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L.A Auto Show opens today-what to look for

November 18, 2016 in Downtown, Driving, Entertainment, Events, FEATURED, News, Shopping, Transportation

First up a must stop and see is the Nissan exhibits in the West Hall of the L.A Convention center.  Not only did they have the most outrageous press reveal in L.A Ever, they have a full size Tie fighter ala Star Wars to launch their limited edition Rouge One Star Wars Edition SUV on display.  The Rogue One is limited to 5,000 copies in the U.S and includes a full sized signed and numbered Death Trooper Helmet.  Details on how to get one can be had at the Nissan Answer Desk.

Tie Fighter welsomes you to Nissan. click to embiggen

Tie Fighter welsomes you to Nissan. click to embiggen

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Los Angeles Auto Show opens Friday

November 13, 2016 in Downtown, Driving, Entertainment, Events, LA, News, Shopping, Transportation

LA Auto Show Logo

LA Auto Show Logo

Let’s Get This Show on the Road

You’ve waited long enough Los Angeles. The 2016 LA Auto Show is back this week and bigger than ever. November 18-27 at the LA Convention Center.

Whether it’s new car shopping, learning about the latest auto tech or exploring an assortment of customized rides, there is something for everyone. Early entry tickets are available each Friday, online only, for a limited time. Buy Tickets HERE.

What to expect this year? Comparison car shopping, test drives, customized rides, games for the kids and a whole lot more. Plan your day and create your own experience at the 2016 LA Auto Show.  Know before you Go!

They’ve changed up their bag policy this year, much more restrictive so be aware and plan in advance. The LA Auto Show has implemented a new bag policy for 2016. All bags, purses, backpacks, camera bags and diaper bags larger than 12” x 15” x 6” will NOT be allowed inside the show. All bags will be subject to screening/security check.  Bag Policy Info.

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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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Art Walk…art, entertainment and art Saturday 7/30

July 26, 2016 in Art, Entertainment, Photography, San Gabriel Valley, Seasonal, Shopping

Monrovia Association of Fine Arts is hosting its annual Art Walk in the heart of Old Town Monrovia.  There will be several local artists with various media well represented.  Among those showcasing their work will be this fall’s Celebrate the Arts Featured Artist, Steve McCarthy.  One to watch for is up and coming artist Elizabeth “Isa” Martinez from the Art Institute of Chicago who is a recent Monrovia High graduate.

As always there will be a variety of music in Old Town Monrovia with one of the bands, a jazz band, playing in the heart of the Art Walk.

Once there pop into one of the many new bars and restaurants for a quick cocktail and stroll the Art Walk. Have several and use public transportation to get to Old Town.

Parking can be tough to find in Old Town Monrovia on weekends.  I HIGHLY recommend you take the Gold Line to the Monrovia Station, show your tap card or paid stub and you get a free ride into Old Town courtesy the city transit.  It runs fairly frequently from Station Square to Library Park.  From Library Park its a short 1 block walk to the Art Walk.  IF you simply park at Station Square the shuttle costs a thin buck for the ride.

Deets: July 30, 7-10 PM.  400 and 500 block of South Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia CA 91016

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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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Pasadena’s Old Town site of Concorso Ferarri 2016

April 24, 2016 in Entertainment, Events, San Gabriel Valley, Shopping

Today was the annual Concorso Ferrari…a concours quality car show featuring the drop dead gorgeous Ferrari line of cars.  From the early Series 250 to the uber rare Enzo and La Ferrari the line was well represented.  There were 76 cars presented for judging…those cars were identified with yellow window placards and were up significantly in number from last year.   Also regular pristine drivers totalled nearly 150 cars.  Add in the exotics from lessors, restorers and new car sales there were well over 200 Ferraris on display  in Pasadena’s Old Town April 24, 2016.

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Comic Book Convention in the Valley Sunday March 13

March 7, 2016 in Art, Books, Entertainment, Events, Media, People, Shopping, The Valley

SFV Comic book convention flyer, click to embiggen

SFV Comic book convention flyer, click to embiggen

If you are a collector of vintage comic books, those going back 25-50 years this is the place to be this Sunday in the Valley.  Oic your favorite super hero and or action figure comic character and find them in the stacks of goodies at this show.

There will be numerious vendors and exhibits as well as 8 comic book celebrities and/or Hollywood types gracing the show with their expertise in the minutiae of that business.  Make not mistake about it, this is an art form and is celebrated at this convention.

They have a facebook page that the randomly update with information on the happenings that will take place Sunday at the convention.  With nearly 2.5K followera this is shaping up to be a do not miss.

Deets: San Fernando Valley Comic Book Convention. Sunday March 13, 10AM-4PM 11128 BALBOA BLVD, GRANADA HILLS, CA 91344  MAP HERE Admission: $5.00 Children 12 and under FREE!!!

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What you missed at L.A Auto Show Press Days

November 22, 2015 in Downtown, Driving, Entertainment, Events, News, Seasonal, Shopping, Technology

One the things you get in Press Days of the Los Angeles Auto Show that you don’t get in the public days is the grand reveals and Green Car Drives. It is physically impossible as a party of one to hit every press conference so I have to pick and choose which to attend so I can get in and see all the cars on display and photograph them.  Trust me its a lot of work and not all party and booze and great food.  There is some of that, but the thrust of the 2 day event is press conferences and not all are wowsers.

Audi was a real surprise.  Instead of the ususal hype and bluster, they started with an apology for the current diesel kerfuffle with fudged testing vs operation parameters.  They promised to earn their customers respect back.  Then they went into the discussion on the future of Audi relying on electric cars, first to come is the A3 E-tron and soon to follow an all electric SUV the E-tron Quattro in a few years.  By 2025 Audi expects 25% of all cars they sell to be electric. Read the rest of this entry →

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Elio P5 best kept secret to be revealed at L.A Auto Show

November 6, 2015 in Downtown, Driving, Entertainment, Events, News, Shopping, Technology, Transportation

We know little of this car other than an entry on the schedule of premieres during Press Days of the L.A. Auto Show coming up in 2 short weeks.  Elio is a new car company the P5 is their debut car.  Little is known.  Rumors abound.  Its a 3 wheel car, .9liter 3 cylnder, 80+mpg, 0-60 in under 10 seconds, top speed over 100. This is either going to be the greatest thing since the Tesla to make us change how we think about cars or will will be another blip on the radar that we snicker over like the Dale.  I fear the latter as with “cheap” gas again and a resurgance of guzzing SUV sales and falling hybrid sales, but we’ll see.  It may just wow us.

The L. A. Auto Show is open to the public 11/20-29 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  Buy your tickets now and avoid the lines at the ticket booths.  While there judge for yourself if the Elio Motors P5 is the future or a blip.

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Operation Save a Vet launches this Friday – start your Holiday Giving early

November 5, 2015 in Events, LA, News, People, Shopping, Social issues, Weather

Sergeant Major Acosta of Operation Save a Vet. Photo by D'Andra Jay

Sergeant Major Acosta of Operation Save a Vet. Photo by D’Andra Jay

I met Gayle Montgomery quite a while back and impressed with the depth of concern she has for her fellow human beings.  Through her job she met Sergeant Major Acosta.  A disabled Vet who lost his eyesight during a batle in the Middle East.  Gayle also works on a local committee trying to find solutions to our homeless problem and became aware that a large percentage of our homeless are Vets with no resources to help themselves.  Sergeant Major and Gayle got to talking about the problems the expected El Nino will bring for them.  Here are a few of the things they discussed.

  • Homelessness in Vets was reduced from 4 years ago. Now 1 in 10 who sleep on the streets is a veteran.
  • There has been a 6% spike in the last year of homeless veterans, probably attributable to the spiraling cost of housing in combination with the draw down.
  • The largest concentration of homeless Vets anywhere in our nation is in LA County where there are over 4,000 Vets who sleep on the street.
  • It is the position of the group that has who have joined hands in lockstep across a wide geographical area, that no person who honorably served our nation should have to sleep on the streets.
  • No person who served our nation should have to suffer such adverse weather conditions without supplies and without knowing that, Gayle’s employer is Glad to Be of Service to those who faithfully served us.
  • This project very closely parallels the Soldiers Angels Program which serves those on the battlefield. This project serves those who were on the battlefield, came home, and have had difficulty reintegrating into society.

From that conversation came the idea to create Thank a Vet Inc and their first mission  “Operation Save a Vet”.  It will consist of a multipronged approach to help the homeless vets trying to survive on the streets during the coming rainy season.  First is getting in kind materials donated to them for distribution.  Second is to raise funds for care and shelter for these vets, men and women trying to cope with life outside the military. Read the rest of this entry →

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I got my ears neener neener neener

October 30, 2015 in Entertainment, LA bloggers, Shopping

I won...click to embiggen

I won…click to embiggen

Childish yes, but Disney’s proper names only in a world full of unusual spelling and foreign words that were tried to be Anglofied for govt consumption, the dudes and dudettes at Disneyland held fast to the no nicknames rule for like FOREVER.  Rob here at blogging.la, aka robnoxious tried for years getting his ears and finally won a while back.  I tried as well over the years and was turned down wanting ID to prove my name.  Tuesday was my lucky day, the “cast member” bored to tears gave it to me…couldn’t do lower case “f” due to machine programming, but I’ll still take it.  I doubt the fake Russian/slavic accent I used worked but who cares.  A Win.  Blogger 1, Disney rules 0.

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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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L.A. Auto Show teasers….it opens next month

October 15, 2015 in Downtown, Driving, Entertainment, Events, Seasonal, Shopping

Alfa Romeo 4c - click to embiggen

Alfa Romeo 4c – click to embiggen

Where to start…something new or something old?  Let’s start with the super new Alfa Romeo that is to be revealed at this years 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.  Will it be as sexy as the 4c they pulled the curtain from in Detroit in January?  My guess is yes.  My guess is that it will be a BMW 3 series competitor, because that’s what they all wanna have.  We shall see won’t we?  Lord knows a sexy 2 door sports car is a nice way to relaunch a brand, but they need more to sustain one.

To kick off the new Alfa the Motor Press Guild is organizing a retrospective of 35 collectible concours quality Alfas from the past to be displayed in the Gilbert Lindsay Plaza of the convention center. Those cars will be driven to the show from the Palm Springs Concorso held the weekend prior.  Additionally Alfa Romeo is bringing a few cars from their private collection to show there as well.  This will only be available to the press so I’ll take lots of pics for you.

The other news is that the Green Car of the Year finalists were named.  This goes to the car, usually a hybrid, though a traditional gasser was included one year and a now not so clean we learned the hard way diesel.  But I digress, the field this year is interesting and I’m not sure how it will go.  They’re all familiar names, two got complete makeovers.  Volt by Chevy is more mainstream looking and has doubled electic range, Prius…gets the funky face front intakes seen on their fuel cell car, not functional, funky for the sake of funky with the promise of better driving dynamics.  That’s like asking a toaster not to be a toaster.  The finalists up for judging by the Green Car Journal:

  1. Honda Civic
  2. Hyundai Sonata
  3. Chevy Volt
  4. Toyota Prius
  5. Audi A3 e-tron (my personal favorite)

Tickets are on sale now, grab yours early and avoid the crush outside waiting insufferable minutes in the ticket lines.  ORDER HERE.

Los Angeles Auto Show, Los Angeles Convention Center. November 20-29, 2015.  Check web for daily times.

Pic by me.  I’ll be at the show for press days 11/18-19 and share with you the winners and losers.