L.A. Weekend Roundup 01.14.11

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 01.14.11


Jan. 13–17. Contemporary photography fair featuring local and international galleries; Art L.A. satellite fair of new and emerging art. Jan. 13 6–9 pm; Jan. 14–16 11 am–7 pm; Jan. 17 11 am–6 pm. $20–$30. Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., Santa Monica, 323.458.8551 Map M8

Bock FestBock Fest

Jan. 15. Taste more than 65 of the world’s best beers including German Bocks. The event also includes the winter beer championship, with judges from all around the world in attendance to crown the winning brew. $35 Olympic Collection, 11301 Olympic Blvd., L.A. bockfest.net

The Wizard School Scavenger HuntThe Wizard School Scavenger Hunt

Jan. 15. Follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a field trip to the Getty Center in search of art that echoes characters, places and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. Keep your trusty wand handy as you track down a powerful sorceress, a Snape-like potions master, flying owls and dragons, Hagrid-like giants, centaurs and unicorns like those you’d see in the Forbidden Forest and more. The hunt is not an addition to or variation on Harry’s adventures, but instead references to the books will provide a surprising bridge to many strange and wonderful works of art. It’s a great way to experience the museum. This hunt is designed for kids and adults to do together, but all-adult teams will be allowed to compete separately. Kids must be accompanied by adults. For ages 10 and up. 4 p.m. Tickets: $17.50/$19.50, 866.811.4111 More Info.

International Wine FestivalInternational Wine Festival

Jan. 15. Drink Eat Play wants you to travel the world, sans jet lag. Sample dozens of wines picked by K&L Wine Merchants from countries including Italy, Germany, Brazil, South Africa, Spain, Australia, Israel, France, New Zealand and more. Cheeses and bread will also be provided for noshing in-between unlimited tastings. 5-8 p.m. $60. The Renaissance Hotel, 1755 N Highland Ave., Hollywood. www.drinkeatplay.com/intlwinefestival


Jan. 12-16. 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

Rene PapeMUSIC
Rene Pape

Jan 15. Hailed by Opera News as “the world’s most charismatic bass” and by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung as “the greatest operatic bass in the world,” René Pape returns to LA Opera. The Dresden-born artist has been the object of countless critical raves and constant audience enthusiasm in every major opera house in the world. LA Opera now presents a rare opportunity to hear one of the world’s most exciting singing actors in the intimate atmosphere of a recital program, featuring songs by Franz Schubert and Hugo Wolf, as well as a complete performance of Robert Schumann’s song cycle, Dichterliebe (“A Poet’s Love”). Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7211 Map H16 www.laopera.com

Upright Cabaret’s American Icon Series: Mighty MississippiUpright Cabaret’s American Icon Series: Mighty Mississippi

Jan. 15. American Idol stars and Broadway players pay homage to Film and Music icon’s Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley and Prince. Expect to hear fresh interpretations of your favorites like Don’t Be Cruel, Love Me Tender, Hello Dolly, What A Wonderful World, Little Red Corvette, Purple Rain, and more in this one-night-only concert event. The show starrs Grammy Award-nominee and American Idol star Frenchie Davis (American Idol 2, Broadway: Rent, Ain’t Misbehavin,’ Dreamgirls), Ty Taylor (CBS’ Rockstar INXS, Broadway: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cats, frontman for raw soul band Vintage Trouble), Von Smith (American Idol 8 ) and more. $25-40. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center, Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. UprightCabaret.com

Tokyo Nouveau Champagne Brunch PartyEAT | Drink
Tokyo Nouveau Champagne Brunch Party

Sundays. Stop into Royal/T for a playful weekly dining series that combines the best of electronic beats, bubbles, and brunch fare at Culver City’s premier art space, retail store, and Japanese “cosplay” maid café. Pop open a bottle of Veuve du Varnay Brut Champagne ($28), or indulge in bottomless mimosas for $12 when you order a brunch special like eggs benedict; salmon croque madame; and salade niçoise with seared ahi, green beans, quail egg, and olives. Royal/T, 8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.559.6300. www.royal-t.org

Grilled Cheese NightGrilled Cheese Night

Saturdays. Don’t expect Kraft singles at The Mercantile’s weekly affair. Sink your teeth into creations such as Sottocenere Truffle Cheese, Roasted Onions, and Chives; Twice-baked Panini with Cheddar Cheese, Mashed Potato, Chives & Bacon Bits; a Croque Madame with Gruyere, Ham, Bechamel, and a Sunny Egg; and one with Scharfe Maxx, Apples, and Walnuts; and many more. 6600 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, 323.962.8202. www.themercantilela.com

Sunday Night SupperSunday Night Supper

Sundays. Wind down the weekend at District On Sunset with a $35, 3-course prix-fixe dinner. The menu that changes weekly features selections made from Farmers Market ingredients. District On Sunset, 6600 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, 323.962.8200. www.districtonsunset.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


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. 15–16. Performance artist fuses clowning, juggling, balancing and acrobatics in his one-man show. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772 Map L11

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