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
L.A. is already full of world-class sushi, but a Los Feliz newcomer is combining some of the city's biggest names both in and out of the sushi-bar scene—so you might have to use some muscle to snag one of its 14 seats. Sitting along the neighborhood's busy Hollywood Boulevard stretch, Sōgo Roll Bar is a straightforward new hand-roll spot from the forces behind Sherman Oaks gem Sushi Note, who've teamed up with An Eastside Establishment, the brains behind some of the city's most popular bars and restaurants, including Sōgo's new neighbor (and one of the top wine bars in L.A.), Bar Covell. If you haven't been fortunate enough to witness the care and ease Kiminobu Saito employs to gingerly slice and tightly pack his nigiri, rolls and sashimi inside Sushi Note, now you can find him behind that 14-seat sushi counter at Sōgo and serving up a more streamlined menu of hand-roll combos. Photograph: Courtesy Sōgo Roll Bar/Ren Fuller Expect three hand rolls for $14, four for $17, five for $22, and six for $28, scaling from simple salmon, snapper and toro varieties to a set that includes scallop and gravlax. If you prefer to pick and choose, the à la carte options include the likes of lobster, bluefin toro, yellowtail, scallop and more—ranging between $4.50 and $7.50 apiece—with a few sashimi small plates to choose from as well. The prices and selections are competitive with L.A.'s hand-roll scene, which has seen a number of new additions in the last few months: there's th
When the phone rang at the back of a faux plane cabin interior, flashing various shades of hot pink and blaring “Toxic,” there was only one thing I was hoping would be on the other end. I picked up the receiver and a familiar, breathy voice said, “It’s Britney, bitch.” Click. Well, I’m sold. The Zone, a Britney Spears-sanctioned series of rooms inspired by her music videos, opens this Friday across from the Original Farmers Market. It’s exceptionally late to the tired engineered-for-Instagram trend of pop-ups, and at $60 to $65 a ticket, it’s double the price of other experiences, which were already wildly expensive to begin with. And yet, the Zone is astonishingly amusing, especially for anybody raised on an after-school diet of TRL. For starters, it’s massive; it occupies 30,000 square feet of a former Kmart that’s been painted pink, including the lines for the parking spots. And whereas most Insta rooms coast by giving you a less enjoyable version of a thing you love (Look at this mural of an avocado! Yummm?), the Zone takes the music videos you obsessed over as a teenager and lets you actually do all of the things you pined for when you first watch them. You can step inside Britney Spears’s music videos at this pop-up You can take a nostalgic trip back to the TRL era at this Britney Spears pop-up. http://bit.ly/36HNmvL Posted by Time Out Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 Shimmy down a hall of lockers and pout in the gym as “…Baby One More Time” bla
Come this summer, you’ll believe that a teenage boy bitten by a radioactive spider can fly. Disney released a video today that shows a suited-up Spider-Man flipping in midair, with a tease that you’ll see him summer 2020 in the upcoming Avengers Campus area of California Adventure. According to a post on the Disney Parks Blog, “guests visiting Disney California Adventure park in the near future may be able to catch a glimpse of the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man himself swinging above the rooftops of Avengers Campus.” Fingers crossed he’ll be slinging quips, too. Now, as much as we’d like to believe a flesh-and-blood friendly neighborhood Spider-Man will be swinging around, this looks more like a dressed up version of the inanimate crash test dummy-like robots that Disney showed off a couple of years ago. But honestly, isn’t the prospect of a robotic acrobat infinitely more exciting (and terrifying) than a human performer? That won’t be Spider-Man’s only appearance in the land: Spider-Man will join the land in a new, interactive, family-friendly ride (pictured at the top of this story) that’ll have you slinging webs at Spider-Bots that’ve gone haywire. The attraction rounds out a land that also includes some sort of sorcery-inspired experience with Doctor Stranger, an Ant-Man–themed restaurant and an Avengers ride (to open at a later date).
If you’ve already got trouble holding onto your money in a bookstore, we present a perilous new obstacle: How about a glass of wine or two before you browse the aisles? Southern California’s oldest independent bookshop is daring us to make it out without draining our bank accounts, opening a sleek new wine bar just inside the entrance. As if Vroman’s Bookstore couldn’t get any better. By early February, Pasadena’s sprawling 126-year-old shop is set to open the 1894: a bookworm’s dream of a wine bar sporting literature-inspired cocktails, plus plenty of craft beer, wine flights and special events in the heart of the Playhouse District. With a beverage program helmed by Bentley Hale—a wine educator and the owner of Sip Happens Wine School—you can expect a program that’s big on informative moments, not to mention local winemakers. “In every restaurant or bar I’ve ever worked in, I’ve always been big on local,” Hale says, “and L.A. has a pretty cool up-and-coming movement. There are a few winemakers sprinkled throughout the city that are making some pretty awesome wines; a lot of them are sourcing grapes from the same vineyards in Los Angeles, but then they’re making them in such different ways.” Expect varieties by the glass, bottle and tasting flight, including pours from Byron Blatty Wines, Angeleno Wine Co. and Cavaletti Vineyards. In the future, there might be a regular book club that pairs each assigned reading with a specific bottle of wine. The local love continu
If the end of January is sending flashes of panic your way over splurging on Valentine’s Day ideas, not to worry: There are plenty of free things to do in February that don’t involve plunking down triple digits on dinner. From the 121st edition of a parade through Chinatown to an anti-heartbreak party at an Arts District brewery, these are the best ways to make the most of your month without breaking into your wallet. Feb 1Alhambra Lunar New Year Festival; Valley BoulevardScope out more than 250 food and craft booths while lion dances, kung fu demonstrations and other performances play out across two stages. Feb 1Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival; Chinatown Central PlazaParticipate in one of L.A.’s oldest traditions as the 121st parade steps off in Chinatown. Feb 8–Apr 11“All of Them Witches”; Jeffrey DeitchHollywood’s Jeffrey Deitch gallery has organized an exhibition of artists and works that it’s dubbed as “witchy”—as they put it, using the iconography of the supernatural, occult and witchcraft to channel ideas about power, the body and gender. Feb 8–July 26“Vanity Fair: Hollywood Calling”; Annenberg Space for PhotographyJust in time for Oscar weekend, the Annenberg is looking back at four decades of Vanity Fair’s celebrity portraits, including shots from every edition of the Hollywood issue as well as the annual Oscar night party. Feb 13–Apr 12Nicolas Party: Sottobosco; Hauser & Wirth Los AngelesThe fast-rising New York-via-Switzerland artist will tran