LA Weekend Events Roundup 9.1.16

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 9.1.16

Edited by Christina Xenos

the tasteEVENTS
The Taste
Sept. 2-4. The Los Angeles Times’ annual food and wine fest offers a look at what’s hot in the city’s vibrant food and cocktail culture. Eat your way through a weekend packed full of tastings, chef demos and discussions. Take a closer look into The Taste. $100-$150; weekend pass $300. 21 and up. (photo LA Times) Paramount Pictures Studios, 783 N. Van Ness Ave., L.A., 213.237.5000.



John WilliamsJohn Williams: Maestro of the Movies
Sept. 2-4. Composer John Williams returns to the Hollywood Bowl to conduct music from hit movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens, along with other favorite themes from a galaxy far, far away. Bowl movie night maestro David Newman conducts the first half of film score classics, including a selection of clips shown on the big screen. 2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A.



L.A. County FairL.A. County Fair
Sept. 2-25. We admit it: Los Angeles doesn’t necessarily scream “country living.” But once a year, the city’s residents head to Pomona for the L.A. County Fair—a tradition since 1922—where they can milk a goat, ride on the Big Top Swinger and chow down on deep-fried everything. Beyond the typical fairground draws, this year’s event offers an “igloo,” complete with ice-skating rink; an interactive dinosaur exhibit; and a concert series with headliners including Blondie, Chicago and Iggy Azalea. W noon-10 p.m.; Th noon-11 p.m.; F noon-midnight; Sa 10 a.m.-midnight; Su 10 a.m.-10 p.m. $8-$20, under 6 free. 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, 909.623.3111.



LA Fleet WeekLA Fleet Week
Sept. 2-5. The free public event at the Port of Los Angeles features guided ship tours, military and aerial demonstrations. Entertainment includes live music, educational programs, fireworks and “Galley Wars” cooking competition on the fantail of the Battleship IOWA. Event takes place at locations along the LA waterfront, including the Los Angeles World Cruise Center, Battleship IOWA, and downtown harbor in San Pedro.



The Queen Mary WET CarnivalThe Queen Mary WET Carnival
Sept. 3. Cool off this Labor Day weekend at The Queen Mary’s new WET Carnival, a waterfront beach club festival featuring live music, water-themed activities, dancing and more. The inaugural festival will include live entertainment from top artists such as B.o.B., Lil Jon, Tyga, DJ Mauricio and more. Enjoy multiple bars, waterslides, a foam dance floor, cabanas and food vendors—all overlooking the skyline of downtown Long Beach. SoCal’s KIIS FM Radio and top LA DJs, along with headlining artists, will be joining in on the fun. 2-10 p.m. $39-$95. After party 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. $50. 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, 877.342.0738.



Marina Del Rey HotelMarina Del Rey Hotel
Sept. 4. Marina Del Rey Hotel sends off summer with bang at their Labor Day weekend pool party. Relax at the hotel’s infinity pool, order cocktails from the poolside bar and snack on bites from Salt restaurant like avocado hummus, oysters, prime beef kabob and prime burger served up In-N-Out-style. Drink, dine and dance poolside with DJ Ella with marina views and an infinity pool to keep you cool. Marina Del Rey Hotel, 13534 Bali Way, Marina del Rey, 310.301.1000.



Shade HotelShade Hotel Labor Day Weekend Pool Party
Sept. 4. Send summer off in style at Shade Hotel’s Labor Day weekend soiree. Enjoy specialty bites created by zinc@shade’s executive chef Ashley Oates, such as mini ahi tacos and Manhattan Beach sushi rolls along with handcrafted cocktails, while lounging poolside on Shade’s SkyDeck and listening to DJ tunes. Free admission. 1221 N. Valley Dr., Manhattan Beach, 310.469.3466.



The Last Pool Party of SummerThe Last Pool Party of Summer
Sept. 5. Celebrate the end of summer poolside at the Viceroy Santa Monica complete with DJs, Svedka cocktail specials, beach balls and blow-up swans. You’ll also get a free pair of sunglasses just for joining. Party is presented by Three Day Rule, The Ivy Plus Society and Spin PR. $15-$20. Viceroy Santa Monica, 1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica.


Check out more Los Angeles Labor Day weekend events>>


BeefsteakFOOD + DRINK
Celebrity chef Marcel Vigneron focuses on plant-based fare for his newest restaurant, Beefsteak. Located next to Wolf, which opened last March, the fast-casual concept offers an array of salads, bowls and wraps that are all vegan, available gluten free, but also have the option of adding an animal protein. Also find juices, smoothies and wine in a brilliantly bright and airy ambiance. (photo Kenji Fitzgerald) 7661 Melrose Ave., L.A.



Plan CheckPlan Check “Comfort Masters” Guest Chef Series
Sept. 6-7, 13-14, 18, 21. The popular Los Angeles eatery welcomes 10 chefs from across the country for an exclusive six-month pop-up dining series in collaboration with food writer, Andy Wang and Table8. The series debuts this month with a lineup that includes Chris Anderson (Moto, Alinea, and L2O), Jamie DeRosa (Izzy’s Fish & Oyster), Mary Shenouda (The Paleo Chef) and Jeremie and Nissa Banet (Monsieur Madame). Visit website for complete details and Plan Check locations.



Sept. 4. Chef/owner Kris Morningstar rolls out his grill to celebrate Labor Day with an endless all-American feast prepared with Terrine’s French-California twist. The AYCE holiday menu will feature Terrine barbecue favorites including Morningstar’s much-acclaimed Texas-style brisket with chimichurri; pickle-brine fried chicken; marinated swordfish brochettes; crispy potato and hatch chile tacos; in addition to several new sides and sweets. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. 8265 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.746.5130.



Katana Red Sun BBQKatana Red Sun BBQ
Sept. 4. Spend Sunday dining on a special menu from the Sunset Strip restaurant paired with specialty cocktails and DJ tunes. The Red Sun BBQ menu includes an exclusive Yakiniku (Japanese-style grilled meats over bincho-tan charcoals) offerings with selections like shrimp with chimichurri, king crab leg with uni butter, American Kobe beef with black pepper, lamb chops with soy garlic, and supplemental items like shrimp and chips and tako ceviche. Also find boozy popsicles and Katana’s signature Red Sun BBQ cocktail, the Tropical Fusion with vodka, watermelon, pineapple, cantaloupe and cranberry juice. 6-11 p.m. 8439 West Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.650.8585.



Sept. 4. Viviane’s executive chef Michael Hung breaks out his spit for an all-you-can-eat Filipino cookout and pool party. Normally reserved for hotel guests, party-goers will have access to the Avalon Hotel’s pool while they enjoy a feast of lechon cebuano; classic chicken adobo; bistek Tagalog; summer squash guisado; and leche flan, along with speciality cocktails from bar director Ryan Wainwright. The Avalon Hotel, 9400 West Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.407.7791.



South Park 20 Experience
Through Sept. 25. South Park is turning 20 and super fans can put themselves in the middle of their favorite episodes at The Paley Center for Media. The South Park 20 Experience features a gallery of twenty, 2-D and 3-D life-sized replicas of fans’ favorite South Park characters and classic moments from the series, along with twenty specially created pieces of artwork curated by world-renowned pop culture artist, Ron English. Daily screenings of the series and fan photo ops round out this exclusive Paley Center event. 465 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills



anaisAnaïs, A Dance Opera
Aug. 27-Sept. 18. The cutting-edge stage production interweaves dance, music and theater to explore and illuminate the riveting life of famed diarist and literary figure Anaïs Nin and her world of words, sex, passion and creativity. Greenway Court Theater, 544 N Fairfax Ave., L.A.




Guillermo del ToroGuillermo 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.



Ma Rainey’s Black BottomTHEATER
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Sept. 1-Oct. 16. Phylicia Rashad directs August Wilson’s groundbreaking play—inspired by the real-life Gertrude “Ma” Rainey—which depicts the racism and exploitation in the music industry present during a 1927 recording session in Chicago. (photo courtesy of Center Theatre Group) Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.



Sept. 6-Oct. 16. Award-winning playwright Robert O’Hara’s comedy about a dysfunctional family barbecue that turns into an intervention for a drug-addicted sister makes its West Coast premiere, with a cast including Yvette Cason, Dale Dickey and Frances Fisher. Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.