Weekend Recommender: July 4-7
Live music on Catalina Island, Skybar's July 4 BBQ, an extended Independence Day party....
July 03, 2013
Newport Dunes' Independence Day festivities continue on July 6.
Catalina Island Museum’s 2nd Annual Fourth of July Music Festival
Thursday, July 4, 1 pm-10 pm
The Catalina Island Museum at the picturesque Casino Point at Avalon Casino presents a lineup of live entertainment and refreshments by day, and an evening concert and fireworks over Avalon Harbor come nighttime. The event is emceed by renowned DJ Emperor Rosko, and will feature a diverse mix of local musicians playing everything from reggae to rock, a guest appearance by Bruce Belland of the Four Preps, and barbecue cuisine courtesy of Steve’s Steakhouse. For $12 general admission tickets ($10 for museum members), visit catalinamuseum.org or call 310-510-2414. #1 Casino Way, Avalon
Skybar’s July 4th BBQ
Thursday, July 4, 11 am-5 pm
Spend the Fourth at a festive all-day pool party and barbecue at the stylish Mondrian Los Angeles, where you can lounge on large daybeds or listen to beats upstairs in the lively Skybar hut. A special holiday menu of grilled items will include kosher all-beef hot dogs, half-pound cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches, grilled sweet corn with chili and lime, potato chips, and an assortment of mojito chicken and teriyaki beef grilled skewers. Specialty cocktails such as their signature mojitos and a guest DJ will keep the festivities going. Guests should RSVP by calling 323-848-6025 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. 8440 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
Jaws & Friends: Movies To Sink Your Teeth Into
Friday, July 5-Sunday, July 7
The Egyptian Theatre has made a weekend out of Jaws, Steven Spielberg’s 1975 summer beach blockbuster, and its equally terrifying cinematic successors. The film series, compiled by Grant Moninger and featuring program notes by John Hagelston, will also include showings of Blue Water, White Death, Tintorera: Killer Shark, and a sneak peek at Larry Fessenden’s new horror film Beneath, about a rowboat excursion gone awry. For tickets, visit americancinemathequecalendar.com. 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Got OC Presents Rock’n 80’s at Newport Dunes
Saturday, July 6, 12-10 pm
In addition to their July 4th extravaganza, Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina is throwing an ‘80s-themed July 6th Celebration for an extended weekend of Independence Day on the Back Bay. Daytime events include a carnival with ferris wheel and zip line, and an army of food trucks battling it out for a prize. Nighttime brings music from local bands, SoCal DJ Richard Blade playing ‘80s favorites, and Don’t Stop Believin’: a tribute to JOURNEY. To purchase a $30 four-pack of tickets, visit eventbrite.com. 1131 Black Bay Dr., Newport Beach, 949-729-3863
FX’s The Bridge Mural Unveiling with Series Star Demian Bichir
Sunday, July 7, 12 pm-3 pm
FX’s new series The Bridge, about Mexican and US detectives who join forces to chase a serial killer committing crimes in both countries, is unveiling the mural art created for the show by renowned international muralist El Mac. Work by the winner of a tie-in mural contest, along with complimentary Mexican food from Jalisco’s Mobile Taco Grill, music via an on-site DJ, and giveaways will be featured at this community art event for consumers in Whittier. The festivities are hosted by Acadamy Award-nominated actor Demian Bichir from the new FX series, which premieres Wednesday, July 10 at 10 pm ET/PT. 3912 Whittier Blvd., Whittier
Influx: Art at LAX
The Los Angeles International airport welcomes its inaugural public arts festival.
July 03, 2013
To showcase its recent renovations, the Los Angeles International airport will be culturally transformed by the launch of its first public arts festival, "Influx: Art at LAX," which will remain on display until December 31. The groundbreaking exhibition, presented by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) in conjunction with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), will feature 11 large-scale installations and travel-themed artwork from 45 Los Angeles artists to usher in LAX’s exciting new era.
With displays in Terminals 1, 2, 3, Tom Bradley International Terminal, 6, 7, and 8, Influx almost doubles the space previously allocated to the airport’s art program, and is sure to enliven your Fourth of July travel. The works of video, sculpture, mixed-media, ink drawings, and murals are intended to transform previously bare, uninspired areas of the airport into visually stimulating and culturally rich experiences, which will also serve as a platform for LA’s contemporary artists.
The installations, along with two curated group shows, are carefully chosen and displayed to relate concepts pertaining to travel. Jorge Oswaldo’s social media-tied #LAXPOPPIES in Terminal 1 baggage claim shows eight explosive canvasses of poppies, a play on greeting a loved one at the airport with flowers. Meanwhile, Eileen Cowin’s Blow Me a Kiss in Terminal 3 features 25 people on four video monitors partaking in the universal act of blowing a kiss goodbye. And greeting passengers at Terminal 3 security is Joyce Dallal’s Elevate, two hanging formations of hundreds of Japanese paper airplanes, imprinted with doctrines on basic human rights to draw on the Japanese tradition of folding one thousand origami cranes for good luck.
The Influx installations are available to ticketed passengers, but the public is welcome to visit for self-guided tours of this premiere arts festival within the world’s sixth busiest airport. 1 World Way, Westchester
Photography by Kelly Barrie, Panic Studio LA
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July 02, 2013
Annenberg Space for Photography Presents Helmut Newton
The famed fashion photographer’s most influential images are on display now.
July 02, 2013
The Annenberg Space for Photography held an opening party last Thursday (June 27) to celebrate the “Helmut Newton: White Women・Sleepless Nights・Big Nudes” exhibit, which will be on display in Century City through September 8. An impressive showing of stars including Mandy Moore, Cindy Crawford, Sharon Osbourne, Bella Heathcote, Daryl Hannah, Fran Drescher, Minka Kelly, Constance Zimmer, and Will McCormack came out to view a selection from the progressive and beloved German fashion photographer’s first three books.
Originally curated by Manfred Heiting for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the edgy exhibit of over 100 large-scale prints is the first showcase of Helmut Newton’s work in Los Angeles outside of gallery shows. The cinematic display is accompanied by two films about the late photographer—Helmut by June, a behind-the-scenes documentary shot and directed by his muse and fellow photographer wife, June Newton; and a documentary entitled Provocateur from Arclight Productions, commissioned by the Annenberg Space for Photography to explore the changes Newton’s work ignited for women, fashion, and photography.
Credited for transforming an industry, Newton was one of the most influential and controversial photographers of his time. During his tenure at French Vogue in the ‘60s, he introduced “mise-en-scene” and narrative storytelling into a practice that previously just sought to document styles. He was notorious for bold, sexually suggestive black-and-white shots that depicted a certain society woman in a domineering yet vulnerable way. It was his goal to capture such a woman at such a dichotomous moment, and by challenging gender roles, he forged the fashion world forward.
Chris Johanson's 'Within The River of Time Is My Mind' at MOCA
The LA-based artist makes a river out of painted found wood in his latest exhibition at MOCA.
July 01, 2013
On Saturday (June 29), Los Angeles artist Chris Johanson launched his “Within The River of Time Is My Mind” abstract exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), which will remain on display at MOCA Pacific Design Center through September 22. Via paintings, sculpture, text, and an installation of painted found wood meant to simulate a river, the artist explores how our personal journeys relate to the larger river of life.
A San Jose native influenced by the cultural mecca that was San Francisco in the 1990s, Johanson’s work tells the story of the amalgam of artisans, charlatans, and nomads that inhabit California. While his minimalistic style and explosion of bold color may appear simplistic or homemade, there is a deliberate and profound message behind every brash-seeming brushstroke. A painting of a yellow sphere above an ocean begs the viewer to decide if the sun is rising or setting, and an interactive exercise with a ball calls to our attention how mundane actions succeed in filling up time.
Johanson first garnered attention when he participated in the 2002 Whitney Biennial, and has had solo exhibitions at a multitude of museums including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, UCLA Hammer Museum, Malmo Konsthall, and Portland Art Museum. The artist will be holding a complimentary-admission discussion and book signing at MOCA PDC Conference Center on Sunday, July 14 (3 pm), and is also the subject of the latest monograph in Phaidon’s Contemporary Artists series, released in time with his new exhibit. 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 213-626-6222
Four Seasons Los Angeles Launches Summer Cabana Packages
The posh Beverly Hills hotel packages pool amenities for an indulgent experience.
July 01, 2013
The Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills launches customized cabana packages complete with luxurious pool amenities.
Whether you’re seeking a relaxing day of beautification with friends, or a romantic escape with your significant other, the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills has created customized cabana packages for the ultimate in poolside indulgence. From now through September, a reserved cabana can come complete with your choice of Four Seasons cuisine, services, and other luxurious treats, from Champagne to spa treatments to poolside manicures and beyond.
Packages range in price, and feature a variety of deluxe amenities. The “starlet” comes complete with a cabana rental for the day, shareable antioxidant tropical fruit, signature poolside summer cocktails, unlimited premium waters, and a spa sun amenity for $350. Pick the “power couple” package and enjoy a pair of Tory Burch sandals, one bottle of sparkling Veuve Cliquot, two hour-long spa treatments, freshly dipped chocolate-covered strawberries, sun spa amenity, and unlimited premium waters for $550. The “cast party” consists of two cabanas to accommodate you and your friends, a California trio appetizer, bottomless mimosas, three manicures or pedicures, and unlimited premium waters for $750. And the “mogul,” priced at $1,050, includes lunch for two, one bottle of Veuve Cliquot, one pair of Tory Burch sandals, two spa robes, two 60-minute classic spa services, spa sun amenity, and unlimited premium waters to enjoy in your cabana.
Situated between West Hollywood and Beverly Hills, the Four Seasons Los Angeles is an iconic Hollywood hotel that frequently plays host to awards season events and film premieres. To book a poolside cabana package, contact the spa at 310-786-2229. 300 South Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills
What We're Reading
How Stephen King’s books shaped cinema, Elizabeth and James debuts bags....
June 28, 2013
Books by horror writer Stephen King (above, in 1998) have long been the subject of on-screen adaptations.
With the premiere of the CBS series Under the Dome this week, LA Magazine rehashes the most memorable on-screen Stephen King adaptions, from Carrie to Shawshank Redemption. [LA Mag]
Mari Vanna, the long-awaited Russian restaurant that boasts an outdoor space and 70 flavors of vodka, opened in West Hollywood on Tuesday. Through authentic and reinvented dishes, co-owner Tatiana Brunetti hopes to better convey a misrepresented cuisine. [LA Eater]
Following the Supreme Court rulings in defense of same-sex marriage, here’s a look at how wedding-related tax revenue will help the California economy. [LA Times]
The Olsen twins’ Elizabeth and James label is launching a handbag line, and R29 has a sneak peek of the NY-meets-LA collection. [Refinery29]
LA Weekly lauds MOCA’s new show, "A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture from Southern California," for displaying architects’ raw sketches and honoring the individual, rather than evaluating what is often a collective and controversial final product. [LA Weekly]
Photography by Fred Duval/FilmMagic
Brunch Plans: Livello
Benjamin Dayag creates an Asian-inspired menu for the resto within L'Ermitage Beverly Hills.
June 28, 2013
Livello restaurant at L’Ermitage Beverly Hills introduces a three-course Asian-inspired brunch menu.
Livello, the Asian-influenced Italian restaurant in the luxurious L’Ermitage Beverly Hills, is now serving a weekend brunch (Saturdays and Sundays, 11 am-2 pm) up to par with its private club atmosphere. Chef Benjamin Dayag’s three-course prix-fixe calls out to his California upbringing with dashes of inspiration from Asia and Italy and an overarching emphasis on fresh, organic produce.
The full-service, sit-down brunch, available in Livello’s regal dining room or in view of waterfalls on their picturesque patio, offers patrons a choice of one dish per course for a $40 prix-fixe (plus tax and gratuity). First course options include a frisée and asparagus salad with an over-easy farm egg; a big eye tuna tataki with ginger crumble; and heirloom tomato and stracciatella with shiso pesto. For mains, try the tempura French toast with strawberry compote, candied walnuts, and whipped cream; the huevos ranchero with two cage-free eggs, black beans, and pico de gallo on a crispy corn tortilla; or the seared salmon with Bloomsdale spinach, English peas, and creamy lemon vinaigrette.
Chef Angela Ng designed the desserts, such as vanilla crème brulee, tiramisu, and a crowd-pleasing chocolate cake with marshmallow. Orange juice, coffee, or tea is included, and bottomless mimosas or Bloody Marys are well worth the additional $15. Reservations are recommended, and can be made by calling the restaurant at 877-235-7582 or visiting lermitagebh.com. 9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills
Weekend Recommender: June 27-30
Tastings at The Grove, yogis unite at Santa Monica Pier, and Kilmer takes on Twain.
June 27, 2013
The 4th annual Taste at The Grove features a tasting hour, VIP reception, and prix-fixes at Grove restaurants.
UnCorked Wine Series at the Mondrian Hotel
Thursday, June 27, 6 pm- 9pm
Asia de Cuba’s summer wine tasting series presents a different portfolio of wines, paired with special off-menu creations by chef Chang Sivilay, every other Thursday evening. This installment will feature a Sonoma County zinfandel, Paso Robles red, and Russian River Valley pinot noir, complemented by Cuban chicken roulade, grilled Thai sausage, Cubano pork rillete, and more for a $40 prix-fixe ($30 for hotel guests) in a private cabana at the Mondrian. 8440 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323-848-6000
Val Kilmer in Citizen Twain at Kirk Douglas Theatre
Opens Friday, June 28, for a limited five-week engagement
The actor most famous for bringing Jim Morrison and Batman to life on the big screen returns to the stage as one of the most famous writers in history, Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens). This one-man show written by Kilmer himself humorously explores the feisty scribe’s quest for truth in his work and love life, and is scheduled to run through July 28. Tickets are available online at valkilmer.com, by calling 213-972-4488, or by visiting the Center Theatre Group or Kirk Douglas Theatre box offices; a premium package includes a VIP meet-and-greet with the actor. 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213-628-2771
BET Weekend Festival at L.A. LIVE
Friday, June 28-Sunday June 30
Three days and nights of concerts at the STAPLES Center, late-night soul performances at Club Nokia, and comedy showcases include stars like Beyoncé, Erykah Badu, Snoop, The Roots, R. Kelly, and more. For the first time, BET Awards tickets and concerts are available for purchase through special BET experience packages, which also feature a Grammy museum exhibit, seminars at L.A. LIVE, a film fest, and afterparties. For package deals and general tickets, visit bet.com. 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Downtown LA
4th Annual Taste at The Grove
Saturday, June 29, 10 am-6 pm
The Fourth Annual Summer Food Festival presented by Cadillac features prix-fixe menus at popular Grove restaurants in honor of LA Restaurant Week, a star lineup of local chefs offering live cooking exhibitions, ride and test-drive programs, a tasting hour, and a VIP reception. Individual menus and more information can be found at thegrovela.com, and a portion of restaurant proceeds benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for cancer research. Advance tickets not necessary for entry. 189 The Grove Dr., Mid-City West, 323-900-8080
Wanderlust’s Annual Yoga in the City Series
Sunday, June 30, 1 pm
Unite with throngs of fitness lovers at the Santa Monica Pier for this one-day event of complimentary yoga classes, live music, food, and wellness instruction from leading experts. This series brought to you by the Wanderlust Festival, a growing platform for yoga and music, will include three gratis yoga classes, speakers, musical performances, and tasty nourishment from partners including LYFE Kitchen and LUNA. 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
Houston Hospitality Presents No Vacancy
The duo beyond La Descarga infuses their style and showmanship into the former Janes House.
June 27, 2013
No Vacancy, the new venture from Houston Hospitality that can be classified as more of an experience than a venue, opened the door to its secret entryway this past Friday (June 21). The historic spot in Hollywood known for over a century as Janes House is reborn as a Queen Anne-inspired mansion with an erudite cocktail menu designed by a rotating team of 12 industry giants.
Applying the same theatrical formula that proved so successful with their previous LA projects (Pour Vous, La Descarga, and Harvard & Stone), brothers Mark and Jonnie Houston transport you to Prohibition times using spectacles and surprises to stimulate all of your senses. Each compartment of the storied Hollywood Boulevard space, built in 1902 and employed by the Janes sisters as a schoolhouse, is as rich in early-20th-century detail as the set of a period show. An unassuming speakeasy entrance reveals the grand, hotel-style Victorian house, and the main bar and lounge bring you back to the old South. The outdoor patio emits a warmth generated by gaslights and outdoor fireplaces, and the upstairs houses a VIP sanctuary with ornate touches and antique artifacts.
You might be moved by a live quartet playing overhead on a balcony, or suddenly enthralled by the traveling jazz musicians, tap dancers, and burlesque acts. A menu of American plates will be served from the kitchen, alongside a cocktail program of authentic spirits reminiscent of the jazz age in New Orleans. The team of 12 expert bartenders responsible for them will be known as the “dirty dozen,” and the never-vacant roles will be recast yearly to tap the industry’s top talent. 1727 Hudson Ave., Hollywood, 323-465-1902
Photography by Agapito Doronio
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.