Archives For April 2012

The House of Blues grew out of founder Isaac Tigrett‘s love for the unique American art form known as “the Blues.” Weaned on this music during his early childhood in Tennessee, one of Isaac’s goals was to introduce the world to the music of the rural south, including the Blues, Rhythm and Blues, Gospel, Jazz and Roots-based Rock & Roll.

The very first House of Blues opened its doors in a converted historical house in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1992 and is home to live music, original folk art, and delta-inspired cuisine. The House of Blues is dedicated to educating and celebrating the history of Southern Culture and African American artistic contributions to music and art.

Resident Band

Steel Panther is the hottest band out of Hollywood since Motley Crue, Guns N’ Roses and Poison ruled the Sunset Strip. Arriving in 2009 with debut album Feel The Steel – hailed by Kerrang! magazine as “close to perfect” – Steel Panther has won a legion of fans across the world. And now the band is aiming even higher with second album Balls Out. Released worldwide through Universal Music on November 1, 2011, Balls Out is another masterpiece of kick-ass rock and roll. Doors open at 9:00 pm and the show starts at 11:30 pm. Ticket prices are $15 and the show is ages 18 and up.

The Foundation Room

The Los Angeles Foundation Room provides a unique setting for entertaining. The walls are covered with woven panels of Gujarat fabric and members enjoy a fireside lounge, sacred Prayer Rooms, skyline views, elegant dining, and live entertainment for an unrivaled experience. For more information call (323) 848-5125 or click here.

The Crossroads Restaurant

Chef Aaron Sanchez has created a new menu that is bold and classy, yet contemporary. Stop by the Crossroads and feed your soul. Dinner served daily beginning at 5:00 p.m. For reservations and more information call (323) 848–5197 or click here.

World Famous Gospel Brunch

Praise the Lord and pass the biscuits! Experience the legendary Sunday Gospel Brunch, featuring inspiring gospel performances and an amazing buffet. Prices at as follows: $19.00 – Child (5-12), $32.50 – Senior (65+) and $40.50 – Adult. For more information, menu and dates call (323) 848–5113 or click here.

WHAT: House of Blues Sunset Strip
WHEN: Monday – Sunday
WHERE: 8430 Sunset Blvd. | West Hollywood, CA 90069

CONTACT INFO: (323) 848–5100

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For your next vacation, say goodbye to the mainland and say hello to your very own island paradise. Build lifetime memories with friends and family by sharing first time experiences and adventures. Welcome to Santa Catalina Island, this is the place to make those memories without having to travel around the world. The city of Avalon is your getaway as together you explore the variety of new and fun activities that await.

Santa Catalina Island, often called Catalina Island, or just Catalina, is an island off the coast of Southern California. Catalina is part of the eight Channel Islands archipelago. The eight islands that make up the archipelago are divided into two groups – the Northern Channel Islands and the Southern Channel Islands. Catalina Island is one of the four Southern Channel Islands. The island is the only one of the eight islands with a significant permanent civilian settlement – the city of Avalon and the unincorporated town of Two Harbors. The island offers many great views and activities such as:

  • Miniature golf
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Museums
  • Beaches
  • Boating
  • Picnicking
  • Zip lining
  • Snorkeling
  • Land tours and water activities

Gaming and Entertainment

The Catalina Casino has been the focal point of Catalina Island entertainment and culture since it opened in 1929. Dominating the Avalon landscape from its regal perch along the harbor, the casino exemplifies the style and romance of the Island. Restored to its original condition, the Art Deco, circular icon is a stunning reminder of Catalina’s glorious past.

Underwater and the Sea

Snorkeling Catalina offers exciting and adventurous 1-Hour Guided Snorkeling Tours, Boat Snorkeling Trips, 1-Hour Dolphin/Sea Lion Excursion, Charters/Two Harbors/Rentals and Pick Up and Delivery to all Catalina Campsites. A full line of rental gear, cameras, sunscreen, sunglasses, water, swimsuits, towels, along with changing rooms and lockers are available.

Film Festival

Celebrate the art and entertainment of film in all of its forms at the Catalina Film Festival. The festival features more than 75 films, nightly events and entertainment. From Charlie Chaplin to Marilyn Monroe, celebrities and filmmakers have flocked to Catalina from inspiration. Clear blue water and coastal breezes provide the perfect backdrop for unparalleled premiers, yacht and mansion parties, industry networking and exploring everything that the island has to offer. Films are screened at multiple venues around the island.

Catalina By Night

Dining and dancing is a delight on Catalina Island. More than 30 restaurants offer a bill of fare from family friendly to formal. From causal quick eats and picnic fare, to tastefully delectable restaurants, to sweet delicious treats – eat to your heart’s content. The Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and Xceptional Music Company are pleased to present a free, family friendly Summer Concert Series, next to the Bay on the Wrigley Plaza Stage. Concerts are held from 7:30 pm to 9:45 pm. A Beer and Wine Garden are also available. Check 2012 dates here.

Shopping

Stroll along Avalon’s quaint Mediterranean style streets and you’ll find a variety of specialty shops offering everything from resort-style clothing to handmade gift items and artwork. Nestled around the waterfront, find tiles unique to Catalina, salt water taffy or a beautiful piece of jewelry. Lose yourself in the many shops and cafés.

Enjoy a weekend getaway close to the city but miles apart. Catalina Island is your local paradise. Find what you’re looking for, or discover something new.

Check out other events here.

Check out a map of the island here.

WHAT: Catalina Island
WHEN: Seven days a week 
WHERE: Southern California | Los Angeles

CONTACT INFO: (310) 510-1520 or info@catalinachamber.com

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This past weekend I had the privilege of visiting the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens where I had a warm experience among cold blooded animals at the Zoos newest exhibit, the LAIR – Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles.

The Zoo is also home to more than 1,100 animals representing more than 250 different species of which 29 are endangered. In addition, the Zoo’s botanical collection comprises several planted gardens and over 800 different plant species with over 7,400 individual plants. Needless to say, you could spend an entire day exploring the 133 acre lot, just as I did.

After visiting some exhibits and building the suspense, I made my way to the LAIR. The new exhibit houses the Zoo’s dynamic collection of reptiles and amphibians in themed areas with hand-painted murals including Oak Woodland Pond, Bite and Squeeze, Care and Conservation Room, Arroyo Lagarto, Crocodile Swamp and Desert LAIR. Each area transports you to its respective habitat and you see the critters in their natural environment.

The facility encompasses several visually stunning areas that include habitats for various unique and endangered species. LAIR is one of the few reptile and amphibian-focused facilities to open within the past decade in a North American Zoo. The collection includes the Chinese giant salamander, venomous snakes, poison dart frogs, Gila monster, Fly River turtle, radiated tortoise, and much more such as these colorful monitors. Keep a sharp eye out as many of the creatures are camouflaged and hard to find.

Skylights peek through the mural canopy showcasing a dazzling array of snakes in Betty’s Bite and Squeeze room named after Betty White, co-chair of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association. The serpent species include the Mangshan viper, a venomous snake from the mountains of China; a fast slender arboreal snake from Africa; and the bushmaster, the largest venomous snake of the Americas. My favorite snake was this white Isla Santa Catalina rattlesnake. Ironicaly, the most distinctive feature of this rattler is the lack of the rattle. The base of the rattle is degenerate, so the rattle segment falls off as it is formed.

Next, we ventured into the Southwest Desert Building which represents the semi-arid desert climate of Mexico, Arizona, and my own backyard – Southern California. The Desert LAIR houses snakes, lizards, turtles, and scorpions. Visions of lightening and the sounds of thunderstorms and monsoons wisp through the exhibit mimicking the weather sporadically encountered in these dry climates. Don’t forget your umbrella!

After exiting the exhibit I passed by the endangered species’ pool to get a glimpse of the intimidating false gharials of Southeast Asia that can reach a length of 15 feet long. This area also offers a good photo opportunity.

By now I had worked up an appetite and ventured over to the giraffe exhibit for lunch. The weather was perfect and the meal satisfying. The overall Zoo experience was exciting and enlightening, I recommend visiting the Zoo and LAIR exhibit before they go extinct.

WHAT: The LAIR
WHEN: Monday – Sunday | 10 am – 5 pm
WHERE: Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens | 5333 Zoo Drive | Los Angeles, CA 90027

CONTACT INFO: (323) 644-4200 or http://www.lazoo.org

DETAILS:

  • Tickets: Adults $16, Children (2-12) $11, Children under 2 free, Senior Citizens (62 and older) $13 and Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) members are free
  • Parking: free

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This public museum houses a collection of specimens and other objects of interest to the scholar, the man of science as well as the more casual visitor, arranged and displayed in accordance with the scientific method. In its original sense, the term “museum” meant a place dedicated to the muses – “a place where man’s mind could attain a mood of aloofness above everyday affairs.” The Museum of Jurassic Technology delivers on that promise.

By far the most important museum of antiquity was the great institution at Alexandria founded by Ptolemy Philadelphus in the third century. Every museum has been modeled after it.

The Museum of Jurassic Technology traces its origins to a period when many of the important collections of today were beginning to take form. Many exhibits which today have come to be known as part of the Museum were formally part of other less well-known collections and were subsequently consolidated into the single collection which has come to be known as The Museum of Jurassic Technology and thus configured, received great public acclaim as well as much discussion in scholastic circles.

Walking through the Museum, you experience a walk back in time. The first exhibits encountered are the contemporary displays and reaching the far end of the Museum, you are surrounded by the earliest exhibits. There are many curious exhibits such as degenerating dice and an artist who made figures such as the pope in the eye of a seeing needle.

Although the path has not always been smooth, over the years The Museum of Jurassic Technology has adapted and evolved until today it stands in a unique position among the institutions in the country. Still even today, the Museum preserves something of the flavor of its roots in the early days of the natural history museum – a flavor which has been described as “incongruity born of the overzealous spirit in the face of unfathomable phenomena.”

This exhibit stands out, apparently people ate a rat sandwich or rat pie to try to cure diseases.

Places to Eat

In case you have an appetite after visiting the museum, a number of nearby dining spots offer a wide variety of culinary pleasures. The available cuisine in the historic Palms District which surrounds the Museum range from exotic Thai and Indian dining to Italian and traditional American fare. All the surrounding cafes are reasonably priced and within easy walking distance of the Museum.

Gift Shop and Bookstore

A wide range of books on science, technology, medicine, industry and other topics, including books suitable for both adults and children. In addition the shop offers a wide variety of gifts priced for every pocket, including adornments, commemorative china, stereoscopic viewing sets and souvenirs. You may visit the shop without paying the Museum admission charge.

Watch a video on the museum here.

WHAT: The Museum of Jurassic Technology
WHEN: Thursday 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
WHERE: 9341 Venice Boulevard | Culver City, California 90232

CONTACT INFO: (310) 836-6131

DETAILS: 

  • Tickets: Adults $ 5.00,  children aged 12 to 21, students and seniors 60 years and older $3.00, active service personal $2.00 and children under 12 free

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While no longer a secret, the Nazi compound high in the Santa Monica mountains still remains a mystery. A popular sightseeing stop on the Rustic Canyon hike, the eerie ruins lie hidden under dense foliage and sit nestled on the canyon floor. They date back to the 1930’s and bare strange artifacts that underscore the city’s rich and clandestine history.

According to Winona and Norman Stephens, previous landowners of the fifty-acre compound known only as Murphy Ranch, Los Angeles was supposed to be the “seat of American fascism” from where Adolph Hitler could rule the United States and restore order. The now dilapidated and graffiti-tagged stronghold was built to be a self-sustaining nazi community. Old blueprints reveal plans for a huge mansion complete with a 400,000 gallon water tank and a concrete-walled power station. Nazi sympathizers began constructing the ranch in 1933, and inhabited it up until the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Authorities monitoring the ranch raided the facility shortly after, arresting the Nazi’s and others for espionage.

An ornate, wrought iron gate marks the entrance to the World War II-era enigma and was designed by renowned African-American architect Paul Revere Williams. He quips, “They may have been Nazis, but they were Nazis with taste.” Hikers are free to explore the ruins, you can enter the Ranch through one of two sets of stairs that lead from the edge of the Sullivan Ridge Fire Road down to the canyon creek.

The abandoned buildings were transformed into an artists’ colony in the 60s and 70s, but were abandoned after the Mandeville Canyon Fire in 1978, driving out the colony permanently. Today the grounds of Murphy Ranch are uninhabited, dilapidated, covered in graffiti, and open to hikers. While much of the history is lost, several structures remain, along with long cement staircases that still link Murphy Ranch to Sullivan Ridge Fire Road, providing a 3.85-mile hike with 325 feet of elevation gain.

The $4 million property was reportedly protected by armed guards called the Silver Shirts, who patrolled Murphy Ranch’s many concrete staircases. Those staircases, one of which has 500+ concrete steps, by themselves are quite sinister and impressive, and currently attract a local community of Los Angeles “stair walkers.”

Directions to the trailhead

From Sunset Boulevard, 3 miles west of the 405, turn north at the light onto Capri Drive. After 1/3 mile continue through the traffic circle, remaining on Capri Drive for another 1/3 mile until it comes to an end at Casale Road. Sullivan Ridge Fire road begins to the left. Find street parking to the right or on an adjacent road. The Santa Monica mountains offer great hiking and spectacular views.

WHAT: Rustic Canyon Hike And Nazi Ruins
WHEN: Sun up to sun down
WHERE: Santa Monica Mountains

CONTACT INFO: Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks (323) 644-6661

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