LA Weekend Events Roundup May 11-14

Find the best Los Angeles things to do this weekend

Edited by Christina Xenos


la times night marketEVENTS
Los Angeles Times Night Market
Through May 14. The first annual Los Angeles Times Night Market will be a bustling outdoor street food market that takes over Grand Park for five consecutive nights. Night Market will feature 50 diverse and exciting food booths from LA’s favorite restaurants, food trucks and bars as well as a selection of artisanal vendors. Expect a variety of tastes from khao soi, pad kee mao, dim sum to pupusas, encased meats and izakaya. The event is free but you have an option to take it to the next level by purchasing tickets to the Super Market, which offers access to curated food vendors, additional seating areas and food booths, bars, premium lounges and entertainment. lafoodbowl.com

 

 

CinespiaCinespia
May 13, 20, 27, 28. Watch cult films projected on a mausoleum wall during this popular Amazon Studios-sponsored film series at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Also on hand are pre-movie DJs and themed photo booths. Chinatown kicks off this summer’s lineup; other May highlights include Boogie Nights and Clueless. See website for full schedule. Gates open 6:45 p.m.; movie 8:30 pm. $16. Parking $12-$15. (Photo Kelly Lee Barrett © Cinespia.org.) 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., 877.435.9849. cinespia.org

 

 

Echo Park Craft FairEcho Park Craft Fair
May 13-14. This popular homegrown arts and design event showcases the wares of talented local artisans. Shop jewelry, ceramics, perfume, clothes and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. One day $10; weekend pass $16. Mack Sennett Studios, 1215 Bates Ave., L.A. echoparkcraftfair.com

 

 

 

Unique LAUnique LA
May 13-14. At the largest independent-design show in the country, more than 300 designers and artisans tout their goods at California Market Center downtown. Additional activities include DIY watercolor projects, drinks and snacks, kids creativity zone, lounge and manicures. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $15/$35 VIP. California Market Center, 110 E. 9th St., downtown. uniquemarkets.com

 

 

Mother’s Day in Los AngelesMother’s Day in Los Angeles
May 14. From endless brunch buffets to indulgent dinners at top restaurants around the city, spa specials and more, show the special mom in your life how much you care by celebrating her in style. Find out where in our Mother’s Day roundup. Read More>>

 

 

 

West Coast BBQ ClassicWest Coast BBQ Classic
May 13. Get ready for an afternoon full of barbecue, games, contests and more. The event features amateur and expert grill masters competing in a classic showdown. Eat a variety of barbecue fare while you enjoy live music that includes country music sensation Dean Kalogris. Don’t pass up the watermelon and cobbler eating contests. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. General admission $18-$34; Parking $20. The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 800.437.2934. queenmary.com

 

 

concertWango Tango 2017
May 13. 102.7 KIISFM’s music fest showcases headliners like Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Backstreet Boys and many others, including a special guest performance from Miley Cyrus. Also check out the Wango Tango Village that features additional performers and vendors. Stub Hub Center,  18400 Avalon Blvd., Carson. kiisfm.iheart.com

 

 

Street Food CinemaStreet Food Cinema
May 13, 20, 27. Outdoor summer film series hosts screenings every Saturday night at various locations across LA. Features live music and food from the city’s top trucks. Highlights this month include Singin’ in the Rain and Back to the Future. See website for a full schedule and door times. Band 6:30 p.m.; movie 8:30 p.m. $6-$21, under 6 free. 323.254.5068. streetfoodcinema.com

 

 

la times food bowlFood Bowl
Through May 31. The Los Angeles Times’ new, citywide food festival celebrates LA’s dynamic and influential food scene throughout the month of May while promoting social awareness about food waste and hunger. The Bowl hosts hundreds of events, but the centerpiece is Night Market, May 10-14 at Grand Park (200 N. Grand Ave, downtown), which features 50 restaurants, bars and food trucks, plus live entertainment. lafoodbowl.com

 

 

extreme mammalsMUSEUMS
Extreme Mammals
Opening May 14. The new exhibit at the Natural History Museum explores evolutionary standouts and oddities in the 200-million-year history of mammals, the exhibition includes some memorable fossils and content from NHMLA’s own collection—specimens from the La Brea Tar Pits, a rare dwarf mammoth fossil from the Channel Islands, and footage of L.A.’s own P-22, the Griffith Park mountain lion. 900 Exposition Blvd., L.A., 213.763.DINO. nhm.org

 

 

Friends & FamilyFOOD + DRINK
Friends & Family
The highly anticipated hybrid dining/takeaway concept from chef Daniel Mattern and pastry chef/baker Roxana Jullapat is now open in Hollywood. Feast on swoon-worthy baked treats and a market-driven, vegetable and grain-centric menu for breakfast and lunch. Menu standouts include buckwheat pancakes with housemade preserves and barrel-aged maple syrup; the Hippie sandwich with pea mash, avocado, cucumber, sunflower sprouts and feta and herb dressing; and an array of pastries, breads and desserts. 5150 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.668.2000. friendsandfamilyla.com

 

 

Tallula’sTallula’s
The new beachside restaurant from the team behind Rustic Canyon features dynamic Mexican home cooking from executive chef Mario Alberto. Highlights of the menu include grilled market fish tacos; heritage turkey enchiladas; a rotating braise of the day (think lamb barbacoa), roasted half organic chicken and dry-aged beef “cowboy” steak. Pair dishes with an eclectic wine menu of 30 selections spanning the globe, agua frescas and an assortment of tequilas, mezcals and cocktails. Dinner nightly. (Photo by Rick Poon.) 118 Entrada Dr., Santa Monica, 310.526.0027. tallulasrestaurant.com

 

 

Fefu and Her FriendsTHEATER
Fefu and Her Friends
Through May 28. The pioneering play marks the first time a production has ever taken place at the UNESCO-nominated Hollyhock House at Barnsdall Art Park. Set in 1935—a little over a decade after Hollyhock House was built for oil heiress Aline Barnsdall—the play provides a unique reference point to the period and will take place inside the Hollyhock House, transitioning throughout the historic quarters and ending in the central courtyard. The play touches on culturally relevant topics to the period and today like gender wage gaps, sexist political rhetoric and women in leadership roles. $60. (May 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 26-28.) Hollyhock House, Barnsdall Art Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. circlextheatre.org/fefu/

 

 

ArchdukeArchduke
Through June 4. The Mark Taper Forum hosts the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award winner Rajiv Joseph’s new play about a group of young men and their unlikely path to terrorism at the onset of World War I. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org

 

 

Block PartyBlock Party
Through May 21. This celebration of the Los Angeles theater scene spotlights three recent productions from local theater companies, each of which plays for two weeks. Failure: A Love Story runs from April 14-23; Citizen: An American Lyric opens April 28; Dry Land runs from May 12-21. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org

 

 

Into the WoodsInto the Woods
Through May 14. This reinvention of James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s fairy-tale musical about the power of wishes finds the acclaimed Fiasco Theater ensemble revisiting classic songs like “Children Will Listen” and “Giants in the Sky.” (Photo by Joan Marcus.) Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org

 

 

plasticityPlasticity
Through May 22. The multilayered, multimedia theatrical event aims to take audiences on an often comedic tour of the collective unconscious. Ovation Award-winning co-writers Alex Lyras and Robert McCaskill (The Common Air) team with Grammy Award-nominated composer Ken Rich, visual artist Corwin Evans and two-time Emmy Award-winning editor/producer Peter Chakos (The Big Bang Theory) to examine how the brain is able to rewire and heal itself. In it, a comatose man recreates his identity by delving deeply into his memories, while hovering family members and loved ones (all played by Lyras) divide into scheming camps over grave neurological decisions. Monday nights. Hudson Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., 323.960.7787. plasticitytheplay.com

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