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Tesla Model 3 Named as Most American Made Vehicle

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According to the annual American Made Index from, Tesla tops the list for most American-made cards. considers a handful of factors to calculate just how American-made a particular car model is. The electric sedan is ranked first as the most American-made car, specifically the Tesla Model 3. The report takes into account assembly location, parts sourcing (logged through the American Automobile Labeling Act), US factory employment, and more. The news would mark the first time Tesla has topped the list at number one, and the first time an EV ranks in a top spot. 


Apple Expected to Unveil Lower Priced iPhone Max

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In a report this week, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, has predicted that Apple will sell an iPhone with a 6.7-inch screen for less than $900 in 2022. Kuo states that Apple’s 2022 non-pro iPhone lineup includes phones with 6.1 and 6.7-inch screens. What will be absent from the predicted lineup is Apple’s iPhone Mini. Analysts, including Kuo, believe that the Mini will be phased out in 2022 due to reportedly low sales. If Apple unveils a low-priced Max options, this would come after seeing the research that many consumers want phones that are both bigger, and cheaper. This research came from a report commissioned during the Epic v. Apple trial. While typically Apple keeps the larger phones at a higher price, the move would be the next logical step for the tech giant. Reports have also said the 2022 iPhones will have under-display fingerprint readers, and that there will be a new iPhone SE with 5G.


Instagram Tests Placing Suggested Posts Ahead of Friends

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If you are already not a fan of missing your friend’s content on Instagram, you may not love this news story. Because reception to its “suggested posts” feature has been positive, Instagram will be launching a new test that will mix suggested posts throughout your primary feed. The test will do so by sometimes being placed ahead of photos and videos from people you follow. The company has also stated they are testing new controls that allow users to add specific topics as an interest for their suggested posts. The proposed feature will also include the ability to snooze recommended content for 30 days to hide them from the feed entirely. The initial test-launched last year by offering additional content only after you’ve seen all content from those you follow. The new test will start with a “small number” of users. The change will follow a bigger trend in which platforms attempt to give users a sliver of control over the algorithm. 


Peacock and Amazon Reach Deal to Add App to Fire Stick

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The Peacock app will finally land on Amazon’s Fire TV platform. The new comes with just a month before Peacock becomes the U.S. streaming home for the Olympics. Amazon gave eager users a dose of humor in announcing the news on Twitter. The platform’s announcement made reference to The Office, one of Peacock’s exclusive streaming titles. Along with adding Peacock to Fire TV and Fire tablets, the deal adds support for NBCUniversal’s network apps. NBCUniversal’s 15 network apps include NBC, Bravo, NBC News, NBC Sports, and Telemundo. Peacock is already available on TV devices, like Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, and Chromecast among others.


Scientists Publish Report on the New Complexities of Finding Life Beyond Earth

We may be somewhat alone in the universe. This is according to a new study published by the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Researchers studied 10 Earth-like planets in the “Goldilocks zone”. This is a region around a star where the conditions are just right for possible life. Looking at 10 Earth analogues, they found none to have the amount of oxygen-based photosynthesis or PAR like that of Earth. The team did however identify a slightly more promising target: Kepler-442b. The planet is just over 1,200 light-years from Earth, so a short trek. Kepler-442b is a little larger than Earth and twice as massive. Previously flagged as a potentially habitable exoplanet, it receives the largest amount of PAR in the studied planets and theoretically might be able to sustain the same amount of life as Earth can.


Peloton Working on New Heart-Rate Armband

According to a Bloomberg report, exercise bike giant Peloton is developing a digital heart-rate armband. This would be their first foray into the growing wearables and fitness-tracking market. The publication found the information by analyzing the code of Peloton’s iPhone and iPad app. The finding reveals that the device will come in different sizes. The band will also connect by Bluetooth to Peloton’s bikes, treadmills, and other devices running the company’s app. It will also include a small screen that displays battery level and pairing mode, the report said. Similar to other fitness wearable devices, the band will offer users data on heart rate, workout intensity, and performance. This new move will likely create a rival to the Fitbit and Apple Watch. Although Fitbit’s and Apple’s smartwatches track things like sleep, steps taken, and more. Peloton users will have to wait for an official product unveiling for confirmed details on the proposed device.

Weekend Events: June 11-13

Enjoy a screening of fan-favorite films or take in the boys in blue at Dodger Stadium. Make the most of your weekend with our weekend events guide.

Los Angeles


Pride Night at Dodger Stadium

When: June 11, 2021

Where: Dodger Stadium

What: This Friday, LA Pride and the Dodgers team up for Pride Night, featuring drink specials, a special recognition of frontline workers from Los Angeles’ LGBTQ+ community, and a few other surprise guests. After the game fans can stick around for the Friday night fireworks show Grab tickets and get info

‘Hacks’ Virtual Screening

When: June 11, 2021 @ 3:00 pm

Where: Virtually

What: Join KCRW Virtual Cinema and Behind the Screens Event: ‘Hacks’. After the screening of the hit HBO Max series, there will be a special conversation with Madeleine Brand and the cast and crew from the show. You won’t want to miss out and since you can watch from home you don’t have to. 

Cinespia @ the Greek Presents: ‘Beauty and The Beast’

When: June 12, 2021

Where: Cinespia at The Greek Theater

What: Join Cinespia at The Greek Theatre for a picnic on the lawn with DJs, and a movie in the heart of Griffith Park. This tale as old as time is sure to bring joy to your Saturday evening, with Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’.

Westside and Beach Communities


Grand Opening of The Row on Harbor

When: Jun 12, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

Where: The Row on Harbor

What: Join The Row on Harbor for its highly anticipated Grand Opening Extravaganza. Featuring food specials, live music, a beer garden (age 21+), kid activities, and more! Kick-off the Summer fun at this culinary family experience for all senses.

Rooftop Cinema Club Presents: The Sandlot

When: Jun 13, 2021 @ 8:30 PM

Where: The Drive-In at Santa Monica Airport, Santa Monica

What: A PIECE OF PARADISE A HALF BLOCK WIDE AND A WHOLE SUMMER LONG. It’s the summer of 1962, and Scotty Smalls is the new kid in town. A budding ballplayer, Scotty is taken under the wing of baseball prodigy Rodriguez and joins a neighborhood gang of sandlot kids for a series of misadventures. Get your weekend movie fix at The Drive-In!

Montana Avenue Annual Sidewalk Sale

When: June 12, 2021, 10:00 am

Where: Montana Avenue

What: Mark your calendars! This Sunday, the Montana Avenue Annual Sidewalk Sale is back on. Shop along Montana Ave from 6th to 17th Street. Don’t miss great deals on clothing, accessories, beauty, home goods, and gifts for up to 75% off!


SFV Valley and Conejo Valley


Electric Dusk Drive-In presents Black Panther

When: Jun 12, 2021@ 8:30 PM

Where: Sears Glendale Parking Lot

What: Enjoy the Valley’s favorite drive-in this weekend Wakanda style with a screening of ‘Black Panther’. Tickets can be purchased early or same-day. Films are screened in the Glendale Sears Parking Lot. 

California Dance Academy presents Spring Showcase

When: June 12, 2021 @ 2:00 PM

Where: Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks

What: Join the California Dance Academy for their Spring Showcase. Tickets are available through TicketMaster for their Saturday afternoon performances. The showcase will take place at the Fred Kavli BofA Performing Arts Center.

Angel’s Envy Personalized Bottle “Father’s Day” Event

When: June 12, 2021 @ 2:00 PM

Where: Oak & Iron, Thousand Oaks

What: Join Oak & Iron for a special afternoon celebrating Angel’s Envy – handcrafted, small-batch whiskey produced by Louisville Distilling Company. A “Bourbon” ticket includes access to the event, one personalized engraved bottle of Angel’s Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon, one Angel’s Envy cocktail, and smoked eats from Bludso’s Bar & Que. Tickets are available to purchase through Eventbrite.

Staycation in Oak Glen

If you are looking for a staycation that’s slightly outside the regular go-to retreats, look no further than Oak Glen. This picturesque town in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains serves as a quaint agricultural destination. So what makes Oak Glen so unique? The town has been growing apples for over 100 years, making it the perfect place for picking, eating, and enjoying all that this delicious fruit has to offer. Oak Glen offers activities and fun throughout the year, with foliage in the spring and fall and snow in the winter. Read this week’s blog for our advice on where to stay, what to eat and what to do on your visit to Oak Glen, California.

Where to Stay

If you prefer to make your trip to Oak Glen an overnight one, the town has a wonderful selection of lodging that will make you feel right at home.

Stone Oak Manor

Have you always wondered what it would be like to have an entire manor to yourself? Well, at Stone Oak Manor, you’re invited to do so. The almost 100 years old estate has not yet reopened its bed and breakfast for multiple bookings because of the pandemic. Instead, visitors can now rent out the manor entirely via AirBnB. Rates for the five-bedroom estate start at $1000 per night with accommodations for up to 16 people. 

Fun Fact: The estate was designated as a Historic Point of Interest in California. Formerly, The Baumann Manor was built in 1926 by Murle & Samuel Baumann and architect Reginald Inwood. The house was made from local stones gathered from all over Oak Glen. 

Rileys Farm

While you can only stay overnight at Riley’s Farm for specific overnight events, it’s still worth the visit. The working apple orchard and living history farm feature a bounty of activities. From masquerade balls in their barn to pick-your-own fruit and dinner theater, you’ll have a blast. Their offered stays are historically themed, so be ready to get into character for this particular choice in lodging. 

Oak Glen Retreat

For those seeking to rough it out a bit more, the Oak Glen Retreat makes for a great option. Their campground features everything from luxury cabins to simple tent sites. Enjoy a fun-filled weekend with plenty of amenities and activities to entertain you. The camping site offers two large pools, a spa, a miniature golf course, horseshoes, hiking, and much more. Call (909) 790-1801 for more information.

What To Do & Eat

One of the obvious activities will be picking apples when visiting an apple orchard community, but there is so much more in Oak Glen. 

For apple picking…

Los Rios Rancho

The Los Rios Rancho orchard has over 300 acres, with over 10,000 apples to choose from on this family-owned farm. Not a fan of apples? The farm also produces raspberries, corn, strawberries, and pumpkins for picking.

Willowbrook Apple Farm

Make a planned visit to the 100-year-old Stayman-Winesap apple farm. Willowbrook Farms offers over 300 acres of apples for you to pick. What’s even more fun is the chance to participate in activities like pressing your own apple cider.

Oak Tree Village

At this local community hub, there is no shortage of activities. Pursue through multiple artisan shops and food stands for tasty treats to eat or take home. Enjoy live music, a petting zoo, and even ax throwing for a perfect Oak Glen day.

Wilshire’s Apple Shed

Who doesn’t love complimentary cider? Visit the tasting room at Wilshire Apple Shed and try their hard cider samples for free from Oak Glen Cider Company. Once you feel hungry, you’ll definitely want to enjoy a pizza from their wood-burning pizza oven for a truly delicious day.

Apple Annie’s Bakery And Restaurant

One of the most popular restaurants in the area, Apple Annie’s bakery and restaurant, makes for a perfect spot to grab a bit. They are best known for their 1/4 mile-high apple pie, among other delicious baked goods. Since it’s popular, you should know you will need to book in advance.

Weekend Events: June 4 – June 6

Enjoy all that the first weekend of June has to offer. Now that we are officially in summer territory, the options are endless, from in-person to at-home virtual fun. Whether you live in Los Angeles, the Westside, or the Valley, we have an event for you!

Los Angeles

Los Angeles, Westside, Valley Weekend Events

First Fridays at the Natural History Museum

When: June 4, 2021 | 6-8 PM

Where: Online

What: The virtual series First Fridays Connected returns with a new format. Tune into lively discussions, DJ sets, and live music performances from wherever you are. This season the museum will explore Los Angeles at the Intersections.

Hike to Yoga LA 2021

When: June 5, 2021 | 8-10 AM

Where: Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area

What: Find your inner Zen with Hike to Yoga LA. Their weekly yoga series will increase individual self-awareness and collective physical health by connecting nature, community, and intentional movement. The event is FREE and beginner-friendly. Advanced registration is required. 

Pride Shining Through

When: June 5, 2021 | 8PM

Where: Online

What: The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles goes virtual for Pride 2021. Join the celebrations online with this streaming, hour-long set and enjoy tunes like “Hallelujah” to “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.”


Los Angeles, Westside, Valley Weekend Events

Rooftop Cinema Club El Segundo Presents: The Greatest Showman

When: June 4, 2021| 7:30PM

Where: Rooftop Cinema Club El Segundo

What: Join the Rooftop Cinema Club as they turn 10 this June! They’ll be kicking things off with a weekend that celebrates their founder’s journey! This month’s films are Circus-related, starting with the critically acclaimed film “The Greatest Showman.” 

Santa Monica PRIDE Rainbow Road Art Walk

When: June 4, 2021 | 10AM-11:30PM

Where: Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica

What: Enjoy13 incredible one-of-a-kind art installations by LGBTQIA+ artists as a part of Santa Monica’s Pride Month celebrations. The art walk is presented in partnership with Allies in Arts. The event is FREE and open to the public. 

June Bloom Wellness Fair

When: June 6, 2021 | 12 – 5PM

Where: 6781 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach

What: RSVP for June Bloom, the Wellness fair from Peak State Yogas monthly Pop Up. The event features various vendors, from vegan foods to hand-crafted items, clothing, functional art, and more! The event is FREE, with advanced registration required.


Los Angeles, Westside, Valley Weekend Events

Pickwick Vintage Show

When: June 5, 2021 | 9AM – 5PM

Where: Pickwick Gardens, Burbank 

What: The Pickwick Vintage Show returns this Saturday. Make your way to Pickwick gardens for this fair featuring vintage clothing, jewelry, accessories, and more from over 65 local vendors. Entry will be limited to (2) Hour windows, and reservations are required.

National Trails Day

When: June 5, 2021 | 8AM–12PM

Where: Camarillo Grove Park

What: This day is set aside to recognize all the incredible benefits that trails provide for recreation and exposure to nature. Pleasant Valley Recreation & Park District invites the community to come out to help maintain the hiking trail system at this natural park for all to enjoy. The event will also feature an educational presentation about the area, followed by a guided hike. Advanced registration is required.

Makers Market at Valley Relics Museum Experience

When: June 6, 2021 | 11AM–3PM

Where: Valley Relics Museum, Van Nuys

What: Enjoy a fun-filled day of taking in the relics of the San Fernando Valley Relics Museum and this Sunday’s Open-Air Market. Pursue through artifacts of Pop culture and take home your own hand-crafted finds. Space is limited and advanced registration is required.

The Great LA River CleanUp: Sepulveda Basin Sports Complex

When: June 5, 2021 | 8AM–4PM

Where: Sepulveda Basin Sports Complex, Van Nuys

What: The River needs YOU! This summer, join FoLAR for a series of small, in-person cleanups to prevent waste from polluting LA’s watershed and urban waterways. Together, you’ll make a collective impact to tend to the vibrant urban ecosystems that thrive throughout Los Angeles. All registered volunteers will receive a CleanUp Starter Kit.

Electric Dusk Drive-In Presents: School of Rock

When: June 6, 2021 | 8:20PM–10:20PM

Where: 211 West California Ave., Glendale

What: Everyone’s favorite Valley drive-in returns this weekend for a rockin’ screening of ‘School of Rock’. Tickets are available to purchase early or same-day. 

Weekend Events: May 28-30, 2021

Make the best of your memorial day weekend with our roundup of the best events in town and online. With a trip down memory lane with Motown and Symphonic sounds from the cities best, there is something for everyone to enjoy. From LA to the Valley, this is your weekend events guide

Los Angeles

Immersive Van Gogh

When: May 27, 2021 – Jan 2, 2022

Where: Secret Venue

What: Immerse yourself in the work of one of history’s most famed artists. The Immersive Van Gogh exhibit, aside from being safe to Gogh, is also 100% worth the ticket price. While availability is limited for the immersive experience, you may be able to snag your spot if you happen to be an AMEX cardholder. Don’t miss out on what news outlets are calling “The future of experiential art.”

Motown: The Sound Of Young America

When: Until Feb 28, 2022

Where: The Grammy Museum, South Park

What: Explore the culture-defining history of the famed record label that dives into the history of all things Motown. The decade-spanning exhibit includes stage outfits from the Supremes, the Jackon 5, and Boyz II Men. Enjoy newly added additions like Stevie Wonder’s harmonica; and a station where you can learn the Temptations’ signature dance moves!

Rights and Rituals: The Making of African American Debutante Culture

When: May 26 2021-Feb 27 2022

Where: California African American Museum, USC/Exposition Park

What: The CAAM’s latest collection examines how stereotype-challenging organizations support young Black women. Explore an array of photographs and ephemera at the California African American Museum from the 1890s to the 1960s. 

Westside and Beach Communities

Melissa Meier: Laced/Skins/Masks

When: May 28, 2021

Where: 2525 Michigan Ave, Space A2, Santa Monica, California CA 90404

What: bG Gallery offers a fascinating look at the work of  Brazilian artist Melissa Meier. The internationally multi-hyphenate artist has been recognized for her evocative 3-dimensional installations, found-object sculptures, collages, and photography. Admission is free.

Memorial Day Weekend Concert Live Stream

When: May 30, 2021

Where: Online

What: Join the Santa Monica Symphony in a pre-recorded digital concert live stream on Sunday, May 30 at 2 PM. A Zoom Q&A will follow the concert with the performing artists, moderated by classical KUSC’s Rich Capparela. Registration for the event will close on May 30 at 10:00 am.

Rhythm and Prana Flow – Dance Walk Yoga in Nature

When: May 30, 2021 | 11:00am-2:00pm

Where: Corral Canyon Loop Trail | Malibu, CA 90265

What: Find your zen during this movement meditation journey in the Santa Monica-Malibu Mountains. Rhythm + Flow brings together the power of nature, yoga, and movement meditation in community. Registration for the event will close on Friday, May 28th.

The Valley

Studio City Farmers Market

When: Every Sunday from 8:00am-1:00pm

Where: Studio City

What: Is there anything more perfect than spending your Sunday at the farmers market. Plan your visit to Studio City’s weekly and family-friendly outdoor marketplace. With so many fresh and local produce and craft items, what’s not to love?!

Conejo Valley 2021 Summer Concerts in the Park Series

When: May-September, 2021

Where: CRPD’s Conejo Community Center, Thousand Oaks

What: This summer concert series presented by the Conejo Recreation & Park District makes for a fun and family-friendly way to spend your weekend. The concert series will kick off with a Memorial Day weekend concert, with the next show slated for July 4. Due to the city ordinance on covid-safety for events, capacity will be limited, and advance ticket purchase is required.

Scenes at the Greens: New West Symphony Trio 

When: May 28, 2021

Where: Los Robles Greens, Thousand Oaks

What: The ‘Scenes at the Greens’ concert series is not one to be missed. Taking place outside, you can enjoy live soothing music from world-class artists, all while enjoying the beautiful Thousand Oaks weather. The May 28 show features familiar tangos by Piazzolla, Porgy and Bess by Gershwin, and Russian dance by Tchaikovsky. For more information and to purchase tickets visit

San Fernando Valley Master Chorale presents American Voices

When: May 28, 2021

Where: LIVE on Facebook & YouTube

What: Don’t miss out on this fantastic virtual concert from the San Fernando Valley Master Chorale. Featuring home-grown locally-sourced melodies, the virtual show will represent musical styles and backgrounds throughout our country’s history. Listen to iconic sounds, from gospel, folk, and bluegrass to contemporary works.

Art in the Park – Summer Concert Kickoff

When: May 29-May 30, 2021

Where: Libbey Park, Ojai

What: After a postponement last year, one Ojai’s favorite summer events, the Ojai art show returns for the 44th year. Walkthrough downtown Ojai’s Libbey Park and enjoy fine art in a stunning setting. Admission is free—Call 805-646-0117 for further information.

Weekend Events: May 21 – 23, 2021

From cinema under the stars to new exhibits and more, check out the events happening this weekend that will surely provide fun for the whole family!

Los Angeles

Dance at Dusk

When: Until July 18
Where: The Music Center, Downtown
What: Break out your dancing shoes and head to DTLA. Live dance returns to the Music Center with a number of outdoor performances. While you won’t be the one hitting the dance floor, you’ll be able to see a series of ticketed ballet, tap, and modern dance performances on stage. The shows will take place in the Jerry Moss Plaza, with free streaming on Sunday evenings. For more information, visit

Cinespia Cemetery Screenings

When: Until May 22
Where: Greek Theatre, Griffith Park
What: While the return to L.A.’s favorite cemetery screening has not yet returned to its original form, it will come back to life this weekend for a drive-in. Happening right outside the Greek Theatre, the beloved feature beneath the stars will briefly resurrect for a weekend of fun. Enjoy familiar fixtures like DJs, a concession stand, and tasty meals to go. It may not be as ghoulish but it is sure to be just as enchanting as the Cinespia we know and love.


When: May 21-May 28, 2021
Where: Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood
What: While it is not the kind of shows we are used to seeing at the Music Venue, the Hollywood Palladium’s current exhibit worth a visit. The free show, titled OFF/ON features neon and mixed media works from over a dozen artists. The exhibit is showcased in the venue’s windows and aims to bring a bit of light into the darkness of the past year through art.

SOAR: Tropical Butterflies

When: Until November 30
Where: South Coast Botanic Garden, Rancho Palos Verdes/Rolling Hills Estates
What: If you love butterflies and nature, the South Coast Botanic Garden has the perfect exhibit for you. Taking place now through November 20, you can walk through the pavilion, surrounded by fluttering butterflies. The new exhibit will feature tropical butterflies in early spring before transitioning to monarch butterflies in the late summer and early fall. Don’t miss out on this beautiful attraction!

Paws & Pages at Annenberg PetSpace

When: Until June 27
Where: Wallis Annenberg PetSpace
What: Calling all animal lovers! Visit Annenberg PetSpace for a socially distanced storytime, Pet Encounter, and take-home craft. Bring your little one to this fun family-friendly event, where they can build communication skills and self-confidence by reading with adoptable pets or listening to a story. Tickets are $3 and must be purchased in advance.

Self-Care Saturdays

When: Sat, May 22, 2021 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
Where: 3rd Street & Arizona Avenue | Santa Monica, CA 90401
What: Take some YOU time this weekend with Downtown Santa Monica. This weekend’s free workout will be all about Plyojam. PlyoJam is a cardio dance mixed with Plyometrics. Modifications included and no equipment needed. Bring your own yoga mat and come prepared to sweat and have fun at this socially distanced weekend workout.

The Valley

Movies on Location

When: Until July 18
Where: Various Locations
What: Location! Location!! Location!!! Movies on Location is taking you to where some of your favorite films shot their most notable scenes. Don’t miss out on this series of movies in the Valley, screening at the locations and landmarks the fit the film’s theme. This fun and immersive experience will be on until July 18. Chairs will be provided to moviegoers so that all you need is your movie fandom and advanced ticket purchase—Head to for more information.

44th Annual Ojai Art in the Park

When: Memorial Weekend | May 29 and May 30, 2021
Where: Libbey Park, 210 S Signal St, Ojai, CA 93023
What: Ojai Art Center kicks off their 44th annual ‘Art in the Park celebration’ with a Memorial Weekend celebration on May 29 and May 30, 2021. Walkthrough downtown Ojai’s Libbey Park and enjoy fine art in a stunning setting. Admission is free. Call 805-646-0117 for further information.

Electric Dusk: Drive-In Summer Series

When: Until May 30
Where: Glendale
What: While the influx of drive-in shows last year may seem like a new thing, that is not the case for Electric Dusk. The drive-n movie event has been bringing outdoor old-fashioned screenings to LA for years, albeit with new venues on occasion. Currently, you can catch a flick at the old Sears parking garage in Glendale. This weekend’s showings feature flicks like Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Moana, and Jumanji (the original), with a slew of other titles on schedule. Book your tickets in advance!

Scenes at the Greens: New West Symphony Trio

When: May 28, 2021
Where: Los Robles Greens, Thousand Oaks
What: Even though this event is still a week away, we are adding it to this week’s event list so you can get your tickets ahead of time! The ‘Scenes at the Greens’ concert series is not one to be missed. Taking place outside, you can enjoy live soothing music from world-class artists, all while enjoying the beautiful Thousand Oaks weather. The May 28 show features familiar tangos by Piazzolla, Porgy and Bess by Gershwin, and Russian dance by Tchaikovsky. For more information and to purchase tickets visit

Westlake Village Farmers Market

When: Sunday, May 23, 2021, at 10:00 am
Where: 2797 Agoura Road, Westlake Village
What: Stock up on delicious fresh produce and organic treats at the Westlake Farmers Market. Buy from local vendors and help to support your community. This weekend’s market opens at 10:00 am.


Out & About: Spending the Day at LA’s Botanical Gardens

As we enjoy the last bits of spring before summer, there is no better time than the present to visit one of LA County’s stunning botanical gardens. From Beverly Hills to Arcadia, there is more than likely a garden near you, no matter where you are. We are sharing our favorites from around town so you can enjoy a day amongst nature.

Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens

Location: Pasadena

If you are looking for acres of stunning flora and foliage, look no further than the Huntington. This exquisite jewel in the heart of Pasadena is a must for any true fan of nature. While some regions of the Huntington remain closed, new exhibits like Made in L.A. are welcoming patrons. The lush outdoor landscape is divided into various themes, from a tranquil Japanese garden to a stunning array of roses that surround you with scent. Reservations are required, and tickets are released every other Tuesday at noon. If you are local, we recommend purchasing a member. Tip: The Huntington’s Tier 1 ‘Sustaining’ membership is priced at $159 for two adults and will allow you to visit the gardens as often as you wish, with added perks like member events. 

Descanso Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens

Location: La Cañada Flintridge

Another garden that’s worthy of sitting in LA traffic for is Descanso Gardens. Home to over 600 varieties of camellia, the gardens serve as a beautiful tribute to SoCal horticulture. Upon your visit, you will also be treated to a stunning five acres of roses, along with lilac, orchid, and California native plant areas. The gardens tea house is another must-see, if only for the seasonal cherry blossoms that create an ambiance of color and warmth. Reservations to the garden are required. Tip: The gardens offer a FREE day every first Tuesday of the month. Just make sure you call ahead as the complimentary admission is limited. 

Virginia Robinson Gardens

Location: Beverly Hills

The Virginia Robinson Gardens are a  hidden gem in Beverly Hills. The former home of Virginia Robinson, of the Robinsons-May department store family, now welcomes guests as a museum and gardens owned by the city and open to the public. While the home has not yet returned to conducting tours, you can tour the bountiful landscape with a reservation and ticket purchase. The garden’s docents will lead you through several of Virginia’s scenic outdoor spaces while sharing the history of the estate and its former owner. 

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

Location: Arcadia

The LA County Arboretum serves as both a scenic escape and an educational adventure. From acres of gardens to waterfalls and friendly fish, there is something for everyone and the Arboretum. Keep an eye out for the garden’s peacocks if you want a fun surprise. These beautifully adorned birds have called the Arboretum home since the 1800s.

South Coast Botanical Garden

Location: Rancho Palos Verdes

The South Bay is home to some fantastic coastal views. It is also home to over 87 acres of the beautiful garden landscape. The South Coast Botanical Garden features a mix of California flora from fuchsia to Moreton Bay fig. Now, until November 30, the garden is also home to a stunning butterfly exhibit. Plan your visit and surround yourself with these extraordinary winged insects. The garden also features specialized areas, with reservations required for entry. 

Goat Yoga, The BH Art Show and Jurassic Park | Weekend Events May 14-16

Don’t miss out on this weekend’s best events! It’s a jam-packed week in the city of angels, so we’re sharing the best things to do in L.A., the westside, and the valley. From finding your zen with goats at the Gamble House to the bi-annual BH Art Show. Enjoy all that your community has to offer with these family-friendly activities!

Los Angeles

BH ART SHOW, Goat Yoga, Outdoor Movies
Goat Yoga at Gamble House

When: Until July 10, 2021

Where: Pasadena

What: You’ve probably already heard of the goat yoga craze, well now you can take part in it at the famed Gamble House. Get your zen on while a trip of goat’s throat around during this relaxing series on the front lawn of one of SoCal’s most beautiful homes. Presented by Pasadena’s Arts and Crafts, you’re invited to get in touch with your inner yogi through stretch and practice. Oh, and did we mention you’ll have 15 minutes for petting and pictures with the goats in attendance.

Hildur Guðnadóttir Gallery Talk

When: May 18

Where: Virtual

What: Hildur Guðnadóttir, the Oscar-winning Joker composer, joins Academy Museum curator Jenny He to discuss her work. Join them in conversation about Guðnadóttir’s compositions and her approach to designing the museum’s composer’s inspiration gallery.

The Beverly Hills Art Show Online

When: May 10 – 16, 2021, 24/7

Where: Virtually 

What: The BH Art Show goes virtual this year for the bi-annual event. Enjoy interviews with artists, painting instruction, and more! The virtual online gallery will provide the chance to view artwork from over 200 artists from around the country. As in previous years, the BH Art Show will showcase a selection of art, including painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, and more. Also, like in previous years, artists will have artwork for purchase as well.


BH ART SHOW, Goat Yoga, Outdoor Movies
Ai Weiwei: Trace

When: May 15-Aug 1

Where: Skirball Cultural Center

What: Chinese artist Ai Weiwei brings his Alcatraz exhibit “Trace” to the Skirball Cultural Center in this limited engagement. The exhibition displays portraits of activists and prisoners of conscience made from millions of LEGO bricks. Ai Weiwei was inspired to create this installation after being imprisoned in Beijing due to his political activism.


Rooftop Cinema Club – Final Dates

When: Until May 31, 2021

Where: Santa Monica and El Segundo

What: Everyone’s favorite outdoor cinema experience has just a few more showings left before summer officially kicks off. The masters of alfresco rooftop movies have a range of flicks that you can catch outdoors on the big screen, from Mean Girls to Grease. Choose between the Santa Monica drive-in and a new rooftop in El Segundo for your weekend movie fix.


Mesopotamia: Civilization Begins

When: Until August 16

Where: Getty Villa, Pacific Palisades

What: Take a trip back in time, a few millennia, to be exact, for the Getty Villa’s latest exhibit. View ancient jewelry, sculptures, and cuneiform writing from the Sumerians, Babylonians, and Assyrians. The objects on loan from the Louvre are broken up into three galleries. Because tickets must be timed for social distancing purposes, be sure to book your spot in advance.


The Valley

Street Food Cinema Presents Jurassic Park

When: May 15

Where: King Gillette Ranch, Calabasas

What: Let’s all head to the movies! Enjoy outdoor movie season at the drive-in with Street Food Cinema. The beloved summer series has made some friendly-socially-distanced tweaks for their current schedule. You can bite into this weekends showing with Jurassic Park and their range of delicious food trucks. 

Old Town Newhall Farmers Market

When: May 15, 2021, at 8:30 am

Where: Old Town Newhall Library

What: If you are searching for some of your fresh market favorites, look no further than this weekend’s Old Town Newhall Farmers Market. Specialty food purveyors and California farmers come together each Saturday, rain or shine, to bring you the finest in fresh and seasonal fruits and vegetables. At this local event, you’ll also be able to pick up baked goods, flowers, herbs, cheeses, and prepared foods.  The Market offers locals a chance to come face to face with their food source. And the parking… it’s free and plenty.

We Rise 

When: Until May 31

Where: Various locations

What: Don’t miss the  ‘Celebration of Wellbeing’ for May’s Mental Health Awareness Month.  Taking place at various locations throughout the Valley and Los Angeles, you can participate in various activities and information related to mental health. 

David Ruggeri: Call of the Wild Exhibit

When: Until May 31, 2021

Where: San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center

What: ‘Call of the Wild’ and exhibit by artists David Ruggeri is in its last two weeks at the San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center. This installation, SCORE (Southern California Open Regional Exhibitions), celebrates the artistic relationship with flora and fauna in nature. 

Sound Mind Mental Health Music Festival

When: May 20, 2021

Where: Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura

What: While this event is not taking place until next Thursday, we wanted to give you the heads up so you can reserve your spot. Enjoy music from artists like All Time Low, Fitz, and the Tantrums, lovelytheband, and Charlotte Lawrence for this drive-in concert. Taking place at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, proceeds from the event support the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Ventura.

Out & About | Staycation in Solvang

Out & About | Staycation in Solvang

Windmills, delicious pastries, and a charming main street in a picturesque Danish town. You won’t need your passport for a staycation in Solvang. “A little slice of Denmark in Southern California,” the city of Solvang certainly makes for the perfect local getaway. Located in the Santa Ynez Valley, this historic Danish town is perfectly situated in Santa Barbara Wine Country. Depending on where you are driving in from and, of course, LA traffic, you’ll be whisked away by the charm of this city within a 1 ½ to 2-hour drive. So what exactly do you do once you arrive? We’re sharing a few of our favorites ways to stay, eat and play in California’s favorite (and only) Danish village.

Stay Awhile
Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort

Located on a 10,000-acre private ranch, the Alisal is ideal for those seeking a dose of western culture. Considered a world-class resort, the hotel is considered one of California’s premier guest ranches. During your stay, you can enjoy horseback riding, (2) 18-hole golf courses, tennis, or even fly fishing. 

Hotel Ynez

If you would like to add a bit of the french countryside to your danish excursion, Hotel Ynez serves as an excellent choice. The hotel, which opened earlier this year, is as tranquil as it is stunning. Located on two private acres, Hotel Ynez is the perfect escape from the urban hustle and bustle/ The property features lush gardens, bonfire pits, a pool, and an inviting outdoor pavilion where you can take in a night under the stars. 

The Landsby

If you prefer accommodations with a modern touch, The Landsby is ideal. This beautiful boutique hotel offers contemporary designs with the ambiance of Scandinavian aesthetics. Moreover, their remodeled guest rooms are bright and open, with comfortable hand-crafted furnishings and breathtaking artwork commissioned by regional artists.

Hotel Corque

A Triple AAA – Four Diamond awarded hotel, Hotel Corque is one of Solvang’s newer properties. The hotel features a modern and rustic design that highlights the relaxed nature of wine country. Hotel Corque is located in downtown Solvang, placing you steps away from all that Santa Ynez Valley has to offer.

Wine Valley Inn & Cottages

Located in the quiet downtown neighborhood, Wine Valley Inn & Cottages offers the quintessential ambiance of Solvang. With 56 spacious guestrooms, 6 charming individual cottages surrounding a private garden, and one grand suite, you have a range of options to enjoy your stay. The inn is also within walking distance of wine tasting rooms and a short drive to Santa Ynez Valley’s best wineries. 

Dine and Sip
Olsen’s Bakery

At one of the two major bakeries in Solvang, you’ll enjoy delicious kringles, cakes, cookies, and breads at Olsen’s. The bakery has been turning out delicious treats since 1970. Just make sure you arrive early if you want to grab a pastry for breakfast. As one of the town’s main attractions, they are known for having lines that stretch around the corner.

Mortensen’s Bakery

One look at the website for Mortensen’s will have you making a drive to Solvang just for their Bear Claws. The other beloved bakery in town (there are over five authentic bakeries), Mortensen’s, is another must. In short, you can’t go wrong with choices like their Pistachio Square or Danish Butter Cookie. 

Actors Corner Cafe

A family-run eatery, the Actors Corner Cafe makes for an ideal evening destination. The charming eatery and boutique wine pairing restaurant serves upscale Italian cuisine made with locally sourced, organic ingredients. Their dishes are seasoned with the flavors and spices of old Europe, and they are open Thursday-Friday only. 

Mad & Vin

If you are staying at The Landsby, you won’t have to go far for Danish dining. Mad & Vin is the hotel’s charming, elegant wood-clad food and wine bar serving a seasonal menu of wine-country-inspired farm-to-table fare prepared with regional ingredients.

Aly’s by Alebru Restaurant

Featuring exquisite wine country cuisine, Aly’s has all that you could want in fine dining. Serving a seasonal menu of market-driven fare, their dishes feature local ingredients such as fresh seafood, prime beef, and housemade pasta with from-scratch sauces. 

Stroll and Play

Treat yourself and browse through 150 boutique shops for unique treasures.

Wine Sampling

Enjoy the region’s best and sample wine & beer at 20 downtown tasting rooms offering the products of over 125 area vineyards.

Discover Danish & American Culture

Take in the culture of this quaint Danish town. Explore any of the following local museums: Elverhoj Museum of History & Art, The Wildling Museum of Art & Nature, Hans Christian Andersen, Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum, Old Mission Santa Inés, plus Amber Museum & Hall of the Danes.

Streaming: February 2020 New Releases

Check out what is new to stream on the biggest streaming networks around. From Netflix to Hulu to HBO Max, we have you covered.

Malcolm & Marie

Where to Watch: Netflix

As a filmmaker and his girlfriend return home from his movie premiere, smoldering tensions and painful revelations push them toward a romantic reckoning.


Where to Watch: Amazon Prime

This mind-bending love story follows Greg (Owen Wilson) who, after recently being divorced and then fired, meets the mysterious Isabel (Salma Hayek), a woman living on the streets and convinced that the polluted, broken world around them is just a computer simulation.


Where to watch: HBO Max

Ben Affleck both starred in and directed this film about a CIA agent who uses cover as a film producer for a rescue operation of Americans held during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1979.

Modern Family

Where to watch: Hulu

There’s sure to be hilarity in this faux docuseries about the blended Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan.