If you didn’t get an invite to Hollywood's big night at the Dolby, we hear you—our invitations got lost in the mail, too. Thankfully, some of our favorite restaurants and bars will open their doors on Sunday to toast the Oscars. Whether it's a low-key viewing party or extravagant, red-carpeted soirees, expect to down themed cocktails inspired by the 2019 nominees, nab giveaways, strike a pose in a photo booth or simply enjoy a quiet martini in a frequent filming location. Here's where to watch the Oscars in Los Angeles this year: Baldoria Little Tokyo's Baldoria kicks off its party at 4:30pm, so you can get to imbibing—and, you know, gawking at red-carpet ensembles—early. Of course the real draw at Baldoria is the ballot party, where a $10 buy-in gets you a sheet of the year's nominees, and you jot down who'll take each category. If you win the Oscars pool, you could win a gift card for $50. Cecconi's If you're a neighborhood over from where the action is, might we recommend West Hollywood's Cecconi's? What if we told you it includes free sparkling wine? This charming Californian-Italian restaurant is exactly where you'll want to be if sipping Aperol spritzes all Sunday long sounds like your modus operandi. And then from 5 to 8pm, Cecconi's shows the ceremony across three screens. The best part? Every guest receives a complimentary glass of prosecco, to toast the occasion. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Cole'
Rendering courtesy Carson Brown There’s a spectacular belated birthday present for Bob Baker, the late local puppeteering legend who would’ve turned 95 this month: a new location for his displaced namesake marionette theater. After vacating its longtime Westlake space last fall, the Bob Baker Marionette Theater has announced its new home at 4949 York Boulevard in Highland Park. The decades-old puppet theater has been hosting pop-up performances around town, with Christmas shows at the Pasadena Playhouse and an ongoing installation at the Southern California Children’s Museum, but come this summer, the marionettes will be fully settled into the new locale. The Highland Park location will have over 40 percent more space than the Westlake one, with 10,000 square feet dedicated to performances and programs. Expect to see more film, music and conversation series; expanded summer camps and workshops; a deeper dive into the Bob Baker archives; and entirely new marionette productions. Rendering courtesy Carson Brown The theater says its “preview season” at the new site is slated for the summer, with sneak peek events as early as March and a grand opening in the fall. According to the L.A. Times, the buildout will occur in two phases: the theater in 2019, followed by—depending on fund-raising over the next years—rooms for workshops and small performances, plus a library and a Bob Baker museum. The original Bob Baker Marionette Theater—which since 1963 was located a
“All eyes are on Los Angeles right now.” We’ve heard this murmured among the city’s art institutions recently, and you can thank the debut of Frieze Los Angeles for that. But we’re not sure we’d really say all eyes: The art fair, which is known for its New York and London incarnations, is still very much an art world-centric showcase. Held this weekend at Paramount Studios, it’s the kind of event that buzzes into existence with headlines about the international art world “going Hollywood” (rather than L.A. showcasing itself to the world) and opens with a press release about the millions of dollars worth of works that’ve been sold already—and we wouldn’t be surprised to see it close with the announcement of return dates for next year. But should the average Angeleno care about an art fair like Frieze? That partially depends if you can even get a ticket, as Frieze is mostly sold out for the weekend. As of publishing, only $20 tickets for the backlot area—and not the massive gallery—are available for Sunday. But we’d gladly recommended a backlot-only ticket; it’s fun, and easily the most enjoyable part of Frieze for most Angelenos. The backlot is 29Rooms for art-conscious adults, with a bit of the Taste thrown in (Sqirl, Roberta’s, Coni’Seafood and a back-from-the-dead Baroo all have pop-up eateries, and there’s a lot of booze). The 14 installations on display there are nearly all immersive or photogenic, and they’re surrounded by brand activations, bars and bookstores seamles
Hey savvy shoppers! Los Angeles is full of incredible deals, if you know where to find them. We’re here to help with a weekly list of all the best sample sales across the city. This is the info you’ve been searching for—who has the best deals of the week, when and where to nab them, exactly what you’ll find at each sale and whether you need to bring cash or plastic. So check in each week to stay on trend and in the black—your wardrobe and wallet will thank you. Who: Morgane Le Fay Le Fay’s ethereal-meets modern womenswear pieces (including some contemporary bridal options) will be marked up to 75 percent off during a sample sale in Santa Monica. If you can’t make it this time around, the sale will be back the following week in Malibu—and we’ll keep you posted on details. Where: 1404 Montana Ave, Santa Monica When: Sunday, February 17th to Saturday, February 23rd from 10am to 6pm Who: Fred Segal The iconic Los Angeles retailer is holding an end-of-season sale both in-store and online, and shoppers can take advantage of as much as 75 percent off chic pieces including LACAUSA dresses, SHRIMPS knits, Simon Miller bags, LTH JKT leather outwear and tons more. Where: 8500 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood and online When: while stock lasts Who: Riller & Fount The L.A. brand’s sample sale will offer 85 percent off its chic and super-wearable womenswear designs, including plenty of its signature layering pieces. Where: 308 E 9th St, Ste 407 When: Tuesday, February 12th thr
Didn’t plunk down the cash for a Coachella ticket but still interested in seeing some of the acts live? Coachella’s promoter is bringing some of the festival’s best bands closer to home this spring. Each spring Goldenvoice gathers some of the fest’s sub-headliner acts for a series of club and theater shows across L.A. during the days leading up to and between the two weekends of Coachella. At this year’s local Coachella shows—at one time affectionately known as Localchella, now officially and boringly billed as “Goldenvoice Presents April”—Tame Impala, Playboi Carti, Mac DeMarco, Blood Orange, CHVRCHES, Pusha T and BLACKPINK are all set to perform at local clubs like the Roxy and the El Rey, as well as more far-flung locations like the Santa Barbara Bowl and Pappy & Harriet’s. Tickets for two shows (the Messthetics and Perfume) are already on sale, but the rest go on sale on these three dates: February 15, 22 and March 1, all at noon. Check out the corresponding on-sale dates in the schedule below. Once again, Goldenvoice is partnering with Postmates “golden ticket” prize: a plus-one pass to all of the shows. Just use the code “GVPRESENTSAPRIL” when you’re ordering delivery. In the meantime, brush up on the full list of shows below. Apr 6 The FrightsThe Glass House Apr 10 Mac DeMarcoThe Echo TBAThe Roxy Apr 11 Tame ImpalaFox Theater Pomona ClairoEl Rey Blood OrangeThe Roxy Apr 15 Dennis LloydEl Rey Pusha TThe Novo Iceage + ShameThe Roxy Yellow DaysThe Yo
We’ve seen reconciliations and great burgers in our time, but no one smashes beef better than Shawn Nee. His backyard pop-up, Burgers Never Say Die, reached legend status in fewer than two years, hopping from invite-only grill-outs to pop-ups that drew hundreds of fans hoping to wrap their hands around a stack of smashed-paper-thin beef patties, melty cheese, onions, pickles, ketchup and mustard. Today, BNSD takes a leap into its new home: a counter-service restaurant in Silver Lake—and the lines are forming (so maybe read this on your way there). As first reported by Eater, the doors are now open from Tuesday to Sunday, and while it’s a restaurant, seating is designated to a patio that’s shared with Silverlake Coffee. Yes, there is parking, and no, there’s no limit to how many burgers you can order—great news for BNSD’s rabid fanbase. One woman traveled from the U.K., with the BNSD pop-up on her itinerary as an L.A. must-try; another customer used TaskRabbit to hire someone who’d hold their place at the front of the line—and that hired help wound up waiting three and a half hours. BNSD’s fandom is intense, the stanning is real and the celebrity lure is legendary. Photograph: Stephanie Breijo A lot of that success is due to simplicity. Nee, a former film industry pro who’s turned grillmaster, is somewhat of a time traveler: An ’80s kid still drawn to analogue, he’s created a burger that’s transportive and of the era. There are no bistro toppings here, no dollo
We’re not sure that Presidents’ Day parades have ever really been a thing in Los Angeles, but the Petersen Automative Museum has managed to hatch one that’s so L.A. On Monday, February 18, the Petersen will parade iconic cars from movies and real-life history from Playa Vista to its Miracle Mile home. Featured rides include the Volkswagen bus from Little Miss Sunshine, a Jaguar XKR from James Bond flick Die Another Day, Howard Hughes’s 1951 Chrysler Camera Car, the Honda S2000 from 2 Fast 2 Furious, a New Beetle Convertible from Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Chrysler Imperial Parade Phaeton, which carried the Apollo 11 astronauts after they returned from the moon. Chrysler Imperial Parade Phaeton Photograph: Courtesy Petersen Automotive Museum The vehicle procession, which celebrates the museum’s 25th anniversary, starts at 10am on Jefferson Boulevard in Playa Vista and then heads to Abbot Kinney for a 20-minute photo op. There are no times posted for the rest of the route, but you’ll be able to spot the cars near landmarks like the Santa Monica Pier, Rodeo Drive, the Sunset Strip and the Walk of Fame. Check out the full route below.
You’ve sweated through your underwear, lost your phone charger and are in serious need of some aloe vera. So starts a chain of Coachella calamities, ones that would typically require picking through the on-site general store or hoofing it back to the car and finding a drug store. This year, though, Amazon is swooping in to solve your festival preparedness emergencies with advance and same-day delivery at Coachella. For the 2019 edition of the music fest, the online storefront will be installing Amazon Lockers, its secure package pickup kiosks, inside of the festival gates. In the weeks leading up to the April event, look out for a curated Amazon storefront of fashion, beauty, wellness, tech and camping items. You’ll be able to place orders in advance, or during both festival weekends for same-day delivery. In either case, you’ll select an Amazon Locker location as your delivery address and, once it’s ready, you’ll receive a barcode that’ll release your package from the automated lockers at no additional cost. Though Amazon has yet to unveil all of the products in its Coachella storefront, a press release mentions items like sun hats, phone chargers, lip balm and portable fans. To be clear: You won’t be able to order any item off of Amazon, so don’t expect to haul a gas-powered generator and a mini fridge out of the locker. In addition, all items for sale will comply with Coachella’s festival rules. We took a look at the list, and that means no coolers, vape refills, aeroso
Sometimes you want thin-crust pizza, other times, you want something thicc. Sometimes you want a simple slice, and others (if you’re anything like us, it’s most) times, you want an entire pizza to yourself. Enter California Sun, Silver Lake’s new little-bit-of-everything pizza-and-beer spot, which slides into Sunset Junction on Monday. Look for New York-style slices and 20-inch whole pies topped with the classics, like cheese and pepperoni, or get weird with house concoctions such as the taco pie, which involves refried beans, olives, pickled jalapeño, cherry tomatoes, avocado crema and shredded lettuce, or that age-old (OK, decades-old) classic blend of chicken, BBQ sauce and red onion. For those looking to dig in a little deeper, there’ll be deep-dish, Detroit-style personal pan pizzas sprinkled with hot Italian sausage, olives and more. Salad options can be found in the food cold case: spicy spinach, and a dish of Japanese eggplant with hot honey and chili flakes. Getting heated, there are a few vegan, vegetarian, keto- and paleo-friendly items, not to mention gluten-free options (like this vegan Buffalo cauliflower pizza). Photograph: Courtesy Artisanal Brewers Collective The concept’s inspired by a convenience store: Grab one (or a few) of the 140-odd cans of beer and wine from the retail fridge, then place your order or choose pizza from the case. Grab it to-go, or take a seat outdoors or at one of the restaurant’s counters (including a large v-shaped bar).
Hey savvy shoppers! Los Angeles is full of incredible deals, if you know where to find them. We’re here to help with a weekly list of all the best sample sales across the city. This is the info you’ve been searching for—who has the best deals of the week, when and where to nab them, exactly what you’ll find at each sale and whether you need to bring cash or plastic. So check in each week to stay on trend and in the black—your wardrobe and wallet will thank you. Who: Big Bud Press Big Bud’s colorful gear will be going for dramatically marked down prices during a sample sale this Saturday. Find tees for $15, bags starting at $30, the brand-favorite jumpsuits for $75 and tons more. Attendees should note there are a few shopping restrictions: bags, tops, and jumpsuits are only offered one per person, and jackets and dresses will be limited to two per person. Where: 2121 N San Fernando Rd When: Feb 9 noon–4pm Who: Diane Von Furstenberg The iconic womenswear designer takes over 260 Sample Sale with a blowout featuring her chic, effortless clothing, plus footwear, bags and accessories at dramatic discounts. Where: 301 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills When: Feb 6–9 10am–7pm, Feb 10 10am–5pm Who: Shaina Mote The minimalist L.A. designer is offering 20 percent off select items during an online flash sale. A few things you can find here include ribbed tees, pleated dresses, denim jackets, knit pants and even sleek swimwear separates. Where: online When: through Feb 12 Who: