Monthly Archives: September 2012

Unchain My Heart – October’s MONSTER Mash

October is a big, big month and mixing it up this year are lot’s of local and national happenings from Foods to Fests, Pink to Postmodern.  Check out of few of these leads for inspiration while carving those Jack O’ Lanterns…

“Madonna is in for lunch, Elton John wants a birthday cake, Sean
Connery loves the beef, Mick Jagger can’t get a table because Michael
gave it to his wife. Kim Kardashian is here launching her clothing line. And can Michael make a menu for Dustin Hoffman?”

With over 25 million people living with diabetes in the U.S., everyone
knows someone that has diabetes.  Michael Moore, Australian Celebrity Chef and author of BLOOD SUGAR: Inspiring Recipes for Anyone Facing the Challenges of Diabetes and Maintaining Good Health (New Holland) is determined to share his personal message of healthy eating to everyone as a chef living with diabetes. Whether one is pre- or post diabetic, planting the seed of healthy eating is a
topical subject that has mass appeal.



Created by a candy loving, 15 year old boy upset by his parents when he awoke to find they had confiscated half of his Halloween loot a couple of years ago, UNREAL delivers candy with less sugar, more protein and more fiber. 

…On a candy coated mission to unjunk the world™, starting with the biggest candy holiday of the year.

  • ·        No corn syrup
  • ·        No hydrogenated oil
  • ·        No artificial flavors
  • ·        No GMO’s
  • ·        No synthetic colors
  • ·        Responsibly sourced ingredients



Etnies is collaborating with Keep A Breast Foundation (KAB) to raise awareness for KAB’s continuing efforts to eradicate breast cancer by exposing young people to methods of prevention, early detection and support.  It’s just simple.  Get a pair.  Save a life.  A portion of the proceeds from the KAB/etnies Woozy will go to KAB’s awareness program. 


Michelle Pfeiffer will host the 8th Annual Pink Party in support of the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Cancer Program (WCP) at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Hangar 8 in Santa Monica on October 27, 2012 presented by Elyse Walker.

Anticipated to be the biggest fashion event to take place in Los Angeles in years. The fashion show will be on 54-foot catwalk and will feature looks from designers: Barbara Bui, Brunello Cucinelli, Chloé, J. Mendel, KaufmanFranco, Kelly Wearstler, Stella McCartney and Valentino.

Pink party® is a celebration of women, fashion, friendship and life and eight years of philanthropy supporting one of the premier medical and research centers in the world. It is without question that this year’s pink party® will be bigger and better than ever,” said Elyse Walker.

Celebrities who have lent their name in support of both the event and the cause include: Michelle Pfeiffer and David E. Kelley, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale and Len Wiseman, Katie McGrath and JJ Abrams, Leslie Mann and Judd Apatow, Jennifer Meyer Maguire and Tobey Maguire, Stacy Keibler, Maria Menounos, Molly Sims, Marcia Cross, Bernadette & “Sugar” Ray Leonard, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Hall, Jessica Capshaw, Caroline and Chris O’Donnell, Serena & Shawn Levy, Michelle & Michael Chiklis, Courtney Thorne-Smith and Roger Fishman, Jamie Lee Curtis, Giada de Laurentiis and Todd Thompson, Stacey Snider & Gary Jones, Allison Janney, Beth Riesgraf, Carrie Preston, Lisa Edelstein, and more.

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AIA Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles Gear up to Celebrate Architecture Month this October!

October is Architecture Month in Los Angeles! In celebration, AIA|LA, in conjunction with Community Partners, will host a slew of events across the city that educate the public about architecture and architects, celebrate the profession and encourage the dialogue between those interested in the built environment. The theme for this year is, “Designing Design.” Come help celebrate Architecture Month!

One Last Bit…

Oh Nicky You’re So Fine…


Just one more day to go before the 405 Freeway opens back up and you’ll be making hundreds of excuses about why you simply can’t find the time.  So don’t miss the opportunity to say you did it!  You discovered art in your neighborhood.  Bike. Art. Metro.

Check the ARTmageddon website more events near you.




At the end of 2012, will be publishing the first ever ArtCard book!

To be included in this publication Angelenos are invited to submit ArtCards inspired by the theme “L.A. Life”.

ArtCards will be selected for the publication by LA-Artist organizers and community members. Once published, the ArtCard book will be available to purchase online and sales will contribute towards funding the ArtCard project thru 2013.

UPDATE: The deadline for ArtCard submissions is November 1st, 2012.

Takin’ It To The Streets! Art-maggedon L.A. Sept 29th-30th

Walk – Bike – Metro to art in your neighborhood!
An alternative to Carmageddon:
On September 29 & 30, Hollywood Fringe along with a multitude of cultural organizations  are throwing a citywide art party and celebrating the prolific and inspiring art happening all over Los Angeles. From the Valley to Pasadena, Santa Monica to Downtown, there is a lot going on and they want you to join them…
Visit to discover listings for art happening near you.
Check out what’s happening at major institutions nearby or dig deeper and discover hidden gems just around the corner. Carmageddon II is the perfect excuse to leave your car behind and support local art by experiencing the performances, concerts, screenings, exhibitions and more, being created and presented in your own backyard.
For updates throughout ARTmageddon weekend:
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ARTmageddon… Less Car. More ART!
September 29 & 30
ARTmageddon is a collaborative effort co-founded by Beyond the Usual and Curbside, in partnership with the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, Experience LA, LA Stage Alliance, ForYourArt, and Metro, in association with an inspiring alliance of artists and community partners, and with the generous support of the Los Angeles Downtown Arts District (LADAD).

9/27 at the MRKT: The Roxy’s Grilled Cheese Night, Craft Beer Flights, Local Music!

Sunset Strip Market

In celebration of the Sunset Strip community, LA Beer Week and Social Media Week LA, The Roxy has handpicked a selection of seasonal craft beers, sourced produce and ingredients from local farmers and artisans for gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, and has curated performances from three amazingly talented local bands who are coming to the Sunset Strip Market to party the night away amongst neighbors and friends this Thursday night.

The Roxy’s Grilled Cheese Night Menu

  • Classic grilled cheese: Appenzeller cheese on sourdough.
  • Grilled chicken, caraway roasted cauliflower on squaw bread. Havarti-style cheese.
  • Braised lamb and raclette cheese, caramelized shallots on pistachio raisin bread.
  • Soyrizo, Jack Daiya, jalapenos, on sourdough bread with Market fresh pico de gallo. (Vegan)
  • Rum and ginger roasted nectarines, fromage blanc on brioche bread, French-toast style.

All sandwiches will be served with roasted beluga lentil with micro greens salad.

Staying true to the focus on fresh, California…

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Finds Briefs and Remembrances: LA Under the Radar

Amongst the many, many happenings in Los Angeles, the Ovation Award Nominees (Theatre) announced a couple of weeks ago and offered just the right spirit to give a nod to a few shows I never got to talk about. Sometimes there is too much going on in the week. Apologies aside, everything is worth a shout out, so here goes…

Love Rock Soul Power

Rock musicals are the new heir apparent operas and in that vein Spring Awakening brilliantly produced this year at the Hayworth Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, by Topher Rhys, James Lee Barnard and Nathan Gardner, attempted to tackle the issues of the day with yet another updated version of an old story as old as time and Teen Angst.  Puberty although arguably ridiculous at times, is serious business in any generation.  This Spring Awakening brought it down to its simplicity, kids against parents, parents against students, everyone against the moral fabric fighting in their own way through the toughness of life mixed with innocence, curiosity, delight and revolution, managing to tap into that thing we call the zeitgeist, evidenced by the completely full houses of young and old, hip and frumpy, gay and straight peeps alike.  It was a show for everyone.  One could say that LOVE CONQUERS ALL but it doesn’t prevent natural hormonal impulse, suicide, bad parenting, teen pregnancy or malicious teachers from messing with our already confusing lives.  In fact it’s pretty painful.  In the end, our own strength and will, our actions and our own decisions that we make for ourselves get us to center.  Bravo! LOVE IS LOUDER!

Lovers and Other Strangers

On the other hand the new musical Overcome Overjoyed which showcased briefly at the El Portal Theatre, in North Hollywood, CA, offered its own take on more adult themes of loss, love , violence, betrayal and forgiveness.  In this parent trap of pain and misunderstanding emerges a slightly stinging glint of sun in the eyes of a person who has finally removed his dark glasses bringing about a multi-spectrum of ecstatic self-revelation and color blossoming with life.  The moral:  You really need to pay attention to your kids.  They might surprise you!

Former Madonna Dancer, Hubbard Street of Chicago Principal and actor, Carlton Wilborn, sings up a storm surrounded by a cast of incredibly young budding song and dance talents.  Supported by a gorgeous although in progress sounding musical score and original story by seasoned writer-director Charlia Boyer of Charo Productions ( Why oh Why were there only 3 shows!  It’s only getting better.

Here’s what Carlton had to say:

The experience of working on Overcome Overjoyed!, this time around, is proving, for me, to not only be about sharing a slice of Inspirational soul-food for our audience to absorb. But, that, I myself, am also being elevated to a new level of spiritual growth, through the process of building this most divine, and entertaining show.

A Big Thank You…goes out to the productions, writer, producer, co-director and female lead Charlia Boyer and the co-director Christopher Richards!

Check out some of the super talents in this live performance:


TREASURE HUNTING… has been filled with surprising little finds.

This past Saturday I was invited to preview the very rare open showroom event with Studio City’s (LA) tiny, buzzy, back room, shopping secret, Haylee Winard.  “Call Me!” she says, and really means it.  And she’ll even throw in her EXCESS BAGGAGE to get you date, office or red carpet ready.  Only one day before the Grammy’s and the girls were flitting over sheer panels and soft sweaters, edgy jackets and glam black minis.  Excessively California chic, there is nothing second class on the racks and you can buy it all on line – if you’re lucky you might even get to be one of Haylee’s many select Los Angeles clients whose closets hail some of the best of the “au currant.”  Shoppers at this “old school” style showroom will have to compete with other stylists and fashionistas – and For Love and Lemons, NO RIPPING ALLOWED! visit:

To give the event an extra boost was the ultimate accessory boutique boasting funky, fun, and on-trend styles at the best possible prices from designers such as Noir, Ettika, Luv AJ, CC SKYE, Sugarbean, and many more.

OH HELL YEAH! I was getting my limited edition numbered poster

for the 2012 TARFEST Music and Art Festival this weekend sponsored by KCRW and Launch LA, featuring my most favorite gallery in Los Angeles.  Thank you Merry Karnowsky.  Live painting by four painters who have the LA graffiti art scene by the “skin of its imagination!” – Greg (Craola) Simkins, Johnny (KMNDZ) Rodriguez, Soft Swells and Van Saro.

Excavating Future Culture on the Miracle Mile!!!