Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 3.16.12

Rock & Reilly’sST. PATRICK’S DAY
Rock & Reilly’s
Mar. 17. One of LA’s newest Irish bars is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a block party, drink specials and more. Opening at 7 a.m. for early risers that need a pint, their day of festivities starts at noon and includes five live bands and DJs, beer trucks, food trucks, five bars and a tented VIP section. 8911 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.360.1400. rnrpub.com


Six Taste’s Shamrocks and Green Shots Food and Drink CrawlSix Taste’s Shamrocks and Green Shots Food and Drink Crawl
Mar. 16. Celebrate early with a Little Tokyo/Arts District downtown crawl full of “Green” specials. All in walking distance from one another, stops on the crawl include Aburiya Toranoko, Cafe Dulce, District Lounge, Far Bar, Fat Spoon, Fuga, Nola’s, Oiwake, Spitz and Xlixe, each highlighting their specialties or creating custom made dishes and drinks just for this event. $50. sixtaste.com/stpatricks


Lola's hangover brunch“Kiss Me I’m… Hungover” Irish Brunch
Mar. 18. For those who either had too much fun the night before or want to continue the party, Lola’s offers brunch that includes oatmeal with butter and brown sugar, two sunny side up eggs, Irish sausage and bacon, grilled tomato, cornbeef with O’Brian potatoes hash and two Bailey’s Irish cream hotcakes. Wash it all down with green beer, lucky charm martini (Pinnacle marshmallow vodka, splash of rock candy, half & half, in a Lucky Charm cereal rimmed glass topped with Lucky Charm cereal marshmallows) or four leaf clover mimosa. $17 (includes food and a cocktail). Lola’s West Hollywood, 945 N Fairfax Ave., West Hollywood, 323.654.5652. lolasla.com

View all of our Los Angeles St. Patrick’s Day Event picks HERE

Honda LA MarathonEVENTS
Honda LA Marathon
March 18. Twenty-seventh annual footrace begins at Dodger Stadium in Chavez Ravine and ends in Santa Monica with a closing festival at Santa Monica Pier. Free to view. Finish line at Ocean and California avenues, Santa Monica, 213.542.3000. lamarathon.com


Downward DiningDownward Dining
Mar. 16. “Because you needn’t dog, nor dine, alone,” head to this yoga, culinary and community experience that features a one-hour all-level yoga class led by LA-based instructor Sarah Ezrin, vegetarian meal curated by Clean Plates and created by M Cafe de Chaya, and gift bag filled with goodies from StyleMint, OPI, iheartkeenwah and more. $35. 7 p.m. Siren Studios, 6062 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. downwardining.com


The Wedding Salon at the SLS HotelThe Wedding Salon at the SLS Hotel
Mar. 19. Brides to be can spend an afternoon at the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills discovering the latest trends in photography, invitations, honeymoons, couture gowns, cakes and more. Also enjoy beauty makeovers, cocktails and gift bags. 4-8 p.m. $50 (admits you and a guest). 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., L.A. weddingsalon.com


World City at the Music CenterWorld City at the Music Center
Mar. 17. The world comes to the Music Center with this free performance and art-making workshop series that celebrates artistic traditions from around the globe. Bring the entire family and discover the rich traditions of Peru. Inca Son, meaning the “sound of the Incas,” is a company of musicians and dancers who are National Peruvian Folkdance Champions. In addition, Ccanto Scissors Dancers perform acrobatic moves with athletic ease, while striking the scissors’ blades together in a clanging rhythm. Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.4396 musiccenter.org


sabrina-ward-harrisonSabrina Ward Harrison Studio Sale
Mar. 17. Ground breaking artist Sabrina Ward Harrison has been living in L.A. for a year and celebrates by opening up her collection of whimsical prints, photographs, journals, works on paper, vintage dresses and more at a studio sale. Gas Company Lofts, 810 Flower St., #702, downtown. More Info.



Cirque du Soleil’s OvoCirque du Soleil’s Ovo
Through Mar. 25. A blue-and-yellow “grand chapiteau” adjacent to Santa Monica Pier hosts Ovo. Meaning “egg” in Portuguese, Ovo delves into the insect ecosystem with 55 performers and a riot of colorful, evocative costumes. The main act, a trapeze stunt, features six “flyers,” and the finale features “20 artists running, jumping and leaping up against a 24-foot vertical wall.” Santa Monica Pier, 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica. cirquedusoleil.com/ovo


swan-lakeSwan Lake
Mar. 17. Thanks in no small part to the film Black Swan, Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet Swan Lake is cool again, and Los Angeles Ballet is one of the companies bringing it back to the stage. New principal dancer Allynne Noelle, formerly a soloist for the Miami City Ballet, is among the dancers featured in the L.A. Ballet premiere of Swan Lake, the tale of a swan queen, a prince, an evil spell and an eternal love. It features choreography from artistic directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary. Performances take place March 17 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale; March 24 at Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach; and March 31 at the Valley Performing Arts Center at California State University, Northridge. losangelesballet.org


Mar. 15-17. By combining sophisticated compositions and virtuosic improvising, the Grammy nominated jazz group Kneebody has created a diverse, loyal fan base domestically and abroad. “Cohesion is the truest constant in the music of Kneebody, a band that inhabits the borderland abutted by post-bop, indie-rock and hip-hop, without seeming to give much thought to the borders,” –NY Times. Catch them at one of their three performances where they will be previewing music from their fourth studio album which they will be recording this week as well. Blue Whale, 123 astronaut E S Onizuka St. Suite 301, downtown, 213.620.0908. kneebody.com


greys-anatomyGrey’s Anatomy: The Songs Beneath the Show
Mar. 18. The cast of ABC’s hit drama Grey’s Anatomy (Jessica Capshaw, Justin Chambers, Eric Dane, Sarah Drew, Kevin McKidd, Sandra Oh and many more with a special guest performance by Ingrid Michaelson) gather to perform in a live musical celebration to benefit The Actors Fund. The evening of song and story examines the way music has always been an integral part of the storytelling on Grey’s, and provides fans with a rare behind the scenes glimpse at how the show is put together. UCLA Live, Royce Hall, UCLA Campus, Westwood. uclalive.org


planet-dailiesEAT | DRINK
Planet Dailies | Mixology101
Perched in their second-floor space overlooking the Farmers Market and The Grove, Planet Dailies and its cocktail counterpart Mixology101 are open to those seeking classic fare with a fresh California spin and expertly mixed drinks. The concept comes from the people behind Planet Hollywood, but this spin-off is sleek and modern, one that fits in well with the laid-back Farmers Market vibe. At Mixology101 we recommend “The Maestro” Salvatore Calabrese’s (Playboy Club London) “Breakfast Martini” (gin, contra, fresh lemon, spoon of marmalade) and Joseph Brooke’s (The Edison) Farmers Market Martini homage to the location and the blue-green gas which was the cornerstone of the Gilmore Family fortune. Farmers Market, 6333 West 3rd St, Suite O20, L.A. planetdailies.com


vertical-wine-bistroThe Walking Dead Drinks at Vertical Wine Bistro
Mar. 18. Catch the season 2 finale of the Walking Dead during an early east coast feed and sip on specials such as Left For Dead red flight of California pinot noir, cabernet, and zinfandel ($19); a Zombie beer flight of Old Speckled Hen, Stella Artois, and “Aecht Schlenkerla” Smokebeer ($12); or a specialty cocktail like the Old Fashioned-inspired Merle’s Revenge or Shane’s Betrayal with 42 Below orange vodka (both $12). Happy hour also runs all night, so snacks like chorizo pizza, comté grilled cheese with zucchini flowers, and steamed mussels with saffron are all available for $10 or less. 70 North Raymond Ave., Pasadena, 626.795.3999.  verticalwinebistro.com


White Trash Deluxe Wine + Food Tasting Vintage EnotecaGrilled Cheese and Beer Tasting
Mar. 16-18. If all the green beer has you down this weekend, head to Vintage Enoteca and work through three inventive grilled cheeses (Gruyère and poached pear; d’affinois, arugula, hazelnut gremolata; and aged cheddar, candied bacon, abuelito chocolate) each paired with a different craft beer at this non-traditional tasting event. 7554 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, 323.512.5278. vintageenoteca.com



Pacific Standard Time: Art as an AppetizerPacific Standard Time: Art as an Appetizer
Through March 31. Dubbed the only event where you can literally eat Pacific Standard Time, Art as an Appetizer is a collaboration with chef John Sedlar, artist Ron Cooper, and mixologist Julian Cox who worked together to create a one-of-a-kind menu inspired by Pacific Standard Time works of art (the food is served on a plate showing the image of the art that inspired it). Ask for it at Playa and Rivera by showing Pacific Standard Time museum proof of admission or mentioning the “Pacific Standard Time Secret Menu”. Playa Restaurant, 7360 Beverly Blvd., L.A., playarivera.com; Rivera Restaurant, 1050 South Flower St., downtown, riverarestaurant.com


Ciel Spa Birthday Celebration
What better way to pamper yourself than a trip to Ciel Spa at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills. When you visit Ciel on your actual birthday and book a 60-minute spa service, present your ID and you can deduct your age from the price of the treatment. See, there are benefits for turning a year older. 465 South La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.246.5560. cielatsls.com


American Night: The Ballad of Juan JoseTHEATER
American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose
Through Apr. 1. Comedy from Chicano theater troupe Culture Clash: Mexican national Juan José wants to become a U.S. citizen, but first he must discover the true American identify by examining the underbelly of American history with teachers like Teddy Roosevelt, Sacagawea, Jackie Robinson and Bob Dylan. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org


American IdiotAmerican Idiot
Mar. 13-Apr. 22. Slinging razor guitars , thundering drums and an antihero named Johnny: not the prelude of typical entries in the canon of musical theater. But the musical based on Green Day’s 2004 rock album American Idiot was a hit on Broadway, and it travels to downtown’s Ahmanson Theatre on a 15-city national tour. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org


Antony and CleopatraAntony and Cleopatra
Through May 13. Shakespeare’s seminal tragedy is based on larger-than-life figures caught up in an empire-shattering dance of lust, love, politics and war. “Its appeal is the fascinating relationship between Antony and Cleopatra, who love each other deeply but in a way that is not sustainable… Because of their flaws, we can identify with the lovers and see a part of ourselves in them,” muses director Julia Rodriguez-Elliott. A Noise Within, 3352 East Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, 626.356.3100 x1. ANoiseWithin.org


the-jacksonianThe Jacksonian
Through Mar. 25. This eerie offering by Pulitzer Prize winner Beth Henley and directed by Tony Award winner Robert Falls transports us to a seedy motel in Jackson, Mississippi circa 1964. You go to The Jacksonian Cottages to bury your secrets, making the motel an unsettling world where the subversive becomes commonplace and the passage of time becomes hauntingly unpredictable. Revolving around the night of a murder, The Jacksonian is a surreal trip that is rife with disturbingly dark humor. Cast features Ed Harris, Glenne Headly, Amy Madigan and Bill Pullman. Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., L.A., 310.208.5454. geffenplayhouse.com


Albert Herring
Mar. 14, 17. It’s spring in a bucolic English country village; time to choose a May Queen from the lovely local maidens. But the only virgin to be found is Albert Herring, a meek mama’s boy who reluctantly becomes Loxford’s first May King. After his friends surreptitiously ply him with liquid courage at the coronation ceremony, Albert discovers the nerve to assert himself for the first time in his life. Tenor charmer Alek Shrader will make his LA Opera debut in the title role. Albert Herring is the second in a series of operas celebrating the upcoming centenary of the legendary English-language composer, Benjamin Britten. LA Opera, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7211. LAOpera.com


Ansel Adams Los Angeles
Through Mar. 17. Known most prominently for capturing the beauty of the American West, photographer Ansel Adams also had other assignments. While he was working as a photojournalist for Fortune Magazine in 1940 he photographed the lost landscape and lifestyle of a prewar Los Angeles. More than 200 rarely seen images from the archives of the Los Angeles Public Library Ansel Adams Collection are now on view at Drkrm downtown. 727 S Spring St., downtown, 323.271.5635. drkrm.com


making-chinatownMing Wong: Making Chinatown
Through Apr. 1. For his first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, Berlin-based Singaporean artist Ming Wong creates a series of videos and scenic backdrops that center around the making of Roman Polanski’s seminal 1974 film Chinatown. Shot on location in the Gallery at REDCAT, Wong’s reinterpretation, Making Chinatown, transforms the exhibition space into a studio backlot and examines the original film’s constructions of language, performance and identity. REDCAT | Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, 631 West 2nd St., downtown, 213.237.2800. redcat.org

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