Welcome to Photoville LA

Photoville LA Is Here

A Unique Artistic Experience

Photoville LA brings the unique Photoville experience and transports it to The Southland. It takes place this upcoming weekend at The Annenberg Space for Photography in Century City. The exhibit will provide you with an intimate look into some wonderful exhibitions. The unique draw for the event is that re-purposed shipping containers, photo cubes, and lightboxes will house the exhibits in lieu of more traditional artistic housings. This creates an environment of togetherness and of separation. Each container is like its own separate art space, but also creates an obvious closeness among the observers.

This is the first time that Photoville is coming to LA and therefore there are obviously no pictures to showcase exactly what it will look like. However, there are plenty of images from their traditional New York City events and you can get a clear image of what you should expect to see (and how you should expect to see it).

More Than Just Another Pretty Picture

Photoville LA will also feature a variety of nighttime projections, talks, workshops, family-friendly activities, food vendors and a community beer garden. There’s plenty to see and enough things to do to involve the whole family. Take advantage of the better weather and get out there next weekend. Enjoy some fine art.

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Explore WonderCon 2019

Return to WonderCon

 

Make your way down to the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend and get your nerd on. Consider this practice for the Avengers coming out next month. Whether you want to dress up like Iron Man or stay in your normal clothes, you’ll find yourself among a friendly community. The event contains a little something for everyone whether you’re more into Television or Movies. WonderCon 2019 will feature special guests, sneak previews, and Q&A Panels.

You can find all the information that you need to purchase passes right here

If you love comics or have an interest in learning more about the numerous comic book movies and television shows that are around, this is a a great opportunity. The special guests of this event encompass the industry’s heaviest hitters.

Feed Your Fandom, Feed Your Belly

Either before or after you embark on your WonderCon 2019 journey you should grab some tasty food. I found a nice spot called The Scratch Room that is located right by the convention center.

Make a day out of your Anaheim excursion. Hit up The Scratch Room and try some of their award-winning breakfast items or tasty burgers. They have a diverse menu that will whet your appetite. So, be it at WonderCon or The Scratch Room, you’ll be in for a satisfying weekend.

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Visit The Los Angeles Art Show

The Los Angeles Art Show

Next week some of the greatest Contemporary and Modern Art around will be in Los Angeles at the LA Convention Center. It’s time for the 2019 rendition of the Los Angeles Art Show. There’s something for everyone to like at one of the country’s oldest art shows. Additionally, while certainly a mecca for Contemporary and Modern Art, the show also features Historic and Traditional Art as well.

Additionally, more than 200,000 square feet of exhibition space is committed to today’s prominent galleries at what has been called “The Most Comprehensive International Contemporary Art Show in America.” In fact, the event showcases contemporary painting, illustration, sculpture, and more. Therefore, no matter what your artistic persuasion is the Los Angeles Art Show will have you covered.

Here is a listing of all the different exhibits that will be featured at the event:

  1. Core
  2. Modern & Contemporary
  3. DIVERSEartLA
  4. Featured Programming
  5. Roots
  6. Ink Painting
  7. Littletopia
  8. Dialogs LA
  9. Project Space
  10. Works On Paper
  11. Ethnographic Art
  12. LUXURY pbsg

Detailed explanations of just what each exhibit will offer (not to mention ticketing information) can be found right here.

The event will run from January 23rd through the 27th. Go forth art aficionados!

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A Full Day of New Year’s Eve

Everyone Can Enjoy New Year’s Eve

Whether it’s New Year’s Eve or Noon Year’s Eve, there will be plenty of things to do on Monday. I found a couple of events that are wildly different, but that should cover the bases whether you want to bring the whole family out or not. If you have some kiddos and want them to enjoy some of your typical NYE events at a more appropriate time and location, check out Noon Year’s Eve. This event is brought you by the fine folks at the Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena.

The event aficionados at TimeOut Los Angeles describe it as thus, “This cute kid celebration mimics a grown-up New Year’s Eve fete but counts down to a balloon drop at noon rather than midnight. Little ones can make party hats and noise makers together beforehand, dance to live music and sip on sparkling cider to welcome in the “noon” year.” Now doesn’t that sound equal portions adorable and fun. And let me just say that regardless of age, sparkling cider is a treat for everyone. The event runs from 9:30am to 3pm and you’ll want to get there by 11am if you want to participate in all the countdown festivities.

A Traditional New Year’s Eve Affair

Now if you were lucky enough to find a sitter, you’ll be able to put the kiddos to bed and participate in a more traditional New Year’s Eve. The Queen Mary is holding one of the Southland’s biggest NYE parties. It can get a little pricey at $115 for GA tickets and $215 for VIP tickets; however, it’s well worth it.

You’re going to have the perfect excuse to dress up and channel your inner Hollywood Star or Starlet of yesteryear. Not to mention, you can treat yourself to a fantastic fireworks display, live music, and drunken revelry. You might not be able to buy love or buy friends, but you can buy some New Year’s Eve fun. Check out some tickets right here. 

Happy New Year’s!

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Long Beach Ballet’s Nutcracker

The Nutcracker Returns to Long Beach

The Long Beach Ballet presents its 36th annual rendition of the holiday classic. The Nutcracker, the timeless tale, returns to fill the minds of a new generation of kiddos with thoughts of holiday adventure. Numerous productions of The Nutcracker excite the Southland every season (some are even mentioned on this blog). However, The Long Beach Ballet truly pulls out all the stops. And there are two more shows left for you to possibly check out this holiday season on the 21st and 22nd. The ticket situation is as follows:

  • $78.00  Main Orchestra/ Main Loge
  • $55.00  Perimeter Orchestra/ Perimeter Loge
  • $34.00  Balcony

Here’s a link to the website for additional ticket purchase details.

But what exactly sets this performance of The Nutcracker apart from all the others? Long Beach Ballet’s interpretation is one of the only area productions that includes not only a live full orchestra, but a horse, flying sleigh, and pyrotechnics. There are certainly many options to choose from this holiday season, but this one should be near the top of your wish list.

Nevertheless, these added touches truly set this event apart from its contemporaries. The majesty of the live orchestra only serves to enrich the imaginative aspect of the experience. Not to mention that having an actual horse and sleigh on stage with the addition of pyrotechnics will excite anyone, especially young children. The high quality of the performance and attention to detail make all the difference.

Make your way to the Terrace Theater at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. Enjoy the performance and have a wonderful Holiday Season!

 

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Date Night at Grand Park

Check Out Grand Park 

This weekend, or any weekend during December for that matter, is the perfect opportunity for a great date night. The park is hosting its seasonal art installation, “Winter Glow,” throughout the month. If you find yourself in the area during the evening, you’ll find yourself walking through a beautiful winter wonderland. Well, minus the snow and reindeer.

Winter Glow is a new month-long, immersive nighttime art experience that will take over Grand Park in celebration of the holidays.  Visitors can stroll together through this 12-acre art, projection and light display, exhibit and installation and experience the wonder of Grand Park lit up like never before.  Iconic elements of the park, including the Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain, will shine in new and exciting ways. And once you’re done making your way around the park you can make your way to one of Grand Park’s most popular restaurants.

Welcome to Maacheroni Republic

Maacheroni Republic offers its customers artisan homemade fresh organic pasta. And not only is the restaurant’s pasta dishes the delicious main draw, but they also have fantastic dessert offerings too. Whether you want some Lasanga di Carne, Rigatoni Pom’Amore or Tiramisu, this restaurant’s got you covered.

 

Have yourself a wonderful, seasonal date night and make your way down to Grand Park!

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The Hollywood Christmas Parade

Some Post-Thanksgiving Plans

I know what you’re thinking, Hollywood Christmas Parade? Thanksgiving is tomorrow and you’re already talking about Christmas, what gives? Well, I’d imagine we all have our minds firmly set on munching on some delicious turkey and stuffing during dinner tomorrow. Although, obviously the main part of the holiday is the giving thanks part. I want you to enjoy Thanksgiving tomorrow. I want you to be thankful for all that you have, especially in turbulent times such as these. And I want you to enjoy a delicious family dinner if you’re able to have one. However, at this point I am just assuming that you have your holiday plans all set for the next couple of days, and that’s why I’m setting you up for a fun weekend. We all know that December brings with it some specific holiday merriment. Let’s get a head start this weekend shall we?

Santa Comes to Hollywood a Month Early

Wait a second. That’s not Santa, that’s Superman! If you’re looking for some fun times this weekend, you’ll have a chance to bring the kids down to Hollywood. That’s right it’s time for the Hollywood Christmas Parade. 

From Superman to Darth Vader, the Hollywood Christmas Parade puts just as much emphasis on the Hollywood as they do on the Christmas. This Sunday, November 25th, starting at around 5pm make sure you snag a spot to see the parade festivities. You can expect to see numerous floats, celebrities, marching bands, and other types of exciting performances. And luckily if you can’t make it this year in person, you’ll be able to watch the parade on the CW network on December 15th. Head down to Hollywood this Sunday and mix a little bit of Hollywood Stars with your Christmas pregame. Additional information about the event can be found right here at the official parade website.

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100 % Festival at The Otis College of Art and Design

The 100% Festival

What drives you to your 100%? What inspires your creativity, mind, and soul? The Otis College of Art and Design is celebrating their 100th year by inspiring you this weekend. The 100% Festival is a two-day opportunity to explore art and design on the campus. The event features creative workshops, speakers, a Makers Market, food trucks, music, and more. What sort of things can you do, you may wonder. Well, try weaving a phone case, learn to draw a live owl, and explore the inner workings of toy design. You can hear from a Disney animator, and learn about various forms of painting, photography, and fashion. The Otis College of Art and Design knows how to throw a centennial celebration.

What inspires me? Well, I love photography and wish I could draw better! This is a great opportunity for people to explore some of the art that inspires them. You’ll have the opportunity to get your hands dirty and maybe learn a thing or two. The best part is that the event is totally free! Although you do have to pay at the food trucks and whatnot, obviously. So, if you’re in the Los Angeles area this weekend, check out the Otis College campus.

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Vampyr and Halloween After-Party

Vampyr at the Ace Hotel

The LA Opera and the Theatre at Ace Hotel once again join forces for a spooky mash-up of opera and film. The Ace’s gothic auditorium is the perfect venue for this screening of the 1932 surrealist horror flick Vampyr. And this event gives you the opportunity to see the film with a live accompaniment from a chamber orchestra and singers. Stick around after the performance for the LA Opera’s costume party. If you don’t have any kiddos to trick or treat with, and you don’t want to be cooped up at home, check this out. Witness the classic horror and let the gripping musical score enthrall you.

The Vampyr

“I wanted to create a waking dream on screen and show that horror is not to be found in the things around us but in our own subconscious,” said Danish film-maker Carl Theodor Dreyer, whose loose adaptation of two stories from Sheridan Le Fanu (Carmilla and The Room in the Dragon Volant) was initially conceived as a silent movie. Sound was added during production, but the film’s trance-like images stand on their own. They create a visual poem in which the action seems to take place on the cusp of dreams and reality. The Guardian Newspaper described he film as such and also listed it as a top 10 horror film of all time. Vampyr is probably not like most horror movies that you’ve seen, but the experience of it is chilling in ways that It, Freddy, or Jason may not be.

 

Tickets for this special show shown at the wonderful Ace Hotel Theatre can be found right here.

LA Opera and The Theatre at Ace Hotel invite attendees to a Halloween party with music and cash bar. Included with ticket to the Vampyr performance. Talk about bang for your buck! Your Halloween, should you desire to brave the act of going out on a Wednesday night, will surely be a good time.

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Lucha Vavoom Halloween

Lucha Vavoom: Circo de Vampiros

What is Lucha Vavoom you may ask? Well, it is excessive to say the least. Prepare for a bit of sensory overload. It’s a combination of burlesque dancing, Mexican luchadore wresting, comedy and acrobatics. And this is the special Halloween version of the event too! The tale of good versus evil unfolds before your eyes as you witness high-flying stunts. Don’t forget to pack some extra garlic and maybe a stake or two as you witness the vampire wrestlers fly around the ring.

This Halloween extravaganza will be held on Oct 24-25. So, basically the week before you take the little ones out for some ghoulish fun, the adults can have some fun of their own. Lucha Vavoom let’s you experience a carnival of sin and debauchery. Tickets for the event can be found right here.

This entire experience promises to be a change of pace to those of you used to casual Halloween work parties or an occasional get-together. Unless those parties have high-octane car stunts, acrobatics, pumping music, and other bits of craziness. And if your parties are typically like that, well then I’ll be expecting an invite to one of those in the future.

Cut loose and have some Halloween fun without the kiddos for once. Enjoy your Lucha Vavoom Halloween!

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