By JIM SKEEN
Special to the Valley Press
This week, we are checking out LA’s finest restaurants, celebrating RBG in song, seeing mobile museums at the Central Library, exploring monuments at the Getty Center and making plans to visit The Wolves bar.
Twice a year, the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board presents Dine LA, a way to sample some of the fares of the region’s finest restaurants at a discounted rate. The first session for 2019 runs from Jan. 11-25.
Enjoy special lunch and dinner menus at more than 400 restaurants.
There are no tickets or passes required for Dine L.A. Simply dine out at a participating restaurant, try a new dish or enjoy an old favorite. Advance reservations are strongly recommended.
Participating restaurants are offering a special menu for lunch or dinner, guaranteeing a 20% minimum discount.
Lunch of two courses or more will run $15, $20, $25 or $35, depending on the restaurant.
Dinner of at least three courses will run $29, $39, $49, $59 or $99.
The participating restaurant list is pretty impressive and includes places like Drago Centro, Taix and The Raymond.
Prices and meal periods vary by restaurant and exclude beverages, tax and gratuity. Please contact the restaurant directly, before making your reservations if they coincide with weekend brunch hours, to ensure the restaurant will serve their Dine L.A. menu.
You can see the list of participating restaurants and make reservations through discoverlosangeles.com.
Advance reservations are strongly encouraged.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be celebrated in song at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 13 at the Skirball Cultural Center.
Soprano Patrice Michaels and pianist Andrew Harley perform “Notorious RBG in Song,” a concert saluting the life and work of legal pioneer Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in celebration of her 25 years on the United States Supreme Court.
“Written in an engaging and lively jazz-meets-classical style, the nine-song cycle “The Long View,” composed by Michaels, is the centerpiece of the concert,” skirball.org says. “It illuminates key aspects of Justice Ginsburg’s personal and professional life through letters, remembrances, conversations and even court opinions. Michaels will speak about the origins of the material used for creating the songs and share projected drawings, paintings and photos that inspired her.”
Arrive early to view the exhibition, “Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” which will be open to program ticket holders from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $30 and available through skirball.org
Mobile Museum Fair
From 1-5 p.m., Jan. 13, the Los Angeles Central Library, 630 West 5th St., is hosting what it calls the Mobile Museum Fair.
“This event will highlight 15-plus libraries on wheels, portable exhibits and mobile museums from the greater Los Angeles area for an afternoon of surprise and discovery for visitors of all ages,” lapl.org says.
The list of participants includes the African American Museum of Miniatures, the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, the California Sneaker Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Maya Mobile, the Natural History Museum’s Mobile Museum: An Archaeology Experience and the Self Help Graphics Barrio Mobile Art Studio.
This event is free. While you’re there, check out the 21 Collections exhibition I told you about a few weeks back.
Getty Research Institute presents ‘Monumentality’
The Getty Center’s Research Institute is hosting “Monumentality,” an exhibition that explores the role of monuments and monumental art, featuring works from antiquity to present day.
“Monumentality evokes an aura of greatness, a sense of power and gravity that demands public recognition,’ getty.edu says. “As markers of history and repositories of collective memory, monuments can project multiple and sometimes contradictory meanings. This exhibition investigates various paradigms of monumentality, how they are generated through systems of belief and structures of power and why certain monuments endure and others fall.”
The exhibition features historical rare books, political ephemera, photographs and contemporary art about or inspired by monuments from antiquity to present day.
“Monuments, though often meant to stand for eternity, can physically change over time — from erosion, looting, war, or iconoclasm — or they can stay intact but change in their meaning, losing context or relevance or becoming integrated with daily life in new ways. And monuments can form organically, through the ways that people interact with the built environment,” Maristella Casciato, exhibition co-curator and curator of architecture at the Getty Research Institute said. “MONUMENTality investigates the ways that monuments are necessarily dynamic, ultimately reflecting, through their endurance or failure, the world around them.”
The exhibition runs through April 21.
The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Dr. and is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. The center is closed on Monday.
The museum admission is free but parking is $15.
Autry Visits San Francisco earthquake
Now through June 9, The Autry, 4700 Western Heritage Way, is hosting the exhibition “Out of the Ashes: Snapshots of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.”
Drawing from the Autry’s collection of images made and circulated in the aftermath of the April 18, 1906 disaster, this exhibition features original lantern slides, photographs and panoramas, alongside large-scale digital reproductions of photographs.
“The earthquake, along with the fires that followed, was among the most destructive disasters in United States history,” theautry.org says. “It was also one of the first disasters to be widely photographed, with tens of thousands of images taken by professional and anonymous photographers.”
The Autry is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday It is closed on Mondays.
Admission is $14 for adults, $10 for kids 13 to 18 and $6 for kids 3 to 17.
We’ll wrap up this week with a bar that has jumped to the top of my must-see list — The Wolves, 519 S. Spring St.
What caught my eye was a photo of its interior, featuring a stained-glass ceiling. According to the website Welikela, the ceiling came from an Illinois train station and was split down the middle and fitted perfectly over the bar and dining room. Welikela reports the booths are antique mahogany, while the bar counter is antique white marble.
“Various vintage oddities are everywhere you look, including a human skull in a curio cabinet near the restrooms and old Los Angeles street lamps positioned here and there,” welikela.com says. “Fireplace and irons, carved like owls with glowing eyes, flank the beer taps, the handles of which are old, wooden Billy clubs.”
The Wolves is open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., every day.
The owners describe the bar has being inspired by 1910 interiors. It is designed with period antiques from across America.
“The vibe of the bar is an elegant, yet approachable gathering place,” thewolvesdtla.com says. “The goal is to create an environment that will breed the next generation of creatives.”
It’s located in an annex of the Alexandria Hotel. The hotel, built in 1906, was once one of the city’s finest, with a guest list that included Theodore Roosevelt, Mary Pickford and King Edward VIII. The hotel has since lost its luster and is now an apartment building.
The location is perfect — near The Last Bookstore, Cole’s restaurant and the Biltmore hotel.