smoked beet reduction. $150/pp. 6:30 cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner. 117 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, 310.545.7470.


Motown the MusicalTHEATER
Motown the Musical
April 28-June 7. Broadway’s take on Berry Gordy’s story, brings the Motown Sound to the Pantages. Follow Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 800.982.2787.


Julius CaesarJulius Caesar
Through May 24. Among the world’s most celebrated plays, Julius Caesar is also one of the most action packed. With trickery at every turn, count on holding your breath as allegiances shift with every scene. A Noise Within, 3352 E. Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, 626.356.3100.


The Power of DuffThe Power of Duff
Through May 17. Charlie Duff’s nightly newscast makes him a voice to be heard, so why isn’t his teenage son listening? When an on-air prayer for his father goes viral, Duff finds himself at the center of a firestorm over God’s place in the newsroom. When his prayers turn prophetic, Duff suddenly has the power to reach everyone — except his own son. Stephen Belber’s sharp new play asks if there is anything more vital than the faith we have in one another. Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., L.A.