Going out in Los Angeles
Where are the best places to have Lunch and Dinner in LA? In which cocktail bar will you meet Kenneth Anger? Which beach has the best surf? Martha Kirszenbaum tells us where to go if you have some time off from Art Los Angeles Contemporary and Paramount Ranch this weekend.
“What the hell am I doing drinking in L.A.?”
A perfect Los Angeles morning starts with your board braving the waves of the moody Pacific. After your morning coffee, cruise on the 10 -West towards Malibu and get out on beach of Point Dume, the most beautiful wild spot on the coast. Admire the purple sunrise and breathe in. Welcome to paradise.
Point Dume State Beach
7103 Westward Beach Rd Malibu, CA 90265
This small joint, located right above the beach of Malibu provides tasty sea bass sandwiches, crispy grilled shrimp and divine fish and chips. Facing the ocean while dipping your fries into homemade tartar sauce will make you forever forget the traffic and pollution of the city of Angels.
25653 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265
Nestled between Melrose Avenue and Santa Monica Blvd, the Hollywood Forever Cemetery is island of greenery and peace in the heart of the city. Public spaces are rare in L.A., and the cemetery is probably its most fascinating park. Don't miss the sculpted head of actor Rudolf Valentino, and the grave of Johnny Ramone, over looking the swans voguing on the lake.
6000 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Shamshiri is the hidden pearl of Los Angeles and one of its most delicious restaurants. Located in the heart of Tehrangeles, the Iranian neighborhood of the west side. Don’t miss the kashk bademjan, a warm baba ganoush with a touch of sour yogurt, and Fesenjan, a chicken stew with ponegranates and walnuts. Good people go to heaven, good Persians go to Shamshiri.
1712 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
While in Hollywood, stop by the legendary cocktail bar Musso & Frank for a cold martini vodka with a twist, always served two for one. As you are sitting by the wooden bar under the iconic “Cocktail” neon sign, look around: Kenneth Anger might be intensely staring at you from one of the corner booths.
Musso & Frank Grill
6667 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
KARAOKE AND DANCING
Self-defined as the first LGBT bar in Downtown Los Angeles, the New Jalisco is a Lynchean Mexican cabaret run by unforgettable transgender Latinos. Drinks are cheap and the glittery stage is open and generous. Put on your best attitude and grab the mic tonight.
The New Jalisco
245 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Have you ever dreamt of enjoying, late at night, a delicious mulita taco with pulled pork served between two tortillas and garnished with Oaxaca style cheese on the parking lot of an American supermarket ? Taco Zone is the place and probably the best spot for a late night tacos on the east side.
2000-2064 Montana St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
For a breath of solitude far away from the chaos of the city, head east to the fascinating desert of Joshua Tree. Visit the Noah Purifoy Foundation and the Integraton, drive through the yucca palms of National Park at sunset, climb on the shinny skull rocks and end the day at the local biker BBQ joint Pappy and Harriet’s. Trust me, you will never ever want to leave.
Joshua Tree National Park, California
Martha Kirszenbaum is a curator and writer based in Los Angeles, where she serves as director and curator of Fahrenheit – an exhibition space and residency program in Downtown L.A.
with Ligia Lewis and Renaud Jerez
January 30 - 31, 2016
Laure Prouvost A Way To Leak, Lick, Leek
January 30 - April 9, 2016
Laure Prouvost’s first solo presentation in Los Angeles is a site-specific installation of films, sculptures, and drawings utilizing elemental material found within L.A.—flora, fauna, smells, sounds, abandoned objects, and the vertiginous light of the city.