Even though summer begins to wind down in Los Angeles, there is still plenty of good weather, great fun, and fantastic cultural and family-friendly opportunities to behold this week. From theater under the stars to new dining experiences, expertly crafted tropical-themed cocktails, live music, and an epic (and free!) end-of-summer block party, this week won’t believe that summer is winding down.
Guest Bartender Series
Frankie’s Private Bar | E.P. & L.P.
603 N. La Cienega Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Starting tonight, E.P. & L.P., West Hollywood’s newest Asian eating house and rooftop, launches a monthly guest bartender series at Frankie’s Private Bar within the L.P. Rooftop space. Curated by cocktail savant and Beverage Director Alex Straus, the lineup will feature renowned bartenders from Chicago, Miami, Sweden, and more, starting with tonight’s guest bartenders, Paul McGee and Erin Hayes from Lost Lake Chicago. Their exotic summertime drinks can be purchased for just $8.
Restaurant Opening: Herringbone
1755 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Chef Brian Malarkey’s acclaimed San Diego ocean-to-table concept, Herringbone, opened its doors this August in its new Santa Monica Home. Inspired by “The Taste” alum’s passion for expertly crafted coastal cuisine infused with seaside whimsy, the restaurant features dishes that evoke his signature “Fish Meats Field” philosophy alongside new, market-driven offerings from Chef de Cuisine Aaron Mitrano that are unique to its beachside locale. The stunning living wall and outdoor patios surrounded by lush greenery and wood planter boxes provide the perfect backdrop for a meal either indoors or out while the full menu, paired with a Salt and Brine Bar and Oyster Bar, offer the ideal dining experience for every guest.
Atwater Village Theatre
3269 Casitas Ave
Atwater Village, CA 90039
In the world premiere of Tommy Smith’s poignant and poetic rumination on love and loss, innocence and age, “Ghost Light,” a lone woman materializes on the set of an unrelated play, illuminated only by the ghost light. Deborah Puette and The Echo Theater Company take on this challenging and moving work, directed by Chris Fields at the Atwater Village Theatre. Through August 27, Wednesdays and Thursdays only.
Celebrate National Filet Mignon Day
Celebrate National Filet Mignon Day
Celebrate this fantastically delicious holiday, National Filet Mignon Day, by showing your love for this small, tender, and juicy piece of beef perfection. Restaurants across Los Angeles will be offering up their very best filets including some of our favorites like Mastro’s Restaurants in Beverly Hills, Thousand Oaks, and Malibu (where you can score a succulent Wagyu filet), or Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, offering their classic 12 ounce filet and unique pairings. Explore more of our favorite Steakhouses in and around Los Angeles.
“Much Ado About Nothing”
Old Zoo at Griffith Park
Griffith Park Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Part of the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival, the Independent Shakespeare Company brings their unique version of Shakespeare’s classic “Much Ado About Nothing” to the Old Zoo in Griffith Park through August 30th. Directed by Jeffrey Wienckowski, this modernization takes place in 1945 in Messina, with Don Pedro and his battalion enjoying a much-needed respite in Leonato’s bomb-riddled villa. This funny and “very human story about the fallibility of lovesick hearts” (Wienckowksi), features Jose Acain, Richard Azurdia, Danny Brown, Danny Campbell, Melissa Chalsma, Joseph Culliton, Thomas Ehas, among others, in the talented cast.
Bugs Bunny at the Symphony
2301 Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90068
For 25 hilarity-filled years, Bugs Bunny and his Looney Tunes pals have teamed up with live orchestras playing those phenomenal Carl Stalling scores in perfect synchronization to the cartoons projected on the big screens, bringing audiences to their feet in laughter, cheers, and applause. The official Bugs Bunny at the Symphony anniversary party takes place this summer at the Hollywood Bowl, where you’ll see and hear Warner Bros.’ greatest animated shorts, as well as exciting surprises like the “live orchestra” premieres of Long-Haired Hare (animated in the Hollywood Bowl itself), and the new 3D short “Rabid Rider.”
End of Summer Block Party
Malibu Country Mart
3835 Cross Creek Rd.
Malibu, CA 90265
Celebrate the end of another fabulous summer at Malibu Country Mart, for their 3rd annual End of Summer Block Party, taking place today at the lifestyle center. The free event transforms the shopping center into a colorful street fair boasting activities and carnival treats for all ages. Activities will include face painting, a petting zoo, caricature portraits, Henna tattoos, and Tarot card readings. Complimentary treats will be offered including cotton candy, popcorn, funnel cakes, churros, snow cones, and ice cream to enjoy while listening to the sounds of the live Calypso band.