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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This Week’s Top L.A. Openings

This week, the top openings are happening all across L.A.,  starting in West Hollywood, where the owners of Eveleigh recently soft-opened Goldie’s, a new cafe that’s all things Californian, from the local purveyors they get their goods from to the variety of woods (maple, olive, oak) used to build the natural-chic atmosphere (wall, ceiling, furniture). It’s a looker. The exterior comprises a retractable garage door and black picket-fencing around a patio with vertical garden. Goldie’s only open for brunch and lunch now but dinner hits soon. Expect seasonal flavors in dishes like chicken confit salad, flatbread sandwiches, and meats prepared mostly by dual wood and coal-fired grill.

If you’re looking for a little more swank, head to Crossroads just a short drive up, and bring your head shots: the guys behind the restaurant have power, in that “I can make you” kinda way. Chef/partner Tal Ronnen worked with visionary Parnell F. Delcham (who operated 25 Degrees at the Roosevelt Hotel) and entertainment businessman Steve Bing, who recently produced the documentary Marley on the life on the most famous Jamaican. Additionally, thanks to the location and background of the team (that includes executive chef Scot Jones), Crossroads is destined to woo power players in the entertainment industry. But it’s not all about neck-craning here. The menu features seasonal plant-based, Mediterranean dining, and thankfully the dishes are topped off at $16. Expect signature plates to include artichoke oysters with artichoke puree, crispy oyster mushroom, yellow tomato béarnaise, and kelp caviar.

Thank you, science, for taking ice cream to the next level. Opening Friday in Beverly Hills, Ice Cream Lab offers made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream with the most creative flavors. Ice cream lab techs (yes, this exists) craft ice cream from organic, local ingredients right before your eyes. They currently offer six flavors with seasonal specialties, like Angeles Apple Pie made with cinnamon apples and graham crackers and Salt Lick Crunch, mixed with pretzel pieces, caramel and sea salt. Best of all, it’s open until 11pm for late-night junkies like me.

Hyperion Public(not to be confused with Hyperion Tavern) has become the go-to for Silver Lake locals. It had a soft opening in November but now it’s fully open with dinner seven nights a week and a happy hour from Monday to Friday. It’s “by the People for the People,” as per the tagline, so expect no one better than the other – unless you have an American Express Platinum Card. Thankfully, those sort of things aren’t really necessary around here, thanks to inexpensive options (entrees average $15) by the lovely executive chef Paddy Aubrey, who’s whipping up some creative, contemporary dishes in the kitchen, like fried chicken paired with a spicy blueberry sauce and bacon slaw, and turkey meatloaf with cauliflower puree instead of mashed potatoes.

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