ANGE June 2013 : Page 90

twenty WAYS TO SPEND YOUR SUMMER NIGHTS Forget daytime. SoCal comes alive when the sun goes down. From the new cool to the old-school classics, here’s your playbook from dusk till dawn. | By Lesley Balla, Amy Finley, Gillian Flynn, Kelsi Maree, David Morris, Carrie Storke Williams and Stacy Suaya | MALIBU FARM IMAGE COURTESY OF MARTIN LOF

Twenty Ways To Spend Your Summer Nights

Lesley Balla

Forget daytime. SoCal comes alive when the sun goes down. From the new cool to the old-school classics, here’s your playbook from dusk till dawn.<br /> <br /> 1 Charm to Table<br /> <br /> That Helene Henderson, a model turned catering company owner coveted by Hollywood’s A-listers, would become hostess to the hottest table in town is no surprise. Her Malibu ranch home, Malibu Farm, draws 100 to 200 guests per dinner (Steven Tyler and Tori Spelling have made the roll call) and sets a wild ower-covered stage for Henderson’s cooking (neighboring farms also host her organic produce-fueled fêtes). To start, one might sip local Bloody Marys by the barn, sample a kosher tea line or meet her goats. Cut to the family-style table, where Henderson’s pluckedstraight- from-the-fields fare is served with local wines and sides of live jazz and stargazing—dancing has even been known to ensue. But don’t be intimidated. “‘Pass the broccoli’ is always an acceptable conversation starter,” says Henderson.<br /> <br /> 2 Master Craft<br /> <br /> Spend a dreamy midsummer night at the 80th anniversary of Laguna’s beloved tableaux vivants event, the Pageant of the Masters. This year’s theme is The Big Picture and the production promises to recreate the masterpieces that inspired the modern art of filmmaking. Pageant of the Masters runs nightly, July 7-Aug. 31. Tickets start at $15. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949. 497.6582,<br /> <br /> 3 Mingling Dynasty<br /> <br /> On the heels of the Vegas opening, Beverly Hills welcomes its own Hakkasan incarnation this summer. More of a low-key lair than megaclub, the hot spot will boast modern Cantonese cuisine by Michelin-starred chef Ho Chee Boon. For the best seat in the house, book a table at Ling Ling Lounge, an exclusive area offering bottle service and VIP amenities. 245 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, hakkasan.Com/beverlyhills<br /> <br /> 4 Play Date<br /> <br /> All the world’s a stage at this summer’s Shakespeare Under the Stars in San Diego. The famed Old Globe Theatre gets new wattage with one of the world’s foremost Bard studs. Consider it designer theater: New Artistic Director Barry Edelstein has shepherded A-listers (Pacino, Paltrow, Hathaway) through the master’s works. 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, 619.234.5623, oldglobe.Org<br /> <br /> 5 Grand Plan<br /> <br /> Closer than Italy but with all the majesty of a Tuscan hideaway, we love a leisurely weekend at The Grand Del Mar, where luxury awaits when the sun sets. The vaulted dining room of Addison is a stage for culinary pampering, as chef William Bradley’s masterful cooking is paired with top- flight wines from S.D.’s bestcurated cellar. And climbing between crisp cotton sheets after dinner is our idea of la dolce vita, though the resort’s starlit alfresco Italian movie nights are a close second. The Summer Concert Series returns July 15 and grooves all summer, bringing acts like soul quartet Delta Rae and the Grammy-nominated Fabulous underbirds to the stage, no passport required. 5300 Grand Del Mar Court, San Diego, 858.314.2000,<br /> <br /> 6 Top Taps<br /> <br /> Summer’s best place to tantalize palates by the pint is Golden Road brewery’s private event space, Chloe’s. Brewer’s Suppers take guests on adventures that are both sudsy and savory, pairing four courses with limited-release brews. $38 per person, Wednesdays through June, 5410 W. San Fernando Road, L.A., 213. 373.4677, goldenroad. La<br /> <br /> 7 Head in the Clouds<br /> <br /> Art elevates life, especially this summer at the Getty Center, where guests can linger, perched high above the city, into extended hours. The Center’s new Friday Flights series entices friends to meet up after work in the property’s courtyard for cult- film screenings, DJ sets, dance lessons and tapas. In honor of the Overdrive:L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940-1990 exhibit, the evenings are a nod to everything L.A.-centric, especiallythe 20th century architecture and design developments that catapulted the city to being a creative sphere of influence. What better place to take it all in than an architectural acropolis itself, strolling the gardens with a glass of pinot, and looking out over Los Angeles and the Pacific? Free admission, 6-9PM, Fri., May 24, June 28 and July 19, 1200 Getty Center Drive, L. A., 310.440.7300, getty.Edu<br /> <br /> 8 Party Arty<br /> <br /> Because everyone needs culture with their vino, don’t miss out on La Jolla’s gallery nights when top spots like Quint Contemporary Art (7547 Girard Ave., 858.454.3409, quintgallery.Com), Scott White Contemporary Art (7655 Girard Ave . , 858.255.8574, scottwhiteart.Com) and Madison Galleries (1020 Prospect St., 858.459.0836, madisongalleries.Com) stay open later every sixth Saturday night. Make an evening of it with dinner in the village at chef Brian Malarkey’s hot spot, Herringbone (7837 Herschel Ave., 858.459.0221,<br /> <br /> 9 Night Games<br /> <br /> Since its debut, SpiN Standard, a pingpong club at e Standard, Downtown L.A., has served up an alternative to the neighborhood’s late-night offerings. André Balazs and Susan Sarandon partnered on the open-till-2AM competition space in the hotel’s mezzanine. It’s more vibrant than ever due to the newly installed uorescent black-light table by Ryan McGinness. 550 S. Flower St., L.A., 213.439.3065, spinstandardla.Com<br /> <br /> 10 Masters of Invention<br /> <br /> If you’re looking for inspiration, consider surrounding yourself with molecular-looking light fixtures, lots of mahogany and whiskey. That’s what you’ll find at Invention, the new members-only bar tucked into the third floor of the Los Angeles Athletic Club downtown. The sleek, clubby room, full of vintage LAAC sports paraphernalia and mod furniture that could easily live in Don Draper’s office, is a perfect setting for classic cocktails and talk of the “next big thing.” The new Social Membership ($250 to sign, $80 a month) gets you in. 431 W. 7th St., L.A., 213.630.5200,<br /> <br /> 11 Cocktail Castle <br /> <br /> Sip on one of the new craft cocktails created by Chateau Marmont’s Lobby Bar head bartender, Matthew Schaefer, which rotate regularly to feature seasonal ingredients. 8221 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, 323. 656.1010,<br /> <br /> 12 Speakeasy Does It <br /> <br /> Evoking the secrecy of the Prohibition era, new Koreatown lounge Lock & Key (kind of) invites guests in, provided they can guess which doorknob gains them access (there are many) and adhere to the dress code: cocktail attire. And yet it’s inside the space that the most enticing doors open. Opportunity knocks loudest with a cocktail from the venue’s Gatsby-inspired mixology program, best enjoyed while tucked into an emerald green, leather banquette or on the vast, gardenlike patio. A moody soundscape envelops patrons as Djs spin jazzy music, along with lounge, deep house, R&B and hiphop. And talk about an exit strategy: To the right of the unmarked lounge is Stall 239, a walk-up-window-style restaurant serving international street food. Word is their Taiwanese chicken sandwich is the ultimate last call. 239 S. Vermont Ave., Koreatown, 213. 389.5625,<br /> <br /> 13 Showtime <br /> <br /> Rockwell: Table & Stage, which holds audiences captive with high-energy musical performances that channel popular and cult movies, has long been a Los Feliz xture. Now, with its new baroque redesign and bilevel, open-air restaurant, it’s an all-around summer must. On the marquee this season? Je Goldblum performing with the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, joined by a rotating roster of guest singers and celebrity friends, and For the Record: Zemeckis, for which actors lead a 360-degree performance of music and moments from the director’s biggest hits (think Back to the Future, Forrest Gump and the recent Flight with Denzel Washington). For full revelry purposes, complete culinary and cocktail menus are available during the shows. Je Goldblum performs every Wednesday at 9PM through summer; For e Record: Zemeckis runs u.- Sun. at 8PM through July. 1714 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz Village, 323. 669.1550, rockwell-la.Com<br /> <br /> 14 Light It Up! <br /> <br /> Celebrate the Fourth under the stars with a fireworks extravaganza and a Pacific Symphony performance, joined by Neil Diamond tribute band Super Diamond! Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 949.855.8095, pacifi csymphony.Org<br /> <br /> 15 Bright Lights, Fit City <br /> <br /> Take a night o the dance floor and sign up for a Light Up the Night class (starting June 18) at Equinox Sports Club West L.A., where the indoor cycling studio is moving outside to its rooftop sundeck, where you’ll still feel the burn. During the full-hour workout available to members and their registered guests, riders can rock out under the stars to a DJ spinning house music. Waving glow sticks is part of the program, as are instructors who push intensity to the max—while you test your physical limits past what you thought possible. Looks like “nightclub” just took on a whole new meaning. 1835 Sepulveda Blvd., L. A., 310.473.1447,<br /> <br /> 16 Glass Act <br /> <br /> “Keep Leucadia Funky” is this beach town’s unofficial motto, but with the arrival of a sleek winery and restaurant, it might want to reconsider. There’s nothing funky about Solterra Winery & Kitchen. Owner and vintner Christopher Van Alyea hand-picked Del Mar architect Brian Church to design the space, a 1957 building that houses a tasting room with garage-style doors that open onto the 101. There’s a bocce court out back and the airy winemaking area is available for private parties. 934 N. Coast Highway 101, Leucadia, 760. 230.2970,<br /> <br /> 17 Round Two <br /> <br /> After closing in October 2011, Teddy’s at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel has officially reopened with a fresh look (leather couches and art, all illuminated by the glow of candles and chandeliers). The biggest crowds hit up the legendary spot on Mondays, when DJ nights are curated by e Alliance, and on Fridays, when Myles Hendrik stops by to spin. 7000 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.466.7000,<br /> <br /> 18 Mix Masters <br /> <br /> Cocktail mania ensues with e Bartender’s Table, held nearly weekly at San Diego’s Polite Provisions. e word-of-mouth happenings bring some of the country’s most knowledgeable bartenders to Erick Castro’s glass-and-brass cocktail temple for collaborative “spirit education.” “It’s about more than just crafting a drink,” says Castro of the boozy seminars, open to the public. So, what forces will soon be at work behind the bar? Castro’s calling it the summer of the highball. 4696 30th Ave., San Diego, 619.677.3784,<br /> <br /> 19 Pony Up! <br /> <br /> The Pony Room, a clubby, equestrian-inspired space at Rancho Valencia, has the magical ability to make cares go away. It could be the custom leather chairs or the exacting low-cal margarita. We’ll let you decide. Make it an overnight adventure with room rates starting at $675. 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe, 858.756.1123, ranchovalencia.Com<br /> <br /> 20 Dive In <br /> <br /> Nate Heydari, owner of Bui Sushi and Coogie’s, was inspired by what wasn’t: a gastropub in the Malibu community that served fresh, local food. Sourcing from nearby farms and breweries, his newly opened Duck Dive does just that: informing small plates, rustic mains and gourmet burgers served with 12 revolving local beers on tap. Arbiter of bohemian-chic Frances Merrill (who just finished Yifat Oren’s home and offices) oversaw the design, which includes a covered patio that’s perfect for alfresco dining at sunset. 29169 Heathercli Road, Malibu

Read the full article at

Previous Page  Next Page

Publication List
Using a screen reader? Click Here