Sunday, December 23, 2018


By Laura Medina

Who says Los Angeles doesn't celebrate Christmas?

Every year, in the know Angelenos wrap their Christmas by rocking to BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA "Christmas Rocks!

In addition to his regular tours, Brian does an extra tour for six weeks, around the holidays, for Christmas.

He wraps it up when he comes home to roost, his last show finishes in Los Angeles, giving folks a rocking Christmas blast.

Who would had thought his orchestra can do "The Nutcracker Suit."?

The 15th annual BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA "Christmas Rocks! Tour"--presented for the fourth consecutive year by SiriusXM--is underway on its 25-city, nationwide trek this holiday season. The tour will make a stop in Los Angeles on Saturday, December 22 for a performance at The Microsoft Theater. Doors open at 7:00pm with Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones set as direct support. Tickets are available now, here.
The iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and three-time Grammy-Award winner and his 19-piece ORCHESTRA will perform music off their latest Christmas album ROCKIN' RUDOLPH (available now as a limited-edition box set, CD, vinyl or download), plus music off their three previous best-selling holiday albums and original material from BRIAN SETZER. SETZER's trademark guitar work and vocal stylings will be matched with his orchestra's rockin' big-band horn arrangements, making for a reliably unbeatable combination. View the Christmas sizzle reel here:
BRIAN SETZER belongs to an elite group of artists who has had four super successful phases of his career from the Stray Cats, to solo albums, the Rockabilly Riot and BSO. The BSO show seamlessly encompasses music from all these phases. "The music I play in the big band is rock n' roll with a jazz influence," says SETZER. "What keeps it fresh is the quality of the players in the band. Also, a big part of keeping the big band fresh is the arrangements; writing the arrangement for 18-19 people is like writing a song within a song.  It makes the song you might have heard many times sound new again."

THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA will be releasing CHRISTMAS ROCKS! LIVE, the new concert film on Blu-Ray Friday, November 9--just in time for the holiday season. Filmed in Santa Barbara at the historic Granada Theatre, the 18-song film highlights SETZER's renowned arrangements of holiday classics such as "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree," "Jingle Bells" and "Here Comes Santa Claus" in addition to hits "Stray Cat Strut," "Jump, Jive An' Wail," and "Rock This Town." Also featured is SETZER's skillful rendition of the "Nutcracker Suite." Click here to watch a trailer. Pre-order is available now, here.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Skid Row Xmas A Benefit Concert to Support LA's Homeless with Sublime and Rome

By Laura Medina

Dub Brothers, Tradecraft Farms, and stick.e.vapes Present

A Benefit Concert to Support LA's Homeless

Featuring acoustic set with Sublime with Rome and DJ Sets by C-MINUS, Mark Moreno, LD, and
KROQ DJ Jeremiah Red.
Skid Row Xmas TONIGHT
Friday, December 21st @ 8:00pm-1:00am

Mayfair Hotel
1256 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Tickets - $50
The Dub Brothers, Tradecraft Farms, and stick.e.vape are pleased to announce the second annual, Skid Row Xmas, a live concert to benefit the homeless community..

Headliners Sublime with Rome are set to perform a live acoustic set along with DJ sets by C-Minus, Mark Moreno, LD, and KROQ DJ Jeremiah Red. Additionally the LA Car Club will be on-site with low-riders and classic cars in every color of the Christmas light spectrum for guests to experience along with key art pieces on display by well-known street artists RISK, Retna, and Shepard Fairey.

Proceeds from the event will go to purchase supplies and donate gifts for those less fortunate this holiday season.

MCM x GQ GATHER BLACK PANTHER STARS, Winston Duke, Jay Pharoah, Sydelle Noel, and King Bach, AT CHIC BEVERLY HILLS DINNER

By Laura Medina

Luxury brand, MCM and GQ Magazine hosted an intimate seated dinner last night celebrating Black Panther star, Winston Duke. The dinner, which was held at The Restaurant at Montage Beverly Hills, was attended by close friends and family of the breakout star. Notable attendees included but were not limited to Winston Duke, Jay Pharoah, Sydelle Noel, and King Bach.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018


 By Laura Medina

The Angel Sports Holiday party honoring disabled athletes, also premiere the US Sled Hockey team's journey during 2018 Winter Olympics.

Able-bodied or not, athletes are an hungry bunch.

The event kicks off with the theatrical premiere of Empty Net, a documentary showcasing the 2018 Gold Medal Winning US Paralympic Sled Hockey Team. Following the premiere, there will be a cocktail reception celebrating the past year in adaptive sports with a performance by special musical guest Victoria Canal, who was born with one arm and whose debut EP garnered millions of plays across multiple streaming platforms with a playful and passionate spirit and soulful vocals ( 

Mike Shea, a two-time Paralympian snowboarder and Angel City Athlete and Ambassador, will be the host for the evening and will be joined by other Paralympians including Taylor Lipsett (2x Gold Medalist in Sled Hockey), Mallory Weggeman (2x Paralympian, Gold Medalist in swimming) and adaptive athletes from the community. Funds raised will help provide adaptive sports clinics, competition, and equipment to athletes in Southern California with physical disabilities. 

"Our holiday celebration will honor the achievements of these amazing athletes and help us raise additional funds to grow adaptive sports programming across the region," said Clayton Frech, founder of Angel City Sports. "We are thrilled to celebrate the success of 2018 and we look forward to lifting more lives through sport in 2019."

One of the party guests that best exemplified that is Isaiah Pead, former Rams and Dolphin Running Back.

When he lost his leg in a car crash, it forced him to switch to other sports and being a Paralympian.

He just wants to be a good role model for his son, overcoming adversities, switching and pivoting while keep on keeping on.

Show Me Your Mumu + Emma Stone's Haim for the Holidays=Disco for the Holidays.

By Laura Medina

Bachelor couple “Grocery Store Joe” and Kendall Long stopped by Show Me Your Mumu’s Holiday Bash at Harriet’s Bar.

They were among the many party guests modeling their "Show Me Your Mumu" in all their spangly, sparkly, sequin, stretch glamour. 

You can wear Vivian Stripe Sequins Slip Cocktail Dress alone for sultry Summer or as a romper dress with a turtleneck for Winter Holiday.

No judgement here.

The Raymond Jacket is super shaggy as it is super warm.


Judy Jumpsuit ~ One and Only Lace Black 

are the two most popular outfits.

The super stretchy and comfortable Judy Jumpsuit in stretch black lace is a jumpsuit you literally can jump straight into and pull right out of.  Girls said you can squat, twerk, and run but this is no athleisure but a pure last-minute, jet-setting outfit that you can roll up in a ball, pull out unwrinkled then groove on thru the party.

Reminiscent of Diane Von Furstenberg's icon wrap dress that makes no noise, Show Me Your Mumu expand on that easy-on, easy-off concept.

During their Rent the Runway x WeWork lecture, Show Me Your Mumu founders, Cammy and Cologne were invited to a last-minute sunny and warm Miami weekend trip.  Working in Calvin Klein and Theory showrooms during a New York snowstorm, they realize they have nothing to borrow, nothing to wear that they can ball up, roll up, and go to anywhere, anytime.

Whatever they packed for Miami, was too restrictive, uptight, and hot.

Based on a guy joking, "Show Me Your Mumu," they realize there is a market for last-minute, comfortable as a mumu but way more stylish.

So, they took the idea of a breezy mumu then spin it on its head with super hot and stylish glam wear that can take you from NY to LA to Vegas to Miami, and all you have to do is roll and go in a carry-on.  No garment bags or hangers needed.

These girls really know their fabrics and construction for clothes that are glamorously comfortable.

Emma Stone's holiday fundraiser for Planned Parenthood, "Haim for the Holidays," with Haim the Band, can certainly put Show Me Your Mumu to the test, at her roller disco party.

There was a lot of booty shaking, grooving, and roll bouncing.

Guest celebrities took turns singing, being backed up by Haim.  Maya Rudolph covered Prince's "I Will Die 4 U."

Sugar Ray's Mark McGarth did his all-time classic, "Fly."

Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend jumped in, too...

Emma Stone led the roller train to christen her holiday party so folks can get their groove on for the holidays.

With our liberties under siege, people need some nonjudgmental freedom and release with full acceptance.

Give Gifts That Give, Lexus RC 350 F SPORT for DJs and Ani and Alex Holiday Charms.

By Laura Medina

For all you aspiring DJs, especially Millennial and Gen-Z DJs, reality sucks.

First, you have to haul all these special heavy equipment and gear, if you want to be a real DJ.
Second, how you going to carry and transport all these heavy gear on a scooter or on the bus or the subway train?
Third, you need to show up at the gig's location, early and on time, if you want to keep that gig and any other future gigs.
Fourth, your Uber/Lyft ride got lost and made you late to miss the gig.

Enough with that nonsense, Lexus took their RC 350 F SPORT to four different, where each city's best car customizers transform the RC 350 F SPORT into a mobile DJ booth.

The basic modifications is the trunk hood is outfitted with amplifiers while the entire trunk stores a pull-out table where all the turntables and control panels are immediate, portable DJ station that's instantaneously stored inside the trunk. The underside of the car carriage and body are outlined in motion-sensored blinking and flashing ambient light, flashing along with the beats. The car doors are additionally outfitted with amplifiers for extra beats. Everything is already built in the car for roving, party-ing DJ. Something that rising DJs need. Mika, a.k.a. DJ Born Dirty, is really grateful for. Everything, the gear, the control panel, and the turntable, are easy pull-out and glides back inside. Less worries. With RC 350 F SPORT brings the party anywhere, anytime. It helps you keep that gig. New or Redesigned Standard Features:
  • Front and rear fascia, front grille, headlamps and taillamps, rear Lexus logo
  • Daytime Running Lights (DRL), outer mirrors
  • Wheel designs
  • Analog clock, Start/Stop button, AC register design, knee pad and cup holder
  • Revised springs and shock absorbers
  • Recalibrated Electronic Power Steering
  • Four-Cylinder Turbocharged engine – ECU updated to optimize shift schedule, throttle and turbocharger response
  • Apple CarPlay® Compatible
  • Amazon Alexa integration  
  • Lexus Enform Remote (smartwatch and Amazon Alexa skill integration)
Updated Package:
  • Premium Package: Lexus Memory System for driver’s seat, outside mirrors and steering wheel, power tilt and telescopic steering wheel, rain sensing wipers, heated and ventilated front seats and Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)
Color Changes:
  • Exterior: Blue Vortex Metallic added (Standard model)
  • Interior: White, Circuit Red, Black with Yellow Accents and Dark Gray Streamline trim added (F SPORT)
Balance of Power The idea of “sharper and more graceful” defines the LC flagship, so Lexus engineers have applied
the same concept to the new RC. This included enhancing the car’s aerodynamics and fine-tuning
the suspension system and powertrain. Armed with a more stable ride quality and sharper handling
characteristics, the new RC is more athletic and responsive than ever.
Enhanced aerodynamics — such as a new fin shape on the side window mold and a duct on the rear
bumper that improves air flow, result in improved stability. New available 19-in. wheels and tires with
increased grip deliver excellent steering response. Stiffer suspension bushings have been
incorporated along with new shock absorbers which provide significant damping force from low
suspension stroke speeds. Thanks to a significant amount of real-world testing that allowed constant
fine-tuning by the chassis engineers, the new RC delivers an extremely supple ride quality and
razor-sharp handling characteristics.
Lexus RC 300 rear-wheel drive is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine. This smooth operator produces 241 horsepower with 258 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 1,650-4,400 rpm. It’s paired with an eight-speed sport direct-shift automatic transmission with paddle shifters and consumes fuel at a rate of 21 mpg city / 30 mpg highway / 24 mpg combined manufacturer estimated fuel economy.
The RC 300 all-wheel drive has a 3.5-liter V6 engine. It produces 260 horsepower and 236 lb.-ft. torque at 2,000-4,800 rpm, and is teamed with a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The RC 350 gets a 311-horsepower version of the V6. With rear-wheel drive, it gets the eight-speed Sports Direct Shift automatic transmission with paddle shifters; with all-wheel drive, it’s a six-speed automatic.
Striking Style and Color
Lexus designers kept the RC’s dynamic coupe proportions, while enhancing features that are pleasing to the eye. Influenced by the flagship LC sporty coupe, every angle of the RC provides a striking view. Moreover, the RC demands attention with its new sleek front grille, headlamps and taillamps.
The luxury coupe also comes with new standard 18-inch alloy wheels (19-inch wheels available) with a distinctive split-5-spoke design.  In addition, a total of 10 different exterior colors will be available for the RC, including a new vibrant color, Blue Vortex Metallic. 
Refined Interior
Drivers will feel right at home in the luxury coupe cabin. To enhance the look and feel of the interior, a new Dark Gray Streamline treatment has been applied to the heater control and audio panels. The design also includes enlarged knee pads to create a heightened sense of space, a new analog clock and cup holder.
For the 2019 RC, Lexus offers six different combinations of interior trim. Colors for the standard coupe include Glazed Caramel, Playa and Black. The RC F SPORT models will get three new bold colors: Circuit Red, Black with Yellow Accents and White.  
Drive Mode Select: Listens to You
The RC listens to the driver through the Drive Mode Select system.  On standard models Drive Mode Select tailors the vehicle’s throttle response, electric power steering and climate settings with a choice of Normal, Eco or Sport modes.  F SPORT adds Sport S+ mode for maximum performance from the Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) and a Custom mode which lets the driver personalize the vehicle’s response.  
F SPORT: Experience Amazing  
The 2019 RC F SPORT gets new features exclusive to the coupe which include a sleek grille mesh pattern and sharp 19-inch alloy wheels influenced by the Lexus flagship LS and LC models.
Safety is a Staple with Lexus
Lexus Safety System+ is standard, which includes Pre-Collision System (PCS) with Pedestrian Detection, High Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist and Intelligent High-Beams. Also, Lexus Enform Safety Connect is complimentary for the first 10 years of ownership with access to Lexus Enform response centers 24/7/365.
The 2019 RC has an available Blind Spot Monitor (BSM). This feature is designed to assist the driver when changing lanes by providing information not only about vehicles in the side mirror blind spot zones, but also by helping to detecting vehicles approaching from the rear in adjacent lanes. The option also includes Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA), which helps detect approaching vehicles from both rear sides to assist the driver when backing out of a parking space or driveway.
Full Access: Multimedia and Connected Services
The 7-inch high-resolution multimedia display provides immediate, simultaneous access to audio or climate controls and various systems.
The new Apple CarPlayâ compatibility keeps the driver connected in a multimedia environment. Customers can access the interface from their iPhoneâ through the vehicle’s multimedia display. Simply connect an iPhone to get directions, make calls, send and receive message via Siri®, and get access to favorite apps like Spotify™, Audible® and Apple Podcasts™.
With the new Amazon Alexa integration, the feature offers the driver hands free capability. You can listen to audiobooks, play favorite music, make lists, check the weather, get news briefings, and much more. Users can also control compatible smart-home devices such as lighting, thermostat and security systems. Offering added in-vehicle convenience, Alexa even syncs to the navigation system to provide on-the-go recommendations.
With Lexus Enform Service Connect, also complimentary for the first 10 years of ownership, the vehicle can send alerts for specific factory recommended maintenance, simultaneously alerting a preferred Lexus retailer. The Lexus Drivers mobile app or website can be used to set push-reminders and alerts for maintenance and service issues.
Lexus Enform Remote (complimentary for the first year of ownership) lets you lock and unlock doors, start the engine and climate controls, check the fuel level, and more all through your smartphone, smartwatch or using the Lexus skill for Amazon Alexa-enabled devices at home.
Lexus Enform Destination Assist (complimentary for the first year of ownership) acts as an in-vehicle personal concierge, providing directions and destinations delivered by a live agent. The complimentary Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0 app offers access to favorite mobile applications through the vehicle’s center console display, including Amazon Alexa compatibility, NPR One®, iHeartRadio®, Slacker® and Yelp®

Standard Exterior Features
  • 18-in Split-5-Spoke Alloy Wheels
  • Bi-LED headlamps and LED taillamps
  • Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Exterior colors: Obsidian, Caviar, Nebula Gray Pearl, Atomic Silver, Eminent White Pearl, Infrared, and Blue Vortex Metallic; exclusive for F SPORT models:  Ultra White, Flare Yellow, and Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.0
Standard Interior Features
  • SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop
  • Drive Mode Select
  • Steering wheel mounted paddle shifters
  • Color TFT multi-information display
  • Dual zone climate control with interior air filters, smog sensor and automatic recirculation mode
  • Perforated Nuluxe?  interior trim
  • 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat (including lumbar)
  • 8-way power adjustable passenger’s seat and 60/40 split fold-down rear seats
  • Heated front seats (AWD)
  • Dark gray streamline trim (F SPORT)
  • Interior Colors: Black, Glazed Caramel, Playa; F Sport exclusive colors: Circuit Red, Black with Yellow Accents and White
F SPORT Standard Features
  • F SPORT bolstered front heated and ventilated power seats
  • Lexus Memory System for driver's seat, outside mirrors and steering column
  • Power tilt telescopic steering column
  • Electrochromic Heated Outside Mirrors with Auto Tilt-Down In Reverse
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Drive Mode Select (Eco, Normal, Sport S, Sport S+, Snow and Custom)
  • F SPORT suspension tuning
  • Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS)
  • 19-in split-five-spoke alloy wheels with Dark Graphite finish and summer (RWD) or all-season (AWD) tires
  • Aluminum pedals and black headliner
  • LFA-inspired instrumentation with G-force monitor
  • Unique front bumper, grill and rear valance
  • Navigation Package
Standard Audio System
  • 10 speaker premium sound system 
  • HD™ Radio (complimentary traffic and weather)
  • SiriusXM?  Satellite Radio (complimentary 90-day trial subscription included)
  • Multimedia and Connected Services
  • Lexus Multimedia System with 7-inch color multimedia display and Scout GPS Link with MapStream and TurnStream (complimentary for the first three-years of ownership)
  • Bluetooth and USB smartphone connectivity
  • Voice Command and Mobile Assistant enabling use of Siri? Eyes Free or Google Assistant
  • Lexus Enform Remote (complimentary for the first year of ownership) lets you lock and unlock doors, start the engine and climate controls, check the fuel level, and more all through your smartphone, smartwatch or using the Lexus skill for Amazon Alexa-enabled devices at home.
  • Apple CarPlay?, customers can access the familiar interface from their iPhone?  through the vehicle’s multimedia display. Connect an iPhone to get directions, make calls, send and receive message via Siri?, and get access to favorite apps like Spotify™, Audible?  and Apple Podcasts™
  • Amazon Alexa integration for access to information and the thousands of skills available with Alexa at home. Listen to audiobooks, play favorite music, make lists, check the weather, get news briefings, and much more. Users can also control compatible smart-home devices such as lighting, thermostat and security systems. Offering added in-vehicle convenience, Alexa even syncs to the available Navigation System to provide on-the-go recommendations.
  • Lexus Enform Safety Connect (complimentary for the first 10 years of ownership) includes an Emergency Assistance Button (SOS), Roadside Assistance, Automatic Collision Notification, and Stolen Vehicle Notification. The Lexus Enform response center operates 24/7/365.
  • Lexus Enform Service Connect (complimentary for the first 10 years of ownership) enables the RC to send vehicle alerts and factory maintenance alerts, simultaneously alerting a preferred Lexus retailer if opted-in.
  • Lexus Enform WiFi (includes a 4 GB one-year complimentary trial) allows up to five devices to be connected via the vehicle’s 4G LTE service powered by Verizon.
  • The complimentary Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0 app offer access to favorite mobile applications through the vehicle’s center console display, including Amazon Alexa compatibility, NPR One?, iHeartRadio?, Slacker? and Yelp?.    
  • Lexus Enform Destination Assist (complimentary for the first year of ownership) acts as an in-vehicle personal concierge, providing directions and destinations delivered by a live agent (Navigation required).
  • Dynamic Navigation (complimentary for up to the first three years of ownership) offers three enhanced features; greater accuracy through continuous cloud-based updates with Dynamic Map; alternative routes based on conditions ahead via Dynamic Route and Dynamic Points of Interest (POI), which automatically sorts POI results based on relevance, and, search the cloud using conversational speech for address or POIs via Dynamic Voice Recognition system (Navigation Package required). 
Standard Safety and Security
  • Lexus Safety System+ (Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Intelligent High-Beams)
  • Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM)
  • Eight airbags
  • Backup camera

Individual Options
  • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Intuitive Parking Assist
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Triple Beam LED Headlamps
  • Power Moonroof
  • 19-in Split 10-spoke alloy wheels
  • F SPORT Heated steering wheel
  • TORSEN® limited-slip rear differential (F Sport RWD)
  • Orange brake calipers (F Sport RWD)
  • Lexus dynamic handling with dynamic rear steering and Variable Gear-Ratio Steering(VGRS) (350 FSport RWD)
Available Packages
  • Premium Package (Standard model)
    • Lexus Memory System for Drivers Seat, Outside Mirrors and Steering Column
    • Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
    • Electrochromic Heated Outside Mirrors with Auto Tilt-Down in Reverse
    • Power Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column
    • Rain Sensing Wipers
    • Heated and Ventilated Seats
  • Navigation Package
    • Navigation System with 10.3 in color multimedia display
    • Lexus Enform Dynamic Navigation (complimentary for up to the first three years of ownership.)
    • Dynamic Voice Command
    • Lexus Enform Destination Assist (complimentary for the first year of ownership)
    • Electrochromic (auto-dimming), rearview mirror with HomeLink?
  • Navigation with Mark Levinson Audio Package
    • Navigation Package Plus:
    • Mark Levinson 17 speaker, 835 watt, 7.1-channel Surround Sound Audio System with Clari-Fi™ audio processing
  • All-Weather Package
    • Headlamp washers
    • Windshield wiper deicer
    • Water-repellent front-door glass
    • Fast-response interior heater

St. Anthony of Padua, the patron saint of lost articles, guides us in locating and restoring all that is missing. Typically portrayed carrying the child Jesus, St. Anthony encourages us to embrace the love of God. Carry St. Anthony with you for divine direction and soulful enlightenment.  He comes in handy when you're shopping all over the place and you lose stuff.
Legend says that St. Christopher was a fearsome warrior of extraordinary size and strength. While traveling, he picked up a child and carried him across a rough river, though he became heavier and heavier. Once across, it was revealed that the child was Christ. With all his might, he carried the weight of the world, thus becoming the patron saint of travelers. Keep St. Christopher close to grant you strength, and as a sacred source of protection.
Keep this in mind, while you're traveling.
A symbol of French unity and nationalism, Joan of Arc is remembered for her courage. Even as a young girl, she stood strong for what she believed in, and never gave up. When the world questioned her actions, she placed total faith in God. Let her truth and strong will serve as inspiration while you bravely follow your own life’s mission.  Now,  if it's Girl Power you need, she's the one.  Plus, what haters call stubbornness, Joan of Arc calls it determination and tenacity, fortitude.  Be a girl. Be Joan of Arc. Peace, Love, Consideration, and new Gear to get you into the New Year.