Things To Do This Weekend | LA Weekend Events Roundup 6.28.13

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 6.28.13

Helmut Newton
June 29-Sept. 8. Though his five-decade-long career sprang from the editorial pages of fashion magazines, late photographer Helmut Newton is perhaps best known for immortalizing his subjects in provocative states of undress. His erotic images riled up feminist critics while making Newton one of the past century’s most influential photographers. His work is on exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography in a new installation entitled Helmut Newton: White Women • Sleepless Nights • Big Nudes. More than 100 large-scale photographs from his first three books are on view, as well as two documentaries about the photographer: one by his wife, June, and another commissioned by the Annenberg Space that includes contributions from gallery owner David Fahey and Newton protégés the “Three Boys from Pasadena:” Mark Arbeit, George Holz and Just Loomis. (photo ©Estate of Helmut Newton) 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, 310.209.4560.


Beyoncé | BET Experience 2013
June 28-30. Who runs the world? Possibly Billboard’s Top Female Artist of the 2000s, who, after a several-year touring hiatus, is back on the road with the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. The Grammy-winning singer/actress/businesswoman/one-woman industry stops at Staples Center en route to world domination. Beyoncé is just part of the BET Experience, taking over music venues all around L.A. Live this weekend. Also catch shows from Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Erykah Badu, among others.


la-street-food-festLA Street Food Fest
June 29. The culinary extravaganza offers tastes from 100 food vendors including trucks, carts and stands, pop-ups and street-food-inspired dishes from area restaurants, along with a beer garden, wine tasting, watering hole for juices and coffee. Attendance sessions are VIP early admission 3-9 p.m.; general admission 5-9 p.m.. $75/$50. Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena.


art-beyond-the-glassArt Beyond the Glass ll
June 30. Cocktails, art and music collide when dozens of LA’s top bartenders join forces in this event where you can taste their cocktail creations and witness their artistic talents “beyond the glass.” Among the bartenders participating this year are Julian Cox (Soigné Group); bartender/artist Brian Butler (Sunny Spot); bartender/artist Justin Pike (The Tasting Kitchen); singer Laura Lindsay (Connie & Ted’s); and DJs Dave Fernie (Pour Vous) and Steve Livigni (Old Lightning). As the emcee, Neat owner Aidan Demarest (Tello Demarest Liquid Assets) will no doubt make a memorable debut. Proceeds benefit Art Share LA. $50. Los Angeles Athletic Club, 431 West Seventh St., downtown, 213.625.2211.


taste-at-the-groveTaste at the Grove
June 29. Do you love cooking shows? How about eating? Visit the Grove retail and entertainment complex to watch eight hours of live cooking demonstrations from local and celebrity chefs, breaking only for two hours of tasting the best dishes from chefs at the Grove’s restaurants. Cooking demonstrations (10:30 am–6 pm) from local chefs including Neal Fraser and Roxana Jullapat, plus the Tasting Hour (2:30–4:30 pm), in which chefs from the Grove’s restaurants offer tastings of their best dishes. A VIP cocktail party and ride-and-drive program with Cadillac are also offered. $20. The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, L.A., 888.315.8883.


Waves of GrainWaves of Grain
June 30. Indulge in an afternoon of brews (from more than 40 breweries), BBQ and a whole roasted pig at Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach. Sample beers from Anchor, Angel City, Ballast Point, Beachwood, Bootleggers, Cosmic Ales, Dogfish Head, El Segundo, among others. 3-6 p.m. $40 pre-sale/$50 door. 1221 N Valley Dr, Manhattan Beach, 310.546.4995.


bollywoodDance Downtown: Bollywood/Bhangra
June 28. Have you been wanting to dance along to your favorite Bollywood flicks, but need to get some moves? Learn to grove Bollywood/Bhangra-style as The Music Center Plaza comes alive with a joyous mass of dancing Angelenos. Beginner dance lessons and a DJ spinning tunes throughout the night. No experience necessary. Free. 6:30-10 p.m. Music Center Plaza, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown.


gary-basemanGary Baseman’s Los Angeles: A Bus Tour
June 30. Hop on board the half-day bus tour that drives through artist Gary Baseman’s childhood neighborhood, stops at his favorite bar in Chinatown, and visits Wacko, an influential east Hollywood art gallery that has featured Baseman’s work. Dine on a no-host lunch at Baseman’s beloved Canter’s Deli, where his mother worked the bakery counter for more than thirty years. The excursion will include trivia contests and door prizes. The event is offered in conjunction with his exhibition: Gary Baseman: The Door Is Always Open. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 310.440.4500.


wanderlustWanderlust Festival
June 30. The world’s largest and fastest growing yoga and music fest arrives at the Santa Monica Pier. Hit the mat with some of the nation’s leading yoga teachers, hear tunes from acclaimed musicians and connect with other wellness enthusiasts. Free. Classes begin at 1 p.m. Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica.


XIV Summer Sessions LAXIV Summer Sessions LA
June 30. DJ Vice will lead the crowd at sbe’s infamous XIV Summer Sessions LA in all the champagne spraying and napkin throwing that gained XIV its notorious reputation. This weekend, the indoor-outdoor venue will encompass the energy of the quintessential summer party as it transforms into a Candyland-themed fantasy. 5-10 p.m. 1743 N. Cahuenga Blvd., L.A. 323.525.2450.


XIV Hip Hop Sessions at The ColonyXIV Hip Hop Sessions at The Colony
June 29. Stop by sbe’s XIV Hip Hop Sessions for a party hosted by Diddy. This new Saturday ritual gives you an opportunity to revel with the “Bad Boy” himself and will feature sounds by DJ Orator, Jayceeoh and Mike Danger. $100+ 5-10 p.m. 1743 N. Cahuenga Blvd., L.A., 323.525.2450.



Pre-BET Party at Hyde LoungePre-BET Party at Hyde Lounge
June 28. In celebration of the BET Awards this weekend, sbe’s Hyde Lounge will be throwing a Pre-BET party with sounds by pop culture icon and DJ Nick Cannon. The multi-faceted entertainer will make his highly anticipated return to Hyde Lounge to kick off the blowout weekend. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. 8029 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.525.2444.


patti-austinMUSE/IQUE’s Summer Of Sound
June 29. The outdoor soiree known for its counter-conventional performances that feel more like parties than formal concerts, opens their summer season with “Lost in the Stars with Patti Austin,” featuring the Grammy Award-winning legend. Austin joins MUSE/IQUE Artistic Director Rachael Worby, who conducts the MUSE/IQUE Orchestra in a musical mash up of works by Brubeck, Beatles, Ellington, Weill, Paganini and more. Also spotlighted is critically acclaimed Concertmaster Robert Wilke. Gates at 5:30 p.m. for dinner (ordered in advance) or bring-your-own picnics; table and bleacher seating and plentiful free parking. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. Outdoors at Caltech’s Beckman Mall in Pasadena.


Win 100 Days of Catalina Summer
What are you doing this summer? Catalina Express is giving away “100 Days of Catalina Summer” to celebrate Avalon’s centennial. If you win, you can travel on Catalina Express to Catalina Island as often as you like for 100 days. You can enter as frequently at once a day through July 10, just click here:


mari-vanna-karaokeEAT | DRINK
Mari Vanna Los Angeles
According to Slavic legend, Mari Vanna was a fairytale grandmother who welcomed hungry travelers into her home, sending them back on their voyage only after feeding them a home-cooked meal. Experience the same hospitality now where Russian culture meets West Hollywood glam at Mari Vanna. Inside the posh Melrose Place abode, find your perfect spot either in the dining room, sun room, bar, 20-seat wine and karaoke lounge (with a glass wall peeking into the kitchen), or garden patio. Sip a large selection of vodkas and signature cocktails and dine on cuisine like dragon fruit carpaccio and filet mignonette steak with watermelon. Make sure to stick around late-night for karaoke action. 8475 Melrose Pl., West Hollywood, 323.655.1977.


A Stanley Kubrick RetrospectiveRED: A Stanley Kubrick Retrospective
June 29. Dine on a Stanley Kubrick-inspired four-course dinner offered between double-feature screenings of Belle de Jour and Eyes Wide Shut. LACMA Cafe, in conjunction with LACMA offers the dinner which features highlights like blood sausage served with Brussels-kraut inspired by The Shining; pork duo of loin and cheek, fennel purée, chanterelles, Persian shelling beans reminiscent of Spartacus; and barramundi monolith, baby vegetable solar system, pistachio soil, herbs, flowers and charred lemon nage giving a nudge to 2001: A Space Odyssey. $40 dinner can be reserved as a package with the movie screenings, or alone. Beer and wine can be ordered a la carte, or guests can bring their own with a $10 corkage fee. Reservations required: LACMA Cafe, LACMA, Bing Courtyard, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., 323.377.2698.


Milkshake Madness at BLDMilkshake Madness at BLD
June 30. As the summer heats up, you may need a cool treat and that’s exactly what you’ll find at BLD’s Milkshake Madness. Sip a variety of milkshake flavors including Strawberry Cream Cheese with Licor 43, Bourbon Pecan with root liqueur, Cookies and Cream with branca menta, Cinnamon Marshmallow with cointreau, Chocolate Chocolate Chip with bourbon. Single shakes are priced at $6, spiked shakes at $9. You can also opt for flights (is there anything better than a milkshake flight?) for $12 or $15 for spiked shakes. Read more about Los Angeles Summer Cocktail Confections. 7450 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.930.9744.


Fresh Produce
June 27-29. Join Fresh Produce, a leading apparel brand for women, to celebrate the coastal lifestyle with a three-day event. On Thursday, stop by the kick-off reception for refreshments and in-store activities. On Friday you can meet Fresh Produce founder, Mary Ellen Vernon. Shoppers can also enter to win a coastal escape to The Cottages at Carpinteria in California, which are owned by Fresh Produce founders. During the event, Fresh Produce will make its beauty debut with a new line of nail polish called SHINE on and you can save $25 on purchases totaling more than $125. RSVP requested to attend the event at: 4-6 p.m.32 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena.


Ted BakerTed Baker Sample Sale
June 28. Top Ted pieces like women’s dresses and wallets, and men’s knitwear and leather bags are all discounted to $55 and under. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Ted Baker Showroom, Cooper Design Space, 860 S. Los Angeles St., 2nd floor, Suite 220, downtown.



fred-segalFRED SEGAL Summer Sale
June 28-July 7. Shop for your favorite summer pieces to accent your style, home furnishings, accessories and footwear essentials at 50% off selected merchandise at the iconic Santa Monica California shopping destination. Plantine Sweets & Savories will also set up a pop-up bakery throughout the entirety of the sale. 420& 500 Broadway, Santa Monica.


Citizen Twain
June 28-July 28. Val Kilmer picks up the cigar and slips on the white suit of legendary American figure—Mark Twain, in the solo show he wrote and directed. Kilmer’s production delves into the heart and soul of Samuel Clemens and conjures forth the great spirit of Mark Twain, America’s greatest storyteller. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City.


yes-prime-ministerYes, Prime Minister
Through July 14. The hit London West End play, based on the British television series, touches American soil at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood with director Jonathan Lynn at the helm. Michael McKean plays the prime minister and Dakin Matthews plays cabinet secretary in Lynn and Antony Jay’s wicked political satire. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., L.A., 310.208.5454.


The Scottsboro BoysThe Scottsboro Boys
Through Jun. 30. Musical based on a true story about nine African American men accused of a violent crime they didn’t commit. Five-time Tony Award®-winner Susan Stroman (The Producers) directs and choreographs with a book by David Thompson (Chicago revival) and music and lyrics by John Kander & Fred Ebb. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.