What to Do In Los Angeles During Grammy Week (If You're Not at the Grammys)

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The Grammys have you covered when it comes to pop culture. Branch out with some primo high art while you’re in L.A.

1. Notorious RBG: The Life And Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.

The Skirball Cultural Center’s retrospective shows how the Supreme Court justice became an icon of feminism and fashion. (The lady can rock a crocheted collar!)

2. Rooftop Cinema Club
6121 Sunset Blvd.

Ditch the laptop (or hotel TV) for something better: a rooftop deck at NeueHouse, where throwback movies are projected under the Hollywood night sky.

3. Chinese New Year Program
2301 N. Highland Ave.

On Feb. 6 and 7, the L.A. Philharmonic will spotlight Pulitzer Prize-winning composer-performer Du Yu at the Hollywood Bowl.

4. Linda Vista
135 N. Grand Ave.

Catch Pulitzer-winning writer Tracy Letts’ midlife crisis play at the Mark Taper Forum.

5. Astaire Dances II: Fred & Ginger
300 S. Grand Ave.

The American Contemporary Ballet reimagines the famous footwork of Astaire and Rogers alongside a live score.

6. Sarah Cain: The Sun Will Not Wait
2622 S. La Cienega Blvd.

Swing by Honor Fraser Gallery to check out local star Cain’s super-saturated paintings.

7. David Hockney: Selected Works
45 N. Venice Blvd.

After celebrating his 80th birthday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Hockney returns to the L.A. Louver Gallery.

8. Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings
1200 Getty Center Drive

Prepare for a whole lot of newness from Mann: Nearly half of the photographs at this Getty Center exhibit have never been shown.

Illustration by Elly Walton


For the best slices in the country, Los Angeles’ pizza scene now rivals New York’s and Chicago’s.

1. Brooklyn-Style: Roberta’s
8850 Washington Blvd.

After a series of pop-ups, the Brooklyn cult favorite moves inside Culver City’s urban space, Platform. After trying the famous blistered pies, save room for West Coast-only dishes like yellow polenta with Santa Barbara sea urchin.

2. California-Style: Elephante
1332 Second St.

It’s in the heart of beautiful Santa Monica, yes. And the single-serving pizza is top-notch, sure. But what makes a meal at Nicholas Mathers’ Elephante is getting to enjoy it from the restaurant’s covetable rooftop, which boasts three different bar areas.

3. Roman-Style: Triple Beam
5918 N. Figueroa St.

It’s simple: 1. Show the folks at Nancy Silverton’s Highland Park fast-casual outpost what size slice you’re hungry for with your hands (or a yardstick). 2. Watch them cut said slice with “scizzas” (spatula-tipped scissor hybrids). 3. Pay by the ounce.

4. Late-night delivery: Pizzaoki
Via Postmates or UberEats

Papa John’s can step aside for the new pizza guy in town: EDM producer Steve Aoki, who introduced his delivery-only operation in July. All pizzas (aside from the white pie) are slathered with a sauce that is purportedly Aoki’s mother’s personal recipe.

5. Neapolitan-style: Ronan
7315 Melrose Ave.

Shareable dishes make up a big portion of the menu, but the wood-fired pizza is what this West Hollywood spot, helmed by chef Daniel Cutler, is all about. Wash down a seasonally topped slice with a flower- or disco ball-garnished cocktail.

2019 Grammy Awards

This article originally appeared in the Dec. 22 issue of Billboard.