<![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-usThu, 30 Mar 2017 05:45:59 -0700Thu, 30 Mar 2017 05:45:59 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Knott's Berry Farm: Vintage Item Auction]]> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:00:30 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Seagrave-Type+Fire+Engine+%28c.+1940s%29.jpg The roller coasters and rides are staying put, but you can bid on a piece of Ghost Town history or another treasure from the Buena Park theme park.

Photo Credit: Heritage Auctions]]>
<![CDATA[Los Pollos Hermanos Pop-Up Restaurant Coming to LA]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:59:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/a31c8c99-29d1-6f37-6d48-3d0a0259895d_Jimmy_Car_Sand.jpg

Somebody "Better Call Saul." 

Gus Fring's infamous chicken chain featured in the TV show "Breaking Bad" is coming to downtown Los Angeles this week, according to AMC. 

Fring's Albuquerque restaurant served as a headquarters for both his chicken and meth empires on AMC's critically-acclaimed series. 

The pop-up restaurant near the Arts District will feature Fring's famous curly fries on Wednesday and Thursday. 

It's unclear if the restaurant will actually serve chicken dinner, but like DEA Agent Hank Schrader says on the show: "We're not here for the chicken." 

The real-life Los Pollos Hermanos will also pop-up in New York in April. The pop-up recently made a stop in Austin at SXSW where series stars Bob Odenkirk (who plays Saul Goodman) and Giancarlo Esposito (who starred as Gus Fring) signed autographs and greeted fans.

You can stop by the Pollos pop-up at 1345 E. 6th St. in downtown LA from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. 

The third season of the "Breaking Bad" spin-off "Better Call Saul" premieres on AMC on April 10 at 10 p.m. EST.


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<![CDATA[The Classic West: New Mega Concert Weekend]]> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:44:30 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/fmGettyImages-456908984.jpg

It was only just under a year ago, back in the spring of 2016, that swirling rumors about a particular concert weekend stopped swirling and were officially set in rock-hard stone: Desert Trip, the huge, icon-laden Coachella Valley music festival, would really and truly happen.

The epilogue to the successful October 2016 concert weekend, which saw the likes of The Rolling Stones and The Who, is this: Fans adore the top-notch artists, the kind of rockers and rollers who've proven their music mettle through decades of incredibly solid songcraft and hit-making.

Those fans, and probably oodles of new ones, will be able to enjoy more masterful showmanship when a new mega concert weekend soon comes to town, and we do mean to town, as in Dodger Stadium, and not a spot further afield.

The just-announced extravanganza? Add The Classic West to your Arroyo Seco Weekend and Desert Trip and Coachella and Stagecoach batch of big-big-big shows. It's a two-dayer that, like Desert Trip, will feature a half dozen classic superstar acts on Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16. 

Those acts include, on day number one, the Eagles, Steely Dan, and The Doobie Brothers. Day two will see Fleetwood Mac on the stage, and Journey, and Earth, Wind & Fire.

This isn't the only date this six-pack powerhouse has over the summer of '17: The Classic East will rock New York City's Citi Field on July 29 and 30.

As for the out-sized Los Angeles outing? All tickets for the Dodger Stadium weekend are listed as "2-Day," from regular tickets to the Classic Gold VIP and Classic Fan Floor packages. Meaning this: You buy a ticket, you see all the acts. No needing to figure out which day to do, for you can, and should, do both.

There are a number of options, so peruse all before the upcoming on-sale date of Friday, April 7. An American Express pre-sale rolls from April 3 through 6.



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<![CDATA['Breaking Bad' Restaurant: LA Pop-up]]> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:14:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bettercallsaulpolloshermanos.jpg

When a pop culture maven tosses down the term "movie restaurant" or "TV eatery," they very often has to pause and clarify what exactly is meant.

For the specific categories, as far as those notions go, break down thusly: Restaurants where movie or TV stars are known to dine, restaurants that were seen on screen in a film or series, or fictionalized cafés that show up, in the real world, after starting on a screenwriter's page.

Finding a started-as-not-real, now-is-real restaurant, though, can be a tad tricky, and it's definitely more difficult than locating a dining room beloved by movie stars or an eatery that's doubled as something else on the big or small screen.

Of course, there's Springfield, inside Universal Studios Hollywood, which sports both a Moe's Tavern and a Krusty Burger (as seen on "The Simpsons").

And now, for two days only, and those days are Wednesday, March 29 and Thursday, March 30, Los Pollos Hermanos, from both "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul," will magically appear, and prepare flavorful vittles for fans, in the Arts District.

This shouldn't surprise devotees of either AMC series, as a promo released in January doubled as a commercial for the on-screen family restaurant. And are real-world tees sporting the iconic birds of the business a thing among many fans? (Yes, they are.)

Update: Word on the street is that free curly fries are the handout of choice at the pop-up. Mmm. Curly fries.

"Breaking Bad" made its much-watched final bow in 2013, but "Better Call Saul" keeps on keepin' on, with a season 3 premiere just ahead on Monday, April 10.

Los Angeles isn't the first city to see a pop-up spotlighting the Albuquerque-based crime drama; Los Pollos Hermanos visited South by Southwest earlier in March, while a trip to New York follows Southern California, in April.

So how to reach Los Pollos Hermanos during its March 29 and 30 stay? There's no need to drive all the way to the Land of Enchantment; you'll just need to make your way to 1345 E. 6th Street in the Arts District.



Photo Credit: Los Pollos Hermanos]]>
<![CDATA[Disneyland's Autopia: 'All-New Look']]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:37:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/aut0983459fi121.jpg

Where did you first sit behind a steering wheel, with your foot hovering over the gas pedal, ready to finally go, go, gooooo?

It might have been a quiet cul-de-sac in your neighborhood, with a parent at your side. Or you might have initially driven a car through the carless parking lot of a local stadium or ballpark.

Or, if you grew up in Southern California, you could have enjoyed your first spin at the helm of a vehicle in no less than Autopia.

Disneyland's iconic "car land" preceded the current Cars Land, which is located in Disney California Adventure, by some 57 years. It has influenced and inspired numerous other automobile-themed attractions, throughout the world, both in design, vision, and general verve.

And, as a fabled "opening day attraction" — that's right, Autopia debuted, along with the Anaheim theme park itself, on July 17, 1955 — it holds a hallowed, pedal-to-the-metal'd place in the history-obsessed hearts of Disneyland devotees.

Prepare to make a bit more room in your Autopia-adoring hearts, Disneylanders: The Tomorrowland destination has a couple of new characters, thanks to a design refresh that debuted on March 24, 2017.

Autopia, powered by Honda, is now home to Honda's ASIMO, or, if you prefer to be a bit more formal with names, Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility. This robotic lad also comes with a best bud, who is a bird robot with the easy-to-remember name of Bird.

Question: If ASIMO is considered "humanoid," is Bird "birdanoid"? Debate that next time you're in the Autopia queue.

The charming duo is enjoying "the ultimate road trip," with "new scenes" that feature "ASIMO and Bird as they plan their trip, load up their Honda vehicle and experience adventures that take them to a campground to the sky beyond."

ASIMO isn't a newbie, as far as the theme park goes. In fact, he used to appear at his namesake Tomorrowland theatre, daily, over the course of a decade, beginning in 2005.

But Bird? Hang onto your well-worn trivia books, lovers of Disneyland first: The avian adventurer is "the first character created especially for this attraction."

And if you really know your Autopia firsts, then you're aware that the beloved cars received paint jobs back in 2016 "in Honda colors" as well as "...new fuel-efficient Honda engines, badges, and tires."

What high jinks will the sweet humanoid and birdanoid robots get into at the long-running vroom-tastic attraction? Surely the sorts of adventures we people, big and small, wish to have, from time to time (one of the reasons we go to theme parks, after all — adventure).

And, yes, "big and small" means that so many of us first drove, as adventure-having tots, on the curvy and safe lanes of Tomorrowland.



Photo Credit: Disneyland Resort]]>
<![CDATA[Museum of Ice Cream: LA Opening Announced]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:43:23 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/moicGettyImages-584551920.jpg

Back when you were but a tot, just a wee young'un, really, you likely went on a few field trips to various institutions of grand cultural and artistic importance.

And while you learned to love paintings there, or sculpture, or gardens, you likely also meditated upon the following topic, as children are wont to so wisely do: Why do only certain things get to be in museums?

Actually, it's a question adults ask, too. And a few dream-having, art-creating adults in New York City decided to go further down that fantasy-filled chute and create a high-of-brow, oh-so-lofty repository devoted to something that's beloved, oh-so-every-day, and probably in your freezer right now.

Needless to say, the Museum of Ice Cream was quite the sprinkle-covered hit when it briefly popped up in the meatpacking neck of Manhattan back in the summer of 2016.

Now the light-hearted innovators behind that pop-up experience are bringing the whole cold-to-the-tongue concept to the Arts District in Los Angeles, for more time than it takes a scoop of vanilla ripple to melt, but barely: You'll have five weeks to see it.

Those five weeks, ish, start on Saturday, April 22 and end on Memorial Day, which is Monday, May 29 in 2017.

Tickets, which go on sale to the general public on Monday, April 3 at 10 a.m., are essential.

And they'll disappear as fast as the fudge coating the bottom of a banana split dish.

In fact, entries were gone in New York in just five days, and the waitlist? It boast thousands upon thousands of people who wanted in, but had to settle for the waitlist (a feeling surely akin to wanting a caramel sundae but finding that your favorite shop has caramel on back order).

The $29-per-adult ticket to the pop-up includes "... two curated ice cream tastings and surprise edible treats!" Various artisanal Golden State ice cream makers will be highlighted during the run, and My/Mo mochi ice cream has a special tasting lined up, too.

Of course, absolutely, no surprise here, kids are welcome at the Museum of Ice Cream, too. Admission for children ages 3 to 12 and seniors is $18 per person.

It isn't all about eating at the Museum of Ice Cream, however. A number of whimsically imagined rooms, including a pool filled with sprinkles and a Popsicle jungle (make that melted Popsicles) lend this dessert-dedicated vault of high-minded fun plenty of vavoom.

Some visitors choose to be surprised by the museum's treat-quirky displays and interactive delights, but if you need to know what every experience within will entail, watching the museum's social media, or digging into the museum's online headquarters, should fulfill your spoilery desires.

There is a pre-sale starting on March 30, do note. But even if you take your time hemming and hawing at the ice cream parlor, trying to decide if you want a malted or a straight-up shake, there shall be no hemming nor hawing over attending this oh-so-brief pop-up: Slots to see this flavorful destination shall melt away as quickly as a pint of toffee chunk left outside on a July afternoon.

Two last things: The Museum of Ice Cream curators promise more pop-ups to come, down the road, though where/when remain delightfully mysterious.

And lastly: Why can't more everyday things score their own museums or well-attended exhibitions? We know, we know, ice cream isn't truly everyday in spirit — it's pretty extraordinary — but those things we fold into our daily or weekly lives deserve some fawning and fun treatment from time to time, too.



Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Boysenberry Fest: Eye the Tantalizing Treats]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:19:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/boysenberryFrybread+3.jpg Savory new additions, like ravioli, join the sweets for the special Knott's happening.

Photo Credit: Knott's Berry Farm]]>
<![CDATA[New Emoji: T-Rex and Zombies and Vampires, Oh My!]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:50:30 -0700 See the full set here.]]> See the full set here.]]> http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Emoji-5-.jpg

Emoji are taking a trip back to the Jurassic period as dinosaurs join the ranks of the texting-friendly symbols.

T-Rex and brontosaurus are part of a slate of 56 new characters in 69 total variations joining the ranks of emoji, the Unicode Consortium announced Monday. They'll also let you get spooky with zombies and vampires, show activities like rock climbing and a yoga pose or add a little diversity to the faces in texts, with older adults and women in headscarves.

Most of the new emoji are smileys and people, bringing starry-eyed and exploding faces into the lexicon, and letting you show skepticism, nausea and even cursing. Among the 13 new food and drink emoji are steak, broccoli, chinese food container and pie.

The new emoji will be available in June, when Unicode version 10 is released. That makes them available to companies like Apple and Google, which make their own versions of the emoji for users to type.

Emojipedia mocked up how the new emoji might look on Apple devices. See them here.

It's the fifth set of emoji to be released.



Photo Credit: Emojipedia]]>
<![CDATA[Flutter, Flutter: Butterfly Pavilion at NHMLA]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:46:49 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GulfFritillarynhmla.jpg

The notion of a pavilion can fill one's head with fluttery thoughts of grand parties and lovely events and other unusual doings that can only truly flourish inside a special building.

It stands to reason then — or flies, rather, than stands — that a kaleidoscope of butterflies moved into their very own, very special pavilion at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles near the middle of March.

It's a new pavilion, too, one that suits its temporary tenants in beauty and natural grandeur. The Butterfly Pavilion, for that's its name, is a warm-weather must-do at the Exposition Park museum, and it is on again, through Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 4).

Tickets to the pavilion o' butterflies are required, and you'll choose your date and time, the better to make sure your experience with the seemingly magical insects is optimal.

Okay, strike that: Butterflies are real, not magical, but the span of sizes, and wing hues, and how they eat and live can seem as though these critters were invented within the pages of some enchanted storybook. Much your visit, though, to the Butterfly Pavilion is learning about the science behind life as a butterfly (and not just oohing/aahing over pretty butterflies).

Some 20 Golden State flyers'll be in the house, or the pavilion, including monarchs and mourning cloaks. Other butterflies, from beyond our borders, will also make colorful cameos (the grey cracker is one such visitor).

As with years gone by, the Butterfly Pavilion is a very see-it-before-your-eyes kind of place. You'll get to watch, if the timing is right, "...how butterflies use their tubular mouth parts to obtain nectar and how caterpillars feed on leaves and go through the process of their transformation into adults."

See what we're saying? Straight from a storybook, but actually real science.

It's the most fluttery of the Southern California spring-starting traditions, admiring the Exposition Park-based butterflies, and we're including the beach kite festivals in that not-too-controversial opinion.

If you dig the flutter, the science, the eye-popping wings, the nectar drinking, and everything to do with these flower-loving breeze riders, make your date with the new pavilion on the south side of the Natural History Museum.



Photo Credit: Mario de Lopez/NHMLA]]>
<![CDATA[Wham-O Frisbee Scavenger Hunt]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:40:23 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/WhomOScavengerHunt.jpg

Finding a Frisbee on the beach?

It's a discovery that can feel as common, and as local, as coming across an interesting shell or bit of kelp, at least around Southern California.

After all, Wham-O, the nearly 70-year-old company behind the iconic toss-it-long disc, can claim roots in both South Pasadena and Carson.

And while parks, fields, yards, and other open spaces are solid places to break out the catch-air toy, our beautiful beaches remain an ideal friends-and-Frisbees destination, both in popular culture and real life.

Which makes what's coming up, right ahead, even more perfect. To honor the original Frisbee's 60th birthday, Wham-O is staging a Frisbee scavenger hunt along, where else, our Frisbee-fun Southern California coast.

So what are you looking for, exactly? Easy: Keep those eyes open for 12 original Frisbees. They'll be stashed, stowed, and hidden around our beach communities.

The scavenger hunt is a four-day deal, from Thursday, March 30 to Sunday, April 2, so jump into the search any time during that span. 

The best bit, besides finding a free Frisbee? There's a sweet and sunshiny aim behind this particular anniversary celebration: Wham-O wants to "...get kids and adults to unplug and get outside." 

Spring is here, the original Frisbee is 60, and spending an hour on the beach, with a pal and a free disc you found during a scavenger hunt, feels like the very best thing one could do with their free time.



Photo Credit: Wham-O]]>
<![CDATA[Headphones + Dinner: Special UNION Event]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 06:59:26 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/IMG_2121-396-horz.jpg

If you've been out, about, and on the town in recent months, you may have come across a curious clutch of headphone-wearing people all participating in something, in unison, but seemingly silently, at least from your vantage point.

Those headphone wearers might be dancing in the middle of a closed-to-cars street, or engaging in a few yoga poses, but whatever is happening inside those headphones is, quite obviously, guiding their actions and enjoyment.

Silent disco and silent yoga, prepare to meet silent supping, for UNION restaurant in Pasadena has joined with HUSHconcerts to give guests an unusual food-and-flows experience on Monday, March 27.

How will this work? When you reach the California-meets-Northern-Italy eatery, you'll don wireless headphones, then dig into a three-courser of a prix fixe meal. The tunes in your ears? They've been chosen to connect, in theme and feeling, with the cuisine on your plates, and, yep, dessert is included.

Bruce Kalman, the chef and co-owner of UNION, has chosen the playlist (Chef, by the by, is in a band of his own called Foie Grock). Co-owner Marie Petulla is also behind the unusual, gourmet grooves happening.

While your dishes and songs have already been selected, there are two seatings for you to choose from: 6 p.m. and 8:30. The price is $65, though bring more for tax and tip and wine, if you want that, too. There's an opportunity to add on wine pairings for $25.

More "Tasty Tunes" nights are promised for the popular restaurant, down the road.

Surely you prepare your own playlists, at least from time to time, for at-home dinner parties. But going into a public place of dining, and slipping on a pair of headphones, is a bit quirkier, and just may lead to a truly singular mealtime memory.

Music? We like it. Stylish food, too, and trying out new things. Silent discos are here to stay, and they're now flowering in other quarters, such as offbeat restaurant events.



Photo Credit: UNION/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Ranunculus Now: Flower Fields Abloom]]> Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:51:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/flowerfieldsmarch25.jpg

In these heady days of flower-related sightings, blossom buffs are staying focused on a few key points before setting out to find the petals they seek.

One? A detailed map, one that pinpoints the location of a sudden blanket of wildflowers, is a plus. And two? When it comes to photographs shared on social media, the kind of photographs that inspire a day trip, flower finders want to know one thing in particular: The exact date on the snapshot.

Because flowers, whether wild or cultivated, don't hang around for long, and if a photo was taken two weeks back, the pretty petals in the frame may have since vamoosed.

So check out the dates on the most recent photographs shared by The Flower Fields in Carlsbad. Nope, these are not wildflowers, but carefully tended ranunculus buds, and there is an admission to enter the attraction should you wish to get closer to all of that saturated color.

It's saturated color, though, that's much sought after by many springtime lovers around Southern California. And the newest photos, which are dated Saturday, March 25, are bound to please people who've been waiting for the flowers to start hitting peak blossom.

Certainly many of the ranunculi seen in the March 25 snaps are doing just that. The Facebook post also includes a promise that "(i)t's only going to be better tomorrow!" as far as the bloom goes, meaning Sunday, March 26 will draw oodles of devotees who long to see the once-a-year sight.

There are a few photos up on Facebook showing the splendid petal action in Carlsbad, so eye all and decide if this is your year, and your moment, to commune with the famous Carlsbad ranunculi.

It needn't be said, but we'll say it: You'll want your camera nearby if you go.

The Flower Fields are open daily through Mother's Day 2017, which is on Sunday, May 14.



Photo Credit: The Flower Fields]]>
<![CDATA[Peacock Day at LA Arboretum]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:26:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/peacockprettyGettyImages-516484852+%281%29.jpg

A peacock rarely saunters, or gambols, or ambles, but he does, most assuredly, strut with flair, finesse, and fabulousness.

And there is truly no better place in Southern California to see this age-old, feather-large, look-at-me strut than at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden in Arcadia.

For while the sizable spread is known for a multitude of sights and features — Lucky Baldwin's Queen Anne Cottage, the Santa Anita Depot, the Redwood Grove, Turtle Pond — is it a certain superstar, one that is in possession of a tail that's ready to fan out a moment's notice.

It's hard to miss the peacocks that roam the Arboretum, and it will be especially difficult on Saturday, March 25, which is the birds' special holiday at the flora-elegant destination.

'Yes, that's Peacock Day, an occasion that spotlights the avian residents of the garden, residents that can claim an Arboretum storyline that stretches back to the 1800s and Mr. Lucky Baldwin, the former owner of Santa Anita Ranchero, himself.

And while the the Arboretum is no longer Santa Anita Ranchero, it still is home to a number of glorious, admire-from-a-distance peacocks.

And peafowl, too, of course. There are a few must-knows about watching these celebrity strutters while visiting the Arboretum, on Peacock Day or any day, so bone up on your feathery 411.

The doings on March 25 are as multi-shaded as a peacock's much-photographed fan. A Peacock Discovery Trail, a peacock-themed art exhibition, the exploration of the peacocks' "amazing habits and natural attributes," and a talk all about peacock plumage are some of the delightful diversions of the day.

Indian classical music and food are also on the roster.

How to join the birdly happening and connect with these iridescent-of-feather favorites? Just pay admission to the garden and join the activities for free.

Once you know more about the peacock, future visits to the Arboretum will see you breaking out the facts and lore for your friends whenever a peacock crosses your path. Which, at the Arboretum, definitely is a thing that happens on the regular.



Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Aquarium Welcomes Admiral Fancy Pants]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:54:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/20170304_AOPpenguin_admiral_9318.jpg

Your name, it is often said, says a lot about you, in terms of your quirks, your personality, and what your particular interests or life path might be.

What, then, to make of Admiral Fancy Pants? There's much to this moniker, so much so that it feels as though a team of naming experts could be brought in and not reach a definitive, put-it-on-the-books conclusion.

So let us clue you in: Admiral Fancy Pants, who lives in Long Beach, is about yeah tall — picture someone holding a hand a couple of feet of the ground — and he adores waddling, splashing about, preening his feathers, occasionally molting, and frequently dining upon delicious fish.

He is, in fact, a Magellanic Penguin, the newest of the colony at the Aquarium of the Pacific's June Keyes Penguin Habitat.

AFP, for short, penguin-strutted into his new home on March 15, but not without some important back story: The two-year-old male penguin has taken up residence at the aquarium as part of the "national conservation effort" overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Meaning that his keepers are fervently hoping that, one day soon, there might be new chicks at the Long Beach aquatic institution who'll call Admiral Fancy Pants their dad.

Newsome, another penguin seen at the Aquarium of the Pacific habitat, has moved onto a new location, also a part of the same conservation program.

There are some 20 penguins in the habitat, and if you've visited it before, you know they love to twirl beneath the waves, take breaks on the shore, and exhibit a lovable amount of curiosity.

Surely Admiral Fancy Pants is fitting right into the splashy scene. 

There's other news from another splashy scene at the aquarium, one that isn't too far from the penguins' pad. Shelby, a senior harbor seal who has lived at the Long Beach destination since she was 3, marked her 21st birthday on Wednesday, March 22.

The comically sweet seal, of course, had at treat-packed party, the kind of tasty to-do that befits barky, flipper-famous celeb.



Photo Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific]]>
<![CDATA[Dunkin' Donuts Says Goodbye to Coffee Coolatta, But ...]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:17:40 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/175*120/GettyImages-118817089.jpg

Dunkin' Donuts says it is getting rid of the popular coffee Coolatta, but plans to replace it with a new frozen drink.

According to the company, the Coolatta will be replaced this year by its new Frozen Dunkin' Coffee, which it says provides "a more authentic" coffee-drinking experience.

The Coolatta has been around since 1994.

Here's the full statement from Chris Fuqua, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Global Consumer Insights & Product Innovation for Dunkin’ Donuts:

"Dunkin' Donuts is expanding its coffee menu with the addition of new Frozen Dunkin’ Coffee by summer 2017. The new frozen coffee beverage, inspired by iced coffee, is crafted using blenders that we rolled into Dunkin' Donuts restaurants nationally in 2015. Dunkin' Frozen Coffee is made using a special extract that contains Dunkin’ Donuts Original Blend coffee, blended with ice and dairy for a smooth, coffee-forward flavor, and can be customized to meet a guest's taste preferences. Frozen Dunkin’ Coffee will offer our guests a more authentic, energizing coffee drinking experience compared to the Coffee Coolatta. The Coffee Coolatta will be retired when Frozen Dunkin' Coffee joins our existing frozen beverages, including Fruit Smoothies, Frozen Dunkaccino, Frozen Vanilla Chai, Hot Chocolate-Frozen and Coolatta beverages."



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<![CDATA[Huntington Wisteria: The New Big Bloomer]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:13:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Wisteriaarborhuntington.jpg

March around Southern California can be so flowery, so suddenly, that a local blossom buff can hardly know where to turn.

Do you try Lake Elsinore, for poppies, but very early, and maybe on a weekday? Or Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, for a host of arid-awesome bloomers, and also on a weekday, due to extreme interest? Should you go in search of the delightful daffodils that spring up around Twin Peaks and Lake Arrowhead?

Choices, choices, and more choices, with the added time constraint that wildflowers traditionally have a pretty notable window.

That window is definitely still open for many places as we roll into late March, and the Sierra petals haven't even truly begun to make a showing, up in the higher elevations, but there are some flowers hitting their showy strides at some Southern California public gardens as March winds down.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is the spot for a vivacious line-up of lovely buds, but let us highlight one that's rather unusual: the wisteria.

It's a purple drape-down gem, the kind of plant we look up to admire as it sprawls across pergolas and trellises.

This makes wisteria enjoyment a bit quirky, in the sense that California poppies and Death Valley sunflowers are of the stare-down genus while wisteria is firmly in the look-up family (or look-ahead).

But don't fall too deeply into the beautiful brevity of the moment, all while keeping your peepers solely trained on the wisteria flowers over your head; gaze also upon the many other petals springing up at the Japanese and Chinese Gardens, which is where wisteria may be found at The Huntington.

It can be a pleasure to fall into all of that purple, in a spring reverie, but there are other flowers doing their whole "look at me!" show, too, at the 120-acre San Marino-based landmark.

Unlike many out-in-the-country wildflower spots, there is an admission charge to The Huntington. But it is closer to home for many flower fans, too, and finding a thick pergola of lavender-hued wisteria is a sight that belongs to a public garden or other private space (such as the homes of the recent Sierra Madre Wistaria Festival).

Is it poppies or wisteria for you in the coming days? A wide 'n wild expanse or a carefully tended garden? Orange sunshine or purple deep? 

Most nature-obsessed seekers would likely love upon both. But don't dally too long, for flower blooms have their yearly moment and then fade away for another, long-off day.



Photo Credit: The Huntington]]>
<![CDATA[Eggslut Glendale: Now Open]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:54:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/eggslutglendale.jpg

No one would ever dare taunt a pancake, and few of us would want to snicker at a sweet roll or badger a bun. 

All breakfast food is to be enjoyed, appreciated, and devoured. Fact.

But a very impressive contigent of breakfast eaters have moved into a particular corner over the last decade, and it is a corner scented with eggs and bacon and sausage and slices of melty cheese and, almost above all, really toothsome, incredibly grippable, tie-it-all-together bread.

That corner we speak of belongs solely to the breakfast sandwich, which, of course, has been around as long as breakfast and sandwiches. In recent years, though, restaurants have been blithely experimenting with gourmet-quality sandwich add-ins, with local egg-porium Eggslut at the front of that innovative pack.

The company's beloved brioche bun, and those considerable queues out front of the truck and stores, are clues that something a little dif is afoot in the whole morning sammie game. What began as a food truck, then an always busy stall at Grand Central Market, is now a boutique eggery with outposts in Las Vegas and Venice.

And, as of March 23, 2017, Glendale, on Brand Boulevard, not far from Colorado.

It isn't all about eggs and other proteins and carbs stuff in a hunk of brioche at Eggslut. Coddled eggs, too, have gotten the love, and an egg salad boasts a hold-it-together elixir that's straight-up honey mustard aioli.

Where will The Sluts — those are the memorably monikered coddled eggs — get to crackin' next? No yolk: Eggslut is on the up and up and up and up, as is our nearly universal devotion to incorporating the sandwich format at every meal of the day.

Surely a dessert sandwich is the next soon-to-be classic around town?

Eggslut Glendale is located at 252 S. Brand Boulevard.



Photo Credit: Eggslut]]>
<![CDATA['Harry Potter' Universal Ride: Cool Update]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:28:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/194*120/Harrypotterforbidden2382323.jpg

We live in the kind of city where "frames-per-second"-themed conversations happen as frequently as we chat about our favorite canyon hikes, secret beach coves, froyo toppings, and sunset-watching spots.

And with reason: When Hollywood is your home, an ideal viewing experience, which is very much related to how quickly we're seeing pictures over particular window of time, becomes an everyday, but still essential, kind of topic.

It's a topic that stretches beyond the cinema, too. Take Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, for example, the twisty, rollicking, head-over-feet thrill ride inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

If you know this comin'-right-atcha attraction, you just might know that the film has been, in the past, projected at a 60 frames-per-second rate.

Hold onto your broomsticks and tell your owls to fly far faster: Universal Studios Hollywood, the home Wizarding World, has now doubled that frame rate, to 120 frames-per-second, lending the visuals a richer flow.

Merlin's beard! That's certainly as exciting as catching The Golden Snitch on your first try.

This 4K-HD experience is on now, providing magic-seeking guests with a deeply you-are-there, oh-so-immersive adventure. An adventure that has a lot of enchantment in its soul, yes, but also the very up-to-date-iest technology.

How to see it? You'll need a ticket to Universal Studios Hollywood, which gives you access to the Hogwarts-handsome area.

And area that will soon celebrate its very first anniversary, in early April. How many times have you been? Are you ready to change it up, frames-per-second-style, on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey?

Then don your house hues and head for the newest incarnation of the popular ride.



Photo Credit: Universal Studios Hollywood]]>
<![CDATA[Weekend: CicLAvia, Culver City-Venice]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:35:47 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ciclaviaculvertovenice17.jpg

CicLAvia: How to appropriately honor the close of the first week of spring? You can leap through some daffodils, or blow some bubbles, or you can hop on your bicycle and ride between Venice and Culver City. Six miles of major streetage — hello Venice, hello Washington — will say "nope" to cars as cyclists, skaters, saunterers, and cartwheelers take to the asphalt, for free. Will people really cartwheel between Culver City and Venice on Sunday, March 26? It's an act as zingy as spring. Also zingy? CicLAvia is totally free.

Free LA Opera Open House: Ohhh, the Drama, capital D, hoo boy. And the longing looks, high notes, complicated love affairs, and eternal arias. Want to know the opera world a bit better, or meet it for the first time? There's an annual open house for that, one that takes people, adults and kids alike, on a costume-cool, wig-amazing, peek-backstage adventure. The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is the stunning setting, of course, the must-do list is lengthy (live singing performances are absolutely a part), and Sunday, March 26 is the date.

Vegan Street Fair: Summer is so tantalizingly close at hand, and yet? The major foodie on-the-boulevard bashes aren't yet a thing. Except, asterisk, this one, in North Hollywood, a late-morning-to-early-evening edible-tacular that's all about yummy eats based upon an array of plants. There's a beer garden, too, and an easy-to-reach spot: Chandler Boulevard, right near the North Hollywood Metro stop. Date/time? 11 a.m./Sunday, March 26 

Silent Film, Live Score: If you've always wanted to see Mexico's famous "El Autómovil Gris," a film that'll turn 100 in only two years, and you've longed to see it with tunes played right there, near the screen, you're in some luck: The Frida Cinema in Santa Ana has your rare chance on Saturday, March 25. Troker is at the instruments, doing the live score presentation, and the early-cinematic thrills are up on the big screen.

Earth Hour: Where will you be at 8:29 on Saturday, March 25? You might be standing near a lamp, with your hand on the switch, ready to shut it off for the following 60 minutes. For Earth Hour, at points around the planet, reminding humans of what it means to care for the planet. This means a number of big sites will go fully dark, including the Pacific Wheel at Santa Monica Pier. Of course, you can observe at home, too, by dimming the illumination in honor of the important moment.



Photo Credit: CicLAvia]]>
<![CDATA[Earth Hour: Lights Out for Planet Love]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:24:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ehGettyImages-142158278.jpg

Spending the afternoon of December 31st watching the news, and fireworks-laden footage from cities further along the earthly timeline, is a time-honored pursuit, at least for many people who reside in places that reach midnight near the end of the 24-hour cycle.

But you don't have to wait for New Year's Eve to see farflung towns and landmarks visually honor an annual occasion as a particular time on the clock arrives, locally.

Earth Hour, an early-spring event, also has that certain espirit of global coming-togetherness, but rather than fireworks, and laser shows, you'll see a number of famous locales spread across numerous countries turning out the lights.

As is tradition, Earth Hour, which is presented by the World Wind Fund for Nature*, will start at 8:30 p.m. in each time zone around the planet. The date? Saturday, March 25, and while some participants will observe the 60 minutes of darkness at home, others who are out on the town will notice attractions flickering off precisely when the minute hand reaches half past eight o'clock.

The Pacific Wheel at Santa Monica Pier is joining Earth Hour 2017, so if you happen to be near the famous Ferris Wheel on the evening of March 25, and you see those bright LED bulbs shut down, you'll know why.

Staples Center, LAX Pylons and El Rey Theatre on Wilshire Boulevard will also turn out the lights, along with a number of other notable Southern California spots.

The whole reason for this worldwide campaign, which began in Sydney, Australia a decade ago? To raise awareness about environmental issues, from energy efficiency to solar power, and to remind earthlings that we all share the same home, a home that is benefitted by our constant and considerate stewardship.

Want to join in? Here's how you start.

*update



Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Target Goes Photoshop-Free in New Swimsuit Campaign]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:10:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/032217+target+swim+campaign.jpg

This Summer, retail giant Target is going bold and embracing every body in its new swimsuit campaign.

The company launched #TargetSwim which celebrates positive body image and features real women of different body types. But, what makes this campaign even more special is that the photos of the models are not photoshopped.

The models show off their authentic selves while rocking bikinis and swimsuits. Dancer Megan Batoon, pro skateboarder Lizzie Armanto, model and body activist Denise Bidot and TV host and model Kamie Crawford flaunt their curvy bodies.

“Target shows women of all shapes, sizes and colors looking beautiful and confident in themselves and their swimsuits and that resonates with women everywhere,” Crawford said. “Confidence is contagious!”

People on social media are praising Target for the photoshop-free campaign, many calling the move perfect, great and inspiring.

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<![CDATA[Sleepless: Late-Night Music Center Soiree]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:30:11 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sleepless3G9C7082.jpg

What exactly do you do when you're sleepless?

You might try a breathing exercise, while remaining in bed. You might get up and go in search of a glass of milk. You could count sheep, perhaps.

Or you could don some stylish togs, phone a pal, and make for downtown and The Music Center's late-night happening, the one that pops up every so often with style, art, and flair.

"Sleepless" is its don't-nod-off name, and it is back, with sheer fabulosity, on Friday, March 24.

There've been a few Sleeplesses over the last couple of years, and if you've been, you know it is one of those rare events that begins during a particular calendar day and ends in the next. 

Keep in mind, then, that March 24th version of Sleepless, which deals with the theme of renewal, revs up as much of the city is revving down, at a half hour before midnight. And says adieu, and good morning, at 3 a.m. on Saturday, March 25.

How will that theme of "renewal" as well as "spring" and "migration" be expressed? The activities and presentations will center on a slew of spring-like sweetnesses, from the making of flower crowns with The Crown Collective to the folding of origami cranes for a time capsule.

A "buzzing nighttime garden" sound experience is also on the docket, and the chance to "Talk to a Plant." A dance party, bean bag lounges, discovering more about how dates grow, DJs, and other effervescent doings, doings as bubbly as a vernal pool, will fill the wee small hours. 

You can, of course, sip that milk, and do breathing exercises, if you're feeling sleepless and wish to return to your pillow.

However, if you're more on the Sleepless side of things, and want to dip into a number of stylish activities spread out through the Music Center Plaza and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, plan to be downtown 30 minutes before midnight on Friday, March 24.

Wear your flowery dress or necktie or a full-on flower costume, complete with petal-laden hat, if you have such a get-up and haven't had a chance to try it out yet.

This is, after all, the moment for blossoming.

Tickets are $20 ahead of time or $30 there.



Photo Credit: willteeyang.com]]>
<![CDATA[Queen Mary: New 'Entertainment Destination' Ahead]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:52:03 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/queenmarygensler.jpg

Watch any flickery, old-time film of a massive ocean-liner leaving port and you're bound to spy a lot of action on the land near the ship: people waving hankies, piles of leather-bound trunks, and ticket depots.

The Queen Mary, even today, looks as though she sailed out of a flickery film, but the land near the landmark ship doesn't possess the same bustling scene.

True, there's the colossal dome that formerly held the Spruce Goose, and some older buildings that summon the vibe of ye olde England, but things are mighty quiet on the immediate terra firma.

That will change, however, thanks to a "$250 million, all-inclusive entertainment destination" expected to rise on the 65 acres of land near the Long Beach ship. Urban Commons, which has held the master lease on the '30s-era ocean-liner since the spring of 2016, made the big reveal on Tuesday, March 22.

Highlights include "...a main lobby plaza off the freeway that will be reminiscent of a bygone era through distinct architectural and design details" as well as a "...2,400-foot long enchanting boardwalk past the marina, cafes and bars, eclectic retail shops, and a 200-room hotel..." 

A "grand outdoor amphitheater" is also woven into the vast-of-scope design, as well as "20 interactive and experiential activities" under the name Urban Adventure (think a trampoline park, an ice climbing wall, and so forth).

Gensler, the architectural firm, is a partner with Urban Commons on the "self-contained destination" which will pay visual tribute to both the ship's classic British aesthetic and Southern California, the Queen Mary's home since 1967.

The Queen Mary herself is facing a series of "critical renovations" in the years ahead, essential structural updates that Urban Commons is currently busy addressing, with some "$23 million... being spent to fix the most serious problems."

"Long Beach officials say the ship is safe for the public," says a company statement on the Queen Mary's web site, "and that those areas noted in the marine survey have been closed."

That means it is full steam ahead for a variety of on-the-ship events like the upcoming FantaSea magic spectacular in April and the Queen Mary's first-ever summer Halloween ball, on the last Saturday in July.

And, of course, this mega, just-announced development, the shops and restaurants and sporty activities that will fill out the land near the historical, long-may-she-reign ocean-liner.

An epic ocean-liner that deserves some happening bustle on her shore, much like the old ships seen in those flickery films of yore.



Photo Credit: Gensler]]>
<![CDATA[Vegan Street Fair: NoHo Delish]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:29:24 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/vegan290938232.jpg

Vowing to incorporate more greens, more fruits, and more healthful ingredients into one's diet isn't something that must begin with the vernal equinox (a moment on the calendar that, of course, instantly evokes the fresh notion of green things).

But the fact that the multi-block Vegan Street Fair rolls out the booths, tables, and grills just days after spring's start fits as beautifully as a few slices of marinated spicy tofu inside a snug pocket of pita bread.

The 2017 fair, which will fill out eight, edible-filled hours on Sunday, March 26, will take place near the North Hollywood Metro station, on Chandler Boulevard near Lankershim. And that's right on Chandler, as the "street" in the event's name does, in fact, mean the plant-delicious party will spread out along a closed-to-cars street.

Cost to enter? It's free. As in free as a springtime breeze, as free as a butterfly on a lantana bush, free, free, so free.

Cost to buy the vegan eats? The "bite-size portions" are four bucks a pop, so do have cash on hand for the noshing.

New in 2017: A beer garden over at the nearby Federal Bar, as well as "TONS more vendors of all kinds." The businesses set to show include Coconut Bowls, Hugo's Tacos, The Dirty Cookie, Roni Macaroni Food Truck, and Southern Fried Vegan (the list, though, is nearly as long as Lankershim, so see if your favorite'll turn up).

Spring has now officially announced its welcome entrance, the nights are brighter, and we're all collectively craving kale, or at least those foodstuffs that fold a little earthy, straight-from-the-patch punch into our diets.

If plants are your chowdown jam, this free fair on Chandler, in North Hollywood, will break out a vegan variety of goodies for you.



Photo Credit: Vegan Street Fair]]>
<![CDATA[Queen Mary First: Summer Halloween Ball]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:45:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/masqueradegetty12323.jpg

The very end of July is typically characterized by a few different sights, staples, and traditions.

We're plunk in the middle of the dog days of summer right around then, which simply means we'll trot out the phrase "dog days of summer" a lot more than usual. And the earliest back-to-school ads are revving up as July winds down.

As for Halloween making its first frightful foray into our worlds? That's ghoulishly going down, thanks to the big theme parks launching their autumn scare auditions at the close of July and a couple of major Halloween conventions springing up.

One of those majors, Midsummer Scream, takes place just a short drive from one of the most haunted places in California, purportedly and so forth: the Queen Mary.

That's the same ship that stages the Dark Harbor event in September and October each year, and hosts a number of ghost tours.

So in that spirit — yes, we said "spirit" with a wink — the Queen Mary will stage its first-ever summertime Halloween ball, one that will creepily coincide with all of the Midsummer Scream action haunting the Long Beach Convention Center.

"Dark Harbor's Sinister Circus" is the name of the costume ball, a party that'll take place aboard the history-laden boat on Saturday, July 29. There shall be prizes for the best get-ups — think macabre, think elegant — and characters from the autumntime "Dark Harbor" event will make cameos during the evening.

This is a separate ticket from Midsummer Scream, do note, so you'll want to purchase your $29 entry in advance. (If you buy your ball admission on the night of, it is $34).

There's also a way to stay aboard the ship and nab discounted entries to both the July 29-30 Halloween-themed convention at the LBCC and the eek-filled Queen Mary ball.

If you can't possibly wait for fall's official start to indulge in your devotion to the spooky and supernatural, then the last part of July is your time of year, at least around Southern California.

There's plenty to do during the dog days of summer, in terms of early Halloween happenings, including this newest offering, a costume ball brimming with phantoms, frights, and fun.



Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[FYF Fest 2017: Line-up Announced]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:11:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/fyfGettyImages-178139737+%281%29.jpg

Devoting the last third of March to readying for the upcoming weekend-long extravaganzas you'll be attending, from Coachella Music and Arts Festival to Stagecoach to BottleRock to Arroyo Seco and beyond, is a good plan, especially if you don't want to be booking those stays and throwing everything into the trunk at the last minute.

It's also a time that reminds us that not all of the out-sized summertime tune parties are fully set in stone, or, if you prefer, cast in vinyl.

There are still reveals to be made, and plans with pals to drum up, and tickets to be procured, and the procuring for one of the local majors will begin, in earnest, on Friday, March 24 at 10 in the morning.

That's when FYF Fest tickets go on sale, the in-town, now-so-so-large music festival that takes over a sizable chunk of Exposition Park.

True, the ever-growing festival used to be at Los Angeles State Historic Park, and The Echo before that, but it is now very firmly in that rare-of-air, oh-so-huge music festival camp, the kind of event that fills out a very full three days.

And the 2017 line-up is out, as of the morning of March 21. The headliners? Missy Elliott and Björk helm Friday, July 21, July 22 features Frank Ocean at the top of the roster, and Nine Inch Nails rounds out the list on Sunday, July 23.

Also on the starry, stellar, fan-favorite-filled line-up: A Tribe Called Quest, Erykah Badu, Iggy Pop, Solange, MGMT, and dozens of other acts and artists.

Single day passes for the all-ages gathering are $125 (plus fees).

The three-day sound soiree comes just about a month after Arroyo Seco Weekend, the brand-new Pasadena party headlined by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. And Outside Lands? That's in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park three weeks after FYF Fest.

True story: The major music festivals are on the way, with announcement after announcement. Packing, or at least planning, should probably be on your must-do list.



Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Remote L.A.: Theatrical City Adventure]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:27:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/RLA293craigschwartz.jpg

When pitching a "pedestrian-based live art experience" to an adventurous, try-new-things friend, it can be difficult to fully explain what transpired while holding back a few of the delightful surprises.

But to say that "Remote L.A.," a new Center Theatre Group, on-the-streets production, is a good fit with its city is an understatement.

Los Angeles, after all, is home to many excellent guided walks (which this is) and occasional flash mob-style happenings (there's a bit of that to this) and a strong, futuristic sci-fi streak, one that shines in films like "Her" and "Blade Runner."

The futuristic part of "Remote L.A.," which begins at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes and ends in, well, another part of downtown, comes courtesy of your A.I. guide, the one speaking in a slightly halting fashion inside your loaner headphones. 

Starting at La Plaza, the artificial intelligence voice in your ears will take you to several spots, including Union Station and Pershing Square, and there's a Metro trip involved, too (a TAP card is provided).

The robot-charming voice will ask you to ponder the people around you, the city's past, and a host of philosophical questions that tie to our bustling megalopolis, how thoroughly we observe what's happening around us, and the way we act when we're in a group.

"Remote L.A." which was created by "documentary theatre team" Rimini Protokoll, is operating on a few levels, as mentioned, with public performance, personal storytelling, and the-world-as-a-stage-ism all weaving together in one colorful piece of fabric.

It can seem quirky and a bit of a gas at first glance, but the complex ideas the event is built upon have gravitas and longevity.

It's on through Sunday, April 2. Note that while the start is at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, you'll need to check-in at the Ahmanson Theatre box office before walking the four or so blocks over to La Plaza.

A good note, too: There's a waiver to sign, with notable amount of walking on this adventure, and stairs, too, so read all before setting out to discover a "secret Los Angeles."



Photo Credit: All Uses © 2017 Craig Schwartz ]]>
<![CDATA[Revealed: Last Remaining Seats Line-up]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:32:11 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Orpheumlastremaining10392323.jpg

The number 31 possesses some magical qualities, no doubt.

Let's start with ice cream, because it is always a solid idea to start with ice cream, and the fact that 31 Flavors has been a staple of Baskin-Robbins for decades And let's end with months, for many conclude with the 31st day, including that best-known 31st day of all, Halloween.

As for the LA Conservancy? It so happens that the 31st year of its crowd-pleasing Last Remaining Seats film series has some magic to it, too, in the form of the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro.

The exquisite Warner Grand, you may be surprised to know, has not yet played a part in the long-running film fundraiser, which pairs vintage or much-loved films with beautiful movie palaces around Southern California.

But, as was just revealed on Monday, March 20, the venue will show not one but two flicks during the 2017 June series, including 1954's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" on Saturday, June 10 and "On the Waterfront," also released in 1954 and also set to screen on Saturday, June 10.

The rest of the schedule for the 31st annual Last Remaining Seats was also announced on March 20. Upcoming screenings include "LA Confidential" at the Orpheum Theatre on Saturday, June 3, 1944's "Laura" at the Million Dollar Theatre on Wednesday, June 7, the Cuban classic "La muerte de un burócrata" at the Palace Theatre on Wednesday, June 14, "Easter Parade" at the Los Angeles Theatre on Saturday, June 17, and "Wings" on Wednesday, June 21 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel.

Two gems round out the final day, Saturday, June 24, and both at the Orpheum: "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" and "Jaws."

Like you know the phrases of some of these gems by heart — "phone home" and "we're going to need a bigger boat" — you also likely know that tickets will be a hot and possibly hard-to-get item.

Which means you won't want to wait for June to buy your seat to your chosen movie or movies. Tickets go on sale to LA Conservancy members on Wednesday, March 29 while general public tickets are on sale on Wednesday, April 5 ($18 and $22 are the prices, respectively). 

As is tradition, the screenings will have their share of special introductions, audience members in period dress, and other memorable details. 

Best of all? You're watching the silver screen in a true, ornately decorated movie palace.

Wait, hold up, there's something even more best-of-all-y than that: Your ticket price helps the LA Conservancy continue to protect and preserve our region's historic and cultural legacy.

That you can sob over "E.T." or thrill to "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" while doing so is the frosting on this cinematic cake.



Photo Credit: LA Conservancy]]>
<![CDATA[Grand 'Hoppenin'': New Bunny Museum]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:57:00 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bunnycutegrass12345-horz.jpg

If you've flipped through any book detailing quirky California in recent years, or a travel magazine, or come across a cable show detailing the stranger attractions of Southern California, you've seen it, in all of its whiskery-of-face, fuzzy-of-fur glory.

We're talking about Pasadena's famous Bunny Museum, which has earned that "famous" in a few different ways.

Does it literally contain thousands upon thousands of rabbit-related items? It does. (Famous part #1.) Do married owners trade a bunny-themed gift every single day? They do. (Famous part #2.)

And is it in a private home? That's long been another famous-making fact about the started-in-1998, long-earred landmark, but hold onto your baskets: The Bunny Museum is having a "Grand Hoppenin'" in its brand-new, much-awaited, it's-happening location on Lake Avenue in Altadena.

Yes, that's not too far from the Pasadena home of Bunnies-in-Charge Candace Frazee and Steven Lubanski. And, again, yes, there's lots more room for the rabbits to spread out at the 2605 N. Lake Avenue building.

For sure, the public is invited to the evening kick-off — jump-off? — of the museum on Monday, March 20. A ticket is $15 and the money lends some carrots and lettuce, aka love and support, to the Bunny Museum's furry-fun future.

"Dress Attire: Bunny" is on the invite, let it be known. How you interpret that intriguing directive will surely be as individual as you are, and as unique as your love of our fascinating hare friends.

Don't twitch your little nose, or feel as though you've jumped into some muddy grass, at the thought that the one of the best-known home-based museums around is no longer in a home.

Be happy, instead, that all of those thousands of pieces of rabbit-y memorabilia have found a new and roomier warren to reside in, in nearby Altadena.



Photo Credit: Bunny/Bunny Museum]]>
<![CDATA[Spring Sprung: SoCal Gardens in Bloom]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:47:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Tulips-portada.jpg

If you rose at 3:28 on the morning of Monday, March 20, to well and truly welcome springtime, with a chipper, bluebird-light heart, we bow before your commitment to honoring important passages.

But most spring lovers around Southern California were a-snooze, heads on pillows, and not too worried about not properly saying hello to the season.

For they know that our region is lush with lovely gardens in bloom, as lush as a soil-rich bed covered in bright impatiens and petunias. And there'd be time to do the whole "hello spring" thing properly during daylight hours.

The upshot for sleeper-inners? You may not have awoken at 3:28 but you can make for a spot where spring is in full swing. That those spots also reveal what is currently blooming is an excellent resource, too, if you're on the lookout for a particular petal-type or tree.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is as stalwart-y as stalwarts get, and one of its symbols, the wisteria, is in full bloom at the moment. These are the purple, drape-tastic flowers found around the Japanese and Chinese Gardens, so seek out this wowza of a sight there.

The San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas offers up a robust roster of Marchtime bloomers, including calendula, forest lilies, and pink dombeya. The emphasis of the 37-acre spread is on native plants, so keep an eye out for those bloomers that might be in your own neighborhood.

Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge is very much about tulips in March, as well as its famous cherry blossom trees. If you love lilacs and daffodils, those are also putting on a show as well. And as for visiting on a weekday? Like the wildflower spots, weekends do bustle with flower lovers, so a Monday is prime visiting time.

The Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden at UCLA has those California poppies, if you're looking for them, as well as fan aloe and Japanese blossoming cherry. A whimsical Westwood escape, over a lunch hour or late afternoon, is an excellent way for making up for the fact that you slept through the official start of spring 2017 (as most people around the region likely did).



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<![CDATA[Dairy Queen, Rita's Celebrate Spring With Freebies]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 07:50:33 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/4941944171.jpg

What better way to celebrate the start of spring than with ice cream or Italian ice?

Dairy Queen is giving away free ice cream cones Monday to celebrate the first day of spring. 

Customers can stop at any participating location to get a small vanilla soft-serve cone with the signature curl on the top. The ice cream chain is also asking for donations for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals during its free cone day.

If ice cream isn't your thing, Rita's Italian Ice is also kicking off the first day of spring with an Italian ice giveaway — a tradition that has been going on for over 20 years.

Click here to find the nearest location.

And next month, Ben & Jerry's will be giving away ice cream on its Free Cone Day on April 4. Find the nearest franchise here.



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<![CDATA[Animals in the City: LA Urban Nature Fest]]> Sat, 18 Mar 2017 09:55:42 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NHMLAMD_20150627_171.jpg

Hollywood possesses a knack, via some of its more sentimental and sweet-of-heart films, for making us believe that talking animals roam our biggest cities while enjoying rollicking adventures.

Well, that's mostly true, in fact, save the talking part, though just because crows don't speak in the fashion of human beings doesn't mean they aren't communicating (they totally are).

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles serves as a central point for our regional fan club, the one devoted to observing and celebrating those animals who call our metropolis home.

So each year they host LA Nature Fest, a two-day party that spotlights "LA's wild side." In short, if you love the big cats who roam the hills — holler, P22 — and the squirrels who chitter up in the liquidambar tree in your front yard, then this is your chance to learn more about the critters who exist, and thrive, in and around our own busy worlds.

A ticket? It's $12 for adults, five dollars for kids ages 3 to 12. The dates are Saturday, March 18 and Sunday, March 19.

"Over 30 exhibitor booths" will be on the Nature Garden grounds near the Exposition Park museum, with several nature-related or nifty science organizations out to chat with visitors.

Craft-making opportunities, time to talk with scientists, and other paths to knowing and loving the beasties who live in our wide 'n vast city are part of the wild-wonderful weekend.

If you plan to visit the LA Nature Fest, you just might stroll by a curious squirrel or crow as you walk to your car or the bus. Best tip your hat, if you're wearing one, to let them know that you're a supporter of critters in the city, which does sound a bit like a movie title.



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<![CDATA[Farewell, Adhama: LA Zoo Hippo to Move]]> Sat, 18 Mar 2017 06:06:40 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/LosAngelesZooMaleHippoAdhamabyTadMotoyama.jpg

Hippopotamus love and Southern California? It's a pairing that stretches back decades.

Consider that Hyacinth Hippo, the tutu-sporting dancer of Walt Disney's 1940 classic "Fantasia," first danced into being at the company's Burbank studio. 

Speaking of Disney, there's the beloved flower-laden hippo inside It's a Small World at Disneyland Resort (those long eyelashes, sigh) and the hippos of The Jungle Cruise. And not related to Disney, but still a charmer? The Pygmy Hippo Shoppe, just off Beverly Boulevard.

And the actual, right-in-front-of-you, IRL hippos of the Los Angeles Zoo have many fans, too. And even more new fans were won when Rosie the hippo was born to Mara and Adhama in 2014. The surprise baby that made headlines near and far, and people made special trips to the Griffith Park destination to see her.

Now her dad, Adhama, is making a big conservation-minded move, to the Dallas Zoo, "...on the recommendation from the Species Survival Plan" program, which "...oversees the population management of select species within Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) member institutions."

That means that, with care, consideration, and perhaps luck, there could be a new baby hippo at the Texas-based animal park in the months or years ahead.

The LA Zoo wasn't Adhama's only California home. He first lived at the San Diego Zoo, but then made the trip up to Los Angeles in June 2013.

If you want to admire the 3,730-pound fellow one more time, and maybe watch him munch some tasty lettuce or enjoy the sunshine, you've got one more weekend to do so: Saturday, March 18 and Sunday, March 19.

Adhama, a "community favorite" at the zoo, has left a legacy in Los Angeles, both, of course, through sweet Rosie, and the wider conservation efforts in which he plays an important role.

And the fact that he has enchanted so many hippo-infatuated Southern Californians, and encouraged people to support efforts that support hippos around the planet.

Get to Griffith Park soon, though, before Adhama flicks his tail, a final goodbye wave to LA.



Photo Credit: Tad Motoyama]]>
<![CDATA[New: Disneyland Resort Pineapple Cotton Candy]]> Sat, 18 Mar 2017 09:49:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/222*120/Instagram-Dole-Whip-Cotton-Candy.jpg

Spring is not only around the corner, it is kind of already on this side of the corner, facing us, in our sphere, what with this sunshiny, bluebird-esque, flowers-a-flowerin' kind of weather.

And spring's start, which is officially on March 20, can give us a hankering for the most refreshing and tropical of treats. 

Say, like a Dole Whip, or Dole Whip Float, delicious and tangy foodstuffs that are as iconic as the sign found at the entrance to Adventureland.

It so happens that's exactly where the famous soft-serve sweets can be famously found, but there's a new pineapple dessert game in town, and it is already making fingertips around Disneyland Resort mighty sticky: pineapple cotton candy.

First thing to note, for those who've downed about 90 Dole Whip Floats while waiting for the show to start inside Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room over the decades, is this: The cotton candy, which may be found at the outdoor vendors around Disney California Adventure Park, is not from Dole.

So it doesn't have the Dole handle, in short. But the zippy flavor of pineapple is there, as are all of cotton candy's many charms, from its ability to stay on your hand well after you're done (a total plus) to how it is just so dang meltable against the roof of the mouth (also a plus).

Oh, and three? Cotton candy goes fast, fast as the "5,4,3,2,1!" countdown at the start of California Screamin'. Its fleeting nature is kind of magical, really.

Good thing, then, that the Disney Food & Wine Festival is on through Sunday, April 16, and at the very same park serving the pineapple cotton candy: Disney California Adventure.

Go have your gourmet meal, attend a demo, and then round it off with the tropical, fairy-floss dessert.

Another good thing to note? While you can take your cotton candy into Disneyland, after buying it at Disney California Adventure — see photo above — you definitely need to get it at California Adventure first. That's where it is sold.

And yet one more good thing to note in the whole Disneyland-pineapple-deliciousness nexus? You don't have to enter Disneyland Park to find your Dole Whip or your Dole Whip Float.

The Coffee House at Disneyland Hotel has both on the menu, with one notable, adults-only addition: You can request rum in your Dole Whip Float.

Well, it is by the swimming pool, and all of those swaying palms, and steps from the center of all island-style sips at the resort, Trader Sam's.

As José, one of the feathery stars of Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room, might say, "olé, applause, applause!"

Pineapple time is truly here, with spring now very much on our sides. Look no further than your next towering, wrapped-around-a-cone pineapple cotton candy, in Anaheim.



Photo Credit: Katie Slockbower/ Instagram user: @ktthedisneybear]]>
<![CDATA[Star Wars Land: AT-AT Construction Peek]]> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 22:52:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/atatsstarwars123.jpg

If you were tasked with building an All Terrain Armored Transport by, say, 5 p.m. tomorrow, the kind of massive machine famously and fearsomely tied to the Galactic Empire, where would you start?

Those towering legs spring to mind first, though one imagines that beginning with the body of the walker, and then eventually getting to the legs, is probably the way to go.

Oh, and there probably isn't anyone, save an absolutely huge team of adroit droids trained for the task, that could construct an AT-AT in a day.

It takes a good long while to properly perfect this kind of tech, as the innovative Imagineers at Disneyland Resort can likely attest. The world's best-known theme park is getting its own Star Wars-themed lands in 2019 — perhaps you've heard — and AT-ATs will be among the striking centerpieces.

Disneyland knows fans are eager to know every tidbit and detail of the on-the-rise world found near the back of the Anaheim destination, and has been consistently sharing peeks of what's happening.

And the latest share, on March 16, involves those mechanized icons that have so much character a devotee of the films can forget they're not organic.

There's video, first of all, that shows the skeletal forms of the AT-ATs, in real life, with Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and blue sky in the background. The video then transforms to computer animation, revealing what the fully rendered forms of the Walkers will soon be.

Oh, 2019. You're so long away. You're like two years away, in fact. Why?

Well, we'll wait, but only because we must.

There are "two incredible new signature attractions" to anticipate, after all. They'll both be inside the 14-acre attraction-cool area, which fans are generally calling Star Wars Land (though note that Disneyland refers to the project as "Star Wars-themed lands"). You'll be able to pilot the Millennium Falcon, and you'll join "...a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance."

Where will those AT-ATs show in the expansive world, and how will you outrun them? Best start mulling over your skills, ahead of 2019, because, as mentioned, an AT-AT is an intricate piece of machinery, and not built in a day.



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<![CDATA[SoCal Celebrates St. Patrick's Day]]> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 07:37:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/tlmd_tlmd_03_15_13stpatricks.jpg

First things first: The tiny green stripe on your socks, the one that's kind of lime, but more yellow, may not get you off the hook on St. Patrick's Day, even if you passionately defend your sartorial choices to those people dressed fully in hues of emerald and forest.

Once you are, too, then you are set for a day-long celebration around Southern California, a party that frequently begins just after dawn at some of the more vivacious venues. 

If your goals are A) green beer or B) simply a beer, such as a Guinness and C) hearing some fiddle-fun tunes while holding the aforementioned beer, there are places around SoCal that are a mite closer than jetting to Dublin. Dance for...

The Tam O'Shanter, which is erecting a full-on tent in its parking lot for hours upon hours of tunes. If you need an early nosh, the historical eatery opens at 11, but don't linger long inside, for the fiddles and strings rev up just past noon.

Casey's Irish Pub will again observe one of the most charming aspects of this particular holiday: The party that spills out onto the sidewalk, convivially, once the room inside is a bit too packed. But the downtown pub hosts a street festival for alfresco revelers, one that makes the most of the area in front of the establishment. The fest is on from 11 a.m. to 1 in the morning.

Angel City Brewery is setting up the mics for hours of tunes that pay tribute to the country across the sea, plus a particular eat that has loads of local cred: tacos. Rather, corned beef tacos, a yummy complement to the craft beer on the flow at this Arts District destination. It's a 14-hour party, noon to 2 a.m.

Tom Bergin's is the official "The House of Irish Coffee" 'round these parts, but you don't need to have the warm beverage if you're in the mood for a brew. There shall be plenty of those, too, as well as "plenty of shenanigans" in the parking lot adjacent to the Fairfax gem. Prizes, DJs tunes, and more await.

Molly Malone's, proudly founded in 1969, is just few blocks north of Tom Bergin's, on foot, near 6th and Fairfax. It's not uncommon for St. Patrick's Day observers to call upon both vintage venues, Tom's and Molly's, during their March 17 revelries, so stop by this long-runner of a local tavern for a pint if you're feeling that Fairfax vibe.

The Original Farmers Market, about seven or so blocks further north from Molly Malone's, will have tunes throughout the day, and corned beef plates from the famous Magee's Kitchen (an early tenant of the public market). Green beer will available, and the Paddy O'Dors play from 7 to 9. Arrive earlier in the day for balloon crafts and bagpipes before the nighttime bash gets to shamrockin'.

Wearing your green, head to toe? Then hop on Metro, grab a ride from a friend, and go to where the music, convivial spirit, and erin go bragh is in full, celebratory swing.



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<![CDATA[Weekend: Los Angeles Marathon]]> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 06:34:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lamarathonGettyImages-510245096+%281%29.jpg

LA Marathon: It's the biggie, so biggie that it takes in a swath of this great city, from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica. Hollywood, Sunset, and Santa Monica Boulevards will all have starring roles, Cheer Alley will again raise the you-can-do-it! vibes along Mile 18, and the Finish Line will boast an Angel City Brewery-helmed beer garden. Some 24,000 participants'll be making the Sunday, March 19 run, one that has a "Guinness Book of World Records" component, just to make an already exciting event even that much more major.

St. Patrick's Day: It's all about the fiddles, the foams, and that savory corned beef (oh yes, and the important sides, cabbage and boiled potatoes, too). Where to go? Tam O'Shanter is doing it up, and Tom Bergin, too, and Casey's Irish Pub'll be hosting its annual, out-into-the-outdoors street festival. The Original Farmers Market boasts the dancing tunes, and famous Magee's corned beef, while several SoCal venues are serving up traditional vittles on March 17. And if you're in Marina del Rey? There are several spots ready to celebrate.

Happy 50th, Pirates of the Caribbean: How many "yo, ho, hos" do you think might have been sung in the last five decades at one of the planet's best-known, most pirate-tastic attractions? Discuss with your Disneyland-lovin' pals as you make your way to Anaheim for special arrrr-related doings, merch, and eats on March 17 and 18. March 18, by the by, is the actual, this-is-it 50th birthday for Pirates of the Caribbean, which first set sail in 1967.

LA Nature Fest: Do you thrill to new news regarding P-22 and the other big felines who share our city? Could you watch the crows and squirrels hop/dash around your street for the better part of the morning? Then make for the Natural History Museum on Saturday, March 18 and Sunday, March 19 and join a celebration highlighting all of the many cool critters who also call our megalopolis home. Scientists will chat, animals will want to meet you, and numerous other activities will unfold like petals on a poppy.

Wildflower Time: We know. All of your friends who've already been out to see the glorious buds popping up around Lake Elsinore and the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park are likely advising you to go on a weekday, and that is probably a truly fine idea, if you can work that out. For a lot (as in A LOT) of people are looking for flower enjoyment right now, and with the fine weather running out, for more rain, in a couple of days, well... we understand if you've got to try. Tip? Go early. (Always a good tip, actually, for most things in life.) The Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve did say that the March 18-19 weekend might be the "real start" for that particular bloom, so hurrah.



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<![CDATA[First Look at Victoria Beckham's New Collection for Target]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:19:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/vb+target+thumb.jpg Victoria Beckham's clothing line for the masses arrives next month and fans of the designer are getting their first look at what to expect.

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<![CDATA[Erin Go Bragh or Nah? Take Our St. Patrick's Day Quiz]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:47:49 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/163797890-irish-river-dye-green.jpg

If you're planning to don green on this Friday
And want luck of the Irish coming your way
See if you're a real whiz
In our St. Paddy's news quiz
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<![CDATA[Eat|See|Hear: 2017 Summer Schedule]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:46:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/eatseehear098.jpg

Assuming is really the worst, or so we are often told, so what we're about to do is predict what'll soon be sitting next to your front door, and definitely not assume.

For we wouldn't want to make any set-in-stone pronouncements of the assuming sort. Who would dare? It's not polite.

First, a look back: A few weeks ago you probably had an umbrella next to your home's main entrance, and perhaps a pair of galoshes, too, due to the soggy weather.

Soon, though? Let us pause, put our fingers to our forehead, and picture it: Maybe you'll have an old blanket near the front door, and a picnic basket, and all of the other items that are par for the happy course when it comes to watching movies outside. 

For it is nearly That Special Time of Year, that alfresco grassy sky-above film time, when we head outside to be entertained. And another of the major warm-weather film series has just pulled back the curtain on its 2017 schedule. 

It's Eat|See|Hear we speak of, the bounce-around-town festival with the mega inflatable movie screen ("mega"=52 feet in width). 

There are plentiful food trucks, too, at each event, and live tunes, and a caboodle of interesting happenings.

Now, to ponder what is on the near horizon, film-wise: The Eat|See|Hear summer season launches with "Mean Girls" at Centennial Square at Pasadena City Hall on May 6.

A celebration of the 75th anniversary of "Casablanca" follows on the next Saturday, May 13, at North Hollywood Recreation Center. And the ever-loved "Christmas in July" screening will be "Die Hard" on Saturday, July 22 at LA State Historic Park.

Yes, people show in holiday wear, traditionally, though more of the t-shirt variety, given the typical July temperatures. Though go for that ugly sweater look, if you must.

Tickets are now on sale, so after studying the schedule, you and your best buds can determine which to-dos you'll show at, and who will cart in the blanket, and the picnic basket, and all of the typical movies-on-the-grass items.

But surely that's you? If you usually keep that summery stuff waiting by the front door?

One tip: There's still rain ahead, in the coming days, so don't stow that umbrella just yet. Do keep your picnic blanket handy, though, for May, and the start of the summer cinema spectaculars, including Eat|See|Hear, is moving this way with all the speed of a snappy, action-packed movie montage.



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<![CDATA[St. Patrick's Plates: SoCal Holiday Eats]]> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 02:14:54 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/mageescornedplate12345.jpg

While "green beer" has become shorthand for St. Patrick's Day sipping, there's a whole world of marvelous meals that cleaves easily with the 17th day of March.

It's not all about doughnuts frosted to resemble the hue of the hills of County Cork; hearty fare, stick-to-the-ribs stuff, also makes a spectacular showing on the music-and-more occasion.

Where will you find your foodstuffs o' Ireland on Friday, March 17? Southern California is flush with both traditional and quirky choices when it comes to lunch and dinner (and, yes, even breakfast). Start with...

The Original Farmers Market, and Magee's, which keeps a pretty constant, but not overly annoying, queue throughout St. Patrick's Day. Why? The corned beef plate, which comes with the all-important boiled potatoes on the side and cabbage.

Horse Thief BBQ & Beer Garden downtown will add a special corned beef plate to the March 17 line-up, and there are a couple of perfect additions on the side: brussels sprouts and green lemonade, for a twist on green beer.

Terranea Resort gets the holiday revved early, with an Irish Breakfast Wrap at sea beans. Corned beef hash is the central ingredient, with cabbage and scrambled eggs offering delicious back-up. Other venues around the property will also get in the swing, including the lobby bar, which is doing it up with an Irish Whisky Flight.

Dudley Market at Venice Beach will have that oh-so-hearty favorite, made-in-house Irish soda bread, as well as a corned beef offering (the bread comes with the corned beef). Weiser Family Farms Magic Myrna potatoes round out the fill-the-tum meal.

The Morrison Pub is offering a convivial and quirkly roster of St. Patrick's Day eats, including a Wrap o' Gold (pesto aioli, goat cheese, and other goodies are involved) and the Sweet Leprechaun (Lucky Charms and Jameson are involved in this delectable dessert). Where to go? Follow the rainbow to Atwater Village.

The Iron Press at the Anaheim Packing House will be doing the whole waffles + beer thing, with green beers and ciders taking a starring role on March 17. And if you're wearing green? There shall be discounts to be enjoyed on bar bites and brews. 

TART Restaurant on Fairfax Avenue is sizzling some Irish blood sausages on the holiday and pouring a delightfully lime-of-hue Honeydew Ginger Martini. There are other specials afoot to make the holiday a feasty one. Take note, too: This stylish eatery is across the street from the Original Farmers Market, if you want to round out your St. Patrick's Day with live tunes or corned beef from Magee's.



Photo Credit: Magee's]]>
<![CDATA[5 or More Opens: Hollywood Bowl Deal]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 18:24:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/hbevening02893823.jpg

If you're a longtime Hollywood Bowlist, and you make the point of attending a least two or three shows each summer, you likely know that moment that arrives on the afternoon before a show, when you open your fridge and decide what should go in your picnic basket.

Do you choose an apple? Some berries? Brie? A fancy soda? That half-eaten bag of gourmet caramels? Perfect picnic-making is an art, as is putting together a schedule of the various concerts and spectaculars you'd like to see at the vintage, shell-mazing venue.

That moment of standing before your fridge deciding on what to pack has arrived, though not for food but shows. For the Hollywood Bowl's popular "5 or More" deal has kicked off, and music lovers are busily filling their proverbial picnic baskets.

We mean ticket-buying desires. This is how 5 or More works: You can purchase a quintet of concerts, if you like, right now, in the middle of March, several weeks ahead of when single tickets go on sale to the public.

That single-ticket date is Saturday, May 6. But the chance to score seats early for five of your favorite artists or bands? Happening now, right now, no waiting, no hemming, and certainly now hawing.

Tickets start at $23. And even more attractive on the money-related scale? Buy your five tickets, and receive entry to a sixth show for nada, nothing, no money, yup yup.

There are some asterisks with that free sixth concert, including days of the week and where you'll be (Tuesday, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, on the benches). Know all going in, so you're not befuddled or perplexed by anything whatsoever.

Because summer music at the Hollywood Bowl should be full of pleasure, and grooves, and full-heartedness, not befuddlement. Nor disappointment, so if you really are set on five shows, best act on tickets well before the first Saturday in May arrives.

It's a long way off, yes, but, you know how it goes. Time passing, days rushing by, "wow, is it already May?!," and so forth.

Before you know it, it will be opening night again, in June, at one of the planet's most perfect places to savor sounds. And you'll be standing before your refrigerator, deciding what exactly to pack in your picnic basket.



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<![CDATA[Happy 50th, Pirates of the Caribbean]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:28:29 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/piratesgold7_07_DL_1953.jpg

Let us begin by going out on a plank and say this: The bulk of major theme park rides are generally remembered for that One Big Moment, like an upside-down loop-di-loop, or a giant splash, or a final scare.

And hurrah to that; leaving an impression is no easy task in the world of fantasy-making.

But then... there's Pirates of the Caribbean, an attraction that's so atmospheric, and evocative, and mood-laden, that longtime devotees can cite the smallest details as enduring favorites: The fireflies near the ride's start. The spots on the fur of the dog, the one cheekily holding the jail key in his mouth. The smell when you first enter. 

Oh, that smell.

The dog, and the smell, and the parrots and pigs and ships and lanterns and ghostly figures have ruled the waves of Disneyland Resort for decades now, five decades to be specific, meaning millions of people have visited one of the best-known theme park must-dos in the world. And, of course, millions upon millions have seen the major movies inspired by the ride.

The low-lit, water-filled attraction is flat-out iconic, no ifs, ands, or bones about it. And it took far less than a half century to unlock that achievement.

But now we've gone and tipped our (tri-cornered) hat to what this is all about: Pirates of the Caribbean is marking its 50th anniversary on Saturday, March 18.

Do you need to know the whole yo, ho, ho before you sail for Anaheim? Because of course Disneyland is opening its proverbial treasure chest of celebratory to-dos for this party.

On March 17 and March 18 look for "pirate-themed entertainment" to bring the arrrr to the park's New Arrrrleans Square (actually, yes, New Orleans Square).

Special anniversary merchandise will also be for sale. 

And edibles will be the theme on March 16, when a number of close-by restaurants, including the Blue Bayou, French Market, and Mint Julep Bar, break out the swashbuckling sweets and eats.

Not only has Pirates, which is now pretty much called "Pirates" by legions of on-the-go park guests, become one of Disney's most famous offerings in both the theme park and film realms, but it boasts historical importance to a nostalgia-minded company that's rife with meaningful milestones.

Of note to fans? Walt Disney himself famously worked on the ride before his passing in December 1966. That gives Pirates of the Caribbean additional gravitas for buffs of Disney history, and emotion, too, as the legendary creator of Disneyland missed its debut by just a few months.

And that it is truly one of the attractions that we most associate animatronics with, a legacy that continues to be both lively and alive-ly. As in lifelike, but then you knew what we meant.

Intrigued, buccaneers of ye olde SoCal? Best steer your ship for the harbor, we mean Harbor Boulevard, in Anaheim, and the theme park that's long sat grandly upon Harbor Boulevard's western shore.



Photo Credit: Paul Hiffmeyer]]>
<![CDATA[LGBTQ Historic Places in LA]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 12:41:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/LGBTQ-Womans-Bldg.jpg

The LA Conservancy is known for supporting a number of different causes and missions around the region related to our shared past, future, and the character of the place we call home.

But it isn't always about defending a vintage building from demolition for the preservation-passionate group. Sharing major and moving elements of our community's history is also at the heart of what the organization does.

And what's next up for the group is an excellent example of just that: The LA Conservancy's newest project, LGBTQ Historic Places in LA, is "...a short film series aimed to bring together a diversity of stories, perspectives, and experiences that revel in the layered historic and cultural importance of LGBTQ places" around our area.

A "special outdoor screening" at the Viaduct @ Los Angeles State Historic Park is just ahead, on Thursday, March 16.

On the screen? Look for a trio of short films focusing on The Woman's Building in Chinatown, Plummer Park Great Hall/West Hollywood, and The Black Cat in Silver Lake, three prominent sites in the movement for LGBTQ civil rights in the Los Angeles area.

A panel of artists and activists will convene to peer more deeply into the significance of the sites featured in the films, as well as the prominent figures related to the history of each location.

Admission? It's five dollars, which will fully go to helping the LA Conservancy expand upon its commitment to honoring the history of gay rights in Southern California, through the places where those important stories unfolded.



Photo Credit: Courtesy Otis College of Art and Design Library]]>
<![CDATA[New Music Fest: Arroyo Seco Weekend]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 18:21:38 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/tpGettyImages-146700773+%281%29.jpg

A mondo music festival is at its most memorable, and perhaps its very best, when an element of surprise is introduced.

That can mean an unexpected superstar striding on stage, ready to jam with another band, mid-set. And surprises come in the form of songs, too, such as when a musician breaks out a popular ballad he swore he'd never play again.

And when a new music festival is introduced, one of notably out-sized, major-of-talent proportions, well, that has a certain surprise factor, too.

Arroyo Seco Weekend wins the crown on that one, much like when the rumored, icon-packed Desert Trip finally became reality in 2016.

Announced on Tuesday, March 14, Arroyo Seco Weekend is the newest mondo, music-filled two-dayer on the California concert calendar, and as the name suggests it will be near the famous arroyo running through the northeast part of the city.

Which means a particular, and particularly large, Arroyo Seco-close venue, of course: Brookside at the Rose Bowl.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Alabama Shakes, Mumford & Sons, The Shins, The Mowgli's, Jeff Goldblum and The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, and several other big-of-name acts will be playing the sizable spread over the very first weekend of summer 2017.

That's Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25.

As for the producer of the sound spectacular? That would be Goldenvoice, the company behind the Coachella Music and Arts Festival.

The artist line-up isn't the only thing of note on the Coachella-style announcement. A host of local drink and food vendors are already listed, too, including Fritzi Coop, NoMad, and Genghis Cohen. Arroyo Seco will put an emphasis on interesting edibles and craft beers, making the weekend as much about stylish eating as all-out rocking out.

The on-sale date for passes? Monday, March 20 at 11 in the morning, Pasadena time (yes, so PST). A single-day general admission pass is $125, while weekend-long general admission is $225.

Pasadena, of course, is practiced in the whole June-joyful, huge-so-huge tune party thing, thanks to Make Music Pasadena. While no 2017 date or details are yet listed for the free, 12-hour festival, it traditionally takes place near the start of the month on Colorado Boulevard.

While fans await Arroyo Seco, eager to see what the all-important overarching vibe will be, one has to wonder what its name might be shortened to, in the years to come, much in the way people say "Coachella" rather than that famous festival's lengthier moniker.

Will "Arroyo" be its handle? Or "Seco"? Stay tuned.



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<![CDATA[Pasadena Humane: March Madness Adoptions]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:25:38 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Chihuahuakittenonbasketball-horz.jpg

Perhaps you're happily scrambling to put your 2017 March Madness NCAA Tournament bracket together. Perhaps you're poring over stats, and scores, and all of the many considerations a college basketball buff must make when the middle of March finally arrives.

But take heart that another bracket has already been drawn up, in Pasadena, and every competitor on it is already winning in the sighs and squeals department.

It's the March Madness Adoption Bracket at the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA. Commence sighing/squealing now.

Here's how all of that tail-wagging, meow-making sweetness will work: Tuesday, March 14 is the "tip-off" for the cuddle-cute showdown, a showdown that will see a few dozen pups, felines, and other beasties going paw-to-paw for March Madness greatness.

Sponsoring an animal on the bracket? You can, through donations.

"Sixty-eight dogs, cats, and other critters will don the name of a participating school in the March Madness competition," the society reveals.

Got it. Straightforward. Easy to understand. And, above all, adorable. 

"As the pets get adopted, the remaining teams will progress in the tournament bracket until the last pet standing is crowned the winner," continues the animal center.

The competition ends "... when the last pet participant is adopted."

There's no trophy for the family of the winning bet, but they will pocket a Shelter Shop gift certificate worth $50. The shop, located at the Raymond Avenue pet destination, has lots of needed goodies for making an animal at home in a new situation.

The gift certificate can also be used for training classes, too.

Who will be the victor of the great 68 now on the bracket at the Pasadena Humane Society? The prediction: All of the animals who find their forever families.



Photo Credit: Pasadena Humane Society]]>
<![CDATA[Happy Pi/Pie Day, SoCal]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 13:29:48 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/applepie93828121.jpg

If you awoke on the morning of Tuesday, March 14 somehow saying all of the numbers of the mathematical value of pi aloud, starting with 3.14, well, consider yourself in the spirit of the day.

Likewise, if you awoke craving something stuffed with sugar-sweet apples, or cherries, and covered with a pastry shell, know that you also are feeling the vibe of the occasion.

Because the 14th day of March, or 3/14, or 3.14, is, of course Pi Day, and, naturally, Pie Day, too.

And you can be in the mood for both math and the classic meal-ender of a dessert. Just grab your calculator, and head for your favorite diner or pizza shop for a slice, and eat away while you math away. (You can both consume pie, while working out pi, at the same time: True fact.)

If you don't have a favorite pie shop, pizza or dessert, to support, there are a few deals and fun, March 14-y happenings about. The Pie Hole Los Angeles will have slices of Grammy's Chocolate Cream Pie for $3.14. In addition to that tasty deal, some of its superstar sweets will be back, for one day only.

If cheesy, savory piedom is more your pleasure, head over to a Pitfire Pizza, which is hosting a Pi Day contest (and that's at every location). The intriguing upshot? Whoever "...recites Pi in the house to the most decimal points will win ONE FREE pizza per month all year!" 

As you know, math mavens, that's a whole bunch of numbers to have handy, inside your noggin, so be prepared, memory-wise.

And, an update: Blaze Pizza is going with a $3.14 deal for pizza all day long on March 14, and at all locations, too. The info? Chow down here.

As for a super-classic pie-eating contest? No need to wait for the big county fairs of summertime to stick your face in a pan of delicious fruity goo: The Republic of Pie will host such a sticky showdown on March 14 at 5:30 in the evening. 

What's Pi Day without number knowledge and Pie Day without contests and giveaways? And what other day of the year can claim two such disparate, smart, and delicious purposes?

Raise your calculators, and napkins, high, pi/pie people.



Photo Credit: Apple Pie]]>
<![CDATA[Map: Getting Around LA on Marathon Sunday]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 07:27:23 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/2012marathoncrowd.jpg

The 2017 Los Angeles Marathon is scheduled for Sunday morning. For runners, spectators and anyone else trying to get around Los Angeles, that means street closures.

The stadium-to-the-sea course extends for 26 miles from the Elysian Park area, south into downtown Los Angeles, through Silver Lake and Hollywood, then west into West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and West Los Angeles before ending in Santa Monica.

Use the interactive map above to plan your day. Click on the Layers icon in the upper right corner of the map for a key. Click on the red Road Closed icons to see when that section of street will be closed. 


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