LA Weekend Roundup 07.15.11

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 07.15.11


carmageddon los angelesEVENTS Kick-Off Party

July 15. Kick off Carmageddon in style with (your official guide for surviving the freeway shutdown) at Wokcano, Santa Monica. Find drink specials such as $3 “flat” tire beers, $5 “traffic jam” shots, $7 “Car” Jack & Cokes to the tune of live DJs. The team will be on-site with a live Twitter station, car-themed costumes and music, and have official t-shirts for sale. Free admission before 10 p.m., $5 after. Happy hour starts at 5 p.m. 1413 Fifth St., Santa Monica, 310.458.3080.

Click HERE For the Official Carmageddon Survival Guide

american ballet theaterAmerican Ballet Theatre

July 14-17. A mainstay in the Music Center’s dance series, American Ballet Theatre returns with the company’s West Coast premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s, The Bright Stream. Accompanied by live orchestra, The Bright Stream is set to a witty score by Dmitri Shostakovich. Winner of the Critics’ Circle National Dance Award, the brilliant choreography of this delightful ballet, is full of fun, misplaced flirtations and a slew of disguises. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7211.

eat real festivalEat Real Festival

July 16–17. Food festival has a focus on sustainable ingredients and street and ethnic foods, craft beers and wines. Demonstrations, workshops and live music. July 16, 10:30 am–9 pm; July 17, 10:30 am–5 pm. Admission free. Helms Bakery District, 8800 Venice Blvd., Culver City, 510.250.7811.

la street food festLA STREET FOOD FEST

July 16. Huge festival offers 80 food vendors including trucks, carts and stands, plus appearances from celebrity chefs, street-food-inspired dishes from area restaurants. Bars and beer gardens. Three limited-attendance sessions are 10 am–1 pm; 2–5 pm; 6–9 pm (ages 21 and over). $60. Brookside Park, 360 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena.


Opens July 16. Set in a retro chic lounge with a distinct ‘70s game show vibe, Vodvil is your best stop for a game night out in LA. Expect word games, trivia, classic game show challenges and party games like charades and celebrity. Each night has a different theme. Between games, refuel signature cocktails and nosh on classic Americana fare by Chef Jamie Lauren. Vodvil, 351 N. Fairfax, L.A.

dinosaur hall museum-of-natural-historyDinosaur Hall

Opens July 16. The Natural History Museum unveils its 14,000-square-foot Dinosaur Hall, one of the first stages of a seven-year transformation at the museum. The permanent exhibition, twice the size of the previous dinosaur displays, is presented in two two-story galleries. The hall’s biggest boast is its Tyrannosaurus rex growth series, the first in the world, which presents fossil specimens of the youngest known baby T. rex, a rare juvenile and a remarkably complete young adult. The exhibition also features some 300 fossils, 20 fully articulated skeletons, physical and digital interactive displays and video. Other standouts include a never-before-mounted triceratops, a 68-foot long-necked mamenchisaurus and giant reptiles that lived in the oceans covering what is today California. Two-thirds of the full-body specimens have never been displayed before. 900 Exposition Blvd., downtown, 213.763.3466 Map K15

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. It’s a girls night out this week as The Grove presents the comedy, Bride Wars. 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

Fig & OliveBastille Day
Fig & Olive

July 14. Celebrate Bastille Day at Fig & Olive in true French Riviera style with a special Provençal wine tasting, live music, and commemorative prix-fixe menu crafted by Executive Chef Pascal Lorange, from 5-7 p.m. In addition, available every Thursday through August from 5–7 p.m. daily, oenophiles can continue to savor four new French wines from the region of Provence at “Summer Thursdays”—alongside open forum discussions with the vintners and a complimentary appetizer with the purchase of a glass of Côtes de Provence rosé ($10; one appetizer per guest). Fig & Olive Melrose Place, 8490 Melrose Place, L.A., 310.360.9100.

breadbar bistronomicsBREADBAR

July 14. LA’s premier artisanal bakery-bistro—invites guests to celebrate Bastille Day with French-inspired cuisine constructed to emphasize the flavors of their artisanal breads. With locations in Century City and West Hollywood, diners can enjoy classic Parisian fare including, French onion soup, moules frites, steak frites, macarons, freshly baked fruit tarts and more. For LA locations, visit

Plugged In at 5 Towers, Universal City Walk

Head out to Universal City walk for their “Plugged In” concert series each Saturday night. Concerts feature a diverse line-up of energetic artists, performing an array of music genres, with two bands performing nightly. This month, performances include Carolina Liar (July 16), Jessie Payo and Shytown (July 23), Stealing Heather (July 30). In addition, Sunday nights heat up with Latin appeal as “Descarga en CityWalk con Telemundo y mun2” (Jam on CityWalk with Telemundo and mun2), grooves to the smooth sounds of Cumbia, Reggaeton, pop, urban, alternative and regional Mexican. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 818.622.4455.

Workouts on the Helipad

Take your workout to new heights at the Intercontinental Los Angeles, Century City’s helipad. The hotel offers drop in Zumba every Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 p.m., and Yoga Tuesday mornings at 7 a.m. Reservations required: 310.552.0425. Intercontinental Los Angeles, Century City, 2151 Avenue of Stars, L.A.

flying-pig-cafeEAT | Drink
Flying Pig Café

Opens July 16. Toast the opening of downtown’s Flying Pig Cafe with complementary Flying Pig signature Pork Belly Buns, Beer, and Togarashi Fries, fun prize giveaways, and live music, from 5-8 p.m. From 8 p.m.-midnight, Flying Pig opens to the public for regular dinner service. Situated in the heart of Little Tokyo’s growing food district, Flying Pig Café is one of the few food trucks in Los Angeles to transition from four wheels to four walls, and features a menu that reflects Chef/Owner Joe Kim’s creative spin on traditional Asian dishes and American favorites. Flying Pig Cafe, 141 S. Central Ave., downtown, 213.621.0300.

collaboration-la-beer-gardenSunset Strip Craft Beer Garden

July 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.


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.

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.


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.

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