Fanny’s, the restaurant and café at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, will debut its new monthly live music series and supper club, “Hello, Gorgeous,” on Saturday, June 18. Curated by Jason Bentley, “Hello, Gorgeous” will echo with the sounds of a rollicking Hollywood supper club in full swing. Live music, DJs, a swooning bar scene and a prix fixe menu from Chef Raphael Francois will be cast aglow with dramatic lighting and pristine sound, inhabited by an eclectic mix of entertainers for some unforgettable evenings. The debut performance begins with singer/songwriter Danielle Ponder, who is fresh off of a performance on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and has a debut album due this August.
Up until last September, Ponder had been quietly cultivating her music career while working as a public defender for indigent and homeless people in Rochester, New York. Her authenticity as a songwriter is evident in the power of her voice, and the bluesy boom-bap of her backing tracks keeps heads nodding in agreement.
Two seatings will occur at 6-6:30 p.m. and 8:30-9 p.m. Reservations are required and available in three tiers; Up Close & Gorgeous (2 – 6 people), $200 pp, includes chef-curated prix fixe menu and table seating; Very Gorgeous (2 – 6 people), $150cpp, includes chef-curated prix fixe menu and table seating; and Gorgeous (Bar and Viewing Tables; 2 – 6 people), $50cpp, food and beverage not included.
Fanny’s namesake is the legendary movie, vaudeville, theater and radio star Fanny Brice, who was portrayed by Barbra Streisand in her Oscar-winning role in “Funny Girl” (1968). Both the classic line in Funny Girl and first words from Streisand when collecting her Oscar for Best Actress, “Hello, gorgeous,” is an affirmation of the indefatigable strength in our authenticity and provided inspiration for the new monthly live music series.
“Hello, Gorgeous” is a highly designed experience, from the thoughtful food and drinks menu to Bentley’s distinctive musical direction, presenting exciting and notable talent to a bustling supper club atmosphere that hearkens back to the shimmering nightlife and enduring charm of classical Hollywood.
Reservations can be made via Tock: exploretock.com/fannys. Fanny’s is located in the Academy Museum at 6067 Wilshire Blvd.
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