LA Weekend Roundup 05.20.11

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 05.20.11



Opens May 21. The Annenberg Space for Photography in Century City presents an exploration of how feminine beauty is defined, challenged and revered in society. Featured names include documentary photographer Lauren Greenfield, portrait artists Philippe Halsman and Chuck Close and fashion photographer Herb Ritts. 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, 310.209.4560.

venice-art-walk-auctionVENICE ART WALK & AUCTIONS

May 20–22. This art and cultural event in Venice offers walking tours of artists’ studios and docent-led architecture tours of private residences, plus auctions peddling the work of emerging local artists and a pop-up print gallery. The weekend culminates in a community fair with food, live music and entertainment. Westminster School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. 310.392.9255.

beverly-hills-art-show-affaire-in-the-gardensbeverly hills art show—affaire in the gardens

May 21–22. Two hundred fifty artists and craftsmen and women display and sell their work. Food and beverage vendors, live music. 10 am–6 pm. Beverly Gardens Park, 9400 Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.285.6836.

drais-w-hollywoodSolar Sundays at Drai’s Hollywood

May 22. From the club that brings a Vegas party to LA, spend your summer Sundays poolside, sipping cocktails in cabanas or noshing on the lunch menu to the tune of top DJs. noon-6 p.m. $25. Email for cabana/daybed reservations. Drai’s Hollywood, W Hollywood – 12th floor, 6250 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.962.1111.

pulse-of-laPulse of LA

May 20-21. See more than 1,000 photographs scrolling on multiple screens under the stars, while voting on your favorite photo story captured by Angelenos depicting a day in their lives. Additional festivities include Dance Downtown with live music/beginner dance lessons in Salsa & Cha Cha Cha, Friday night and award-winning DJ Garth Trinidad spinning his unique sounds, Saturday night. Sunset to 10 p.m. Free. Music Center Plaza, 135 North Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7211.

silent-film-galaLos Angeles Chamber Orchestra 22nd Annual Silent Film Gala

May 22. See two Charlie Chaplin movies with a live orchestra. The scores for A Dog’s Life (1918) and Shoulder Arms (1918) were written by Chaplin and adapted for live performance by Timothy Brock. The evening will also include Walt Disney’s 1927 short Trolley Troubles with Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. The score for Trolley Troubles is being composed especially for this occasion for violin (Margaret Batjer), clarinet (Joshua Ranz), percussion (Wade Culbreath) and piano (Alexander Rannie) by Alexander Rannie who will lead from the keyboard. $35+ 6:30 p.m. UCLA’s Royce Hall, UCLA Campus, Westwood, 213.622.7001 x 215.

breakless-pop-up-royaltLA BRAKELESS POP-UP at ROYAL/T

Through Jul. 3. Culver City’s eclectic art and retail space hosts the Venice-based bicycle store for a six-week celebration of two-wheel transportation. Offering a wide selection of high quality, hard-to-find bicycle gear, apparel, and colorful accessories, the limited-engagement shop will provide pedaling Angelenos with everything they need to use bicycling as an empowering form of personal expression, exercise, and eco-consciousness. Public opening party with DJ, drinks and delas, May 20, 7-10 p.m. Royal/T, 8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.559.6300.

the-market-santa-monica-placeTHE MARKET SANTA MONICA PLACE

Opens May 20. Fresh, fun, and local, The Market at Santa Monica Place is a delicious collection of organic, artisanal and gourmet food and gifts. Check it out at the opening, Friday at 10 a.m., to discover exciting giveaways for the first 500 people plus a weekend full of entertainment (including a special Saturday evening performance by Karina Smirnoff of Dancing with the Stars) as well as demonstrations, tastings and more.

Kylie Minogue

May 20. Kylie Minogue has been thrilling fans across the world with ‘Aphrodite – Les Folies’ tour, in support of her 11th studio album Aphrodite. Aphrodite debuted in the UK charts at no. 1 and resulted in Kylie having the unique honor of becoming the first solo artist in the history of the UK charts to have four no. 1 albums spanning four decades. Kaskade opens. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Ave., Hollywood.

asia-de-cuba-cocktailsEAT | DRINK
Out of Office Fridays

Fridays. Start the weekend early this summer at Asia de Cuba, which offers a special menu Friday afternoons. Find classic dishes like tuna pica, crab croquetas, lobster shiitake pot-stickers, and cocktails like their signature mojitos for $5 and $5 valet parking. 1-4 p.m. Asia de Cuba, Mondrian Hotel, 8440 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.848.6000.

mas-malo-downtown-los-angelesBrunch at Mas Malo

Saturdays + Sundays. Add a splash of Mexican decadence to your weekend with brunch at Mas Malo. Start with a pinnate smash (El Jimador reposed, serrano chile, cilantro, pineapple, lime agave) or bloody maria and indulge in offerings such as carnitas machaca (slow roasted carnitas, scrambled eggs), Del Mar breakfast burrito (sauteed shrimp, tomatillo, scrambled eggs, black beans, and country potatoes) and huevos rancheros. You can also enjoy a wealth of vegetarian and vegan options like the super chignon vegan burrito (soyrizo, tofu, tempeh, avocado, pico de gallo, and no-lard refried beans), buttermilk corn and spinach pancakes, tres leeches oatmeal and vegan menudo. 515 West 7th St., downtown, 213.985.4332.

whist-viceroy-santa-monicaSouthern Brunch at Whist

Sundays. The South hits the Pacific coast at Whist’s new southern brunch. Executive Chef Tony DiSalvo dishes out down-home cooking with a crisp, contemporary twist, such as house-cured cajun shrimp, green tomato salad and biscuits & gravy. Start your Dixie extravaganza with a Georgia mint julep from the “Revive Bar,” a special selection of southern cocktails specifically created to lift the spirits and get the day started. $45/pp. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Whist, Viceroy Santa Monica, 1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.260.7511.

grgich-hills-wine-dinner-the-belvedereGrgich Hills Wine Dinner

May 19-20. Sip on world-acclaimed Napa Valley wines from Grgich Hills Estate at a special wine dinner in The Belvedere, at The Peninsula Beverly Hills. Executive Chef James Overbaugh and Sous Chef Marc Bouchard have composed a special five-course menu paired with selected Grgich Hills wines, such as Roasted Duck Breast with Rhubarb Compote, Cassis Reduction and Lentil Fritter paired with 2006 Grgich Hills Merlot; and Seared Scallop Carpaccio with Green Papaya Salad, Lemongrass-Mango Puree paired with 2009 Grgich Hills Fumé Blanc. Ivo Jeramaz, the winemaker of Grgich Hills, will provide behind-the-scenes insight. 6-11 p.m. $110. Reservations recommended: 310.975.2736; 9882 South Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills.

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

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.

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