This Week’s L.A. Happenings: Crossroads Opens, Black Lips, AdultCon

NOW: Crossroads Opens On Melrose
Located in the space that once housed Dolce and Philippe Chow, the highbrow restaurant Crossroads woos the entertainment industry pack, so bring your headshot. Crossroads is designed by award-winning Studio Collective, so don’t be surprised to find a refined and inclusive space with luxury furnishings. Handcrafted chandeliers and an antique glasswork bar are highlights. Mediterranean small plates are complemented by chef-driven libations.

Crossroads (8284 Melrose Ave., W. Hollywood) is now open. For more information, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

THURSDAY: Black Lips At El Rey Theatre
A little bit of garage band, part punk rock, and something White Stripes-ish, the Black Lips are on the road with Beach Party and Night Beats. You may remember when Val Kilmer joined them onstage and did some crazy shit. In any case, their shows have a reputation to be wild, and they’ll be at El Ray Theatre.

Black Lips, Beach Party, and Night Beats perform at El Rey Theatre (5515 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown) on Thursday the 21st, 8pm. Tickets are $22. To find out more about El Rey, visit the listing at BlackBook Guides.

ALL WEEKEND: AdultCon At L.A. Convention Center
Get your frisky fix at AdultCon, happening all weekend long at the L.A. Convention Center. Tons of porn stars and exhibitors will be present to show their products and videos. Make room on your camera memory bank: people wait an entire year for this moment, but of course you and I are attending because we like the intelligent keynote speakers. Right.

AdultCon takes place Friday through Sunday, the 22nd to the 24th. For more information on the L.A. Convention Center (1201 S. Figueroa St., Downtown), visit the listing at BlackBook Guides.

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Surf’s Up! Back Forty Hits Rockaway Beach

It appears everyone is cooking up a storm of goodies at Rockaway Beach this summer, and now, the popular chef-driven, seasonal restaurant Back Forty is bringing their idea of a surf party to the shore.

“There is some delicious and interesting food being served in the Rockaways and we wanted to be a part of that,” said chef Shanna Pacifico.“What’s better than drinking some ice-cold beer and eating crabs with your hands on a beautiful night overlooking the water?” 

Starting today, Back Forty, which has locations in the SoHo and East Village, will bring their traditional Chesapeake crab boil to Rockaway Beach at Boardwalk 96Street for a crustacean feast. Starting at 5pm, for $25 you get a bucket of spiced blue crabs, corn on the cob, potatoes, and enough paper towels to clean up your mess. Plus, for the weekend feasts you not only get crabs (oh my), but there is live music and DJs on at the beach.

They are only doing this ocean-side dinner three times, today, and on August 18 and 25. But if you can’t make it to the Rockaways, you can still have a crab boil at their landlubber location in the East Village on August 14 and 21. But wait, there’s more! On August 28 through September 1, they will be hosting the Crabapalooza, a messy five days of hammering shells, sucking sweet crabmeat, and downing beer.