What to do in and around LA this week
This Thursday and Friday in L.A., Bootleg Theater is presenting an intriguing night of poetry/improv/theater battling, complete with Wild West–style showdowns and a band playing typewriters. Saatchi Art are opening their pop and street art exhibition on Thursday, and it will run through March. Two other notable openings are furniture store H.D. Buttercup in DTLA—which has an interesting take on the idea of a showroom—and LocoL in Watts, chef Roy Choi's latest endeavor.
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January 22–March 4 | Exhibition
From the Street: Pop and Street Art by LA Artists
Los Angeles street artists are very involved in building communities around their crafts, choosing places where people can interact with the art, being active on Instagram, and so on. Isabelle Alford-Lago, for example, is well-known for her playful, yoga-practicing gorillas that encourage passersby to break out into a yoga pose and take a snapshot for posterity. From the Street, at Saatchi Art's Santa Monica space, is an exhibition of works by 12 such artists based in L.A. All art will be available for purchase. You can meet the artists at the January 21 opening reception, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m.
Monday–Friday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (Saturday by appointment) | Saatchi Art, 1655 26th St., Santa Monica | (323) 851-7223 | Free | website
January 21–22 | Theater
Quick Draw Poetry Cabaret
Bootleg Theater sure knows how to program intriguing events, and this one is no exception. What does "Quick Draw Poetry Cabaret" even mean? Well, the participants face off against each other, Wild West shootout style, in creative performance and writing tasks suggested by the audience. It's theater meets slam poetry meets improv. With burlesque. And a typewriter band. And vodka—you're going to need vodka.
7–9 p.m. | Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles | (213) 389-3856 | From $15 | website
January 23–24 | Escape the city
Rancho Palos Verdes
Beat the post-Christmas blues with a weekend retreat at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, just over 14 miles from Long Beach. Set on some 100 oceanfront acres, there are three heated pools (if you don't like the idea of the ocean), plus a world-class golf course (pros often visit), discovery trails, a spa, yoga classes, and even a fire pit for the evenings. The kids (and the young at heart) are catered for, too, with plenty of nearby tide pools to explore.
Terranea Resort, A Destination Hotel, 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes | website
New opening | Shopping
H.D. Buttercup DTLA
H.D. Buttercup is a stylish furniture shop. Until recently, the handpicked goods were only available in Culver City. However, H.D. Buttercup has now opened a store downtown. The company is bringing a touch of whimsy to this newest store launch, asking the question: If H.D. Buttercup were a real man, what would his apartment look like? Evan Cole, the company founder, and Michael Fuch, a Berlin art gallerist, have created a fictional apartment worthy of a Buttercup. Intrigued? So are we. Get there before March 26 if you want to view the staged apartment.
11 a.m.–7 p.m. weekends | HD Buttercup Downtown LA, 2118 E. 7th St. Place, Los Angeles | (213) 223-9800 | website
New Opening | Restaurant
Roy Choi has attained legendary status amongst Angelenos and international diners, and he has earned every bit of his fame. He started the gourmet food truck trend with the Korean fusion Kogi, and has blessed this city with restaurants that are uniquely Choi, from POT to Commissary. His newest venture, alongside Chef Daniel Patterson, is in Watts, a neighborhood that typically doesn't get shown a lot of love. LocoL aims to serve real, tasty, and healthy fast food, and is a chance for people to taste Choi’s cooking at reasonable prices. The response has been overwhelming. We recommend the “foldies” ($2 quesadillas filled with carnitas) and the soft serve salted caramel. It’s insane.
LocoL, 1950 East 103rd St., Los Angeles | website
Eva Glettner is a writer and a native Angeleno. She loves art, travel, coffee, and skateboarding.