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!

The Spring Joshua Tree Music Fest returns for a more intimate festival experience

Nestled within the Joshua Tree Lake and Campgrounds, the Joshua Tree Musical Festival will feature five stages and 40 acres to fill four days and nights with soul-lifting, high-energy music, art, workshops, and more, this Thursday through Sunday, May 12-15, … Continue reading

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A Generous Helping of ‘Lunch,’ Served at the Moroccan Lounge and Nuart

Lydia Lunch (Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, 1980 solo debut “Queen of Siam”) comes to Los Angeles direct from her home in New York, where The Wrinkle Room & Moroccan Lounge will present An Evening of Spoken Word & Music … Continue reading

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Tiki Oasis is Now A Town and Country Affair in San Diego

San Diego will be a not-so-quiet village as Tiki Oasis celebrates 20 years of all-things-tiki this week, from Thursday, July 28 through Sunday, August 1, 2021. Billed as the “largest Tiki event in the world,” this year will be five … Continue reading

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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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