Archives for April 3, 2017

Amazon Original Special “Spring-a-ling Surprise” Springs onto Prime Video April 4!

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I’m so excited to share that on Tuesday, April 4, “Spring-a-ling Surprise,” an adorable new Amazon Original Special from the award- winning children’s series Tumble Leaf, is set to “spring” onto Prime Video for kids and families across the country!
In “Spring-a-ling Surprise,” everyone helps Bloom the bunny hunt for his lost eggs, which he plans to plant for a spectacular spring surprise, while Fig the fox uncovers many other signs of spring along the way!
Here’s more on Tumble Leaf:
Created by Drew Hodges (Community, SNL) and executive produced by Hodges and Kelli Bixler (The Roadents) of the award-winning studio Bix Pix Entertainment, Tumble Leaf follows Fig, a small blue fox, who lives in a whimsical land where he discovers adventure, friendship and love around every bend. The series reinforces the importance of learning through play, as it helps children understand the world around them. Tumble Leaf features the voice talent of Christopher Downs as Fig, Brooke Wolloff as Maple, Zac McDowell as Hedge, Addie Zintel as Pine, and Alex Trugman as Ginkgo.
Featuring lush worlds and playful stop-motion animation, Tumble Leaf has garnered multiple Daytime Emmy Awards, including for Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animated Program, and just received four 2017 Daytime Emmy Award nominations. The show has also earned the Jury Award for a TV series at the 2014 Annecy International Animated Film Festival, the 2015 Annie Award for Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Preschool Children and a 2015 Parents’ Choice Gold Award.
Credit: Amazon Prime Video.

Cleo is Pet of the Week!

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Cleo will come pattering (sorry—we couldn’t resist it) out from her little barge as soon as she senses the security of a person willing to be patient and kind. So often, pets get left at our shelter without knowing what the deal is and why they aren’t in their safe places anymore—if they had one. Cleo’s a royal seal-point Siamese who’s about 2 years old and has plenty of good years to share with the right people. Meet her at the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A573245.


(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)


Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

Experience a Burke Williams Blow Out at Style

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Burke Williams Day Spa invites guests to take the spa experience to the next level with a visit to the in-spa blow dry bar, Style. Available at the new Hollywood and Woodland Hills spas, hair care experts will shampoo, condition, and style your hair with the finest products available. With a visit to Style, spa goers leave looking as fabulous as they feel.


Burke Williams welcomes spa lovers to indulge in a day of luxurious relaxation that ends with a visit to Style for just $45. After shampooing and conditioning your hair with products from the iconic Shu Uemura hair care line, stylists will create a look ranging from straight and sleek to curly and chic. Burke Williams’ team of hair stylists can also create fashionable braids. Perfect for the end of a rejuvenating spa day or as a dedicated service, Style offers an option for hair care on the go. Walk ins are welcome but reservations are recommended.


Burke Williams is a haven for healing and beauty, and the Hollywood and Woodland Hills spas offer an array of innovative services including blow outs at Style, aromatherapy at the Custom Blend Alchemy Bar, and Steam Pedicures in the Nail Lounge, as well as a full menu of facials, massages, and body treatments. To book an appointment and learn more about Burke Williams Day Spa locations, services and products please visit


Burke Williams

For over 30 years Burke Williams Day Spa has been committed to creating an environment of refinement that inspires and provides its guest with a luxurious sanctuary to unwind. With ten locations across Northern and Southern California and the exclusive in-spa skin care line H2V, relaxation awaits with each of our European-inspired treatments including massage therapy, body wraps, facials, manicures, pedicures, baths and an array of signature spa services.

Easter Bunny Photos Available at Lakewood Center

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Lakewood Center is welcoming the Easter Bunny to kick of the spring season with festive photos and a visit with the Easter Bunny.


Lakewood Center invites families to hop over for a visit with the Easter Bunny and receive a free gift. Create special holiday memories that will be cherished for years to come with a fun Easter photo package or customized photo gift. Reservations are not required but are available online for convenience.

Now through Saturday, April 15
Monday-Thursday: 11am-8pm
Friday-Saturday: 10am-8pm
Sunday: 11am-7pm

Lakewood Center in the Center Court

500 Lakewood Center Mall, Lakewood, CA  90712


Information: Visit  for details.

Credit: Lakewood Center.

Queen Mary Announces Ships & Giggles Comedy Night New Live Comedy Showcase Every Second Monday of each month in the Art Deco Observation Bar


Rocco Stowe to Host and Kick-off Series April 10, 2017

Long Beach’s iconic Queen Mary unveils Ships & Giggles Comedy Night, the coolest new spot to spend a Monday night. Laugh off the Monday blues with some of the most hilarious comedians from Southern California while experiencing the wonders of the majestic ship every second Monday of each month. The new comedy night series kicks-off Monday, April 10 at 8 p.m. in the historic Observation Bar and will be hosted by celebrity comedian Rocco Stowe. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to grab their seats and enjoy happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m.


Internationally known comedian Rocco Stowe will kick-off the new comedy series and host the first-ever Ships & Giggles Comedy Night on Monday, April 10 at 8 p.m. Stowe currently headlines the Tuesday Urban Comedy Jam at the Miami Improv and is a headliner at the Laff House in Philly. He performs in Los Angeles often, with regular shows at the Comedy Store, Laugh Factory, The Improv, and the Comedy Union.


The April 10 showcase welcomes some of Los Angeles’ favorite comedians including the hilarious Abby Roberge, Aidan Park, Aiko Tanaka, and Michael Lenoci. Ships & Giggles Comedy Night will continue the second Monday of each month at 8 p.m. with future line-ups to be announced soon.


Tickets to Ships & Giggles Comedy Night are $15, and $5 of the admission ticket value can be used in the Observation Bar and at Queen Mary restaurants during the showcases. Parking is $8 with validation.


Tickets, additional concert details and the schedule of acts are available online at

About the Observation Bar

1930’s sophistication and style, the Observation Bar and Art Deco Lounge is the playground of the cool.  Classic and chic, the Observation Bar was formerly the First-Class Lounge and served as the hub for lively discussions over delicious drinks.  Original artwork still hangs above the bar, which is lined with Art Deco tables, chairs and decor. Completing the 30’s look are distinct torchiere lamps, which give the room a soft, retro glow. So order a cocktail, sit back and enjoy this treasured downtown tradition.


About the Queen Mary

Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. The Queen Mary’s signature restaurants include Chelsea Chowder House, Observatory Bar, as well as, a weekly Champagne Sunday Brunch served in the ship’s Grand Salon. History buffs enjoy the ship’s museum with various daily tours, and currently the ship is featuring the renowned Diana: Legacy of a Princess exhibit. The Queen Mary features 80,000 square feet of event space in 17 remarkable Art Deco salons as well as a tri-level, 45,000-square- foot Exhibit Hall. The Queen Mary boasts 346 staterooms including nine full suites. For more information or for reservations, see or call (800) 437-2934. The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach.

First-Ever Rock For HARK Featuring Three Dog Night Announces Celebrity Guests


Healing Arts Reaching Kids Presents



Hollywood Roosevelt • Sunday, April 30, 2017


Celebrities Scout Compton, Jane Lynch, LA Kings Players Set to Attend

Healing Arts Reaching Kids (HARK), a non-profit organization that brings healing and coping techniques through creative experiences to children with illnesses and injuries, is proud to announce the launch of their inaugural Rock for HARK Charity event for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles on Sunday, April 30th at 8 p.m. The benefit concert will feature a one-of-a-kind concert performance by legendary rock group Three Dog Night at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt. Celebrity guests Scout Compton (Nashville)Jane Lynch (Glee), and 10 players from the LA Kings are expected to attend and show their support for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.


While Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is a world-renowned medical facility and Three Dog Night is the iconic, American pop/rock band with hits like “Joy to the World” and “Mama Told Me Not to Come”, it is HARK, the little engine that could, bringing them together for its very first Rock for HARK benefit.

Not only does HARK fund arts activities for the young patients and their families, they also provide critical financial support to the hospital’s Expressive Arts Therapy Program through which trained art and music therapists administer proven healing methods to thousands of patients annually. Research demonstrates that these therapies have significant medical benefits, such as decreased stress and anxiety, lowered blood pressure, increased coping skills and self-awareness, minimized pain perception, among other effects.

Now in its 10th year, Healing Arts Reaching Kids (HARK) has offered the calming, joy-filled experience of the creative arts to the young patients at the award-winning facility. HARK, an all-volunteer affiliate of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, provides art supplies, hands-on art workshops, one-on-one art and music play, and other guided activities that foster creativity and allow kids to express themselves.

For most of those years, Danny Hutton, founder/lead singer of Three Dog Night, has actively supported his wife’s commitment to HARK and the kids at Children’s Hospital by donating art supplies and volunteering his time at the art shows and fund-raisers. This year Danny decided to help launch Rock for HARK by bringing Three Dog Night’s live performance to The Hollywood Roosevelt and donating a full concert to HARK to benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.


“I am over the moon to have them play for our Rock for HARK event,” adds Laurie Hutton, president of HARK, “and I hope everyone knows what an awesome venue this is!  We’ll be in the Blossom Ballroom at the Hollywood Roosevelt, where the first academy awards were held, and having a fabulous champagne pre-concert party where patrons will be able to purchase the kids’ artwork.”


For Danny it’s a simple equation, “I think it’s a wonderful thing for the children;” he offers, “plus the people who attend the benefit concert will have fun and the proceeds will go to help the kids in need.”   Three Dog Night performs all over America throughout the year to sold out audiences who are excited to hear well-known songs like “Black and White”, “Shambala”, “One”, “Eli’s Coming” and“Celebrate”. “There are 21 Top-40 hits and we only play our hits in concert” says Danny, “and even then, there is not enough time to do them all!”


Beyond having a great time and raising money for the hospital’s Expressive Arts Therapy Program, HARK also hopes to raise awareness about the importance of these therapies for the young patients.  “We hope to help people understand the amount of healing these therapies provide and many people don’t realize that insurance does not cover Art and Music therapy for the kids,” explains Laurie.


The Rock for HARK charity event begins at 6:30 pm with the pre-concert party and art sale. Three Dog Night performance begins at 8 p.m.  VIP ticket holders will enjoy reserved seating and access to an after show meet and greet, including photo ops, with Three Dog Night.   Benefit Tickets are $150 per person; VIP Tickets are $250 and are available through the HARK on now.



About HARK:

HealingArts Reaching Kids missions is to bring healing and coping techniques through creative experiences that allow children to express their fears and triumphs that may be a part of their illness or injury.  The organization hopes to bring the much-needed supplies, as well as, hands on art, music, poetry, and creative writing opportunities to critically ill and injured children at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. HARK’s goal is to provide a hospital-wide environment splashed with color, poetry and music, from children’s art and poetry displayed in the lobby to the sounds of music from patient rooms.

Universal CityWalk Toasts the Arrival of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Restaurant, the First-Ever to Open in California, with a Celebratory Performance by Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band

At 5 O’Clock today, Universal CityWalk toasted the official arrival of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant to its destination marking the occasion with an exciting performance by singer, songwriter and best-selling author, Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band.

Hundreds of Parrotheads and fans alike joined in the celebration that also marked the first-ever Margaritaville restaurant to open in California.

Jimmy Buffett said, “I walked onto the site of CityWalk when it was still under construction, and my first thought was ‘I want a Margaritaville here.’ Thanks to the great folks at Universal, we made it.  It’s great to play at the opening and I look forward to visiting regularly on my journeys to the West Coast.  Fins Up!”

“Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville is a perfect complement to Universal CityWalk,” said Karen Irwin, President and COO, Universal Studios Hollywood. “With its inviting tropical vibe, incredible selection of Margaritas and signature dishes, Margaritaville offers another exceptional dining experience at CityWalk that everyone can enjoy.”

For a preview of Margaritaville, click here

Margaritaville is more than a restaurant, it’s a state of mind as the spirited new venue brings a seaside retreat to Universal CityWalk that continues to resonate as one of L.A.’s most influential lifestyle centers.

Margaritaville at Universal CityWalk Hollywood invites guests to escape the everyday as they dine in a casual environment amid palm trees, thatched enclaves, island music and surfboard tables and enjoy hand-crafted cocktails, live music and entertainment, and signature dishes such as LandShark Lager Fish & Chips, Jimmy’s Jammin’ Jambalaya ®, Volcano Nachos or a Cheeseburger in Paradise ®. 

The venue’s expansive 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar located at the center of the restaurant offers a selection of refreshing specialty drinks, including the Who’s to Blame® Margarita or the 5 O’Clock Somewhere boat drink.

For over 20 years, Universal CityWalk has boosted the city’s rhythm through a foundation built on providing memorable entertainment experiences.  With a series of dramatic enhancements currently underway, from new restaurants, shopping experiences and visually-aesthetic design features to its multi-million dollar Universal Cinema renovation, the spotlight shines brightly on CityWalk as it continues to invest in an ambitious revitalization and remain best in class.

This significant undertaking coincides with Universal Studios Hollywood’s recent epic transformation in which 75 percent of the world-class theme park was completely reimagined.

Introduced in 1993, CityWalk was constructed in collaboration with visionary architect Jon Jerde as the prototypical one-stop leisure destination that redefined the mall of yesteryear as a vibrant multi-sensory outdoor complex. With grand neon signs and larger-than-life decorative sculptures complimenting the diverse offerings, this whimsical street was reflective of L.A.’s eclectic landscape and distinguishing characteristics.

More information on Universal CityWalk is available at or at Regular updates can also be found on CityWalk’s Twitter @CityWalkLA, Facebook-Universal CityWalk Hollywood and Instagram @CityWalkLA.


Margaritaville is a global brand inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of singer, songwriter and author, Jimmy Buffett, whose songs evoke a passion for tropical escape and relaxation. Since launching its first restaurant location in Key West, Fla. in 1987, Margaritaville has become America’s leading lifestyle escapism brand.

Today, Margaritaville features nine destination resorts/hotels across the Southeast United States and Caribbean and eight additional locations in active development; four gaming locations; and more than 60 food and beverage locations including signature concepts such as Margaritaville Restaurant, award-winning JWB Prime Steak and Seafood, 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill and LandShark Bar & Grill, among others. More than 15 million travelers every year change their latitude and attitude with a visit to a Margaritaville residential real estate destination, vacation club/vacation home rental, restaurant and full-service AAA Four-Diamond resort.

Consumers can also escape everyday through a collection of Margaritaville lifestyle products including apparel for men and women, footwear, frozen concoction makers, home décor and more. Additionally, the brand’s food, beverage and spirits lines – including Margaritaville tequilas, rums, LandShark Lager and Island Tea – deliver authentic, tropical escapism to fans around the world. Margaritaville, a state of mind since 1977.

Universal Studios Hollywood 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™” 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 roller coaster.  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” and the “The Walking Dead” daytime attraction.  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature 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 adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, completely redesigned Universal Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.