LA Weekend Roundup 08.12.11

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 08.12.11

Sandra Bernhard: I Love Being Me, Don’t You?

Aug. 11-21. The revered and irreverent Sandra Bernhard appears at REDCAT for a special, intimate engagement of her latest show, “I Love Being Me, Don’t You?” Backed by a smokin’ rock band, Bernhard draws on her acclaimed new comedy recording of the same name to deliver her unforgettable blend of outrageous humor, cutting satire and fiercely energetic live performance. $45-$50. Redcat, 631 W. 2nd St., downtown, 213.237.2800.


Aug. 13. Unlimited tastings of 50 craft beers at seven downtown bars (Seven Grand, Golden Gopher, Las Perlas, Caña Rum Bar, Cole’s, Broadway Bar and Casey’s Irish Pub). Food trucks are stationed between venues. Tickets online. 3–8 pm. $49; VIP ticket for entry at 1 pm, $69.

The Hudson Block PartyThe Hudson Block Party

Aug. 13. Drop by The Hudson for a summer block party featuring food from The Hudson, Baby Blues BBQ and Intelligentsia, in addition to live music by seven local bands including Andy Clockwise, Races, Dead Sara; three DJs, street artists, two full bars and more. 1-11 p.m. $7 before 4 p.m./$10 after. 1114 North Crescent Heights, West Hollywood. More Info.

Red Sun Saturdays Sushi RokuRed Sun Saturdays

Saturdays Through August. Grab a seat on the courtyard at One Colorado Saturdays in August for Red Sun Saturdays. Sushi Roku Pasadena transforms the patio into a pop-up beer garden and restaurant, perfect for watching the One Colorado music series, which features artists Michelle Bloom, Mia Doi Todd, and Katie Costello. 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena, 626.683.3000.

PaleyFest FamilyPaleyFest Family

Aug. 13-14. The weekend-long festival features special screenings, appearances by the casts and creative teams of featured Disney Channel and Cartoon Network shows, autograph signings, and a variety of interactive elements for kids and families. Snacks and beverages are be available throughout each day. Tickets include admission to the Paley Center’s current exhibition of Hollywood memorabilia – Debbie Reynolds: The Exhibit. Doors open at 11 a.m. $15/$10 members. 465 North Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, 1.866.811.4111.

SUPER iam8bitSUPER iam8bit

Opens Aug. 11; Through Sept. 10. SUPER iam8bit is the ultimate art exhibit designed to celebrate the place of video games in culture and features work from more than 100 artists internationally. Also expect a special tribute to Galaga’s 30th anniversary, which features the world’s largest “arcade cabinet;” designer decal collective, BLIK, transforming the 4,500 sq. ft. gallery into an 80’s gaming wonderland; and Double Fine artist, Drew Skillman, displaying an interactive, retro Kinect hack. Opening night, Aug 11. 7-11 p.m., party features all night ambiance by DJ R-Rated, with special performances by Leeni and A_Rival. 2147 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A.


Aug. 12. Colin Meloy and Co. play under the stars at the Greek Theatre to promote their album, The King Is Dead, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 after its January 18 release. Perhaps concertgoers can expect to hear the band’s ballad “Los Angeles, I’m Yours”? Greek Theatre, 2700 N. Vermont Ave., Griffith Park, 323.665.5857.

Rodrigo y Gabriela Rodrigo y Gabriela with the Los Angeles Philharmonic

Aug. 12-13. The Los Angeles Philharmonic joins Rodrigo y Gabriela, the exhilaratingly rhythmic acoustic-guitar duo from Mexico. Leading off is Venezuela’s Grammy-winning dance band Los Amigos Invisibles, and the night is topped off with fireworks. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000.

ANA GASTEYER ANA GASTEYER “Elegant Songs from a Handsome Woman”

Aug. 11-13. Direct from her sold-out run in NYC, Saturday Night Live star and Broadway diva Ana Gasteyer makes her West Coast Debut in “Elegant Songs from a Handsome Woman.” The comedy superstar works her hardest to keep the evening “elegant” with her powerhouse vocals showcasing Broadway hits, beloved standards and classic movie melodies. This evening promises to be classy, brassy and sassy or classy, brassy, quirky and tear-jerky, depending on world events and/or her hair frizz factor. Dinner/drinks 7 p.m.; Show 8:30 p.m. Catalina Jazz Club, reservations: 323.466.2210.

leah-segal-firehorse-hotel-cafeLEAH SIEGEL AND FIREHORSE

Aug. 11. Alt-indie artists, Leah Siegel and her band Firehorse hit the Hotel Cafe for their first ever LA gig performing songs from their debut album “And So They Ran Faster,” slated for release later this year. Firehorse draws from PJ Harvey, Jeff Buckley, Doris Day and Florence and the Machine, creating a truly spellbinding listen. Expect a gig that you’ll brag to your friends, “I saw them when…” Hotel Cafe, 1623 ½ Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, 323.461.2040.

terrace-beverly-wilshireEAT | Drink

Thursdays Through Sept. 8. Celebrate summer at a hidden oasis overlooking Rodeo Drive, cocktail in hand. The Terrace, the Beverly Wilshire’s chic alfresco pop-up lounge, invites you in for sips like sangria or specialty cocktails, complementary canapes and valet parking. 5-9 p.m. Beverly Wilshire Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Blvd, 2nd Floor, Beverly Hills, 310.385.3901.

The Faculty The Faculty Opening Party

Aug 13. LA’s newest brew pub officially opens its doors with an outdoor beer garden celebration of brats, burgers and beer. Full menu of classic deli sandwiches (The Reuben is our favorite), cheese and charcuterie, 10 tap beers and a curated selection of wine available inside. Wash it all down with a white port and tonic or peach sangria. Opening party 1-10 p.m. The Faculty, 707 N Heliotrope Dr., L.A., 323.284.8002.

Taste of Santa Monica PlaceTaste of Santa Monica Place

Through Aug. 14. Enjoy a selection of specialty priced three-course meals from Santa Monica Place restaurants. Guests will enjoy special three-course, prix-fixe menus featuring $20 lunch and $30 dinner specials. Participating restaurants include: Blue Stove, The Curious Palate, La Sandia, Ozumo, Pizza Antica, Primi al Mercato, True Food Kitchen, Sonoma Wine Garden, Xino and Zengo. Santa Monica Place, 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, 310.394.1049.

Culina Modern Italian Tasting PanelCulina, Modern Italian Tasting Panel

Aug. 13. Take a journey through Italian cuisine, from a modern perspective, as Chef Victor Casanova shows you how to create dishes such as Dayboat Scallops with fava bean passato, shaved radishes and meyer lemon confit; Tonnarelli fat roman spaghetti cut on a chitarra with grilled eggplant, melted summer tomatoes, basil and pecorino; and Ananas grilled pineapple skewers with coconut bomboloni and lime granita. Demonstration is followed by a three-course meal and lesson on how to create the perfect wine pairings with sommelier Brick Loomis. Tasting Panel classes begin at 2 p.m. and last approximately two and a half hours. $85/pp. Culina Modern Italian, Four Seasons Beverly Hills, 310.860.4000.


Aug. 12. Chef Yujean Kang dazzles diners with a five-course tasting menu featuring different textures and shapes of tofu prepared with a variety of methods and flavors. From stuffed tofu with shrimp and minced pork to sweet soft tofu with sesame paste and sesame ice cream, Chef Kang is putting a tasty twist on the vegetarian staple. $45/pp. Optional wine pairings from the restaurant’s acclaimed list of international and domestic wines are available for an additional $45/pp. Yujean Kang’s, 67 North Raymond Ave., Pasadena, 626.585.0855.

Monsieur MarcelFilm 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.

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.

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