Monday, December 5, 2022

Grab Something Uniquely & Deliciously LA at Grand Central Market's Holiday Wonderland.

 By Laura Medina

Last Friday night was the opening night of Downtown LA's historical, pre-Farmer's Market, Grand Central Market's Holiday Wonderland, magical, yummy treats and activities for little kids, big kids, and kids at heart!

All this scrumptious scribe wants for Christmas is a huge charcuterie board on wheels...with fancy gourmet doughnuts,..wheels, a Charcuterie Cart.  A little bit of everything then savour.  This is how this scribe keeps the physique then stretch it throughout the holidays.

In between the gourmet snacking, people can make a wish with Santa.  A guitarist strums holiday tunes.  There are activities to hands busy while making free handmade gifts for friends and families.

See, Downtown LA does have the holiday spirits.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Gilda Garza Begun Rodeo Drive's Holiday Block, with her "Kings and Queens," on Rodeo Drive then Headlined by David Foster and Katherine McPhee.

 By Laura Medina


Thursday, November 17th kicked the official holiday and shopping season in the heart of Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive.  From Wilshire Blvd. to Santa Monica Blvd., the entire block of Rodeo Drive was turned into Winter Wonderland block party kicking the glamourous holiday shopping season.

Among a select few, a smaller but no less glamourous fete was happening upstairs at One Rodeo Drive Plaza, an intimate and again, glamourous launch party for Mexican artist and Rodeo Drive love, Glida Garza, attracting the like of former Los Angeles Mayor, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and his wife Patricia Govea.

Swear to God, Glida's party guests were the Mexican/Mexican-American version of "Sex and the City" and "Just Like That," the most fashionable and stylish Latins, this scribe has ever encountered.

Asking Glida, how she feels about debuting her art collection on the same night as Rodeo Drive Holiday Lighting Celebrationon One Rodeo Drive itself, she said a few years ago, she was taking Instagram selfies of her on the plaza. Then, this night her "Kings and Queens" collection is being shown at Winn Slavin Art Gallery and on One Rodeo Drive plaza as well.
She's a living proof that dreams do come true.

Since it's the holidays, this scribe gave her a piece of See's Candies hard candy, she likes See's Candies.

Garza, one of Mexico’s most influential artists, her “Kings & Queens” art collection traveled from Venice, Italy to Beverly Hills

The night also featured, a special 6ft “Kings & Queens” holiday painting in the center of Rodeo Drive with Garza’s custom augmented reality of Santa Claus! For the interactive experience, guests used an iPhone to scan the QR code on the art piece and were in awe as they watched the majestic artwork come to life for the holiday season on their devices. This was the first time the Rodeo Drive Celebration included augmented reality in their celebration.

Gilda will donate a percentage of her proceeds to Unidas Por Un Sueño and the Iranian American Woman Foundation.

Those in attendance included former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and his wife Patricia Govea. They are the founders of the nonprofit, unidas por un sueño.

Glida's art party started the night early at 5pm but Rodeo Drive Holiday Lighting Celebration's headliners, David Foster and Katherine McPhee closed out the night with a free block party concert for anyone.

Now, let's go shopping!

Friday, November 18, 2022

AWOLNATION Rock It Out at Hollywood Palladium on Friday, November 11 as part of their “Falling Forward” U.S. tour with special guests Badflower and opening act The Mysterines.

 By Laura Medina

AWOLNATION's lead singer, Aaron Bruno, believes that a band's fifth album should be their last because, afterwards, they don't sound good anymore.

The band's November 11th's concert at Hollywood Palladium one of the stops, on their potential last rour as a band.  Boy, did they rock out!

Their crowd of fans, spanning from single Zoomers, coupled Millennials to Gen-X dads and their Zoomer teen boys (using this concert as first milestone bonding experience) cheered, when they rocked out their hit, "Sail."

The band played a solid string of hits from the past ten years.

However, fans and the band knows the ending is approaching soon, when they'll release their fifth album next year.

This year, AWOLNATION released a cover album, partnering with fellow highly esteemed peers, such as Jewel and Beck, as a tribute and as a divergence.  Plus, this shows that AWOLNATION does a love, a sense of humor, and does have a sense of fun rocking out pop covers from ABBA and Madonna.

AWOLNATION released a covers and collaborations album, MY ECHO, MY SHADOW, MY COVERS AND ME, earlier this year via Better Noise Music which included collaborations with BeckJewelPortugal. The ManRise AgainstTaylor Hanson, and Brandon Boyd of Incubus, among others. The act also shared a new original track, “Freaking Me Out” in late September 

But hopefully, this gives fans another catch them live on tour before they morph into something else.

Ah, evolution.

Monday, November 14, 2022

Kane Brown for Amazon Music Live, Tulsa King & Limitless With Chris Hemsworth Then Teen Vogue with Keke Palmer, All Debuting on Thursday then KeKe Palmer Guest Hosting SNL.

 By Laura Medina

These celebrities who had made appearances and performances this past weekend will air later this week and weekend.

Kane Brown's concert for Amazon Music Live this past Thursday will air next Thursday after Amazon Live Football.

Debuting and premiering during this weekend's NY Magazine's Vulture Culture Festival, Nat Geo's "Limitless with Chris Hemsworth," started with the first episode on stress and how to use it to your advantage.

Three hours later, Vulture Culture Festival aired the first episode of "Tulsa King"

Both Limitless with Chris Hemsworth on Disney Plus and Tulsa King on Paramount Plus, will officially debut this Thursday, same night as Kane Brown on Amazon Music Live.

Keke Palmer was one of Teen Vogue's headliners this past Saturday. Next Saturday, she'll be Saturday Night Live's guest host.

Amazon Music Live, Vulture Culture Festival, and Teen Vouge give it to you all fresh.

Monday, November 7, 2022

Accept It, Acknowledge It, Get Hollyweird Celebrating Halloween at Karnevil's Dinner & A Show Then Finish It Off with Eagles of Death Metal's Jesse Hughes Doing "Rocky Horror Picture Show," Truly Hollyweird.

 By Laura Medina

Next to Las Vegas and Manhattan, Hollywood was aplomb aplenty in glamourous Halloween parties, all sexy in huge nightclub fetes.

But which one is uniquely Halloween among the crowded pack?

Pick the ones that are uniquely Hollyweird, celebrating Hollywood's nascent heartbreaking haunted history then putting it to good use on All Hallow's Eve.

Got a bored teen, aspiring to be a hipster?  Need a Christmas antidote? Take them to the heart of Hollywood then treat y'all to Karnevil, a gastropub where it's Halloween year around.

Where an IT Clown is your greeter, hostess, and server serving you gourmet dishes and cocktails while you have up front view of a swinging aerialist.

Then, the emcee is also the fire-eater...

 There's also an illusionist/magician who doesn't non-dangerous mind and card tricks...

You aren't truly Hollywood until you know then take for granted that Eagles of Death Metal's Jesse Hughes does this, only on Halloween, Rocky Horror Picture Show where he rocks out, in drag lingerie, as Dr. Frank-N-Furter.

As a love letter to Halloween and Rocky Horror Picture Show, Jesse and his band do the greatest hits from fun-loving, raunchy, and campy horror-musical where everyone and anyone can do the "Time Warp."

Mind you, Jesse's Rocky Horror Picture Show concert roves around from one venue to the next, every year.

You must be in the know, the knowledge.

Monday, October 31, 2022

Hosted by 2 Chainz, Amazon Music Live, After Thursday Night Football on Prime Video beginning October 27.

 By Laura Medina

Hosted by 2 Chainz, Thursday night’s hottest music event streams live after Thursday Night Football on Prime Video beginning October 27, and includes a lineup of today’s most iconic artists performing their latest releases

Amazon Music Live features showstopping live performances after one of the biggest games of the week from superstars Lil Baby, Megan Thee Stallion, and Kane Brown—with more artists to be announced throughout the season

Amazon Music announced Amazon Music Live, a not-to-be-missed new weekly livestreamed concert series featuring the biggest artists performing their latest hits live, hosted by Grammy-winning hip-hop icon 2 Chainz. Airing on Prime Video following Thursday Night Football, music and sports fans will come together for Thursday night’s new destination for the hottest new releases to come to life. Watch a sneak peek of Amazon Music Live here.

Streamed live from Los Angeles, Amazon Music Live premieres October 27 with musical guest Lil Baby, who will perform cuts off his recently released album, It’s Only Me, as well as fan-favorites and chart-topping hits. On November 3, three-time Grammy winner Megan Thee Stallion will grace the Amazon Music Live stage, and on November 10, country music superstar Kane Brown will treat fans to songs from his new album Different Man and more. Even more epic performances will be announced in the weeks to come.

"Whether you’re a sports fan waiting for the first football game of the week, or a music fan staying up late to hear the latest drop from your favorite artist, Thursday is the biggest night for entertainment," said Kirdis Postelle, global head of artist marketing of Amazon Music. "With Amazon Music Live, we’ve created a new, can’t-miss series for fans to experience the most exciting new music together. For artists, this show represents a massive new stage to share their music with fans after Thursday Night Football—the biggest game of the week, airing live on Prime Video."

In addition to hosting Amazon Music Live, 2 Chainz will interview each night’s performing artist during Thursday Night Football shoulder programming, providing fans with unprecedented access to their favorite artists. Each concert will be available for fans to stream live around the world on Prime Video and will also be available to stream on-demand for a limited time.

"Every Thursday night, I’m bringing the biggest and the brightest stars in music to the Amazon Music Live stage in Los Angeles," said 2 Chainz. "We have the people that are influencing the culture and have carved their own unique path in music, like Lil Baby, Megan Thee Stallion, and Kane Brown. Amazon Music Live is the only place to be for the official Thursday turn up!"


Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Bicycle Playing Cards purchased Bored Ape #1227 NFT then Expanded Into Clothing & Accessories Line, at Fred Segal.

 By Laura Medina

Bicycle Playing Cards, a heritage Cartamundi brand that's brought people together in play for over 130 years, purchased Bored Ape #1227 in early June of this year. The Bicycle Bored Ape Deck of Cards Featuring the Brand’s Newest NFT Will Be Available Next Year.


As its latest step into web3, Bicycle selected an ape donning holographic eyeglasses and a joker card in his helmet. "We see communities like the Bored Ape Yacht Club as the heart and soul of web3. Bicycle is all about playfully connecting, and web3 opens up new ways for us to interact and co-create with communities," says Tricia Bouras, CEO & President US Playing Card Company / EVP Retail & Industry North America Cartamundi Group.


Bored Ape #1227 will also be featured on a classic Bicycle card deck launching next year. The deck will feature the brand's new NFT in a fun, playful royal Ape-themed deck. The inaugural card deck will continue the journey within the Bored Ape Yacht Club community. More details will be revealed in the coming weeks.


This latest step into web3, the purchase of Bored Ape #1227, follows the launch of Bicycle's Genesis Collection, which featured traditional cards transformed 1,000 years into the future. The Unique Genesis collection is sold out, but consumers still have an opportunity to get the Main Genesis Collection with a physical collectable deck that is being released to NFT holders this coming month. 


This week, the brand is celebrating its new NFT purchase with an activation at Artcade, the first experiential NFT gallery, curated boutique and streaming studio located in Fred Segal on the famed Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California. Bicycle ape-branded merchandise and collectible items are featured alongside iconic Genesis Collection-merchandise at the event, which is available until the end of year or until limited supply lasts.


"Artcade combines culture and technology to create innovative IRL and Metaverse experiences," said Doug Scott, Chief Creative Officer & Co-Founder of Subnation, a venture studio and owner of Artcade, "Bicycle Playing Cards exemplify both the type of brand we want to feature and the IP creators we want to collaborate with. The product is another example of how NFT holders are monetizing their IP and attracting new collectors, influencers and consumers to the community."

Magician and illusionist, Roby Sobieski, entertain the crowd with, of course, card tricks.