Anyone eager to be a part of the skeleton crew for the upcoming SHAQTOBERFEST team only needs to fill out the application form. The talent search includes performance roles, such as actors and improvisational artists — as well as customer service and operations staff. And if you’re not exactly an actor, no worries — the job requires no previous acting experience and is a TON of fun.
After completing the form, the team will be in touch to schedule an interview/audition.
Officially open to the public beginning late September through Halloween, the interactive experience will be the ultimate Halloween destination for family-friendly trick-or-treating, ghoulish games, delicious treats, specialty libations, frightfully fun nighttime haunted trails and exciting live entertainment that encapsulates O’Neal’s playful personality.
Learn more about SHAQTOBERFEST here.
About Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group
Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group produces world-class live events and location-based entertainment experiences and is the world’s largest Halloween themed entertainment company. With over 16 locations and counting, every year, Thirteenth Floor brings premier Halloween experiences to markets all across the country. Designed by world-renowned haunted house engineers and featuring makeup and effects from Hollywood special effects artists, their attractions take fright to a whole new level. Learn more at their website, here: ThirteenthFloor.com.
About Shaquille O’Neal
Shaquille O’Neal is one of the world’s most successful athlete-turned-businessmen, whose accomplishments both on and off the court have translated into a highly sought-after consumer brand. As an entrepreneur, sports analyst, DJ, restaurateur, and brand ambassador, Shaquille O’Neal’s signature “Business of Fun” mantra resonates throughout each of his countless endeavors.
The 15-time NBA All-Star’s unprecedented athletic career spanned nearly two decades and earned him countless awards and honors, including NBA Most Valuable Player, NBA Rookie of the Year, four NBA Championships and a First Ballot NBA Hall of Famer. Currently, O’Neal is an analyst on TNT’s Emmy Award-winning “Inside the NBA.” O’Neal, who has a PhD in Leadership and Education, established The Shaquille O’Neal Foundation which provides resources for underserved youth. He also gives back through a number of annual philanthropic programs including Shaq to School, Shaqsgiving, and Shaq a Claus.
The launch of his Las Vegas eatery Big Chicken has further elevated Shaquille’s status as he has positioned himself as a successful restaurateur. The brand currently has sites open in Las Vegas, Glendale, CA, two Carnival Cruise Ships (Mardi Gras and Radiance), Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, UBS Arena in New York with many more locations under development.
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About ABG Entertainment
ABG Entertainment offers unparalleled storytelling through long-form and short-form content, live event production, hospitality and immersive experiences in collaboration with the world’s most influential creators, distributors, brands and artists. ABG Entertainment is a division of Authentic Brands Group, a global brand development, marketing and entertainment company, and owner of a portfolio of iconic and renowned brands that generate more than $21 billion in retail sales worldwide. For more information, visit authenticbrandsgroup.com
It’s the end of July, which puts us right in the middle of summer. Chances are you’ve found yourself completely prepared for all the season had to bring, or you’ve been lacking here and there. Either way, this is the guide you probably didn’t think you needed, to survive these next couple of months.
Little Kitchen Academy
Kids. You just gotta love them, but sometimes you have to love them from afar. Summer is officially in full swing, and as the novelty of having no school has worn off for children of all ages, parents are beginning to hear the dreaded phrase “I’m bored!” or “There’s nothing to do!” Enter Westfield Century City, the premier destination for shopping, entertainment, and dining.
Located in the heart of LA, the options at Westfield Century City are endless, so we wanted to highlight one of our favorite kid-friendly experiences available at Westfield – Little Kitchen Academy, a Montessori – inspired cooking academy for kids ages 3- 13+.
Little Kitchen Academy offers sessions Monday through Sunday, where your child will experience a 3-hour class and they will learn how to make healthy and delicious meals from scratch to consumption. During each session your child will learn how to combine different ingredients into great meals and how to use kitchen tools safely, all while gaining self-confidence. There are four different curriculums that are offered, for ages 3-5; 6-8; 9-12; and 13+. Each class is tailored specifically to each age group, making it the perfect solution for mid-summer “boredom.”
So you’ve already gone on a vacation for the summer, but that was for the kids. What about your adults-only time away? Brella, the innovative LA-based child care center is here to answer that question, by supporting busy parents who want to take a day trip on Saturday, or have a date in the city.
From full-time care to last-minute summer needs and everything in between, Brella’s plans are 100% flexible to account for whatever type of child care is needed. Parents can pick between three different plans with varying levels of commitment and are able to use the innovative, newly relaunched Brella App to determine their child’s schedule, day to day, week by week.
Brella provides the first-ever truly flexible child care model allowing families to schedule by the hour and day through an easy-to-use app. With a network of centers, families can access multiple locations with a single enrollment. Brella’s founders Melanie and Darien are providing community-oriented solutions to an age-old problem. Inspired by the likes of WeWork and SoulCycle, Brella strives to make themselves just as accessible.
After the smashing success of their first location opening in 2019, Brella opened a second location this June in the heart of Hollywood’s Sycamore district. The space is bookended by the best up-and-coming hotspots such as Tartine, known for their exquisite baked goods, the Jeffrey Deitch gallery, and the sprawling new all-day corner café, Sightglass Coffee, and are opening a third location this fall in Pasadena.
Even during the summer it can get pretty chilly! dryrobe, the latest cult wardrobe item from Britain making waves in the U.S., was designed as a changing robe for all outdoor adventurers to put on. Whether you need to change clothes with privacy or quickly get dry after being in water, dry robe is here to change what has long been a complicated process for beachgoers – and anyone having fun in a body of water outdoors.
The brand’s spotlight robe, the dryrobe Advance, is both unisex and sustainable, available in short and long sleeve lengths, and comes in a wide range of colors — all made using 100% recycled nylon. The synthetic lambswool interior is made from recycled polyester and wicks moisture away while fleece-lined exterior pockets do their bit to restore feeling to extremities after swimming in chilly waters. It also doubles as a fashion statement, loved by and seen on Harry Styles and Rita Ora in their day to day. We’ve seen a rise in functionality in fashion, and people choosing to wear an item that was built purely for performance as a personal style choice. The dryrobe fits perfectly in this current model of dressing, and includes the following benefits:
- Waterproof and windproof outer shell fabric made from 100% recycled nylon
- Super-warm synthetic lambswool lining made from 100% recycled polyester
- Tailored, fitted sleeves with hook and loop fasteners at the wrist
- Treated with eco-friendly BIONIC-FINISH® ECO water-repellent technology
- Full length 2-way reversible YKK® zip
- Minimal sealed seam construction
- Deep, fleece-lined external zip pockets
- Huge ‘A4’ size internal, soft-lined ‘poacher’ pocket
- Internal waterproof zip entry pocket – ideal for phone/wallet
- Super light construction – approx 1.3kg (dependant on size)
KOKOLU is the eco-friendly and stylish accessory brand, who just launched their most popular Daily Eight Tote in a stunning luminous edition!
Made from 100% PCR plastic, this tote bag is ready to go wherever you go – even during a summer night – with its glow in the dark features. A burst of sunshine or selfie camera flash illuminates the bag to create a dazzling sparkle that will have everyone stop and stare!
Core features include:
8 post-consumer recycled plastic bottles = 1 Daily Eight Tote
Strong, durable material is 100% machine washable
Dope Dye color-blend technology reduces water waste without dulling colors
Comfortable and flexible for wearing over the shoulder or in hand
Summer Read: The Apocalypse Game
You need a little something for the upcoming beach day, you say? Can the worst traits of humanity, together with unbridled science, artificial intelligence, and encouraged by super-natural evil, spark the apocalypse?
After a dozen waves of COVID, refugees crowd New York City where the antihero, Jonas Gredas (20), is a terribly handicapped social misfit with an off-the-charts IQ, and a fan of fantasy stories, because the monsters are never weak. An atheist, he’s haunted by a voice who guides him, which may be his subconscious. With the voice’s help, Jonas creates a never-before-seen AI companion, named Hela. He hopes Hela will heal his withered body, give him safety from his abusers, and enable him to gain the love of the mysterious Sara.
But unexpectedly, he makes enemies of the police and FBI, the church, and a computer titan. Succored only by an ancient priest whom Jonas loathes, Jonas must run from the FBI as they destroy Hela. Out of options, Jonas considers suicide until Hela miraculously returns to him, bringing him hope. Together, they work to save humanity from death and disease. But Jonas’s enemies still hound him, pushing Hela toward fulfilling Jonan’s every monstrous fantasy, just as his lifelong demonic haunt works to arrange; the looming apocalypse.
Comparables: The Apocalypse Game reminds one of Mary Shelley’s thought-provoking, science gone too far, Frankenstein; Dan Brown’s thrilling artificial intelligence comes-to-life, Origin; or Stephen King’s gripping supernatural tale The Stand.
Buy The Apocalypse Game here!
Whether you’re planning a sophisticated summer soiree, a backyard barbecue or a fun pool party, it’s the perfect time to elevate your summer entertaining experience. While it’s essential to stock up on refreshing beverages and tasty food, I’d like to introduce you to a new machine sure to elevate any party setting.
Enter BEED, a newly launched device that seamlessly merges cannabis, technlogy, and design into one machine that’s poised to become “The Nespresso of Cannabis.” BEED is a fully automated joint rolling machine that rolls a fresh joint in 20 seconds flat and at a push of a single button. BEED is the perfect addition to any bar cart this summer, by not only adding a stylish and functional conversation piece but BEED also offers a very unique social element to your gathering.
Say goodbye to ‘puff, puff, pass’ and communal joints shared by a bevy of peoople – now with the ease and simplicity of BEED, everyone can enjoy their very own personal preroll and socialize safely with friends this summer. All you have to do is pop a BEED pod precisely dosed and packed with cannabis flower into the BEED machine along with your pre-roll cone of choice, press the button, and watch BEED work its marijuana magic. Purchase yours here: https://www.beed.co/
Sackville & Co.
If you’re needing more for your stash, Sackville & Co. – the Brooklyn-based creator of design-focused cannabis accessories, have quickly become the object of Gen-Z’s affection! Lana Van Brunt and Hayley Dineen, the duo behind Sackville & Co., set out to create elevated accessories that marries their creative eye for design and the Gen-Z consumer’s shift towards cannabis.
With unique Crystal Ball Pipes and ultra-sleek Carry Case Keychains, Sackville’s designs are not only catching the eyes of Gen-Z, but also disrupting the typical cannabis accessories industry. Lana Van Brunt and Hayley Dineen, the creators of Sackville & Co., bonded over their shared frustration of not being able to find chic cannabis products to fit their personal styles. With New York’s mass cannabis legalization on the horizon, Sackville & Co. has the local roots and creative design to truly disrupt this new market.
Coachella’s nearly here and the weather’s heating up. That can only mean one thing: Chamberlain Coffee and Craig’s Vegan Ice Cream are pairing up to release a magical solution to all that could possibly ail us. Cold, caffeinated refreshment anyone?
Following the success of the Gen Z coffee brand’s ice cream truck pop-up with celeb hot spot Craig’s last summer, the two beloved brands will be teaming up again and taking their partnership to the desert this weekend with vegan ice cream for Coachella!
During both weekends of the festival, coffee and ice cream lovers alike will be able to stop by a pop-up on-site in The Rose Garden and the VIP food and beverage booth to enjoy a brand new flavor from Craig’s and Chamberlain Coffee: vegan coffee ice cream!
In additional news, Chamberlain Coffee just recently launched a chocolate and coffee lover’s new favorite snack!
Made with whole roasted espresso beans, the brand’s latest product launch is the ultimate midday snack that’s so good, you’ll want a never-ending supply! Perfect for sweet tooth chocolate cravings and paired with a little caffeine “pick me up” to get you through the day, it’s the perfect bite-sized desktop indulgence to keep around.
The espresso beans, which are available in the US only, are available in both milk and dark chocolate so you can switch it up based on your preference. No matter how you prefer your Chamberlain Coffee or Craig’s Vegan Ice Cream, the options are only increasing. What will they think of next?
The meatless movement is growing increasingly large, and nomoo | new american burgers, the innovative vegan fast food joint, quickly becoming the mecca for all plant-based Angelinos, aims to revolutionize America’s favorite food— the burger—from the inside out. If you’ve been scrolling on the foodie side of Instagram lately, there’s a high probability that you’ve come across at least a couple of nomoo’s menu offerings captured beautifully.
While their plant-based menu items look like our traditional favorites, their ingredients are a bit different — but so much tastier and better for you! What makes the experience even more worthwhile is their retro-modernized diner theme hailing back to the days of yesteryear.
nomoo’s quality food created a body of loyal fans, while the art, styling, electric branding supporting their plant-based menu, and the honed flavor profiles differentiate the restaurant from others. nomoo’s familiar-yet-futuristic retro neon style injects color and vibrancy to their flagship location, a historic long-forgotten diner on Los Angeles’ iconic Melrose Avenue.
Menu items range from their fan favorite Hot Chicken Sandwich, served on a warm brioche bun using house made plant based chicken, to a delicious green salad crafted from locally grown produce — not to be outshined by their golden fries and colorful milkshakes.
The L.A. Marathon is quickly approaching, and for anyone who plans to participate, they’re in for quite a welcome surprise. Social wellness club, Remedy Place, will be the official Halfway Pit Stop for the LA Marathon on Sunday, March 20. Last November, what started as a marathon watch party outside the club’s prime Sunset Boulevard vantage point quickly turned into Remedy Place Founder/CEO Dr. Jonathan Leary and team springing into action to administer treatments to help runners alleviate various aches, cramps and pains.
This year, Remedy Place is taking race recovery to the next level by officially teaming up with the LA Marathon to optimize participant’s performance and stamina as they take on the second half of their race. Starting at 10:00 AM, Remedy Place’s team of leading alternative medicine doctors and wellness experts will be providing hands-on support to all participants of the LA marathon outside of the club (8305 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069).
Fusing the world of self-care with the benefits of positive socialization to enhance the effects of treatments – a term Remedy Place has coined “Social Self-Care” – a live DJ will be blasting energizing beats to further amp up runners and the pit stop vibe. Spectators are encouraged to come and cheer on runners from the Remedy Place Recovery Pit Stop, socializing and enjoying the wellness-infused camaraderie.
The following are complimentary treatments being offered to runners:
Localized Cryotherapy → For pain relief
Handgun Massage Devices With a Percussion Tool → To reduce inflammation and minimize muscle tension
Holistic Topical Pain Remedies → To penetrate deep into muscles and stop pain at the source
While after the race, runners can receive the following:
Cold Immersion Therapy → Guided ice baths will be available to reduce inflammation, promote circulation, enhance mental clarity and improve sleep post-race.
Recovery Resources → Dr. Jonathan Leary and team will be onsite to educate runners on different ways to optimize their recovery post-marathon
Where can you find a gluten-free bakery that offers a full breakfast/brunch and lunch menu, and a baker’s delights? If you thought such a place didn’t exist, you’d be wrong. Breadblok — an L.A. favorite — has taken everything there is to love about our guilty food pleasures and made them even better, with a brand new Silver Lake location.
LA’s favorite gluten-free bakery has expanded to the Eastside with a brand-new restaurant & retail bakery, joining their Santa Monica location. Arguably a dreamscape, Breadblok’s range of deliciousness includes, all organic, gum-free, soy-free, and refined sugar-free ingredients processed in their dedicated facility. What Breadblok has achieved with their locations equates to a community hub where neighbors, both local and from afar, stop by for health-conscious selections they can count on from the friendly team.
We had the incredible opportunity to try some of their amazingly delicious food offerings prepared by their chefs, and the Breadblok crew treated us as if we had walked into a neighborhood market celebrating its 50th year in business. The restaurant, clean, organized, and deceivingly small, makes great use of simplicity, minimalism, and space by showing you nothing more than what you need to see: the food and the merchandise available for purchase. With this spotlight putting everything into focus, Breadblok Silver Lake feels so much larger than it is, and pairs all of this with a graciously spaced outdoor dining area.
Breadblok’s breakfasts and brunches include, but are not limited to a bacon Breakfast Sandwich, Potato Galette, a Breakfast Plate, and a surprisingly light Vanilla Brioche French Toast. Lunch menu options are hearty and wholesome, with Quiche Lorraine, Vegetable Quiche, and two Pizza options, while Avocado Toast, Smoked Salmon Tartine, and Croque Monsieur, melty Baguette Sandwiches, and brimming Salads complete the rest of the menu’s food options. No bakery is complete without a selection of baked goods, and Breadblok has more than you could ask for in gluten-free bread and sweet varieties.
Finally, Breadblok’s drink choices include a variety of coffees, teas, and specialty drinks, like the Lavender Latte and Pink Velvet Latte, all made with the milk or plant-based milk of the buyer’s choice. Big on flavor, and crafted with love, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see that Breadblok had regulars who just stopped by for coffee and a doughnut to soak in a heartwarming, pet-friendly, neighborly vibe.
March begins National Nutrition Month, and what better way to kick things off, than with Kori Krill Oil and helpful information from Nutritionist Rania Batayneh, MPH? For many who began 2022 on a health kick, experiences have ranged from effortless to completely off the rails, but Kori Krill Oil can help everyone with the least effort.
Even with the growing trend of diet-conscious people today, nutrition deficiencies are still rampant in the United States, with a whopping 70% of the U.S. population deficient in omega-3’s — a key nutrient for heart health.
With just one serving of superior Omega-3 supplement Kori Krill Oil ($19.99), 250 grams of EPA and DHA Omega-3 fatty acids are provided to your body – the equivalent of the same amount of Omega-3s that you’d get from eating 2 servings of fish per week (recommended by U.S. dietary guidelines). As Kori Krill Oil provides Omega-3 in its most natural phospholipid form, distribution is superior and converts directly into cells and organs.
Read on for key pointers in our Q&A with Nutritionist Rania Batayneh, MPH, and no matter where you are in your health journey, get started making sure you’re not deficient in Omega-3’s!
Q&A With Nutritionist Rania Batayneh:
Q: Can you please share some info with our readers about your background as a nutritionist and how you got started?
In 2001, I obtained my master’s degree in nutrition from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. I started my career in San Francisco in 2001 with a focus on developing strategies to help my clients optimize their health and wellness, which results in long term weight loss. My first book, The One One One Diet is a #1 Amazon bestseller and has changed the lives of so many men and women.
Q: During this time with health and wellness interest booming, what is one of the biggest nutritional myths or misconceptions?
I think one of the biggest misconceptions is that only older generations should be worried about how nutrition can play a huge role in overall health. For example, the CDC recommends that the younger generations should also stay vigilant with their heart health too. In fact, heart disease affects 1 in 10 Americans between 20 to 39 years old. Diet and nutrition play a critical role in improving heart health, and omegas are a superfood that can not be overlooked.
Q: Can you tell us what in its formula makes Kori Krill Oil so special, and why it stands out from other comparable alternatives, like cod liver oil and salmon oil supplements?
Krill Oil, specifically Kori, the superior Omega-3 supplement really stands out compared to other fish oils on the market. Kori truly is an Omega-3 Superfood. Antioxidant powered for 6+ benefits including heart, brain, joint, eye, skin and immune health with superior absorption versus fish oils.
Kori Krill Oil Omega-3s are in phospholipid form, which supports Omega-3 distribution throughout the body and delivery to the body’s cells. Since krill oil Omega-3s are in a phospholipid form (their most natural form) that blends easily in our stomachs, you do not get that fishy aftertaste or fishy burps.
Q: Just from a nutritional standpoint, what are some of the highlights that Kori offers, and how do they help the body?
Like fish oil, krill oil contains DHA and EPA. However, krill oil contains the essential nutrient choline which supports brain and nervous system health, and the antioxidant astaxanthin. Fish oil doesn’t have these.
Not all Omega-3 supplements are the same and there are many important differences between krill oil and other Omega-3 supplements, like fish oil that make Krill Oil the superior Omega-3 superfood source. Some key differences include:
Kori Krill Oil naturally has more nutrients and comes in their most natural form for even more health benefits vs. traditional omega-3 sources.
Kori Krill Oil is the most natural Omega-3 form whose antioxidant power supports heart, brain, joint, eye, skin and immune health with superior absorption versus fish oils.
Superfoods are not only packed with nutrients, but they are clean by nature. Kori Krill Oil is naturally non-gmo, which means no artificial flavors, colors & preservatives are needed.
Q: 70% of the U.S. population is deficient in Omega-3’s. What are some health issues that can arise over time due to a lack of sufficient Omega-3’s?
Omegas are always top of mind (literally and figuratively!). Consumers are embracing Omega-3s as they are critical for our brain, eye, skin, heart, join, and immune health. Salmon (or a healthy fish diet) is one of the most recognized superfoods out there, because its Omega-3 EPA & DHA nutrients are essential fatty acids our bodies need. The American Heart Association recommends that you consume 2 servings of fish/week. But >70% of Americans aren’t eating enough of a healthy fish diet, resulting in too low Omega-3 levels.
A more “superficial” example is one of which impacts your skin. The term “Inflammaging” is a meld of the words “inflammation” and “aging,” and lends itself to the concept that inflammation leads to quick aging of the skin. If you are not eating 2 servings of fatty fish each week, it is quite likely that you are deficient in omega-3s which are essential fatty acids. While we can’t take a look inside our bodies, what we see can be a reflection of a deficiency. When our diets are deficient in fatty acids, you may start to experience dry skin. Reason being: Omega-3 fatty acids are important in keeping our skin hydrated and strong. Supplementing with a product that in its natural form — like Kori Krill Oil — can make an impact on your skin.
Are there any final points you’d like to stress about the importance of implementing Kori Krill Oil and Omega-3’s into regular daily intake?
If your diet is lacking in omegas, my recommendation for an added source of Omega-3s is Kori Krill Oil which offers Omega-3s in its most natural form, closest to eating a healthy fish diet. Think of it this way, a supplement should supplement your diet. Sounds simple, right? When you look at your diet (meaning what you eat, not what you shouldn’t eat!) are you getting the essentials? One of which are your Omega 3 fatty acids. To find out, ask yourself this question, “Am I eating 2 servings of fish each week?” If the answer is no, then a supplement is a good idea. Not only do Omega-3s help with our brain health, they are also powerful antioxidants which help support our eye, skin, heart, joint, and immune health.
Some supplements target only one part of your health-your hair, your eyes, your skin, but what if there was one that helped with all of them. KORI is the one supplement your entire body can benefit from-head to toe. What’s more, research suggests that omega-3s from krill oil are superior to fish oil in raising Omega-3 levels in the body.
Winter may be here, but it won’t last forever! As we creep toward the warmer months, Los Angeles-based global lifestyle brand, Rails, has just opened a new retail store in Newport Beach. Perfect timing!
The new location, located at 1083 Newport Center Drive within Fashion Island, was designed in collaboration with Studio Corbeau. The 2,100 square foot space reflects the brand’s effortless California aesthetic fused with a refined European sensibility. The store features a minimalist color palette, accented wood detailing, succulent landscaping, and vintage textiles throughout the space. Customers can experience Rails in person and shop the brand’s full women’s and men’s range.
Newport Beach and the surrounding area is home to a coastal community of loyal Rails customers who appreciate the brand’s continued evolution of effortless essentials. With a focus on incredible fabrics and versatile silhouettes, the collections embody the comfort of California living.
With flagship stores already opened in New York, San Francisco, London, and Paris, Rails plans to open an additional four locations in 2022 as a bricks-and-mortar expansion strategy.
Address: 1083 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA
Store Hours: Monday – Thursday from 10am to 7pm, Friday – Saturday from 10am to 8pm, Sunday from 11am to 6pm
Founded in 2008 by Los Angeles native, Jeff Abrams, Rails has grown from a small label – started with just a single hat – into a full lifestyle collection for men and women. Through fabric innovation and incredible handfeel, Rails has built lasting emotional connections with its customers by providing a collection of effortless essentials that blend its California roots with a refined global sensibility. Discover Rails at more than 1500 retailers across the globe, online at railsclothing.com, or at Rails stores in New York, San Francisco, Newport Beach, London, and Paris.