Events | LA Weekend Events Roundup 11.19.15

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 11.19.15

Edited by Christina Xenos

Los Angeles Auto Show
Nov. 20-29. Automakers get car buyers in gear with their latest and greatest offerings at this annual show, held at the L.A. Convention Center downtown. See debuts of production and concept vehicles. If you still have a thirst to live in the fast lane, Jaguar North America is launching The Art of Performance Tour, an unprecedented test drive and digital engagement experience through Sunday to introduce the Jaguar XE compact luxury sedan; RSVP. Hours vary. $5-$15, under 6 free. Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 310.444.1850.


great los angeles walkGreat Los Angeles Walk
Nov. 21. The annual walk that dispels that “nobody walks in L.A.,” traverses Olympic Boulevard for its 10th anniversary. The thoroughfare was actually once known as 10th St., and renamed Olympic for the 1932 Olympics. Now, L.A. has its sights on the 2024 Games, and the Walk is on board. The event kicks off at Clifton’s Cafeteria where Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne will discuss Olympic and the changing nature of L.A. streets. After touring Clifton’s, you’ll walk approximately 16 miles (at a casual, all-day pace) to the ocean, passing through downtown, Westlake, Koreatown, Hancock Park, Beverly Hills, Century City, Westwood, West Los Angeles and Santa Monica. 9 a.m.


David SedarisDavid Sedaris
Nov. 21. Laugh-out-loud author David Sedaris brings his stories, anecdotes and personal essays to the Valley Performing Arts Center. Sedaris is the author of bestsellers Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames and his most recent book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. (photo Anne Fishbein) Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, 818.677.8800.


Rodeo DriveRodeo Drive Lighting Ceremony
Nov. 22. Beverly Hills kicks off the holiday season with the lighting of Rodeo Drive’s 42 palm trees, an appearance by Jazz vocalist Molly Ringwald, an immersive light show choreographed to a custom holiday mix by DJ Michelle Pesce, a dance preview of Debbie Allen’s The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker, live music performed by the Beverly Hills High School marching band, a visit from Santa Claus, snow on Rodeo Drive and more. Free. 200 block of Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills. 6 p.m.


The Americana at Brand ChristmasThe Americana at Brand Christmas
Nov. 19. Celebrate the season at The Americana at Brand. The ceremony kicks off with a festive pre-show from supergroup, Band of Merrymakers, and is followed by a lively performance featuring fan favorites from the hit show, So You Think You Can Dance, who will debut an original dance spectacular inspired by Clara from The Nutcracker. The evening will also include Santa Claus’ arrival, the lighting of Christmas tree, the season’s first snowfall finished by a grand fireworks finale. 889 Americana Way, Glendale, 818.637.8982.


Stouts N StachesStouts N Staches
Nov. 21. Celebrate the culture and history of great mustaches and raise awareness and funds for the Movember Foundation during the third annual fest. The block party event begins at Hotel Erwin with live music, beer garden, free MO trims, photo booth and more. Then, the party takes over Windward Ave. where participating locations will offer food and beer specials. Access to High Rooftop Lounge and the “MO Lounge,” which includes massages, styling, skincare products, whiskey and food tastings and hosted beer, will be offered in the VIP package. A portion of proceeds from the event will be donated to Movember. 2-7 p.m. 697 Pacific Ave, Venice.


CHILL at the queen MaryCHILL
Nov. 20-Jan. 10. The Queen Mary’s adjacent dome is filled with 2 million pounds of ice for tubing, skating (in front of the ship) and more. Walk among 2.5-story-tall ice sculptures at a frigid 9 degrees. Hours vary. $24.99-$44.99. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0752.


Yuja Wang MUSIC
Yuja Wang Plays Mozart
Nov. 20-22. Superstar pianist Yuja Wang reunites with Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich to play the “Jeunehomme” concerto, her first Mozart with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Also on the program are the voices of the Los Angeles Master Chorale for the U.S. premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Karawane. 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000.


Absolut Elyx Water TruckSHOP
Absolut Elyx Water Truck
Nov. 19. Sip your next cocktail out of the stunning Elyx copper pineapple. Absolute Elyx brings their water truck to The Grove today to offer the limited edition pineapples to benefit Water For People. Each one purchased gives safe water to those in need. If you miss your chance, find them available for purchase online. 189 The Grove Dr., L.A.


culinaEAT + DRINK
Nov. 20. Celebrate white truffle season with a decadent five-course dinner at the modern Italian restaurant inside Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Chef Mette Williams has captured the season through dishes topped with truffles like the antipasti of diver scallop, sweet potato gratin and scallop tartar with celery root and parmesan crisps; braised-rabbit agnolotti with leeks and jus; roasted rack of veal served atop black truffle risotto with braised cardoons; and more. Prosecco reception in the lounge at 7 p.m., dinner 7:30 p.m. $115/pp. 300 S. Doheny Dr., L.A., 310.860.4000.


jinyaJINYA Ramen Express
Opens Nov. 21. Starting with a bowl of broth simmered for 10 hours and noodles aged for three days, you can build your own ramen bowl at the new outpost of JINYA at Hollywood & Highland Center. The fast-casual concept comes from Tomonori Takahashi, CEO and Founder of the Robata JINYA and JINYA Ramen Bar. With the new concept, he aims to marry authentic ramen with a fast-paced life. Once you’re in line, you can go the soup route, or opt for a ramen salad or rice bowl. All the extra ingredients—broths (tonkotsu, spicy chicken, or vegan), pork, chicken, vegetable, noodles (thick or thin), proteins, sauces and garnishes are there for your taking to customize your perfect dish. Not feeling creative? Pick from one of JINYA’s signatures. 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 317, L.A.


Los BalconesLos Balcones
Through Nov. 22. Jorge, Walter and Eduardo Rodriguez, owners of Los Balcones Peruvian restaurant and Chavela in Hollywood, are collaborating with guest chefs Ricardo Zarate and San Francisco-based Danny Kou to serve a special Peruvian menu. Each guest chef will prepare two Peruvian dishes, which will be served with three dishes from Los Balcones and choice of dessert. Highlights of the menu include Ceviche de Pato, pan seared duck breast, aji amarillo ceviche sauce, quinoa salad, crispy duck skin crumble; Lomo Saltado, stir fry of tender loins, onions, tomatoes, garlic, soy sauce and vinegar marinade; Tiradito de Salmon, smoked aji amarillo leche de tigre, chalaquita salsa, rocoto julienne y micro cilantro, cancha; Eggplant Crostini, with eggplant aji panca stew, canario goat cheese mousse, botija aili. Dishes range in price from $10 to $18, and you can also on $8 sip pisco sour specials. Los Balcones will donate 50% of the profits from sales of the special menu to Fundación Pachacútec, a center in Peru dedicated to train prospective chefs that do not have the means to attend private culinary institutes. 1360 Vine St., L.A., 323.871.9600.


magnolia houseMagnolia House
Starts Nov. 22. The cozy and contemporary bungalow situated on South Lake Avenue in Pasadena welcomes Executive Chef Evan Colter who is adding his point of view to the menu, and kicking off Sunday Suppers this week. Every month Colter will showcase a region of the United States starting with the Southeast through dishes like buttermilk fried duck, biscuits and gravy and mustard potato salad served with housemade hot sauce. Bar Manager Brian Klemm also adds his playful twist to the dinner, pairing one of his signature specialty cocktails with each meal. 492 South Lake Ave., Pasadena, 626.584.1121.


Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Through Nov. 22. The hit Broadway musical arrives in Hollywood for a limited run. Expect the animated film’s Academy Award-winning score, plus some additional songs to accompany Belle’s revelation that love is blind. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770.