Out and About: Museum Edition

Do you know the perfect activity for a rainy day in LA? No it is not Netflix-ing the newest show or all of The Office. Head over to your nearest Museum for a proper dose of culture. While the clouds play a game of hide-and-seek, LA is offering a bounty of famed art and it’s all right outside your door. Well not literally but you get the jest of it. From LACMA to MOCA, we’ve got you covered with a list below of current exhibits and museum deets(details but shortened for the millennial reading this).

When you gotta Van Gogh. You gotta Van Gogh check out some art!

LACMA

LACMA’s collections boast modernist masterpieces, large-scale contemporary works (including Richard Serra’s massive swirling sculpture and Burden’s buzzing, hypnotic Metropolis II), traditional Japanese screens and by far L.A.’s most consistently terrific special exhibitions.

Current Exhibits: Charles White: A Retrospective (February 17-June 9, 2019), The Bauhaus at 100: Modern Legacies(February 16-May 5, 2019), Life Model: Charles White and His Students (February-September 15, 2019), Power of Pattern: Central Asian Ikats from David and Elizabeth Resibord Collection (February 3- July 28, 2019), Teresa HUbbard/Alexander Birchler: Flora(January 20-April 7, 2019), The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka(December 9, 2018-June 23, 2019), Outliers and American Vanguard ARt (November 18, 2018-March 17, 2019), Rauschenberg: The 1/4 Mile (October 28, 2018- June 9, 2019).

Hours:

Monday 11 am–5 pm
Tuesday 11 am–5 pm
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 11 am–5 pm
Friday 11 am–8 pm
Saturday 10 am–7 pm
Sunday 10 am–7 pm

Closed on Wednesdays, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day

Admission:

L.A. County with Valid ID Outside L.A. County
Members Free Free
After 3 pm, Mon–Fri Free $25
Children (17 & under) Free Free
Adults $20 $25
Seniors (65+ with ID) $16 $21
Students (18+ with ID) $16 $2

More info.

Getty Center

What’s now called the Getty Villa served as the decades-long home for the J. Paul Getty Trust’s extensive art collection. But in 1997, the Getty Center opened. The end result is a remarkable complex of travertine and white metal-clad pavilions that houses ornate French furniture, recognizable Impressionist pieces and rotating exhibitions. Its relative inaccessibility is more than compensated for by free admission and panoramic views, from the hills and the ocean in the west all the way around to Downtown in the east.

Current Exhibits: Mapping Space: Recent Acquisitions in Focus (February 26-July 15, 2019), Marks of Collaboration: Drawing in Context (February 5-April 14, 2019), Pontormo: Miraculous Encounters (February 5-April 28, 219), Artful Words: Calligraphy in Illuminated Manuscripts(December 18, 2018-April 7, 2019), Spectacular Mysteries: Renaissance Drawings Reveled (December 121, 2018- April 28, 2019), MONUMENTality (December 4, 2018-April 21, 2019), Eighteenth-Century Pastel Portraits (August 28, 2018-October 13, 2019)

Hours: Open 10 am–5:30 pmSaturday 10 am–9 pm

Closed Mondays
Holiday closures: Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1

Admissions: Admission is FREE. Parking is $15, $10 after 3pm

More info.

Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

The bequest of entrepreneur Henry E. Huntington is now one of the most enjoyable attractions in the Los Angeles region. It’s also a destination that demands an entire day should you attempt to explore it in full: Between the art, the library holdings and the spreadeagled outdoor spaces, there’s plenty to see, and most of it is best enjoyed at lingering leisure rather than as part of a mad day-long dash. From a Gutenberg Bible to an exquisitely landscaped Japanese garden, nearly every inch of the estate’s grounds and collection is essential.

Current Exhibits: The Huntington presents a range of pieces focused on American and European Art. See American art from the late 17th to the late 20th century on view in the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art, and European art from the 15th to the early 20th century in the Huntington Art Gallery, the original Huntington residence.

Hours:

Monday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

 

Last ticketed entry time is 4 p.m.

The Huntington is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Independence Day.

Admissions:

Reservations are not necessary to visit The Huntington (except on Free Days). Tickets may be purchased on site at the time of your visit or online in advance. Parking is free.

Weekdays/Weekends*
Adult $25/$29
Senior (65+)
$21/$24
Student (f/t ID)
$21/$24
Youth (4-11)
$13
Child (under 4) free
Groups (15+) $19/$23
Members free

More info.

The Broad

Three words: Infinity Mirror Rooms. Downtown’s persistently popular contemporary art museum has two of Yayoi Kusama’s immersive, mirror-laden rooms (and the stand by queue to prove it). Elsewhere in the free museum, Eli and Edythe Broad’s collection of 2,000 post-war works includes artists like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger and Jeff Koons. Outside, the museum’s plaza features a lovely olive tree grove that sits in from of Otium, the museum’s signature restaurant from French Laundry alum Timothy Hollingsworth.

Current Exhibits: Infinity Mirror Rooms

Coming Soon: Soul of a Nation(March 23-Sept 1, 2019) and Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet The Sun Again(October 19-February 16, 2020)

Hours:

Tuesday & Wednesday | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday | 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

The standby line closes 60-90 minutes before the museum closes and may close earlier on busy days.

Admissions:

General admission to The Broad is free and includes access to the third floor galleries, which display a robust and changing selection of work by artists including Jean-Michel BasquiatMark BradfordJeff KoonsBarbara KrugerYayoi KusamaTakashi MurakamiAndy Warhol, and more.

GA tickets are timed and available every half hour, up until one hour before the museum closes. General admission tickets do not include access Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room—The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, 2013. To experience this artwork, a separate signup is required after you enter the museum with your admission ticket.

More info.

Hammer Museum

Industrialist Armand Hammer founded this museum in 1990, primarily to house his own collection, and it opened just three weeks before he died. Now, the free, UCLA partner institution stages fascinating shows of modern art, photography and design, often with an emphasis on local artists. The shows are supplemented by the Hammer’s public events calendar (arguably one of the best in the city), chock full of free lectures, concerts and screenings.

Current Exhibits: Allen Ruppersberg: Intellectual Property 1968-2019(February 10-May 12, 2019), Dirty Protest: Selections from the Hammer Contemporary Collection (January 24- May 19, 2019), Hammer Projects: Tschabalala Self (February 2-April 28, 2019), Jamilah Sabur(January 19-May 5, 2019), Math Bass(September 29-March 17, 2019).

Hours:

Monday Closed
Tuesday 11 a.m.—8 p.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m.—8 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m.—8 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m.—8 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m.—5 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m.—5 p.m.

The museum is open every day, except Mondays, July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Admission:

Admission to all exhibitions and public programs is free and open to the public.

Free admission to the Hammer Museum is made possible through the generosity of Erika J Glazer and Brenda R. Potter.

More info.

MOCA Grand Ave.

The main branch of L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art houses thousands of artworks. They range in those crafted from 1940 to today, and it’s an efficient primer on post-war art. Spend half an hour or an entire afternoon absorbing contemporary pieces. From lesser known artists, punctuated by sightings of Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock works. The museum’s most exciting exhibitions take place at the nearby Geffen Contemporary, while interior design buffs will want to visit their outpost at the Pacific Design Center.

Current Exhibits: One Day at a Time: Manny Farber and Termite Art (October 14, 2018- March 11, 2019), Zoe Leonard: Survey (November 11, 2018- March 25, 2019), Barbara Kruger, ‘Untitled (Questions)(1990/2019’ (October 20, 2018- November 30, 2020), Laura Owens (November 11, 2018- March 25, 2019), Cameron Rowland D37 (October 14, 2018- June 24, 2019)

Hours:

Mon 11am – 6pm
Tues Closed
Wed 11am – 6pm
Thur 11am – 8pm
Fri 11am – 6pm
Sat 11am – 5pm
Sun 11am – 5pm

Admissions:

Members: Free
General Admission (valid all day at both DTLA locations): $15
Students with I.D.: $8
Seniors (65+): $10
Children under 12: Free
Jurors with I.D.: Free

Admission is free every Thursday from 5pm to 8pm.

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Fun things to do in LA this March

There’s more to this month then March Madness. With so many fun activities in LA we thought you might need more then the weekend round-up. Read below for a collection of events happening throughout  the month and discover your inner Angeleno!

Obvious Plant’s Museum of Toys Pop Up (March 1-17)

Obvious Plant’s Museum of Toys Pop Up opens its doors March 1 – 17 for a pop-up exhibit that showcases the alternate history of toys. The museum features interactive exhibits, photo opportunities with a life-size action figure box, and over 100 toys and games that have been altered with a funny spin, alongside Obvious Plant’s original toys. You can read our interview with the creator Jeff Wysaki, here. -> More information

Delusion: The Blue Blade (March 1-17)

Delusion: The Blue Blade is an immersive play that puts in the center of a time travel adventure narrative. After a successful run last fall, the new ‘director’s cut’ edition of the play will run through March 17. -> More information

First Friday’s at Natural History Museum (March 1)

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) First Fridays returns on March 1 for a monthly party after hours in the museum including live musical performances, DJs, cocktails, and food trucks. -> More information

Planned Parenthood’s Annual Food Fare 2019 (March 7)

Planned Parenthood’s Annual Food Fare kicks off at Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar on March 7 featuring over 150 of Southern California’s best restaurants, caterers and libation purveyors all in support of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles (PPLA) initiatives. -> More information

ArtNight Pasadena (March 8)

20 Pasadena cultural institutions participate in a night of free art, music, and entertainment during ArtNight Pasadena. Last year an estimated 16,000 guests came through, and this year expects similar attendance. Venues for 2019 include the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena History Museum, Kidspace Children’s Museum, The Gamble House and more. There are even FREE shuttles to transport guests to their next destination.. -> More information

Venice Arts’ Annual Speakeasy at the Townhouse (March 9)

Venice Arts’ Annual Speakeasy comes to the Townhouse in Venice Beach on Saturday March 9 for whiskey, prizes, and all that jazz inspired by the Prohibition era. -> More information

45th Annual Redondo Beach Kite Festival (March 10)

The 45h Annual Redondo Beach Kite Festival returns to the Redondo Beach Pier on March 10 for an all-ages free afternoon of kite-flying and fun. In addition to prizes for best kites flown, there will be live music, a local dance studio performance, a martial arts demonstration, a hot dog on a stick eating contest sponsored by Craig’s Hot Dog on a Stick and giveaways courtesy of Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital -> More information

Metro Arts Presents: 10-Hour Bach Marathon with See/Hear L.A (March 16)

On Saturday, March 16 come to Union Station for Metro Art Presents: 10 HR Bach Marathon with See/Hear L.A. The event features a variety of musical performances to celebrate the legendary Johann Sebastian Bach’s 334th birthday. Program highlights include the annual Noontime Organ Concert in the historic Ticket Hall featuring organ virtuoso Christoph Bull and Church Keyboard Center; Lady Bach, an all-female group; plus a solo from multi-instrumentalist and composer Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. -> More information

L.A. Nature Fest at The Natural History Museum L.A. (March 16-17)

L.A. Nature Fest comes to The Natural History Museum L.A. (NHMLA) March 16-17 for a special visit with some of our coolest animal neighbors! -> More information

Arcade Expo 2018 at the Museum of Pinball (March 16-18)

PAC-MAN and Donkey Kong fans rejoice because the Arcade Expo is returning the Museum of Pinball in Banning from March 15-17 with some 1,100 retro and modern arcade games and pinball machines. -> More information

Sierra Madre Wistaria Festival (March 17)

The Sierra Madre Wistaria Festival returns for 2019 with another special viewing of the world’s largest blossoming plant, plus 200 arts, crafts and vendor booths, and live music. Paid shuttle service is available to and from the private residence that contains the plant and the main festival area. -> More information

KROQ Presents: Flogging Molly St. Patrick’s Day Block Party (March 17)

KROQ Presents: Flogging Molly St. Patrick’s Day Block Party at the Hollywood Palladium on Sunday March 17 is an awesome way to celebrate your favorite green-themed holiday. The block party includes all kinds of fun activities like street games, delicious food, plenty of Guinness, prizes, music, and more.  -> More information

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Celebration at California African American Museum (March 20)

The Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Celebration returns to the California African American Museum. Enjoy a night of fun on March 20 for an evening of art, food trucks, music, and more. The Opening Celebration includes Adia Millett: Breaking Patterns, The Liberator: Chronicling Black Los Angeles, 1900–1914, and more! -> More information

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text Podcast Live (March 21)

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text Podcast Live comes to the Bootleg Theater Thursday March 21. Enjoy an evening Harry Potter fans won’t want to miss. During this enchanted evening, Harvard Divinity graduates Vanessa Zoltan and Casper ter Kuile will review and discuss a chapter of Harry Potter, share some their own stories, and offer a medieval religious reading practice with this modern day classic. -> More information

The Other Art Fair is Coming to Downtown L.A. (March 28-31)

The Other Art Fair Los Angeles returns to Magic Box at The Reef. The Fair takes place March 28-31 for the 3rd edition of its independent artist showcase. See a curated selection of over 140 independent artists and check out thousands of pieces for every budget in one space.  -> More information

The Torrance Cherry Blossom Cultural Festival (March 31)

The Torrance Cherry Blossom Cultural Festival comes to Columbia Park on March 31 for a unique blend of cultural performances with a fun variety of crafts by local artisans, centered around the blooming cherry blossom. -> More information

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes Celebrates César Chávez Day (March 31)

This free celebration features a guest speaker from the Cesar Chavez Foundation, Xipe Totec Aztec dancers, live music by Lorenzo and the Carnales, plus art, garden, and culinary workshops -> More information

Courtesy of: WeLikeLA

LA Eats of the Week

With all the hustle and bustle in LA, narrowing down the best places to grab a bite can be tricky. Rather then making your routine stop at Panera Bread, why not try something new. LA has more restaurants then there are Bird scooters. With that in mind we’ve narrowed down the best places to nosh this week.

Breakfast is the most Important meal of the day!

Here’s Looking at You

Location: Koreatown

While most restaurants don’t put too much creativity into their brunch menus,  chef Jonathan Whitener is bringing fresh ideas and energy to the table. Take for instance his coconut waffle with koji, blueberries, ume (Japanese salty plums), and smoked maple syrup.This dish is far more interesting than it needs to be, going above and beyond the brunch-time status quo. Respect the waffle. 

Pikoh

Location: Los Angeles, CA

The menu weaves across the hours with a mix of rethought American classics. From breakfast bowls with activated charcoal or a smoked salmon tartine with yuzu cream cheese. To lighter lunches like grilled tuna salads or hummus and steamed mussels. For dinner there’s a full bar run by lead bartender Jamie Clark and surprises like an all-vegan beet-based bao, or a throwback filet mignon atop wasabi mashed potatoes. Throw in a daily happy hour, and it feels like Pikoh really can do it all.

Lately

Location: Chinatown

Lately’s menu is an all-day savory jaunt, with their breakfast sandwich sporting an organic fried egg, gouda, and oven roasted tomato on an English muffin. They also serve biscuits, a soft scrambled toast, a heaping avocado toast, salads, breakfast bowl, and a country-fried steak sandwich.

Power Lunch

Urban Radish

Location: Arts District

Urban Radish, the healthy-eating oasis in the Arts District is the perfect lunchtime spot. The outdoor grill is hidden behind a row of water-circulating vertical planters brimming with kale and other greens. Look through the foliage to find one man and a stack of tickets. Skirt steak, salmon, chicken; it all hits the hot metal and gets served over healthy grains and greens to a slew of daytime diners. Yum! 

Tacos 1986

Location: Koreatown

 LA’s best new taco stand has landed a highly visible location in Koreatown. Meaning it’s the best time to stop by during weekdays. Ask nicely for the chicharron de queso con hongos, paired with the stand’s excellent mushrooms. The best part about Tacos 1986 is its accessibility, placed right in the heart of Koreatown. Located at a crossroads for anyone traveling to Hollywood or Downtown, South LA, or Mid-City. What’s better than a taco pit stop? 

KazuNori

Location: Los Angeles

With open seating and rapid rounds of sushi hitting plates, KazuNori is the place to find some of the LA’s freshest fishes. It’s not uncommon to find a long line, which can be surprisingly short thanks to the restaurant’s efficiency. Choose from three to six hand rolls, which are made in plain view. The chefs transform the sea bream’s tender flesh and shiny silver skin into an elegant and perfect hand roll. Order a Sapporo and watch the chefs do their magic. 

What’s for dinner?

Tartine Bianco

Location: Los Angeles

Newly opened, Tartine Bianco is a hot ticket dining spot. The chicken liver toast is an early stand out and quite possibly the most thoughtful dish. The base of the matter, a crusty slice of the restaurant’s famous bread, sturdily held onto the pretty pink liver, as well as dollops of kumquat puree and blood orange segments. Balance comes among the varied components, hitting the brightest of notes with just enough richness to bring it home.

Jame Enoteca

Location: El Segundo

Jame Enoteca is well on its way to becoming a new kind of standard for the city of El Segundo. The corner strip mall option makes all of its pastas in-house and keeps a cozy but refined sort of vibe. Of particular noteworthiness (though all of the pastas seem to be pretty delicious) is the off-menu occasional lasagna with assorted foraged mushrooms. Pair it up with some vegetables to start and maybe a glass of wine, and be well on the way to a very full and very relaxed time in the South Bay. 

Atrium

Location: Los Feliz

The chefs at Atrium have whipped up pristine dishes with flavors that are unique and strong, just the way Angelenos like it. The beef carpaccio, inspired by the chef’s love of carne asada, is topped with crispy potato matchsticks, a thick salsa macha, and avocado crema. Those crunchy, salty, and savory layers makes for fun eating, but one plate might not be enough.

 

Your Mardi Gras in LA Guide

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Let the good times roll this Mardi Gras!! While we can’t all hop a plane to Rio or New Orleans for a real celebration, we can have come close here in LA. With a bounty of Carnaval celebrations happening this weekend, grab your king cake and paint the town yellow,  purple and green!

 

Mardi Gras at Santa Anita Park

When: Saturday, March 2nd

Long Beach Mardi Gras

When: Saturday, March 2nd

  • Join thousands of people for the Long Beach Mardi Gras happening at Shoreline Village and Rainbow Harbor. The afternoon will feature music, art, festivities, dancing, a parade and more.

The Original Farmers Market’s Annual Mardi Gras

When: Saturday March 2nd-Sunday March 3rd

  • The Original Farmers Market’s Annual Mardi Gras Celebration will bring a taste of NOLA right to Los Angeles. A family-friendly celebration the day includes New Orleans’ food, a musical line-up of Cajun and Zydeco music and Mardi Gras activities. The Dog Bakery’s Annual Mutti Gras Pet Parade will also take place. The celebration commences on Saturday, March 2, running through Sunday, March 3 and ending on Fat Tuesday, March 5.

5th Annual Venice Brazilian Carnival Parade

When: Saturday, March 2nd

 

Weekend Events: March 1-3

Kickstart the month of March this weekend! Spend your time in the city of stars with so many fun activities and events. From Museum exhibits to Mardi Gras, your inner Angeleno deserves a day or weekend of fun!

Friday March 1st

Obvious Plant’s Museum of Toys 

Location: Start Los Angeles 

Obvious Plant’s Museum of Toys will house over 100 items created by comedian Jeff Wysaski including fake toys, actual toys with new names, and actual toys with fake facts. The show runs March 1-17 at Start Los Angeles, in Harvard Heights. A free opening reception will be held this Friday at 7 p.m. Otherwise, tickets are $10 and can be reserved online. 

Click here for more info! 

Digital Nature

Location: LA Arboretum

Digital Nature has its final weekend at the L.A. Arboretum this  March 1-3! Stop by for a dazzling display inspired by nature and technology. Artists works will be projected onto the arboretums lush landscape during the evening hours with interactive works that can include live music . Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. 

Click here for more info!

Beauty + Balance

Location: Westfield Topanga

Experience exclusive make-up tutorials, open air Yoga classes, or indulge in an evening of seasonal delights from Il Fornaio. A month of beauty, health & wellness await you at Westfield Topanga. Don’t miss out on the Beauty+Balance goals gift with purchase when you attend!

Click here for more info!

Saturday March 2nd

Cherry Blossom Festival

Location: South Coast Botanic Garden

With a short blooming season, many believe Cherry Blossoms symbolize the fleeting beauty of life. It is also the national flower of Japan. Join South Coast Botanic Garden for a “hanami” or Cherry Blossom viewing!  As you stroll or picnic in the Upper Meadow, travel to Japan through sight, taste and sound with picnic bento (lunch) boxes for sale by Okamoto Kitchen and live performances throughout the afternoon. Enjoy live demonstrations and workshops while celebrating the bloom of the Cherry Blossoms! 

Click here for more info!

The Old Man and The Old Moon

Location: Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts

“It’s like watching child geniuses at play.” –The New Yorker

Who keeps the moon shining bright? The Old Man charged with that task embarks on an epic adventure of land, sea and sky in search of his missing wife in this swirling tale of love, accompanied by a live, indie-folk band. The endlessly imaginative PigPen Theatre Co. finally arrives in Los Angeles with a luminously lo-fi spectacle that elevates traditional storytelling to high art. The Old Man and The Old Moon takes the stage March 2-7. Recommended for all ages.

Click here for more info!

Colburn Orchestra

Location: Walt Disney Concert Hall

Colburn Orchestra performs Beethoven and Rimsky-Korsakov at the Walt Disney concert hall this Saturday. The performance will be led under the direction of New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Music Director Xian Zhang. The concerto is followed by Scheherazade, a piece that brilliantly brings Rimsky-Korsakov’s powerful storytelling to life.

Click here for more info!

Sunday March 3rd

6th Annual Stouts n Staches Brew Fest & Big Roast

Location: Clutch VeniceThe 6th Annual Stouts n Staches Brew Fest & Pig Roast is a block-party style event happening on Sunday March 3 at Clutch Venice. The party will feature BBQ, pig roasting, craft beer, whiskey tastings, beard and stache trims, cigar rolling, live entertainment and more in the mission to raise awareness for the Movember Foundation. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase.

Click here for more info!

The Secret City

Location: Bootleg Theatre

Non-profit arts organization The Secret City comes to the Bootleg Theatre for an afternoon of over the top music, art, performances, food, storytelling, joyful interaction, community and kooky outfits. Event is free with a suggestion of a donation. Childcare is also free for parents.

Click here for more info!

17th Annual Carnival at The Pier

Location: Pacific Park at Santa Monica Pier

Play and laugh while giving back at the 17th Annual Angelic Auxiliary Carnival at the Pier! Admission includes private use of the park, lunch and carnival snacks, game tickets, unlimited amusement park rides and more!! Come and enjoy one of Southern California’s leading attractions while helping raise funds for the Children’s Bureau’s work to prevent child abuse.

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Your Award-Worthy Recipe Guide

Be the crowd-pleaser this Oscars’s Sunday with our round-up of award-worthy sure to secure you the gold for best host(we know the Oscars need one). With so many tasty and simple options, it would be an Academy travesty if you didn’t opt for the gourmet. So ditch the generic buttered popcorn and champagne set-up for a spread as buzzing as this years best picture nominees.

Bites

Buffalo-Style Snack Mix

Both buttery and spicy, this Buffalo-style snack mix gets a triple buzz from hot sauce, cayenne and freshly ground black pepper.

Click here for the Recipe

Salty Almond Rice Krispie Bites

Work quickly—or better yet—get a few willing hands to help when you’re scooping and rolling this adult version of a Rice Krispie treat; the mixture stiffens slightly as it cools. Click here for the RECIPE.

Miso Caramel Corn

We use microwaved popcorn for our miso-flavored (surprise!) caramel corn but, sure, 9 cups of air-popped or old-school stovetop-popped kernels would work nicely, too. Click here for the RECIPE.

Tequila-Spiked Caramel Corn

More suited to a cocktail party than a baseball game, this riff on Cracker Jack by pastry chef Taria Camerino is sweetened with agave nectar and spiked with tequila. Slow-baking turns the popcorn-nut mix fabulously crunchy. Click here for the RECIPE.

Cheddar Fricos with Salsa Fresca

Elegant entertaining from the microwave? Yup. It transforms shredded white cheddar into these lacy all-cheese crackers—no flour necessary. You will eat several without pausing but, eventually, stop to scoop up some of the juicy tomato salsa. Click here for the RECIPE.

Dark Chocolate Fudge with Candied Ginger and Pistachios

Melting chocolate in the microwave makes the process really easy and quick—no double boiler, no water bath necessary. To prepare this festive fudge, just stir a few flavorings into the melted-chocolate base. We add pistachios, dried cherries and candied ginger but white chocolate chips, dried apricots or chopped walnuts would give it the proper crunch and sweet-tangy notes, too. Click here for the RECIPE.

Pomegranate Mochi

Borrowing a technique from pastry chef Jennifer Yee, these chewy, fruity, jewel-toned mochi are prepared in the microwave with a mix of pomegranate juice and lime juice. We used a 3/4-inch round cutter to make them gumdrop size, but you can also cut the candies into squares (sharpen your knife!) or use another small cookie cutter. Click here for the RECIPE.

Fig-and-Stilton Squares

After these flaky squares of puff pastry bake, they get topped with sweet fig preserves and pungent blue cheese. Click here for the RECIPE.

Ricotta Crostini with Three Toppings

This appetizers uses homemade ultra-creamy ricotta (you can also use store-bought) combined with different toppings. Click here for the RECIPE.

Sips

Citrus, Brandy and Pineapple Punch

This easy brandy cocktail from drinks artisan Chris Harrison is mildly sweet and nicely boozy, with a bit of spice from nutmeg. Click here for the RECIPE.

Italian Spritz Punch

Mixologist Agostino Perrone created this simple sparkling punch. “It would be a great aperitif for a large dinner party,” says Wayne Collins; he recommends serving it in teacups. Click here for the RECIPE.

Looking for Best Picture Themed Cocktails?

Click here for Town and Country’s recipes like The Queen’s Favourite or The Bohemian Spritz!!

Click here for The Official Oscars 2019 Ballot.PDF

Weekend Events: February 22-24

If your like the rest of us normal Angeleno’s, this weekend will be just like any other. Aside from the entertainment industry’s version of the Super Bowl a.k.a the Oscars. Just because you’re not jetting off from one Academy bash to the next, doesn’t mean you’re days off shouldn’t be award worthy. Ditch the usual, and spend this weekend discovering the best events LA has to offer. Read our round-up of this Friday through Sundays top events happening in and around the city.

Friday Feb. 22

The Chocolate and Art Show Los Angeles

Location: The Vortex

The Chocolate and Art Show Los Angeles returns to The Vortex for two nights (Friday and Saturday) of art, live body painting, vendors, live music, face-painting, and free chocolate.

Click here for more information.

3rd Annual Oscar Film Week

Location: Culina at The Four Seasons, Beverly Hills

The 3rd Annual Oscar Film Week returns to Culina at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills February 19 – 23 with a meal and screening of all eight “Best Picture” Oscar nominated films in 2019.

Click here for more information.

4th Fridays on 4th Street

Location: Long Beach

4th Fridays on 4th Street activates the “Retro Road” business district in Long Beach on the fourth Friday of every month from 6 to 10 p.m. through extended hours, dining specials, discounted merchandise, pop up shops, art shows, live music, double decker bus rides and more.

Click here for more information.

Saturday Feb. 23

Bob Baker Day Celebration

Location: Los Angeles Historic Park

It’s Bob Baker Day at Los Angeles Historic Park. The day pays homage to the famed puppeteer with a carnival like event featuring live music, entertainment, puppet-making workshops, round-the-clock puppet shows, a pop-up puppet museum and lots more.

Click here for more information.

Santa Monica Wine Festival

Location: Barker Hanger, Santa Monica

The Santa Monica Wine Fest comes to Barker Hangar for two days of wine tasting from a diverse group of wineries from around the world. The event will also offer complementary masterclasses.

Click here for more information.

4th Annual SoCal Retro Gaming Expo

Location: Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena

The 4th Annual SoCal Retro Gaming Expo happening February 23-24 at the Pasadena Convention Center is an all-ages event featuring retro games, toys, merchandise, and much more.

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Sunday Feb. 24

Afro-Latinx Festival

Location: Museum of Latin American Art

There’s an Afro-Latinx Festival happening at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach this Sunday. Expect salsa music, workshops, tasty delights and a mixture of customs from African and Mestizo peoples in the Americas. 

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SRLA 18 Mile Friendship Run
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Location: Hansen Dam, Lake View Terrace

The 18-Mile Friendship Run is the premier training race for the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon. The 18-mile course consists of two 9-mile loops starting in the Hansen Dam Recreation Area. The course travels along streets that are closed to traffic and, then, crosses the two-mile dam. Registration is open to the public and priced at $75.

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National Theatre Live Presents I’m Not Running

Location: UCLA-James Bridges Theater

I’m Not Running is an explosive new play by Academy Award nominee and Oliver and BAFTA winning writer David Hare. Premiering at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas, don’t miss this breathtaking performance.

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Out and About: Oscars Edition

The time has finally come to whip out your glitzy attire and prep your winning predictions. The Oscars are underway for this Sunday, February 24th-and as Angeleno’s that means one thing…Oscars Viewing Party! If your not lucky enough to snag an invite to one of the weekends big celebratory events we have you covered. In the city of stars, you never know which nominee may stop by to revel or dine. So skip the party clean-up and paint the town gold. Happy Oscars Weekend!

Oscars Viewing Party at the Long Beach Art Theatre

Location: Long Beach Art Theatre, Long Beach

Best known as the last independent theater in Long Beach, the Art Theatre is a hub for showings that eventually go on to be Academy nominees. So it comes as no surprise that they host their own glammed up viewing party. While the event itself is by invitation only, all you have to do to snag an invite is donate $25 or more to the historic non-profit theater. The award show will be shown live on the big screen following the red carpet party.

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APLA’s Oscar Viewing Party

Location:The Abbey, West Hollywood

WEHO’s favorite neighborhood hot-spot will be hosting their annual Aids Project Los Angeles Oscar Viewing Party Fundraiser this Sunday. Each year an LGBT or ally celebrity hosts the event which raises money for HIV/AIDS research that APLA supports. Tickets are required to attend but can also be purchased on the day of at The Abbey.

Call The Abbey at (310)289-8410 for more information.

Polo Lounge Annual Oscars Viewing Party

Location: Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel

Famed as a Hollywood retreat for decades past and current, the Polo Lounge will host their annual Oscars Viewing Party this Sunday. Patrons will be able to partake in a decadent Three-Course pre-fix menu while watching the ceremony on screens set-up throughout the restaurant. Being that it is located in the historic Beverly Hills Hotel you never know which nominee may stop in for a bite pre/post oscars! Bonus: Try the themed Best Picture Cocktails for an award-worthy sip!

Menu is priced at $150pp and reservations can be booked by calling (310)887-2777

Timmy Nolan’s Oscars Viewing Party

Location: Timmy Nolan’s Tavern, Studio City

Join the Timmy Nolans crew as the toast to their fellow Noles Barry Jenkins and Jonathan King on Oscar Night! The show will be on view in their private upstairs room with fun giveaways and a pre-show red carpet photo op! The attire is Cocktail/Business casual, so no worries on going all out. Just arrive early to snag the best seat and toast to a night of fun.

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Media One Entertainment Oscars Viewing Party

Location: Hollywood Palladium

If you have $1000 to spare, the 4th Annual Roger Neal Style Oscar Viewing Dinner may be you preference. The event slates that around 80-100 celebrities as well as past Oscar winners will be in attendance at the Hollywood Palladium shindig. Your ticket includes cocktails, entertainment, a 5 Course Dinner, and after party.

For tickets or sponsorship packages, email them at info@mediaoneentertainment.com or call (424)-245-8569.

“The Envelope Goes to…” Academy Awards Viewing Party

Location: Esterel & Riviera 31-Sofitel Los Angeles

Hosted by Awards Lounge, don’t miss the 10 Annual Academy Awards celebration and viewing party. Cattle & Claw will offer exquisite food for purchase and expert mixologist Frederic Zemmour will serve signature cocktails at the non-hosted bar. Purchase VIP tickets for access to the private VIP area and lounge. Guest will be able to walk the red carpet, mingle and network at this glitzy event.

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11th Annual Ivy Entertainment Oscars Viewing Party

Location: The Woodman, Los Angeles

Dress to impress and enjoy this years Oscars at The Woodman. Play their winner prediction game for a chance too win free prizes. The event will offer drink and food specials as well as industry networking.

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PGA 7th Annual Oscars Viewing Party

Location: Jalapeno Pete’s, Studio City

Six degrees of Kevin Bacon means you or someone you know is probably producer. If you have that friendly contact, then this is the event for you. The Producers Guild of America will be hosting their 7th Annual Viewing and Recruiting Party at Jalapeno Pete’s this Sunday. The event is open to PGA members and their guest, PGA Sponsors, new applicants, and eligible candidates. Enjoy passed appetizers, an open well bar. event giveaways and prizes. Festive attire is recommended.

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Academy Awards Viewing Black Tie Event Benefitting C.U.N.

Location: The Warner Brothers Estate, Beverly Hills

Children Uniting Nations invites you to attend a star-studded evening at the Warner Brother’s Estate in Beverly Hills. The event is hosted by philanthropist Daphna Ziman and offers an evening of glamour. For $500 guest can enjoy a 4 course gourmet viewing dinner by Hannah An, speciality cocktails and live performances. Or for those wishing to splurge a little less, stop by for the after party priced at $100 per ticket. Celebrity appearances will include Dennis Quaid, Miss Teen Vogue and Miss Universe to name a few.

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The Upper West Oscars Viewing Party to Benefit LLS

Location: The Upper West, Santa Monica

Join The Upper West in their 6th annual fundraising event for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society this Sunday. guest can walk the red carpet, enjoy food and drink specials as well as Oscar contest and prizes. There will also be a silent auction with 25% of the event proceeds going to LLS.

Call the Upper West at (310)586-1111 or click here for more information.


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Weekend Events: February 8-10, 2019

As we settle into the shortest month of the year, our weekends shouldn’t be cut short on lack of fun. With so many activities to chose from in and around LA, fill your time with the events we’ve rounded up below!

Friday Feb. 8th, 2019

Groundlings & Groundlings, Attorneys at Law

Location: The Groundlings Theatre, Los Angeles

The legendary Groundlings Theatre troupe presents its latest and greatest main stage show. It’s an evening of sketches and some improvisation, always original and always hilarious. Groundlings & Groundlings, Attorneys At Law Opening Night Party is Friday, February 8th. Tickets are $50 and include two drink tickets (specialty cocktails, beer, and wine), catering from The Darkroom, and an awesome show! This event is 21 and over only. ID required.

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One Love Cali Reggae Festival

Location: Queen Mary, Long Beach

Lookin’ to groove right into 2019? One Love Cali Reggae Festival returns to the Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach on February 8 – 10 for its fourth annual music fest with all of your favorite bands and artists. This three-day festival boasts a long line-up of musicians. Performers include Slightly Stoopid, Rebelution, Sublime with Rome, Dirty Heads, and more. Attendees can also enjoy nightly after parties on the water with Don Carlos on Friday, February 8, Collie Buddz on Saturday, February 9 and Fiji on Sunday, February 10.

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The Pan African Film Festival

Michael Ealy, Joy Bryant, Regina Hall, producer Will Packer and Kevin Hart arrive at the Pan African Film & Arts Festival Premiere of Screen Gems’ “About Last Night”.

Location: Cinemark Rave 15 Theatres, Baldwin Hills

The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) returns to Los Angeles February 7-18. Now in its 27th year, the 12-day festival is the largest black film festival in America. PAFF’s legacy is evidenced by the success of storytellers and talent who’ve contributed works to the festival such as Will Packer, Kevin Hart, Jamie Foxx, Ryan Coogler, Berry Jenkins, Taraji P. Henson, Ava Duvernay, and countless others. This year’s program features a robust schedule including the Filmmakers Brunch, ARTFest, PAFF Institute Panels, StudentFest, LOL Comedy Series, Children’s Fest, SpokenWord Fest, Seniors’ Connection and much more.

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Saturday Feb. 9th, 2019

Hammer Museum: Winter Exhibition Opening Night

Location: The Hammer Museum, Westwood

Come help the Hammer Museum celebrate their newest winter exhibitions with an opening-night party on February 9. From 8 to 11 p.m., attendees can view these brand-new exhibits during late-night hours, enjoy music by DJ Nubar and DJ ShyBoy from MaDonna Summer and Bootie LA/SF. See works by Los Angeles-based artist and view are newly acquired works. There will be a cash bar and The Original Grilled Cheese food truck will be parked on Lindbrook Drive if you want to grab a bite. As always, Hammer Museum events are free until they reach capacity.

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120th Golden Dragon Parade

Location: Chinatown, DTLA

The Chinese Chamber of Commerce presents the 120th Golden Dragon Parade along North Broadway in Chinatown on February 9. The celebration centers around the Lunar New Year, which is one of the biggest holidays of the year for nearly 1.5 million persons of Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese descent in Southern California. Gathering thousands of individuals, this parade will include almost two dozen floats, multiple marching bands, government officials, various dignitaries, entertainers, local business leaders and cultural groups. The overarching theme of the parade is ethnic diversity, Chinese culture and exposure to Chinese-American businesses.

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Noah’s Ark After Dark Pajama Party

Location: Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles

Spend an evening with your favorite animal friends after hours aboard Noah’s Ark. Wear your favorite PJs (adults, too!) and play with puppets, tell stories, make new friends, and celebrate the winter. Enjoy a tasty dinner together and have loads of fun!

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Winter Sounds Weho: Zetz Klezmer Ensemble

Location:City Council Chambers (at the West Hollywood Library) 

The City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division and the West Hollywood Library present the 2018-19 Winter Sounds FREE Indoor Concert Series. Zetz Klezmer is a delightful ensemble whose show weaves together music, stories, history, educational demos, and jokes. Their original and traditional music is rooted in klezmer traditions of European Jews, but also fuses sounds from across the globe.

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Sunday Feb. 10th, 2019

Second Annual Adam’s Forge

Location: Audubon Center at Debs Park, Los Angeles

On Sunday, February 10 the second annual Forge Festival celebrates the art of blacksmithing through live demonstrations, hands-on activities, musical performances, tomahawk throwing, artisan metal and craft marketplace and other family-friendly activities. Hosted by Adam’s Forge, a blacksmithing school founded 2002, The Forge Festival takes place from noon to 4 p.m. at the and tickets are $25 (children 12 and under are free).

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From Rescue to Runway

Location: Annenberg Petspace, Los Angeles

Watch Healthy Spot’s Grooming team go paw-to-paw to transform some of Annenberg PetSpace‘s adoptable pets in hopes of helping them find their furever homes. This Japanese style grooming competition will be judged by celebrity guest, Kenichi Nagase! Kenichi is a renowned Japanese Pet Grooming Stylist, recently featured in the Netflix docuseries, Dogs. Your pet is more than welcomed to join you! Stop by and enjoy: A friendly grooming competition, Q&A with Japanese Style Grooming experts, Kenichi NagaseJess Ronaand Patricia Sugihara, Adoptable pets from Annenberg PetSpace, Treats and takeaways, Raffle prizes and giveaways!

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A Faery Hunt: Valentine Faery Tea Party

Location: Tarzana Community and Cultural Center, Tarzana

Treat your little ones to A Fairy Tea Party! Each table will be hosted by one of A Faery Hunt’s charming faeries. English Tea Sandwiches, shortbread cookies, faery fruit and veggies, and Fairy Tea will be served; catered by their amazing Fairy Caterer. Come dressed in your faery; prince or princess finest attire. Enjoy circle-time story time with the faeries, music, dancing, and surprises. Space is limited for the Fairy Tea Party, so get your tickets now for this catered event.

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Dance Sunday with Debbie Allen & Friends

Location: The Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts

Emmy Award-winner Debbie Allen returns with the 4th season of FREE, outdoor dance events for the whole family. This weekends event will feature BREAK THE FLOOR: HIP HOP! An introduction to Hip-Hop class with a fun and energetic routine taught by Chantel Heath. 

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Valentine’s Day: The Family Edit

While Valentine’s day means many things for different people, single, coupled or married, it all started with those cartoon cards of our childhood days. So this Valentine’s day, show your little ones what the holiday is all about with kid-approved v-day fun!

Lady and the Tramp screening

Where: El Capitan, Hollywood

When: February 11- 14, 2019

It’s famous for that spaghetti kiss—a legendary scene that Walt Disney almost cut out. But Lady and the Tramp has many other charming moments: the script evolved out of years of personal pet stories shared by the studio’s animal-loving writers and executives. A true labor of love. See it at El Capitian around Valentine’s Day and you’ll be treated to a candlelit dinner before the movie, catered by Miceli’s (sold separately; call 818-845-3110).

Pretend City Valentine’s Day

Where:  29 Hubble  Irvine, 

When: Thursday, February 14, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Many people think of Valentine’s Day as a Hallmark holiday, but Pretend City Children’s Museum in Irvine is fighting against that at their Valentine’s Day event. With the goal of helping children understand the meaning behind the holiday, the museum will educate children on the symbols related to the holiday and what they represent, as well as host story times, games and more.

Valentine’s Pop-Up Shop & Playdate

Where: Park 101 3040 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad

When: Tuesday, February 12, 11:00am-2:00pm

Come socialize, shop, & play at a Valentines Themed Playdate! There will be a Mommy & Me Art Project by Fillthatspace, Valentines Mini Photoshoots, 2 Usborne storytimes, & Childrens Yoga by Aloha Kids Yoga. There will also be sensory tables by Brander Blooms & Moms With Groms. This event is completely free! Enjoy Mimosa specials for the moms and free cotton candy for the kids with food purchase! Please register so event organizers know how many kiddos are coming!

A Valentine Fairy Tea Party

Where: 19130 Ventura Blvd. Tarzana

When: Feb. 10; 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

A Fairy Tea Party, is a magical event, especially for a week filled with love. For this specially-themed event, each table will be hosted by one of A Faery Hunt’s charming faeries. English Tea Sandwiches, shortbread cookies, faery fruit and veggies, and Fairy Tea will be served; catered by an amazing Fairy Caterer. Circle-time story time with the faeries, music, dancing, and surprises.

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