Author Archives: Victoria Thomas

Victoria Thomas

About Victoria Thomas

Brooklyn-born Victoria Thomas loves writing about flora and fauna, although she chooses to do so in an urban setting. If she had it all to do over again, she might have become a forensic entomologist. She lives in Los Angeles.

Idyllwild Arts 2018 Summer Culmination Concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall Showcases the Talents of High School Students

UPDATE: 8/5/2018: Tonight’s concert cancelled. From AIF: Idyllwild, California, suffered a devastating forest fire last week. The Cranston Fire caused the entire town to evacuate within hours, forcing home and business owners to leave with very little notice. Over 300 campers … Continue reading

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Among the Dead with Author Caleb Wilde

  It’s Dias de los Muertos time here in Los Angeles and many other places touched by the goofy-syncretic Catholic paganism we associate with seeing our besties, our daily barrista, and even our bosses en calavera, surrounded by bouquets of … Continue reading

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Venice Beach: Where the Wild Things Are

Where else? Venice Beach is the setting for “wild thoughts,” the latest rush of wheat-pasted photocopy activism inspired by the genius of French-born global street artist, JR and his Inside Out Project . “The event was designed to celebrate everyday people within … Continue reading

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“Slow Beauty” for Fall 2017: SPARITUAL Earl Grey Collection

SpaRitualis the brainchild of Los Angeles entrepreneur, Shel Pink. She’s the creator of vegan nail lacquers, but her new Earl Grey collection goes far beyond a pretty slicker. It’s an experience. Her mantra: “Slow Beauty for a Fast World.” A … Continue reading

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Higher Bunny-Consciousness

They’re so cute. That’s the problem. A few hours today at the Vegfest in Encino was wilder than expected. As a sometimes-reluctant new vegan, I skipped the Kombucha booth (ewww…) and eyed lots of fab hippie-chick gear. But the real … Continue reading

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Sidney and The Detours Rock The Rose in Pasadena

Last night at The Rose, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy drew an SRO crowd of inked rockabillies, stingy-brim fedoras and the usual Eastside hipster crowd, but Pasadena is still vibrating from the power of opening acts “The Sound of Ghosts” followed … Continue reading

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Sidney and the Detours Opening at The Rose in Pasadena

Opening for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on Friday, April 21 at The Rose in Pasadena, Sidney and the Detours (FB @sidneyandthedetours) will give you the summertime blues— so deep that you’ll never get out alive Sidney Iverson, (BTW a chick), … Continue reading

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Wanda Wen and Soolip Sensuality

Touch. Glint. Lustre. Glow. Heft. The way cold metal warms to bare skin. The bumpy, glossy feel of a reptile-emboss. The tough-yet-tender suppleness of laser-pierced black leather. Yum. Wow. Los Angeles and the world at large continue to rediscover Wanda … Continue reading

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Bursting With Japanese Delicacies: “RISING TOHOKU” Food Fair In Torrance

“This taste warms the cockles of the heart.” So says the wrapper of a Japanese green tea cream-filled dorayaki dessert pastry from Anchindo of Iwate Prefecture, in northern Japan. And it sums up the feeling one gets after sampling northern … Continue reading

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One to Remember: “The Fantasticks,” Pasadena Playhouse, Now Through October 2nd

“The Fantasticks” seems like just a syrupy treat—until it cuts your heart in two like a fine-honed sword. It’s an ambush, a lilting, mid-century psyche-out, and this twist of surprise makes “The Fantasticks” the must-see of the new theater season … Continue reading

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