L.A. Times Festival of Books Will Feature Black Eyed Peas, Dave Eggers, Vivica A. Fox, Patton Oswalt, Jorge Ramos, Maria Shriver and Hundreds of Authors, Experts and Storytellers The festival’s Newstory zone, in its inaugural year, will showcase creative storytelling including podcasts, virtual reality, music, film and television

The Los Angeles Times today announced the lineup for the Festival of Books, the nation’s largest literary festival, held the weekend of April 21-22 at the University of Southern California. More than 500 writers, musicians, artists and chefs, hundreds of exhibitors and an expected 150,000 attendees will transform the 226-acre campus into a vibrant cultural festival in the heart of the Downtown Arts and Education Corridor.

Laila Ali, Reza AslanEd AsnerMayim BialikBlack Eyed Peas members will.i.am, apl.de.ap and TabooRoshani ChokshiJunot DíazKate DiCamilloDave EggersJenna Fischer,Vivica A. FoxDiana GabaldonJuan Felipe HerreraTayari JonesPatrisse Khan-Cullors, Dennis LehaneMoby, Janet MockNatalie MoralesWalter MosleyViet Thanh NguyenJoyce Carol OatesLeslie Odom Jr.Patton OswaltJorge RamosRick RiordanMaria ShriverJake, Jazz, Jurnee and Jussie SmollettNic Stone, Gabrielle Union and Lawrence Wright are scheduled to appear with more to be announced in the coming weeks.

Newstory, a series of multimedia programs highlighting creative forms of storytelling, will debut at this year’s festival.

“Los Angeles is the world’s epicenter of storytelling,” said Suzy Jack, Times vice president of public affairs and events. “We’re excited to launch our 23rd annual celebration of books and literature, and go beyond the book with Newstory, which will showcase some of today’s creative storytellers through alternative forms and unique experiences.”

BigSTORY, Creative Visions, Grammy Museum, The Second City, SeriesFest, Spotify, Two Bit Circus, the Universal Hip Hop Museum and Vortex Immersion Media are among dozens of Newstory programming partners and musician Beatie Wolfe has curated a day of talks and performance across music, art and technology.

“It’s such an amazing and fun time for storytellers, as well as for readers, viewers and listeners,” said Clint Schaff, Times vice president of strategy and development and, with Kim Garner, co-producer of Newstory. “Humans have always found shared meaning through stories, and now we can do that through not only books, but also video, audio and emerging platforms that incorporate new media that allow for new voices to be heard. That’s what Newstory is all about.”

Additional festival highlights:

  • Nine outdoor stages and activity areas: L.A. Times Central Stage, L.A. Times en Español Mommy & Me Time / Mama y Yo Pavilion, L.A. Times Main Stage, Newstory Stage, Pacific Sales Cooking Stage, Poetry Stage, Reading by 9 Children’s Stage, USC Stage and YA Stage presented by HS Insider
  • Newstory zone: virtual reality and 360 experiences, variety shows, live improvisation, television and film screenings, conversations and other creative forms of expression
  • Dozens of expert panels on a variety of subjects ranging from politics to pop culture
  • Spanish-language programming and English to Spanish translation services available in select festival venues
  • Art installations: a series of original murals curated by Branded Arts and the community Crenshaw District Hieroglyph Project from artist Lauren Halsey
  • More than 200 exhibitors with books and merchandise for sale, activities and giveaways
  • Musical performances, food trucks and more

On the eve of the festival, Friday, April 20, The Times’ 38th annual Book Prizes will honor novelist John Rechy with the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement, Glory Edim, founder of Well-Read Black Girl, with the Innovator’s Award, and 11 outstanding literary works published last year.

The 23rd annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is presented in association with USC and Pacific Sales Kitchen & Home. The festival and Book Prizes are sponsored by Medium. Admission to the festival is free. Pre-sale passes (which provide advance reservations for up to 20 indoor conversations) and all-access passes (access to all indoor conversations, plus valet parking) are available for purchase now. Individual conversation tickets will be available Sunday, April 15. Schedule, location, ticket and transportation information can be found on the festival websiteFacebook page, Twitter and Instagram feed (#bookfest).

Credit: The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Images were also provided. 

 

Springtime in SoCal is about to get a little Chilly, when the #1 animated movie of all time returns to skate through Long Beach & Ontario this April Disney On Ice presents Frozen April 19 – 29, 2018

Discover the full story of Disney’s Frozen like never before at Disney On Ice presents Frozen!  Dazzling ice skating, special effects and unforgettable music will magically transport you to wintry Arendelle. Be a part of Anna’s fearless adventure to find her sister, Queen Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in an eternal winter.  Join the hilarious snowman Olaf, rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer sidekick Sven as they help Anna in a race to bring back summer. Encounter Everest-like conditions and mystical trolls as you sing along to Academy Award®-winning songs like Let It Go and ultimately discover true love is the most powerful magic of all!

       

Hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, the whole family will delight in special appearances by stars from Toy Story, Finding Dory, The Lion King and the inspiring Disney Princesses. Experience magic at every turn and create memories to last a lifetime at Disney On Ice presents Frozen – the show worth melting for!

L O N G  B E A C H

WHEN:                Thursday, April 19 – Sunday, April 22, 2018

  • Thursday, April 19 7:30 PM
  • Friday, April 20 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, April 21 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, April 22 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

 

WHERE:             Long Beach Arena – 300 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802

 

TICKETS:           Tickets start at just $20!

Discount Opening Night tickets available for as low as $15 each on select seating (not valid for premium VIP/Front Row seating) 

 

Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office.             *prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply

 

O N T A R I O

WHEN:                Thursday, April 26 – Sunday, April 29, 2018

  • Thursday, April 26                 7:00 PM
  • Friday, April 27                 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, April 28                11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, April 29 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

 

WHERE:             Citizens Business Bank Arena – 4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario, CA 91764

 

TICKETS:           Tickets start at just $20!

Discount Opening Night tickets available for as low as $15 each on select seating (not valid for premium VIP/Front Row seating) 

 

                                Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office.             *prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply.

Credit: Feld Entertainment.

The Queen Mary Announces the Inaugural Queensway 5K Walk, Run, or Jog Through the Queen Mary’s Picturesque Events Park and Long Beach Harbor on Thursday, March 29th, 2018

 The Queen Mary’s inaugural Queensway 5K invites Long Beach to lace up their high-top sneakers and walk, run, or jog through the Queen Mary’s Events Park and Long Beach harbor on Thursday, March 29th, 2018. The course takes participants across the Queensway Bridge for breathtaking views of the Long Beach city skyline, finishing at the Queen Mary Events Park for the post-race celebrations. The first-year festival is a new, family-friendly event, providing an opportunity to celebrate the Long Beach community, local businesses and organizations, all at the iconic Queen Mary.

The Queensway 5K kicks off at 3 p.m. with on-site registration, music, and organized stretches. The 5K run will begin at 5:15 p.m.  All participants are expected to be finished by 6:30 p.m. Along the 3.1-mile course, participants will see Queen Mary signature characters and icons as they walk, run, or jog through a year of events offered at the legendary Queen Mary.

The finish line celebrations will include music, celebratory medals, a speech by Commodore Everette, food, a beer garden, vendors and much more. Racers can refuel with food trucks and food booths including food tastings from the Queen Mary restaurants like the popular Chelsea Chowder House & Bar and the elegant Sir Winston’s. Refreshing, Long Beach-based craft beer will be available in the beer garden for those 21+. One complimentary beverage and Queen Mary restaurant tastings are included with each race registration.

A portion of the Queensway 5K proceeds will go to Long Beach Unified School District to help fund transportation for educational field trips for Long Beach schools. To learn more about the Long Beach Unified School District please visit: http://www.lbusd.k12.ca.us/.

Registration for the Queensway 5K is now available online at runsignup.com/Race/CA/longbeach/TheQueensway5k. Queensway 5K race tickets are $35 per person. The 5K run is a timed race. Team discounts for groups of (5) or more are available. For sponsorship opportunities and finish-line vendor space, available at no cost, please contact Michele Ward at mwardlb@gmail.com. All registered race participants will receive same-day access to the Queen Mary and free parking. For more information, please visit www.queenmary.com

Credit: The Queen Mary.

Krazy Krafts Day for Kids at The Printing Museum, Carson Saturday March 24th from 10 am to 4 pm

For kids and the “kids-at-heart” in all of us…
All day activities for guests include unique crafts like letterpress printing,paper making, paper marbling, and foil stamping! You also can learn how to cartoon, fold origami, write in calligraphy, and rubber stamp to your hearts delight. Make sure to bring a blank t-shirt to screen print your very own shirt! History enthusiasts will enjoy tours of our working antique printing presses and will even get their name cast in hot metal type on our amazing Linotype machine.
This event is a lot of fun! I have taken my son when he was younger! ~SoCal City Kids.
Activities On-going All Day!
$10 Ticket for Everyone
www.printmuseum.org for tickets & information
310-515-7166    mail@printmuseum.org
The International Printing Museum
315 W Torrance Blvd, Carson, CA 90745       
Credit: The International Printing Museum.

Dana Point Harbor Welcomes 47th ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF WHALES With Family-Friendly Ocean Activities March 3-4 & 10-11

The County of Orange, OC Parks and Dana Point Harbor invite families to experience the 47th Annual Dana Point Festival of Whales on March 3-4 and 10-11 from 8 a.m. to 4p.m. Visitors can explore Dana Point Harbor during the gray whale’s annual winter migratory ritual, and enjoy exciting activities including whale watching, sand sculpting, live music, the Dinghy Dash, Art in the Park, delicious harbor eats and educational hands-on activities.

“The Festival of Whales is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the majestic marine mammals we share our coast with,” said Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, Fifth District. “This event combines educational programs about the ocean and environment with fun activities for the entire family.”

The Dana Point Festival of Whales offers two weekends of outdoor fun in the “Whale Capital of the West.” Locals and destination seekers alike can experience the festival on land or by sea to celebrate the migration of California gray whales as they pass through the ocean waters of Dana Point.

Whale watching excursions will depart every hour on the hour from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from the wharf during both festival weekends, offering views of majestic ocean life found off the coast of Dana Point. Prices and trip durations vary.

The Festival of Whales Parade kicks off the festivities on Saturday, March 3 at 10 a.m. Attendees can view the parade from the side of Pacific Coast Highway between Selva Road and Street of the Golden Lantern, where onlookers can enjoy the parade featuring giant helium balloons, community organizations and more.

Marine life enthusiasts of all ages can enjoy Ocean Awareness Day on March 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Baby Beach for free interactive displays, demonstrations, activities and more.

Festival-goers can take part in Westwind Sailing’s Cardboard Classic Dinghy Dash & Expo at Baby Beach on Saturday, March 10 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., when teams of all ages will create cardboard dinghies and compete in a friendly race.

Wrap up the weekend with delicious barbeque and live music at Baby Beach during the Whale of a Concert BBQ on Sunday, March 11 from 12 to 5 p.m. Guests 21 years and older can also enjoy a Spirits Garden as they watch bands perform atop a floating stage.

Parking will be available in different lots throughout the Harbor. All lots are serviced by free shuttles, running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day of the festival with extended service hours the morning of the parade on March 3 and the afternoon of the Whale of a Concert on March 11.

The Ocean Institute will be a stop for the official 2018 Festival of Whales Water Taxi. Daily service will be offered between Dana Wharf and the Ocean Institute from 12 to 5 p.m. on the days of the event. Tickets are $5 per person, available on the taxi or at Dana Wharf.

Enjoy a variety of events and activities during the 47th Annual Festival of Whales including whale watching, classic car display, Rubber Ducky Derby, Diamond Dig, sand sculpting, the Annual Whale of a Clam Chowder Cook Off and more. Activity and event dates vary. For more information visit www.FestivalofWhales.com and www.DanaPointHarbor.com.

Credit: OC Parks.

Meet the Aquarium’s new sea lion, Cain! NEW SEA LION TO MAKE HOME AT THE AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC

A sea lion boarded a plane, leaving the southeast U.S. for his new home in California at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Cain is a high-energy California sea lion, who comes from another Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited facility. He is four years old and weighs nearly 250 pounds. While most of the sea lions and seals at the Aquarium of the Pacific prefer herring and capelin for their meals, Cain prefers to eat squid. On February 8 at 9:00 a.m. members of the media are invited to meet Cain. Cain will be in an introduction area next to the Seal and Sea Lion Habitat at the Aquarium of the Pacific, where staff will be able to gradually introduce him to Parker, Harpo, Ellie, and other sea lion and seal residents. Cain will join the other animals in the larger Seal and Sea Lion Habitat when he is fully accustomed to living with his new family. The public can see Cain when the Aquarium opens that morning at 9:00 a.m.

California sea lions can be found from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, to Baja California, Mexico. Sea lions inhabit temperate or subtropical waters. They haul out on land, rocks, or structures such as piers, boats, breakwaters, and buoys. Although hunted in the past, the current sea lion population has increased substantially along the West Coast of the United States since the passage of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972.

WHEN:           On exhibit now!  – See all the coverage with the hashtag #AOPCain.

WHERE:         Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

Credit: The Aquarium of the Pacific. 

Photo by Robin Riggs.

Ling Ling Asian Food Los Angeles Event with Katie Chin Celebrate Chinese New Year with Ling Ling!

Self Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Ling Ling, all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

   

Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Ling Ling Asian Food Los Angeles Event (at Hipcooks in West L.A.)  with a wonderful group of Bloggers and the amazing Chef Katie Chin. It was an amazing experience and I especially enjoyed learning great cooking tips from Katie Chin and tasting the delicious Ling Ling food products! We were put into small groups and we actually made two recipes: Kale with Ginger, which is a delicious salad and Sweet & Spicy Green Beans. They were simple recipes and Katie Chin made everything seem super easy!

I know that I will be making both of these recipes for my family for Chinese New Year! My favorite was the Sweet & Spicy Green Beans!

    

Besides having so much fun at this event and meeting Katie Chin, my favorite thing was trying the delicious Ling Ling food! I had tried the Fried Rice before but had not tried the Noodles or the Potstickers. So, I was really excited to try both of them!

     

It’s really difficult to just pick one of their products as my ultimate favorite because everything was so good! I loved the delicious Authentic Asian Style Noodles! They were absolutely tasty! I tried the Drunken Noodles and the Yakisoba Noodles and I liked both of them so cannot choose between the two! I am already a big fan of Ling Ling’s Fried Rice so I am planning to make it for Chinese New Year for my family. If I have to choose a favorite though, it would be the Potstickers! I hadn’t tried them before and let’s just say…you can’t just have one! I REALLY can’t wait to find these at my local store and make them for the Chinese New Year! You can check out Ling Ling’s website here!

I also learned so much about Chinese New Year from the knowledgeable Chef Katie Chin and I am truly looking forward to making a celebration for my family this year! I actually am planning to make a feast with Ling Ling Fried Rice, Noodles and Potstickers. I am also on the lookout to find their Spring Rolls!  I will also be buying a few Red & Gold decorations and you can easily use red napkins and Oriental Trading and World Market have some really nice decorations.

I also learned about some Chinese New Year customs and superstitions from Katie Chin. Two of my favorites are the following:

1. Greeting friends with oranges or tangerines during the New Year will ensure that your friendships remain intact.

2. No sweeping on New Year’s Day as you’ll sweep all your good luck out the door. No sweeping for me on February 16th!

Here are a couple more:

Stepping into new shoes on New Year’s morning to start your year off on the right foot (A Personal Favorite of Chef Katie)
Distribution of Red Envelopes (signifying Joy and Luck) filled with money to start the year with prosperity.

So, how do you plan to celebrate Chine New Year this February 16th? Don’t forget to look for the tasty Ling Ling products at your local store! Find out where to buy here!

 

Tickets For DISNEY LIVE! Presents Mickey And Minnie’s Doorway To Magic Coming to the Southland January 18, 2018 – January 21, 2018! Tickets On-Sale Now!

Open the door to reveal mesmerizing worlds of unforgettable Disney moments and grand illusions when Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic visits Long Beach Terrace Theatre & Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario from January 18-January 21. Tickets are on sale now.

Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and the comical duo of Donald and Goofy as 25 of your favorite characters surprise and captivate at every turn of the knob! See the Fairy Godmother transform Cinderella’s rags into a beautiful ball gown in a split second; the Toy Story gang defy the dimensions of Andy’s toy box with the help of the green army men; and the spectacular stage debut of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider as they rise into the sky amidst the floating lanterns. With special appearances by Snow White, Tinker Bell and Aladdin’s Genie, you never know what to expect or who might join in the fun. In Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic, you hold the ultimate key to unlocking your imagination.

L O N G   B E A C H

WHEN:                 Thursday, January 18 – Friday, January 19

  • Thursday, January 18 6:30 PM
  • Friday, January 19                 1:00 PM & 6:30 PM

 

WHERE:             Long Beach Terrace Theatre – 300 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802

 

TICKETS:           Ticket prices start at $20

                                 Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office.  *prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply

 

O N T A R I O

WHEN:                 Saturday, January 20 – Sunday, January 21

  • Saturday, January 20 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM
  • Sunday, January 21 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM

 

WHERE:             Citizens Business Bank Arena – 4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario, CA 91764

 

TICKETS:           Ticket prices start at $20

                                Tickets available for purchase online at DisneyLive.com or Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office.     *prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply.

To learn more about Disney Live!, go to www.DisneyLive.com, visit us on Facebook and YouTube and follow us on Twitter @Disney Live!

Credit: Feld Entertainment.