Weekend Recommender: July 11-14
Catch a twilight concert on the Pier, taste food and wines of summer for a cause, and more.
July 11, 2013
Taste of the Summer’s second annual benefit features samplings of food and wine to benefit the Fulfillment Fund.
29th Annual Twilight Concerts Series at Santa Monica Pier
Thursday, July 11 and every Thursday through Sept. 12; 7 pm
The annual concert series at the scenic Santa Monica Pier presented by MySpace features a lineup of contemporary and classic artists giving gratis performances every Thursday through the summer. To correspond with the series, the Shore Hotel will also be offering “Shore Rocks the Pier” packages starting at $599 from July 11-September 6, which include overnight accommodations, dinner for two at The Lobster, cocktails at the Shore Hotel lobby bar, and a beach blanket for the concert. Book the package at least 48 hours in advance at shorehotel.com or by calling 800-599-1515. 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, 310-458-8901
SwimSpot Launch with Real Housewife of OC Gretchen Rossi
Friday, July 12, 1-3 pm
The Real Housewives of Orange County star is celebrating her swimwear collaboration by hosting a meet-and-greet with designer Lisa Vogel at SwimSpot in the Westfield Topanga Mall. The glamorous crystal-embedded line, Gretchen Christine for LUXE by Lisa Vogel Swim Collection, will be available exclusively at the eight West Coast SwimSpot boutiques. 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park, 818-703-7530
2nd Annual Taste of Summer Benefit
Saturday, July 13, 7 pm-11 pm
This food, wine, and beer tasting fundraiser at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica is hosted this year by chef Eric Greenspan of The Foundry on Melrose and The Roof on Wilshire. Tickets benefit the Fulfillment Fund for college access, and will include samplings from an array of restaurants and wineries including Wolfgang Puck Catering, Whole Foods, Stone Brewing, and Silverado Vineyards, as well as musical performances and a silent auction. To purchase $150 tickets, visit fulfillment.org/tasteofsummer. 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica, 310-458-4904
School of Style’s Class One Fashion Workshop at The Standard
Saturday, July 13-Sunday July 14; 10 am-6 pm
If you’re interested in styling as a career or just want to hone your own dressing know-how, this intensive two-day LA pop-up class given by celebrity stylist Luke Storey and fashion expert Lauren Messiah at The Standard Hotel in Downtown LA will school you on all aspects of the fashion and wardrobe styling business. The $575 workshop price also includes a comprehensive course workbook and light refreshments. To register, visit theschoolofstyle.com. 550 S. Flower St., Downtown LA, 213-892-8080
The Hungry Cat Hollywood’s Crabfest IX
Sunday, July 14, 12-8 pm
Feast on Baltimore and California favorites at David Lentz’s flagship Hungry Cat Hollywood’s annual crabfest. The Maryland-born chef has created a $75 prix-fixe menu surrounding the prized Chesapeake Bay blue crab, including crab cake, crab soup, and fried soft-shell sandwiches. Tickets to this event, which also offers a la carte meat and lobster staples and an array of sides, must be purchased at the restaurant beforehand or by faxing in the Crabfest Form. 1535 N. Vine St., Hollywood, 323-462-2155
Bagatelle LA Launches Rosé Wednesdays
A new program of flat and sparkling rosé pairings from chef Robert Liberato.
July 11, 2013
Rosé Wednesdays will take over Bagatelle LA with a selection of flat and sparkling options.
Your requisite summer glass of rosé is about to get even more refreshing. Starting next Wednesday (July 17), the West Hollywood branch of the popular international dining experience that is Bagatelle will host Rosé Wednesdays (6-11 p.m.). Curated by chef Robert Liberato, this program will spotlight an elite sampling of flat and sparkling rosés, paired with a new selection of unique seafood delicacies.
Rosés offered by the glass and bottle range from a 2012 Chateau D’esclans Whispering Angel Rosé to a 2012 Soliste “Soleil Rouge” Rosé de Pinot Noir. You can also opt for the rotating recommended flight to taste a few different varieties.
Dishes designed to accompany the selected rosés include an assortment of charcuterie, a pan-seared arctic char with heirloom peppers, steamed Alaskan king crab legs, and a fruits de mer plate of lobster, oysters, and shrimp.
With locations in St. Tropez, St. Barths, Sao Paulo, Miami, Vegas, and New York, Bagatelle brought its signature French-Mediterranean fare, renowned weekend brunch parties, and Parisian-themed décor to LA in October 2011. For reservations, call 310-659-3900 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 755 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood
The Grove's Summer Concert Series
Four weeks of free Wednesday night performances kick off tonight.
July 10, 2013
Beginning tonight and running for four consecutive Wednesdays through July 31, LA’s beloved shopping and dining destination, The Grove, kicks off its annual summer concert series. From 7:30-9:30 p.m. on July 10, 17, 24, and 31, acclaimed recording artists in the jazz, country, rock, and pop arenas will take the stage for free live performances. Back for a third year in a row, this popular summer concert series is presented this year by Citibank and 76 Gasoline. 189 The Grove Drive, 323-900-8080
July 10: Tonight’s performance features Grammy award-winning jazz musician Steve Tyrell, who will perform songs from his tenth album, It’s Magic: The Songs of Sammy Cahn. Sasha Allen and Amber Carrington from NBC’s hit show The Voice comprise the opening act.
July 17: Platinum-selling country star Sara Evans will perform a mix of favorites and new songs from her sixth record, Stronger. In keeping with the country theme, multi-platinum duo Love and Theft will start the show.
July 24: LA electronic-pop artists Capital Cities will perform songs from their smash indie debut album, In A Tidal Wave of Mystery, with Vancouver group Said The Whale kicking things off.
July 31: All five original Backstreet Boys will take the stage to introduce their upcoming album In A World Like This, which they’ll launch with a world tour beginning August 2.
Q&A: Racecar Driver Matt Halliday
The Beverly Hills-based motorsporter talks training, luxury autos, and best California drives.
July 10, 2013
|International racecar driver Matt Halliday preps for upcoming competitions like the Spa 24 Hours in Belgium at LA’s Runyon Canyon and the Santa Monica Stairs.|
Native New Zealander Matt Halliday knew he wanted to be a racecar driver when he first got behind a go-kart at the age of five. He’s since traveled the world competing in races from the US Championship IndyCar series to the V8 Supercar Championship in Australia, handling some of the world’s top luxury vehicles.
In 2012, he helped his Porsche GT1 team take home a World Championship win, and in 2013, he ranked with the WRT Factory Audi Team in the esteemed 2013 Blancpain Series. As he prepares for the upcoming Total 24 Hours of Spa 2013 race in Belgium, the Beverly Hills resident spoke with us about his LA training routine, his favorite luxury automobiles, and where in California he drives for leisure.
Who taught you how to drive?
MATT HALLIDAY: My father was involved in racing, so the first thing I remember in life was driving a go-kart. Go-kart driving is where most racecar drivers around the world start their careers. It very quickly became the only thing I wanted to do.
How is racing here different from racing in New Zealand?
MH: In the US you have oval track racing, like the Indianapolis 500, or Daytona 500 for NASCAR. The cars go around in circles. It sounds quite easy, but it’s a completely different form of racing. It’s also more fan interactive and about putting on a good show here.
This job has allowed you to travel the world. What are some of your favorite places?
MH: My favorite place is Monaco. In America, I like the Grand Prix in Long Beach, because it’s a California street race which gets a huge crowd.
Who do you look up to in the sport?
MH: Ayrton Senna, who was the subject of a recent movie, was our racing version of Mike Tyson in boxing or Tiger Woods in golf. He was the leading figure in the Formula One world at the time, and is still one of the most successful drivers ever.
What kind of training are you doing now?
MH: It’s a misconception that racecar drivers sit in their cars and go around in circles. You have to increase your heart rate and get used to the heat. There’s no AC in a racing car and you’re covered head-to-toe in a racing suit for up to two hours, so I train outside two-three hours a day when the heat’s quite high at Runyon Canyon and the Santa Monica Stairs. LA is built for a professional athlete. I also work with a simulator, which replicates 80% of what it’s like in a real car.
Where do you like to go for drives in California?
MH: The PCH1 north to San Francisco up through Monterey, California is probably one of the best road drives, and it’s famous all over the world. Going down south to Laguna is also a beautiful drive along the coast.
Which is your favorite luxury vehicle to drive?
MH: The new 991 Porsche Gt3. I’ve always had a relationship with the Volkswagen group, but that’s a fantastic car.
What are your favorite spots in LA?
MH: Katsuya (6300 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323-871-8777) is one of my favorite Japanese restaurants in the world. I love hanging out in Venice, which has a very Australian culture. LA is so diverse, from Malibu to Marina del Rey to West Hollywood, so within a short drive, you can almost be in a different country.
Guy Oseary's 4th of July at Nobu Malibu
A glimpse into the star-studded event by DeLeón, Spotify, Live Nation, and Vita Coco.
July 09, 2013
On July 4, 2013, Nobu Malibu played host to some of most celebrated names in music and film at Guy Oseary’s Fourth of July event presented by DeLeón Tequila, Spotify, Live Nation, and Vita Coco. The holiday celebration was hosted by Oseary, a Maverick Films business titan most known for executive producing the Twilight series and managing Madonna. Guests enjoyed seafood specialties from the newest Nobu location and cocktails crafted with DeLeón Tequila.
The festivities afforded family bonding time for Lisa Bonet and daughter Zoe Kravitz, Leonardo DiCaprio and his mom, and Red Hot Chili Pepper Anthony Kiedis and his father. Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart, Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, and Woody Harrelson and wife Aurora all took their kids, who were treated to a special area with Fourth of July-inspired activities.
At sundown, partygoers watched the fireworks display over the water, and danced to celebratory songs including Lenny Kravitz’s “American Woman” and Kanye West’s “American Boy.”
CJ Jacobson's Girasol Debuts in Studio City
A two-time Top Chef alum celebrates SoCal's cultural diversity at his new neighborhood resto.
July 09, 2013
As a two-time Top Chef star, CJ Jacobson has crisscrossed the country and world cooking, eating, and learning about all styles of cuisine. But the recent opening of Girasol, which means “sunflower” in Spanish, in Studio City is about what’s close to home. After stints traveling the country with the James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour, cooking at the James Beard House in New York, and a recent apprenticeship at the world-renowned Noma in Denmark, the executive chef pays homage to Southern California’s Mexican and Pacific heritage with a sophisticated menu of seasonal and rustic cuisine.
A bright, neighborhood spot with sunflower vines sweeping the ceiling and a wine list loyal to local labels, the El Toro native’s earthy new bistro is quintessentially Californian. His relationships with local farmers in Fresno and Flora Bella Farm in Three Rivers have allowed him to create what’s been coined “hyper-seasonal fare.” With a heavy reliance on fresh, regional ingredients, his fast-rotating menu currently incorporates lovage, apricots, grapefruits, cherries, cauliflower, and carrots—all farmers market staples in the summer.
Small plates, entrees, sides, and snacks are all designed to be shared either at the sleek bar area, outside patio, or in the homey dining room designed by Gulla Jonsdottir of G+ (who also designed Red O, Hyde, and Roxbury). Start with the apricots and burrata cheese with crispy lentil or an octopus salad with roasted eggplant. Entrees include a whole fried red snapper with fermented Fresno chili and kumquat sauce, a vegan pan-roasted cauliflower from Tamai Farms with grilled oyster mushrooms, and a braised leg of lamb with carrot puree, crispy Brussels sprouts, and Rainer cherries. Finish the meal with a dark chocolate Chiboust with crème fraiche gelato or buttermilk donuts with strawberry sauce and pistachio puree.
Girasol is open nightly for dinner (5-10 pm Monday-Wednesday; 5 pm-midnight Thursday-Saturday), and plans to soon add a cocktail program and weekend brunch. Reservations can be made by calling the resto at 818-924-2323, but in true neighborhood spirit, walk-ins are welcome. 11334 Moorpark St.
Photography by Jesus Banuelos
What to See at Cinema on the Street
The popular summer film series returns to Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade.
July 08, 2013
Santa Monica’s Third Annual “Cinema on the Street” series returns to the Promenade for the next three Fridays, beginning July 12.
Now in it’s third year, Downtown Santa Monica’s outdoor summer movie series, Cinema on the Street, is returning to Third Street Promenade this month. On each of the last three Friday evenings in July at 7:30 pm (pending sunset), you can screen favorite classic films under the stars in a lively and communal setting.
The films scheduled in this year’s series are Back to the Future on Friday, July 12; Despicable Me on Friday, July 19; and Three Amigos! on Friday, July 26. On the first and last week’s events, M.i.’s Westside Comedy Theater will put on a pre-show comedy performance. At the Despicable Me screening, AMC Theatres will raffle off a family four-pack of movie tickets, and a “despicable me minion” will be making a surprise cameo. Free blankets will be handed out to the first 100 guests for each show in the series, which is sponsored this year by AMC, Art One Gallery, SeaSons 52, Buca Di Beppo, Ilobella, Yogurtland, and Brookstone.
The outdoor screen will be situated on Third Street Promenade between Wilshire Blvd. and Arizona Ave., and attendance for all films is free. 1250 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica
Boozy Ice Cream Treats at The Beverly Wilshire
The Beverly Hills hotel’s decadent desserts take inspiration from alcoholic drinks.
July 08, 2013
In a grownup twist on traditional popsicles, the Beverly Wilshire introduces berry Riesling and Patron citrus summer push-pops.
Inspired by and concocted from your favorite alcoholic drinks, a new array of ice cream flavors has been introduced at The Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills (a Four Seasons hotel). Desserts and treats featuring the boozy ice creams can be found poolside and across the hotel’s restaurants and lounges throughout the summer months.
In a grownup twist on the traditional popsicle, The Beverly Wilshire’s Pool Bar and Café is integrating alcohol into their house-made push-pops. Try the berry Riesling, made with white wine; the Patron citrus, for a refreshing tequila treat; or the non-alcoholic Rocky Rodeo popsicle, for chocolate lovers. All are served at the custom BW ice cream cart, and are ready to take to the pool.
Among THE Blvd’s new alcohol-inspired ice cream creations, the Orange Float is made with vanilla ice cream, house-made orange soda, and a shot of barrel-aged Orangecello. Meanwhile, At CUT and Sidebar lounge, a special spiked sundae will be featured each month. Request the Cherry Old Fashioned, with cherry gelato, Bulleit Bourbon, and bing cherries, in June; the Bellini, with Ruby Lip peach sorbet, Prosecco, and mint, in July; and the Sangria, with pineapple sherbet, coconut sorbet, Malibu rum, and exotic fruits, in August. 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-275-5200
What We're Reading
Vintage Fourth of July shots, Franco pegs Hamm for Sound and the Fury part, more.
July 05, 2013
Elizabeth Young, a Paramount player of the '30s, celebrates July 4th with Lyda Roberti.
See how Angelenos celebrated the Fourth of July throughout the last hundred years with LAist’s compilation of vintage Independence Day photos. [LAist]
In honor of National Ceviche Day (which was June 28), LA Weekly got a lesson from Ceviche Project’s Octavio Olivas on how to make your own ceviche at home. [LA Weekly]
James Franco tells the LA Times about his plans to adapt Faulkner’s heavy-hitting novel The Sound and the Fury for film—and why he wants Jon Hamm on board. [LA Times]
Hooray Henry’s, the new club from John Terzian and Brian Toll (Bootsy Bellows, SHOREbar) that Eater reports will open in The Beverly space, grabs its inspiration from Great Britain. [LA Eater]
An architectural map on the LA Conservancy’s new site highlights over 400 of our city’s most historic landmarks. [NBC Los Angeles]
Photography by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images via laist.com
Summer Specials at The Bungalow
Brent Bolthouse's Westside hotspot launches new menus and hours this holiday weekend.
July 05, 2013
In honor of Fourth of July weekend, The Bungalow Santa Monica at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel is extending its weekend hours and debuting an updated menu of shareable summer plates. From 2 pm-2 am this Friday and every Saturday going forward, as well as on Sundays from 2-10 pm, you can sample gourmet creations by FIG restaurant’s chef Ray Garcia, which will be served at the retro-inspired waterfront retreat all summer long.
New menu highlights include a carnivore flatbread with sausage, salami, and prosciutto; a burrata flatbread with scallion pesto and marinated peppers; the ever-popular fish tacos with mango salsa, avocado, and cilantro crema; and the Bungalow burger with secret “burger love” sauce. Original items such as nachos, chips and guacamole, and beef jerky still make for perfect party bites, and specialty margaritas crafted from seasonal Santa Monica Farmers Market ingredients and shrubs are the drinks of note here.
An instant success when it came on the scene in July 2012, The Bungalow is the brainchild of leading nightlife entrepreneur Brent Bolthouse and Studio Collective designs. A relaxed, beach respite where old-world charm meets surf-lodge coolness, The Bungalow gives the feel of walking into someone’s home with six distinct sections. The main bar with lit-up AMOUR letters houses a wood-burning stove; the back patio boasts comfy couches; the study plays host to business meetings; the game room is good for a friendly game of pool; and dinner parties are thrown at the long oak table in the state room, which opens into a quaint east garden out back.
Summer hours are 5 pm-2 am Tuesday through Friday, Saturday (beginning now) from 2 pm-2 am, and Sunday from 2-10 pm. Tuesday nights will also feature live music from the California Feetwarmers, whose set runs from 9-11 pm weekly. For reservations, e-mail email@example.com. 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310-899-8530
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.