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Yo ho, yo ho, a pirates life for me. A toast to jewelry and it’s many shiny gems. As a fun activity, what could be more rewarding? Create your own jewelry me hearties, yo ho!

If Captain Jack Sparrow parked his ship on the mysterious island of Los Angeles, he would shop for his jewelry at Kidd’s Jewelry Heist. This is a unique retail and interactive jewelry making parlor for the young and young at heart. The store is designed to transport you into a turn of the century passenger railroad car, here you are not only able to search for fun treasures but you’re also welcome to sit down at one of the many workstation chairs and put it all together yourself or with the help of a KJH member.

Explore treasure chests, vintage luggage and crates in search of fun, rare finds to ultimately create a one of a kind jewelry masterpiece on the spot. Discover overturned trunks and old luggage filled with jewelry; making your experience at Kidd’s Jewelry Heist a blast!

You can purchase strands or loose beads, fun chains by the inch, an assortment of charms from the charm chamber, silks, leathers, and other oddities such as real spiders in resin and buffalo teeth pendants…this may have you saying Parley!

There is quite a unique selection of sparkly crystals, gemstones, antique and colorful chains, and beads. Make one-of-a-kind jewelry to wear or share.

A buried treasure is an important part of the popular beliefs surrounding pirates and Old West outlaws. According to popular conception, criminals and others often buried their stolen fortunes in remote places, intending to return for them later, often with the use of treasure maps. In reality, pirates burying treasure was rare: the only pirate known to have buried treasure was William Kidd, who is believed to have buried at least some of his wealth on Long Island before sailing into New York. Kidd had originally been commissioned as a privateer for England, but his behavior had strayed into outright piracy, and he hoped that his treasure could serve as a bargaining chip in negotiations to avoid punishment. His bid was unsuccessful, however, and Kidd was hanged as a pirate. Thankfully, the owner of this treasure, Kelly Kidd, is alive and well today.

They also do bead bandit jewelry parties designed to suit kid’s and adults. Find your treasure island at Kidd’s Jewelry Heist “where kids create the loot!”

WHAT: Kidd’s Jewelry Heist
WHEN: Tuesday – Sunday | 11 am – 6 pm
WHERE: 1510 Mission Street | South Pasadena, CA 91030

CONTACT INFO: (626) 319-9510

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Take a journey through one of mankind’s greatest achievements… The Automobile

The Petersen Automotive Museum is dedicated to the exploration and presentation of the automobile and its impact on American life and culture using Los Angeles as the prime example. Encompassing more than 300,000 square feet, its exhibits and lifelike dioramas feature more than 150 rare and classic cars, trucks and motorcycles.

Covering four floors, the facility features permanent exhibits on the first floor that trace the history of the automobile. You can walk through exhibits and dioramas and experience settings of early Los Angeles where the world’s first shopping district was designed. The second floor presents five rotating galleries with state-of-the-art displays of racecars, classic cars, vintage motorcycles, concept cars, celebrity and movie cars, and auto design and technology.

The May Family Discovery Center is located on the third floor. Designed to spark your interest in science by way of the automobile, the 6,500 square-foot, interactive “hands-on” learning center teaches you basic scientific principles by explaining the fundamental functions of a car. A spectacular all-glass penthouse conference center, Founder’s Lounge and kitchen, comprise the fourth floor, which is available for special events and functions.

Current Exhibits:

From the grand classics of the 1930s to modern supercars of today, Italian designers have influenced the look of automobiles on a global scale. The Sculpture In Motion: Masterpieces Of Italian Design Exhibit explores the many ways in which Italian coachbuilders and manufacturers have contributed to the evolution of the automobile from a collection of disorganized parts to a single, visually appealing unit. Already well aware of the Italian contribution in the look of clothing, art, and architecture, you will be fascinated to learn that the country that gave the world Michelangelo and Botticelli also gave it the designers responsible for the exotic and inspired automobiles we have now come to expect from Italy.

Scooters have captured the attention of motorists throughout the world and the Scooters: Size Doesn’t Always Matter Exhibit displays this era. In addition to their quirky and often endearing styling, the diminutive two-wheelers are affordable, maneuverable, extremely economical to operate, simple to park or store, and often easier to license and register than cars or motorcycles. Thanks to their mechanical simplicity and wide availability, scooters have long played a vital role in the pursuit of personal mobility throughout the world. Not surprisingly, they outsell automobiles in many areas and are even a preferred means of family transportation in places like India, Pakistan, China, and elsewhere. In the United States scooters are becoming increasingly popular as gas prices continue to rise and the motoring public seeks a new way to proclaim their individuality and personal style on a budget.

Permanent Exhibits:

The Streetscape Exhibit features historical displays that chronicle the evolution of the automobile and car culture in the 20th century. The lifelike dioramas were designed based on real places and people that existed throughout Southern California. The Streetscape begins with a blacksmith shop in 1901 where 17-year-old Carl Breer built a car powered by a 2-cylinder steam engine. The winding journey continues with 30 detailed displays that bring back the sights, sounds, and even smells of old Los Angeles and help you understand the automobile’s vital role in sculpting our modern automotive landscape.

The capital of both car consumption and movie production, Los Angeles has witnessed the potent relationship between these two forms of expression. Both cars and movies combine art, technology, and image making. Both revolutionized how people spent their leisure time. And both represented a mixture of glamour and mechanical convenience to the American public. The Hollywood Gallery Exhibit presents an array of vehicles that illustrate how cars were used on-screen, how they played an essential part in the opulent Hollywood lifestyle, and how they helped put the “motion” in motion pictures.

A little more than one hundred years ago, any conveyance not propelled by a horse or mule was considered an alternative power vehicle. The thought of being taken from place to place in any kind of mechanically-powered contraption was considered ridiculous by the large majority. But by the turn of the twentieth century, vehicles powered by steam, electricity, and petroleum had captured the imagination of the buying public and were being sold in ever increasing numbers. As oil became more available, gasoline-fueled vehicles came to dominate the market and all but a tiny number of their steam and electric-powered counterparts were consigned to history, the definition of an automobile propulsion system came to be extremely narrow. By 1910, the typical vehicle was any car, truck, or motorcycle powered by a gasoline powered, piston driven, internal-combustion engine. As the piston engine gained a reputation for power and reliability, more and more capital resources were channeled to perfecting it and a complicated fuel refining and distributing infrastructure was developed to support it. The Alternative Power Exhibit show cases this important era in car manufacturing.

In 2003, Mattel marked the 35th anniversary of the Hot Wheels brand by unveiling the first-ever long-term Hot Wheels Exhibit with full-size and die-cast cars. The Hot Wheels Hall of Fame hosts a selection of Hot Wheels cars, both miniature and full-scale, which embody the brands’ signature speed, power, performance and attitude.

Explore the evolution of the Automobile and its impact on our culture. Experience the last 100 years of automotive history at the museum, there is always something new to discover for the whole family.

WHAT: The Petersen Automotive Museum  
WHEN:  Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm | Closed on Mondays
WHERE: 6060 Wilshire Blvd | Los Angeles, CA 90036  

CONTACT INFO: (323) 964-6331

DETAILS: 

  • Ticket prices: Adults $10, Seniors $8 (62 and over), Students with I.D. $5, Active Military with I.D. $5, Children $3 (5 – 12 years old), Children under 5 free
  • Museum parking: $2 per 30 minutes, $8 maximum with paid admission for up to four hours, $12 maximum all others

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Descanso Gardens Getaway

March 26, 2012 — 4 Comments

Descanso has been described as “a garden of gardens.” Each garden has its own special charm. You can wander through the marvelous thickets of the camellia collection, decompress in the serenity of the Japanese Garden, enjoy the “eye candy” of the Promenade or take a stroll through the Rose Garden. The Descanso Gardens are a great and unique getaway for all to enjoy.

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Descanso Gardens visitors come in all ages. Avid gardeners stop to take note of plants, while “regulars” do their morning walk beneath the leafy oak canopy. Children scamper the paths and play while parents try to keep up. And lovers, young and old, are easy to spot, holding hands, sitting close on the many benches that dot the landscape. You can pick a garden, and create your own getaway.

The winding paths and shady nooks of Descanso Gardens invite you to wander, to linger, and to explore. Tram tours and the Enchanted Railroad offer a way to learn about the Gardens and see the highlights within a limited time frame. And visits to the Boddy House and Sturt Haaga Gallery offer a look at Descanso’s origins and its future.

Descanso Gardens is a unique Southern California landscape distinguished by its specialized botanic collections, historical significance, and rare natural beauty. The gardens mission is to offer you an experience close to nature; and cultivate understanding of the natural world and people’s place in it through inspiration, education and example.

A timeline of Descanso’s history may begin with Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo‘s Pacific expedition in 1542, but Native Americans have lived on the land around Descanso for far more than 500 years. First settling in Southern California some 10,000 years ago, the Tongva people occupied nearly all of present-day Los Angeles County, the northern parts of Orange County, and the nearby islands of Santa Catalina and San Clemente. In contrast to the Spanish name used today, which means “dry riverbed” (so-called because the Spanish arrived during a late summer drought), the Tongva name for the canyon, Hahamonga, means “the land of flowing waters, fruitful valley.”

The Descanso Gardens Gift Shop and Patio is a cozy, cedar-beamed complex near the entrance to the Gardens. The Gift Shop carries items of interest for all visitors: home gardening enthusiasts, landscape and interior designers, horticulturists and plant lovers everywhere. Merchandise in the Shop includes home and garden furnishings, such as garden  benches, bird baths, statuary, lanterns and cherubs. The art lover will find beautifully framed prints, original watercolors, rugs and wall hangings.

No botanical garden gift shop would be complete without a vast array of garden and nature books for both adults and children. Other merchandise includes an exceptional selection of cards and other gift items such as lovely glassware, ceramics and collectibles. Outdoor wear includes T-shirts, sweatshirts, gloves and hats. You can also buy seeds to plant your own garden.

There’s always something happening at Descanso Gardens. Garden festivals celebrate the seasons, the cultures and the collections that define Descanso. See plants in a fresh new way by taking a gardening class or a guided walk through the landscape. Learn a new skill like painting or gourmet cooking. Decompress at a fitness class. And instill the love of nature in your child. Descanso Gardens also offers programs for young people from toddlers to teens.

Visit the Descanso Gardens and discover the magic of nature, view the gardens calendar of events here.

WHAT: Descanso Gardens
WHEN: Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm (last entry is 4:30 pm) except for Christmas
WHERE: 1418 Descanso Drive | La Cañada Flintridge 91011

CONTACT INFO: (818) 949-4200

DETAILS: 

  • Free parking
  • General admission $8. Senior/Students $6. Children (5 to 12 years) $3. Guild members and children under 5 free
  • Tram is $4. Depending on demand, tram tours are at 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm Tuesday through Friday; 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm  and 3 pm Saturday and Sunday. Check with the Visitor Center to see if tram tours are available the day of your visit. The tram does not operate on Mondays
  • Enchanted Railroad is $3 per rider, $25 for a book of 10 tickets; the Enchanted Railroad is open 10 am to 4 pm Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are sold at the Visitor Center. All schedules are subject to weather and availability; call ahead to see if the train is running at (818) 949-4290
  • The gift Shop  is open every day except Christmas. Hours are 10 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday, and 10 am to 4:45 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. For information call (818) 949-4292
  • The Descanso Café is open daily from 9 am to 4:30 pm. For information call (818) 790-3663
  • No animals, except service dogs, are allowed in the Gardens

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Big hair and rock ballads are back! At least for a week with Broadway’s smash hit musical, Rock Of Ages. I had the opportunity to attend the show and have to admit; I sang along to almost every song and laughed throughout the show.

Rock Of Ages combines comedy and musical theater to tell the story of two love struck kids trying to make it big in Hollywood. The cast and live band pull off a face-melting performance sure to take you back to the 80’s. The show takes place at the famous Pantages Theatre in Hollywood; parking was easy to find and the theater offers drinks and snacks.

Los Angeles paints the backdrop for Rock Of Ages both on stage and throughout its development. The show started at the King King club in Hollywood in 2005. After playing four shows over two days, the show then played one show at the Warner Brothers soundstage. In 2006, the show premiered at the Hollywood nightclub, The Vanguard, where it played for six weeks. The show is now a five-time Tony Award nominated headliner that serves up some dirty Steel Panther humor and rad guitar shredding from the live band. I was still singing “Don’t Stop Believing” as I walked down Hollywood Boulevard leaving the theater.

This is a hilarious, feel-good love story told through the hit songs of rockers like Journey, STYX, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake, and many more. I highly recommend this show and will attend again.

Read the original Rock Of Ages post here.

WHAT: Rock Of Ages
WHEN: March 20 – 25, 2012
WHERE: Pantages Theatre | 6233 Hollywood Blvd | Los Angeles,  CA 90028

CONTACT INFO: (323) 468-1770

DETAILS: 

  • Running time: 2 hours and 20 minutes, including intermission
  • Recommended for ages 14 an up
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Maverick: Tower, this is Ghost Rider requesting a flyby.
Air Boss Johnson: Negative, Ghost Rider, the pattern is full.

Want to fly like the big boys? The Flightdeck Air Combat Center in Anaheim, can provide you with the same experience Tom Cruise received while filming Top Gun. The experience is as close as it gets to the real thing without actually joining the Air Force, since the center holds the largest number of authentic F-16 flight simulators in the world (wingman not included).

Flightdeck is a flight simulation center with nine fighter jet simulators and a Boeing 737-700 flight simulator. Experience the thrill of aerial maneuvers at 600 knots, air-to-air combat with guns and missiles in their authentic military flight simulators and feel what it’s like to take the controls of a commercial airliner in their 737 flight simulator. Classroom training and in-flight instruction are provided to ensure a challenging aviation-themed adventure that you won’t forget.

Various tryout plans are available depending on your interest, but most people start off with the Fox 1 mission, which includes 60 minutes of flight and lessons from flight instructors on taking-off, basic maneuvers, dogfighting, and carrier landing. Once you’ve got the itch for flying, the Fox 2 program introduces air to ground combat, and allows customers to fly other aircraft such as a Mig-29 and an A-10 Warthog. If you’re really serious, sign up for the Squadron program and take customized missions with a like-minded team of wannabe fly boys. Slip a few extra dead presidents into the hands of the staff, and you can probably arrange to have Danger Zone piped into your cockpit too.

Flightdeck is open to the general public with special programs for corporate groups, team building, birthday parties and unique bachelor or bachelorette parties. Flightdeck is consistently voted as one of the top 10 things to do in Anaheim and Orange County. This is your chance to ride into the Danger Zone!

Watch a video on Flighdeck here.

Visit Flighdeck for the ultimate flying and air combat experience!

Iceman: You can be my wingman any time.
Maverick: Bullshit! You can be mine.

WHAT: Flightdeck Air Combat Center
WHEN: Monday: Closed to the public | Tuesday – Sunday: 11:30 am – 8:30 pm
WHERE: 1650 South Sinclair Street | Anaheim, CA 92806

CONTACT INFO: (714) 937-1511

DETAILS:

  • Reservations by telephone required
  • Minimum Age: 11 | Minimum Height: 4′ 11″

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