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Pierside Hotel Opens in Santa Monica

The Pierside Hotel, located in the heart of downtown Ocean Avenue and Colorado, debuts following a multi-million-dollar reimagination as a premium lifestyle hotel. This is the first hotel to open on the renowned Ocean Avenue in over a decade. It’s the closest to the Santa Monica pier, making it an iconic destination for travelers and locals alike. Inspired by Southern California’s captivating spirit, The Pierside Hotel is home to 132 guestrooms and suites, many with coastal views; an inviting, light-filled lobby offering communal seating areas; an elevated pool experience with food and beverage service; a full-service gear rental, The Board Shop; and a state-of-the-art fitness center. The Pierside Hotel will soon debut its signature restaurant and bar, The Surfing Fox, which is located on the ground level and features an unparalleled alfresco dining experience with unhindered Pier views. The west-side of the hotel faces the City’s latest art installation by distinguished contemporary artist, activist and founder of OBEY Clothing, Shepard Fairey. This vibrant mural (Fairey’s largest commission in the area) which was completed last week on the west-facing wall, celebrates Santa Monica’s history while complementing the colorful city. Please contact the hotel for pricing and availability; 120 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401; 310.451.0676

Giada De Laurentiis Launches Giada Catering

Giada De Laurentiis, award-winning chef, cookbook author and Food Network personality, officially launches Giada Catering, an elevated, Italian-inspired catering service! The new catering experience brings events to life with four curated themes, Amalfi, Milan, Rome and California Italian, all which include menus, cocktails and tablescapes inspired by their namesake. Powered by Patina Restaurant Group, Giada Catering will provide Southern California events with a new, immersive culinary experience unlike any other in the region. Please contact Giada Catering for prices and availability


Valentine’s Day

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A photo of a heart-shaped pizza.
Happy Valentine’s Day! No gift, no worries, because we’ve got the best Valentine’s Day gift ideas; from chocolates, to spa packages, date night ideas, romantic getaways, and more.

Albertz Benda Los Angeles Presents the Group Exhibition Do You See Me

Albertz Benda are pleased to announce ‘Do You See Me’, a group exhibition that features a brilliant sextet of young artists including Dustin HarwoodLanise HowardLarissa De SouzaNatalie WadlingtonRobert Peterson, and Sydnie Jimenez. Via each artist’s chosen medium, this ensemble show is a representation of the ongoing curiosity surrounding identity through painting, sculpting, and collage. The sextet employ a powerful imagination to investigate their own subjectivities while embracing the embodiment of trying to advance social, political, and theoretical concerns. Free; Tuesdays – Saturdays (2/15 – 3/18), 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; albertz Benda – 8260 Marmont Lane, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Friedman Benda Los Angeles Presents Ebitenyefa Baralaye’s Making Space: Tracing Tomorrow and Estúdio Campana‘s Cine São José

Friedman Benda is pleased to announce the opening of two new exhibitions, Ebitenyefa Baralaye’s solo debut titled, Making Space: Tracing Tomorrow and Estúdio Campana’s Cine São José. Free; Tuesdays – Saturdays, Friedman Benda – 8260 Marmont Lane, Los Angeles, CA 90069

  • Friedman Benda is pleased to present Ebitenyefa Baralaye’s solo debut titled, Making Space: Tracing Tomorrow. The calculated and intuitive show offers viewers a look into Baralaye’s exploration of Black Diaspora through a collection of contemporary works by the ceramicist. Presenting three distinct bodies of work, the exhibition reflects Baralaye’s personal negotiation of and concern with the fragmented and transitional presence of the Black diaspora. The up-and-coming artist explores cultural, spiritual, and material forms, texts, and symbols interpreted through a diaspora lens and abstracted through an extensive education in craft and design. 2/15 – 3/18
  • Estúdio Campana announces a unique exhibition at Friedman Benda Los Angeles, a unique honoring design extraordinaire Fernando Campana. The show will premiere a selection of brand-new works and includes an extensive arc of objects, surveying the pivotal impact of Estúdio Campana in the 21st century and referencing key moments from the first 15 years of the studio’s existence. 2/15 – 4/15

Soft Blue Shimmer Performs at Palm Grove Social

Following the release of their debut LP Heaven Inches Away in 2020, Soft Blue Shimmer has been touring across the country, sharing their dreamy, Japanese-inspired, Los Angeles sound on the big stage and establishing themselves as promising new talent. This month, the band will add Palm Grove Social to this growing list of venues, performing a set of fan favorites from the buzzy new album. Free with RSVP; Thursday, 7 – 10:00 pm; 4660 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

Coming Soon

(2/24): The Wayfarer DTLA and Russell’s Reserve Host “Meet the Makers” Exclusive Rooftop Bourbon Dinner

The Wayfarer DTLA is teaming up with the legendary family-run bourbon distillery Russell’s Reserve for a “Meet the Makers” exclusive rooftop bourbon dinner on 2/24. Guests are invited to enjoy a special curated menu inspired by the unique flavors of the spirit. They will also meet the makers behind Russell’s Reserve and dive into the world of whiskey and its rich history throughout the evening. The dinner includes a welcome cocktail, a whiskey flight, a curated selection of Asian-inspired BBQ bites, a bourbon-infused dessert, a nightcap cocktail, and a take-home souvenir. $132.22; 2/24, 7:00 pm; The Wayfarer DTLA – 813 Flower St., Los Angeles, CA 90017; 213.285.4400

A photo of Ariel sitting on the Wayfarer Rooftop
Ariel poses for a photo on the Wayfarer rooftop.

(3/3): March Sip & Savor Dinner Series at Jean-Georges Beverly Hills

The March Sip & Savor dinner series at Jean-Georges Beverly Hills returns with a culinary partnership between D’Artagnan Foods and Margerum Wine Company. Indulge in an exclusive six-course meal featuring D’Artagnan delicacies like Seared Scallop, Lobster Bisque, Chartreuse of Quail, Chocolate Souffle, paired with robust wines from Margerum Wine Company. $295+; 3/3, 7:00 pm; Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills – 9850 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210; 310.860.6700

(4/2): Tickets are Now On Sale for the Masters of Taste

Mark your calendars! The date for the 6th annual Masters of Taste has been announced. The premier outdoor luxury food and beverage festival will return to the historic Pasadena Rose Bowl on 4/2 with Chef Michael Reed and Kwini Reed as Hosts. Host Chef Michael Reed is a classically trained chef and restaurateur who has spent 19 years as a chef for restaurants across New York and Los Angeles. Today, Chef Reed is the co-owner and Executive Chef behind two Los Angeles restaurants, Poppy + Rose of Downtown Los Angeles and Anaheim’s Poppy & Seed. In addition to the two concepts, Chef Reed and his wife and co-owner, Kiini Reed, also run an upscale catering company, Root of All Food. 100% of the proceeds will directly benefit Union Station Homeless Services, a non-profit organization celebrating 50 years of providing homeless services and housing for thousands of neighbors. $155 – $225; Sunday (4/2), 3 – 7:00 pm; Pasadena Rose Bowl – 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, CA 91103; 626.791.6677

A photo of Ariel standing outside the Rose Bowl for at the 2022 Masters of Taste premier outdoor luxury food and beverage festival.
Mark your calendars! The Masters of Taste (the premier outdoor luxury food and beverage festival) will return to the historic Pasadena Rose Bowl on 4/2.




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