Events | LA Weekend Events Roundup 8.13.15

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 8.13.15

Edited by Christina Xenos

burbank comedyEVENTS
Burbank Comedy Festival
Aug. 16-22. Burbank gets into the funny business with this second-annual weeklong festival, hosted by its Flappers Comedy Club, that pairs more than 200 emerging comedians with headliners like Adam Carolla and Tom Green. Events include underground showcases, workshops, classes, industry panels, after-parties and live podcast tapings. Check website for schedule and pricing. 102 E. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, 818.845.9721.


Long Beach Crawfish FestivalLong Beach Crawfish Festival
Aug. 14-16. Dine on Cajun crawfish dinners prepared Louisiana-style, listen to zydeco and dixieland music hit the beach bar and more at the 22nd annual Long Beach Crawfish Festival. Rainbow Lagoon, 400-403 Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach.


beer2015 Beers Summer Fest
Aug. 15. The craft beer festival celebrates the end of summer with top craft beers, food tastings and more. Enjoy unlimited pours from breweries like Wick’s Brewing Company, Anchor Brewing, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company and many more. You can also compete in several contests like arm wrestling, cornhole and beer pong to win cash prizes. $10. 21+. 1-6 p.m. The Reef, 1933 S Broadway, downtown.


Bugs BunnyWarner Bros. Presents Bugs Bunny at the Symphony-25th Anniversary
Aug. 14-15. Celebrate 25 years of Bugs Bunny and Looney Tunes with a live orchestra accompanying the screening of some favorite shorts from the show. Classic episodes include What’s Opera, Doc?, The Rabbit of Seville and Zoom and Bored. 8 p.m. both nights. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000.


BarnsdallBarnsdall Friday Night Wine Tastings
Through Sept. 4. Enjoy evenings of fine wine and art in the gardens of Frank Lloyd Wright’s newly renovated Hollyhock House. The weekly event features four selections of boutique, small production, artisan wines from Silverlake Wine, music by KCRW’s DJs and a host of specialty food trucks and more, including  curator-led tours of the recently reopened Hollyhock House. The event continues every Friday through Labor Day. $30. 4800 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.644.6275.


LucquesLucques All American Rib Fest
Aug. 16. Feast on slow-cooked ribs, hot wings and sides during the festival that has become a Lucques tradition since 2000. A week of preparation goes into the smoking of pork, beef and lamb ribs, spreading the lure of wood smoke throughout the neighborhood and attracting a growing swell of Rib Fest groupies for the annual BBQ celebration. The family style menu includes generous portions of Saint Louis-style pork ribs, braised beef back ribs, spicy lamb spare ribs, and “too hot to handle” chicken wings; along with sides like cole slaw, baked beans, long-cooked collard greens, buttered corn on the cob, tomato-watermelon salad and desserts like peach cobbler with strawberries and buttermilk ice cream. $55/pp. Tickets required. Make reservations through RESY or by calling the restaurants. Noon-9 p.m. (Photo Kristen Honey Photography) 8474 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, 323.655.6277.


Malibu Country MartSummer Block Party at Malibu Country Mart
Aug. 16. The Malibu Country Mart turns into a street fair for the day, offering calypso music, activities for all ages including face paintings, a petting zoo, caricature portraits, henna tattoos and Tarot card readings. Hit the mobile photo booth and complementary carnival treat stations for sweets like cotton candy, popcorn, funnel cakes, churros, snow cones and ice cream. Noon-3 p.m. 3835 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu.


ziggy-marleyReggae Night: Bob Marley’s Roots Rock Reggae—A 70th Birthday Celebration
Aug. 16. The Reggae legend’s sons Ziggy and Stephen “Ragga” Marley lead you in honoring the 70th birthday of their father. Accompanying artists include Inner Circle and The Skatalites. 7 p.m. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000.


Ritz-Carlton SpaSPA
The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles Wellness Retreat
Aug. 16. Rejuvenate yourself with some “me” time at the Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles’ Wellness Retreat. The relaxing day includes a 50-minute spa treatment of your choice, yoga and quiet meditation with ERYT 500 Yoga Alliance-certified teacher Rachel Jackson and lunch and fresh-pressed juice on the hotel’s 26th floor rooftop poolside lounge. $295/pp with an $349 additional for an overnight stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles when attending the retreat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles, 900 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.763.4400.


Whether you want to pick up an exciting vintage to go or linger at the bar or on the outdoor patio over carefully selected wines by the glass, cocktails and craft beer, look no further than Esters in Santa Monica. The shop is from co-owner & Wine Director Kathryn Coker (a veteran of Rustic Canyon) and her husband, Tug, who join Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan—the team behind beloved dining destinations Rustic Canyon, Milo & Olive, Huckleberry and Cassia. Browse more than 200 wines from small producers and boutique wineries sourced by Kathryn. In addition to drinks, enjoy a menu perfect for pairing from Rustic Canyon Executive Chef Jeremy Fox and Pastry Chef Jun Tan. Edibles include a variety of cheeses and cured meats and fish like smoked California fish in a jar with pickled ramps, Cook Pigs Ranch pork terrine with grape mustard and cucumber panzanella with dill and house-cultured yogurt. The shop is also filled with an extensive selection of grab-and-go artisanal items and rare, limited-edition products like house made sandwiches, Compartés chocolates, raw honey from Massey Honey Co., Solstice Canyon almond butter and Bottle Stock wine accessories. Opens at 11 a.m. Tues.-Sun. (Photo Emily Hart Roth) 1314 7th St., Santa Monica, 310.899.6900.


BelcampoBelcampo Meat Co. West Hollywood
Feast on Belcampo’s 100% organic and humanely raised meat on a menu led by head chef Brent Thomas (formerly of Belcampo in Grand Central Market). The West Hollywood outpost is their third to open in L.A. and offers a bevy of all-day sandwiches and burgers. The “Fast Burger” is a tribute to a drive thru burger complete with American cheese, house sauce, lettuce, onion and tomato; and their signature Belcampo cheeseburger weighs in with a 1/3 lb. premium beef patty, cheddar, caramelized onions, house sauce and butter lettuce on brioche. Breakfast items include sandwiches and bowls. You can also pick up butcher offerings that include grab-and-go raw and pre-marinated packaged meats, emphasizing cuts that range from steaks and roasts to sausages and bacons. 8053 West 3rd St., L.A., 323.937.0170.


DudleyDudley Market
Newly opened Dudley Market is your destination for a refined dinner in addition to a sandwich for the beach. The multi-concept market, restaurant and retail space from Chef Jesse Barber (Barnyard, Tasting Kitchen) features a large selection of house-made grab-and-go options, hand-picked retail items and an intimate, full-service restaurant focusing on seasonal California dishes for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Dine on everything from eggs Benedict with lox to quiche with artichokes, spinach and gruyere. Dinner brings sophisticated dishes like potato terrine with grilled squid; pork loin with blackened onion, smoked pepper emulsion, marmalade glaze and pickled and grilled ramps; and Lamb Belly with split beans, morels and cava. 9 Dudley Ave., Venice.


Charlie Trotter DayCharlie Trotter Day
Aug. 14-16. Celebrate the legacy of culinary leader Charlie Trotter at Manhattan Beach dining destinations M.B. Post, Fishing with Dynamite and The Arthur J. Each restaurant will offer a signature dish and donate proceeds from it to The Trotter Project. Dine on Coastal Organics heirloom tomato tart with caramelized eggplant, burrata and aged balsamic at M.B. Post; Columbia River wild king salmon with tomato dashi, soba and cherry tomatoes at Fishing with Dynamite; and hamachi tartare with avocado, Thai chili, peaches, cucumber, peanuts and puffed rice chips at The Arthur J. The Trotter Project aims to support youth in mentorship and internship programs and help open doors and inspire minds through the culinary arts. More info:


Bluewater GrillBluewater Grill
Aug. 15. Celebrate the debut of Unfiltered Blonde, a Sonoma County Chardonnay from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Celebrity Apprentice star, Brandi Glanville at Bluewater Grill, Redondo Beach. Brandi will be at the debut dining bottles and meeting fans. 7-9 p.m. 665 N. Harbor Dr., Redondo Beach, 310.318.3474.


Hershey FelderTHEATER
Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin
Through Aug. 16. Hailed for his one-man shows about musical greats, multitalented Canadian performer Felder tackles the master of American music himself, Irving Berlin. The work follows Berlin’s origins in czarist Russia to his embodiment of the American dream. Expect classic songs such as “God Bless America” and “White Christmas.” Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.


janis-joplinA Night with Janis Joplin
Through Aug. 23. Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll.  The unmistakable voice filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock. A Night with Janis Joplin is a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences – trailblazers like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith, who inspired one of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s greatest legends. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, 626.356.7529.


Through Aug. 23. This love story by Martin Sherman follows two gay men trying to survive in Nazi Germany. This version of the play, directed by Moises Kaufman, is the work’s first major U.S. revival since its 1979 Broadway premiere. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.


Much Ado About NothingMuch Ado About Nothing
Through Aug. 30. The Independent Shakespeare Company performs the Bard’s classic work as part of its Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival, reimagining the tale as a World War II-era comedy set in Messina, Sicily. Old L.A. Zoo, Griffith Park Drive, Griffith Park, L.A., 818.710.6306.