In Los Angeles this week you can watch a musical parody of The Devil Wears Prada (unauthorized, of course), sample cheese with a master, discover new artists and old favorites at one of the largest art shows on the west coast, and check out Neal Fraser's new dining establishment.
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January 28 | Book signing & cheese tasting
Cheese at Grand Central Market
There are so many nuances to cheeses, and it helps to eat them alongside a knowledgeable cheese connoisseur. David Asher is a man who knows his cheese. He’s an organic farmer, a cheesemaker, and an educator at Black Sheep School of Cheesemaking. In addition to picking up his cookbook, The Art of Natural Cheesemaking, learn how to make raw kefir and butter. Add Grand Central Market as a backdrop and you have the perfect evening out on the town.
6 p.m. | DTLA Cheese @Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles | (213) 624-2378 | Free | website
January 28–31 | Art show
L.A. Art Show
Los Angeles hosts one of the longest running and largest art shows on the west coast. It’s 200,000 square feet of modern and contemporary art and many artists will be in attendance. New talent is waiting to be discovered, and the organizers host gallerists from around the world. Everything is for sale but there is no pressure to buy if it’s out of your price range. Be like my ten-year-old and save up for a Mark Ryden. (Seriously, the kid has really good taste!)
11 A.M.–7 p.m. | L.A. Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles | (310) 822-9145 | From $15 | website
January 28–March 19 | Theater
The Unauthorized Musical Parody of THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA
Rockwell is one of L.A.’s best-kept secrets, a true dinner-and-a-show experience that happens every weekend. The entire venue is a stage, which makes for very interesting table conversation. This musical parody features a full orchestra and all original music based on the well-known film about the fashion world's favorite villain.
8 p.m. Thur–Sat, 12 p.m. Sun | Rockwell, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles | (213) 223-9800 | From $20 | website
Jan 30–31 | Escape the city
People hear the word “Vegas” and automatically assume there will be drinking and gambling involved. If that’s not exactly your speed but you still want a nice getaway, don’t write Vegas off. It's just a 45-minute flight from L.A., and there is plenty to do in Sin City that has nothing to do with, well, sin. You can operate heavy machinery in a big dig setting at Dig This Vegas or race stock cars at the Vegas Motor Speedway. For museum lovers, The Neon Museum is where neon signs are laid to rest and The Mob Mueseum is an equally fascinating look at another part of the Vegas mythology.
Now open | Restaurant
Neal Fraser is a key player in many L.A. dining establishments around town. Whether he’s perfecting haute cuisine at Redbird or slinging hotdogs at Fritzi Dog, the food is always top notch. His newest venture is in the chic Arts District downtown. Fritzi is a sit-down joint in the Arts District Brewing Company and serves burgers, hot dogs, wings, and the like. Prices are reasonable, so expect to walk away happy as well as full.
11:30 a.m.–10 p.m. | Arts District Brewing Co., 828 Traction Ave., Los Angeles | website
Eva Glettner is a writer and a native Angeleno. She loves art, travel, coffee, and skateboarding.