Cheers L.A., there’s a lot to celebrate this week! A Redondo Beach tapas bar commemorates their one year anniversary with food and fun, while restaurants around the city will help you drink for a good cause as they take part in Negroni Week. A new art exhibit opening adds a little culture to your week, as does the unique opportunity to see a match-up of two soccer greats as Copa America makes a special trip to the U.S. The rest of the week is all about outdoor fun, with movie screenings, the Hollywood Bowl’s annual Playboy Jazz Festival, and the culmination of L.A. Pride festivities in the famous Pride Parade.
A Basq Kitchen’s One Year Anniversary Party
136 N. International Boardwalk
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
LA’s only Basque-owned Basque restaurant is celebrating its one year anniversary the best way it knows how – with eating, drinking, and dancing. Located right along the waterfront on the Redondo Beach Pier, A Basq Kitchen is a casual and welcoming take on the famous pintxo bars of Spain’s San Sebastian region. Ready your stomach, as the restaurant will be covering the bar with small plate pintxos, and serving up a whole suckling pig. A la carte items will be served up as well, including a traditional fish stew, grilled fresh sardines, seared beef tongue, both grilled and chilled tomato dishes, and more. Try a unique Basque libation or cider to go along with your food, and enjoy a special performance by premiere Basque Dance Troupe Gauden Bat at 6:30pm.
4th Annual Negroni Week
Today marks the second of seven days of drinking for a good cause, as restaurants around Los Angeles will be donating a portion their Negroni sales to benefit various charities for Negroni Week. Last year over 3,500 places around the world raised over $320,000 for charitable causes as part of the week long celebration. Traditionally made of Campari, gin, and vermouth, the simple three ingredient drink is enjoyed both in its traditional form, or with a twist. The Bellwether in Studio City will be serving up three different Negroni drinks (including one with house-infused grapefruit gin), with $2 of each drink going to benefit Boxer Rescue L.A. Both Ivory on Sunset and Herringbone Santa Monica will also be participating with their Classic Negroni, and proceeds going toward the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.
New Exhibition Opening: “Allure” by HUSH
Corey Helford Gallery
571 S Anderson St #1
Los Angeles, CA 90033
U.K. street artist HUSH has unveiled his new collection of work at the Corey Helford Gallery in downtown L.A., and it’s pretty impressive. Featuring 24 new works from the artist, “Allure” will be his second solo show at the gallery, and will display his signature use of mixed techniques. Pieces combine collage, graffiti, stencil, painting, and drawing to seamlessly integrate them from the street to the gallery. “Allure” primarily focuses on the female form, and contrasts futuristic silvers and blacks with collages of color to create a feeling of femininity, power, and loss. The exhibit will be on show until July 2, and while you’re there, don’t miss Lori Nelson’s “Cryptoweens Are Like” and a 3 Artist Show curated by Caro.
Copa America Centenario
Rose Bowl Stadium
1001 Rose Bowl Dr.
Pasadena, CA 91103
Now in its 100th year, Copa America is the oldest international continental football competition, and this week it’s headed to SoCal. In celebration of the centennial milestone, the event has ventured beyond South America for the first time, as 32 matches will be played in 10 different U.S. cities now through June 26. Today, Mexico takes on Jamaica in the last game to be played at the Rose Bowl stadium this week. With Mexico and Jamaica finishing first and second in the 2015 CONCACAF respectively, it should be a great match to watch.
Outdoor Screening: 42
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Tonight’s screening at the Skirball Cultural Center combines two great summer activities: outdoor movies and baseball. The 2013 biopic film of Jackie Robinson joining the then Brooklyn Dodgers, 42, will be shown on the big screen tonight after sunset. As the first African American to break Major League Baseball’s color line, Robinson showed courage in the face of racism both on and off the field. Your movie ticket includes admission to the museum (re-opening at 6:30pm), making it the perfect time to catch “The Unauthorized History of Baseball in 100-Odd Paints,” and the “Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American” exhibit (including Jackie Robinson’s Rookie of the Year Award). Arrive early to enjoy music, oversized games, and ballpark concessions in the courtyard.
38th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival
2301 Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90068
One of the U.S.’s premiere jazz festivals is back for another weekend of jazzy fun at the Hollywood Bowl. Hosted once again by George Lopez, the Playboy Jazz Festival kicks off today with a mix of jazz greats, next generation leaders, and Festival perennials. Today’s headliners and Festival alums Jon Batiste and Los Van Van, are joined by Family Guy creator and big band crooner Seth MacFarlane and conductor Joel McNeely. Other Festival newbies include Cécile McLorin Salvant, The Bad Plus Joshua Redman, Joey Alexander Trio, South Africa’s Freshlyground, and more.
LA Pride Parade
Santa Monica Blvd. & Crescent Heights
West Hollywood, CA
After two days of celebrating LA Pride in West Hollywood, it’s time for the famous LA Pride Parade. Winding its way down Santa Monica Blvd., the annual parade features both members and supporters of the LGBT community. The parade steps off at 11am, preceded by a performance from Main Stage headliner Carly Rae Jepsen at 10:30am. After the parade enjoy live entertainment, food and drink vendors, dancing, and more. Many local West Hollywood restaurants will be offering food and drink specials during the celebrations, including Gracias Madre, who will be serving up a “Pimp My Pride” cocktail and a rainbow colored “Pride Trifle.”