Oasis Pool Party
Apr. 10, 2016 - Sep. 25, 2016
Party poolside all summer long with brunch and tunes poolside at Viviane at the Avalon Beverly Hills Hotel. Viviane’s weekly Summer Sundays, which runs through September, offers unrestricted pool access throughout brunch service—a perk typically reserved exclusively for hotel guests. Enjoy tunes from Dart DJs and drinks from Head Bartender Ryan Wainwright, which feature Moët & Chandon Belvedere and Hennessy. Executive Chef Michael Hung delivers a menu of fun yet epicurean finger foods perfect for noshing between splashes.
Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015
Apr. 10, 2016 - Aug. 21, 2016
Fashion doesn’t always equate femininity, at least that’s what the newest exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art sets out to examine. The major survey explores the history of men’s fashionable dress from the 18th to the early 21st century through 200 looks drawn mostly from LACMA’s renowned permanent collection of costume and textiles—the strongest European and American menswear collections in the western United States. Reigning Men debuts several rare surviving ensembles from the collection, including fashions worn by men from different levels of society during the French Revolutionary period. LACMA curators have secured important ensembles representing other key moments in the history of menswear, such as an authentic 1940s zoot suit that took more than a decade to locate. The exhibit also includes a selection of shoes, accessories, and textiles that complement the featured ensembles. Over 50 contemporary designers and fashion houses are represented in the exhibition. (photo © Museum Associates/LACMA).
Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the L.A. Zoo
Apr. 15, 2016 - Oct. 31, 2016
Discover a lost world from millions of years ago. The L.A. Zoo’s newest exhibit features 17 life-size, life-like animatronic dinosaurs, brought to life with electronic “brains.” The attraction also features a Fossil Dig, a Stegosaurus robot with controls you can operate to make the creature move; a climbable Pachyrhinosaurus; and a free downloadable “Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the L.A. Zoo ” augmented reality app to access special content, including 3-D views of all the dinosaurs. (photo Billings Productions).
Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road
May. 7, 2016 - Sep. 12, 2016
Discard any mental images of caves as dark and dank. China’s Mogao caves, the subjects of the Getty Center’s new Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road, are cultural treasure troves. Hand-carved some 1700 years ago, the caves housed the world’s largest collection of Buddhist art and 50,000 ancient documents. In addition to displaying paintings like the example pictured above, the Getty has built immersive, full-scale replicas of three of Mogao’s most exquisite cave temples.
Rooftop BBQ at the Peninsula Beverly Hills
May. 28, 2016 - Sep. 25, 2016
Summer weekends bring a special BBQ menu to the poolside Roof Garden restaurant at the Peninsula Beverly Hills. In lush Mediterranean surroundings—five floors above Beverly Hills—you can dine on menu offerings like smoked baby back ribs, Pabst Blue Ribbon beer can 1/2 chicken, 28-day dry-aged rib eye with barrel-aged house steak sauce, charred whole branzino and pulled pork biscuits.
Katana Red Sun BBQ
May. 29, 2016 - Sep. 4, 2016
Spend Sunday summer nights dining on a special menu from the Sunset Strip restaurant paired with specialty cocktails and DJ tunes at the Katana Red Sun BBQ. This year the dining destination offers an exclusive Yakiniku (Japanese-style grilled meats over bincho-tan charcoals) menu with selections like shrimp with chimichurri, king crab leg with uni butter, American Kobe beef with black pepper, lamb chops with soy garlic, and supplemental items like shrimp and chips and tako ceviche. Also find boozy popsicles and Katana’s signature Red Sun BBQ cocktail, the Tropical Fusion with vodka, watermelon, pineapple, cantaloupe and cranberry juice.
Monkey Town LA
Jun. 1, 2016 - Oct. 1, 2016
Pair top eats with performances from artists, musicians and dancers in this unique dining experience. Following successful runs in Austin, Barcelona and Denver, the Monkey Town dinner, cinema and performance series arrives in downtown LA. Once you grab a ticket, you’ll be one of up to 40 guests sitting inside a giant, 27-foot cube, watching a video program from artists such as Takeshi Murata, Shana Moulton and Sarah Rara, with a live performance that changes weekly. Chef Montgomery Knott’s menu will be served in four or five courses throughout the two-hour program and paired with a selection of wines. Dishes include raw hamachi with kohlrabi, dashi and thai basil as well as cavatelli with chicken confit, cauliflower and hazelnut. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available.
Stu and the Kids
Jul. 31, 2016
Hit the Thai-flavored food and wine festival to taste dishes by over 30 chefs like Neal and Amy Fraser (Redbird), Thomas Boyce (Pok Pok LA), Eric Greenspan (Mare) Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts (Playa Provisions) and Akasha Richmond (Sambar)—to name a few. Also enjoy cocktails, Singha beer, wine, live music and an eclectic auction. The fundraising event is hosted by Chef Stuart Skversky and his chef friends to raise scholarship funds for Hill Tribe kids in Chaing Mai, Thailand.