LA Weekend Roundup 07.22.11

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 07.22.11


Cirque du soleil: Iris
Cirque du soleil: Iris

Previews Start July 21. Watch out, Vegas! L.A. has finally earned its own Cirque du Soleil spectacle, fittingly themed around the history of film. The long-anticipated Iris: A Journey Through the World of Cinema, written and directed by director-choreographer Philippe Decouflé, opens in previews (officially opens Sept. 25) at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre; it will be the exclusive host to this production. Described as a “lyrical, fanciful, kinetic foray into the seventh art,” Iris uses dance, acrobatics, live video, filmed sequences and animation to tell the history of cinema and its genres. More than 70 performers don 200 costumes for the show, which is scored by Grammy and Emmy Award winner and L.A. native Danny Elfman. Performances Tu–Su. $43–$133; VIP Ticket $253. 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 877.943.4747.

bloomfestBloomfestLA 2011

July 23. At this downtown arts and music festival, enjoy indie music by KCRW DJs and bands like Voxhaul Broadcast and Eastern Conference Champions, brews by Wurstküche and Angel City Brewing, arts & crafts, good food, and eco-friendly fun. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Bloom Square in the Arts District of DTLA, 800 E. 3rd St., downtown.

Los Feliz Village Street FairLos Feliz Village Street Fair

July 24. 18th annual festival offers food from more than 26 vendors, beer and wine gardens, art exhibitions, two stages of live music and more. Also catch the Los Feliz Fashion Festival, a special event at the fair, that features more than 35 LA-based clothing, jewelry and accessories designers. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Hollywood Boulevard between Vermont and Hillhurst Avenues.

lil’ chefs cooking class pinot-bistrolil’ chefs cooking class

July 23. Got a budding Iron Chef at home? Want to see who’s the biggest foodie in the family? Parents can accompany their kids to Pinot Bistro for a cooking class and lunch taught by Executive Chef Steven Mary. Chef Mary aims to inspire kids to have a healthier relationship with their food through hands-on, interactive cooking class. $90-$125. Register HERE. Pinto Bistro, 12969 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 818.990.0500.

decadestwo.1 Biannual Show Event

July 23. In what could be the shoe event of the summer, Decadestwo.1 marks down their selection of designer shoes, from Alaia to Zanotti to $150. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Decadestwo.1, 8214 Melrose Ave, L.A., 323.655.1960.

Dolly Parton

July 22-23. The Queen of Country Music makes her Bowl debut in this extraordinary concert. Celebrating a new record, as well as over 45 years of hit songs, Dolly Parton is one of the most adored figures in American music. Her unforgettable live show showcases her classic voice and impressive multi-instrumental artistry. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000.

Loston Harris TrioLoston Harris Trio

Through Aug. 7. The Loston Harris Trio arrives from New York for a limited engagement at the Whisper Restaurant and Lounge. Spend the weekend sipping cocktails to the tunes of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Mel Torme and more. Wed., Fri., Sun. 8 p.m. Whisper Restaurant and Lounge, The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr., L.A., 323.931.0202.

sushi roku happy hourEAT | Drink
Sushi Roku Hollywood Sunday Happy Hour

Sundays. Ease your way into the work week by enjoying a menu where all items are under $6. Menu items include new signature dishes such as Albacore Tacos “Roku” Style with Yuzu Guacamole; Sushi Roku classics like Hanabi with Spicy Tuna or Yellowtail with Diced Chiles; Miso Eggplant Dangaku and more. The Happy Hour menu also features sake, select wine and beer, and cocktails such as the Fuju Apple Martini. 5-11 p.m. Sushi Roku Hollywood, 8445 W. 3rd St., L.A. 323.655.6767.


July 25. The spirit of “scorpacciata,” an Italian term that means indulging in large amounts of local, seasonal ingredients, is alive and well at Drago Santa Monica. Drago Executive Chef Evan Gotanda reconvenes with guest Chef Jeremy Strubel (Public Kitchen & Bar) and Brandon D’Imperio (Inner Gardens) to curate a new five-course menu featuring local, sustainable and organic ingredients. Dine on offerings like heirloom tomatoes and basil, summer squash and mint, jade tiger abalone and shiso, duck cotechino and more. Chris Hewes (Library Bar) joins the crew to shake up farm fresh cocktails. $65/pp; $25/optional cocktail pairings; $12 a la carte cocktails. 6-10 p.m. Reservations recommended. Drago Santa Monica, 2628 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.828.1585.

napa-valley-grillNapa Valley Grille Summer BBQ

July 21. Napa Valley Grille offers BBQ-inspired menu specials, like the $5 Beef Short Rib Sliders Duo and Pabst Blue Ribbon beer combo; summertime tunes on the outdoor patio; and complimentary wine tastings as part of the restaurant’s new monthly non-profit Westwood LIVE series. 5-11 p.m. Napa Valley Grille, 1100 Glendon Ave., Westwood, 310.824.3322.

michaels-santa-monica-happy-hourFARMacy Hours at Michael’s Santa Monica

Due to popular demand, Michael’s has extended FARMacy Hours for the rest of summer. During FARMacy Hours, guests who gather in the bar/lounge and say “Burrata” receive a complimentary Farm-to-Table Bar Bite of their choice, with the purchase of one of mixologist Jason Robey’s Farm-to-Glass signature cocktails. Tues.-Thurs., 5-7 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 6-8 pm. Michael’s Santa Monica, 1147 Third St., Santa Monica, 310.451.0843.

aperitivo-menu-fig-oliveSummer Thursdays Aperitivo at Fig & Olive

Thursdays through August. Oenophiles can sip and savor four new French wines from Provence at “Summer Thursdays”—alongside open forum discussions with the vintners and a complimentary appetizer with the purchase of a glass of Côtes de Provence rosé ($10; one appetizer per guest). The Côtes de Provence Appellation d’Origine Controlee (AOC) is the largest appellation in Provence and is known internationally for producing some of the world’s best rosé wines. 5–7 p.m. Fig & Olive Melrose Place, 8490 Melrose Place, L.A., 310.360.9100.

The Expert at the Card Table

Through Aug. 7. Neil Patrick Harris’ latest directorial project is all fun and games until magic turns to mystery. Written and performed by sleight-of-hand master Guy Hollingworth, and developed under the artistic direction of David Babani of the Menier Chocolate Factory, this acclaimed adaptation of a notorious, anonymously penned 1902 book gob-smacked audiences with its tale of two boys whose childhood love of card tricks turns in adulthood into a deadly game of trickery and deceit. The Edye, Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St, Santa Monica, 310.434.3200.

let-me-down-easyLet Me Down Easy

Through July 31. Anna Deavere Smith (“Nurse Jackie,” “West Wing”) is a theatrical superstar, and her new solo show is as funny as it is tender. Having traveled to three continents and conducted over 300 interviews, Smith explores physical power and vulnerability in her signature style of journalistic performance. Throughout the evening, she channels twenty people, some you know, some you’ve never met from Lance Armstrong to first supermodel Lauren Hutton, to Governor Ann Richards to a rodeo bull rider to distinguished doctors and holy men. In the end, the show is about resilience, grace and most of all, love. The Broad Stage, Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St, Santa Monica, 310.434.3200.

Los Angeles DodgersSports

July 25–27. The Boys in Blue play a three-game series against Western Division rivals the Colorado Rockies. Root, root, root for the home team at Dodger Stadium in Chavez Ravine—and don’t forget to pick up a Doyer Dog (that’s a nacho cheese-and-jalapeño Dodger Dog). Dodger Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Ave., L.A., 866.363.4377.

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