LA Weekend Events Roundup 9.15.16

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 9.15.16

Edited by Christina Xenos

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
Sept. 17. Celebrate the 78th traditional Chinese lunar festival in Chinatown with a moon viewing, live music, a craft beer garden and more. 5 p.m.-midnight. Free. Central & West Plazas, 943-951 N. Broadway, downtown, 213.680.0243.



Nautica MalibuNautica Malibu Triathlon presented by Equinox
Sept. 18. Athletes, philanthropists and celebrities are among those who turn out to swim, bike and run at this annual Zuma Beach event, all to benefit the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ pediatric-cancer research program. Race begins at 7 a.m. Check website for registration prices. 30000 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 818.707.8866.



ZooRoaring Nights at the L.A. Zoo
Sept. 16. The final date in the summer music series is an ‘80s-themed party that plays tribute to Prince and David Bowie, giving you a totally tubular way to end the season. Legendary ’80s DJ Richard Blade spins top music of the era, and two additional DJs oversee a “Silent Disco” with individual musical choices offered via wireless headphones. Also find food trucks, full-service bars, pop-up zookeeper talks, animal encounters, visits to zoo animal habitats and more. (photo Jamie Pham) 5333 Zoo Drive, Griffith Park, L.A., 323.644.4200.



Halloween Horror NightsHalloween Horror Nights
Sept. 16-Nov. 5. Universal Studios Hollywood’s iconic—and crazy packed—Halloween attraction features a fully re-imagined “Terror Tram” experience, four scare zones, seven movie-and TV-themed mazes based on the likes of American Horror Story, The Exorcist, Freddy vs. Jason and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. $89+. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 800.864.8377.



Long Beach Folk Revival FestivalLong Beach Folk Revival Festival
Sept. 16. The annual festival showcases live folk, roots, Americana and bluegrass music. Headliners include the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The White Buffalo, Chuck Ragan, among many others. Also find fun events like a beard and mustache contest and a banjo contest. 21 and over. General admission $40; VIP $75. See website for tickets and full line up. Across from Shoreline Village and the Marina, Downtown Long Beach.



L.A. County FairL.A. County Fair
Sept. 2-25. We admit it: Los Angeles doesn’t necessarily scream “country living.” But once a year, the city’s residents head to Pomona for the L.A. County Fair—a tradition since 1922—where they can milk a goat, ride on the Big Top Swinger and chow down on deep-fried everything. Beyond the typical fairground draws, this year’s event offers an “igloo,” complete with ice-skating rink; an interactive dinosaur exhibit; and a concert series with headliners including Blondie, Chicago and Iggy Azalea. W noon-10 p.m.; Th noon-11 p.m.; F noon-midnight; Sa 10 a.m.-midnight; Su 10 a.m.-10 p.m. $8-$20, under 6 free. 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, 909.623.3111.



Sept. 17, 22, 25; Oct. 5, 8, 13, 16. LA Opera kicks off its 2016-2017 season with a new production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth. Tony Award-winner Darko Tresnjak directs this adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragic tale, with LA Opera general director Plácido Domingo playing the title role. It’s the company’s first staging of the opera since 1987—a reprise that music director/conductor James Conlon calls his and Domingo’s “offering to the international recognition of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.” (photo Tato Baeza) Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave.



Sept. 15-18. Inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex, CalArts’ interdisciplinary contemporary-arts center, REDCAT, begins its fall season with Christian Rizzo’s Turkish-inspired dance d’aprés une histoire vraie. The performance combines contemporary dance with abstracted elements of folk dances set to the sound of energizing tribal rock music by two percussionists on stage. (photo Marc Domage) 631 W. 2nd St., downtown, 213.237.2800.



South ParkSouth Park 20 Experience
Through Sept. 25. South Park is turning 20 and super fans can put themselves in the middle of their favorite episodes at The Paley Center for Media. The South Park 20 Experience features a gallery of twenty, 2-D and 3-D life-sized replicas of fans’ favorite South Park characters and classic moments from the series, along with twenty specially created pieces of artwork curated by world-renowned pop culture artist, Ron English. Daily screenings of the series and fan photo ops round out this exclusive Paley Center event. 465 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills



anaisAnaïs, A Dance Opera
Aug. 27-Sept. 18. The cutting-edge stage production interweaves dance, music and theater to explore and illuminate the riveting life of famed diarist and literary figure Anaïs Nin and her world of words, sex, passion and creativity. Greenway Court Theater, 544 N Fairfax Ave., L.A.





Guillermo del ToroGuillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters
July 31-Nov. 27. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents filmmaker Guillermo del Toro’s first museum retrospective. The exhibition explores del Toro’s creative process by bringing together elements from his films, objects from his vast personal collections, drawings from his notebooks, and approximately 60 objects from LACMA’s permanent collection. The diverse range of media—including sculpture, paintings, prints, photography, costumes, ancient artifacts, books, maquettes, and film—totals approximately 500 objects and reflects the broad scope of del Toro’s inspirations. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000.



London CallingLondon Calling: Bacon, Freud, Kosoff, Andrews, Auerbach, and Kitaj
Through Nov. 13. While most of the art at the Getty Museum is concerned with the rendition of the human figure and landscape up to 1900, their latest exhibition focuses on innovative figure works from a prominent group of London-based artists who worked from the ‘40s through the ’80s, rejecting abstraction and conceptualism. This is the first extensive U.S. exhibition—80 major works—to explore the paintings and drawings of the leaders of the “School of London” movement: Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach and R.B. Kitaj. 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A., 310.440.7300.



Butterfly PavilionATTRACTIONS
Butterfly Pavilion
Sept. 16-Oct. 16. See more than 25 North American butterfly species and an array of plants in this outdoor exhibit at the Natural History Museum. The Butterfly Pavilion showcases monarchs, queens, malachites and various longwings and swallowtails, which will flutter among flowering plants inside the enclosed habitat. The pavilion is just part of the museum’s nature-oriented attractions, which also include the outdoor nature gardens and indoor nature lab where you have on-site opportunities to learn about insects and other species in the urban environment. 900 Exposition Blvd., downtown, 213.763.3466.



Michael's Santa MonicaFOOD + DRINK
Michael’s Santa Monica
Re-opens Sept. 15. The legendary Santa Monica restaurant enters a new era with the arrival of chef Miles Thompson. You may remember him from his sought-after food at critically acclaimed Allumette in Echo Park. Thompson brings his nuanced, ingredient-focused approach to the new menu with beginnings like housemade buckwheat sourdough bread with sunflower butter; raw plates like beef tartare with riesling vinegar, fermented pepper and okra seed caviar; small offerings like ricotta gnudi with lamb sausage, spigarello and preserved orange; Asian-influenced plates like Sichuan pork dumplings with cured salmon roe, black vinegar and tarragon; and large dishes such as black cod with lemongrass rice, soured little gems and dried chili dipping sauce. Also find a refreshed interior and market-to-glass cocktail program by beverage director Meredith Hayman (Bestia, Faith and Flower) that features signature drinks like Road to Kyushu with Kikori Japanese whiskey, Galliano, Averna, barrel-aged bitters, kumquat and clove. Mon.-Sat., 5:30-10:30 p.m. 1147 3rd St., Santa Monica, 310.451.0843.



Brack Shop TavernBrack Shop Tavern
The new downtown sports bar hits all the marks with game-viewing, an inventive menu and stellar cocktails. So much so, that even those who couldn’t tell you the difference between the Rams and the Raiders would still be happy to grab a seat and sink their teeth into an expertly crafted patty melt with roasted jalapeño pimento cheese—one of the best renditions of the dish in the city. The concept, from Last Word Hospitality (Same Same), takes over the former Barrel Down space on 7th St. downtown and fills it with an array of interesting and tasty fare like vegetarian mole tacos made with cauliflower; (addictive) twice-baked pee wee potatoes and fried chicken livers a la “Shake’N Bake.” Cocktail highlights include the ever-bubbly bubbly Spritz & Giggles with Aperol, tart cherry cider and mint; and Strawberry Letter 23 with Campari, dry vermouth, strawberry, lime and pink peppercorn. They also serve brunch all day long on Sunday from 10 a.m.-midnight. 525 W. 7th St., downtown.



Imagine TeaImagine Tea
Sept. 18. This special children’s event at the Langham Huntington, Pasadena pairs all the delicacies of high tea with a touch of magic. The experience features junior magicians from the Academy of Magical Arts performing close-up magic, while children dine on a specialty menu of magically decorated cookies, ham, turkey and PB&J sandwiches and whimsical desserts, all accompanied by pink lemonade, milk and a selection of fruit-infused, caffeine-free teas. Young tea guests will also have the opportunity to make their own magic during the tea, as they are invited to attend dressed as whichever character, person or animal most appeals to their imagination. $48/adults, $36/children 12 and under. Seatings at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Reservations required. Guests are encouraged to bring a new or used book to donate to Milk + Bookies. (photo Matt Armendariz) 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, 626.585.6218.



The GuildThe Guild’s Sunday Supper Series
Sept. 18. The Sunset Strip restaurant in the former iconic Screen Actors Guild headquarters offers a new Sunday night prix-fixe meal—perfect for two—that includes a seasonal salad, entree and dessert. The main course leans toward comfort food with offerings that include buttermilk fried chicken with with kohlrabi fennel slaw, cornbread and honey cup mustard (Sept. 18); rack of lamb with with pomme puree, seasonal veggies, and pomegranate jus (Sept. 25); and prime rib eye with yucca fries and chimichurri sauce. You’ll also get a bottle of wine to go with your feast. $60/for two people. 8741 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 424.279.9601.



tender-greensTender Greens Summer Beer Garden & Whole Pig Roast
Sept. 18. Tender Greens is celebrating the end of the season with a family-style feast. Dine on a whole pig slow roasted in a La Caja China with generous pours by Strand Brewing Co. The menu also includes small bites and sides such as: hand-rolled pretzels with sorrel butter; crispy sweet breads with apples, currants and brown-butter cider vinaigrette; ash roasted beet salad with pumpernickel gremolata; duck fat fried marble mashed potatoes; baked sweet potato and red kuri squash auflauf. $45/pp. 5:30 p.m. Tender Greens Hollywood, 6290 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, 323.382.0380.



Haunted House Party, A Roman Comedy
Sept. 8-Oct. 1. The 11th annual outdoor theatrical production at the Getty Villa is a hilarious adaptation of Plautus’ 2nd-century B.C. Roman comedy, Mostellaria. Even though it was written in 200 B.C., it would be right at home as a contemporary television sitcom: “When big daddy Theopropides is away, his son Philolaches will play. The lovesick youth has borrowed a large sum of money from a swindler to buy the freedom of a slave girl. When Theopropides returns sooner than expected, his slave Tranio is forced into some high-concept scheming to save the day.” The production is co-produced by Troubadour Theater Company.  $36-$48. 8 p.m. 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades, 310.440.7300.



A View from the BridgeA View from the Bridge
Sept. 7-Oct. 16. Fresh off recent Tony wins and sold-out runs on Broadway and the West End, Arthur Miller’s play follows a Brooklyn longshoreman obsessed with his 17-year-old niece and his raging jealousy over her love of an immigrant. For a more intimate experience, opt for onstage seating. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.



Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me UpThrow Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up
Sept. 10-Oct. 2. Lucy Alibar, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter behind Beasts of the Southern Wild, spins yarns about a unique childhood that included a run-in with a lecherous goat and Pentecostals on the radio in this play, having its official world premiere here. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772.



Ma Rainey’s Black BottomMa Rainey’s Black Bottom
Sept. 1-Oct. 16. Phylicia Rashad directs August Wilson’s groundbreaking play—inspired by the real-life Gertrude “Ma” Rainey—which depicts the racism and exploitation in the music industry present during a 1927 recording session in Chicago. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.



Sept. 6-Oct. 16. Award-winning playwright Robert O’Hara’s comedy about a dysfunctional family barbecue that turns into an intervention for a drug-addicted sister makes its West Coast premiere, with a cast including Yvette Cason, Dale Dickey and Frances Fisher. Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.