LA Weekend Events Roundup February 22-25

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From newly revamped dining destinations to birthday bashes around the city, check out the top LA weekend events for February 22-25.

Edited by Christina Wiese.

EVENTS

Passing the Torch—From Selma to TodayPassing the Torch—From Selma to Today
Feb. 22. Join former UN Ambassador Andrew Young, Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr. and Dr. Clarence B. Jones—key figures of the 1960s civil rights movement—for an evening of reflection and conversation on how to affect policy change today. 7:30 p.m. $12 GA, $10 members and full-time students. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 310.440.4500. skirball.org

 

 

 

 

Battleship IOWA’s 75th Birthday photo courtesy of Port of Los AngelesBattleship IOWA’s 75th Birthday
Feb. 24. One of L.A.’s waterfront favorites celebrates its diamond anniversary this weekend with music, libations, barbeque from San Pedro Brewery and a birthday cake. Tickets for ship tours are discounted for the occasion when using code 75BD. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $11 adults, military and seniors; $8 youth. 250 S. Harbor Blvd., L.A. labattleship.com

 

 

 

 

Milk Bar x Reformation Pop UpMilk Bar x Reformation Pop-Up
Feb. 24. Satisfy your sweet tooth while shopping the latest collection from sustainable apparel company Reformation. Swing by to try Milk Bar’s famous cookies, truffle bites and the chance to savor the new Crack Pie Latte, debuting for the first time this weekend. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Reformation, 8000 Melrose Ave., L.A. Event

 

 

 

 

Tea Mixology WorkshopTea Mixology Workshop
Feb. 24. Herbalist, author and educator Emily Han welcomes guests to explore the art of tea-infused beverages. Learn about flavor profiles and infusion techniques while sipping on mocktails and creating your own tea syrup to take home. 1-3 p.m. $35 members, $45 non-members. Advance registration required. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge, 818.949.4200. descansogardens.org

 

 

 

Create & Cultivate photo courtesy of the organizationCreate & Cultivate
Feb. 24. This trendy conference for female millennial entrepreneurs offers mentor power hours, workshops and speakers. At this year’s event, choose from two tracks: Track One is for entrepreneurship, advancing your career and growing your brand, and Track Two is geared toward social media, marketing and content creation. The lineup includes Kim Kardashian West, Lauren Conrad, Kelly Wearstler, Tia Mowry and Busy Philipps. Attendees receive breakfast, lunch, snacks, a starter kit and a gift bag. 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m. GA $350; VIP $550. City Market Social House, 1137 S. San Pedro St., downtown. createcultivate.com

 

 

Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show  photo by Christina WieseLos Angeles Travel & Adventure Show 
Feb. 24-25. The largest travel show in the nation features entertainment, live cooking demos and tips from TV’s travel experts, including keynote speakers Rick Steves, Samantha Brown and Phil Keoghan. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. One-day ticket $11-$15; two-day ticket $18-$22, under 17 free. Los Angeles Convention Center (South Halls JK), 1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 203.878.2577, ext. 100. travelshows.com

 

 

 

Enzo Ferrari Birthday Cruise-InEnzo Ferrari Birthday Cruise-In
Feb. 25. The Petersen Automotive Museum welcomes car enthusiasts for a Sunday breakfast celebration honoring Enzo Ferrari’s achievements in motorsport, design and engineering. Coffee and bagels will be on-hand for all to enjoy and museum members will have special access to the Seeing Red: 70 Years of Ferrari exhibit. 8-10 a.m. Free. Museum Parking Structure Level P3, 6060 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. petersen.org

 

 

 

 

Runway To RodeoRunway To Rodeo
Feb. 25. Celebrity stylists Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn play host to a vibrant street party in the 90210 to celebrate over 50 years of luxury. Food trucks, curated art installations, a champagne garden, live entertainment and more will take over the 200 and 300 blocks of Rodeo Drive for the family-friendly evening. 4-8 p.m. Free. 200 and 300 blocks of Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills. rodeodrive-bh.com

 

 

 

Food + Drink

Wolfgang Puck’s Traveling Night MarketWolfgang Puck’s Traveling Night Market
Feb. 23. Keep the Chinese New Year celebrations going with a special dining experience featuring seven live cooking stations, a themed cocktail, a Chinese Tea Ceremony, custom drawings of Chinese calligraphy and performances by dragon dancers. 6:30 p.m. $56. Nest at WP24, 900 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown. ritzcarlton.com

 

 

 

Cassoulet Night at LucquesCassoulet Night
Feb. 25. Lucques invites Francophiles from across Los Angeles to indulge in a one-night special celebrating Cassoulet, a traditional dish from the south of France made of rich, slow-cooked duck confit, sausage and white beans. The three-course dinner also showcases a salad of young greens and a dessert prune armagnac ice cream and almonds. 5 p.m. $65 dine in, $38 take away. 8474 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.655.6277. lucques.com

 

 

Dine Out Long Beach, Restaurant Week 2.0Dine Out Long Beach, Restaurant Week 2.0
Feb. 25-Mar. 3. Eat your way through Long Beach’s culinary scene during this annual week-long feast featuring nearly 50 restaurants. Participating eateries will offer a two-option menu for breakfast and/or lunch starting at $10, and a three-option menu for dinner starting at $20. View website for full list of restaurants. dineoutlongbeach.com

 

 

 

Hayden photo courtesy of White Oak CommunicationsExpanded Menu and New Bar at Hayden
Now Open. After a brief closure to accommodate renovations, Culver City’s Hayden Wine Bar is back in service with additional seating, a new wine program and delicious fresh bites like mussels, braised lamb shoulder and tamari roasted chicken with heirloom grains. Open daily noon-9 p.m. Platform LA, 8820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.593.4777. hayden.la

 

 

 

NoMad BrunchNoMad Brunch
Now Available. Downtown’s new posh hotel and dining destination is now serving up weekend brunch in the Lobby restaurant. Helmed by Daniel Humm and executive chef Chris Flint, expect savory dishes like a Benedict with smoked salmon; a breakfast burrito with suckling pig, eggs, potatoes, spinach and chile de arbol; and avocado toast with soft-boiled egg, radishes and sunflower seeds. A variety of pastries and Bloody Marys round out the brunch offerings. 649 S. Olive St., downtown. thenomadhotel.com

 

Newly Renovated Scratch|Bar & Kitchen photo by Jakob LaymanNewly Renovated Scratch|Bar & Kitchen
Now Open. A transformed interior, fresh food dishes and a newly designed cocktail bar signal the latest evolution to the Encino dining destination. Of special note is an intricate, progressive tasting menu featuring 20+ courses with complementary cocktail pairings. W-Su seatings from 5:45-9:15 p.m. Scratch|Bar & Kitchen, 16101 Ventura Blvd., Suite 255, Encino. scratchbarla.com

 

 

 

 

STYLE + BEAUTY

GREATSGREATS
Now Open. Brooklyn-based luxury shoe brand is jumping coasts in 2018 to launch its first ever brick-and-mortar store. The shop—featuring product exclusive to the retail outpost—lands on America’s Coolest Block aka Abbot Kinney. M-Sa 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Su 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 1505 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. greats.com

 

 

 

 

ARTS + CULTURE

‘The Happiest Song Plays Last’ photo by Gio Solis of Bracero.la‘The Happiest Song Plays Last’
Opens Feb. 22. The final installment of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes’ acclaimed Elliot Trilogy takes the stage this weekend in Los Angeles. While each play in the trio stands on its own, this month offers a rare opportunity to see the full story arc of Elliot, a Puerto Rican Marine that navigates life after serving in Iraq. See website for showtimes and ticket prices. Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., downtown, 866.811.4111. centertheatregroup.org

 

 

Over the Influence Gallery OpeningOver the Influence Gallery Opening
Feb. 22-Apr. 1. The Hong Kong-based gallery celebrates the launch of its L.A. outpost with a special exhibition featuring new pieces from Portuguese artist Vhils (Alexander Farto). Known internationally, Vhils’ multimedia work explores globalized development and the forces shaping local identities around the world. February 22 opening reception 6-9 p.m. Over the Influence, 833 E. 3rd St., downtown. overtheinfluence.com

 

 

‘Canvas on Canvas’‘Canvas on Canvas’
Feb. 24-Mar. 31. L.A. artist Joan Tucker brings 20 years of costume design to her fine art practice, creating eye-catching layered and textured pieces. While you may recognize her work from features in HBO’s Ballers, Netflix’s Glow and Hulu’s The Mindy Project, now is the chance to see her paintings in-person. February 24 opening reception 5-8 p.m. George Billis Gallery, 2716 S. La Cienega Blvd., L.A. georgebillis.com

 

 

 

Elliot photo by Craig Schwartz

‘Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue’
Through Feb. 25. The first in a trilogy of plays by Pulitzer Prize winner and Tony Award nominee Quiara Alegría Hudes (In the Heights), Elliot is a powerful portrait of a Puerto Rican military family. See website for showtimes and ticket prices. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org

 

 

Battleship IOWA’s 75th Birthday photo courtesy of Port of Los Angeles. Create & Cultivate photo courtesy of the organization. Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show photo by Christina Wiese. Hayden photo courtesy of White Oak Communications. Newly Renovated Scratch|Bar & Kitchen photo by Jakob Layman. ‘The Happiest Song Plays Last’ photo by Gio Solis of Bracero.la. ‘Elliot’ photo by Craig Schwartz.

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