Out and About: Spring Bloom in SoCal

If you din’t know from the crazy amount of butterflies migrating through the city last week, spring is in bloom. With such is the arrival of California’s Wild Flowers. A site to see for those from our visiting the sunnier side of Cali, the wild flowers are are experiencing a Super-Bloom this year.  An event not to be missed as this only occurs every 10-15 years. If you’re looking for the best way to really ring in the floral season, we have the City-Guide for you. Get some instagram-able photos and spend some time Out and About with Spring in SoCal.

From Arcata to San Diego the state flower is in full bloom and so is our guide of where to find them.

Death Valley National Park

Here is where you will find the full super bloom experience. The Mojave Desert is home to wildflower event, although this year scarce rains did not result in its usual bloom, it’s still a sight to see.

Joshua Tree National Park

While in Death Valley, you can make your way to Joshua Tree which happens to be part of the Mojave. Blooms have already started here near the park’s south entrance and are expected to last longer thanks to cool temperatures.

Channel Islands National Park

These five islands that make up the park 25 miles off the coast of Santa Barbara coastline have a bounty of unique wildflower offerings. On Anacapa, Santa Barbara, and San Miguel islands, yellow coreopsis began blooming in January and will last through the month. The flowers are endemic to the Channel Islands but only found now on Santa Rosa Island.

Figueroa Mountain Recreation Area

In late March, the flanks of this summit(50 miles northwest of Santa Barbara) and nearby Grass Mountain begin bursting with a range of wildflowers. Hyacinth, shooting stars, buttercups, milkmaids, Johnny-jump-ups and poppies are just a few of the many flowers found here.

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

At this nearly 1,800-acre reserve about 75 miles north of Los Angeles, are rolling hills blanketed in poppies. The season for these hillside foliage’s begins in April, lasting through early May. While the poppies are the showstopper here, keep your eye out for other wildflowers like California Aster and blue lupine. Since this area received several more inches of rain then usual in 2019, a super bloom is expected here too.

Pinnacles National Park

Around 8-miles south of San Jose is Pinnacles National Park. The wildflowers here can be seen in March, showing most in May. Depending on rainfall and temperature one would find a mix of milkmaids, shooting stars bush poppies and orchids.

10 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Home

Now that spring is officially here the time to tidy up around the home has also arrived. As cliche as it sounds to “Spring Clean” there is no better time to clean house and spruce up in and around your abode. That’s why we have rounded up 10 of the best tips to clean your home for the Spring Equinox!

 Bye, Bye Dust Bunnies!

  • Use a sticky lint roller to clean dirt and pet fur off the lower parts of drapes. For a deeper clean, take the drapes down, remove the hooks and run them through an air-fluff cycle in the dryer with a damp towel for 15 minutes. Rehang immediately after.
  • Dust blinds often with a microfiber cloth, swiping left to right and blade by blade from top to bottom on each window.
  • Spring is allergy season so dust end tables and shelves in your home thoroughly to keep allergies at bay.

The Rinse Cycle

  • Wash out trash cans. To really clean garbage cans, spray them thoroughly with a hose and then dump the water out. Afterwards use a disinfectant spray on the inside, then scrub the trash can with a handled brush and rinse it out again. Leave the trash can upside down to thoroughly dry.

Kitchen Kleanse

  • To clean glass, chrome or steel appliances, fill a spray bottle with a mixture of 50 percent rubbing alcohol and 50 percent water. Then use a dry cloth to polish and clean the surfaces to remove spots and fingerprints.
  • The refrigerator can become an unexpectedly cluttered place. Organize it once it’s had a thorough cleaning. Keep highly perishable food front and center and sort the longer-lasting ingredients and toppings by category.

 Scrubba-Dub the Tub

  • Maintain the tile surfaces of your bathroom, especially the shower by spraying the surface with generous amounts of cleaner. Allow the cleaner to sit while cleaning the rest of the bathroom, then go back to start scrubbing. If the grout os dirty with mold pr mildew, make a paste of washing soda and peroxide to deep clean and disinfect.

Bedhead

  • On average we spend about 3,00 hours year in our beds, almost the equivalent of four months to be exact! With that in mine, keeping our mattresses clean is as easy a flip of a coin. Rotate your mattress a few times a year and vacuum the surface. Afterwards sprinkle a mixture of baking soda and a few drops of essential oil. Let the mixture sit for a couple hours then vacuum the mixture away.

Office Space

  • Spend the day getting your files organized and space decluttered. Aside from going through papers on your desk, you should also take the time to back-up files on external or cloud devices so they’re secured. Have a lot of documents to toss? Make sure to shred anything personal before throwing it in the bin!

Outside and over Yonder

  • Cleaning your outdoor furniture is incredibly simple, but easily forgotten. While the rain can wash away some dirt and pollen, a thorough wipe down with a mild detergent goes a long way. Make sure to check your furnitures manufacture guidelines if a special care routine is required.

 

 

 

 

Weekend Events: March 15-17

We are midway through march and heading straight into a weekend of jam-packed fun. What fun do you ask? Well other then it being St. Patty’s Weekend, you live in LA! With a bounty of events and activities happening in and around the city, there is no shortage of things to do. So, set aside some time this weekend to explore your city and discover you inner Angeleno!

Friday, March 15

PaleyFest

Location: Dolby Theatre

PaleyFest returns this year for a 10-day festival featuring your favorite TV stars and creators. Don’t miss out on a week of screenings, panel discussions, Q&A’s and behind the scenes looks kicking off this Friday! For more information and ticket prices click below!

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A Cherry Blossom Festival

Location: Huntington Central Park

Enjoy a three-day celebration around these seasonal cherry blossoms. The festival is a perfect weekend activity for the entire family. Highlights of the event include a Sakura night market. Live entertainment, arts and crafts and more.

Click here for more info.

Don’t Tell Comedy

Location: TBA

What is better than a top-secret event? One that includes a healthy dose of humor of course.Don’t Tell Comedy will be popping up in West LA this Friday at a secret location with some of the biggest names in comedy. The who and where is kept under wraps until your tickets are purchased but we assure you it is quite worth it.

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Saturday, March 16

Dogs: A Science Tail

Location: California Science Center

Sniff out the science behind the bond of humans and dogs at the California Science Center this Saturday! Dogs: A Science Tale opens up this weekend with fun and engaging hands on exhibits. Learn about the social connection between us and our furry friends which allowed for dogs to nuzzle their way into our hearts. There will also be live demonstrations of work and rescue dogs in action!

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Peter Sagal

Location: Richard and Karen Carpenter Center

Celebrating 20 years if the NPR hit news quiz “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”, host Peter Sagal takes the stage. Go behind the scenes to explore the show’s memorable moments alongside today’s top news stories. Sagal has quizzed everyone from Tom Hanks to Former President Obama. The show is sure to keep you guessing…Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!

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La Kings vs. Florida Panthers

Location: Staples Center

Watch the LA Kings take on the Florida Panthers this Saturday at the Staples Center. Going into their 51st year, the LA Kings carry two Stanley Cup Championships under their belt. This weekends game features a prize giveaway by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

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Sunday, March 17

Los Angeles Master Chorale: The Durufle Requiem

Location: Walt Disney Concert Hall

A performance of Maurice Durufle’s beloved Requiem will be led by associate conductor Jenny Wong. A particular favorite of previous Master Chorale Music Directors, Requiem leaves listeners lingering with a mood of hope.

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On the Other Side A performance-In-Progress

Location: Skirball Cultural Center

On the Other Side is a documentary performance asking the question of what divides humans and the property, their territories? The Marike Splint directed exhibition challenges the notions of borders and bordering in our present era. The work also features performers whose lives have been directly and deeply impacted by different birders at different times.

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Celebrate St. Patricks Day!

Location: Throughout LA

Head over to our blogs LA Eats and Out and About: St. Patricks Day edition for a round-up thats sure to make your other Sunday Fundays green with envy. From bites and sips to events happening in DTLA to Manhattan Beach, you have no shortage of St. Patty’s options. Its the luck of the Irish this Sunday!!

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Out and About: St. Patricks Day Edition

If there is one thing to be said about St. Patrick’s Day, it is that here in the U.S. our celebration of the holiday is pure art. Well…maybe not art but we do know how to make some pretty cool green colored drinks. So if your out and about on St. Patty’s day discover your inner Angeleno with the luck of the Irish and LA’s best events to ring in the day of green and gold!

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Location: Los Angeles

It’s no emerald seaside, but Hermosa Beach injects a bit of Irish spirit into the coastal city for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. Bagpipers, marching bands, cars decked out in green and festive pups from the Irish Setters Club of Southern California all make their way across the seven-block route. The parade kicks off near City Hall on Valley Drive, heads west on Pier Avenue and ends at the corner of Hermosa Avenue and 10th Street.

St. Patrick’s Day 5k in Redondo Beach

Location: Los Angeles

It’s no jig, but this St. Paddy’s Day tradition in Redondo Beach is a lively way to spend the Irish holiday. The 5K run/walk (8am) is followed by the Little Leprechaun Dash for the Gold (9:30am); both races start near the intersection of Catalina and Elena Avenues. All participants earn a festive T-shirt.

Casey’s St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival

Location: Casey’s Irish Pub, DTLA

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Downtown at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival, hosted by Casey’s Irish Pub. Early admission to the bar begins at 6am—yeah, it’s never too early for an Irish coffee—and the street festival begins at 11am. Expect a whopping 450 kegs of beer, 1,200 bottles of Jameson, more than 30 bartenders, and of course all the traditional Irish fare straight from Casey’s kitchen. Enjoy musical entertainment from a few local DJs and bands, and plenty of festive drinks all day and night long—both the pub and the festival run until 2am. Blimey.

St. Patrick’s Day Eve Pub Stroll

Location: Queen Mary, Long Beach

Hit up a slew of one-night-only Irish pubs as the Queen Mary transforms its salons into festive drinking dens. Fill up on Irish fare while listing to traditional tunes from a trio of bands.

Rock and Reilly’s Annual St. Paddy’s Day Block Party

Location: Rock and Reilly’s, West Hollywood

Stock your St. Patrick’s Day festivities with an afternoon equal parts pretty faces and green beer at Rock and Reilly’s annual bash, held in the lot behind the Sunset Strip pub. The fest promises more booze and less morals with each installment thanks to eight full bars and more than 100 kegs of Bud Light and Guinness—sorry brew snobs, but let’s be real, you’re not coming here for the Celtic culture. Stay fed with the bar’s own delicious drinking fuel—corned beef sliders and Irish nachos—or from food trucks and a pizza, sandwich and salad station. This year, a portion of the proceeds from will benefit the Animal Rescue Mission.

St. Patrick’s Day at The Original Farmers Market

Location: The Original Farmers Market, Los Angeles

Stop by the Original Farmers Market on St. Patrick’s Day for corned beef, cabbage and green beer at Magee’s Kitchen. Glen “the strolling bagpiper” will be playing Celtic tunes in the afternoon, while other bands will park themselves on the east patio during lunch and the west patio during dinner.

Courtesy of: Time Out LA

The Benefits of Solar Panels for your Home

Here in California, we lead the forefront in the nation for our clean energy initiatives and green living. It should come as no surprise then, that so many people are switching over to Solar Power for their homes. Sunny California is home to the top two solar installers(Telsa/SolarCity) as well as the world’s most efficient solar pane manufacturer(SunPower). Factor that in with the state’s high cost of electricity  and notably lower solar prices and its a no brainer. Read below for our tips on switching over to Solar Power and save your energy of searching the web on your own!

 

1. Compare all your options: get as many quotes as possible

If you are considering installing solar, research and consider every option that you can. Various resources such as the National Renewable Energy Laboratorythe California Solar Initiative and others can offer pricing data. Additionally, there is a long list of companies in the state that can provide free PV quotes.

2. The largest installers will not necessarily offer the best price

Although large companies will often bring out superlatives like ‘biggest installer’ in their sales pitches, this does not mean that they offer the best value. The premise is simple: massive installers already have market share and brand awareness and thus do not need to offer the best prices and value. When small installers compete in a price auction, on the other hand, the result is some of the lowest bids you can find in the U.S. for a PV installation. Make sure you price compare to ensure your getting the best value!

3. Different products for different people

Just as a Lamborghini might not be the right choice for everyone in the market for a car, the same concept applies with solar. Not everyone needs to shop for the most expensive solar PV equipment. There are many different types of solar panels and inverters for different needs and preferences. For the price-oriented, value-focused consumer, it is easy to save thousands simply by choosing standard solar panels instead of a premium top-of-the-line brand.

There is a hefty list of solar panel brands that offer a wide range of features and prices.

How much could I save?

Solar panels offer homeowners a wide range of financial benefits. This is largely based on the sizes of the rooftop solar systems, average electricity rates, and local incentives.

As an example, let’s assume that you live in Los Angeles and fit the average profile for an L.A. homeowner:

  • You are paying 20.3 cents per kWh (48.2% more than the national average)
  • You’ll purchase 7,200 kWh of electricity each year
  • You pay an average of $92 per month for your power bill (but that’s climbing)

If you were to install a 2.4 kW solar power system on your home, you could see the following savings over the course of the system’s 25- to 30-year lifetime:

  • Monthly Savings: $80-$145 (more over time depending on rate hikes)
  • Lifetime Savings: $25,000-$43,000 (more over time depending on rate hikes)

Investing in your home

Saving on power bills isn’t the only financial benefit to going solar. A commonly overlooked personal benefit is how it affects your property value.

While some expect rooftop solar to devalue a home, it actually increases your home’s value. Most homebuyers save on electric bills with a solar home and are willing to pay more for it.

The National Bureau of Economic Research found that solar panels add, on average, between 3% and 4% to a home’s value. In fact, it’s one of the smartest investments you can make on your home.

In the San Diego area, the price premium added from 3.1 kW of solar panels reached $22,554. This is roughly the cost of installing those panels. That means you could easily recoup your solar panel expenses if you needed to sell your house.

Josh Flagg sells Lily Collins Weho Condo for $2.8 Million!

As multiple media publications have reported , Josh Flagg of Rodeo Realty has sold Actress Lily Collins Sierra Towers West Hollywood abode.

Representing both the buyer and the seller, Flagg recently closed on the Jack A. Charney- designed condominium. The sale received coverage in the LA Times, Variety and Architectural Digest.  The listing came up for sale in 2018 and boast 1,700 square feet of living space.

It is a tenth-floor corner unit one-bedroom, two bathroom with a private terrace that spans the length of the unit. Additional features include floor-to-ceiling windows, a wet bar and an updated kitchen with builtin seating. The master bedroom also includes a walk-in closet and office with the unit offering spectacular views of the DTLA cityscape.

Lily Collins is the daughter of musician Phil Collins and antique dealer Jill Tavellman. Collins is most known for her role on Amazons “The Las Tycoon” and can be seen in the upcoming Ted Bundy Biopic “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile” as well as BBC’s remake of “Les Mis”.

To read the media articles that covered this sale click the links below:

LA Times

Architectural Digest

Variety

Out and About: Museum Edition

Do you know the perfect activity for a rainy day in LA? No it is not Netflix-ing the newest show or all of The Office. Head over to your nearest Museum for a proper dose of culture. While the clouds play a game of hide-and-seek, LA is offering a bounty of famed art and it’s all right outside your door. Well not literally but you get the jest of it. From LACMA to MOCA, we’ve got you covered with a list below of current exhibits and museum deets(details but shortened for the millennial reading this).

When you gotta Van Gogh. You gotta Van Gogh check out some art!

LACMA

LACMA’s collections boast modernist masterpieces, large-scale contemporary works (including Richard Serra’s massive swirling sculpture and Burden’s buzzing, hypnotic Metropolis II), traditional Japanese screens and by far L.A.’s most consistently terrific special exhibitions.

Current Exhibits: Charles White: A Retrospective (February 17-June 9, 2019), The Bauhaus at 100: Modern Legacies(February 16-May 5, 2019), Life Model: Charles White and His Students (February-September 15, 2019), Power of Pattern: Central Asian Ikats from David and Elizabeth Resibord Collection (February 3- July 28, 2019), Teresa HUbbard/Alexander Birchler: Flora(January 20-April 7, 2019), The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka(December 9, 2018-June 23, 2019), Outliers and American Vanguard ARt (November 18, 2018-March 17, 2019), Rauschenberg: The 1/4 Mile (October 28, 2018- June 9, 2019).

Hours:

Monday 11 am–5 pm
Tuesday 11 am–5 pm
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 11 am–5 pm
Friday 11 am–8 pm
Saturday 10 am–7 pm
Sunday 10 am–7 pm

Closed on Wednesdays, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day

Admission:

L.A. County with Valid ID Outside L.A. County
Members Free Free
After 3 pm, Mon–Fri Free $25
Children (17 & under) Free Free
Adults $20 $25
Seniors (65+ with ID) $16 $21
Students (18+ with ID) $16 $2

More info.

Getty Center

What’s now called the Getty Villa served as the decades-long home for the J. Paul Getty Trust’s extensive art collection. But in 1997, the Getty Center opened. The end result is a remarkable complex of travertine and white metal-clad pavilions that houses ornate French furniture, recognizable Impressionist pieces and rotating exhibitions. Its relative inaccessibility is more than compensated for by free admission and panoramic views, from the hills and the ocean in the west all the way around to Downtown in the east.

Current Exhibits: Mapping Space: Recent Acquisitions in Focus (February 26-July 15, 2019), Marks of Collaboration: Drawing in Context (February 5-April 14, 2019), Pontormo: Miraculous Encounters (February 5-April 28, 219), Artful Words: Calligraphy in Illuminated Manuscripts(December 18, 2018-April 7, 2019), Spectacular Mysteries: Renaissance Drawings Reveled (December 121, 2018- April 28, 2019), MONUMENTality (December 4, 2018-April 21, 2019), Eighteenth-Century Pastel Portraits (August 28, 2018-October 13, 2019)

Hours: Open 10 am–5:30 pmSaturday 10 am–9 pm

Closed Mondays
Holiday closures: Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1

Admissions: Admission is FREE. Parking is $15, $10 after 3pm

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Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

The bequest of entrepreneur Henry E. Huntington is now one of the most enjoyable attractions in the Los Angeles region. It’s also a destination that demands an entire day should you attempt to explore it in full: Between the art, the library holdings and the spreadeagled outdoor spaces, there’s plenty to see, and most of it is best enjoyed at lingering leisure rather than as part of a mad day-long dash. From a Gutenberg Bible to an exquisitely landscaped Japanese garden, nearly every inch of the estate’s grounds and collection is essential.

Current Exhibits: The Huntington presents a range of pieces focused on American and European Art. See American art from the late 17th to the late 20th century on view in the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art, and European art from the 15th to the early 20th century in the Huntington Art Gallery, the original Huntington residence.

Hours:

Monday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

 

Last ticketed entry time is 4 p.m.

The Huntington is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Independence Day.

Admissions:

Reservations are not necessary to visit The Huntington (except on Free Days). Tickets may be purchased on site at the time of your visit or online in advance. Parking is free.

Weekdays/Weekends*
Adult $25/$29
Senior (65+)
$21/$24
Student (f/t ID)
$21/$24
Youth (4-11)
$13
Child (under 4) free
Groups (15+) $19/$23
Members free

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The Broad

Three words: Infinity Mirror Rooms. Downtown’s persistently popular contemporary art museum has two of Yayoi Kusama’s immersive, mirror-laden rooms (and the stand by queue to prove it). Elsewhere in the free museum, Eli and Edythe Broad’s collection of 2,000 post-war works includes artists like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger and Jeff Koons. Outside, the museum’s plaza features a lovely olive tree grove that sits in from of Otium, the museum’s signature restaurant from French Laundry alum Timothy Hollingsworth.

Current Exhibits: Infinity Mirror Rooms

Coming Soon: Soul of a Nation(March 23-Sept 1, 2019) and Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet The Sun Again(October 19-February 16, 2020)

Hours:

Tuesday & Wednesday | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday | 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

The standby line closes 60-90 minutes before the museum closes and may close earlier on busy days.

Admissions:

General admission to The Broad is free and includes access to the third floor galleries, which display a robust and changing selection of work by artists including Jean-Michel BasquiatMark BradfordJeff KoonsBarbara KrugerYayoi KusamaTakashi MurakamiAndy Warhol, and more.

GA tickets are timed and available every half hour, up until one hour before the museum closes. General admission tickets do not include access Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room—The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, 2013. To experience this artwork, a separate signup is required after you enter the museum with your admission ticket.

More info.

Hammer Museum

Industrialist Armand Hammer founded this museum in 1990, primarily to house his own collection, and it opened just three weeks before he died. Now, the free, UCLA partner institution stages fascinating shows of modern art, photography and design, often with an emphasis on local artists. The shows are supplemented by the Hammer’s public events calendar (arguably one of the best in the city), chock full of free lectures, concerts and screenings.

Current Exhibits: Allen Ruppersberg: Intellectual Property 1968-2019(February 10-May 12, 2019), Dirty Protest: Selections from the Hammer Contemporary Collection (January 24- May 19, 2019), Hammer Projects: Tschabalala Self (February 2-April 28, 2019), Jamilah Sabur(January 19-May 5, 2019), Math Bass(September 29-March 17, 2019).

Hours:

Monday Closed
Tuesday 11 a.m.—8 p.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m.—8 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m.—8 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m.—8 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m.—5 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m.—5 p.m.

The museum is open every day, except Mondays, July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Admission:

Admission to all exhibitions and public programs is free and open to the public.

Free admission to the Hammer Museum is made possible through the generosity of Erika J Glazer and Brenda R. Potter.

More info.

MOCA Grand Ave.

The main branch of L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art houses thousands of artworks. They range in those crafted from 1940 to today, and it’s an efficient primer on post-war art. Spend half an hour or an entire afternoon absorbing contemporary pieces. From lesser known artists, punctuated by sightings of Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock works. The museum’s most exciting exhibitions take place at the nearby Geffen Contemporary, while interior design buffs will want to visit their outpost at the Pacific Design Center.

Current Exhibits: One Day at a Time: Manny Farber and Termite Art (October 14, 2018- March 11, 2019), Zoe Leonard: Survey (November 11, 2018- March 25, 2019), Barbara Kruger, ‘Untitled (Questions)(1990/2019’ (October 20, 2018- November 30, 2020), Laura Owens (November 11, 2018- March 25, 2019), Cameron Rowland D37 (October 14, 2018- June 24, 2019)

Hours:

Mon 11am – 6pm
Tues Closed
Wed 11am – 6pm
Thur 11am – 8pm
Fri 11am – 6pm
Sat 11am – 5pm
Sun 11am – 5pm

Admissions:

Members: Free
General Admission (valid all day at both DTLA locations): $15
Students with I.D.: $8
Seniors (65+): $10
Children under 12: Free
Jurors with I.D.: Free

Admission is free every Thursday from 5pm to 8pm.

More info.

 

4 Ways to Compost

With spring not too far off, it is the perfect time to start some new at-home routines. With California leading the way in green initiatives, we’ve rounded up four simple composting tricks. These techniques will help you reduce waste and aide the environment. The bonus is with these DIY tips you don’t even need a yard to get started!

Composting is a great way to not only reduce how much you’re throwing in the garbage, but it can also keep your trash smell at bay, thanks to having less organic material in that bin. Not to mention how much your plants will love it; if you don’t have a full garden, your houseplants will be happy about it, too. Even city dwellers or anyone without a yard can do it—really!

Before you get started, think about the type of composting you want to do. Cold composting is easier: You simply take organic materials you’d normally throw away —coffee grounds, eggshells, fruit, and vegetable peels—and put them in a composting pile or bin (just don’t add meats, dairy, or fats). Over about a year, the materials will decompose. Hot composting is more complicated, and uses nitrogen and carbon-containing ingredients to speed up the process. Another option is vermicomposting, which is when you use special worms to help the process along.

Don’t let the fact that you don’t have much space hold you back from composting. With a little ingenuity, a proper compost bin can be created just about anywhere.

1. Make your own outdoor compost bin. 

If you’ve got a spare trash can and a drill, you can turn that can into a composting can. You can also build your ownwith welded wire mesh, concrete blocks, or wooden pallets, and you can hide basically any bin behind a simple lattice fence. If you’ve got an outdoor bin, you can also throw in dry leaves, wood bark chips, and grass and plant clippings while you’re taking care of your yard. Make sure to water and stir your pile thoroughly.

2. Make your own indoor compost bin. 

Much like how you hide your trash can in a pull-out cabinet or under your sink, you can hide a compost bin right in your own kitchen, too. Again, you’ll need a drill: Use it to drill holes in the bottom of a metal container with a lid, then place the container into a shallow tray with sides. Give this indoor bin a base layer of a little dirt, and top your food scraps with some damp shredded newspapers (the newspapers will help control smell!). Make sure to stir it every week or so, and keep it covered.

3. Make a worm bin system. 

If you’re composting indoors and still worried about odors, vermicomposting is a great idea. You can’t just use any worms—you’ll need to purchase redworms online or at a garden supplier (about one pound per square foot in your bin). A vermicompost bin should also be kept in a cool, dark place. Start with a base of shredded newspaper or leaves mixed with soil, and get it damp, then add your worms and your food scraps. Vermicomposting is also a great option for beginners—if things get messed up, just dump out your bin outside and start over.

4. Check for community composting. 

If you aren’t into making your own compost, or don’t have the space for it, check to see if your community has its own group composting area where you can drop off food waste. Your city hall might have details, or you can ask your neighbors or post your query on a community directory, like Nextdoor. Your community may even provide biodegradable bags to hold your scraps in between your visits to their composting center.

Your compost is ready when it’s not giving off any heat, and it’s become dry, brown, and crumbly. Use it to feed your garden or potted plants, and watch your plants live their best lives!

Courtesy of: Better Homes & Gardens

Rodeo Realty’s Davide Giardino list Hollywood Legend Rudolph Valentino’s “Falcon’s Lair”

Davide Giardino holds the listing for the home of one of the first international stars, Rudolph Valentino.

Dubbed “Falcons Lair” by the Hollywood Legend, the property originally built in 1926 by Valentino, went on to become the home of style icon and “Richest Girl in the World” American Tobacco heiress Doris Duke for decades. Duke spun off the “Lodge” as an airy, secluded, three-bedroom garden and pool pavilion and in recent years the current owner lovingly restored it to Duke’s Mexican and Moroccan vision.

This listing has already received media attention after its extensive restoration, maintaining key elements of its Golden Era history with newly added features. Sitting on a 1+ acre lot in a prime Beverly Hills location the property returned to the market and it looks more gorgeous than ever. This is a rare chance to acquire an estate of exquisite elegance and unique beauty, keeping all the charm of Old Hollywood in a fantastic and peaceful location.

The house has been extensively upgraded by the current owner, landscaped, trellised and provided with a new irrigation system covering the entire property.  A newly built palapa structure and yoga deck on the upper portion of the estate offers dramatic views and contribute to the sense of peace and seclusion of this little piece of heaven in the heart of Beverly Hills. The property also sits minutes from other historical landmarks like The Beverly Hills Hotel and The Pickfair Estate.

10051 Cielo Drive, Beverly Hills is listed at $4,950,000.

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Out and About: Oscars Edition

The time has finally come to whip out your glitzy attire and prep your winning predictions. The Oscars are underway for this Sunday, February 24th-and as Angeleno’s that means one thing…Oscars Viewing Party! If your not lucky enough to snag an invite to one of the weekends big celebratory events we have you covered. In the city of stars, you never know which nominee may stop by to revel or dine. So skip the party clean-up and paint the town gold. Happy Oscars Weekend!

Oscars Viewing Party at the Long Beach Art Theatre

Location: Long Beach Art Theatre, Long Beach

Best known as the last independent theater in Long Beach, the Art Theatre is a hub for showings that eventually go on to be Academy nominees. So it comes as no surprise that they host their own glammed up viewing party. While the event itself is by invitation only, all you have to do to snag an invite is donate $25 or more to the historic non-profit theater. The award show will be shown live on the big screen following the red carpet party.

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APLA’s Oscar Viewing Party

Location:The Abbey, West Hollywood

WEHO’s favorite neighborhood hot-spot will be hosting their annual Aids Project Los Angeles Oscar Viewing Party Fundraiser this Sunday. Each year an LGBT or ally celebrity hosts the event which raises money for HIV/AIDS research that APLA supports. Tickets are required to attend but can also be purchased on the day of at The Abbey.

Call The Abbey at (310)289-8410 for more information.

Polo Lounge Annual Oscars Viewing Party

Location: Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel

Famed as a Hollywood retreat for decades past and current, the Polo Lounge will host their annual Oscars Viewing Party this Sunday. Patrons will be able to partake in a decadent Three-Course pre-fix menu while watching the ceremony on screens set-up throughout the restaurant. Being that it is located in the historic Beverly Hills Hotel you never know which nominee may stop in for a bite pre/post oscars! Bonus: Try the themed Best Picture Cocktails for an award-worthy sip!

Menu is priced at $150pp and reservations can be booked by calling (310)887-2777

Timmy Nolan’s Oscars Viewing Party

Location: Timmy Nolan’s Tavern, Studio City

Join the Timmy Nolans crew as the toast to their fellow Noles Barry Jenkins and Jonathan King on Oscar Night! The show will be on view in their private upstairs room with fun giveaways and a pre-show red carpet photo op! The attire is Cocktail/Business casual, so no worries on going all out. Just arrive early to snag the best seat and toast to a night of fun.

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Media One Entertainment Oscars Viewing Party

Location: Hollywood Palladium

If you have $1000 to spare, the 4th Annual Roger Neal Style Oscar Viewing Dinner may be you preference. The event slates that around 80-100 celebrities as well as past Oscar winners will be in attendance at the Hollywood Palladium shindig. Your ticket includes cocktails, entertainment, a 5 Course Dinner, and after party.

For tickets or sponsorship packages, email them at info@mediaoneentertainment.com or call (424)-245-8569.

“The Envelope Goes to…” Academy Awards Viewing Party

Location: Esterel & Riviera 31-Sofitel Los Angeles

Hosted by Awards Lounge, don’t miss the 10 Annual Academy Awards celebration and viewing party. Cattle & Claw will offer exquisite food for purchase and expert mixologist Frederic Zemmour will serve signature cocktails at the non-hosted bar. Purchase VIP tickets for access to the private VIP area and lounge. Guest will be able to walk the red carpet, mingle and network at this glitzy event.

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11th Annual Ivy Entertainment Oscars Viewing Party

Location: The Woodman, Los Angeles

Dress to impress and enjoy this years Oscars at The Woodman. Play their winner prediction game for a chance too win free prizes. The event will offer drink and food specials as well as industry networking.

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PGA 7th Annual Oscars Viewing Party

Location: Jalapeno Pete’s, Studio City

Six degrees of Kevin Bacon means you or someone you know is probably producer. If you have that friendly contact, then this is the event for you. The Producers Guild of America will be hosting their 7th Annual Viewing and Recruiting Party at Jalapeno Pete’s this Sunday. The event is open to PGA members and their guest, PGA Sponsors, new applicants, and eligible candidates. Enjoy passed appetizers, an open well bar. event giveaways and prizes. Festive attire is recommended.

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Academy Awards Viewing Black Tie Event Benefitting C.U.N.

Location: The Warner Brothers Estate, Beverly Hills

Children Uniting Nations invites you to attend a star-studded evening at the Warner Brother’s Estate in Beverly Hills. The event is hosted by philanthropist Daphna Ziman and offers an evening of glamour. For $500 guest can enjoy a 4 course gourmet viewing dinner by Hannah An, speciality cocktails and live performances. Or for those wishing to splurge a little less, stop by for the after party priced at $100 per ticket. Celebrity appearances will include Dennis Quaid, Miss Teen Vogue and Miss Universe to name a few.

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The Upper West Oscars Viewing Party to Benefit LLS

Location: The Upper West, Santa Monica

Join The Upper West in their 6th annual fundraising event for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society this Sunday. guest can walk the red carpet, enjoy food and drink specials as well as Oscar contest and prizes. There will also be a silent auction with 25% of the event proceeds going to LLS.

Call the Upper West at (310)586-1111 or click here for more information.


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