Seventh Annual Unicef Masquerade Ball

Seventh Annual Unicef Masquerade Ball



UNICEF’s mission is to do whatever it takes for children everywhere, and UNICEF’s lifesaving interventions have helped cut child deaths by more than 50% since 1990.

What:  UNICEF Next Generation will host its seventh annual UNICEF Masquerade Ball in Los Angeles at Kimpton La Peer Hotel. Inspired by the organization’s signature color and logo, this year’s Blue Moon theme celebrates the beauty and mystery of the celestial. The night will feature a collection of immersive experiences, curated entertainment, and out-of-this-world fashion. Funds raised at the event will go towards supporting UNICEF’s work in creating a better future for every child.

Plus, Billie Eilish will be performing a special acoustic set at this fundraising event.

Why:  UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization, by providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. UNICEF Next Generation is a group of young leaders, philanthropists, entrepreneurs and innovators in their 20s and 30s who commit their resources, resolve and enthusiasm toward supporting UNICEF’s lifesaving work.

Who:   Event Chair: Nima Nejat   Event Vice Chair: Kenna

 Creative Chair: Carlton DeWoody & Babs Burchfield

 NextGen Chair: Kelly Wilson

Honorary ChairUNICEF Ambassador Halima Aden

Event Committee: Cal Amir, Kate Becker, Mike Cribari, Corinne Crockett, Allie Dinielli, Alex Fadil, Eric Galen, Erica Henderson, Christopher Hughes, Nabilah Jiwani, Alice Carroll Johnson, Harleen Kaur, Stacey Kenealy, Katya Khazei, Michelle Lea Kim, Brittany Letto, Carmella Rose, Stafford Schlitt, Alexis Simon, Robin Warren, Brett Williams, Tallulah Willis

When:   Saturday, October 26, 2019
9:00 pm – 2:00 am

Where:     Kimpton La Peer Hotel   627 N La Peer Dr, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Tickets:      Individual tickets start at $250


Contact:     Julianne O’Connell, [email protected], 212.922.2650

About UNICEF The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in 190 countries and territories to put children first. UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization, by providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. UNICEF USA supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when no children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. For more information, visit


Isle of Man

Isle of Man

We here at SoCal, love our home—we love the endless summers, the traffic congestion, the ubiquitous out-door-dining and of course the ability to get to the desert, the sea, the vineyards and Mexico quickly, if the electric car would only go that far…so we take to flight, travel, spend time in other cultures and countries. This time, we have sent our best writer, Niki Smart, to visit that small land between England and Ireland, the Isle of Man, for a summer travel report:

As kids, my sister and I spent a year living with our father in the Isle of Man, and to be frank, we both loathed it. We complained endlessly, or at least I did, and gave it unflattering names like the Isle of Bile, the Isle of Vile, the Isle of Just Shoot Me Please…and so on. You’d think then, that some 40 years later when my sister suggested we go back and reevaluate the Isle of Man, that I’d be reluctant, but I was curious and agreed. Maybe it was time to reassess the place.

Fist off, a 3-hour ferry ride from Liverpool to the Isle of Man’s capital, Douglas—and a quick side note; 40 years later, Liverpool has an amazing waterfront area laden with restaurants, cafés, history, art, culture and much visit-worthy coolness.

As a child, the ferry ride had always seemed pretty rough, but I thought maybe that was because I was a little. Surely it couldn’t be that bad? Oh. So. Wrong! The voyage was as grueling as I remembered, meaning, I came very close to losing my lunch. Arriving in pouring rain, three motion-sickly hours later, my sister and I struggled to figure out how to get to our seafront hotel because the entire promenade was seemingly being dug up, traffic was being rerouted without any clear signage, and parking was a messy bitch. To top it off, since it was a rainy, Monday night, not many restaurants were open, and as we trudged about in the grim cold searching for a place to eat, I thought, “Well, we just made a big bloody mistake.”

The Little Fish Café helped cheer us up with the British classic of fish and chips, plus a window seat looking onto the quayside of colorful sailboats. Strangely enough, there was also a brightly painted wallaby in our view. Intrigued, I looked up the significance because—hello—a wallaby in the Isle of Man? I discovered that in roughly 1985 several wallabies escaped Curraghs Wildlife Park (the Isle of Man’s only zoo,) and had since started breeding in the wild. Apparently, there are now nearly one hundred wallabies roaming the Isle of Man and I instantly felt a kinship to them. They’d been sent to the island against their will (just like us as kids), and I was certain those poor creatures longed for their Australian home the way I’d longed for mine during my year of no escape.

On day two, the sun came out, and after a warming, cheerful breakfast at Noa Bake House (a bicycle café in an old market warehouse), my sister and I drove to the opposite side of the island— a whole 10 miles away—to visit Peel. For part of this drive we were actually on the racecourse that the motorbikes use during the infamous TT races, complete with padded corners at the sharper turns.

Peel is a quaint seaside/fishing village nestled under the eye of the ruins of Peel Castle. Built in the 11th century by the Vikings, Peel Castle has a long history, and is rumored to be haunted by a ghostly black dog. We walked the circumference of the castle grounds along rugged coastline and landed up on the tiny, but charming, Fenella beach. My brave sister bought a “kipper bap” (a bun with a fried kipper wedged in it) from a food truck parked right by the beach/castle—salty, but delicious. Look at this menu! It’s not one you see everyday.

Driving 3 miles south of Peel, we stumbled upon Glen Maye, a fairytale place of fern-filled woodlands, 20 foot hanging ivy, a bridged gorge and waterfalls. It blew my mind a little bit because it was so ridiculously gorgeous. Why aren’t they filming movies here, I wondered? It would make a magical backdrop for Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings or GOT. I was what the British would call “gobsmacked” by nature. After some staring about in disbelief, a friendly passerby suggested our next stop: the Niarbyl Bay Café.

The Niarbyl Café is down a little country road that leads only to the café plus a few historical cottages. The view was impressive, the tea and scones were perfect, and the walk down to the historical cottages was well worth it. I can’t quite explain what was so incredible about this café, but it made me high on life just to be there. Heading back to Douglas, our chosen restaurant for the night was the Tandoor South Indian Restaurant, where both the service and food were first-rate. My perspective of the Isle of Man was improving.

Day three, the wind hit 45 mph and I started worrying a) about our rough ride back to Liverpool and b) that we might be stuck on the island as the ferry was cancelled for the day. Our day of hiking, however, was not cancelled because my sister insisted on going to see Cashtal yn ard—and yes, I spelled that correctly. The well-preserved Cashtal yn ard is one of three Neolithic tombs, dating from about 2000 BC, and I have to say, it’s pretty stirring to stand before such history. We drove along ever-narrowing lanes, splashed through a ford, and hiked in sideways-rain to see the place, and still it was worth it.

This was followed by a quick stop at the iconic Great Laxey Wheel; the largest working waterwheel in the world. We’d planned to visit the wheel by hopping on the vintage electric tram but the heavy rain made the ride sound less appealing. Having had enough weather for one day, we sought refuge in the Manx Museum where the Island’s 10,000-year history is presented through film, galleries and interactive displays. It’s free and quite delightful.

On our last day, the weather turned kinder, helping us have another “off the charts” day exploring. We visited Castle Town’s medieval, 25-foot high Castle Rushen—a stronghold that served as a home to kings in the late 12th century and later as a prison during the 18th century. If you’ve ever wanted a truly medieval experience, this may be the place to go visit. We skipped from castle life to rural life at Cregneash—a folk village that depicts the typical way of life that a small Manx village in the 19th century would have had. Here we got to see a Manx cat (a cat with no tail) as well as several brown haired, four-horned Manx Loaghtan sheep. Other than the biting wind, I imagine the folks living in the village must have been a happy bunch as Cregneash lies on a rolling hillside with stunning panoramas to all sides.

From Cregneash we drove to the very southwest tip of the island to see the Calf of Man— a tiny island that is a Nature Reserve and Bird Observatory. This was our last and favorite stop because the views were simply spectacular.

Our final meal was at Barbary Coast Grill and Bar, a fun place with tasty burgers that let’s you “spin the wheel” —and if your table number hits, your food is free (not your drinks though, but a very generous offer none-the-less).

Dreading our ferry trip home, we bought “Travel Calm”, and thankfully at least our stomachs traveled calmly over yet another seriously rough Irish Sea voyage. To sum up our trip, other than the jarring ferry ride, the Isle of Man was outstanding. I wish I could go back in time and show my young-self all the magical amazingness the island has to offer. And please allow me finish by saying I believe the wallabies have found themselves a rather wonderful place to call home.

How to Turn Your Pain into Your Gain

How to Turn Your Pain into Your Gain

More and more the general public and even western doctors are realizing that all wounds have a physical AND mental and/or spiritual side to them. For example, the broken knee of a professional football player is only one part of the wound. For true healing to occur, the football player must address his panicked mind and his breaking heart. The same goes for depression and the growing pandemic of anxiety that seems to be consuming the industrialized world. Anxiety itself takes an enormous physical toll on the individual and those around them, including in their workplace, which costs corporations and individuals millions of dollars every year.

Local therapist and healer, Peter Bedard, MA, C.Ht., is set to publish his new book, How to Turn Your Pain into Your Gain, A Simple Guide to Healing. This straight forward, easy to read book will show caretakers how to live more in the present; cancer “thrivers” how to address the deeper causation of their illness; addicts how to be more tuned in to their recovery, and show everyone how to gain from the pain that they experience.

Bedard’s book, coming late 2019, will reveal practical strategies for creating profound wellness. From addiction, to cancer, to healing obsessive patterns, internalized anger, and everything in between, how we think, what we feel, and the spiritual state of our hearts can create wellness or bring us to utter despair. This non-religious, practical, and heart centered approach to healing can supply you the tools you need to journey from suffering to satisfaction – to allow you to  gain insight and grow from your pain.

A limited number of FREE copies of How to Turn Your Pain into Your Gain, A Simple Guide to Healing are available upon release. To get on the waiting list, interested individuals should go to and sign up to Peter’s email list. Be sure to write “FREE BOOK” in the comments section! You can unsubscribe at any time!

I healed myself of all kinds of things the doctors told me could never be healed…and so can you!
– Peter Bedard, MA, C.Ht.

Peter Bedard, MA, C.Ht.
After a near-death experience, Peter Bedard was faced with the greatest challenge of all: Living a life in severe physical, emotional, and spiritual pain. The former dancer soon discovered that the anger and frustration he felt because of his injuries were not only keeping him in pain, but were waiting to teach him the greatest gifts of his life. Now, a celebrated author, consultant, international speaker, and healer, Peter helps thousands of people globally to live a life of full potential while integrating the lessons of pain into balanced living.
Peter has a private practice in Los Angeles, CA. He is a consultant at Stanford University, an international speaker, and the author of his previous book, “Convergence Healing, Healing Pain with Energetic Love” (Simon & Schuster, 2015) . You can find his podcast and several interviews at and his media page at

Eat See Hear

Eat See Hear

WHAT:  Eat|See|Hear, the original traveling outdoor cinema series, presents the Oscar-winning 1996 black comedy thriller, FARGO. Set in 1987 Minnesota, the Coen Brothers modern classic follows the story of car salesman Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) who has gotten himself in so much debt that he hires two thugs (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) to kidnap his own wife. The Academy Award-winner for Best Picture has gone on to spawn three seasons of the critically-acclaimed Fargo television show. Projected on to the largest inflatable movie screen on the West Coast, the film will follow a musical performance by sleek and smokey L.A. vocalist Glory Daze (the moniker of singer/songwriter Lea Beiley). Food trucks on hand for the event will include Vchos, the Pudding Truck, Rice Balls of Fire, Wise BBQ, and Deli Dr.

WHEN: Saturday, August 10, 2019

WHERE: Autry Museum of the American West at 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027

TICKETS: Tickets for Eat|See|Hear are $14 for general admission with advance online purchase or $16 at the door, and $8 for kids aged 12 and under. Children under age 5 are welcome to join for free. The festival also offers tickets to its signature Fashionably Late section for $21 (advance purchase only) which gives ticketholders access to premium seating up front. As always, dogs are welcome to accompany their humans for free.

ABOUT: Eat|See|Hear, a Los Angeles Times signature event, brings outdoor movies, food trucks and live music entertainment to iconic Los Angeles venues each summer. The eighth annual event series presented by SHOWTIME Networks features up-and-coming bands from the local music scene, a range of food trucks and the largest inflatable movie screen on the west coast with the highest quality HD-projection, a 52-foot wide image and professional sound. Select locations include beer and wine bars and all welcome dogs. For more information follow @EatSeeHear (#eatseehear) and visit

Immersive Outdoor Concert

Immersive Outdoor Concert

The Culver Stairs

Immersive outdoor concert to engage communities in a journey of connection

‘Intrinsic Strings’ – A site-specific immersive concert experience will take place on August 24th, 2019 between 6-7.30pm at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook in Culver City. The free event will integrate live orchestral musicians and virtual reality in a unique setting in an exploration of what brings people together, inspires them and reminds them to appreciate life’s moments. Featuring music by LA-based contemporary film and video game composers; Jeff Rona, Penka Kouneva, Drum & Lace, Emer Kinsella, Allyson Newman and Damir Price, performers will present an evening of introspection with their work and collective insight into how music can act as a vehicle to unite people and create community in large metropolitan areas.

The concert is accessible via a climb of the Culver Stairs, a walk along the switchback trail or a drive to the top of the overlook. Musicians comprised of chamber string players and select unique instruments will be spread throughout the space creating a “musical trail”of emotion. Organizers are partnering with Vresh, a 360° social media company, to integrate 360° visuals containing story concepts of how individuals engage with the city of Los Angeles, creating a “trail of stories”.

Developed by Emer Kinsella of Emersion Music, Intrinsic Strings aims to bring awareness to internalized emotional pressures by encouraging Angelenos to find support and solidarity with one another by embracing and conquering the climb together.
“My hope is to connect individuals through experiential and unconventional concerts to create experiences that cause you to dive deeper and connect with others through the powerful force of music,” says concert curator, Emer Kinsella.

Current sponsors of the performance include BMI, VER-PRG and VRESH.


For more information follow Intrinsic Strings on social media @intrinsicstrings or visit Eventbrite., pub-2907176749232271, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0