L.A. Weekend Roundup 01.07.11

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 01.07.11

Cirque BerzerkEVENTS
Cirque Berzerk

Jan. 7-9. Like a darker, sexier, not-really-for-kids version of Cirque du Soleil, Los Angeles-based performance troupe Cirque Berzerk moves into downtown’s Club Nokia for a residency featuring its unique brand of performance art. Since its inception five years ago at the Burning Man festival in Nevada, Cirque Berzerk’s show has blended cabaret, vaudeville and circus acts; the talented cast features acrobats, contortionists, singers, fire breathers and dancers, trapeze artists and aerialists. The performers are accompanied by live music from co-founder and “ringmaster” Kevin Bourque, and gothic-tinged stage sets and costumes add to the otherworldly ambience. The troupe debuts a brand-new performance during its residency; previous productions have included Beneath, an interpretation of the Greek myth of Orpheus. Club Nokia, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.480.3232 Map I15 www.clubnokia.com

First FridaysFirst Fridays

Jan. 7. 7th season of the provocative series in which live music, discussion and curatorial tours converge kicks off with a discussion of “The Science of Creativity” with Jonah Lehrer (Wired magazine). See performances by Swedish quartet Little Dragon and the soulful and trippy Sister Crayon. Resident FF DJ, Anthony Valadez spins with special guest Garth Trinidad. $9 adults/$6.50 children/$10 parking. 6:30-10 p.m. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Blvd., downtown, 213.763.DINO. www.nhm.org

Jill Kirsh at ROB|B SalonJill Kirsh at ROB|B Salon

Jan. 7. Hollywood’s Guru of Hue, Jill Kirsh clues you into your perfect nail hue. While you wait for your appointment find giveaways, champagne and $10 mini-manis. All you need is an appointment. ROB|B Salon, 12246 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 818.980.7622. www.robbsalon.com

Gustavo DudamelMUSIC | DANCE
Los Angeles Philharmonic: Bernstein and Beethoven

Jan. 6-9. Program conducted by Gustavo Dudamel includes Beethoven’s symphony no. 7 and Berstein’s symphony no. 1. Leonard Bernstein’s First Symphony (1942) is a profoundly personal account of the prophet Jeremiah and the Book of Lamentations, sung in Hebrew by mezzo Kelley O’Connor. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000 Map H16

Anime Babes BurlesqueAnime Babes Burlesque

Jan. 8. Cosplay comes to life as Devil’s Playground presents a night of Anime-themed burlesque and cabaret. Expect performances from some of L.A. best burlesque dancers, a live DJ and more. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $13 Bordello Bar, 907 E. 1st St., downtown. courtneycruz.net

Mas Malo

Opens Jan. 7. The revered Silver Lake taquería, Malo, sets up shop in a historic downtown building with a grand vaulted ceiling, original marble floors and ornate art nouveau and art deco details. Indulge in signature dishes including tacos with unique fillings like ground beef and pickle, lobster, and shrimp and bacon. Entrees range from carnitas marinated in Coca-Cola to local Pacific red snapper sauteed in a habanero white wine garlic butter. Wash it down with Mas Malo’s expansive selection of tequila and cocktails. 515 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.985.4332. malorestaurant.com

Cassoulet at Vertical Wine BistroCassoulet at Vertical Wine Bistro

Sundays through January. If you’re craving Cassoulet, chef Laurent Quenioux  conjures up the slow-baked dish prepared with pork, lamb shoulder, duck leg confit, sausage and and Tarbais beans on a three-course menu that includes a field greens salad tossed with bacon and topped with a soft poached egg and a choice of dessert ($35). Vertical Wine Bistro, 70 North Raymond Ave. (upstairs), Pasadena, 626.795.3999. www.verticalwinebistro.com


Jan. 9. The age-old East Coast/West Coast rivalry persists—at least when it comes to basketball. And fortunately, the competition makes for a thrilling evening when the formidable New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers face off. The ball gets rolling at Staples Center downtown. 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 800.745.3000 Map I15


Continuing. In this one-man show at the Mark Taper Forum downtown, a unique take on theatrical memoir, much-lauded actor John Lithgow lovingly reinterprets a selection of tales passed down in his family from storytellers including P.G. Wodehouse and Ring Lardner. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772 Map H16


Jan. 5–23. Rock musical set in 1960s New York about a “tribe” of hippies resisting the Vietnam War draft. Pantages Theater, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1772 Map W21

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