Feb. 14, 2018

Where to Celebrate the Oscars this Year!

 

The most glamorous night in Hollywood is almost here, and there are plenty of places throughout Los Angeles to watch it on March 4th! Below are some of our favorite places to watch the Oscars this year!

 

The Art of Motion Picture Costume Design at FIDM

Every year, FIDM hosts an Oscar party that is no ordinary Oscar party! This event showcases Oscar-nominated costumes in the Best Costume Design category as well as the winners for best costume design from the previous year. To top it off, the event is free! Enjoy this one of a kind experience at 919 S. Grand Ave, Downtown Los Angeles, 90015, corner of 9th.

 

89.3 KPCC’s "FilmWeek" Oscar Preview

For the week leading up to the Oscars, Larry Mantle of AirTalk on KPCC public radio will convene a panel of film critics to talk about the Oscar nominees in front of a live audience at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown. Join in on the discussion at Theatre at Ace Hotel, 933 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA!

 

The Academy's Oscar Week Public Events

Every year the Academy hosts their own events the week leading up to the big show! The events include a series of evening panels featuring the nominees in the categories of Shorts, Documentaries, Feature Animation, Foreign Language Film and an additional Makeup and Hairstyling Symposium. To see the events, go to Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 8949 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA!

 

Global Green's Pre-Oscar Party

This fundraiser for Global Green USA is hosted by a number of different celebrities each year. It's a club party with live music and top LA DJs.

This year it's at the new TAO Hollywood nightclub and will feature live musical performances by Grammy Award winner Estelle, along with Cody Simpson and Taylor Dayne. TAO Hollywood is located at 6421 Selma Ave, Hollywood, CA!




Feb. 8, 2018

Where to Ring in the Chinese New Year in LA

Chinese New Years In LA Chinese Lanterns

 

It’s time to ring in the New Year… The Chinese New Year that is! There are so many ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year in L.A. on February 16th, so we are here to countdown the top 5!

 

5. Lunar New Year at the Grove and the Americana at Brand

At the Grove, you’ll find the same Chinese New Year inspired displays and sculptures that you’ll see at any of the other LA shopping centers. What sets The Grove and the Americana at Band apart are their events. The Grove co-hosted a K-pop dance troupe and food and merch specials with the Original Farmers Market (Jan 28) while the Americana will host a full afternoon of performances (Feb 11).

 

4. Lunar New Year Festival at Pasadena’s Pacific Asia Museum

Take a drive over to Pasadena and enjoy a free afternoon of pan-Asian activities at the Pacific Asia Museum!  From now through the Lunar New Year, you’ll find traditional performances in the museum’s courtyard alongside free admission to its galleries and art-making workshops.

 

3. Chinese New Year Midnight Temple Ceremony

There are few better places in LA to ring in the Chinese New Year than Chinatown! Join in and welcome the New Year with a midnight ceremony at the Thien Hau Temple. Come by earlier in the evening and join as the crowds gather on the eve of the Chinese New Year to make offerings to the deities, awaken the spirits with firecrackers and burn incense for good fortune. Don’t forget to stay for the lion dancers and monks starting at 10pm!

 

2. Lunar New Year Celebration at Disney California Adventure

The “Happiest Place on Earth” celebrates the Chinese New Year with a full month of activities! Look forward to Photo Ops with Characters dress for the New Year. Then stick around a parade processions with Mulan, Mushu, Mickey and Minnie Mouse while you snack on tasty treats from China, Korea and Vietnam.

 

1. Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival

This year, celebrate the 119th Chinese New Year parade and festival in Downtown Chinatown. The celebration brings multi-stage acts from kung fu demos to traditional music acts. After watching the acts, enjoy food trucks, yard games and a craft beer garden with local breweries. Families can also join in the fun with kid-friendly face painting, storytelling and paper folding. Then, make sure you catch the main attraction: the Golden Dragon Parade, which makes its route (kicking off at Hill and Ord Streets, and concluding at Broadway and Cesar Chavez) on Saturday, February 17, from 1 to 3pm.

 

Feb. 1, 2018

Find your Happy Place this Spring in LA!

Photo Credit: @wearehappyplace instagram

 

It seems that everywhere you turn in LA there is another place to take the perfect Instagram pic. From the Pink Wall to the Santa Monica Pier, you can always find a place to take a picture that will get a hundreds of likes.

When the you’ve finally run out of LA landmarks to take pictures at, it’s time to start looking at new places to get your perfect picture. One of those places is Happy Place in LA, the latest installation of instagram friendly rooms will be coming back to LA for 5 weeks this spring, from April 26 through May 27.

Happy Place is a photo friendly experience sure to give you a sugar rush! Start out with a dose of Happy Place-branded M&Ms, then enjoy a cake pop and finish up with a tart cup of lemonade. You can also opt for a rainbow grilled cheese at the end of the event, which a great instagram pic in and of itself.

The pop-up also features a series of installations to stand in front of or climb into, like a confetti-filled dome and an upside-down bedroom; perfect for all kinds of pictures. You can also make snow angels on an illuminated bed of confetti or jump into a pot of oversized coins; all to get the perfect picture or GIF.

Some features at Happy Place aren’t necessarily made to help you take pictures you’ll be happy with though. Some of the rooms are dim with often unflattering lighting that will have you spending a couple of extra minutes editing your photos. The one exception is a legitimately engaging field of fake marigolds, in which you pop up through a hole in the faux flower bed’s base so it looks as though you’re surrounded by a golden oasis. It’s an instagram influencers dream.

Unfortunately, unlike many of the other marvelous placing to take pictures in LA, Happy Place has a fee. Admission, which is broken up in multi-hour time slots, costs $28.50.  There’s also a VIP option for $199, which includes front of line access, a personal guide, a professional photographer and parking.



Jan. 26, 2018

Shark Sunday's at the Santa Monica Pier!

Photo Credit: The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium Website

 

Usually when you hear the words “sharks” and “pier” together, it is not a good combination. But Santa Monica is shaking things up a bit with it’s Shark Sunday’s at Santa Monica Pier!

 

Every Sunday at 3:30 p.m. you and your kids can learn about these often misunderstood creatures. Watch and listen to an informative presentation while horn and swell sharks cruise around the tank, putting on a show while anticipating the meal to come. You can even expect a splash of seawater if you’re close enough to the exhibit.

 

While at the aquarium, don’t forget to stop by the touch tanks with your kiddos. The tanks have everything from hermit crabs to sea urchins, so it’s sure to keep your junior marine biologist entertained!

 

In addition to the touch tanks, there are multiple exhibits for your kids to spend the afternoon watching. You can check out the “Rocky Reef,” an exhibit full of moray eels found in the Pacific, or the “Sea Jellies,” an exhibit that full of moon jellies. There are also exhibits that highlight the noteworthy critters that the dive team finds on their expeditions, and exhibits full of baby sharks, anemones and fish. Your child can spend the whole afternoon wandering around this little, educational aquarium.

 

The Shark Sunday’s take place at 3:30 pm every Suday, but the aquarium is open Sundays from 12:30pm through 5:00pm. If you can’t make it for Shark Sunday’s but still want to swing by the aquarium, the winter hours are listed below!

 

Winter Hours

Monday-Thursday:

Closed for School Programs (Learn more about their educational opportunities)

Friday:

Open 2pm-5pm

Saturday-Sunday:

Open 12:30 pm-5:00 pm

 

Admission is $5 per person, and children under 12 are free.



Jan. 18, 2018

The Robots You Need to Know About From CES

 

This year at CES, Robots were everywhere! From the humanoid Sophia to the the delivery bot Robomarts, no matter where you turned there were robots this CES. Below are the top robots to grace CES 2018.

 

Aeolus Robot

Aeolus Robotics’s newest bot has interchangeable arms with seven degrees of freedom,  which allows it to do chores such as vacuuming and putting away dishes.

The voice-controlled robot is also integrated with voice-command systems like Amazon Alexa and Google Home. The robot can also recognize things like a person’s change in posture, which might occur if someone might be falling.

 

Robomarts

 

Robomarts’s robot is a self-driving car designed to deliver fruits and veggies. It’s essentially a grocery store on wheels. Fresh produce makes up around 60% of all groceries sold, but, according to Kantar Worldpanel, just a small fraction is ordered online because consumers want to see what they’re buying. The company plans to deploy a fleet of delivery robots to let consumers order and pick their produce.

The electric vehicle will arrive on demand. Consumers take what they like and are charged accordingly.

 

Omron

Omron is known for its industrial robots. Its ping-pong playing robot called Forpheus included a number of industrial robots. The system is designed to be a ping-pong tutor. It’s not meant to beat a human player, but rather keep the rally going so that the player can improve. Its uses a combination of AI and cameras to track the ping-pong ball and return it.

 

Sophia

Hanson Robotics’  Sophia is the world’s most human-like robot. She is expressive, empathetic, and capable of interacting both verbally and nonverbally. Sophia can simulate over 60 different facial expressions, track and recognize faces, look people in the eye, and hold natural conversations.

While at CES, Sophia shaded model Chrissy Teigen cementing her as a celebrity in her right.



Jan. 9, 2018

Everything You Need to Know About dine L.A.

For the past 10 years, dineL.A. has taken over Los Angeles with it’s delicious two-week long event. Twice a year, dineL.A. “showcases Los Angeles as a premier dining destination while highlighting the diversity of culinary experiences L.A. has to offer.” In addition, you get amazing deals on some of the best food in L.A., at over 300 participating restaurants!

Participating restaurants are offering a special menu for lunch and/or dinner guaranteeing a 20% minimum value. For example Lunch is a 2+ course meal, and you will only have to spend $15, $20 or $25. Dinner is guarenteed to be a 3+ Course meal with prices ranging from $29, $39, $49 or $95+.

Prices and meal periods do vary by restaurant, so you should call first to see what exactly the restaurant is offering. These meals also exclude beverages, tax and gratuity.

To make the most out of your dineL.A. experience, we recommend that you make a reservation on our website or call the restaurant directly. Walk-ins are welcome, but with the popularity of the event advance reservations are strongly encouraged.

If you need a little help deciding where to grab a bite to eat, we can help! Below are our recommendations for dineL.A. 2018!

 

Cal Mare

This hot new restaurant is a fantastic addition to the usual dineL.A. line up. Cal Mare is Michael Mina's new Beverly Center restaurant. It is all about coastal Italian cuisine, and the dinner-only dineL.A. menu is fittingly full of fresh seafood, including California squid in spicy tomato broth, sea urchin with cauliflower and guanciale, and catch of the day with potatoes and botarga.

The best part though? It comes at a huge discount: $49 for a four-course meal! If you haven’t checked out Cal Mare yet, now is certainly the time to do it!

 

CUT by Wolfgang Puck

Now that we have recommended the hot new place to grab a bit, we want to recommend this classic restaurant!

The return of the Amex "exclusive series" unlocks discounted menus at some of L.A’s high-end restaurants, and Wolfgang Puck's Beverly Hills steakhouse, CUT, is one of them. At cut you can treat yourself to a $95 four-course menu that includes sautéed scallops with celery root and black truffle, little gem lettuce with persimmon and blue cheese, port-braised lamb with roasted vegetables, dry-aged New York steak, and chocolate cremeaux with passion fruit caramel.

This is one of the best high-end deals offered this year!

 

Fishing With Dynamite

 

For all of you seafood lovers out there, this is what you have been waiting for! Chef David LeFevre's $25 dineL.A. menu may be lunch-only, but it runs until 4:45 each night, giving you plenty of time to enjoy your three courses! The meal deal includes hamachi, rockfish and shrimp ceviche, a raw-bar platter, crab cake, grilled albacore, fish tacos, and Key lime parfait.

 

Jan. 4, 2018

The Top Tech Companies in Silicon Beach


 

Silicon Beach really lived up to its name in 2017! Everyday, technology continues to be developed in Silicon Beach, below is the list of local tech companies that we look forward to learning more about in 2018!

 

Vertebrae Inc.

Taking augmented reality to a new level, Vertebrae is the native advertising platform for virtual and augmented reality. It enables brands to take advantage of the power of VR across platforms and devices.

Vertebrae Inc. has called Santa Monica home since 2015 and has 20 million dollars in funding. With 15 employees, this tech startup is quickly growing!

 

AirMap

Drones are the go to toy for most adults who love the thrill of flying, without actually piloting a plane. AirMap organizes and provides accurate, dynamic and trustworthy airspace information so you can take flight! AirMap helps you have the safest, most efficient flight without the hassle of research!

 

HeadSpace

Sometimes the desire to meditate is pushed to the side because of our busy lives. Now you don’t have to choose between your busy life and a meditation retreat.

Founded in 2010 by Andy Puddicombe and Rich Pierson, Headspace was created with one mission in mind: to improve the health and happiness of the world. With nearly 20 million users in more than 190 countries, the Headspace app offers hundreds of guided meditations designed to help with everything from stress and anxiety to relationships and sleep.

 

PlayQ

You know that game you are addicted to playing on your phone? You can thank PlayQ for that! PlayQ is a rapidly growing mobile gaming studio based in the heart of sunny Santa Monica. Their games have been downloaded over 60 million times worldwide, with millions of users playing them every day!

Though PlayQ has been around for a decade, the tech company has help it’s own against the other gaming giants out there. Just like Silicon Beach, PlayQ is small but has a big impact on the world

Dec. 28, 2017

Real Estate Tech Trends to Look Out for in 2018!

 

As 2018 is rolling in, Realtors are taking a hard look at the newest trends in Real Estate. As the housing market improves, so does the technology that helps us track, market and sell homes. Below is a list of the tech trends that we expect to see in 2018.

 

Transaction-Engagement Focused Tech

In 2017, we started to see a trend in Transaction-Engagement technology that helps agents curate an online experience. For example, Compass is building the first modern real estate platform, pairing the real estate agents with technology to make the search and sell experience intelligent and seamless.

 

AI and Chatbots

From Sophia the Robot to Amazon Alexa, AI and chatbots were everywhere in 2017. When it comes to real estate, chatbots have can potentially revolutionize customer service. This is especially helpful for small businesses that don’t have the extra time or staff to help generate leads. By automating the initial stages of contact between agents and clients, a real estate chatbot can help engage visitors and help find leads.

 

Blockchain And Real Estate Transactions

If you haven’t heard of blockchain, then you probably lived on Mars in 2017. If you are just landing on Earth and don’t know what blockchain is, it’s a platform that stores and transfers data in a new way, keeping it safe.

Blockchain can be used in Real Estate as a way to store property records for millions of homes!

 

Customer Relationship Management

In 2018, we will see more tools that help agents with customer relations and data. For example, Agile CRM, a platform that automates your sales, marketing, and service in one place, can help you avoid data leaks and enable consistent messaging. This fast, mobile and cloud-based platform is the newest in a long list of customer relations tools.

 

Dec. 21, 2017

How to Spend New Years Eve in Los Angeles

 

There is nothing quite like New Years Eve in Los Angeles. The city of stars twinkles with anticipation, and the city is a buzz with the hottest parties. This year, we’re giving you a list of some of our favorite places to spend New Years Eve.

 

N.Y.E.L.A.

Dance your heart out and ring in the New Year with all of your best friends at N.Y.E.L.A! The West Coast flagship celebration at Grand Park features live music, food, and photo booths in one big, beautiful countdown to the New Year.

Featured artists for the event include Dexter Story and the All-Star New Year’s Eve Band. The event takes place at Grand Park (200 North Grand Ave) and there is no cost to get into the event.

Prior to going to the event, you should know that there are some things that you are not allowed to bring through security. That includes but is not limited to alcohol, chairs, coolers, umbrellas and selfie sticks. For a full list of items that you cannot bring click here.

 

Prohibition NYE

Take a time machine back to the 1920’s and celebrate the New Year in style! Prohibition NYE returns to the majestic Ticket Concourse at Union Station for a night of burlesque, live jazz ensembles, a headlining DJ set from GOLDROOM, and an open bar featuring champagne and specialty cocktails. To top it off, you’ll get to count down the New Year with a 60 foot ball drop celebration!

The event takes place at Union Station (800 N. Alameda Street), and starts at 9 pm on Sunday December 31, 2017. Tickets are $175 each, and you can get them here!

 

W Hollywood NYE Party

This New Years, you can celebrate the holiday on the rooftop of the W Hotel in Hollywood, CA. That’s right, the W Hollywood Loft & Rooftop Lounge is hosting NYElectric, the swankiest New Year’s Eve dance party in LA.

Throughout the night, you’ll enjoy 2 headlining DJs who spin at some of the hottest festivals and clubs, 4-hour premium open bar, and an incredible view of the city!

The event has a strict dress code: Cocktail attire, upscale chic, black tie encouraged.

For more information about tickets and the event, click here!

 

Noon Year’s Eve at Kidspace Children’s Museum

If you are looking for a family friendly way to celebrate the holiday, head over to the Kidspace Children’s Museum and celebrate a little early! New Years Eve, families can celebrate the almost-new-year from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The even includes a balloon drop at noon, live DJs, party hats, dancing and more.

 

 

Dec. 10, 2017

Holiday Concerts to Remember!

 There are a few things that will put you in the holiday spirit faster than a sing-along, especially when it takes place at Walt Disney Hall!

That’s right! Walt Disney Hall is presenting a holiday sing-along with the Las Angeles Philharmonics! The seasonal program offers two performances, with a special guest taking the stage to recite holiday poems.

Lyric sheets will be provided before the show, that way you don’t forget the lyrics as you’re singing along to Silent Night with the Angeles Chorale.

Walt Disney Concert Hall’s huge pipe organ will accompany the choir! The hilarious Melissa Peterman hosts the event, making it a great time for the entire family!

Other artists at the event include conductor John Sutton, organist Philip Smith, pianist Bryan Pezzone, Bryan Taylor on percussion and Sean Barrett on bass.

Prior to the concert, join the fun at the Pre-Concert Winter Wonderland Part! Grab a free cup of hot chocolate and coffee courtesy of the Corner Bakery, and don’t forget to take your photos with the big man himself, Santa Clause!

The concert takes place on Saturday, December 16th at both 11:30 am and 2:30 pm! Tickets range from $33.00 to $85.00 and can be bought here!

Other Christmas events taking place this holiday season at the Walt Disney Concert hall includes A Chanticleer Christmas, on December 18 at 8:00 pm! In this annual concert, the 12-man Grammy- winning ensemble will wow you with their exquisite singing of a satisfyingly eclectic program, from serene Gregorian chant to rousing American spirituals.

Another exciting holiday event this season is Dianne Reeves ? Christmas Time Is Here. Experience the powerful and dynamic presence of Dianne Reeves, one of the greatest jazz singers of our time, as she takes classic songs, including carols from her album of Christmastime favorites, and puts her personal spin on it!

Regardless what holiday concert you decide to see this season, you are sure to have a festive and magical time!