Summer Fun at the OC Fair

Nothing Says Summer Like the OC Fair

The OC Fair brings you together with one of SoCal’s most entertaining summer traditions. Sure, we have the Ventura County Fair or the LA Fair as well, but there is something special about the OC Fair.

(Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The fair mixes tasty fried food along with every type of carnival attraction you could possibly imagine. And in case you haven’t found yourself in more country-oriented areas, you can check out cute farm animals and the occasional rodeo or demolition derby.

I definitely wouldn’t plan on maintaining any sort of dietary restrictions while at the fair, as evidenced by the picture above. If there was ever a time for a little bit of a cheat day, it would be when attending this fair. I am not entirely sure if I’m seeing whipped cream or ice cream on top of those fries. I am both curious and horrified.

However, I am fully in support of this Flaming Hot Cheeto Pizza. I know what I am ordering when I head down to Costa Mesa this weekend. The OC Fair will conclude in early August so you have a little bit of time to check it out. All the details you could possibly want can be found right here at the event website. Enjoy your summer and the OC Fair.

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Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade

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This Saturday, Dec 10th, check out the holiday merriment of the 54th annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade. In addition, you can arrive earlier in the day for some arts & crafts, activities, and snow, at Snow Wonder at Burton Chase Park. However, rightfully so, the focus should be on the over 70 boats that will take part in this years festivities. Approximately 25 thousand people are expected to attend this year, so you better get your spot picked out early. While Snow Wonder runs from 12 to 6pm, the fireworks that kickoff the main event will begin at 5:55pm. The holiday boat parade will run from 6 to 8pm.

Besides attending the event directly, people from around the Marina del Rey area will be able to see the event. Many enjoy the festivities from popular viewing spots like Fisherman’s Village or Burton Chace Park, while others enjoy the view of the parade from a water front restaurant, their balcony at home or from the comfort of their hotel room. This is definitely an event worth seeing. And in a cool bit of national pride, the Grand Marshall of the event is KK Clark. Who is that you may ask? Well, she is a member of the gold medal winning US Olympic water polo team.

Come on down to the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade this Saturday. Here is a link to the website.

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Halloween Weekend 2016

 

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Check out el Dia de los Muertos during your Halloween weekend

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The classic cinematic creation: Nosferatu

This Halloween weekend promises to be a bit different from the typical. Oct 31st falls on a Monday this year, so while you will most likely not be going to any wild and crazy Halloween parties on the day, this weekend will still have some great fun. In fact, I have two great events to talk to you about. The classic Hollywood Forever cemetery will be holding one of California’s largest Dia de los Muertos celebrations. They cover the grounds with festive decorations and there are plenty of musical performances and authentic crafts. Not to mention, they encourage everyone to dress up in authentic traditional garb. I guess you can consider it practice for your Halloween costume on Monday. And if you have plans for some Halloween parties at night, consider it a good seasonal change of pace for the day / early evening.

It’s important to take advantage of the opportunity to participate in a culturally authentic experience. The event runs from Sat. October 29th from 12pm to 12am. And the event will run you about $20 for general admission, but children (8 years and younger) and seniors get in free before 4pm. I’d say it’s a great deal to get some authentic Mexican cuisine, check out some unique crafts, and listen to some appropriate festival music.

Second, the other event I want to mention also occurs on Saturday, but on Monday as well. Before there was Dracula on the big screen, there was Nosferatu. An iconic film of the silent era, Nosferatu is returning  with a live performance of its musical score. A brand new score has been created for a chamber orchestra to perform at this event! Experience the dark atmosphere, and the general creepiness level of the performance. It certainly seems to be Halloween appropriate. Not to mention, this event is taking place at the Ace Hotel in Downtown. What a gorgeous and perfect venue for the event. There will also be a pre show happy hour on Halloween. Check it out!

Here are links to the two websites so you can purchase tickets. Have a happy Halloween weekend and holiday!

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A Frightful Performance: Wicked Lit

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Photo Cred: John Thvedt Dusty Hess and Eric Keitel in “From Beyond.” Wicked Lit.

Well, it’s certainly that special time of the year again. The season when we welcome the sounds of creaky hinges and loud, creepy bumps in the night. Yet again, Halloween is just around the corner. And while all the kiddies are preparing their costumes to embark on a full night of trick or treating, the adults can have some fun too. If you consider yourself a fan of horror, fright, and a unique theater experience, you’re in luck. I present to you, Wicked Lit.

Unbound Productions, a nonprofit theater company, has a mission to re-imagine timeless stories for new audiences. They accomplish this by creating theatrical adaptations of classic literature. By the same token, Wicked Lit is their program focused on providing the audience with some old-fashioned scares and thrills. Wicked Lit has been around since 2009, and now currently occupies the Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery in Altadena. Yes, you read that correctly, should you choose to attend one of their performances, you will have an eerie setting for your theatrical frights.

Furthermore, this year they will be performing: From Beyond, The Shadowy Third, and Anansi and the Demons


Tickets are going fast for the remainder of Wicket Lit 2016, so make sure you act fast. There will be performances Oct. 27th through Nov. 12th. So, if you would like to learn more about Unbound Productions and Wicket Lit, here is a link to their website. And here is a direct link to where you can purchase some tickets.

Photo Cred: Daniel Kitayama Wicked Lit 2014

Photo Cred: Daniel Kitayama
Wicked Lit 2014

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A Weekend at Artisanal LA

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This weekend check out Artisanal LA. It is a weekend long opportunity to check out some of the Southland’s most interesting arts & crafts. The event runs from October 22-23 at 11am in The California Market Center Penthouse in DTLA. Important to mention, advance tickets will run you $10 while grabbing tickets at the door will cost you $15. It’s definitely a family friendly event. There is even a craft corner for kids to enjoy. And importantly, children under 12 years old will receive free admission.

Over 150 makers will be there to dazzle you with their homemade wares. It’s a great, festive environment to walk around in. However, besides the crafts, there will also be chef demos and tastings in case your palette is in need of some refining and refreshment. And if you feel inspired due to witnessing the culinary creations brought to you by the chefs, you’ll have the opportunity to capitalize. As a matter of fact, you can buy some fresh produce at the mini farmers market.

Photo Cred: Artisanal LA

Photo Cred: Artisanal LA

With this in mind, maneuver your way through the varied popup shops and purchase some hand carved goodness to spice up your homes with some quaint style. Furthermore, at the end of the day, you can enjoy some organic spirit tasting to put a nice finishing touch to your day.

Here’s a link to the Eventbrite so you can purchase your tickets to the event ahead of time!

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Fun in the Sun with Surf City Surf Dog

If you find yourself in the Huntington Beach area this weekend, make sure you check out Surf City Surf Dog. An important thing to know about me is that I love dogs. Although, maybe that isn’t a shocking revelation, because Dogs are undeniably awesome. Coincidentally, I am also quite a fan of the beach, and while I’ve never gone surfing before, the prospect is interesting to me. This event is a culmination of all those goodies. Not to mention that it’s a Surf Dog competition! Time for some fun in the sun with your family and four-legged friends. And if I’m not successful in my attempts to convince you to go, at least let this picture of a bulldog surfing be all the argument that I need.

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Surf City Surf Dog is currently taking place in Huntington Beach. However, the actual surf competition aspect of the event doesn’t begin until tomorrow. And if you just so happen to look, or go outside, you may notice that it’s pretty hot this weekend. I think it’s a plenty good idea to go to the beach. The competition starts tomorrow at 8 AM right at Main Street Huntington Beach. So the temperature should be pretty nice and not too blazing. And here is a link to Surf City Surf Dog’s website. Enjoy your weekend everyone, and surfs up!

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Brainfeeder at the Hollywood Bowl

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This past Saturday the Hollywood Bowl was dancing to the funky electronic beats of Brainfeeder. And you’re correct, it is quite an interesting name for a concert. Nevertheless, to witness the impressive lineup of musical guests, its safe to say that my brain fed, and fed well. Fittingly, the musical guests were varied, yet united through a thematic non-mainstream appeal. The Hollywood Bowl is the perfect venue to taste the different musical dishes that Brainfeeder provides. The night was full of funk, but how that funk was achieved was quite different. The assortment of guests: Gaslamp Killer, Shabazz Palaces, Thundercat, George Clinton with Funkadelic, and Flying Lotus sent funky chills down our collective spines. The performances ran the gamut from electronic jazz and futuristic r&b, to instrumental hip hop and classic funk. The artists may be different, but they unite through the focus on the beat.

Brainfeeder finds its origins from the mind of headliner, Flying Lotus, a prominent member of the “Beat Scene.” He works with other musicians like Kendrick Lamar and Snoop Dogg. So while he may not have as far-reaching of name recognition, in many circles he is a pretty big deal. And I can tell you now from first-hand experience, his musical performances are quite impressive. For Flying Lotus the visuals seem to be as important as the eclectic sounds which he produces.

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Moving on from the headliner, the other performers produce plenty of surprises too. Michael McDonald is probably the last person I would expect to see at a performance of this nature. Yes, that’s right, Michael McDonald, yet, there he is on stage. I second guess the words that I hear coming into my ears when they announce him, but the sounds do not lie. So, when I say that Brainfeeder has some substantial variety, their surprise guest should serve to confirm it.

If you have never been to the Hollywood Bowl, you should check it out. This was actually my first time ever attending a concert at the venue. It will not be the last. Don’t forget to bring your own beer and wine, it’s a definite plus for the venue. The food and drink there can be on the pricier side for sure. All in all, I can talk about this incredible concert experience for a while longer, but I’ll end things here.

 

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Paleyfest / Mainfest

Welcome to your post Labor Day Weekend…weekend. And while there is always a multitude of interesting things to do in the South land at any given time, I figured I’d point out a couple notables for this weekend in particular. This is the weekend of fests, evidently. I come bearing the tidings of both Paleyfest and Mainfest.

First up is Paleyfest. If you’re a consummate TV viewer then this event will definitely excite you. Brought to you by The Paley Center for Media, the festival focuses on connecting TV fans with the newest pilots for the upcoming network TV season. Not only do you get the opportunity to watch the pilots of these new shows, you get a chance to meet the stars too. You get a chance to watch the new show and then automatically interact with its creators. Network TV more than anything else is driven by the regularity and commitment of fan bases. Paleyfest thus gives new shows an opportunity to cultivate new fans. And it gives TV fanatics a chance to do what they–myself included– do best: watch TV.  The event runs from 9/8 to 9/15 (So…yeah it already started). It’s worth checking out though!

Paleyfest and Mainfest: One down, one to go. Now our focus turns towards Mainfest. Mainfest takes place in downtown Alhambra and features a day full of music. (It also starts today at 1pm.) The festival gives you the chance to walk around the downtown area and go from stage to stage. You can sample local band flavors and more exotic out-of-towners as well. The festival is headlined by the indie electro duo: Capital Cities. The total main stage lineup is as follows: Too Bad, Marc Baker, SWIMM, Three Commons, Dead Sara, Nite-Funk, !!!, Miami Horror, and then the aforementioned Capital Cities.

So if you either want to get your music or TV on today/over the next few days, you’re in luck! Paleyfest and Mainfest are here to satisfy your needs.

Here is a link to Paleyfest and Mainfest for more info!

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