LA Weekend Roundup 08.05.11

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 08.05.11


Katy PerryMusic
Katy Perry

Aug. 5-7. When she’s not providing the voice of Smurfette in the new Smurfs movie, this California Gurl is taking over the Nokia Theater at LA Live for three nights with Robyn and DJ Skeet Skeet. Nokia Theatre, LA Live, 777 Chick Hearn Court, downtown, 213.763.6020.


Aug. 5-7. The Hollywood Bowl’s annual musical is the stage version of the kooky John Waters comedy Hairspray. Starring Tony Award-winning Broadway cast members Harvey Fierstein (pictured) as Edna Turnblad and Marissa Jaret Winokur as Tracy Turnblad, the musical, running Aug. 5–7, features other marquee names such as Drew Carey, Corbin Bleu, Nick Jonas and John Stamos. The fully staged production tells the story of an awkward teenager in 1960s Baltimore who realizes her dreams when she nabs a role dancing on The Corny Collins Show, but faces resistance from her peers when she pushes for racial integration. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000.

daniel-lentzDaniel Lentz, An Evening of Premieres

Aug. 6. Daniel Lentz’s works have been commissioned and performed by noted ensembles and soloists around the world, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A prolific composer whose work is often characterized by intricate musical processes, a bit of theater, and an interest in the human voice, Lentz introduces the world premieres of two of his latest works for piano and electronic keyboards, “Seas of Ionia” and “51 Nocturnes,” as well as the California premiere of “Dorchester Tropes,” at SPF:a Gallery in Culver City, which is currently showing “Illuminated Manuscripts,” a collection of Lentz’s music-related sculptures. Reception with Lentz and the performing artists will follow immediately after the concert with food provided by Global Gardens, Southern California’s award-winning olive oil and specialty food producer. $20. 8 p.m. SPF:a Gallery, 8609 Washington Blvd., Culver City.

Taste In San Pedro

Aug. 5-7. Explore more than 30 restaurants, wineries, breweries, artists, merchants and live musicians in a magnificent seaside setting. Live bands perform including legendary jazz sensation Poncho Sanchez and tribute bands FanHalen and LedZepagain. Also find merchants and crafters, local artists’ displays and a family fun zone. Harbor Blvd. Promenade between 1st St. and 6th St, San Pedro.

Cirque du soleil: IrisCirque du soleil: Iris

Continuing. 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.

Monday Night Movies, Martinis and Manicures Station HollywoodMonday Night Movies, Martinis and Manicures

Mondays. Mix and Mingle at Station Hollywood the outdoor bar and lounge located at the W Hollywood for Monday night movies, martinis and manicures. You’ll find one of the city’s only 35-foot outdoor screen, fire pits, intimate lounge seating and an outdoor bar. Complimentary mini manicures are offered by BLISS Hollywood throughout the evening. This week’s movie is Reservoir Dogs, followed by Grease Sing Along (8/15), Wedding Crashers (8/22), Thriller & This Is It (8/29). Mondays, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. (movie begins at 9 p.m.). Station Hollywood, W Hollywood Hotel, 6250 Hollywood Blvd, L.A., 323.798.1360.

Monsieur MarcelEAT | Drink
Film et Vin

Through Aug. 31. Get dealified at both Monsieur Marcel locations when you see a movie nearby. Moviegoers who present their ticket stub from either the Pacific Theatres at the Grove at Monsieur Marcel’s Farmers Market bistro, or the AMC Theatres at their Third Street Promenade bistro will receive free hors d’oeuvres with purchase of a glass of wine. Those visiting the Farmers Market location also have the option to present their movie ticket for 20% off a bottle of wine at Monsieur Marcel’s gourmet market. Monsieur Marcel, Farmers Market, 6333 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.939.7792; Third Street Promenade, 1260 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, 310.587.1166.

Sweets and Spirits at Dominick’sSweets and Spirits at Dominick’s

Aug. 4. Dominick’s Mixologist Nikki Sunseri and Pastry Chef Ann Kirk have taken food and drink pairings to another level. For one night only skip the dinner and head strait for the dessert and cocktails. Indulge in pairings like pistachio cake paired with a honeysuckle cocktail (Flor de Cana extra dry, clover honey, lime and a grapefruit peel); ricotta fritters with blackberry compote paired with a blackberry basil smash (Elmer T. Lee, blackberries, muddled lemons, basil leaves and Sambuca); Sweet Summer Risotto with fresh peaches, raspberries and ginger sauce paired with El Matador (El Jimador blanco, crème Yvette, pressed ginger, lemon and orange bitters and more! Dominick’s, 8715 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 310.652.2335.

Summer of Bastianich Dinner coast-shutters-on-the-beachSummer of Bastianich Dinner

Aug. 4. Joseph Bastianich is considered a foremost authority of Italian wines. He created the Bastianich winery with his mother, chef and restaurateur, Lidia Bastianich, and in 2001, they partnered with celebrity chef, Mario Batali to create La Mozza Winery. Meet Bastianich at Coast Beach Cafe and Bar, and dine on a special three-course meal (halibut crudo, Mancini spaghetti with dungeness crab sauce, seared Ahi tuna and more) crafted by Chef Michael Reardon and featuring dishes that pair perfectly with three Bastianich wines. Menu available through Labor Day. 6:30-10 p.m. $55/pp. Coast Beach Café and Bar at Shutters on the Beach, One Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, 310.587.1707.

Ramen Bull at Breadbar West Third StreetRamen Bull at Breadbar West Third Street

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, 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.


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.


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.

BedHead pajamasShopping
BedHead Pajamas

Aug. 5-6. Find 50-80% off retail prices for luxurious BedHead pajamas. Mention you saw this on for a free gift. BedHead Pajamas Warehouse, 5200 Venice Blvd., L.A., 323.634.0333.


Continuing. The Museum of Contemporary Art downtown reaches into its cache of pop art for this comprehensive show. Included are early practitioners like Andy Warhol, Jim Dine and Ed Ruscha, plus contemporary artists influenced by the movement such as Jeff Koons and Barbara Kruger. MOCA Grand Avenue, 250 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.626.6222.

this kirk douglas theatreTHEATER

Through Aug. 28. This new American comedy, by Melissa James Gibson, is a portrait of forty-something life as seen through a group of five friends. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772 Map L11

expert-at-the-tableTHE 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.

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