Thank God it’s Friday!
1) Art Ignites ($)
Lines of light trace space, a sea of string engulfs, reflections skip, jump and pull you in, dive deep – feel the art of The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Downtown. A massive space currently exhibiting Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light, Color and Space (ends Feb. 27, 2011). An immersive water installation is part of the multi-sensory experience (swimsuits $15, ltd. capacity). Kristin suggests: Extend the mood, visit at night (Thursdays) and grab dinner after at the “wish it were still a secret” gastropub Lazy Ox Canteen, Downtown. Anything on Josef Centeno’s menu is an experience to be pleasured + Hurry this week to catch Banksy’s tags (all over LA) while the paint’s still wet. The elusive British street artist’s creations are being removed as quick as they go up. Firestarter Charlie Brown in Hollywood and the corrupt Disney-like characters on the Sunset billboard were gone this morning, but devotees are guarding Crayola Boy (on the outside wall of Urban Outfitters, Westwood). Kristin suggests: If you miss the art, watch Banksy in his 2011 Oscar nominated documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop. Kristin suggests: Stephen Sondheim, one of American theater’s greatest composers, elevates music to an explosive art. His work – beautiful, haunting, surprising – envelops and transports you. Take a listen (Pretty Women, Sweeney Todd Demon Barber of Fleet Street). Heighten the effect with headphones, eyes shut and volume high.
2) Heavenly Connection ($$)
John J. Oliver has been “seeing dead people” since he was a child. His psychic ability to communicate with those that have passed has led to over 13,000 readings (including rendering his services for the Secret Service, law enforcement and private detectives). Feb. 22nd, Oliver will hold a workshop (FREE) at The Bodhi Tree Bookstore, West Hollywood on “Talking to the Dead and Communicating on Higher Worlds.” More fun with friends, so bring a few and talk with him in the flesh + After, call up spirits and angel hair pasta at Dan Tana’s, where the ghosts of the old Hollywood guard still linger.
3) It Never Rains in So. California ($)
Get out of the rain at Roy Choi’s A-Frame, Culver City. Choi, of Kogi BBQ food truck fame, transformed a shuttered I-HOP into a recently nominated “Best New Restaurant” by James Beard. The communal tables, furikake kettle corn and beer can chicken sing picnic even when the thunder outside booms + Pocket your popcorn for a movie after dinner at the classic NuArt, West LA. You’re just in time to see the 2011 Oscar nominated “Short Films Animation” and “Short Films Live Action.” Now who’s the ringer for the office Oscar pool?
Not-To-Miss Event: Over 100 hundred restaurants participating in the OC’s Restaurant Week (Feb. 27 – March 5).
*Happy Birthday Marilyn – hope your day was filled with adventure!