Archives for November 2019

GMCLA’s Holiday Spectacular

Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles Presents

Holiday Spectacular

Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 22, 2019 at 2:00 PM

TIX: https://alextheatre.org/event/gay-mens-chorus-of-los-angeles-presents-holiday-spectacular-4

Experience the joy of the season as Jenny Wong, GMCLA’s interim Artistic Director and Associate Conductor of the LA Master Chorale, leads GMCLA in choral classics, timeless Christmas carols, a medley of hits from the beloved film Love Actually, Broadway bonanzas, and Mariah Carey’s anthem – it’s all you’ll want for Christmas.


A Los Angeles tradition for the entire family, this concert will be truly Spectacular!

For more information on tickets, please call (818) 243-2539 or email boxoffice@alextheatre.org

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One-Man Production of A Christmas Carol Doused w EXTRA Humbug at The Wallis

A Christmas Carol. Photo courtesy of the production. 

Don’t be fooled by the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts performance of Charles Dickens’ timeless, transformative masterpiece tale, A CHRISTMAS CAROL. This mesmerizing one-man production, performed by David Mynne from Wednesday, December 4 through Sunday, December 8, 2019, in The Wallis’ Lovelace Studio Theater, is NOT your run-of-the-mill adaptation. This production, doused with EXTRA humbug for adults (and BRAVE children ages 8+), sends audiences home remembering a cast of dozens. Directed by Simon Harvey, it has been adapted by Andrew McPherson with additional script by Harvey and Mynne. Mynne, founder of Kneehigh (Brief EncounterThe Flying Lovers of Vitebsk), which has created vigorous, popular and challenging theatre over the last 40 years, performed his extraordinary one-man Great Expectations at The Wallis in 2018 to great acclaim.

“David Mynne is an exceptional storyteller, and we are pleased to have him return to The Wallis with this beautifully detailed, intimate production,” says The Wallis’ Artistic Director Paul Crewes. “It will be among the bright lights in our holiday presentations.”

Tickets, $25 (prices subject to change), are available at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, located at 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills. To purchase tickets and for more information, please call 310-746-4000 or visit TheWallis.org/Christmas.

About the Artists:

DAVID MYNNE (Performer/Co-Adapter), based in Penzance, Cornwall, is a founding member of Kneehigh and has worked with the company as a performer, maker, and graphic designer on and off for the last 35 years. He has appeared in many of Kneehigh’s productions nationally and internationally. In 2013, he created his first solo show, Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, in collaboration with director Simon Harvey to develop an original style of accessible storytelling. Since then, Mynne has toured three one-man shows: Bram Stoker’s Dracula!, Homer’s The Odyssey (Greek stuff!) and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, all with Simon as director and co-writer.

SIMON HARVEY (Director/Co-Adapter), based in Truro, Cornwall, has been a professional director for the last twenty years, with a diverse portfolio of experience which ranges from small scale rural touring to mid-scale international touring, working with theatres all over the UK, Australia and the USA. He is Artistic Director of o-region, a Cornwall-based theatre and film production company, which has produced original works since 2002. He is also an Associate Director of Kneehigh, with whom he has worked extensively with since 2004, and an Associate Artist of the Hall for Cornwall. He also lectures regularly on the Film and Theatre courses at Falmouth University. Great Expectations was Harvey’s first collaboration with David Mynne. They have gone on to produce and tour Dracula!, The Odyssey (Greek Stuff!) and A Christmas Carol. SimonHarveyDirector.com

About the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is a dynamic cultural hub and community resource where local, national and international artists share their artistry with ever-expanding audiences. The campus, located in the heart of Beverly Hills, CA, is committed to robust and distinctive presentations and education programs curated with both creativity and social impact in mind. Distinguished by its eclectic programming that mirrors the diverse landscape of Los Angeles and its location in the entertainment capital of the world, The Wallis has produced and presented more than 275 dance, theater, opera, classical music, cinema and family programs since its doors opened in October 2013. Hailed as “au courant” (LaLa Magazine), The Wallis was lauded by Culture Vulture, which proclaims, “If you love expecting the unexpected in the performing arts, you have to love The Wallis.” Its programming has been nominated for 48 Ovation Awards and seven L.A. Drama Critic’s Circle Awards. The campus itself, a breathtaking 70,000-square-foot facility, celebrating the classic and the modern, has garnered six architectural awards. Designed by acclaimed architect Zoltan E. Pali (SPF:architects), the restored building features the original 1933 Beverly Hills Post Office (on the National Register of Historic Places), which serves as the theater’s dramatic yet welcoming lobby, and includes the contemporary 500-seat, state-of-the-art Bram Goldsmith Theater; the 150-seat Lovelace Studio Theater; an inviting open-air plaza for family, community and other performances; and GRoW @ The Wallis: A Space for Arts Education, where learning opportunities for all ages and backgrounds abound. Together, these elements embrace the city’s history and its future, creating a performing arts destination for L.A.-area visitors and residents alike. The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is led by Chairman of the Board Michael Nemeroff, Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer Rachel Fine and Artistic Director Paul Crewes.

For more information about The Wallis, please visit: TheWallis.org.

For downloadable photos, please visit: TheWallis.org/Press.

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Credit: The Wallis.

Looking for the perfect gift for your fur babies?

Looking for a special gift for your pup? These are sure to be a hit! My dog loves them!

Grandma Lucy’s Oven-Baked Dog Treats are 100 percent USDA-Certified Organic and Certified Kosher. Since they are made from the highest quality, human-grade organic ingredients – they are tasty for both pets and the bunnies (pet parents)! This season, give the gift of healthy and wholesome holiday snacking with:

Organic Holiday Gingerbread Oven-Baked Dog Treats

These limited-edition holiday treats are sure to keep pets safely away from the festive human food. Crafted in the spirit of the season, these gingerbread bear-shaped yummies are packed full of flavor and Christmas cheer.

My pup tried these ones and he loves them!

Organic Pumpkin Oven-Baked Dog Treats

With these pumpkin flavored treats, pets will not miss out on the season’s trending ingredient. Pumpkin is loaded with nutritious benefits and these over-baked favorites will give pups something to howl about all season long.    

Organic Cranberry Oven-Baked Dog Treats

Cranberry sauce is messy, but pets will dig their snouts into anything they can get into. Keep your pet’s senses satisfied with these bear-shaped goodies they can feast on sans the mess.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this holiday post. Images were also provided.

Burke Williams Offers Peace This Holiday Season with Luxurious Gift Card Packages

Burke Williams Day Spa is pleased to spread joy this holiday season with four generous gift card packages. California’s ultimate self-care destination, Burke Williams, offers world-class amenities and a full menu of services for guests to relax, renew, and wash away the stress of the holiday season.

Packages include a variety of signature Burke Williams treatments including massage therapy, facials, manicures and pedicures. All packages include a choice of a custom enhancement including  Aromatherapy, Hot Stone or Detox for massage therapy and Professional Peel Exfoliation, Illuminating Spray, Stem Cell Spray or Age Defy Spray for facials. Burke Williams is also giving a generous bonus 3-day spa pass with all packages to extend the transformative spa experience throughout the year.

Receive “A Present of Peace” for $160 (valued at $215), to indulge in an 80-min Pure Relaxation Massage or a Spa Style Facial with an enhancement of choice. Enjoy a “Mind + Body Holiday” for $270 (valued at $375) with an 80-min Burke Williams Signature Massage and a 50-minute Spa Style Facial plus an enhancement of choice. Indulge in “Ultimate Comfort & Joy” for $500 (valued at $660), including an 80-minute Burke Williams Massage, 80-minute Radiance Facial, massage or facial enhancement of choice, 20-min Herbal Spa Bath, Luxe Spa Manicure and Pedicure with Dazzle Dry, and a pedicure enhancement of choice.

Appreciate ultimate tranquillity with “A Year at Burke Williams” for $1,100 (valued at $1520). This year-long gift package includes 16 individual services or 4 spa days throughout the year that combine multiple sensorial Burke Williams treatments.

All holiday gift card packages can be customized to include specific Burke Williams signature services and enhancements, or gifted simply as the amount so the recipient can select their preferred services to renew and refresh. Gift certificates are available for purchase at all Burke Williams locations and online to print at home or email directly to loved ones. Packages go on sale Friday, November 22 and are redeemable at all locations.

Burke Williams will transform this holiday season with the gift of self-care. For information on Burke Williams and to find a spa near you visit www.BurkeWilliamsSpa.com or call 1-866-239-6635.

Credit: Burke Williams. Self Disclosure: Some form of compensation may have been received to post but I am a big fan of Burke Williams and highly recommend.

It’s time for Week #1 of our Holiday Gift Suggestions!

Love tacos? Love Rubio’s? This gift suggestion is for you and anyone on your shopping list that loves Rubio’s! For the first time this holiday season, Rubio’s Coastal Grill is offering a limited-editionTaco Tidings Gift Box. The unique gift is ideal for taco lovers, and just 1,000 gift boxes will be available at the Taco Tidings order page (http://rubiosholidaystore.myshopify.com/). For more information about Rubio’s Coastal Grill, visit Rubios.com. Guests can also join the conversation on Facebook and Instagram

Need to find a perfect gift for a teenager or adult who loves to listen to music?  Audio-Technica makes it easy to pick the perfect gift for everyone, with wireless headphones, turntables, gaming headsets and more. I love their ATH-ANC500BT QuietPoint® noise-cancelling over-ear headphones that provide exceptional wireless audio quality in comfortable over-ear designs. The ATH-M50xBT wireless over-ear headphones (US$199.00) bring Bluetooth technology to one of the world’s most acclaimed pro audio headphones, the ATH-M50x. The ATH-M50xBT’s 45 mm large-aperture driver, rare-earth magnets and other refinements provide studio-quality sonic accuracy, and the headphones are compatible with aptX and AAC codecs for the best-possible wireless audio reproduction. Controls mounted on the left earcup provide easy handling of phone calls and music listening. An internal battery provides up to 40 hours on a full charge, and the headphones can also be used in wired mode. The ATH-M50xBT is compatible with the Audio-Technica Connect smartphone app.

Looking for a gift for your teenager? The perfect holiday gifts for tween girls who love watching DIY makeup and craft channels on YouTube, these kits encourage girls to get creative and play with color as they mix and blend their own personalized makeup. This one is really cool! RoseArt/Mattel launched a new line of DIY makeup kits called BeYouTology. BeYouTology Luxe Cosmetic Bar Kit (MSRP $29.99) and the BeYouTology Lip Gloss Kit (MSRP $9.99) are available this holiday shopping season at participating retailers nationwide.

Here’s another great one for Tweens and Teens from RoseArt/Mattel. From YouTube star, Lauren Riihimaki, LaurDIY Craft Kits are inspired by craft tutorials, life hacks, and décor ideas. New this holiday season, give the LaurDIY Crystal Chandelier Kit. Crafters can have fun with paper and crystals to form an incredible, iridescent, chandelier.  SRP $19.99, for ages 8+ , Amazon.

‘Tis the season to bring the family together with the DreamWorks Ultimate Holiday Collection! Get into the holiday spirit with Shrek, Po, Hiccup, Toothless, Poppy and many more as they celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. Featuring 9 festive stories with your favorite characters, this collection is perfect for everyone looking to add a little magic to their holidays. This one is perfect to watch to start off the holiday season!

DreamWorks Ultimate Holiday Collection Blu-ray SRP: $39.98DVD SRP: $29.98
Featuring 9 DreamWorks holiday favorites together for the first time!

  • Trolls Holiday
  • Shrek the Halls
  • Donkey’s Caroling Christmas-tacular
  • Merry Madagascar
  • Penguins of Madagascar in a Christmas Caper
  • Dragons Holiday: Gift of the Night Fury
  • Home for the Holidays
  • Rise of the Guardians

I hope that you had a Happy Thanksgiving! Stay tuned for the next Gift Guide early next week! Happy Holidays!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples of the above items and images were also provided.

Time for the Fall Baby Roundup!

All babies need cute and comfy shoes this Fall! Pediped has you covered with these Desiree navy Originals shoes! They are available in sizes newborn-24 months and are made with Genuine leather with a soft breathable leather lining too! Also All leather soft-sole with slip-resistant diamond tread. Mary Jane with Velcro® closure and you can buy at www.pediped.com Recommended retail: $33.99. Approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association for promoting healthy foot development.

     

    It’s important to remember those important baby milestones! The milestone Flip Book from Stuck On You makes a great gift for the Mom-to-Be or the brand new Mom! It’s a gorgeous accompaniment to photos celebrating your child’s milestones. It is versatile and printed on 300 GSM quality cardstock. I gave it to a friend who just had a baby and she absolutely loves it! Size: 272mm x 102mm and 38 pages. Recommended retail: $24.95. Where to buy: www.stuckonyou.us

Looking for bowls for your little one’s food? I love the goSili bowl with a lid! This silicone bowl and lid set is 100% plastic-free and seals food airtight. Pop the lid off and use it as a plate. Now, how cool is that?! With a stainless steel ring embedded in the bowl, it won’t collapse when gripped but is still microwave safe. BPA, BPS, phthalate, PVC, and lead-free. 8 oz bowl w/ lid that also doubles as airtight food storage. Dishwasher and microwave safe. Recommended retail: $12.00 and can be bought at http://www.gosili.com/

  The ergoPouch Cocoon swaddle and sleep bag is perfect for this cooler weather we’re having in Southern California! The Cocoon ‘no origami’ baby swaddle sleep bags are designed to be both easy to use and difficult to escape from. The simple zip up design will keep baby snug and securely swaddled without the need for complicated wrapping. Made from skin-friendly, breathable organic cotton for superior comfort, the Cocoon is acknowledged as ‘hip-healthy’ by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute for its ergonomically designed bell shaped bottom which provides extra leg room for healthy hips. For those bubs that like a little more freedom or are ready to transition out of a swaddle, the Cocoon has poppers in the armholes that can be used to convert from a swaddle to a sleeping bag. Tog rated for warmth, there is an ergoPouch swaddle to suit every season.  From SRP$24.99. For more information visit www.ergopouch.com.

ABOUT ERGOPOUCH:

Melbourne, Australia-based ergoPouch was founded in 2009 by Alina Sack.  As a mother, Sack drew on her own personal experiences of sleep deprivation to come up with innovative products designed to help babies and kids get a better night’s sleep.  The award-winning ergoPouch collection includes premium quality baby swaddles, sleeping bags, sleep suits and layers available from birth to 6 years of age sizing along with organic bedding.  All ergoPouch products are made with natural fibers including Organic Cotton and Bamboo.  ergoPouch products offer great functionality and versatility with swaddles that can easily transition to a sleeping bag and sleep suits that convert from bags to suits with legs for easy use from bassinet to stroller. 

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Baby Bottles always make a wonderful baby shower gift for a new Mom-to-be but not just any baby bottles will do! The MAM Anti-Colic bottles are the ones to buy! They are BPA-free and can be sterilized in the microwave in just 3 minutes. With wide openings and 5 parts, they are super easy to clean. The MAM Ultra Soft Silicone Nipple makes for an easy switch between breastfeeding and bottle-feeding. Base ventilation systems provides a smooth milk flow which reduces air swallowed by baby, gas, and burps. It comes with a slow flow nipple and a removable plastic cap helps keep the nipple clean when not in use and features measurement tick marks. Available in a single pack, double pack or triple pack.   Recommended retail: $7.59 each, $14.59 for two. Where to buy: www.amazon.com

THIS IS BABY, Jimmy Fallon’s third picture book with Macmillan Children’s Publishing is a must for all parents and their little ones! Following the Tonight Show host’s previous two New York Times– bestselling picture books, YOUR BABY’S FIRST WORD WILL BE DADA and EVERYTHING IS MAMA, it’s now BABY’s turn with this charming and delightful read-aloud, teaching new babies the words for the various parts of their body.  Find out more at http://mackidsbooks.com/thisisbaby/

Self Disclosure: I received free samples of the above items to feature in this special Fall Baby Roundup feature. Images were also provided.

Violin, Nov. 28th Pet of the Week!

Violin plays the sweetest tunes you’ve ever heard on her little purr box! This 8-month-old girl is as graceful and adorable as an adagio and—shall we say it?—classically catlike curious. With her natural tuxedo and endearing half-mustachio, she’ll make beautiful music with you at your holiday parties and ever after! Meet Violin on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID #A630983.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

Book of the week: A great book to boost young children’s confidence!

Try: Building Confidence for Children
Joseph S. DiMare
Illustrated by John Wilson

Try is a fun, uplifting, feel-good read with captivating illustrations and a positive message about trying new things. From tying a tie to climbing the highest mountain, kids are encouraged to try their best, no matter how big or small their dreams may be. Playful suggestions teach children to believe in themselves and help encourage curiosity without fear of failure. At the end of the book are special pages for readers to brainstorm and draw things they’d like to try, as well as what they’re proud of having already done. It also includes simple, step-by-step directions for some activities named in the book, such as baking a pie and catching fireflies. Try builds children’s confidence, feeds their curiosity, and expands what they imagine they can do. This is a really wonderful book for young children and I love the positive message!

Self Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book and only feature books that I highly recommend! The image was also provided.