Things To Do This Weekend | LA Weekend Events Roundup 1.10.14

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 1.10.14

First Fridays Natural History Museum
Jan. 10. Kick off a season of First Friday events the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum. Each night, the provocative series offers live music, discussions and curatorial tours. Drop by this month for cutting-edge science and a musical performances by Youngblood Hawke, Conway and a DJ lounge with resident DJ Anthony Valadez featuring Jeremy Sole. 5-10 p.m. 900 Exposition Blvd., L.A., 213.763.DINO.


cheeseburgerPasadena Cheeseburger Week
Jan. 11-17. It is widely claimed that in 1924 Lionel Sternberger married cheese to burger at the Rite Spot in Pasadena and the first cheeseburger was born. To commemorate this genius idea, you can spend the week dining on signature cheeseburgers, and specials at 40 of Pasadena’s restaurants, lounges and burger joints. Kick off the week on Jan. 11 at Dog Haus Biergarten (winer of the 2013 Cheeseburger Week Challenge) with a slider eating competition. Watch competitors burn through as many sliders as they can eat in six minutes while you enjoy samples, swag, beer from local breweries in attendance, along with tunes from a live DJ and activities, including life-size Jenga.


no-pants-subwayNo Pants Subway Ride
Jan. 12. Going strong in its 13th year, ImprovEverywhere’s pants-less celebration unites people in more than 50 cities around the globe with one objective—to ride their local subway without pants. To participate in L.A.’s ride, just don your favorite pair of skivvies, purchase a TAP Card and head to one of five starting locations, all of which convene at Union Station. Think of it as a flash mob… almost literally. 1-3 p.m. (Photo by Chad Nicholson)


daliSurrealist Ball at Galerie Michael
Jan. 11. Mix and mingle with Salvador Dalí as you nosh on surrealist-inspired foods, sip wines and browse Galerie Michael’s new exhibition, Dalí: Provocateur Genius?, which showcases 60 paintings, drawings, lithographs and etchings by Salvador Dalí. 4-7 p.m. RSVP: 310.273.3377. 224 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills.


w-los-angelesLe Fashion Truck at W Los Angeles-Westwood
Jan. 10. Start the new year in style by celebrating Le Fashion Truck’s three-year anniversary at the W Los Angeles-Westwood. Shop Los Angeles’ original store on wheels from 4-8 p.m. and then hit their celebration inside Whisky Blue from 9 p.m.-midnight, which features a complementary champagne toast and goodies from Bliss Spa, in addition to tunes by DJ Lalaland. The event will also feature pop-ups from five local designers including, Tipsy & Tumblr, Sarine Marie, 8000nerves, Kahoy Kollection, Hipster G, among other local designers. 930 Hilgard Ave., L.A., 310.208.8765.


Riot LA
Jan. 9-12. Check out more than 45 side-splitting shows featuring top comedians. Also find podcasts, panels, movie screenings and more, all on a one-block stretch in downtown Los Angeles. Highlights include appearances by comedians Paul F. Tomkins, Kevin Nealon, Erin Foley, Eddie Pepitone and many others.


Rob-DelanyRob Delaney
Jan 11. After earning accolades for being the funniest person on twitter (where he’s amassed more than a million followers) from Comedy Central, comedian Rob Delaney brings his humor to the Hollywood Improv stage in a performance that promises to be longer than 140 characters. $20. 8 p.m. 8162 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.651.2583.


Journey of a Dress
Jan. 11-Apr. 1. They say clothes make the man. But it was a dress that made one woman in particular: Diane von Furstenberg. The designer fêtes the 40th anniversary of her iconic wrap dress with Journey of a Dress, opening Jan. 11 in the historic May Co. Building in the Miracle Mile District. The exhibit features a retrospective of vintage and contemporary Diane von Furstenberg designs, chronicling the history of the wrap dress from the first sample to today. It also features portraits of the designer, a muse to many artists. On display are works by Andy Warhol, Chuck Close, Helmut Newton and Annie Leibovitz, among others. 6067 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.


Les Ballets de Jazz Montréal
Jan. 10-11. See the internationally renowned repertory company perform a program includes the duet, Closer choreographed by Benjamin Millepied to a live performance of the piano piece MAD RUSH by Philip Glass; urban-inspired Night Box choreographed by Wen Wei Wang; and the energetic, Harry choreographed by Barak Marshall. (photo by Gregory Batardon) Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.746.4000.


the-mustEAT | DRINK
The Must
After a three-year hiatus, the prominent downtown LA wine bar is back—this time with an expanded bar and stylish indoor-outdoor space. Experience the same laid back attitude, expansive wine list and signatures like their black sangria. Chef Drew Coleman offers comfort cuisine with southern influences, highlights of which include chicken pot pie al la mode (the a la mode is a scoop of shroomed goat cheese), the Sea Monster which is a cornmeal muffin stuffed and smothered with a saucy seared shrimp etouffee, and the ever popular Fluffernutter with smoked almond and roasted peanut butter, marshmallow fluff and bananas on grilled brioche with dark chocolate ganache. Also find a stellar daily happy hour from 4-7 p.m., and lunch and brunch arriving soon. (photo by Alen Lin) 117 Winston St., downtown, 213.628.2000.


the-wallace-interiorDining Around Los Angeles
In a tribute to each other’s restaurant, Suzanne Tracht, chef/owner of Jar and Chris Kobayashi, chef/owner of Artisan in Paso Robles will exchange kitchens to present a menu of the their favorite seasonal dishes. On Jan. 12, dine on Kobayashi’s menu at Jar that includes rabbit stroganoff; sablefish, abalone dumplings, abalone mushrooms, abalone broth and more. Culver City’s locavore hotspot, The Wallace launches weekend brunch and weekday lunch. Dine on highlights like the Benedict tartine with poached eggs, prociutto, guyere, frisee and hollandaise for brunch; and a grilled albacore and bacon sandwich for lunch. Lemonade, the seasonal Southern California comfort food eatery opens its newest location in Studio City on Jan. 13.


I’ll Go On
Opening Jan. 10. Renowned Samuel Beckett interpreter Barry McGovern reprises his role in the play he helped develop 25 years ago. I’ll Go On extracts indelible characters from the Beckett trilogy Molloy, Malone Dies, and The Unnamable, and was hailed by The Times Literary Supplement as “one of the most remarkable, most original, and most haunting prose works of the century.” (photo by Jane Hobson) Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772.


peter-starcatcherPeter and the Starcatcher
Through Jan. 12. See the origin-story musical based on the Disney-Hyperion novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson about Peter Pan’s introduction to Neverland. More than a hundred characters grace the stage in the epic story of popular culture’s most enduring and beloved hero. (photo by Jenny Anderson) Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.


brian-dennehyThe Steward of Christendom
Through Jan. 15. In the wake of Ireland’s bloody struggle for independence, Brian Dennehy plays a Roman Catholic former police officer in Dublin confined to a mental institution. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.


the-lion-kingThe Lion King
Through Jan. 12. See the Disney classic brought to life on stage by award-winning director Julie Taymor and unforgettable score including Elton John and Tim Rice’s Oscar®-winning song “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and “Circle of Life.” Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.468.1770.