Market City Caffe Celebrates Sixth Annual Ravioli Festival

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Market City Caffe (164 East Palm Ave., Burbank, CA), known for their tasty “cucina Italiana” is excited to announce the celebration of their Sixth Annual Ravioli Festival now until Oct. 26. With more than two decades of experience and outstanding service, the restaurant has been a Burbank favorite crafting more than 320,000 hand rolled raviolis.

Gia On The Move took her Sicilian mother (who coincidentally still makes her own, one by one, by hand – oh mamma!) out for a surprise Mother’s Day celebration to Market City Caffe and can attest, the ravioli are delizioso!

The event started in 2009 as a one time celebration, but after much praise from the community, Market City Caffe decided to continue the tradition every fall highlighting tantalizing and uniquely flavored ravioli dishes.

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This year’s menu has brought back favorites from the past as well as exciting new flavors including prosciutto and mushroom served with ricotta cheese, marsala cream sauce; butternut squash agnolotti;  ravioli bolognese blended with ricotta, mozzarella and parmigiano romano cheese ravioli, bolognese sauce; four cheese ravioli with cherry tomato and basil pomodoro sauce; roasted chicken with parmesan cheese, thyme, garlic basil pesto cream sauce; artichoke tortellini; spinach and pancetta with parmesan pomodoro sauce; and short rib ravioli filled with occo bucco style short rib and portabella mushroom broth. Prices range from $16-18.

Market City Caffe is open daily with fall/winter hours:

Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Saturday 10:30 a.m.- 10 p.m.
Sunday 10:30 a.m.- 9 p.m.

Reservations are recommended by calling 818.840.7036 or visiting marketcityburbank.com.

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Carpe Noctis: Get Ready Los Angeles for the Late Night Fantasy Event of the Season

The lineup remains a mystery until you set foot in the doors.  We’ve been told it’s a wild experience like nothing you’ve ever encountered.

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Carpe Noctis is a Late Night Theatre Festival running from 10PM – 3AM nightly, taking place the first four weekends of October at The Hollywood Theatre Complex on Santa Monica & Wilcox.  The Complex is comprised of seven venues, all of which will have shows going on every thirty minutes.

www.CarpeNoctis.com

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Some of the shows you can expect to see include Live Kung Fu, Suicidal Mimes, Knife Throwing, Rated R Children’s Theatre, Vintage Burlesque, Capoeira, Breakdance Combat, a stellar Striptease Showdown and many more surprises behind every door. (Click on the regular photos for some secrets links to past events.)

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Carpe Noctis runs every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from October 2nd through October 26th. The doors open at 10 p.m. and close at 3 a.m.

  • Festival passes include up to 4 nights of live entertainment.
  • $5 valet parking per night.
  • Each weekend pass gives you access to hundreds of shows. 
  • And the booze is FREE.

ADULTS ONLY

Sound good?

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Hollywood Party at the Hudson Mainstage in Los Angeles, CA

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

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It was a vigorous performance. But timing is everything and timing is exactly what they didn’t have.

Aspiring actors and long time friends, Alberto Samaniego & Rodrigo Altamirano are invited (so they think) to a spectacular Hollywood party for the premiere of American pioneer (mostly silent) film actor, director, producer, Fred Niblo’s latest movie. At the party, Alberto and Rodrigo discover that two guests are there to murder a VIP Hollywood celebrity. While trying to unmask the culprits, they have to deal with lights, cameras, press, maddening movie stars, jewel thieves, cross dressers and a snooping butler.

The opening of Hollywood Party was an exciting prospect.  Hollywood’s most fabulous murder mystery set in the 1920s, parodying legendary film superstars like, Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, John Gilbert and Enid Bennett, was utterly, visually divine.  From the mirrored stools, to the leather cushions, beaded pillows, jet oversized chess pieces and other Deco remnants perfectly placed around the room, the set dressing, quite marvelously accoutred the evening to come which commenced rather calmly but eventually picked up some speed. The costuming by Octavio Carlin, multiple award-winning fashion designer to the stars, was delicious.

I can only guess that farce is not the strongest attribute of the cast as an ensemble. Right from the beginning, the lines often awkwardly halted, paused and dragged and actors seemed to have trouble keeping the split second pace, needed to make this comedy work, while keeping in heavy character.

The shining exception throughout, however, was Calli Ryals, a well rehearsed sketch comedy actress, who notably arrived as several distinctly different personalities, like a firecracker and with all of the chutzpah, and more, necessary for each diva in-house. Danny Menendez also pops in at the tail end as a very recognizable W.C. Fields.

It’s more likely, however, the production suffered from less energetic and solid direction, required for this type of burlesque as well as some of the key actors not quite understanding how to deliver it.  I kept longing for the likes of Nathan Lane or Philip Bosco to arrive with the sort of nuance, savvy and superior vaudevillian “muck up” that could actually take this show to an over-the-top zaniness.  The story, well-written as it is, almost gets lost in the middle but for Rodrigo, played by actor Kelly Brighton, who crisply sums up the play-by-play and keeps the audience up to speed.

On the glittering upside, cast members thoroughly and very successful do immerse themselves into the various characters and do camp it up quite well throwing down many highly entertaining moments. If they can marry some better pacing with all of the schtick in the coming performances, it’ll largely be a hit.  A fabulous time, however, can be had with this show.  Still giving it a thumbs up to the all around dedication by the cast and risk taken to produce this timing-difficult piece.

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Written and Directed by Octavio Carlin
Starring Kelly Brighton, Nino Alicea, Thomas Christensen, Max Hambleton, Christina Lemon, Calli Ryals, Les Williams

Now Playing Thru October 19

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Fridays at 8 p.m: September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17
Saturdays at 8 p.m: September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18
Sundays at 3 p.m: September 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19

Hudson Mainstage Theatre
6539 Santa Monica Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90038

TICKETS
www.plays411.com/hollywoodparty
(323) 960-4418

General Admission: $30
Students and Seniors with ID: $20

Rubicon Theatre Company Opens It’s 17th Season with Music by Beethoven, Bach, Elton John and Jerry Lee Lewis — It’s a Comedy!

For their 17th Season Opening
The Rubicon Theatre Company
Presents
 
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Winner of the coveted Dora Award (the Canadian equivalent of the Tony), this musical comedy has debuted on five continents and in more than 200 cities! Two actors, two pianos and many, many characters grace the stage as fifteen years of piano playing unfolds in all its awful and hilarious glory—crazy instructors, obsessed parents, torturous recitals, and other high points of musical training. From classical to pop to jazz, this funny play provides the chance for two performers to give their “all” in a virtuoso performance. Along the journey, the actors/pianists portray a remarkable range of characters and display piano wizardry featuring the music of Bach, Beethoven, Elton John and Jerry Lee Lewis, among others.

Low-Priced Previews: Wednesday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 16 at 8:00 p.m. and Friday, October 17 at 8:00 p.m. ($38)

Saturday, October 18 – Sunday, November 16, 2014

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Opens: Saturday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. Pre-show arrivals begin at 6:30 p.m. ($95)

Wednesdays at 2 p.m. ($52) and 7 p.m. ($62) (Talkbacks following Wednesday evening shows – preview excepted)
Thursdays at 8 p.m. ($62)
Fridays at 8 p.m. ($52)
Saturdays at 2 p.m. ($62) and 8 p.m. ($62)
Sundays at 2 p.m. ($62) 
 
The Rubicon Theatre Company is located in Ventura’s (California)
Downtown Cultural District
 1006 E. Main St. Ventura, CA 93001
 
Ticket Range: $38 – $62
Previews: $38
Discounts Available for Groups of 12+
Box Office (for single or group tickets): 805.667.2900
 
For tickets, call 805.667.2900 or go to rubicontheatre.org.

 

Barnsdall Art Park Los Angeles Saturday Night Movie Series Starts September 20!

It’s an iconic part of the Los Angeles fall season and all Angelenos are invited!

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Barnsdall Art Park located at 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90027, will be kicking off their outdoor fall film series fundraiser “Barnsdall Saturday Night Movie Series + Wine Tasting” on Saturdays, Sept 20 through Oct. 18. 

Barnsdall Art Park Foundation and Joe Dante’s Trailers From Hell present “School Nights,” an outdoor fall film series fundraiser celebrating beloved high school movies. Relive the wonder and terror of your teen years with these five essential films that celebrate adolescent angst, raging hormones and twisted teachers.  Kicking off on September 20th with the first movie– School of Rock—guests can come get settled and enjoy some wine and musical entertainment from 5.30pm with the movies starting at sundown—7.30pm– on top of Loz Feliz’s scenic Olive Hill.

Join fellow Angelenos on the lush west lawn of the famed Frank Lloyd Wright Hollyhock House, which reopens to the public soon.

tickets, cinema, movies, filmTickets cost $25 for movies plus tasting (3 pours of wine or beer) or $10 for the movie without beverages.

Please visit www.barnsdall.org to learn more or #BarnsdallMovieNights #SchoolNights
Here’s the movie lineup:
• September 20th: School of Rock
• September 27th: Election
• October 4th: Rock ‘n’ Roll High School
• October 11th: Fast Times at Ridgemont High
• October 18th: Carrie

page_moviesEnjoy movies on a high resolution screen with surprise guests introducing the movies, and musical entertainment from the likes of KCRW DJs Dan Wilcox and Marion Hodges spinning until dusk. Get schooled with a curated selection of wine and beers, courtesy of Silverlake Wine, and LA’s finest food trucks.

Support the People’s Park with this popular family friendly event that has raised nearly half a million dollars to support the Park’s capital projects, art programs, historic renovations and gallery exhibitions over the last five years.

 

Properties of Silence: A Free Reading at the Pasadena Playhouse

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About…Productions presents
a concert reading of the critically-acclaimed drama about
Mexican poet Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz as part of
AxS Festival 2014

Thursday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Admission is FREE

Properties of Silence — A concert reading of About…Productions’ critically acclaimed drama, presented as part of the Pasadena Arts Council’s AxS Festival 2014 in advance of a fully mounted revival set for 2015. Poetry, science and history spiral out of control as a contemporary Phoenix realtor, her pool contractor husband and the famed 17th century poet Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz meet in a multi-layered dreamscape. Sor Juana, considered the first great Latin American poet, is joined by her confessor who hopes to silence her pen and scientific inquiries. Reality bends as they all confront the nature of their identities and seek a new beginning.

“Wondrous” Steven Leigh Morris, LA Weekly

Written by Theresa Chavez, Rose Portillo and Alan Pulner
Directed by Theresa Chavez
Presented by About…Productions

Carrie Hamilton Theatre at The Pasadena Playhouse
39 S. El Molino Ave.
Pasadena CA 91101

Reservations can be made at:brown paper tickets http://properties.brownpapertickets.com/

For more information, call (626) 396-0920

Get In The Contest and Show Us Your Taters!

Snap a potato photo, tag it with #TopTater and you could win $100

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Ok it’s a bit kitchy, sure.  But autumn is rolling around soon and what better time to hunker down with everyone’s favorite tuber.

A #TopTater worthy dish is not your average baked potato or ho-hum casserole. It’s delicious. It’s memorable. It’s different. It’s a potato dish that makes you go “yum!” And ultimately, it’s a potato-centric moment that could earn you the chance to win the $100 prize that the United States Potato Board (USPB) is giving away every week.

“Consumers and chefs are cooking with potatoes like never before. It’s so exciting to see dishes like Potato Nachos, Breakfast Skins and Tater Tot Thai Lettuce Cups coming out of home and professional kitchens these days,” said Meredith Myers, Consumer Marketing Manager. “We want to celebrate potato innovation so if you see a #TopTater dish at a restaurant, at the grocery store, at a street vendor cart or even on the grill in your own backyard, tell us about it!”

How to enter:

  1. Snap: Snap a picture of a #TopTater dish.
  2. Share: Tag your picture with #TopTater and share it on Instagram, the Potato Goodness Facebook page, or upload it directly at PotatoGoodness.com/TopTater.
  3. Enter: Follow the link on the auto response form and complete the entry form.

No matter how you enjoy them, don’t forget the nutritional power of potatoes: one medium-size (5.3 ounce) skin-on potato contains just 110 calories per serving, boasts more potassium (620g) than a banana (450g), provides almost half the daily value of vitamin C (45 percent), and contains no fat, sodium or cholesterol. With seven unique potato types and many ways to prepare them, you can enjoy potatoes every day of the week.

A weekly $100 #TopTater winner will be announced on the Potato Goodness Facebook page every Friday through June 26, 2015.

Visit www.PotatoGoodness.com for more mouthwatering #TopTater inspiration and official contest rules. You can also sign-up to receive the United States Potato Board’s weekly recipe email to receive a new potato recipe in your email in-box each week.

Facebook.com/PotatoGoodness

Pinterest.com/PotatoGoodness

Instagram.com/PotatoGoodness

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