Archive for May, 2011
Celebrate the summer season with ice cream sandwiches from Jamie Cantor, former pastry chef at French Laundry. Thinking of summer, something cold will always hit the spot in the soon to be hot weather. Great place head to after a fitness and hiking tour of Los Angeles. Cantor helms Platine Cookies and now offers the seasonal treat made from two cookies (think chocolate ginger snaps, snickerdoodles, chocolate galore and more) and a scoop of MILK ice cream in between.
10850 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.559.9933.
May 28-30. Celebrate music, the arts and the work of local artisans at the 38th annual Topanga Days. Spend the weekend listening to live music on three stages while discovering art, jewelry and clothing from local artisans. I went last year and enjoyed every moment, great interesting people to barter with. Fantastic food, make sure to get some delicious funnel cake. Great Place to be for sightseeing tours of Los Angeles. Musical headliners include: Fabulous Thunderbirds, John Mayall, Maggie Mayall, Jim Messina, Stray Cats’ Lee Rocker and Yesterday’s Child.
10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. 1440 N. Topanga Cyn. Bl., Topanga, 310.455.1980.
Set your sights east, downtown, that is, to the second annual City of Angels Wine Fest to toast those who gave their lives serving our country. You’ll be able to make multiple tributes, since reps from 24 California wineries will be pouring, including San Antonio, Alma Rosa, Wilson Creek, Hunt Cellars, Pali Wine Co., Flora Springs, Tolosa and Claiborne & Churchill. A great place to be while you tour LA, filled with a fun traditional atmosphere. Pair your wine choices with foodstuffs from Nick+Stef’s Steakhouse, Kendall’s Brasserie, CafÃ© Pinot, Tina Tacos and Zucca Ristorante. while listening to the tunes of the Family Crest and Jimmy Gnecco (from the rock band Ours). Since the Rotary Club plays host, proceeds will benefit Volunteers of America, a program that helps homeless individuals transition to the workplace. Drink up. A living vet may benefit.
Mon., May 30, 1:00pm-6:00pm
Music Center Plaza
Price: $25 (food only), $70 (food and wine), $150 (VIP)
When you are planning your family vacation, there are so many things to consider. Where do you want to go? What do you want to do? These are the questions that I asked myself when I was planning our family vacation.
I decided on Los Angeles as our destination. We had never been before and I thought that there were a lot of things that we could take part in. One of the choices that I looked into was Los Angeles indoor skydiving. My family is full of adrenaline junkies, so this was really exciting for them. I was sold on the fact that it was indoors and safe for my family.
Taking inspiration from pop culture, fairy tales and gothic traditions, Burbank-born film director Tim Burton has a darkly whimsical style all his own. The Resnick Pavilion at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents Tim Burton, an exploration of the film director’s creative work in film and beyond, from May 29-Oct. 31. More than 700 drawings, paintings, photographs, film and video works, storyboards, puppets, costumes and cinematic ephemera, including art from little-known personal projects, are organized into three sections. While you tour LA, there’s going to be a constant amount of Tim Burton at the LACMA, definitely going to be the place to head to multiple times.The Resnick Pavilion itself receives some “Burtonesque” touches for the exhibition, including a topiary inspired by Edward Scissorhands and Balloon Boy, a 21-foot-tall creature from Burton’s book The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories.
LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., 323.857.6000
Sundays. The South hits the Pacific coast at Whist’s new southern brunch. Executive Chef Tony DiSalvo dishes out down-home cooking with a crisp, contemporary twist, such as house-cured cajun shrimp, green tomato salad and biscuits & gravy. Great place to start your Los Angeles tour plans, especially when looking for a luxurious place to dine out. Begin your Dixie extravaganza with a Georgia mint julep from the “Revive Bar,” a special selection of southern cocktails specifically created to lift the spirits and get the day started.
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Whist, Viceroy Santa Monica, 1819 Ocean Ave.,
May 22. See two Charlie Chaplin movies with a live orchestra. The scores for A Dog’s Life (1918) and Shoulder Arms (1918) were written by Chaplin and adapted for live performance by Timothy Brock. A fun time to be had while you tour LA. The evening will also include Walt Disney’s 1927 short Trolley Troubles with Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. The score for Trolley Troubles is being composed especially for this occasion for violin (Margaret Batjer), clarinet (Joshua Ranz), percussion (Wade Culbreath) and piano (Alexander Rannie) by Alexander Rannie who will lead from the keyboard.
UCLA’s Royce Hall, Westwood,
May 20–22. This art and cultural event in Venice offers walking tours of artists’ studios and docent-led architecture tours of private residences, plus auctions peddling the work of emerging local artists and a pop-up print gallery. A very fun place to be, always surrounded by a great atmosphere that’s hard to describe while in Venice, an awesome place for segway tours. The weekend culminates in a community fair with food, live music and entertainment.
Westminster School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice.
A new gallery opened in the Getty filled with paintings, sculptures, fashion, furniture, musical instruments and books that explore the 18th-century Parisian home. A very unique and well worth checkin’ out on your tour of Los Angeles. The Getty Center has always had great installments, really looking forward to something new.
Every week Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday from Tue., April 26 until Sun., August 7
The Skirball Cultural Center salutes the life, career and influence of enigmatic magician and escape artist Harry Houdini (pictured) in Houdini: Art and Magic. A great exhibit showcasing something unique, definitely must check out during your tour of Los Angeles. The first major exhibition to explore Houdini’s life and legacy features more than 150 artifacts, from posters and playbills to silent-film footage of his great escapes to personal items such as family photos, a postcard written to his mother and diaries from his travels. Also on display is companion exhibition Masters of Illusion: Jewish Magicians of the Golden Age.
Skirball Cultral Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A