Weekend Recommender: August 1-3
Gather around a beach bonfire for a good cause, sample a special meal at Animal, and more.
August 01, 2013
Audi’s “An Evening on the Beach” benefits St. Vincent Meals on Wheels at the Jonathan Beach Club Santa Monica.
Audi’s ‘An Evening on the Beach’ Benefit
Thursday, August 1, 6 -10 p.m.
Watch the sun set beachside at this exclusive Santa Monica culinary benefit presented by Audi at the Jonathan Beach Club. Sink your feet into the sand as you indulge in food straight off the grill from top LA chefs, sip fine wine and crafted cocktails, bid on exotic auction items, and enjoy live beats by a bonfire. For $155 tickets, which benefit St. Vincent Meals on Wheels, visit eveningonthebeach.com. 850 Palisades Beach Rd., Santa Monica, 310-657-2553
Photographer Rick Rodney’s ‘The Present Past’ Opening Reception
Friday, August 2, 7-10 p.m.
Slow Culture, a new gallery that examines fully appreciating the present, is officially opening this weekend with an exhibition by photographer Rick Rodney. “The Present Past” is a curated photo collection that documents Rodney’s life experiences over the last decade. Expect to be taken on an emotional journey with striking portraits of models, street folks, and musicians. 5906 N. Figueroa, Highland Park
The Market Shopping Event by No. 9 Candle Co.
Saturday, August 3, 12-6 p.m.
Enjoy complimentary cocktails and tunes while you peruse fashion finds, handmade jewelry, accessories, and crafts from local LA businesses at the Papillion Institute of Art. Hosted by No. 9 Candle Co., Native LA, and We Are ONYX, the market will feature vintage goods from My Grandma’s Closet and Penelope’s Vintage, sweets from Creole Primas Cake Pops, stationed food trucks, and more. 1835 S. Main St., Downtown Los Angeles
Adam Perry Lang’s Cooking with Friends Dinner at Animal
Saturday, August 3; Reservations from 6-10:30 p.m.
Barbecue expert and author Adam Perry Lang, a consulting partner at Mario Batali’s Vegas steakhouse Carnevino, is the guest chef at Animal this Saturday for Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo’s Cooking with Friends charitable dinner series. For $135, you’ll be served a six-course family-style dinner of his specialties, such as tenderloin carpaccio, scallop and short rib, and dry aged steak, plus optional wine pairings. A portion of the proceeds benefit Uncle Frank’s Helping Hand Fund. For reservations, call Animal after 2 p.m. at 323-782-9225. 435 N. Fairfax Ave., Mid-City West
Summer Sommelier Series at Patina
The elegant French resto presents a curated wine series and canapé pairing.
August 01, 2013
Patina Restaurant invites guests to sample rare wines with a Summer Sommelier Series.
Patina, the Patina Restaurant Group’s elegant French flagship inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall, is giving wine connoisseurs an opportunity to sample some of the most coveted vintages from their famous wine cellar as part of their Summer Sommelier Series. The event will allow guests to indulge in expertly chosen flights of rare wines on two select Thursdays (August 1, August 15; 5-7 p.m.) on Patina’s outdoor patio.
Sommelier Silvestre Fernandes curated the wines and will guide the tasting sessions. August 1 will feature wines from the Pinot Noirs 2000 Vintage family, with samplings from Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery, Littorai Savoy, Dehlinger Winery, and Peter Michael Winery. Taste of Shafer is the theme of the August 15 tastings, which will include a 2009 Chardonnay, 2008 Merlot, and 2008 One Point Five.
On both nights, the flights will be paired with an array of French canapés courtesy of executive chef Charles Olalia, who is responsible for the restaurant’s renowned gourmet cheese and caviar. Reservations for the Sommelier Series can be made by visiting patinarestaurant.com or calling Patina at 213-972-3331 ($70 per person). 141 S. Grand Ave., Downtown Los Angeles
Q&A: The Newsroom's Joel Johnstone
The show's new advance team head talks Sorkin, Daniels, and landing his dream role.
July 31, 2013
Joel Johnstone stirs up drama as Cameron on season two of The Newsroom, which premiered July 14.
As head of the advance team for Mitt Romney’s campaign, Joel Johnstone ups the conflict quotient as Cameron on season two of HBO’s Golden Globe-nominated political drama, The Newsroom. The Milwaukee native, whose fondness for Aaron Sorkin’s writing began when he was cast as Lieutenant Kaffee in a high school production of A Few Good Men, is also set to star in the upcoming HBO medical comedy Getting On from the creators of Big Love. We caught up with the Fordham theater grad and festival-winning filmmaker of The Pilgrim & The Private Eye to get the scoop on The Newsroom.
Were you a fan of The Newsroom before you were cast?
JOEL JOHNSTONE: I was too big a fan of The Newsroom. I didn’t think I had a chance at getting the part because I cared too much. I felt like the luckiest guy in the world when I got the phone call.
Did you do a lot of research?
JJ: One of my best friends worked on one of the presidential campaigns, and I had an unbelievable resource in him. All it takes is one scandal for a campaign to quickly come to an end, or one really horrible piece of press to spin out of control for the next candidate to step into his shoes, and everybody who had a job is out. It’s a really scary place.
Was Sorkin’s dialogue intimidating?
JJ: Only in the sense that you want to get it just right for him because you respect it so much. And it’s so precise, and there’s such beautiful music to it. It’s every actors’ dream come true to get something as beautifully written as an Aaron Sorkin script.
What do you think Jeff Daniels brings to the role?
JJ: Jeff finds little embers of humor in very dramatic situations, and little pieces of drama in a humorous scene. He has that rare ability to nail comedy and drama. He’s also an incredibly smart guy, and I don’t think you can fake that. To be as smart as Will McAvoy, you have to be a pretty intelligent person. He’s made to play this part.
How does your character change the dynamic?
JJ: Jim [John Gallagher Jr.] is a real journalist, and I create this massive hurdle for him and all other journalists who are trying to cover a campaign truthfully, the way it should be covered.
What’s your character Cameron like?
JJ: A few people have said I’m kind of mean, but I thought I’m probably a very smart, Ivy League-educated, privileged kid, and this is my first big job with a fair amount of responsibility. And I’m going to be damned if I don’t do this to the nth degree. This is what I want and nothing is going to stand in my way.
Photography by Bobby Quillard, quillardinc.com
REDCAT Hosts NOW Festival
The 10th annual New Original Works Festival is filled with innovative performance art.
July 31, 2013
The pop-theater piece Toxikos, which puts Sophocles’ Philoctetes to the tune of Britney Spears’ "Toxic."
Performance art, from dance to pop music-inspired works, takes center stage during the 10th annual New Original Works (NOW) Festival hosted by REDCAT, The Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater. Opened July 25 and running through August 10 at CalArts’ Downtown Center for Contemporary Arts inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the summer ode to the arts has launched 76 new works in the last decade. But the festival is also known for celebrating the thriving theater community by showcasing innovative and inspiring new dance, theater, and music talent.
This weekend will feature Jennie MaryTai Liu as an actress plagued by ambition in Actress Fury; Tyler Matthew Oyer’s 100 Years of Noise: Beyonce is Ready to Receive You Now, a conversation between a pop diva and a man seeking musical savior; and Waewdao Sirisook & Ronnarong Khampha’s Fauwn Leb/Identity, a dance duet inspired by Northern Thailand. All three works, performed back-to-back, will be shown Thursday, Friday, and Saturday starting at 8:30 p.m.
On the program August 8-10, is Daniel Corral’s Dislike, a dark examination of Internet communication; Morgan Thorson & Meg Wolfe’s The Other Thing, a story of connection told through dance; and Paul Fraser, Genevieve Gearhart, and Deena Selenow’s pop-theater piece Toxikos, which puts Sophocles’ Philoctetes to the tune of Britney Spears’ “Toxic.”
For general tickets or a festival pass ($36), call the REDCAT box office at 213-237-2800 or go to redcat.org. 631 W. Second St., Downtown LA
Valentino's Summer Swordfish Specials
The historic Italian resto pays homage to the fish with seasonal dishes and a gift.
July 30, 2013
The special entrée at Valentino for the month of August is an orange zest and oregano scented swordfish steak.
In a tribute to their home regions—Sicily and Sardinia, respectively—renowned Valentino restaurateur Piero Selvaggio and executive chef Nico Chessa have created a seasonal and contemporary homage to swordfish at their award-winning restaurant. Throughout the month of August (Tuesdays-Saturdays, 5 pm-close), diners can enjoy the fresh summer fish two ways, as an appetizer and entrée, and will even be gifted an authentic Piatto del Buon Ricordo collector’s plate, a symbol of quality in the Italian restaurant union.
As an antipasto, swordfish is prepared carpaccio-style, and plated alongside a salad of figs, heirloom tomatoes, olives, and capers. The entrée is orange zest and oregano-scented swordfish steak served ai ferri, with peaches, red onions, pomodorini, garbanzo and fava beans, and sprinkled bottarga.
The nationally recognized Italian restaurant, credited with changing the landscape of LA dining since its 1972 opening, is also famous for their refined takes on home-style Italian pastas, steak, and fish. Valentino is constantly modernizing their menu with myriad options to accommodate vegetarian and gluten-free diets, and offers a host of worldly selections in their storied wine cellar. 3115 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, 310-829-4313
California Spirit's XXIX American Cancer Society Gala
Cancer survivor Brooke Burke-Charvet was honored at the 29th annual benefit at PDC.
July 29, 2013
The American Cancer Society hosted its 29th annual California Spirit Gala at the Pacific Design Center on Sunday, July 28, 2013. Guests like Heather Locklear, Adrienne Maloof, Project Runway designer Nick Verreos, and event emcee/TV personality Matthew Hoffman joined California Spirit Gala co-founders and co-hosts Barbara Lazaroff and Sherry Lansing in honoring thyroid cancer survivor Brooke Burke-Charvet at the annual philanthropic celebration of food and wine.
The Gala, founded in 1984 by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck along with Lazaroff, who owns and has designed top restaurants including the original Spago Beverly Hills, and Lansing, former CEO of Paramount Pictures and former president of production at 20th Century Fox, once again brought out some of the finest LA chefs and winery reserves. Guests sampled a culinary smorgasbord from eateries including Angelini Osteria, Matsuhisa Beverly Hills, Patina, and Spago Beverly Hills; wines from Malibu Vineyards, Revel Wines, and Barrymore Wine; and an array of other spirit cocktails and gourmet treats.
At the event’s conclusion, designer Verreos took the stage to present the Inspiration Award to Burke-Charvet, who spoke about her experience battling the disease and her joy in celebrating her next birthday cancer-free. TV production designers John Shaffner and Joe Stewart of Shaffner/Stewart Production Design, and Drs. Philomena McAndrew and Solomon I. Hamburg of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center were also honored at the gala. To date, the event has raised $15 million for cancer education and research.
Calypso St. Barth Comes to Century City
The boho-chic brand debuts a new store and a collaboration with Fairchild Baldwin.
July 29, 2013
Calypso St. Barth brings their colorful collection of chic resortwear to Westfield Century City with the opening of their third Los Angeles location this past Friday (July 26). The new boutique joins popular outposts in West Hollywood and Brentwood, and boasts a curated collection of clothing and accessories convenient to Beverly Hills and West LA shoppers. Calypso St. Barth’s Daisy Bag, an exclusive collaboration with haute handbag brand Fairchild Baldwin, also launched last week.
The Daisy Bag marks Calypso St. Barth’s seasonal collaboration with Fairchild Baldwin, which comprises fashion icon John Fairchild’s daughter Jill Fairchild and artist Karen Baldwin. The collection of collapsible leather weekend bags comes in two sizes and eight different colors: the Big Daisy ($425), in rust, purple, ash, and olive, and the Mini Daisy ($240), in papyrus, chiffon, plaster, and pistachio. Both are hand-sewn in Italy, and will be available online and in select Calypso St. Barth stores for a limited time.
Though the Century City store and Fairchild Baldwin handbags are new, shoppers can still expect the same staples they’ve found at Calypso St. Barth since it first opened in 1992—sequined dip-dyed tunics, easy-breezy dresses, beach-themed caftans, and handmade jewelry. Popular pieces available in the new shop include a patterned Keena printed silk mini dress, sea green Mila embellished top, metallic Randori embellished tank, and loose-fitting silk sequin Verity pants. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Ste. 150, Century City, 310-623-1530
'Light House' Exhibition at Sonos Studio
An interactive fluorescent light display demonstrates how music fills a room.
July 29, 2013
Sonos Studio, the acoustically-advanced listening gallery that merges music, art, and technology, has collaborated with NY design studio SOFTlab to present “Light House.” The interactive display uses 600 fluorescent lights to demonstrate how music travels and impacts the space around us.
“It’s essentially this living, pulsating representation of a song,” says Sonos Studio marketing manager Ivan Entchevitch, who approached the architecturally innovative SOFTlab studio with the idea of using light to express music and sound.
How it works? The exhibit is sectioned into four rooms of a “house.” Each room contains a central display of fluorescent light tubes suspended from the ceiling, which are hooked up to Sonos’ high-tech speaker equipment, the Sonos Wireless HiFi System’s PLAY:3, PLAY:5, and SUB. Once inside the “Light House,” viewers can use the Sonos controller to play a song from an iPad, and watch as the lights artfully respond to its unique sound frequencies and sound directions.
The equipment was already put to use by electronic group The Crystal Method for the installation’s opening on July 25, but “Light House” plans to play host to a series of events. Experience a listening party for electronic artist Washed Out and a question-and-answer session with music expert Nic Harcourt tonight (July 29), or stop by August 22 when LA-based sister duo Bleached will perform. The exhibit will remain open to the public through August 25. For events, check sonos-studio.com for RSVP information. 145 N. La Brea Ave., Mid-City
What We're Reading
Celeb thoughts on the royal baby, LACMA adds foodie flair, Clooney and Bullock as astronauts.
July 26, 2013
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed George Louis Alexander, aka His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge, this week.
As the royal baby naming gives rise to a tweeting frenzy, The Hollywood Reporter compiles some comical celebrity reactions. [The Hollywood Reporter]
A TOMS artist is living inside a box on Abbot Kinney for a week, to design custom shoes and eyewear cases in a dramatic fashion. [Racked LA]
LA took home a few honors from this year’s Tales of a Cocktails competition in New Orleans. The Varnish’s Eric Alperin served as a host and judge, while Eveleigh’s Chris Amirault earned drink-making distinctions. [LA Weekly]
The Venice Film Festival lineup is announced, and will open with George Clooney and Sandra Bullock’s space thriller, Gravity. [Huffington Post]
In a departure from denim, Guess moguls Maurice and Paul Marciano are planning to turn the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple on Wilshire into an art museum. [LA Times]
Upscale summer kiosks from C+M, Haute Dog, and Fullilove turn your cultural excursion to LACMA into a culinary experience, too. [Eater LA]
Photography by Anwar Hussein/WireImage
Dinner Plans: CAST at Viceroy
The hotel's signature resto relaunches as an eatery that meshes global and local influences.
July 26, 2013
As of July 11, CAST is the newly beautified occupant of the former Whist space inside the elegant Viceroy Santa Monica. Designed to “cast a wider net,” the hotel relaunched its signature restaurant to incorporate international and local flavors into both small and large plates. In keeping with this global-meets-local feel, the layout now incorporates both communal and private dining elements.
Chef Tony DiSalvo’s menu also aspires to combine the familiar and new by merging market-fresh and international ingredients into unexpected dishes. Start with an order of buttermilk biscuits with herb lardo and housemade seasonal jam; or grilled beef short rib skewers in Vietnamese flavors, served alongside crispy shallots and rice. Small plates of note include potato gnocchi with asparagus and morels, or the more adventurous Chinese-spice fried quail with lime-soy-chile dipping sauce. Maine lobster with corn, chanterelles, lemongrass, and coconut, and chili-fried chicken with summer vegetable kimchi are can’t-miss big plates. Whatever you order, every meal calls for a decadent dessert like the peanut butter icebox pie with chocolate, cherries, and yuzu.
Guests can dine alfresco on Cast’s picturesque patio or inside the sleek dining room for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For reservations, call 310-260-7511 or visit viceroysantamonica.com. 1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.