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WeHo’s Inaugural Eat + Drink Week Kicks Off for 10 Days

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — A special event held Thursday, Oct. 17 at the Sunset Marquis kicked off the first-ever Eat + Drink Week with a taste of what’s in store for the 10-day event happening October 18-27.

West Hollywood Travel +Tourism Board worked with Project Angel Food on the launch. WHTTB’s CEO and president, Tom Kiely, welcomed special guests to share the spirit and motivation behind launching West Hollywood’s original spin on the traditional restaurant week format.

Attendees enjoyed sample menus from Sunset Marquis Hotel’s Cavatina Restaurant and Bar 1200, as well as Lowell Café, the country’s first cannabis café.

As West Hollywood’s version of restaurant week, Eat + Drink Week not only features a variety of dining options from elegant fine dining to late-night comfort food, but also a nod to the craft cocktail culture of the city.

“While we’ve always known that the culinary landscape of West Hollywood is a highlight of a visit here, recent research shows that the restaurants and bars are among the top motivating factors for travelers who choose to stay in our town,” said Kiely.

“With this in mind, as well as the incredible palette of creativity and diversity found in the culinary scene, we felt it was time to celebrate the foodie culture of West Hollywood, with our own twist.”

He added, “The special menus and pricing that participating restaurants and bars will offer are an added bonus to encourage visitors and our neighbors to venture beyond their favorite places and explore the great breadth of options in West Hollywood. There’s no better way to find new favorite places.”

Throughout the event, the WHTTB donated $1 for every Open Table reservation at participating eateries made via the Eat + Drink Week website to Project Angel Food, a nonprofit organization that prepares and delivers healthy meals to L.A. residents with serious illnesses, who are unable to shop and/or prepare food for themselves. The charity relies on donors and more than 4,700 volunteers to offer this service free of charge.

Participating restaurants include those by acclaimed chefs like Viale dei Romani by Chef Casey Lane (located in La Peer Hotel) and 1 Kitchen by Chris Crary (Located in 1 Hotel), as well as the Lowell Café, serving farm-fresh food and cannabis on the patio.

Cozy neighborhood spots like Gracias Madre, WeHo Bistro and Taste on Melrose welcome with farm-to-table menus of comfort food and an atmosphere that instantly makes diners feel at home, while upscale restaurants along the Sunset Strip showcase the finer side of West Hollywood cuisine – ROKU serving authentic omakase dinners and teppanyaki, Katana specializing in robata Japanese tapas, and BOA with its rich steakhouse vibe.

For throwback Hollywood style, Ivory on Sunset and the Tower Bar and Restaurant – both set in iconic Sunset Strip hotels – bring the glam of eras past.

The renowned Sunset Marquis Hotel’s Bar 1200 serves up premium spirits and corner-table buzz for the “drink” side of Eat + Drink Week’s roster, while Employees Only LA brings a taste of fine cocktail culture to the laidback WeHo scene and LP Rooftop Bar is the spot for post-dinner drinks with city views and Hollywood Hills lights (conveniently located directly above EP Asian Eating House). For those craving poolside cocktails by candlelight, Skybar at Mondrian LA is the perfect setting.

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Ahmanson Releases Statement on Suspending 60 Year LACMA Relationship

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LOS ANGELES — The Ahmanson Foundation is suspending its 60-year funding relationship with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) pending a clear understanding of how the works acquired over that time at a cost of more than $130 million will be displayed in the proposed new building.

Over the past few years Ahmanson has sought information about future display plans from LACMA.

“The museum has chosen to not address these concerns,” said the Foundation. “If an understanding is not met, the suspension will become permanent and The Ahmanson Foundation may need to deepen its relationship with other museums if art acquisition is to remain a funding interest.”

“It is with great sadness and much contemplation that the Foundation decided to suspend LACMA. In January 2019, we denied a purchase request because we could not resolve the issue of when or if the painting would ever be displayed.”

“It’s a regretful end to a trusted partnership where the Foundation worked closely with museum curators to acquire 114 European Old Master paintings and 15 sculptures, including one of the museum’s crown jewels, Georges de La Tour’s, The Magdalen with the Smoking Flame,” the foundation said in a statement. “The Foundation’s giving history with LACMA was guided by the museum’s mission and expressed commitment to build a world class encyclopedic museum to be enjoyed by the public at the Wilshire location.”

Despite public outcry, the existing buildings where the permanent collections have been shown are scheduled to be razed for a new building designed by Peter Zumthor. The new one-story building will replace three multi-story buildings and will have less square footage and less space for LACMA’s expansive permanent collection, including European Old Master’s. Without space to exhibit existing works, collection growth will be limited as well. The Ahmanson Foundation believes past commitments have been breached.

In 2006, Michael Govan, who had just been appointed LACMA’s director, made assurances to the foundation that if a new building were to be built “the Ahmanson Collection will be displayed with equal, and likely much better, space and galleries than today…” Govan has yet to divulge how much of the collection purchased or donated with Ahmanson assistance will be on view in the new museum and has yet to provide the Foundation with any confirmation or promise for the collection’s future display.

Georges de La Tour’s, The Magdalen with the Smoking Flame. The Magdalen with the Smoking Flame Georges de La Tour (1593, Vic-sur-Seille-1652, Lunéville) France, circa 1635-37 Paintings Oil on canvas Canvas: 46 1/16 × 36 1/8 in. (117 × 91.76 cm) Frame: 57 1/4 × 47 1/2 × 4 1/2 in. (145.42 × 120.65 × 11.43 cm) Gift of The Ahmanson Foundation (M.77.73) European Painting Not currently on public view
Georges de La Tour’s, The Magdalen with the Smoking Flame. The Magdalen with the Smoking Flame Georges de La Tour (1593, Vic-sur-Seille-1652, Lunéville) France, circa 1635-37 Paintings Oil on canvas Canvas: 46 1/16 × 36 1/8 in. (117 × 91.76 cm) Frame: 57 1/4 × 47 1/2 × 4 1/2 in. (145.42 × 120.65 × 11.43 cm) Gift of The Ahmanson Foundation (M.77.73) European Painting Not currently on public view

William Ahmanson, President of The Ahmanson Foundation, said, “It is with great sadness and much contemplation that the Foundation decided to suspend LACMA. In January 2019, we denied a purchase request because we could not resolve the issue of when or if the painting would ever be displayed.” In a 60-year history of giving, this was the first denial. Over the years The Ahmanson Foundation purchased at least one work a year. The last work acquired with funds from the Foundation was January 2017, Alessandro Algardi’s Baptism of Christ for $2,500,000.

The Foundation’s greatest concern is that the public will have limited or no access to works carefully curated and collected over decades and that these works will be removed from the Wilshire Boulevard site which was championed by The Ahmanson Foundation founder Howard F. Ahmanson Sr.

For more information about Ahmanson gifts of European art, visit www.lacma.org/publications to view the 3-volume electronic catalog.

THE AHMANSON FOUNDATION — The Ahmanson Foundation serves Los Angeles County by funding projects in the arts and humanities, education at all levels, health care, programs related to homelessness and underserved populations as well as a wide range of human services. By supporting non-profit organizations that demonstrate sound fiscal management, efficient operation, and program integrity, the Foundation strives to enhance the quality of life and cultural legacy of the Los Angeles community

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The Strange Reality of a WeHo Without a Queer Nightlife Scene

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The Strange Reality of a WeHo without a Queer Nightlife Scene
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WEST HOLLYWOOD (Los Angeles Magazine) — It was an epidemiologist’s worst nightmare set to the new Justin Timberlake/SZA collab from Trolls World Tour.

L.A. was hours away from shutting down all bars due to the coronavirus pandemic, but you wouldn’t have known it from the typical Sunday chaos on Santa Monica Boulevard, as throngs of people (some shirtless) crammed into West Hollywood gay bars like Mother Lode, Mickey’s, and Rocco’s for one last ungloved hurrah.

At Rocco’s, a drag queen in a black latex leotard bravely swooped her hand down to grab a dollar bill from a customer.

Another performer did the splits, touching the floor ever-so-quickly as she pulled herself up. Go-go dancers valiantly kneeled on bar tops, accepting cash in their […]

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LA Mayor to Order Citywide Lockdown of Bars and Dine-In Restaurants

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LA Mayor Eric Garcetti Will Soon Order Citywide Lockdown of Bars and Dine-In Restaurants

LOS ANGELES (Eater LA) — LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said in an interview on CNN this afternoon that the city of Los Angeles will order a shutdown of bars by today, adding that dine-in restaurants will likely be ordered to close very soon, pending orders from governor Gavin Newsom.

Last week Garcetti cautioned against dining in at restaurants , encouraging the public instead to order take-out in order to support local LA businesses. This shut down order today for bars comes amid guidance from the CDC to reduce interaction and mitigate the spread of coronavirus .

Many bars were already struggling to stay remain in operation in light of last week’s orders for the public to avoid crowded spaces, resorting to increased sanitation protocols and capacity […]

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