Archives for November 8, 2016

Descanso Gardens To Debut New Holiday Light Show

For the first time ever, Descanso Gardens, the iconic L.A.-area botanic garden, will be bathed in gorgeous color when “Enchanted: Forest of Light” debuts. For 43 nights, starting Nov. 25, 2016, Descanso’s hallmark oak trees and botanic collections will be the stars of this brand new, exciting holiday season light show event.


Lightswitch®, an industry leader in creating high-impact theatrical and environmental light effects, is creating 10 unique lighting experiences that illuminate some of Descanso’s most beloved locations, including the Japanese Garden and the Camellia Forest. Visitors will stroll along a one mile walk through the Gardens to see these large-scale light displays, three of which will be interactive, allowing visitors to manipulate the lights and sounds.


Highlights include “The Pool,” an interactive light sculpture by artist Jen Lewin in which people manipulate colors by walking over lighted pads, and the “Symphony of Oaks” which invites visitors to manipulate the sounds and lights in the Oak Grove. The walk concludes with a spectacular light display in Descanso’s iconic Japanese Garden, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. And the evening isn’t complete without a stop for hot cocoa (or an adult beverage) and dinner or a snack along the way.


Tickets are currently on sale and are $28 for adults, $24 seniors 65 and older and children 3-17; free for children 2 and under. Tickets are sold in advance and online at


Descanso Gardens anticipates 100,000 visitors will attend “Enchanted: Forest of Light.” This multi-generational experience, designed to delight all ages, will be presented daily starting Friday, Nov. 25, through Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m.“Enchanted: Forest of Light” will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.


Find information and watch a preview of “Enchanted: Forest of Light” at Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011. For information, call (818) 949- 4200 or visit Descanso Gardens is a member-supported garden accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.


Credit: Descanso Gardens.


OC Hit Factory Releases Pop/R&B Charity Single “Human”

The Orange County record label, OC Hit Factory, releases the single, “Human,” on November 15. The anthem of love, acceptance and unity is underscored by its slogan “One World, One Race, One Color, Human”.


Thomas Barsoe, Sony Music executive producer, OC Hit Factory owner and platinum recording artist, wrote “Human” to use the power and gift of music to make a change by giving back and to use his artists’ talents to become the ultimate gifts for children in need. He summed it up in the lyrics, “If we spread our love like rings in the water, we can use our hearts to pay it forward.”


Jordan Schunk, Olive Crest Community Involvement Coordinator, says, “Olive Crest is very grateful to OC Hit Factory for helping us share the life-affirming stories of our adopted children through the power of music.”


Barsoe co-produced and mixed the song with Paul Najera of OC Hit Factory. Ten of the record label’s best vocalists are featured on the track: Jessica Cabral, Ellie Soufi, Dallas Caroline, Cloi Crider, Robbie Dean, Jackie Hishmeh, Matthew John Fernando, Hannah Nicole Burton, Jada Northington and Gavyn Bailey, who all collaborated in the studio to interpret the song.


While mastering the track, Grammy winning producer and mastering engineer, Lucas Pimentel noted, “‘Human’ brings a powerful message to a world that can use more unity, love and acceptance, especially these days! I had an amazing time mastering this project. So many incredibly talented artists are sharing their undeniable gift, and I encourage you to check them out! Kudos to my friend, Thomas Barsoe, for writing such a beautiful tune!”


Mehdi Avaz, the leading music video director in Denmark, produced the official “Human” music video, which can be found here:


During OCHF’s last 2016 songwriting camp, songwriters will team with children from Olive Crest, a local non-profit that prevents child abuse and supports at-risk children and families with life-transforming programs, to write original songs in honor of their stories. They will also be part of a professional music video for the song “Human,” which will be released as a single and featured on a charity album to raise money for the non-profit. The songwriting camp culminates in a huge live showcase and album release party on December 10, where toys and gifts will be presented to the special guests of honor, the children of Olive Crest.


The OCHF songwriting camp takes place at 2493 Park Avenue inside of Union Market at the District in Tustin. The two-day event runs from 10AM-7PM on Saturday and Sunday, November 12-13. To participate in this exciting songwriting camp, contact Angelica Henry via email or by calling (504) 296-8084.


OC Hit Factory, a subsidiary record label under Sony Music Entertainment, offers record deals, recording studios, songwriting camps, vocal and instrument lessons, artist management and development, and a live music venue to elite and exceptionally talented aspiring artists. OCHF prides itself as the number one, innovative, pioneering music powerhouse in Orange County.

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Celebrate the Winter Holidays at Heritage Hill Historical Park


The County of Orange and OC Parks invite you to experience the traditions of the holidays at Heritage Hill Historical Park this winter season. December 3 will celebrate the 35th and final Victorian Christmas and December 10 – 11 will welcome the park’s 31st Annual Candlelight Walk.


Relive the holiday customs of yesteryear for the last time as Heritage Hill bids farewell to Victorian Christmas on December 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The park’s four historic buildings will be festively decorated for the season with live music, dance performances, local craft vendors, and food for purchase.  Bring your Christmas list and visit with Santa. Enjoy hands-on activities including Christmas ornament and card making, candle dipping, butter churning, Victorian-inspired crafts and games, and cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus.


Then experience the historic park in a unique way that only happens once a year during Heritage Hill Historical Park’s 31st Annual Candlelight Walk.  On December 10 – 11 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., hundreds of luminarias will light the park’s pathways as strolling carolers and musicians fill the air with music.  Children can visit with Santa in the Arbor and sit at a school desk while storytellers spin holiday tales in the one-room El Toro Grammar School.  Visitors will enjoy historic holiday radio shows as they tour the 1930s Bennett Ranch house and can watch a Spanish guitarist and Flamenco dancer in the 1863 Serrano Adobe. There will also be ongoing entertainment in the 1891 St. George’s Episcopal Mission.  Hot chocolate, apple cider, and homemade cookies will be available for purchase.


Admission for each event is $5.00 for ages 3 and over (children under 3 are free).  Tickets are sold at the park gate on the day of the event.  Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with OC Parks at Heritage Hill Historical Park.


35th Victorian Christmas

Date: Saturday, December 3, 2016

Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

31st Annual Candlelight Walk

Date: Saturday, December 10  – Sunday, December 11, 2016

Time: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $5 for ages 3 and above (children 3 and under are free)

Parking: Free

Location: Heritage Hill Historical Park

Address: 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630

Public Contact: (949) 923-2230

Credit: OC Parks.

VOTE The Grinch for the 2016 Who-liday Season — Universal Studios Hollywood Welcomes the Return of Grinchmas!


Universal Studios Hollywood Rings in the Holiday Season

with “Grinchmas,” Merry Mischievous Minions and Delicious, All-New Hot Butterbeer,

as Universal CityWalk Decks the Hall with Free Concerts

and Special Appearances by Saint Nick!


Theme Park’s New California Neighbor Pass

Adds Christmas Cheer as Perfect Stocking Stuffers!

November 7, 2016 – It’s the most wonderful time of the year at The Entertainment Capital of L.A.SM as Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk® deck the halls for a wintry calendar of cool holiday activities and scrumptious treats that families and friends far and wide can enjoy.

A grinchy-green “Grinchmas” returns to Universal Studios Hollywood with a Who-lebration fit for The Grinch, his faithful dog Max and a roster of Who-ville Whos.  Holiday whimsy also will permeate throughout “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and the adjoining “Super Silly Fun Land” as a crew of very merry mischievous Minions spread Christmas cheer to visitors of all ages.

Delectable hot Butterbeer will complement the menu at Three Broomsticks and Hog’s Head pub when “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood debuts this newest addition of the favorite beverage to its offerings of scrumptious fare.  Like its traditional and frozen counterparts, hot Butterbeer is reminiscent of butterscotch and shortbread that’s been perfectly fine-tuned as a Hogsmeade holiday treat.

Universal Plaza, the elaborate grand piazza at the heart of the theme park, will once again serve as the backdrop for the “Grinchmas” event where the towering 60 foot tall whimsical “Grinchmas” tree will beautifully twist and spiral as the ideal photo opp for guests.  “Grinchmas” runs weekends on December 3-4 and 10-11, and daily from December 16 through January 1, 2017.

As part of the fab-Who-lous event, Martha May Who-vier and the Who Dolls will take center stage by the “Grinchmas” tree, performing energetic musical sets to usher in the Christmas season in style.  The Who-liday Singers – a hip boy-band ensemble – will perform nightly a cappella concerts featuring a mix of Christmas favorites and pop rock.

The spirited “Grinchmas” event will also capture guests’ imagination with a variety of inspiring activities designed to create long lasting memories. These include:


  • Who-ville Post Office – Visitors will have a chance to partake in the “Grow Your Heart 3 Sizes” campaign when they share their good deeds on a postcard and mail them to The Grinch. In return, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. and Random House Children’s Books, the publishers of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, will pay it forward by donating a book to a child in need through First Book on behalf of the sender.


  • Trim up the Tree Lot – Guests can design and personalize their own “Grinchmas” ornaments to help decorate the venue’s other “Grinchmas” trees or take them home as a memorable keepsake.


  • Story Time with Cindy-Lou WhoCindy-Lou Who and her Who friends will gather guests of all ages – tall and small – for an engaging storytelling show of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

The spirit of “Grinchmas” also will come to life aboard the world-famous behind-the-scenes Studio Tour with engaging performances by unforgettable Who-ville Whos re-enacting popular scenes and songs from the family favorite at the original film sets from the blockbuster film, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

The holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood are included in the price of theme park admission.  More information is available at

The spirit of the season continues with a wintertime transformation of Universal CityWalk, beginning the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, November 25 through Sunday, January 1, 2017.

A spectacular 40-foot tall Christmas tree will glisten with 200,000 LED icicles choreographed to the lights and sounds of the season in the “5 Towers” plaza. Santa Claus will make nightly appearances and offer special photo opportunities at “5 Towers.”

The iconic, dancing water fountain situated at the heart of CityWalk also will make a splash this holiday season. This modern and impressive fountain displaying over 230 individual power jets will project streams of choreographed water into the air complemented by red and green LED lights and an array of holiday-themed music.

Free concert performances at “5 Towers” and an eclectic ensemble of talented street performers will make CityWalk the ultimate L.A. holiday destination. Admission to Universal CityWalk is free.

To learn more about Universal Studios Hollywood and the various Annual Pass options, including the new California Neighbor Pass, please visit  Additional information is available at Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

About Dr. Seuss: Theodor “Seuss” Geisel is quite simply the most beloved children’s book author of all time. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, an Academy Award, three Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, and three Caldecott Honors, Geisel wrote and illustrated 45 books for children. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. While Theodor Geisel died on September 24, 1991, Dr. Seuss lives on, inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading.


About Illumination Entertainment:  Illumination Entertainment, founded by Chris Meledandri in 2007, is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of event animated films. Illumination, which has an exclusive financing and distribution partnership with Universal Pictures, is the creator of the hugely successful Despicable Me franchise, which includes Minions, the second-highest-grossing animated film of all time, as well as Despicable Me 2, an Academy Award® nominee for Best Animated Feature of 2013. In all, Illumination’s films, which also include the 2016 record breaking The Secret Life of Pets, 2011’s Hop and 2012’s Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, have grossed more than $4 billion in worldwide box-office revenues and feature some of the world’s most renowned talent.


Upcoming films include Sing, starring Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Tori Kelly, which arrives in theaters in December 2016; Despicable Me 3, starring Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig and Trey Parker, which is set for June 2017; and a newly-imagined version of Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role of The Grinch, which is set for November 2018. In addition, “Despicable Me: Minion Rush” (more than 750 million downloads) has become one of the world’s most popular apps, and Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem attracts huge crowds at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood.


About Universal Studios Hollywood: Universal Studios HollywoodTM is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter TM” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and Flight of the Hippogriff™,Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor rollercoaster, as well the all-new “The Walking Dead” permanent daytime attraction.  Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons RideTM.”  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s flagship attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television studio where they can also experience such authentic and immersive thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.”  The destination also features the Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, including the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue.

Credit: Universal Studios Hollywood.

Land Rover Presents Interactive Consumer Popup on Abbott Kinney Blvd


–       Friday, Nov. 11 from 12 – 8 p.m.

–       Saturday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

–       Sunday, Nov. 13 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

–       Monday, Nov. 14 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.


Location: 1515 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, California, 90291


Join Land Rover for the North American debut of the all-new 2017 Discovery SUV at the interactive consumer popup activation,Discovery Venice, on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, Nov. 11-14.


Attendees will be able to explore the new Land Rover Discovery for the first time, as well as view a curated selection of the latest in premium surfing, cycling, sports and fitness gear, including opportunities to try out interactive training experiences and state-of-the-art fitness technologies with virtual reality.


The Land Rover Discovery is an all-new premium SUV that emphasizes versatility, rugged, all-terrain capability and cutting-edge technology in new and unique ways for the Land Rover brand. The vehicle features world-first Intelligent Seat Fold technology, enabling owners to reconfigure seating for seven passengers or their gear remotely via smartphone app, as well as a waterproof Activity Key.


Events at the space will include guest appearances from Southern California athletes, chefs and designers including Chef Stuart O’Keeffe, Olympic gold-medalist swimmer Conor Dwyer and interior designer Nathan Turner.


Local food trucks including The Butcher’s Daughter, Cousins Main Lobster, Komodo, The JUICEBOX Truck, Urban Espresso and Peaches’ Smokehouse & Southern Kitchen will be onsite throughout the activation with food available at significant discounts. Consumers are also encouraged to visit nearby Venice businesses that have partnered with Land Rover for further discounts and special offers.

Credit: Jaguar Land Rover.