Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 07.29.11
July 28–31. ESPN kicks off its annual sports competition downtown, with more than 200 athletes at competition and event venues including Staples Center and Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. New this year, Enduro X showcases riders’ talent on an all-terrain obstacle course, and a rally-car racing circuit runs through downtown. Tickets via Ticketmaster (800.745.3000) or at Staples Center box office. 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.742.7340.
July 30. Thinking About Tomorrow presents a Back To School-themed event, which turns LA Center Studios’ Vortex Immersion Dome into an adult playground complete with an open bar, DJ dance party, live music, live art and interactive installations, schoolyard games, tetherball pole dance performance, school portrait photo booth and much, much more. The event supports youth education in Los Angeles. Back to school attire encouraged. Tickets $40 advance/$45 w/shuttle/$55 door. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. LA Center Studios, 1201 W. 5th St., downtown. thinkingabouttomorrow.org/recess
July 31. The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles dishes up some summertime musical fun when it presents “Hairspray Sing-Along,” featuring the delightfully campy musical film about “pleasantly plump” teenager Tracy Turnblat (Nikki Blonsky) who rallies against 1960s-era racial segregation with the support of her reclusive mother Edna Turnblat (John Travolta in drag). Blonsky makes a special live guest appearance at the Sing-Along. Guests are encouraged to bring picnics, lawn chairs and blankets. VIP gates/6 p.m., $100; general admission, 7 p.m., $10, movie/8:30 p.m. Tickets: 800.636.7464; www.gmcla.org. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd.
July 29. Local filmmaker James Dirschberger’s documentary “Honest Man: The Life of R. Budd Dwyer”—which follows the events leading up to the death of the much-scrutinized politician—will host its L.A. premiere with Cinema Speakeasy at Royal/T. The film screening will be followed by a Q&A with Dwyer’s family moderated by Truthdig.com’s Kasia Anderson, examining the repercussions of the media’s treatment of public figures. RSVP for guaranteed entry: email@example.com. Film screening starts at 8:30 p.m. Royal/T, 8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.559.6300. www.royal-t.org
July 30. 21 Drops aims to help take the edge off daily life in LA, help with heartache, or give you that burst of inspiration with their modern line of therapeutic-grade essential oils. At their event at Fred Segal Melrose, enjoy a summer drink, meet the founders of 21 Drops and enjoy a personal aromatherapy consultation to find the blend that’s right for you. You can even pick up a special limited edition blend (only sold at Fred Segal) called Carma Relief that magically makes weathering LA traffic a breeze. 1-5 p.m. RonRobinson | Fred Segal, 8118 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.651.0239.
Saturdays. Transport yourself to an alfresco Parisian-style market in the middle of Hollywood to shop for antiques, vintage finds, art and goods from local designers. Live music accompanies your shopping and a rotating lineup of local food trucks fuel you for an afternoon of shopping. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4p.m. Open Market Place, Hollywood High School, 1521 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. More Info.
July 30. Rage Against the Machine and Muse are the headlining acts of this alt-rock music festival at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Exposition Park. The event also features performances by Rise Against, Lauryn Hill, Immortal Technique and El Gran Silencio. 3 pm. $69–$99. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Exposition Park, 800.745.3000. larisingfestival.com
July 30. Enjoy outdoor music and evening views of the city along with summer exhibitions in a casual and spontaneous atmosphere. This week the Getty music series features Michigan-bred L.A. songwriter Ben Schneider (also known as Lord Huron) who creates music that is an auditory travelogue. Evocative of many places, but tied to none in particular. Afro-Caribbean percussion and lush harmonies inspired by Calypso singers, folk traditions, and the American frontier fuse with modern experimentation to create an expansive sound. 6-9 p.m. 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A., 310.440.7300 Map K7 getty.edu
July 31. Celebrating the 10th year of reggae at the Hollywood Bowl, Ziggy Marley brings his band and a host of roots reggae legends including I-Threes featuring Rita Marley, Marcia Griffiths and Judy; Mowatt; The Wailing Souls; Mighty Diamonds; Ras Michael; KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole hosts. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 North Highland Ave., L.A., 323.850.2000. HollywoodBowl.com
July 29. In 2001 Alex Dezen asked a couple friends to record a few songs with him, which led (in the not so far future) to the creation of the Brooklyn-based rock band, The Damnwells. Since then Dezen’s mix of alt-country and alternative pop/rock is supported by a variety of talented musicians and producers. The Mint, 6010 W. Pico Blvd., L.A., 323.954.9400. www.themintla.com
July 28. Master dhol (North Indian drum) player and MC Sunny Jain founded New York’s critically acclaimed Red Baraat in celebration of sounds he remembers from childhood trips to his parents’ native India, along with the rock and ska he grew up loving. Melding the infectious Punjabi rhythm known as Bhangra with a funk reminiscent of New Orleans brass, Red Baraat mesmerizes audiences with its powerful and joyous live show. Doors 7 p.m.; show 8 p.m. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 310.440.4500. www.skirball.org
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. www.whisperloungela.com
Now Open. Let the stresses of everyday life melt away as soon as you enter the newly opened Blvd Spa. Pamper yourself with everything from facials, to massages, to body treatments. We recommend the BLVD signature facial that is customized fit the needs of your skin and deliver maximum results. The BLVD signature body treatment detoxes your body with dry brushing to stimulated circulation, followed by a light aromatherapy massage then you’re wrapped in thermal blankets so your skin eliminates toxins and finally you’re slathered with slimming cream for a firm finish. BLVD Spa, BLVD Hotel and Spa, 1070 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 888.885.BLVD. TheBlvdHotel.com
July 30. Dominick’s celebrates the release of their first ever Dago Rosé and new Dago White blends for summer with a pig roast brunch. Menu offerings include oysters, roasted pig bruschetta, roasted potatoes and sweet potatoes, polenta cake and more, along with $12 bottles of Dago Wine and prosecco and $3 Moretti beers. 1-6 p.m. Dominick’s, 8715 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 310.652.2335. www.dominicksrestaurant.com
July 28. Breadbar Century City and Curating Chef Noriyuki Sugie fire up the next installment of the monthly “Hatchi Truck Stop” series with LA food truck Frysmith. For one night only dine on a menu that puts a twist on Frysmith’s fry-centric dishes with menu offerings such as ultimate fries with hand-cut Kennebec potatoes fried in duck fat and topped with Fleur de Sel and truffle bacon, served with tarragon aïoli and homemade Ketchup; wild salmon and glazed veal sweetbreads with celery root fries and corn and parsley purée; potato risotto with roasted beet and gruyere sauce, topped with smoked Jidori chicken and more! $8 each; $32 minimum purchase. 6-10 p.m. Breadbar Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City, 310.277.3770. www.breadbar.net
Through July 30. organic eatery Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop in Beverly Hills and Century City is hosting a Steak Sandwich face-off to select the newest addition to its all-organic, health-driven menu. Due to popular demand, the restaurant offers diners two specials—both featuring an exclusive artisanal whole wheat roll from Del Forno Bakery—and the opportunity to vote one of the market-inspired creations onto its regular menu: Option 1) Grilled Steak with Caramelized Onions, Peppers, Aged Cheddar, and a Tangy Herb Vinaigrette, served with a side salad; option 2) Grilled Steak with Romesco Sauce, shaved Red Onions, Portobello Mushrooms, and Baby Arugula, served with a side salad. Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, 9671 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.246.0756; 1888 Century Park East, Century City, 424.239.8700. www.greenleafchopshop.com
July 31. Patina Executive Chef Tony Esnault and Intuitive Forager Kerry Clasby host an afternoon of food divided into two parts. In the first portion 12-3 p.m., participants embark on a foraging tour of the Hollywood Farmers Market with Clasby and Esnault to pick ingredients for the cooking demo, speak with farmers, and sample the best of the season, followed by lunch prepared by the Farmer’s Kitchen $75/pp (session is open to open to 10 guests). The second session includes a cooking demonstration and discussion with Esnault from 3-4 p.m., for $50 per person (session is open to an additional 15 guests). Guests are welcome to participate in the whole afternoon for $125. Event benefits the Hollywood Farmers’ Market Preservation Fund. Space is limited, and tickets can be reserved at www.hollywoodfarmerskitchen.org
Mon.-Sat. Through September. Take ramen to the next level with Breadbar’s new “PopChef” series that features Chef Nori Sugie’s contemporary take on Japan and China’s most iconic traditional street fare. Every ramen dish (from the soup and protein menu) showcases all-beef repertoire: oxtail ramen, beef tongue ramen, corn beef ramen and more. Garnishes for all ramen bowls include soy-marinated poached eggs, mushrooms and scallions. All dishes are MSG-free, and all the beef soups are made with an original blend of housemade spices. To accompany the ramen, diners can also select from a variety of gourmet sides and toppings such as bone marrow, oxtail, short rib, beef tongue, fried Shishitou pepper, spiced ground beef, and marinated poached egg. In addition, to keep diners cool through the summer, starting Aug. 1, they can order a cold ramen consommé, which consists of shredded beef short rib, beef consommé, sliced cucumber, radishes, peanut, arugula, coriander, and shishitou peppers. Breadbar West Third Street, 8718 West Third St., L.A., 310.205.0124. www.breadbar.net
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. www.figandolive.com
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. www.michaelssantamonica.com
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. www.sushiroku.com
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. www.thebroadstage.com
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. www.thebroadstage.com