Month: March 2017

New Venue! Central Park Glendale every 2nd Saturday

New Venue! Central Park Glendale every 2nd Saturday

We are very excited to have penned a deal with Glendale’s Central Park

located on Colorado and Brand across from the Americana. 

What’s not to love about this beautiful, charming little park on one of the busiest streets. Think of it as a mini Autry. We will kick this one off on Saturday, May 13th with Pop-ups, 4 Bands, 5 Food Trucks and a Mobile Boutique. There’s plenty of room to picnic, enjoy some great music and shop. The kids will have some cool attractions as well. This Odd Market is free to the public. There is 3-hour parking in the lot across the street with validation from the park.

201 E. Colorado in Glendale.

Every 2nd Saturday 11- 5.

Take a step back to the Jazz Age at this weekend’s Roaring Twenties Street Jam

Take a step back to the Jazz Age at this weekend’s Roaring Twenties Street Jam

There is a lot to like about how we remember the 1920s. Aside from that pesky Prohibition situation, the style was great, the jazz was hot and America was going through major change. This weekend, you’ll get a chance to step back to the era of Fitzgerald and Ellington at the Roaring Twenties Street Jam.

The weekend-long affair starts on Saturday with dance classes that will teach you how to do the Charleston, tango and other period dances. And you’ll want those skills to show off between cocktails at the speakeasy-themed party at Set Shop in the Arts District on Saturday night.

Sunday is the big event with a 1920s style lawn party in Griffith Park. Dress in your best vintage clothing and prepare to spend the day riding the merry-go-round, dancing to music from the period, shopping a vendor village and checking out some cool classic cars that have somehow managed to survive since pretty much the earliest days of passenger cars.

Each individual event is ticketed separately or available in packages, so you can customize just how much Jazz Age you need in your life. And even though they didn’t have Instagram back in the 1920s, as these attendees of the last Street Jam show, you’ll be guaranteed some fabulous photo ops.

The Roaring Twenties Street Jam takes place April 1 and 2 at various times and locations. The Lawn Party is at the merry-go-round in Griffith Park on April 2 from noon to 6:30pm. Tickets are available online, prices and packages range from $22 to $225.

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A giant pillow fight will take over Pershing Square this weekend

A giant pillow fight will take over Pershing Square this weekend

A massive pillow fight free-for-all is taking place in Downtown’s Pershing Square this weekend, should you feel a need to whack a bunch of strangers with a soft, fluffy object. And who among us hasn’t felt that particular impulse, really?

International Pillow Fight Day comes to Los Angeles on Saturday, April 1, from 2:30pm to 5pm. That’s April Fool’s Day, but we’re pretty sure this event is actually real. In fact, the event is something of an annual tradition at this point, dating back to 2010.

Hundreds of pillow-toting warriors will fill Pershing Square Park and begin swinging around at every person they see. As feathers fly, DJs will provide a musical soundtrack and food trucks will be on hand to feed those who work up an appetite from all that thwacking.

If you’re going to attend, the organizers make two requests on their Facebook event: first, that you bring along brooms, rakes and garbage sacks to help clean up the feathers and scraps that will inevitably litter the plaza once the fight concludes, and, secondly, that you only fight with soft pillows. This is not the time to bring along a firm, button-tufted or zipper-closed couch cushion that could put someone’s eye out.

The event is totally free to attend, no tickets required. Just show up in some comfy clothes ready to get smacked in the face. Pillow Fight Day is family-friendly and kids are welcome to attend along with grown-ups looking for some kid-like fun.

International Pillow Fight Day Los Angeles 2017 takes place April 1, from 2 to 5pm with the pillow fight commencing at 2:30pm.

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The ’floating noodles’ craze has finally arrived in L.A.

The ’floating noodles’ craze has finally arrived in L.A.

We are no strangers to some kooky foods, but the newest food gimmick hitting the scene might be one of the weirdest things we’ve seen yet. “Floating noodles,” a sensation that swept social media across Asia, is finally arriving on American shores for the first time, right here in Southern California.

When an order of floating noodles arrives on your table, you have what looks like a bowl with levitating chopsticks dangling the first big bite in mid-air. Obviously, you need this for your Instagram feed to feel complete, don’t you?

Originally invented by the Hana Restaurant in Singapore, Eater L.A. reports that the showy dish has landed at Neptunes Raw Bar in Artesia. They’re offering them in three variations: garlic shrimp, deep fried soft-shell crab and chicken katsu. Typically floating noodles have popped up with soba or somen noodles, but Neptunes Raw Bar is adding their own flourish by serving their signature garlic noodles.

The savvy move by Neptunes Raw Bar to hop on the floating noodle trend is credited to Andy Nguyen, one of the restaurant’s owners, who is also an investor in two other darlings of the food social media sphere, Halal Guys and Afters Ice Cream.    

Like so much in life, the reality behind floating noodles isn’t quite as magical as it first appears. There’s actually a small hidden pole that holds up the phantom noodles. Sorry if we ruined that for you.

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Make Music Pasadena won’t return this year—and possibly ever

Make Music Pasadena won’t return this year—and possibly ever

As ticket prices for summer music festivals consistently tick upwards, we’re even more thankful for L.A.’s slate of free concerts. Unfortunately, it looks like one of our favorite free fests is no more.

Make Music Pasadena will not be taking place in 2017. The nearly decade-old event cites risings costs, falling sponsorships and stiff competition for its hiatus. It’s possible the fest could return in 2018, but it would need some “altruistically-inclined white knights.”

Over the past nine years, Make Music had set up stages across Pasadena’s downtown districts and inside of local business. Though the lineups consisted of largely under-the-radar bands, the likes of How to Dress Well, Nick Waterhouse, Surfer Blood, Tennis, Yacht, Grimes, Cults and Best Coast have all graced the June festival’s stages.

Pasadena will still have live music this June thanks to Arroyo Seco Weekend. Though the Make Music Pasadena organizers say they’re delighted to see the inaugural Rose Bowl-adjacent fest come to town, it’s hard not to see the big-ticket fest as part of the “proliferation of local and national music festivals” that’ve sapped Make Music’s local sponsorship opportunities.

Read the full statement from Make Music Pasadena below:

After nine years of bringing free music to the streets of our city with Make Music Pasadena, Old Pasadena Management District and the Playhouse District Association, co-producers of the festival, have made the difficult decision to put the event on hiatus for 2017 and to evaluate its future viability.

Current funding sources are not sufficient to finance an event that is entirely free to the public. Due to exponentially rising costs in conjunction with a significant lack of funding from sponsorships and donations, Make Music Pasadena faced a $150,000 budget deficit, making it impossible to produce the festival for 2017. A proliferation of local and national music festivals has also made it a challenge to secure both talent and local media attention within a limited budget.

The producing organizations remain hopeful that sufficient sponsorship might be achieved for a 2018 event, and altruistically-inclined white knights are encouraged to contact either organization to discuss details. That’s not to say that Pasadena will be without live music this summer: We are delighted that the Arroyo Seco Weekend Festival will join in the tradition of bringing local, regional, and national acts to the people of Pasadena.

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Outstanding in the Field announces the chefs for Coachella’s pop-up dinners

Outstanding in the Field announces the chefs for Coachella’s pop-up dinners

Outstanding in the Field has announced the chefs that will be cooking for this year’s Coachella edition of the roving dinner series. A mix of L.A. favorites and a few out-of-towners will set up a nightly pop-up restaurant serving elegant alfresco dinners right in the VIP area of the music festival. If you’re the type who subscribes to the adage that chefs are the new rock stars, this news might be as big as the roster of on-stage festival performers.

For the first weekend of Coachella 2017, meals will be cooked by Neal Fraser of Redbird, Alvin Cailan of Eggslut, Nakul Mahendro of Badmaash and Bruce Kalman of Union. That local contingent will be joined by Donnie Masterton from the Restaurant in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; Paul Kahan from the Publican in Chicago and Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer of Toro in Boston and New York.  

The second weekend features an entirely different crew, including Jet Tila Pakpao Thai and formerly the Charleston (and seen on pretty much every Food Network show), Perry Cheung of Phorage, Louis Tikaram of E.P. and L.P., Vartan Abgaryan of 71Above, Charles Olalia of Ricebar, Antonia Lofaso of Scopa Italian Roots, Dakota Weiss of Estrella, Nyesha Arrington formerly at Leona and Eduardo Ruiz formerly at Corazon y Miel.

Outstanding in the Field is always known for giving chefs an opportunity to show off some special dishes and cooking in a setting that gets them out of their typical kitchen, and the Coachella editions are particularly famous for encouraging exchange and collaboration between some of the city’s most elite chefs who might not otherwise have many opportunities to work together and taste each other’s food. 

“For me it’s been amazing to see Ray Garcia laughing with Steve Samson while Jason Neroni walks by. That’s my kind of backstage,” organizer and festival culinary director Nic Adler told the L.A. Times of some of the A-list chefs who have been seen palling around at his events.

Want to reserve your spot for one of the dinners? Tickets for the four-course meals with beer, wine and cocktails run $225 per person and must be purchased online in advance. You will also need a festival wristband in order to get to the dinner, a limited number of which can be purchased for $399 or $899 along with the dinner tickets. Seatings are at 5:30pm and 7:30pm each night, so you should still be able to make it to see the headlining acts after completing your lavish meal. 

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Queen Mary Island could be a new must-visit destination, and the answer to the ship’s problems

Queen Mary Island could be a new must-visit destination, and the answer to the ship’s problems

Last week it was announced the Queen Mary needs $289 million in repairs or else it could literally collapse into the ocean. Things are so bad that experts say at this rate of corrosion, it could be fall into disrepair within 10 years. 

The question that came to most people’s minds was who would pay for the repairs and with what money—and now we have an answer. 

The operators of the Queen Mary, Urban Commons, announced a $250-million plan to turn the property around the historic ship in Long Beach into what they are calling Queen Mary Island, which would include dining, shopping, concerts and even zip-lining. The operators believe a major entertainment complex like this is the best opportunity to provide the revenue needed for the Queen Mary’s repairs, and not just the ones currently needed, but those in the years to come as well. 

According to an L.A. Times report, Urban Commons also wants to bring the London-based Urban Legacies to the U.S., which includes 20 experiential activities such as ice climbing, a trampoline park, zip-lining and surfing in a 150,000-square-foot facility. 

The Queen Mary posted a video of what the projected plans could turn out like, and we have to be honest, it looks pretty cool. And if it means saving the Queen Mary, we are on board (pun intended). 

Exploring Los Angeles like the stars of Netflix’s ’Love’

Exploring Los Angeles like the stars of Netflix’s ’Love’

One of the best parts about watching Love, the hilarious romantic comedy series on Netflix starring Paul Rust and Gillian Jacobs, is seeing familiar sights and situations that make living in Los Angeles such a fun, frustrating and unique experience. The show does a great job highlighting both the city’s good and weird with a touch of affection.

It’s also pretty darn accurate. The characters walk to places sparingly, end up in weird parties at some rich dude’s house on a hill, and work in the entertainment industry. As we prepare to binge watch season two, we look back on the best local filming locations from season one.

Springwood Apartments
In real life: Formerly known as Oakwood Apartments, now called Toluca Hills Apartments

When the teenage study abroad students said they would miss the “drug dealers, child actors and sad divorce guys,” they were only slightly kidding. This giant complex with buildings from A to Z is located right across the street from Universal Studios and not too far from Warner Brothers, so it’s not unusual to find actors staying here during filming or dozens of child actors from different parts of the country in town for an audition. Gus living here makes sense because he works for a TV actress who probably films about a mile away.

A very hip retro diner
IRL: Brite Spot

Brite Spot used to occupy a large space in people’s hearts because they were reliable, especially after drinking an irresponsible amount of alcohol at the Gold Room or Little Joy. Walking in felt like coming home with a warm meal waiting. Unfortunately, the diner recently changed their hours and they now close at 3pm everyday. We’ll always have the memories.

A quick smoke at the gas station
IRL: We Got It! at United Oil

This is where the geography of the show becomes weird because Gus lives all the way in Toluca Lake, while this gas station is actually located in Echo Park, so this can’t possibly be his walkable neighborhood convenience store. But since this is fictional, let’s suspend our disbelief and just accept that this meet cute at the Sunset Boulevard gas station can happen.

Artsy walk down Sunset Boulevard
IRL: Plenty of murals, everywhere

As the unofficial mural capital of the U.S., these large artworks aren’t exclusive to the Eastside. This iconic piece can be found at the northeast corner of Sunset Boulevard and Echo Park Avenue. It was made over the course of a year (maybe a little more) and was completed in 2002 by artist Ricardo Mendoza.

Stairs?
IRL: Yes, Silver Lake has dozens of stairs.

It’s not unusual to walk down Sunset Boulevard and find a set of stairs leading up to another street. Los Angeles has so many stairs that there are several Meetup groups dedicated to conquering them. Most of these are located in the Eastside, specifically Silver Lake and Echo Park.

Epic first date with Bertie
IRL: Carondelet House, an event space

Unfortunately, you can’t have your own version of that epic first date between Gus and Bertie at this brick-walled establishment because it’s actually an event space. You can host your wedding here though! Thankfully, Los Angeles has no shortage of romantic restaurants.

A wild night with Andy Dick
IRL: Harvard and Stone

There’s no mistaking those distressed walls even under different lighting, that’s East Hollywood favorite Harvard and Stone, known for their great cocktails and burlesque shows.

Harassing people on the Metro with Andy Dick
IRL: You probably shouldn’t.

There’s already a shortage of Metro riders as it is, so it’s probably best to refrain from scaring the brave Angelenos who do ride it everyday. Unless it’s No Pants Subway Ride day, of course.

Last, but not least: someone’s car
IRL: There’s no escaping it.

Hey, if you live in Los Angeles, you already knew this and you’ve probably already accepted it. Maybe you even love it now. Plenty of time for podcasts and listening to albums from start to finish!

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Wilshire Grand Center’s construction continues, and these renderings show the epic rooftop bar that’s to come

Wilshire Grand Center’s construction continues, and these renderings show the epic rooftop bar that’s to come

We’ve been watching it grow for months, and now that constructions seems to be complete on the outside of the Wilshire Grand Center, we’ve started wondering what’s going on inside. While it’s still very much a construction site, there is light at the end of the tunnel. The building is set to open in early summer, including the debut of the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown hotel and its 73rd floor Sky Deck Bar. 

The recent summer weather has us pining for some rooftop drinks, which will be taken to new levels (literally) with this opening as it’s being billed as “the tallest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere.” So hopefully none of you are afraid of heights. The bar will have 360-degree views and will offer signature cocktails and a bar menu. Can’t wait? Check out the rendering below for a little taste of what’s to come.

The design for the hotel is being described as sophisticated, edgy and metropolitan. It will feature nearly 900 rooms, and in addition to the Sky Deck Bar, there will also be a steakhouse with a French twist on the 71st floor and an all-encompassing restaurant on the 69th floor that will serve everything from pizza to sushi. 

An opening day for the building has yet to be announced, but from these photos of the inside construction it definitely seems like they are making progress. And as soon as there is a set date, we’ll be sure to let you know! 

All photos courtesy Wilshire Grand Center

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Immerse yourself in ’Beauty and the Beast’ at this El Capitan event with memorabilia, a tea party and more

Immerse yourself in ’Beauty and the Beast’ at this El Capitan event with memorabilia, a tea party and more

Life isn’t always a fairy tale—but we’re giving you permission to pretend for a couple of hours. Experience Disney’s new Beauty and the Beast remake to the fullest by buying tickets to see the film at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, where you’ll be able to see costumes and memorabilia from the production, and then dance off to a special tea party inspired by the film.

Want to imagine what you might look like in Belle’s buttercup-yellow ball gown or the Beast’s fetching tail-coat and breeches? If so, you’ll want to take a walk through the exhibit of items from the production to soak in every last stitch and detail. The El Capitan theater has also been decorated for Beauty and the Beast with an exclusive Swarovski-crystal decorated curtain, pulled over the movie screen for a pre-show light and projection show set to new music composed for the film. The light show will make its debut at already-sold-out fan preview event on March 16 and will continue for the run of screenings through April 30.

To keep the magic going a little bit longer, fans can upgrade to the Sip and See Package, which includes not only VIP seating for the film showing of your choice along with complementary movie snacks, but also a special visit to the adjacent Disney Studio Store and Ghirardelli Soda Fountain for a Mrs. Potts-worthy tea session complete with biscotti and a cup of an exclusive new tea blend from Twinnings made just to celebrate the film.

Beauty and the Beast will show at El Capitan theater from March 16 to April 30. Tickets are available online at $13 to $16 for general admission or $26 for VIP. Sip and See Packages are $27 and include VIP admission.   

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TLC’s ’Cake Boss’ is opening a Santa Monica bakery

TLC’s ’Cake Boss’ is opening a Santa Monica bakery

The bakery made famous by TLC’s television series Cake Boss is opening a local outpost. Soon fans of the cake and pastry chain will be able to get their sweet fix right on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica.

Carlo’s Bake Shop is a family-run bakery that opened in Hoboken, New Jersey, way back in 1910. The namesake founder, Carlo Guastaffero, sold it to Bartolo Valastro Sr. in 1964. His son, Bartolo Valastro Jr., better known as Buddy, is the “cake boss” who runs the place now. In addition to a hit TV show, the brand has also expanded to locations around the world—Santa Monica will be number 20.

Elaborately decorated multi-tiered cakes are a specialty of Carlo’s Bake Shop, making the chain a favorite for those planning weddings or celebrating milestone birthdays. If the offerings at the Santa Monica location are similar to previous outlets, there will also be an array of classic pastries, cannoli and other Italian-leaning confections. Some locations also offer cake workshops, not unlike Duff’s Cakemix, the local bakery from fellow reality-TV pastry chef Duff Goldman.

No formal announcement of an opening date has yet been made, but the space is in progress and a Facebook page for the location has been set up by the company. The new bakery will have some auspicious neighbors, including the much-anticipated West Coast outpost of popular ramen shop Ipuddo Ramen. 

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Kaaboo 2017 lineup includes Muse, Jane’s Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers

Kaaboo 2017 lineup includes Muse, Jane’s Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers

If Coachella is a sun-soaked paradise for millennials and Desert Trip an upscale nostalgia trip for boomers, then the San Diego area’s Kaaboo is something in between: a resort-like music festival for Gen X-ers stocked with contemporary radio staples and ’90s throwbacks.

The Kaaboo 2017 lineup includes headlining sets by Red Hot Chili Peppers, P!nk, Muse and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers across three days at the oceanfront Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds.

Aside from a couple of Top 40 radio headliners (David Guetta, Jason Derulo, Kesha) much of the lineup is straight out of the ’90s (Weezer, Jane’s Addiction, Ice Cube, Alanis Morissette, Garbage, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Live… Smash Mouth) with a couple of curious outliers, like Michael McDonald and DJ Diesel—perhaps better known as Lakers great and Kazaam star Shaquille O’Neal.

Tickets are on sale now, starting at $259 for a general admission three-day “Hang Loose” pass. That’ll also get you into the comedy stage and arts fair, as well as access to for-purchase tasting experiences and spa services. The $799 VIP “Hang Five” pass throws in expedited entry and dedicated seating areas, access to a Thursday night preview party and VIP-only performances by Barenaked Ladies and the Dan Band. For the small sum of $2,799, the “Hang Ten” pass basically makes all of those buy-up perks “complimentary” and throws in backstage access, a car service to the event and a golf cart to shuttle you around the festival grounds.

Kaaboo takes place September 15-17 at the Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds.

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