Los Angeles

Weekend roundup

July 23-26


NFMLA Panels and Q&As

July 24. Want to learn more about filmmaking? NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) presents three different online panels that you can attend via Zoom with lineups of directors, producers and filmmakers. Panels offered are “Walt Disney Television Creative Talent Development & Inclusion: Opportunities in Directing,” “NBCUniversal Talent Infusion Programs: Writers on the Verge,” and “Documentary Filmmaking: A Conversation With the Oscar Nominated St. Louis Superman Team.” See website for schedule and tickets. newfilmmakersla.com

Los Angeles Ballet’s A Chance to Dance

July 26. As Los Angeles Ballet’s community outreach initiative, A Chance to Dance offers free virtual ballet classes, alternative dance/fitness classes, lectures and demonstrations with dancers of Los Angeles Ballet. These monthly community days now take place virtually every other Sunday on A Chance to Dance’s Instagram with the next one scheduled for August 9. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. losangelesballet.org

Winesplaining with Zafa and Co. Cellars

July 26. Cheers to the weekend! The Silver Lake wine shop Vinovore presents a virtual wine tasting with owner Coly Den Haan and special host Zwann Grays from Brooklyn’s Olmsted. This week, they will be joined by winemaker Krista Scruggs of Zafa and Co. Cellars to learn about her winemaking process. All of the proceeds from this tasting will be donated to Black Girls Code. To participate, purchase the featured wine and then receive a Zoom link via email for the tasting. Wine prices vary depending on the options. See website for more info. 4 p.m. vino-vore.com

Food + Drink

National Tequila Day with Fia Santa Monica

July 24. Celebrate National Tequila Day with Fia Santa Monica’s menu of “Shots and Sips” specials featuring tequila flights starting at $35. Guests can enjoy the drink specials in the outdoor garden space as well as enjoy food and dessert specials for the evening including beer battered shrimp tacos and choco taco cones to pair with the tequila flights. 5-10 p.m. 2454 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 424.280.4196. fiarestaurant.com

Strings of Life

Now Open. Joining the dynamic culinary community in West Hollywood is Strings of Life, a modern Aussie-inspired indoor and outdoor café and artisanal coffee concept. Combining fresh, California ingredients with Australian staples such as Vegemite and Yarra Valley caviar, chef Koludrovic reinvents the traditional Aussie café menu for the SoCal palate, with dishes including the Everything Bagel crispy potato cake. Open daily 7 a.m.-4 p.m. 8535 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. sol-losangeles.com

New Menu at L.P. Rooftop

Reopened. Miss dining with a view? E.P. and L.P invites patrons back to its L.P. Rooftop with a brand-new menu and re-design for a safe, al fresco dining option. With an expansive 5,500-square-foot rooftop level, guests can take in some of the best views in the city while enjoying individual small plates and elevated bar bites ($8-$15) such as shrimp ‘toast’ada, corn cheese croquettes, and lemongrass and black pepper wings. M-F 4 p.m.-2 a.m., Sa-Su noon to 2 a.m. 603 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.855.9955. eplosangeles.com

Terra’s Build Your Own Gin and Tonic Menu

Reopened. Eataly’s rooftop restaurant and lounge, Terra, invites you to experiment with its new Build Your Own Gin and Tonic menu. First, pick the gin—either classic or one with a contemporary botanical flair—and the tonic with unique flavors such as yuzu, elderflower and grapefruit. Then, choose from fresh herb garnishes along with seasonal fruit to make your ideal combination. Pair your cocktail with wood-grilled, seasonal dishes or a shareable wagyu tomahawk ribeye aged 45 days from Snake River Farms. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., 213.310.8008. eataly.com

D.I.Y. Margarita Kit

Ongoing. Take happy hour to the next level (and at home!) with a D.I.Y. margarita kit from BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood and Santa Monica or Sushi Roku Pasadena. This kit includes house-made margarita mix, limes and your choice of tequila (750ml bottle)—available for delivery and take out. Delivery and curbside hours: Su-Th 5-10 p.m., F-Sa 5-11 p.m. BOA: 101 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.899.4466; 9200 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.278.2050. Sushi Roku: 33 Miller Alley, Pasadena, 626.683.3000. BOA Steakhouse | Sushi Roku

Arts + Culture

Under 30 Playwrights Lab Virtual Series

July 23-26. IAMA Theatre Company presents a four-day virtual reading series featuring six different works by emerging, Los Angeles-based playwrights under the age of 30. Over the course of the past year, the six writers met on a monthly basis to share and develop their work in a peer-guided format led by under 30 emerging playwright Max Wolf Friedlich. See website for schedule and to register to view each reading. Free. iamatheatre.com

Here/Now: Contemporary Narrative and Form in the Yunomi

July 25. Looking to admire (and possibly purchase) some ceramic pieces of art? Attend the Zoom or Facebook Live walkthrough with guest-curators Nikki Lewis and Katie Queen of Here/Now: Contemporary Narrative and Form in the Yunomi. This ceramic cup invitational consists of a small group of ceramic artists asked to construct a series of yunomi, utilitarian cups. Click here to register for the Zoom webinar. Noon. Free. craftinamerica.org

Taos Indian Trading Company

Reopened. In an effort to support our small local businesses, we’re giving a shoutout to Taos Indian Trading Company who’ve reopened earlier this week! Come in to check out contemporary paintings and prints, Kachinas, masks, beadwork, concho belts, and a variety of other artifacts representing 57 tribes. Taos also provides services in jewelry repair, custom gold and silversmithing. Face masks or face coverings required for customers and staff. M-F 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 24205 Hawthorne Blvd., Suite A, Torrance, 310.395.3652. taostradingcompany.com

Photo credits: Strings of Life and L.P. Rooftop by Josh Telles. D.I.Y. Margarita Kit by Innovative Dining Group All other images are courtesy of the venues.

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