LA Weekend Events: February 28 – March 1

Whether it’s the final rose being handed out live, Pee-wee Herman going for a ride down memory lane or Oprah sitting across from Jennifer Lopez, there’s no need to escape to Margaritaville just yet – it’s all happening here in Los Angeles and the Westside this weekend.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2020

The Bachelor Live on Stage

The Theatre at Ace Hotel, 29 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 

Former stars of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette Ben Higgins and Becca Kufrin bring the drama, the revelations, the tears, the scandal (well, probably not) of an entire season and cram it into one rose-filled night. Promising to be the “ultimate fan experience,” the show will take a local bachelor and introduce him to local women from the audience. From there … well, do we really need to explain? For details on how you can attend, go HERE.

Escape to Margaritaville

Dolby Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

This musical inspired by flip-flop-wearing crooner Jimmy Buffett has earned raves since its debut in 2007. The plot involves a part-time bartender in a tropical paradise who falls for a tourist best-described as having an A-type personality. The songs, naturally, are all from Buffett, based on a book by Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley. To join the party, go HERE.

saturDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2020

WW Presents: Oprah’s 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus

The Forum, 3900 W Manchester Boulevard, Inglewood, CA 90305

As part of her first U.S. tour in five years, the global icon seeks to inspire event-goers with discussions of health, well-being and personal transformation. For this event, she will be chatting with Jennifer Lopez for an intimate one-on-one conversation. For details, go HERE.

The Book of Mormon

Ahmanson Theater, 135 N Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

From the creators of South Park comes what the New York Times hailed as “the best musical of this century.” But you probably knew that already. In fact, it’s hard to imagine a musical that has broken into the pop culture lexicon quite like The Book of Mormon, which won nine Tony Awards including Best Musical. Yet the word continues to spread about the production, concerning a pair of mismatched missionaries. For more information, go HERE.

sunDAY, march 1, 2020

Pee-wee’s Big Adventure 35th Anniversary Tour with Paul Reubens

The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90010

For the 35th anniversary of the cult classic that launched the careers of both Pee-wee himself, Paul Reubens, as well as future Batman and Beetlejuice director Tim Burton, Reubens is taking his prized red bicycle on the road, so to speak. He will be attending this screening at the Wiltern, after which he will take to the stage himself. For tickets, go HERE.

The Chieftains

Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

After five decades and six Grammys, the Irish folk group are embarking on their last tour to the U.S. Long acclaimed for introducing traditional Irish music to international audiences, the Irish government even awarded them the honorary title of “Ireland’s Musical Ambassadors” in the 1980s. Expect much dancing and strumming for their send-off. For more details, go HERE.

Valley Weekend Events: February 7th – 9th

Wishing you were here or just comfortably numb? How about some cosplay and a graphic novel? That’s some of what is happening this weekend in the Conejo Valley, whether you’re up for a pop culture blow-out or just settling in with a good book.

Conejo Valley

FRIDAY, february 7th, 2020

The Pink Floyd Concert Experience

LOCATION: Civic Arts Plaza Theatres, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks

Travel to the dark side of the moon as Pink Floyd Sound celebrates the iconic group live in concert. Audience members can expect the band’s entire discography to be touched upon, including such classics as Money, Wish You Were Here and The Wall. For more information about this event taking place at the Fred Kavli Theatre, go HERE.

saturDAY, february 8th, 2020

Friends of the Thousand Oaks Library Open House

LOCATION: Thousand Oaks Grant R. Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks

The non-profit Friends of the Thousand Oaks Library marks National Library Lovers’ Month with a free open house at the Thousand Oaks Grant R. Brimhall Library. The group works to provide library users with support services and programs. Expect activities for children, a story hour with service dogs and guest speakers at the open house. For more information, go HERE.

McCrea Ranch Matinee and Tour

LOCATION: McCrea Ranch, 4500 N. Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks

Come for the matinee, stay for the tour. The Conejo Community Center/Outdoor Unit is screening the 1935 romance Becky Sharp at the McCrea Ranch Visitors Center. Following the movie, attendees will be guided through the Bunk House, Milk House, and Shop Area, all of which are on the National Registry of Historic Places. For more information, go HERE.

sunDAY, february 9th, 2020

Simi Valley Toy and Comic Fest 2020

LOCATION: Grand Vista Hotel: 999 Enchanted Way, Simi Valley

The Simi Valley Toy and Comic Fest has arrived. Or as they say in Klingon, “Maj!” In addition to a vendor and exhibitor hall, this pop culture celebration will feature an Artist Alley, gaming room, cosplay contest and guests including The Simpsons artist Phil Ortiz and the voice of Winnie the Pooh, Jim Cummings. Find out more HERE.

Black History Month Movie Matinees

LOCATION: Hill Road Library, 1070 S. Hill Rd., Ventura

Every Sunday in February, Hill Road Library presents Black History Month Matinees. The four films highlight different eras and aspects of black history in America. The event is open to the public. For more information, go HERE.

San Fernando Valley

Whether you want to sharpen your business acumen, have a laugh at a comedy club or sit down with the whole family to enjoy some children’s musical entertainment, there is plenty going on this weekend in the San Fernando Valley.

Friday, february 7th, 2020

The 5th Annual City Summit

LOCATION: Burbank Convention Center, 2500 N. Hollywood Way

Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec and Johnny Depp are among the expected guests at this three-day-long event, devoted to networking, investing and entrepreneurism. Depp will be on hand Sunday, following the Oscars, for a red-carpet charity fundraiser. Past speakers and guests have included Quincy Jones, Charlize Theron, Richard Branson and Matthew McConaughey. For details, go HERE.

Saturday, february 8th, 2020

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: The Broadway Musical

LOCATION: Cupcake Theater, 671 N. Berendo St., Los Angeles

It’s a tale as old as time. The Cupcake Theater adapts the stage production of Disney’s animated (and later, live-action) Beauty and the Beast. Music by Oscar winner Alan Menken with lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. To learn more go HERE.

Craig Robinson

LOCATION: Flappers Comedy Club – Main Room, 102 East Magnolia, Burbank

Long before he got into a time-travelling hot tub, Craig Robinson was a stand-up comic – an arena he never really left, even as his career in front of the camera took off. Now Robinson, who is probably best-recognized as Darryl in The Office and from such films as Knocked Up, This is the End and the aforementioned Hot Tub Time Machine, brings his comedic chops act to the Flappers stage. For tickets and details, go HERE.

sunday, february 9th, 2020

Circus Vargas – Mr. V’s Big Top Dream

LOCATION: Circus Vargas Burbank, 777 N. Front St

The gravity-defying feats and acrobatics featured in Mr. V’s Big Top Dream are sure to dazzle young and old alike. But before the show, kids will also get the chance to be taught a few tricks of the circus trade. For more information go HERE.

A Faery Hunt Valentine Fairy Tea Party

LOCATION: Tarzana Community & Cultural Center, 19130 Ventura Blvd

A live interactive children’s show named “Best Children’s Theater in Los Angeles” by Nickelodeon, Faery Hunt is hosting a Fairy Tea Party. Expect English sandwiches, shortbread cookies and “fairy tea.” And while you are at it, why not unleash your inner prince or princess and dress appropriately for the event? Find out all the details HERE.

Santa Clarita Valley

Llama Llama comes to the stage – but did he bring Mama? One of country music’s rising new stars drops in for a show at The Canyon. And if you’ve ever considered hopping on a Harley, this weekend may present the perfect excuse to do just that. Check out these as well as what else is on tap in Santa Clarita this weekend.

friday, february 7th, 2020

Comedy Mashup

LOCATION: The MAIN, 24266 Main St.

Amir K, whose credits include Comedy Central’s Adam Devine’s House Party and MADtv, headlines this show by Comedy Mashup. The troupe is comprised of local comics and improv artists who put on a monthly show that combines stand-up and improv. For more details, go HERE.

Saturday, february 8th, 2020

The First Annual Demo Days at HDSC

LOCATION: Harley-Davidson of Santa Clarita, 21130 Center Pointe Pkwy.

Get ready to ride. Harley-Davidson of Santa Clarita is showing off its 2020 line-up by inviting enthusiasts and the Harley-curious alike to try out their latest motorcycles – from the Lowrider S to the 2020 Fat Bob. Kids will also have the chance to demo a STACYC Electric Bicycle. Riding times are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more details, go HERE.

The Pat Benatar Experience

LOCATION: The Canyon – Santa Clarita, Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 Valencia Blvd., Suite 1351

Hit them with your best shot. The Pat Benatar Experience promises (in the dark) a concert performance sure to get fans all fired up. As the members of the Experience underscore, they are veteran musicians in their own right, having performed with the likes of Lenny Kravitz, Stevie Nicks, Aerosmith and Whitesnake. For details, go HERE.

Sunday, february 9th, 2020

Llama Llama Live!

LOCATION: Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd

If you have kids, you probably need no introduction to Llama Llama, which is now in its second season on Netflix. Like the series, this musical based on the bestselling books by Anna Dewdney, centers on Baby Llama and Mama Llama (voiced in the streaming series by Jennifer Garner). When Baby is ready to fall asleep, will he get his bedtime story and a kiss goodnight from Mama? For tickets and details, go HERE.

Jerrod Niemann

LOCATION: The Canyon – Santa Clarita, 24201 Valencia Blvd., Suite 1351

Having toured with the likes of Keith Urban and Brad Paisley, Jerrod Niemann is one of country music’s rising stars. His hits include Lover, Lover, Drink To That All Night and Only God Could Love You More. For ticket information, go HERE.

 

Los Angeles Weekend Events: Feb 7th – 9th

Ready to get in the mood for Oscar weekend? Head to the historic Roosevelt hotel to watch the ceremony live or take a tour around Quentin Tarantino’s 1960s vision of Hollywood. Or if the Academy Awards don’t appeal to you, consider taking in a play in Santa Monica or a cutting-edge art show in downtown L.A. Here’s our rundown of what’s happening this weekend in Los Angeles and the Westside.

FRIDAY, february 7th, 2020

Los Angeles Art Show

LOCATION: Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles

With Los Angeles on the rise as a global player in the art world, the L.A. Art Show promises a senses-bending, multi-cultural experience with more than 120 galleries from around the world. Cutting-edge exhibitions range from painting, sculpture and photography to fashion, design and video, displayed across more than 200,000 square feet of space. All the works presented here by galleries are available to be purchased. For more information on the show, go HERE.

Saturday, february 8th, 2020

The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Tour

LOCATION: Pacific Cinerama Sunset, 6360 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles

With Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood expected to stroll away with at least some Oscar gold at Sunday’s ceremony, now is your chance to follow in the footsteps of Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. This two-hour walking tour will guide you through the Hollywood of the film’s 1960s setting, highlighting such locations as Musso and Frank and the Vogue Theater. For details, go HERE.

DocuDay LA

LOCATION: Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills

Ahead of Sunday’s 92nd annual Academy Awards, DocuDay LA celebrates the feature and short documentaries nominated for the Oscars. Screenings run all day long, with each followed by a chance for audience members to engage with the filmmakers. For more information, go HERE.

Sunday, february 9th, 2020

Oscar Viewing Party at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

LOCATION:  Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles

What better place to watch the Academy Awards than the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, where the first Oscars took place in 1929? The viewing party, which includes an open bar and four-course menu, is followed immediately by the after-party at Teddy’s featuring DJ Rick Trainor. And be sure to check out Tim Davis with the Jazz Symposium 19-piece Orchestra in the Roosevelt’s lobby. Find the details HERE.

Love in Bloom

LOCATION: Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4 St., Santa Monica

Santa Monica Playhouse presents this critically-acclaimed tribute to Shakespeare. With the cast of eight performers tackling more than 30 characters, Love in Bloom promises “fops and fairies, mistaken identity, romance, humor, and mind-boggling feats of verbal and physical legerdemain.” Find all the details HERE.

Weekend Events: January 31st – February 2nd

In the mood for classic rock? A timeless crooner? Or puppies tossing a pigskin around? We have the bowls, the balls and the bashes you can check out, whether you’re in Los Angeles and the Westside or throughout the San Fernando, Conejo, and Santa Clarita Valleys.

Los Angeles and the Westside 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31st, 2020

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers

LOCATION: STAPLES Center

As Los Angeles and the world continues to mourn the death of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, the Lakers are set to take the court at Staples Center to host the Portland Trail Blazers. Expect an all-star tribute celebrating the NBA legend. For more information go HERE.

Slander

LOCATION: Shrine Expo Hall, 665 W Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles

Veteran DJs and dance music producers Derek Andersen and Scott Land a.k.a. Slander bring their unique sound, which inspired its own subgenre called “Heaven Trap,” to the Shrine Expo Hall. For ticket information go HERE.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1st, 2020

Chinese New Year Festival

LOCATION: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino

Two days of festivities kick off Saturday and run through Sunday, marking the arrival of the Year of the Rat. Look for lion dancers, martial artists, and mask-changers among the events and activities set to celebrate Chinese music and culture. Most of the family-friendly fun will take place in and around the Huntington’s Chinese Garden. Details are HERE.

The Fabulously Funny Comedy Festival: Mike Epps, Sommore, Gary Owen, Lavell Crawford, Tommy Davidson

LOCATION: Microsoft Theater, 777 Chick Hearn Court, Los Angeles

Comedian Mike Epps brings The Fabulously Funny Comedy Festival to LALive, leading an A-list line-up that includes Tommy Davidson and Sommore. Epps can currently be seen on Netflix’s Dolemite Is My Name starring opposite Eddie Murphy. The streamer released his last stand-up special, Mike Epps: Only One Mike last year. For tickets, go HERE.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2nd, 2020

Tony Bennett

LOCATION: Terrace Theater – Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, 300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach

Will 93-year-old Tony Bennett ever retire? Considering the Grammy-winning jazz vocalist, who teamed with Lady Gaga in 2014 to produce the album Cheek to Cheek, has sold more than 10 million records over the past decade, why would he? Find tickets HERE.

Puppy Bowl

LOCATION: Common Space Brewery, 3411 W El Segundo Blvd, Hawthorne

Ahead of Sunday’s match-up between the 49ers and the Chiefs, sign up your pup for the first annual Common Space Puppy Bowl. Two seven-dog teams will go head to head for this 30-minute long game. Kick-off is 12:15 p.m. The victorious team claims beer for their owners. To sign up your pup, go HERE.

Conejo Valley

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31st, 2020

You Can’t Take It With You

LOCATION: Conejo Players Theatre, 351 South Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks

This weekend marks the last chance to check out this production of the classic farce about the seemingly oddball Sycamore family and the much saner, and much more miserable, Kirby clan. The play won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. For more information, go HERE.

Saturday, february 1st, 2020

Conejo Valley Cars and Coffee

LOCATION: Old New York Deli & Bakery, 6209 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills

For the past five years, this informal gathering has been bringing together car buffs for hot coffee and hotter wheels. Admission is free. Things get started at 7 a.m. on the first and third Saturday of every month. It’s a can’t-miss for any classic car lover. Learn more HERE.

Malibu Hindu Temple Tour (Cultural and Foodie Tour)

LOCATION: Malibu Hindu Temple, 1600 Las Virgenes Canyon Road, Calabasas

Will taking this tour of the magnificent Malibu Hindu Temple bring about inner peace? It’s not out of the question since, in addition to an exploration of the complex’s cultural and historical importance, it includes 10 minutes of meditation. For more information, go HERE.

sunday, february 2nd, 2020

First Sunday Electric Bike Ride

LOCATION: Pedego 101 Electric Bikes, 31332 Via Colinas Ste 107, Westlake Village

For Pedego owners or simply the e-bike curious, this monthly group ride takes participants for a scenic spin around Thousand Oaks, Hidden Valley, Agoura Hills, Malibou Lake, Oak Park and Westlake Village. Rental rates are $25 if you don’t have an electric bike of your own. If this is your first time, make sure to be at the shop by 2:30 p.m. For more information go HERE.

127, D&B Thousand Oaks – Big Game Watch Party 2020

LOCATION: Dave & Buster’s, 145 W Hillcrest Dr., 130 Thousand Oaks

If the screen in your home doesn’t feel like it will measure up to the Super Bowl, you might want to consider heading to Dave & Buster’s Thousand Oaks for Sunday’s game. A $46 VIP ticket puts you in a prime viewing spot, along with all-you-can-eat wings, among other extras. Learn more HERE.

San Fernando Valley

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31st, 2020

The Hollywood Show

LOCATION: Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, 2500 North Hollywood Way, Burbank

Drop in and have your photo taken with your favorite celebrity. Stars attending the first day of this two-day get-together between the famous and their followers include cast members from The Sopranos, Battlestar Galactica, Leave it to Beaver and Back to the Future, as well as X-Men actress Kelly Hu and Hollywood veteran Lorenzo Lamas. Learn more HERE.

Saturday, february 1st, 2020

Wine Blending Class

LOCATION: Urban Press Winery, 316 North San Fernando, Burbank

Stop pouring and start blending. This class offers any wine drinker the chance to become a wine maker. After students learn a little about the grape – including a tasting of individual blends – they will have the chance to put a cork in one to call their own. Learn more HERE.

Rob Scheider

LOCATION: Flappers Comedy Club, Burbank, 102 E Magnolia Blvd, Burbank

Saturday Night Live veteran, Emmy-winning comedy writer and Adam Sandler movie stalwart Rob Schneider (Grown Ups, You Don’t Mess with the Zohan) brings his stand-up act to the stage. The show gets under way at 9:30 p.m. For tickets, go HERE.

sunday, february 2nd, 2020

“Drink, Paint, Create”: Wine and Art Night

LOCATION: Jalapeno Pete’s, 11618 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City

The name says it all. Order a drink and pick up a brush. Two hours later, you’ll have a finished painting. They supply the wine, the art supplies and the instructions. Learn more HERE.

Sunday Runs

LOCATION: Wildflower Playfields, 635 W. Avenida de los Arboles, Thousand Oaks

Fast or slow, the Thousand Oaks Racers welcome you to lace up. The only criteria? You’d like to have some friends to run with. And if you’ve never run before, or were injured, they will ensure you accelerate at your own safe speed. Expect the event, which kicks off at 7:30 a.m., to draw about two-dozen pairs of feet. Learn more HERE.

Santa Clarita Valley

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31st, 2020

Jefferson Starship

LOCATION: The Canyon Santa Clarita, 24201 West Valencia Blvd., #1351, Santa Clarita

You may have heard they built this city on rock and roll. Through the 1970s and ‘80s, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jefferson Starship, which began as Jefferson Airplane in the 1960s, enjoyed a string of gold albums, hit songs and global fame. Get tickets HERE.

saturday, february 1st, 2020

The Tree’s Dream

LOCATION: The MAIN, 24266 Main St., Santa Clarita

Presented by The Elephantoms Puppet Theater, The Tree’s Dream is a show unlike anything you’ve seen before. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show time. For more information, go HERE.

Led Zepagain

LOCATION: The Canyon – Santa Clarita, Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 West Valencia Blvd., Suite 1351, Santa Clarita

If you never saw the real thing and Greta Van Fleet doesn’t measure up for you, tribute band Led Zepagain may be your stairway to classic rock heaven. Vocalist Swan Montgomery is Robert Plant, guitarist Anthony David Thymiakos is Jimmy Page, bassist/keyboardist Jim Wootten is John Paul Jones and drummer Derek Smith is John Bonham. Get tickets HERE.

sunday, february 2nd, 2020

Super Bowl Sunday Cook Off

LOCATION: Agua Dulce Winery 9640 Sierra Hwy, Santa Clarita

Bring your “go-to” appetizer to this annual Tailgating Appetizer Cook-Off. Hot dogs will be served aplenty. The event runs from 2 to 5 p.m. For more information, go HERE.

Trapt

LOCATION: The Canyon Santa Clarita, 24201 West Valencia Blvd., #1351, Santa Clarita

Hard rockers Trapt, who broke through with their 2003 hit Headstrong, perform live. For tickets and more information, go HERE.

Out and About: Solvang Edition

Longing for a stroll through the old world, but can’t get away to Europe? Then this may be the coastal day trip for you. About 30 miles southeast of Santa Barbara is the historic Danish village of Solvang, located in California’s Santa Ynez Valley and renowned for its classical architecture, wineries, charming boutiques and, naturally, authentic pastries. So. Many. Pastries.

Morning

AEBLESKIVER CAFE

Once you’ve arrived, be sure to start exploring Solvang by indulging in a Danish Aebleskiver. What’s an Aebleskiver? Imagine a European pancake but with a fluffy interior. Oh, and while the translation might indicate apples are involved, usually they are not. Of course, the Aebleskiver Café also offers sausage and other international foods, but you really came for the Aebleskiver.

SOLVANG TROLLY & CARRIAGE COMPANY

Why walk when you can be carried along by a horse-drawn carriage? In 1973, H.H.H. Rasmussen made the Honen (The Hen in Danish), available to Solvang visitors. And ever since the Solvang Trolley, powered by two draft horses, has been offering narrated tours of the area.

OLD MISSION SANTA INES

Solvang isn’t merely rich with history out on the streets. Whether it’s the Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum, the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art or the Amber Museum and Hall of the Danes, there is plenty to appreciate indoors. Likewise, the area’s vintage churches include the Old Mission Santa Ines and Bethania Lutheran. Old Mission Santa Ines was the 19th of the 21 missions built in California from 1769 to 1836 by Spanish Franciscan priests. Founded on Sept. 17, 1804, it marked the first European settlement in the Santa Ynez Valley.

HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON MUSEUM

A stroll of the picturesque village will take you past windmills and a clock tower, but also a statue of the Little Mermaid. Her creator’s influence extends to the Hans Christian Andersen Museum, run by the non-profit Ugly Duckling Foundation with the aim of spotlighting his work.

Afternoon

BIKE TOURS

If you’re feeling ambitious, there is the 32-mile Sideways Movie Bike Tour, which takes you to locations used in the film. But for the less dauntless, there is the easy five-to-10 minute Scenic Family Bicycle Ride, which includes plenty of sightseeing.

BOUTIQUE SHOPPING

For lovers of boutique shopping, Solvang offers the chance to browse more than 150 unique shops for high-end imports, trends and out-of-the-way discoveries. A Piece of the Past boasts 28 different dealers, offering vintage collectibles and antiques.

WINE SAMPLING

What would a day tour be without wine sampling? Given the proximity to the Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley and Santa Rita Hills, it’s to be expected that you can find more than 20 tasting rooms in downtown Solvang. But did you know several, such as the Lucas & Lewellen Wine Tasting Room, are dog-friendly?

Evening

Once you’re finished exploring for the day, kick back to dine. Local eateries range from the Fresno Valley Café, which offers a dog menu in addition to its fresh California cuisine with excellent craft beer, to The Hummingbird’s Island Caribbean cuisine.

PACIFIC CONSERVATORY THEATRE

If you’re in the mood for live entertainment, always be sure to see what’s happening at the 700-seat Solvang Festival Theater, where plays and concerts are staged.

Out and About: Newport Beach Edition

Looking to get away for one day of your weekend? Can’t afford (time-wise) to fly to Hawaii for just a day? Well, you are in luck. Just a few miles down the Pacific Coast Highway is the eclectic coastal city of Newport Beach. With an abundance of shopping destinations, dining experiences, day trips, and unique activities, Newport Beach is a memorable shift from the hustle and bustle of our lively LA homes. 

 

Morning

PLUM’S CAFE

Start your morning with a twist on brunch at Plum’s Cafe. Order mimosas or Bloody Mary’s and the coconut french toast for a classic spin on a local favorite. Don’t forget to make a reservation, seating fills up quickly. For a full weekend brunch menu, click here.

SIDECAR DOUGHNUTS

Walk across the street for a sweet bite from the original Sidecar Doughnuts location, for novelty flavors like maple bacon, or meyer lemon and thyme. Flavors are updated each month, for a full list click here.

BALBOA ISLAND

Bordering the Newport Beach Harbor and homes of celebrities on the water, Balboa Island offers a relaxing breezy atmosphere to all its visitors. Walk the circumference of the man made island, which is only accessible by ferry or bridge, to the historical Balboa Island Ferry which has taken passengers from the island to the Balboa Peninsula for over 100 years.

 

Board a Whale Watching Boat Tour, grab a quintessential frozen banana from Dad’s, plan a Duffy rental with family, or bring the kids to visit the Fun Zone.

 

Afternoon

RUBY’S ON THE PIER

 

For a kid-friendly lunch, walk to the end of the Balboa Pier to enjoy Ruby’s on the pier. With surfers and fisherman bordering both sides, your little one will surely be entertained with the beach city excitement.

LIDO MARINA VILLAGE

 

 

For a different ambience, travel up the peninsula to the Lido Marina Village for a roll of sushi from the daily happy hour at Nobu, or visit Malibu Farms for a fresh alternative.

Admire the view of the yachts in the harbor, the photogenic scenery, and the freshly picked flowers by French Buckets

Evening

FASHION ISLAND

 

Spend your afternoon with an elevated shopping experience found at the epitome of Newport Beach elegance, Fashion Island.

Stop at one of the finer dining locations Fashion Island has to offer. Then attend a film in the reclining leather chairs of The LotTo close the evening, walk through the koi pond and sit near the fountains. Enjoy the view of the sunset over the Pacific Ocean and Newport Beach Harbor.

 

 

 

 

 

Out & About: Santa Monica Edition

Originally established as a seaside retreat at the turn of the 20th century, today Santa Monica attracts families and renters to its beachside lifestyle, proximity to Los Angeles (just 15 miles), and overall high quality of life. Santa Monica has many things to offer from the famous Santa Monica Pier to the Santa Monica Farmers Market. There is surely a wealth of things to do for the whole family!

Snag a picture at the Route 66: End of the Trail sign

That’s right, the iconic Route 66 that runs all the way from Chicago to LA officially ends in Santa Monica.  As one of the first U.S. highways, covering a total of 2,448 miles (3,940 km), Route 66 served as the primary highway for those who migrated from east to west over the last century. This landmark sign overlooking the Pacific Ocean at the Santa Monica Pier symbolizes the official stopping point of historic westward travelers.

Check out the Santa Monica Farmers Markets

Taking place every Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM, the market is located on Arizona Avenue between Second and Third Street; on Sunday, it’s at 2640 Main Street. Not only do these markets have organic produce you can take home and cook, but you can also find stands selling food you can eat right there on the spot! Established in 1981, the market aims to keep modest goals of providing reasonably priced, high quality produce to the city’s community.

Grab a drink at Chez Jay – The World’s Most Glamorous Dive Bar
1657 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

For nearly half a century this tiny bar has been a showcase for the adventurer Jay Fiondella’s treasure hunts, hot air balloons, and historic artifacts from legendary shipwrecks! Fiondella started and operated Chez Jay in 1959 and has been a sanctuary for celebrities coming to hang out through the years, from the likes of the Rat Pack to even the Jonas Brothers. If you’re looking for that “come as you are” experience with history, Chez Jay is the place for you.

Get a picture of the mosaic-covered – Farnam House

The Farnam House has been featured in national newspapers and television shows, and even won a TLC contest for the most interesting house in California! Louise and Aziz Farnam have spent 13 years applying various tiles, plates, and glass to their 1930’s bungalow in Santa Monica. This is one local gem that is absolutely worth saying you witnessed!

Have lunch at Santa Monica’s oldest restaurant – The Galley

Decorated with set pieces from the Mutiny on the Bounty and under the glow of multicolored Christmas lights, the booths are cozy and romantic. Offering delicious seafood and steak, ask about the now off-menu, “Favorite Land Food” they will still make it for you! A neighborhood staple since 1934, The Galley has been a long-time favorite for Santa Monica locals and visitors.

Out and About: 6 Eclectic Escape Rooms in Los Angeles

Los Angeles has much to offer when it comes to entertainment. It comes as no surprise that Los Angeles is known as the “Escape Room Capital” of the world. These LA-based escape rooms are created by prominent set designers, storytellers, industry creators, and most importantly… their entertainment-loving customers. If you enjoy what Hollywood has to offer when it comes to immersive entertainment based experiences, then you can’t miss these.

We have compiled a list of Escape Rooms that will satisfy any of your “puzzle-hungry” needs. Check them out!

Lab Rat – Los Angeles

Voted #1 by Escaperoomtips.com, Lab Rat by Hatch Escapes is a staple in the LA escape room scene.

The gist: Your group plays as human test subjects held captive by Timothy Ratkenstein, a maniacal researcher who is willing to do whatever it takes in order to complete his dissertation. Every part of this escape room is unique, with immersive storytelling, impressive engineering, a custom soundtrack, and a plethora of unforgettable moments.

Magical Kingdom – Koreatown

If wearing wizard robes (yes, they do provide them) and living in a Harry Potter-esque world is your thing, then don’t miss Maze Room’s Magical Kingdom.

The gist: Watch a cozy bedroom slowly transform into a clockwork fairylike escapade. The technology is immersive, and the payout is worth every penny. The Magical Kingdom set is very well-made, encourages and rewards curiosity, and comes with several fun surprises.

 Doggy Dog World – North Hollywood

Have you ever been curious of what is it’s like in the day and life of your four legged friend? Doggy Dog World allows you to live out this fantasy, while integrating thought provoking puzzles along the way.

The gist: This escape stands out as a real treat especially if you are looking to experience an escape room with the whole family. The age policy is 12+ (with parental supervision), and any child younger than 12 is allowed if you reach out via email them beforehand. The games are private to respect the privacy of your children and family as well.

Murder Co – Upland

For any fans of the Clue Universe, Murder Co is as good as it gets.

The gist: The actors of Murder Co exhibit performances that are masterful and make this escape room top tier when it comes to immersive theatre. The actors will interact with you, frighten you, and direct you, all with a fairly dark sense of humor. It’s a fresh take on the escape room genre, melding “immersive theatre” elements into the room. The adventure is exhilarating, entertaining, and more of an action/adventure rather than a bone-chilling experience.

A.I Tech Integration – Monterey Park

Dive into the digital unknown with A.I by Exit Game.

The gist: A corrupt A.I. has taken over the room, and you have to fight for control before getting permanently “deleted”. The room itself has an atmosphere of a Tron-like world. The advanced use of technology in this digital space leaves the player with a sense of immersion that they may have never experienced.  A.I. Tech Integration offers an overwhelming densely-packed assortment of puzzles with a fun futuristic atmosphere.

Zoe – Fullerton

Zoe gives the horror fan their gruesome fix.

The gist: This haunted house inspired escape room provides an arsenal of horrific puzzles. It does not help that the cast of actors are dedicated to scaring the daylights out of you.  Zoe is known as the “scariest escape room” in LA. Proven to not disappoint even the bravest of souls. Each confrontation within the incredibly detailed set is different than the last. The maze is paced in a way that will keep you on your toes.

Out and About: Brentwood Edition

Those most familiar with LA will know that there are few areas as affluent as Brentwood with it’s quaint shops and lush greenery, it’s no wonder it ranks as one of L.A.’s most idyllic neighborhoods. Amongst the perfectly tailored lawns and architectural masterpieces is a day full of art, culture, sites, and bites.

Take some time to step outside your neck of the woods…

In the morning hours…

Mornings are best spent starting off with a perfect caffe au lait, in Brentwood there is no shortage of options. Stop by Caffe Luxxe and get your morning pick-me up within the historic Brentwood Country Mart.

Caffe Luxxe

The eatery picks and roasts their own coffee giving new meaning to hand-crafted. Select from freshly baked delights courtesy of Red Rooster Bakery and be on your way.

After your AM charge, explore some of Brentwood’s architectural masterpieces for a light dose of dream home FOMO.

For afternoon reprieve…

George Sturges House

Between the Hunt, Sturges, and Nesbitt house, you’ll have quite the day exploring these post-war artfully designed properties.  A Paul R. Williams design, the Hunt Residence was built in 1921 with elements of the Regency Revival style. The George Sturges house, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built in 1939 features Wrights Usonian style.

The Getty Center

After geeking out on home design of the retro times, venture off to see a different style of art at the Getty Center. A wonder on the scale of both culture, art, and design, the 24-acre Richard Meier designed campus boasts panoramic city views and renowned collections. Once you reach your afternoon craving stop point then have a seat in their lush garden for a midday picnic. The Getty Center boast exceptional dining options and a plethora of seating choices.

Farmshop

If one prefers to head back into town for their afternoon meal, the Farmshop is the perfect destination. Founded by Chef Jeff Cerciello, the eatery is a staple of the Brentwood Country Mart. With imaginative recipes and locally sourced ingredients, its the best afternoon pick me-up.

Your evening adventure…

Skirball Cultural Center

Once, day turns to night, a show at the Skirball Cultural Center is almost a given. Just north of the Getty, the center explores heritage, culture and ideals through permanent collections, rotating exhibits, film screenings and live performances.

Tavern

Finally, we recommend for your evening conclusion to dine as locals do, at Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne’s acclaimed Tavern. The destination restaurant features a tastefully prepared seasonal menu with a who’s who of patrons.

Out and About: Pasadena Edition

While Pasadena may not come to mind as your Mecca of Hollywood hustle and bustle, the picturesque city in San Gabriel Valley is every bit as delightful. Especially in the fall.

Pasadena

Nestled amongst the San Gabriel mountains, Pasadena provides its locals as well as visitors with plenty to do from shopping, to shows and all the small town tourist vibes in-between. Tour turn of the century mansions or hike the Echo Mountain trail, spend a little time exploring an area outside your usual neck of the woods. Read below for our guide of a perfect day in Pasadena!

Old Town Pasadena

At Dawn…

Start your morning off strolling through Old Town Pasadena where you will find Southern California most walkable downtown district. Along Colorado Boulevard is historic Route 66 and a bounty of shops, restaurants and bars hosted in turn of the century brick buildings. Stop by Miller Alley to wander the courtyard at One Colorado or pop into Indiana Colony for a perfect morning pick me up from Russells or a famed breakfast burrito from Lucky Boy.

Midday delight…

Once your AM is filled up with food and a bit of light fun(or shopping), an afternoon in Eaton Canyon Falls-Pasadena’s most easygoing nature trail is the perfect next stop. Follow the sound of running water to find your Kodak moment at its waterfall.

Afterwards head to Gamble House, originally built for one of the heirs of the Procter & Gamble fortune. The home is one of the best examples of the Arts and Crafts movement. Tours through the house range from the art glass to minute details of the homes construction. They even have Brown Bag Tuesday where visitors can bring their own lunch  for a picnic on the grounds followed by a 20 minute guided tour.

If you prefer to have your nature and art all in one, Pasadena has that too at Huntington Library & Botanical Gardens. I know what your thinking. Why would I spend my afternoon at a library of all places? Huntington is anything but just a library. The grounds include a 120 acres of over a dozen different types of gardens from Tropical to Japanese. Have afternoon tea in the Rose Garden. Stroll past the Greek statues that line the precisely manicured courtyard. Spend the midday trailing through as much of the outdoor scene as your phone battery can take. One will likely not tackle all of the famed destination in one day. But that being said, you can find art and nature equally placed throughout.

Before your day reaches the evening portion, be sure to make a stop at Bungalow Heaven. The singular, leafy and quit neighborhood is comprised of over 800 homes from the Arts and Crafts movement. Bordered along Orange grove and Washington Blvd, the mostly intact bungalows are a true showcase. Bungalow Heaven is full of astonishing craftsmanship that flowed through Pasadena during the early point of the 20th century.

The Pasadena Playhouse

Evening Soiree…

So night has befallen and depending on the day of the week or the time of the year, you have a few options to properly conclude your time in Pasadena. If time slots you, it is most recommend to take in a show at the 20’s built Pasadena Playhouse. Revived during the 80’s, the Playhouse has a profound line-up of new plays and musicals. While outdoors, the Spanish Colonial courtyard plays home to neighborhood events. Other show options in the home of the Rose Parade including taking in laughs at the famed Ice House. A comedy mainstay since 1960, the Ice House provides it patrons an intimate no-frills room with big name comics and evening debauchery(comical debacuhery to be exact).

After you’ve entertained, you certainly should feast. So much in one day leaves one quite famished, Im sure. We recommend dining at the Fried Chicken Dinner at Colette(one of their more famed entrees) or the tagliatelle with pork ragout and gremolata at Union restaurant. Either establishment is the perfect send off to what we hope was the ideal Pasadena day!