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LA This Week: Twyla Tharp 50th Anniversary

By Eva Glettner

Oct 1, 2015

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Los Angeles is having one of those arty weeks. Legendary choreographer Twyla Tharp is celebrating her 50th anniversary in the business by releasing not one but two new works, Steve Martin and Adam Gopnik are chatting it up about Canadian artist Lawren Harris at the Hammer. If you prefer your art more hands on, head to MOCA for some adult coloring lessons and to get your new copy of Outside the Lines, Too signed by one of the book's featured artists. For a different take on Sunday brunch, head for an English Sunday lunch at Birch. Don't worry, there's still bottomless booze, but this time you get the magic of traditional roast potatoes and Yorkshire puds to go with it.

October 1–4 | Dance
Twyla Tharp: 50th Anniversary Celebration
Twyla Tharp has transformed the dance scene with her whimsical and innovative choreography, during a career that has spanned everything from Hollywood to Broadway to ice skating and working with music from artists as diverse as Bob Dylan and Frank Sinatra. Think jazz, ballet, boxing, and modern dance—and you will still have only a rough idea of the creative fusion at play. Tharp's 50th anniversary is by no means merely a retrospective. Instead, two new works will premiere: Preludes and Fugues, set to J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, and Yowzie, set to jazz by Henry Butler and Steve Bernstein. 
8 p.m. | Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills | (310) 246-3800 | From $49 | website

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October 3 | Book signing
Book Launch: Outside the Lines, Too
Outside the Lines, Too is the follow-up to The New York Times bestseller Outside the Lines, conceived and curated by author and creative person extraordinaire, Souris Hong. The books are like coloring books for adults, each consisting of line drawings by 100 crazy-talented people from across the arts. This second offering includes the likes of Tim Biskup, Claw Money, Kevin Lyons, Shantell Martin, and Audrey Kawasaki. If you think you’re too old to color in (and outside) the lines, think again! The first book was such a hit that stores couldn’t stock it fast enough. Some 50 artists featured in the book will be present to sign their pages and add some personal touches. Money Mark will be DJing. And folks are encouraged to color in giant wall installations!
3 p.m. | MOCA Grand Avenue, 250 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles | (213) 621-1710 | Free | website

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October 5 | Art
Hammer Conversations: Steve Martin and Adam Gopnik
The actor Steve Martin wears many hats and, given his love for art, it's no suprise that curator is one of them. Along with the Hammer Museum, he is presenting the first U.S. retrospective of Canadian modernist artist Lawren Harris (1885–1970). The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris will feature 30 of the artist's landscapes, and run from October 11 to January 24. The exhibition is preceded by a conversation between Steve Martin, who has been a Harris fan ever since he saw his work in an auction catalogue, and essayist and The New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik, who is also very familar with Harris's work. Tickets are free, but you'll probably have to get there early to get them.
7:30 p.m. | Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles | (310) 443-7000 | Free | website

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New menu | Sunday lunch
Birch Sunday Roast
Chef Brendan Collins was born and raised in Nottingham, England, so when Birch starts offering a Sunday Roast, you take note. Collins's refined and modern approach to food is the perfect foil to this most traditional of English meals. Served family style, the menu changes weekly, but might feature roast beef with horseradish sauce, Yorkshire puddings, and gravy, or roast chicken with sage-and-onion stuffing. The sides will be such quintessential veggies as glazed carrots and English peas, and, of course, roast potatoes. Dessert is known as "pudding" (not to be confused with the Yorkshire variety). Think apple crumble or sticky toffee. If you don't want a roast, you can enjoy perfectly crisped fish and chips or bangers and mash. And to top it all off: bottomless Buck's fizz (mimosas) and shandies.
12–4 p.m. | Birch, 1634 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles | (323) 960-3369 | website

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Weekend escape
Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills is the perfect staycation and a must for every Angeleno. This chic getaway is more than just celebrities and red carpets. The library and city hall are picture perfect, and there are art deco buildings and palm trees on every corner. Take a walk down Rodeo Drive, which is great for sightseeing, people-watching, and window shopping. Don't actually shop there, though: Walk one block east and eat and shop on Beverly Drive, instead. Nate'n Al deli is a community institution. Try the smoked whitefish, and keep an eye out for Larry King (a regular). If you’re serious about your coffee, check out Aharon Coffee on South Beverly Drive. Everything is roasted in house and tastes as divine as it smells. Stay at the Beverly Wilshire for your Pretty Woman moment, but skip the hotel gym and go for a run north of Santa Monica Blvd., where the houses are the ultimate workout eye candy. If Beverly Hills gets a bad rap, it may be because you’re not seeing the right parts.

Eva Glettner is a writer and a native Angeleno. She loves art, travel, coffee, and skateboarding.

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