This week Los Angeles is a visual wonderland, from a lake brought to life by art, to a play that takes place amidst thousands of boxes, to a special late night multi-sensory event at one of LA’s most iconic spots. Learn to create your own masterpiece as LA food enthusiast Andrew Oxen teaches you how to foodstagram like a pro (which will come in handy on National Cheeseburger Day or at LA Cider Fest). A hot flamenco show on Sunday ends the week with some sizzle, leaving you all fired up for the week ahead.
Try Out Del Frisco’s Grille New Lunch Program
Del Frisco’s Grille
1551 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
With the highly anticipated Expo Line and Colorado Esplanade coming to Santa Monica, the city is a buzz with change. Located just a block away, Del Frisco’s Grille is embracing all the change in the area by launching a new lunch and cocktail program, and is making it easier than ever to get there. The restaurant is partnering up with Santa Monica Free Ride to offer express service and complimentary transportation to and from the restaurant for locals. Once there, diners can enjoy one of the new menu items, including a BBQ Pork Banh Mi Sandwich, Green Chile Cheeseburger, Lollipop Chicken Wings, and more. Pair them with a Red Sangria, classic Moscow Mule, or the new gin-based Dutch Mule, now part of the cocktail menu.
Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails
8117 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
We’re all guilty of taking and posting pictures of our food, so why not learn to do it like a pro? LA blogger, photographer, and food enthusiast Andrew Oxen (@oxenham) will be sharing all his secrets for how to take drool-worthy photos of any meal. Lighting tips, composition hacks, and positioning suggestions are just some of the tips he’ll be sharing to help you become a master foodstagrammer in no time. The $60 ticket includes Oxen’s tips, a hand-crafted cocktail, and prix-fixe menu to feed both your artistic side and your stomach. The event begins at 7:00pm.
The Spheres at MacArthur Park
MacArthur Park Lake
Los Angeles, CA 90057
MacArthur Park Lake has been a lot more colorful lately. Over 10,000 Angelinos have participated in the largest public art and civic project in the U.S. to bring giant painted spheres to the lake as part of Portraits of Hope. Developed as a way to enrich the lives of children and adults coping with adversity through the participation of large scale art projects, Portraits of Hope brings vibrant color and life to various public spaces around the country. Don’t wait to see this special installation, as the pieces will be donated at the end of the month to social service institutions throughout the U.S., including senior centers, women’s shelters, schools, and hospitals to help beautify their interiors and exteriors.
“The Object Lesson”
Kirk Douglas Theatre
9820 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Newly opened “The Object Lesson” kicks off the Center Theatre Group’s 12th season at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Written and performed by Geoff Sobelle and directed by David Neumann, the show transforms the theater into an epic storage facility of gargantuan proportions. Audience members are free to roam and poke through thousands of boxes stacked to the ceiling. Physically and figuratively moving through the clutter, the installment is a meditation on the stuff we cling to and the stuff we leave behind. Performances continue through October 4.
Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day
Celebrate the burger world’s cheesiest day with one of many tasty cheeseburgers LA has to offer. Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up the Best Spots in LA for Burgers, or Flemings is offering their Prime Burger paired with a glass of their exclusive Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignon for $25, or you can double the fun by heading to Dog Haus, where they’ll upgrade your cheeseburger to a double for free. Ox & Son’s not-so-secret-anymore Boys’ Club Burger is a new secret menu item available during brunch that features a 50/50 patty of short rib and chuck, raclette cheese, and is topped with leek hollandaise, sausage, egg, Nueske’s bacon, and truffle aioli. Cheeseburger enthusiasts can also enjoy the Pretzel Cheeseburger at Hudson House, topped with Jarlsberg, grilled onion, bacon, and wild arugula, or The Tripel’s decadent Tripel Burger with a patty made of duck confit and aged beef, and topped with truffle sottocenere al tartufo, house-made apricot jam, and arugula.
Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
135 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Experience the grandeur of one of LA’s most iconic settings – in the middle of the night. Tonight at 11:30pm, The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion transforms sonically, visually, and spatially to present an immersive, multi-sensory experience. Attendees are invited to bring a pillow, lie down, and take in electronic DJ sets at the Pavilion’s Stern Grand Hall. Or get up and dance in the exclusive Founders Room, transformed into a sophisticated 1960’s-style beats and grooves room. Projections, broadcasts, sound installations, and even an acoustic performance under the dome create a truly unique late night experience. The event is free and runs until 3am.
LA Cider Fest
5300 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Enter the wonderful world of cider as over 50 artisan food and beverage producers come together to celebrate the best ciders, beers, and meads out there. Industry experts will be on hand sharing their passion for their craft, and educating festival goers in all things cider. Small batch cider producers who boast 100% fresh pressed juice and all natural ingredients in their brews will be offering unlimited tastings at the event. In addition to 2 ½ hours of unlimited tastings, tickets include a souvenir tasting glass, as well as access to seminars and the Craft Concierge Center.
The Fountain Theatre
5060 Fountain Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
It’s another sizzling evening at The Fountain Theatre as dancer/artistic director Lakshmi Basile is joined by Spanish dancer Myriam Vaquero for an evening of hot flamenco. The pair are joined by special guest dancers La Tania, Fanny Ara, Reyes Barrios, and Oscar Valero, and musicians Jesus Montoya, Gabriel Osuna, and Antonio Triana. Taking place in an intimate 80 seat theater, this show exudes passion and up-close-and-personal heat that will leave you feeling fired up. Forever Flamenco happens once a month, has brought first-class flamenco to LA for over two decades.