LA Weekend Events Roundup 8.17.16

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of  8.17.16

Edited by Christina Xenos

art deco festivalEVENTS
Art Deco Festival
Aug. 19-21. Celebrate the artistic movement that influenced the design of the Queen Mary, the world’s most advanced ocean liner of its time. The festival explores art deco’’s effect on culture, fashion, food, art, interior design, architecture and music. Find a showcase of vintage cars, bazaar offering collectibles and vintage goods for sale, lectures, Prohibition mixology class and more. The formal grand ball is a dress-to-impress evening that includes a lavish four-course historic menu with the Dean Mora Orchestra completing the mood. $25-$399. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738.



Echo Park RisingEcho Park Rising
Aug. 18-21. The annual music festival celebrating local art and culture features headlining bands Chicano Batman, La Luz, the Weirdos, among others. New this year are more venues and the premiere of a family stage for children’s music. (photo Carl Pocket) See website for specific venue information.



ChinatownChinatown Summer Nights
Aug. 20. Part food event, part summer party, Chinatown Summer Nights presents an exciting hot spot for Angelenos. Taste the many culinary offerings of Chinatown and LA’s gourmet food trucks; sample the neighborhood’s wares; watch Chinese chefs perform cooking demonstrations; experience large-scale, outdoor video projections; take part in hands-on, Chinese cultural activities presented by local organizations and museums; sip on craft brews and dance in Central Plaza with KCRW DJs Jason Bentley and Mathieu Schreyer. 8 p.m. Chinatown’s Central & West Plazas, 943 N. Broadway, downtown.



Taste of BrewsTaste of Brews
Aug. 20. The craft beer festival features local, regional and national craft breweries like Ace, Stone, Karl Strauss and Sam Adams. Also find food truck fare and live entertainment in the ocean-front setting. Noon-5 p.m. (alcohol service ends at 4 p.m.). Advance purchase $30–$40. Shoreline Aquatic Park, 200 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, 714.375.1132.



Long Beach BBQ FestivalLong Beach BBQ Festival
Aug. 19-21. Feast on endless barbecue fare like ribs, pulled pork, tri-tip, sausages, chicken and more from top American pit masters. For those who want to taste them all, make your way to the VIP rib village for all-you-can-eat options. Also expect non-stop live music and children’s activities. Rainbow Lagoon, 400-403 Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach.



The BroadNonobject(ive): Summer Happenings at The Broad
Aug. 20. The series of nighttime events happening through September at The Broad museum gives you an enriched opportunity to visit the collection and special exhibition, Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life. Art viewing is coupled with live performances. This month, Jeff Koons’ metallic balloon animals and the graphic paintings of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein spring to life with an evening of pop music, footwork and yoga—including a performance by Rostam from the band, Vampire Weekend. $35. (photo Dicko Chan) 221 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.232.6200.



Gyoza Eating ChampionshipDay-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship
Aug. 20. You saw Joey “Jaws” Chestnut break the record of downing 70 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes at the annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island, now see the no. 1 competitive eater in the world go for the gyoza. Chestnut currently holds the world’s record for eating 384 gyoza and will try to uphold his title against Matt Stonie, the 2015 gyoza champ and no. 2 competitive eater in the world. 2-4 p.m. Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, 244 S. San Pedro St., downtown. More Info.



FACE Awards Presented By NYX Professional MakeupFACE Awards Presented By NYX Professional Makeup
Aug. 20. NYX Professional Makeup will celebrate the online makeup artist and beauty community when it names the “Beauty Vlogger of the Year” at the Fifth annual NYX Fine Artistry of Cosmetic Elites (FACE) awards show. The ceremony, hosted by YouTube star Kandee Johnson and featuring performances by Beyoncé protégés Chloe X Halle and RuPaul’s Drag Race star Alyssa Edwards and The Haus of Edwards, will stream live at and on the official NYX YouTube channel. The NOVO, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown.



Guns N’ RosesMUSIC
Guns N’ Roses
Aug. 18-19. Reunited Guns N’ Roses will have a ball playing Dodger Stadium this week when they hit the venue for their Not in This Lifetime… Tour. 1000 Elysian Park Ave., L.A.




Ben Harper & The Innocent CriminalsBen Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Aug. 19. Three-time Grammy-winner Ben Harper and his recently reunited band perform for the first time with full orchestra. The soulful singer-songwriter, who has achieved worldwide acclaim along with his stellar band, will perform songs from their celebrated career and new album Call It What It Is. 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000.



Aug. 20. Pasadena’s non-profit counter-conventional orchestra stages performances that span beyond music into the world of dance, theater, literature and fine art. They typically build an outdoor music experience from the ground up, for Summer of Sound concerts it will be at the Beckman Mall Lawn at Caltech. The series continues with AMERICAN/RHAPSODY (Aug. 20) and wraps with SUMMER/TIME (Sept. 10). All events open at 5:30 p.m. for casual mingling and dining in an intimate and friendly table seating environment. Food and wine are available for purchase, in advance, from Pasadena’s own The Kitchen for Exploring Foods. 7:30 concert. $25-$200.



BBQ Blowout
Aug. 20. Chef Kris Morningstar of Terrine will bring his California-brasserie cuisine to the grills at Tenants of the Trees in Silver Lake. Feast on Texas beef brisket with chimichurri, smoky marinated mushrooms with pickled shallots and charred corn and summer squash salad. Also find DJ sets from Them Jeans and Hit City U.S.A., photo booth by The Tommy B. Admission is free, food is $10 per plate in advance and $15 per plate at the door. 2808 Hyperion Ave., L.A.



All-American Rib FestAll-American Rib Fest
Aug. 21. Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne present their annual feast of slow-cooked ribs, hot wings and sides that has become a Lucques tradition since 2000. A week of preparation goes into the smoking of pork, beef and lamb ribs to turn them into dishes like St. Louis-style pork ribs, braised beef back ribs and spiced lamb spare ribs. Also find sides like cole slaw, baked beans and buttered corn on the cob. Warm peach cobbler with strawberries and buttermilk ice cream completes the menu. Cowboy hats welcome. Noon-9 p.m. $55/pp. (photo Kristen Honey Photography) 8474 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.655.6277.



For Blackhouse Hospitality’s newest restaurant, owner/founder Jed Sanford and Chef/Partner Tin Vuong channel inspiration from the freshly manicured lawns and meandering streets of an idyllic neighborhood for an all-day American eatery. The menu draws inspiration from Middle East, Vietnam and beyond through dishes like Hawaiian classic “Loco Moco” with steamed rice, grilled hamburger, brown onion gravy and a fried egg; Sichuan spicy beef tendon with mushroom XO sauce, cilantro, scallions, supreme soy and peanut; and Abura Style Ramen a “soupless” bowl with shitake, edamame, corn, chili oil, shoyu, salted pork and miso flavor. Also find a playful cocktail menu with drinks like The Notebook (ryan + gosling) with black tea infused vodka, peach, lemon, and mint, each accompanied by a personalized Ryan Gosling love note. 247 Avenida del Norte, Redondo Beach, 424.398.0237.



The new restaurant at the InterContinental Los Angeles Century City at Beverly Hills marks the end of the hotel’s multi-million-dollar renovation, and they definitely saved the best for last. Executive Chef Jonathan Wood and his culinary team draw on global flavors and local produce to weave into dishes—both delicate and robust—like beef cheek with aji panca, burnt carrots and potato puree; Hokkaido scallops with carrot-lime puree, pickled cauliflower, peas and cilantro oil; and a formidable Dream Burger with grilled onions, bacon, 100 island dressing, lettuce, tomato and fries. The restaurant rests alongside the hotel’s Copper Lounge, which celebrates fine whiskeys and offers more casual fare (think chicken gyoza, lamp kofta and rock shrimp tempura) and a curated cigar menu. Mari is open daily for breakfast, lunch (6:30 a.m.-2 p.m.) and dinner (5:30-10 p.m.); Copper Lounge offers coffee and quick breakfast from 5 a.m. and seats guests from 11 a.m.-1:30 a.m., offering happy hour from 3-7 p.m. 2151 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, 310.284.6536.



FIG RestaurantFIG Restaurant
Chef Yousef Ghalaini is no stranger to Mediterranean cuisine; he grew up watching his father work in their family bakery in Lebanon. Now, he works the wood-fire oven at FIG in Santa Monica to turn out an exciting menu of delicacies paying homage to the flavors of his early life like wood-roasted beets with mint yogurt and zaatar, whole grilled salmon with artichoke panzanella and horseradish yogurt; and grass-fed lamb shank with heirloom carrots, pomegranate molasses, almond and pickled onions. Ghalaini’s “bread balloon” is a staple of the menu—somewhere between a flat bread and a pizza—it expands in the oven and is served with accompaniments like eggplant salad, marinated lentils and hummus. The FIG experience also includes a highly curated selection of cheeses from the restaurant’s fromager Eric Brazel. He’s happy to create a plate of his favorites from around the globe for you, or you can choose your own adventure. 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.319.3111.



Guillermo del ToroMUSEUMS
Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters
Through Nov. 27. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents filmmaker Guillermo del Toro’s first museum retrospective. The exhibition explores del Toro’s creative process by bringing together elements from his films, objects from his vast personal collections, drawings from his notebooks, and approximately 60 objects from LACMA’s permanent collection. The diverse range of media—including sculpture, paintings, prints, photography, costumes, ancient artifacts, books, maquettes, and film—totals approximately 500 objects and reflects the broad scope of del Toro’s inspirations. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000.



London CallingLondon Calling: Bacon, Freud, Kosoff, Andrews, Auerbach, and Kitaj
Through Nov. 13. While most of the art at the Getty Museum is concerned with the rendition of the human figure and landscape up to 1900, their latest exhibition focuses on innovative figure works from a prominent group of London-based artists who worked from the ‘40s through the ’80s, rejecting abstraction and conceptualism. This is the first extensive U.S. exhibition—80 major works—to explore the paintings and drawings of the leaders of the “School of London” movement: Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach and R.B. Kitaj. 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A., 310.440.7300.