Things To Do This Weekend | LA Weekend Events Roundup 3.7.14

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 3.7.14

Edited by Christina Xenos

la-marathonEVENTS
L.A. Marathon
March 9. Twenty-ninth annual footrace begins at Dodger Stadium in Chavez Ravine and travels 26.2 miles to Santa Monica. If you’re not running this year, you can spectate with entertainment and cheer stations every mile along the way. Find live music, DJs, Japanese taiko drummers and more; or hit up Cheer Alley at mile 18, where more than 600 cheerleaders will line the streets helping runners motivate for the final few miles. Finish line at Ocean and California avenues in Santa Monica. (photo by Kristin Burns) 213.542.3000. lamarathon.com

chinese-festChinese Cuisine Festival
March 7-16. Taste your way through the San Gabriel Valley’s best Chinese restaurants, discovering secret menu offerings and specials along the way. Throughout the week enjoy highlights like Peking roast duck cooked two ways at Hong Yei Restaurant; spicy hot pot at Beijing Restaurant; Szechuan specialties like spicy crispy deep fried frog, wonton with pepper sauce, lion fish and more at Chengdu Taste. See website for details on participating restaurants on their website.

Wine Month-Hi ResFamily Winemakers of California Pasadena Tasting
March 9. Do you tend to lean more toward a sip of Syrah, or is a glass of Pinot Noir more your game? No matter your preference, you can savor these varietals and more when you taste wine from more than 175 family wineries from around California. Discover new releases, revisit classic favorites and don’t forget to visit the iSip Lounge for access to wines that retail for more than $75 per bottle. $60-$100. Pasadena Convention Center, 300 East Green St., Pasadena, 415.705.0646. Tickets.

santa-anitaBig Cap Craft Beer & Music Festival
March 8. Horse racing, craft beer and country music collide at the Big Cap Craft Beer & Music Festival. Enjoy brews from more than 30 breweries, to the tune of live music from Brother Yusef, LA Hootenanny (featuring Todd Lowe from HBO’s hit series True Blood) and Doublewide, all while you test your odds during a day of live horse racing with over $1.4 million at stake. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $40-$100; use code: CRAFT at check out for 50% off. Santa Anita Park, 285 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia. santaanita.com

PPLA Food FarePPLA Food Fare
March 6. Thirty-fifth annual food event features nearly 100 of the city’s best restaurants, including AOC, Drago Centro and the Tripel, plus caterers, wineries, florists, vendors and entertainers. Day session 10:30 am-2 pm; evening session 6:30-9:30 pm. $150-$250. Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, 213.284.3200. pplafoodfare.com

 

first-fridaysFirst Fridays Natural History Museum
March 7. The provocative series at the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum offers live music, discussions and curatorial tours. Drop by this month for cutting-edge science and a musical performances by San Fermin, Son Lux and wild Up, and a DJ lounge with resident DJ Anthony Valadez featuring DJ Wiseacre. 5-10 p.m. 900 Exposition Blvd., L.A., 213.763.DINO. nhm.org/firstfridays

w-los-angelesFirst Fridays W Los Angeles – Westwood
March 7. Kick off your weekend with a pop-up party featuring live music, drink specials and a curated collection of local music, fashion and design. Browse items from Field Scout, Gentlemen’s Breakfast, Will Leather, Raw Hyde and more while you sip $5 Old Fashioneds to tunes by Podunk Poets. 5-9 p.m. 930 Hilgard Ave., L.A. wlosangeles.com

 

wedding-salonThe Wedding Salon
March 10. Brides to be can spend the afternoon at the Sofitel discovering the latest trends in photography, invitations, honeymoons, couture gowns, cakes and more. Also enjoy beauty makeovers, cake tastings, honeymoon giveaways and gift bags. For special $15 tickets ($75 value), RSVP with code LA14CP on website. Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 8555 Beverly Blvd., L.A. WeddingSalon.com

academyJim Jarmusch Screenings at LACMA
March 7-10. This month the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science cracks open its film archive to screen classics by director Jim Jarmusch. Screenings include Down By Law, Stranger Than Paradise, Dead Man and Mystery Train. The series culminates on March 10, with a showing of his new film Only Lovers Left Alive, starring Tilda Swinton who will be on had for a Q&A moderated by Henry Rollins. $5/$3 members. Bing Theater, LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. oscars.org

nick-stefsEAT + DRINK
The Meating Room at Nick + Stef’s
March 7. Spend the evening exploring a variety of steaks paired with bourbons at the latest addition of The Meating Room. This session of the series aims to get you to know your meat, specifically the difference between dry aged and wet aged steaks. Taste the differences wile you sip an array of artisanal Kentucky bourbons in a small, but lively group. Also available the evening of March 21. $50. 7-9 p.m. 330 S. Hope St., downtown, 213.680.0330. patinagroup.com

hudson-houseHudson House’s 5th Anniversary Party
March 9. Celebrate the Hudson House’s 5th anniversary in the South Bay gastropub’s beer garden over extra large spicy watermelon margaritas, fresh pints from the Stone Brewing Truck and an outdoor grill firing up specials like BBQ burger, pulled pork, wild game sausage, bacon caramel corn and more. You can also opt for your favorites off their regular menu as well. Party starts at 1 p.m. 514 North Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo Beach, 310.798.9183. hudsonhousebar.com

oystersDining Around Los Angeles
Savor A5-grade Japanese Wagyu beef with an over-the-top menu at Katana through March 9. Celebrate the Hungary Cat‘s 9th anniversary in Hollywood with Oysterpalooza, an all day festival featuring the mollusk in a variety of different preparations. Stop by The Churchill on Wednesday for their new weekly oyster night and indulge in $1 oyster specials from 6 p.m.-close. Dine on Florida stone crab Wednesdays through Sundays at CUT by Wolfgang Puck at The Beverly Wilshire where you can sink your teeth into jumbo claws three to an order, or individually at Sidebar.

harmonyTHEATER
Harmony
Through April 13. With legendary songwriter and entertainer Barry Manilow behind the music and his frequent collaborator, Bruce Sussman, penning the book and lyrics, the new musical Harmony is sure to get toes tapping. But the plot is more than pop-song deep. Harmony tells the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, a vaudevillian, six-man singing group from Germany that rose from unemployment to international fame in the 1920s. WhereLA.com readers can grab mid-orchestra seats at $39 (reg. $60) and $49 (reg. $70) on performances through March 25, by using promo code “BOYBAND”. 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org

trojansThe Wooster Group: Cry, Trojans! (Troilus & Cressida)
Through March 9. The World Premiere of The Wooster Group’s newest production tackles the Trojan side of Shakespeare’s take on the Trojan War play about sincere love corrupted and the downfall of a noble hero. The piece originated as a co-production between The Wooster Group and the Royal Shakespeare Company for the World Shakespeare Festival, presented in conjunction with the 2012 London Olympics. Redcat, 631 West 2nd St., downtown, 213.237.2800. redcat.org

native-voicesStand-Off at HWY #37
Through March 16. An exciting, funny and thought provoking tale about political, environmental and spiritual convictions, Stand-Off at HWY #37 takes place in upstate New York, on the border of a small town and the local Haudenosaunee reservation, where a young National Guardsman of Tuscarora heritage has to choose between upholding the oath he took to defend his country and protecting the traditional lands of his people. With this world premiere, Native Voices at the Autry continues its vital role as the country’s only equity theatre company dedicated exclusively to developing the work of Native American playwrights. $10-$20. (Photo Craig Schwartz.) Wells Fargo Theater, Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, L.A., 323.667.2000 x299. NativeVoicesattheAutry.org

50-shades50 Shades! The Musical
Through March 16. See the hit musical based on the best-selling book 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. 50ShadesMusical.com

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. thewallis.org

vanyaVanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Through March 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. centertheatregroup.org

 

Mormon_2The 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. hollywoodpantages.com

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