|Ari Taymor's artistry at Alma|
Join Maite Gomez-Rejon, founder of Artbites, for a tour through LACMA's "Japonism" art followed by a three-course dinner at Ray's & Stark Bar inspired by that particular theme. In honor of Bastille Day, learn about the France's fascination with Japan through Impressionist paintings, and then dine on French- and Japanese-inspired dishes at the restaurant. July 8 and 9; tours start at 6:30 with dinner to follow immediately after (5905 Wilshire Blvd.; 323-857-6180).
Tuesday, July 9
Station Hollywood, the outdoor lounge and bar at the W, has live music and happy hour deals on Tuesdays throughout the summer. Look for $10 cocktails and bar bites like truffle cheese fries, short rib quesadillas and a kale salad (natch) until 9 PM. Live acoustic music (this week it's Jason Powers and Whitley Heights) happens from 7-10 PM (6250 Hollywood Blvd.; 323-798-1360).
Wednesday, July 10
Ari Taymor, a 30 Under 30 winner this year, and his crew mark the one-year anniversary of Alma tonight. There's a five-course tasting menu, which includes a parade of the chef's signature snacks, for $90 per person. If you just want to toast, the wine reception (3-5 PM) is open for walk-ins and includes a glass of wine and snacks for $25. Reservations for the two dinner seatings (6 and 8 :15 PM) are mandatory (952 Broadway; 213-244-1422).
Thursday, July 11
If you need sustenance after blowing all of your cash at Fred Segal on Melrose, for the first time ever, Mauro's Cafe now serves dinner on Thursday nights at the store. And Downtown at Patina, there's a new Summer Sommelier Series on Thursday evenings featuring a flight of three wines plus canapes on the patio. Tonight it's Pours of Portugal; $55 per person. 5-7 PM.
Friday, July 12
With Connnie and Ted's well underway to becoming the hottest summer dining destination in town right now, its older sibling celebrates 8 years on Melrose. To celebrate such longevity, Providence is continuing its anniversary special through the month of July, which means you can get Michael Cimarusti's five-course tasting menu for $80 per person ($125 with wine pairings). The menus change daily, and reservations are important since this books up fast (5955 Melrose Ave.; 323-460-4170).
Saturday, July 13
The 39th Annual Concern Foundation Block Party once again takes place at Paramount Studios today. The theme is A Salute to Television, which is apropos since the whole thing is backdropped by sets from TV and movie shoots. Dine on dishes from more than 60 restaurants and caterers, sip wine and cocktails, vy for goods at the silent auction, play casino games and listen to live entertainment on four different stages, all to support cancer research (the foundation has raised over $500 million so far to date). Tickets are $350 per person, and must be purchased in advance here.
Sunday, July 14
It's Bastille Day, which gives you good reason to visit one of our Frenchy French restaurants, even if you don't know why today is a holiday (it's to celebrate the storming of the Bastille in 1789). Be like our European brethren and nosh on charcuterie, cheese, escargot and more at Church & State, Cafe Pierre, Bouchon, Cafe Stella, Monsieur Marcel and more.