LA Weekend Roundup 05.06.11

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 05.06.11


gordon-ramsay-mothers-day-brunchMother’s Day
Gordon Ramsay at The London West Hollywood

Find a traditional Mother’s Day brunch featuring Gordon Ramsay’s signature twist, including a three course a la carte brunch and a free-flow glass of champagne. Menu options include: applewood smoked Pacific salmon; burrata cheese and asparagus salad; wild salmon and cucumber salad; bacon and eggs with caramelized scallop; braised pork belly, French green lentils; mini Belgian waffles; dungeness crab and black brioche; New York steak and eggs; fried egg, duck confit and ratatouille, and many more. $85/pp. London West Hollywood, 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.358.7788.

Mixology at Michael's Santa MonicaMichael’s Santa Monica

Celebrated restaurateur Michael McCarty serves a special Mother’s Day menu. Enjoy specialty items on the outdoor patio including Michael’s famous blueberry pancakes with warm maple syrup, applewood-smoked chicken sausage or smoked bacon; roasted Alaskan halibut with giant ravioli with herbed ricotta, bloomsdale spinach, hedgehog mushroom beurre blank; and strawberry-rhubarb crisp with vanilla bean ice cream. Also, in-house mixologist and creator of Michael’s new farm-to-glass mixology program, Jason Robey, has created a special house-made sangria for mom using fresh fruits and herbs from Michael’s rooftop garden. $65/pp, $30/children 10 and under. Michael’s Santa Monica, 1147 Third St, Santa Monica, 310.451.0843.


Guests can enjoy a playful Mother’s Day brunch at Culver City’s vibrant art space, Japanese “cosplay” maid café, and retail store with menu specials that include a high tea set ($25) with Royal/T milk tea-infused cupcakes by local mommy blogger and designer justJENN—who will be signing copies of her new comic-cookbook, based on her own Japanese-American grandmother. Mother’s Day gift sets with handcrafted tea cup baskets, Royal/T tea blends, candles, and Japanese candies will be offered at the retail store for last-minute gifting ($30-60). Children can also enjoy a special crafts table with justJENN design products. Brunch and activities from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.559.6300.

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Unique LA

May 7-8. At the largest independent design show in the country, attendees get the rare chance to meet and shop directly from over 300 hand-selected designers and artists including Eva Franco, Sass & Peril (pictured), VaheTwisted and more. This shopping event makes it easy for you to buy local and support LA’s economy, discover great design and deals, join in community, and have a blast! Over 95% of the products at the show are proudly made right here in the USA. Admission $10, children under 12 free. California Market Center, 110 East Ninth St., downtown.


May 6. Sassy electro-pop songstress broke out in 2009 with her single “Tik Tok,” which went on to top charts in eleven countries. She followed that up in 2010 with her album Cannibal featuring hit “We R Who We R.” Dance all night with her at the Hollywood Palladium. 6215 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, 323.962.7600.

leah-segal-firehorse-hotel-cafeLeah Siegel and Firehorse

May 6. Alt-indie artists, Leah Siegel and her band Firehorse hit the Hotel Cafe for their first ever LA gig performing songs from their debut album “And So They Ran Faster,” slated for release later this year. Firehorse draws from PJ Harvey, Jeff Buckley, Doris Day and Florence and the Machine, creating a truly spellbinding listen.  Expect a gig that you’ll brag to your friends, “I saw them when…” Hotel Cafe, 1623 ½ Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, 323.461.2040.

living-sisters-songs-of-patsy-clineTHE SONGS OF PATSY CLINE

May 7. The music of country legend Patsy Cline is covered by a host of local performers at downtown’s Walt Disney Concert Hall. Acts on the bill are the Living Sisters, Zooey Deschanel of She & Him, John Doe, Charlie Wadhams, John C. Reilly and Shirley Manson of Garbage. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000 Map H16

Mark Morris Dance Group

May 5-8. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Mark Morris Dance Group performs L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, which features 24 dancers, the LA Opera orchestra and chorus as well as a quartet of world-class singers. With Handel’s pastoral ode as the musical landscape, and set to the poetry of John Milton, along with sets inspired by William Blake’s later watercolors, L’Allegro is an artistic feat. Morris’ landmark work is presented as part of the first-ever collaboration between the Music Center and LA Opera. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7211 Map H16

lucinda-childs-ucla-liveLucinda Childs

May 6-7. Celebrating more than three decades of Lucinda Childs’ sought-after creative vision, UCLA Live presents a revival of the acclaimed choreographer’s visually arresting Dance, originally created in 1979 and set to music by distinguished composer Philip Glass. Dance is performed in striking minimalist style against images and a film by renowned conceptual artist Sol LeWitt. One of modern dance’s most lauded choreographers, Childs wields a unique style that harnesses inherently simple movement into patterns that become mesmerizingly intricate. UCLA, Royce Hall, Westwood, 310.825.2101 Map J10

Dominick’s Crawfish Boil

Saturdays in May. Celebrated West Hollywood Italian eatery Dominick’s brings back a festive local favorite: its annual crawfish boils. Drawing upon his New Orleans heritage, chef Brandon Boudet takes over the eatery’s patio on Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. to boil 300 pounds of Louisiana crawfish. In addition to the crawfish, available for $10.99 per pound, diners can enjoy a selection of Boudet’s Big Easy-inspired dishes, including Po’ Boy sub sandwiches, Creole boiled artichokes with remoulade and Dominick’s Dago red and white wines by the bottle. For dessert, the chef offers New Orleans Sno Balls—snow cones drizzled with house-made syrups—in multiple flavors, served with an optional shot of Old New Orleans spiced rum. Space is limited; reservations for the crawfish boils are recommended. 8715 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 310.652.2335.

Harry Houdini in Houdini: Art and Magic

Continuing. The Skirball Cultural Center salutes the life, career and influence of enigmatic magician and escape artist Harry Houdini. The first major exhibition to explore Houdini’s life and legacy features more than 150 artifacts, from posters and playbills to silent-fi lm footage of his great escapes to personal items such as family photos, a postcard written to his mother and diaries from his travels. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 310.440.4500 Map G9

god of carnage los angelesTHEATER

Through May 29. This straight-from-Broadway comedy, the 2009 Tony Award winner for Best Play, is re-created in an exclusive engagement at the Ahmanson Theatre downtown. It reunites an outstanding cast featuring Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772 Map H16

The Escort Geffen PlayhouseTHE ESCORT

Through May 8. A high-class call girl challenges the limits of a liberally minded family. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood Village, 310.208.5454 Map J10

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