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Five Fun Things You Should Be Doing This Summer
2014-06-12 04:45:34
By Carole Dixon


Try "Dinner on the Stage" When you Stay at Loews in Hollywood

Here is our list of five fun and unique things to do around Los Angeles this summer that are not your typical (though beloved) Hollywood Bowl, Malibu hike or Santa Monica Pier pub crawl.

Barnsdall Art Park Wine Tasting
Beginning on Memorial Day weekend and running through Labor Day, a fantastic community event in their sixth year, is the alfresco wine tasting fundraiser at Barnsdall Art Park on the grounds of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House. From 5:30-8:30 you can sip a selection of four wines from Silver Lake Wines for only $25.00 (extra tickets are available for $5 each but the pours are substantial so beware.) Four separate food trucks line the outer edges of the park or you can bring your own picnic. Families, children, singles and solo visitors are welcome but we recommend getting there a little early and perusing the art gallery and talking in the view of East LA from the hill off Hollywood Blvd.

Hollywood & Highland Jazz
One of the busiest shopping intersections, Hollywood & Highland, will be kicking off their Annual Wine & Jazz Summer Concert Series and Fundraiser on July 1st with Pete Escovedo. Sponsored by kjazz 88.1 FM, fine wines by Stella Rosa and food by Wolfgang Puck Catering, the Wine & Jazz Concert Series will take place every Tuesday evening in the Central Courtyard (2nd Level) from July 1 to July 29 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. while benefiting Project Angel Food. Each of the five weeks features a popular act, closing with legendary Latin jazz artist Pancho Sanchez on July 29th. The entertainment is free, wine tasting and light appetizers are only $10.00, and there is a direct shuttle service to the Hollywood Bowl, so it’s a win-win for a great night out.

Dinner on the stage at Loews
If you decide to stay at Loews Hotel Hollywood to check out their $31 million renovation, after the jazz series – or any other time, and are feeling flush, look into the exclusive “Dinner on the Stage” program – in partnership with The Dolby Theater and Wolfgang Puck Catering. Groups can book a one-of-a-kind dining experience on Hollywood’s most notable stage, catered by one of LA’s most legendary chefs. Yes, you will be dining with up to 600 of your closest friends and family right on the same stage where Ellen hosts the Annual Academy Awards show. Of course, musical and theatrical entertainment will coincide with dinner along with the spectacular lighting. Guests staying at the hotel can enter and exit the Dolby Theatre stage by way of “Winners’ Walk” – the famous hallway Oscar winners sashay into immediately upon receiving their statue. The price for all of this fame and glory starts at $50,000. For more information, call 323.491.1070.

Magic Show at the Beach
Casa del Mar might have a great ocean view with a delicious new Mediterranean restaurant, Terrazza, but you might want to head straight for the lower-level event space next time you visit. INSOMNIA features the critically acclaimed “modern conjurer” Derek Hughes who combines magical illusions, humor, and audience participation to create an experience that, as Hughes states, “will leave you too mystified to sleep, and too amused to care.”  The hit show is only available on select Sundays but it will continue through August 2014. Be sure to arrive at 5:30 for a wine and beer reception before the close-up entertainment begins at 6pm. Specialty cocktails are also available in the upstairs lounge and a three-course special prix-fixe menu at Catch. General admission tickets for the show are $55 per person and can be purchased via Eventbrite.

Crab Cake at Beach Nation
One of our favorite designers Thomas Schoos (Herringbone at the Mondrian Hotel), has taken an old parking lot in WeHo and turned into a day at the beach complete with a sand pit, sofas for lounging and hanging wicker chairs for swinging. Yes, you can buy pastries, sandwiches and pasta salads for your alfresco adventure – and even a few fun housewares, but you’ll want to hit the sand for the Crab Cake charity event on Sunday, August 17. Ben Feldman, Michael & Bryan Voltaggio, Duff Goldman and Joel Madden will all be on hand whipping up specialty treats to benefit the Los Angeles Mission.