Join POPSUGAR in L.A. for GROUNDED, An All Day Fitness & Wellness Event to Kick Off International Women’s Day

Join POPSUGAR in L.A. for GROUNDED, An All Day Fitness & Wellness Event to Kick Off International Women’s Day

It would be deemed appropriate for a powerhouse digital lifestyle brand such as POPSUGAR to offer women an experience that would maximize their best selves in celebration of International Women’s Day. Coming off the huge success of their Play/Ground Festival series, POPSUGAR has now added “Grounded” to the fold, which targets Los Angeles’ sector of health-conscious and fitness focused women. Details on this full day of programming below after the jump:

The “Grounded” Fitness event will be held on Saturday, March 7 at Goya Studios in Los Angeles to kick off International Woman’s Day. The day will have two sessions with tickets priced at $25 for either the morning or afternoon session, or $40 for the entire day.

Filled with positivity, Grounded serves as a place to steer yourself to center and recharge both mentally and physically to power yourself forward toward your goals. “Our audience is eager to learn everything they can about the latest fitness trends and how to live a well-balanced life. We saw their passion and enthusiasm at our Play/Ground festival, particularly within our dedicated fitness and wellness villages.” Said Lisa Sugar. “In expanding the success of Play/Ground, we wanted to break out those villages and create a dedicated event that was laser focused on getting women the tools they need to live the healthiest and happiest lives possible – from the inside out.”

 Curated wellness activities throughout the day such as electric workouts, self-care workshops and inspirational panels will reinvigorate guests and get them primed to tackle any obstacle and reach any goal. The powerhouse duo of “Tone It Up” Karena Dawn and Katrina Scott will serve as headliners for Grounded’s Body Garage, a fitness studio offering back to back, heart-pumping classes from today’s top influencers, athletes and studios. Other fitness experts confirmed to lead workout sessions include: Koya Webb, LIT Method with Taylor and Justin Norris, Deja Riley, and Jake Dupree.

Core Hydration, Natural Vitality CALM, U by Kotex, Nature’s Way Alive! join POPSUGAR’s Grounded as the event sponsors given their shared desire to celebrate female empowerment and provide the tools that help ensure women’s mental and physical health.

Grounded’s main offerings will include:

  • The Body Garage: Where you can gear up your body and mind with electric workouts led by top instructors.
  • The Rest Stop: A soul space for spirit-expanding moments, centering spaces, self-care workshops, and inspirational panels.
  • The PS Mini Mart: A chic convenience store where you can shop exclusive POPSUGAR merch and a collection of our Must Have favorites.
  • Fuel Station: A healthy pit stop serving up snacks and refreshments for purchase all day long.
  • Exclusive, always-on access to healing rituals, beauty consultations, self-love practices, and more to unwind, recharge, and reconnect.

Tickets are available now @ www.popsugargrounded.com

NATIONAL MARGARITA DAY AT TREJO’S

NATIONAL MARGARITA DAY AT TREJO’S

COME CELEBRATE NATIONAL MARGARITA DAY AT TREJO’S TACOS/TREJO’S CANTINA

$3.99 OG Margaritas All-Day! What a deal!

Who:       National Margarita Day at Trejo’s Tacos/Cantina.

What:      Trejo’s will be offering $3.99 OG Margaritas all-day!

When:     Saturday, February 22nd, 2020

Where:    At all Trejo’s locations.

A Weekend in the Country: DAOU Winery Sojourn

A Weekend in the Country: DAOU Winery Sojourn

The road to SoCal’s local wine country is the El Camino Real, or Highway 101. Located 219 miles from Los Angeles,  Paso Robles is precisely the halfway point between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Paso Robles used to be a dusty pioneer town famous for its almonds, but that has all changed. A burgeoning wine country, it is home to over 200 wineries, 40,000 vineyard acres and many winegrape varieties, but primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah, and Chardonnay. It is that rare combination of warm days and cool evenings that helps produce these wines. It should also be noted that the town El Paso de Robles (which means Pass of the oak trees) was co-founded by Kentucky outlaws Frank and Jesse James’ uncle Drury around 1869.

One of the finest among them is the family owned Daou Winery in the Adelaida District. The Daou brothers, Georges and Daniel started the winery in 2007, moving their life and fortune from San Diego to Paso Robles. The Daou Winery is beautifully set in the mountains at an altitude of 2,200 feet; rich with rolling hills, a faint hint of the Pacific 14 miles away, the winery enjoys some of the best climate and soil (calcareous clay) to produce a great Cabernet Sauvignon.

We meet Daniel Daou, a man passionate about his winery and wine. In fact, there are moments where is he so engaged in the science of winemaking you too want to live this life of juice, soil, rain, air, wood and glass. It becomes clear that winemaking is indeed a science as well as passion—so many elements must come together perfectly to produce a good harvest, a good year, a good wine.

Georges and Daniel Daou hail from Lebanon, by way of France. Their father, Joseph Daou, grew up in Beirut, in a modest, urban family. Joseph was 10 years old before his father, who grew up an orphan, was able to buy the family’s first bed. The prevailing culture of Joseph’s youth was one of genteel French colonialism—Lebanon having only gained its independence from France in 1943. In time, Joseph became a successful businessman, and Beirut would become known as “the Paris of the Middle East.”

Remarkably, the greatness of DAOU Mountain was foretold 40 years earlier when the property, then known as Hoffman Mountain Ranch, was hailed by California winemaking legend André Tchelistcheff as “a jewel of ecological elements.”

The mountain was first planted to grapes in the early 1960s by Dr. Stanley Hoffman and his wife Terry. To test his faith in the Adelaida District, Dr. Hoffman enlisted the input of Tchelistcheff, who was California’s foremost winemaking authority at the time.

Tchelistcheff was impressed with what he saw, and his seal of approval gave Dr. Hoffman further confidence to go forward. Hoffman Mountain Ranch released its first wine—a Cabernet Sauvignon—in 1972.

Dr. Hoffman was nothing if not ahead of his time, and that was ultimately the winery’s undoing. The market for his Paso Robles wines was outpaced by costs of running the winery, and he was forced to sell the winery in 1981. The land’s potential would remain untapped for more than two decades to follow.

As Dr. Hoffman once recalled about his first years in Paso Robles, “There were some Zinfandel growers in Paso, but nobody that I know of who wanted to grow French varietals like I did. We were the first. People were not encouraging. They said we were crazy.”

Fatefully, Georges and Daniel were met with similar skepticism when they arrived here with their stated intent to produce wines rivaling the world’s greatest.

Five years after acquiring the mountain and planting their vineyard, the Daou brothers were presented with an opportunity to purchase the adjacent property that included the old Hoffman Mountain Ranch winery facility. Their architect recommended that they raze the building and start over, but their respect for Dr. Hoffman’s legacy was too great. They decided to restore the building instead.

A year later, they held a ribbon cutting with two very special guests of honor: Stanley and Terry Hoffman. As one observer of that day wrote, “It’s not always easy to go home, especially if there are some broken dreams involved. But dreams delayed are not always dreams denied and sometimes you just have to wait awhile to see the work you started come to fruition.”

These and other stories are related with a quiet satisfaction that they did indeed take these mountains and produce some of the finest wines in the region.

WE’RE GOING TO A PARTY

After the winery tour we were invited to lunch at the winery restaurant. Cody Thomasson, Estate Chef, DAOU Family Estates serves a table of distinctly Lebanese fare—kabobs, mezze (Hummus, Muhammara, Bali Butternut, Castelvetrano Olive Tapenade, Spicy Whipped Feta, Tzatziki, Garlic Toum, Lime Zested Medjool Dates, Almonds & Pita Bread), an offering of cheese and charcuterie, lamb chops and of course the perfect sampling of wine, direct from the barrels. If you have never had wine from a barrel, it is a tasteful experience to be enjoyed in the cooler room temperatures—even the Cabernet is cool, and Daniel admits to liking his wine slightly on the cooler side. Indeed.

Later that night, a party, a soiree has been organized at the winery— This will be the 8th iteration of DAOU’S flagship Cabernet Sauvignon, Soul of a Lion. A wine that represents the family patriarch, Joseph Daou and the lessons of persistence, passion and courage he instilled in his sons during their childhood. Food, wine, friends and music, this is a night of celebration for the 8th reiteration of the wine. The music is Lebanese, the food is a mix of Middle eastern fruits, vegetables and lamb chops. The wine is DAOU, both  Soul of the Lion and other varieties—all incredible! We are atop a hill in the middle of Pasa Robles, so when we spot Twilight actor Taylor Lautner, it is a surprise. This of course, leads to a mental discussion about the nature of celebrity: you cannot go anywhere without people talking about you, circling about to attempt a hello, you are judged. As the night progresses, everyone gets to meet Taylor and he turns about to be exceptionally sweet about it. He ultimately joins his friends and everyone on the dance floor for the last dance song of the night (see video below).

Random Thoughts: winemaking is a business and a science—at times Daniel delved so deeply into soil texture, climate and the conditions needed to produce a great varietal. There is a quiet competition between Napa and Pasa Robles although the current notion is to keep PR as rural as it can remain despite the blossoming wine trade taking place. Asked where the next wine making region might be, all answered, Livermore, CA. People who work in the wine industry seem to genuinely enjoy it. Maeve Pesquera, Senior Vice President, DAOU Family Estates has likely told her story countless times, but it is clearly evident that she enjoys her job—and why not? Daniel Daou sports the best Prada shoes we have ever seen.

DAOU VINEYARDS + WINERY | PASO ROBLES

Address: 2777 Hidden Mountain Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446

Appointments: daouvineyards.com
 
Phone: (805) 226-5460

 

Left to right: Daniel offers Zuke Oshiro some wine from the barrel; entrance to the winery restaurant; the spectacular view looking west from the winery; the kabobs have been served.

THE SOUL OF A LION

THE WINE | Soul of a Lion is DAOU’s crown jewel, named after the father of Georges and Daniel Daou. The 2017 vintage displays richness, elegance and balance—the hallmarks of a superb growing season that allowed for extended ripening. A deep, complex bouquet reveals notes of cassis, black currant, licorice, incense, ripe plum and vanilla. The palate is full-bodied, layered and complex, while smooth, silky tannins lead to a persistent finish. It is impossible to drink this wine without respecting the great structure that will allow it to evolve nicely for years to come. In short, this is a blockbuster vintage that showcases the innate power of DAOU Mountain.

THE VINTAGE | The 2017 growing season was preceded by one of the wettest winters in recent memory, with nearly 35 inches of rain recorded on DAOU Mountain. The vines were energized by the much-needed moisture, setting one of our best crops yet. The weather remained steady from spring through mid-summer. However, a heat wave descended upon California during the third week of August. Many vintners chose to harvest immediately, but we made the brave decision to allow the fruit to hang. As we suspected, a cooling trend snapped the heat wave ensuring that the fruit achieved optimal ripeness. The result was our latest harvest ever on the mountain, reaching all the way into the third week of October. The long hang time yielded the deepest color and concentration we have seen from our estate. The tannins are silky and beautifully integrated. We feel that the 2017 wines will rival the best ever from DAOU Mountain.

DAOU VINEYARDS & WINERY | Family owned and operated, DAOU Vineyards & Winery is committed to producing collectible, world-class wines to rival the most respected appellations in the world. DAOU Mountain’s combination of remarkable geology, microclimate, a 2,200-foot elevation, and steep slopes gives it a terroir described as “a jewel of ecological elements.” As stewards of this beautiful terroir, our goal is to make fine wines that honestly and accurately reflect the potential of the estate.

VARIETALS | 79 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 9% Petit Verdot BARREL AGING | 22 months in 100% new French oak ALCOHOL | 14.7%

Wine Education

There’s more to wine than just drinking it—here are some interesting facts:

A single bottle contains:

750 ml of wine which is 25.6 ounces made from 2.4 pounds of grapes (39.0 oz) and is enough for four to five glasses.

A case of wine is a dozen 750 ml bottles or 307.2 ounces total, which comes from 30 pounds of grapes.

One standard oak barrel of wine holds 295 bottles of wine (or 59 glasses) made from 740 pounds of grapes which works out to approximately to 24 cases wine.

An acre of vineyard land can give the grower five tons of grapes (greatly depending on variety, farming practices and location) which will give you 797 gallons of juice or thirteen and half barrels, which is close to four thousand bottles of wine.

Leap Year Disco in Santa Monica

Leap Year Disco in Santa Monica

Dance the Night Away at a Leap Day Silent Disco in Downtown Santa Monica

Enjoy a free silent disco, dueling DJs and leap day birthday treats from Carlo’s Bakery at Third Street Promenade

Saturday, February 29 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

WHAT
Dance like no one is watching in Downtown Santa Monica during a free Leap Day Silent Disco on Saturday, February 29 from 6 – 9 p.m at Third Street Promenade. Celebrate February’s extra day with friends, families, and loved ones making memories that last a lifetime while enjoying unlimited dancing, dueling DJs, free treats and Carlo’s Bakery cupcakes for all the leap day babies.
 
DETAILS
Grab your dancing shoes and get your groove on to one of three live DJ sets with a personal light-up headset at this exciting leap day festivity. Attendees celebrating their leap day birthday will be given a free cupcake and birthday treats from Carlo’s Bakery, as featured on Cake Boss, with valid Photo ID. No matter your age, all are invited to experience a fun evening dancing under the night sky on Third Street Promenade to bring in 2020’s long awaited extra day.
WHEN
Saturday, February 29 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
WHERE
1300 Block of the Third Street Promenade
PARKING 
Parking is widely available in the downtown structures including the Santa Monica Public Library or Parking Structures 9 and 10 just north of Wilshire Boulevard. Biking, walking and public transit are encouraged.
MORE INFORMATION
Leap Day Silent Disco is free and open to the public. A photo ID is required to use the headsets. For more information, visit www.downtownsm.com/ or follow along on social media on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.
Cover photo: provided courtesy of Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.
02-15-2020 Catalina Island Museum : Project Azorian

02-15-2020 Catalina Island Museum : Project Azorian

AzorianWHAT:
Catalina Island Museum presents Project Azorian: The CIA’s Greatest Covert Operation, a lecture detailing the story of the highly secret and elaborate 6-year effort to retrieve a sunken Soviet submarine from the Pacific Ocean floor through mission artifacts and a slideshow on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. in the Ackerman Family Amphitheater.

DETAILS:
In 1968 at the height of the Cold War, K-129, a Russian submarine on patrol in the North Pacific was lost. The Russians searched for the sub but could find no trace of it. The U.S. located the submarine on the ocean floor 16,800 feet below water.

The CIA was desperate to recover the submarine and especially its contents to determine if the submarine carried nuclear weapons and what krypto equipment was recoverable. But the Russians were watching closely. Using Howard Hughes mining the ocean floor as a cover, the CIA built a 650-foot ship, the Hughes Glomar Explorer with the goal of secretly raising the submarine from the ocean floor – some 3 miles deep – without the Soviets knowing. The mission, codenamed Project Azorian, was one of the most complex, expensive and secretive intelligence operations of the Cold War.

Local Catalina Island resident, Charlie Canby, a naval architect and marine engineer, worked on the design of the ship and sailed on the Hughes Glomar Explorer in the capacities of an ordinary seaman and welder. Canby served as the Resident Naval Architect on the actual recovery mission in 1974. During the lecture, Canby will take attendees on a journey telling the story of this 6-year mission through artifacts and a slideshow lecture including the conceptual design of the ship, the cover story and the recovery mission itself. He will also detail the mysteries of why the Hughes Glomar Explorer anchored four times at the Isthmus (Two Harbors) at Catalina Island.

WHEN:
Saturday, February 15 | 6 p.m. (Doors open at 5 p.m.)

LOCATION:
Ackerman Family Amphitheater
Catalina Island Museum, 217 Metropole Avenue, Avalon, CA 90704

PRICES:
Members: $10
Non-Members: $17
Children (ages 3-15): Free with paid adult admission
About Catalina Island Museum
The Catalina Island Museum offers the best in art and history exhibitions, music and dance performances, lectures by guest speakers from all over the world, and the finest in silent, documentary and international film. Open seven days a week, the new Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building is located in the heart of Avalon at 217 Metropole Avenue. For more information, the museum may be reached by phone at 310-510-2414 or at its website: CatalinaMuseum.org.
The Most Exciting L.O.L. SURPRISE! POP UP Experience Opens Its Doors

The Most Exciting L.O.L. SURPRISE! POP UP Experience Opens Its Doors

Calling all B.B.s! MGA Entertainment has officially launched its new interactive experience, the L.O.L. Surprise!® LA Pop Up in Chatsworth, CA. Open for a limited time, the stand-alone brand experience is designed to ‘surprise and delight’ fans during the holidays, making them feel like they truly stepped into the L.O.L. Surprise!™ world.

Every visitor will have an immersive and photo-friendly experience as they walk through the seven interactive surprise installations featuring games, photo moments, fashion walks, product and more, including the ultimate Winter Disco experience room! Guests can also head to the incredible MGA gift shop after the tour for a true holiday treat as fans will also have a chance to purchase limited-edition L.O.L. Surprise! product, including exclusive apparel, merchandise and keepsakes.

Tickets for the L.O.L. Surprise! ® LA Pop UpSM are available at www.lolsurpriselapopup.com for $28 per person. A select number of VIBB (Very Important B.B.) experience tickets are also available for $55 each.

“We are bringing to life the ultimate holiday experience for L.O.L. Surprise! fans,” said Isaac Larian, CEO and Founder of MGA Entertainment “The temporary Pop Up has been created for the fans and we have worked diligently to ensure that it opens in time for the holiday season! We can’t wait to welcome all L.O.L. Surprise fans!”

The L.O.L. Surprise!® LA Pop Up is only here for a limited run so don’t miss out — tickets are available now!
Bring your camera for lots of fun photo fun, and don’t forget to tag us @lolsurprise

#lolsurprise #lolsurpriselapopup #collectlol #letsbefriends!
The L.O.L. Surprise!® LA Pop Up is located at 9220 Winnetka Ave. Chatsworth, CA 91311.

Japan 47 Artisans: Quietly Spectacular

Japan 47 Artisans: Quietly Spectacular

The JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles JAPAN 47 ARTISANS exhibition on Oct. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ryan Miller/JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles)

JAPAN HOUSE, Los Angeles is showcasing the diversity of Japan’s 47 prefectures through a collection of art, crafts, and design created by 47 young artisans (one from each prefecture). The exhibit, called 47 ARTISANS, runs through January 5, 2020, at Japan House Gallery on Level 2 of the plaza at Hollywood & Highland.

Each of Japan’s 47 prefectures has its own regional history, culture, and flavors that the exhibit’s 47 ARTISANS have drawn from; infusing their own childhood memories from their hometowns into their work. The results are beautiful, useful, and sustainable works – as the artisans incorporate traditional materials and techniques with the needs and flavor of the present.

The design pieces capture what makes each prefecture and artisan unique, but the collection as a whole exemplifies the shared respect for design and beauty that Japanese craft has carried for centuries—a balance of tradition and innovation.

Go see these innovative, delicate and heartfelt takes on traditional crafts—they are quietly spectacular.

Address Hollywood and Highland  * 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

(800) 516-0565

 

 

 

Soundwaves 360° Music Event Brings Beats to L.A.

Soundwaves 360° Music Event Brings Beats to L.A.

The weather’s cooling off, but the music scene is warming up!

This Thursday, November 14th, Soundwaves 360° will kick off in Los Angeles with live performances from some of music’s favorite artists. Twista (legendary hip hop artist known as one of the world’s fastest rappers), Veronica Vega (“Love & Hip Hop: Miami”), DJ G-Love (world renown music producer and artist),Crazy Town X with R1ckOne™ (Rap infused rockers Music), Jessica Zenzen, DJ Rick 1, and a Surprise Celebrity Artist are all expected to perform some of their past hits, and even some of their newer tunes. Guests can also expect many other celebrities to be in attendance.

Complete with a red carpet, guests should arrive on time, as the event starts at 8:30 pm.

Date, Time, and Other Details

TIME: Thursday, Nov 14th
Media Check-In: 6:00pm
Red Carpet: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Event Concert Starts: 8:30pm
WHERE: The Academy LA 6021 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA
Media/Talent contact:  Yvette Morales, YM & Associates PR [email protected]
AltCar Expo 2019

AltCar Expo 2019

AltCar is the only event in the United States that gathers every single model of alternative technology (light-duty) vehicle available in one location and lets you enjoy a free test drive. A transportation show dedicated to alternative fuel vehicles, AltCar doesn’t just host exhibits of clean cars, they’ve been responsible for more direct alternative technology vehicle sales to both fleets, and the general public, than any other event in the state. Given that 52% of all Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) purchases are in California, the Altcar events are critical to keep building momentum and to promote mass awareness.

This past weekend, AltCar Santa Monica did just that by helping the general public discover all of the existing alternatives to the way we use energy and transportation. Hundreds of citizens came to test drive vehicles and speak with product specialists about the latest EV technology on the market.  “The AltCar and Electrification Expo is the leading venue for getting the public excited and energized about transitioning our community to carbon-neutrality, both in terms of zero-emission vehicles and buildings,” said Drew Johnstone, Sustainability Analyst for the City of Santa Monica. “AltCar is a strategic partner for the City of Santa Monica and helps push the needle forward in the City’s commitment to decarbonizing transportation and infrastructure.”

Tesla was, of course, a popular exhibitor and guests had the opportunity to test drive the Model 3, Model S and Model X. Tesla product specialists also discussed the Model Y, a crossover vehicle set to debut in 2020. I’m excited for that.

The Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell was another popular test drive vehicle, with many guests claiming to have never driven a fuel cell EV before. If you don’t know what a fuel cell EV is, you’re not alone. Click here for a good explanation from the Union of Concerned Scientists. 
After completing a test drive, Toyota offered guests the chance to build their own sustainability kit with eco-friendly and reusable items including a metal straw, produce bags, reusable ziplock bags, bamboo cutlery, and a cloth napkin.
 
A panel entitled “EV 101” overflowed with guests interested in switching to an EV. The panel explored the charging options on the market, installation costs and benefits, and rebates available for Santa Monica and Angelenos.
 
For those interested in not just clean cars but clean homes too, the “Building Electrification for the Home” panel focused on building (and retrofitting) homes to be zero-carbon and to minimize harmful indoor air pollutants.

The Altcar Exhibitors included:

  • Tesla
  • Nissan
  • Toyota
  • Honda
  • Prius Prime
  • Toyota Santa Monica
  • VW Santa Monica
  • Zero SR/F
  • 1992 Mazda Miata EV Conversion
  • AQMD
  • Clean Vehicle Rebate Project
  • Center for Sustainable Energy
  • Citizens’ Climate Lobby
  • Santa Monica College
  • Southern California Edison

The Test-Drive Vehicles included:

  • Tesla Model 3
  • Tesla Model S
  • Tesla Model X
  • Nissan Leaf
  • Toyota Fuel Cell
  • Toyota Prius Prime
  • VW e-Golf

The goal of Altcar is to motivate everyone to take action to support California’s groundbreaking clean car policies that are driving national and global change.

And in case you don’t know who the Union of Concerned Scientists are, they’re a group of nearly 250 scientists, analysts, policy and communication experts dedicated to solving our planet’s most pressing problems. They combine technical analysis and effective advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.
Yay for them, and yay for Altcar!

Giant Humanoids Descend Upon DTLA in “Fantastic Planet” at FIGat7th

Giant Humanoids Descend Upon DTLA in “Fantastic Planet” at FIGat7th

Gigantic, startling, illuminated, and altogether breathtaking humanoid figures will descend upon Downtown Los Angeles later this month at the FIGat7th Plaza. The Australian artist Amanda Parer’s latest must-see light installation opens Tuesday, October 30th and will live among us through November 10th.

While seemingly peaceful and ethereal, the figures are also imposing and daring. They seem to display an extraordinary curiosity for their onlookers, just as onlookers are fascinated by them. These giants from above give audiences the impression that they have just landed and are quietly observing us and gently exploring our, you guessed it, “fantastic planet.”

Parer’s edgy artworks explore the natural world and our place within it. As with Parer’s globally successful public art exhibit Intrude, these forms will not be randomly placed sculptures but are strategically placed to give the impression that the giant humanoids have taken over the entire event site and, perhaps, the world.

As Parer describes her work, “I raise questions about our relationship with the natural world. I communicate these themes by use of, scale, light, dark, humour, and drama. In these works, the audiences are enticed with beautiful, mostly invasive (which includes us) or endangered species, enlarged and dominant within their given habitats.”

Parer was inspired by the 1973 Czech/ French film Fantastic Planet (La Planète Sauvage). This stop motion science fiction film was directed by René Laloux and depicts a story set in an unimaginably distant future in a world of gargantuan humanoids where human beings are treated as animals and sometimes even kept as pets. The film was awarded the Grand Prix special jury prize at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, and in 2016, it was ranked the 36th greatest animated movie ever by Rolling Stone.

In her eerie and surreal installation, Parer lightly touches on the idea of a struggling human race through her Fantastic Planet installation, opening the door for existential questions about our place in today’s world.

While wondrous and life-affirming, Parer’s work also offers jarring examinations into our world today. Fantastic Planet is a sight to behold, but also crackles with emotional and political resonance.

Fantastic Planet will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and is located at 735 S. Figueroa. The light installation is free and open to the public, and very close to the 7th Street Metro stop. Be sure to stop by, say hello, and welcome them to our City of Angels.

See more of Amanda Parer’s work at Parer Studio and watch a live one minute video of Fantastic Planet below.

—from http://thehollywoodhome.com/

 

While seemingly peaceful and ethereal, the figures are also imposing and daring. They seem to display an extraordinary curiosity for their onlookers, just as onlookers are fascinated by them. These giants from above give audiences the impression that they have just landed and are quietly observing us and gently exploring our, you guessed it, “fantastic planet.”

Seventh Annual Unicef Masquerade Ball

Seventh Annual Unicef Masquerade Ball

SEVENTH ANNUAL UNICEF MASQUERADE BALL

THE UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) MASQUERADE BALL IS UNICEF NEXT GENERATION’S SIGNATURE PHILANTHROPIC EVENT. MASKED GUESTS, DRESSED IN THEIR FINEST ATTIRE, DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY IN CELEBRATION AND SUPPORT OF UNICEF’S LIFESAVING WORK. OVER 800 EMERGING GLOBAL LEADERS, INNOVATORS, CELEBRITIES AND PHILANTHROPISTS ATTEND THE UNICEF MASQUERADE BALL EACH YEAR.

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

Website:    www.unicefmasqla.org

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 www.unicefusa.org.

 

Second Home comes to Hollywood

Second Home comes to Hollywood

The area of East Hollywood where the current Target is being built, very slowly, has a new neighbor. At night, driving by St. Andrews Place, one imagines a new mid-century modern hotel has moved in, what with the amber lighting and modern hanging lamps, its look like something that might be found in Palm Springs, not between Western Avenue and St. Andrews Place. It is so new that Google maps has not registered it. It opened last Monday, and it’s called Second Home. No, it is not for senior citizens, thought they are certainly welcome. Second Home is the newest “workspace” to slip into the vast SoCal terrain. Like Soho House, Neuehouse, Second Home caters to a sophisticated clientele in search of space, light, and working conditions that bring creative types together. Created by London-based co-founders and co-CEOs Sam Aldenton and Rohan Silva, Second Home is the new campus was designed by Madrid-based architecture firm Selgascano, with Downtown LA-based Omgivning acting as executive architect for the project. A lush landscape of light, 60 circular acrylic pods and foliage, it is simply, surprising that this somewhat off-beat neighborhood should house anything so glamourous. Second home hollywood will be home to 250 organizations and will feature: a branch of second home’s bookshop libreria, a 200-person auditorium, post-production facilities, a restaurant, outdoor terraces, and meeting and event spaces.

For memberships, a tour, information visit https://secondhome.io/hollywood

Address: 1370 N St Andrew’s Place, Los Angeles, CA 90028

 

AND ON THURSDAY, SPETEMBER 19TH

Antoni is the food and wine guru on Netflix’s Emmy Award-winning sensation Queer Eye, and his passion for food is completely irresistible. A television personality, chef, model, and now cookbook author, Antoni is a man of many talents and even more fascinating stories.

During this evening event, guests will get to meet Antoni and taste recipes from his new cookbook, Antoni in the Kitchen (published by HMH Books, on sale September 9).

Antoni in the Kitchen brings together Antoni’s trademark inclusive and accessible attitude to food with one hundred of his all-time favorite recipes.

This cookbook celebrates Antoni’s love for fresh, casual, and healthy cooking, and the occasional indulgent feast, and inspires both newbies and knowledgeable cooks to get back into the kitchen.

The ticket price includes a copy of the cookbook Antoni in the Kitchen and food inspired by his recipes.

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