Things To Do This Weekend | LA Weekend Events Roundup 2.21.14

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 2.21.14

Edited by Christina Xenos

Cochon 555
Feb. 23. Going on its sixth year, Cochon 555 is the nation’s premier culinary tour touting the flavor and health benefits of eating heritage breed pigs. The Los Angeles event features chefs like Ray Garcia (Fig), Brian Howard (Comme Ca), Christian Page (Short Order) preparing a maximum of six dishes each created from one whole heritage breed pig. The crowd of foodies and judges samples the creations and votes for the winner. If you can’t make it to the event, chef Jason Neroni who competed in 2012 hosts a guest chef dinner at Superba Snack Bar on Feb. 21, where you can find on a five-course dinner prepared by Neroni, Jason Travi, Jet Tila and Micah Wexler; 8 p.m., $100, includes wine pairings, rsvp 310.399.6400. Fairmont Miramar Hotel, 101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica.


la zoo snow daysL.A. Zoo’s Snow Days
Feb. 22-23. Even though temperatures may reach into the 80s this weekend, the L.A. Zoo channels the winter season and transforms the habitats of the American black bear and Sumatran tiger into snowy wonderlands. Visitors will also have a chance to view the animals, and frolic in the snow, complete with a hill for sledding and snow play area. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 5333 Zoo Dr., L.A., 323.644.4200.


80s-prom-party80s Prom Party
Feb. 22. Whether you went to prom in the 80s, 90s, or 2000s, you can take a blast to the past for one night at this 80s-themed prom party. Break out that dated bridesmaid dress or ruffled tuxedo shirt and dance the night away to a soundtrack of Bon Jovi, Prince, Madonna and Journey; the event also features two 80s cover bands and DJ sets in between. 9 p.m. Fonda Theatre, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., L.A.


dudamel-don-giovanneMUSIC + DANCE
Tchaikovsky Symphonies 1 & 6
Feb. 21-23. Gustavo Dudamel launches the LA Phil’s comprehensive celebration of Tchaikovsky with the composer’s first and final utterances in symphonic form, from his Mendelssohn- and Russian folksong-influenced first to his heartrending last. 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000.


la-danceL.A. Dance Project
Feb. 20-22. The artist collective founded in 2012 by renowned choreographer and dancer Benjamin Millepied, along with composer Nico Muhly, among others, kicks off its residency at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown LA. The program includes U.S. premieres of Reflections choreographed by Benjamin Millepied with music by David Lang and visual concepts by Barbara Kruger, and Murder Ballads by Justin Peck with music by Bryce Dessner of The National and visual concepts by Sterling Ruby. These two works will be paired with an exclusive sneak-peek of a new piece by Hiroaki Umeda in preparation for its upcoming premiere in Paris in March 2014. $20+ (photo by Laurent Philippe) 937 S. Broadway, downtown.


mileyMiley Cyrus
Feb. 22. Bust out your foam finger and get ready to twerk when pop music’s current enfant terrible brings her Bangerz Tour to Staples Center. Icona Pop, the Swedish duo behind the earworm “I Love It,” opens. 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 800.745.3000.


Innocents, Photos By Moby
Feb. 21-Mar. 30. Coinciding with his recent album of the same name, Moby’s newest photography exhibition, Innocents riffs on the premise that the apocalypse happened in Dec. 2012, and the world changed very drastically. At The Project Gallery in Hollywood, you can view his large-scale, vividly colored photos of landscapes, individuals and groups wearing masks and white robes, which channel Moby’s fascination with the Hollywood Hills’ hidden history, in addition to his interest in cults and the extremes people go through to re-invent themselves. 1553 N. Cahuenga Blvd., L.A., 323.462.1100.


the-church-keyEAT | DRINK
Happy Hour at The Church Key
Taking Sunset Blvd. by storm with its modern dim sum twist, the eclectic American dining spot now offers happy hour. Highlights of the expansive menu include punch bowls for two or four ($14/$25), classic “Rat Pack” cocktails ($8) and single serving bites ($2-$5) that range from “Thai Chili” glazed wings, to hoisin glazed smoked pork ribs, to fried green tomato sliders, and the ever addictive “salt and vinegar” popcorn with brown butter chives—even a brioche donut with chocolate glaze and a hazelnut toffee crunch. Mon-Fri. 5:30-7 p.m. Sunset Towers, 8730 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 424.249.3700.


plan-checkFree Cruller Donuts Plan Check
Feb. 22. Known for its over-the-top burgers, innovations like ketchup leather, salmon pastrami and cruller donuts, Plan Check invites you to celebrate the second anniversary of their original location with free cruller donuts with the purchase of an entrée at both the Sawtelle Blvd. and Fairfax Ave. outposts. 1800 Sawtelle Blvd., L.A.; 351 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A.


crossroadsCrossroads Sunday Supper with Umami’s Adam Fleischman
Feb. 23. Adam Fleischman, the man behind Umami Burger, pops up at vegan eatery, Crossroads to continue their Sunday Supper series. Dine on Fleischman’s five-course, plant-based burger tasting menu that includes a trio of sliders: Cali Burger with lettuce slow roasted tomato, soy American cheese and caramelized onions; Hatch Burger with four types of green chilies, house cashew nacho cheese; and the Truffle Burger with housemade truffle cheese and truffle glaze. All you have to do is pick your patty style from choices like Crossroads mushroom farrow patty, Umami veggie patty and Gardein beefless patty. Pair the menu with Golden Road Brewery flights available for $10. Subsequent dinners include Ricardo Zarate on March 30, Theo Schoenegger on April 13. $45/pp. Seatings available at 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. 8284 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.782.9245.


churchillThe Churchill’s Chopped! Viewing Party
Feb. 25. Cheer on chef Michael Bryant as he battles it out on the Cooking Channel’s competition show, Chopped! Enjoy the special Chopped!-inspired tasting three-course menu all night long. The restaurant will screen the episode starting at 7 p.m. $30. 5-11 p.m. 8384 West 3rd St., L.A., 323.655.8384.


50 Shades! The Musical
Feb. 25-Mar. 16. See the hit musical based on the best-selling 50 Shades of Grey trilogy and future cinematic blockbuster. The setting is a ladies book club electing to read the hot and heavy novel, and through their interpretation, you’re led on a hilarious roller coaster ride complete with dance numbers, 11 original songs and a live band backing the performance. Original songs include “They Get Nasty”, “I Don’t Make Love”, and “There’s a Hole Inside of Me.” Not appropriate for those under age 18. $30-$60. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.972.4488.


brief-encounterNoël Coward’s Brief Encounter
Continuing. Attraction, desire, heartbreak: The romantic triumvirate takes center stage in Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter, an exuberant yet bittersweet Kneehigh Theatre adaptation making its Los Angeles premiere at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. The production moves deftly between theater and film to tell the story of a suburban housewife who falls in love with a married doctor over a series of meetings at a railway station tearoom. Here, staid exteriors belie passion and longing within: Which will prevail? Adapted and directed by Emma Rice, this innovative mash-up of Coward’s original one-act play, Still Life, and the screenplay for the 1945 movie Brief Encounter has left audiences “swooning” (to borrow The New York Times’ word) on both sides of the pond. Now, it’s L.A.’s turn. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.746.4000.


vanyaVanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Through Mar. 16. David Hyde Pierce directs this play about stepsisters Vanya and Sonia, who are visited by their sibling Masha, a Hollywood star, and her young boyfriend. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.


book-of-mormonThe Book of Mormon
Through May 11. The hit production—about a duo of idealistic Mormon missionaries sent to Uganda to share their sacred text with the local people—boasts a book, music and lyrics by four-time Emmy Award–winning creators of the animated series South Park Trey Parker and Matt Stone, co-creator of the long-running musical comedy Avenue Q, Robert Lopez. Explicit language. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770.