Chalk it up to the fresh calendar, but here at R29, we're looking to try a few new things this week. Whether it's a concert in an unconventional setting or a DIY that defies the norm, February is practically the new January when it comes to testing new limits. And, while last month was all about eating right and going to the gym, we're balancing those healthy choices with some indulgences like a menu courtesy of our Southern counterparts and a festival completely centered around bacon. Talk about a sumptuous way to kick off the shortest month of the year!
Listen To The Latest (And Maybe The Best!) From The Dirty Projectors
Though they've been around since 2003, many critics are claiming the latest album from The Dirty Projectors, Swing Lo Magellan, may be the best yet. The new tunes come from a year spent writing and recording in Delaware County, New York — so you can bet there are going to be some intimate choruses. However, don't be surprised if it's also a Billboard-topping release — it's just that good (and you can catch 'em in the flesh with KCRW tomorrow!).
When: Tuesday, February 5, 8 p.m.
Where: Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Boulevard (at North Doheny Drive); 310-276-1158.
Moment Of Truth: This Workshop Will Uncover Liars
Whether it's in the spirit of holiday cheer or just looking to emulate designer duds, we're always in the mood for a serious DIY session. But, if you've been searching for a course that combines arts and crafts with science class, we've got the perfect workshop for you. For just $50, Machine Project will help guests build a truth-telling lie detector in the form of a galvanic skin response meter. So, stop accusing your roommate and finally get to the bottom of your missing sweater!
When: Thursday, February 7, 8 to 11 p.m.
Where: Machine Project, 1200-D North Alvarado Street (near West Sunset Boulevard); 213-483-8761.
Just Like A Prayer — A Cool-Gal Crooner Takes The (Church) Stage
When we spent the afternoon with Chelsea Wolfe back in December, we were intrigued not only by her sound, but her venue choices. She's belted out tunes everywhere from basements to nuclear plants, and this Friday she'll be singing at the First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles for just $14. Incredible acoustics, sick style, and what's sure to be a spiritual session are expected.
When: Friday, February 8, 8 p.m.
Where: First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles, 2936 West 8th Street (at South Vermont Avenue); 213-401-1190.
Prepare To Pig Out At This Decadent Food Fest
Are you ready to taste bacon like it's never been tasted before? At the inaugural L.A. Bacon Festival, vendors will be offering up both sweet and savory versions of the piggy dish. Think flavored ice cream, sandwiches, and pastas, courtesy of local L.A. restaurants like MessHall, Cliff's Edge, Slater's 50/50, and more. If you're a bona fide bacon fan, feel free to spend an extra $20 on a VIP ticket, which will grant you early admission and access to lounges and tasty cocktails (no word yet if the drinks will contain the pork product, as well!).
When: Saturday, February 9, 2 to 6 p.m.
Where: The Petersen Museum, 6060 Wilshire Boulevard (at South Fairfax Avenue); 323-930-2277.
Good To The Last Drop: Rad Resto Takes Us To The South
Honestly, the recent invasion of Southern restaurants popping up all over SoCal has been a bit fun for us foodies. To put it in perspective: We've lost count of how many renditions of collard greens and pulled pork we've consumed in the past year alone! Well, there's another spot to add to the growing list: Spoonful. In addition to delicious eats, the bar is brimming with brown liquor and moonshine. Yes, moonshine — so make sure you've got Uber on speed dial!
Where: Spoonful, 3414 Cahuenga Boulevard (near Universal Studios Boulevard); 323-512-4800.
Photos: Photographed by Mike Rosenthal; Via Spoonful; Via KCRW; Via Machine Project