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Many parts of the country have seen unprecedented precipitation, whether in the form of snow, ice or rain. Southern California has been no exception. We are wallowing in wonder with an abundance of flowers, and folks are rushing to see the ‘super bloom.’ We had a glorious invasion of butterflies...

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Winter is here & so is the end! What makes HBO’s epic “Game of Thrones” so fascinating?  The incredible HBO series has exceeded our expectations, even after the never-ending glut of hype, to deliver jaw-dropping drama that leaves viewers exhausted. Yet, despite being emotionally drained after...

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“The Elephant Man” has wisdom, grace & humor in the compelling play at NoHo’s historic El Portal Theatre, April 4-14  The Elephant Man, the story about the life of Joseph Merrick would be a horrible tragedy if the play by Bernard Pomerance didn’t let the wisdom, grace, and surprising humor...

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  Cirque du Soleil got its toehold in America, and arguably globally, in SoCal in 1984 as part of the LA Olympics Arts Festival. I recall scanning the listings of events, and being drawn to ‘a circus unlike no others, with no animals.’ I attended the debut in a parking lot in downtown LA, and...

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From possible ruin several years ago, San Diego Opera has emerged stronger. Each production renews SD Opera’s deserved position among the country’s great opera companies. For the final production of the season, SD Opera presented a smashing production of Bizet’s masterpiece Carmen. The robust...

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The long-gestating “Rock and Roll Circus” has finally been released theatrically. Shot in late December 1968, Mick Jagger took a page from The Beatles and decided a film could replace the next cycle of interviews and promotion. But for a variety of reasons, the film was shelved. The soundtrack...

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 March 2019 has the distinction of being the first Women’s History Month of the post #MeToo era. So let’s take a moment to celebrate our great mothers, sisters, daughters, etc., of the past and present who have accomplished great things. Whether raising a family, becoming a titan of industry,...

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BeachLife Festival in Redondo Beach Presents a Dazzling and Eclectic Lineup

We are basking in the peak era of festivals. We have an unparalleled number of excellent festivals on offer. South of Los Angeles along the coast both Ohana Festival and KAABOO have provided festival goers great experiences. Inland of course is the mother of American music festivals, Coachella and...

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Theater events that makes you celebrate, smile, laugh, think, and sing along are among the March shows that audiences can enjoy in Los Angeles and beyond–part of the vibrant Southern California Theater Scene. Let’s start with the Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University (at 415 North...

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How exciting it was to attend Roger Neal’s Oscar Viewing Party at the famed Palladium, operated by Live Nation. Do you know it was the first time in 50 years since an Oscar party was held in this venue? We were overwhelmed by the beautiful restoration, and the good looking crowd of over 600...

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The Joffrey Ballet – La Jolla Music Society

The venerable Joffrey Ballet filled the San Diego Civic Center in an eclectic and ultimately joyful performance presented by the La Jolla Music Society, as part of the Dance Series. The program was in four parts, separated by two intervals. The pieces moved elegantly from the more formal to the...

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Diana – World Premiere Musical

Princess Diana stirred up the complacent monarchy unlike anyone else in the history of the British Empire. She was able to evolve from a kindergarten teacher assistant into tabloid fodder and then into a global figure of philanthropy. A new musical charting that arc opened at La Jolla Playhouse, and...

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Dr. Susan Stafford – My Lady of the Week

Dr. Susan Stafford became my first friend when I arrived in L.A. about 35 years ago. At the time she was the original Hostess on “Wheel of Fortune” the first woman to get a microphone on a game show! She left the hit show after a calling to work with Mother Teresa & leprosy patients […]

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Habib Koité Glimmers at UCSD

One of seventeen siblings, Habib Koité is the world renowned master guitarist from Mali. His self-taught style came from watching his parents play, “it washed off on me.” His path studying engineering was derailed by an uncle, who insisted Koité study at the National Institute of the Arts....

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escapex: Providing Celebrities an Alternative to the Chains and Growing Problems of Facebook and Instagram

The confluence of mobile communication and influencers has created an industry that has evolved dramatically in recent years. At the recent Digital Entertainment World conference I had the opportunity to meet with Sephi Shapira, the founder and CEO of escapex, a platform that empowers celebrities...

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Publicists Awards celebrate the professionals who put the stars in the spotlight

 Hollywood publicists are the semi-invisible behind-the-scenes army of professionals who make sure all the movies and stars capture the media’s attention. Prior to the Oscars, they gathered to celebrate their exceptional work. And the cast and creative team of “Crazy Rich Asians” were there...

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Fashion & lifestyle pre-Oscar party 2019 from Hollywood’s Duchess of Hospitality

Hollywood’s Grand Duchess of Hospitality, the darling Doris Bergman put together another fabulous party for her famous friends. They all gathered after Valentine’s Day and sponsors showcased incredible gifts and services for the stars. And it was a yummy affair too, thanks to the event held at...

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Rafi’s Gift Lounge Attracts the Stars in The Run Up to the Oscar Ceremony

If you are anywhere near Hollywood or Beverly Hills the last few days, you know that Academy Awards season is in full effect. Not only have billboards and advertisements reminded you for weeks about the Oscars, the luxury hotels are now swelling with celebrities. The Waldorf Astoria was packed...

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“God Friended Me,” the freshman hit feel-good drama on CBS this season, has been picked up for a second season. Let’s hear an “Amen” and a “Hallelujah.” The series is cut from the same cloth as “Highway To Heaven,” “Touched by An Angel,” and even “Quantum Leap,” along with...

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 The impressive productions that have been parading through The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills run the spectrum of entertainment. On the schedule for the current season are groundbreaking works in dance, music and theater from locally, nationally and...

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