It’s time to get out and see some great shows and eat some great food, Los Angeles. A mini Australian theater festival kicks things off with a noir psychological thriller so interesting it inspired a film with the same theme. On the food front, try out a new ramen joint before it even opens, and take a one night excursion to Hawaii with a night of Hawaiian-themed BBQ at a valley eatery. The Paley Center for Media has a special multimedia exhibit waiting for you, while the Getty’s got fun for the whole family this Friday with an up-close and personal look at some of the museum’s art. Union Station is opening its outdoor garden area to bring you music from some of L.A.’s best up-and-coming artists, while over at the Pantages they’ve got a musical that will transport you back to the hits of the 60s and 70s.
“Speaking in Tongues”
7657 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
The Australian Theatre Company continues its mini Australian theater festival with a double feature of two celebrated Australian plays that were made into movies. Tonight’s showing is Andrew Bovell’s “Speaking in Tongues,” part of the company’s summer reading series, and “Stage to Screen: Great Australian plays that inspired great Australian films.” Inspiring the award-winning film Lantana, the play is a noir psychological thriller about two couples and their parallel stories of betrayal. Tickets are $34.99, or get more bang for your buck with a double feature ticket for $50, granting you admission to see the other stage-to-screen play the company is concurrently putting on, “Ruben Guthrie.”
Oh Man! Ramen Pop Up
Downtown Los Angeles
Later this summer, Oh Man! Ramen will be opening its doors in Encino, but you can get a sneak preview of it tonight. In true L.A. fashion, the restaurant will be hosting a pop-up in the Arts District downtown (exact location given upon purchase), and features family style small plates, and an individual ramen entree. For $65 you’ll get a Tiki Style Punch Bowl and Sapporo to drink, as well as small plates of Chicken Wings with honey fermented chili glaze, Salmon Sashimi, Chilled Spicy Noodle with steamed mussels, and Lettuces. The main entree will feature a 48 hour Tonkotsu Ramen with braised pork belly, roasted pork shoulder, pickled shiitakes, nori, and shaved bonito. This is a great chance to be in the know before the restaurant even opens its door.
Boneyard Bistro’s World BBQ Tour
13539 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Say Aloha to hump day, and enjoy a quick Hawaiian getaway as Boneyard Bistro focuses their quarterly World BBQ Tour event on Hawaii. For one night only, the restaurant is going full-Hawaiian, with starters like a Spam & Pineapple Spring Roll, and Kona Coffee-BBQ Glazed Spare Ribs. Plates will be served with traditional rice, mac salad, and Okinawa sweet potato salad, and will include Kalua Pig, Huli-Huli Chicken, and Grilled Mango & Inamona Jus Glazed Mahi Mahi. Haupia Cream Puffs are on deck for desert, and are the perfect way to end your island feast. Boneyard Bistro’s usual extensive beer list will be available, or take advantage of their half-off wine bottles special, taking place every Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Artistry of Outlander
Paley Center for Media
465 N. Beverly Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Step into 18th century Parisian society as the Paley Center presents items from the critically acclaimed, visually stunning series Outlander. The first-of-its-kind exhibit showcases the iconic costumes designed by Emmy Award-winning designer Terry Dresbach, set pieces from the show, life-size episodic photography, and behind-the-scenes video segments. The STARZ original series tells the story of a former WWII British Army nurse enjoying a second honeymoon in Scotland when she’s suddenly transported to 1743, and is caught between not only two different worlds, but two different loves. The free multimedia exhibition is held on both the first and second floor of the Paley Center, and runs through the summer.
Family Art Stop
1200 Getty Center Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
A whole slew of family-focused activities are scheduled at both the Getty Center and the Getty Villa this summer, starting today with Family Art Stops. The half-hour gallery experience lets you get up-close and personal with a single work of art in the Getty Museum’s collection, offered at 11:30am Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays through August 30. While you’re there, drop-in to the Family Room, where all day long they’ve got hands-on activities highlighting museum objects. Or take a family audio tour with the exclusive GettyGuide and Art Detective Cards. Admission and activities are free, and with the “Pay Once, Park Twice” program, you can visit both museums the same day and only pay for parking once.
Summer Concerts at Union Station
800 N Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012<
For the first time ever, downtown’s iconic Union Station is opening its outdoor garden area for some summertime entertainment. Concerts by some of L.A.’s hottest emerging bands, art exhibits, and thought-provoking cultural events are just some of the things you can expect with Union Station’s new summer nights programming. The season kicks off tonight with “Live Nation’s Ones to Watch & KROQ Locals Only Presents Summer Concerts at Union Station,” featuring opening night headliner Michael Leier, Figs Vision, and DJ Grant Owens. The free concert will take place in the station’s South Patio Garden, with some of the city’s most popular food trucks also on site. The concert series will take place every Saturday night through Labor Day weekend.
“BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical”
Hollywood Pantages Theater
6233 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
One of Broadway’s top grossing shows is enjoying a run at the Pantages, and tonight’s a perfect night to catch a performance of it. The smash hit “BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical” is just that, a musical about the early life and career of legendary singer/songwriter Carole King. Before she was Carole King, she was Carol Klein, a Brooklyn teenager fighting her way into the record business with pure passion and chutzpah. By her twenties she had it all, but it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally found her true voice. King was not only a writer for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll, but the soundtrack to an entire generation. There are two showings today at 1pm and 6:30pm, and the Tony Award-winning musical runs through July 17.