Category Archives: CULTURE + HAPPENINGS

Pali Wine, Arts District Food and Wine Pairing Event!

May 22, 2019

Pali Wine Co ( was created in 2005 and has since grown into one of California’s premiere wineries producing over 50 types of wine with 5 tasting rooms in Southern California, including: Funk Zone – Santa Barbara, Wine Ghetto – Lompoc, Little Italy – San Diego, Anaheim Packing District – Anaheim, and the newest, Arts District – Downtown Los Angeles. 

Each tasting room brings an authentic winery experience to the neighborhood while collaborating with local artists, performers and restaurants to create a unique neighborhood experience.

In honor of the one-year anniversary of  Pali’s Arts District tasting room, Pali Wine Co. is excited to announce that they will be hosting a food & wine pairing event in partnership with Porto’s Bakery & Café on Sunday, June 2nd from 3-6pm in their Arts District Downtown Los Angeles tasting room (811 Traction Ave, Los Angeles).

Porto’s will be debuting two new salads and a dessert at the event as a Pali event exclusive. Porto’s Head Chef, Tony Salazar will be on hand to present their carefully-curated wine pairing menu.

The $25 menu includes either: Mini Guava Pulled Pork Sandwich, Mini Medianoche or Potato Ball Trio® – A Porto’s classic that is available year-round on the Pali tasting room menu. All entrées are paired with a glass of Pali wine and one of Porto’s two new salads that will make their debut at the event. For dessert, Porto’s will be serving their all new Mini Milk n’ Mango Cake and debuting their new Guava Creme Brûlée, not yet available in stores. The evening will be capped off with a DJ and giveaways to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Pali tasting room

link to purchase tickers here!

Ooh La LA: Rosé Day L.A. Presented By Corkcicle

May 10, 2019

Calling all Rose lovas…. The 2nd Annual Rosé Day L.A. presented by Corkcicle in Malibu at the beautiful Saddlerock Ranch to celebrate National Rosé Day!

From noon to sunset, indulge in various rosé offerings at the most elegant summer kick off experience. Complemented by live DJ’s, luxury brands, delicious food pairings, leisure games and more! We look forward to having you at the “must attend” event of the summer.  


  • One-day access to the event, June 8th, 2019 12:00PM to 8:00PM
  • 1 complimentary Corkcicle drinking vessel for the day ($30.00 value) 
  • $25 toward your Uber or Lyft ride to the event via our rideshare partner Freebird App (code: ROSEDAYLA19) 
  • Open meadow seating 
  • Gourmet food court curated by Iron Chef Marc Forgione feat. local Malibu & L.A. food trucks all paired specifically well with Rosé. Chef Forgione will be collaborating with several trucks to feature some of his signature dishes. (for purchase $) 
  • Access to all Garden bars serving glasses & bottles rosé wine, champagne & signature cocktails (for purchase $) 
  • Access to the Rosé Beer Garden serving a variety of rosé beer (for purchase $) 
  • Access to the Frozé Zone featuring a variety of frozen treats (for purchase $) 
  • DJ Performances 
  • Leisure games & activities 
  • Art and Luxury brand activations 
  • No re-entry permitted

For more information and ticketing visit:, and

“Rosé Day L.A. Presented By Corkcicle”
Saturday, June 8, 2019 / 12:00pm – 8:00pm Saddlerock Ranch  
31727 Mulholland Hwy  
Malibu, CA 90265 

Ron Robinson features work by internationally recognized portrait artist at iconic Santa Monica and Melrose Avenue locations 

March 25, 2019

For a limited time, discover the dynamic work of local portrait painter Benjamin Anderson at Ron Robinson in Santa Monica and on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. A global brand that serves as the benchmark for quality and style, Ron Robinson has brought four decades of carefully curated personal and lifestyle fashion to fans on the West Coast and beyond. A long-time patron of the arts, Robinson now proudly hosts three exclusive portraits by California mixed-media artist Benjamin Anderson. 

Anderson, whose work has been recognized by the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, has captured the attention of national trend titans like Target and Converse, as well as global print and film media. A remarkably versatile artist classically trained in San Francisco, Anderson’s work spans a variety of diverse mediums and themes. His primary focus, however, is portraiture, and his approach – a unique synthesis of classical and contemporary styles – features a uniquely modern twist resulting from over 20 years of steady refining.

Drawn to the story behind each unique subject, Anderson thrives on the challenge of rendering a person’s likeness beyond mere physical appearance. Each portrait captures the essence of his subjects in a way that is both deeply personal and powerfully universal. “There are a lot of people who don’t like how they look in photographs,” Anderson explains, “So my goal is to truly reflect who the person is – not just what they look like. I want to create a portrait that feels like them – an image that keeps people thinking far beyond their initial observation.” 

For his portraits, Anderson draws upon a wide array of tools and techniques to accurately reflect his subjects. In what becomes a highly nuanced process of imagination and discovery, his creative edge is identifying unexamined ways of using material and space to represent his subjects. Anderson will use traditional oils, enamels, wax, wood and even sometimes led lights in his quest to portray his subjects. Relying on a mutual process of collaboration – an intricate dance, so to speak – between artist and client, Anderson’s gift lies in striking an elusive balance between concept and craft, idea and element, “photo real” and ethereal. Nowhere is this more evident than in Anderson’s work at Ron Robinson. 

Perhaps because both men are craftsmen and artists in their own right, the unexpected and alluring effect of Anderson’s work plays well amongst Robinson’s collections – also notoriously avant-garde. The showcased work creates an energy that is both playful and electric. “My goal is to push the boundaries of traditional portraiture,” says Anderson, describing their arresting effect on shoppers. It’s a response both humbling and gratifying to the artist, and it’s what keeps him fixated on his craft. With over 7.5 billion people on the globe, a portrait artist can find inspiration everywhere, which makes Ron Robinson – an ongoing celebration of creative freedom – their ideal (albeit temporary) home.

View the works of Benjamin Anderson at the Ron Robinson flagship location on 5th Street in Santa Monica and the original Ron Robinson boutique on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles at Fred Segal. Anderson’s background, accolades and work – including his latest “just add water” series – can be found at His work is currently being shown at Simon-Breitbard Fine Arts in San Francisco, Whistler Contemporary in Canada and at the Carnegie Art Museum, “The Imaginary”, opening March 10, 2019. Learn more about Ron Robinson’s iconic brand at and follow @RONROBINSON on Instagram for in-store updates and news.

About Ron Robinson:

In 1978, Ron Robinson, Inc. opened its doors at Fred Segal on Melrose Avenue. Armed with a decade of experience working directly for Fred Segal as a salesman, buyer and Vice President, Robinson took his hard-earned knowledge and expertise and built a global brand that continues to change the face of shopping and fashion today. The RON ROBINSON brand offers uniquely curated personal and lifestyle fashion and includes the APOTHIA beauty boutique – home of the IF signature fragrance and award-winning interior aromatics – as well as RON ROBINSON men’s, women’s and kids apparel and home design, all of which embody the brand’s long-standing tradition of quality and style. Learn more at


March 17, 2019

  BIOHACKING : The use of science and technology to
make one’s body function better and more efficiently.

It’s that time of the year! Yup, the 6th Annual Biohacking Conference, Upgrade XP featuring Dave Asprey and powered by Upgrade Labs, is a few weeks away and you need to grab your tix now!

This year, it’s April 5 – 7, 2019 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. (YAY SO CLOSE!!)

The three-day conference brings together global rock stars of biohacking alongside 1,200 attendees for a weekend of hands-on ‘hacks’ from leading-edge technologies to breakout sessions with industry pioneers, custom tailored meals and more, all focused on physical fitness, cognitive wellness and a healthy diet, with more exciting announcements including speaker line-ups and programming details.

At Upgrade XP, biohackers will have access to highly curated exhibitors in the Technology Playground, which will feature immersive biohacking technologies exclusive to Upgrade XP.

These interactive activations will explore everything from stem cells and beauty treatments to biomarker testing and high-tech fitness. A series of in-room biohacks will be available to attendees who choose to stay at The Beverly Hilton during the Upgrade XP weekend event. VIP experiences will also be available to all attendees throughout the weekend at the on-site Upgrade Labs facility.

The Upgrade XP conference will include a series of invigorating talks, panels, and Upgrade U Master Courses led by industry leaders including scientists, researchers, medical specialists, and celebrities in the biohackingsphere. Michelle Sorro will act as Emcee of keynotes and panels throughout the weekend. Biohackers from around the world are invited to listen to the world-class speakers like Dave Asprey, Martin Tobias, Arianna Huffington, Amy Purdy, Shawn Stevenson, Jim Kwik, Dr. Dan Siegel, Dr. Frank Shallenburger, Dr. Joseph Mercola, Dr. Harry Adelson, Dr. Amy Killen, Dr. Matt Cook, Jessica Encell Coleman, and Robert Richman. VIP guests will also receive an invitation to special VIP Dinners hosted by Martin Tobias, CEO of Upgrade Labs, and Dave Asprey, CEO and Creator of Bulletproof.

“We’ve totally overhauled this experience, making it more intimate and more interactive for attendees.  Not just a speaking series, Upgrade XP will transform attendees’ lives with specialty tailored meals, access to one-of-a-kind ‘hack’ technology and services, interactive speaking forums and more,” said Upgrade Labs CEO Martin Tobias. “We are disruptors in the fitness space with Upgrade Labs and we plan to do the same with this conference where attendees will walk away feeling better, looking better and empowered and informed to live better.”

This year’s Upgrade XP will be an intimate event with only a limited number of tickets available. 

All attendees will be treated to daily seated luncheons, morning workouts, and exclusive biohacking swag to take home, with additional perks offered to Preferred and VIP attendees throughout the three-day conference.

Tickets start at $1497 and can be purchased here:

Ticket Prices:

  • General Admission: $1,497
  • Preferred Admission: $2,497
  • VIP Admission: $3,497

Upgrade XP Conference Location:

The Beverly Hilton |9876 Wilshire Boulevard |Beverly Hills, CA 90210, US

For more information on details for each admission package or to purchase your tickets visit now!

About Upgrade Labs

Upgrade Labs launched its first location in Santa Monica, CA in 2017. The brainchild of Bulletproof founder, Dave Asprey and Labs CEO Martin Tobias, Upgrade Labs is the world’s first Biohacking Health and Fitness facility which utilizes technology to help members reach their highest level of physical, cognitive and cellular performance through unique training and wellness programs. Upgrade Labs’ data-driven technology uses measurable and trackable results, all driven by science with the goal of optimizing one’s overall health. These onsite technologies work together to optimize multiple biomarkers, which show lower levels of inflammation, improved cognitive function, quickened muscle growth and optimized hormone levels. Services include personal physical and cognitive training, as well as a collection of wellness treatments aimed at improving overall recovery and mobility. Membership packages are available and include a tailored selection of services. Additionally, guests are able to come in and purchase individual wellness treatments or access singular programs.  Upgrade Labs has two locations with the original location in Santa Monica, CA and its newest location at Beverly Hilton Hotel.



March 11, 2019

GRIFFIN CLUB: Address3084 Motor Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Check out the link here!

Join Local Mercato & the Griffin Club for a weekend of self care. Each day will focus on cutting edge restorative wellness, health & fitness.  Learn from experts (doctors & scientists), listen to community thought leaders, engage in workshops, and experience the latest in beauty and fitness.

Daily Programming from 9-4pm

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What you get:

  • Workouts
  • Speakers
  • Self Care (Mini Restorative Treatments & Workshops)
  • Shop a curated wellness marketplace of brands: HPE Athleasure, Roam Shoes, Cannabis Pop-Up + ULIV Skincare
  • All day access to one of LA’s most distinguished sports and lifestyle members only clubs . Enjoy the pool, locker room (sauna, steam, shower), and more
  • Delicious & Healthy Snacks throughout the day + Lunch
  • Restorative swag bag
  • Full day programming (see below)
  • Tickets: $60 (1 day pass) or $90 (2 day pass)
Phone(310) 836-4400