L.A. Weekend Roundup 01.21.11

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 01.21.11

Dine LA

Jan 23-28; 30-Feb. 4. Enjoy gastronomic gems from restaurants such as Beechwood, Inn at the Seventh Ray, Hungry Cat, Buchon, Nobu, Michael’s, Comme Ca and more, for a fraction of the price. Some 297 of the city’s top restaurants offer specially priced three-course tasting menus for both lunch and dinner. www.dineLA.com/RestaurantWeek

Guest Mixologist Series at Michael'sGuest Mixologist Series at Michael’s

Jan 20. First in a series of monthly guest bartender events, features the most talented, up-and-coming mixologists in Los Angeles. Combining the best of old school and new school, guests will gather at the legendary Santa Monica restaurant while guest bartenders William Perbellini of Bar Toscana and Blake Landis from The Yard shake up signature Dimmi Liquore cocktails created exclusively for the event. Executive Chef Mikey Stern will also offer a selection of Bar Bites from Michael’s new Winter Menu. 7-9 p.m. 1147 Third St., Santa Monica, 310.451.0843. www.michaelssantamonica.com


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 Night at the MercantileGRILLED 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


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


Jan. 19–23. The largest art fair on the West Coast attracts an astonishing 35,000 art enthusiasts to the L.A. Convention Center at L.A. Live. Featured in the fair is China Today, a spotlight on Chinese art with an exhibit, Chinese-based galleries and a display of street art. Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 310.822.9145 Map I15

Wallace Shawn: Real World, Fake World, Dream WorldWallace Shawn: Real World, Fake World, Dream World

Jan. 22. Writer and actor Wallace Shawn delivers a reading and interpretation from his most recent work alongside an offering of excerpts from the works of writers and thinkers he admires. Known to stage and film audiences as an extraordinary character actor, Shawn is also an Obie Award-winning playwright and best-selling author. His celebrated works include The Designated Mourner and The Fever, along with the poignant film My Dinner With Andre, which Shawn co-wrote. His most recent work, Essays, released in 2009, is a highly personal, often self-deprecating collection of Shawn’s perspective on life, politics, morality and the power of art. 8 p.m. $28/38/48 ($15 UCLA students). Royce Hall, UCLA, Westwood, 310.825.2101 Map J10 www.uclalive.org

Traces-Real People. Unreal Feats.Traces-Real People. Unreal Feats.

Through Feb. 20. TRACES combines awe-inspiring acrobatics with infectious urban energy. Seven performers deliver dazzling, gravity-defying displays of skill, dance, and acrobatic brilliance. 7 Fingers, a French Canadian company, puts on the show and are known for pioneering a new brand of circus. TRACES was a runaway hit at the Edinburgh Festival in 2007 and now it’s coming to Los Angles for the very first time. 8 p.m. Ricardo Montalbán Theatre, 1615 Vine St., Hollywood, 800.982.ARTS(2787). www.themontalban.com


Through Jan. 30. This spectacle created by one of the founders of Cirque du Soleil, is staged under the “White Big Top” in downtown Burbank. The show is a combination of equestrian arts, visual effects, live music, dance and acrobatics. It involves 50 horses and 33 performers, including riders, aerialists, acrobats, dancers and musicians. Cavalia visited Los Angeles for the first time in 2004, and it played to sold-out houses. Since the original production debuted in 2003 in Quebec, Canada, Cavalia has been enjoyed by more than 2.5 million people. 777 N. Front St., Burbank, 866.999.8111. www.cavalia.net


Opens Jan. 21. Show features dance finalists from “Dancing with the Stars” including Niecy Nash (pictured), Edyta Sliwinska, Alec Mazo, Jonathan Roberts & Anna Trebunskaya; dance pros from “So You Think You Can Dance” including Randi Lynn Evans, Ade Obayomi & Johnathan Platero; with American Idol finalists David Hernandez & Gina Glocksen. Gilles Marini and Jane Seymour will rotate as hosts. $25 – $100 (VIP tickets include primary seats with celebrity/cast meet and greet). The El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd. N. Hollywood, 818.508.4200. www.elportaltheatre.com


Jan. 19-23. 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

Suzanne VegaMUSIC
Suzanne Vega

Jan. 22. Making her Largo debut, Suzanne Vega will reinterpret and re-record her catalog in an acoustic, intimate, and personal manner, and releasing them as 4 new thematic albums over the course of 2010-2011. With her sultry voice, Suzanne Vega seamlessly joins her poetry and contemporary folk song with a sound that is utterly unique and identifiable to her alone. A pioneer among singer-songwriters, Suzanne has embarked on a project to re-imagine her own songbook in a stripped down and intimate manner. $40. Largo At the Coronet, 366 North La Cienega Blvd., 310.855.0350. www.largo-la.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. 22-23. 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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