LA Weekend Roundup 03.18.11

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 03.18.11

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company: Between USMUSIC + Dance
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company: Between US

March 18-19. Long before he won Tony Awards for Best Choreography (Fela and Spring Awakening), Bill T. Jones founded a multi-cultural contemporary dance company with artistic collaborator Arnie Zane. During this historic evening, you’ll see rarely performed classic works from the repertoire of this internationally esteemed company. Between Us restages simple and beautiful duets about the bond between two people. (Audiences haven’t seen many of these dances since the 1980s.) The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. 310.434.3200.

Devo Club NokiaDevo

March 19. More than three decades after the release of its visionary debut, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo, and a full 20 years since its last studio album, Devo is back with the aptly titled Something for Everybody. Catch them on stage at Club Nokia. Notable Austin-based indietronica special guest, The Octopus Project opens the show. Club Nokia, 800 West Olympic Blvd., downtown 213.765.7000.


March 19. For the official launch of Legacy Saturdays at the historic Belasco Theatre downtown, Deadmau5 Unhooked lays out his infections dance beats for the occasion. The Belasco Theatre is one of downtown LA’s most venerable historic landmarks, ready to make history once again. 9 p.m. 21+ $100/$200 VIP. 1050 South Hill St., downtown.

Wu ManWu Man

March 20. Internationally renowned virtuosic pipa performer, Wu Man has also carved out a career creating and collaborating on projects that give this ancient Chinese instrument, a four-stringed lute, a presence in the Western world and a new role in today’s music. Designed especially to complement the exhibition Brush and Shutter: Early Photography in China, Wu Man’s performance will transcend time and musical genres. 1:30 p.m.; 3 p.m. $55. Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall, 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A. Tickets: 213.477.2929.

Le Salon de MusiquesLe Salon de Musiques

March 20. The salon of LA’s most renowned chamber music performers continues its season with a concert featuring music by Debussy, Saint-Saens and Ravel. The one-hour concert features Debussy’s Sonata in Trio for Flute, Viola and Harp L 137; Saint-Saens’ Fantasie in A for Harp and Violin opus 124 and Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major is followed by a one-hour interactive discussion between the musicians and the audience where they share ideas, concepts and impressions about the music performed, while enjoying French Champagne and a gourmet buffet. $65. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 310.498.0257.

St.  Pawtrick’s DayEvents
St.  Pawtrick’s Day

March 19. Find your next best friend at this “green” adoption event, which features discounted adoption fees “Kiss the Blarney Dog” kissing booth, matchmakers to help you find your fur-ever friend, eco-friendly pet products, refreshments, professional training advice, giveaways and much more.  10am-5pm at all six LA City Animal Care Centers. More Info:

Buy Local Santa MonicaBuy Local Santa Monica

March 19. Find an all-day, city-wide Sidewalk Sale where more than 80 of Santa Monica shops will have tables and racks out on the sidewalk, offering specials and deals, also find live music, a performance by Ashleigh Haney and other entertainment. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Third Street Promenade (from Broadway to Wilshire). Sidewalk Sale, throughout Downtown Santa Monica.

Wine & Swine at Dominick'sEAT | Drink
Wine & Swine at Dominick’s

March 19. The iconic L.A. restaurant breaks out a pig roast on their patio to celebrate a new vintage of their Dago Red and Dago White house wines. Oysters, salad, roasted potatoes and more are on the menu along with $12 bottles of house wine and Prosecco and $3 bottles of Moretti beer. Reservations required. Dominick’s, 8715 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 310.652.2335.

ANGEL CITY BREWING Grand Opening CelebrationANGEL CITY BREWING Grand Opening Celebration

March 19. Now officially open, celebrate the grand opening Saturday with crafted beer, BBQ and live music starting at noon. The new location regularly features select Angel City brews, a hand-picked selection of other beers and wines, and nightly food service from gourmet food trucks. The brewery, bar and store will be open Wednesdays through Sundays from 4 p.m.-1 a.m. 216 South Alameda St., downtown, 213.622.1261.


March 19. Indulge your sweet tooth with a variety of complimentary passed pan dulce, traditional Mexican beverages, and live mariachi music to celebrate La Monarca Bakery Santa Monica and launch of their “Cakes for Cause” campaign, aimed at preserving the endangered habitat of the bakery’s Monarch butterfly namesake. Coinciding with the Monarch butterfly’s annual spring migration from Central Mexico to the United States, which begins in March and continues through June, the bakery will donate 20% of revenue from all cakes purchased during the migration to its charitable partner the ECOLIFE Foundation. The campaign launches Saturday, March 19 and will continue through June 30. 2-4 p.m. La Monarca Bakery, 1300 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.451.1114.

Hairroin Salon Foxy FridaysStyle
Foxy Fridays

Fridays. Start your weekends with bubbly and blowouts in the heart of Hollywood at Hairroin Salon. Just make an appointment, choose your look, a happy hour beverage and get shampooed and blown out to the tune of live DJs. $35. Hairroin Salon, 1553 Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, 323.467.0392.


March 12-30. Benjamin Britten’s opera based on Henry James’ 19th-century ghost story makes its premiere at L.A. Opera. Star soprano Patricia Racette takes the leading role of the Governess, supported by tenor William Burden and sopranos Tamara Wilson and Ashley Emerson. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7211 Map H16

In Mother WordsTHEATER

Through May 1. When some of contemporary theater’s most talented voices – including Pulitzer Prize winner Beth Henley, Peabody Award winner Theresa Rebeck and two-time Steinberg/ATCA New Play award finalist Michele Lowe — tackle the subject of motherhood, the result is an eyeopening, hilarious and irresistible night of theater. More than a dozen of today’s best playwrights come together to share their personal stories on one of the most universal themes. Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., L.A., 310.208.5454.

mercy seat ford amphitheatreThe Mercy Seat by Neil LaBute

March 19-Apr. 24. The Vs. Theatre Company explores what would happen if you were suddenly faced with the now-or-never chance to leave your spouse for your lover, with no messy strings attached. Michelle Clunie (Queer as Folk) and Johnny Clark star in the L.A. premiere of The Mercy Seat, Neil LaBute’s caustically funny examination of opportunism in the wake of tragedy. Set on Sept. 12, 2001, The Mercy Seat attempts to “examine the ‘ground zero’ of our lives…the painful, simplistic warfare we often wage on the hearts of those we profess to love,” wrote LaBute. Tickets $20/$12, students/seniors. [Inside] the Ford, Ford Theatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, 323.461.3673.

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