Giant Bunnies are Coming to Town

intrudeArts Brookfield presents Intrude, a highly acclaimed public art installation by Australian artist Amanda Parer. Intrude features monumental glowing rabbits. The installation will tour to Brookfield’s premier properties across the United States – see it while it is in Los Angeles. And adding to the fun is a disco night on Friday, June 10th.

LOS ANGELES: Sunday, June 5 – Saturday, June 11

Installation spans: Bank of America Plaza (333 South Hope Street) and Wells Fargo Center (330 South Hope Street) on Bunker Hill; and FIGat7th (735 South Figueroa Street) in Downtown LA

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June 10, 7 – 10 PM
FIGat7th Plaza Level (outdoors)

Dance with the gigantic, glowing rabbits of Australian artist Amanda Parer’s visual art installation Intrude. The FIGat7th outdoor plaza is transformed into a quiet disco with three live DJs spinning all night long.

With the flip of your headphone switch, you can groove to Hip-Hop Rabbit, EDM Bunny and Throwback Thumper. First 100 guests get a free pair of LED flashing ‘80s shutter shades!

IntrudeCome early and stay late for great shopping, dining, and drinking! $5 parking after 4 pm. This event is FREE and open to the public but an RSVP is encouraged via this link: https://quietevents.com/events/losangeles_figat7th/

Headphones are provided on a first come first serve basis and a RSVP does not guarantee a headset.

More details here: http://www.artsbrookfield.com

 

365 Whole Foods in Silverlake is open!

The long awaited Silver Lake 365 by Whole Foods is open!365 by Whole Foods

The first of it’s kind – this is a new type of Whole Foods geared towards Millennials.

So what’s different about this Whole Foods?

  1. Because the prices are lower, there are fewer choices of each product than a regular Whole Foods. On the plus side, there is a huge selection of fruit and vegetables, all beautifully displayed. And the vegetables are in a separated, cordoned-off area that helps reduce the energy needed to keep it cool, part of the 365 commitment to sustainability.
  2. The Silver Lake store is predominantly about food, meaning they don’t have skin care products or a large vitamin selection.
  3. There is a coffee/juice/wine/beer bar – and no, this doesn’t mean you can go shopping with a glass of wine in your hand (yes, I asked). Alcoholic beverages must be consumed within the designated area.
  4. There’s a café attached called CHLOE that is slated to open on Memorial weekend where you can get vegan goodness to eat in or to go.
  5. The display signs are digital, meaning every sign in the store can be changed through their computer system. Granted on opening day, they were still tweaking this system, but I think it’s a great idea.
  6. There’s an original artwork mural by a local artist that reads: “Silver Kale”.
  7. All the beef is purely grass-fed and all the chicken is California-raised.

365 by Whole FoodsYou’ll find everything organic you desire, even organic Jelly Beans (which don’t really qualify as a food in my book), and all the hip dietary trends – kombucha, paleo-friendly, gluten free, vegan, plant based, kosher, yerba mate, hand pressed juices, organically grown wines, biodynamic alcohols…you get the idea.

365 by Whole Foods Market President, Jeff Turnas says, “It’s Whole Foods quality at really great prices” – and he hopes that soon, this new concept will be everywhere.

365 by Whole Foods is located at 2520 Glendale Blvd in Silver Lake

Open daily from 8AM-10PM

 

 

 

 

 

The Who – 50 Years Later

The WhoLast night (May 25th), the Who played the Staples Center in DTLA. I was given a ticket, and I’m embarrassed to admit, I wasn’t sure whether or not I actually wanted to go. Since I’ve never paid much attention to this band, I thought I wouldn’t know many of their songs. Luckily, I decided to go and…what a blast! Turns out, I know a lot more Who songs than I ever realized. In fact, I knew almost every song they played – and I loved them. It was a fabulous trip down memory lane. Who knew I knew the Who!

 

Starting off with “Who are you?” (who/who/who/who), the band immediately brought the packed stadium to its feet. And the hits kept coming as the Who played their biggest songs of the past 50 years, treating the crowd to tunes from Quadrophenia and Tommy – with the major crowd pleaser being Pinball Wizard.

Behind the Who on a large screen, a stunning graphic display gave the band a “larger than life” feeling and kept the show flowing. Synced up to the music, the imagery created a psychedelic experience that at times was heart wrenching as it flashed images of the Vietnam war, Princess Diana, Keith Moon, Nixon, and the Who in younger years, performing their hearts out.

The WhoDuring last night’s performance, front man Roger Daltrey announced that he might have an asthma attack if the folks in front didn’t stop smoking marijuana. “I’m allergic,” he admonished the crowd “can you guys eat that shit instead of smoking it?” Pete Townshend quickly chipped in with “why don’t you guys shove it up your arses! That’s the quickest way to get high!” This, of course, brought a happy roar from the crowd.

Roger Daltrey hit a few flat notes, but all in all, his voice is still powerful, boasting an impressive vocal range, and come on – the man is 72! The Who’s lead guitarist and main songwriter, Pete Townshend (who turned 71 this month) kept up a funny repartee between songs, and absolutely won me over with his guitar showmanship of windmilling guitar strokes. Apparently, once in 1989, Townshend was windmilling so aggressively that he pierced his hand with the guitar’s whammy bar! I love you for it, Pete!

Adding to the Who experience, was the pounding out of steady, rhythmic energy by touring drummer, Zak Starkey – son of Ringo Starr (plus Ringo was in the audience).

Obviously the Who doesn’t have the same dynamite energy they had in their twenties, but they still put on a damn fine show.

 

Durban Beach Rescue

 

Durban Beach RescueDurban Beach Rescue is a South African produced TV show that follows the day-to-day harsh realities of being a pro-lifeguard on Durban’s main beach during the frenetic holiday seasons. The fearless lifeguards face unpredictable conditions, extremely crowded beaches, the ever-present threat of sharks and soaring temperatures. In a style unique to South Africa, this is lifeguarding, as you’ve never witnessed. If you’ve never been to Durban beach, this docu-series will give you a glimpse of the craziness that the lifeguards have to deal with – millions of beach goers, many of whom can’t actually swim, and such pandemonium on the beach that during New Year’s day, 75 children are separated from their families and it’s up to the lifeguards to reunite them with their families. And on Dec 26, a flash riptide sweeps 150 bathers off a sand bank into deep treacherous water. The Lifeguards work relentlessly to rescue the drowning bathers.

Watching the series, you can’t help but admire and enjoy the lifeguards as they perform their job with passion, commitment and camaraderie. Senior lifeguard, Sihle Xaba, said fans of the show are now flocking to the beach hoping to spot their favorite TV characters.

Durban Beach Rescue premiered on The Africa Channel in the USA and the Caribbean in April, following its success on Travel Channel where it aired in Africa, UK, Europe and the Middle East. The show further garnered impressive ratings on South African broadcaster SABC 3, where it was the channel’s third most popular show over the December period.
Durban Beach RescueThe original docu-series won the prestigious Maritime Award for Excellence in Media. Of course, directors of the series, Eddie Edwards and Bronwyn Berry, are thrilled with audience response to the series and have announced that a second season will be on TV screens next year.

Durban Beach Rescue is on The Africa Channel in the USA and the Caribbean on Tuesdays at 9pm EST. (New York & California on Times Warner).

For more information: The Africa Channel

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Faith & Flower

705 W. 9th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Phone: 213-239-0642  
www.faithandflowerla.com
Located in the WaterMarke Tower in DTLA’s South Park district, Faith & Flower is lauded as one of Los Angeles’ most contemporary and iconic instant classics since opening in 2014.
There’s lavish decor complete with crystal chandeliers, plush seating, and fancy cutlery, yet Faith & Flower remains friendly and casual with great energy, service and background music.
The menu offers Californian rustic cuisine with the use of a wood-fired oven, and a pristine raw bar to mix it up. Try the Confit Duck Leg, crisped in the wood oven with creamed corn and plums, or the fresh Burrata pizza. On the drink side, try the “Critical Hit” of Blackwell’s spiced, Anejo, Cemtenario, Canela, fresh lemon & carrot, plus egg whites. And make sure to check out their Wine Maker Dinner Series.