LA Weekend Roundup 07.01.11

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 07.01.11


hall-oates-hollywood-bowlFourth of July

July 2-4. Hall & Oats and fireworks—what could be more American? Daryl Hall and John Oates join the Hollywood Bowl orchestra to perform their classic hits. Plus, an awe-inspiring fireworks display set to classic American tunes celebrates the USA’s 235th birthday. 7:30 p.m. 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000 Map G13

california-african-american-museum-fireworksINDEPENDENCE DAY AT CALIFORNIA AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM

July 4. Celebrate America’s 235th birthday “CAAM Style” with a patriotic and funky beat performance in song, dance and spoken word. CAAM’s outdoor plaza stage provides the perfect lead into Exposition Park’s annual fireworks display. Free. Museum opens at 11 a.m.; program begins at 1 p.m.; special live performances 6-8 p.m.; Exposition Park fireworks 9 p.m. 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, 213.744.7432.


For the 9th consecutive year, the Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza comes to Exposition Park. Entertainment commences around noon on Christmas Tree Lane. Fireworks show begins at dusk and is a full 60 minutes worth of entertainment. Exposition Park, 700 Exposition Park Drive, 213.744.7458.

queen-mary-july-4th-celebrationQUEEN MARY

The Queen Mary celebrates July 4th in style with a festive “Red, White and Blues” celebration. day-long event will feature swingsational music from Flattop Tom and His Jump Cats and the Americana-Cajun beats of Grammy-nominated Lisa Haley and the Zydekats as well as family-friendly picnic eats, fine dining, live entertainment, and fireworks. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. $24.95 for adults, $12.95 for children (5-11) Queen Mary, Sea Walk area, 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach, 800) 437-2934.


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:

Los Angeles DodgersSPORTS

July 1–3. The boys in blue play the Freeway Series, a three-game series against their Anaheim Angels rivals. Game promotions include Big Bang Friday and Family Sunday. Watch the action at Angel Stadium. 2000 Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, 714.940.2000.

flat-iron-truckEAT | DRINK
Hatchi Truck Stop-Flatiron Truck

June 30. The “Hatchi Truck Stop” event features premier food truck chefs preparing inspired dishes. The Flatiorn truck makes a stop there this month with a menu of small plates such as chicken and waffle cupcakes, red snapper curdo and Myan turkey with black mole and a 62-degree egg ($8/each). 6-11 p.m. Breadbar Century City, Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., 310.277.3770.


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.


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.


Through July 31. 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


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.


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