Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 09.23.11
Sept. 24. The Hollywood hills are alive with The Sound of Music! The popular sing-a-long returns to the Hollywood Bowl. Wear your costume for the pre-show parade, and warm up your vocal cords for this not-to-be-missed event. All five original actresses who played the von Trapp daughters will be making an appearance. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000. HollywoodBowl.com
Sept. 24. Septemberfest is America’s answer to Oktoberfest, featuring more than 150 beers, food trucks, and a celebration of everything that’s great about American culture. Music performances by Black Crystal Wolf Kids and Petty Cash. 3-7 p.m. $40/$50 VIP. Ocean and Colorado Avenues, Santa Monica. www.drinkeatplay.com/septemberfest
Sept. 23-24. The festival that features everything Lebowski returns to LA. Check out a screening of the movie Friday night at the Wiltern with Lebowski burlesque by Itty Bitty Bang Bang. Stick around for the Bowling Party Saturday with bowling, costumes, trivia and other contests. www.lebowskifest.com
Sept. 24. Check out eight local artists using the 80-ft. wall outside the BLVD Hotel + Spa as their canvas, creating unique 6-by-8-foot murals. Also enjoy live music, beverages and mobile gourmet fare from LA’s finest food trucks. Starts at noon. Free. BLVD Hotel + Spa, 10730 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. www.1881project.com
Sept. 24. Taste-test a variety of dances for just a buck a lesson at this unique day of dance. Learn popular moves, classic grooves, and dance crazes that have stood the test of time. Admission $1 per lesson, each lesson is 20 minutes long. Purchase tickets on the day of the event (cash only), on sale beginning at 10:30am. Limited class sizes. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Music Center Plaza, 135 North Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.3660. MusicCenter.org
Sept. 25. Close out your summer with an epic evening at the Hollywood Bowl. The final show of the season features a five-band bill of Smith Westerns, Warpaint, Panda Bear, Arctic Monkeys and headliners TV On the Radio. The show starts early, so pack a picnic and settle in under the stars. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000. HollywoodBowl.com
Sept. 24. English synth-pop singer Victoria Hesketh’s sweet vocals and catchy melodic hooks drift over fun dance beats, explaining why the Gobi tent was packed during her performance at Coachella last year. She kicks off the fall line-up of musical performances dedicated to creating a unique live-music experience at the Mondrian. RSVP: email@example.com. Mondrian Hotel, 8440 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 323.848.6027.
Sept. 24. Gain free admission to many LA museum during 7th annual Museum Day. Local museums include Grammy Museum, Pasadena Museum of California Art, California Science Center, Hammer Museum, Fowler Museum and more. Must download a ticket on the Smithsonian website: www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday. For more information on LA museums, check out our Los Angeles museums page.
Opens Sept. 17. New exhibit at the Grammy Museum focuses on James Brown as the “Godfather of Soul” — blazing a trail in American music by blending gospel, pop and soul. Through showcases of costumes, early albums, rare photographs and more, the exhibit depicts Brown’s role as a trendsetter in both fashion and dance, as well as illustrates how Brown used his music and celebrity to positively impact the Civil Rights Movement and race relations of the 1960s. Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.765.6800. www.grammymuseum.org
Through Jan. 8. Freedom’s Sisters, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and Cincinnati Museum Center, brings to life the stories of 20 extraordinary African American women who shaped much of the spirit and substance of civil rights in America. The women in this interactive, multimedia exhibit range from key 19th century historical figures to contemporary leaders who have fought for equality for people of color. Free with paid admission to the museum. The Museum of Tolerance, 9786 West Pico Blvd., L.A., 310.553.8403. www.museumoftolerance.com
Sept. 23-24. Style yourself for Fall at the Eva Franco sample sale. Eva Franco has earned praise from top fashion publications for her playful yet sophisticated designs. Fri. noon-8 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 731 Spring St., #500, downtown. www.evafranco.com
Through Sept. 25. Join Sally Bowles in her desperate, gaudy and haunting world of the Cabaret, which opens Reprise Theatre Company’s 2011-2012 season. Kander and Ebb’s Tony-winning masterpiece is an enduring classic, featuring some of musical theatre’s most famous songs, including Willkommen, Don’t Tell Mama, Maybe This Time and Cabaret. Directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge. 16 performances only at the Freud Playhouse at UCLA. For tickets and information, call 310.825.2101, or visit Reprise.org
Opening Sept. 7. Playwright Theresa Rybeck’s dark adult comedy about two couples who battle issues of deception, marriage and fidelity, poses the question: Is it adultery if they already think you’ve done it? Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772. www.centertheatregroup.org
Through Oct. 9. Think pro-wrestling is all outrageous masks and pyrotechnics? Think again — there’s so much more in this 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist. The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity slams together thrilling spectacle, incredible characters and geopolitical allegory into an invigorating theatrical experience you can’t find on pay-per-view. This smackdown of a play tackles racism, drop-kicks globalization and brings a championship tale into the ring. In wrestling, as in life, behind every winner lies the story of a really excellent loser. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., L.A., 310.208.5454. geffenplayhouse.com
Sept. 22-25. Tim DeKay, Calista Flockhart, Gregory Itzin and JoBeth Williams head the cast when L.A. Theatre Works records Henrik Ibsen’s classic drama. Nora Helmer has a delicious secret that saved her husband’s life, but if he finds out what she’s done, it might destroy their marriage. Blackmail and innocence, love and hypocrisy collide in A Doll House, one of the most celebrated plays in theater history. All performances will be recorded to air on L.A. Theatre Works’ syndicated radio theater series, which broadcasts weekly on public radio stations nationwide. $15-$49. James Bridges Theater, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, 235 Charles E. Young Dr., L.A., 310.827.0889. www.latw.org
Fridays. Join Vertical Wine Bistro in Old Pasadena every Friday night as oysters take center stage. Master Ecailler, Christophe Happillon shucks plump, sweet and fruity Barron Point Oysters and refreshing briny Carlsbad Blonde Oysters. Shuckers special includes a half dozen oysters with accouterments for $19. Also find specially paired wine carafes for $15. 6-10 p.m. Vertical Wine Bistro, Upstairs at 70 North Raymond Ave., Pasadena, 626.795.3999. www.verticalwinebistro.com
Sample some of Petrossian’s most well regarded gastronomic delicacies such as classic Transmontanus caviar, hand-sliced smoked salmon; Chef Giselle Wellman’s signature menu items like Egg Royales and Caviar Flatbread, and cocktails and wine at reduced happy hour prices. Mon.-Fri., 4-7 p.m. Petrossian Boutique & Restaurant, 321 North Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.271.0576.
Fridays + Saturdays. Night owls can stop by the Beverly Hills outpost of Wolfgang Zwiener’s steakhouse for late-night eats, drinks and live music by the Cara Lee Band featuring lead singer Cara Lee, Teddy Andreadis (aka Teddy Zig Zag from Guns N’ Roses) on the keyboard, Jimmy D’Anda from Bullet Boys on the drums and David Filice bassist for “American Idol” contestants on the bass. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, 445 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, 310.385.0640. www.wolfgangssteakhouse.net
Sept. 23. In honor of Lebowski fest, dine on a special Lebrewski menu at Beer Belly. Find specials such as lingonberry pancakes with white Russian whipped cream; “I said NEAR the In-N-Out Burger” animal fries BB-style; “You’re entering a world of pain” Tapatio and pickled jalapeno wings, and more. Get half off your first beer when you present a ticket from the Wiltern’s Lebowski fest or come dressed as a character from the movie. Beer Belly, 532 South Western Ave., L.A., 213.387.2337. beerbellyla.com
Sept. 22. Celebrate Napa Valley’s crush season at the Peninsula Beverly Hills during the a Jordan Wine Dinner at the Belvedere. Dine on a six-course paired with six Jordan wines. Selections include Kona crab spring roll, Cypress Grove cheese panna cotta, braised Wagyu short rib, roasted lamb rib eye and more. Kevin Olmsted from Jordan Winery will be available to provide some insights about the winery. $125/pp; or make it the ultimate date night by booking the dinner and a deluxe guest room for $599 per couple. Residents of Beverly Hills and Century City are welcome to request car service from their home to the wine dinner and back, compliments of The Peninsula Beverly Hills. 6-10:30 p.m. The Belvedere, Peninsula Beverly Hills, 9882 South Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.975.2736. www.peninsula.com
Through Sept. 30. Celebrate the 30-year anniversary of the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market at Locanda del Lago with a a new multi-course Chef’s Menu ($59 for three courses; $69 for four courses) featuring local produce from long-time farm partners Weiser Family Farms, J.J.’s Lone Daughter Ranch, Harry’s Berries and more. Dine selections like housemaid spaghetti with duck argue, oven-roasted black cod, red wine-braised Guinea hen and more. Locanda del Lago, 231 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica, 310.451.3525. www.lagosantamonica.com