Nearly 4 years ago the island country of Haiti was devastated with an earthquake. International aid helped, but they have a long way towards rebuilding. Their education system took a huge hit and is in need of contnued help. Taste of Haiti comes to Los Angeles as a fund raiser to continue rebuilding their schools and stuff.
Taste of Haiti is a celebration of all things Haitian and will take place on a rooftop in DTLA on Wilshire. Food, Dance, and Music to celebrate their culture and share with those of us who can help with the cause. High light of the event is food by Chef Jacques Laventure.
This isn’t free, tickets range in price from $20 to $100 with perks commensurate with your tax deductible donation. Ticket purchase and more about the L.A. Event here. More on the total Taste of Haiti Here.
Details: May 28, 2014 7:30PM, 3100 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles 90005
Monday night, early Tuesday morning my friend Lisa Barrios business, Paint n Play 2 Art Studio and Gallery located at 418 S Myrtle Ave in Monrovia was burglarized and ransacked. I’ll be helping with the inventory of stolen art work, but our best guess tonight is easily 10K in art alone was stolen from the upstairs gallery.
Shortly after midnight the neighboring business caught this persons image trying to open their door at the rear courtyard. He stopped long enough for his picture to be taken, then went one door south to the Paint n Play 2 Art Studio and Gallery. From there, someone, presumbably this person of interest, broke open the rear door and entered Paint n Play. About 15 minutes later a figure is seen on the Myrtle Avenue side of the business loading stuff into a shiny dark sedan possibly a Honda or Toyota. Read the rest of this entry →
I have to hand it to Ford. It takes real chutzpah to invite people in to drive their cars and compare against the segment leaders. They are doing just that today at Santa Anita Race Park in Arcadia here in the heart of the 626 with the Ecoboost Tour. Everyone is invited to attend. Its really a lot of fun.
I attended yesterday on a VIP Press Pass. That ecoboost technology is pretty amazing stuff, twin turbos allowing a V6 to replace a V8, 4’s to replace V6 and even a 3cylinder to replace a 4. All without giving up the performance you want while seeing gains in mileage of 10-20% over the larger engines. Read the rest of this entry →
I can’t think of a better place in Los Angeles to hold a car show than the Petersen Autmotive Museum. The Petersen is all about the car, and this city is one of Mustang’s most important markets. Historically 20% of the Mustangs made are sold in California…with the lions share here.
This weekends show at the Petersen didn’t disappoint. First up was a guided tour through the history of the Mustang by Dave Kinney, Publisher and Founder of Hagerty Price Guide, the bible of old car pricing and history for collectors. His tour through the last 50 years of Mustang was both informative and fun.
We started with this 1965 Mustang Convertible with 16,000 miles on it from Ronald Reagan’s gubernatorial campaign. This car was chosen over all the others around at the time as it was youthful, different and didn’t raise the bar of snobbery that would have alienated voters of the time. Read the rest of this entry →
I popped in for lunch today with the lovely Mrs, and imagine my surprise to find a line some 35 deep and growing at noon. Turns out this Pizza Rev is in the ideal spot for a lunch crowd. Surrounded by shopping malls and offices in its East Pasadena location.
I absolutely love the pies from Pizza Rev. You can build your own custom or chose one of their specials or recipe-down-pat varieties. I can’t help but get creative and my pie was a custom, baked to order and really tasty. The combos are pretty endless. The addition of gluten free for those of you who watch that is a nice option. Ditto the inclusion of vegetarian options. Menu here. Regardless of how you build it, you get a super thin crispy crust Roman style pizza in minutes.
As I posted the other day yesterday was their grand opening with proceeds going to benefit the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA. I talked with Dave Olson, the general manager for Pizza Rev Pasadena, and he said the turn out was unbelievable. Easily ONE THOUSAND folks crossed their threshold for a made to order pizza yesterday. He said they were beyond pleased with the response from the community. Today wasn’t much different, big crowds and pretty much standing room only inside by noon. Read the rest of this entry →
The 50th Anniversary of the Mustang continues, this time with Mustang Madness at the Peterson Museum brought to us by the folks at Galpin Ford in the Valley. Its not just a one day event, but an entire weekend full of events.
For me its a toss up which event will be the best. Could it be the rally from Galpin in the Valley with a couple hundred Mustangs? Maybe the screening of either the 1974 or 2000 versions of “Gone in 60 Seconds”? All I know is that Sunday is the day to be at the Peterson as that will be the day folks bring their cars and voting is done for the People’s choice with cash prizes for the 3 best cars.
Deets: Saturday 5/3, 9AM-2PM, Sunday 5/4 10AM-4 PM The Petersen, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles 90036
Pasadena is getting their own with the grand opening is set for Thursday May 1st.. And its a twist with this opening…all of the proceeds from pizza sales will go to benefit the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA. And even better…its a pay-what-you-want for your pie so if you really feel generous about supporting the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA you can pay more than the $8 suggested donation. They open at 11AM and will remain open until 11PM.
To further celebrate their opening in Pasadena, they are giving away 5 winners “Free Pizza for a Year”. Contest HERE.
Continuing the party into the weekend Sunday May 5 from 5-10PM is “Social Media Fan Appreciation Night”. Show on your phone, or a print out you “liked” or “followed” them on facebook, twitter or instagram and you get a free pizza. Yes…free.
Not much out there will tempt me to venture beyond the Orange Curtain, a good car show is a big one to do just that. This years show was nothing short of amazing. To celebrate the 50th year of the Mustang they had over 1000 versions of it from its launch up to and including 1, 2015 Model that will go on sale in a few months. An amazing collection.
Of course it was more than just the Mustang. It encompassed models from Ford’s inception with a variety of Fords, Mercurys, Edsels and Lincolns. Every owner there had a story to tell whether it be their first new car ever and drove it the last 40 years, or a barn find they lovingly restored. Even better…the customs. Not always my cup-o-tea but I certainly appreciate the effort in making these one off automobiles. Read the rest of this entry →
ACT-SO? Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics. Its a program within the NAACP where young people are mentored by pro’s in a field to help them grow and develop their talents. Its about grooming the next generation to go forth and do great things.
Saturday was fun, different for me. It all started 10 days ago when Lois Gaston of the Pasadena chapter of the NAACP contacted Lisa Barrios, the Vice President of the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts (MAFA) for help in locating photographers to judge a coming competition. Lisa referred her to me and before you know it I had rounded up other photographers to help me with the judging.
In short order I had the needed photographers in line to do the judging. First up was Enilde “Ginger” Van Hook, a fine art photographer from Otis College of Arts and Design graduate as well as teacher. Next up was Joseph R Davis artist, digital artist and photographer. Rounding out the judges was yours truly. Read the rest of this entry →
Its a NASA fun event. You know the folks that track a bajillion sattelites in orbit around us taking pictures of us night and day. They have a fun promotion, game if you will for Earth Day today. Take a selfie, post it with the hashtag #GlobalSelfie and they’ll in turn use all of the images into a giant mosaic of earth.
The subject doesn’t matter, mountains, rivers, oceans, forest…just include you with a sign naming your location. The sign can be downloaded in numerous languages HERE. Your snap then can be uploaded to twitter, instagram or google+ with the hashtag and its on it will get captured for the mosaic.
A rather large group of Los Angeles news photographers and a few hand picked others will be showing their fine art photographs of Southern California at a reception they will host Saturday 4/19 starting at 7PM. There will be light refreshments and wine served at the reception.
Among the photographers there will be Stephen Coleman, a KABC 7 cameraman who has been documenting Los Angeles for years and has many drop dead gorgeous images.
Deets: Paint n Play Art Studio and Gallery, 418 S Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia CA 91016 626-258-4848 MAP HERE
Last night was the pre-rally party for the folks taking part in the Mustangs Across America rally that starts here in Los Angeles and will end up in Charlotte NC a week from now. This event will be the pinnacle of activies surrounding the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang. Read the rest of this entry →
What’s the Xylovan? Its an amazing community music machine. Its about a personal expression shared with all. It first made its appearance at Burning Man a few years back. Its since made appearrances at the decompressions at Joshua Tree and here in L.A. Its fun.
It needs our help for the family that owns the Xylovan to make some much needed repairs and push it to the next level. Whats that…a roving ball room repleat with LED lights and such.
To Help you can contribute to them HERE at Indiegogo where they have a crowd sourcing campain in place. And its not all fun and games, there are prizes, tokens of appreciation for donors based on your level of donation.
This isn’t my first time to Sage, I must admit I do enjoy it. Great food keeps me coming back. And I do feel compelled to remind you I’m an omnivore that just enjoys great food prepared well, not a vegan with an attitude. (I really could give 2 squirts if its vegan or organic). Those rumblings aside, on to the food.
Sage Organic Vegan is a Bistro in Echo Park on Sunset at Logan. There is ample parking on pay lots off Logan and a short walk to the restaurant.
The ambiance is trendy bistro in a rehabbed 1920’s store front. Ample windows so its bright and cheery inspite of its mostly black and white and shades of gray interior. The staff is what makes this place, greeted warmly when you arrive and the service is attentive and wonderful the whole time. Read the rest of this entry →