Weekend Recommender: August 15-18
Catch a celebrity vignette, toast the ballet, shop a beach pop-up, celebrate ferragosto....
August 15, 2013
Festival Ballet Theatre Company Dancers in Sax-Tet at last year’s annual Gala of the Stars event.
Celebrity Autobiography: The Music Edition at The GRAMMY Museum
Thursday, August 15, 8 p.m. (doors open 7:30 p.m.)
In this music-themed installment of the lauded traveling comedy show of celebrity vignettes that comes to LA a few times annually, artists including Joey Fatone, Lainie Kazan, Laraine Newman, Fred Willard, and creators Dayle Reyfel, and Emmy-nominated writer Eugene Pack, will act out comedic memoirs live on stage. For $45 tickets, proceeds of which benefit the GRAMMY Museum, visit the Museum box office or grammymuseum.org. 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Ste. A245, Downtown LA, 213-765-6800
Festival Ballet Theatre’s 6th Annual Gala of the Stars
Friday, August 16, 7 p.m.
World-renowned ballet stars from American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, and beyond unite to celebrate their craft at Irvine Barclay Theatre. Tickets to the gala event, presented along with Youth American Grand Prix, are $40-55, and $100 VIP seats include a pre-performance reception at 6 p.m. with wine and hors d’oeuvres. To purchase tickets, visit thebarclay.org. 4242 Campus Dr., Irvine, 949-854-4646
Farasha Boutique Pop-up at Hotel Casa Del Mar
Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18; 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Shop one-of-a-kind summer pieces and accessories at the Farasha pop-up in Santa Monica. For two days, Hotel Casa Del Mar’s luxurious lobby will showcase unique and cutting-edge items ($40-$850) from up-and-coming local designers like Krysia Renau Jewelry, Again Clothing, and Jia Collection, who were handpicked by Farasha owner and stylist Vanessa Di Palma Wright. 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, 310-581-5533
Cecconi’s Porchetta Roast & Ferragosto Celebration
Sunday, August 18, 2 p.m. (until the porchetta runs out)
Celebrate the Italian holiday of Ferragosto, a time in mid-August when the Italian culture calls for some relaxation, in The Secret Garden Patio of Cecconi’s West Hollywood at the restaurant’s third annual roast pork feast. The festive $30 prix-fixe includes roast porchetta, apple sauce, oven roasted potatoes, and a glass of Cecconi’s new Prosecco on tap. Reservations are required by calling the restaurant at 310-432-2000. 8764 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
Hooray Henry's Nightclub: The British Are Coming (to Beverly)
The h.wood group infuses eclectic London glam into the former Guys & Dolls space in WeHo.
August 15, 2013
Leading nightlife owners John Terzian, Brian Toll, and Markus Molinari of the h.wood group (SHOREbar), along with showman David Arquette, long had their sights set on a second West Hollywood venue, to build on and create a synergy with their theatrical success Bootsy Bellows. But it was only after being called “a bunch of Hooray Henry’s”—a playful, if sardonic sneer against rogue, upper-class British gentleman—that the details of their posh new undertaking Hooray Henry’s, which launched with a bevy of celebrities (Adam Lambert, Ashley Greene, and Balthazar Getty) last Wednesday, all came into place.
“So many of our close friends and strong customer base is from London. And I got to meet all of their friends, and they’re fun, cool, elegant, classy people,” Terzian says. “I realized that I also loved the architecture of London, and it all kind of came together, to do a British concept. That’s really why we got inspired to buy out The Beverly and do it.”
Formerly The Beverly, even more formerly Guys & Dolls, and most formerly strictly Guys—after longtime owner Guy Starkman—the visually-stimulating psychedelic lounge Hooray Henry’s is a far cry from your typical English pub. Modeled to feel like, as Terzian tells us, “a manor overtaken while the parents are away,” award-winning designer John Sofio of BUILT (Pink Taco, SHOREbar, and the original Guys) created a dazzling futuristic playground replete with brass ornaments, handsome wood, black-and-white Warhol floors (straight through to the loo), and a funhouse of mod mirrors. A patriotic color palette honors blue and red by using actual automobile paint for that vintage-Jaguar shininess, Rolls Royce-esque banquettes sit on two-tiers of levels so there’s no undesirable booth, and authentic cyclist trophies and equestrian lamps give dutiful nods to the UK. But there’s more.
A handmade 3D projection wall—never before used in a nightclub—broadcasts computerized images like abstract moving shapes, and lascivious, less-abstract body parts. A custom mural with caricatures of the bar’s owners and friends imposed on an English pasture hangs above the bar, which serves up signature libations like The Oxford Lad: a mix of gin, lemon juice, mint, cucumber, and honey syrup. Spherical openings in a wall-length wooden sculpture light up in neon upon touch, and servers are outfitted to resemble the King and Queen and infamous Buckingham Palace guards.
“Everyone is looking for that next thing to entertain the customer,” says Terzian, who plans to introduce a London hotel suite-sized VIP space, surprise musicians like the orchestra that accompanied Mia Moretti at the opening, and British shows that play off the theme, in the upcoming months. “You have to really push the limit, with concept. You can’t just have four walls anymore.”
Hooray Henry’s (HH) will be open on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, while Bootsy Bellows (BB) holds court on corresponding Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday nights. 8713 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood
Photography by Brian Lindensmith/All Access Photo
Q&A: Ray Donovan's Johnathon Schaech
The show's resident movie star gives us the inside scoop on Showtime's breakout crime series.
August 14, 2013
|Johnathon Schaech plays movie star Sean Walker opposite Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight on Showtime’s new hit crime drama, Ray Donovan.|
Despite his myriad roles—How to Make an American Quilt with Winona Ryder, Hush with Gwyneth Paltrow—Johnathon Schaech (pronounced “shek”) was until recently most widely recognized for playing The Wonders’ lead singer in Tom Hanks’ 1996 writing and directorial debut, That Thing You Do! Now, the Maryland native is garnering attention with his role as a movie star opposite Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight on Showtime’s hit crime drama Ray Donovan, which broke viewership records and garnered Sopranos comparisons when it premiered on June 30.
We caught up the real-life star, who will also appear as Tarak, antagonist to Kellan Lutz’s Hercules in March 2014’s Hercules 3D, to talk crime families, mythology heroes, and acting—that thing he does.
What’s your character on Ray Donovan, Sean Walker, like?
JONATHON SCHAECH: He’s a movie star. But I think Sean Walker is like a Tom Cruise or a Will Smith—in this different stratosphere of mystery and intrigue, where everything in his life is followed. He has an enormous amount of money and power.
Why do you think people respond to this show?
JS: I think because it’s so character driven, and the characters are so layered. There are a lot of plot twists that keep you intrigued and guessing. I also think the acting is stellar. Some of the work so far is astounding.
As a law enforcement officer’s son, do you find Ray Donovan accurate?
JS: With most material, you have to elevate it to the extreme, and go beyond real life to make it more interesting. I don’t know if there’s a Donovan family out there, but we can relate to them. They may have screwed up in one aspect of their lives, but we’re all dealing with our demons. And I think they make those characters really relatable.
What do you think Liev Schreiber brings to the role?
JS: He’s always his character, and always thinking. He brings an intense mentality and presence. And underneath that intensity, Liev has an incredible heart—you can see it, you feel it.
What kinds of projects do you gravitate toward?
JS: Something that really challenges me. I’ve played Harry Houdini, Judas Iscariot, and just did Hercules 3D, where the challenge was trying to become a force opposite Hercules. I gained 30 pounds of muscle, and it was quite a challenge to do that at my age.
Tell us about Hercules 3D.
JS: I think [Hercules 3D director] Renny Harlin has something special here. When you think of Hercules, you think of a tough guy with muscles and godly qualities. But the one thing that Kellan Lutz brings, that I don’t think anyone has ever captured with Hercules, is a vulnerability.
Why do you think people still connect you with your role from That Thing You Do!?
JS: I think there are a lot of dreamers out there, and a lot of people who would love to be singers and performers who just relate to the journey of the group, from being nobodies to rising to the top.
What would you like to do more of going forward?
JS: Ray Donovan has invigorated my acting career. You know what the truth is, and you want to get to that place where you can consistently tell it, and be pushed to tell it. I want to get home to my new family, but I want to make every moment of my life count.
Photography by Alan Mercer
'The Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design' Exhibit
FIDM Museum and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences examine TV's top fashion.
August 14, 2013
Want to see the exact dress donned by Lady Edith Crawley on her doomed trip down the aisle in Downton Abbey, or the swanky suit that enabled Francis Underwood’s ruthlessness in House of Cards? The seventh annual iteration of “The Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design” exhibit at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) Museum & Galleries in partnership with the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences examines an often overshadowed element of Emmy-nominated TV programming: the clothes.
Over 120 costumes from more than 15 of 2012-2013’s Primetime Emmy-nominated episodic series, television movies, and mini-series are viewable as art in this colorful exhibition that just launched on July 30. Curated by feature film costume designer and president of the Costume Designers Guild (CDG), Mary Rose, the exhibit showcases the exquisite TV wardrobes crafted by Emmy-nominated costume designers Ellen Mirojnick (HBO’s Behind the Candelabra), Michele Clapton (HBO’s Game of Thrones), and Caroline McCall (PBS’s Downton Abbey). Also on display is handiwork from hit shows nominated in a plethora of other Emmy categories, including HBO’s Girls, Netflix’s House of Cards, ABC’s Nashville and Scandal, and NBC’s Parks and Recreation.
Browse the ornate collections solo, schedule a “quick tour” on Saturdays at 10 a.m. by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or arrange a fashionable group outing with 10-25 friends at $20 per person by contacting Kevin Jones at 213-623-5821 x3367 or email@example.com. Through October 19. 919 S. Grand Ave., Ste. 250, Downtown LA
Photography by Brandon Clark/ABImages (House of Cards, Game of Thrones); Alex J. Berliner/ABImages (Downton Abbey, Smash, Behind the Candelabra)
Bar Marmont Becomes Cantina Marmont
The storied bar/resto will offer Mexican cuisine and cocktails as part of a three-night event.
August 13, 2013
As part of a three-night dinner series, Bar Marmont will become Cantina Marmont, complete with Mexican-inspired cocktails and cuisine.
Sombreros are welcome at Bar Marmont from Tuesday, August 13 through Thursday, August 15, when for three nights (6 p.m.- 1 a.m.), the quintessential Hollywood haunt at the celebrity-laden Chateau Marmont hotel will transform into Cantina Marmont, an authentic Latin experience complete with Spanish music and upscale twists on Mexican cuisine. Executive chef Carolynn Spence, who helmed trendy gastropub The Spotted Pig in New York, surrendered her European influence to create a full menu of refined but playful Mexican favorites, which will be paired with festive margaritas, specialty tequila cocktails, and, for those seeking a tamer fiesta, agua frescas (Spanish for “fresh waters”).
The swanky, Old Hollywood-style bar’s red accents and plush banquettes provide the perfect backdrop for your Mexican feast. After the requisite starter of warm chips with homemade salsa or guacamole, try Butcher’s snapper ceviche; crispy squash blossoms stuffed with soft shell crab and Cotija cheese; or traditional chile relleno—chili peppers stuffed with goat cheese and black beans. Other noteworthy South of the Border-inspired items include oxtail taquitos, fish tacos battered with sweet summer corn, and a trio of chorizo, shrimp, and hominy croquettes.
Whatever you order, save room for the inventive takes on Mexican desserts. Flan fans should opt for the chocolate version from Canela, while churro donuts arrive accompanied by a sweet horchata frozen custard, and the chocolate cuatro leches cake takes the celebrated tres leches sponge cake up a notch. In addition to the crafted tequila concoctions and classic margaritas on hand, sample the refreshing agua frescas, in unique fruit flavors like minted cucumber and honeydew, passion fruit, and strawberry watermelon.
Join in this limited-time Mexican dinner series by making reservations via OpenTable, or by calling Bar Marmont directly at 323-650-0575. 8171 West Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
Photography by Nikolas Koenig
Invisible Children's 2013 Fourth Estate Leadership Summit
Students, educators, and celebrity supporters united at UCLA for global equality.
August 12, 2013
Invisible Children’s Fourth Estate Leadership Summit at the UCLA campus brought together thousands of students, educators, and celebrity supporters this past weekend (August 8-11) with the shared purpose of promoting justice, global equality, and basic human rights. In a weekend highlight at Saturday evening’s ceremony, new US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power delivered a poignant speech, which served as a cry to get involved and provide “results.” Others like Kristen Bell, Sophia Bush, and Don Cheadle also took to the stage to show their support.
Bush made an impassioned speech and called on young people to fight injustice and join together. Choking up in response to the vehement applause, she reminded the crowd that we are all accountable, and should think in terms of “us” rather than “us versus them.” Bell provided a comic interlude as she introduced Cheadle, who presented the 2013 Peace Award to Kunangbangate Belaha for his work in bringing safety to central African communities. Other celebrities lending support at Saturday night’s event included actress Kristin Davis, actor Ryan Hansen, Glee’s Kevin McHale, and recording artist Kimbra.
Attendance for this weekend’s summit skyrocketed, following the pervasive viral video Kony 2012, about the unjust acts of African cult leader Joseph Kony, made by Invisible Children co-founder Jason Russell. The summit consisted of four days of leadership-geared programming, including workshops on topics like human trafficking and women’s empowerment, original films such as the documentary Blood Brother, live dance performances and music by Hans Zimmer, and a roster of speakers.
In addition to Saturday’s remarks by Power, who felt called to act for human rights after reading about genocide in college and encouraged people to tweet her at #whatmatters, Invisible Children’s director of idea development Jedidiah Jenkins, author Amy Eldon, and nonprofit founder Jamie Tworkowski took the stage before the 1,500 activists from 27 countries to further inspire and enlighten on standing up to global injustice. The Invisible Children’s latest grassroots campaign #zeroLRA is aimed at stopping the inhumane acts of Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army.
Scoop NYC Opens a Beverly Hills Shop
Following a holiday pop-up, the NYC-born boutique finds a second (permanent) LA home.
August 12, 2013
NYC-based designer boutique Scoop NYC just converted its successful seasonal pop-up concept from this past November and December into its second permanent LA-area shop. After months of renovations to the suave corner space in the all-glass MGM Beverly Hills building, Scoop NYC—“the Ultimate Closet” for women’s and men’s apparel and accessories in eight states around the US—launched its newest and dressiest LA outpost last month.
While the wooden Brentwood store that debuted in April 2012 boasts a quaint, neighborhood vibe, the glossy, recently refurbished Beverly Hills shop is sleek in all-white décor and leather furnishings, plus plush gray carpeting and a shiny black ceiling that are unique to this location. Two partitioned rooms comprise the 3,700-square-foot space, which is replete with emerging and favorite designers. Women can expect a wide range of lesser-known labels, as well as comprehensive offerings from favorites like Missoni, Zac Posen, Giambattista Valli, and Herve Leroux. There are just as many trendy, upscale items for men, from the likes of Dsquared, Michael Bastian, Paul Smith, and John Varvatos.
One of the main attractions is an assortment of couture cocktail dresses geared toward ladies who lunch on nearby Beverly Drive. Posh new designer pieces in high demand include an elegant Zac Posen black lace V-neck dress with nude underlay ($2,490), a sleeveless cream-colored gown with transparent mesh top from Herve Leroux ($3,125), and a long-sleeved ribbed-cuff patterned Missoni dress with electric green back ($1,425). More casual and beachy labels like Poupette St Barth and Clover Canyon supply popular California-style printed clothing, mini-dresses, denim, and leather. In addition to exclusive collaborations with Wren and Veda, Scoop NYC also carries its own private label of flowing dresses, jumpsuits, cashmere, and tees.
High-end sunglasses and handbag displays adorn the walls, and shoes from designers like Rag & Bone and B Brian Atwood run the gamut from dressy to cutting edge. Don’t forget to peruse the glass jewelry case by the register prior to checkout, where prominent items from up-and-coming designers mix with necklaces by Alexis Bittar, and stretchy cuffs from Philippe Audibert (a designer favored by Real Housewife Kyle Richards). 265 N. Beverly Dr., 310-362-6100
Iconic Abstract Artist Sam Francis at PMCA
Five decades of the California native’s contributions to Abstract Expressionism.
August 12, 2013
In the first major museum showing of esteemed California artist Sam Francis’ work in over a decade, the Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) presents a striking and boldly colored tribute to the late expressionist (1923-1994). “Sam Francis: Five Decades of Abstract Expressionism from California Collections” opened at PMCA this past Saturday, August 11, and will showcase 50 years of his European and Japanese-influenced abstract artwork through January 5, 2014.
Each distinct period of the artist’s work—as tumultuous and difficult to categorize as his life—takes inspiration from his personal trials and extensive international travel. His career began in San Francisco Bay in the 1940s, but his most influential contributions came as a result of his move to France in 1950. One of the first post-WWII American artists to glean from French Impressionism and Japanese scroll paintings, he was deemed “the hottest American painter in Paris these days” by Time magazine. Today, Francis is renowned for his techniques of saturated tones (in primary reds, yellows, and blues), for using color expressively, and for capturing the impact of light with a range of light to darker hues.
From three by two inches to murals over 10 feet in size, this exhibition of paintings from private and public collections—some never before seen—is curated by art historian Peter Selz, Ph.D., formerly of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, who authored the first Francis monograph, and Debra Burchett-Lere, executive director and acting president of the Sam Francis Foundation. It features Francis’ “Cellular” paintings from the 1950s, “Blue Balls” and “Edge” from the 1960s, when his color field paintings began experimenting with large open canvas areas and splatters of strong color, and his “Grids” from the 1970s. The artist’s final series of paintings were made in his studio in Santa Monica before his death in November 1994.
For more information on the museum’s corresponding screening of The Painter Sam Francis by Jeffrey Perkins on Saturday, September 21 at 6 p.m., and the Insight Talk with Burchett-Lere on Sunday, November 3 at 3 p.m., visit pmcaonline.org. The exhibition will travel next to the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, where it will be on display from January 26 to April 20, 2014. 490 E. Union St., Pasadena, 626-568-3665
IMAGE CREDITS: The Buck Collection, Laguna Beach, California. Artwork © Sam Francis Foundation, California / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. (Red, Blue, and Yellow); The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Bequest of Marcia Simon Weisman, 96.114. Artwork © Sam Francis Foundation, California / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York (Untitled); The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Collection, Los Angeles. Artwork © Sam Francis Foundation, California / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. (Blue and Yellow)
What We're Reading
An ode to The O.C., Hakkasan opening mid-September, a look at Lovelace predecessors....
August 09, 2013
Hit Newport Beach-based The O.C. from one of the youngest TV show creators celebrates its ten-year anniversary week.
With new movie Lovelace shining a spotlight on adult entertainment, The Hollywood Reporter takes a look at film’s portrayal of the racy industry. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Get ready for Hakkasan, the massive international Chinese resto making waves in Vegas. It’s slated to open in Beverly Hills’ MGM building mid-September. [Eater LA]
Huffington Post celebrates iconic hit The O.C.’s ten-year anniversary by chatting with the show’s precocious creator Josh Schwartz, who was turning 27 when the series premiered. [Huffington Post]
Jeff Koons will indeed exhibit his artwork at MOCA, after debuting at the Whitney, in 2015. [LA Times]
From Selena Gomez to Dustin Hoffman, Jeryl Brunner’s new nonfiction hit My City, My Los Angeles discloses your favorite stars’ favorite spots, excerpted here in LA Weekly. [LA Weekly]
Racked LA has photos of Rachel Zoe’s must-have fall collection. Hint: it’s a mash-up of equestrian and rock 'n' roll. [Racked LA]
Photography by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images
Dinner Plans: Acabar Restaurant & Lounge
A sultry, Moroccan-dressed den boasts international flavor and live entertainment.
August 09, 2013
Only adventure-seekers should step beyond the grand brass gates of the Hollywood hideaway formerly occupied for over 40 years by Moroccan haunt Dar Maghreb to experience its stunning new internationally-influenced incarnation, Acabar. A historically rich and globally-tinged restaurant and lounge from an all-star LA team—French brothers Frederic and Nicolas Meschin and Sue Choi of The Little Door, alongside Roland Emmerich and Jerry Murray—the intimate enclave that just opened for reservations last week will feature worldly cuisine, eclectic beats, and impromptu musicians and surprises, such as last weekend’s House of Kaya performers.
Acabar isn’t just about looks, but the year-long renovation—and restoration—of the restaurant and adjacent lounge by designer Keith Greco worked to preserve rich Moroccan details like hand-laid mosaic tiles and original woodwork, while implementing Romanesque columns, bright painted ceilings, a central fire table, and ornate chandeliers. The highly anticipated exotic menu, from James Beard recognized chef Octavio Becerra of palate food + wine, Circa, and The Patina Group, proves equally artistic and transporting.
Sharable, French-inspired plates aspire to take diners on a voyage through The Spice Trail, incorporating touches from regions like Southeast Asia, the Mediterranean, the French West Indies, and West Africa that have seen French influence. Start with the colorfully-named porn bread, which comprises corn, aged cheddar, and almond-honey butter; or the authentic basturma, a Turkish cured salmon. Progress to Provencial squash blossoms, lamb Merquez meat balls, and seared scallops with caramelized chou fleur. Then sink into larger dishes, like the crispy whole sea bass with choy sum, or Indochine duck with Chinese broccoli and plum confit.
Intricately crafted cocktails by Soigne Group’s Josh Goldman (ink.) and Julian Cox (Comme Ca) are a delicious and didactic experience, chronicled by historical era to convey the cocktail’s evolution. Try the Archaic Era’s Acabar Sazerac, honoring Creole apothecary Peychaud’s 1830’s Bitters invention; the Modern Era’s homage to British bartender Dick Bradsell’s vodka, lemon, and Cassis libation, the Russian Spring; and everything in between. Or, gather with six to eight pals on a low, plush couch to share a group libation, like Martha Washington’s original recipe rum punch with citrus sorbet, spiced syrup, and rum, and create some history of your own.
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.