THIS WEEK: DANCES WITH FILMS FESTIVAL, WONDERWORLD LA
DANCES WITH FILMS
The opening night green-carpet event for the Dancing With Films indie film festival took place in the gorgeous and historic lobby of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, directly across from the TCL Chinese Theatres where the short and full-length works were set to screen over the next couple of weeks in multiple theaters. As directors, producers and on-screen talent made their way down the carpet, each group shepherded by a protective publicist, such as seasoned L.A. flacks Henry Eshelman and Diane Brown, cameras flashed and interviewers held up mics under the glaring lights. For many of these indie filmmakers from around the world and around the U.S., this was their very first brush with Hollywood glamour!
Now that the Los Angeles Film Festival has ceased hosting an annual event, Dances With Films — so named in its debut year by co-founders Leslee Scallon and Michael Trent to support a feature film they had made called Indemnity, in the wake of Sundance hosting a plethora of “dance” monikered film festivals — i.e., Slamdance, Digidance, No Dance, and several more with similar monikers.
Twenty-two years later, Leslee and Michaels’s Dances With Films is going stronger than ever while still sticking to their motto of “No politics, no stars, no sh*t.”
DWF has risen to fill the breach left by the L.A. Film Festival in supporting and featuring primarily indie film projects of all kinds, some of which this year included the heartbreakingly excellent The Land, which features a terrific star turn by actor Herman Johansen; the girl-centered video-gaming short Would You Like To Try Again?; Wowsers, produced by and starring the party’s most fabulously dressed guest Sam Fox, about a club where the BDSM isn’t always safe, sane and consensual; and the surprisingly witty horror-comedy Driven, starring the film’s writer, Casey Dillard, along with Richard Speight Jr. of HBO’s Band of Brothers and the CW series Supernatural.
Just down the street from where DWF was hosting their opening night festivities, the fabulous magical interactive pop-up museum that is Wonderworld LA was throwing their own soiree to introduce the Wonderworld brand of visual genius to celebrities and local media influencers, sweetening the pot with drinks, donuts, a cotton candy station, complimentary nail art, and swag bags for attendees. Even Fox 11 news showed up to cover it!
Co-founded by venture capitalist Hua Wang and businessmen Jay Yue and Jie Wang, Wonderworld first popped-up in New York’s Soho district where the threesome gathered a cabal of creative designers who were seeking a platform for their work. Wonderworld Soho ran for a year before coming to Hollywood’s Walk of Fame just this month, where local artists such as Josh Wong collaborated in customizing the build-out to be unique to L.A.
Pop-up museums may be a new concept in Los Angeles, but they’re a big — and lucrative! — trend in NYC, where the trio behind the original and L.A Wonderworlds is set to launch Wonderworld Brooklyn any day now.
In NYC, Wonderworld is something of a fashion brand, but here in L.A., they’re not targeting the nightlife set. Rather, Wonderworld is open only during daylight hours and is bracing for a steady stream of both the legitimately young as well as the so-called young at heart, who will no doubt be completely entranced by the Alice-in-Wonderland-esque rabbit-warren of 11 differently themed interconnecting rooms, all housing art installations in various crazy-wonderful themes, all of which are meant for extreme posing and photographic shenanigans. Memory-making shots of patrons climbing in, on, and around the various oversized and decorative props, and Instagram-worthy photo ops with your posse are highly encouraged. We can’t help thinking that kids, both little and big, will take to Wonderworld LA as if it were a more sophisticated version of a Disney theme park!
Wonderworld LA is set to pop at least through the second week of August. For tickets and information call (747) 284-9616.
The official start of the solstice was less than a week ago and the term summer is more than just a season these days! It’s also used as a synonym to describe a mood. A good playlist can make those longer days and shorter nights seem like moments of bliss, and one of the songs that should be added to the soundtrack of 2019 is rising country/pop crossover songstress Julia Rizik’s newest single, Love Myself.
It immediately draws you in with a heavy downbeat and sultry vocals from the young maven that hails from the state of Arizona and now resides in Los Angeles. Rizik wrote the song to appeal across the board for all genders, races, and religions and it’s about empowerment and accepting the skin you are in. The catchy hook will have you busting out impromptu concerts whether you are riding down the coast with the top down in a car full of friends or a solo concert in the shower trying to avoid soap from getting into your eyes!
“My songwriting is inspired by all sorts of things. I play both guitar and piano and mostly write songs about experiences that I am going through in my personal life. I was bullied a lot and music was the one thing that got me through.I want listeners to know that this music comes from a really personal space, and I hope that they relate to it and connect with it as much as I do,” shared Rizik.
While this is her first pop single, Julia Rizik is no stranger to the world of music. She has appeared on the festival circuit at such events as Country Thunder and Stagecoach in the last year. Her first independent country single “Medicine” (2017) which she co-wrote and co-produced got noticed by Spotify and made their New Music Nashville Playlist. Country music is where she got her start, but she is ready to trade in her boots for stilettos and kick the door of popular music in.
“I transitioned into pop music very organically. It was not a forced transition at all. I started producing my own music about six to seven months ago, and the sounds I wanted to hear when I was creating these tracks were pop. On my new song, Love Myself, my fans can expect a lot more confidence and security in my lyrics. I have written a lot of songs about heartbreak, but on this track, I wanted to send listeners a message of hope and self-love,” shared Rizik, who plans to release a full pop EP of the same name later this Summer.
If those tracks are anything like Love Myself, than we can’t wait to fall in love with this new pop princess on the rise.
Cleo Mediterraneo has officially reopened in the heart of Hollywood and we couldn’t be more excited for such an addition to the famed Hollywood and Vine intersection. This is Cleo’s second location in Los Angeles with the first being on 3rd Street and Beverly.
Cleo’s signature Mediterranean mezze style menu offers a beautiful selection of fine dishes with an emphasis on fresh seafood-focused meals. The menu is complete with a full raw bar of the best selection of seafood favorites allowing for a diner curated experience for its patrons. The decor and architecture adds a resonating essence of luxury in rich velvet and jewel tone colors, lush tapestries and statement fixtures that combine to create an iconic Mediterranean ambiance. This is a true sbe staple that fits in perfectly with the rest of their fine establishments.
Cleo Mediterraneo is open Nightly from 5:00pm – 11:00pm and is located at 1717 Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028. This location is also available for events and catering. Reservations and Inquiries can be made Here.
It’s dad’s time of year for celebration, and Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills and Viceroy Santa Monica are doing big things to give dads in Southern California the VIP treatment they deserve this year. As usual, both Viceroy’s are proving optional experiences, and you’re bound to choose one your dad or father-like figure will appreciate.
Golf and Whiskey?
Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills has dads covered with two of their favorite things this Father’s Day weekend. LA golf-meets-culture brand Malbon will be bringing their urban focused apparel and accessories designed for the stylish creative-minded set to the property at a special pop-up from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. both Saturday, June 15th and Sunday, June 16th. The pop-up will allow guests a chance to explore the brand’s latest capsule collection focused on the love that fathers and their children share for the game of golf. Expect anything from hats, tops and outerwear to such unique accessories as silk scarves, ball markers, scotch glasses and cigar cases for dads seeking the finer things in life.
Concurrently, at the hotel’s restaurant Avec Nous, Chef Nicholas Loncar has created a special take on “steak frites” which he’ll be serving for guests to enjoy on Father’s Day itself from 11:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. His iteration involves Pecanwood Smoked Bacon Wrapped South Texas Antelope Chop
with Woodinville Barrel Aged Maple Syrup
and will be accompanied by Chipotle Sweet Potato Tots
at a price point of $25. Since what refined dad doesn’t enjoy sipping on some whisky from time to time, Avec Nous will also be offering a specialty Woodinville Apricot Sour
for the day. Both the steak frites and apricot sour will be served in addition to the restaurant’s regular offerings. Avec Nous at Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills is located at 9291 Burton Way. Reservations can be made here
Burgers and Bourbon?
Meanwhile, at Viceroy’s coastal property in Santa Monica, Cast Chef Sean Piccarreto is offering up a $24 Build Your Own Burger giving dads a chance to customize their half pound patties with with such unique options as mac ‘n cheese, grilled pineapple, Fritos, harissa hummus, burrata and fried egg. He’s also running other dad-friendly specials including Carnitas Sliders with Tomatillo Jam ($12) and Baby Back Ribs with Peach BBQ Sauce, Yucca Fries and House Tangy Slaw ($24). To round out the day, Viceroy Santa Monica is also providing a Whiskeys to Know About Flight with three one ounce pours priced at $30. Featured whiskeys include Willet Pot Still Small Batch Bourbon, Burning Chair Bourbon and Angels Envy Rye. The special offerings will be available on Sunday, June 16th from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. in conjunction with the property’s brunch and all-day lounge offerings. Cast at Viceroy Santa Monica is located at 1819 Ocean Avenue. Reservations can be made here. Whatever your choice, make it a Father’s Day to remember for both you and dad.
Temperatures across SoCal are heating up, and we all know what that means! Summer is here! And to celebrate, sixth + mill is partnering with Tito’s Vodka to bring you their Second Sundays series, happening on the 2nd Sunday of every month until September!
sixth + mill and Tito’s Vodka is hosting Second Sundays on Sixth Kickoff Pool Party
Second Sundays on Sixth is the only public pool party in LA’s famed Arts District. Tickets are $40 a person, and include food, beverage, and pool admission. Tickets can be purchased here.
A variety of Tito’s cocktails will be served as well as, beer, mimosas, and delicious spiked lemon Italian ices. The party will also have a fun DJ spinning tunes, lawn games, and a curated selfie wall. Guests are encouraged to bring their own towels and use a ride share service.
Every second Sunday through September:
- Sunday, June 9th
- Sunday, July 14th
- Sunday, August 11th
- Sunday, September 8th
1335 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
The pool is located behind the restaurant, and guests can enter through the restaurant.
About sixth + mill
sixth+mill pizzeria and bar is a casual-dining restaurant from Chef Angelo Auriana & Restaurateur Matteo Ferdinandi. The restaurant joins the widely successful Brera Ristorante and The Factory Kitchen, offering a dining destination celebrating the regions of Southern Italy. The neighborhood pizzeria features hand-crafted pizzas and hard durum wheat pastas, and a selection of shared small plates and dishes inspired by Chef Angelo’s childhood memories. Chef Angelo draws upon a few recipes from his father’s home cooking, such as the Pizza alla Montanara, a fried dough topped with a rich tomato sauce and scamorza cheese, traditionally served during special family gatherings. The Gnocchi alla Sorrentina, a hearty dish from Campania, is a deep, simmering dish of garlic-infused potato gnocchi with a bright tomato sauce, topped with bubbling mozzarella and fresh basil. Chef Angelo has imported a Mario Acunto Neopolitan-style wood-fired oven encased with refractory bricks, allowing a thermal source of heat to provide consistency throughout the baking process for pizzas and pastas al forno. A traditional Italian spiral mixer slow mixes the dough allowing for a better fermentation process that develops a lighter dough and signature flavor. Those elements, paired with sixth+mill’s signature natural yeast starter and a mix of flours creates pizza that is slightly crispy on the outside, soft and tender inside, light and highly digestible. Imported ingredients including cheeses, cured meats, and olive oil from the mountainous terrain of Molise, coupled with local produce, enhance the authenticity and freshness of each dish. Beverage Director /Sommelier Francine Diamond-Ferdinandi presents an approachable, easy to navigate wine and beer list. The cocktail list includes the San Gennaro: Bols Genever, Carpano and a splash of soda and a vibrant red Malafemmena or “bad woman” cocktail, named after the famous Italian song, made with tomato juice, spices and vodka.