What We’re Reading
A Sundance preview, a peek inside Capitol Records, and Rihanna’s new fashion line….
January 18, 2013
Curbed offers a coveted glimpse inside Capitol Records' storied interior.
Check out the menu for Tower 8, Melisse chef Josiah Citrin’s newest venture. [Eater LA]
Meanwhile, the LA Times features an overview of Diane Rosenstein Fine Art, the newest gallery to open on Highland. [LA Times]
Speaking of openings, check out ten very anticipated films premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, which kicked off yesterday. [The Hollywood Reporter]
According to Vogue UK, Rihanna’s fashion collection River Island will debut at London Fashion Week on February 16, before heading to Opening Ceremony stores in the U.S. [Vogue UK]
Music lovers will also dig Curbed’s glimpse inside the legendary Capitol Records building. [Curbed LA]
Photography by Valerie Macon/Getty Images
Dinner Plans: Peking Duck Day at WP24
Wolfgang Puck’s rooftop restaurant launches an apropos special for the holiday.
January 18, 2013
Celebrate National Peking Duck Day at WP24, Wolfgang Puck’s modern Chinese restaurant housed atop the Ritz-Carlton hotel. Tonight (Friday, January 18, 5-10 p.m.), diners are invited to enjoy the "Duck Duck Goose" special, which includes the restaurant’s signature whole roasted duck served Peking style and a complimentary chocolate goose egg for dessert. Taking three days to prepare and serving two people, the whole duck served Peking style is one of the restaurant’s most coveted dishes. Once ordered, the entrée is elegantly carved tableside and served along with steamed bao buns, housemade hoisin sauce, and garnishes like cucumbers, scallions, and pickled daikon.
The goose egg dessert, a large chocolate eggshell filled with miniature pastries, was crafted by new head pastry chef Michael Aguilar, who recently revamped the entire dessert menu. Aguilar’s additions include modern dishes like a liquid caramel served with caramelia mousse, almond nougatine, chocolate sorbet, and buttermilk chocolate cake. Other seasonal sweets from Aguilar include a savory kabocha cake with pumpkin cream, cranberry ginger, and maple bourbon ice cream, while chocolate lovers should sample the praline mocha crunch, with dark chocolate cremeux, Jivara mousse, and espresso ice cream. Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles, 900 W Olympic Blvd., Downtown LA, 213-743-8824
Pedun Munk (Duck), Mi & Mo Photography (Egg)
Weekend Recommender: January 17-20
The Birds turns 50, St. Pucchi trunk show, a Florentine family lunch, and more….
January 17, 2013
St. Pucchi's trunk show offers exclusive pricing this weekend only.
The Birds 50th Anniversary Screening
Thursday, January 17, 7 p.m.
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most chilling films, The Birds, with a special screening at Grauman’s Chinese Theater hosted by the movie’s main character, Tippi Hedren. Following the screening, Hedren will join her co-star Veronica Cartwright for a Q&A about the production. $5 tickets available on movietickets.com. 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323-464-8111
St. Pucchi Bridal Trunk Show
Friday, January 18, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, January 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Right in the middle of engagement season, St. Pucchi designer Rani Totman hosts a trunk show at her WeHo salon. Totman’s dramatic designs will be specially priced for brides who purchase during this weekend's event. 8649 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-601-7604
Renee Fleming and Susan Graham Perform
Saturday, January 19, 8 p.m.
Two of opera’s greatest talents team up for an unforgettable evening at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Soprano Renee Fleming and mezzo-soprano Susan Graham join forces with pianist Bradley Graham to present a series of French duets. Tickets start at $51 and are available at laphil.com. 111 S. Grand Ave., Downtown, 323-850-2000
Florentine Family Lunch
Sunday, January 20, 12:30 p.m.
Head to the Getty Center for a Florentine lunch inspired by traditional Italian family-style get-togethers. Enjoy a four-course meal, Prosecco, and Trecento music before touring the exhibition “Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance.” Tickets are $65 and reservations are suggested by calling 310-440-6212. 1200 Getty Center Dr., West Los Angeles, 310-440-7300
Q&A: Chosen Star Milo Ventimiglia
Former Heroes actor talks about new digital series, which premieres today.
January 17, 2013
In the new Crackle web series Chosen, actor Milo Ventimiglia plays a lawyer and family man who wakes up to find a box on his doorstep with a gun and a photo of a stranger he is instructed to kill within three days time. In case he’s not willing to comply, there’s a gunman waiting nearby to encourage him along.
If that teaser isn’t enough to get you hooked on the series, then read on for Ventimiglia’s pitch on why you should tune in, how digital media is changing the face of television, and where you should go out to dinner tonight (or while watching the show—the beauty of digital media). Chosen premieres today at crackle.com, and you can catch Ventimiglia later this year in Kiss of the Damned and in the upcoming television show L.A. Noir.
How did you get involved with this project?
MILO VENTIMIGLIA: I was so lucky to meet with a director named BK [Ben Ketai] and read a ton of digital projects. This was one of the first ones that really stuck with me. Loving the script made it easy to say yes.
Why should readers check out Chosen?
MV: See the production quality and how it stacks up against real TV shows. I can't tell the difference.
How do you think digital media is changing television?
MV: Viewers are ingesting programming differently nowadays. We've got our computers on our laps, our iPhones and Droids in our hands, and our 60-inch living room wall television is web-ready. The valley between where we watch and what we watch is not so big anymore. Everything is now available online, and ready to watch anywhere you are. That's the benefit of digitally-released shows like Chosen.
What are some of your favorite restaurants and bars in Los Angeles?
MV: El Carmen in Hollywood (8138 W. 3rd St., Hollywood, 323-852-1552), Hugo’s in West Hollywood (8401 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323-654-3993), Shima in Venice (1432 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310-314-0882). R+D in Brentwood (1323 Montana Ave., Brentwood, 310-395-3314) and Viet Noodle House on the Eastside (3133 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, 323-906-1575).
When you’re not working, what’s your favorite LA pastime?
MV: I just enjoy the beautiful weather. The best part is it's everywhere: beaches, parks, hills, downtown. Everywhere.
Photography by Jason Merritt/Getty Images
photo l.a. Opens Friday in Santa Monica
The photo exhibition features works from over 70 galleries, as well as special programming.
January 16, 2013
The Santa Monica Civic Auditorium will play host to the 22nd annual photo l.a. exhibition January 17-21, providing a forum for galleries to display coveted works from around the world. Browse vintage and contemporary photography, examine modern video and multimedia installations, enjoy onsite lectures, and head to the Hilton Doubletree Hotel for master photography classes and portfolio reviews hosted by the Emerging Focus Photo Expo. This is the first year photo l.a. will feature photoBOOK LA, a platform for photographers to receive feedback from established book artists and publishers.
Photo l.a. opens on January 17 with a preview reception from 6-9 p.m. that benefits Inner-City Arts, a charitable organization based out of Los Angeles’ Skid Row ($80 tickets on eventbrite.com). The exhibit then opens to the public on January 18, with exciting programming that spotlights some of its most intriguing galleries. History buffs will delight in a talk by photojournalist Bill Eppridge, who is best known for documenting RFK’s final campaign and the Beatles’ first U.S. tour (January 18, 3:30 p.m.). LA art aficionados will enjoy a discussion on Robert Mapplethorpe’s work and significance through the eyes of curators from LACMA, The Getty Research Institute, and the Cleveland Museum of Art (January 19, 1:30 p.m.). Guests can also take in one of Artillery magazine’s famed “Face Off” debates, as editor Tulsa Kinney moderates curator Colin Westerbeck and artist Ken Gonzales-Day on the subject of the anarchy of imagery.
Other programming includes talks on architectural photographs (January 20, 1:30 p.m.), art in fashion (January 20, 3:30 p.m.), and a look at new technologies and social media (January 21, 1:30 p.m.). Advance tickets to the exhibition and special programming are available at photola2013.com.eventbrite.com. 1855 Main St., Santa Monica, 323-965-1000
Photography COURTESY MONROE GALLERY OF PHOTOGRAPHY/©BILL EPPRIDGE/photo l.a. (Lennon), Courtesy of Drkrm (adams), ©Phil Stern/courtesy of Duncan Miller Gallery (dean)
Bar 1886 Shakes Up New Winter Cocktails
The Raymond's bar revamps its cocktail selection with new categories and inventive cocktails.
January 16, 2013
Try one of 1886's new seasonal cocktails, like the Alpine Needle Punch.
The mixology team at 1886 Bar at the Raymond has decided to embrace the recent cold front with a fun new cocktail menu featuring post-holiday sips and warming winter libations. Cocktail consultant Marcos Tello helped to revamp the list, focusing on new garnishes and more challenging recipes, while separating the drink menu into four distinct categories: Silly & Spice, Ghosts of Yuletide Past, Frothy, and Silky.
Under Silly & Spice, we suggest the El Frosty, a concoction featuring anejo tequila, cinnamon bark syrup, house-made spiced tres leches cream, and egg yolk. The flavor is not far from eggnog, but the presentation is a complete departure, topped with a painted meringue courtesy of pastry chef Jeffrey Haines to create the illusion of a snowman. Equally seasonal is the Post-Christmas Cobbler, comprising Masala Chai-infused Punt e Mes and a combination of citrus and spices that evoke a holiday dessert, while the Alpine Needle Punch will have you booking a trip to Tahoe with its mix of gin, Demarara-date syrup, Zirbenz Alpine liqueur, lemon, and Champagne.
Despite its name, The Ghosts of Yuletide Past section moves away from holiday-inspired beverages and honors past 1886 bartenders instead. Our pick is the Tenderheart, a unique concoction combining cognac, Cocchi Americano, Byrrh, and grenadine, crafted by one of 1886’s original bar staff. Absinthe fans should opt for the Molly Pitcher Club Cocktail, combining the notorious spirit with gin, house-made pineapple Demerara syrup, lemon, and bitters.
The Frothy selections feature cocktails like 1886’s riff on a pisco sour—the Made in Peru—with Pisco Portón, Galliano L'Autentico, Fernet, Barolo Chinato, lemon, and pineapple air. Meanwhile, the highlight of the Silky section is the Bank Heist, a cocktail comprising Bank Note Scotch, plum syrup, and bitters, that was inspired by a historic bank building in Pasadena where the remains of three missing bank robbers were discovered in 1946. The garnish features a tiny keystone moneybag with chocolate gold coins inside. 1250 S. Fair Oaks Ave. Pasadena, 626-441-3136
Photography by acuna hansen
Fleming's Steakhouse Opens in Beverly Hills
The Beverly Drive outpost presents franchise favorites in an innovative interior.
January 15, 2013
Early last week, the Newport Beach-based Fleming's Steakhouse opened a new outpost on Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills. Paying tribute to the 1940s building that houses it, Fleming's latest location features the original bell-truss ceiling set high above an open dining room with inviting leather chairs and white tablecloth service. A floor-to-ceiling wine display dominates the main seating area, boasting the resto’s outstanding collection of wines by the glass and bottle.
Consistent with its other locations, the Fleming's menu offers a wide variety of chophouse cuisine, cooked to perfection by chef Brandon Powell. Starters include a decadent seafood tower complete with lobster, shrimp, ceviche, crab, and more with the requisite accompaniments, and salads like the classic steakhouse wedge, featuring a creamy house-made blue cheese dressing drizzled atop iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, and bacon. While entrees like a double-cut pork chop and barbecue salmon are available, the real draw here is the aged prime beef, seared at a sizzling 1600 degrees and available in cuts ranging from a petite filet to a bone-in ribeye. Sides like the signature Fleming's potatoes with cream, jalapenos, and cheddar cheese are not to be missed, though diners might stick to the grilled asparagus if they want to save room for dessert. On that note, finish your meal with the likes of a New York cheesecake, a classic crème brulee, or—our top pick—the gooey Belgian chocolate lava cake served with vanilla ice cream or their homemade Chantilly cream by request.
Pair your meal with a selection off their digital wine list, presented on a tablet for easy browsing—opt for any of the 80 hard-to-find bottles off their reserve list, or play spin-the-bottle for a computerized choice. A safe selection is the 46 Diamonds boutique private-label wine, a collaboration between Fleming's and some of California’s leading wineries. Fleming's is open for dinner nightly. 252 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-278-8710
Golden Globes Weekend Recap
Top moments from the gift lounges to the afterparties and everything in between.
January 14, 2013
On January 13, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association honored stars like Ben Affleck, Anne Hathaway, and Daniel Day-Lewis at the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards, held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. But the revelry and mingling didn’t begin or end with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s opening monologue—instead, the Globes provided the perfect excuse for a weekend filled with gift lounges, red carpet moments, and stylized afterparties where Hollywood’s finest gathered to toast some of 2012’s best performances in film and television.
Lounges popped up throughout the city the day before the big event, showering stars with apropos pampering products and other luxe presents. At the HBO Luxury Lounge featuring Motorola and L’Oreal, nominees like Tony Kushner, Jeff Daniels, Steve Buscemi, Sarah Paulson, and more joined stars from HBO series like True Blood and Game of Thrones to pick up gifts from Motorola, Tivo, Sophia Fiori, and more. The HBO Luxury Lounge also included a L’Oreal Paris pampering salon with manicures, pedicures, hair styling, makeup, and beauty products like the new Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother Finishing Cream.
Come the day of the Globes, the red carpet wasn’t just for snapping pics for best- and worst-dressed lists. Countless stars had a charitable incentive thanks to Moët & Chandon’s philanthropic initiative, Toast4aCause. Globes-going celebrities donated $1,000 to the charity of their choice by raising a toast with a Moët & Chandon Imperial mini. Nashville’s Hayden Panettiere honored The Whale Foundation, while Hugh Jackman saluted World Vision. Sean “P.Diddy” Combs toasted the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Jon Hamm supported St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, and birthday-girl Julia Louis-Dreyfus raised her glass to Heal the Bay.
Stars flocked to various afterparties post-Globes, hosted by the likes of HBO, The Weinstein Company, and NBC Universal. But the real pièce de résistance of post-parties was the one in the Hilton courtyard thrown by Warner Brothers and InStyle magazine. Esteemed designer Tom Ford created the centerpiece tent, drawing inspiration from minerals and gemstones. Guests like Cecil B. Demille Award honoree Jodie Foster, host Amy Poehler, George Clooney, Julianna Margulies, Robert Downey Jr., Christoph Waltz, Sofia Vergara, Don Cheadle, and many more gathered to celebrate the evening, snacking on a selection of entrees like butternut squash bisque and braised prime short rib. Those craving dessert snuck over to the Godiva Chocolate Bar, where the luxury chocolate brand saluted the season of love with decadent creations inspired by some of film’s most famous moments.
Frank Gehry’s ‘Fish Lamps’ at the Gagosian
Chic Beverly Hills gallery presents an exhibit by the world-renowned architect.
January 14, 2013
Frank Gehry's "Fish Lamps" at the Gagosian Gallery.
On Friday, January 11, the Gagosian Gallery hosted an opening for Frank Gehry’s "Fish Lamps," a collection of working lights crafted by the expert architect. The designs originally evolved from a commission by the Formica Corporation to construct an object using plastic laminate ColorCore. Gehry shattered a piece while working with it, and was inspired by the shards, thinking they resembled fish scales. The first lamps were created in 1984, featuring ColorCore scales glued to a wire frame to create the illusion of movement. Finished lamps were then displayed at Gagosian’s former location on Robertson that same year. Fish continued to inform Gehry’s work, from a piece in Bilbao, Spain’s Guggenheim, to the Standing Glass Fish in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, but he only returned to crafting the lamps themselves in 2012.
The most recent collection of lamps was divided between the Los Angeles and Parisian Gagosian galleries, and comes in an array of different sizes, comprising more ColorCore into the final design. Gehry, an LA resident, has also designed the gallery installation for "Fish Lamps," taking cues from earlier exhibits he put together at LACMA this year. The lamps are arranged to evoke the sense of an underwater dive, with some presented in schools and others standing out on their own. Emitting soft, glowing light, the lamps create the illusion of sun reflecting off fish scales, while their curved structures imply a fish's effortless movements through water. The lamps will be on view through February 14 at the Gagosian from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. 456 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-271-9400
Photographs ©Frank Gehry. Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery. Photography by Josh White/JWPictures.com
LACMA Revamps Couture Collection
The museum is adding looks by Balenciaga and beyond to its costume collection.
January 14, 2013
You could go to one of LA’s many vintage stores to browse a vast selection of chic 20th-century designer clothing…or you could take a trip to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in the near future. LACMA is adding 158 couture fashion items to their costume collection, made possible by a donation from Ellen A. Michelson. The acquisition encompasses daywear and eveningwear from 1880 to 2008, including looks by Cristóbal Balenciaga, Christian Dior, Hubert de Givenchy, Christian Lacroix, Jeanne Lanvin, Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, and Paco Rabanne, among many others. French designers, such as the iconic Coco Chanel, are especially well represented.
Curated by Dominique Sirop—who has worked with Yves Saint Laurent and Hubert de Givenchy and currently runs his own haute atelier—the display will focus on expert craftsmanship by spotlighting unique pattern-making and pristine tailoring. The museum also recently acquired the Betty Kirke Pattern Archives of Madeleine Vionnet, offering visitors exclusive glimpses at Vionnet’s paper patterns, slides, photographs, and more. Both acquisitions help to make LACMA’s growing costume and textiles collection one of the most extensive in the US. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-City West, 323-857-6000
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