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The Best Things To Do In Los Angeles And SoCal This Weekend: Sept. 10 - 12

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Dancers from the group Ballet Mexico perform during Grito de Dolores, Mexican Independence Day celebrations.
(Tim Boyle/Getty Images
Hulton Archive)
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Celebrate Mexico’s quest for independence at Fiestas Patrias Family Day. Watch Black Panther with a live orchestral score. Take a bike tour of street art. Win prizes at a scavenger hunt. Loosen those belts for Prime Rib Roast Sundays.

a large woman with a large brown hairdo wears a giant paper flower in her hair and smiles
Kay Sedia stars in the one-woman show 'The Taco Chonicles.'
(Courtesy of Kay Sedia)

Friday - Saturday, Sept. 10 -11 Sept. 2; 8 p.m.

Kay Sedia's The Taco Chronicles
Cavern Club Theater inside Casita Del Campo Restaurant
1920 Hyperion Ave., Silver Lake
America’s top-selling Tupperware diva and drag star of Chico's Angels returns with a new solo show. She regales the audience with stories and music while oozing sexiness. Sedia can also be currently seen on the Netflix show, RuPaul’s Aj and the Queen.
COST: $30 - $40; MORE INFO

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a man in white pants and a white sweater looks at some small balls on a green lawen
Learn lawn bowling in Laguna Beach.
(spDuchamp, licensed under CC BY 2.0)

Friday, Sept. 10; 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Laguna Art Museum Lawn Bowling Party
Laguna Beach Lawn Bowling Club
455 Cliff Dr., Laguna Beach
Enjoy the last bit of summer and try your hand at lawn bowling with instructors from the club. Food and drinks will be available and the music will set the mood as the sun sets. Be semi-posh and wear white, flat-soled rubber shoes.
COST: $10 admission with RSVP; MORE INFO

Friday, Sept. 10 - Sunday, Sept. 12

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther in Concert
Hollywood Bowl
2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood
Relive the battle for the hearts and minds of Wakanda as T’Challa becomes king and battles Killmonger on the big screen. The L.A. Phil, conducted by Thomas Wilkins, performs Ludwig Göransson’s Oscar-winning score. Special guest: Baaba Maal.
COST: Tickets start at $14; MORE INFO

Friday, Sept. 10 - Sunday, Sept. 12

BeachLife Festival
137 N. Harbor Dr., Redondo Beach
The music fest features headliners Jane's Addiction, Cage the Elephant, Counting Crows and Ziggy and Stephen Marley singing the songs of Bob Marley. Undercard acts include Ben Harper, Portugal. The Man, Men at Work and The Revivalists. Please view COVID safety protocols (masks are strongly recommended).
COST: GA single-day passes start at $149; MORE INFO

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Friday, Sept. 10; 3 - 7 p.m.

Scavenger Hunt Series
Third Street Promenade
1351 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica
Solve the case of Santa Monica's missing Promenade dinosaur in an immersive experience where you and your teammates will have to follow clues and collect points to win prizes. Other upcoming scavenger hunts will happen on Oct. 8, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10.

a miniature version of an outdoor space with hedges, a counter, a TV screen and seating
Attend a wellness pop-up at Westfield Century City based on the Hulu TV show 'Nine Perfect Strangers.'
(Courtesy of Hulu)

Friday, Sept. 10 - Sunday, Sept. 12; 12 - 7 p.m.

Nine Perfect Strangers Pop-up
Westfield Century City Mall Atrium
10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City
Hulu holds a wellness activation pop-up based on its new show, Nine Perfect Strangers. Starring Nicole Kidman, Melissa McCarthy, Luke Evans, Samara Weaving and Grace Van Patten, the miniseries is set at an ultralux health resort for super-stressed folks. Guests to the pop-up will enter the world of Tranquillum where they are treated to smoothies and self-care activities, from personal astrology readings to crystal healings.
COST: FREE, first-come, first-served; MORE INFO

a man in a brown, grass skirt dances on one leg and moves his arms
Alonzo King Lines Ballet performs at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
(RJ Muna)

Saturday, Sept. 11; 7:30 p.m.

Alonzo King Lines Ballet: AZOTH
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa
Visionary choreographer Alonzo King and his dance troupe perform AZOTH, a ballet that features music composed, performed and recorded by jazz greats Charles Lloyd and Jason Moran, as well as a light installation by Jim Campbell. Other repertoire includes excerpts from company works set to music by Zakir Hussain, Gabriel Fauré and Edgar Meyer.
COST: Tickets start at $39; MORE INFO

an art work features brown pieces arrange to for ma human body with strings and tiny flags running all over it
Bermudez Projects presents, 'Enrique Castrejon: Mind Heart Rectum.'
(Courtesy of the gallery and artist.)

Saturday, Sept. 11; 6 - 9 p.m.

Enrique Castrejon: Mind Heart Rectum
Bermudez Projects
1225 Cypress Ave., No. 1, Cypress Park
The gallery holds an opening reception for Castrejon’s six monumental body sculptures. The works helped the artist during the continued decline of his father’s health due to dementia, heart disease and cancer. The works will be on view through Oct. 30.

a postcard reads "Other Places art fair" and lists dates. it features several gray, stone sculptures on a grassy hill
Other Places art fair features installations, concepts and art that take place outside of traditional art galleries.

Saturday, Sept. 11 - Sunday, Sept. 12; 12 - 6 p.m. PT

OPaf (Other Places art fair) 2021
Battery Leary-Merriam
Angels Gate Cultural Center
3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro
The fourth OPaf includes more than 50 art project spaces and artist projects from the U.S. and Mexico. Installations and site specific booths focus on work being made outside traditional gallery systems. In addition to the main fair, there are scheduled performances, talks, live screen printing by Calimucho Screen Printing, a used art book sale and food. The exhibition Multiples will also be on view in the Angels Gate Cultural Center gallery both days.
COST: $5 donation, free for students; MORE INFO

Saturday, Sept. 11; 7:30 p.m.

Strong Words: September 11 show
St. Francis Center/ Holy Spirit L.A.
3621 Brunswick Ave., Atwater Village
Attend a night that celebrates storytelling and live music. You'll be outside and under the stars as you watch performers Sam Feirstein, Annabelle Gurwitch, Terri Mintz, Johanna Siegmann and Daniel Rover Singer. Music by Molly Kirschenbaum. Bring your vaccination card and mask.

Saturday, Sept. 11; 7:30 p.m.

Improvised Shakespeare Company
Largo LA
366 N. La Cienega, Beverly Grove
The show is based on audience suggestions, with the company creating a fully improvised play in Elizabethan style. Every show is different and neither the audience nor the cast know where the adventure will take them.
COST: $35+ fees; MORE INFO

a man in German lederhosen rides a mechanical bull in what looks like a large inflatable pool
Oktoberfest in Big Bear starts this weekend.
(Dan McKernan/Big Bear Guide )

Saturday, Sept. 11 - Sunday, Nov. 7 (Weekends only)

Big Bear’s Oktoberfest
Big Bear Lake Convention Center
42900 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear
Head to the mountains for a Bavarian-style celebration over nine consecutive weekends (Fridays in October only). There are two bars inside the convention center and multiple outdoor biergartens including Craft Haus, which specializes in microbrews. Don’t forget to try the bratwurst and knockwurst, fresh apple strudel and pretzels. Live music and kids’ activities happen throughout the weekend.
COST: Adult admission starts at $15; MORE INFO

Saturday, Sept. 11; 8 p.m.

Some Like It Hot
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood
It’s the last few weeks of Cinespia summer screenings, so this weekend catch Marilyn Monroe on the big screen in the 1959 screwball comedy directed by Billy Wilder. Two musicians (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon) disguise themselves as women and join Marilyn and an all-female band while hiding from gangsters.

in this painting, dozens of people sit or stand on a grassy hillside as they look toward a lake
'A Sunday on La Grande Jatte' – 1884 (detail), 1884–1886, Georges Seurat. Oil on canvas.
(Art Institute of Chicago, Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection)

Sunday, Sept. 12; 1 p.m. PT

Sunday at the Getty with James: The Making of Sunday in the Park with George
This online conversation between Getty curator Richard Rand and director, playwright, screenwriter and librettist James Lapine will explore the making of the musical, Sunday in the Park with George (inspired by Georges Seurat’s 1884 masterpiece A Sunday on the Island of La Grande Jatte). The event coincides with Lapine’s recently published book, Putting It Together: How Stephen Sondheim and I Created "Sunday in the Park with George."

Sunday, Sept. 12; 3 p.m.

Memory Structure, Scaffold Series by Sichong Xie
Wende Museum Garden
10808 Culver Blvd., Culver City
The museum opens a guardhouse installation from L.A.-based contemporary artist Sichong Xie. The work features objects and arrangements that illuminate themes of memory and temporality: bamboo scaffolding, embroidery on industrial mesh and a set of laser-engraved drawings that will fade from continual exposure to light. The opening reception takes place on Sunday. The works will remain on view through March 20, 2022.
COST: FREE admission with RSVP; MORE INFO

the Mexican flag with its green, white and red sections flies from a flagpole
Celebrate Mexican Independence Day at LA Plaza on Sunday afternoon.
(echoforsberg, licensed under CC BY 2.0)

Sunday, Sept. 12; 12 - 4 p.m.

Live at LA Plaza! Fiestas Patrias Family Day
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
501 North Main St., downtown L.A.
Sep. 16, 1810, marked the start of Mexico’s quest for independence. Celebrate the holiday with live music by Mariachi Las Catrinas, Mariachi Tesoro de San Fernando and Mariachi Linda Mexicanas. You can also attend live art, cooking and gardening workshops. Food from Mama’s Tamales and Tacos Too will be available for purchase. Free COVID-19 vaccines will also be available, 12 - 2 p.m., for people ages 12 and up.

a young, blonde-haired boy with one green eye and one blue eye floats in space holding a small replica of the moon with a rose encased in glass
Corey Helford Gallery presents a group show inspired by 'The Little Prince.'
(Camilla d'Errico, 'Fragile Treasure Water')

Through Saturday, Sept. 18

Looking with the Heart: The Little Prince 75th Anniversary Group Show
Corey Helford Gallery
571 S. Anderson St., Boyle Heights
Before it closes next weekend, see a group show celebrating Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s book The Little Prince. The art is appropriate for all ages and includes new works from 65 artists. Mask and proof of vaccination are required during visiting hours (Thursday-Saturday, 12-6 p.m.).

Outdoor Pick

Alley Adventure Urban Art/Graffiti Bike Tour
This week’s outdoor pick combines biking and art. Join L.A. Art Tours for a ride through the Arts District to view popular street art as well as off-the-beaten-path murals. Artists may also be out and about creating new work for the urban adventurers. Bring water and your own bike (or you can rent a Metro bike once you get downtown). The ride takes place on Saturday at 10 a.m. ($20 per rider). If you can’t make this outing, the tour rolls most weekends.

Streaming Pick

Come from Away
Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and a number of related news specials and documentaries will air this weekend. The Tony-nominated musical, Come from Away, debuts on Apple TV+ on Friday. Based on a true story, this filmed version of the stage production follows the action in Gander, Newfoundland during the week following the 9/11 attacks. When 38 planes were ordered to land unexpectedly in the small town, the Gander residents welcomed the 7,000 stranded travelers, showing kindness and decency when they needed it the most.

thin slices of pale, white fish are topped with shaved onions, peach wedges and spices
The Tasting Kitchen is open for lunch, featuring dishes such as kanpachi crudo.
(Derrick Reed)

Dine and Drink Deals

Here's the 411 on restaurant happenings in SoCal:

  • The Tasting Kitchen on Abbot Kinney has brought back weekend lunch, featuring a crudo and champagne bar. Yes, the famous TK Burger is on chef Travis Passerotti’s menu.
  • Popular Long Beach pizzeria Little Coyote just opened its second location (3500 Los Coyotes Diagonal, Long Beach), Wednesday-Sunday, for dinner. It's all outdoor seating where you can nosh on classic margherita, pepperoni, white, veggie and vegan pies. You'll have to wait until lunchtime service launches for individual slices.
  • Swanky Hollywood nightclub Bootsy Bellows opens a new location at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood. Enjoy the field-level suite during all Rams games this season, starting with da (Chicago) Bears on Sunday. (h/t Eater L.A.)
  • Chic outdoor lounge Bar Lis recently opened atop the new Thompson Hollywood hotel. The menu is inspired by the Cote D’Azur: Kusshi oysters, regiis ova caviar and a “sundae” glacée (oat milk gelato, chocolate pop rocks valrhona fudge sauce). There’s live modern jazz on Tuesday nights and DJs spinning Thursdays through Saturdays.
  • The Radisson Blu Anaheim debuted two new dining destinations. FireLake Grill House and Cocktail Bar serves charcoal-roasted baked eggs with applewood bacon and tres leches french toast. The Oasis Pool Bar offers quick bites such as white cheddar cheese curds with shishito peppers.
  • The Habit Burger Grill and Tarantula Hill Brewing in Thousand Oaks collaborated on the new Habit Beer. The hazy IPA, inspired by the burger joint's Charburgers, and brewed for Labor Day BBQs, is available in limited-edition 4-pack cans ($17.99) until it sells out.
  • Lionel Richie teamed with Tyra Banks’ SMiZE Cream to create the limited-edition flavor, All Night Love. The vanilla ice cream base features a midnight cookie crumble swirl, a salted caramel ribbon, milk chocolate-covered fudge hearts and a cookie dough surprise. Available at SMiZE Cream in Santa Monica.
  • Ike’s Love & Sandwiches celebrates Firefighter Appreciation Month. Firefighters receive 25% off their favorite sandwiches through September. Badge/ID required to redeem discount.
  • Michael Mina's Bourbon Steak in Glendale recently introduced Prime Rib Roast Sundays (offered 5-9 p.m.). For a hefty $89, get an equally hefty 20-24 oz. prime rib roast served alongside potatoes roasted in wagyu fat.
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