LA Weekend Roundup 09.16.11

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 09.16.11


localicious gala good food festivalEVENTS
Localicious Gala

Sept. 16. Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Santa Monica Farmers Market at an outdoor beach-front gala featuring 30 of L.A.’s best chefs paired with 30 market farmers. Taste signature dishes that showcase the freshest and best of the season. Enjoy craft brewed beers, local wines, a silent auction and 30-course grazing menu. 7:30-10 p.m. $125/$250 VIP. Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica.


kcrw good food pie contestPie Contest

Sept. 18. Fruit, nut, cream, savory and Tim Burton-inspired? Those are the judging categories at this year’s KCRW Good Food Pie Contest. At the free event held at LACMA, you can taste more than 200 pies, experience “ArtBites—” a tour through desserts from around the world while looking at art—check out the apron contest and more. While you’re there, stop by Ray’s and Stark Bar for a pie cocktail and post pie contest three-course prix fixe dinner. 2 p.m. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000.


port of los angeles lobster festPort of Los Angeles Lobster Festival

Sept. 16-18. Dine on Maine lobster meals at the world’s largest lobster festival. Also enjoy live music, street performers, food trucks and more. Ports O’Call Village, San Pedro.


wristhaus-oktoberfestOktoberfest at Wirtshaus

Sept. 17-Oct. 8. The official Oktoberfest kick off party on Sept. 17, features German Consul, Michael Ott tapping the restaurant’s ceremonial Oktoberfest keg and 50 free liters of beer after that. Also find regularly-changing food and drink specials, live music on Fridays and Saturdays, ping-pong tournaments and more. 345 N. La Brea Ave., LA, 323.931.9291.


string theory liveMUSIC
String Theory Live

Sept 15. The multi-media performance ensemble String Theory transforms the theatre space with gigantic invented instruments. Harp strings that stretch hundreds of feet envelop the audience in shimmering sound. Dance, original live music, video projections and songs by special guest David Poe coalesce into a stunning mix that re-charts the sonic-visual experience. 8:30 p.m. Ford Theatres, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd., L.A., 323.461.3673.


new york's finest leading men of broadwayNew York’s Finest (Leading Men of Broadway)

Sept. 16. September sizzles when five of Broadway’s finest leading men, (and one exceptional leading lady), heat up the open-air stage of the Ford Amphitheater. These stars will recreate the original performances that thrilled Broadway audiences in hits such as Wicked, Billy Elliot, Jersey Boys, Memphis, West Side Story, Lion King, Hair, Sweeney Todd and Jesus Christ Superstar with singular interpretations of uncharted musical territory. 8:30 p.m. Ford Theatres, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd., L.A., 323.461.3673.


roof on wilshireEAT | Drink

Eric Greenspan helms the kitchen atop the new Hotel Wilshire, a newly opened 74-room boutique hotel in the Miracle Mile. Pull up a chair poolside and soak up panoramic views of the LA basin. Greenspan cooks up everything from breakfast to bar bites featuring selections such as pancake lasagna, Wilshire grilled cheese, Wilshire burger (which rivals the Foundry on Melrose burger) absinthe steamed mussels, nori nachos, and much more. Wash it all down with a vast selection of crafted cocktails in addition to wine and beer menus. The Roof On Wilshire, Hotel Wilshire, 6731 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.852.6000.


salvage bar and loungeSALVAGE BAR & LOUNGE

Sip speciality cocktails made from organic juices and spirits on the ground floor of the 1926 landmark building now known as The Roosevelt Residences. Newly opened Salvage Bar & Lounge sports a decor that intertwines modern design while using fixtures and materials left behind from the building’s original construction. Salvage Bar & Lounge, 717 Seventh St., downtown, 213.688.7755.


osteria-la-bucaOne-Pot Supper Mondays

Sept. 19. Osteria La Buca celebrates sharing a meal family-style at this monthly event. Dine on zuppa di mare with fresh fish and shellfish, farmers’ greens, and olive oil cake with roasted stone fruit. 7, 8:30 p.m. seatings. $30/pp; $40/pp with house wine. Osteria La Buca, 5210 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.462.1900.


ye olde kings headRugby World Cup

Through Oct. 22. Indulge your inner sportsperson in the Rugby World Cup featured on TV at Ye Olde Kings Head. Much on late night bites served during the late games. Ye Olde Kings Head, 116 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.451.1402.


michaels-santa-monica-happy-hourHAPPY HOUR AT MICHAEL’S SANTA MONICA

The Santa Monica institution known for serving top far-fresh cuisine offers its first happy hour menu. Gather in the bar/lounge to sip specialty cocktails from from mixologist Jason Robey, as well as beers and wines. The drink menu is complemented by Executive Chef John-Carlos Kuramoto’s Happy Hour menu featuring choices such as duck confit rillettes, truffle-tyme frites, crispy sweetbread poppers and seasonal melon and serrano ham. Mon.-Fri. 5-7 p.m. Michael’s Santa Monica, 1147 Third St., Santa Monica, 310.451.0843.


james brown grammy museumMUSEUMS
Say It Loud: The Genius of James Brown

Opens Sept. 17. New exhibit at the Grammy Museum focuses on James Brown as the “Godfather of Soul” — blazing a trail in American music by blending gospel, pop and soul. Through showcases of costumes, early albums, rare photographs and more, the exhibit depicts Brown’s role as a trendsetter in both fashion and dance, as well as illustrates how Brown used his music and celebrity to positively impact the Civil Rights Movement and race relations of the 1960s. Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.765.6800.


freedoms sisters museum of toleranceFREEDOM’S SISTERS

Through Jan. 8. Freedom’s Sisters, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and Cincinnati Museum Center, brings to life the stories of 20 extraordinary African American women who shaped much of the spirit and substance of civil rights in America. The women in this interactive, multimedia exhibit range from key 19th century historical figures to contemporary leaders who have fought for equality for people of color. Free with paid admission to the museum. The Museum of Tolerance, 9786 West Pico Blvd., L.A., 310.553.8403.


galerie michaelART
Florence Academy of Art

Opens Sept. 17. Galerie Michael presents the exhibition of drawings, paintings and sculpture, which is on display and available for acquisition. During the opening Sept. 17, at noon, view the artwork and meet with the distinguished alumni and students from the Academy. RSVP required for reception: 310.273.3377. Galerie Michael, 224 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills.


paid to play robert berman galleryPaid to Play

Opens Sept. 17. The first of several exhibitions participating in the Pacific Standard Time Initiative, which is a collaboration of more than 60 cultural institutions across Southern California, coming together to tell the story of the birth of the Los Angeles art scene and how it became a major new force in the art world. Paid to Play focuses on illustrators who were commissioned to create imagery for record albums, magazines and advertisements–a genre dirtily linked to commercialism but nonetheless full of innovation, technique, artistic expression and speed. Robert Berman Gallery, Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Ave., Suite C2/D5, Santa Monica, 310.315.1937.


hello kitty la dodgersSPORTS
Hello Kitty teams up with the Dodgers

Sept. 16-18. Hello Kitty joins the LA Dodgers to celebrate fan Appreciation Weekend, the last home weekend of the regular season. Fans can cheer on the Dodgers, share their love for Hello Kitty, and receive an exclusive Hello Kitty Dodgers collectible plush. Hello Kitty and her friends will also appear in person to throw out the first pitch Sept. 18. Purchase tickets for this exclusively through



Through Sept. 25. Join Sally Bowles in her desperate, gaudy and haunting world of the Cabaret, which opens Reprise Theatre Company’s 2011-2012 season. Kander and Ebb’s Tony-winning masterpiece is an enduring classic, featuring some of musical theatre’s most famous songs, including Willkommen, Don’t Tell Mama, Maybe This Time and Cabaret. Directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge. 16 performances only at the Freud Playhouse at UCLA. For tickets and information, call 310.825.2101, or visit


The Elaborate Entrance of Chad DeityTHE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY

Through Oct. 9. Think pro-wrestling is all outrageous masks and pyrotechnics? Think again — there’s so much more in this 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist. The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity slams together thrilling spectacle, incredible characters and geopolitical allegory into an invigorating theatrical experience you can’t find on pay-per-view. This smackdown of a play tackles racism, drop-kicks globalization and brings a championship tale into the ring. In wrestling, as in life, behind every winner lies the story of a really excellent loser. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., L.A., 310.208.5454.