A rundown of the best events in our fair city this week.
PAIGE JIYOUNG MOON, D.W. MARINO & MORE AT LA LUZ DE JESUS
WHEN: Friday, January 3rd, 8-11pm (Opening Reception); Showing through Feb. 2nd
WHERE: 4633 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027
WHAT: La Luz de Jesus hosts an exhibition from a diverse group of artists exploring themes that run the gamut from environmentalism to folklore. While you’re there, browse the famous gallery slash store’s multitude of kooky and eclectic goods that often mirror the broad post-pop and counter-culture themes of the gallery’s exhibitions. | more info
REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE
WHEN: Friday, January 3rd, 7:30pm
WHERE: 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403
WHAT: Head to Santa Monica’s Aero Theatre to catch director Nicholas Ray’s iconic film portraying suburban teen rebellion, alienation, and moral decay. The 1955 film made co-stars James Dean and Natalie Wood instant cultural icons. Tickets are $7 for American Cinematheque members or $11 for non-members. | more info
CONVERSE RUBBER TRACKS LIVE X URBAN OUTFITTERS
WHEN: Saturday, January 4, 8pm
WHERE: Tower Theater | 802 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014
WHAT: DTLA’s brand new Urban Outfitters hosts Chromatics, Glass Candy, and Doe Eyes as part of Converse’s ‘Rubber Tracks’ concert series. Portland-based headliner, Chromatics originally caught ears with their “no wave” sound but have since evolved with a modern take on italo-disco that is dreamy, dark, and hypnotically slow-grooving. | more info
SCRATCH|BAR ‘OPEN MIC’ DINNER W/ GUEST CHEF JAMES TREES
WHEN: Sunday, January 5, Call for reservations
WHERE: Scratch|Bar | 111 N La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA, 90021
WHAT: In the spirit of culinary ingenuity, Scratch Bar’s Chef Phillip Franklin Lee hosts an ‘Open Mic’ series, inviting guest chefs each Sunday to serve up a unique menu of dishes. This Sunday boasts James Trees, who plans to serve up everything from Kabocha with Black Garlic Marshmallow and Grilled Pork Belly, to Baked Apple soup with Creme Fraiche, Caramelized Onion, and Crab. $70 gets you a seven course meal and a taste of culinary genius. | more info
TINY HEARTS, NEW BEAT FUND & MORE AT BARDOT
WHEN: Monday, January 6th, 8:00pm
WHERE: Bardot | 1737 Vine St, Hollywood, CA 90028
WHAT: After you’ve bounced back to life from that ghastly NYE hangover, do it all over again and get your 2014 started off right. Monday nights are back for It’s a School Night, and they’re not skipping a beat. Beat-gifted trio Tiny Hearts headlines with accompanying acts by New Beat Fund, Monogem, Cristina Black, and resident DJ and homegrown fave Chris Douridas of KCRW. | more info
JEFF MICHAUD DINNER AT ANIMAL
WHEN: Tuesday, January 7, Call for reservations
WHERE: Animal | 435 North Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036
WHAT: Head to your favorite carnivore haunt for a one-night only dinner with Jeff Michaud. The James Beard Award-winner visits as part of Animal founders Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo’s “Cooking with Friends” series. For $75, feast on a four course meal including dishes like Pork Shank Osso Bucco and Fettucini with Braised Rabbit and Porcini, and for dessert, delight in an Heirloom Apple upside-down cake with polenta gelato. | more info
EPROM, POIRIER, GRENIER, DJ MOPPY AT LOW END THEORY
WHEN: Wednesday, January 8, 9:30pm-1:00am
WHERE: 2419 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90031
WHAT: Producer Eprom’s beats are hard to categorize–even with a hip-hop skeleton, Eprom’s music is reflective of the “post-millennial,” soundcloud-bandcamp-internet megaverse and its convergence of genres. His mastery of texture results in beats that transform the everyday sounds we know into distinctive tracks incorporating the churning and distortion of dubstep and grime. The result are psychedelic-friendly tracks anyone with an inkling for experimental and dark can enjoy. | more info
While we’re tired of the sticky, sweaty days of our city’s extended summer, we’re certainly grateful for any excuse to cool down with some sweet, refreshing treats. But while froyo has always been a trusty and convenient solution, we’ve decided now is a great time to go and explore some alternative desserts. After all, those with sweet tooths deserve a chance to claim refined palates of their own. From deep-fried pop tarts served with ice cream, to alcoholic boba, we’ve got a sweet fix for you.
Ice Cream Sandwich
Where: Night + Market | 9043 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
Thai street food restaurant Night + Market is notorious for its bracing hot meals, and to cool it down, Chef Kris Yenbamroong serves up a Thai rendition of the classic American ice cream sandwich: grilled sweet bread stuffed with coconut sticky rice and a scoop of coconut ice cream, topped with toasted mung beans and sweetened condensed milk. Simple, yet refreshingly delicious, this “sandwich” is a winning formula.
Where: Boba 7 | 518 West 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Regular boba is a cult favorite, but imagine adding a little bit of alcohol to the mix–or in Boba 7’s case, mega-shots of it. From their menu, bobagasm caught our eye. I mean, “-gasm” at the end is sure to grab attention. This boba concoction — a combination of kahlua and baileys with delectable balls of honey–is sure to delight those looking to be efficient in satiating their sugar/alcohol vices. Also worth mentioning is their Green Tea Heinekin boba. Beer and boba? Who’d have thought?
Where: Mo-Chica | 514 West 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Over at Mo-Chica, a contemporary Peruvian restaurant downtown, Chef Ricardo Zarate is serving up a healthy dose of vegetables for dessert in his picarones beignets. Sweet potato and kabocha, a type of Peruvian squash, are deep fried, dusted with sugar and served alongside a shot glass full of chancaca honey dressing. Extremely light and fluffy, the delicate dessert is a fan favorite.
Sweet Corn Crepes
Where: Napa Valley Grille | 1100 Glendon Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024
The best part of these crepes at the Napa Valley Grille is 1) they are gluten-free, and 2) they fulfill your sweet tooth! The corn crepes by themselves aren’t overly sweet, but with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and fresh blueberries, your sugar rush is met without having to live with the guilt.
Pat Bing Soo (Korean Shaved Ice)
Where: Miss Coffee | 300 S. Hobart Boulevard Suite 101, Los Angeles, CA 90020
The base of pat bing soo may be the same — shaved ice and sweet red adzuki beans — but not all come in a huge Pyrex measuring cups. Miss Coffee gives you an equivalent of eight bowls in one order — so definitely bring your homies. Have an open mind about the sweet toppings and try your hardest to cool down whilst trying hard not to think about the cups’ conversion to calories.
Deep Fried Pop Tarts
Where: Beer Belly | 532 South Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Not sure how to make a childhood favorite better? You fry it and add ice cream, obviously! It’s like Beer Belly is making up for all the times you were sent to bed without dessert. The traumatic time will melt away forever once you eat a spoonful of this, we promise.
Simplified Bacon Chocolate Crunch Bar
Photo credit: Frisee Waltz
Where: Animal | 435 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Oh, c’mon y’all. This is LA. What would this list be without the quintessential LA-made bacon dessert craze? Animal’s signature bacon chocolate crunch bar was originally introduced in 2009 but still remains to be a favorite to this day. The chocolate tart is so rich that the salt from the bacon alone can’t tone it down, so the crunch bar’s creators Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo paired it with a salt and pepper ice cream to balance out all that chocolately-rich goodness.