Los Angeles

Weekend roundup

May 16-19


A Taste of Main Street

May 19. The 9th annual MAINopoly: A Taste of Main Street returns with an all-ages, pet-friendly tasting experience that offers an interactive twist on the classic board game. Exchange “MAINopoly dollars” for tastings at over 20 of Main Street’s top restaurants, bars and eateries. Complete the official game board by visiting each location, which gives you a chance to win a “Taste of Main Street” prize pack valued at $1,000. A portion of proceeds benefits the Main Street Business Improvement District. Everyone is encouraged to dress in “Monopoly-inspired” attire. Sunday, 1-5 p.m. 2640 Main Street, Santa Monica. Get Tickets

Beverly Hills Art Show

May 18-19. Artists have gathered at Beverly Gardens Park to showcase their works, with 230 exhibitors presenting paintings, sculptures, watercolors, photography and more to browsers and buyers. Set along four blocks of Santa Monica Boulevard between Rodeo and Rexford Drive, the event offers something for everyone with free kids’ activities, beer and wine gardens, food trucks and live music. Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. 9439 Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. beverlyhills.org

Just Like Heaven

May 18. The aughts indie nostalgia continues with the return of Just Like Heaven for its fourth edition. The festival will take over the golf course next to the Rose Bowl, featuring a lineup straight from your old iPod: The Postal Service, Phoenix, Death Cab for Cutie and the War on Drugs. Additional sets include Miike Snow, Gossip, Passion Pit, Washed Out, Alvvays, Phantogram, Broken Social Scene and more. Saturday at noon. 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Los Angeles. justlikeheavenfest.com

Last Call: Renaissance Pleasure Faire

May 19. Fluff your finery and join the colorful cast at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire, one of the oldest Ren Faire in the country. Spanning 20 Irwindale acres, it offers Elizabethan entertainment including armored joust tournaments, tea parties with the Queen, stage acts, rides, games, food and ales. Come through as the festivities come to a close this weekend at the Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area. Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 15501 E. Arrow Highway, Irwindale. renfair.com

Food + Drinks

Culinary Evening with the California Winemasters

May 18. The 35th annual “A Culinary Evening with the California Winemasters” returns to Warner Bros. Studios’ Midwest Street Backlot in Burbank, drawing 1,200 wine and food enthusiasts to support cystic fibrosis research and care. The event will showcase over 50 celebrated chefs and restaurateurs alongside 75 award-winning wineries and winemakers. Saturday, 5:30-10 p.m. Warner Bros. Studios, Gate 7 – Forest Lawn Drive, Burbank. Get Tickets

Mon Ami’s First Class Dinner Experience

May 17. Santa Monica’s Mon Ami is launching “First Class,” a new monthly series focusing on the cuisine of world-class cities. First up is Barcelona, featuring hand-carved jamon stations, live flamenco dancers and a sangria station. Guests will also receive “passports” with stamps from their journey. Friday, 5 p.m.-1 a.m.1541 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. Reserve Now

Bridgerton Cocktails at Kimpton Everly Hollywood

Now Serving. In honor of the Bridgerton season premiere, Kimpton Everly Hollywood is celebrating with a limited-time specialty cocktail menu, “Spill the Tea,” inspired by the whispered secrets and social gatherings of the period. Enjoy bespoke cocktails such as “A Band of Thugs” (gin and matcha syrup) and “Tea in Tarnish” (earl grey and chamomile-infused rum, ginger and smoky Laphroaig). Each drink comes with a gossip card garnish, with prompts like “never have I ever,” encouraging you to spill the tea like Lady Whistledown. Open daily, 5 p.m.-12 a.m. 1800 Argyle Ave., Los Angeles everlyhotelhollywood.com

Brunch Fun at The Hideaway

May 19. This weekend The Hideaway in Beverly Hills will launch a new brunch experience featuring a revamped menu, boozy popsicles, a margarita cart and a live DJ. Highlights include popsicle cocktails like strawberry & mint and kiwi & lime and entrees such as lobster frittata, churro sticky bun and chilaquiles. Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 421 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills. thehideawaybeverlyhills.com

Negroni Beverly Hills Re-opens

Now Open. Latin American restaurant Negroni has reopened in Beverly Hills with a fresh design and refined menu, offering lunch, brunch, happy hour and dinner daily. It features an eclectic menu inspired by its Buenos Aires roots, including sushi, roasted halibut, beef carpaccio, shrimp burrito and truffle scrambled eggs. The cocktail program focuses on Negroni variations such as the Bicicletta and sour negroni. Open daily from noon-10 p.m. 419 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills. Reserve Now

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Arts + Culture

Dudamel Conducts Harry Potter

May 18-19. Gustavo Dudamel leads a family-friendly program featuring a grand suite from John Williams’ Harry Potter score and an animated exploration of the symphony orchestra. Since the opening celesta melody of “Hedwig’s Theme” in the first Harry Potter film, Williams’ score has become inseparable from the magic and wonder of the beloved franchise. Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. laphil.com

Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome

Starts May 19. Listen to classical and jazz at a mile above L.A. during the Mount Wilson Observatory’s summer concert series, held monthly inside the dome of the 100-inch Hooker telescope. Attendees must climb 53 steps to reach the dome and children under 12 are not permitted. Tickets are $60. First show, Celestial Strings, starts this Saturday, 3 and 5 p.m. Mount Wilson Road, Los Angeles. mtwilson.edu

Natural History Museum’s Bug Fair

May 18-19. Join NHM this May for the 38th annual Bug Fair, a two-day festival celebrating winged, multi-legged and squirmy creatures. Explore exotic insect collections, discover bug-related products and enjoy up-close encounters with various species. The event offers opportunities to learn about insects’ unique survival adaptations, participate in hands-on activities and more. Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. nhm.org

Tossed Palettes & Scrambled JPEGs

May 16-19. Exhibit A Gallery is hosting “Tossed Palettes & Scrambled JPEGs,” a Frasier-inspired pop-up art show based on the NBC sitcom and Our Frasier Remake. The exhibit features nearly 100 pieces, including a bronze bust of Frasier Crane, Russian nesting dolls of the cast, a playable Frasier video game and various oil paintings. A portion of the proceeds from art sales will benefit the L.A. chapter of the American Society for Suicide Prevention. Thursday, 6-9 p.m. Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 1056 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. More Information

Photo credit: Renfair photos courtesy of The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire. Concerts in the Dome courtesy of Irina Logra. Wine Event Courtesy of California Winemasters. All other images are courtesy of the venues and businesses featured.

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