Archive for September, 2011
Opens Oct. 1. Pacific Standard Time brings together more than 60 cultural venues throughout Southern California to tell the story of the rise of the Los Angeles art scene. The Getty Foundation-initiated collaboration, the largest ever undertaken by the region’s institutions, explores the years after World War II through the 1960s and ’70s. Included are L.A. pop, post-minimalism, modernism, multimedia installations, films of the African-American L.A. rebellion, Woman’s Building feminism, Chicano performance art, Japanese-American design and artists’ collectives. I love these events, hope you all enjoy this as well while enjoying your tour of LA. Participants include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Hammer Museum, Getty Museum, California Institute of the Arts, Japanese American National Museum, Watts Towers Arts Center and others in San Diego, Orange County, Santa Barbara and Palm Springs. Venues include the Getty Center, Fowler Museum at UCLA and Hammer Museum.
All participating venues listed online: pacificstandardtime.org
Sample some of Petrossian’s most well regarded gastronomic delicacies. Yet another exotic place to eat while taking a sightseeing tour of LA. The main deliciousness are classic Transmontanus caviar, hand-sliced smoked salmon; Chef Giselle Wellman’s signature menu items like Egg Royales and Caviar Flatbread, and cocktails and wine at reduced happy hour prices.
Mon.-Fri., 4-7 p.m. Petrossian Boutique & Restaurant, 321 North Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.271.0576.
Fridays + Saturdays. Night owls can stop by the Beverly Hills outpost of Wolfgang Zwiener’s steakhouse for late-night eats, drinks and live music by the Cara Lee Band. Only while touring Los Angeles do you get performances like these while dining. Featuring lead singer Cara Lee, Teddy Andreadis (aka Teddy Zig Zag from Guns N’ Roses) on the keyboard, Jimmy D’Anda from Bullet Boys on the drums and David Filice bassist for “American Idol” contestants on the bass.
10 p.m.-2 a.m. Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, 445 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, 310.385.0640. www.wolfgangssteakhouse.net
Fridays. Join Vertical Wine Bistro in Old Pasadena every Friday night as oysters take center stage. Master Ecailler, Christophe Happillon shucks plump, sweet and fruity Barron Point Oysters and refreshing briny Carlsbad Blonde Oysters. Another great place to eat while touring LA. Shuckers special includes a half dozen oysters with accouterments for $19. Also find specially paired wine carafes for $15. 6-10 p.m. Vertical Wine Bistro, Upstairs at 70 North Raymond Ave., Pasadena, 626.795.3999. www.verticalwinebistro.com
Sept. 23-24. The festival that features everything Lebowski returns to LA. Check out a screening of the movie Friday night at the Wiltern with Lebowski burlesque by Itty Bitty Bang Bang. Coolest place you can head over to for checking out all what’s happening while you tour Los Angeles. Stick around for the Bowling Party Saturday with bowling, costumes, trivia and other contests.
Sailing has been a great human tradition for hundreds of years. People appreciate the calm elegance that is involved with sailing and the many meditative properties that can be had while sailing to different exotic areas.
It is not only one of the safest ways to travel from on place to another now; it is also the most environmentally sound. The most destructive way in which one can travel to another region of the world is on an airplane. Sailing reduces the impact of the jet stream that airplanes inflict on our precious ozone layer. It is also fun and exciting. Sailing yacht charters Los Angeles are now available for the discerning traveler.
Sept. 24. Septemberfest is America’s answer to Oktoberfest, featuring more than 150 beers, food trucks, and a celebration of everything that’s great about American culture. Just another cool place to be while taking a sightseeing tour of LA. Music performances by Black Crystal Wolf Kids and Petty Cash.
3-7 p.m. $40/$50 VIP.
Ocean and Colorado Avenues, Santa Monica. www.drinkeatplay.com/septemberfest
The Santa Monica institution known for serving top far-fresh cuisine offers its first happy hour menu. Gather in the bar/lounge to sip specialty cocktails from from mixologist Jason Robey, as well as beers and wines.
Something new and exciting as always while touring Los Angeles. The drink menu is complemented by Executive Chef John-Carlos Kuramoto’s Happy Hour menu featuring choices such as duck confit rillettes, truffle-tyme frites, crispy sweetbread poppers and seasonal melon and serrano ham.
Mon.-Fri. 5-7 p.m.
Michael’s Santa Monica, 1147 Third St., Santa Monica,
Visiting Ciel Spa at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, you embark on an ethereal, fantastical space akin to floating on a canopy of clouds. This is probably what designer Philippe Starck had in mind by opting for white as the sole color in this unconventional yet charming spa. Upon entering the 5,000 sq.-ft. area you are struck by the purity and originality of the white on white, which is a refreshing change–one atypical of traditional spa decors. Great place to start your luxury tour of LA. Undulating white ceiling drapes separate white chaise lounges against a backdrop of gleaming white floors and white postmodern furniture.
The actual Ciel Spa experience begins way before your massage treatment. As soon as you exit your car, a valet presents you with an envelope directing you to your destination. It’s these little things like a hand written welcome on hotel stationary that accentuate the hospitality shown to spa guests at every step of their journey. At check-in, you are approached like royalty and served with a crisp, mouth-watering shot of “agua fresca” in either watermelon, cantaloupe, pineapple or honeydew flavors. The co-ed lounge is private, pristine and playful for individuals or couples. Make sure you sample some appetizing chocolates and yes, you are allowed to eat the melon berry skewers that look like pieces of artwork.465
South La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.246.5560. www.cielatsls.com
Evenings heat up at Casa del Mar with spectacular beachfront sunset views, a Monday night cocktail Trolley, dinner at Catch featuring gluten-free selections such as trio of crudo, small plates like roasted beet salad, grilled octopus and prosciutto and melon, Spiedini menu (swordfish, white prawns, pork tenderloin, filet of beef) and sweets. This place is so lively and fun, great place to visit while touring LA. Plan to stay for live entertainment in the Lobby Lounge, where on any given night you can sip cocktails to music ranging from jazz to R&B and Soul and more.
Mind Game Mondays
At Mindgame Mondays, you can test out the new and innovative NeuroSky technology that literally puts your thoughts into action on the screen. Use NeuroSky’s latest brainwave sensing headset, MindWave, which measures brainwave patterns, sends signals to computers programmed with games and activities. You control the action on the screen by using your attention and relaxation to cause a ball to levitate or cause a barrel to catch fire and explode, all through your state of mind.
Casa del Mar, 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, 310.581.5533. hotelcasadelmar.com