The Foundation of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Expands College Scholarship Program!

Past Scholarship Winner Julia Wilson McKay; Photo Courtesy of NATAS

Past Scholarship Winner Julia Wilson McKay; Photo Courtesy of NATAS

And…please stay tuned: For now comes the time of year when the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences dispenses all manner of honor regarding every facet of the respective television industry, but also recognizes its up-and-comers in the form of noted and prestigious College Scholarships! Even more exciting, NATAS has just expanded said scholastic agenda with its latest award distinguishing Hispanic or Latino students with emergent careers in television!

The $10,000 annual educational endowment, entitled the Randy Falco Scholarship, is gifted to a Hispanic or Latino student pursuing a career in any facet of television production. Involving a minimum six year commitment, it distinctively honors trade Continue reading

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POP FOUND: 2 Day Pop Up Store Launch Of Sibio

imageLinda Carmella Sibio is launching her new Sibio line with a special Pop Up Store featuring a new line of t-shirts and hand-painted vintage shirts, as well as original hand-painted fabrics by the artist. The Sibio launch will take place Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm at the late iconic artist Rachel Rosenthal Company’s performance space, Espace DbD. The space will be transformed into a retail boutique selling wearable art from three lines (Hip Madness, Octa Root, and Mayan Visions). Pop Found will feature Sibio’s original designs on textiles, high-quality t-shirts, and vintage shirts for men and women. The artist will also stage mini performance art pieces throughout the weekend. The event will include an installation of Marsha Perloff’s whimsical assemblage art dolls integrated with Sibio’s eclectic designs. You can find more information is on the Sibio Event page here and Sibio’s Crazy for a Day online shop at

Linda Carmella Sibio was part of Andy Warhol’s factory as a silk screener and mentored by Rachel Rosenthal for 30 years. Since 1985 she has expressed her her art in different mediums that include: painting, insillations and performance art. She sights Marcel Duchamp’s “The Bride Stripped Bare byte Bachelor’s Even,” Foucault’s “Madness and Civilation” and Antonin Artaud’s “Theater and Its Double. This is a rather nice slate of artists to draw from beside being part of Andy Warhol’s Factory.  Continue reading

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Los Angeles Magazine Hosts its First Annual Whiskey Festival

Photo by Elise Thompson

Photo by Elise Thompson

This month’s LA Magazine featured an editorial by Ed Leibowitz, “Whiskey A Go Go: A 100-Proof Guide to the City’s Favorite Spirit.” Celebrate this exciting article by joining Los Angeles magazine for its first-ever Whiskey Festival on Thursday, February 18 from 7:30pm to 10:00pm at the LaBrea Tar Pits and Museum. Whiskey and dinosaurs? Are you kidding me? Race you there!

Sip the finest varietals, learn some new cocktail recipes and enjoy fine foods from TGIS Catering. Experts representing brands such as Bulleit, Glenmorangie, Kikori, and Old Forester will be on hand to discuss their favorites. Live music provided by The Aaron Durr Band, and complimentary cigars and shoeshines will be available. How manly is that? You should be growing more hair on your chest already, even if you’re a woman.

Tickets are $75 (all food and cocktails are included) and available for purchase at on the website. Please note all attendees must be 21 years or older. Free parking is available after 7pm in the LACMA lot at Wilshire and Spaulding. Proceeds will go to The United Way, the magazine’s philanthropic partner on this event.

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PPLA’s Annual Food Fair Returns to Santa Monica March 3rd

Images courtesy of PPLA

Images courtesy of PPLA

On Thursday, March 3rd, Food Fare will celebrate its 50th anniversary at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. The event, which started as a cooking demonstration with Julia Child in 1979, has become Planned Parenthood LA’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Enjoy treats from hundreds of LA’s best restaurants, caterers, wineries, breweries, libations and vendors, plus entertainment, raffles and auctions. There will be two sessions: a daytime session from 11:00 AM – 2:00PM, and an evening session from 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM. The evening session appears to have more participants and more “celebrity” chefs.

Participating restaurants include A.O.C., Auntie Em’s, Angelini Osteria, Bar Pinxto, Border Grill, Chichen Itza, Craft, Drago Centro, Girasol, Jar, Knuckle & Claw, Lucques, Mexikosher, Mud Hen Tavern, Pinches Tacos, Playa Provisions, Salt & Straw ice cream, Tavern, Rose Cafe, Starry Kitchen at Button Mash, the always philanthropic Pink’s Hot Dogs, and the soon-to-close Joe’s Restaurant. This year, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles (PPLA) is recognizing its very first Restaurateur of the Year. “The honor has been proudly presented to Jenny Rush, head and founder of the Blue Plate Restaurant Group in Los Angeles.”

Tickets for Food Fare are now available on the website or by calling (213) 284-3300. Advance purchase tickets for Food Fare 2015 are $150 for the daytime session (11:00 AM – 2:00PM) and $250 for the evening session (6:30 PM – 9:30 PM). PPLA Food Fare 2016 will take place at Barker Hangar located at 3021 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

Proceeds from Food Fare benefit Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. “Planned Parenthood Los Angeles provides care to over 150,000 women, men, and teens each year…Over 93% of the work we do is preventive, including life-saving cancer screenings, birth control… breast health services…information and counseling. To learn more about Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, visit our website.”

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2oolander: Why I Like Number 2

I took my 17 year old and his buddy to see 2oolander tonight, and we laughed through the entire movie. In fact, the whole theater did. I found all of the cameos amusing; beginning with Justin Bieber and ending with Tommy Hilfiger. I was impressed that Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson looked just about the same, 15 years after the original. I love to look at Penelope Cruz in anything; a bikini, Glamour magazine, a movie sequel. What’s not to love? Zoolander2 was exactly what I expected- cheap laughs at celebrities’ expense floating along a thin, ridiculous plot. Just like the first movie.

I went online to get a promo photo of the movie and found out that most reviews are unfavorable. People are disappointed in Zoolander 2. I don’t understand why. I wasn’t expecting it to be seriously funny. I was expecting it to be really, really, ridiculously good looking, and it was.

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Drama Performer Pre-Nominations revealed for the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards!

Photo Courtesy of NATAS

Photo Courtesy of NATAS

On January 27th the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences fanned the flames of suspense surrounding the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards with its gloriously anticipated announcement of the Drama Performer Pre-nominations!

The manner of voting encompassed an online ballot sent to all registered and eligible colleagues doubling as judges. Each ballot featured all entrants in each of the four following categories:  Lead Actor and Actress and Supporting Actor and Actress.  The list of performers was organized in complete arbitrary fashion irrespective of show affiliation and title with a clip of each player in action to ensure not only as thorough and astute a representation but a most entertaining assessment session to boot!

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A Disguise to Die For: Mystery, Costumes and Murder!

Photo by Billy Bennight for The Los Angeles Beat

Photo by Billy Bennight for The Los Angeles Beat

It was a festive launch party with treats and beverages at the one and only Ozzie Dots in Los Feliz. The event was for Diane Vallere, a Hollywood resident and Vice President of Sisters in Crime to introduce her new cozy mystery series “A Disguise To Die For”  Ozzie Dots is one of LA’s premiere haunts for costumers and designers in pursuit of the odd and the exotic wardrobe and costume needs. It was the perfect place to have a book signing. Diane nestled cozily in the front corner of the shop wearing a very lovely pink dress and a huge multi-colored poke-a-dot clown tie she borrowed from Ozzie Dots inventory.

Diane has had a long-term interest in costume and fashion, given she was once a fashion buyer for Neiman Marcus,before reinventing herself as an author of 11 murder mystery books, where her love of fashion influences her brand. Diane explains that her fiction, “is for women who are into shoes, clues, and clothes.” Diane explained the meaning of “cozy mystery” which indicates there’s no graphic violence, there’s no graphic sex, and there is no swearing. Diane owes this current series of cozy mysteries to a lunch meeting with her editor and her bear, in this case a white yeti onesie made from faux fur. The bear is known as “Bear Vallere” and it has a Facebook fan page.
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The Last Ever Winter Liquid Kitty Punk Rock BBQ

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DGA Award Winner Charles Haid Helms “Altman’s Last Stand” at the Zephyr Theatre

Altman's Last Stand

The poster for Altman’s Last Stand.  Poster courtesy of The Zephyr Theatre.

“Years ago, a now famous psychiatrist in London mentioned an Auschwitz survivor that he was treating. It had a profound effect on me when he told me that the elderly Jew had attempted suicide. That story continued to follow me. I gave this anonymous senior a name and then I realized that he, Franz Altman, was a metaphor for the underdog’s of our world learning to fight for their place in modern society!” – Charles Dennis, Playwright

Charles Haid, a four time Emmy nominated and Los Angeles Drama Critic’s Circle Award nominated director and producer, has teamed up with writer Charles Dennis to bring to Los Angeles an exciting new play: Altman’s Last Stand. The play, now going into it’s fifth night tonight at Los Angeles’s acclaimed Zephyr Theatre, is receiving rave reviews by both critics and audiences alike. The play will run from Feb 6th – Mar 13th.

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Winter Is Officially Over – Hollywood Bowl Announces 2016 Lineup

The Hollywood Bowl

The Hollywood Bowl

In cities around the world, people will be celebrating the onset of Spring and the gradual fading of winter.  In some locales, this is marked by melting snow, the return of foliage, and the lifting of the general malaise some people feel around this time.  Here in our fine city, nothing marks the onset of the “SpringSummerFall” season like The Hollywood Bowl announcing their new lineup.

Sure, a Los Angeles spring season can best be described as a weekend or two in March when it’s in the 60’s, and the fall?  That’s just summer without the oppressive heat and a pile of dead leaf matter on the lawn.  But when The Bowl announces their new lineup, it’s a rebirth of sorts, at least it is for me.  In what can only be described as the most beautiful outdoor concert venue anywhere, there are some epic acts lined up to take the stage.  ELO is going to fly in on their multicoloured space ship; Jeff Beck and Buddy Guy are going to set the place on fire with dueling guitar pyrotechnics, and the soft, quiet genius of our youth, Brian Wilson is going to be performing selections from Pet Sounds, the very album which inspired The Beatles “Sgt. Pepper”.

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