Events | LA Weekend Events Roundup 2.13.15

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 2.13.15

Edited by Christina Xenos

Hollyhock HouseEVENTS
Hollyhock House
Opens Feb. 13. For the last three years you may have snapped a selfie or sipped wine at various events in the shadow of the Hollyhock House at Barnsdall Park, but that’s as far as you could go. The iconic feat of architecture designed by Frank Lloyd Wright has been undergoing a massive three-year nip-tuck, and now it’s finally time for its show-stopping reveal. Starting at 4 p.m. on Feb. 13, join Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Council member Mitch O’Farrell to mark the grand event with a ribbon cutting. Following the ceremony the house will be open—admission free—for self-guided tours for 24 hours straight (how’s that for the ultimate Valentine’s Day outing). After the 24-hour grand opening, Hollyhock House will feature self-guided “Walk Wright In” tours Thursdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (photo by Joshua White / 4800 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.913.4031.


Edwardian BallEdwardian Ball
Feb 14. Take a magnificent excursion back to the turn of the 19th century, the era when the ladies dressed in petticoats and corsets and the gentlemen donned top hats while wearing cravats (think Downton Abbey with a unearthly edge). At the Edwardian Ball, cabaret meets carnival, the magical frolics side by side with the macabre and you are in the epicenter (in costume) where music, fashion, art, circus and dance converge in unprecedented expression, honoring the eccentric author/illustrator Edward Gorey. Expect a blend of theater, circus, live music, DJs, ballroom dancing, parlor games, steam machinery, aerial performances and more. $50-$600. Fonda Theatre, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. 323.464.0808.


Dancing With the StarsDancing With the Stars
Feb. 15. See your favorite stars—Alfonso Ribeiro, Kym Johnson, Witney Carson, Emma Slater, Valentin Chimerkovskiy, Mark Ballas, Keo Motsepe, Sasha Farber—from the hit ABC show frolic across the stage, live. Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, 777 Chick Hearn Court, downtown, 213.763.6020.


ScotsFestivaScotsFestival & International Highland Games
Feb. 14-15. Experience the rich culture and history of Scotland first hand through an array of authentic activities, athletics, dancing, entertainment and cuisine in ode to the Queen Mary’s Scottish legacy. Opening ceremonies begin with the traditional Grand Parade of Clans & Bands and daily festivities include Border Collie sheep-herding, firing demonstrations, performances by the Scots Greys Calvary, Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Celtic Harp & Wren Iniquity Ensemble and historic re-enactments. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $19-$65; parking $15 daily. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738.


For the Record: John HughesFor the Record: John Hughes
Feb. 6-Apr. 4. The theatrical concert experience features world-class performers who bring the movies to life with signature songs and moments from John Hughes classics, The Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink, Sixteen Candles, Weird Science, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The all-star cast includes Evan Rachel Wood (Thirteen, Across The Universe), Rumer Willis (House Bunny, 90210), Tracie Thoms (Death Proof, Rent), Lindsey Gort (Carrie Diaries), among many other. DBA, 7969 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood.


Idle Hour
Opens Feb. 13. Sip your next cocktail in an historic landmark—a whiskey barrel-shaped one no less. The 1933 Group (known for reinventing history through their concepts) has spent the last three years restoring the North Hollywood Historical-Cultural Monument to bring the space, originally established in 1941, to life once again. Choose from their lineup of on-tap and bottled beers and cocktails like the Rickey, a draft cocktail with Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum, lime, raspberry syrup, angostura and soda. Pair that with a throw-back food menu full of favorites like beer-battered fish & chips, sloppy Joes and steak frites. Daily, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. 4824 N. Vineland Ave., L.A., 818.980.5600.


Paper Crown Pop-Up Shop
Feb. 13-15. The sophisticated feminine aesthetics from designer Lauren Conrad merge with the stellar products from Rifle Paper Co. for the collaboration’s first ever pop-up shop at The Grove. Stop by this weekend only to shop the diverse selection of stationery, cell phone cases and apparel (dresses, skirts and tops) before they are released in stores. While you shop, enjoy a love letter writing station with Courtney Shannon, the calligraphy expert behind POPPYJack Shop; a floral shop and more. You can shop on a first-come-first served basis, or book an appointment in advance, here. F 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The Grove, Grand Lobby, 189 The Grove Dr., L.A., 323.900.8080.


Mardi Gras at Farmers MarketMARDI GRAS
Mardi Gras at Farmers Market
Feb. 14-15, 17. At the 26th anniversary of L.A.’s most colorful Mardi Gras event, celebrate with traditional New Orleans and Zydeco music, bead-throwing, strolling parade bands, arts and crafts and face painting for kids, authentic Cajun food, beer, and much more including the annual Mutti Gras Pet Parade & Mutti Gras King & Queen Contests (Saturday). Farmers Market, 6333 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.933.9211.


Mardi Gras Music and Food FestivalMardi Gras Music and Food Festival
Feb. 17. Take your Fat Tuesday to the next level by listening to 10 bands playing on four stages over three floors at the House of Blues. Also enjoy an array of home cooked Southern eats like fried chicken Po’ Boys, smoked brisket, beignets and more. 7 p.m. $20+. 8430 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood.


Preux & ProperPreux & Proper
Feb. 17. Downtown L.A.’s epicenter of NOLA cuisine and cutler serves up classic bayou eats like crispy frogs less, smoky shrimp beignets, fried oyster po’ boys and King Cake, paired with an open-air frozen daiquiri bar. Their Fat Tuesday celebration features a live brass band, Mardi Gras beads, decorative masks and other festive fun like their must try King’s Cake Cocktail. 840 S. Spring St., downtown, 213.896.0090.

View our full Los Angeles Mardi Gras guide

Peninsula Beverly HillsVALENTINE’S DAY
Peninsula Beverly Hills
Feb. 14. Treat your lover to a variety of Valentine’s Day experiences at the Peninsula Beverly Hills. Wine and dine under the stars with a four-course menu at The Roof Garden restaurant ($89/pp) and enjoy tunes from a strolling guitarist. Downstairs at The Belvedere dine on Executive Chef David Codney’s extravagant five-course tasting menu ($150/pp), accompanied by the live music of resident pianist Antonio Castillo de la Gala. Couples wanting to go all out can reserve one of twelve private poolside cabanas and enjoy a bottle of champagne, strolling guitarist and a decadent feast ($385/couple). 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.551.2888.


Love & SaltLove & Salt
Feb. 14. If the name of the new Manhattan Beach culinary hot spot isn’t enough to get one in the Valentine’s Day mood, couples can order from Chef Michael Fiorelli’s “Labor of Love” specials, featuring items that take a little extra love to prepare like pane bianco, warm house made bread filled with roasted garlic and parmesan; ricotta agnolotti, parmesan broth, wilted escarole, little rabbit meatballs; in addition to a special “Bloody Valentine” cocktail with muddled blood orange, mint, gin, St. Germain, simple syrup, and orange bitters. 317 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.5252.


BarbershopBarbershop Ristorante
Feb. 14. Chef Walter el Nagar pops up especially to cook a special Valentine’s weekend menu at Flake in Venice. The five-course prix-fixe menu brings together Italian cooking techniques with global ingredients. Hihglights include skinny capon (red beet, potatoes, salsa verde, ridgeback prawns and mussels), rossini 2015 (beef, foie gras, madeira and black truffle), kiss my tongue (veal, oyster, onions and horseradish) and more. $85/pp. 513 Rose Ave., Venice, 424.272.5849.

View our full Los Angeles Valentine’s Day dining guide

Coin de RueEAT + DRINK
Coin de Rue
Feb. 12-14; 19-21; 26-28. Parisian-style bistro pop-up in Beverly Hills is a partnership from Executive Chef David Féau and AdVantage Partners’ Adam Fleischman. Dine on a four-course prix-fixe menu that includes highlights like vegan onion soup; cabbage and sea urchin soft scrambled eggs with turmeric crab bisque; monkfish bouillabaisse; roast duck Apicius; and more. $55/pp, $25/pp wine pairings. 8400 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 310.943.9650.


PutxeroPutxero at Smoke.Oil.Salt
Starting Feb. 16. From the restaurant that brought authentic Valencian food to Los Angeles—including a dedicated paella night—comes Putxero from Chef Perfecto Rocher. The traditional stew weaves together root vegetables like turnips, parsnips and rutabagas with chickpeas, delicate fideo pasta, beef, lamb, pork, a fried chicken leg and Pilotes—a decadent meatball mix of beef, egg, parsley, cinnamon, pine nuts, wrapped in cabbage. All the different components are wrapped in cheese cloth and cooked together to make a rich, comforting broth. Instead of being served this indulgent concoction in one bowl, Rocher takes a more nostalgic approach, dividing up each individual group of ingredients into sections on a silver TV dinner tray. Pair it with Kalimotxo, a dry sangria potion made of equal parts Coca-Cola and red wine. Mondays only. 7274 Melrose Ave,, L.A., 323.930.7900.


Art of Motion Picture Costume Design
Feb. 10-Apr. 25. If you watch period films to swoon at the extraordinary gowns, the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising’s annual exhibition downtown, free and open to the public, was designed just for you. Get an up-close look at more than 100 costumes representing 20 of 2014’s most notable films in a variety of genres. Also featured will be costumes from all five films nominated for the Academy Award® for Best Costume Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel by Milena Canonero, Inherent Vice by Mark Bridges, Into the Woods by Colleen Atwood, Maleficent by Anna B. Sheppard, and Mr. Turner by Jacqueline Durran. Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, 919 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.624.1200.


hollywood-museumCelebration of Entertainment Awards
Feb. 4-Apr. 26. Head to the heart of Hollywood to view costumes, props and memorabilia on display at The Hollywood Museum’s annual exhibition celebrating film and television excellence. Highlights of the collection include The Dodge Challenger driven by Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler, the painter’s outfit worn by Amy Adams in Big Eyes, Frances McDormand’s floral mother-of-the-groom dress from Olive Kitteridge and the red leather jacket worn by Viola Davis in How to Get Away with Murder. Also showcased are award statuettes from various awards celebrations, and gowns worn on the red carpet by Marilyn Monroe, Sharon Stone, Cate Blanchett and Lucille Ball. 1660 N. Highland Ave., L.A., 323.464.7776.


Louis Vuitton Series 2Louis Vuitton Series 2—Past, Present and Future
Feb. 6-22. This unconventional exhibition from the luxury French fashion house is the first of its kind in the U.S. The modern interpretation of a fashion show will allow visitors to explore the creative process behind the spring/summer 2015 women’s ready-to-wear collection via a series of themed rooms like Backstage and an Accessories Gallery. Daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. 1135 N. Highland Ave., L.A., 866.884.8866.


The Ghosts of VersaillesOPERA
The Ghosts of Versailles
Feb. 15, 18, 21, 26; Mar. 1. The adventures of Figaro, first told in three stage comedies by French playwright Beaumarchais, created a sensation in the late 18th century, as well as a lasting legacy. The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro are the popular operatic adaptations by Rossini and Mozart of the first two plays; major plot elements of the third play, The Guilty Mother, are incorporated into John Corigliano’s opera, The Ghosts of Versailles. As the centerpiece of its “Figaro Unbound” initiative, L.A. Opera presents the trilogy this season at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, kicking off with The Ghosts of Versailles—Broadway legend Patti LuPone plays Samira in the production. Watch for complementary programming at other institutions citywide, including a James Conlon-led audio tour at the Norton Simon Museum. (photo Craig Mathew) Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7211.


The Night AliveTHEATER
The Night Alive
Through Mar. 13. Acclaimed Irish playwright—and three-time Tony nominee—Conor McPherson casts a beautiful spell with his new play about a group of down-on-their-luck lost souls, imbued with his signature humor and humanity. Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.


Dame EdnaDame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye
Through Mar. 15. Australian entertainer Barry Humphries takes his hilarious and satirical alter ego, Dame Edna, for one last spin—he created the character back in 1956—during this critically acclaimed farewell tour. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.


Chavez RavineChavez Ravine
Through Mar. 1. Theater troupe Culture Clash—Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza—revisits its beloved play, Chavez Ravine, 12 years after its world premiere in L.A., with new insights into the ever-changing landscape of the City of Angels. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772.


Smoke and MirrorsSmoke and Mirrors
Through Mar. 15. Get ready for a night of mind-blowing illusions and mystifying slight-of-hand; Smoke and Mirrors is the semi-autobiographical, fantastical story of Albie Selznick and his journey to become a Master Magician. After suffering a formidable tragedy, Albie uses magic to misdirect his grief but discovers himself by facing his fears with the aid of a life-sized white rabbit, The Oracle and Harry Houdini’s wife, Bess. Through a myriad of adventures, magic takes on a variety of meanings both in spirit and spectacle. $34. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 310.477.2055 ext. 2.


Through Mar. 15. The award-winning theater phenomenon returns to L.A. with three months of performances. Learn the untold story of the witches of Oz, the “wicked” Elphaba and good witch Glinda, in this smash-hit prequel to The Wizard of Oz. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770.