Each month we share five unmissable things to see and do in the Golden State. You heard it here first.
Words by KELLY ATTERTON, KELSEY McKINNON, and ELIZABETH VARNELL
First L.A. Show for Keith Haring Pops Into the Broad
Photo courtesy of Keith Haring Foundation.
Keith Haring painted an AIDS memorial mural at Pasadena’s ArtCenter College of Design in 1989, although downtown and international galleries — and New York City subway billboards — hosted most of his handiwork during his lifetime. This summer marks his first museum show in Los Angeles, Keith Haring: Art Is for Everybody (May 27–Oct 8), at The Broad. The exhibition includes more than 120 works, from images of his subway chalk drawings and public murals to paintings, posters, sculptures, videos, and journals from the late 1970s through 1988, two years before he died of an AIDS-related illness at age 31. A blacklight-lit gallery reverberating with beats from the artist’s playlists nods to his roots in the 1980s underground scene, and the museum shop will temporarily transform into Haring’s SoHo retail space, the Pop Shop. 221 S. Grand Ave., L.A., 213-232-6250; thebroad.org. E.V.
Male Icons of Modern Culture Celebrated at Fahey/Klein
LEFT: Alfred Wertheimer. RIGHT: Bruce Weber.
The history of women’s fashion has been well documented in coffee table books and big museum retrospectives, but this month a new group exhibit at Fahey/Klein Gallery aims to tell the other half of the story. Featuring the work of 33 prominent photographers, Male Edition: The Art of Men’s Style documents the masculine aesthetic evolution through portraits of some of the most important cultural icons of the past century. Images of musicians including jazz legend Dexter Gordon, Elvis Presley, John Lennon, and Tupac Shakur are interspersed among Hollywood’s golden boys, including Bruce Weber’s young Matt Dillon and Leonardo DiCaprio along with Matt Seliger’s picture of Brad Pitt in a pink dress and a shaved head. More than what the subjects are wearing (or not wearing), the show offers a varied stance on how style reflects the individual, the photographer, and the times. When else might you find Janette Beckman’s edgy snaps of Billy Idol and Boy George mingling among Herb Ritts’ iconic images of tanned Greek god–like models on holiday? June 15–July 29. 148 N. La Brea Ave., L.A., 323-934-2250; faheykleingallery.com. K.M.
Calamigos Ranch Opens a Club for Day-Trippers
PHOTO: CATHERINE DZILENSKI.
Originally conceived as a Western-style summer camp in the 1940s, Malibu’s Calamigos Ranch has evolved stylishly over the years, now boasting vineyards, 72 guest rooms, multiple restaurants, pools, and a beach property at the base of Corral Canyon. This month, the Gerson family, which has owned the property since the beginning, is beckoning day-trippers of a different sort with the addition of a private club. Family-friendly membership perks at the mountain and beach properties abound. At the ranch, there’s access to the club restaurant, house bar, spa, four pools (one of which is members-only with an attached private clubhouse), pickleball, and private guided hikes. Down at the beach (a 12-minute drive from the ranch, with private parking), a beach butler is on hand to set up chairs, umbrellas, towels, paddleboards, and even coconut drinks with little umbrellas to make your visit really feel like a vacation. 327 Latigo Canyon Rd., Malibu, 818-889-6280; calamigosinquiries.com. K.M.
SYCAMORE DISTRICT, L.A.
Where to Get Your Made-in-France New Fragrances for Summer
Parisian fragrance brand Ex Nihilo set its sights on the bustling strip of Sycamore Avenue in Hollywood’s Studio District for the home of its first U.S. boutique. Cofounder Benoît Verdier says the 860-square-foot space reflects their love of the golden era of France in the ‘70s: “We wanted to bring back some French panache — focusing on the best of French craftsmanship as well as bringing the best of technology with a focus on personalization.” The Fleur Narcotique fragrance is made for Californian summers, with bergamot, jasmine, and bursts of peach and orange blossom. 926 N. Sycamore Ave., L.A.; ex-nihilo-paris.com. K.A.
A Yountville Classic Restaurant Makes a Comeback
“Ciccio was one of our family’s favorite restaurants in the Napa Valley. We would dine there once a week, driving all the way from our home in Calistoga to make sure we could walk in right as they opened,” says Martina Kostow, who works alongside her husband, chef Christopher Kostow, at their restaurants The Charter Oak The Restaurant at Meadowood (where Kostow is the executive chef), The Charter Oak, Ensue, and Loveski Deli. Now they are adding Ciccio to their growing restaurant empire, reopening the beloved establishment (which closed last year) in partnership with original owner Frank Altamura. “The food will continue to be California-Italian inspired, with wood-burning pizzas, fresh pastas, and salads featuring elements from the farm,” says chef Kostow. And chances are they won’t have any trouble getting a table now. 6770 Washington St., Yountville, 707-945-1000; ciccionapavalley.com. K.M.
Valentino Garavani Aristo-Punk Staples Return
Inspired by the metallic details of Roman palazzos, Valentino Garavani’s rockstud accessories — subversive house staples for the past decade — are proving their dominance once more this season, topping two footwear silhouettes and a bag. The reissued pumps, a versatile wardrobe standby, incorporate the ubiquitous pyramid motif in shiny patent leather with pointed-toe vamps. The stilettos are embellished with tone-on-tone studs along straps artfully encaging each foot. Thin ankle straps, this time studded with metallic shapes, also appear atop delicate rounded-toe ballerina flats. The pretty-rough duality even extends to the Rockstud23 bag, which is available in two sizes and an array of classic and eye-catching hues. The small calfskin shoulder bags, part of the house’s Urban Riviera collection, are each lined with tone-on-tone enameled studs and an adjustable strap, allowing for a cross-body on-the-go look. The defiant designs, at once boundary-breaking and nonconformist yet elegant and sculpted, even have a new slogan, “I mean… It’s Rockstud,” meant to catapult them back into the spotlight — even though the accessories never really left. 324 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-247-0103; 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714-751-3300; 105 Grant Ave., S.F., 415-772-9835; valentino.com. K.M.
Feature image: PHOTO: CATHERINE DZILENSKI.
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