Tony Marsico Book Release for ‘Late Nights with Bob Dylan’ at La Luz Tonight

Cisco and Dewey (courtesy of Reverberations Media)

Cisco and Dewey (courtesy of Reverberations Media)

July 29th, 2015, from 7-10 PM La Luz de Jesus will be hosting the book release party for “Late Nights with Bob Dylan” by Tony Marsico. The event will include a reading, book signing, and live music by Cisco & Dewey.

Tony Marsico chronicles his 30 years as a musician playing with classic LA bands the Plugz and Cruzados, then his transition into working as a session musician. He has played bass for Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Roger Daltrey, Marianne Faithful, Dr. John, Matthew Sweet, and of course, Bob Dylan. Tony’s current projects include the lounge band, The Martini Kings.

Around 2004, he met up with vocalist and harmonica player Darran “Dewey” Falcone and started collaborating on songs. Their careers took them in different directions, but they reunited last year.  Now Cicsco & Dewey will perform a live set at this book reading and signing. Tony Marsico will also be a guest on Luxuria Music’s radio show “Over Under Sideways Down” from 3-4 PM today

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Nominees for the 36th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards Announced!

Photo Courtesy of BHBPR

Photo Courtesy of BHBPR

Say! Who’s made the next great educational film—to rival that of Ken burns’ Baseball Series? And while we’re at it, were there any news stories this past year to rival the arrival of Caitlyn Jenner?

Answers to these and other such questions only began to be answered on July 22 when NATAS, otherwise known as the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 36th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards.  Expected to welcome over 1400 television and news media industry executives, news and documentary producers, and journalists alike, the ceremony will include 45 categories and will take place Monday September 28th 2015 at Lincoln Center David Geffen Hall (formerly Continue reading

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Priv Tones It Up in Malibu

Styled by Just Fab

Styled by Just Fab

On-demand beauty and wellness app PRIV hosted an aerobics fitness hour in Malibu on Friday. Led by Tone It Up Girls Karena and Katrina, we started with a cardio fit workout ending with a simple and relaxing yoga session on the sand. Post-class, guests cooled off in the surf, then headed over to the Kia Beach House where we replenished with healthy brunch bites, Gevalia iced coffee with almond milk, and Chef Alex Williams’ avocado and chicken wraps, fresh fruit salad cups, smoothies, green juices, and veggie skewers. We also luxuriated with Priv’s beach massages, manicures, and and beach braids. At the end of the event, we were gifted with Just Fab clothing and waterproof cosmetics courtesy of Cargo.

PRIV is currently available in New York City, Los Angeles and London. It is the only on-demand free wellness app to bring your favorite services, along with its highly-vetted professionals directly to you — anytime, anywhere — with tax and tip included in all prices. Tone It Up have brought a fresh approach to getting fit with their fun, energetic, girlfriend-to-girlfriend community method of motivational fitness. Founders Karena and Katrina have graced the pages of Shape, SELF, In Style, Women’s Health and People Magazine with their successful brand of fitness and nutrition programs, beach workouts, retreats, DVDs,  and Tone It Up community.

Photos courtesy Dan Steinberg.

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Have You Missed Starry Kitchen’s Balls? Us Too. Uber Eats is Here to Save Us All!

Awesome pic by by Kim Fox, Photographer

Awesome pic by by Kim Fox, Photographer

Ever since Starry Kitchen, Nguyen and Thi Tran’s pop-up-legit restaurant in Chinatown closed, our taste buds have been very sad. Although they will be publishing a cookbook with Harper One, I am certain I can never reproduce Singapore Crab with half the skill of Thi Tran.

Starry Kitchen is always on the cutting edge, and once again they are at the forefront of things that will confuse your mother. Uber, the car service we all know and love, now does food delivery in DTLA+West LA. On July 9th, there was a test run and so many people ordered Starry Kitchen’s Malaysian Chicken Curry they broke Uber’s system! And yes, the curry is served with a side of Crispy Tofu Balls.

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Starz Brings Back Evil Dead as a Television Series Starring Bruce Campbell and Lucy Lawless

“Ash vs. Evil Dead,” the first installment in the Evil Dead franchise since “Army of Darkness” in 1992, will premier on Starz Saturday, October 31 at 9 PM. The original filmmakers Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell, along with Craig DiGregorio, are filming in New Zealand and have ten half-hour episodes already in the can. They also have a larger storyline that will carry them through multiple seasons.

When asked during their ComicCon panel why they were producing a cable television program instead of another movie, Sam Raimi explained that as they wrote the next movie it kept getting longer and longer. They needed more time to get Ash out of the fix they had left him in (The original ending of “Army of Darkness” had Ash sleeping late and waking up in a post-apocolyptic nightmare). They also wanted more time for Ash to get in and out of various predicaments. They jokingly referred to the 10-episode first season as a “Five-hour movie.”

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Photo Essay: Weirdos, The Adolescents and CH3 at the Roxy


All photos by Martin Wong. All rights reserved.

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VidCon Day 3: Photo Gallery

VidCon goers having a dance off at the Anaheim Convention Center. Photo by Genesia Ting for the Los Angeles Beat.

VidCon goers having a dance off at the Anaheim Convention Center. Photo by Genesia Ting for the Los Angeles Beat.

Those who fully embraced the VidCon experience were definitely exhausted by the end of the three-day convention.  The three days of hustle and bustle finally came to a close.  Many YouTubers dropped huge announcements, including (in no particular order):

  • Troye Sivan – new upcoming EP, titled “Wild”
  • Tyler Oakley – new autobiographical novel, titled “Binge”
  • Mamrie Hart, Grace Helbig, and Hannah Hart – new movie (unannounced title)
  • Lilly Singh – upcoming documentary, titled “A Trip to Unicorn Island”
  • Jenn McAllister and Jack Baran – new show, titled “First Times with Jenn and Jack”
  • Glozell – becoming a mother!
  • Jenna Marbles – announcing her wax figure from Madame Tussauds
  • Miranda Sings – revealing her “uncle” character within the next year
  • AJ Rafael – new clothing line named “Bounded Co.”
  • Sam Tsui – new upcoming album (unannounced title)

and much more!

Check out VidCon Day 1 photos here.  Check out VidCon Day 2 photos here.

You can view more higher resolution photos from VidCon Day 3 here.

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Behind The Art Behind The Music – Conversations With Ernie Cefalu – Part I

Ernie Cefalu - Creative Genius

Ernie Cefalu – Creative Genius

It’s one of those rare days in Los Angeles. Rare not only because it’s July and the temps are just right, but rare because I’ve just spent the day discussing rock history, album covers, anecdotes about rock icons, and art with a man who is at the center of these topics; Ernie Cefalu. And what a day it’s been! I’ve been transported back to the Haight Ashbury’s summer of love, ridden through time with notables such as Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Jefferson Airplane, and The Rolling Stones, rode the wave of the 80’s music industry’s decline, to arrive back in the present.

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Offbeat L.A. Takes a Video Trip to the Historic & Cool Bob Baker Puppet Theater

The author visits the Bob Baker puppets (photo by Chris Carlone)

The author visits the Bob Baker puppets (photo by Chris Carlone)

Bob Baker Theater is the oldest puppet theater in the United States. Its founder Bob Baker passed away in November 2014, but the show must go on. Come on a fascinating 3-minute video journey with Offbeat L.A. host Nikki Kreuzer as we explore this vintage theater… 

Bob Baker Marionette Theater: 1345 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA  90026; (213) 250-9995.


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Offbeat L.A.: Gone Fishin’…Troutdale in Agoura- Stocked Trout Ponds for Fun & Relaxation

Troutdale since 1938 (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

Troutdale since 1938 (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

The author tries her hand at fishing (photo by Traci Murray)

The author tries her hand at fishing (photo by Traci Murray)

Tucked away in Agoura, on mountainous Kanan Road, between the 101 freeway and the Pacific Coast Highway, lies an unusual and peaceful sanctuary that has been a destination for pond fishing since the 1930s. Two man-made ponds, surrounded by shady trees and rustic benches, form the enclave of Troutdale, a place where time stands still. Built in 1938, Troutdale is a family owned business, currently on its 3rd owner. The two ponds are 12-feet deep and stocked with about 800-900 trout each. Although this is essentially a disneyland version of fishing, it is relaxing and fun. It is particularly good for children or adults who have never fished before. Continue reading

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