Enjoy the Sea Air October 11th at the “Taste of the Pier, King Harbor and Waterfront”

Kent Kanouse via Flickr

Kent Kanouse via Flickr

Sunday, October 11th, from 12noon until 4:00pm, ‘Taste of the Pier, King Harbor & Waterfront” returns to Redondo Beach for its 6th year. The event, during which visitors embark on a self-guided walking tour, will include tastes, sips and surprises from over 50 restaurants and shops along the entire Redondo Beach waterfront. You can also expect live music and “family fun.”

Guests purchase tasting tickets at the event for $1 each and exchange them anywhere they like. It is not always a one ticket for one bite exchange, some items may require two or three tickets. I wonder if I could get a Mai Tai at Tony’s for 10 tasting tickets. “Each restaurant will feature a different menu item and non-food retailers will offer other discounts and items.” I am fairly certain some items may be made out of shells and I might expect a toe ring. Some of the participants we like are Tony’s on the Pier,  R10 Social House, Kincaid’s Restaurant, King Harbor Brewing Co’s tasting room and The Slip Bar & Eatery.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Cancer Support Community.

Photo by Kent Kanouse via Flickr

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American Horror Story: Hotel Starts Wednesday. What We Know so Far…

American Horror Story: Hotel premieres this Wednesday, October 7th at 10pm on FX. The story revolves around the sinister Hotel Cortez, which was inspired by old movies and the infamous Hotel Cecil in DTLA. According to horror blog Something Disgusting, the Hotel was “built in 1930 by the rich and charming but deeply psychotic James March (Evan Peters), the beautiful art-deco hotel is, in actuality, a labyrinthine structure built to hide March’s murderous activities (think dead ends, secret rooms, endless shafts).”

Hotel Cortez is now owned by The Countess (Lady Gaga), a bloodsucker with a nefarious plan and a passel of ten identical 8 year-old bloodsucking blonde children dressed like English schoolchildren. Creator Ryan Murphy wants to clarify that they are not vampires, but more like a “blood virus.”

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Amber Rose Brought “SlutWalk LA” to Pershing Square in DTLA

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All Photos by Billy Bennight for The Los Angeles Beat

On Saturday, there was a large mixed gathering supporting Amber Rose‘s SlutWalk LA at Pershing Square supporting LGBT civil rights and women’s empowerment. Two blocks of South Olive were closed for the kick-off so all could gather at the intersection of South Olive and 7th where the rally took place. Lots of scantily clad women were in attendance, and the crowd thickened as the marching time approached. This time was used by people at the rally to grab or make a customized poster. Of course, more and more signs keep popping up as the speeches and rally grew.

There were  a lot of topless and lingerie looks from the women there, expressing their liberty to dress up for fun and enjoy being themselves without the criticism, pejorative language or glares of unwanted and insensitive prying eyes. Amber mentioned the false perception of women in an interview when she said, ” The authorities and men will label women basically, insinuating that they were wanting to get touched, because they were wearing a short skirt or they had a bra top on, they were asking for it! I know, from personally having male friends that they would see a girl in a club, that would be dancing very sexy and she’d have a short skirt on and they would be, she’s ready to go, she’s good to go. Maybe she’s just having fun and she’s with her friends and she’s doesn’t like you and she doesn’t want to have sex with you!” It’s all pretty simple; you shouldn’t judge people by their appearance!

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Middle-Aged Rebel: Almost Fifty

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Phantosmia: An Historic Guide to Aromatic Hauntings in L.A. Happening Tonight!

Image courtesy of Phantosmia

Image courtesy of Phantosmia

Put your shoes on and grab your keys. You only have four hours until the kickoff party for one of the most original ghost tours in LA. The Institute for Art and Olfaction (IAO) and Ghost Hunters of Urban Los Angeles (GHOULA) have teamed up to create s self-guided tour “highlighting locations notable for paranormal disturbances uniquely driven by scent.”

Inspired by the fact that hauntings are often accompanied by unique fragrances, such as cheap perfume or cigar smoke, IOA is offering a Phantosmia Perfume Kit composed by members of The Smelly Vials Perfume Club. The kit contains 13 vials which recreate the scents of local hauntings, including Peg Entwistle’s sweet gardenia perfume, Miguel Leonis’ soap, and “the phantom smell of Rudolph Valentino’s horse lingering at the former site of Falcon’s Lair.” The kit comes with a  printed guide and a map to 13 haunted locations around LA. You can pick up your kit between 5pm and 7pm Saturday while enjoying the party at The Institute for Art and Olfaction in Chinatown. Continue reading

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Family Band – Van Halen Burns Down Hollywood

DSC_1558I’m not supposed to be here tonight, I’m supposed to be at the Lisa Fischer show over at the opposite end of the city, but as fate would have it, I’m at The Bowl instead, making that long climb up to the press gate. If you like long hikes up steep hills, become a photographer and go to the bowl. Not that I’m complaining mind you, I still love this place. The intimacy, the history, the architecture, and the sound of a well-amped band roiling through the seats and up the hills. So back to fate. Without fanfare, an email from the Van Halen people pops up telling me I’ve been granted “photo only” status for the show. I’m fine with that, because I don’t really want to see Van Halen (or so I think). I want to shoot the show more than I want to hear it. The last two times I was at a Van Halen show, I was not at all impressed. David Lee Roth mumbled his way through the few songs I stayed for, dressed in his “Spanish bullfighter-meets bellboy” outfit, Eddie wasn’t his usual brilliant self, Alex hid behind a massive kit, and they replaced Mike Anthony with Wolfgang, something fans still seem unable to accept. Don’t get me wrong, I love Van Halen (on vinyl), I just came away from the last show I saw somewhat disappointed. Until tonight. Maybe not having to shoot from the sound board has something to do with it?  This is how you win back the field!!!

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Amber Rose Gives Los Angeles an Opportunity To Take A Stand: “SlutWalk” is On!

Photo by Billy Bennight for The Los Angeles Beat

Photo by Billy Bennight for The Los Angeles Beat

Today Amber Rose met with the press at the prestigious City Club in DTLA to bring attention to Amber Rose Foundation’s “SlutWalk,” which is from noon to 5PM tomorrow, Saturday Oct. 3rd, at Pershing Square.

“SlutWalk” is about asserting yourself without fear or apprehension in public spaces or public places. Those in attendance will be able to declare that no woman is “asking for it” no matter what she chooses to wear or how she chooses to look! At today’s press conference Amber was cordial and articulate about her position on feminism and her choice of lifestyle.

The very first Slutwalk was held in Toronto in 2011 as a reaction to a police officer publicly stating, “…women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.” The Slutwalk soon spread around the world. The walk aims to stop victim blaming, slut shaming and rape culture.

Some of the women marchers protest by dressing scantily, asserting their right to dress “like a slut” without fear of reprisal. For those who want to fly their “Freak Flag” high, or those of like mind and feelings the group will assemble at Pershing Square at 11Am. You can follow the “SlutWalk” on Twitter. There will be booths, speakers and entertainment for all to join in on the celebration of freedom, self-expression and empowerment without stigma of slut shaming.

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LA Magazine’s “The Food Event” Celebrates its 10th Year October 18th at Saddlerock Ranch

Black Market's Chile Rellenos

Black Market’s Chile Rellenos

There is no location as beautiful as the bucolic Saddlerock Ranch, and no experience better suited to the environment than Los Angeles magazine’s “The Food Event.” Between 2pm and 5pm Sunday, October 18, you can enjoy unlimited tastings from some of LA’s best restaurants, plus pours from wineries, spirits, beer, and chef demos. It provides an opportunity to sample bites from LA’s newest restaurants and see what your old favorites are up to.

This year Neal Fraser (Redbird), Brooke Williamson (Playa Provisions), and Eric Greenspan, (Maré) will be presenting the chef’s cooking demonstrations. Some of our favorite participating restaurants include Animal, Badmaash, Birch, Cliff’s Edge, Hatchet Hall, Faith & Flower, Knuckle & Claw, Little Sister, Petty Cash, Playa Provisions, POT, Republique, Scopa/Black Market, Steak & Whiskey, Sweetfin Poke, Terrine, and Union.

Do wear flats so your heels don’t sink into the grass, and we recommend closed-toe shoes, because you may be parking in a pasture. It is a ranch. And yes, there are horses, and camels, and even zebras. Must be 21 and older. No pets allowed unless they are camels or zebras. Admission is $125 per person–admission includes all demonstrations, food, beverages, and parking fees. Purchase tickets here. There will be an after party at Calamigos Ranch for an additional $10. Proceeds benefit Kids Courage.

Chef John Rivera Sedlar Makes Sure Everyone Gets Fed

Chef John Rivera Sedlar Makes Sure Everyone Gets Fed

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The Pink Lady and Barbara Van Orden’s “Senior Star Search” Foments Fresh-Faced Innovative Energy into Barnsdall Park Gallery Theatre!

Photo Courtesy of Bill Dow Photography

Photo Courtesy of Bill Dow Photography

A former backup singer for Keith Richards, one of the original cast members of Jesus Christ Superstar, an additional erstwhile backup singer for Carly Simon, and a local, loveable Santa Claus impersonator walk into an auditorium… Sounds like the opening of a joke, but really, it describes Hollywood’s long overdue competition for any and all talented folk 55-and-older also known as (and aptly named) Senior Star Search!  Created by The Pink Lady and Barbara Van Orden in conjunction with Not Born Yesterday, this nod to the original 80’s Ed McMahon-hosted-talent showcase honors those 55-and-older former, current or budding professionals and their talent! Sporting cowboy hats, leather vests, Stilettos, bejeweled kaftans, and form fitting dresses each and every contestant’s Continue reading

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Sunday Supper at Lucques October 11th Showcases Dishes from the New Cookbook by Ruth Reichl

CHOCOLATE CAKE THAT CURES EVERYTHING (From "My KItchen Year" Courtesy of Random House. Used with Permission).

CHOCOLATE CAKE THAT CURES EVERYTHING (From “My KItchen Year” Courtesy of Random House. Used with Permission).

We were all shocked by the sudden cancellation of Gourmet Magazine in 2009. Former editor-in-chief Ruth Reichl responded to the crisis by returning to her kitchen, and became inspired by local farmer’s markets and exciting new ingredients. The result is her latest book, “My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life.”

On Sunday, October 11, Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne welcome Ruth Reichl to Lucques for “The Supper that Cures Everything,” featuring recipes culled from “My Kitchen Year.” Ruth Reichl will be present to meet guests and sign books.

“The dinner begins with  Ruth’s Creamed Lobster Claws on Toasted Brioche, followed by a fall salad of Puntarelle with Anchovy Dressing, burrata, pecorino and breadcrumbs. The main course is Michael’s Grilled London Broil with red onions, tomatoes and cream & new potatoes with green garlic. And Ruth’s Cake that Cures Everything will be served for dessert.” Yes, the same delicious cake in the picture above.

The Sunday Supper with Ruth Reichl will be available as a $75 per person prix-fixe menu. Books are sold separately at $35.00 each. Lucques will offer optional wine pairings ($40) from boutique producers selected by Caroline Styne. The special Sunday Supper is a ticketed event only; reservations may be made online with RESY or by calling the restaurant at 323.655.6277. Dinner starts promptly at 5pm.

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