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Happy Huladays at the Original Tiki Marketplace

November 28, 2016 in Art, Entertainment, Events, Food & Drink

huladaysPardon the play on words, but its fitting.  A Holiday sale for all things Tiki, retro Tiki and stuff with a modern twist.  Among the Artists there will be my favorite Tiki artists, L.A Area based artist noir-Rick Kess.  A low quality watermarked  example of Rick’s work is to the right for your reference.

More information can be had on their website.  This isn’t a free event, but the cost of admission get’s you a drink coupon…might I suggest something with a slice of pineapple or an umbrella as garnish?

Deets: Saturday December 3, 10AM-3PM Garden Grove Elks Lodge, 11551 Trask Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92843  MAP HERE  Admission:$10- includes drink coupon

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Celebrate the Arts in full swing in Monrovia this weekend

October 29, 2016 in Art, Entertainment, Events, Food & Drink, Media, News, Photography, San Gabriel Valley, Shopping

As promised, its going on and its really one of the finest broad brush strokes of fine art in a small location that you will find.  The artists are there to talk to you about their art.   The music if lively and adds to the entertainment.  The Children’s Chalk Experience is going on now for kids 5-12.  The BEEER Garden has ample beer and perfect to slake your thirst with the creative brews from Pacific Plate Brewery.

Deets.  Saturday 10/29 10AM-6PM, Sunday 10/30 10AM-4PM, Library Park 321 South Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia 91016 MAP HERE

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53rd Annual Celebrate the Arts in Monrovia 10/29-30

October 27, 2016 in Art, Entertainment, Events, Food & Drink, Photography, San Gabriel Valley, Shopping

This weekend is it.  The 53rd Annual Celebrate the Arts presented by the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts.  As always its held in Library Park in the heart of Old Town Monrovia.  This year there are 50 fine artists showcasing their art as well as local non-profits sharing what they do in the community.

There will be live and DJ provided entertainment all weekend at Celebrate the Arts.  There will also be Food Trucks.  Saturday will feature Pie and Burger, and My Delight Cupcakery.  Sunday will feature Austyn Premier Hamburgers and Paradise Cookies and Ice Cream.

New this year to add to the fun and excitement is a BEER GARDEN.  All proceeds from the sale of fine craft beer from Pacific Plate Brewery goes to MAFA to help with various community art projects and events during the year.

If you have kids, bring them along as there will be ample for them to do.  One of the sponsors, ChapCare is having a coloring contest.  Another local business is sponsoring the Youth Chalk Art Competition on Saturday.  Please note that this year because of anticipated rain and wet sidewalks Friday and Sunday the competitive Chalk Painting has been cancelled.

Additionally the Friends of the Library will be holding an Art and Collectibles Book Sale on Saturday during the show.

Deets.  Saturday 10/29 10AM-6PM, Sunday 10/30 10AM-4PM, Library Park 321 South Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia 91016 MAP HERE

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Car Show this Saturday in Monrovia…and its zipcode day too

September 8, 2016 in Driving, Entertainment, Events, Food & Drink, LA, Mass Transit, San Gabriel Valley, Shopping, Transportation

Its debatable which is the bigger deal in Old Town Monrovia this Saturday. The Umpteenth Annual Street Rods Forever Car Show or Zipcode Day Celebrations…a local holiday celebrating the zip code and date coinciding 9/10/16 in the 91016.  My personal favorite is the Street Rods Forever car show as, well, its all about the cars.

Street Rods Forever will occupy Myrtle Avenue from the 300 South Block down to the 800 South Block in the heart of Old Town Monrovia from 9AM-2PM.

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Adult Art Night at Paint ‘n’ Play Art Studio and Gallery July 30

July 21, 2016 in Art, Entertainment, Food & Drink, News, People, San Gabriel Valley

Flyer for the event...click to embiggen

Flyer for the event…click to embiggen

This is going to be fun.  A night of nurturing your inner 12 yo with art and limbered up with some right tasty craft brews by Pacific Plate Brewery.  This event is supported by Paint ‘n’ Play Art Studio and Gallery as well as Monrovia Association of Fine Arts.

The art instruction will be given by reknowned local artist Elizabeth Jewell Butterfield who was has also been a past Featured Artists with Monrovia Association of Fine Arts.  You can reserve a spot by calling 626-256-4848 or emailing Ms Jewell direct at [email protected]

This isn’t free, but the $45 fee includes all materials and your Craft Beer.  IMHO its well worth the cost of admission for an evening of art with Ms Butterfield, the craft beer is the icing on the proverbial cake!

Deets:Saturday July 30, 2016 7PM-9PM  418 S Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia CA 91016  626-256-4848

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Tiki art sale and show at the Tonga Tiki Hut Lounge in NoHo Sunday 7/17

July 13, 2016 in Art, Entertainment, Food & Drink, Shopping, The Valley

Postcard from the Tiki Art Sales...bu Rick Kess no less, click to embiggen.

Postcard from the Tiki Art Sales…by Rick Kess no less, click to embiggen.

This is going to be fun.  Tiki art with a modern twist and vibe will be on show and sale this coming Sunday at the Tonga Tiki Hut Lounge in North Hollywood starting at 2PM.

One of the featured artists will be Rick Kess and his Design Krime Studio works.  He will have originals available for sale as well as extremely affordable prints that are prefect for display and framing.  Not to brag, but I do have a bias for Rick’s work and proudly have 3 pieces on display in my office and home.  Really witty and well executed tiki, mid century mod themed pieces that I hope you will like as much as I do when you see them.

More details on the art and artists to be there on a FB page.  While there pop into the Tonga Hut for a cold libation and enjoy the vintage dive bar atmosphere.

Deets: Sunday 7/17/2016 2PM until ?,Tonga Hut Tiki Lounge 12808 Victory Blvd, North Hollywood, California 91606 (818) 769-0708

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Weekend Shuttle Service from Monrovia Gold Line Station to Old Town starts Friday

March 10, 2016 in Entertainment, Events, Food & Drink, Mass Transit, San Gabriel Valley, Transportation

shutle posterBig news, and something that will liven up Old Town Monrovia with new faces is the for a buck ride on a shuttle from the Gold Line Station in Station Square to Library Park in the heart of Old Town Monrovia.  From there its an easy walk to the Krikorian Theatre, and a boat load of mid to high end restaurants and bars in Old Town.  The shuttle will run Fridays and Saturdays during prime, 5PM-10PM, time evening fun in Old Town.  The Shuttle will be clearly marked and easy to identify.

The shuttle will start at the Round about by the station platforms and Parking garage in Monrovia’s Station Square and end at Library Park about 10 minutes later.  The fare will be one thin buck and FREE if you have a TAP card.  This sure beats walking, especially when summer hits and its 100+ in the evening still.

Also note, barring rain, Friday nights are “Family Festival” nights in Old Town Monrovia from 5PM-9PM.  Family Fesitval is a Farmers market, flea market and stuff for kids like Pony Rides, petting zoo and bounce houses.  Numerous restaurants have sidewalk dining set up, add in a host of food vendors and live music you have a real party going on.

In the future they hope to expand advertising for the community Dial a Ride program to include passengers at Station Square so those evenings you desperately need happy hour during the week you can still get  into Old Town without a hike.

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Charity Preshow and Reception with John Moran Auctioneers March 16

March 3, 2016 in Art, Entertainment, Food & Drink, News, San Gabriel Valley

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Flyer header for the event, click to embiggen

If you love the California and American Fine Art movements this is an event not to be missed.  John Moran Auctioneers formerly of Pasadena has moved its showroom and activities to Monrovia.  The draw…lots of them and yes, pun intended, bringing them to my corner of the SGV.

They are previewing several paintings my California and American masters that will be in their formal auction on March 22.  The preview show is a charity event, your admission is tax deductible with the proceeds to be split between the Volunteer Center of the San Gabriel Valley and Monrovia Association of Fine Arts. The divided proceeds will be used by MAFA for its at-risk teen art workshop program and the Volunteer Center for its Make a Difference Day outreach. Included in your price of admission is food, wine and a catalog of the Fine Art offerings.  To purchase your ticket you may do so HERE.

DEETS: March 16, 5-7PM  John Moran Auctioneers, 145 E Walnut Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016  Admission:$50 (tax deductible)

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Gold Line extension opens Saturday March 5

March 2, 2016 in Entertainment, Events, Food & Drink, Mass Transit, Music, News, San Gabriel Valley, Transportation

Last fall the Foothill Extension signed over the tracks to Metro and testing began.  Testing is nearly over and the grand opening is set for this saturday. Duarte station is the site of the official ribbon cutting and opening at the midway point between Pasadena and the end at Azusa.  With the ribbon cutting trains start rolling at noon to the new stations in Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale and finally Azusa.

Monrovia plans on making a day of it.   Bands, food tents, craft tents in the area around the train depot known officially as “Station Square”  Their ceremony is set to start at 11AM Saturday with ribbon cutting at 11:30 and first train rolling in at noon.  To ensure the community can get to the fun down at Station Square they will be running a free shuttle from Old Town Monrovia down to the station activities.

Metro to celebrate the day has made the Gold Line a free ride from noon to midnight on Saturday.  This could be your chance to visit the SGV and cities along the route to see what makes them different and special.  Just remember if traveling here from other lines you will need to have your TAP card filled and loaded as those lines will not be free.  Failing to tap your TAP can be a big fine.

 

 

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Fruitcake tasting at Vroman’s Hastings Ranch 11/20

November 17, 2015 in Entertainment, Events, Food & Drink, Holidays, San Gabriel Valley, Seasonal, Theatre/Stage

acm posterFruitcake that ubiquitous bundle of fruit and nuts, sometimes soaked in booze that you either abhor or adore.  I fall into the latter and think this Friday’s Fruitcake tasting party at the  Vroman’s book store in the Hastings Ranch shopping center looks to be a ton of fun.  The tasting is a joint venture with the Sierra Madre Playhouse who is opening its holiday play “A Christmas Memory” based on a short story but Truman Capote next week.  ‘

There are planned to be over a dozen fruit cakes at this event.  They are sourced from bakers all over the country as well as the Los Angeles Area.  A sampling…

  • Sumi Chang and Europane Bakery, Pasadena
  • Karen Hansen and Copenhagen Pastry, Pasadena
  • Mike McLellan and Patticakes Desserts, Altadena,

Deets:  Friday 11/20 6PM Vroman’s  3729 E Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

If you’re interested in seeing A Christmas Memory you can order tickets HERE.  The Sierra Madre Playhouse is located at 87 W Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre.

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Fresh & Easy doors closing everything up to 30% off

October 24, 2015 in Food & Drink, Shopping, Social issues

Fresh and Easy, Duarte

Fresh and Easy, Duarte

Well, I suppose its fitting I write the obit for Fresh &Easy  since I announced its arrival here back in May ’07 before they even opened their doors.  I’m going to miss these guys.  They fit the fickle attitudes of my picky eaters as well as my schedule and budget like no other store ever has in the past.  I could always count on them for a good selection of fresh, even organic items at best possible prices.

They weren’t without their growing pains.  Cheeky “hybrid parking only” signs meant well but drew the ire of a few.  Unions tried to bust them and unionize the workers…who were paid more and had benefits directly from Fresh and Easy at the get go.  Some larger grocers didn’t like the self check out and lobbied to have it such that booze had to be checked out by an employee which did put a slow down on the checking out process.  In the end it came down to a concept us ‘mericans for the most part didn’t get…food shopped fresh daily, quality preservative free prepared meals, sammy’s and salads to go when you don’t have time to cook in a neighborhood market that killed them.  Sad.

I certainly feel for all the employees who suddenly got notice and are now out of a job…at the worst possible time of the year to find a new job.

Today I went through the Duarte store.  The up to 30% off wasn’t on many items.  Everything is off its sale price and listed as full price.  Booze and beer was only 10% not enough to get me into frenzy stock up mode.  Most canned goods were only 10%, Rice/Beans and Jelly were 20% off.  Frozen foods were 30% off and yes, I cleaned them out of every last molten lava cake they had in stock.  Ditto their bulgogi Korean BBQ marinade.

 

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Celebrate the Arts in Monrovia’s Library Park 9/26-27

September 24, 2015 in Art, Books, Entertainment, Events, Food & Drink, News, Photography, San Gabriel Valley

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Show poster…click to embiggen.

This is a biggy for me.  Something that I, as a board member, have been all but consumed with the last several weeks.  Celebrate the Arts is in its 52nd year and its going to have quite a few firsts on top of the already terrific fine artists populating the park with their art.

Celebrate the Arts is held in Monrovia’s Library Park from 10AM – 6PM both Saturday and Sunday this weekend.  There will be a lot of firsts at this show that we are really excited about on top of our usual host of Food Trucks, live music, extremely talented artists.  Among our firsts this event:

  • ChalkFest – a competitive street art event with Lori Escalera as our celebrity judge.
  • Children’s Chalk Experience -designed for the 12 and under set to experiment with chalk
  • Featured Artist Elizabeth Butterfield…her collage work is simply stunning
  • The first appearance by students from Mt. Sierra College (11 fine artists and 2 chalk artists)
  • The first appearance by 18 artists new to MAFA
  • Glass Blowing demonstrations
  • TIKI Bobbleheads from artist Rick Kess
  • Authors exhibition with live book signing
  • Photographer Author Stephen McCarthy will be selling his images, autographing his books including his newest “The Extra Virgin Spy Club”

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626 Night Market this weekend for the close of summer

September 3, 2015 in Art, Entertainment, Events, Food & Drink, LA, San Gabriel Valley, Seasonal, Shopping

For the final edition of 626 Night Market there as a few new tricks to keep it fun and fresh.  First up is Saturday Nights open Mike with the kids from ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” and then there is the dancing competiton.  Full details HERE  Even if the new stuff doesn’t entice, the old standbys…incredible food, street vendors and music should keep you entertained and satiated.

Having been a few times, its easy access just a few blocks south of the 210 in Arcadia.  You can enter from the gates on Baldwin, but traffic is bad there with the mall.  The other and better option is to exit Santa Anita, head south to Hungtington Dr and turn right (west) on to Huntington and enter in the massive gates there.

Deets Friday 9/4, Saturday 9/5 and Sunday 9/6 4PM to 1AM.  Santa Anita Park, 285 W Huntington Drive, Arcadia CA  MAP HERE

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626 Night Market this weekend August 7,8,9

August 6, 2015 in Entertainment, Filmmaking/Filmmakers, Food & Drink, Music, San Gabriel Valley, Seasonal, Shopping

Last year was awesome fun.  This year promises more of the same at the 626 Night Market held at the Santa Anita Park in Arcadia.  Its one of the biggest events of the year in the SGV…second to maybe the Rose Parade thingy, but that has no food, bands or stuff.  This, the 626  Night Market has tons, TONS of food, live bands and all sorts of stuff you didn’t know you needed for sale.  Cheap.

Friday August 7,4PM-1AM, Saturday August 8, 4PM-1AM, Sunday August 9, 4PM-11PM

Santa Anita Park, 285 W Huntington Drive, Arcadia.  MAP HERE.

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Lotus Festival at Echo Park

July 12, 2015 in Art, Downtown, Entertainment, Events, Food & Drink, Seasonal, Shopping

Echo Park Lake and the lotus in bloom looking at DTLA, Click to embiggen

Echo Park Lake and the lotus in bloom looking at DTLA, Click to embiggen

Well today I ventured to Echo Park for this years Lotus Festival.  Yes, they were in bloom and they were knock me over gorgeous.  The rest of the festival, meh.  My last time there was 2007 when I was a rower with the team metblogs Dragon Boat, but I digress.

This years show had very few artisans.  There was some nifty stuff.  Lots of Day of the Dead skulls painted on stuff you wouldn’t expect.  Great food trucks…gotta give the food vendors the nod as they make this festival.  The rest, sadly was swap meet crap.  Its a common theme in outdoor events too many times of late, they let vendors in reselling cheap import crap forcing out the artisans with quality work who can’t compete at a price point.  grrrr.

The music was fun and lively.  and varied.  Something for everyone and that alone makes its worth the drip to Echo Park and fight for parking.

Today is the last day.  More details on the show in the Lotus Festival FB page.

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