LA Weekend Roundup 07.08.11

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 07.08.11


Saturdays Off the 405: Best Coast

July 9. Enjoy outdoor music and evening views of the city along with summer exhibitions in a casual and spontaneous atmosphere. This week the Getty music series features Best Coast, the latest musical endeavor by Bethany Cosentino and multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno. Best Coast’s surf rock manages to balance pop and underground sensibilities that has made her sound so unique. Their debut album, Crazy For You, was named one of the 40 Best Albums of 2010 at Spin and the Los Angeles Times dubbed Bethany one of the Queens of L.A.’s lo-fi scene. 6-9 p.m. 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A., 310.440.7300 Map K7

steely-danSteely Dan performs Aja & greatest hits

July 8-9. Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Steely Dan is responding to overwhelming popular demand for their greatest hits with “Shuffle Diplomacy Twenty Eleven.” Shuffle Diplomacy hits The Greek Theatre this weekend with special performances including a complete Aja album and greatest hits night, in addition to fan voting online to determine Saturday night’s set. Greek Theatre, 2700 North Vermont Ave., L.A., 323.665.3125.

autoluxInto the Night: Music and Magic

July 8. Party with friends at this late-night event at the Skirball Cultural Center, featuring local indie bands Autolux and Superhumanoids, KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez, strolling magicians, a screening of the Harry Houdini serial Master Mystery (1920), and after-dark access to the galleries. 21+. $15. Skirball Cultral Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 310.440.4500.

saint-motel-lacmaMuse Concert Series: Saint Motel and The Silent Comedy

July 7. Muse—LACMA’s premier membership group for art enthusiasts in their 20s, 30s, and 40s—announces the first installment in a new concert series. Hosted by The Roxy Theater, the inaugural show considers the Los Angeles independent rock scene. In conjunction with the LACMA exhibition showcasing Burbank’s own cinematic rock star Tim Burton, local bands Saint Motel and The Silent Comedy take the stage in front of Chris Burden’s Urban Light. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000 Map J13

collaboration-la-beer-gardenEAT | Drink
Sunset Strip Craft Beer Garden

July 9, 16, 23. ColLAboration, the crew behind the mobile craft beer garden that hit Hollywood in June, is back, taking over the Sunset Strip, Saturdays in July. Find dozens of craft beer selections from labels such as Russian River, Beer Valley, Craftsman and Green Flash. $10+. 8950 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood.

'lette-macarons‘lette macarons

Opens July 8. Known for working with master pastry chef Christophe Michalak (aka: the “Bruce Lee” of cream and the “Rambo” of the world of chocolate), ‘lette’s unique macarons are hand-made daily. At their new Pasadena location, find vividly colored, naturally flavored almond cookies filled with ganache in 12 flavors daily in addition to seasonal specialties. 14 South Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, 626.793 5551.


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.

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.


Opens July 7. Culver City’s playful 10,000-square-foot Japanese pop art-inspired space goes “into the wild” with the summer debut of “Party Animals”—a brand new show curated by electronic media artist Lindsay Scoggins. Featuring works by today’s contemporary artists including Andre Ethier, Christen Bach, David Ellis, David Shrigley, David Tamargo, Friends With You, Jeff Koons, Jillian Mayer, KAWS, Ken Kagami, Ken Tanaka, Mike Reynolds, Misaki Kawai, TM Sisters, Takashi Murakami, Yoko Ono, and Yoshimoto Nara, the show will challenge the audience’s perception of familiar creatures from childhood experiences by constructing a visual environment that combines opposing forces such as domesticity and wilderness. Royal/T, 8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.559.6300.

weekend-at-berniesWEEKEND AT BERNIE’S Drink-Along & Beer Pong

July 9. The Downtown Independent theater offers a full day of Bernie and boozing, showing the Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman classics Weekend at Bernie’s I and II in their theater, and having beer pong on their roof. $10 Advance tickets include a free drink. $15/door (if available). 3-9 p.m. 251 S Main St., downtown, 213.617.1033.

taste-of-the-farmers-marketTASTE OF FARMERS MARKET

July 12. The annual tasting tour returns to celebrate the founding of the Famers Market 77 years ago with tastes from 50 restaurants and grocers, cooking demonstrations and more. Cuisines offered include Cajun, Brazilian, Singaporean, Asian, Mexican, Spanish and Italian. 6333 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.933.9211 Map I13

burbankBurbank Centennial

July 8. Celebrate Burbank’s centennial with an Air parade (an awe-inspiring pageant in the sky), mascot parade led by Bugs Bunny, live music on multiple stages, special menus by downtown Burbank restaurants and a fireworks grand finale. 5-10 p.m. downtown, Burbank, 818.238.5180. More Info.

the-groveMovies in The Park at The Grove

Thursdays July-August. Cozy up in the park at the Grove and watch some of your favorite movies for free. This week The Grove presents the animated adventure-comedy, Despicable Me. For exclusive early access, pre-order gourmet picnics from any of The Grove restaurants. When you pick up your order you will receive a wristband for early access into the event. 3rd Street and Fairfax Avenue, L.A., 323.900.8080 Map I13


Through Sept. 25. Alternate worlds are created out of unconventional materials at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The installation by Mario Ybarra Jr. and Slanguage Studio features assemblage, folk art, vernacular graphics, images of the historic Watts Towers and art from the LACMA collection. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000 Map J13


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

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