Things To Do This Weekend | LA Weekend Events Roundup 6.27.14

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 6.27.14

Edited by Christina Xenos

Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host
June 28. Radio host Ira Glass joins Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass at UCLA’s Royce Hall for an unlikely pairing of dance and radio. The evening includes radio interviews restaged as dance pieces, plus stories from the lives of each of the three performers. Royce Hall, UCLA Campus, Westwood.


L.A. Street Food FestL.A. Street Food Fest
June 28. The culinary extravaganza offers tastes from 100 food vendors including trucks, carts and stands, and street-food-inspired dishes from area restaurants, along with a craft beer, cocktails, wine, tequila tasting, an ice cream social, iced coffee lounge and more. Attendance sessions are VIP early admission 4-10 p.m.; general admission 6-10 p.m.. $75/$50. Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena.


June 28. Gorge on tacos from more than 40 of L.A.’s and Mexico’s most delicious vendors. The event also features live music, drinks and a tequila garden where you can sample tequila from more than 15 different brands. $40+. 3-7 p.m. El Pueblo de Los Angeles, 125 Paseo de la Plz., downtown.


Descanso Beach Club PartiesDescanso Beach Club Parties
Opens June 28. Escape to Catalina Island this summer for weekend beach parties at Descanso Beach Club. Spend sunny afternoons listening to DJs spinning, enjoying happy hour specials and live music. There is no cost to attend, just a $2/pp beach access fee. Saturdays and Sundays, 2-5 p.m., through Aug. 31, Saturdays only from Sept. 6-27. Descanso Beach, Catalina Island, Avalon.


Roaring Nights at the ZooRoaring Nights at the Zoo
June 27. Get in touch with your wild side at the summer’s first Roaring Nights music fest at the L.A. Zoo. Enjoy live music from indie pop band Strangeheart, a DJ dance party, food trucks, full-service bars, pop-up zookeeper talks, animal encounters and visits to Zoo’s new Rainforest Of The Americas and other animal habitats. New this year is “Animal Artistry Paint Party,” where you can express your creativity by painting a favorite animal (or whatever inspiration strikes them) on a small canvas to take home as a souvenir. Subsequent dates are July 25 and Aug. 22. $18, or $15 for GLAZA members (age 18 and up with valid ID for both price levels). 5333 Zoo Drive, L.A., 323.644.6042.


Friday Flights at the Getty CenterFriday Flights at the Getty Center
June 27. Join Los Angeles-based musicians, visual artists, and creative thinkers for vibrant evenings of sounds and sights at this monthly event. This month, punk-inspired shop Ooga Booga curates a free evening of art, music, talk and dance, where Avey Tare of the renowned sound innovators Animal Collective, will team up with Black Dice’s Bjorn Copeland for an sound installation and performance. 6-9 p.m. 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A., 310.440.7300.


art-beyond-the-glassArt Beyond the Glass III
June 29. Cocktails, art and music collide when dozens of L.A.’s top bartenders join forces at this event where you can taste their cocktail creations and witness their artistic talents “beyond the glass.” Among the bartenders participating this year are veterans Chris Amirault (Harlowe), Julian Cox (Soigné Group), Chris Day (Tipple & Brine), Beau Du Bois (The Corner Door), and newbies Mary Bartlett (Honeycut), Alex Barbatsis (Rivera), Alex Straus (The Bon Vivants), among many others. Your all-inclusive ticket includes cocktails, art, entertainment, and bar bites from Sadie and Guelaguetza. You can also purchase bartender art, buy raffle tickets and bid on silent auction items, including artwork, photography, rare spirits and much more. Proceeds benefit Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles. $50. 3-7 p.m. 1638 N. Las Palmas Ave., L.A., 323.467.0200. Tickets


Tunesday at SkybarTunesday at Skybar
July 1. Sip cocktails while listening to some of L.A.’s hottest up-and-coming musical acts poolside at Skybar during the Tunesday summer music series. This week, The Kin brings their gritty pop sound to the stage, and DJ Trinidad-Senolia spins after. Doors open at 7 p.m. Sayulita at Skybar, Mondrian Los Angeles, 8440 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.848.6025.


Mr. C Yacht ClubPool Parties and Movies at Mr. C Beverly Hills
Whether you want to spend your Sundays partying poolside or Tuesdays taking in a flick, find it at Mr. C Beverly Hills this summer. Embark on a nautical-inspired pool adventure with brunch,  music by DJ Bobby French, summertime cocktails and more; Mr. C’s Yacht Club pool party pops up on June 29, July 27, and Aug. 24, from noon-5 p.m., email for guestlist. For more of a laid back evening you can hit the pool deck for dinner and a movie, and more every other Tuesday. Catch Chinatown screening on July 1. 1224 Beverwil Dr., L.A., 310.277.2800.


Cars and CoffeeCars and Coffee
June 28. Kick off your weekend with a morning drinking freshly brewed coffee, viewing a large selection of super cars and classic cars. 8-10 a.m. (photo by Randy Howard) Rose Bowl- Parking Lot “i”  between Kidspace and the Aquatics Center, Pasadena.


Page Museum at the La Brea Tar PitsMUSEUMS
Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits
L.A.’s world-famous Ice Age attraction unveils new features after decades of excavation. Jump on a special tour to see the mid-century Observation Pit that has reopened after being closed for several decades. You can also experience excavations inside Pit 91—one of the world’s longest running urban paleontological excavation sites—that has reopened after being closed for seven years. In addition to these openings, the iconic mammoths and mastodon surrounding the Lake Pit have been renovated, the Ice Age frieze crowning the top of the Page Museum building has been restored, and daily programming and interaction with scientists has been expanded inside the Page Museum. 5801 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.934.7243.


AlimentoEAT + DRINK
The highly anticipated Silver Lake restaurant from chef Zach Pollack (Sotto) opens its doors today. Dine on Pollack’s inspired regional Italian small plates, pastas, and large platters designed for sharing. Highlights of the menu include mackerel conserva with wine beans, green chilies, bottarga; rye tagliatelle with veal ragu bianco, porcini and thyme; and bone-in pork shank affumicato, potatoes and cabbage. Pair the fare with eclectic wine list showcasing lesser-known varietals and hard-to-find wines from small producers (many of which are organic and/or biodynamic), and by a rotating selection of domestic and Italian microbrews. Dinner Tues.-Sun. 1710 Silver Lake Blvd., L.A., 323.928.2888.


Blue Plate OysteretteBlue Plate Oysterette
Opens June 29. Starting on Sunday you won’t have to travel west of the 405 to dine on beloved Blue Plate Oysterette’s classic East Coast seafood fare because its newest outpost is set to on West Third Street. The space, designed by Tim Clarke, puts a California spin on an East Coast oyster shack. Grab a seat on the covered patio or pull up a chair at the U-shaped marble slab bar to indulge in Blue Plate’s signature seafood towers, lobster rolls, New England steamers and freshly selected East and West Coast oysters, along with carefully curated wine and beer selections. Open daily 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. 8048 West Third St., L.A., 323.656.5474.


Twelfth NightTHEATER
Twelfth Night
Opening June 26. Independent Shakespeare Company’s popular Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival returns this summer with Twelfth Night followed later on in July with the Taming of the Shrew. Performances take place under the stars at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park. Pack a picnic and plan to arrive early for prime blanket placement. Free. Griffith Park Dr., L.A. 818.710.6306.


midsummerShakespeare at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum
Through Oct. 24. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum celebrates the Bard’s 450th Birthday with an All-Shakespeare Season under the stars. The five-play repertory season kicks off this weekend with A Midsummer Night’s Dream and King Lear and continues with All’s Well That Ends Well, Much Ado About Nothing and Bill Cain’s Equivocation. 1419 North Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga Canyon, 310.455.3723.


last-confessionThe Last Confession
Through July 6. In 1978, a little-known country priest is inaugurated as Pope John Paul I in an uneasy compromise. With the promise of liberal reforms, the “Smiling Pope” warns three hostile cardinals that they will be removed. Thirty-three days after his election, he is found dead and no autopsy is performed. The story is told from the point of view of Cardinal Giovanni Benelli, played by David Suchet. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.


The Country HouseThe Country House
Through July 13. Actress Blythe Danner stars in this world premiere about a family of actors, inspired by Anton Chekhov’s pastoral comedies. Written by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies and directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan. Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.