Films, art, rum: Dinner and a movie at Drago; 'Palate' exhibit runs 'til June 12; guest bartender at Breadbar
Food + art: "Palate," a group exhibition of food-focused art curated by Zio Fulcher, is on display at Scion's Installation L.A. Gallery in Culver City. The show opened last weekend and runs until June 12. Works include Clare Crespo's knitted smorgasbord; James Reynolds' photographs documenting death row inmates' last meal requests; and Tamara Kostianovsky's sculptures of slabs of meat (made with clothes), among several others. Grocery bags, baked beans and chips figure in. The show includes an exhibit of retro candy wrappers courtesy of the Candy Wrapper Museum; a vintage cookbook library; and a wall of hard-to-find sodas. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and by appointment. 3521 Helms Ave. (at National), Culver City, (310) 815-8840.
Dinner + movie: "La Dolce Vita" with your sweet corn agnolotti? Drago Centro kicks off its "Dinner and a Movie" summer series with the Fellini classic next Thursday, June 3. Chef de cuisine Ian Gresik prepares a four-course menu to go with the film: heirloom tomato salad with burrata and crostini; sweet corn agnolotti with pancetta and lemon brown butter foam; New York steak with crispy potatoes, maitake mushrooms and salsa verde; and strawberry torta with balsamic crème and mascarpone. Thursday, June 3, 7 p.m. $40 per person. Limited seating; reservations recommended. City National Bank Plaza, 525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, (213) 228-8998, www.dragocentro.com.
Rum + "Pizza Mixo": The next guest bartender for Breadbar's "Hatchi Mix" series is Joel Black of Caña Rum Bar, who's presenting his cocktail menu, "Rum Amok," next Thursday, June 3. Breadbar also will be serving a new “Pizza Mixo” menu featuring its crisp pizzas. A taste of the cocktail lineup: Ginger Mistress with white rum, apricot liqueur, lemon, honey, ginger and a float of Laphroag Cask Strength; Anejo Daiquiri with Zaya 12-year and lime; and Mai Tai with Nession Eleve Sous Bois, Appleton 12-year, lime, orgeat and Curacao. Cocktails, $8 each. Westfield Shopping Center, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite R-2, Los Angeles, (310) 277-3770.
Photo: Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg in "La Dolce Vita."
Credit: Los Angeles County Museum of Art