LA Weekend Roundup 06.10.11

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Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 06.10.11



June 11-12. The 32nd annual two-day event at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood showcases celebrated jazz giants, up-and-coming stars and festival favorites. Festival headliners are the Chick Corea Freedom Band, George Benson, the Manhattan Transfer and Los Van Van. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000.


June 11. Annual summer music series kicks off this weekend with an evening set from Diego Garcia, the former frontman for acclaimed garage rockers Elefant. Inspired by the love of his life, Diego launched his solo career with a lush record that pays tribute to the great Latin romantics. KCRW DJ Anne Litt, who will host the evening, calls his music a “wonderful amalgamation of Diego’s Argentine heritage, 70’s AM pop radio, and the dusty sounds of dreams.” 7:30-9:30 p.m. One Colorado, Pasadena.


June 10. Founded in 2008 by a group of students from the Kurmangazy Kazakh National Conservatory, the members of Kazakh traditional music ensemble, Turan are award-winning folk artists who have performed around the world. Turan performs on ancient Kazakh instruments, including the lute-like zhetygen, sherter, and dombra (all plucked); the kyl kobyz (an ancient bowed instrument); the flute-like sybyzgy and saz syrnay; together with a host of percussive instruments, mouth harps, and throat singing. 8 p.m. Free (tickets required). Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood, 310.443.7000.

Thread Show

June 12. Annual Thread Show features the designs of 100 independent and local labels at below-retail prices. Here, attendees can peruse booths of trendsetting men’s and women’s clothing, accessories, jewelry and shoes. Between shopping, patrons can indulge in an array of fun freebies: mini manicures at an on-site nail salon, complimentary cocktails, and massages and makeovers in the Wellness Lounge and Style Lounge, respectively. Guys who need a break from shopping can kick up their heels in the designated Man Cave. 11 am–6 pm. $5; $10 day of show; VIP ticket $25; under 13 free. The Cooper Design Space, 860 S. Los Angeles St., downtown, 619.795.4505.

taste-of-the-nationTASTE OF THE NATION

June 12. Top culinary destinations meet in Culver City’s Media Park to dole out their signature dishes. New to the annual festival, there are also beverages from some of L.A.’s favorite local breweries, bars and mixologists. 1-4 p.m. Media Park, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City.

jj-abramsJ.J. Abrams & Michael Giacchino

June 12. We know him as the award-winning co-creator of the television series Lost, creator of TV series Alias, co-creator of Felicity and Fringe and director of several films, including his latest, Super 8, in theaters June 10. Get the scoop on J.J. Abrams when he engages in conversation with film composer Michael Giacchino (Lost, Fringe, Super 8). 3 p.m. Free (tickets required). Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood, 310.443.7000.

la-wine-festLA Wine Fest

June 11-12. Celebrate the best Californian wine, spirits, beers and more at LA Wine Fest, the largest wine event in LA. Sip on some of the finest Californian wine, craft beers and spirits while noshing on food from local restaurants and food trucks. Also enjoy the Robert Mondavi Discover Wine Tour. Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave., L.A.

ed-ruscha-hammer-museumED RUSCHA: ON THE ROAD

Opening June 11. A visionary of art and language, artist Ed Ruscha explores his fascination with the shifting emblems of American life through paintings and drawings inspired by Jack Kerouac’s seminal novel. It’s on display at the Hammer Museum in Westwood Village. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood, 310.443.7000.

la-greek-film-festLA GREEK FILM FESTIVAL

June 9-12. The Los Angeles Greek Film Festival showcases new films from Greek filmmakers worldwide. Find premieres, features and short films that have received recognition in global film circles such as the Cannes, Venice and Sundance film festivals.

tim-burton-exhibit-lacmaTim Burton

Continuing. Taking inspiration from pop culture, fairy tales and gothic traditions, Burbank-born film director Tim Burton has a darkly whimsical style all his own. Tim Burton, an exploration of the film director’s creative work in film and beyond, showcases more than 700 drawings, paintings, photographs, film and video works, storyboards, puppets, costumes and cinematic ephemera, including art from little-known personal projects, are organized into three sections. The Resnick Pavilion itself receives some “Burtonesque” touches for the exhibition, including a topiary inspired by Edward Scissorhands and Balloon Boy, a 21-foot-tall creature from Burton’s book The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., 323.857.6000

drais-w-hollywoodSolar Sundays at Drai’s Hollywood

Sundays. 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.

w-los-angeles-westwood“WET Weekends” at W Hotel Los Angeles–Westwood

From pool parties, to movies, to wellness and afternoon hangover bbqs, the W Los Angeles, Westwood is your new weekend hot spot. Fridays kick it off with outdoor movies starting at 7 p.m.; Saturdays offer fitness classes with celebrity trainer Kit Rich. Relieve those hangover blues with Executive Chef Dakota Weiss’ sure-to-cure remedies, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday rounds out the weekend with the hottest pool party on the westside. 930 Hilgard Ave., Westwood, 310.208.8765.

michaels-santa-monica-happy-hourEAT | Drink
FARMacy Hours Michael’s Santa Monica

Fridays and Saturdays in June. Pull up a seat in the bar/lounge at Michael’s Santa Monica, small and say, “Burrata” to receive a complimentary Farm-to-Table bar bite of your choice (thyme frites, oyster flight, tuna poke, sliders ad more), with the purchase of one of mixologist Jason Robey’s signature cocktails (we love the Mary Rose, made with cranberry/ginger-infused Tito’s vodka, vanilla simple syrup, lime and charred rosemary). Robey has just recently added a few new cocktails for summer to his Farm-to-Glass menu as well. 6 p.m.-close. Michael’s Santa Monica, 1147 Third St., Santa Monica, 310.451.0843.

drago-centroDrago Centro Barbecue

June 12. Indulge alfresco with a barbecue a feast Drago-style. Dine on on assorted grilled meats (suckling pig, lamb, baby goat, whole chicken, pork sausage, New York strip and more) seafood (swordfish, scallops, salmon and soft shell crab), not to mention pasta (Garganella, Lasagna, Agnolotti), and homemade gelato for dessert. Festive beverages include speciality seasonal cocktails crafted by sommelier Michael Shearin and head bartender, Jaymee Mandeville. 5- 9 p.m. $50 (food only). Reservations recommended. Drago Centro, The Vault and Outdoor Patio: 525 South Flower St., downtown, 213.228.8998.

vertical-wine-bistroSunday Supper Vertical Wine Bistro

Sundays through July 31. Just in time for summer, Vertical Wine Bistro in Pasadena offers a BBQ Ribs Sunday supper. Every Sunday night, in addition to the regular menu, diners can opt for Executive Chef Laurent Quenioux’s three-course BBQ Rib Sunday Supper menu ($29/person) and $9 wine carafes. From now until July 31. The menu includes baby back ribs with homemade BBQ sauce, black eyed pea salad, with a chocolate sundae or blood orange and pear sorbet for dessert. Vertical Wine Bistro, Upstairs at 70 North Raymond Ave., Pasadena, 626.795-3999.


Continuing. Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tracy Letts weaves a heart-warming and humorous tale of unlikely friendships in one of Chicago’s most diverse neighborhoods. At Arthur Przybyszewski’s Superior Donuts, a local doughnut shop, the arrival of a fast-talking dreamer named Franco shakes things up. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood Village, 310.208.5454 Map J10

extraordinary-chambersExtraordinary Chambers

Through July 3. As the Khmer Rouge once again attracts international attention, this world premiere play gets to the heart of the headlines. When Carter, an American telecom executive, brings his wife Mara on a business trip to Cambodia, he never imagines that the ghosts of this beautiful country will find a way to haunt their lives. As business deals unravel and personal negotiations brim with political consequences, Carter and Mara must decide if the salvation of one life is worth sacrificing the justice of many. Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.

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