Ciera Rogers Book Launch in Los Angeles

Ciera Rogers Book Launch in Los Angeles

Ciera Rogers is known for being an “Outsider”—and she is okay with that. As the founder and CEO of a multi-million-dollar brand that caters to curvy women, she has carved her own path as a founder and fashion entrepreneur, becoming a beacon of body positivity and a symbol of a non-linear career path. Her story is not just about success, but about creating a space for herself and others who often find themselves on the ‘outside’ of our society’s norms

Based in  Los Angeles, Ciera is the fashion designer.
behind the women’s fashion wear line “Babes”. As a social media influencer, she uses her reach of 2+ million to spread her message of body positivity, self-acceptance, and empowerment to women worldwide. She and her work have been featured in Fox, Mashable, The New York Post, The New York
Journal, among many other publications. Now Ciera has penned a memoir about her remarkable journey about her literal rags to riches story. At one point, Ciera could only afford clothes from thrift stores and Goodwill—still, she learned to style the clothes that she could get her hands on, into amazing looking outfits. Creative and determined, Ciera is now sponsored by Goodwill, and Kim Kardashian and Beyonce wear her designs.

“THE OUTSIDER ADVANTAGE: Because You Don’t Need to Fit in to Win” is an empowering memoir about turning what makes you different into the foundation of your success. It is bound to inspire the outsiders like Ciera— the dreamers, doers, and go-getters that society continuously overlooks and underestimates. Ciera cheers you on to achieve glass-shattering success.

Book Launch Discussion & Book Signing with Ciera Rogers

Join Ciera Rogers on June 17, 2024 @ 7:00 PM for her book launch at Malik Books: (Westfield Culver City Mall) 6000 Sepulveda Blvd Ste 2470, Culver City, Ca 90230

Take Advantage of the Outsider Advantage 🙂

Step 1. Pre-Order The Outsider Advantage

Step 2. Share your receipt to imababe@shopbabes.com

Step 3. Get perks!

 

And lastly, you can watch Ciera being interviewed on The Memoir Channel

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TOAD THE WET SPROCKET

TOAD THE WET SPROCKET

TOAD THE WET SPROCKET TALK TO PEOPLE MAGAZINE ABOUT 30th ANNIVERSARY OF SEMINAL ALBUM DULCINEA
2024 U.S. TOUR BEGINS JULY 17th

SANTA BARBARA, CA – Toad The Wet Sprocket – the trio of founding members Glen Phillips, Todd Nichols, and Dean Dinning – is still making new music and touring with the same spirit of unwavering independence that started it all over three decades ago. This year marks a new milestone in their journey with the 30th anniversary of the 1994 platinum selling album Dulcinea. Limited edition merchandise to celebrate the release is available at the Toad The Wet Sprocket online store.

The band recently spoke with People Magazine about the significance of Dulcinea, their fourth studio album, and upcoming plans to celebrate throughout 2024 on tour headlining, co-headlining with the Gin Blossoms and opening for Barenaked Ladies throughout the summer and fall.

“The band has been in such a better head space,” Glen Phillips tells People Magazine. “I think we have grown and are enjoying each other’s company more. And so, that translates a lot better to the audience. They can feel that.”

He continues, “I learned a lot from Barenaked Ladies on just how to be in a band and how to be with each other and how to lift people up. They are really good role models on just how to be on the road.”

Many of the songs from Dulcinea are featured in the band’s live and limited edition Dulcinea merchandise and Greatest Hits vinyl is available exclusively at the Toad The Wet Sprocket online store. The Dulcinea vinyl reissue sold-out in two weeks. Fans can also join the band ahead of the show as part of the VIP programs at shows.

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ABOUT DULCINEA | After the success of fear (1991) the band re-teamed with producer Gavin MacKillop to record an album inspired by the sound that they had developed from their recent touring. Released in 1994, Dulcinea was certified platinum by the RIAA. The album features the single “Fall Down” (with a video directed by Samuel Bayer of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” fame) that spent 6 weeks at number one on the Billboard Modern Rock chart and “Something’s Always Wrong” that was featured in the movie “Fear” and had a groundbreaking music video that put the band on the Home Shopping Network selling themselves to the lowest bidder (WATCH). More recently, in 2023, “Fall Down” was featured on the Showtime series “Billions”, with the song showing up on the Shazam charts the following week.

TTWS 2024 TOUR DATES

JUL 17 / DEL MAR, CA @ The Sound at Del Mar^
JUL 18 / MONTEREY, CA @ Golden State Theatre^
JUL 19-20 / NOVATO, CA @ HopMonk Tavern^
JUL 22 / PORTLAND, OR @ Revolution Hall^
JUL 23 / SEATTLE, WA @ Neptune Theatre^
JUL 25 / KALISPELL, MT @ Wachholz College Center^
JUL 26 / GREAT FALLS, MT @ The Newberry^
JUL 28 / FORT COLLINS, CO @ Washington’s^
JUL 30 / SPRINGFIELD, MO @ Gillioz Theatre^
AUG 1 / OSHKOSH, WI @ Waterfest at Riverside Park#
AUG 2 / OMAHA, NE @ The Astro Theater#
AUG 3 / MANKATO, MN @ Vetter Stone Amphitheater#
AUG 5 / GRAND RAPIDS, MI @ Meijer Gardens#
AUG 7 / CLEVELAND, OH @ Cain Park#
AUG 8 / TARRYTOWN, NY @ Tarrytown Music Hall^
AUG 10 / PORTLAND, ME @ Thompson’s Point&
AUG 11 / LEWISTON, NY @ ARTPARK#
AUG 12 / DEERFIELD, MA @ Tree House Brewing^
AUG 13 / MEDFORD, MA @ Chevalier Theatre#
AUG 15 / BETHLEHEM, PA @ Wind Creek Event Center#
AUG 16 / CARY, NC @ Koka Booth Amphitheater#
AUG 17 / SUGAR HILL, GA @ The Bowl at Sugar Hill#
AUG 18 / HUBER HEIGHTS, OH @ Rose Music Center#
AUG 20 / RED BANK, NJ @ Count Basie Center for the Arts#
AUG 22 / SELBYVILLE, DE @ Freeman Arts Pavilion#
AUG 23 / MIDDLEFIELD, CT @ Powder Ridge Mountain Park#
AUG 24 / ESSEX JUNCTION, VT @ Champlain Valley Exposition# AUG 29 / SANTA BARBARA, CA @ Lobero Theatre^
AUG 30 / TEMECULA, CA @ South Coast Winery Resort & Spa^ AUG 31 / COSTA MESA, CA @ The Pacific Amphitheater!
SEPT 16 / CEDAR RAPIDS, IA @ McGrath Amphitheatre*
SEPT 17 / MOORHEAD, MN @ Bluestem Center for the Arts Amphitheater* SEPT 18 / LINCOLN, NE @ Pinewood Bowl Theater*
SEPT 20 / ALBUQUERQUE, NM @ Revel*
SEPT 21 / COLORADO SPRINGS, CO @ Sunset Amphitheater* SEPT 22 / VAIL, CO @ Gerald Ford Amphitheater*

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SEPT 24 / TULSA, OK @ Tulsa Theater*
SEPT 25 / CHESTERFIELD, MO @ The Factory at The District* SEPT 27 / PITTSBURGH, PA @ Rivers Casino Event Center* SEPT 28 / CHARLESTON, WV @ Hollywood Casino Event Center* SEPT 29 / PHOENIXVILLE, PA @ The Colonial Theatre^
OCT 1 / BROOKVILLE, NY @ Tilles Center*
OCT 2/ ROCHESTER, NY @ Kodak Center*
OCT 4 / FRENCH LICK, IN @ French Lick Resort*
OCT 5 / EVANSTON, IL @ Cahn Auditorium^
OCT 17 / COLUMBIA, SC @ Township Auditorium*
OCT 18 / ASHEVILLE, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium* OCT 19 / AUGUSTA, GA @ Bell Auditorium*
OCT 21 / POMPANO BEACH, FL @ Pompano Beach Amphitheater* OCT 22 / FT. MYERS, FL @ Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall* OCT 23 / CLEARWATER, FL @ The Sound at Coachman Park* OCT 25 / MACON, GA @ Macon City Auditorium*
OCT 26 / BILOXI, MS @ Beau Rivage Resort & Casino*
OCT 27 / NASHVILLE, TN @ Ryman Auditorium*
OCT 29 / AMES, IA @ Stephens Auditorium*
OCT 30 / ROCHESTER, MN @ Mayo Civic Center*
NOV 1 / PEORIA, IL @ Peoria Civic Center Theater*
NOV 2 / SALINA, KS @ The Stiefel Theatre*
NOV 3 / SIOUX FALLS, SD @ Washington Pavilion*
NOV 6 / DULUTH, MN @ Symphony Hall*
NOV 7 / MADISON, WI @ Overture Center for the Arts*
NOV 8 / MT. PLEASANT, MI @ Soaring Eagle Casino*

^TTWS Headlining date
#TTWS co-headlining with Gin Blossoms &TTWS @ Guster’s On The Ocean Festival !TTWS opening for Counting Crows *TTWS opening for Barenaked Ladies

ABOUT TOAD THE WET SPROCKET

Toad The Wet Sprocket share in the kind of musical chemistry that can only come from meeting in high school and writing, recording, and touring on albums over the course of time. After Bread & Circus, they followed with Pale in 1990, fear in ’91, Dulcinea in 1994, and Coil in 1997, as well as some compilations along the way. Their most recent releases are Starting Now (2021), New Constellation (2013), and EP The Architect of Ruin (2015). In 2023, they released the remastered greatest hits album All You Want.

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The Program: Cons, Cults and Kidnapping”

The Program: Cons, Cults and Kidnapping”

Netflix’s latest docu-series “The Program: Cons, Cults and Kidnapping  is making a huge splash. It hit #1 in USA and the UK the day after release, and currently holds the Top 5 spot on the global chart (3 days after release).

CAA screening with Q&A – Photo credit: Samantha Smart

It’s no surprise that so many viewers are captivated by this three-part docuseries because it’s shocking, disturbing, and utterly outrageous. Director, Katherine Kubler quickly pulls you deeper and deeper in as she attempts to make sense of what happened to her at 16 years of age. Armed with an inextinguishable sense of humor, Kubler examines and exposes the madness of the youth residential program at Ivy Ridge where she spent 15 months of her young life. This disciplinary boarding institution marketed itself at “helping troubled teenagers” but instead exploited desperate parents while unconscionably damaging the teens. No smiling, no looking out the window, no going outside, no talking, and even no farting without permission——these were just some of the near impossible rules that the kids were meant to follow in order to complete the program and be released. With the daily enforcement of brainwashing, abuse and all around mind-f*ckery, Kubler describes the Ivy Ridge staff  as “trying to murder children’s souls”. Kubler knew she had to make this docu-series “because there really was nothing out there to help explain what had happened to me, to my friends and family, and to warn them about these places.”

As Kubler and other survivors relate their stories, the depth of cruelty is revealed, and we are confronted with the fact that similar programs are currently still in operation. It’s the responsibility of anyone who knows child abuse is happening to take action to stop it…and as Kubler tells you at the end of the final episode: “Now you know!”

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“Peace is Radical” Exhibition by Shepard Fairey

“Peace is Radical” Exhibition by Shepard Fairey

Sunday, April 14 will be the last day to view “Peace is Radical,” a solo exhibition by renowned street artist and activist Shepard Fairey, presented by Glendale Library, Arts & Culture and ReflectSpace Gallery at the ReflectSpace Gallery, inside Glendale Central Library.”

Peace is Radical” addresses creative empowerment, the importance of democracy, race and gender equality, environmental justice and peace and harmony through artwork. This limited time exhibition offers over 20 pieces of work through the medium of screen printing, a style used to produce high-end art or multitudes of prints that can be disseminated liberally allowing access to all audiences. Well recognized founder of OBEY Clothing, Shepard Fairey has worked as a contemporary street artist, graphic designer and activist, changing the way people converse about art and view the urban landscape. Fairey has also designed a limited-edition library card for Glendale Library, Arts & Culture that will be available at all Glendale Library branches through the run of the exhibit, while supplies last.

Shepard Fairey holds up his limited edition library card for Glendale library.

As a contemporary street artist, graphic designer, activist, and founder of OBEY Clothing and creative agency, Fairey gained notoriety with the creation of the “Andre the Giant has a Posse” sticker that later evolved into the OBEY GIANT art campaign. In 2008, his portrait of then-Democratic candidate Barack Obama became an internationally recognized emblem of hope. He is known for the “We the People” campaign debuted during the 2017 Women’s Marches worldwide. Fairey has painted more than 135 public murals, becoming one of the most sought-after and provocative artists globally, changing the way people converse about art and view the urban landscape.

“Peace is Radical” will be on view from January 20, 2024, through April 14, 2024, at the ReflectSpace Gallery, inside Glendale Central Library located at 222 East Harvard, Glendale, CA. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, January 20, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. ReflectSpace and PassageWay Galleries are curated by Ara and Anahid Oshagan.  Free parking with validation is available at the Marketplace parking structure located directly across from the Harvard entrance of Central Library.

About the Artist

Shepard Fairey was born in Charleston, South Carolina. Fairey became passionate about art at an early age and went on to receive his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island. In 1989 he created the “Andre the Giant has a Posse” sticker that transformed into the OBEY GIANT art campaign, with imagery that has changed how people see art and the urban landscape.

Fairey’s stickers, guerilla street art presence, and public murals are recognizable globally. His works are in the permanent collections of the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and many others.

Shepard Fairey has painted nearly 135 large-scale murals across six continents worldwide.  More information from his career can be found at obeygiant.com.

Getting to the Glendale Central Library:  222 E Harvard St, Glendale, CA 91205

If you are a resident who is 65 years or older or a disabled resident who is registered with Dial-A-Ride, you can register to be dropped off at the library. For more information, visit GlendaleTransit.com.

Visitors can receive 3 hours of free parking across Harvard street at the Marketplace parking structure with validation at the service desk. Accessible parking is available on the east side of the building.

About ReflectSpace

ReflectSpace is curated by Ara and Anahid Oshagan and is an inclusive exhibition gallery designed to explore and reflect on social justice issues, human rights violations and genocides through the arts. Immersive in conception, ReflectSpace is a hybrid space that is both experiential and informative, employing art, technology, and interactive media to reflect on the past and present of Glendale’s communal fabric and interrogate current-day global human rights issues. ReflectSpace is housed in Glendale Central Library and online at ReflectSpace.org.

About Library, Arts & Culture

Founded in 1907, the Glendale Library, Arts & Culture Department includes eight neighborhood libraries including the Brand Library & Art Center, a regional visual arts and music library and performance venue housed in the historic 1904 mansion of Glendale pioneer Leslie C. Brand, and the Central Library, a 93,000 square foot center for individuals and groups to convene, collaborate and create. The department also serves as the chief liaison to the Glendale Arts and Culture Commission which works to continually transform Glendale into an ever-evolving arts destination. Glendale Library Arts & Culture is supported in part through the efforts of the Glendale Library Arts & Culture Trust (GLACT). For more information visit GlendaleLAC.org, or contact Library, Arts & Culture at 818-548-2021 or via email at LibraryInfo@GlendaleCA.gov.

All photos  by Stacey Meineke

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When Happily Ever After Fails

When Happily Ever After Fails

“When Happily Ever After Fails” – a debut rom-com by Courtney Deane

San Diego, California – For anyone who has ever felt “dead-ended” in life, work, and love, Courtney Deane has penned a delightfully funny debut rom-com that proves all tragedies can be rewritten, and happiness can bloom where you least expect it: “When Happily Ever After Fails” (SparkPress, April 9, 2023).

About the novel: Abigail Gardner’s life is circling the drain. Her parents are dead, her “like a brother” BFF is in love with her, and her career as an art teacher has been squashed by an unfortunate viral incident involving sophomores and Spanx. But just as that whirlpool feels poised to suck her under, she’s granted a second chance: she lands a teaching job at Excelsior Primm, one of Philadelphia’s oldest and most prestigious preparatory academies. Only problem is, instead of teaching art she’ll be stuck teaching her least favorite subject — literature — and her least favorite theme: tragedy.

Tired of being stuck in her own tragic tale, Abigail starts rewriting every sad ending she can get her hands on, in and out of the classroom. To her surprise, her life soon begins to resemble the fairy tales she adores—great job, hot guy, a career gaining recognition. But when an unexpected plot twist threatens to derail her happy ending, Abigail starts to realize why these outcomes are so hard to come by.

COURTNEY DEANE has been a writer and pursuer of happily-ever-afters since she can remember. As a full-time freelance writer, her days are spent working for print, digital, and broadcast entities, as well as for a variety of PR and marketing clients.

She continues her craft by dedicating some space each day to work on her fiction books. After both of her parents died, Deane worked to turn those tragedies into something beautiful—an effort that inspired her debut novel, When Happily Ever After Fails.

She holds bachelor’s degrees in English and sociology from UC Irvine and a master’s in journalism from USC. Deane lives in San Diego, California, with her husband, daughter, and rescue dog—her very own happily-ever-after. Visit her website to sign up for a newsletter, or find out about book store appearances and more  http://www.courtneydeane.com/.

“An entertaining read that will keep you turning pages. The reader is taken on a ride with Abigail as she grows into herself and finds her voice. Deane makes it easy to root for Abigail along with the other quirky characters who have distinct and interesting personalities. When Happily Ever After Fails is a fun debut.”

— Leslie A. Rasmussen, award-winning author of “After Happily Ever After” and “The Stories We Cannot Tell”

“Courtney Deane offers up a radiant debut in When Happily Ever After Fails. Whip-smart and relatable, Abigail’s search for her own happy ending will have you on the edge of your pool chair. An absolute must read this Spring!”
– Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke, authors of “Forever Hold Your Peace”

Interview with Courtney Deane

First, can you briefly introduce us to the characters we meet in “When Happily Ever After Fails?”

Of course! We’ve got Abigail, the lovable, fallible protagonist who is dead set on righting (and writing) wrongs and ensuring everyone gets a positive outcome. You’ve got to love her for it. She tries!

Then there’s Quinn, the not-as-lovable, but-we-love-him-because-he-loves-her BFF who is Abigail’s No. 1 fan. Yes, he’s head over heels for her and just waiting for the day when she realizes it, too.

And no one could forget about Mathilda. She’s our “tell it like it is” North Star, who doesn’t mince words. She’s got advice for everyone but herself! Abigail’s second BFF is funny and factual with the right amount of spunk.

Lastly, we have Nate. Abigail can’t figure out if this fellow teacher is initially a friend or foe, but his presence and advice is solid enough for her to keep him around and find out.

Why did you choose your title? What happens “when happily ever after fails?”

Honestly, I took the inspiration from a Don Henley song I’ve always loved, “The End of the Innocence.” This song always reminded me of my family’s situation, particularly the line “let me take a long last look before we say goodbye.” Part of the song’s chorus is “But happily ever after fails.” I don’t love the “but,” because HEA doesn’t always fail permanently; it just changes. It morphs – as do our expectations of life – as we collect different experiences and encounter various situations. So, our notion of happily ever after will likely fail and falter at some point (thus, the “when”), but we can recover, pick ourselves back up and continue working toward a modified version of whatever “happily ever after” is for us.

Fun sidenote: There’s a few Easter egg references to this inspo in the book!

You started writing this book after your mom passed away. How did the writing process impact your grief process, and vice versa? And how did both evolve as time went on?

I would love to slap an Abigail-style happy ending on this and say writing the book allowed me to work through the grief process and – wow – I’m GREAT now! It wouldn’t be true. I think it was a nice thought and an admirable effort to try to get some resolution on these two pivotal deaths through writing.

While I didn’t necessarily get the “resolution” I was looking for, writing this novel DID help me express some of my thoughts and feelings on the grief process, my parents’ loss and how many well-meaning individuals can actually make the situation worse. I very much hope that comes through in the book.

This might not be the answer anyone’s looking for, but what truly helped me move on from these deaths and this situation was having a family of my own. I don’t say that in an advice-driven, “go out and find you a man and have a baby” way, but chasing my dream and my happily ever after of starting my own family did make a huge impact. Suddenly, phrases like “mom” and “dad” weren’t dirty words anymore. And they were words that were back in my vocabulary. You have no idea how foreign those phrases seemed for a very long time!

Now, having a child certainly brings up my parents in different ways, especially where grandparents are concerned, so this issue isn’t entirely put to bed, but THAT is what has truly brought me closure.

What did you enjoy most about writing “When Happily Ever After Fails”? What did you find the most challenging?

I loved most everything about it! This was so much fun. I loved developing the characters and losing myself in their world. As I wrote, I would find that I wasn’t sitting on my mom’s former bed with my laptop, but was IN Abigail’s apartment as her and Quinn blasted the Beatles, etc.

This being my first foray into fiction, I found the opening to be the most challenging. I wrote and rewrote and consulted, then rewrote again and again. I’m very happy with the final result, but, man, did we go through a lot of changes! I learned a ton about the book-writing process, and have made sure this next book has the opening it deserves from the get go!

Rom-coms have always been wildly popular. What are you bringing to this genre as a writer?

I’d like to think I’m bringing a fresh spin – though I’m sure every author would like to think that! I appreciate that tropes and formulas exist for a reason, but I’m not a fan of predictability or sticking to “what works.” Yes, this is a rom-com and some of the expected elements are there, but I believe this book has a modern, unique take on these traditions. Because, as we know, happily ever after IS possible…but it may look different than you pictured! 😉

Do you see yourself in any of the characters?

It would be weird if I didn’t say Abigail, right? LOL. There are certainly elements of myself in Abigail, though we are two VERY different people. Like Abigail, my father died of ALS and my mother kind of didn’t recover after his death and failed to take care of herself, which was ultimately her demise. Many (okay, all) of Abigail’s thoughts and perspectives on the subjects of death and parents are from my own experience, but the way she processes them is different from my own.

In thinking about this, though, I guess I kind of did what Abigail did in that I went out and wrote a book hoping that would give this situation a “happily ever after.” That’s not all that different from Abigail changing a play’s ending in the hopes of dodging tragedy for herself and her class. Interesting…

What is your favorite romance movie of all time, and why?

I’m kind of an irreverent person (if we’re not laughing, what’s the point?), so I lean toward the love stories that have some heart AND humor. On that note, you can’t beat “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “Always Be My Maybe,” and “Chasing Amy.”

Stories that tug at you and make you feel the longing really resonate with me as well. With that in mind, I love “The Notebook” and the “Before” trilogy (Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight).

Finally, you have to hand it to “Love Actually” for capturing so many different types of loves – and bonus points that not every plot has a happy ending!

What do you hope readers take away from “When Happily Ever After Fails?”

Two things.

One, I hope it gives them a glimpse into what grief and survival can look like for someone who has seemingly “lost it all” (or, at least, a BIG part of who they were and how we identify – our families).

Two, I really wrote this book for anyone who’s ever felt alone in a crowded room. Your grief, feelings, and circumstances don’t have to reflect mine to understand what it’s like to feel marooned on an island where no one else is around and help doesn’t seem like it can be found. Please, please know that THESE are the people I wrote this book for.

Follow Courtney Deane on social media:

Facebook: Courtney Deane | Instagram: @AuthorCourtneyDeane

TikTok: @CourtneyDeane | YouTube: @CourtneyDeane

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Open Casting Call for Pageant of the Masters 2024

Open Casting Call for Pageant of the Masters 2024

Be Part of the Magic of Living Pictures!
Pageant of the Masters Announces Open Casting Call for Volunteers of All Ages, January 5 – 7, 2024
Sign up as a Volunteer and Be Entered into Drawing for Two Tickets to Disneyland®
 
Volunteers get measured and photographed at the Pageant of the Masters Open Casting Call
 

LAGUNA BEACH, CA – Can you stand still for 90 seconds?  Do you enjoy art, theater and music? Perfect – you could be a volunteer for the 2024 Pageant of the Masters!

The Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, California, is hosting an Open Casting Call from January 5 to 7, 2024, in search of volunteers for next summer’s show, À La Mode: The Art of Fashion. Adding to the excitement of this year’s casting call, everyone that signs up to volunteer during the event will be entered into a special drawing for two tickets to Disneyland® Park. To learn more, visit www.foapom.com/volunteer.

Volunteers of all ages and sizes are needed to be cast members and strike a pose in the world’s most famous presentation of tableaux vivants. No prior theater experience necessary; individuals ages 5 and up are welcome. The only requirement is the ability to stand still and have fun. In addition to onstage roles, volunteers are needed for many crucial roles backstage including wardrobe, makeup, headdress, as well as cast area coordinators and refreshment servers. 

The Open Casting Call will be held backstage at the Pageant of the Masters on the Festival of Arts grounds at 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA during the following dates and times:

  • Friday, January 5 from 7 – 9pm
  • Saturday, January 6 from 7 – 9pm
  • Sunday, January 7 from 2 – 5pm

It takes over 500 volunteers, both onstage and behind-the-scenes, to put on the Pageant production each summer. “Volunteers are the heart and soul of our show,” said Sharbie Higuchi, Festival of Arts Marketing/PR Director. “Their dedication and passion are the driving forces behind the magic we create, turning each production into a masterpiece. Without our volunteers, the Pageant would not be possible.”

During the Casting Call, individuals can expect to have their measurements taken as well as their photo, while enjoying refreshments and light bites. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet the Pageant’s creative and technical staff, as well as get a sneak peek at the artwork that will be re-created in this summer’s show.

Higuchi added, “Volunteer at the Pageant and be part of something extraordinary. Not only is it a great way to spend your summer with family and friends, but also, by volunteering for the Pageant, students can earn credit towards community service requirements.”

The 2024 Pageant of the Masters production À La Mode: The Art of Fashion will run nightly July 6 through August 30, 2024. Tickets start at $45 per person. To stay up to date on all things Pageant of the Masters and Festival of Arts, follow the Festival on social media at @FestivalPageant and visit www.foapom.com.

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Skate into the Festive Season

Skate into the Festive Season

Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. (DTSM, Inc.) brings the holiday spirit to the downtown district with an array of festive events featuring Ice at Santa Monica presented by Netflix and produced in partnership with Los Angeles-based Willy Bietak Productions. The wintery wonderland nestled in the heart of Santa Monica promises a season filled with joy and entertainment for all ages, including weekly themed skate nights and holiday celebrations through January 15, 2024.

The rink is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays, and from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through Monday, January 15, 2024. The rink will offer extended hours from December 15 to December 30, open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Admission is $22 for a 60-minute session, which includes skate rental. Skate times are a minimum of one hour per ticket, though times may be extended depending on ticket availability and rink occupancy. This year’s ice rink offerings promise an even more enhanced experience with holiday treats and concessions provided by local favorites, Ugo Trattoria and Stefano’s Pizzeria, exclusive rink-side fire pit experiences with artisan s’mores kits by S’moreology and private party tent rentals.

Ice at Santa Monica is located at the corner of Fifth Street and Arizona Avenue. For more information, tickets and party rentals, visit iceatsantamonica.com.

Ice Rink Event Schedule

November 15 through January 10 | 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. sessions

  • Nov. 22 | PRIDE Night

    • Commemorate the season with a festive celebration focused on inclusivity during PRIDE Night, an evening dedicated to recognizing and celebrating Santa Monica’s LGBTQ+ community.

  • Nov. 29 | Holiday Pet Pageant

    • Get your pup ready to sashay down the runway at the pet “paw-rade!” Participants are invited to dress their pets in festive attire and will be judged based on costume, strut and overall holiday spirit. Prizes will be awarded to the most stylishly dressed companions for first, second and third place.

  • Dec. 6 | Ugly Holiday Sweater

    • Embrace the holiday spirit by wearing your quirkiest holiday sweaters. Whether it’s a family heirloom or a thrift store find, patrons are invited to embrace sweater weather and skate in festive style.

  • Dec. 13 | Taylor’s Birthday

    • ‘Tis the season to celebrate Taylor Swift’s birthday at Ice at Santa Monica! Guests are encouraged to dress in their favorite Eras style (or cardigan).

  • Dec. 20 | ¡Y soy Rebelde!

    • Don’t let your dad take you to Paris on your birthday. Come ice skate and channel your inner Mía Colucci. That is, I said R. You say B D.

  • Dec. 27 | SaMo Night

    • Get ready to make waves for SaMo Night as we celebrate everything Santa Monica! A community night dedicated to the people who make our city so special.

  • Jan. 3 | Beyhive Ball

    • Attention, BeyHive! Pay homage to the Queen during the BeyHive Ball. Bring back the glimmering ensembles from the Renaissance Tour for a refined and stylish night on the ice.

  • Jan. 10 | K-POP Party

    • Time to slip on your best Jungkook (convince us otherwise) t-shirt and get your K-POP 온 (ON!) with Ice at Santa Monica! Calling all ARMYs, BLINKs and K-Pop enthusiasts: don’t forget your light sticks because we’ll be keeping a close eye on which fanbase can own the ice rink and light up the night in style.

Ring in the New Year: East Coast Countdown Celebration

Sunday, December 31| 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Ring in the New Year with a family-friendly East Coast Countdown Celebration. The ice rink invites guests to join in a heartwarming and unforgettable New Year’s Eve celebration tailored for families and kids of all ages. Experience ice skating under the stars, indulge in delicious food and drinks and join in the excitement of a countdown to midnight (East Coast time).

For more information on the Ice at Santa Monica skating rink, go to iceatsantamonica.com and a full schedule of holiday happenings in Downtown Santa Monica, visit downtownsm.com/holidays.

Photo Credit: Thomas Laukat

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From LA to Edinburgh Fringe Festival

From LA to Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Maybe you’ve heard of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival that happens every August in Edinburgh, Scotland? If not, it’s an amazing month of theater celebration. Every venue that can transforms itself into a theater: restaurants, libraries, universities, even shipping containers appear in the streets that can house an audience of 40-50 people. And each day, you have a choice of roughly 3000 shows to go and see. There’s something for everyone: drama, comedy, musicals, cabaret, circus acts, choirs, vaudeville, stand up comedians, huge productions and solo shows. It’s exhilarating, stimulating, inspiring and soooo much fun!

This year, several actors from Los Angeles are headed to the Fringe to perform their shows. It’s quite the leap of faith because it’s expensive to put on a show, plus you have no idea where you are, the accents are hard to understand, and your entire support system is thousands of miles away.

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Cindy D’Andrea is one such brave soul. An actor, writer, producer, fitness expert and award-winning solo performer, Cindy talked to SoCal Magazine about her show “Cat Sh!t Crazy”, which she will perform in Edinburgh. Cat Sh!t Crazy is about finding love when Cindy rescued two kittens from the shelter. She has been an animal rescuer and volunteer for over 20 years and hopes to connect with fellow animal lovers of all kinds and save some cats in the process!  

1: Have you taken part in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before? — I have not, but it has been a dream of mine to perform there since 2016. Last year, I went to the festival as a spectator and had the best time while doing my research and taking notes!  

2: Have you traveled a lot or is this a new experience? — This is a new experience. As a kid, we didn’t have the money to travel. And as I got older, I didn’t want to leave my cats and was too busy trying to save all the homeless and feral cats in Los Angeles, of course!

3: What are you most worried about with taking your show to the Fringe?— Loaded question! Definitely the tech side of things including getting a consistent operator, short rehearsal times, communication with the venue, details with posters, flyers, getting butts in the seats and standing outside in the rain in my cat costume handing out flyers!

4: Is anyone going with you? — Going solo!  I’m looking for someone to help me while I’m there though and have been connecting with some lovely locals.

5: Have you performed in other countries before? — No, I’ve only ever performed in the U.S.

6: What do you think is the biggest difference between British audiences and American ones? —  I’m not sure. I think Americans are more emotional in their responses and Brits perhaps enjoy raw comedy more.  I’ll find out and get back to you!

In preparation of her Edinburgh run, Cindy’s performing at Broadwater Black Box from July 18-23, 6 performances. Go cheer her on!! Click here for tickets.

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Next up, we spoke with Star Stone, an actress, producer and playwright whose work focuses on uplifting survivors of gender based violence. Star is the creator of the edu-tainment comedy ​#MeToo, a one-woman show that centers on Star’s real life experiences with sexual assault and gender-based violence. But this is not a show focused on a single perpetrator, it’s a show focused on the organizations and systems that function to uphold rape culture. #MeToo is a provocative, wildly funny, boundary-pushing, educational show.

Having spent time in LA, on and off for 9 years, Star has performed at the Hollywood Fringe Festival and SOLOFEST. “Working with artistic director of the Whitefire (and producer of SOLOFEST), Bryan Rasmussen was a phenomenal experience. I premiered to a sold out first night at SOLOFEST and was grateful to the Soaring Solo Community for showing up in support of me and my work!  The Hollywood Fringe Festival was an equally incredible experience. I signed on as producer for the first time during this run. If anything, the Fringe taught me to take risks, be bold with my choices, fearlessly and fiercely own my own ideas and most importantly, have fun!”

1. Have you taken part in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before? — Nope- first timer!

2. Have you traveled a lot or is this a new experience? — First time in Europe.

3. What are you most looking forward to? — Connecting with other solo artists and being able to share my work with new audiences!

Click here for a recent interview with Star.

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Last, but not least, is Nalini Sharma with her show, UNTIL DEATH – a solo show that combines theater and clowning, set in a hospital where time collapses and humans panic in moments of death and existence. Inspired by her childhood, during which Nalini survived more than one motorcycle accident, and spent quite a bit of time in hospitals. UNTIL DEATH is an absurdist, feminist, pragmatist, clown-ist, anti-centrist, pre-industrialist, present-dogist, post-experimentalist show… There’s something for everyone. Except children. Don’t bring children to this one.

1. Have you taken part in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before? — I have not! Poppin’ the Edinburgh Fringe cherry with this one. Don’t be too nervous for me, the first time can be great too.

2. Have you traveled a lot or is this a new experience? — Luckily and gratefully, I’ve travelled a lot in my life. My family loves their family vacations and we go outside of America and India frequently. We have yet to hit Scotland, however. So I’m particularly thrilled for this trip. And ofcourse once my parents found out I’m doing a show in a country they haven’t been to, they didn’t hesitate to book their tickets to come see me. Wish me luck, my father does not know what burlesque is. And yes there is burlesque in my show.

3. What are you most worried about? — Drinking Scotch for days on end. Oh, thank you for reminding me. I need to look up the taxi or ride-share services they have.

4. What are you most looking forward to? — Drinking Scotch for days on end. And doing my show.

5. Is anyone going with you? — Yes! My wonderfully talented director, Sophia Cleary and my wonderfully talented clown friend, Mike Rose who is featured in my show is also coming!

6. What do you think is the biggest difference between British audiences and American ones? — It seems to me British audiences are open to more risk takers. They seem to love the weird, outlier characters or stories that are woven in non-traditional ways. I’m excited to share my show with them.

Now, make sure to support these talented ladies and get yourself to Edinburgh!

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OC Parks Sunset Cinema Kicks Off June 9

OC Parks Sunset Cinema Kicks Off June 9

OC Parks Sunset Cinema Film Series Kicks Off June 9. (Orange County, Calif.) – The County of Orange and OC Parks are proud to present the annual OC Parks Summer Concert Series and Sunset Cinema film series. Enjoy summer nights under the stars with free live music and movie screenings at regional parks throughout Orange County. All events are family-friendly with free parking and food and drink options available for purchase.

OC Parks Summer Concert Series returns with 10 free outdoor concerts Thursday evenings, June 22 to Aug. 24 from 5 to 8 p.m.  Enjoy live music from exceptional bands and artists at Craig Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park and Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach.

The concert series kicks off with Paco Versailles June 22 at Craig Regional Park in Fullerton, followed by popular local and acclaimed touring artists including The Rembrandts, Ozomatli, No Duh, FlashPants, The English Beat, The Aquabats! and Queen Nation, with an additional artist to be announced. Flashback Heart Attack will close out the 2023 OC Parks Summer Concert Series with an electrifying performance at Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach.

OC Parks Sunset Cinema film series brings the big screen to your favorite regional parks with 14 free movie screenings Friday nights beginning June 9 to Sept. 8 at Craig Regional Park, Carbon Canyon Regional Park, Yorba Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Laguna Niguel Regional Park and Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach. Guests of all ages can enjoy recent blockbusters and popular classics, complete with pre-show entertainment beginning at 6 p.m. Showtimes begin after sundown, at approximately 8 p.m.

Friday night films kick off June 9 and include Thor: Love and Thunder (2022), A Bug’s Life (1998), Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022), Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), Top Gun: Maverick (2022), Clueless (1995), Lightyear (2022), Nacho Libre (2006), Cruella (2021), Kung Fu Panda (2008), Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021), Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), Uncharted (2022) and Mamma Mia! (2008).

“The County of Orange and OC Parks are thrilled to bring another fun-filled summer of entertainment to the community,” said Donald P. Wagner, Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors. “Enjoying a free concert or movie in the beautiful parks across the County is a wonderful way for visitors of all ages to celebrate the summer outdoors.”

OC Parks Summer Concert Series and Sunset Cinema film series are open to all ages and free to attend with free parking. Food trucks will serve a variety of cuisines at each location and a beer and wine garden will be available to those 21 and over. Join your friends and family and enjoy free concerts and movie screenings this summer with OC Parks.

OC Parks Summer Concert Series

Thursday nights, 5 p.m. (Event starts at 5 p.m., live music begins at 6 p.m.)

Date: June 22

Concert: Paco Versailles @ Craig Regional Park

 

Date: June 29

Concert: Sweet and Tender Hooligans @ Craig Regional Park

 

Date: July 6

Concert: The Rembrandts @ Irvine Regional Park

 

Date: July 13

Concert: Ozomatli @ Irvine Regional Park

 

Date: July 20

Concert: No Duh: The Ultimate Tribute to No Doubt @ Mason Regional Park

 

Date: July 27

Concert: FlashPants @ Mason Regional Park

 

Date: August 3

Concert: The English Beat @ Mile Square Regional Park

 

Date: August 10

Concert: The Aquabats! @ Mile Square Regional Park

 

Date: August 17

Concert: Queen Nation @ Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach

 

Date: August 24

Concert: Flashback Heart Attack @ Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach

 

OC Parks Sunset Cinema

Friday nights, 6 p.m. (Event starts at 6 p.m., movie begins at sunset)

 

Date: June 9

Movie: Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) @ Craig Regional Park

 

Date: June 16

Movie: A Bug’s Life (1998) @ Craig Regional Park

 

Date: June 23

Movie: Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022) @ Carbon Canyon Regional Park

 

Date: June 30

Movie: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) @ Carbon Canyon Regional Park

 

Date: July 7

Movie: Top Gun: Maverick (2022) @ Yorba Regional Park

 

Date: July 14

Movie: Clueless (1995) @ Yorba Regional Park

 

Date: July 21

Movie: Lightyear (2022) @ Irvine Regional Park

 

Date: July 28

Movie: Nacho Libre (2006) @ Irvine Regional Park

 

Date: August 4

Movie: Cruella (2021) @ Mason Regional Park

 

Date: August 11

Movie: Kung Fu Panda (2008) @ Mason Regional Park

 

Date: August 18

Movie: Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) @ Laguna Niguel Regional Park

 

Date: August 25

Movie: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) @ Laguna Niguel Regional Park

 

Date: September 1

Movie: Uncharted (2022) @ Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach

 

Date: September 8

Movie: Mamma Mia! (2008) @ Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach

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Come Celebrate Zinc Cafe & Market – Melrose, West Hollywood

Come Celebrate Zinc Cafe & Market – Melrose, West Hollywood

Zinc Café & Market recently opened a 2nd location in L.A. on Melrose in West Hollywood. SoCal Magazine caught up with restaurateur extraordinaire, John Secretan at his latest Zinc. I’ve known John for a long time and continue to be impressed with the effortless ease with which he expands his Zinc horizons. The Melrose location is Zinc number 4 (with 5 & 6 already in the pipeline).

The name, Zinc Café & Market, comes from the French colloquialism for a bistro/café/bar: “le zinc”. Le zinc was the omnipresent Parisienne neighborhood bar, named after the zinc countertops which were a standard feature of the cafés. “Le zinc” came to characterize the type of café/bar that typically served coffee, wine, beer and snacks.

Secretan opened the first Zinc Cafe in Laguna Beach in 1988, with the idea in mind that you could simply walk in and eat at the counter top like its namesake in France. The place grew in popularity and flourished into a sit down restaurant and since then, Zinc has replicated in Corona Del Mar, LA’s Arts District, and now, the Melrose area.

John is thrilled to be a part of the dynamic, vibrant, historic West Hollywood area. Community is important to him and John strives to support the neighborhoods of his Zinc cafes. For example: Zinc Café & Market in Laguna Beach supports School Power; Zinc in DTLA supports the arts; and now Melrose Zinc is looking to support the LGBTQ community that call West Hollywood home.

In the spirit of community building and to celebrate their new extended hours and dinner menu, the Melrose Zinc team is throwing a community party on Wednesday 12.14 from 4-7pm featuring tastings of Caroline Juen’s new “Best Coast Wines” and samples of the dinner menu.

New menu items at the Melrose location include the Middle Eastern Breakfast with fresh herbs, labneh, a jammy egg & sourdough, a Sugar Kiss Melon Salad with fennel & parmesan and a Fried Egg Sandwich with herb cream cheese, pickled onions & persian cucumber. Signature Zinc menu items from existing locations are also available. All in all, a menu that is healthy, nourishing and delicious. Melrose also serves beer and wine and offers light alcohol cocktails on their menu (ie- spritz). The price range for meals is on average $22-$26. Go and check it out.  For more information please click here

The Melrose Zinc’s space includes an indoor dining room, a peaceful and expansive outdoor veranda, a retail market area and new private dining room. Street parking is best, and the Design Center has lots of available parking and is two short blocks away.

John Secretan holds up the latest trend…wine in a can. Photos credit: Zuke Oshiro

Cover photo: Jenn Emerling

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Promising Skies – Walter Erra Hubert

Promising Skies – Walter Erra Hubert

LOS ANGELES ARTIST’S JOURNEY OF SELF-EXPLORATION AND TRANSFORMATION DURING ISOLATION OFFERS A SENSE OF HOPE FOR A NEW ERA

Building Bridges Art Exchange announces their upcoming show  by artist Walter Erra Hubert and curated by Marisa Caichiolo, which takes place from February 26 to March 30, 2022 at Bergamot Station Arts Center (2525 Michigan Ave. Unit F2, Santa Monica).

Walter Erra Hubert is a Pasadena-born, internationally-recognized artist working in the mediums of acrylic paintings, mono prints, resin and mixed media. Walter chose to self-isolate in 2018, two years before the international lockdown, resulting in his latest striking body of work Promising Skies, which reflects a world moving towards a new reality. The large-scale art works are realized in acrylic while the show will also feature his works that incorporate resin and mixed media. All of the art will be showcased at Building Bridges Art Exchange’s Santa Monica Gallery.

Born to Italian immigrant parents, Walter is heavily influenced by his U.S. and Italian roots and straddles both worlds. His Pasadena studio provides space for exploration inspired by the expanse of the metropolis while his home and studio in the Italian countryside allow for a sense of separation associated with nature and introspection. Walter’s Italian heritage and 30 years of experience using varied artistic mediums appealed to Argentinean Curator Marisa Caichiolo who actively seeks to showcase a diverse range of artists from around the world. “Walter’s eerily-timed decision to self-isolate inadvertently became emblematic of a universal experience and, during that time, his quest to connect with the core of his being ended up producing his strongest and most significant body of work, which we’re thrilled to showcase in Los Angeles”.

Walter’s self-imposed lockdown began at his Pasadena studio and continued at his studio in his home in rural Italy. His isolation resulted in these multi-dimensional, multi-layered works . The magnificent large canvases invite the viewer to embark on a journey of discovery through Walter’s impressive brush work, dripping paint and penetrating energy.

Walter’s expression is deeply influenced by the subconscious, a comparison that can be drawn to current events of the pandemic and post-pandemic era. The magic of nature and journeys of the spirit are at the core of Walter’s work.  Promising Skies encapsulates Walter’s vision with imaginary and mystical elements.  He creates paintings by merging a multitude of tools, including everyday items such as spatulas, wood carving tools and hair dryers and the fluidity of the materials captures the artist’s strokes and movements. Walter muses, “I am in constant exploration of the tension we perceive between the realms of matter and spirit. I hope that the viewer senses that language and is drawn into the relevance of the journey.”

Although the current global outlook may be seen as bleak and unpredictable, Promising Skies reflects a world moving towards a new reality with a sense of hope. In each translucent piece, an ocean of opportunities, portals and evocative lights can be seen beckoning toward the future, representing the promise of new beginnings. Connecting to the past and creating a bridge to the future is the ideal path for Walter to engage with today’s collective consciousness. Explosions of light, volcanic eruptions, deep water currents and sensual feeling inspired by connections between the elements are among the bounty of natural phenomena that nourish his perspective and vision of the universal forces of Mother Earth.

Walter was recently selected as an American artist to show at the 2022 9th Beijing International Art Biennale in China. The exhibition is currently being held at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing through March 2022. The curatorial theme is The Light of Life and the piece selected by the curatorial committee is “The Light Portal”.  This piece was completed in 2021 by the artist as part of the series, “The Era of Solitude”.  He has had several solo shows in Europe and his paintings can be found in the permanent collections of the M.A.C.I.S.T contemporary art museum in Italy, and venerable institutions including the L.A. Times Mirror Building. Walter was also recently chosen as a featured artist for a special Miami ART BASEL publication.

Promising Skies can be viewed from February 26 to March 30, 2022 at Building Bridges Art Exchange at Bergamot Station Arts Center (2525 Michigan Ave. Unit F2, Santa Monica). BBAX is open Tuesday to Friday (11am – 5pm) and Saturday (noon – 6pm).

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LA + OC Top Valentine’s Menus

LA + OC Top Valentine’s Menus

Need ideas for a dinner date? Here are some top restaurants that are offering a Valentine’s Special. Happy love day to you.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY

San Pedro Fish Market | Long Beach

What: San Pedro Fish Market Long Beach welcomes guests to celebrate love and seafood with a selection of specials available during Valentine’s Day weekend, from Friday, February 11 through Monday, February 14. Catch the sunset from the restaurant’s picturesque waterfront setting under twinkling bistro patio lights while enjoying the freshest seafood in town. Indulge in an elevated surf n’ turf experience of New York Strip, Lobster & Bearnaise or opt for the Lobsta’ Pot Pie, a comforting classic with a seaside twist. End the day of love with the decadent Chocolate Torte layered with roasted raspberry jam, sprinkled with hazelnut crumble and served with vanilla ice cream.

Reservations: (562) 606-0090, sanpedrofish.com

Address: 6550 E Marina Dr., Long Beach, CA 90803.

Little Tokyo

What: Go Little Tokyo to celebrate love this Valentine’s Day in one of Los Angeles’ most vibrant and culturally rich communities. With a vast array of unique dining experiences and daily happenings, the lively neighborhood offers the perfect destination to explore and indulge in authentic Japanese cuisine. To uncover more delicious dining destinations and happenings in Little Tokyo, visit golittletokyo.com.

Tamon Sushi 

Details: For dinner on Valentine’s Day, stop by Tamon Sushi located in the heart of Little Tokyo at the Miyako Hotel Los Angeles. Look out over the energetic streets below while indulging in a Valentine’s Day special offering a sushi dinner or a 10 oz. ribeye steak dinner paired with a glass of wine and slice of cheesecake for dessert. The Valentine’s Day dinner special is $35 per person and available on Monday, February 14, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. by reservation.

Reservations: tamonyoyaku@gmail.com, (213) 617-7839

Address: Miyako Hotel, 328 1st St #2F, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Shojin | Little Tokyo

Details: For exquisite plant-based creations, look no further than vegan haven, Shojin, offering a four-course, prix fixe menu of gluten-free, macrobiotic, and organic Japanese dishes including the Truffled “Crab Cake” and a Signature Sushi Plate including Shojin Dynamite, Dragon, Valentine Rainbow, and Spicy “Tuna” on Crispy Rice. Shojin’s Valentine’s Day menu is $98 per person and is available on Monday, February 14 for dine-in. Shojin will also offer a special Valentine’s Day platter for pick-up and delivery available for pre-order by phone.

Reservations: www.theshojin.com, (213) 617-0305

Address: 333 S. Alameda St,. #310 Los Angeles CA 90013

Ootoro Sushi | Little Tokyo

Details: For those planning to celebrate love all week long, Ootoro Sushi, a local favorite known for epicurean sushi creations, is offering a special post-Valentine’s Day dining experience. Tuesday, February 15 through Sunday, February 20, guests will receive a complimentary bottle of Dassai 45 sake (300ml) with the purchase of two Omakase courses ranging from $185–$250 per person. The innovative, eight-course menu is nothing short of extravagance, featuring lobster sashimi and toro tartare with caviar. The Omakase menu is subject to change based on availability and is only available at Ootoro Sushi’s Little Tokyo location.

Reservations: (213) 278-0056

Address: 232 E 2nd St E, Los Angeles, CA 90012

ORANGE COUNTY

Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens | Corona del Mar

What: Cozy up with that special someone and dine al fresco this Valentine’s Day in the romantic garden setting of Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens. Experience sustainably sourced Valentine’s Day lunch and dinner specials highlighting Southern California’s freshest flavors of the moment courtesy of Owner and Executive Chef Rich Mead. Toast to your loved one with a specialty cocktail crafted by Chef de Swigs, Anthony Laborin, and add a Roger’s Gardens floral arrangement to your meal for $35. Floral orders must be placed two days prior to reservation. Call to reserve. The Valentine’s Day specials are available for dine-in Friday, February 11-Monday, February 14 from 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Reservations: (949) 640.1415 or visit www.farmhouserg.com

Address: 2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd., Corona del Mar, CA 92625

Descanso Restaurant | Costa Mesa

What: Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Descanso Restaurant by indulging in the authentic flavors of modern Mexican cuisine with a $75 three-course dining experience for two courtesy of Executive Chef Fonzy De Zuniga. The Valentine’s Day menu is an inspired combination of Descanso’s most popular dishes, featuring the flavorful Paraiso Huachinango, a chili seasoned deep-fried whole red snapper, accompanied by Mexican Fried Rice and Serrano Chile Potatoes. Pair with one of the restaurant’s specialty margaritas or a curated selection of tequilas from the tableside tequila cart. End the meal on a sweet note with Descanso’s take on traditional Flan, topped with hibiscus dust and berries. Available for dine-in on February 14, from 3–9 p.m.

Reservations: (714) 486.3798. descansorestaurant.com

Address: 1555 Adams Ave., Suite 103, Costa Mesa

Billy’s at the Beach | Newport Beach

What: Celebrate love aloha style at Billy’s at the Beach Friday, February 11 through Valentine’s Day, Monday, February 14. Treat that special someone to an unforgettable waterfront dining experience with island-inspired cocktails and Valentine’s Day specials courtesy of Executive Chef Robert Luna. Billy’s will be open for the holiday on Monday, February 14 and offer Chef Robert’s mouthwatering prix fixe menu from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. The unforgettable $160 three-course menu for two features a choice of entrée including Pan Seared 8oz. Filet of Beef served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and sauteed green beans with housemade steak butter and Macadamia Nut Crusted Halibut with sweet black rice and stir fry vegetables.

Reservations: (949) 722-1100, Billysatthebeach.net

Address: 2751 W Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA 92663

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