LA Weekend Roundup 06.24.11

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 06.24.11


Ballet Nacional de Cuba

June 23–26. Combining classical romanticism with a Latin boldness, Ballet Nacional de Cuba is one of the most prestigious ballet companies performing today. The company will present the classic Don Quixote featuring the fearless strength of its dancers and Alicia Alonso’s inventive choreography accompanied by the LA Opera Orchestra. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7211 Map H16


Through June 26. More than 200 feature films, shorts and music videos are shown at this festival centered at L.A. Live downtown. There are galas and premieres, panels with filmmakers and the Films That Got Away series, featuring titles that have yet to find distribution. Tickets start at $13. Locations vary; festival’s central hub is at L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown., 866.345.6337 Map I15

lights-up-fade-out-hollywood-fringeHOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL

Through June 26. Find performances (plays, musicals and operas, comedy, music, dance, film and more) that are self-produced by local, national and international arts companies and independent performers that take place in traditional venues like theaters and clubs and some unorthodox spaces like street corners and bars. Must-see productions include Lights Up On The Fade Out, Matt & Ben and 100 Saints You Should Know.

glow-ultra-loungeGlow Ultra Lounge

Relaunches June 23. Lounge in style at the revamped Glow Lounge at the Marriott Marina del Rey. The lounge features a new design twist, including VIP entrance, new dance floor area and nightly specials all summer long. On Thursday nights, grab a Teal Tini to support the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. Other happy hour items include $5 well drinks and food specials along with tasting menu paired with specialty cocktails. Also find DJs spinning Top 40 mash-ups and electro remixes. Glow Ultra Lounge, Marriott Marina del Ray, 4100 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, 310.578.4152.

dwell-on-designDWELL ON DESIGN

June 24-26. The West Coast’s largest architecture and design event features seminars, tours of outstanding homes in the Eastside and Westside of L.A. County, a conference and exhibitions. The show takes place at the L.A. Convention Center downtown. Home tour locations vary; conference, Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 800.448.7775 Map I15


June 26. The biggest names in Japanese pop music gather for this once-in-a-lifetime concert spanning genres and generations. Iconic Japanese electro-pop pioneers Yellow Magic Orchestra (with original members Ryuichi Sakamoto, Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi) return for their first show in L.A. since 1979. Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori reunite Cibo Matto for this special night, which will also feature rare U.S. appearances by Buffalo Daughter and DJ Towa Tei, plus traditional kabuki-style dance, taiko drumming and experimental contemporary visuals for an unforgettable evening celebrating Japan. Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000 Map G13

rocky-dawuniFree Summer Concert Series

Find top, culturally diverse concerts at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena (Weds.-Sun.) and MacArthur Park, Los Angeles (Thurs.-Sun.) all summer long. Both venues will showcase performances by international and national groups including the reggae stylings of Rocky Dawuni, Grammy winners Novalima and Poncho Sanchez at Levitt Pavilion; and Latin alternative sounds of the Grammy nominated Ceci Bastida and Gaby Moreno, Nation Beat from Brazil, and Latin-alternative-hip hop sounds of Ana Tujoux at MacArthur Park. There is comfortable lawn seating and convent parking at both venues. For the complete Levitt Pavilion Pasadena schedule:; for the complete MacArthur Park schedule:

pinot-bistroEAT | Drink
BYOB Wine Dinners at Pinot Bistro

Have a special bottle of wine that can be paired only with something a professional chef could create? Your dilemma is now solved, as Pinot Bistro takes their no-corkage policy to a new level with “Bring Your Own Bottle” dinners. Just call at least three days in advance and executive chef Steven Mary will create a customized three- ($39), four-($45/pp), or five-course ($54) menu for your party. Mon.-Fri., 5:30-9:30 p.m. Pinot Bistro, 12969 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 818.990.0500.

drago-santa-monicaSCORPACCIATA Five-Course Feast

June 27. In Italian “scorpacciata” means indulging in large amounts of local, seasonal ingredients, which is what you can expect with five courses and cocktail pairings at Drago Centro. Drago’s executive chef Evan Gotanda teams up with chef Jeremy Strubel (Public Kitchen & Bar), Brandon D’Imperio (founder of Inner Gardens) and mixologist Chis Hewes (Library Bar) to offer guests selections like tuna crudo, beet caramel, pan-seared branzino, chai-spiced duck and more. Dinner $65/pp; cocktail pairings $25/pp, also available a la carte. Reservations recommended. 6-10 p.m. Drago Santa Monica, 2628 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.828.1585.

cafe-del-rey-marina-del-reySUNDOWN SOIRÉE at CAFE DEL REY

June 25. Cafe del Rey celebrates their 20th anniversary by inviting guests to their iconic seaside dining destination to enjoy complimentary passed small bites highlighting chef Daniel Roberts’ Mediterranean-inspired dishes, Champagne tastings courtesy of Perrier-Jouët, as well as an additional Champagne toast at sundown to the tune of live Mediterranean music from celebrated guitarist Juan Carlos Quintero. For the event, Cafe del Rey is partnering with the Surfrider Foundation and requesting a $20 donation for the organization. Twitter followers have a chance to win dinner for two the evening of the event, followed by an overnight stay at the The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey; just re-tweet any tweets by @cafedelrey about the upcoming Sundown Soirée (including) the hashtag #SundownSoiree to be entered to win. Cafe del Rey, 4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, 310.823.6395.

White Trash Deluxe Wine + Food Tasting Vintage EnotecaBest Damn Picnic Pairing Event

June 24-26. Who doesn’t love a good picnic? During their latest non-traditional wine paring event, Vintage Enoteca features a four-course menu of gourmet interpretations of picnic foods paired with boutique wines from Italy. Dine and sip offerings like truffled potato salad paired with Vernaccia di San Gimignano: Fontaleoni, Tuscany, Italy, 2009; or herbs de Provence fried chicken with lavender honey paired with Drusian Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Extra Dry, NV, Veneto, Italy. $30/pp. Vintage Enoteca, 7554 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.512.5278.

mas-malo-happy-hourHORA FELIZ AT MAS MALO

Daily happy hour includes hand-written specials like ceviche, chips and salsa, soft tacos, Mexican pizzas, drink specials like Mas Malo’s margaritas, crafted cocktails, beer, wine and sangria. 4-6 p.m. Mas Malo, 515 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.985.4332.

tweetball-thursdays-dominicksTWEETBALL THURSDAYS AT DOMINICK’S

Thursdays. Event features a weekly flight trio of unique meatballs (think chicken and black truffle, Wagyu beef, Creole hot sausage, shrimp and eggplant + more) created by Chef Brandon Boudet. Guests who order the specialty flight and Tweet a photo of their favorite meatball @dominicks1948, are entered to win a $50 gift certificate to Dominick’s weekend brunch. 6 p.m.-close. Dominick’s, 8715 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 310.652.2335.


Thursdays. Find an inspired line-up of Executive Chef Laurent Quenioux’s unique burger selections. In addition to the regular dinner menu, guests can enjoy a variety of burgers from bison, to Kobe beef, to pork with a choice of a side. For those who love a cold one with their burger, the Burger Night menu also offers a beer flight pairing. Vertical Wine Bistro, Upstairs at 70 North Raymond Ave., Pasadena, 626.795.3999.

michaels-santa-monica-happy-hourFARMACY 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.

Los Angeles DodgersSPORTS

June 24-26. The Boys in Blue play the Freeway Series, a three-game set against their Orange County rivals, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Watch the action at Dodger Stadium in Chavez Ravine. 1000 Elysian Park Ave., L.A., 866.363.4377 Map G17

concacaf-gold-cupCONCACAF GOLD CUP FINAL

June 25. See Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey and the rest of the United States national team take on rival and defending champion Mexico in the Gold Cup Final at the Rose Bowl. This is the fourth consecutive final appearance for the United States.


Opening June 14. Reimagined 25th anniversary production of Boublil and Schönberg’s classic musical set in the time of the French Revolution. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772 Map H16

method-gun-kirk-douglas-theatreTHE METHOD GUN

Through June 26. The Rude Mechs troupe attempts a version of A Streetcar Named Desire without Stella, Stanley, Mitch or Blanche. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772 Map L11

superior-donuts-geffen-playhouseSUPERIOR DONUTS

Through July 10. 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.