Sure, the sun is bright and the temps are above 60 degrees again, but that doesn't mean we're booking it to the surf so fast. There are still a ton of indoor activities we have to take advantage of, including concerts, lectures, and art fairs. But, if you're the type that needs a fresh-air fix, we've discovered a movie screening that will satisfy the urge for the great outdoors. Just don't forget your blankie — it's still slightly chilly once the sun starts to set!
Food For Thought: Cheap Bites On Wilshire Boulevard
As if we weren't excited enough over chef Stephen Kalt revamping the menu at Caulfield’s, the culinary wiz has added a few wallet-friendly specials that we can't wait to try. Every Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. each oyster you slurp will only cost you a buck (yes, you read that correctly, $1!), and Mondays will feature Kalt’s signature Grilled Pizzettes, alongside select carafes of wine, for just $20. Considering the restaurant is a few paces from some of the swankiest shops in Beverly Hills, we predict the bargain prices will become just as popular as the seasonal Barneys sale.
When: Fridays, 5 to 8 p.m. and Mondays, 5 to 11 p.m.
Where: Caulfield’s Bar and Dining Room, 9360 Wilshire Boulevard (at North Crescent Drive); 310-388-6860.
As You Wish: Venice Shop Now Screening Classic Movies
We'd honestly move into the new Toms outpost on Abbot Kinney if we could. The shoe and sunglasses mecca not only boasts a serious display of merch, but it's also home to an ultra-delicious cafe. And, to seal the deal for best hangout spot, the boutique also screens films in its backyard theater, right under the stars. The latest viewing? The Princess Bride, naturally! Now that we've planned your Wednesday night, it's up to you to provide the popcorn.
When: Wednesday, January 23, 7 p.m.
Where: Toms, 1344 Abbot Kinney Boulevard (near Andalusia Avenue); 310-314-9700.
The British Are Coming! Catch The U.K.'s Next Big Thing At The El Rey
One look at Jessie Ware and it's hard to take your eyes off of her. The striking and soulful South Londoner is in town to perform at the El Rey Theatre on Wednesday, where she'll likely sing some of her best-known numbers like her track with SBTRKT, "Right Thing to Do." The mix of dance-heavy beats and mellow vocals is the perfect way to amp up your Wednesday night. Oh, and be prepared for major eyeliner envy — this gal's a pro at applying a slick cat eye!
When: Wednesday, January 23, 8 p.m.
Where: El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Boulevard (between South Burnside and South Dunsmuir avenues); 323-936-6400.
State Of The Art: Catch A Glimpse Of Work From Top Painters, Photogs, And More!
Attention art enthusiasts: If your appreciation spans everything from silver gelatin prints to abstract paintings, L.A. Art Month just got a whole lot better. Stop by the International Contemporary Art Fair, hosted by Art Los Angeles Contemporary, where you'll witness a slew of pieces from around the globe with a special focus on SoCal. L.A. galleries such as Thomas Duncan, Various Small Fires, and David Kordansky will display their latest works alongside the best of 'em from Paris, NYC, and Milan. Whether you're ready to invest or just there to admire, this is a great way to familiarize yourself with some of the best current artists.
When: Friday, January 25 and Saturday, January 26, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, January 27, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: The Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Avenue (near South Bundy Drive); 323-851-7530.
Get Schooled In Architecture With A Little Help From A Hollywood Legend
Diane Keaton can do no wrong in our book — which is why we wouldn't miss her latest appearance for just about anything. Her recent coffee-table tome, House, focuses on the architects who repurpose buildings by incorporating a bit of modern amenities to historic homes. Naturally, the images are striking, but with Keaton's backing, this page-turner has been a must-give for our friends with a penchant for structures. Come listen to the actress chat with D.J. Waldie (Keaton's co-author) and Lorraine Wild (the book’s designer and LACMA’s creative director), and make sure to stick around for the signing afterwards!
When: Saturday, January 26, 7 p.m.
Where: Bing Theater at LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard (at South Fairfax Avenue); 323-857-6000.
Photo: Via El Rey Theatre; International Contemporary Art Fair; LACMA; Caulfield’s Bar and Dining Room