Archives for July 15, 2019

Go Little Tokyo for Los Angeles’ largest annual Japanese culinary weekend at the 4th Annual Delicious Little Tokyo

Delicious Little Tokyo 2018. Photo provided courtesy of Go Little Tokyo.

Discover all NEW culinary experiences, live cooking and mixology demonstrations, craft beer and chicken wing pairings, traditional miso ball making and MORE!
Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20

Go Little Tokyo’s 4th Annual Delicious Little Tokyo returns to the heart of Downtown Los Angeles for two days on Friday, July 19th and Saturday, July 20th and features over 20 exclusive events including all-new interactive workshops, tastings, and demonstrations curated for first-time foodies and culinary enthusiasts alike.
Taste, experience, and indulge during Delicious Little Tokyo, Los Angeles’ largest annual Japanese culinary weekend. The foodie festival features two days of delicious food harvested from the streets of Little Tokyo, celebrating the diversity, cultural traditions, and of course, food of the historic neighborhood! Sample, explore, and discover, with friends and family, all Little Tokyo has to offer including tastings by participating Little Tokyo restaurants, hands-on culinary workshops, live cooking demonstrations, sake and beer food pairing classes, and more, exclusively available during Delicious Little Tokyo weekend.
When: Friday, July 19 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Saturday, July 20 from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Where: Little Tokyo, Los Angeles

Delicious Little Tokyo Schedule of Events:Friday, July 19
7 pm: 
Sake on the Rocks with the Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) (21 years or older only)

Saturday, July 209 am: A Delectable Doughnut Tasting with Donatsu
10 am: Summer Floral Centerpiece Workshop with Kuragami Little Tokyo Florist
10:30 am: Coffee Appreciation: A Fruit & Chocolate Tasting with Cafe Demitasse
10:30 am: Create Your Own Mini “Buzzfeed Tasty-Style” Video with BAE Little Tokyo
11 am: Miso Ball Making 101 with Yoko Maeda Lamn
11 am: LIVE Bento Box Demo with Table for Two
11 am: Historical Food Walking Tour with the Little Tokyo Historical Society
11 am: Meet Hello Kitty in her Café Chef Coat, with Sanrio
11:30 am: Indonesian Cuisine Demo & Tasting with Kasih12 pm: Sake & Food Pairing with Sake Dojo (21 years or older only)

12:30 pm: LIVE Handmade Tortilla Demo with Bad Son Tacos
1 pm: Historical Food Walking Tour with the Little Tokyo Historical Society
1 pm: Hiro’s Bokashi Club Workshop
1 pm: Mixology Demo with Wolf & Crane (21 years or older only)
1:30 pm: Kawaii Onigiri Workshop with Table for Two
2 pm: Donut Decorating Workshop with Cafe Dulce
2 pm: Craft Beer & Chicken Wing Pairing with Far Bar (21 years or older only)
2 pm: LIVE Takoyaki Demo with Takoyaki Tanota
2 pm: The Art of Furoshiki Wrapping Workshop with the Little Tokyo Service Center and Bunkado
3 pm: The Way of Tea: A Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony with Tea Master of Little Tokyo
3:45 pm: Spam Musubi Demo with Aloha Cafe
5 pm: The History of the Old Fashioned with Baldoria(21 years or older only)
6 pm: Meet Little Tokyo Pizza Party with Prime Pizza
Tickets and Registration:

  • Friday, July 19:  Sake on the Rocks with the Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) is sold-out. Must be 21 years or older to attend.
  • Saturday, July 20: Free – $20, depending on the activity.

For more information and to register for demos and workshops please visit golittletokyo.com/delicious/.

Credit: Go Little Tokyo.

“Jurassic World—The Ride” Opens at Universal Studios Hollywood and It Just Got Real

The magnificent aquatic Mosasaurus inside “Jurassic World–The Ride’s” massive Aquarium Observatory Tank at Universal Studios Hollywood

It’s official:  Universal Studios Hollywood’s mega attraction “Jurassic World—The Ride” opens and It Just Got Real.

Inspired by Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s JURASSIC WORLD blockbuster films, this spectacular new thrill ride features the film’s stars, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and BD Wong, who reprise their roles as Owen Grady, Claire Dearing and Dr. Henry Wu, and soars to new heights with the addition of iconic dinosaurs from the movie, including the colossal Indominus rex and the magnificent aquatic Mosasaurus.

“Jurassic World—The Ride” captures the essence of the blockbuster movies and comes to life in collaboration with the award-winning and inspired minds at Universal Creative, the Academy Award®-winning special-effects visionaries at Industrial Light & Magic, a division of Lucasfilm, Ltd., Universal Pictures and acclaimed filmmakers Steven Spielberg, Colin Trevorrowand Frank Marshall.

The elaborately themed all-new “Raptor Encounter” where Blue, the beloved Velociraptor from the JURASSIC WORLD movies, engages with guests in daring face-to-face encounters, along with the addition of two new dinosaurs – a Baby Raptor with her Raptor Handler and a life-size Triceratops who greet guests outside the “Jurassic World—The Ride” entrance, further enhance the entire experience. Plus, a new interactive “Dino Play” area is designed to inspire children of all ages to explore and excavate giant dinosaur fossils.

Costa Rican-inspired cuisine and flavorful Tiki cocktails served at Jurassic Café and all-new tropical Isla Nu-bar add to the dynamic guest experience while an array of souvenir collectible, limited edition and one-of-a-kind dimensional dinosaur sculptures from the Jurassic Outfitters store invite guests to savor a piece of this exciting thrill ride even after they have gone home.

With so much to see and do at Universal Studios Hollywood, the California Neighbor Pass invites guests to experience 175 days of fun for $149 when purchased online. Visit www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com for more details. Blackout dates and restrictions apply.

More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

Credit: Universal Studios Hollywood.

FESTIVAL OF ARTS WEEKLY EVENTS Friday, July 20 – Friday, July 26

Weekend Nightly Music Schedule

Dates/Times: July 5 – September 1
Daily at 5:30pm
Cost: Free with $15 Festival Admission

  • Saturday, July 20: Slim Man
  • Sunday, July 21: Derek Bordeaux

Concerts on the Green
Sponsored by Cambria Estates Vineyard and Winery

Greg Adams and East Bay Soul
Date: Saturday, July 20
Time: 1 – 2:30pm
Cost: Free with $15 Festival admission Limited seating available in reserved section for $40 per person (includes Festival admission).
Watch legendary performers Greg Adams and East Bay Soul perform on the Festival’s concert green. The sound of Greg Adams is one of the world’s best-known musical signatures. Adams has recorded six solo albums, three releases with East Bay Soul and fourteen recordings as a founding member of Tower of Power. His 1995 debut, Hidden Agenda, went all the way to #1 on Billboard and stayed there for five weeks. With countless collaborations in the studio and live on stage, Adams has made his mark on a broad stretch of today’s music landscape that includes jazz, pop, rock, R&B, soul and funk.

Adult and Teen Art Classes

Watercolors with Christine Sullivan
Date: Saturday, July 20
Time: 3pm – 5:30pm
Cost: $60 (includes Festival admission)
This is a beginning transparent watercolor class which will cover the basic watercolor techniques and methods. Using these techniques along with some design and composition concepts, students will create their own beautiful landscape painting to take home.
Discover your inner artist at the Festival of Art’s Adult and Teen Art Classes! Ages 13 and up. Reservations preferred. For full schedule and reservations, visit LagunaFestivalofArts.org.

Wine & Painting Nights

Koi Fish with Mike Tauber
Date: Saturday, July 20
Time: 8:30 – 10pm
Cost: $75 (includes Festival admission)
Uncork your creativity this summer at the Festival of Arts! Enjoy a fun painting workshop, while surrounded by beautiful art. Learn easy step-by-step processes, as taught by noted Festival exhibitor Mike Tauber. Beginners and all levels are invited – take home your finished masterpiece! All supplies and complimentary wine or beverage are included.
$75 materials fee per person, per class. For adults 21 and up. Reservations required. For full schedule and reservations, visit LagunaFestivalofArts.org.

Adult and Teen Art Classes

Gouache with Dennis Zervas
Date: Sunday, July 21
Time: 3pm – 5:30pm
Cost: $60 (includes Festival admission)
Learn all about the art of gouache! Gouache is similar to watercolor, but rather than working with transparent washes from light to dark, gouache has a stronger pigment and allows the artist to apply lighter tones on top of darker ones. In this class you’ll learn the basic properties of gouache and explore the fundamental techniques of this unique medium.
Discover your inner artist at the Festival of Art’s Adult and Teen Art Classes! Ages 13 and up. Reservations preferred. For full schedule and reservations, visit LagunaFestivalofArts.org.

Weekday Nightly Music Schedule

Dates/Times: July 5 – September 1
Daily at 5:30pm
Cost: Free with $10 Festival Admission

  • Monday, July 22: Kiki Ebsen
  • Tuesday, July 23: A Tribute to the Flugelhorn Players (part of the Tribute Tuesday music series)
  • Wednesday, July 24: Dorian Holley
  • Thursday, July 25: Gregg Karukas (part of the Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate series)
  • Friday, July 26: Kleber Jorge (part of the Step into the Spotlight Music series)

Youth Arts Education Workshops

Dates/Times: July 8 – August 16
Mondays – Fridays 1pm & 3pm
Cost: $20+ material fee/session
Bring out that creative spark in your young artist at the Youth Art Classes this summer at the Festival of Arts. Kids will enjoy art classes taught by professional Festival artists in mixed-media, watercolors, collage and more. Meanwhile, parents will have free time to view the artwork on display throughout the Festival grounds. Festival artists will also share some of their creative techniques in a fun and friendly environment that will inspire your kids to come back every week! Open to children ages 5 – 12. Reservations required. For schedule and reservations, visit LagunaFestivalofArts.org.

  • Monday, July 22: Cartoons (1pm), Pastels (3pm)
  • Tuesday, July 23: Ceramics (1pm), Printmaking (3pm)
  • Wednesday, July 24: Ceramics (1pm), Assemblage (3pm)
  • Thursday, July 25: Recycled Art (1pm), Ceramics (3pm)
  • Friday, July 26: Sculpture (1pm), Mixed Media (3pm)

Art & Story Time

Date: Monday, July 22
Time: 12:30 – 1:30pm
Cost: Free with $10 Festival admission
Art and Story Time is a weekly series for children 5 and under. Every Monday from 12:30 to 1:30pm, enjoy a different book read aloud plus a hands-on art project. Fun for children and their parents! On Monday, July 22, author Cindy Motley will read her book “Ann from Japan.” Somewhere on top of a hill, far away in Japan this sweet imaginative story unfolds of how a young girl’s love for painting pots has such a magical impact on her surroundings. A truly delightful story sure to capture young imaginations with it’s whimsical rhymes, colorful illustrations and a beautiful surprise ending. A story that is uplifting and unforgettable. Author’s note. Do what you love and let the Magic happen!

Portraits on the Green

Dates: Tuesday, July 23
Time: 1 – 2pm
Cost: Free with $10 Festival admission

Watch as Festival of Arts exhibitors paint, sculpt or photograph live models on the Festival’s Concert Stage. This series will focus on how an artists’ interpretation of the same subject matter can vary based on their own unique style and perspectives. Patrons are invited to observe the artists at work for an up-close look at their creative process.

Art Talks and Tea
Sponsored by PBS SoCal

Date: Wednesday, July 24
Time: 1 – 2pm
Cost: Free with $10 Festival admission
Whether you’re an informed connoisseur, an amateur collector, or an art lover, join us for fascinating and informative discussions with the Festival of Arts exhibitors at our Art Talks and Tea, sponsored by PBS SoCal. Enjoy tea on the Festival’s green while listening to artists talk about their inspiration, history, and careers in art. On Wednesday, July 24, the topic will be “What Are You Looking At?,” a discussion about viewing art with Festival docents.

Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate
Sponsored by Charles Schwab

Performance by Gregg KarukasDate: Thursday, July 25
Time: 5:30 – 7pm
Cost: $20 in addition to $10 Festival admission. Limited seating available in reserved section for $35 per person (includes Festival admission).
Chocolate, wine, and all that jazz sweetens up the Festival of Arts this summer! On Thursday nights, indulge your senses at the Art, Jazz, Wine and Chocolate series. Sample a wide variety of Kendall-Jackson wines expertly selected to compliment and enhance the nuanced flavor of high-end chocolates from Cocoa Parlor. The Festival’s casual and classy outdoor setting, together with the soulful sounds of jazz surrounded by fine art, creates an ideal evening for friends, sweethearts, and family.
Grammy winning keyboardist/composer Gregg Karukas is enjoying the rare accomplishment of 2 consecutive #1 hit songs and THREE TOP 5 chart hits from his stellar 2014 CD release “Soul Secrets”. His 2nd single, “Rio Drive” was named the #1 most played song of 2015 on Alan Kepler’s Smooth Jazz Top 20! (#2 on Billboard’s 2015 airplay chart). Most recently, Gregg has taken his ever present smile and energetic, show around the world to Java Jazz in Jakarta, Manila, Jazztrax Catalina Jazz Festival and The Mallorca (Spain) Smooth jazz festival. One of urban contemporary jazz’s most versatile and acclaimed artists for over 25 years, Gregg won the Grammy for producing, composing, arranging, playing all keyboards and engineering Echoes of Love, which won Best New Age Album at the 55th Grammy Awards in February 2013.

Art and Yoga with Lululemon

Dates: Friday, July 26
Time: 1 – 2pm
Cost: Free with $10 Festival admission

Grab your yoga mat and get ready to flex your creative muscles at the Festival of Arts for “Art and Yoga.” Experienced yoga instructors will guide participants through a relaxing and meditative session outdoors surrounded by fine art. Whether you are brand new to yoga and want to test the waters or an experienced Yogi, all skill levels are welcome.

Adult and Teen Art Workshops

Printmaking with Noriho Uriu
Date: Friday, July 26
Time: 3 – 5:30pm
Cost: $60 (includes Festival admission)
Explore the art of printmaking at the Festival of Arts! In this class, students will combine paper collaging with a relief plate to take home their own unique, one-of-a-kind fine art monoprint. Discover your inner artist at the Festival of Art’s Adult and Teen Art Workshops! Ages 13 and up. Reservations preferred. For full schedule and reservations, visit LagunaFestivalofArts.org.

Step into the Spotlight Music Series

Sponsored by Viking Cruises

Kleber Jorge
Date: Friday, July 26
Time: 5:30 – 7pm
Cost: Free with $10 Festival admission. Limited seating available in reserved section for $20 per person (includes Festival admission).
On Fridays the Festival brings to center stage some of those amazing voices that are usually seen (and heard) in the background with the music series “Step into the Spotlight.” There’s an extraordinary lineup of back-up singers or background vocalists who will take the stage this summer.
Accomplished studio musician and renowned singer/songwriter/guitarist/

vocalist, Kleber Jorge, has been captivating audiences for over two decades. Kleber Jorge, who tours with Sergio Mendes and others, hails from a family rich in musical tradition. His father, a bass player and music instructor was a major influence in Kleber’s musical education in their native Brazil. Kleber studied classical guitar, cello and voice as well as music theory and harmony at the Escola de Musica UFRDJ (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro). Prior to moving to Los Angeles, he performed in Rio’s hottest night clubs. His debut solo CD Voltar Pro Rio (Back to Rio) produced by Dori Caymmi for Sonic Images is a favorite of Brazilian jazz fans throughout the world. His vocals are described as masterful, soulful and capturing the essence of Brazilian emotion.
Pints, Pinots and Prints

Date: Friday, July 26
Time: 8:30 – 10pm
Cost: $75 (includes Festival admission)

Create a beautiful one-of-a-kind print with Festival exhibitor Vinita Voogd! Using a variety of colorful handmade papers and hand cut relief blocks, students will learn the basics of monoprint and overprint techniques in this creative printmaking class. Beginners and all levels are invited – take home your finished masterpiece! All supplies and complimentary wine or beverage are included. For adults 21 and up. Reservations required, visit LagunaFestivalofArts.org.

The Festival of Arts is one of the most highly-acclaimed juried fine art shows featuring the artwork of 140 award-winning artists. In the newly renovated facility, patrons may enjoy the work of exhibiting artists, demonstrations and art workshops, daily art tours, live music, special events, on-site restaurants and more. For a full listing of events, visit LagunaFestivalofArts.org. The Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters are sponsored in part by Southern California Acura Dealers, Fidelity Investments, KOST Radio 103.5, San Diego County Credit Union and The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel.

DATES & TIMES
July 5 – August 31, 2019
Open weekdays:     12noon – 11:30pm
Open weekends:     10am – 11:30pm
Early closing August 24 at 1pm

TICKET INFORMATION
General Admission:      Weekdays $10, Weekends $15
Students & Seniors:     Weekdays $7, Weekends $11
Children 6 – 12:     Daily $5
Free Admission for Children 5 and under, Military, and Laguna Beach Residents.

Credit: The Festival of Arts.