Doing anything special during the Oscars?
Saturday, February 26
Sunset Starlets Burlesque at The Libertine
Enjoy the fantasy of seeing your favorite Old Hollywood starlets performing a striptease at New Noir. Marilyn Monroe, Natalie Wood, Rita Hayworth and Elizabeth Taylor — or at least their burlesque doubles — will be shaking their moneymakers while you indulge in all-you-can-drink specials and cake balls (first 50 people get free cake balls).
- 9pm. $10. The Libertine, 8210 W. Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood (map).
Sunday, February 27
Dionicess VII: The Bruery Lunch/Dinner at the Foundry on Melrose
My fave SoCal brewery, the Bruery, is teaming up with The Foundry on Melrose for an epic all-day beer-paired meal. That’s right, 10 beers and 10 courses for $115. But if you feel like that’s more than your beer belly can take, you have a choice of doing either the 4-course lunch ($45) at 1pm or the 6-course dinner ($85) at 6pm. Me? I’m just doing the lunch. I love the Bruery but whoa.
- 1pm and 6pm. $45 lunch, $85 dinner, $115 lunch and dinner. The Foundry on Melrose, 7465 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles (map). (323) 651-0915.
Academy Awards Drink Along
Bored to death during awards shows? Nothing makes such a thing more bearable than watching it with a drinking game. Downtown Independent will provide the beer, you provide the drinking game rules. Knock one back every time Franco and Hathaway high five.
- 3:30 red carpet. Free. Downtown Independent, 251 S. Main Street, Los Angeles (map). (213) 617-1033.
Academy Awards at Big Bar
Watch the awards show in the garden patio of this Los Feliz bar where the James Franco and Anne Hathaway variety show will be projected on a large screen draped over the front of the building. Enjoy Plymouth Gin cocktails ($11 each) like the “And the Award Goes to” Punch with lemon ginger tea, lemon juice and apricot liqueur. Cast your ballots of who you think will win and the attendee with the most correct votes will win a $100 Big Bar/Alcove gift card.
- 5pm-12am. No cover. Big Bar, 1929 Hillhurst Avenue, Los Feliz (map).
Monday, February 28
Street Food Mondays at Angeli Caffe with Evan Kleiman and Bill Esparza
Partake of this rare dining experience hosted by KCRW Good Food host Evan Kleiman and Street Gourmet LA blogger Bill Esparza. If you never get to explore street food, now’s your chance. This evening’s meal will focus on comida corrida, a common three-course meal in Mexico. For $28 you get a Mexico City-style lentil soup, white rice with vegetables, a choice of stew (green mole, pork ribs in guajillo chile, pork ribs with purslane, frog’s legs torts or Aztec spinach huazontle in black Oaxacan mole) plus arroz con leche for dessert and aguas frescas.
- 5:30-10pm. $28. Angeli Caffe, 7274 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles (map). (323) 936-9086.