LA Weekend Roundup 09.30.11

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 09.30.11


Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980

Opens Oct. 1. Pacific Standard Time brings together more than 60 cultural venues throughout Southern California to tell the story of the rise of the Los Angeles art scene. The Getty Foundation-initiated collaboration, the largest ever undertaken by the region’s institutions, explores the years after World War II through the 1960s and ’70s. Included are L.A. pop, post-minimalism, modernism, multimedia installations, films of the African-American L.A. rebellion, Woman’s Building feminism, Chicano performance art, Japanese-American design and artists’ collectives. Participants include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Hammer Museum, Getty Museum, California Institute of the Arts, Japanese American National Museum, Watts Towers Arts Center and others in San Diego, Orange County, Santa Barbara and Palm Springs. Venues include the Getty Center, Fowler Museum at UCLA and Hammer Museum. All participating venues listed online:


brewery-artwalk-los-angelesBrewery Artwalk

Oct. 1-2. More than 100 artist studios at the former brewery open their doors. The twice-annual event offers goers the chance to see new works of art, speak with the artists and purchase works at non-commission studio prices. Dining available at the artwork and their on-site restaurant. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 2100 N Main St., downtown.


Art Platform Los AngelesArt Platform—Los Angeles

Sept. 30-Oct. 3. The contemporary and modern art fair brings together local and international artists, dealers, museums and enthusiasts to celebrate the rich and diverse cultural landscape of Southern California and underscore Los Angeles’ influential position within the contemporary art world. See works from artists showcased by more than 75 galleries in over 50,000 sq. feet in the L.A. Mart Building. L.A. Mart, 1933 S. Broadway, Suite 542, downtown, 800.LAMART.4.


east-village-west-royal-tEast Village West

Opens Oct. 1. In official partnership with the “Pacific Standard Time” art initiative, Culver City’s Japanese “pop” art-inspired exhibition space presents a new show by curators Ann Magnuson and Kenny Scharf that celebrates California pop culture as siphoned through the punk rock-fueled creativity of NYC’s East Village art scene with works from their personal archives. Royal/T, 8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.559.6300.



Oct. 2-7, 9-14. This gastronomic extravaganza highlights the city’s culinary talent, with participating restaurants offering prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at affordable prices. Enjoy chefs’ creations from Pasadena to the South Bay at more than 300 longtime establishments and new eateries.


jane-lynchJane Lynch

Oct. 2. Before she landed her role in Glee, Jane Lynch battled alcoholism and anxiety, learned to embrace her sexuality, and accepted that life is sometimes a series of opportunities that come after what seem, at the time, like disappointments. See her in conversation with Adam Scott, discussing her new funny, poignant and brutally honest, new book Happy Accidents, which is one part comic-memoir of behind-the-scenes-Hollywood and one part inspirational-narrative about self-acceptance. Club Nokia, 800 West Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.765.7000.


san-francisco-balletMusic & Dance

Sept. 30-Oct. 2. The San Francisco Ballet presents their production of the classic ballet, Romeo and Juliet. Take a journey filled with beauty, love and tragedy through the world of movement and dance. Tickets start at $17 and parking is available for $10. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.


esperanza-spaldingEsperanza Spalding

Sept. 30. Bassist, vocalist and composer, Esperanza Spalding won the 2011 Grammy Award in the Best New Artist category. See her showcase her styles on jazz and instrumental music and possibly play a few tracks from her funkier new album “Radio Music Society” set to be released in Spring 2012. 842 S. Broadway, downtown, 877.677.4386.


oh-la-laOoh LA L.A. Festival

Sept. 29-Oct. 1. The celebration of French music showcases artists from the best of the indie, pop, folk and electronic scene. Catch shows by Nouvelle Vague, Hugh Coltman, Tinariwen, Hindi Zahra and more. El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.



Continuing. Watch out, Vegas! L.A. has finally earned its own Cirque du Soleil spectacle, fittingly themed around the history of film. The long-anticipated Iris: A Journey Through the World of Cinema, written and directed by director-choreographer Philippe Decouflé, runs at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre; it will be the exclusive host to this production. Described as a “lyrical, fanciful, kinetic foray into the seventh art,” Iris uses dance, acrobatics, live video, filmed sequences and animation to tell the history of cinema and its genres. More than 70 performers don 200 costumes for the show, which is scored by Grammy and Emmy Award winner and L.A. native Danny Elfman. Performances Tu–Su. $43–$133; VIP Ticket $253. 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 877.943.4747.

John Leguizamo in “Ghetto Klown”

Sept. 30-Oct. 16. Direct from Broadway, John Leguizamo’s “Ghetto Klown” is the next chapter in his popular personal and professional story. His fifth one-man play follows in the uninhibited tradition of his Mambo Mouth, Spic-O-Rama, Freak, and Sexaholix…a Love Story. In Leguizamo’s trademark style, the piece explodes with energy, heating up the stage with vivid accounts of the colorful characters who have populated his life. The Ricardo Montalbán Theatre, 1615 Vine St., Hollywood, 323.461.0663.


poor-behaviorPOOR BEHAVIOR

Through Oct. 16. Playwright Theresa Rybeck’s dark adult comedy about two couples who battle issues of deception, marriage and fidelity, poses the question: Is it adultery if they already think you’ve done it? Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.


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.


no-tomatoesEAT | Drink
Hatchi Truck Stop-No Tomatoes!

Sept. 29. Dine on gourmet Indian-style street fare at the latest incarnation of Breadbar’s Hitachi Truck Stop. The one-night-only menu offers eight dishes ($8 each; $32 minimum purchase) including chicken tike masala, samosas, chapel slidders and more. Breadbar Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., 310.277.3770.


Lola's Martini Bar West HollywoodHollywood Legends Pairing Menu at Lola’s

Through Feb. 2012. To celebrate 15 years in West Hollywood, Lola’s Restaurant and Martini bar features an eclectic menu of American comfort classics–bacon-wrapped salmon, chimi-churi arctic char, grilled pacific swordfish–paired with cocktails inspired by iconic LA landmark hotels like The Roosevelt, Chateau Marmont, Beverly Hills Hotel and more. Lola’s, 945 North Fairfax Ave., West Hollywood, 323.654.5652.


veggie-grillMeatless Monday at Veggie Grill

Oct. 3. In addition to their menu of redefined classic American comfort food that makes eating meatless delicious, Veggie Grill introduces a kids’ version of their popular V-Burger. The new kids burger is served as a meal with kid-friendly side dish options: sweet potato fries, Mandarin orange slices or carrot sticks and a choice of dessert.


oysters-vertical-wine-bistroOYSTER NIGHT AT VERTICAL WINE BISTRO

Fridays. Join Vertical Wine Bistro in Old Pasadena every Friday night as oysters take center stage. Master Ecailler, Christophe Happillon shucks plump, sweet and fruity Barron Point Oysters and refreshing briny Carlsbad Blonde Oysters. Shuckers special includes a half dozen oysters with accouterments for $19. Also find specially paired wine carafes for $15. 6-10 p.m. Vertical Wine Bistro, Upstairs at 70 North Raymond Ave., Pasadena, 626.795.3999.



Sample some of Petrossian’s most well regarded gastronomic delicacies such as classic Transmontanus caviar, hand-sliced smoked salmon; Chef Giselle Wellman’s signature menu items like Egg Royales and Caviar Flatbread, and cocktails and wine at reduced happy hour prices. Mon.-Fri., 4-7 p.m. Petrossian Boutique & Restaurant, 321 North Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.271.0576.


wolfgangs-steakhouseWOLFGANG’S AFTER DARK

Fridays + Saturdays. Night owls can stop by the Beverly Hills outpost of Wolfgang Zwiener’s steakhouse for late-night eats, drinks and live music by the Cara Lee Band featuring lead singer Cara Lee, Teddy Andreadis (aka Teddy Zig Zag from Guns N’ Roses) on the keyboard, Jimmy D’Anda from Bullet Boys on the drums and David Filice bassist for “American Idol” contestants on the bass. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, 445 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, 310.385.0640.


Hitler Letter Museum of ToleranceMUSEUMS

Opens Oct. 4. This new permanent, interactive exhibit at the Museum of Tolerance includes the original 1919 letter signed by Adolf Hitler that calls for a ruthless government whose “final aim, [in the words of Hitler]must be the uncompromising removal of the Jews altogether.” The Museum of Tolerance, 786 West Pico Blvd., L.A., 310.553.8403.


james brown grammy museumSAY IT LOUD: THE GENIUS OF JAMES BROWN

Continuing. 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.