Events | LA Weekend Events Roundup 2.18.16

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 2.18.16

Edited by Christina Xenos

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Air + StyleEVENTS
Air + Style
Feb. 20-21. This festival, presented by snowboarder Shaun White, marks its second year in L.A. with a full weekend of action sports (the event boasts a 16-story-high snowboard jump) and music headliners that include Incubus, J. Cole and Haim. Also: art, fashion and technology exhibits. Noon. One-day ticket $75, weekend pass $135, under 10 free with ticketed adult. Exposition Park at the Coliseum, 700 Exposition Park Drive, downtown, 323.651.4300.


Feb. 20. Hang out with other artistically inclined Angelenos at LACMA. The new membership program offers members bi-weekly hangouts on Saturdays. The first event, Seasons kicks off this week. Members will meet at Urban Light and take a a self-guided tour of four pre-selected artworks that each represent a different season. At the end of the tour, Locals will gather at BCAM to experience a unique bit of indoor weather: Rain Room. (Admission to Rain Room is an additional $10 fee to be paid in advance.) All you have to do to go is sign up by noon on Friday. 7 p.m. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.435.9765.


Los Angeles Zoo Hippo EncounterLos Angeles Zoo Hippo Encounter
Get up close and personal with the hippos of the Los Angeles Zoo. The new Hippo Encounter is a hands-on experience that takes you behind the scenes to meet the zoo’s 15-month-old baby, Rosie, and her mom, Mara. Zookeepers will share specifics about the third-largest land mammal, including their daily routines, care, training and lives. You’ll get to interact with them and see staff feed them as well. End your experience with the selfie opportunity of a lifetime. Weekends and holidays at noon. $15/pp, in addition to regular admission. 5333 Zoo Dr., L.A., 323.644.6001.


iHeart80s PartyiHeart80s Party
Feb. 20. Get your 80s groove on with performances by Tears for Fears, Culture Club, Billy Idol, Missing Persons, Rick Springfield and Loverboy. The Forum, 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, 310.330.7300.


The IllusionistsThe Illusionists: Live from Broadway
Opening Feb. 23. Have your mind blown at this spectacular showcase, the best-selling magic show in Broadway history. A roster of incredible illusionists performs death-defying stunts and jaw-dropping magic tricks. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770.


YoungArts Los AngelesYoungArts Los Angeles
Through Feb. 21. Enjoy multidisciplinary dance, music, theater and voice performances by rising stars ages 15-18 who were selected by the Young-Arts Foundation from approximately 12,000 applicants to receive mentoring, scholarships and more (Viola Davis, Nicki Minaj and director Jenji Kohan are among the program’s esteemed alumni). Performances are part of the 2016 YoungArts Los Angeles regional program. See website for public performance schedule, tickets and more information. Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., downtown.


DemitasseEAT + DRINK
Demitasse Roastery & Kitchen
You might be familiar with Demitasse Roastery & Kitchen’s coffees made from house-roasted small batches of ethically sourced coffee beans; their fourth outpost in Hollywood offers that and so much more with the addition of globally inspired fare, beer, wine and shim cocktail menus. Owner Bobby Roshan opened the first Demitasse in Little Tokyo in 2011 and has woven his passion for coffee into a variety of espresso drinks and brewed coffees on their Curtis Seraphims, Nitro and Kyoto-Style Cold Brew systems. The Hollywood locale also offers housemade chai tea and swoonable lavender liquid hot chocolate. Executive Chef Jeff Lustre takes cafe food to new heights with creative dinner plates like hamachi crudo over avocado mousse, and pan-seared cod in a Fisherman-style stew. For breakfast and lunch, enjoy dishes like sweet potato pancakes with whipped yoghurt, dates and maple syrup sauce; breakfast sandwich with a fried duck egg; and Creekstone Farm brisket with caramelized onions and Chimichurri on a Cemita bun. The menu is filled out with carefully sourced beer and wine selections and shim cocktails like the Blood Orange Sake Swizzle with sake, lime and a rosemary and black pepper garnish. Open daily: B (7-10:30 a.m.), L (11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.), D (5:30-10 p.m.). 1542 North Cahuenga Blvd., L.A., 323.498.5155.


Dine on an eclectic American menu ranging from housemade charcuterie to wood-burning grilled meats, fish and vegetables alongside cocktails, beer and wine in a Thomas Schoos-designed space. The new West Hollywood dining destination is the latest from restaurateur Rohan Talwar of acclaimed Ellipsis in Bombay. Chef Mike Williams (The Tasting Kitchen) helms the kitchen and turns out creative dishes like housemade ricotta with sesame, honey and sumac with grilled levain bread; uni butter-poached shrimp with smoked tomato and scallions; and cider-glazed heritage pork with sunchoke puree and flowering broccoli. Hamish McShane (Bayswater Brasserie in Sydney) heads up the cocktail program, which will focus on Southern California’s plentiful citrus offerings. 8279 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.450.4211.


Idle HourIdle Hour
Feb. 21. If you haven’t yet visited North Hollywood’s barrel-shaped bar, put it on your bucket list. The famed location is celebrating the first anniversary of its modern restoration, which also marks 75 years since its opening in 1941. The watering hole wants you to revel over an anniversary cook-out complete with a wealth of BBQ delights, live music on the patio, specialty brews from Saint Archer Brewery and $1 Mount Gay Planter’s Punch cocktails (available from 2-4 p.m.). Festivities kick off at 1 p.m., but you can stop by earlier for brunch. 4824 Vineland Ave., L.A., 818.980.5604.


K Ramen. Burger. Beer.K Ramen. Burger. Beer.
Head to the second floor of Katsuya Glendale at the Americana at Brand for a new pop-up that offers ramen, poke and more. Slurp of bowls of lobster ramen made from a mix of chicken and fish stock, with lobster butter and a marinated egg; the half-pound burger boasts Katsuya’s secret spicy mayo, and is paired with tater tots that are drizzled with duck fat; while a selection of poke dishes (think spicy creamy tuna, or snapper and kale in a yuzu ginger sauce) are served over aonori sesame rice. 702 Americana Way (2nd floor), Glendale, 818.741.2701.


Plan Check Kitchen + BarPlan Check Kitchen + Bar
Feb. 22. Celebrate four years of top burgers and comfort food at Plan Check. Tradition dictates that fourth anniversaries should be celebrated with flowers. As a nod to this historic practice, you can sink your teeth into the restaurant’s Birthday Cake Crullers (birthday cake batter-doughnuts coated with pink icing and crystallized rose, hibiscus, fennel flower and mint sprinkles for garnish) for free all day long at all locations (Sawtelle, Fairfax, Downtown). You can also look forward to a new Plan Check in Santa Monica later this year.


Superba Food + BreadSuperba Food + Bread
Feb 23. A powerhouse roster of chefs including James Trees (Superba Food + Bread), Carlos Enriquez (Executive Pastry & Bakery Director Superba Food + Bread), David LeFevre (Manhattan Beach Post, Fishing With Dynamite, The Arthur J.), Steve Samson (Sotto), Bruce Kalman (Union, Knead & Co.), among others collaborate on a special dinner that benefits the Tehachapi Grain Project, whose mission is to preserve heirloom grains in California. Each of the seven chefs will prepare a course and mingle with the crowd of foodies, farmers and community leaders throughout the night. (photo Laure Joliet) $150/pp. 6-9 p.m. 1900 S. Lincoln Blvd., Venice.


The Mystery of Love & SexTHEATER
The Mystery of Love & Sex
Through March 20. Playwright Bathsheba Doran’s work explores sex and romance across generations, as protagonist Charlotte is in love with both her male and female friends—and doesn’t know how to explain this to her parents, who have their own secrets. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.


Dirty DancingDirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage
Through Feb. 21. Have the time of your life at this musical stage adaptation of the classic 1987 Patrick Swayze romance. (photo Matthew Murphy) Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770.


Through March 13. This play by Bess Wohl—making its West Coast premiere here—follows an American woman’s one-night stand in Spain that turns into a complicated game of cat and mouse. Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.