<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Dining, shopping and nightlife]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbclosangeles.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usMon, 23 Oct 2017 06:43:18 -0700Mon, 23 Oct 2017 06:43:18 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[P-22 Day Festival: Fêting a Fab Feline]]> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 08:03:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/201*120/12-04-2014-mountain-lion-p22.jpg

Stopping P-22 for a quick selfie or snapshot?

You'd never dare ask, if you ran into him. After all, the celebrated mountain lion has places to go and things to do, and slowing his roll as he panthers around Griffith Park isn't something any mountain lion maven wants to do.

What you can do, however, is pose with a sizable likeness of the handsome feline at the P-22 Day Festival, which rounds out Urban Wildlife Week. The picture of the puma will be there for anyone who swings by Shane's Inspirational Universal Playground at Griffith Park on Sunday, Oct. 22, so wear whatever outfit you think would best go with the cougar's beautiful eyes.

Yes, we already trucked out "mountain lion," "cougar," "puma," and even "panthers" as a verb. Those terms all apply to the famous cat, as P-22 himself recently shared with fans on his personal Facebook page.

At least we think he's posting on the page, though he's so busy it would be understandable if he had a few devoted fans to help him out on the social media front.

The festival's 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. schedule has as many activities as a big cat has whiskers, or thereabouts.

A BioBlitz dance ("featuring a P-22 dance move!"), P-22 the Musical, ranger-led walks, rock out to live tunes, a lesson on how to "set up a wildlife camera" should you want to photograph the beasties visiting your yard by night, and other happenings will leave their pawprints on the festive day.

The price to join? It's free.

So whether you go with puma, panther, cougar, mountain lion, or big cat, know that P-22, and his hill-roaming ilk, are never far, wherever you are in Southern California.

We'd never slow any urban wildlifer's roll for a quick pic, but we can party on on their behalves, and show support for all of our wild critters, at P-22 Day.

Photo Credit: Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area]]>
<![CDATA[Doo Dah Queen Tryouts: Quirky Pasadena Tradition]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:16:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/doodahIMG_0214.jpg

You have three minutes to convince a panel of judges that you are made of royal stuff, that your talents are boundless, or at least your talents inspire onlookers to say "what the heck?," and that you alone should stand as the regal representative for the esteemed event the panel somberly represents.

Do you: Strum a banjo while operating a fidget spinner with your free hand?

Recite the full recipe, with measurements and temperatures included, for Beef Bourguignon, while tap dancing?

Or do you stand serenely while balancing the aforementioned banjo on your head, and the fidget spinner on top of that?

To say "the sky's the limit" when it comes to the Doo Dah Parade Queen Tryouts, an annual Pasadena rite of passage for many of the Crown City's quirkier souls, is to discount that there's a whole universe beyond what we think of as the sky's end. 

And it is from the stranger cosmos that many returning contestants draw their three-minute routine, and their zazzy costumes, for the annual audition.

The Saturday, Oct. 21 showdown, a happening that's very merry, and not at all serious, will see a batch of hopefuls doing their best to vie for the crown. It's a crown that's open to everyone to go for, which is keeping with the Doo Dah's famously wide-of-heart, generous-of-spirit, all-are-welcome, forever-egalitarian outlook.

The parade, which is marking 40 years of irreverent high jinks on Sunday, Nov. 19, only has one rule: the Doo Dah rules. Well, and don't throw marshmallows, and other gummy foodstuffs into the crowd, which should pretty much be a standard edict with all public processions.

Anyone can join the parade, with any theme or costume, and the entry price of ten bucks has remained the same for years and years and some more years beyond that.

Which brings us back to the important choosing of the Doo Dah's highest honor, the selecting of the one who'll wear the sparkly, pointy hat encrusted with jewels, or twinkly lights, or maybe marbles: A queen must be chosen, and will be, with pomp and playful pomposity, at the American Legion Bar in Pasadena, on Saturday, Oct. 21.

So break out those banjos and roller skates, aspiring royals of SoCal, and find your inner queen.

Photo Credit: Doo Dah Parade]]>
<![CDATA[Horror Made Here: Warner Bros. by Night]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:19:57 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/HorizontalhorrowbHVwb.jpg

Sunshine splashed along the buildings of a movie studio backlot?

It's so golden, some lemony, so citrus-bright that some paint company should trademark the name "Backlot Sunshine" and sell a thousand cans to renovators looking to add cinematic cheer to a lackluster den.

You've experienced Backlot Sunshine yourself if you've visited a movie studio on a cloudless day, like, say, to join the Warner Bros. VIP Tour, the daily, drive-around, look-around happening that takes film and TV fans closer to the interior and exterior sets of classic and contemporary properties.

But there's no Backlot Sunshine on the Horror Made Here Tour, the only-at-night, only-in-October Halloween happening that's cartwheeling, like a clown, into its second year at the Burbank moviemaking spread.

Oh, did we say "clown" there? We did? Well, golly. Maybe that's because "The It Experience: Neibolt House Hollywood" is part of the 2017 after-dark tour.

So don't go buying a ticket to Horror Made Here while promptly forgetting, because it is too eerie to think about, that you'll be visiting the "It" house at some point during the evening.

In fact, it's probably best you tie a string around your finger, like one that's attached to a red balloon, to help your remember.

Other sights along the tour include "...a chilling look... (at) the Radley Sanitarium from 'Pretty Little Liars,'" as well as a visit to the famous Jungle portion of the studio.

A set from "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" will also be on view, in addition to nods to "The Conjuring" and "A Nightmare on Elm Street."

Drinks and eats will be for sale, and "Halloween-themed activities" are on the dastardly docket, too.

It all happens at the water-tower'd, fantasy-creating, Media Capital of the World dream factory on select nights through Saturday, Oct. 28. A ticket is $69.

Still have that red balloon tied to your finger? The one that will help you remember what you didn't want to forget? Good. We weren't even clowning around with that suggestion.

Photo Credit: Horror Made Here]]>
<![CDATA[Nutritionists Rank Halloween Candy from Better to Worst]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:47:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_070930054765.jpg

Some Halloween treats are trickier than others when it comes to sugar and calories. Here's a better way to dip into your kids' candy stash.

NBC News worked with experts to size up the nutritional labels of some of the most popular Halloween candies, with a strong focus on calories, portion size and sugar content, so you can make better choices in the lead-up to Oct. 31. (To keep things in perspective, the American Heart Association recommends limiting added sugar intake to 37 grams for men and 25 for women per day.)

Top Picks

Nutritionist Pick #1: Trolli Sour Bit Crawlers 

One serving — eight pieces — of these brightly colored gummy worms comes in at 100 calories and 14 grams of sugar.

Nutritionist Pick #2: Snack-Size Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

A single peanut butter cup has 110 calories and 11 grams of sugar.

Nutritionist Pick #3: Charms Blow Pop

Although this lollipop with gum in the center has 13 grams of sugar, it’s only 70 calories.

The Best and Worst of the Rest (In That Order)

Snicker Miniatures

Twix Caramel Cookie Bars Mini

Kit Kat Minis

Twizzlers Strawberry Twists

Tootsie Roll Minis

Brach's Candy Corn

<![CDATA[Shadow Puppets Enchant at The Wallis]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:35:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/FOF_Backstage_Sindokht_and_Mehrab.jpg

Puppetry is an enchanting art form that's truly prismatic, diverse, and able to tap into our human longings, emotions, and need for connection in ways that other manners of expression can't always achieve.

Puppets also run the glorious gamut, and what our definition is can differ from the first thing that pops into the minds of others. The avatar-like creations can be marionettes, yes, or they can sit over a person's hand, or as tiny as tiny can be, or they can maneuver about on wires or stilts, filling a room or dominating a delighted crowd.

And puppets seen through the ethereal play of light through a screen? It's a very ancient and moving art form, one that especially suits a wondrous old tale that is considered to be "...one of the most important literary works of Iran, written over 1,000 years ago by the poet Ferdowsi."

That work is "Shahnameh: The Epic of Persian Kings," and audiences who call upon The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills from Friday, Oct. 20 through Sunday, Oct. 29 will be able to see a "cinematic shadow play," the third part of that epic, in "Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic." 

"Feathers of Fire" has already flown to points around New York, including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Southern California, too, at UCLA's Freud Playhouse. Hamid Rahmanian, an artist who won a Guggenheim fellowship, is the work's creator.

As for those story-conveying puppets? A "cinema-size screen" will be erected on The Wallis stage, and, behind it, performers will don masks, and costumes, and employ digital animation, and other fantasy-enhancing tools, to bring the 10th-century characters and adventure to life.

Tickets? Find yours here.

Bringing children along for this awesome show of story, of innovative puppetry, of a fabled Persian epic, and a night of whimsical theater? Absolutely: "Feathers of Fire" is suitable for kids ages 5 and over.

Photo Credit: Feathers of Fire]]>
<![CDATA[NHM: New West/South Design Revealed]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:05:58 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/1+NHM+West+Wing+at+Night.jpg The fresh additions to the 104-year-old Exposition Park museum would include new entry points.

Photo Credit: Frederick Fisher & Partners]]>
<![CDATA[Weekend: Yayoi Kusama's 'Infinity Mirrors' Opens]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:00:36 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/kusama204929342.jpg

Yayoi Kusama's "Infinity Mirrors" Exhibition: The first round of tickets released for this much (much much MUCH) buzzed-about show at The Broad? They went in a jiffy. The second round of tickets? In half a jiffy, or practically. But there will be daily stand-by tickets, Tuesdays through Sundays, for those fans of whimsy, of surreal spaces, and of art that feels as big, sparkly, and as generous as the universe itself. Ready to enter wee rooms that look as though they have no beginning nor end? "Infinity Mirrors" glimmers from Oct. 21 through New Year's Day, 2018.

P-22 Day Festival: If you ever gaze at the hills surrounding Los Angeles and wonder what our most celebrated mountain lion is up to, here's your party, in one of the cougar's favorite roaming grounds: Griffith Park. Roam your way to Shane's Inspiration Universal Playground from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. on Oct. 22 for a whole caboodle of cougar-cool activities, from dances to live music to learning more about our urban wildlife. The free event will also feature a photo booth so P-22ers — fans of the puma — can snap a photo with his likeness.

Strut Your Mutt: Have you and your hound been wanting to work on something meaningful together? Not like a puzzle or craft project, though those are way cool. Here's your chance to unite and walk side-by-side for other tail-waggers in need, among lots of other pups and people. It's all strutting at Exposition Park for much of the afternoon on Saturday, Oct. 21. Your fundraising can help support Best Friends or "your favorite animal-related non-profit. Details? Arf arf: They're here.

Long Beach Zombie Fest: Typically, in a fright flick, our heroes don't know that they've entered a zone packed with shambling characters that are well past that whole "alive" stage of life. But if you shamble for Rainbow Lagoon from Friday, Oct. 20 through Sunday, Oct. 22, you should know that you'll be wading into a crowd of moaning, not-so-living cosplayers doing their best undead impressions. The Long Beach Zombie Walk is a famous event on the schedule, but there's plenty to groan over. We mean groooooooan over. Eye(ball) it now.

EastSide Food Festival: Could you, might you, would you try goodies and sips from over 35 different eateries/drinkeries that call the general east-y part of our megalopolis home? We think you could, might, and will on Sunday, Oct. 22 at the Mack Sennett Studios. No less than master guffaw-maker himself Eric Wareheim will be there, and he'll be pouring wine, too (his own, Las Jaras Wines). Fancy beer, keep-it-cool DJ-helmed vibes, and other sate your appetite activities will flow, like nice wine from a bottle held by Eric Wareheim, from 4 to 7 o'clock.

Photo Credit: Alysia Gray Painter]]>
<![CDATA[Free in Los Feliz: Halloween Film Pestival]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:28:56 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/pestivaltreat193923.jpg

A bug scurrying across your patio? The critter is bound to be pretty small, probably, or even eensy, and if you were to hold the tip of your thumb out, to measure its size, it would appear to be even tinier than your nail.

A bug scurrying across a movie screen? That's going to be much, much larger. Your thumb will dwarfed by the bug, no doubt. Heck, the insect, in movie form, may be bigger than the whole row you're sitting in, a fascinating, if disconcerting, sensation.

Prepare to dig deeper into those deep bug-based emotions, as they pertain to the movies, at the inaugural Halloween Film Pestival. Presented by Western Exterminator, the Pestival will crawl, with colorful candy and competitions in tow, into the Los Feliz 3 Cinemas on Saturday, Oct. 21.

First up, the arthopod-tastic line-up of wormy works. "Bee Movie," "The Ant Bully," "Epic," "The Birds," "The Fly," "Big Ass Spider," and "Eight Legged Freaks" are all on the bill, so you can expect to see hundreds if not thousands of furry little legs, and multiple eyes, if you're up for catching all six flicks. 

But those aren't the only goodies caught in this particular web. The Halloween Film Pestival will also host cricket-eating contests — yum yum — and Halloween costume contests, too, so dress in your natty, or rather gnatty, best. 

Yes, if you have a gnat costume, or perhaps a grasshopper get-up, or some haute hornet couture, wear it. Though wings might be a bit tough to fold up when you take your seat at the cinema.

Unsolicited food for thought. You're welcome.

Speaking of food, every guest at the Pestival will leave with a insect-infused lollipop or piece of candy. Well, "leave" might be a stretch. If you eat yours there, then that's your decision.

And be sure to make time to stop by the bug-themed exhibit, to burnish your general entomology knowledge.

The hours on Oct. 21? 10 a.m. to 6:30 in the evening, a time span which may prove to be the buggiest of your Halloween season, if not your entire year.

Unless, of course, you're an actual insect, then life is generally bugtastic for you. Here's a high five, and another high five, and another high five... You get us. As a bug, you're blessed with many high-five-able appendages.

Tickets are free, but you'll need to RSVP for the films of your choice, as quickly as a bee buzzes in the direction of a hive.

Photo Credit: Peter Stepanek]]>
<![CDATA[See Inside: Sting's Palatial Central Park Penthouse Sells for $50M]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:50:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sting+penthouse.jpg Sting's stunningly unique duplex penthouse on Central Park West is now off the market, having sold for a whopping $50 million, according to Page Six. The legendary musician poured more than a bit of his own character into the design. Take a look inside. See more homes for sale with Sotheby's International Realty here.

Photo Credit: Andrew Kiracofe]]>
<![CDATA['Back to the Future': Petersen Automotive Screening]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:28:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/bttf22345.jpg

The Golden State locations seen in "Back to the Future" and its sequels? 

They stretch from Universal Studios Hollywood, to the Gamble House in Pasadena, to the Burger King on Victory Boulevard near Magnolia, to Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown, home of the Sierra No. 3 engine, the locomotive from "Back to the Future Part III."

But there's another destination that's become a fan favorite, and though the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue didn't appear in the classic film phenomenon, something inside a building at that intersection definitely did.

It's the DeLorean DMC-12, Doc Brown's souped-up time-traveling machine, "... the first of three DeLorean Time Machines built for the original 'Back to the Future' movie starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd." It's on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum, and "Back to the Future" fans regularly gather at the DeLorean-boasting car institution for special events and screenings.

One such screening is ahead on Wednesday, Oct. 25, and if you know your BTTF lore, then you know the significance of the date. That's when the first movie opens, as in Oct. 25, 1985, and while, yes, Oct. 26 is the actual date that Marty McFly pilots the DeLorean back to 1955, everything begins in Hill Valley the day before.

The cost to watch "Back to the Future" in the museum's Mullin Family Grand Salon and admire the DeLorean DMC-12? It's five bucks for two people, but if you're a member of the Petersen, you can invite three guests along with your purchased ticket.

"Light snacks and refreshments will be served," because time travel can make a person peckish. Fact.

The doors-opening time is 6:30 p.m., which makes one ponder what young Marty was doing at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 25, just a few hours before he'd travel back through the years to the time when his parents were teenagers. Having dinner with the folks? Hanging out in his room? Did he know what fate had in store for him?

Well, we know the significance of the date to film fans, and we know where to see a real DeLorean used in the movie: At the Petersen Automotive Museum at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue on the Miracle Mile.

Just make sure your flux capacitor is in tip-top shape before Oct. 25 arrives.

Photo Credit: Universal Pictures]]>
<![CDATA[$1,000 Bagel Is Back in New York City]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:52:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/WNYTS-Bagel-4.jpg

The $1,000 bagel is back in New York City.

The Westin New York hotel in Times Square is offering the extravagant bagel for a limited time next month, 10 years after it was first introduced on the menu.

The bagel, from New Yorker Bagels, will be dressed in Alba white truffle cream cheese, topped with goji berry-infused Riesling jelly and flaked with golden leaves.

Pound for pound, the white truffle is the second most expensive food in the world, after caviar, according to a spokeswoman for the hotel. The delicacy is grown in the Alba region of Italy beneath certain oak trees, and trained dogs or pigs are necessary to locate them.

Production of the truffles is extremely limited, and they're in season from late autumn to winter. The spokeswoman says the Alba white truffles are the "star" of the bagel creation and the main contributor to the four-digit price tag. 

Tax and tip are included in the $1,000 bagel, which is available for order via 24-hour room service or at the hotel's Foundry Bar during breakfast hours. 

A spokeswoman for The Westin says ever since the $1,000 bagel made its first brief appearance in the fall of 2007, "requests for this over-the-top bagel have come in yearly without fail." 

"Considering how pricing has risen in the past decade (try buying an apartment for the same price as it was in 2007), this bagel at its introductory cost is nearly a deal," says the hotel. 

But the bagel buyers needn't feel too bad about such a lavish expense -- 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen.

The $1,000 bagel will be offered from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15 and must be ordered 24 hours in advance. 

Photo Credit: Westin New York
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<![CDATA[Yayoi Kusama's 'The Obliteration Room': Polka-Dotting Begins]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:18:17 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/kusama0398282.jpg The white space, part of the new "Infinity Mirrors" exhibition at The Broad, will soon be carpeted in colorful polka dot stickers.

Photo Credit: Alysia Gray Painter]]>
<![CDATA[Halloween Horror Nights: Commuting with Monsters]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:22:33 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/HHNmonsterscommute.jpg

If you've ever been inside a car or bus in Los Angeles, you've likely waited at your share of stoplights and intersections.

And if you have, you may have taken a few seconds to ponder the people sitting in the vehicles in the immediate area.

Three common questions you may have mulled over as you stared at the strangers around you? In no particular order: "What are their dreams?" "What are their life goals?" And "are they going to a job where they put on a giant creature head and stomp around on stilts?"

For this is LA, where people actually do head to work in order to transform into monsters on various film and TV shows. And there's a large grouping of monsters heading up to Universal City these days, hundreds in fact, because they have important jobs to perform at Halloween Horror Nights.

The yearly mid-September-to-early-November scare spectacular is famous for its frightening line-up of beasties, baddies, Chuckys, and Freddys, too, and, yes, all of those villains have to arrive at work, somehow, before creeping out Halloween-loving guests who enter the theme park's gates.

A new video answers our curiosity on this matter. It shows some of the Halloween Horror Nights scare-actors crossing the bridge over Lankershim Boulevard, the one that leads to the Metro station, and then boarding a tram, along with a host of non-monstrous theme park visitors.

Clocking in, too, is a must for monsters arriving on the job.

So what is that person thinking in the car next to you? About their goals, their dreams, or how they'll be Freddy Krueger or a walker from "The Walking Dead" in just a matter of hours? 

Again we say: Hey, it's LA.

Universal Studios and NBC Owned TV Stations operate under the same parent company NBCUniversal.

Photo Credit: Halloween Horror Nights]]>
<![CDATA[Infinity Mirror Rooms: Five Visit LA]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:23:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Kusama_Infinity+Mirrored+Room.jpg An exhibition devoted to Yayoi Kusama's remarkable walk-in artworks will sparkle at The Broad beginning in late 2017.

Photo Credit: EPW Studio]]>
<![CDATA[Infinity Mirrors Exhibit: See Inside]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:04:44 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Infinity_Mirros_Exhibit.jpg

Take a look at the amazing Infinity Mirrors display at the Broad Museum. Yoyoi Kusama's exhibit runs Oct. 21 through Jan. 1 at the downtown Los Angeles museum. Rick Montanez reports for Today in LA on Wednesday Oct. 18, 2017.

<![CDATA[Museum of Ice Cream: Totally the Last Extension]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 06:44:36 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/MOIC+April+21st-1099.jpg

Frank talk: When it is pushing 90 degrees in the second half of October, and a person is longing for the crisp days of autumn, the typically unmeltable things of our world start to look as though they're ready to dissolve into a gooey, sticky, oozy puddle.

But there's one undissolvable phenomenon in our city, an in-demand destination that's stayed cool, in every meaning of the word, all through the searing summer and fiery fall.

It's the Museum of Ice Cream, that social media superstar, the ruler of 2017 pop-up experiences, the one that started in New York in 2016 and headed to San Francisco in September.

The one in LA's Arts District, though, didn't shutter when the latest Museum of Ice Cream opened up north. In fact, so robust is its flavor, and so desired are tickets, that the Southern California Museum of Ice Cream is readying for one last, truly final, this is it, no, seriously, this is it, extension.

The final extension's dates are Wednesday, Oct. 18 through Monday, Dec. 18, and tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18 (which you already read once in this sentence, but, yes, the first day of the extension and the ticket on-sale date are one and the same).

Will you visit the pool of sprinkles for the first or third or sixth time? How about the colorful swings, the room full of pink and yellow bananas, or the oversized Popsicles?

And are you thinking, given the time of year, holiday card pictures? Snap a sassy snapshot and send it out to your nearest and dearest in December. After all, the sweetest season is when we're more inclined to indulge our love of treats.

Don't you melt, or go puddly,as you wait to purchase your admission. As with past extensions, tickets to the Museum of Ice Cream disappear faster than a scoop of cherry ripple that's accidentally plopped onto a July-hot sidewalk.

Photo Credit: Katie Gibbs]]>
<![CDATA[Battleship Iowa: New Behind-the-Scenes Tour]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:06:49 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/IOWACEC123.jpg

Hop onto any history-focused tour led by an informative and friendly docent, the kind of walk-around that takes in a great swath of a great building or landmark, and a number of probing questions likely pop up in your mind, as you go.

Some queries can be saved for the docent to answer after the tour is done, the sort of follow-up questions that help fill out some of the information you received.

But certainly, and definitely, and 100-percently, a visitor sometimes wishes she could ask "so, what's on the other side of that old door we saw?"

Because lookie-loos, and those with an enthusiastic curiosity for history, always want to know what's on the other side of old doors, especially those that aren't included on the tour.

The Battleship Iowa Museum in San Pedro has an answer to that commonly held question, and it is this: Let's take a look at what's on the other side of the door.

In fact, a whole new tour is blossoming from visitors' shared desire to go deeper into the ship, a mammoth vessel that served in World War II and played host to a host of United States presidents (hence its nickname, The Battleship of Presidents). 

It's the Full STEAM Ahead tour, and it goes full steam ahead beginning on Saturday, Oct. 28.

On the agenda? Visits to the Engine Room, Fire Room, Flag Cabin, Post Office, Sick Bay, CEC Room, and a number of other spots around the ship.

The tours will stay on the small side, with ten people each, and, at two hours, you'll see plenty of behind-the-scenes areas that guests have not normally been privy to since the Battleship Iowa opened to the public in 2011.

Your ticket is $49.95, and that includes general admission to the Battleship Iowa Museum, though do note: the Full STEAM Ahead tour is only on Saturdays and Sundays, and only twice a day, at 11 a.m. and 2 o'clock.

Ready to eye the CEC Room, or Combat Engagement Center, which "... is the brains of the ship"? The place "...where all sensors and radar are monitored to determine surrounding threat levels"?

Or the Machine Shop, which includes a bench that was "...engraved by servicemen aboard by servicemen aboard the USS Iowa on VJ Day during World War II"? 

It's full steam ahead for those history buffs who want to do, see, and know more, starting in San Pedro on the last Saturday of October 2017.

Photo Credit: Battleship Iowa]]>
<![CDATA[Tom Petty Memorial Vampire Walk]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:45:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/tpetty_1977.jpg

Popular ditties have referenced Southern California locations, landmarks, and streets for decades, and rocking out to those songs, as you drive along a namesake road or by a song-referenced building, is a time-honored tradition that never loses its charming, oh-so-local luster.

And whether you're a "MacArthur Park" kind of fan (cakes left out in the rain) or you dig "Ventura Highway" ("where the days are longer, the nights are stronger than moonshine"), you can count on artists continually delivering memorable hooks that give a shout-out to a regional spot you know.

A very major Exhibit A? Ventura Boulevard plays a starring, song-tastic role in "Free Fallin'," a Tom Petty solo hit, co-written by Jeff Lynne of ELO, that debuted at the end of the 1980s and quickly zoomed up the charts as the 1990s dawned.

If you're humming along now — "And all the vampires, walking through the Valley, move west down Ventura Boulevard" — then keep humming, and find all of your Petty-loving pals, and be at the Sherman Oaks Galleria at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19.

That's when the Tom Petty Memorial Vampire Walk will set out, along the celebrated boulevard, to remember the rock 'n roll legend just two weeks and a few days after his passing at the age of 66.

It's sure to be a moving experience, especially for those people who've wanted to gather with other fans to remember an artist who provided a hefty part of our overall rock 'n roll soundtrack of the last 40 years.

As for the dress code of the walk, which is being organized by The Contrary Dame? Do take note: "You... don't have to be a goth! This event is really bringing people together!" states a message on the walk's Facebook event page. That said, a black outfit is requested, if you have one to wear.

The walk, which is predicted to be on the "short" side, will wrap by 8 o'clock, and other happenings related to the rocker are afoot, so peruse the event page's postings in the Discussion section.

Photo Credit: Michael Putland/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Neiman Marcus Launches 2017 Fantasy Gifts Catalog]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:11:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/2017-nm-fantasy-gifts.gif

Neiman Marcus launched their annual Christmas Book of fantasy gifts for the 2017 holiday season on Tuesday, with the least expensive item being an Omy Coloring book for $9 and the priciest a private New Year's party for $1.6 million.

Company officials revealed this year's catalog at Park Place Premier Collection dealership in Dallas, saying the items were curated from hundreds of submissions.

“These gifts will exceed expectations through exceptional experiences and one-of-a-kind objects that only Neiman Marcus can curate,” said Jim Gold, president and chief merchandising officer for Neiman Marcus Group.

The 300-page 2017 Christmas Book features more than 780 holiday gifts. Nearly 50 percent of the items are under $250.

The most expensive fantasy gift is a private New Year's party for you and 299 of your closest friends atop New York's Knickerbocker Hotel, with $80,000 of the $1.6 million price tag being donated to charity.

This year's catalog also includes "an aerial photo session with Gray Malin, a pampering experience in Paris with Sisley, and a bespoke handbag collection and Parisian experience with Olympia Le-Tan."

The “Yours & Mine” Fantasy Gift is a pair of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited-Edition Dawns in two color options.

First published in 1926 as a 16-page booklet, the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book was initially intended as a Christmas card to the store’s best customers. Through the years, the book has maintained its personal touch while evolving into a legendary source for alluring and mystical gifts.

"There’s something that creates that wit and whimsy that only Neiman Marcus can create for our customers. We work all year round with a team of our associates to come up with and create these experiences like none other. Something that will really surprise and delight our customers," said Vice President Neiman Marcus Corporate Communications Mimi Sterling.

Among this year's fantasy gifts is one promising to give back 100 percent of its proceeds. Dallas based Paper for Water's origami ornaments are $50, which its young founders say can provide water for someone for a lifetime.

“Without water you can’t live. You can’t work. It also enables kids to go to school because they don’t have to spend their whole day hauling water. They try to position the wells so that nobody has to walk more than 30 minutes to get clean water. That’s just a huge time saver, and it enables people to start businesses and try to get out of poverty,” said Katherine Adams.

A portion of all other fantasy gifts will be donated to the Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation, which provides art education for kids.

MORE: Neiman Marcus Christmas Book

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<![CDATA[Beverly Garland Day: NoHo Tradition]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:55:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/BGConstruction12.jpg

Beloved performers, the sort of esteemed artists who win lifelong fans with their talent, their charity, their smarts, and their grace?

Hundreds, if not thousands, have called Southern California home over the last dozen or so decades, and just about every movie or television maven can name at least a handful of actors who've meant a lot to them over the years.

But Beverly Garland holds a very special place in the pantheon of Los Angeles-based luminaries, for multiple reasons.

Ms. Garland, who passed away in 2008, remains a performer much-adored by lovers of science fiction, '50s gems, and B movies, thanks to her fabulous turns in flicks like "It Conquered the World." And fans of the small screen remember her well in "My Three Sons," as well as other classic series.

And as for a certain hotel named The Garland at 4222 Vineland Avenue in North Hollywood? Ms. Garland's star power, and business acumen, continues to give the inn she helped to helm a certain Tinseltown-esque sheen that few other stay-over spots have achieved.

Oct. 17 was the day Beverly Garland was born, and fans pause to remember the hotelier and actress on her birthday with film screenings and/or a visit to The Garland, which traditionally honors its namesake with a martini and hamburger special as part of Beverly Garland Day.

That was the great lady's favorite meal, her go-to treat, and The Front Yard, the restaurant at The Garland, will offer it for $19 on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

The on-site, 130-seat Beverly Garland Theatre will also have a movie marathon on Oct. 17, and The Store, the hotel's "signature, locally curated" gift shop, will have a sale on throughout the day (think 25% off on all merchandise).

Cheers to Beverly Garland, a performer who made an impression on not one but two screens, silver and small both, and whose vivacious legacy lives on on Vineland Avenue in North Hollywood.

Photo Credit: Beverly Garland]]>
<![CDATA[Otterly Cute: Otter Pups Born in Santa Barbara]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:25:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/SB+Zoo+Otters+Born+3.jpg A trio of Asian small-clawed otter babies arrived to first-time parents Gail and Peeta on Saturday, Oct. 7.

Photo Credit: Santa Barbara Zoo]]>
<![CDATA['The Brave Little Toaster': 30th Anniversary Screening]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:57:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bravelittletoaster123.jpg

The following list is what you typically get when you purchase a movie ticket:

A) a movie ticket.

That much is usually true, though sometimes a beverage or popcorn is thrown in, or a poster, depending upon the venue, studio, and the film's promotion budget.

What isn't included in your ticket, at least, oh, almost 100% of the time? An actual artifact from the film you're there to enjoy, a real piece of its history, something tangible and beautiful and take-home-able, too.

That will not be the case, though, at the 30th anniversary screening for "The Brave Little Toaster," set for Tuesday, Oct. 17 at the TCL Chinese Theatre. For every single ticket holder will leave with an original sketch or animation cel from the 1987 animated classic.

Buy a $10 ticket and you'll receive a nifty sketch from the movie. A $20 ticket? You'll be admitted to the screening, and you'll nab both a sketch and animation cel.

Spend thirty dollars and those two neato "Toaster" visuals are yours, plus background art from the film.

And a VIP ticket, for $50, means Donald Kushner, the movie's producer, will sign your cel (you'll also be seated in the VIP section in the balcony).

"Additional artwork" will also be for sale at the theater.

This is all mighty special for cineastes, but the magic of the evening will only grow, thanks to the fact that over a dozen people who worked on "The Brave Little Toaster" will join a Q&A.

Director Jerry Rees, who co-wrote the screenplay with Joe Ranft and added his voice to the story, will be in the house, as will a talented line-up of layout artists, animators, and voice actors. 

The film, which follows an adventuresome clutch of sentient household objects, was based on a 1980 novella by Thomas M. Disch, as fans surely know, the same fans who've found the film, and fallen in love with it, over the last three decades. 

While some fans have been at the side of "The Brave Little Toaster" since the beginning, other aficionados found it through its connections to a number of creative people who went on to make Pixar so beloved.

So watch Toaster, Lampy, Radio, and the other lovable appliances on the big screen, and take home a sketch, or a cel, or a piece of background art, or all of the above, after departing the TCL Chinese Theatre on Oct. 17.

Photo Credit: 'The Brave Little Toaster']]>
<![CDATA[Enchanted: Forest of Light: Tickets on Sale]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:06:01 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/enchanteddescansopeople9232.jpg

Say the words "holiday lighting display" and just about every listener will instantly conjure up exactly what those words mean, drawing from their own knowledge of what a holiday lighting display typically looks like.

For many people, it's an over-the-top, December-dazzling presentation, one that's all about strings of lights lining every inch of a house's exterior. Some people might also think of those lit-from-within reindeer and snowmen, the plastic assortment. And bright inflatables? They're part of many modern holiday lighting displays, too.

But a new sort of illuminated experience, one that was seasonal in nature, arrived on the Southern California scene at Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge in 2016. There were no plastic figures dotting the lawn, nor the sorts of lights you might find framing a garage door, and inflatables? Not a main part, or any part, of the after-sundown scene.

It was Enchanted: Forest of Light, a spectacular that involves a caboodle of colorful lights trained on the oaks and shrubs of the historic gardens.

But some nicely lit tree limbs aren't the only thing visitors found around the mile-long walk through the leafy spread.

A line-up of "large-scale light displays, several of which are interactive..." invited guests to be in charge of the illumination and the sound of particular experiences.

Some of the lights danced and swirled, too, depending on where you were along the walk, and that mysterious garden of brightly glowing tulips? They were one of the social media hits of 2016.

If this nicely novel, deeply outdoorsy approach to holiday lighting intrigues you, and you're tempted by the nature-at-night aspect, know this: General admission tickets are now on sale for the event, which opens on Saturday, Nov. 18 and wraps up on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018.

Ticket prices run from $28 to $30 for the popular happening.

Also good to note? There are a couple of add-on options, like dinner reservations at the on-site restaurant Maple or Dinner with Santa. Just read everything before making your selection, then get to wrapping your light-loving mind around a subtler, but still pow-packing, take on holidaytime incandescence.

Photo Credit: Enchanted: Forest of Light]]>
<![CDATA['Twin Peaks' Pop-up Opens on Melrose]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:19:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/twinpeaksmelrose1.JPG

Different dimensions, duplicitous doppelgängers, and delicious cherry pie? 

Those are just some of the things an obsessed viewer could count on seeing in "Twin Peaks," the early 1990s ABC phenomenon that returned, for 18 atmospheric episodes, to Showtime in 2017.

But lookalikes and weird worlds weren't the only things that a fan knew they'd encounter while dipping into the singular, surreal world created by David Lynch and Mark Frost.

One other certainty? Once a mysterious doorway to another dimension shimmered into view, it wouldn't be around for long.

Such is the exact case with the strange dimension that's suddenly appeared at 7505 Melrose Avenue. It's the Double R Diner, a main setting for the supernatural mystery series, and it will only be open from Monday, Oct. 16 through Sunday, Oct. 22 from noon to 8 each day.

What's inside the "Twin Peaks" Halloween pop-up? Merchandise related to the atmospheric TV phenomenon, like Double R baseball caps, coffee mugs that read "Damn Good Joe," and David Lynch Signature Cup Coffee.

Yummy-looking "Twin Peaks"-themed macarons are available as well, and they're as red as a billowing red curtain from the Black Lodge. Look also for Great Northern keychains and dapper socks that bring to mind a certain chevron zig-zaggy floor.

Costumes recalling various characters from the series will also cameo in the diner, in case you want to give your Halloween outfit a little Lynchian polish.

"Twin Peaks" made a pop-up appearance at South by Southwest in the spring of 2017, an event that drew devotees of Agent Dale Cooper, Audrey Horne, and Laura Palmer to Texas. (Coincidentally, a state that appears in the revival series, which moved beyond the original run's Washington State base.)

Austin wasn't the final stop for this shimmer-into-brief-existence dimensional sphere, though: Melrose Avenue is up next, for seven days, so slip into your bobby socks and your saddle shoes and dance, dreamily, for the "Twin Peaks" diner.


Photo Credit: Showtime]]>
<![CDATA[Free Fall Fun: Kidspace Pumpkin Festival]]> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 18:09:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/PumpkinFestival3kidspace.JPG

September may get a tad squashy, what with the much-trumpeted introduction of the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, pumpkin-themed decorations on the store shelves, and the various pumpkin lots stringing up their lights and signs.

But October, especially around the middle of the month?

Goodness. We're in full-on gourd go-time. Pumpkins are powering up, across the region, and whether you're shopping for a pumpkin costume for your baby, a real pumpkin for your porch, or pumpkin-themed ingredients for baking, you're in it to win it, and pumpkin it, by mid-October.

Which makes the timing of the annual two-day Pumpkin Festival at Brookside Park in Pasadena as perfect as a bowl of lightly salted, slightly sweet roasted pepitas. It's a fundraiser for Kidspace Children's Museum, which is right there, at Brookside, and it just happens to be free.

There are some things that'll come with a small admission fee during the Saturday, Oct. 14 and Sunday, Oct. 15 festivities, like pony rides, games, and eats.

But the live tunes and some of the craft-making fun times? Totally free.

And consider that the money you do spend will go to Kidspace, which is dedicated to educational and enlightening programs for children throughout the year. It's a fine institution to lend some love to, during the season o' pumpkins or any time on the calendar.

There's a book and costume sale, too, so that rules. And will there be a costume parade? Best let the tykes in your household know that they can give their Halloween costume an early run, if they like.

So many seasonal events have been created to appeal to a more mature audience in recent years, but this adorable celebration remains ideal for the littlest pumpkin people in your brood, as well as everyone else in your brood, too.

Like we said, you're in it to win it — er, pumpkin it — by the middle of October. Best indulge in a great 'n gourdly good time, at Brookside Park, all for Kidspace Children's Museum.

Photo Credit: Kidspace Children's Museum]]>
<![CDATA[Off the Hook Seafood Fest: Surfrider Fundraiser]]> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:46:17 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/offthehooksm2017.jpg

If you could put a bunch of nice things in a box, and wrapped it all up, what goodies would you choose to include? An ocean sunset? The singular sound of the waves? A classic pier? An autumn Saturday afternoon? An array of seafood bites?

And the nicest thing of all, which is helping a terrific cause? That could be the bow on top of this pretty present.

It would have to be a mighty large package to fit all of those items, it's true. But this isn't a gift you need to look for in shops or online; it's happening on Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Off the Hook Seafood Festival in Santa Monica.

The aforementioned pier is the Santa Monica Pier, yes, the "afternoon" bit means the festival is on from 4 to 7 p.m., and the part about helping a great organization?

The festival is a fundraiser for the Surfrider Foundation of West LA-Malibu, a volunteer non-profit "...dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's ocean, waves and beaches."

The $65 Little Fish ticket nets you seafood tastings from a host of chefs and eateries, plus beverage tastings, too, including beer and wine. The $90 Big Fish ticket has a VIP lounge experience attached, an earlier entry, too, by an hour.

As for the restaurants you'll see around the pier? The Albright, Gladstone's, Del Frisco's Grille, and The Lobster are all bringing the briny tastes, in addition to a number of other local seafooderies.

So soak up the waves, the sunset, the food, and the giving back, all pleasures you can enjoy without requiring a roll of wrapping paper, a box, or the card on top.

Photo Credit: Off the Hook Seafood Festival]]>
<![CDATA['Friday the 13th' to Screen on Friday the 13th]]> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:56:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/scaryfilmshutterstock.jpg

The thing about the 13th day of the month is that it happens each and every month, regardless of when that month happens to be on the calendar.

Likewise, Fridays? We get those every month, too, no spoiler alert required.

Which is all to say this: Friday the 13ths, traditionally seen as days of superstition and spooky high jinks, can happen in any season at any point in the year.

But when the 13th day of October happens to be a Friday? When so many Halloween-focused festivals and happenings are already afoot?

The eerieness factor is way higher than, say, a Friday the 13th in April or May.

And the next October Friday the 13th occurs in 2023, if you keep track of such things, so if you want to acknowledge this one, well, have at it, haunt-seeking people of Southern California. 

One possible destination? The Vista Theatre in Los Feliz, which is screening "Friday the 13th" at midnight, or, 11:59 p.m., rather, on Friday, Oct. 13. Which means, yes, that you'll actually be watching it on Saturday, Oct. 14, which also has its pop culture cred, thanks to the 1981 comedy of the same name.

Nerds Like Us, "your favorite nerd/geek pop cultural film revival series," are behind the Vista Theatre screening.

The film is also screening in Hollywood, at The Montalban, as part of the Rooftop Cinema Club. That starts at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13, meaning you'll see the whole 1:40 film before Friday the 13th, as in the date, ends.

If the notion of Friday the 13th also puts the Winchester Mystery House in mind, as the famous San Jose attraction always hosts a flashlight or candlelight tour on the evening of each Friday the 13th, well, you're correct: It does.

But be not blue about missing the Friday, Oct. 13 Hallowe'en Candlelight Tour if you're not in San Jose; it's October, which means that tour is running for several more select nights right through to Halloween.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[Mickey's Deli's Larger-than-a-Pizza Pizza Slice]]> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:07:49 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/slicemickeys092383232.jpg

Pizza-based technology? The future-forward inventions that involve sauces, toppings, cheeses, crusts, and how they all come together, in fresh ways, on our plates?

It's an envelope-pushing industry that remains a few steps ahead of what the general pizza-craving populace is dreaming up.

One day you're fine with chowing down on a traditional crust when stuffed crusts are suddenly all the rage. And you were a-okay with a pizza that didn't have another pizza on top of it, but then the world discovered that double-decker pizzas essentially sent a single pizza straight into the duplication machine.

Now Mickey's Deli Italian Deli & Pizzeria in Hermosa Beach is furthering the outward boundaries of pizza technology once again with its limited-time 20-inch pizza slice.

That's right: It's a pizza slice that's bigger than an extra-large pizza, as in a round pizza, as in the usual pizza you find inside the box.

The "20" Slice of Love" is available through Tuesday, Oct. 31. Cost for this cheeky, not-too-serious offering? It's $9.99, and toppings are an additional $1.50 each.

This is all in honor of National Pizza Month, which is October, which you already know, so don't assume that we're assuming you're unaware of that fact.

Mickey's, long a bustling South Bay favorite, has been in business since 1953, serving up pizzas, pastas, calzones, and hearty sandwiches. But will its colossal slice of sauce-topped, melty-cheese'd pie become a regular thing down the road? A special menu addition that returns from time to time?

Count on pizza tech to continue to surprise, bewitch, and fill our bellies as we continually face new tomorrows. New tomorrows that are, thankfully, always packed with pizza-amazing wonders.

Photo Credit: Mickey's Deli]]>
<![CDATA[Weekend: Griffith Park Ghost Train Opens]]> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 03:50:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NightmareChristmasGrandeFinale1.jpg

Welcome Back, Ghost Train: "Beloved" is a word that gets trucked out a lot, for various activities, but the sweet 'n spooky train helmed by the LA Live Steamers Railroad Museum has earned its fans over the years. It went on break in 2016, but now the Ghost Train is ready to again wend its way through a corner of Griffith Park, by night. Advance tickets are still available for some evenings, though you're welcome to arrive and try for a stand-by seat whenever it is open. And opening date? Eek: It's Friday, Oct. 13.

Original Farmers Market Fall Festival: If you've called upon Third & Fairfax, near the mid-city, you know that it is just about as big-city-ish an area as areas do come. But on one weekend a year, the pie-eating contests flourish, and the pigs come out for petting, and a scarecrow wanders among visitors, and old-timey music plays. It's a sweet 'n homespun fall festival, as autumn as hay or corn, and it jigs into the landmark public market on Saturday, Oct. 14 and Sunday, Oct. 15. Squeal: Admission is free.

DTLA Oyster Festival: Farm-hopping, from oyster-amazing spot to other oyster-amazing spots? It is a travel dream of many a seafood-obsessed foodie. But making it up to Washington State, then British Columbia, then over to Massachusetts, and then down to Baja isn't often in the cards. So Grand Central Market is bringing some of the continent's top oyster farms to Southern California, with tastings, wines, and special crafty things for the tots to do. Are you bivalve mad? Best head downtown on Saturday, Oct. 14 and Sunday, Oct. 15.

ArtNight Pasadena: How many museums could you see, and really soak up, and truly enjoy, over a four-hour period? If you didn't have to deal with paying admission as you entered? Ask yourself that, and your best buds, as you head out to this twice-a-year Crown City eveningtime treat. Some 18 museums and cultural hotspots are on board, no one is asking you to pay entry, and food trucks'll abound. Oh, and the shuttle between museums is free, too, at the Friday, Oct. 13 event.

Kidspace Pumpkin Festival: Almost everywhere you turn, or at least on several city corners, there are orange, stem-topped orbs, ready for the buying and ready for the jack o'lanterning. If you're in the mood to gourd-up your casa, roll for Brookside Park in Pasadena, which is next to the museum, and enjoy autumn-cute activities all weekend long. The dates are Saturday, Oct. 14 and Sunday, Oct. 15, and attending? Totally free. If your young'un wants to arrive in costume, that's super, for there's a costume parade. A book sale, fall crafts, and other really sweet stuff are part of the roster.

Photo Credit: Ghost Train]]>
<![CDATA[Free Exhibit: Cartoon Network at 25]]> Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:33:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/cartoonnetwork25paley.jpg

Worlds twirly with weird landscapes, outlandish buildings, happy hues, and strange doings by characters that are cute, villainous, brave, funny, shy, and sometimes all of the above?

The programs of Cartoon Network have become known for all of those zippy built-in features over the last quarter century, as well as other attributes that run the gleeful gamut. The network is a superstar in the playful pantheon of animated entertainment, no doubt about it, and The Paley Center for Media is taking several weeks to honor some of its biggest shows, creators, and merry moments.

Cartoon Network: 25 Years of Drawing on Creativity opens on Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Beverly Hills repository for all things related to televised programming.

The exhibit, which'll fly with one bold arm straight out, superhero-style, right through to Sunday, Nov. 19, will celebrate the 'toon-packed powerhouse's 25th anniversary via sketches, stop-motion sets, and sculptures of "The Powerpuff Girls," the fantastically fearless trio that ruled Cartoon Network's schedule for many a moon.

Are these sculptures ready for social media photo ops, should you want to strike a pose with Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup? You bet, so if you've never taken a pic with the Power-ful triumvirate, your chance is ahead.

And will "Adventure Time" aficionados be able to check out stop-motion sets? If Finn and Jake can head out into the unknown, you can surely head to Beverly Hills to see the wonders related to the hit series.

Other goodies, too, will be a part of the exhibit, like screenings. You should also know right now that the displays are completely free to see.

Might your favorite Cartoon Network show be included? Perhaps. There are a lot of gems in the mix, which is understandable, as Cartoon Network was the "very first twenty-four-hour network dedicated to animation."

Might you be reminded of the shows you grew up with, or learned to love long after your kid years had ended, thanks to their zany creativity, freakout settings, and quirky-to-extra-quirky characters?

You definitely probably totally might be reminded, yes. Best test out the probability on that one, though, by calling upon the new exhibit at The Paley Center for Media at once.

The Paley Center for Media is open Wednesdays through Sundays.

Photo Credit: The Paley Center for Media]]>
<![CDATA[AIDS Walk Los Angeles: Give, Walk, and Support]]> Thu, 12 Oct 2017 09:50:44 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/aidswalkla123456.jpg

Three decades spent on any important endeavor can bring a lot of change, a lot of good, and a lot of people who've gotten the call to join in, give what they can, and share the love.

And AIDS Walk Los Angeles is certainly in that three-decades-along club, plus another couple of years to boot: What began in 1985 continues to stand as a large and lively event, one that regularly welcomes thousands of Southern Californians who want to make an urgent difference in the worlds of their neighbors.

And that difference will be made again, on Sunday, Oct. 15, as AIDS Walk Los Angeles begins on the steps of City Hall. That's City Hall downtown, and if you recall strolling through West Hollywood in past years, well, you recollection is correct: The event was held along Santa Monica Boulevard and other adjacent streets for decades.

But a jump to DTLA in 2016 brought a fresh route for the 10k walk, though its impact and goals remain as vital and true as ever: Raise money that serves as "a vital lifeline that sustains APLA Health's prevention, care, and advocacy programs for the thousands of men, women, and families affected by the disease in Los Angeles County."

Over 20 HIV/AIDS service organizations benefit from the huge yearly happening.

Can you play a part? There's still time to register, as of the Thursday ahead of the walk. You can donate directly, too, if joining in isn't in the stars for you in 2017.

A few notes: There's a run, too, if that's your preference. Grand Park will be the center of the action, and there's a Metro stop nearby. And an aerobics warm-up, music, performance, food trucks, and the Downtown Divas of Drag, which spotlights stars from RuPaul's "Drag Race," are also woven into the community-strong day downtown.

Photo Credit: AIDS Walk LA]]>
<![CDATA[IMAX with Laser: New at California Science Center]]> Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:25:30 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/Photo+7_+Sloth+Reach.jpg

The wonders of IMAX can still feel as though they're constantly arriving from some point located in the future, but, of course, the history of the 70mm film format stretches back decades, making IMAX as much a part of film-going these days as popcorn and trailers.

It shouldn't surprise, though, that the massive-of-screen, crystal-clear-of-picture experience still has a line open to exciting developments still to come. And a little bit of the future arrived at the California Science Center on Wednesday, Oct. 11 with the debut of IMAX with Laser.

What does it do? "With Laser projection, audiences will experience colors that exist in the real world, but could never before be shown onscreen," reveals the center's web site.

Audience members will see "the most vivid digital images ever produced" on the 7-story screen. That's not the only number that can make a viewer agog, though; a 12-channel sound system makes the you-are-there-ness of watching a big film even bigger.

The first two works debuting at IMAX with Laser are now open: "Amazon Adventure 3D" and "Hurricane 3D." If you see "Hurricane 3D" before Oct. 31, a dollar from your ticket will donated to One America Appeal, which is helping those impacted by the recent hurricane devastation.

California Science Center has partnered with nWave Pictures Distribution on this fundraising effort.

As is tradition with those works shown at the California Science Center, a deeper investigation into our world, from animals to weather, will be a part of the science-smart cinematic screenings.

Do note that while the California Science Center offers free admission to its permanent exhibitions, you'll need to purchase your IMAX with Laser movie tickets. You can start here, fans of future tech and lovers of knowing our world even better.

Photo Credit: Amazon Adventure 3D]]>
<![CDATA[Arby's Rolls Out Venison, Elk Sandwiches]]> Thu, 12 Oct 2017 03:18:36 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/arbAP_16300617472964.jpg

Arby's announced Wednesday that it will be selling its venison sandwich at all 3,300 restaurants nationwide starting on Oct. 21, after releasing it in five states last year.

The sandwich features a thick-cut venison steak marinated in garlic, salt and pepper and cooked sous-vide for three hours, "Today" reported. The meat is then topped with onions and a juniper berry sauce, all served on a toasted roll. The sandwich will only be available while supplies last.

The nationwide rollout comes after Arby's sold it in 17 locations — most of them  in popular deer-hunting hot spots like Wisconsin, Tennessee and rural Pennsylvania — last fall.

Arby's also will be selling an elk meat sandwich in just three locations in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana.

Photo Credit: AP, File]]>
<![CDATA['Will & Grace' Set Visit: Universal VIP Experience]]> Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:40:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/willgraceimage004.jpg

Any movie studio tour that pays a dig-deep visit to a bustling backlot is going to be an ever-evolving, forever-changing event, as backlots, as a rule, are always changing, thanks to multiple film and television productions ending and starting.

One of those notable starts recently arrived at Universal Studios, with the return of "Will & Grace." The NBC comedy series, which garnered 16 Emmy wins over its run, first wrapped in 2006, but that wasn't to be a forever kind of goodbye; Will, Grace, Karen, and Jack threw open the curtains again in September 2017 as the show returned for a 16-episode ninth season (with a tenth season renewal already locked up).

Universal's VIP Experience, a behind-the-scenes tour that gives guests "Exclusive Backlot Access," naturally took note of the presence of "Will & Grace" at the studio, and promptly folded it into the lively look at what goes into making a TV show.

Which all means this: People signing up for the VIP Experience will now "...have the unique opportunity to step onto Soundstage 22 on the Universal backlot to see first-hand where the sitcom revival is making history for a second time."

Neat stuff, if you're super-into the small screen and all of its fascinating inner clockwork.

But the neat stuff continues on the VIP Experience. Also included in your ticket? "(A)n expert Studio Tour Guide, trolley, unlimited front-of-the-line privileges to all theme park rides and attractions, entry to a reserved VIP lounge, and a VIP gourmet lunch prepared by the theme park's award-winning executive chef."

And scoring a chance to peek inside the Property Department further ups the feeling that you've passed through the silver or small screen into the world of scripts, call times, character arcs, and thickening plots.

If you do love a traditional theme park visit, complete with a few thrilling rides, but you want to go deeper into how entertainment gets done in the day-to-day of a studio, complete with a "Will & Grace" set visit, nab that ticket at once.

Universal Studios and NBC Owned TV stations operate under the same parent company as NBCUniversal.

Photo Credit: 2017 NBCUniversal Media, LLC]]>
<![CDATA[Free Museums: ArtNight Pasadena]]> Wed, 11 Oct 2017 14:15:11 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ArtNightPasadena_ArtCenter015.jpg

Your money? It's tucked up in your wallet. Your evening? It stretches before you, unfettered by obligations or must-dos.

Your goal? To stop by 18 art and cultural institutions, or some of the 18, or at least the one special place you hold dearest to your art-obsessed heart.

ArtNight Pasadena is the topic we're trekking towards here, that twice-a-year evening affair which invites visitors to the Crown City to visit the area's primo museums, galleries, and creativity centers for nothing, as in nada dollars, as in save your money for delicious dinner or a snack.

Snacks, of course, help keep one's mind well-focused, which is a plus when it comes to fully consuming, and considering, paintings, sculptures, films, and live performance.

The fall 2017 happening is on Friday, Oct. 13, but there's nothing unlucky about calling upon the Norton Simon Museum, the Pasadena Museum of California Art, the USC Pacific Asia Museum, and the Armory Center for the Arts for a few hours of brain-building enjoyment and the sort of looking and listening that adds to our personal joy banks.

The time? A spacious four-hour window awaits you, from 6 to 10 p.m., and if that means slipping out of the office a bit early, you know the answer: Invite your work crew, and definitely your boss, along for the art enjoyment.

The Boston Court Performing Art Center, the Jackie Robinson Community Center, Pasadena Playhouse, and several more spots are all on the participant list, yes yes. And the to-dos found at each place? They might include storytelling, trying your hand (and the rest of you) at improvisational theater, a Golden Age of Radio presentation, and "hands-on printmaking and stampmaking."

Food trucks, too, will be out, so keep that money you've stowed, because you don't need it for museum admission, at the ready, should you desire an empanada or ice cream sandwich or both.

Good to know: Some of the destinations are walkable from other locations on the list, but a free shuttle will whisk attendees to museums that are further afield.

A free shuttle, free admission, free joining-in, activity-wise, and food trucks that offer vittles that aren't too dear? In addition to all of the nearby restaurants dotting plate-worthy Pasadena?

Friday the 13th, as in Oct. 13, is looking very lucky, if you adore art, experiences, and not spending a bundle, or even a fraction of a bundle, along the way.

Photo Credit: Jamie Pham]]>
<![CDATA[Free: Original Farmers Market Fall Festival]]> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:37:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/fmfallfestIMG_3516.jpg

The standard sights seen around a fall festival setting?

You can probably name five tropes in the time it takes a pig to run a few yards. You can imagine spying a barn in the vicinity of a fall festival, and maybe a cornfield, and there will be farms in the distance, and scarecrows, and perhaps woods, too.

But seeing tall buildings and city-style streets? These don't spring to mind when we think of classic autumn hoedowns. Except, of course, when it comes to one of the oldest and most esteemed fall festivals in all of Southern California, an October bash that happens to be in the middle of the city, as middle-of-the-city-y as anything can possibly get.

It's the Fall Festival at the Original Farmers Market at Third & Fairfax, a free, weekend-long party that's been an important and anticipated annual event on the historic market's calendar since it first opened in 1934.

Nope, the venerable public market, known for its clocktowers, its green awnings, its yummy vittles, and its happy hangout-a-bility, isn't trucking in actual barns nor cornfields for the Saturday, Oct. 14 and Sunday, Oct. 15 event. 

But there will be a scarecrow, the beloved roaming scarecrow often seen at the homespun spectacle's bygone years, and pig races, and pie-eating contests, and banjo-riffic live music, and face painting, and a petting zoo, too.

And if you want to learn how to make a knot? There'll be a workshop for that, helmed by American Straw. 

Don't let anyone ever think that, just because you live in traffic-busy, neon sign-filled LA that you can't whip out your old-school knot-making skills in an instant.

The two-day roster is as packed as corn in a bin, so you decide what bands you want to hear, what activities you want to participate in, and how soon into the day you'll pet a pig or goat, which, let's be real, should be goal #1.

It won't be long before this famous fall festival hits its centennial, further proving that a classic autumn gathering doesn't need a rustic setting to be as sweet as a caramel apple, butter on corn, or a friendly scarecrow who'll actually chat you up.

Photo Credit: Original Farmers Market]]>
<![CDATA[DTLA Oyster Fest: Fried, Pizza, Baked, Yum]]> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:44:26 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/oct123456fullsizerender-11_26374.jpg

While "terroir" is often used to describe that particular "taste of place" that's inherent in a glass of wine, we don't use it as often for other sippables and foodstuffs, save saying some sourdough carries some San Francisco to it and a bagel is oh-so-NYC.

But "merroir" is a merry word that applies to place-tasting as it relates to oysters. "Mer" means "sea" in French, yes, making it a fine companion word for "terroir," especially at events where both wine and oysters shall rule.

And DTLA Oyster Festival will have oodles of terroir and merroir to spare. Yes, the bivalve, and not the grape, is the star of the weekend-long sup-tacular, which is on at Grand Central Market on Saturday, Oct. 14 and Sunday, Oct. 15. Vinos, though, will cameo, too, serving, as they do, as the ocean-y eat's BFF, at least among beverages.

"The special culinary event will bring together oyster farmers from across North America for a celebration of all-things-oyster..." says the site. Those oyster professionals will hail from Chelsea Farm of Olympia, Hama Hama from Washington State, Glacial Point Oysters of Alaska, Sol Azul Seafarms of Baja California, Hollie Wood Oysters of British Columbia, and Rock Harbor Oyster of Cape Cod.

There shall be shucking, yes. And there shall be tasting. And should you seek a libation, the Oyster Gourmet, a market staple, has "...a selection of French wines by the glass."

Other Grand Central Market eateries will also have oyster-centered dishes throughout the weekend, so if a Jazz Fest fried oyster pizza po boy tempts, find your way to Olio. Prawn and Horse Thief BBQ also have the bivalve-tastic bites of the baked and fried and succulent varieties.  

An oyster's shell is its most visual component, so there's no surprise that there shall be art-making opportunities for the young'uns in attendance, crafts involving these beautiful gifts of the sea, as well as other gems of the water, like straight-up seashells.

So have you ever used the term "terroir" but not "merroir"? And do you count yourself as an aficionado of the oyster?

Investigate merroir matters, and try to sense how an oyster from Washington-close waters is different than an oyster sprung from the waters of Massachusetts, at a seafood festivity that brings several faraway farms to LA.

Photo Credit: Grand Central Market]]>
<![CDATA[Smithsonian Accepts Donation of 'The Walking Dead' Artifacts]]> Tue, 10 Oct 2017 17:29:03 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*213/ET2017-14025.jpg The Smithsonian National Museum of American History has accepted artifacts from AMC’s award-winning television series “The Walking Dead." Cast members, including Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Andrew Lincoln and Lennie James, attended the donation ceremony and presented some props that viewers may recognize from the past seven seasons.

Photo Credit: Hugh Talman, Smithsonian]]>
<![CDATA['The Princess Bride': Back on the Big Screen]]> Tue, 10 Oct 2017 12:31:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/pb2834.jpg

A romantic comedy fantasy movie with colorful cameos galore?

Such a concept can seem, at first blush, to be overly niche, and too specifically tailored to a particular audience. But as all great works so often do, "The Princess Bride" toppled such expectations, going on to become one of the most endearing, most revisited, and ultimately quotable of films hailing from any genre.

If you've anybody-want-a-peanut'd a co-worker or friend recently, or shouted "inconceivable!" at a lunch place suggestion, or opined that "death cannot stop true love; all it can do is delay it for awhile," you and the 1987 film are clearly an eternal twosome, forever united and bound to each other.

Is this the cute case? Then ride your steed for one of 51 Southern California theaters screening "The Princess Bride" on Sunday, Oct. 15 and Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 2 and 7 p.m. each day.

The special event — it's the 30th anniversary of the classic — is part of the TCM Big Screen Classics series, which is helmed by Turner Classic Movies and Fathom Events.

Rob Reiner, the director of the gem, and TCM host Ben Mankiewicz, will appear in an on-screen introduction ahead of the opening credits. 

Alighting upon your favorite moment, person, line, or aspect of the story, as easily as Buttercup lands in Fezzik's arms? That's a challenge as difficult as locating the Six-Fingered Man.

There is, after all, a sword fight, shrieking eels, the R.O.U.S.es, the Fire Swamp, Peter Falk, Wallace Shawn, Carol Kane, "mawwiage," and plenty of "as you wish"-ery to keep fans awash in lovey thoughts.

And, really, it's an effervescent flick with tons more to cheer, making it hard to believe that it was a tidy one hour and 38 minutes. There's a lot of moxie packed in that movie, and to experience it again, in an actual, honest-to-Humperdinck cinema?

True love may result.

Photo Credit: ©2016 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation]]>
<![CDATA[Japanese Garden Festival: Descanso Delight]]> Tue, 10 Oct 2017 09:57:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/japanesegarden-6794.jpg Book your advance ticket for this beloved autumn gathering.

Photo Credit: Martha Benedict]]>
<![CDATA['Star Wars: The Last Jedi': Join Famed Queue]]> Mon, 09 Oct 2017 19:47:29 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/tclchinesetheatreGettyImages-629991696.jpg

A jedi is, of course, a most noble individual, one who easily commits to a larger and positive purpose with a clarity of mind and spirit.

And the jedi who will be in line on Hollywood Boulevard ahead of the Friday, Dec. 15 opening of "The Last Jedi" at the TCL Chinese Theatre? They, too, will possess such purpose, clarity, commitment, and a dedication to a worthy cause.

We speak, of course, of LiningUp.net, the beneficent fan organization that meets in front of the Hollywood landmark several days ahead of the debut of a new "Star Wars" film.

Seeing the film first? That's a huge part of why people line up, but there's so much more to this oh-so-local phenomenon.

The liner-uppers look like they're having the best time in the galaxy, with lively light saber battles and interesting costumes catching the eyes of passersby, but, like most excellent jedi, they've got a more important mission at heart: Raise money for The Starlight Children's Foundation, an organization that "...creates moments of joy and comfort for hospitalized kids and their families."

Tickets will available beginning on the evening of Monday, Oct. 9 for the special Thursday, Dec. 14 fan screening for those in the LiningUp.net queue. 

The new trailer for the film debuted on Oct. 9 during "Monday Night Football."

If you're keen to join the famous queue, you can, but listen, you should, as a certain powerful jedi introduced in "Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back" might say.

To join the LiningUp.net queue, you'll need to commit to logging at least six hours in line. As a good-of-heart jedi, we know you can offer that much, or more, to such a fine foundation like Starlight.

Included in your LiningUp.net ticket purchase price are several components, like "an exclusive Star Wars item," your Starlight donation, a gift bag, and more. 

Read all now, you should.

And getting to see the most anticipated 2017 film in this sector of the Milky Way a few hours early at the very cinema where "Episode IV: A New Hope" premiered in May 1977? With hundreds of other super-into-it super-fans?

A thrill, just like it is a thrill to wear your amazing Darth Vader get-up while waving at delighted drivers tooling down Hollywood Boulevard from your spot in the queue.

Perhaps "waving" isn't exactly right, but rather "holding your hand out like you've got the whole galaxy sitting in your palm," in that special way only Darth Vader can do.

The line opens on Dec. 7, 2017, at 7 in the evening. So wrap up your holiday shopping early, and other December must-dos, so you can don your favorite Bantha outfit, step into the queue for several hours, and meet some cool new pals.

And, best of all, help out The Starlight Children's Foundation.

Details? Let the glow from your light saber lead you here.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Salt & Straw: 'Spooktacular' Ice Cream Series]]> Mon, 09 Oct 2017 12:15:04 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/saltstrawoctIMG_9437.jpg

Holding your Halloween bag or bucket up at a front door while hoping for a couple of candy bars or lollipops?

It's the charming way of things come the last evening of October, each and every year. And while trick-or-treaters count on an array of sweets and suckers, they're not planning on seeing a scoop of ice cream inside their candy bag come the end of the night.

Because ice cream? It melts. It's gooey. And it's get-everywhere-y, too. But that shouldn't preclude the popular confection from having a role in the Halloween food fun, even if you probably shouldn't give it out, to costumed visitors, at your front door.

Enter Salt & Straw, the Portland-started, now-around-SoCal ice creamery that is always in the seasonal swing of edible things. The artisanal scoop shop now has a chilling 'n chilly line-up of flavors on, and you can find your freaky treat right through the end of October.

On the monstrous menu? Creepy Crawly Critters, a "grass-green" matcha that includes critters often found in grass: mealworms and crickets. They're real, though in this scoop they come enrobed in chocolate and toffee.

Dracula's Blood Pudding does, spoiler alert, include actual blood pudding, as well as a "heady combination of warm spices."

And The Great Candycopia, Essence of Ghost, and Freckle & Hyde Potion fill out the remainder of the eerie goodies, with each flavor offering something spooky or surprising, in terms of what you typically find in ice cream.

There's no need to hand out scoops at the front door, nor to expect it in your candy bucket; but if you saunter by the Salt & Straw locations on Larchmont, Abbot Kinney, Santa Monica, and Ventura Boulevards, as well as the shop in the Arts District, you'll find an icy and eeky expression of a holiday not known for its colder treats.

Photo Credit: Salt & Straw]]>
<![CDATA[New: Ghost Train Advance Tickets]]> Mon, 09 Oct 2017 09:38:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ghosttrainEvilClownsKaleidoscope.jpg

The typical emotion that overcomes a person as they approach a place that's said to be haunted, to be full of ghouls and creepy clowns and eeky sights that inspire the prickling of one's skin?

Dread. Fear. A desire to hightail it out of there, never to return.

But the exact opposite is happening with the Ghost Train, the seasonal, only-semi-scary choo-choo from the LA Live Steamers Railroad Museum.

The beloved train, which is open to kids and grown-ups alike, took a break in 2016, leaving devotees of the ride, which wends through spooky scenes and displays in an atmospheric corner of Griffith Park, more blue than Halloween orange.

A welcome return in 2017, however, brought cheers from Ghost Train enthusiasts, and high interest, and a desire to book a ticket ahead of time to the popular event.

So, for the first time ever, the Ghost Train has made advance tickets available, a brand-new feature due to recent fan demand.

You can guess that tickets are flying faster than a witch flies upon a broomstick, and some nights sold out in a jiffy. But happy and haunting news: Advance tickets for 2017 are still plentiful, so walk far faster than a mummy to this site to secure your spot.

And, yes: Tickets are available, as of this typing, for Halloween night 2017.

All that said, take heart if you just don't know what night you and the family can go yet: Stand-by tickets, long the way of doing things at the Ghost Train, will still be available during each night of the 2017 run.

And that run opens on Friday, Oct. 13. The Ghost Train won't chugga-chugga every night through Halloween, but will welcome brave souls on 11 select nights right through to Tuesday, Oct. 31.

Your advance $20 ticket? You can board the ticket train here.

Arriving at the Ghost Train, when you go? Look for two queues: One for guests who buy their ticket on site, that night, and a line for those with a pre-purchased ticket.

If you do pre-purchase, just be sure to have your print-out with you or the ticket on your mobile device ready to show.

Photo Credit: Ray B]]>
<![CDATA[See Inside Jennifer Lopez's $27 Million Penthouse]]> Mon, 09 Oct 2017 18:49:57 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/JLO+NYC+PAD+THUMB1.jpg Jennifer Lopez has put her $26.95 million Midtown penthouse on the market. See what realtors have listed as a "crown jewel" duplex.

Photo Credit: Evan Joseph]]>
<![CDATA[CicLAvia Returns to the 'Heart of LA']]> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 18:06:00 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/Ciclavia_GaryLeonard_2012.jpg

Standing in the middle of Broadway while taking in the full sweep of architecture, sights, shops, sounds, and the bustle of downtown life?

It can tempt, but the whole "in the middle" part is never recommended, due to all of the vehicles that use the forever-busy thoroughfare throughout the day and night.

But sometimes Broadway closes to cars, like during Fiesta Broadway in the spring, and, even sometimes-ier, you can ride your bicycle right down the center of the road, at your own pace, while doing that aforementioned soaking-up of the sights.

That moment is ahead, on Sunday, Oct. 8, when CicLAvia returns to the "Heart of LA," which includes visits to downtown, Boyle Heights, Chinatown, and Echo Park, too.

It's free to join, as always, and thousands do, with some participants opting for skateboards, the rare pogo stick, and quite often their own two feet.

Important: CicLAvia "is not a race." Hop in where you can, leave from where you want, and keep in mind that there's a two-way flow going on, wherever you enter from.

And entering from multiple points is easy, given the array of Metro stops nearby.

A quartet of hubs, at Echo Park, Mariachi Plaza, Chinatown, and Broadway, are happening places, and solid spots to stop for information. And as is tradition, spying community booths, bike-oriented groups, and food trucks along the way is part of the spokes-sweet scene.

This fall heat wave? It'll begin to break on Oct. 8, making for a perfectly balmy, though not too roasty, day out on your favorite people-powered two-wheeler.

If you've ever wanted to take in the vibrancy of Broadway from the middle of the street, but never have because, well, safety, here's your chance to admire this great thoroughfare from the seat of your bike.

Photo Credit: Gary Leonard]]>
<![CDATA[Opa! LA Greek Festival Time]]> Fri, 06 Oct 2017 18:35:14 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/LAGF_photo2.jpg

We say "kataifi" and you say "yum." We say "moussaka" and you cheer "delicious."

We "feta fries" and you ask "where, when, how much do they cost, can I eat them on my own, should I share them, do I have to share them, and how long after I finish will I want a second order?"

Granted, that's a lot to say in one run-on breath, but the LA Greek Fest can have that sort of eat-happy, highly understandable effect on fry-loving, feta-fancying revelers.

We mean, feta fries. Who wouldn't, is our question.

Of course, well-made food isn't the only feature of the hugely attended festival, which is in its 19th year in 2017, but you can bet that many of the 20,000 people who show up are seeking a plate of spanokopita, or some tiropita, or another phyllo-tastic meal, the kind of delicacy that seems even more flavorful when enjoyed at a festival.

The party, which is an open-air affair at Saint Sophia Cathedral in the Byzantine-Latino Quarter, is five bucks to enter each day, and if you just come for the entertainment, and not the vittles, you'll find plenty to watch, from bouzouki player Alex Galas and the Omega Band to the Saint Sophia Dancers.

And are there Greek dancing workshops? The kind that will give you helpful pointers on when to move and where? That's right, you, out there dancing among other jubilant strangers? You bet there are: That's one of the smile-summoning staples of this come-together festival.

But if you're simply there for a licorice-deep taste of ouzo, or a rich Greek coffee, or to try every hearty dish you can, from pastitso to feta fries, that's a perfect reason to attend, too, even if you stay firmly in your seat while dancers frolic nearby.

The convivial nature of the festival reaches all. Dance your way to Pico and Normandie, or simply drive as you think about baklava and feta fries, and find your place at the big party through Sunday, Oct. 8.

Photo Credit: LA Greek Festival]]>
<![CDATA[The Art of Tiki: 21st Anniversary Show]]> Fri, 06 Oct 2017 13:06:00 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/artoftikisven1.jpg Both "vintage Tiki originals" and contemporary expressions of the form are now on display at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Feliz.

Photo Credit: The Art of Tiki]]>