Author Archives: Monique A. LeBleu

About Monique A. LeBleu

Monique A. LeBleu is a writer, photographer, videographer, shameless foodie and wineaux. Her love of film history and a background in film production, post production and film theory give her unique insights into her movie reviews, and a brief background in technical theater fuels her passion on all-things theater and film. 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. She lives in the hope that someday she'll find the world's best Mac n' Cheese to pair with a saucy Malbec. ScopingLA

A Winning Preview of What to Expect at Today’s ‘Masters of Taste’

UPDATED 4-7-19 12:30 a.m. This year’s Master’s of Taste preview showcased seven select Culinary Masters with paired Beverage Masters as a sampling of what’s to come for the 4th Annual Masters of Taste, Sunday, April 7, 2019. 100% of the … Continue reading

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The ’10th Annual Edwardian Ball’ Returns to Multi-Level Landmark ‘Fonda’

From lovers of the Neo-Victorian and Edwardian era—the latter the reign of Britain’s King Edward VII, to lovers of All-Things-Edward Gorey—that is, the author, illustrator, and designer, Edward St. John Gorey of the Gashleycrumb Tinies and “PBS Mystery!” intro fame. The Edwards … Continue reading

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L.A.’s Michelin Starred Chef Christophe Émé Opens New Restaurant and Wine Bar ‘KASS’

Michelin starred and world-renowned Chef Christophe Émé of Ortelon has now opened KASS Wine Bar + Restaurant, his chic and cozy new wine bar offering a “sophisticated yet approachable” French dinner menu and sublime selection of wines. The intimate 40-seat dining … Continue reading

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Oscar-winning Peter Jackson Brings Newly Restored 100-Year-Old WWI Footage to the Screen, In Color and 3D

Warner Bros. and Fathom Events bring Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson’s (The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit) stunning new documentary about World War I, “They Shall Not Grow Old” to movie theaters in and around Southern California, with remaining … Continue reading

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EDM: ‘A Very Synthy Christmas’ Album Release, Party at ‘Scum and Villainy’

In celebration of the release of electronic music artist Moose with a Scarf’s “A Very Synthy Christmas,” Composer and Conductor Anthony Sabatino hosts an open seating party tonight, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at the Scum and Villainy Cantina in Hollywood. “A Very … Continue reading

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Rooftop Movies & Chill for the Holidays at the ‘Montalbán’

The Montalbán Theatre has once again curated a choice collection of movies for their Rooftop Movies series with a bevy of fun holiday flicks. Overlooking the heart of Hollywood, the Rooftop Movies at the Montalbán is equipped with a full … Continue reading

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TODAY! And through weekend: Massive Estate Sale of Landmark ‘Tokio Florist’ Underway in Silverlake

UPDATED 12/2/18 – Again L.A. Estate Sales is once again undertaking a huge estate sale filled with vintage collectibles and select valued items, this one now currently underway in the home and location of the now-closed landmark Tokio Florist in … Continue reading

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‘Blue Surge’ Brings a Cool Autumn Breeze to the Marilyn Monroe Theatre

UPDATED: 11/17/18 1:45 p.m. This review features the “Blue Cast” with Eddie Alfano as Curt, Hope Quattrocki as Sandy, Steve Mize as Doug, Whitney Anderson as Beth, and Rosie Koocher as Heather. Intimate relationships are tricky, especially when opposites attract. … Continue reading

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‘Doo Dah’ Returns For It’s ’41st’ This Sunday, Bringing With It A Day of Parties

With the new Pasadena Doo Dah King and Queen chosen—his lordship and unofficial Mayor of Old Town, King Earl Clayton Louckes, and Queen Classy but Sassy Jennipha, Jennipha Lauren Nielsen—, along with Grand Marshal Jamie Woolner, Owner of Pizza of … Continue reading

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High Class and Well-Appointed ‘Orient Express’ Arrives at the La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts

Director Sheldon Epps has brought to the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts a powerful piece that invites us onto the stage and into the mystery, without grabbing us by the collar and yanking, with Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of Agatha … Continue reading

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