Archive for November, 2010
If you’ve got a cocktail lover on your holiday shopping list, we just heard about these amazing gift baskets at Silver Lake’s Bar Keeper that put the city’s best bartender’s in your hands.
There have been so many occasions that I have been asked about “gift baskets” on our private Hollywood tours. Bar Keeper has selected some of the city’s premiere mixologists to curate this gift basket series, like The Varnish’s Eric Alperin and Chris Bostick, Rivera’s Julian Cox, La Descarga’s Steve Livigni, Roosevelt’s Library Bar’s Matt Biancaniello, Neve Ice’s Michel Dozois, and more. For these spirited holiday gifts, we love that the twist is that they’re all about LA. 3910 West Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90029-2242
(323) 669-1675 – posted on LAist.com
The Laugh Factory will host its 31st annual Thanksgiving Feast, free of charge – welcoming the underprivileged, the homeless and anyone alone for the holiday – for free food, fun and comedy.
Top comedians will greet and help serve guests, as well as perform live shows following each of four meals served throughout the day.
Also on hand to welcome guests and join in the festivities will be owner Jamie Masada, who commented, “Spending the holidays alone is no laughing matter. We welcome anyone to take a seat at our table and celebrate with our family of comedians and friends.” On our private Hollywood tours, I am always telling our clients about The Laugh Factory and Jamie’s “Coming to America” story coupled with his endless generosity.
WHAT: Laugh Factory hosts 31st annual, free Thanksgiving Feast with top comedians serving & entertaining.
WHEN: Thurs., Nov. 25 @ 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. & 7 p.m. A live comedy show will follow each meal service.
Since its inception, the Laugh Factory has fed over 150,000 people through its annual Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Using the power of laughter to turn loneliness to joy, the club is transformed into a holiday wonderland where people from all walks of life are welcome to come and enjoy turkey, stuffing and all the trimmings. Past celebrity guests have included Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx, Jamie Kennedy, Dave Chappelle, Bob Saget, Tom Arnold and the late Richard Pryor, among many others.
- Laugh Factory, 8001 W. Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood (Between Laurel Canyon & Fairfax)
New rankings released today by CQ Press reveal which of America’s cities are the most and least dangerous. Of the over 400 cities evaluated, only three area cities show up in the first 50 most dangerous cities: Compton (#8), San Bernardino (#34) and Inglewood (#44). Los Angeles came in at #158 on the list. Other area cities in the top half of the most dangerous are South Gate (#81), Hawthorne (#121), Long Beach (#138), Lancaster (#164), Norwalk (#170), Downey (#187), Santa Ana (#196), El Monte (#198) and Palmdale (#200).
On private Los Angeles tours guests are always asking us about the safest places in LA. “The crime rankings are calculated using six crime categories: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft,” explains CBS2. “The rankings include all cities of at least 75,000 residents that reported crime data to the FBI in the six categories for calendar year 2009.”
It’s not all bad news in SoCal, though. Several local cities are among the safest in the nation, like Mission Viejo (#4), Lake Forest (#7), and Irvine (#10). Other top-ranking safe spots include Simi Valley (#16), Thousand Oaks (#18), Orange (#17), Newport Beach (#31), Glendale (#34), Huntington Beach (#39), and Temecula (#47). LAist.com credited for posting.
Turns out a “Bruin” isn’t necessarily a carnivorous beast: PETA has named UCLA”the most Vegan-Friendly College in the U.S.” among larger schools, besting 31 others in the process, which was a bracketing system compared to college basketball’s “March Madness.” PETA2 Director Dan Shannon singles out UCLA as a role model for nutrition education, adding: “More and more young people are learning that the best thing that they can do for animals, the planet, and themselves is to go vegan.” Though animal rights are a huge issue at UCLA, their dining halls offer several vegan options for students. On our private Los Angeles tours it is often considered unique by our clients to have a plethora of various vegan dining options. (h/t Squid Ink)
The truth about Santa is that he spends a lot of time in Los Angeles from November through December. We are at his disposal flying him around by helicopter and transporting him by ground and yacht as well!
As a result, he is available to join our clients on private Hollywood tours that allow folks to get the most unique Holiday photos ever; posing with Santa by the Hollywood Sign, next to the Helicopter or with the beautiful Pacific ocean in the background! He is a cool cat, and we love his shades! Check out our Santa video!
Los Angeles, CA 90026
The First Annual Harvest Beer Fest, sponsored in part by Spaceland Productions, along with Anderson Valley Brewing Co., El Prado & Malo Restaurant, will be held at the Echoplex & Echo bringing together the best in LA-based food trucks, entertainment and over 50 West Coast and national brews. Local favorite bands such as Vaud & the Villains, Shannon & the Clams, Blasting Company, and Last Round Down will provide live entertainment throughout the day, and ticket sale proceeds will benefit 826LA. check out harvestbeerfest.com
Hollywood, CA 90028
On Saturday, November 20th, Cupcake Camp L.A. will give local cupcake lovers a chance to sample creations from the region’s best commercial and amateur bakers, several of whom are planning to debut unique holiday-themed and wedding cupcakes.
General admission tickets are $15 and kids five and under are $5. Tickets may be purchased in-advance at: http://cupcakecampla.eventbrite.com/
Proceeds from Cupcake Camp L.A. will benefit nonprofit organizations including Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue (a nationally-recognized rescue that prevents equine abuse and saves retired racehorses from slaughter), InvisiblePeople (which empowers homeless people to tell their stories and connect with support services via online social media) and American Tortoise Rescue (which provides sanctuary and advocates to protect turtles and tortoises all over the world).
Produced by Los Angeles-based http://BakeSpace.com, the family-oriented event will feature a special kids cupcake decorating section and even a college football viewing lounge next door (with special drink rates for Cupcake Camp attendees).
On our private Los Angeles tours we always have the local scoop for our visitors! For more information, please visit the official Cupcake Camp L.A. website at http://cupcakecampla.eventbrite.com/ and connect on Twitter @CupcakeCampLA (hashtag #CupcakeCampLA) and Facebook.
Pasadena, CA 91101
842 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014
This past January, Ansari released an hour long standup special on Comedy Central titled, “Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening.” The special and subsequent DVD/CD were both extremely successful and the album continues to be a mainstay on iTunes’ comedy best-seller list. Ansari has also become a regular on the late night circuit with recent memorable appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien,” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
Ansari has clearly established himself as one of the biggest names in comedy. Entertainment Weekly recently named him one of the top 12 “Future Stars of Comedy,” and separately one of 2009’s Breakout TV Stars. Paste Magazine named him one of the Top 10 Comedians of the Decade. The Hollywood Reporter said that he “has become one of the most prolific writers and performers on the comedy scene in recent years.”
Additionally, Ansari is currently developing three films for Judd Apatow and Universal with Director Jason Woliner. Ansari will appear in Get Him to the Greek this summer and had roles in the hit films Funny People, I Love You, Man and in Observe and Report. Ansari first rose to fame on television as a member of MTV’s “Human Giant.”
Los Angeles, CA 90017