Weekend Recommender: July 25-28
Shop for shades, catch Brooke Shields’ Chicago, indulge in Asian fare, and detox at Exhale.
July 25, 2013
LUCKYRICE brings celebrated Asian-influenced food and drink to the BookBindery in Culver City this weekend.
Oliver Peoples Summer Sessions ‘13
Thursday, July 25, 6-9 pm
Sip complimentary cocktails while you shop for a new pair of summer sunglasses, and groove to live music by KRCW guest DJ Raul Campos. Eyewear from Oliver Peoples, Paul Smith, and Mosley Tribes will be exclusively priced at this annual celebration of fashion and music on Sunset. 8642 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-657-2553
Brooke Shields’ CHICAGO: the Musical at the Hollywood Bowl
Friday, July 26-Saturday, July 27 (8 pm); Sunday, July 28 (7:30 pm)
In her directorial debut, former CHICAGO theater actress Brooke Shields is leading the three-night production of the legendary Broadway show at the Hollywood Bowl. The talented cast includes singer Ashlee Simpson, Les Misérables film star Samantha Barks, TV personality Drew Carey, Xena: Warrior Princess Lucy Lawless, and True Blood’s Stephen Moyer. For tickets, visit hollywoodbowl.com or call 323-850-2000. 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood
Detox DIY at Exhale Santa Monica
Saturday, July 27, 12:30 -1:30 pm
Sip seasonal mocktails and cocktails as you learn from Core Fusion instructor Lindsey Arotin how to get the best of spa benefits at home. The $30 workshop ($25 for members) also includes a summer detox basket complete with essential spa beauty products. To sign up, call the front desk at 310-319-3193, or visit exhalespa.com/santamonica. 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica.
2nd Annual LUCKYRICE Festival in LA
Saturday, July 27, 7-10 pm
Immerse yourself in Asian food culture at this feast of eclectic dishes and cocktail creations from some of LA’s most inspired chefs and mixologists. This year’s ultimate Asian food-tasting event at the BookBindery is hosted by Top Chef Masters’ Sang Yoon and presented by Bombay Sapphire East, with proceeds benefiting the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). For $88 general admission tickets, visit luckyrice.com. 8870 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City
41 Ocean Club's Summer Series
The exclusive social club gives prospective members a peek with a summer nightlife program.
July 25, 2013
Prospective members can experience 41 Ocean’s exclusive social club with a new program of Summer Series events, open to members and non-members alike through Labor Day. Along with a nightly lineup of live entertainment, the venue will showcase their colorful cuisine by Jimmy Martinez, and a new menu of libations crafted by mixologist Max Kestenbaum, of New York’s Boom Boom Room acclaim.
Kestenbaum’s El Rey cocktail is an inventive creation of Ancho Chile-infused bourbon, lime juice, and hibiscus-piloncillo syrup. The Vicki stars gin, rosemary maple syrup, grapefruit, and Campari, while La Reina has floral notes, with rosebud-infused vodka, lemon juice, and thyme simple syrup. All nicely complement chef Martinez’s seafood-centric menu of summer-fresh dishes, like lager steamed mussels, a Spanish Caesar salad with white anchovies, and blackened Ahi tuna with citrus cous cous, baby bok choy, and wasabi yaki.
Summer Series hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 9 pm-2 am, when the public is welcomed to make dinner or drinks reservations to experience the swanky social club’s atmosphere. In addition to rotating special events, like a jazz night, scotch tasting, and burlesque dancers, Fridays feature a weekly '80s party with a guest DJ, while Sangria Sundays call out to the club’s Spanish architecture. For 41 Ocean’s weekly schedule, visit facebook.com/41ocean. If you’re a non-member, e-mail email@example.com to request a required invite to the Summer Series. 1541 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310-566-3870
Amanda Charchian's 'The Collective Yes'
Stephen Webster and the Tappan Collective join forces for a photo and sculpture show.
July 24, 2013
British jewelry brand Stephen Webster has teamed up with the Tappan Collective, an online platform for launching groundbreaking artists and original work, to present “The Collective Yes,” the first solo exhibit by nascent LA artist Amanda Charchian. Launching with an invite-only party on July 25 at Stephen Webster Beverly Hills, this otherworldly exhibit showcases the award-winning photography of Charchian, whose work has appeared in Vogue Spain and on display internationally from Zurich to London to New Delhi.
Through sculpture and photography, Charchian explores how the word “yes” enables us to temporarily surpass the restrictions of time and space. Surrealism and transcendental thought act as the starting point to examine the place where the subconscious and physical worlds intersect. Eschewing digital photography for analog’s film grain, which she deems more capable of capturing innate rawness, Charchian’s multi-layered, ethereal pieces demand a closer look. Following the exclusive reception, the exhibit will be open to the public through August 31. 202 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills
Q&A: So You Think You Can Dance Co-Creator Nigel Lythgoe
The industry vet talks season 10, the Dizzy Feet Foundation, and National Dance Day.
July 23, 2013
|Executive producer, co-creator, and judge of So You Think You Can Dance, Nigel Lythgoe, has organized a charity gala for his Dizzy Feet Foundation on National Dance Day, July 27.|
A born dancer, Lancashire, England-native Nigel Lythgoe took up tap at the age of 11, has boogied beside legends Gene Kelly and Bing Crosby, and was commissioned to choreograph for her Majesty the Queen and the Muppets. The reality mastermind behind the UK’s Pop Idol and later, American Idol, Lythgoe co-created FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance in 2005 and is now executive producer and judge on the Emmy-nominated show.
We spoke with the industry veteran about season 10’s competition, how he instated National Dance Day, and the July 27 gala for his Dizzy Feet Foundation, which he started with Adam Shankman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Katie Holmes in 2009 to support dance education.
What’s new about SYTYCD Season 10?
NIGEL LYTHGOE: We always try to introduce new choreographers, and we’re doing the animation [dance style] again, which came as a huge shock to us last year. We had Chehon Wespi-Tschopp, a formally trained ballet dancer, and Cyrus Spencer, who trained himself in animation, as the final two guys. I think that we’re seeing the formally trained world and the untrained world helping each other, and dance is the winner in this competition between the two elements.
What are your favorite moments from the show so far this season?
NL: I love the opening routines, and we had a great tap routine on the “Meet the Top 20” show. I loved our bellboy routine that Amy Yakima and Fik-Shun did, choreographed by Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo, who also did a routine to Herb Alpert’s “Puttin’ on the Ritz.” And the combination of Chris Scott and Sonya Tayeh recently was amazing.
How did you get the idea to start National Dance Day, July 27?
NL: I was in bed watching breakfast television, and they were talking about how an enormous percentage of kids in America were obese. And I thought how the most enjoyable way I know of exercising is to dance. So [I thought] we could create a day where everyone’s going to come together, like a marathon run, and dance for charities. I went to Congress and got the last Saturday every July classed as National Dance Day.
What’s going to happen in LA on July 27?
NL: In Grand Park at 10 am, Adam Shankman and Nappytabs are doing choreography that you can learn at dizzyfeetfoundation.org. At the Dizzy Feet Foundation’s evening gala, we’re honoring Chita Rivera, Erik Feig, who did the Step Up movies, and Arthur Mitchell, who created the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Plus we’ve got the San Francisco ballet, LA Ballet, Stacey Tookey’s company, Travis Wall’s company, SYTYCD dancers, Paula Abdul, Christina Applegate, and more.
What other ideas and initiatives do you have in mind for the dance community?
NL: I would love to see families come together. They do a wonderful thing in Eastern Europe where moms dance with their babies, like a huge Busby Berkeley number. There’s a ballet competition in NY called Youth America Grand Prix, where every ballet company around the world comes to look at these dancers, like a football draft. I want to shoot that and make a series of it. And I’d love to see everybody feel as though they can get up and dance and not be embarrassed by it.
The Dizzy Feet Foundation’s “Celebration of Dance” Gala will take place on National Dance Day this Saturday, July 27, at the Los Angeles Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. To purchase general tickets, VIP supper tickets, or tables, visit musiccenter.org.
So You Think You Can Dance airs every Tuesday at 8/7C on FOX.
Mari Vanna: LA's Authentic Russian Eatery
The traditional Russian dining experience comes to Melrose by way of Moscow.
July 23, 2013
With its popular NY and DC locations already frequented by stars like Bill Clinton, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Mick Jagger, leading Russian hospitality group Ginza Project welcomed the sixth member of their global Mari Vanna family on Melrose Place last month. Named for a mythical Slavic grandmother who invites diners in for a meal on her lavish china, the WeHo resto is now your go-to for homestyle Russian fare, decadent vodka cocktails, and a requisite post-dinner round of karaoke—all in an opulent, ornate setting fit for Anna Karenina.
Old World Russian charm exudes from each of the eatery’s distinct spaces: a bright family dining room complete with a fireplace; a sunroom featuring a long skylight; a wine and karaoke lounge, which will play host to Wednesday night karaoke parties beginning August 7 at 10 pm; a cozy 20-seat bar; and an elegant garden patio with wicker chairs to accommodate lawn parties. An ode to the pre-revolution era, the rooms are outfitted with exquisite chandeliers, vintage wallpaper, and decorative tchotchkes. The outdoor space also brims with Eastern European detail, from the birdhouses to potted plants to a white wrought-iron entrance, and an in-house accordion player adds to the ambiance with traditional Russian folk music.
You can rely on Mari Vanna’s mainstays like beef stroganoff, but new dishes exclusive to the LA location include braised veal with homemade noodles; svekolnik, a chilled borscht soup with sour cream and chopped vegetables; and the kislitsa, chilled slices of orange-zested cream with caramelized nuts, for dessert. While Mari Vanna has gained recognition for its house-infused vodkas, in flavors like pepper, seaberry, and cucumber-dill, the WeHo outpost also boasts house-infused tequilas, ranging from red pepper to pineapple to mixed berry. Meanwhile, cocktail connoisseurs can enjoy the Troyka Royale with Champagne, peach puree, and St. Germain, or the tried-and-tested Kalinka-Malinka, with house-infused strawberry vodka, peach puree, and ginger syrup.
Regulars and VIPs—like recent visitors Jamie Foxx, Mickey Rourke, and Paul Reiser—might be gifted with a key, as the fabled Mari Vanna gave to guests to invite their return. But until then, you can make dinner reservations between 5:30 and 11 pm by calling 323-655-1977. 8475 Melrose Pl., West Hollywood
Photography by Josh Reiss (DINING ROOM, GARDEN, Svekolnik, Veal dishes); Travis Vaughn (Honeycake)
SoCal Creation: Nancy Newberg's Jewelry
The LA designer's premiere line stars link bracelets and stackable rings in oxidized metals.
July 23, 2013
Nancy Newberg’s debut collection features her signature twisted rope design, shown in this 14-karat matte RG diamond hammered link bracelet ($5,800).
LA-based Nancy Newberg’s self-named debut line of chic, textured jewelry is ideal for layering, and intended to transition effortlessly from day to night. Working with oxidized metals, she integrates white and black diamonds into 18- and 14-karat yellow gold, rose gold, and sterling silver rings, bracelets, earrings, and necklaces, all of which are designed and handcrafted in Los Angeles.
Newberg’s signature styles include twisted rope hammered-link bracelets, diamond cuffs, chunky twist-chain necklaces, calligraphy-inscribed pieces, and stackable diamond band rings. Her oxidized stacking rings start at $180, while a 40-inch oxidized silver thick twist-chain necklace with four karats of diamonds is priced at $6,400. The elegant, neutral collection is available on nancynewberg.com, as well as in a number of Southern California retailers, such as Elyse Walker, Jenni Kayne, Madison 3rd Street, Des Kohan, Weathervane, and A’maree’s in Newport Beach.
Camerich LA Showroom Launches
The US flagship of the international furnishings company opens in WeHo.
July 22, 2013
The new Camerich Los Angeles showroom is the international brand’s flagship US location.
Internationally renowned luxury furniture brand Camerich officially debuted its flagship showroom in West Hollywood last week (July 18). The bright, trendy space is replete with the line’s sleek, contemporary furnishings, as well as an eclectic array of European accessories curated by the store’s owners, Michael Lin and Stephen Bianchi.
So, why choose LA, and particularly West Hollywood for the company’s flagship? “This really is the design Mecca and where we wanted to go with the brand, to be in line with the Italian manufacturers [in the area],” says Lin, an interior design veteran who has collaborated with top hotel, restaurant, and fashion clients in his 20 years in the industry. His relationship with Camerich began eight years ago, when he started going on sourcing trips to China while designing under his own company, ML & Associates. “I had the line in my design firm and sold it to private clientele, but suggested I open a flagship because LA is one of the major markets for this contemporary style of furniture.”
The warm, design-oriented showroom features Camerich’s contemporary sofas, beds, desks, and occasionals, in addition to smaller home accessories like a lighting line that’s handmade in Germany. The store plans to use a lifestyle approach and operate by appointment to cater to the LA clientele. 461 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-881-6199
'Desaturated Rainbow' at Kopeikin Gallery
A group showcase explores how NY and LA artists use color across coasts.
July 22, 2013
If you’ve ever wondered why New Yorkers are partial to black, while Californians have a penchant for a more vibrant color palette, the new “Desaturated Rainbow” exhibition at the Kopeikin Gallery delves into this age-old stereotype. The showcase of work from both New York and Los Angeles-based artists, which comes on the heels of a month-long exhibition at NYC’s Field Projects, launched in LA on Saturday (July 20), and will be open to the public through September 7.
Curated by participating artists Amir H. Fallah and Colette Robbins, the exhibit pairs black and white works from six NYC-based artists, against brightly colored creations by six LA artists, including Alison Blickle, Wendell Gladstone, Sherin Guirguis, Dani Tull, Feodor Voronov, and Fallah. By doing so, the collection examines the present-day accuracy of such rigid archetypes—particularly, how the quintessential New York artist is negative, grim, and of the Beat Generation, while Los Angeles creatives are carefree and enjoy outdoor sports like surfing and skating.
Most interesting, though, are the overriding similarities among the contributions across coasts, and how palpably the divergent color schemes can elicit such distinct emotional responses. 2766 S. La Cienega Blvd., Culver City, 310-559-0800
What We're Reading
Cory Monteith remembered, National Ice Cream Day spots, Reese gets Wild....
July 19, 2013
Lea Michele and Cory Monteith at the Glee premiere in 2009.
As a tribute to Canadian actor and singer Cory Monteith, who passed away this week, Entertainment Weekly compiles 15 of his most memorable Glee numbers. [Entertainment Weekly]
Celebrate National Ice Cream Day this Sunday at one of LA Weekly’s picks for 10 sweetest ice cream shops. [LA Weekly]
Netflix makes history as House of Cards lands nine Emmy nominations, marking the first time an online program has earned a top TV nom. [Huffington Post]
Reese Witherspoon will star in the film adaption of the best-selling memoir Wild by Cheryl Strayed, a book that examines the author’s experience hiking over a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail solo following her mother’s death. [LA Times]
LAist has the dish on a new futuristic tube design being revealed August 12, which would make it possible to travel from LA to San Francisco in about 30 minutes. [LAist]
Photography by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Fox
Dinner Plans: Barbecue at The Peninsula Beverly Hills' Roof Garden
Enjoy gourmet upgrades to summer barbecue on the hotel's picturesque poolside patio.
July 19, 2013
Take advantage of summer rooftop season at The Peninsula Beverly Hills’ quaint poolside patio, The Roof Garden, where you can enjoy an innovative menu of barbecue cuisine and specialty cocktails every Saturday and Sunday from 5-9 pm through September 1.
Created by the new executive chef David Codney, the summer garden selections comprise sophisticated takes on barbecue classics—smoked baby back ribs with maple sugar and mustard cure, char siu BBQ duck taco, Australian rock lobster tail with yuzu and white soy butter, and a 20-ounce tomahawk steak with homemade oak-aged steak glaze. All entrees are accompanied by elaborate sides, such as purple Okinawa sweet potatoes with orange-ginger butter, barbecue pickled salad, or caramelized honey corn bread.
To complement the summery fare, a trio of playful cocktails incorporates seasonal ingredients. Sip the speckled jalapeno margarita, mixed with Patron Reposado tequila, Grand Marnier, and a jalapeno slice for something spicy. Or, opt for a quintessentially summer drink like the pomegranate mojito with Bacardi rum, mint, pomegranate, and citrus juice, or the OM with organic wild cranberry, blood orange, and organic vodka. Reserve your rooftop table by calling 310-975-2855. 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.