LA Weekend Events Roundup 7.7.16

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 7.7.16

Edited by Christina Xenos

LA Food Fest
July 8-10. Huge, affordable food festival features more than 100 of the city‘s top chefs, award-winning restaurants, gourmet trucks, old-school carts and stands. Guests can also enjoy craft cocktails, wine and beer gardens, a live culinary stage, games on the lawn, “food porn” cinema and live music. Choose from MRKT, VIP Golden Hour and Rose Garden options. Check website for schedule. Tickets start at $15. 800 Exposition Park Drive, Exposition Park, L.A.



Sound in FocusSound in Focus
July 9. KCRW returns to Century City this summer for three free all-ages outdoor concerts in Century Park, held in conjunction with the Annenberg Space for Photography’s latest exhibition, REFUGEE. The lineup includes Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros with a DJ set by KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley (July 9); Baaba Maal featuring Classixx and Brazilian Girls with a DJ set by KCRW’s Aaron Byrd (July 16); and Nas with Wild Belle (July 23).



Twilight ConcertsTwilight Concerts
July 7. Spend Thursday evenings this summer ocean-side at the iconic Santa Monica Pier for the annual series sponsored by KCRW. The weekly celebration kicks off just before sunset. This month, see acts like Mayer Hawthorne and Alina Baraz with KCRW DJ Jason Bentley (July 7), BØRNS with Porches hosted by KCRW DJ Valida (July 14), The Psychedelic Furs with Day Wave hosted by KCRW DJ Marion Hodges (July 21) and Protoje with Raging Fyah hosted by KCRW DJ Anne Litt. Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica.



Disappear Here: Music Made in L.A.Disappear Here: Music Made in L.A.
July 7. KCRW and the Hammer Museum present four free nights of live concerts by Los Angeles musicians in the Hammer’s courtyard. The museum’s gallery hours will be extended to 9 p.m. so guests can enjoy Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only, the third iteration of the Hammer’s biennial exhibition of emerging art from Los Angeles. Featured acts include Poolside, Carlos Niño & Friends with KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd (July 7); Peanut Butter Wolf, Mndsgn with KCRW DJ Mathieu Schreyer (July 14); Ceci Bastida with KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez (July 21); and TOKiMONSTA, Ambré with special guests and KCRW DJ Travis Holcombe (July 28). A happy hour with food and cash bar starts at 6:30 p.m., KCRW DJ sets start at 7:30 p.m., and live music starts at 8:15 p.m. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 310.443.7000.



Into the Night: Summer SOULsticeInto the Night: Summer SOULstice
July 8. Party into the night at this “block party” featuring outdoor music by a lineup of critically acclaimed Los Angeles-based soul acts. Catch pop-disco phenomenon Gavin Turek and indie rapper Open Mike Eagle live on stage, plus an all-vinyl soul set from Southern Soul Spinners. Also enjoy rare late-night gallery hours for the summer exhibitions, throwback games, a taste of soul food and signature cocktails. 8 p.m. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 310.440.4500.

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Renegade Craft FairRenegade Craft Fair
July 9-10. The curated showcase of modern craft and design returns to Grand Park this summer for its eighth consecutive year. Shop over 270 carefully selected makers and artisans, while you enjoy artisanal eats and drinks and live music. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Grand Park, 200 N Grand Ave., downtown.



Star Trek–The ConcertStar Trek–The Concert
July 8-9. See the epic re-boot of Star Trek (2009) in HD on the Hollywood Bowl’s big screen. The Los Angeles Philharmonic performs Michael Giacchino’s thrilling score live-to-picture. 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000.



Family Jam at the L.A. ZooFamily Jam at the L.A. Zoo
July 9. Enjoy family entertainment for all ages featuring live music, dancing, food trucks, up-close encounters with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents, a rare opportunity for youngsters to experience after-hours viewing of popular animal exhibits and more. (photo Jamie Pham) 5333 Zoo Dr., Griffith Park, L.A., 323.644.4200.



wineThe Garagiste Wine Festival: Urban Exposure
July 9. Now in its third year in LA, this wine festival—a gathering of over 60 high-quality, limited-production, commercial winemakers from all over California—brings some 200 artisanal, handcrafted wines, paired with complimentary cheese and charcuterie, to the Wiltern. 3-6 p.m.; early access 2 p.m. General tickets $69; early access $99; VIP backstage seminar access $129; groups of six or more $60 each. Event is 21+. 3790 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.



dinner in the skyDinner in the Sky
July 1-31. Feast over sweeping views of the LA skyline, 150 feet above downtown. During month-long experience, diners, chefs and servers are suspended by a crane above the city while they enjoy internationally inspired lunch, brunch and dinner menus from Chef Keven Lee. The concept began in Brussels, Belgium in 2006 and has traveled to far flung destinations like Dubai, Rome and Cape Town. $399/pp.



Sundays. The Brooklyn Flea food market arrives in Los Angeles to host food vendors like Little Spoon Frozen Pudding and Guerrilla Tacos alongside indie nonfood vendors, pop-ups and cultural events every Sunday. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. 746 Market Court, downtown.



American Ballet TheaterARTS + CULTURE
American Ballet Theater
July 7-9. American Ballet Theatre returns to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for three nights this month with a program choreographed by ABT artist-in-residence Alexei Ratmansky. Among the featured artists are ABT principal dancers, Southern California natives and shining stars Misty Copeland and Stella Abrera, who will also take the stage in a special benefit performance of Ratmansky’s Firebird for the Music Center’s inaugural Summer Soirée honoring Rita Moreno. 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.0711.



The Halal GuysFOOD + DRINK
The Halal Guys
Opens July 8. See for yourself why New Yorkers go crazy for this food cart. The Halal Guys opens its third West Coast outpost in Koreatown, following locations in Orange County and Long Beach. Enjoy Middle Eastern favorites like gyro sandwiches and chicken-and-rice platters. Try the famous mystery white sauce that makes The Halal Guys such a hot spot for street food in New York and beyond. 3432 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.



beerSummer Beer Garden & Whole Pig Roast
July 10. Head to Tender Greens in Hollywood where Executive Chefs Oliver Plust and Jason Prendergast are getting together to slow roast a Berkshire whole pig in a La Caja China. Menu highlights from the extensive family-style all-you-can-eat feast include housemade jerky, Susie Farms squash ratatouille and stone fruit cobbler. Local favorite, Ohana Brewin, will be pouring two surprise beers that evening. $45. 6290 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.382.0380.



Grey Gardens—The MusicalTHEATER
Grey Gardens—The Musical
Opening July 6. This highly acclaimed Broadway musical—based on the cult-classic documentary about Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ eccentric relatives—has its LA premiere at the Ahmanson. (photo Lenny Stucker) Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.




HAM: A Musical MemoirHAM: A Musical Memoir
July 9-10. Adapted from Tony Award-nominee and multi-platinum recording artist Sam Harris’ New York Times best-selling book, HAM: Slices of a Life, this musical comedy follows Harris’ life from a conflicted childhood in Bible-Belt Oklahoma to the dizzying roller coaster ride of a life in show business and the precarious balancing act of fatherhood. All performances will be filmed before a live audience, by attending a performance you consent to being filmed. $27-$82, use code SAMHAM20 to receive 20% off tickets. Pasadena Playhouse, S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, 626.356.7529.



beautifulBeautiful—The Carole King Musical
Opening June 22. Beautiful, the Tony-winning Broadway play about the early life and career of Carole King, heads to L.A. Hear classic songs from King’s catalog, including “You’ve Got a Friend.” 7:30 p.m. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770.



Big SkyBig Sky
Through July 17. This work by Pulitzer Prize-finalist playwright Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros has its world premiere here, helmed by Tony-winning director John Rando. The funny and poignant new play deals with family fallout and fragility. Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.



Through July 17. Ayad Akhtar’s 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning play deftly and wittily tackles issues like identity, big-city aspiration, cultural assimilation and the American dream. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.