Lou Leaving Lou For Lou Two; Coen Brothers Cocktails at Show at Barre

Atwater Village: Still more beer and still more brats as new brewpub Link ‘N Hops opens up on Glendale Blvd., serving “the best vegan hot dog” one writer has had in a long time. [Echo Park Now]
Beverly Hills: This Friday, chef James Overbaugh prepares a $125 six-course dinner at The Belvedere to pair with vintages from Napa’s (Romanée Conti-descended) Hyde de Villaine winery and Vivier, the personal product of its own winemaker. Reservations at 310-551-2888. [GS]
–Zach Brooks is most perturbed that the sushi robot at U-Sushi doesn’t look a thing like Johnny-Five. [Midtown Lunch]
Brentwood: Eric Lechasseur’s second location is closing after only eight months on Wilshire, while the KFC across the street, on the other hand, appears invincible. [Eater]
Downtown: Aaron Tell hunts down a couple of sandwiches for comparison at Umamicatessen. [Savory Hunter]

Hollywood: With a heavy heart, Lou Amdur announces that he’s transferring the keys to his wine bar, Lou, to a new owner, who will probably the change the name after 90 days, but maybe not the concept. Amdur is conjuring up a new Lou 2.0 project in the meantime. [Eater]
Las Vegas: Chef Julian Serrano will prepare a $325 per-person dinner in a live, open kitchen performance, paired with the hand-crafted wines of Colgin Cellars at The Bellagio next Friday, April 28, part of the resort’s monthly Epicurean Epicenter series. [GS]
Los Feliz: To celebrate Show at Barre’s killer new musical tribute to The Coen Brothers, themed cocktails are available for $10 like “The Hudsucker” and “Burn After Drinking.” [GS]
Monterey Park: Recent Baja-hater Tony Chen claims Spirit House is “hot,” like a six-year-old KRS-One video. [Squid Ink]
Santa Monica: World-famous butcher Dario Cecchini is coming to Valentino this Thursday for a demo, lunch, and dinner, as well as Mozza the following day. [Squid Ink]
Sherman Oaks: Joann Stougaard loves the old school burgers at Bill and Hiriko’s. [My Last Bite]
Silver Lake: Local’s grilled cheese is Rachel Narins’ pick for L.A.’s best. [Squid Ink]
West Hollywood: Starting April 26, Marcona is offering a sandwich happy hour every Thursday, wherein you get a free sandwich every time you buy one. The “twofer” stretches from 5:00-7:00 P.M. [GS]
–A restaurant with the unfortunate name “Your Pasta Story” opens tomorrow on Third Street, replacing the much-better-at-naming-things Holy Cow. [Eater]
Westwood: Native Foods is closed for an expanded relocation next door, with plans to reopen in May. [Eater]


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For the Record: Coen Bros.

L.A.’s best theatrical experience—Show at Barre’s For the Record series—continues its rotation of cabaret-style shows with the return of one of its most popular: For the Record: Coen Bros. Taking songs from the film’s soundtracks and rearranging them into a phenomenal interactive concert experience is just one of the many pleasures of this innovative series.

Featuring songs from films such as O Brother Where Art ThouFargo and The Big Lebowski, the Coen Bros. would seem at first to be an odd choice for a concert event. But interestingly enough, the music the directors chose for their films perfectly captures the essence of the film itself. What the For the Record casts do with those songs, however, is the real surprise.

Opening with songs from O Brother starts the night off with a rousing good time with the entire cast contributing to various numbers as well as three of the guys taking on the roles made famous by George Clooney, John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson. Likewise, the gals of the cast collaborated on a head-nodding version of “Don’t Leave Nobody But the Baby.” But it’s the more interesting change-ups that brought the biggest surprises. “These Boots Were Made for Walkin’” made famous by Nancy Sinatra, here, is given a rousing male version by Jason Paige. In the same vein, hearing Danielle Truitt sing a slightly bluesy and powerful take on “Danny Boy” from the film Miller’s Crossing is to hear the song for the first time.

As usual, every performer in the show exhibits a wow factor that needs to be witnessed. With most of the 12 members of the rotating cast being Broadway veterans, there really isn’t a better group of singer/actors in L.A. This is truly the best ensemble you will see in any Los Angeles show and to be able to behold such talent on a weekly basis is L.A.’s gift to music and film lovers anywhere.

And here’s the thing—you don’t need to know the films of the Coen Bros. to enjoy this show. I had only seen four of the nine films showcased. But that doesn’t matter.  The scenes the cast acts out in between numbers are still hilarious and the arrangements of the songs (by co-creator Christopher Bratten) are just as awesome and surprising as the performers. Having recently taken their “Tarantino” installment to SXSW—playing an expanded version in a 2,500-seat theatre—it is quite possible this show will be headed to bigger and broader places in the near future. Broadway anyone? So if you want to say you saw it from the beginning, get your butt to Show at Barre pronto. It’s already an enormously popular series, and it’s a definite must-see for the gay community who a) have a particular love of musical theater, and b) who appreciate awesome vocal talent—and let’s face it—a freakin’ gorgeous cast. Even a 100 percent gay man like myself has about four crushes on the show’s female performers.

While the rotating cast might give you a different (but always amazing) experience, the opening night cast was phenomenal as usual. When you hear the stunning Jackie Seiden sing “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” from True Grit you will fall in love. Ginifer King’s sassy takes on songs like “Tammy” from The Big Lebowski will make you an instant fan. And Melena Govich is just a constant surprise you can’t help but eagerly await what number she has next. And I’ll say it again: Truitt’s “Danny Boy.” It got a standing ovation. Just sayin.

As for the guys—again—all spectacular. Handsome Steve Mazurek charms his way through a number of songs with a silky and seductive voice. Mischievous Jason Paige belts out his numbers in a gorgeously raspy tone that knocks you out with its power. And Anderson Davis wows with not only his numerous and varied characterizations, but his many vocal acrobatics. And any time Rogelio Davis Jr. takes the stage the energy in the room goes up about a thousand percent.

If you haven’t yet seen any of the installments of For the Record, I urge you to quickly get a seat. You will have one of the most entertaining nights you’ve had in a long time and trust me when I tell you, you will be back: not only for future installments (the next of which is a show based on the songs used by director Paul Thomas Anderson), but by bringing all of your friends so you can share the experience again and again.  It’s really that good.

For The Record: Coen Brothers runs through Sunday, April 29. Weekly performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m. For ticket information, please call (323) 661-6163 ext. 20 or visit fortherecordlive.com

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Milena Govich, Rogelio Douglas Jr. and More Set for Show At Barre’s For The Record: Coen Brothers

Show At Barre is set to present For The Record: Coen Brothers, a concert event celebrating the directing team and bringing the movies to life, April 5-29. The production is conceived and directed by Shane Scheel and Christopher Lloyd Bratten.

The For The Record series is a fusion of theater, community, and supper club. For The Record: Coen Brothers will showcase signature songs and moments from Coen Brother directed films including O Brother, Where Art ThouFargoHudsucker Proxy, The Big Lebowski, and more.

The cast will feature a rotating ensemble including Ginifer King, Anderson Davis, Jackie Seiden, Rogelio Douglas Jr., Milena Govich, Darryl Semira, Steve Mazurek, Dionne Gipson, Danielle Truitt, and Jason Paige.

For more information and tickets to For The Record: Coen Brothers, click here.

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This Weekend: Beer & Tequila Pairing, Maker’s Mark Mixer, Pour Vous Opens

For the Record: The Coen Brothers
Fans of the Coen Brothers’ movies have to see this cabaret-style show based on the films of Joel and Ethan Coen. Sing along to songs from Fargo, The Hudsucker Proxy, O Brother, Where Art Thou and, naturally, The Big Lebowski. Here’s LAist’s review of the show if you wanna see what it’s about. Get 60 percent off tickets by using the code: DUDE.

  • 9pm. $35. Show at Barre, 1714 N Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles (map). Tickets: (323) 661-6163 ext. 20, www.fortherecordlive.com.

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For the Record – Coen Brothers

ForCombines East Coast traditional Broadway theatrics with the style and spectacle of Los Angeles, taking audiences on an emotional voyage while laughing at some of their dark comedies’ funniest moments, clapping to energizing bluegrass tunes and singing along to memorable soundtrack successes. Features songs and scenes from “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” “Fargo,” “Hudsucker Proxy” and “The Big Lebowski” among others.

When – Recurring every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
             Thursday, April 5, 2012-Sunday, April 29, 2012.
Time – Check website for times
Price – $35

Venue – Show at Barre 1714 N. Vermont Los Angeles, CA 90027 323-661-6163