Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 08.26.11
Aug. 27. Enjoy outdoor music and evening views of the city along with summer exhibitions in a casual and spontaneous atmosphere. This week the Getty music series features Charles Bradley who’s musical styles are a cross between Al Green and James Brown. His distinctively rough-hewn timbre showcases the unmistakable voice of experience. Bradley’s first full-length record, “No Time for Dreaming”, features instrumental soul revivalists the Menahan Street Band. Also performing: DJ Clifton, the resident dj at L.A.’s Club Underground and Funky Sole, spins from his collection of classic & funky soul. 6-9 p.m. 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A., 310.440.7300. getty.edu
Aug. 28. The provocative and mystical music of the late French superstar Serge Gainsbourg is brought to life. Led by Jean Claude Vannier, French composer, arranger and longtime Gainsbourg collaborator, the legendary concept album Histoire de Melody Nelson will be performed in full with orchestra and guests, plus more Gainsbourg classics throughout the evening. Special guests include Beck, Sean Lennon, Charlotte Kemp Muhl, Ed Droste (Grizzly Bear), Victoria Legrand (Beach House), Mike Patton (Faith No More), Nika Roza Danilova (Zola Jesus), Lulu Gainsbourg and Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Anne Litt hosts. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 North Highland Ave., L.A, 323.850.2000. www.hollywoodbowl.com
Aug. 25. Alt-indie artists, Leah Siegel and her band Firehorse hit the Hotel Cafe performing songs from their debut album “And So They Ran Faster”. Firehorse draws from PJ Harvey, Jeff Buckley, Doris Day and Florence and the Machine, creating a truly spellbinding listen. Expect a gig that you’ll brag to your friends, “I saw them when…” Hotel Cafe, 1623 ½ Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, 323.461.2040. www.hotelcafe.com
Aug. 27. Exclusive guided walking and shuttle tour gives you a behind-the-scenes-peek at the latest design and architecture concepts in the City of West Hollywood. This year’s tour features the city’s most inspired fashion retailers– Phillip Lim, HLNR, Alberta Ferretti, Roseark, and Church boutique–many of which are housed in stunning and unique spaces. The event closes with a reception at the new West Hollywood Library in the ambiance of art mural by Sheapard Fairey. All proceeds go to the WEHO Community Housing Corporation, which raises money to build affordable housing for low-income families. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $185. www.structuresandstyle.com
Aug. 27. 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 Chinese beer and dance in Central Plaza with 89.9 KCRW’s DJs. 5 p.m.-midnight. Chinatown, 943-951 N. Broadway, downtown, 213.680.0243. chinatownsummernights.com
Aug. 26. Two left feet? Learn how to dance and shake it, move it and groove it under the stars with live music/DJ and beginner dance lessons sprinkled throughout the evening. No experience necessary. Free. 6:30-10 p.m. Music Center Plaza, 135 North Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7211. musiccenter.org/events/aa_dancing
Aug. 26. To celebrate the final weekend of Outdoor Films: A Tim Burton Sampler, LACMA screens Burton’s 2010 hit, Alice in Wonderland. Pack a picnic, spread out a blanket and enjoy the movie under the stars. Arrive as early as 7 p.m., movie screens at 8 p.m. Free. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000. www.lacma.org
Looking for Los Angeles brunch offerings? There is something incredibly luxurious about weekend brunch. It’s a meal that encourages the breaking of inconvenient rules governing things such as calorie counting or the consumption of alcoholic beverages before noon. An abundance of decadent choices remains alive and well in LA. Check out our list.
Aug. 28. Beer Belly, the Koreatown foodie hot bed invites you to get on the Craft Beer wagon. Just bring in crap beer and in exchange one of their beertenders will hand you a fine brew for $.01 from their friends at Cismontane. On tap for that event will be: Citizen (Steam Lager), Black’s Dawn (Imperial Stout), Coulter IPA and Mystery champagne beer yet to be named. Limit one $.01 brew per person. 532 S Western Ave., L.A., 213.387.2337. www.beerbellyla.com
Through Aug. 26. Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Santa Monica Farmers Market with neighborhood northern Italian restaurant Locanda del Lago. Dine on a three-to four-course menu featuring cuisine by chef Gianfranco Minuz and his farmer partners. Dine on crudo cocktail with J.J. Lone Daughter Ranch avocado purée and candied citrus peel, housemade squid ink tagliolini with scallops, Weiser Family Farm zucchini, and sun-dried tomatoes, and Mediterranean striped bass with Salmoriglio sauce and Thao Farm heirloom tomato salad. Dishes can be ordered à la carte and a wine pairings menu is offered. Locanda del Lago, 231 Arizona Avenue, Santa Monica. 310.451.3525.
Aug. 25. L.A.’s own Ozomatli performs two sets (7 p.m., 9 p.m.) at Susan Feniger’s restaurant Street and she has designed an exclusive menu of Street specialities, reflecting the culture of Ozomatli, to be served in food stations throughout the restaurant. KCRW’s Liza Richardson DJs as well. $85/pp. Street, 742 N. Highland Ave., L.A., 323.203.0500. www.eatatstreet.com
Aug. 25. Aug. 25. The Gastrobus takes over Breadbar Century City for a one-night-only menu that takes new riffs on their market-driven menu, which includes crab and corn beignets with tomatoes, pickled onions, and cilantro; pot of lentils with summer squash, cilantro, and chives; Alsatian pizza with sweet onions, lardons, and thyme and more. $8 each plate; $32 minimum purchase. 6-10 p.m. Breadbar Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City, 310.277.3770. www.breadbar.net
Saturdays and Sundays. Start your morning Hard Rock style at Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood’s weekend breakfast. Hard Rock Cafe offers banana walnut french toast, breakfast burritos, corn beef hash, eggs any style and more, as music videos play throughout the cafe. Full menu available all day. Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.606.7150. www.hardrock.com
Aug. 27-28. At this Coney Island gourmet-style, non-traditional tasting, you can tip your hat to the end of summer by savoring gourmet interpretations of boardwalk fare paired with boutique beer and wine. Featured parings include truffled popcorn with Coney Island Albino Python White Lager; lobster corn dogs with spiced honey dipping sauce with Viognier/Chardonnay Blend: JL Bonaccorsi, Santa Barbara, CA, 2009; beef dogs with bacon and onion jam with Syrah: Scherrer, Russian River Valley, California, 2006; and more. $30/pp. 5 p.m.-close. Vintage Enoteca, 7554 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.512.5278. www.vintageenoteca.com
Through Aug. 31. Get dealified at both Monsieur Marcel locations when you see a movie nearby. Moviegoers who present their ticket stub from either the Pacific Theatres at the Grove at Monsieur Marcel’s Farmers Market bistro, or the AMC Theatres at their Third Street Promenade bistro will receive free hors d’oeuvres with purchase of a glass of wine. Those visiting the Farmers Market location also have the option to present their movie ticket for 20% off a bottle of wine at Monsieur Marcel’s gourmet market. Monsieur Marcel, Farmers Market, 6333 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.939.7792; Third Street Promenade, 1260 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, 310.587.1166. www.mrmarcel.com
Soak up the remainder of summer on Moko’s patio and enjoy their $10 Beer + Bao social hour special, which includes a cold Hite brew and one of their tasty bao ssams such as Green Chili Pork Sausage with Pineapple, Cucumber, and Ssam Jang; Grilled Prawns with Red Onions and Avocado with Wild Arugula and Aji Amarillo Jang; Sweet Soy Braised Pork with Spicy Cress and Asian Pear, Sesame Aioli and Ssam Jang; and Sesame Duck Confit with Ripe Mango and Chipotle Jang. 9540 Culver Boulevard, Culver City, 310.838.3131. www.mokosocial.com
Aug. 29–31. A bumpy year for the Boys in Blue? Maybe. But here’s hoping they can step up their game in the home stretch. The Los Angeles Dodgers go to bat against the San Diego Padres in one of the final game sets of the season. See the action at Dodger Stadium in Chavez Ravine. 1000 Elysian Park Ave., L.A., 866.363.4377. dodgers.mlb.com
Through Aug. 28. This new American comedy, by Melissa James Gibson, is a portrait of forty-something life as seen through a group of five friends. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772.