Things To Do This Weekend LA Weekend Events Roundup 8.02.13

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 8.02.13

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Sunset Strip Music Fest
Aug. 1-3. L.A.’s storied Sunset Strip hosts musical headliners Linkin Park, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Wale, Awolnation, and more than 70 others on two outdoor stages on Sunset Blvd., between San Vicente and Doheny Dr. The event also includes a VIP area in The Roxy, beer garden, autograph tent and additional interactive experiences. The three-day fest kicks off with a Joan Jett tribute at the House of Blues. $79-$250. 2-11 p.m. Sunset Strip, West Hollywood.


Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic ZerosEdward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Aug. 4. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ carousing live shows draw on eclectic influences, rich 12-piece arrangements, and a communal vibe to great acclaim. Hear them under the stars at the Hollywood Bowl along with the infectious free-form grooves of The Sun Ra Arkestra and Zimbabwe’s Mtukudzi who opens the show with captivating “Tuku” music. N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000.


LOUIS XIII Rare Cask 42,6 Cognac
Luxury materializes in many forms: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ 40.42-carat Lesotho Three diamond engagement ring, a ride in a 1904 Rolls-Royce 10 hp two-seater, and sipping the bounty of LOUIS XIII Rare Cask 42,6. Now you can experience the latter at Windows Lounge at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills—the rare cask arrived at the hotel today, escorted in a Rolls-Royce. Those who choose to embark on this experience will be among the lucky few in the country to have the first opportunity to taste the highly coveted cognac—only 738 decanters of it are being distributed worldwide. Windows Lounge offers it in different pours starting at $1000 for a 1/2 ounce. 300 S. Doheny Dr., LA., 800.332.3442.

Plate by Plate
Aug. 3. Drink and dine on specialties from more than 50 top Southern California restaurants (Picca, Bestia, Rivera, Craft, Allumette, among many others) and chefs at this event that celebrates food, wine, volunteerism and community. In addition to chefs tastings highlights include live entertainment, art gallery showcase, live 3D chalk artist and photobooth. $150 general/$250 VIP. Vibiana, 214 S. Main St., downtown. Tickets.


Aug. 4. Eat your heart out on a family style feast of slow-cooked ribs—Saint Louis-style pork ribs, braised beef back ribs, spiced lamb ribs—hot wings, and sides when Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne bring their ever popular Ribfest to Tavern in Brentwood. Always a festive affair, expect to see your share of denim, bandanas, boots and Stetsons, and don’t hesitate to come dressed to blend in with the party. The Tavern Ribfest precedes the 11th Annual Lucques Ribfest on Aug. 11. $55/pp. 5–9 p.m. Reservations required. 11648 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.806.6464.


Long Beach Crawfish FestivalLong Beach Crawfish Festival
Aug. 3-4. Dine on Cajun crawfish dinners prepared Louisiana-style, listen to zydeco and dixieland music hit the beach bar and more at the 20th annual Long Beach Crawfish Festival. $13-$28. Rainbow Lagoon, 400-403 Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach.



W Hotel PoolBurn DJ Lab Series at the W Los Angeles Hotel Pool
Aug. 3. Hit WET pool at the W Los Angeles hotel for a pool party featuring beats from LA-based DJ Posso, among other past participants of the DJ Lab Series. Spend the afternoon sipping prickly pear cocktails and noshing on bites from chef Dakota Weiss; you can also take a lesson at pop-up Scratch DJ Academy and visit the hotel’s new poolside bar housed in a 1963 Airstream Bambi. The party is the official launch of this year’s online search for up-and-coming talent to join the third annual W Hotels and burn DJ Lab. For the first time ever, now through August 28, you can upload an original track to to enter the contest. To attend the pool party rsvp to: by Aug. 1. Noon-6 p.m. 930 Hilgard Ave., Westwood.


thompson-beverly-hillsRTFP Food Club at Thompson Beverly Hills
Aug. 2-Sept. 13. Sip a selection of four beers paired with menu items from Caulfield’s Bar and Dining Room’s chef Stephen Kalt, along with specialty items from Seoul Sausage—all poolside on the roof of the Thompson Beverly Hills. Participating breweries include El Segundo Brewing Co (Aug. 2), Eagle Rock Brewery (Aug. 9) Monkish Brewing (Aug. 16), Strand Brewing (Aug. 23), The Bruery (Aug. 30), among others. $25 in advance includes three menu items and beer tastings. Additional food and beer can be purchased for $7; $30 door. Fridays. 9360 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. Tickets.


Sushi Roku Sushi Roku Pop-Up at One Colorado
Aug. 3. Stop by One Colorado in Pasadena on the first and third Saturdays this month for musical performances and a striking pop-up beer garden from Sushi Roku. This week modern African jazz vocalist Wangari performs, fusing international jazz and indigenous musical traditions. While you watch the performance enjoy a selection of summer cocktails in addition to menu items like fried ji-dori chicken “kar age,” and spicy tuna over crispy rice; the menu also features a selection of Robatayaki skewers and the Red Sun Feast: a three-course prix-fixe dinner. The event continues Aug. 17, with a performance by Lavender Diamond. Pop-up begins at 6 p.m.; performance at 8 p.m. The Courtyard at One Colorado, 24 E Union St., Pasadena, 626.683.3000.


Grand Park MoviesGrand Park Movies: The Sandlot
Aug. 3-Sept. 14. This summer stop by Grand Park for free movies every Friday night. The flicks—favorites of the 80s and 90s, starting with The Sandlot—are presented in conjunction with Street Food Cinema and projected on a large screen in front of LA’s City Hall. Also expect interactive games based on movie themes, giveaways, music from local DJs, food trucks and guest appearances at certain showings. All you need to do is pack a picnic, blanket or lawn chairs. Event opens at 5:30, music starts at 6:30 and movie begins at sundown. The event continues this month with Back to the Future (Aug. 10), Troop Beverly Hills (Aug. 17) Sleepless in Seattle (Aug. 24) and The NeverEnding Story (Aug. 31). Grand Park’s Event Lawn, between Grave Ave. and Hill St. downtown.


Friday Night Sing-AlongFriday Night Sing-Alongs: Country
Aug. 2. Let your voice be heard along with hundreds of fellow fun-loving songbirds. Belt out popular country tunes by Dolly, Johnny, Willie and many more. Singers of all levels are welcome and easy-to-use song sheets are provided. 6:30-8 p.m. Free. W.M. Keck Amphitheatre, Walt Disney Concert Hall, 151 S. Grand Ave., downtown.


Drum Downtown: Pulse + PitchDrum Downtown: Pulse + Pitch
Aug. 3. Come beat a drum as part of this exhilarating outdoor group drumming experience in Grand Park. Marry tones and drums together to make unique sounds and melodies. Free.10-11:30 a.m. Grand Park, entrances at 200 N. Grand Ave., 221 N. Hill St., 221 N. Broadway and 227 N. Spring St., downtown.


Santa Monica PierSanta Monica Pier Twilight Concert Series
Spend Thursday evenings ocean-side at the iconic Santa Monica Pier for the 29th annual Twilight Concert Series sponsored by KCRW. The weekly fete kicks off just before sunset on July 11 with contemporary and classic tunes from Surfer Blood, and continues through Sept. 12 offering performances by Hanni El Khatib and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, among others.


The BazaarEAT | DRINK
Monday Night Tasting Menus at The Bazaar by José Andrés
Dine on selections from chef Joshua Whigham every Monday night through summer. Just choose three items from more than 15 signature tapas from The Bazaar’s menu, in addition to snacks that will be served prior to the meal. Featured dishes include the jamon serrano platter, Brussels sprouts with lemon air, lemon puree, apricots and grapes; sautéed cauliflower “couscous,” Ottoman carrot fritters; braised Wagyu beef cheeks and more. $55/pp. 6-10 p.m. SLS Hotel Beverly Hills, 465 S La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.246.5555.


watermelonDining Around Los Angeles
Dominick’s is your destination on Aug. 1 for their annual pig roast with wines by Palmina Winery. Celebrate National Watermelon Day Aug. 3 at Cafe del Rey with a variety of watermelon-centric dishes like seared ahi with watermelon. Savor summer with a special farm-to-table three-course menu at The Belvedere at the Peninsula Beverly Hills highlights include smoked grass-fed beef carpaccio, braised lamb gnocchi, seared striped bass, and more.


Edward Steichen
Opening Aug. 3. On the heels of receiving a news-making gift of 46 Edward Steichen photographs, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art shares the love with Talk of the Town: Portraits by Edward Steichen From the Hollander Collection. The exhibit includes celebrity images, fashion photography and commercial advertising work by the early 20th-century photography great. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., 323.857.6000.


A ParallelogramTHEATER
A Parallelogram
Through Aug. 18. In this dark comedy from Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Bruce Norris (Clybourne Park), protagonist Bee grapples with time, destiny and reality. Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro directs a cast that includes Carlo Albán, Marylouise Burke, Marin Ireland and Tom Irwin at the Music Center’s Mark Taper Forum. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.