LA Weekend Roundup 08.19.11

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 08.19.11



Aug. 18-20. Motley Crüe headlines the Saturday night finale of this three-day event on WeHo’s famed Sunset Strip. The third annual fest features live music at five music venues. It concludes with a street festival featuring performers including Public Enemy, Matt & Kim and She Wants Revenge. $55–$250. 310.659.7368.


Aug. 19-21. It’s hard to believe that Walt Disney’s animated ode to classical music is nearly 75 years old. John Mauceri conducts the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in a program of tunes from the film as clips from the movie are played in unison. The evening culminates with fireworks over the amphitheater. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000.

death-cab-for-cutieDEATH CAB FOR CUTIE

Aug. 18-19. Reveared alt-rockers Death Cab For Cutie stop at the Greek Theatre for two nights on their summer tour in support of their latest album, Codes and Keys. Long known for their ingenious and imaginative videos, Death Cab for Cutie recently made history with the companion clip for their extraordinary new single, “You Are A Tourist,” for it being the first-ever live, scripted, single-take music video to be broadcast as it is filmed. Special guest Frighted Rabbit joins the band both nights. Greek Theatre, 2700 N. Vermont Ave., Griffith Park, 323.665.5857.

Ford theatersAn Evening of Independence

Aug. 21. Spend an evening listening to live music by singer/songwriters, emerging artists and special guests under the stars at the Ford Amphitheatre. Artists include: Michael Grimm (winner, America’s Got Talent); Tyrone Wells (singer/songwriter); Jamestown Revival (Austin-based indie duo, with a southern twist); Allen Stone (Hits Magazine’s #1 “Artist to Watch” of 2011); Satellite (LA-based power pop band); and Of Verona. Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd, East, Hollywood, 323.461.3673.

Be-Boppin’ in the Park

Aug. 20. Marvel at hundreds of custom, vintage and pre ’75 classic cars in Burbank’s Magnolia Park district. See live bands playing standards from the ’50s and ’60s, traditional blues and more; dance in the street, discover new shops and eateries. 3-9 p.m. Prizes for best automobiles will be given at 6:30 p.m. Magnolia Boulevard between Hollywood Way and California Street, Burbank, 818.238.5180.

World Gyoza Eating ChampionshipWorld Gyoza Eating Championship

Aug. 20. As part of the 71st Annual Nisei Week Japanese Festival, check out 100-lb. eating sensation Sonya “the Black Widow” Thomas as she leads a hungry field of competitors looking to claim their share of a $5,000 prize and top the world record of 231 delicious Day-Lee Pride Gyoza in ten minutes. 1:30 p.m. JACCC, 244 S San Pedro St., downtown.

music-center-sing-alongFriday Night Sing-Alongs

Aug 19. It’s Rat Pack night at the Music Center. Enjoy warm summer nights and join hundreds of voices belting out popular favorites and classic tunes, accompanied by live musicians. Lyrics provided. Come prepared to sing. 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. W.M. Keck Foundation Amphitheatre at Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S Grand Ave., downtown.


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. 2147 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A.

moko-baoEAT | Drink
Bao Wow at Moko

Soak up the remainder of summer on Moko’s patio and enjoy their $10 Beer + Bao social hour special, which includes a cold Hite brew and one of their tasty bao ssams such as Green Chili Pork Sausage with Pineapple, Cucumber, and Ssam Jang; Grilled Prawns with Red Onions and Avocado with Wild Arugula and Aji Amarillo Jang; Sweet Soy Braised Pork with Spicy Cress and Asian Pear, Sesame Aioli and Ssam Jang; and Sesame Duck Confit with Ripe Mango and Chipotle Jang. 9540 Culver Boulevard, Culver City, 310.838.3131.

the counter-free-friesFree Fry day at The Counter

Aug. 19. The Counter offers an order of free fries to everyone who dines in this Friday, making good on their offer to give them away when Congress finalized the debt deal. Guests can choose from regular fries or sweet potato fires. Choose from 11 LA locations:

terrace-beverly-wilshireTHE TERRACE

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.

royalt-bacon-brunchBacon Bonanza Brunch

Aug. 21. Royal/T offers a one-day Bacon Bonanza Brunch themed to complement the newest bacon-inspired items in OnchMovement’s Meat-cessories line showcased at Royal/T. Dine to the tune of live electronic music from DJ noelectro, and also find $12 bottomless mimosas, and $28 bottles of Veuve du Vernay Champagne. Royal/T, 8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.559.6300.

osteria-la-bucaOne-Pot Supper Mondays

Aug. 22. Monthly dinner series at Osteria La Buca offers communal family style dining with a menu comprised of ingredients from local farmers markets. Inaugural dinner features Bollito Misto, a traditional Italian assortment of meats served with a farmers’ market salad and fresh spun gelato. $25/pp, $35 with house wine pairings. Four Seatings: 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. Reservations required. Osteria La Buca, 5210 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.462.1900.

Beer Garden and Whole Animal RoastBeer Garden and Whole Animal Roast

Aug. 21. Tender Greens Hollywood is hosting a beer garden and whole animal roast featuring lamb from Windrose Farms and beer from El Segundo Brewing, along with other signature menu items. 5-9 p.m. RSVP: $35/pp. Tender Greens Hollywood, 6290 Sunset Blvd. Hollywood., 323.382.0380.

drago-centroTASTE OF TOMATO

Through Sept. 10. Local farmers markets are brimming with the most delicious heirloom tomatoes of the season and Drago Centro Executive Chef, Ian Gresik has fashioned a six-course dinner menu to celebrate summer’s most delectable fruit. Savor selections such as Baby Cuttlefish Salad, Cherry Tomatoes, Bloody Mary Sorbet; Olive Oil Poached Halibut, Tomato Water, Shellfish; Tomato Agnolotti, Pancetta, Chile Foam; Tomato Braised Tripe, Toasted Ciabatta and more. Drago Centro, 525 South Flower St., downtown, 213.228.8998.

napa-valley-grill-insideWestwood LIVE at Napa Valley Grille

Aug. 18. Stop by for a festive evening featuring free wine tastings, live music on the outdoor patio, and its full happy hour menu throughout the evening. Chef Joseph will be serving a Roasted Heritage Pork Belly with Nectarine Marmalade, and a Cedar-Smoked Cultivated Mushroom Bruschetta to pair with two Frank Family wines ($7 each à la carte; $4 when ordered with the matching wine). Napa Valley Grille, 1100 Glendon Ave., Westwood, 310.824.3322.

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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