Food & Art
Hot rods, a tribute to the actor behind the "Sweet Transvestite" and Pennywise, cookbooks and all-star chefs in action, Latin Jazz and the LGBTQ/Latinx experience, and women in animation and gender equality in sports. Here are 19 L.A. happenings you don't want to miss this week.
Literary voices from Leimert Park, a "cholo goth" art show at These Days Gallery downtown, an evening with playwright David Mamet, a retrospective of L.A. ceramist Dora De Larios, a zine conference in Highland Park and the Los Angeles Dance Festival. Here are 18 fun and engaging things to do and see in L.A. this week.
You've definitely seen his art around town, and in stores.
Los Angeles has far too many amazing dessert menus, bakeries, cake shops and doughnut spots, and narrowing down this list of our favorite sweets was a special, stomach-rumbling kind of torture. Warning: Somewhere around No. 12, you might start eating your arm.
The minds behind the Stay Classy Bar have taken their popular Beetle House restaurant on the road and opened an L.A. location. Originally planning to only stay for 80 days as a pop-up, Beetle House has sold out its entire run before even opening its doors. But the website is taking names for a waiting list, and the pop-up Tim Burton–themed (but not affiliated) restaurant will likely extend its run.
However, if you must go and can't get a reservation, don't worry. The bar portion is open for all and serves crazy cocktails designed by Gia Farrell with names like the Beetlejuice, the Big Fish Bowl (for two people) and the Coco Skellington.
Inside the prix-fixe restaurant, waitresses dressed in L.A.'s own Laura Byrnes serve Cheshire Beef and Edward Burger Hands while acts from Freakshow Deluxe keep the place spooky, with a special stage show and roaming acts throughout the bar area.
Zach Neil of New Gold Empire, one of the founders (and creator of the menu) of Beetle House NYC and Beetle House LA, says that they plan theme nights — an Elvira (Cassandra Peterson) sighting might be in the future — as well as an expansion of their menu.
These photographs, taken by chef Magnus Nilsson, aim to take viewers on a culinary trip through the Nordic countries of Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. They're part of the exhibit currently showing at Union Station, called "Nordic: A Photographic Essay of Landscapes, Food And People."
Nilsson was assigned by Phaidon Press to document the origins of Nordic cuisine. The result was a collection of 700 recipes in "The Nordic Cookbook" — and 8,000 photos, the best of which are included in this exhibit.
Presented by the Los Angeles Times Food Bowl and the American Swedish Institute, "A Photographic Essay of Landscapes, Food and People" features Nilsson’s "original travelogue photography with accompanying narratives that he wrote while conducting research for the project," according to a press release. Click through to see these lovely, lonely images.
May 1–May 31 from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Daily in Union Station's Historic Waiting Room. Admission is free.