Author Archives: Monique A. LeBleu

About Monique A. LeBleu

Monique A. LeBleu is a writer, photographer, videographer, and shameless foodie and wineaux. A love of film history and a background in film production, post-production, and film theory provide unique insights into her movie reviews. As well, a background in technical theater fuels her passion on all-things theater. As a foodie, living in the ever-growing and diverse culinary landscape that is the City of Los Angeles feeds her never-ending pursuit of the perfect comfort food—the world's best Mac n' Cheese!

Where Mardi Gras is 365

Mardi Gras World, located in New Orleans and opened in 1984 to the public, is a 300,000 square foot “working” warehouse where Kern Studios has made floats for the Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans since 1947. The enormous warehouse … Continue reading

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‘The Great American Takeout’ to Help Support the Restaurant Industry

The Great American Takeout begins today, March 24, 2020, as hungry would-be sit down diners are encouraged to order at least one delivery or pick-up meal in support of the restaurant industry that is currently taking a hit during the coronavirus … Continue reading

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‘KCRW’S Left, Right & Center Live!’ Primed for Pre-Super Tuesday at the ‘Broad Stage’

KCRW’S own popular local prime time and NPR nationally syndicated radio show, “Left, Right & Center,” will be live at The Broad Stage, this coming Thursday, February 20, 2020. The nearly sold-out show will feature a panel of guests, as … Continue reading

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Alternative Valentine’s Week Activities for the Discerning Non-Conformist

With contributions by Elise Thompson. Mirror, mirror, on the wall, which holiday is the most manipulative of all? Over-booked exclusive restaurants, if-you-have-to-ask-you-can’t-afford-it roses, and after-dinner bedroom stress and apprehension: everyone has had that one bad date in their lives. And … Continue reading

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The ‘LA LGBT Center’ ‘Center South’ in Leimert Park Opens

The grand opening of the’s new location, Center South The Los Angeles LGBT Center, in the Leimert Park neighborhood of South Los Angeles is Saturday, January 11, 2019, from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. The Center South will be open to self-guided tours … Continue reading

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Christmas Day L.A. Escape: What’s Open Late

Full of excess holiday cheer or not full enough? Got an empty fridge or just need a wee escape? Here are a few watering holes, places to eat, and other ways to slip away from the excessively festive and hectically … Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Marlowe’ Dominate the Cosmos with ‘School of Night”s ‘Klingon Tamburlaine’

Director Christopher Johnson and The School of Night have brought back their Hollywood Fringe Festival 2019 production of “Klingon Tamburlaine” to the Ruby Theater the Complex Hollywood, playing until Saturday, November 9, 2019. Together, with loads of hand-to-hand combat drama … Continue reading

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‘Refinery29′ Brings Back Popular Pop-up Photo Op ’29Rooms’

Refinery29 returns to Los Angeles with “29Rooms: Expand Your Reality,” opening Friday, November 8, 2019, and continuing until Sunday, November 17, 2019. This popular returning pop-up immersive experience “festival of cause, culture, and creativity” comes to a Beverly Space by HD … Continue reading

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‘Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center’ Brings 25th Annual African American Film Festival and Shorts Showcase

Today through Sunday, October 23 – 27, 2019, the African American Film Market Place & S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase Live in Los Angeles. The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) is currently holding its 25th Annual African American … Continue reading

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