What We’re Reading
The Big Lebowski turns 15, a defunct newspaper is honored, which new resto is a must-try.
March 08, 2013
Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges strike a pose at The Big Lebowski's premiere party, 15 years ago.
According to the LA Times, Los Angeles is in the running to host the 2024 Olympics. [LA Times]
Meanwhile, the Times’ former rival, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, is being remembered with talks at the Los Angeles Public Library on Saturday (2 p.m.). [Huffington Post]
Speaking of reflection, everyone’s favorite movie about LA—The Big Lebowski—turns 15 this week. [CNN]
And another LA staple, vintage store The Way We Wore, makes waves with a new reality show. The creatively dressed guests at the premiere are also worth a gander. [Racked LA]
In dining news, Downtown newcomer Alma received rave reviews from LA Weekly. The scoop on this 29-seat off-the-beaten-path spot. [LA Weekly]
Photography by Catherine McGann/Getty Images
Dinner Plans: NINETHIRTY
The W Los Angeles – Westwood announces new seasonal menus.
March 08, 2013
One of the many offerings off NINETHIRTY's new menu—freshly shucked oysters topped with shallots.
Executive chef Dakota Weiss is celebrating spring with a revamped menu at the W Los Angeles – Westwood’s upscale restaurant, NINETHIRTY. The upgrades highlight local, sustainable ingredients, served in NINETHIRTY’s modern atmosphere.
A communal dining experience is encouraged with a series of “social bites”—seasonal small plates perfect for sharing. Guests can indulge in fresh shucked oysters topped with shallots, vinegar, and chili; roasted beef bone marrow with garlic bread and saffron roasted shallots; or a charcuterie and cheese plate served with pomery mustard, red wine jelly, and crostini, among other options. Appetizer-sized “beginning plates” are also on offer, providing substantial starter choices like the roasted squash and burrata salad topped with citrus-toasted pumpkin seeds and a blood orange vinaigrette. Large plates include a pan-roasted wild salmon served alongside quinoa, roasted sunchokes, picholine olives, and pine nuts, as well as a succulent rare prime rib with sautéed spinach and a sourdough mushroom stuffing. To finish the meal, opt for one of the indulgent desserts, like a salted hazelnut pot de crème with raspberry jam and brown sugar brioche crust.
NINETHIRTY offers a selection of specialty cocktails to complement your meal, ranging from a riff on a classic Manhattan to more creative concoctions. We suggest the Open Sesame, which combines Grey Goose vodka with pistachio liqueur, white balsamic, strawberries, and sesame oil. The W Los Angeles – Westwood’s poolside dining experience, The Backyard, also features a revamped menu with a focus on refined comfort food ideal for lunch, brunch, or a lively dinner with friends. 930 Hilgard Ave., Westwood, 310-443-8211
Weekend Recommender: March 7-10
A new LA fashion line shows at TENOVERSIX, Mike Tyson’s one-man play, and tea at Mignon.
March 07, 2013
A piece from Heather Goldberg's Haber collection, which will show Thursday at TENOVERSIX.
Thursday, March 7, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
As Los Angeles Fashion Week kicks off, celebrate emerging LA designer Heather Goldberg, who will be debuting the first collection from her brand Haber at WeHo’s TENOVERSIX. Guests will be treated to Champagne and live music during the showcase. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to attend. 8425 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323-330-9355
Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth
Friday, March 8-10, 8 p.m.
From controversial boxer to Broadway star, there’s something about Mike Tyson that keeps us all coming back for more. Head to the legendary Pantages Theater this weekend to catch his biographical one-man show, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, directed by Spike Lee. VIP tickets ($500) are available through ticketmaster.com, and include a meet and greet with Tyson himself, “ringside” seats, and an autographed boxing glove. 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323-468-1770
Afternoon Tea at Mignon
Saturday, March 9, 3-6 p.m.
Take a break downtown at Mignon, the recently revamped wine bar that’s launching a tea service on Saturday afternoons. Enjoy your choice of Mariage Frères tea alongside housemade pastries and finger sandwiches with fillings like paprika egg salad and classic cucumber. Their entire wine list is also on offer. The tea salon is $15 and reservations are not required. 128 E. 6th St., Downtown LA, 213-489-0131
supperclub Partners with Zen Arts
Hollywood’s unique dinner theater experience debuts an exciting new show.
March 07, 2013
supperclub Los Angeles, the unique Hollywood nightlife experience spearheaded in Amsterdam, launched a new dinner-theater spectacle February 22 with locally based performance group Zen Arts. The exciting collaboration combines an elaborate four-course meal by executive chef Guus Wickenhagen with dancing, acrobatics, and visual effects by Zen Arts, which has gained acclaim from performances alongside Cirque Du Soleil, Madonna, Usher, and Lady Gaga.
Housed in the historic Hollywood Vogue Theater, supperclub guests are invited to enjoy a leisurely cocktail at the seductive red bar before the curtains rise on a stark white dining room. Patrons are then escorted to their own private plush white bed, surrounding a central performance space. The futuristic spectacle by Zen Arts unfolds course by course, incorporating stunning light shows, impressive acrobatic tricks on silks and rings, and an element of risqué burlesque, as well as playful humor by the club’s colorful host, Billy Francesca.
As you’re taking it all in, Wickenhagen serves up a seasonal four-course menu. Current offerings start with a salad of cornmeal-crusted green tomatoes followed by a savory lamb chop topped with sweet and sour red onions. The meal continues with a main course of pan-seared diver scallops drizzled in a light bordelaise sauce, and finishes with a decadent French toast. While the menu is fixed, all food allergies are accommodated. After dessert, dinner guests are invited to stay as renowned DJs hit the turntables and the space transforms into a more traditional nightclub.
The dining experience starts at $75, with cocktails and gratuity additional. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling supperclub at 323-466-1900. 6675 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Q&A: Decades’ Christos Garkinos
The stylish star of the new show Dukes of Melrose talks vintage clothing, reality TV, and more.
March 06, 2013
Christos Garkinos, co-owner of the renowned Hollywood boutique Decades (8214 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, 323-655-1960), is known as “The Robin Hood of Fashion”—a title that, according to Garkinos, he earned from buying luxury goods off top fashionistas and giving them to the rest…and because he looks good in a hat.
It is this playful spirit—mixed with a killer eye for vintage clothing—that the new TV show Dukes of Melrose explores. The program, which premieres tonight (March 6) at 10:30 p.m. on Bravo, follows Garkinos, along with Decades co-owner Cameron Silver, through the glamorous world of vintage couture. We caught up with Garkinos for the inside scoop on the show and more.
What would be your fashion Holy Grail?
CG: To stumble upon a huge collection of Tom Ford-era Gucci—incredibly collectible, and iconic.
What is your latest discovery that you are excited about?
CG: I think that Isabel Marant is making incredible clothes. I really believe she is a future collectible!
Tell us more about Dukes of Melrose.
CG: Dukes of Melrose will take you on a fashion ride that you have never experienced. To-die-for clothing, [it’s] funny as heck, and you may just learn something!
What’s the biggest challenge of shooting a reality show?
CG: My biggest challenge was forgetting to take off my mic pack! Seriously, the sound guy would be running after me just about every day.
Have you learned anything new about yourself since shooting the show?
CG: I have learned that I really like to gesture with my hands. I guess it is the Greek in me!
What are some fun moments to look out for on the show?
CG: The last-ever appearance of Phyllis Diller, and my interaction with Sandra Bernhard—both legends.
Your Guide to LA Fashion Week
Events to attend and designers to follow at Los Angeles Fashion Week.
March 06, 2013
A sample of Maison de Urbana's designs, which will show at LA Fashion Weekend.
Los Angeles Fashion Week starts today (March 6 through March 17) in venues throughout the city, presenting the Fall 2013 collections of both local and international designers. While we’re all in favor of LA making its mark on the fashion map, the weeklong event is a dizzying array of shows hosted by various studios and organizations, so we’ve compiled an easy guide to the most exciting events and top shows.
LA FASHION COUNCIL PRESENTATIONS
Wednesday, March 6-Thursday, March 7
Launched recently in 2012, the Los Angeles Fashion Council is an organization that showcases and supports local up-and-coming designers. At this year’s presentation they’ll highlight the high-end, contemporary designs of Sarine Marie and the bohemian-chic stylings of Odylyne, in addition to lines by ISM Mode, SOLDAT, and 8000 Nerves.
Tuesday, March 12, 8 p.m.
Project Ethos and Scion are teaming up for an exciting event that merges fashion, music, and art at Avalon Hollywood (1735 Vine St., Hollywood, 323-462-8900). The fun includes multiple runway shows from designers like Daniel Bohbot, Traver Rains, and Michael Costello among others. Musical performances, art installations, live art performances, and Champagne by Canard-Duchêne is also in store. Tickets are $20-$100 at projectethos.tv.
GO RED CELEBRITY FASHION SHOW
Thursday, March 14, 7:30 p.m.
As part of Style Fashion Week LA, the Go Red For Women Celebrity Red Dress Fashion Show is a high-end event raising funds for the American Heart Association. The showcase takes place Downtown at the stunning Vibiana (214 S Main St., Downtown, 213-626-1507), and includes a VIP courtyard reception, followed by a runway show that spotlights glamorous red looks, and an afterparty with passed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. For tickets starting at $25, go to stylefashionweek.com.
LA FASHION WEEKEND AT SUNSET GOWER STUDIOS
Thursday, March 14–Saturday, March 16
The Gallery LA’s L.A. Fashion Weekend returns to Sunset Gower Studios (6040 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, 323-330-1845) to present hip designers from Los Angeles and abroad. We’re intrigued by the colorful designs from Urbana Chappa’s Maison de Urbana, which is showing for the first time in LA at the event. Launched at New York Fashion Week, the line draws inspiration from the Middle East by incorporating scarves or veils into many of its styles.
Wine Dinner at Portofino Cucina Italiana
Downtown Italian restaurant invites wine experts for an exclusive pairing meal.
March 05, 2013
Although it won't be served at the event, the spaghetti con polpette is a good example of Portofino's offerings.
Portofino Cucina Italiana will host wine specialist, Carlo Marino, and wine educator, Dr. Joel Fisher, at their Downtown restaurant next Wednesday (March 13, 6:30 p.m.) for an exclusive dinner with wine pairings. The event kicks off with a welcome reception, followed by a four-course dinner by executive chef Diego Ortoli.
A butternut squash soup topped with goat cheese and pistachio oil kicks off the courses, served alongside a crisp Sardinian white Vermentino with citrus and floral notes. The pasta course comprises a rigatoni amatriciana that combines pork cheek, caramelized onions, and fresh tomatoes with white wine and chili flakes. Meanwhile, the steak course calls out to the north of Italy with a bistecca alla fiorentina, a traditional Florentine bone-in ribeye, marinated with garlic and herbs and drizzled with a balsamic reduction. Accompanying wines include a Sella Mosca Cannonau Riserva 2008 that was aged to perfection in oak barrels for the pasta, and a full-bodied Tre Rose Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2009 to complement the steak. For dessert, guests will enjoy mini cannolis paired with a sweet Moscato D’Asti. A vegetarian alternative menu is also available by request.
Tickets for the evening are $80 per guest, which includes the meal and wine tastings. Reservations can be made online at portofinodtla.com. 464 S. Main St., Downtown LA, 213-239-9019
PaleyFest Opening Weekend
The stars behind TV's most exciting shows came out to kick off the fest.
March 04, 2013
PaleyFest, Los Angeles’ premier television festival, kicked off February 27 as writer/director Ryan Murphy was honored with the first annual PaleyFest Icon Award at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. The creator of shows like Nip/Tuck, Glee, and American Horror Story, Murphy was joined by an amalgam of cast members from his entire repertoire including Lea Michelle, Cory Monteith, Jane Lynch, and Dylan McDermott.
The festival itself opened with the March 1 panel for the fan-favorite AMC program, The Walking Dead, where stars like Laurie Holden, Andrew Lincoln, and Norman Reedus gathered at the Saban Theater to discuss their show with moderator Chris Hardwick of “The Talking Dead.” Celebrations continued with an event surrounding Revolution, J.J. Abrams’ follow-up to Lost, which included the director of the pilot episode, Jon Favreau, as well as actors David Lyons, Billy Burke, and Tracy Spiridakos.
A panel honoring The Newsroom closed the weekend out, with stars Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, and Olivia Munn joining very apropos moderator Piers Morgan. Meanwhile, the talent behind Once Upon A Time—Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Emilie de Ravin, Josh Dallas, and Colin O'Donoghue—also gathered at the Saban Theater for a screening and panel for their hit fairy-tale show.
Hollywood Bowl’s Summer Series
The lineup has been announced, and we've got picks for every type of concert-goer.
March 04, 2013
The Hollywood Bowl, aglow with fireworks, announces its 2013 summer lineup.
Starting in June, the Los Angeles Philharmonic will celebrate their 92nd season at the Hollywood Bowl, bringing an exciting lineup of performances to the iconic venue from the classical, jazz, pop, musical, and contemporary worlds. The full lineup is available to preview at hollywoodbowl.com, but we’ve highlighted a few of our top picks throughout the season. Subscription tickets are currently on sale for classical, weekend spectaculars, sunset concerts, jazz, and KCRW’s World Festival Series, while individual tickets will release in May.
For the Patriot: The July 4th Spectacular
July 2-4, 7:30 p.m.
Celebrate our country’s birthday with a fireworks show that features patriotic tunes by Josh Groban and the U.S. Air force band of the Golden West, as LA Phil’s Sarah Hicks conducts. Single tickets available May 4 on hollywoodbowl.com.
For Families: Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II
July 5-6, 8 p.m.
LA Phil’s George Daugherty will conduct a live orchestra accompaniment to classic Looney Tunes characters like Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Tweety, Road Runner, and more on stage, as well as a trio of 3D animated shorts, all presented by Warner Brothers. Tickets on sale now as part of a subscriber package on hollywoodbowl.com.
For Jazz Fans: Steve Martin with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band
August 7, 8 p.m.
Enjoy the comedic bluegrass stylings of actor Steve Martin, who joins the Steep Canyon Rangers with special guest Edie Brickell for an unforgettable performance. The night also includes a show by New Orleans-based Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Madeleine Peyroux. Tickets on sale now as part of a subscriber package on hollywoodbowl.com.
For Culture Aficionados: Tchaikovsky Spectacular
August 16-17, 8 p.m.
Robert Moody will conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic, joined by the Santa Clara Vanguard and Pacific Crest marching bands, as they play Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable “1812 Overture” to a backdrop of cannon fire and fireworks. Tickets on sale now as part of a subscriber package on hollywoodbowl.com.
For Film Buffs: John Williams: Maestro of the Movies
August 30-31, 8 p.m.
Would Indiana Jones be the iconic figure he is today without his theme music? Enjoy a selection of movie soundtracks as John Williams conducts some of his best hits from films like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars, and Harry Potter. Bonus? Julie Andrews will join Williams for a special tribute to Blake Edwards and composer Henry Mancini. Tickets on sale now as part of a subscriber package on hollywoodbowl.com.
What We’re Reading
What Jack said to J. Law, Fashion’s Night Out canceled, Bugsy Siegel’s house sale….
March 01, 2013
Jennifer Lawrence and Jack Nicholson had a charming post-Oscars run-in.
We love this post-Oscars snippet about Jennifer Lawrence and Jack Nicholson’s first meeting—one for what Nicholson says to Lawrence, and two for her (yet again) real-girl reaction to it. [LA Times]
On the subject of film, LA Magazine explores a new Siskel and Ebert-inspired television show. [LA Magazine]
Meanwhile, FIG’s Ray Garcia talks about his preferred ingredients from Los Angeles staple, the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market. [Eater LA]
Another Los Angeles favorite—Fashion’s Night Out—is on temporary “hiatus” here and nationwide. [Racked LA]
Speaking of raw deals, mobster Bugsy Siegel’s house sold for 30 million less than its asking price. [Curbed LA]
Photography by Kevin Winter/Getty Images (Nicholson); Jason Merrit/Getty Images (Lawrence)