Let Everyone Eat Cake

Walking into the smaller Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater inside the Geffen Playhouse, I admired Peter Hickok’s set for The Cake. It was so detailed that I thought I was walking into a soundstage to watch a taping of the Cake Wars baking show. The Tiffany blue walls and bright pink bakery counter were pleasing to…

Day at the Spa Catalina Island

Alison Elizabeth Wrigley-Rusack took a historic and worn El Encanto shopping and dining complex in the city of Avalon on Catalina Island, and turned it into a luxury spa and community hub for residents. She is the daughter of the former president and chief executive officer of the William Wrigley Jr. Company, the chewing gum…

Red Carpet Beauty & Wellness Retreat

A few days before the televised 70th Emmy Awards in Los Angeles hosted by Colin Jost and Michael Che, the nominees, celebrity talent, and selected media and press were invited to attend the Red Carpet Beauty & Wellness Retreat Gifting Lounge at the InterContinental Hotel along the Avenue of the Stars. Entering the lounge, there…

Sunset & Dine Food Festival on Sept. 27

This coming Thursday, Sept. 27, from 6 to 9 p.m., the Central Hollywood Coalition presents the seventh annual Hollywood food festival Sunset & Dine. Ticket holders can enjoy food, wine and beer from more than 20 restaurants located near the famed intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street. Taking a preview foodie crawl a couple…

Happy hour fun at The FLATS in Beverly Hills

Gone are the days of happy hours with tired drinks and lackluster bowls of salty nuts and pretzels. Bar fare has been kicked up a notch, with The FLATS in Beverly Hills leading the charge. Visit The FLATS between 4 to 6 p.m. during the week for Michelin-starred executive chef Paul Shoemaker’s appetizing dishes, which…

10 Reasons to Visit Palisades Village

It’s Opening Day for many of the merchants in Palisades Village. Starting on September 22, 2018, Pacific Palisades has a new gathering place featuring a diverse mix of over 40 merchants, boutiques and food experiences. I was invited to an early grand opening to be one of the first to experience this new seaside theme…

Robata Fun at INKO NITO

Following the success of Inko Nito’s first location in downtown’s Arts District, the Zuma group-owned eatery has opened its second location in Los Angeles in the former Bianconi space on Third Street. What makes eating at this modern robatayaki restaurant particularly fun is the open robata grill kitchen in the middle of the eatery. Diners…

BLACK! at the Zephyr Theatre

Sitting in the Zephyr Theatre to watch a touching one man show by British playwright, actor and storyteller Michael Washington Brown, I felt as if I was attending a Black Studies class at a local college.  With a simple set, this multimedia experience is enhanced with images and music as Brown examines race from a…

The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona

Screenwriter and playwright José Rivera (over 26 plays and an Academy Award nominated Motorcycle Diaries) wrote “The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona” with an interesting story line about death and communicating with loved ones in the afterlife. In the Playbill, Rivera was interviewed by Rachel Wiegardt-Egel about his inspiration for the play. About ten years…