Under-the-radar books, music, and art are the highlights in Los Angeles this week. Check out a refreshing indie performance from singer-songwriter Jenny O., or hear the untold stories of female stuntwomen straight from the Hollywood movie sets. Stop by an abstract art show displaying a breathtaking year in news, and enjoy a new menu at a local favorite.
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February 18 | Music
Singer-songwriter Jenny O. is a soulful musician with guitar prowess who brings to mind the talents of Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez. Her songs are equal parts guitar solos and sweet melodies—minus the auto-tune. Instead she harks back to a more authentic, old-fashioned sound, ideal for an intimate venue like Hotel Café. Her regular gigs include touring with acts like Father John Misty and Ben Harper, so it’s also a rare chance to catch her in the laid-back type of atmosphere she thrives in.
7 p.m. | 1623 Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles | (323) 461-2040 | From $12 | website
February 19 | Book talk and signing
Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story
Being a stunt double in Hollywood is no joke, but being a female stunt double in Hollywood takes a special type of character. It is a profession where female workers have faced a great deal of gender discrimination, unequal pay practices, and sexual harassment over the years. Author Mollie Gregory takes readers on a journey from the silent era through the golden age of film to tell the stories of the women who got Hollywood on its feet. Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story is honest and forthright, a frank, far from rose-colored tale of Hollywood’s unsung heroines. Gregory will be signing books and talking shop at Book Soup with stunt stars Julie Ann Johnson (Charlie's Angels), Jadie David (Lethal Weapon 3), and Leslie Hoffman (A Nightmare on Elm Street).
7 p.m. | Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood | (310) 659-3110 | Free | website
February 20–March 26 | Art gallery
Evan Trine presents Trending
What happens when you break a photograph down to its pixels? That’s the question artist Evan trine challenged himself to answer in his first solo show, Trending. Using an entirely digital process, Trine selected photographs sourced entirely from modern news sources and condensed them down to their most basic parts and colors. The result is a series of color grids that acts as a big picture visual look at popular news over a yearlong period. Instead of the visual aiding the text, here, the text aids the visual, challenging the viewer to see from a new perspective. See the show at Roberts and Tilton Gallery.
Times vary | 5801 Washington Blvd., Culver City | (323) 549-0223 | Free | website
February 20–21 | Escape the city
Although Angelenos have been promised El Niño-sized torrential downpours, it’s still a very warm eighty degrees in the city. Soak up the sun in Malibu, a high-end beach town made up of 21 miles of oceanfront property. History buffs will love to check out Adamson House, a California Historic Landmark that tells of Malibu’s story long before it was a world surf capital. Or, take a hint and get active in the water yourself at Surfrider Beach.
New menu | Restaurant
Uki uki is a Japanese term meaning, “to evoke absolute happiness.” Luckily for us, that’s exactly what Downtown L.A. restaurant Chaya’s new Sunday dinner menu, aptly titled “Uki Uki,” tastes like. Chef Joji Inoue makes diners feel like they’ve just landed in Tokyo, with fresh seafood flown in overnight from fisheries in Kyushu, Japan. In true California fashion, fruits and veggies are sourced from local SoCal farms. Try the oysters with yuzo kusho tartar sauce and calamari with chili miso, which make a great pairing for a sake flight of the restaurant’s best selections.
525 S. Flower St., Los Angeles | (213) 236-9577 | website
Eva Glettner is a writer and a native Angeleno. She loves art, travel, coffee, and skateboarding.