LA Weekend Roundup 05.13.11

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 05.13.11



May 15. Nosh on food from your favorite Eastside restaurants including: Little Dom’s, Yuca’s, Gingergrass, Malo, Reservoir, Forage, Silver Lake Wine, Eagle Rock Brewery, Intelligentsia Coffee and many more. 1-5 p.m. $25 (15 taste coupons)/$65 VIP (early admission, 30 taste coupons). Barnsdall Art Park,4800 Hollywood Blvd., L.A.


May 14. Cinespia celebrates 10 years of picnic/movie evenings at Hollywood Forever Cemetery with a special tribute to Elizabeth Taylor. In the film adaptation of Tennessee William’s hit play, Taylor stars as the sultry ‘Maggie the Cat’, who desperately tries to tempt her husband Paul Newman away from the bottle and back into her arms, while outwitting her catty, greedy sister in law. Bring blankets, drinks and picnic dinner. DJ Carlos Nino spins before and after the screening. Gates 7 p.m., movie 8:30 p.m. $10. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 600 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood.

the-clock-lacmaThe Clock

May 16-17. West Coast premiere of artist Christian Marclay’s The Clock, a 24-hour single-channel montage constructed from thousands of moments of cinema and television history depicting the passage of time. Marclay has excerpted each of these moments from their original contexts and edited them together to create a functioning timepiece synchronized to local time wherever it is viewed—marking the exact time in real time for the viewer for 24 consecutive hours. The sampled clips come from films of all genres, time periods, and cultures, some lasting only seconds, others minutes, and have been culled from hundreds of films, famous and obscure, into a seamless whole. The result, a melding of video and reality, unfolds with a seemingly endless cast of cameos. This free screening will allow The Clock to be seen in the way Marclay intended, by making it available in its entirety. Free. Bing Theater, LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000 Map J13

nhm-bug-fairBug Fair

May 14-15. In celebration of all things winged and creepy-crawly, the Natural History Museum hosts its 25th annual Bug Fair, an insect extravaganza with hundreds of things to see and do. Check out the bug chef cook-off, where you can discover what bugs taste like; buggy performance artists you can take your picture with; also learn how to pin an insect for a collection, take part in citizen science projects, or check out the cockroach races. $2–$9, under 5 free. 900 Exposition Blvd., downtown, 213.763.3466.

tea-lovers-festival-royal-tKulov’s Annual Tea Lovers Festival

May 13-15. Three-day event will include cultural activities, educational seminars, and entertainment—all based on the art and appreciation of tea. Highlights include an interactive film screening and “Ochazuke” menu on Friday, tea-infused dessert classes led by Kristy Choo of Jin Patisserie, and a tea marketplace with products from Art of Tea, Algabar Tea, Matcha Source, Naivetea, Sencha Naturals, and more. Festival admission is free, and sessions range from $10-25 each. Royal/T, 8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.559.6300.

japan-tea-bowlsJapanese Tea Bowl Fundraiser at Le Saint Amour

May 15. More than 100 ceramics artists, (many Los Angeles-based) are joining forces to benefit relief efforts in Japan and honor their artistic heritage by hosting and participating in the Japanese Tea Bowl Fundraiser. Stop by for brunch and dinner at Le Saint Amour to browse ceramic bowls and cups created by the artists. All proceeds from ceramics purchase and 30% from the restaurant are all being donated to help Japan. Le Saint Amour, 9725 Culver Blvd, Culver City, 310.842.8155.

legends-of-la-cienegaLegends of La Cienega

May 12 – 14. The annual celebration of design brings together VIPs and tastemakers from the worlds of interior design, décor, art, fashion, and architecture for two days of receptions, keynote panel discussions, cocktail parties, book-signings, personal appearances, trunk shows, and special exhibitions. Legendary Window Display Campaign features vignettes by top designers inspired by their favorite artists, presented by One Kings Lane. La Cienega Design Quarter (LCDQ), 767 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A.


May 14. The flamboyant indie-pop band from Athens, GA hits the Avalon. Their newest EP, thecontrollersphere, “is a folk album only in the way of Montreal could envision a folk album and includes the long-awaited studio version of live favorite “Black Lion Massacre” — a pulsing sonic freakout that is the darkest and noisiest song Kevin Barnes has ever written and serves as thecontrollersphere‘s mission statement.” 1735 Vine St., Hollywood.

le salon de musiquesLe Salon de Musiques

May 15. The salon of LA’s most renowned chamber music performers ends its season with a program of Schubert and Mozart. The one-hour concert, which will feature Mozart’s Sonata in D Major K 448 for two pianos and Rachmaninoff’s Suite n.1 “Fantasy-Tableaux” Opus 5 for two pianos, 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.

Kiss Me Kate

Through May 22. Cole Porter classic “is a battle of the sexes reaching as far back as Shakespeare’s time and magnified through the maniacal egos of two, gigantic theatrical stars vying for top billing, accolades and the upper hand in their own flamboyant relationship.”Hear one hit song after another: “Wunderbar,” “So In Love,” “Why Can’t You Behave,” “Too Darn Hot,” “From This Moment On” and more. Reprise Theatre Company’s production stars Tony Award nominee Tom Hewitt and Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita. UCLA’s Freud Playhouse.

god of carnage los angelesGOD OF CARNAGE

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

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Asia de Cuba Sunday Brunch

May 15. Asia de Cuba at the Mondrian Hotel puts their spin on Sunday Brunch with their original Sake Sangria and dessert buffet. Brunch includes a pastry basket for starters, followed by an entrees like queso fresco enchiladas, Mediadia (their version of a Cuban sandwich), cinnamon-raisin French toast, and more. A decadent dessert buffet boasts Cuban Opera cake, carrot cake and various cheese cakes to name a few. Brunch includes bottomless Sake Sangria – a summertime cocktail loaded with fresh fruit, endless Bloody Marys and Mimosas. 8440 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.650.8999.


May 15. Celebrate 65 years with the original Tommy’s and pick up a 65-cent Original Tommy’s cheeseburger and Coca-Cola combo from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Also enjoy live music and entertainment and pick up a commemorative T-shirt. 2575 Beverly Blvd., L.A.

Montana Avenue Sidewalk SaleSHOP
Montana Avenue Annual Sidewalk Sale

May 21. Hit Montana Ave. for the annual event fashionistas and bargain hunters look forward to every year. Find 15% to 80% off hi-end, fashionable merchandise. Participating stores have racks and tables with merchandise on the sidewalk and some merchants will have their entire store on sale. Types of merchandise include fabulous men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, shoes, jewelry, home décor, antiques, accessories, and much more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Montana Ave., from 7th to 17th Street, Santa Monica.

Los Angeles DodgersSPORTS

May 13-15. The Boys in Blue play a three-game set against their Western Division rivals, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Watch the action with Doyer Dog (that’s a nacho cheese-and-jalapeño Dodger Dog) in hand at Dodger Stadium in Chavez Ravine. 1000 Elysian Park Ave., L.A., 866.363.4377 Map G17

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