The best of what to do in and around Los Angeles this week
This week in Los Angeles, get crafty with one of L.A.’s coolest local artists, rock out to vinyl records at the Great Rock and Roll Flea Market, or see the creepy collection that's inspired many of Guillermo del Toro’s films. When all these adventures leave you hungry, book it over to Georgie, the Montage Beverly Hills’ new American-style restaurant.
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August 4 | Art
Craft Night: Disguise and Performance, a Mask-Making Workshop with Gronk
East Angeleno Glugio Nicandro—aka Gronk—is an artist and animator who is constantly pushing boundaries and perfecting his creative talents. He was the very first Chicano artist to have a solo show at LACMA, and his work is also hanging in the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Now, he’s putting on a one-night-only interactive workshop called Craft Night, a mask-making tutorial using secret techniques and materials that will give fans the chance to learn from a master rather than just observing art on a wall.
7–9 p.m. | Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles | From $8 | website
August 6–7 | Escape the City
The Salton Sea is a two-and-a-half-hour drive from L.A. and feels like it's straight out of a movie. For one thing, a catastrophic event caused salt levels in the lake to rise so much that nearly all of its fish died. There are fish bones everywhere as reminders. Think of it as more of a photo opportunity than a beach day, and you won’t be disappointed when you can’t go for a dip. Nearby, Salvation Mountain is desert art at its most fantastic. The adobe-and-straw-covered mountain is brightly colored and displays painted phrases like “God is Love.” There’s also an actual yellow brick road leading to its summit. Overall, it makes for a trip that’s beyond Instagram worthy.
August 7 | Flea market
Great Rock and Roll Flea Market
L.A. is rife with flea markets. But while we all love a bargain, summer heat in the city makes it nearly impossible to rummage through piles of other people’s trash to find the treasures lurking underneath. (Pasadena Flea Market, we’re looking at you.) Luckily, the Great Rock and Roll Flea Market takes place in the air-conditioned heaven of the Regent Theater. This is a must-hit for any vinyl aficionados, as rock ’n’ roll records from every decade will be on sale. Plus, you’ll find vintage jewelry and clothing, food, and a full bar.
11 a.m.–4 p.m. | The Regent Theater, 448 S. Main St., Los Angeles | Free | website
Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters
Guillermo del Toro—well-known for directing the film Pan’s Labyrinth, among others—has an affinity for magic, the macabre, and straight-up horror. He’s also an avid collector of all sorts of objects, including costumes, paintings, sculptures, and ancient artifacts. LACMA’s new exhibit, Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters, shows off over 500 items from his personal collection, taken from Bleak House (yes, that’s the name of his home). Each piece is designated to one of eight themed rooms, which include childhood and innocence, magic, the occult, pop culture, and freaks and monsters.
Times vary | LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles | From $30 | website
Now open | Food
Geoffrey Zakarian is a chef with some serious Hollywood clout. Intensely passionate about his craft, he’s a judge on both Chopped and Next Food Network Star. His new restaurant at the Montage, Georgie, is a welcome addition to the Beverly Hills food scene. Delicious but in no way pretentious, such dishes as goat cheese–stuffed squash blossoms, grilled leeks, and chanterelle mushrooms are presented beautifully and are best paired with drinks. It might be difficult, but save room for dessert.
225 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills | website
Eva Glettner is a writer and a native Angeleno. She loves art, travel, coffee, and skateboarding.