Ray Liotta 1954 – 2022


  • By J. COOK

Dear Ray — thank you for all the memories. For being a goodfella, for popping up shoeless in our field of dreams, then accepting the mantle and starring as Tommy Vercetti in one of the most successful video games of all time, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. For the man that said, “As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster,” it was great to see you join the cast of The Many Saints of Newark (The Sopranos prequel film), in what felt like a Brando-esque return to mob life. You were so good, you left us seeing double. You became iconic while playing icons, including Frank Sinatra in The Rat Pack (HBO). You wound up with two SAG Award nominations, a Golden Globe nomination, and a Primetime Emmy Award! Bravo! You were a tough guy onscreen with a soft heart for all who knew you. You will be missed. A lot. RIP.

“I’ve done movies with the Muppets. I did Sinatra. I did good guys and bad guys. I did a movie with an elephant. I decided that I was here to try different parts and do different things. That’s what it’s really all about. That’s what a career should be.”  – Ray Liotta

Raymond Allen Liotta, December 18, 1954 – May 26, 2022

Mozart Ballet Series at The Broad Stage in June


  • By J. COOK

It is hard to imagine that the world was robbed of Mozart’s music when so much of it is famous. By age 35 he had composed 41 symphonies, 36 violin concerti, 21 operas … the man was cranking out hits! What better way to hear some of the lesser-known works than when they move through Mark Morris’s Dance Group at the Broad Stage June 9-12? The world-famous choreographer initially matched modern dance with Mozart for the 250th anniversary of his birth. It was a huge success, and so it returns, this time with three different pieces of music.

The first is Piano Concerto, No. 27, reimagined as a chamber piece in a world premiere. No word on what will substitute for the piano, but it will not be a kazoo as heard in Vivaldi re-imaginings. The dancers will then shift to “middle” Mozart, with his Piano Concerto No. 11. This is considered higher Mozart and was first performed for his subscription concerts in the capitol of music at the time, Vienna. Imagine a hot composer on a hot tour, and you get the idea.

Sonata for Two Pianos is a rare Mozart piece. It’s fun. But keep in mind it played more out of its citation of the debunked Mozart Effect. (Widely read due to publication bias and misstating the original science of piano music structures enhancing spatial–temporal tasks involving mental imagery and temporal ordering).

For tickets and details, click here.

Margo in Culver City



I recently dined at Margot in Culver City at the Platform. It features soft lighting, handsome decor, and lots of people at the bar enjoying cocktails. When we sat down, I ordered a glass of red wine to start while my friends enjoyed zero proof cocktails. We arrived at 8:30pm and I had already eaten, so I ordered the tiramisu. My friends had salads to start and pasta for dinner. The salads looked amazing! Little Gems and Wild Arugula followed by Spaghetti and Squid Ink Tagliarini. Margot’s coastal Mediterranean menu is relatively small but includes fresh pasta, salads, fish, desserts, and a well curated wine and cocktail menu. Lunch and brunch are offered Wednesday to Sunday with dinner nightly.

One of my favorite interior designers, Thomas Schoos, created the ambience and decor. And let’s not forget the incredible panoramic views! Margot is the creation of IB Hospitality’s Rohan Talwar from Norah in West Hollywood and Chef Michael Williams will leave you wanting more! The staff is welcoming from the front door right through to the end of your meal. They are very accommodating and knowledgeable. I will definitely go back soon for lunch or brunch! Reservations are recommended.

Culver City is having a resurgence of amazing new restaurants with Etta (across the street from Margot), Fish, and Bianca — there are a great deal of culinary experiences to be had all in one area.

For more, click here.

Food + Wine at the Hollywood Bowl



Here we go again! Let the summer fun commence as the legendary Hollywood Bowl kicks off its annual summer season. The Bowl is home to the LA Philharmonic and is a beloved summertime tradition for LA residents. This year, the LA Phil is celebrating 100 years of presenting an amazing variety of concerts and other entertainment. What truly makes an evening at the Bowl special is all the pre-show picnicking and/or “supper in your seats” while surrounded by the Hollywood Hills. The grounds include a lot of picnic tables! It’s truly a must-see, lovely environment.  

During the pandemic, things were challenging for James Beard Award-winning chef Suzanne Goin and restauranteur Caroline Styne (Lucques, a.o.c. Caldo Verde, Cara Cara, and Larder Baking Company), who run FOOD + WINE operations at the Bowl. They are excited to be back with updated menu options while adhering to all necessary covid safety measures. 

If you’re lucky enough to sit in a box, you can enjoy SUPPER IN YOUR SEATS with a restaurant-style experience. But there are many ways to go when planning your picnic – it almost gets competitive, but in the best way! FOOD + WINE offers so many kinds of fare, with a wide range of options onsite to “grab and go.” It’s best to pre-order (when appropriate for your plans). Check out everything available on their website (link below)!

For FOOD. + WINE, click here. For all things at HB, click here