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Saturday, February 7

East Borough's One-Year Birthday Bash

East Borough

9810 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA

5:30pm to 11:00pm

In honor of turning one, East Borough will offer a one-night-only “Southern Borough Boil” featuring Crawfish, Mussels, Clams, and Head-on Shrimp, accompanied by seasonal vegetables, in a traditional Cajun-style Southern boil for market prices. Guests may order each dish by the pound and add sausage to the mix. For dessert, the restaurant will feature traditional Beignets with powdered sugar for $7. The regular dinner menu will also be available.

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Sunday, February 8

Scott Saul presents and signs Becoming Richard Pryor

Book Soup

8818 Sunset Blvd, Austin, CA 90069

4:00pm

A major biography--intimate, gripping, revelatory--of an artist who revolutionized American comedy.

Richard Pryor may have been the most unlikely star in Hollywood history. Raised in his family's brothels, he grew up an outsider to privilege. He took to the stage, originally, to escape the hard-bitten realities of his childhood, but later came to a reverberating discovery: that by plunging into the depths of his experience, he could make stand-up comedy as exhilarating and harrowing as the life he'd known. He brought that trembling vitality to Hollywood, where his movie career--Blazing Saddles, the buddy comedies with Gene Wilder, Blue Collar--flowed directly out of his spirit of creative improvisation. The major studios considered him dangerous. Audiences felt plugged directly into the socket of life.

Becoming Richard Pryor brings the man and his comic genius into focus as never before. Drawing upon a mountain of original research--interviews with family and friends, court transcripts, unpublished journals, screenplay drafts--Scott Saul traces Pryor's rough journey to the heights of fame: from his heartbreaking childhood, his trials in the Army, and his apprentice days in Greenwich Village to his soul-searching interlude in Berkeley and his ascent in the "New Hollywood" of the 1970s.

Becoming Richard Pryor illuminates an entertainer who, by bringing together the spirits of the black freedom movement and the counterculture, forever altered the DNA of American comedy. It reveals that, while Pryor made himself a legend with his own account of his life onstage, the full truth of that life is more bracing still. (Harper)

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Chinese New Year at Hakkasan Beverly Hills

Hakkasan Beverly Hills

233 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA

5:00pm to 11:30pm

This Chinese New Year, Hakkasan will be honoring the Chinese “Wishing Tree” tradition by collecting wishes from around the world as well as offering an eight-course festive feast perfect for family and friends during this celebratory time. The wish collection and special menu will be available to guests from Sunday, February 8 to Sunday, March 1.

Inspired by the ‘Wishing Tree’ in Hong Kong, all Hakkasan locations across the globe are inviting guests to share their hopes for 2015 by writing their wishes on specially designed wishing ribbons that will be placed throughout the restaurants during the festive period. Hakkasan Nightclub in Las Vegas will also partake by displaying a grand scale wishing tree at the entrance of the 80,000-square-foot-venue. Wishes will be collected from guests each night and a random selection of wishes will be displayed on the LED screens of the main room of the nightclub. A collection of wishes from around the world will also be shared on the Hakkasan website at http://wishingtree.hakkasan.com .

Known for its modern approach to traditional Cantonese cuisine, Hakkasan Beverly Hills’ limited edition menu created by Michelin-starred International Executive Chef Ho Chee Boon will include a selection of its acclaimed signature dishes as well as a contemporary interpretation on authentic Chinese New Year fare.

The eight-course menu features small eats to start, such as Spicy lamb lupin wrap, a dish to bring happiness in the Year of the Sheep; Dim sum platter, to bring happiness at your doorstep; and Golden fried sea prawns with red chili and curry leaf. For the mains, Hakkasan classics including the Spicy prawn, Stir-fry black pepper rib eye beef with merlot, Grilled Chilean seabass in honey, Stir-fry lily bulb and French bean with preserved olive and dry chili, a dish to bring good fortune and wealth in 2015 and Abalone and dry scallop fried rice, will be served. A la carte items such as the Sha cha mock duck with cloud ear, celery and bamboo shoot will also be available. And to finish, guests can enjoy the Kumquat Wishing Tree, an enchanting dessert complete with chocolate, caramelized macadamia and cocoa rocks, made to sweeten the New Year. To cleanse the palate, the Kumquatcha, a specialty cocktail representing good fortune, prosperity and happiness, will be available at $13.88. Guests who dine from the Chinese New Year menu will receive a red envelope with special gift for a complimentary cocktail.

To welcome the start of the Year of the Sheep, Hakkasan will feature entertainment to highlight the New Year. Believed to bring good luck and fortune, the lion dance will be at the epicenter of the restaurant’s celebration, performed on Thursday, February 19 as part of the restaurant’s Chinese New Year celebration. Lion troupes will make their way through the intimate latticed woodwork cages of Hakkasan, offering symbolic expressions of luck, fortune, wisdom and joy.

The Chinese New Year menu is available for $138.88 per person. A la carte items will be individually priced, starting at $20.88.

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