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This Week (October 23 – 26, 2023)

Celebrate National Pizza Month (October) With the Tastiest & Sauciest Pizzas in LA

  • Dive into Pizza Heaven at Hotel Figueroa’s Sparrow Italia in DTLA: DTLA’s urban oasis, Hotel Figueroa houses a transportive Italian dining experience unlike anything else at coastal-inspired flagship restaurant Sparrow Italia (by Noble 33), offering a resort-like respite with an expansive menu of Italian and Mediterranean classics with a modern touch. Prior to opening in fall 2021, Culinary Director AJ McCloud spent time in Italy studying local ingredients and food preparation techniques. As a result, the restaurant, led by Executive Chef Joana Cruz, is a true homage to coastal Italian traditions and flavors, coupled with the backdrop of the hotel’s enchanting southern European and Mediterranean-inspired design elements. Go for the Truffle Pizza made with truffle parmesan cream, wild mushrooms, heritage potato,  fresh black truffle, and truffle oil or the Wagyu Alla Vodka Pizza made with mozzarella, wagyu beef sausage, and Calabrian peppersVarious prices and hours; 939 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015; 213.627.8971
  • Schiacciata Style Italian Pizza in the Heart of Hollywood (Grandmaster Recorders): In Hollywood’s burgeoning Vinyl District, the recording studio-turned-modern Italian restaurant and rooftop, Grandmaster Recorders offers a show-stopping 4,000 square-foot rooftop deck with a daily array of seasonal and rotating Schiacciata Style Italian pizzas by the slice ($8 – 9) made-in-house from scratch by Australian Head Chef Blake Shailes. $8 – $9; Various hours; 1518 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028; 323.963.7800
    • The crew are keeping it simple: three Italian pizzas by the slice. 
      • Tomato Pie with Smoked Tomato + Garlic + Basil (VE) (w/ anchovies)
      • Pepperoni Classico with Onions + Parmesan 
      • Clam Pie with XO + Lemon + Chives + White Base
  • A Taste of Chicano Culture in Every Bite (Brooklyn Ave. Pizza Co.): The neighborhood pizza joint—created for the community, by the community—marries familiar and vibrant flavors to pair with a 5-day fermented dough, made in-house by Chef & Pizzaiolo Jorge Sandoval. With the goal of remaining approachable for all to enjoy, the neighborhood spot features a menu of wood-fired pizzas with a perfectly baked chewy yet crunchy crusts, perfectly blistered in the in-house wood-fired oven.  Various prices and hours; 2706 E. Cesar Ave., Los Angeles, California 90033; 323.968.1106
    • Pizza standouts include:
      • Mole Pizza with Warm Queso Oaxaca, Curtido, Crema and Mozzarella
      • Cherry Bomb with Sopressata Picante, Spicy Piloncillo, Pickled Cherry Bomb Peppers and Mozzarella
      • Meat Lovers featuring the restaurant’s signature Discada, flavorful Pepperoni, Hatch Chiles, and Chicken-Pork Sausage.
  • An Authentic Taste of Naples, Italy (L’antica Pizzeria da Michele): As the brainchild of Owner Francesco Zimone, L’antica Pizzeria da Michele brings an authentic slice of Italy and over 152-years of expert pizza-making experience to the U.S. through their use of imported Italian ingredients, honoring age-old cooking traditions & techniques, and genuinely felt hospitality. The beloved Neapolitan pizzeria just launched a new month-long Ode to The Olive collaborative series with olive oil sensation, Graza, available at the restaurant’s Hollywood location. $28+; Various hours; 1534 N McCadden Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90028; 323.366.42408
    • The new menu features 3 new pizzas & an olive oil cake made with Graza’s “Drizzle” extra virgin olive oil for an added bright and punchy richness:
      • Puttanesca Pizza topped with Graza’s ‘Drizzle’ Oil ($28)
      • Spicy Sausage, Green Olive & Burrata Pizza topped with Graza’s ‘Drizzle’ Oil ($32)
      • Cacio e Pepe Pizza topped with Graza’s ‘Drizzle’ Oil ($30)
      • Graza Olive Oil Cake finished with Olive Oil Gelato ($16)
An image of pizzas and Graza olive oil.
The beloved Neapolitan pizzeria just launched a new month-long Ode to The Olive collaborative series with olive oil sensation, Graza. Photo credit: Rossella Pisano

SZA Live at Arena

Grammy-nominated neo soul singer SZA is bringing her “S.O.S Tour” to Los Angeles. Get ready to be swept away by her catchy melodies and smooth voice. $158+; Monday, 8:00 pm; 1111 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015; 213.742.7100

Spooky Season Unmasked: Your Ultimate Guide to Halloween 2023 in Los Angeles

Embrace the spooky season in style with our guide to the most thrilling Halloween events in Los Angeles. From haunted mazes and scary thrill rides, to bar crawls, parades, and costume parties, we’ve curated a list of the city’s top attractions that will make Halloween 2023 unforgettable.

An image of a jack o lantern in a window.
Embrace the spooky season in style with our guide to the most thrilling Halloween events in Los Angeles.

Guest Chef Series: KA’TEEN Welcomes Chef Jerome Grant to Los Angeles

Today, Hollywood’s favorite Mexican coastal restaurant, KA’TEEN will host the second iteration of its Guest Chef Series. James Beard Nominated Chef Jerome Grant will make his way to Los Angeles for an immersive dining experience that promises exciting flavors and collaborative story-telling. Guests can expect a four-course meal carefully crafted by both Chef Wes Avila and Chef Jerome Grant that will skillfully blend Yucatan-inspired cuisine and elevated BBQ for a tantalizing fusion of Mexican and Afro-Filipino flavors, all served family-style for diners to enjoy. $95; Tuesday, 6 – 10:00 pm; Tommie Hollywood – 6516 Selma Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028; 323.410.6360


Salsa Night at Riviera 31

Hump Day just got a whole lot better, thanks to Riviera 31’s Salsa Night. Every Wednesday, the incredible Angelo Pagan and his band spread their caliente Cuban and Puerto Rican rhythms at the spiciest and sexiest Salsa Night in town. Whether you’re a professional salsa dancer or an enthusiastic beginner, come feel the Latin vibes at Riviera 31! “Discover the night where Marc Anthony and Jamie Foxx come to sing and where Hollywood celebs go to hang out and dance, like E!’s Total Bellas sisters Nikki and Brie Bella, DWTS stars Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, and famous couple Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson!” Seatings are available only with bottle service. To reserve your table, call or text 310.770.1654. $20 cover at the door (no cover with tables reservation); Wednesdays, 8:00 pm; Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills – 8555 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048; 310.278.5444

An image of people salsa dancing at Riviera 31.
Love salsa dancing? Then you’ll love Riviera 31’s hot and spicy Salsa Night.

44 – THE unOFFICIAL, unSANCTIONED OBAMA MUSICAL at Bourbon Room Hollywood

The Bourbon Room welcomes you to witness the hilarious and witty must-see musical satire, 44 – THE unOFFICIAL, unSANCTIONED OBAMA MUSICAL (Told Through the Hazy Recollection of Joe Biden). The limited, 20-show engagement is the brainchild of Eli Bauman, a former Obama campaign organizer and TV writer who wrote the music, lyrics, and book and also directs the show. Some of the songs were co-written with his father, Jon “Bowzer” Bauman of the ‘70s group Sha Na Na, as well as band leader, music director, and music co-producer, Anthony “Brew” Brewster who fronts the show’s live band. 44 stars T.J. Wilkins (NBC’s The Voice) as Barack Obama and Shanice (Award-winning R&B artist – I Love Your Smile and OWN’s Flex & Shanice) as Michelle Obama. Guys, this Obama musical is HILARIOUS and an absolute must -see! $22 – $88; Wednesday – 11/18, various hours; The Bourbon Room – 6356 Hollywood Blvd 2nd floor, Los Angeles, CA 90028; 213.667.4233

An image of the poster for the Obama musical, 44.
44 – THE unOFFICIAL, unSANCTIONED OBAMA MUSICAL (Told Through the Hazy Recollection of Joe Biden) is HILARIOUS, and an absolute must-see!

Three-Course Fall Bourbon Dinner Experience at Black Angus

As the temperatures cool,  Black Angus Steakhouse, the original American steakhouse since 1964, heats up and announces the return of their popular one-night dinner series with a Bourbon Dinner Experience. Tonight, all steakhouse locations will host a three-course, curated bourbon cocktail dinner featuring the highest quality 21-day aged steaks complemented by barrel-aged bourbon cocktails made with well-known and loved brands. The dinner begins with a Lobster and Potato Fritter paired with a Makers Mark Bourbon Gold Rush cocktail. The dinner will continue on, satisfying the bourbon connoisseurs, as the entrée will consist of a Fire Grilled Top Sirloin paired with a Maple Bourbon Old Fashioned made with Woodford Reserve. The third and final dessert course will be a Chocolate Pot de Crème complemented with a Chocolate Manhattan$51.99; Thursday, 7:00 pm; Various locations

An image of the spread for Black Angus' Bourbon dinner.
Tonight, all Black Angus steakhouse locations will host a three-course, curated bourbon cocktail dinner. Photo credit: Black Angus Steakhouse
Coming Soon

(11/2): Internationally Celebrated Little Amal Comes to Santa Monica Pier

In the spirit of hope and solidarity for displaced people everywhere, Little Amal, the internationally celebrated 12-foot-tall puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee girl, will visit the Santa Monica Pier as part of her acclaimed 6,000-mile journey across the United States. CARS (Community Arts Resources) is partnering with LA-based Kumu Hula Keali’I Ceballos, an internationally acclaimed Hawaiian and Polynesian dance teacher, and his award-winning dance company/hula school – Halau Hula Keali’I O Nalani to welcome her to the historic Santa Monica Pier. The public is invited to join the performers in welcoming Little Amal with an ocean-front celebration of voice and dance that embodies the creative life force in Hawaiian culture. Free; 11/2, 5:00 pm; 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401

An image of  internationally celebrated Little Amal.
In the spirit of hope and solidarity for displaced people everywhere, Little Amal, the internationally celebrated 12-foot-tall puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee girl, will visit the Santa Monica Pier. 

(11/2): Visionary Women Debuts Fall Female Founders Salon with Those Behind The RealReal and Proactiv

Los Angeles’ premier social impact non-profit organization for women, Visionary Women will host another “Female Founders” salon this fall’s upcoming “Female Founders” salon this fall on 11/2! The salon will feature a panel of highly esteemed female entrepreneurs including founder of The RealReal, Julie Wainwright and co-founder of Proactiv, Katie Rodan. The event, sponsored by Pomellato jewelry boutique and the Wall Street Journal, is open to the public and all attendees will receive a Pomellato gift card. $70 – $150; 11/2, 5- 7:00 pm; Brentwood Country Club – 590 S Burlingame Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90049; 310.451.8011

(11/9): ONE NIGHT ONLY: LA Seafood Staples, Connie & Ted’s and Bar Le Côte, Band Together for a Special Guest Chef Collaboration Even

Following the phenomenal success of West Hollywood culinary anchor, Connie & Ted’s, first-ever 10th anniversary guest chef dinner with award-winning chef-owner Michael Cimarusti and Executive Chef Sam Baxter, the iconic East Coast seafood establishment will be hosting a second culinary collaboration dinner on 11/9, featuring special guest and friend, Executive Chef & Co-Owner Brad Alan Mathews of Los Olivos’ beloved Bar Le Côte. $125 and +$50 (wine pairing); 11/9, 5:30 – 9:30 pm; 8171 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90046; 323.848.2722; The specially curated six-course tasting menu features:

  • Pac Gold Oyster Morro Bay
  • Ravioli of California with Spiny Lobster Sauce Américaine
  • Bar Le Côte Signature Scallop Crudo, Pickled Mushrooms, and Crème Frâiche, and Dill Pollen
  • Steamed Sea Urchin Custard
  • Charcoal-Grilled California Black Cod, Hope Ranch Mussel Broth with Spanish Flavors
  • Warm Persimmon Pudding with French Vanilla Bean Ice Cream





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