What to Do This Week in LA, Miami, and NYC

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This week, get cool in Miami during Rosh Hashanah at a favorite space of ours that, um, “melts” our hearts. In L.A., before sitting down to watch a movie, take in the genius of the vintage film posters that promote them, in this case, not in Hollywood speak. And in New York, leave all your troubles and get happy at one of our favorite bamboo joints to go have a tiki bar drink.


This Wednesday, block in for 100,000 pounds of ice, including glassware, at Drinkhouse Fire & Ice, on Collins Avenue, to fete, Jewish or not, the Jewish New Year: Rosh Hashana. For $15, you can fur up and boot up, while dipping apples in honey, taking shots from crystal-studded sculptures, and being at a Miami Beach bar we are more than fond of. Depending on what you drink, admission is $15 or $50. The closest to the Near East you can get at this moment.


This Wednesday, go to the Pasadena Museum of California Art to see Hollywood in Havana: Five Decades of Posters Promoting U.S. Films. It’s a display of vintage American film posters made in Cuba between 1960 and 2009. Culled from the collection of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics in Culver City, the 40-plus silk-screens of movie display posters–including those from The Godfather, The Shining, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, and Silence of the Lambs–are, well, works of art unto their own. Most were designed during the Cuban Revolution circa 1959 and illustrate how, quote, “unlike Hollywood advertising, Cuban artists employed more minimal techniques inspired by Art Nouveau, abstract and Pop art styles.” Not quite Jaws. But better.


Despite that many don’t know who the droopy-hangdog character actor Harry Dean Stanton was, he died at 91 this past week, we have to indulge because we knew he loved tiki bars of a certain era, and saw him perform at the Mint Bar many a time. This Tuesday, another classic relic, The Rusty Knot, is where you should go to indulge in what we see as a West Side Highway throwback to So-Cal Polynesian atmosphere. The actor–known for films such as Repo Man; Paris, Texas; and, later, Pretty in Pink–was one of the most understated and super-cool guys ever to hit the screen. Go thee to the Hudson River spot, put some louche Robert Mitchum “Calypso” on the jukebox, and order some Zombies and Singapore Slings in his honor.

Photo via Paris, Texas

Steve Garbarino

Steve Garbarino

Steve Garbarino is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and a culture reporter for The Wall Street Journal. He is also the author of "A Fitzgerald Companion."