LA Weekend Events Roundup 9.22.16

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 9.22.16

Edited by Christina Xenos

Ramen SlurpfestEVENTS
Ramen Slurpfest

Sept. 22. Five top SoCal ramen shops convene for an indulgent evening of slurping and sipping. True to Tokyo train station tradition, guests will have 13 minutes to slurp up each bowl before moving on to the next; specialty Bombay Sapphire EAST cocktails are served to pair with each broth. Participating restaurants include: Sun Noodles, Ramen N.A.O., Ramen Hood, Shin Ramen and The Ramen Joint. Millwick, 800 E 4th Pl., downtown.



James BeardJames Beard Foundation’s Taste America
Sept. 23-24. The national epicurean tour kicks off in Los Angeles with a weekend-long celebration that includes A Night of Culinary Stars (Sept. 23), which features some of LA’s best chefs collaborating on a four-course seated dinner preceded by a cocktail and tasting reception. On Sept. 24, enjoy free cooking demos by All-Star and James Beard Award-winner Suzanne Goin, book signings, culinary treats from local producers and artisans at Sur La Table in Westwood. $275+.



music tastes goodMusic Tastes Good
Sept. 23-25. Head to the historic streets of downtown Long Beach for KCRW’s annual Music Tastes Good music festival and block party. Bringing music fans and foodies together, see an impressive lineup of carefully curated musical acts such as The Specials, Iron & Wine, Sylvan Esso, Squeeze, De La Soul, Dr. Dog, Warpaint, Gallant, Living Colour and more. Enjoy the lineup of entertainment with creative culinary offerings, food vendors, chefs and artists. See website for schedule and lineup. Tickets start at $25.



San GennaroFeast of San Gennaro
Sept. 23-25. The annual street festival celebrates everything it means to be Italian. Dine on Italian sausage and peppers, meatballs in homemade sauce, baked clams on the half shell, pizza and sugar-powdered zeppole. Also enjoy sangria and live music. $5, children under 12 are free. 1651 N. Highland Ave., L.A.



lobsterfestLobster Fest
Sept 22-24. Feast on plates of Maine lobster, steak and lobster combos and more. The fest also features performances from Grammy-nominated band Ambrosia, activities like stand-up paddle boarding, children’s area and more. Seaside Lagoon, 200 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach.



Mid-Autumn Harvest Moon Cocktail FeastMid-Autumn Harvest Moon Cocktail Feast
Sept. 23. Revel in the full moon’s light while enjoying a collection of creative cocktails from the city’s finest restaurants and bars. Each cocktail will utilize Bombay Sapphire East (infused with Thai lemongrass and Vietnamese black peppercorns), while offering an innovative and exciting way to celebrate the Harvest Moon Festival—a tradition in China and Vietnam dating back over 3,000 years. Participating bars and restaurants include: Bellwether, Blue Ribbon Sushi, ETA, General Lee’s Cocktail House, Lock & Key, Minibar Hollywood The Cannibal, and Roku. Alexandria Ballrooms, 501 S Spring St., downtown.



Sept. 24. Enjoy live music, a biergarten, food trucks, kids’ activities and more at this fun cultural event in Hancock Park. 4–10 p.m. Free. La Brea Tar Pits, 5801 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.




Dino FestDino Fest
Sept. 24-25. The new weekend festival at the Natural History Museum celebrates dinosaurs of all kinds. This signature festival will give dinosaur enthusiasts an inside look at the work of paleontologists, and how artists and filmmakers use science to create pop culture beasts. Find talks, performances, tours, hands-on activities and special museum specimens on rare view. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 900 Exposition Blvd., L.A.



Abbot Kinney FestivalAbbot Kinney Festival
Sept. 25. This festival, now in its 32nd year, spotlights the eclectic offerings along the boulevard. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, 310.396.3772.




Bakers Will BakeBakers Will Bake
Sept. 25. Pastry powerhouse Roxana Jullapat fronts a group of over 20 local bakeries and restaurants offering delectable confections for a good cause. The fourth annual event happens at the Hollywood Farmers Market and benefits the Micheltorena Elementary School Community Garden. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Hollywood Farmers Market, Ivar Ave. at Selma Ave., Hollywood. More Info.



The Original Catalina Wine MixerThe Original Catalina Wine Mixer
Sept. 23-25. Plan your weekend getaway with a three-day Step Brothers-inspired event taking place at Catalina Island’s ocean-front Descanso Beach Club. Enjoy live entertainment from alternative rock band Kongos, gourmet food, fine wine, a screening of the movie Step Brothers and much more. See website for full lineup of events. One-day passes start at $69/pp. Two-day VIP tickets $399; two-day General Admission $149. 1 St. Catherine Way, Avalon.



Sleepless: The Music Center After HoursSleepless: The Music Center After Hours
Sept. 23. The Music Center’s immersive multi-sensory event returns this fall to transform the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and adjacent spaces into a portal to the past while providing a glimpse into the future. Late-night revelers will experience kaleidoscopic telescopes, space-age dance parties, vintage arcade video games and time-travel phone booths, all to a sound track provided by a line-up of some of the city’s top “cosmic” artists. 11:30 p.m.-3 a.m. 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.0711.



The BroadNonobject(ive): Summer Happenings at The Broad
Sept. 25. 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, Sophie will share his high-octane sounds made for late-night dance floors. The pitch will pique as a live video mix by Charles Atlas graces the lush, looping echolalia of Julianna Barwick. DJ Lauren Bousfield will permeate the space with smart, complex electronic music that will bring a true crescendo to the summer nights series and Elysia Crampton presents a performance of audio-visual play, Dissolution of the Sovereign: A Time Slide into the Future. $35. (photo Dicko Chan) 221 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.232.6200.



visual-jouney8th Annual Farhang Short Film Festival
Sept. 24. The film festival explores Iranian culture and celebrates the brightest talents in filmmaking. More than 180 films from around the world have been submitted—the most ever for this festival. The event is hosted by standup comedian K-von—who is himself a former winner of the festival—will screen the six chosen finalist films. Three winners will then be selected from a film jury. A cocktail reception to celebrate the filmmakers immediately follows the event. (photo A Visual Journey through Iran) to $35 members/$45 general public. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000.



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.



WithMe Featuring The Original Retro Brand, Hot-As-Hell and good hYOUman
Opens Sept. 23. Santa Monica Place high-tech retail experience, WithMe launches three new fashion pop-ups: The Original Retro Brand, a fashion-forward brand that makes great fitting vintage apparel with classic logos from the past and present; Hot-As-Hell, a women’s lifestyle brand featuring an intimate collection of swimwear, lingerie and beach lifestyle apparel; and good hYOUman, a Los Angeles-based lifestyle brand that aspires to change the world by sharing stories and doing good. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with brand company founders, rub elbows with top models and tastemakers, and have a chance to win cool products during opening weekend Sept. 23-24. 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, 310.260.8333.



Sept. 22, 25; Oct. 5, 8, 13, 16. LA Opera kicks off its 2016-2017 season with a new production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth. Tony Award winner Darko Tresnjak directs this adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragic tale, with LA. Opera general director Plácido Domingo playing the title role. It’s the company’s first staging of the opera since 1987—a reprise that music director/conductor James Conlon calls his and Domingo’s “offering to the international recognition of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.” Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave.



South ParkSouth 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



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.



Toba Khedoori Toba Khedoori  
Sept. 25-March 19. The first major retrospective of UCLA alumna, Toba Khedoori features 25 works spanning the arc of her autistic oeurve over the last 20 years, from her more recent oil-on-canvas paintings alongside her earlier large-scale works on paper. Her contemporary pieces frequently explore architectural form from distanced perspectives. The exhibition is the first major museum presentation of Khedoori’s new paintings and her first survey in 15 years. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000.



Butterfly PavilionATTRACTIONS
Butterfly Pavilion
Through Oct. 16. See more than 25 North American butterfly species and an array of plants in this outdoor exhibit at the Natural History Museum. The Butterfly Pavilion showcases monarchs, queens, malachites and various longwings and swallowtails, which will flutter among flowering plants inside the enclosed habitat. The pavilion is just part of the museum’s nature-oriented attractions, which also include the outdoor nature gardens and indoor nature lab where you have on-site opportunities to learn about insects and other species in the urban environment. 900 Exposition Blvd., downtown, 213.763.3466.



Vinoteca BarFOOD + DRINK
Vinoteca Bar
Come for an espresso (and housemade breakfast pastries), and stay for a dynamite wine selection and traditional Italian street food at new Vinoteca Bar at Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Chef de cuisine, Denis Dello Stritto will draw inspiration from his upbringing in Napoli to curate a menu of hyper-seasonal sharable plates like montanara (fried) pizzas, pear-shaped arancini, frito misto and raw bar selections. To complement the Mediterranean cuisine at Vinoteca Bar, Italian Sommelier, Luca Bruno offers a “taste of Italy with California flair” through his handcrafted list of imported Italian wines and local varietals. Also don’t miss the retail floral arrangements designed by Resident Florist, Jeff Leatham. 300 South Doheny Dr., 310.273.2222.



AR CucinaAR Cucina
Chef/owner Akasha Richmond relaunches her former Sāmbār space into AR Cucina. The Culver City dining destination serves rustic Italian cuisine inspired by Richmond’s extensive travel throughout Italy and her nine-year cooking relationship with her first husband and his mother–both from a small village in Sardinia. Menu signatures include fritto misto with rice flour dusted squid, laughing bird shrimp, fennel, red onion and Peperita’s chile salt (blended from Akasha’s friend Rita Salvatori’s Tuscan grown chile peppers and Italian sea salt); handmade pastas like lasagna verde comprised of spinach pasta with short rib, prosciutto and mushroom ragú; and mains like Kirk’s porchetta, made with Niman Ranch pork, Dario’s herb salt, fresh herbs, pear mostarda & dandelion salad. Clare Ward leads the Italian-influenced bar program that features her Solo Negroni (Only Negroni) section with six of her creations prepared with Italian spirits, fortified wines and herbs, in addition to and Italian-focused wine list that are biodynamic and organically farmed. Dinner service is offered nightly from 5:30 p.m. with lunch and happy hour to arrive at a later date. (photo Rob Stark) 9531 Culver Blvd., Culver City.



Circa 55CIRCA 55
Get a taste of Italy poolside at The Beverly Hilton. Its restaurant, CIRCA 55, offers Serata Italiana: a Thursday night feast from executive chef Alberico Nunziata. Feast on classic Italian fare like melt-in-your-mouth eggplant parmigiana; a selection of housemade pastas like fettuccine with Italian sausage and mushroom sauce; seafood soup with calamari, shrimp, mussels and clams; grilled whole branzino with asparagus and Campari tomatoes; pizzas and decadent desserts like tiramisu. Also find a variety of Italian wines, and each dinner kicks off with a complementary glass of prosecco. Thursdays, 5-10 p.m. 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.274.7777.



Alexander’s SteakhouseAlexander’s Steakhouse
The seasons are changing and Alexander’s Steakhouse is marking the equinox with a series of Saturday night dinners observing the event. The Solstice to Equinox dinners each feature a five-course family-style menu served on the patio. Highlights of this week’s menu include everything from chilled foie gras to American Wagyu ribs. 111 N Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, 626.486.1111.



Shake ShackShake Shack
Opens Sept. 23. Shake Shack is second restaurant to open in the new 525 S. Brand Blvd. stretch—it’s also the brand’s second outpost to open in LA. Expect your favorite ShackBurgers, crinkle cut fries, frozen custard, and a selection of Glendale-specific concretes (liquor license is still pending, so you’ll have to patiently wait for the ShackMeister Ale). 525 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale.



For The Record: Scorsese–American Crime Requiem
Through Oct. 16. Subtitled American Crime Requiem, this production explores over 40 years of the legendary Martin Scorsese’s storytelling by bringing his films’ soundtracks (including Goodfellas, The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street) to life. Stop by before the show for Scorsese-inspired cocktails from the newly opened The Bar @ The Wallis, dine on handmade pasta and desserts from the Prince of Venice food truck and enjoy pre- and post-show entertainment and performers. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.746.4000.



Haunted House PartyHaunted House Party, A Roman Comedy
Through Oct. 1. The 11th annual outdoor theatrical production at the Getty Villa is a hilarious adaptation of Plautus’ 2nd-century B.C. Roman comedy, Mostellaria. Even though it was written in 200 B.C., it would be right at home as a contemporary television sitcom: “When big daddy Theopropides is away, his son Philolaches will play. The lovesick youth has borrowed a large sum of money from a swindler to buy the freedom of a slave girl. When Theopropides returns sooner than expected, his slave Tranio is forced into some high-concept scheming to save the day.” The production is co-produced by Troubadour Theater Company.  $36-$48. 8 p.m. 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades, 310.440.7300.



A View from the BridgeA View from the Bridge
Through Oct. 16. Fresh off recent Tony wins and sold-out runs on Broadway and the West End, Arthur Miller’s play follows a Brooklyn longshoreman obsessed with his 17-year-old niece and his raging jealousy over her love of an immigrant. For a more intimate experience, opt for onstage seating. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.



Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me UpThrow Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up
Through Oct. 2. Lucy Alibar, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter behind Beasts of the Southern Wild, spins yarns about a unique childhood that included a run-in with a lecherous goat and Pentecostals on the radio in this play, having its official world premiere here. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772.



Ma Rainey’s Black BottomMa Rainey’s Black Bottom
Through 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. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.



Through 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.