Happy Mother’s Day to all of you wonderful women. I hope you get to spend time with family and eat good food, because no holiday is truly complete without a delicious meal. Luckily, there are a few local staples cooking up Mother’s Day menus for dine-in, pickup, and delivery! Louise’s Trattoria will be serving its menu all weekend long, while the Cat & Fiddle will only be serving its on Mother’s Day. And if you can snag a last minute spot at the Ebell’s Brunch, you’ll have that as an option, too. There’s also a Cinco de Mayo block party happening at the Petersen, Liz Phair at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and Jazz and Bingo at LACMA. Have a lovely week!
Arts, Culture, and Mother’s Day
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, the Petersen Automotive Museum is hosting a Block Party this Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Together with Mission Foods, the museum is having a community block party featuring the very best of Mexican and Latin American cultures. Come enjoy a family-friendly celebration featuring one-of-a-kind cars, music, vendors, educational activities, and more! Learn about automotive history, industry, culture, and artistry. Priority parking for Lowriders and Customs. The outdoor event is FREE for everyone; museum tickets are $12-$17. Register for the Cinco de Mayo event here.
Celebrate Mother’s Day all weekend long at Louise’s Trattoria in Larchmont Village. Give mom the gift of good food with a special a Mother’s Day Menu that includes Ahi Tartare, Grilled Artichokes, fresh New Zealand lamb, Short Ribs, vegan Lasagna alla Romagnola, Branzino Filet, Molten Lava Cake and Triple Berry Cake (by Sweet Lady Jane) and Mimosas for accompaniment. Available Friday, May 6 – Sunday, May 8 for dine-in, takeout and delivery. Please call for reservations: (323) 962-9510.
And the Cat and Fiddle is also showing its appreciation for mum with a special Mother’s Day Menu, only available on Sunday, May 8. Treat mum to an Afternoon Tea from 12-5 p.m. at this local favorite pub and restaurant. At the cost of only 35$ per person, you’ll get glazed scones with housemade marmalade, assorted tea sandwiches, chicken tarragon salad, sausage rolls, shortbread cookies, tottenham cake, sparkling wine and pg tips tea! OR you could opt for the Sunday Roast from 12-9 p.m. with individually priced entrees, including beef rib roast, Australian lamb, and a vegan nut roast Wellington, all served with Yorkshire pudding and veggies. Yum! Regular menu will also be available. If ordering for pick up, please order by 6 p.m. on Sat, May 7.
Mother’s Day is just about here, and so is the Ebell’s Annual Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 8 starting at noon. If you still aren’t sure what to do for mom, why not give her the gift of an elegant brunch with delicious food, endless champagne, and live entertainment. Easy breezy. Seating in the Lounge has sold out, but the Garden is still available, so make your reservations now! Tickets are $87 for adults and $45 for children (6-12), kids 6 and under are free. Seating location is available on a first come, first served basis. P.S. All reservations must be paid in full prior to the event.
Our beloved Larchmont Village bookstore, Chevalier’s Books, will play host to a Book Launch Party for Brad Listi’s newest novel Be Brief and Tell Them Everything on Monday, May 9. A darkly funny meditation on creativity and family, set against a backdrop of ecological catastrophe and escalating human insanity in contemporary Los Angeles. Then, on Tuesday, May 10, author Rhoda Huffey will be in-store discussing her new “indelible California portrait”, 31 Paradiso. A story of family, longing, and ’90s-era Venice Beach. And to round things out, Robert Evans will be talking about (and signing) his debut novel After the Revolution on Thursday, May 12, a chronicle of serendipitous alliances in a dystopia that’s right around the corner. All events are free, but don’t forget to register!
The Gen X Festival will conclude this week, and who better than Liz Phair as an encore to this concert series with Don’t Holdyrbreath on Tuesday, May 10 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. For this very special show, Liz will perform the greatest songs from her impressive catalog, and host special guests Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie, Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast, Lisa Loeb, Remi Wolf, and Vagabon, who will all reimagine the lamest hits of the time. Bonus: show up early for a Pre-Concert Talk at 7 p.m. with the Waiting to X-hale podcast for a “free-flowing” conversation about Gen X anthems and the music videos that defined a generation. Free to all concert ticket holders. Tickets are $45-$75. Showtime is at 8 p.m.
I love this idea so much and needed to share; LACMA Online Game Night: Art-Inspired Bingo is happening on Tuesday, May 10 at 6 p.m. Come to LACMA’s first-ever Game Night to play some art-inspired bingo and learn about diverse artworks from the museum’s rich collection. No prior art knowledge required. All ages welcome. Winners will receive prizes! They had me at prizes. Game Night will be hosted by Carlos Kotkin on Zoom. Get your bingo card here.
Also, Jazz at LACMA season is finally here folks, so come sit back and enjoy an evening out on the plaza with the Sam Hirsh Trio on Friday, May 13 from 6-8 p.m. Pianist, composer, and educator Sam Hirsh has been an active member of the Los Angeles jazz scene for the past decade, and has been gaining recognition for his “soulful, energetic sound”. Celebrate L.A.’s finest jazz musicians with Jazz at LACMA, every Friday evening from now through November. This is a free event with first come, first served seating.
Hey there, creative person, Craft Contemporary is once again calling for group show entries! Tactics of Erasure and Rewriting Histories will explore how a minor figure, like Christopher Columbus, was made into the “Father of America” in the effort to find a uniting figure for the different white immigrant communities in North America. More recently, the meaning of Columbus is yet again being questioned: more than 33 statues have been removed as well as over 50 Confederate historical figures. These acts of reclamation and removal are “the making of history in real time.” Become part of the discussion by submitting your image-based works today! Last day to submit is May 31.
With our spring primary election only about a month away, and ballots being mailed out as we speak, the Hang Out Do Good organization’s “Looking Local” candidate conversation series is moving into its final few weeks. This Sunday, at 4 p.m., the free, Zoom-based event will feature a one-hour talk with City Attorney candidate Hydee Feldstein Soto. Click here to register if you’d like to tune in.
The Mid City West Neighborhood Council has a quiet week with just one meeting for the Board on Tuesday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m., followed by MCW’s weekly in-person Wednesday Walks on Wednesday, May 11. Click here to check Mid City’s calendar for details.