Los Angeles must have food on its mind this week. Although there are certainly non-culinary options this week (including a few must-do Martin Luther King, Jr. Day activities, live theater performances, and a chilly romp at the LA Zoo), the majority of this week focuses on eating and drinking. The week gets started with dineL.A., the 14-day culinary feast with over 300 participating restaurants, but three unique and diverse cocktail tastings and classes this week also focus on the subtle variations detectable by your palate. Bon Appétit, Los Angeles!
Celebrate Martin Luther King Day
Don’t miss LA’s 30th annual Kingdom Day Parade, beginning at Vermont and W. Martin Luther King Boulevard at 11 a.m. in Los Angeles. This year’s theme is “Love and Respect: Let It Begin With Me,” and a vintage replica of the bus Rosa Parks took a stand on will be included in the parade. Take the kids to the Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena to celebrate the diversity of various cultures, a concept in line with Dr. King’s values, in an effort to raise “global children,” children aware of cultures both similar and unique to their own. Kids will enjoy story time, crafts, and entertainment options. Don’t miss the opportunity to volunteer your time and efforts on this day.
Today marks the start of dineL.A., the fourteen days of the Los Angeles restaurant week to kick start your 2015. The fixed price structure offered for lavish meals (both lunch and dinnertime options), exclusive dineL.A. entrees, and a 15% discount on all dishes at some of the 300+ participating restaurants means you are sure to “Resolve to Eat Better” this 2015 with the help of LA restaurants. Explore our favorite entree picks for the promotion: What You’re Eating, The Best of dineL.A. 2015. Follow dineL.A on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for all updates and tag dineL.A. in social media posts during restaurant week to be entered to win dineL.A. for a year with fifty two $50 gift cards (total worth $2600) from a selection of participating restaurants. Through February 1.
60 Minute Wine Class
8715 Beverly Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90048
Educate yourself in the fine art of wine appreciation at Dominick’s Restaurant tonight. The 60 Minute Wine Class will highlight the Le Marche region wines, taught by renowned sommelier Susan Brink. Featured wines include a 2012 Belisario Vigneti B Verdicchio di Metelica, a 2011 Luigi Giusti Lacrima di Morro d’Alba, a 2012 Piantate Lunghe Rosso Conero, and a 2011 Poderi San Lazarro Podere 72 Rosso Piceno. Light bites, including a savory barley porridge, will also be served.
Scotch Tasting Dinner
8022 West 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
An exclusive The Glenlivet scotch-tasting dinner will be offered tonight only at Pistola, the Italian steakhouse in West Hollywood. Hosted by Rick Edwards, Master of Scotch, diners will enjoy a three-course meal from Executive Chef Vic Casanova including two cocktails and a tasting of four rare Glenlivet expressions. A unique lamb consommé cocktail (made with Glenlivet15, lamb consommé, baby carrots, pea tendrils, and pearl onions) will make its debut at this dinner, courtesy of Beverage Director Aaron Melendrez. $125.
The Passion of Anne Frank
Cortines Main Auditorium
Ramón C. Cortines High School of Visual and Performing Arts, a.k.a. “Grand Arts”
450 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Free matinee and evening performances of “The Passion of Anne Frank,” a haunting oratorio based on Anne Frank’s dairy will run this week at Ramón C. Cortines High School’s Main Theatre. The music and lyrics of this major new work were composed by 125 high school students from the Visual and Performing Arts school, and will be presented in conjunction with the LA Master Chorale Chamber Singers as the culmination of their “Voices Within” artists-in-residence program, designed to foster collaboration among students creating original choral works. Eileen Garrido, the 15-year-old sophomore who sings the solo role of Anne Frank, is both an incredibly talented and remarkable young woman, having had three open heart surgeries in her young life.
Rob Floyd’s Cocktail Theatre
Sonoma Wine Garden
395 Santa Monica Pl.
Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Rob Floyd, Molecular Mixologist, will host his famous & often sold-out Cocktail Theatre at Sonoma Wine Garden this weekend. The unique performance teaches guests about the craft of mixology, as well as the history of cocktail beverages, while being thoroughly entertained through zany and one-of-a-kind antics and presentations. Tickets ($50) include the show, four cocktail tastings, and paired appetizers.
Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye
Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center
135 North Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Dame Edna, the famous character created by Australian comedian Barry Humphries, is retiring. Making his last Los Angeles stop on his world-tour, the show includes both hilarious comedy sketches and over-the-top, laugh-out-loud dance routines. Running now through March 15, be sure to bid Dame Edna adieu at the Ahmanson Theatre. Tickets start at $55.
Snow Days at the Los Angeles Zoo
Los Angeles Zoo
5333 Zoo Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Snow is in the forecast for this weekend at the Los Angeles Zoo. Snow Days at the LA Zoo offers a wintery wonderland of fun for guests as the animals explore snow in their habitats. Guests can get in on the action themselves as they enjoy the snow play area (including a sledding hill!), ice-carving demonstrations, a giant-inflatable snow globe that you can climb inside of, and a snow themed scavenger hunt for the littlest zoo guests.
A Chance to Dance
Los Angeles Ballet Center
11755 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Today, the Los Angeles Ballet will present “A Chance to Dance,” a day of free ballet and fitness classes, lectures, and events each month throughout 2015. The community program features classes for all ages and stages (from baby on up), and will help kick off with the January theme, “2015 is a Year for Dance.” The Dancers of the Los Angeles Ballet will offer classes all day; a full schedule can be found on their website. Childcare is offered!
Los Angeles Cookie Con and Sweets Show
Pasadena Convention Center
300 East Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
If you’re the type that enjoys a cookie or something sweet, then LA’s Cookie Con and Sweets Show is right up your alley. Offering hundreds of samples of cookies, chocolates, coffee, ice cream and candy, this festival is something you won’t want to miss out on. Taking place at the Pasadena Convention Center, the full day of festivities will include pastry workshops, new cooking tools, as well as dessert competitions and more.