Archive for June, 2011
Aquarium of the Pacific
Price: $12.95 admission after 5 p.m., BBQ $35, $27 kids
Ocean enthusiasts can watch the fireworks show put on by the City of Long Beach from the family-friendly environs of the Aquarium of the Pacific, which will stay open until 10 p.m. in honor of America’s birthday! Make sure you show up with some pride, this will be a great moment for a sightseeing tour of LA. Arrive early for a barbecue picnic on the Aquarium’s front lawn, 6-8 p.m. (ticket required).
Infusing the Hollywood experience into a spa, Le Posh Salon/Spa/Lounge trades Zen minimalism for a sleek, clublike atmosphere. That translates into complimentary champagne, in-house DJs, a luxe lounge, even a VIP room (for private nail and hair services—not bottle service). The massive space comprises a hair and nail salon, medispa, day spa and yoga studio in a stylish, hip environment with white and mesh metal décor, metallic tile and glass bubble chandeliers. Such a beautiful and uniquely design area, if not the pleasure, the design will bring you on your LA tour. Contrasting with the action going on in front, the spa in back provides a quiet respite. Signature services on offer include the Le Posh Signature Seaweed Birch Wrap and the Red Carpet Detox Wrap—very Hollywood, indeed.
7551 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.851.5558
Through July 10. Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tracy Letts weaves a heart-warming and humorous tale of unlikely friendships in one of Chicago’s most diverse neighborhoods. A great tale that brings an intensely fun experience every-time, check it out on your Los Angeles tour. At Arthur Przybyszewski’s Superior Donuts, a local doughnut shop, the arrival of a fast-talking dreamer named Franco shakes things up.
Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood Village, 310.208.5454
June 25. Cafe del Rey celebrates their 20th anniversary by inviting guests to their iconic seaside dining destination to enjoy complimentary passed small bites highlighting chef Daniel Roberts’ Mediterranean-inspired dishes, Champagne tastings courtesy of Perrier-Jouët, as well as an additional Champagne toast at sundown to the tune of live Mediterranean music from celebrated guitarist Juan Carlos Quintero. This area has some of the best views in LA, a very beautiful area for biking and the docks are such a wonderful sight. A great place to be while taking a sightseeing tour of Los Angeles. For the event, Cafe del Rey is partnering with the Surfrider Foundation and requesting a $20 donation for the organization.
Cafe del Rey, 4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, 310.823.6395.
June 24-26. The West Coast’s largest architecture and design event features seminars, tours of outstanding homes in the Eastside and Westside of L.A. County, a conference and exhibitions. I’m very much looking forward to the weekend thanks to this. It’s looking to be a very good alternative to having an “average” weekend here while you tour LA. (Beach, Pools, Restaurants, etc.) The show takes place at the L.A. Convention Center downtown. Home tour locations vary.
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown,
Los Angeles is the home of many celebrities new generation and seasoned. L.A is a popular hot spot if you want to vacation, where you might have a chance to see somebody famous. Tourists come from all over the world just in hopes to get a glimpse of their favorite celebrity. Due to this fact, L.A has customized them to benefit from this type of obsession.
When you go to L.A in hopes to see your favorite actress or actor, you can look into Los Angeles tour plans. There are so many to choose from that will fit whatever scene you are trying to see. You can take an all day bus tour looking at celebrity homes taking pictures. It can be a very entertaining tour and who knows you might get a glimpse of Jennifer Anniston pulling weeds.
If you want to buy unlimited amounts of food for just a few bucks and turn your house into a bomb shelter filled with stuff you neither want nor need say, 134 boxes of couscous. Frugal Festival Food will teach budding bargain hunters how to really s-t-r-e-t-c-h those dollars. Hosted by frugal blogger Julia Scott, this year’s event focuses on food, which includes free samples courtesy of Albertsons, as well as various restaurants. A great place to just exemplify your want for great food knowledge and really gorge on everything they have to offer while you tour LA. Experts will also be on hand for shopping and dining tips and demonstrations; plus, a DJ, coupon challenge and giveaways filled with gifts, including an Albertsons gift card worth $300.
Canoga Park High School, 6850 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Thursdays. Find an inspired line-up of Executive Chef Laurent Quenioux’s unique burger selections. In addition to the regular dinner menu, guests can enjoy a variety of burgers from bison, to Kobe beef, to pork with a choice of a side. It’s been a while since I made a post about some food, thought everyone could enjoy some burgers, especially after you take a tour of Los Angeles. For those who love a cold one with their burger, the Burger Night menu also offers a beer flight pairing.
Vertical Wine Bistro, Upstairs at 70 North Raymond Ave., Pasadena, 626.795.3999
Through June 26. More than 200 feature films, shorts and music videos are shown at this festival centered at L.A. Live downtown. There are galas and premieres, panels with filmmakers and the Films That Got Away series, featuring titles that have yet to find distribution. Head on by to the cinema scene, a great entry to the people of LA. A must while taking an LA tour. Tickets start at $13. Locations vary; festival’s central hub is at L.A.
Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown.
The largest free music festival in Southern California, the annual Make Music Pasadena sees the streets of Old Pasadena taken over by multiple live-music stages. Featuring a diverse array of genres, the June 18 event offers more than 100 bands on Colorado Boulevard and surrounding areas. A very fun time to be had, nothing but a plethora of musical wonder. Get some great info of Pasadena on a private tour of LA. Confirmed names include Ra Ra Riot, Hello Seahorse!, the Morning Benders, Jenny O and Ben L’Oncle Soul, plus well-known local acts such as Best Coast, Saint Motel and DJ Jason Bentley of KCRW.
The major stages are the Old Pasadena Indie Rock Stage (Colorado Boulevard and Fair Oaks Avenue, Old Pasadena), Luckman World Music Stage (16 S. El Molino Ave.), One Colorado Emerging Artists Stage at One Colorado shopping center, South Lake Stage (345 S. Lake Ave.), Levitt Pavillion Reggae Pasadena (85 E. Holly St.) and Vroman’s Jazz Stage (695 E. Colorado Blvd.).