Events | LA Weekend Events Roundup 5.7.15

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 5.7.15

Edited by Christina Xenos

cinespia-186x120 EVENTS
May 9. Cinespia cemetery screenings at Hollywood Forever Cemetery find crowds jostling for spots to watch cult flicks projected on a mausoleum wall. Also on hand are pre-movie DJs and themed photo booths. Highlights this month include Animal House (May 9), Mullholland Dr. (May 16), Close Encounters (May 23), Dazed and Confused (May 24) and Vertigo (May 30). Gates 6:45 pm; movie 8:30 p.m. $14. Parking $10-$15. 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. 877.435.9849.


eat-see-hearEat|See|Hear: Pitch Perfect
May 9. L.A.’s roving outdoor movie event series celebrates the 2015 season with a screening of Pitch Perfect, a week before its much-anticipated sequel hits theaters. In addition to the movie, which screens on a 52-foot wide screen, expect food trucks and live music before the show. $12 advance/$14 door. Santa Monica High School, Memorial Greek Amphitheater, 601 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.


bbqWest Coast BBQ Classic
May 9. Watch grill masters from around the country compete for the title of West Coast’s Best BBQ and taste barbeque styles ranging from Memphis to Texas and savory to sweet. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $15-$20; tastings start at $2. Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738.


santa monica festivalSanta Monica Festival
May 9. Fun, family-friendly festival features musical and dance performances, art workshops, food trucks, cooking demonstrations, games and more. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Free. Parking, bike valet free. Clover Park, 2600 Ocean Park, Santa Monica, 310.458.8350.


Bill GrahamMUSEUMS
Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution
May 7-Oct. 11. See the first comprehensive retrospective about the life and career of legendary rock impresario Bill Graham (1931–1991). The influential concert promoter launched the careers of countless rock & roll legends in the ’60s at his famed Fillmore Auditorium. The exhibition showcases more than 400 objects (think Jerry Garcia’s “Wolf” guitar, Janis Joplin’s tambourine and Pete Townshend’s 1968 Gibson SG Special used during a performance of Tommy) that have been gathered from lenders across the country—from the private Graham family archive to the Experience Music Project to Carlos Santana’s personal collection. Many of the lenders are permitting display of these items for the first time. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 310.440.4500.


May 10. Mother’s Day coincides with a special Sunday Supper featuring Chef April Bloomfield (chef of NYC’s famed Spotted Pig) and celebrating her new book, A Girl and Her Greens, Hearty Meals from the Garden. Dine on a four-course prix fixe menu that offers roasted carrots with carrot-top pesto, wild arugula and burrata; morels and madeira cream on toast; Swiss chard cannelloni with parmesan; and sweet corn ice cream with butterscotch and caramel popcorn. $65/pp. 5-9:30 p.m. 8474 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.655.6277.


Michael’s Santa MonicaMichael’s Santa Monica
May 10. Michael McCarty opens his namesake Santa Monica restaurant on a rare Sunday to celebrate Mom. Dine on a special menu full of ingredients sourced from the Santa Monica Farmers Market that includes dishes such as oysters with blood orange mignonette; kale salad with quinoa, grapes, cherry tomatoes and sunflower seeds; Cobb salad; eggs Benedict; Michael’s blueberry pancakes; wild king salmon with spring sauté of favas, English peas, potatoes, pea tendrils and lemon nage; Michael’s Burger, a savory blend of ground Wagyu beef, bacon onion compote, tomato, butter lettuce, Russian dressing, white cheddar and a hearty portion of frites; and more including brunch cocktails like the A Fistful of Berries with Milagro Tequila, market fresh berries, lime, agave nectar, orange juice, Cointreau. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $55/pp adults, $25/pp children. 1147 3rd St, Santa Monica, 310.451.0843.


Strand HouseStrand House
May 9-10. Let mom relax over some of the best ocean views in Manhattan Beach while dining on indulgent specials all weekend long. Chef Greg Hozinsky has created menu specials especially for Mom like lobster Benedict with citrus hollandaise, blackened halibut sandwich, ceviche with crab and more. At the end of her meal every “Guest of Honor” will leave with a sweet treat from Pastry Chef Stephanie Franz. 117 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.7470.

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Tanya Heath Paris
Go from flats to heels with the push of a button. That’s the concept behind Paris-based fashion designer, Tanya Heath who just opened her first U.S. store on Robertson Blvd. Whether you want to go from day to night or glitter to glam, every heel is designed to work with every shoe. Shoes come in a variety of chic styles while heels come in four sizes ranged from 1.6 inches to stilettos and a chunky Cuban heel that come in at 3.3 inches. Change your style on the go, all you need to do is listen for the click to know your new heel is snapped into place. 108 S. Robertson Blvd., L.A., 323.533.9297.


Cassell'sEAT + DRINK
99-Cent Burgers
To celebrate National Burger Month, Cassell’s flips their signature burgers for 99 cents on May 8, starting at 11 a.m. The Koreatown hotspot also offers happy hour during the month where you can get a burger or sandwich with a canned beer (Olympia or Pabst Blue Ribbon) for $9, daily from 4-7 p.m. Meanwhile in Manhattan Beach, gastropub The Rockefeller offers a 99-cent burger special Tuesday nights from 5 p.m.-close. This month expect a 4 oz. patty, 1000 island, provolone and fontina cheeses, red bell peppers, pasilla peppers, red onions sautéed with fresh garlic and a hint of soy sauce.


catch-releaseCatch & Release
Drawing on his childhood summers in Maine, Chef Jason Neroni conjures a menu of East Coast seafood signatures fused with a California sensibility at his new Marina del Rey outpost. And while he may not be out forging for sea urchin and peekytoe crab, he will be serving a menu that highlights fresh catches on the raw bar and in dishes like spaghetti “sea urchin carbonara“, bacon, scallions, lots of black pepper; soft shell crab, braised bacon, fried green tomato, white corn pudding; Maine lobster, plancha, butter poached or steamed; and marinated sardines, charred shishitos, preserved lemon, Castelvetrano olives; along with choices for land lovers like short rib, broccoli, mashed potatoes, charred green garlic, “xo sauce”; and fried chicken parmesan. (photo Pascal Shirley). Dinner, Tues.-Sat.; brunch forthcoming. (photo Pascal Shirley). 13488 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey, 310.893.6100.


Opens May 8. West Hollywood’s latest cocktail-driven dining spot gets its name from the 10 distinct $10 cocktails on its menu. Sip cations like the Saladito with El Silencio Mezcal, honey, lemon, cayenne pepper; while you dine on a selection of bar menu favorites such as drunken mac ’n’ cheese, Margherita and meatlovers’ flatbreads, beef and veggie burgers and more, including Sunday brunch complete with bottomless mimosas. Dinner nightly, 5 p.m.-2 a.m.; happy hour, 5-8 p.m.; Sunday brunch 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 8933 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.212.6399.


From artisan bread and homemade pastries to French soups and salads, native French owners Frédéric and Fabienne Soulies prepare everything from scratch using their family’s traditional recipes at this new downtown bakery. Fest on French specialties such as freshly-baked baguettes and croissants, merveilles, pan bagnat, kouign-amann and tarte tropézienne. Other signatures include a croque-monsieur; French hot dog served in puff pastry; and Clafoutis with crème brulée, flan caramel, pot de crème, riz au lait and semolina cake. Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat.-Sun 8 a.m.-4 p.m.  545 South Olive St., downtown, 213.689.3240.


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. Democracy has never been this demonic, nor the Bard so prophetic in his most psychologically powerful (and modern) play. All hail Caesar—and this raffish production of a play whose ploys and plots will hold you in thrall from the very first line. 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.