Datebook: Father's Day fun, keg parties and beach blanket bingo
Make mine a kegger From 8 p.m. until 2 a.m., the Culver City party palace known as Rush Street will be holding a "beach blanket bingo kegger party," featuring, yes, kegs of beer in beer tubs, beer pong, frozen margaritas and a beach blanket bingo costume contest with prizes. The Gidget-like fun will take place on the rooftop patio, which will be filled with sand just dying to get into your bikini. On the menu: hot dogs, grilled lamb lollipops and sweet-and-spicy glazed ribs. Also, since they went through all that trouble to put all that sand up on the patio, it'll stay put on Saturday, when Rush Street hosts a Baywatch Cocktail Party, where all the bartenders and servers will be dressed in the traditional garb of "Baywatch." That could either be great, or go very wrong very quickly. Finally, on Sunday that pesky sand will still be there for Dad when he will be offered a cold beer on the house. Rush Street, 9546 Washington Blvd., Culver City. (310) 837-9546.
A taste of Pali Wine Enjoy gourmet cheeses from around the world, paired with small lot wines from Pali Wine Co. Five wines will be poured, including the 2007 Shea Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, Ore; the 2007 Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir, Russian Valley, Calif.; and the 2007 Boer Chalone Pinot Noir, Chalone, Calif. Artisan Cheese Gallery, 12023 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. 7:30 p.m. $45. (818) 505-0207.
This little piggy Campanile wraps up its week-long 20th birthday bash by roasting an entire pig. Expect plenty of summery fun and lots of good wine. The party starts at 4 p.m. and should last all night. Campanile, 624 S. La Brea Ave., L.A. (323) 938-1447.
Daddy dearest In honor of this most momentous of holidays, The Guide, which is now called Summer Hot List, has put together a handy list of restaurants hosting special Father's Day brunches, not surprisingly many feature beer. Also, because I care about Daily Dish readers, I am including an excerpt from an e-mail my own father sent to me just a few short days ago about what he is expecting (and not expecting) on that day. I found it helpful and hope you do too (read it after the jump):
-- No promissory notes, that something or other will be done when I arrive in Los Angeles. Timeliness counts.
-- A thoughtful letter or note is the gift I would most appreciate. If such is not an option, for whatever reason, an endearing Father’s Day card might serve the much diminished purpose, a card embellished with a picture of fishing gear and a hunting dog and graced with the statement: "To my dearest father whose love and thoughtfulness I have treasured throughout the years...." etcetera, etcetera. Admittedly it is cheesy but, hey, at least it is a written message.
-- A phone call would be nice. I would appreciate, however, since, after all, this is a special event, that it not be a multi-tasking phone call, made while you are picking over tomatoes at the grocery store or taking your underwear out of the drier at the laundry and overheard and shared by others who also happen to be picking over tomatoes or taking their underwear out of a drier. I would prefer a call from a quiet and private place, preferably with my photograph in front of you.
I hope the above does not sound pushy or tastelessly presumptuous, but I only want what I consider is my due after all the stories I read to you, the streets I held your hand while crossing, the times I played bucking bronco with you in hotel swimming pools, the Eegees I brought to you at Casa Video, etcetera, etcetera.
-- Jessica Gelt
Photo: Stefano Paltera / For The Times