Things To Do This Weekend | LA Weekend Events Roundup 11.15.13

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 11.15.13

Beverly Hills Wine & Food Festival
Nov. 15-17. Join 50 top chefs and restaurants from around Los Angeles at the annual event. The weekend kicks off with Mixology After Dark that features cocktails by Dirty Laundry, Pour Vous and more at Westfield Century City. Two grand tastings on Saturday and Sunday offer bites from restaurants like Craft, Chaya Brasserie, Joel Robuchon Restaurant and more. Stop by the Celebrity Cruises alcove at the festival on Saturday for travel tips by adventure travel writer and TV host Julia Dimon. Visitors to the Celebrity Cruises alcove will enjoy signature Sangria tastings from the unique restaurant Qsine, as well as samplings from three local wineries, gift bags, and more. Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, 2025 Avenue of the Stars, L.A.


David SedarisAn Evening With David Sedaris
Nov. 15. Tweaking the familiar until it warps; David Sedaris mines poignant comedy from his peculiar childhood in North Carolina, his bizarre career path, and his move with his lover to France. Author of New York Times bestselling books, When You Are Engulfed in Flames and Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, Sedaris’ witty observations of the ordinary-bizarre is always sure to deliver insights and laughs. His latest book Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls was released in April and debuted at no. 1 on the New York Times Bestseller List. 8 p.m. $45-$75. Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena, 626.449.7360.


The GroveChristmas Tree Lighting at The Grove
Nov. 17. Celebrate the start to the holiday season at The Grove with the lighting of their 100-foot Christmas tree, exclusive performances from A-list musicians, season’s first snowfall and fireworks finale. Slated to perform during the ceremony are Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, CeeLo Green, Il Volo and Jewel along with other lively entertainment. 7:30 p.m. 189 The Grove Dr., 323.900.8080.


downtown on iceDowntown On Ice
Nov. 14-Jan. 20. Strap on your ice skates and glide below the skyscrapers of downtown Los Angeles. The winter festivities kick off Nov. 14, with a live performance from the star of Disney’s Broadway Musical Spectacular, “The Lion King,” with skating exhibitions by the LA Ice Theater, and more. The season continues with free events including winter concerts and Winter Holiday Festival on Dec. 14, along with championship skating exhibitions, broomball games, and more. $8 per person; one-hour skating session Skate Rental: $2 (figure/hockey). 532 S. Olive St., downtown, 213.624.4289.


bazaar slsSLS Turns Five
The Beverly Hills’ bastion of luxury, top cuisine and avant-garde design celebrates five years on the scene and offers celebrations in true SLS style. On Nov. 18-20, The Bazaar serves a special $55 tasting menu along with complimentary Pan con Jamón or Pan con Manchego, traditional Spanish starters, and another special “secret” surprise to all diners. Those dining at Tres for dinner will receive a complementary cupcake all week long. Should you choose to stay the night, consider an over-the-top experience with the SLS 5-year Anniversary Angeleno Package that includes accommodations in the Presidential Suite, truffle dinner for two at SAAM, personal chauffeur throughout the stay in private BMW, two tickets to the SLS Vegas opening party, and a Ciel Spa experience; or the SLS Turns 5 package that includes a one-night stay, dinner for two in Tres, two Ciel 60-minute massages and welcome cocktails at Tres. 465 South La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.247.0400.


JouerJouer Pretty Party
Nov. 16. Pamper yourself for a night out on the town with Jouer cosmetics at Nordstrom Santa Monica. Jouer founder and creative director, Christina Zilber is on the scene for a day of style, giveaways and more. RSVP for a complementary makeup application by Jouer stylists, and the first 10 who book an appointment will receive an exclusive gift. 220 Broadway, Santa Monica, 310.752.2701 x1410.


eva francoSHOP
Sample Sales
It’s that time of year again. Shop till you drop this weekend all over Los Angeles. Rebecca Minkoff offers up to 75% off styles at Confederacy Los Angeles through Nov. 16. Load up on samples from womenswear, swim, residential, and Mr. Turk starting at $20 at the Trina Turk sample sale at her West. 3rd St. boutique from Nov. 15-17. Splendid + Ella Moss bring out fresh styles daily at their bi-annual warehouse sale Nov. 14-16. While Eva Franco offers sample sale specials on her feminine frocks at her downtown studio Nov. 15-16.


An Acoustic Evening with Ben Harper
Nov. 18. Whether it’s through the soul of southern Gospel, 70s funk, blues, reggae, or straightforward rock and roll, Harper and his trademark Weissenborn guitar have been stunning audiences with incendiary live performances and timeless songwriting. Hear the acclaimed singer-songwriter play an acoustic evening at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. 7:30 p.m. 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000.


living-roomJazz Night at The Living Room
Nov. 17. The Living Room’s weekly “Sunday Jazz Night” is a popular hideaway for celebrities, industry executives, and locals who enjoy live vintage jazz and blues. Toast three years of the star-studded event at this Sunday’s soirée, featuring Nikki Leonti and the Honest Cheaters, and Brooke Lynn’s Burlesque. The space will be transformed into a 1920s-era speakeasy evocative of The Great Gatsby. Get into the spirit by arriving dressed in your best sequins, tuxes, and other glamorous throwback apparel. Festivities have the potential to deliver a few surprise guests, with past events playing host to many impromptu celebrity performances and spectators. 10 p.m. W Hollywood Hotel, 6250 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.828.2005.


Matt CussonMatt Cusson: Live in Los Angeles
Nov. 19. Award-winning singer/songwriter Matt Cusson returns to perform Live in Los Angeles with special guests Shoshana Bean, Wayne Brady and Jake Simpson. Adam Levy and Shelley Segal open the show. Cusson will debut songs from his forthcoming album including his new single “Leaving L.A.” An Award-winning singer/songwriter and pianist excelling in Jazz, Pop and Soul. Matt wrote and arranged his critically acclaimed self-titled debut album featuring the single “One of These Nights” which won (by unanimous vote) the John Lennon Songwriting Contest’s top prize – Maxell Song of the Year – and the Billboard Songwriting Award for Best Jazz Song. $20-$25. Seatings start at 7 p.m., show 8:30 p.m. Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 West Sunset Blvd., L.A., 866.468.3399.


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Champagne and Oysters at THE Blvd
Nov. 15-Jan. 1. Get into the spirit of the season at the Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel. The daily “sip and shuck” menu features freshly-shucked oysters and chilled Champagne while overlooking Rodeo Drive. Bubbles will be provided by Perrier-Jouët Champagne, including Grand Brut and Blason Rosé by the glass or bottle, and Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs by the bottle. Oysters are available starting at the half dozen for USD 22.00 featuring selections from Beau Soleil, Chefs Creek, Kumamoto and Blue Point. 1-8 p.m. THE Blvd, Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.385.3901.


Champagne Brunch at Barnsdall Art ParkChampagne Brunch at Barnsdall Art Park
Nov. 17. Known for their summer Friday wine tasting and a host of other art-related evenings, Barnsdall Art Park hosts a picnic style champagne brunch on the on the west lawn of the Hollyhock House. Enjoy the warm Los Angeles Fall weather and reserve your spot to indulge in a champagne flight tasting by Silverlake Wine, brunch provided by Heirloom LA, and free pour-over coffee by Bru Coffee Bar. Fill out your picnic basket with any additional food you want to bring, a blanket and soft drinks. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $25, free for Barnsdall Art Park members. 4800 Hollywood Blvd., L.A.


Wait Until Dark
Through Nov. 17. Jeffrey Hatcher’s world premiere adaptation of Frederick Knott’s classic thriller brings a high-suspense con game set in Greenwich Village to the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood, then plunges it into darkness. The Newsroom’s Alison Pill takes on the role that earned Audrey Hepburn an Academy Award nomination. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.


12-angry-menTwelve Angry Men
Through Dec. 1. The classic drama written by Reginald Rose unfolds in a New York City courtroom on a sweltering August evening as a jury is filed into a deliberation room. They are tasked with determining the verdict in a murder case in which a young man is accused of killing his father and faces the death penalty if found guilty. First created as a 1954 teleplay for the Studio One anthology television series, Twelve Angry Men was aired as a CBS live production on Sept. 20, 1954. The following year, it was adapted by Rose as a stage play. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, 626.792.8672.