High fashion meets haute cuisine next week when Gucci opens its first—and only—Gucci Osteria in the U.S., with a little help from one of the world's most acclaimed chefs. Starting Monday, February 17, you can perch atop the iconic Rodeo Drive (and the Gucci store) in the fashion house's new Italian gem, a breezy alfresco 50-seat number from three–Michelin-starred chef Mossimo Bottura, and dine on pizza-inspired risotto, delicate tortellini in parmigiano reggiano cream, and even a few dishes inspired by Los Angeles: a departure from the original Osteria's outpost in Florence, and the forthcoming location in Ginza, Tokyo. Bottura himself won't be relocating to our sunny city, but he has moved much of his team from Florence. "They're all here to live the dream of living in California," he laughed during a preview yesterday. "The chef [Mattia Agazzi], he is from the Alps. The first thing he did [was] he went out hiking. He created a dish from hiking: the trout, the mushroom; a little bit of Asian style, a little bit of Mexican to pay respect to the incredible culture that you have here." In one dessert, citrus sorbet and an almost tuile-like fan forms a Malibu sunset; in an ode to Bottura's son (Charley, a chocolate fiend), a rich dessert comes covered in cookie stars reminiscent of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Photograph: Stephanie Breijo While chefs Bottura, Agazzi and Karime López—the first female Mexican chef to ever receive a Michelin star—will source most of the
Picture a magical land filled with soft, colorful things and a bounty of pizza, soft serve and cinnamon buns. And imagine that you could not only visit this place, but actually spend a night there. Alright, now’s the part where we tell you this place is IKEA, and half of you flee in fear. But for the rest of us fans of the Swedish mega-store, you and a guest can win an overnight stay at the IKEA in Costa Mesa. On March 13, both the Orange County outpost of the sprawling furniture outlet as well as one in Brooklyn will host raffle winners for an evening of giveaways, food and games, including a silent disco and an ASMR experience. Now, you and your friend won’t be the only ones in the IKEA, unfortunately; the prize is set to go out to 20 winners (plus guests) per store, meaning you’ll be one of 40 people to shack up for the night inside of the modernist Scandinavian playground. The sweepstakes is open now, and you’ll need to enter by February 23. Some other details we dug up in the fine print: You’ll need to be 18 years or older and a member of the free IKEA Family program. Also, IKEA lists the prize (which includes a swag bag) at a retail value of $62—which means you probably won’t walk out with any free furniture, but also that it’s a steal for a well-appointed bedroom in Orange County bedroom.
After years of waiting, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is almost here, bringing 300,000 square feet of exhibitions, memorabilia, movie screenings, events, guest curation and film history to life in Miracle Mile’s museum district. It’s only fitting that the city at the center of the movie industry finally has a public temple to cinema, and now we have an early glimpse inside. UPDATE (2/9): The Academy Museum announced that it’ll open on December 14, 2020. Our original story appears below the announcement video. While there’s no announced opening date, the museum is on track to open in the former May Company building at the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax sometime later this year, with five floors of exhibitions; two movie theaters; one full-service restaurant and multiple public spaces—including a scenic sphere anyone can stand atop and take in views that stretch from the Getty Center to DTLA. A model of the completed museum Photograph: Stephanie Breijo Before the exhibitions begin installation, we toured the expansive and ambitious project and learned what’s to come when the Academy Museum rolls out its own red carpet to the public. Here’s a peek inside, and what you can expect by the end of 2020. The lobby A podium from today’s events in the lobby; behind it is what will become the Spielberg Family Gallery Photograph: Stephanie Breijo A spacious welcome center featuring multiple help desks and a handful of attractions in
As the adorable Something Rotten! so pointedly points out, “Nothing’s as amazing as a musical.” Not all have happy endings, not all cheer us, but all tell a story though a score. This month, Los Angeles area theaters present a variety of musical-theater offerings. One looks back to a past century, ultimately revealing that we are all family. One reminds us that our identities involve more than our attire. One, reviving the joyous harmonies of the Andrews Sisters, shows that men can step up into a woman’s job. One points out the pros and cons of imposing our values on others. And one—perhaps not technically a musical—is a world premiere play with music that seems to combine all of the above. We’re betting these five music-filled offerings, listed in order of closing dates, will be worth your theatergoing time and money this month. RagtimeMusical Theatre West at Carpenter Center, Feb 7–23 At the start of the 20th century, America held much promise for her inhabitants, yet societal issues plagued her. This expansive musical shows us the America of three groups (Jewish immigrants, African-Americans and wealthy white suburbanites) and stirringly reminds us of what has blessedly changed since then—and what appallingly remains the same. Based on E.L. Doctorow’s novel, with gorgeous score by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, book by Terrence McNally. Paul David Bryant directs. 6200 Atherton, Long Beach (562-856-1999). Fri at 8pm, Sat at 8pm, Sun at 1pm (added performances Feb 13 a
2/14/20 Update: Tickets are now—sort of—available for the official public memorial service for Kobe and Gianna Bryant. Due to high demand, those who hope to attend the February 24 service, held at 10am at the Staples Center, can now register to purchase tickets via Ticketmaster's Verified Fan program, which aims to eliminate scalpers and other third-party ticket buyers. Then on the night of Tuesday, February 18, those who have registered and have been approved will receive an email disclosing a code, which can then be used to purchase tickets the following morning when sales open at 10am on Wednesday, February 19. Tickets are limited to two per verified account, and both parties must be present, with identification, on the day of the event. Ticket registration is open now through 10pm on Monday, February 17; ticket prices will run $224 each; two for $224; and $24.02 apiece, with proceeds benefiting the MambaOnThree Fund. Find full ticket registration info here. The date, like the basketball legend's last jersey, is 24. In the nearly two weeks since Kobe Bryant's untimely death, thousands have visited the Staples Center to pay their respects to the Lakers star and Olympic medalist, and the city has lit up in purple and gold in mourning. Now, according to the Los Angeles Times, on February 24, the Downtown sports arena will host a public memorial for Bryant. Details as to tickets, time and programming are still forthcoming, but per multiple sources, that Monday is the o
After years of speculation, we finally know where one of L.A.'s most beloved record stores and music venues is headed—and thankfully, it's not far. Amoeba Music just announced that it will vacate its iconic Hollywood storefront at the corner of Sunset and Cahuenga later this year, answering the frenzied questions we've all been wondering since the building's sale in 2016: Where is Amoeba going, and when? While we don't know exactly when Amoeba's 6400 Sunset Blvd address will shutter, we do know the new location—sitting just four blocks away—is set to open this fall. "We aim to do you proud and continue on as your supreme source for music, movies, and so much more," Amoeba's statement says. "We will bring that familiar Amoeba energy into this new space and you can be sure it will provide the 'true Amoeba experience' as we will carry the same breadth and depth of selection." Rendering: Courtesy Amoeba Music According to the announcement, not much should change in the new location, which resides on the ground floor of a mixed-use complex called El Centro: The square footage is only slightly smaller than the current Amoeba; you can still expect frequent live shows and DJ sets and signings; even the phone number will remain the same; and you'll still be able to trade and sell used records, tapes, CDs and DVDs right up at the front of the shop. As far as parking on this busier stretch of Hollywood, the store has spaces within the El Centro complex (and 75 minutes free-with
You don’t have to don your finest and strut the red carpet at the Dolby to enjoy this year’s Academy Awards—of course, if you’re looking for a red carpet moment, some of L.A.’s top restaurants and bars have you covered. They’ve also got you covered with themed cocktail menus, special dinners, movie-and-a-meal screenings of the nominees, and plenty more. Here’s where to watch the Oscars in L.A. this year, and where to be well-fed in the process. Ever Bar Ever Bar’s annual Oscars viewing party is back in a big way, and you’d better believe they’ve got their Academy Awards cocktails already queued up. This year’s roster, inspired as ever by the year’s Best Picture titles, includes the likes of a paintbrush-topped tipple (a nod, of course, to The Irishman’s “I heard you paint houses”); a cherry-blossom–tinged ode, served in a canteen, to one of the more peaceful scenes in 1917; and a bottle of High Life served beside a Campari-packed negroni for Ford v Ferrari. Feeling fancy? There’ll even be a red carpet, for all your photo ops; the party begins at 4:30pm. View this post on Instagram A post shared by EverBar LA (@everbarla) on Feb 3, 2020 at 9:13pm PST Four Seasons LA at Beverly Hills Up for dinner and a show? Now through February 8, the Four Seasons will be showing Best Picture nominees in a flashy screening room during its $59 dinner-and-a-movie deal. Each night,
“You can see all the stars as you walk down Hollywood Boulevard, some that you recognize, some that you’ve hardly even heard of….” So sang Ray Davies in “Celluloid Heroes,” his musical encomium to Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, and he’s certainly right that the 15-block stretch between La Brea and Gower (and the three blocks of Vine between Yucca and Sunset) offers ample opportunity for stargazing and strolling. But sitting while having coffee as if you were in a café under bright blue skies? Not so much. However, that may all change, thanks to a proposal to reconfigure the Walk into a pedestrian mall like Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade. Rendering by Gensler Designed by the architectural firm Gensler, the plan would reduce the number of parking and traffic lanes, and bring needed repairs to sidewalks pounded annually by the ten million or so tourists who follow the trail of five-pointed stars immortalizing Tinseltown’s greats. Most importantly, the project calls for street furnishings, including tables and chairs, which would permit sidewalk dining and drinking. Also included are five “event plazas” located near attractions such as the Pantages Theatre and Hollywood & Highland that could accommodate performances The idea for turning the Walk of Fame into a pedestrian mall is part of the Heart of Hollywood initiative led by City Council member Mitch O’Farrell, who introduced the measure in 2018 to spur economic growth in the area through infrastructural improvements.
Unsettling, dark and eerie aren’t words you’d expect to see attached to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! But a chili-and-cornbread–serving, thrillingly modern adaptation of the classic musical was all the rage in New York recently, and now it’ll be coming to L.A. Oklahoma! will run this year from November 3 to 22 at the Dolby Theatre as part of the Pantages Theatre’s 2020–2021 season. Once again, shows will be split between the two nearby Hollywood theaters. With Hamilton set to run for most of this year, the Pantages lineup doesn’t kick off until next summer, with Disney’s The Lion King (June 25–Sept 5, 2021) and Moulin Rouge! The Musical (Oct 13, 2021–Jan 2, 2022) The Dolby, meanwhile, will see The Cher Show (Mar 23–Apr 11, 2021), Tootsie (Apr 13–May 2, 2021), Aida (May 13–June 5, 2021) and Pretty Woman: The Musical (June 8–27, 2021). There’s just one catch: You can’t buy individual tickets to any of these shows quite yet. Season ticket holders can renew their plans now to secure tickets, and new subscribers can plunk down for a multi-show plan as well. Seven-show season packages start at $299 for the cheap seats (which works out to about $43 a show) and fetch as much as $1,199 for premium spots. If you’re not willing to commit, then hold tight until the theater announces more info about single tickets.
Lovebirds can keep their Hallmark holiday, because with L.A. restaurants and bars throwing all-out anti-love celebrations—or the kinds of parties and specials that celebrate friend love—who needs a table for two and a pile of rose petals? Whether you’re looking for some Valentine’s Day reprieve or simply a killer spot for singles, here’s where to find anti-Valentine’s Day parties around town, including a pop-up bar for breakups, a Dolly Parton-themed Galentine’s Day brunch, special cocktail menus and a delicious scary movie. You can even shred a photo of your ex and get a free shot, because you deserve it. Take your galentines to brunch and Dolly Parton heaven at Alcove and Big Bar Dolly wigs not required: Los Feliz’s split-concept spot with a killer patio is doing it up for Galentine’s Day with a special nighttime brunch party that even features a screening of the hair queen’s classic, 9 to 5. The restaurant portion, Alcove, is whipping up a Galentine’s brunch on the night of February 13 featuring specials such as an entire section of toasts (including one variety called “Bitches Love Toast”), while the other half of the space, Big Bar, will be boasting cocktail specials and the Dolly film, not to mention plenty of themed decorations and an option to bedazzle your own cocktail glass to take home. The fun starts at 6pm; entry is free, with food and drink available à la carte. Sip free drinks over breakup movies at the Breakup Bar Pop-Up Who needs a rom-com? Not you. Mel