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Let’s Talk Fall Rituals – LOS ANGELES HAUNTED HAYRIDE

October 11, 2018

FALL RITUALS: Sure, there’s your moon ceremony, fall equinox dance and organic apple picking to make whatever the latest adaptogenic, keto approved dessert is on the menu. But there’s a ritual in town, come Halloween, that I personally LOVE to celebrate, all in the name of fun – and isn’t that the most important health hack of all?

And that’s the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride.

Not familiar with this? Then you’ve been dipping into way too many CBD edibles. The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride is an immersive scary, hilarious night of entertaining live fun  and most importantly – it brings my fam together. Yup – you heard me. Anything where both of my kids (8, 12) and begging to go – together –  means they are amped for an adventure where we all can connect IRL (hard these days when we are buried into screens). Not to mention we are on all the hayride hugging “for dear life”  because it’s all with a clear understanding of the wink. That’s the good news. They understand it’s all entertainment…they are growing up in Hollywood after all. Here’s some info on the history of it – created by a bad ass woman entrepreneur – Melissa Carbonne (Shark Tank_) ( hail yes!) and more deets on how to get tix etc. We cannot wait to hit it this Saturday. See you there?!! BTW, her company is almost all women so hell yes!

The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride is in the haunted Old Zoo area of Griffith Park and Tickets are currently on sale with limited pre-sale tickets available until September 1st. You can purchase your tickets here.

As this is Hollywood, you just might catch David Beckham, Pete Wentz, Katy Perry, Nicole Richie getting their spook on. You’ll want to Instagram the crap out of it.   You’ve got your heart-pounding House Of Shadows Dark Maze, the disturbed neighborhood of Trick Or Treat and everyone’s favorite haunted village, Purgatory.

Oh HEEYYYY!!     I can’t WAIT for my kid to freak our over this one
Some carving inspo? You got a live jack-o-lantern Pintetest board right here.  Don’t forget the carousel. 

Some more history:

For fans that have been to every hayride, it will be an unforgettable ride through the nightmares the hayride has been inducing for years.  You will also be treated to new surprises and some larger than life additions that one would expect for a celebration as grand as a 10 Year Anniversary. For first timers, the experience will be a hayride on steroids as every memorable demon and apparition returns to say hello once again. Do you remember the demon church of “The Congregation”? Or the legions of psychopathic clowns from “Though The Eyes Of A Child”? Maybe you’d love to take a ride back through “The Rift”? Then, this is your year and then some! If you haven’t been to the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, you will not want to miss out on this limited run special edition.

“I can’t believe it’s been ten years!” said Los Angeles Haunted Hayride founder/creator Melissa Carbone (@MelCarbs). “I want to send out the biggest ‘Thank You’ to everyone who has bought a ticket, worked for us and given their blood to make LA Haunted Hayride the most popular independently owned Halloween attraction in the country. Bringing back the content that the fans have told us they love and want more of is my way of doing that. I’m so excited to see the incredible characters of the past. Oh how I’ve missed them,” Carbone smugly laughs.

When you visit the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride your evening will include a stop in Purgatory. The charm and magic of our old world ‘haunted village’ invokes the nostalgia of Halloweens past; smell the freshly cut hay and see the deep, rich, orange glow of jack o’ lanterns as you pass through our gates. Become a part of the show at Theatre Macabre, ride the ‘Scary-Go-Round’, enjoy fair food & drink faves at the Grub Shack, have a clandestine encounter with a psychic, and don’t forget to grab your limited run anniversary swag in the Bootique.

Returning for this massive anniversary, the park will bring back cult favorites House Of Shadows and Trick Or Treat. The legendary House Of Shadows sends you into complete darkness as you grasp onto your group and stumble through Southern California’s only true dark maze! It is a disorienting, claustrophobic experience where you might find yourself totally alone in the shadows. At Trick Or Treat, it’s Halloween every night. Check out our ALL-NEW ghoulish residents as we have amped up the fright factor for this annual freakish block party.

The terror of the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride begins on September 29th, 2018 and will be open select nights until October 31st, 2018. Operating hours are Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 7pm-10:30pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm-12am, with the exception of September 29th when we close at 11pm. General Admission and VIP passes that surpass the line are available, as well as a Platinum pass that includes VIP parking! There are also a limited number of Hayride Only passes starting at $26, all expected to sell out during the pre-sale. Pre-sale for tickets will end September 1st. Visit www.losangeleshauntedhayride.com for exact nights of operation and other details.

About Los Angeles Haunted Hayride Launched in 2009, Los Angeles Haunted Hayride (LAHH) is one of the most popular halloween attractions in the country. LAHH has quickly grown as one of the premiere horror genre attractions in the country being featured in Forbes, Fortune, Entrepreneur, The Today Show, The View, Bloomberg and many more.

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About Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group
Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group (13FEG) is the premier multi-state operator of theme park-quality haunted houses, escape rooms, and related immersive live-entertainment events. 13FEG’s platform includes 13th Floor, House of Torment, Fear Farm, Asylum, Terror on the Fox, Great Room Escape, Mind Spark Escape Games, and Zombie Apocalypse Live, among others. Headquartered in Denver, CO, 13FEG has offices in Austin, TX and production facilities in San Antonio, TX.
Photo credit: Scott Feinblatt

Culture Alert

October 7, 2018

Here
October 25, 2018 through January 6, 2019
Opening Reception, October 21, 2018, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. 


The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG), and the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation (BAPF) are pleased to present the group exhibition, Here, which will be on view at LAMAG located at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard in Barnsdall Park, from October 25, 2018, through January 6, 2019, with an opening reception on October 21, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Here is a group exhibition that examines shifting physical/geographical and conceptual/imagined boundaries (and boundlessness) in, and around, the metropolis of Los Angeles. Boundaries provide us the physical and conceptual framework to delineate the idea of “self” from “other,” and “here” from “there.” However, boundaries contain an inherent paradox; as political theorist William E. Connolly succinctly suggests, “Boundaries provide pre-conditions of identity, individual agency, and collective action; but they also close off possibilities of being that might otherwise flourish. Boundaries both foster and inhibit freedom; they both protect and violate life.”    

In addition to the natural and traditional human geography (such as neighborhoods), the artists assembled in Here investigate Los Angeles’s internal physical and conceptual boundaries, the bridges in-between, and permeability of these boundaries. Here explores these localized frictions – the hybridity and fluidity of Los Angeles – to uncover these bounded and unbounded landscapes within Los Angeles. 

Here features works by Heimir Björgúlfsson, Sandra de la Loza, Gajin Fujita, Gloria Galvez, Anna Sew Hoy, Iris Yirei Hu, Annetta Kapon, Patrick Martinez, Jane C. Mi, Alison O’Daniel, Renée Petropoulos, Nancy Popp, Umar Rashid, Sandy Rodriguez, Fran Siegel, Henry Taylor, and Mario Ybarra Jr.


Step2 presents the 7th Annual Celebrity Red Carpet Event

September 26, 2018

September’s Child Safety Month ended with the 7th Celebrity Red CARpet Safety Awareness Event, a fun-filled, educational, inspiring and engaging event for parents and kids that benefitted Baby2Baby!
The event aimed to help spread awareness about Car Seat Safety as well as other areas of safety (Activity Safety, Car Seat Safety, On-The-Go Safety, Home Safety, Body Care Safety, and Kitchen Safety) that affect parents and their precious loved ones.
As a mom, Baby2Baby has always been tucked away deep in my heart where it holds forever space. An incredible, inspiring organization that really holds to the simple words – give back.
Celebs stepped out to celebrate and bring awareness to this worthy life-changing cause.

Ali Fedotowsky checked out Cybex at STEP2 PRESENTS THE 7TH ANNUAL CELEBRITY RED CARPET EVENT – photo credit Stefanie Keenan Getty 


Benjamin Hollingsworth and his family stopped byOXO Tot at STEP2 PRESENTS THE 7TH ANNUAL CELEBRITY RED CARPET EVENT – photo credit Stefanie Keenan Getty

CULVER CITY, CA – SEPTEMBER 22: Ali Landry attends Step2 Presents 7th Annual Celebrity Red CARpet Event by New Bloom Media Benefitting Baby2Baby at Sony Pictures Studios on September 22, 2018 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Celebrity Red CARpet Safety Awareness)

CULVER CITY, CA – SEPTEMBER 22: Ali Landry attends Step2 Presents 7th Annual Celebrity Red CARpet Event by New Bloom Media Benefitting Baby2Baby at Sony Pictures Studios on September 22, 2018 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Celebrity Red CARpet Safety Awareness)

CULVER CITY, CA – SEPTEMBER 22: (L-R) Robin Thicke, April Love Geary and Ali Landry.attend Step2 Presents 7th Annual Celebrity Red CARpet Event by New Bloom Media Benefitting Baby2Baby at Sony Pictures Studios on September 22, 2018 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Celebrity Red CARpet Safety Awareness)

CULVER CITY, CA – SEPTEMBER 22: Adrienne Frantz (L) and Scott Bailey attend Step2 Presents 7th Annual Celebrity Red CARpet Event by New Bloom Media Benefitting Baby2Baby at Sony Pictures Studios on September 22, 2018 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Celebrity Red CARpet Safety Awareness)

PIONEERING EXHIBITION LAUNCHING ON JULY 26 INTRODUCES A NEW GENERATION OF LOS ANGELES TALENT

July 26, 2018

The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery has a history of showing cutting edge work in LA, which continues with the debut of group exhibition, Juried Exhibition 2018 on July 26 at Barnsdall Art Park (4800 Hollywood Blvd.). Awarded biannually by the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), the pioneering Juried exhibitions have been running for six decades, introducing a new generation of Los Angeles artists and taking the pulse of contemporary art practice in the city.

Featuring students and recent graduates from the region’s leading MFA programs, the works in the exhibition represent a variety of mediums from performance and video to painting and installation. This year’s works explore topical themes from identity politics and intersectionality; ‘prepper’ culture and psychoanalytic theory; as well as more sustained critiques of the relationship between images and truth in a digital age.

The opening reception of Juried Exhibition 2018 on Sunday featured a special performance by Rebecca Bruno, the founder of homeLA. Other notable works include Hannah Varamini’s Colony Reprise, a dramatic site-specific seaweed installation and Gal Amiram’s Doubles, a monumental 24-foot inkjet print which critiques the manipulation of images through digital technology. Also not to be missed are Lena Daly’s sculptural installation ReCharge Battery, employing UV light and ultrasound, Anikó Kuikka’s video installation, White Sugar, which offers a compelling fairytale for the modern age, and Adee Roberson’s vibrant paintings that speak to African diasporic memory.

Artists were selected from an open call for entries by a jury comprised of Jonathan Griffin, art critic; Jamillah James, Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Steven Nelson, Professor of African and African American Art History, UCLA. The 2018 edition of Juried Exhibition continues to build on its legacy beginning in 1953 of providing a platform for emerging artists in Southern California. For more information visit, www.lamag.org

Juried Exhibition 2018 features work by: Trevor Amery, Gal Amiram, Brandon Andrew, Elena Bajo, Olivia Booth, Breanne Bradley, Rebecca Bruno, Alexandra Corrin, Helen Chung, Philip Chung, Martina Crouch, Lena Daly, Veronique Dentremont, Larry Dunbar, Galería Perdida, Zeal Harris, Orr Herz, Randi Hokett, David Horvitz, Jon Huck, Ruby Jackson, Katherine Kelly, Jeongmyo Kim, Anikó Kuikka, Olga Lah, Matthew Lax, Galia Linn, Grace Lynne, Maya Mackrandilal, Alex Nazari, Margaret Noble, Sara Parent-Ramos, Mariner Padwa, pecking nets, Anna Petrisko, Kaiya Rainbolt, Miguel Ramirez, Samuelle Richardson, Adee Roberson, Jacklin Romine, Tamara Rosenblum, Joshua Ross, Gloria Sanchez, Reva Santo, Yoshie Sakai, Lindsay August Salazar, Aaron Sandnes, Cintia Segovia, Allison Stewart, Emily Sudd, Hannah Varamini, Fleurette West, Mark Williams, Andrew Norman Wilson, Kelly Witmer, and Sam Wohl.

LAMAG is at Barnsdall Art Park // 4800 Hollywood Blvd.

WHAT’S NEW ON CATALINA ISLAND (Hint: I’m obsessed with them!

July 3, 2018

  Consistently named one of the best island getaways by media outlets nationwide, Catalina Island, located just 22 miles off the Southern California cost, is a unique blend of laid back vibe, rich and historic past, features water and land activities to suit any taste and modern-day amenities and services for every budget.

The island is constantly evolving to offer visitors the best experience, whether it’s to relax and rejuvenate or rev up the action. Following are a few of the new happenings on the island this year. What do you say? C’mon and visit!


photo credit @adventurpro

ESCAPE ROOMS

Ahoy…me hearties! Feel free to dress and talk like a pirate at Catalina Room Escape, one of two new Escape Rooms to open on the island. The Pirate Challenge allows participants one hour to solve a variety of riddles, discover clues and escape from the room. Info: 310.510.2777. CatalinaRoomEscape.

The rules are much the same at Escape Room Catalina. You and your group of two-to-eight confidants have one hour to crack the code, solve the mystery and escape the room. Room themes change with the season, so the company promises they always have fresh puzzles to solve. The company can set up a challenge at their location, or at a hotel room or vacation rental. Info: 310-510-8575. Escape Room Catalina

ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES

Catalina Aerial Adventure is flying high. Be sure to try it to get your adrenalin pumping. The new ropes-and-planks course weaves through a  grove of towering eucalyptus trees deep within Descanso Canyon. Other adventurous activities nearby include  Zip line Eco Tour and  Catalina Climbing Wall.

HIKING

You haven’t seen the real Catalina if you just visit Avalon. Take a hike into the backcountry on the new-and-rehabbed  Trans-Catalina Trail, part of a 165-mile system of recreational roads and hiking trails on the island. Catalina Conservancy has added 27 miles of new trails, refurbished restrooms and is eradicating non-native plants. In other big news for the Conservancy, the  Catalina Trailhead Visitor Center, being built in downtown Avalon, is expected to be completed in late 2018 or early 2019. Info: 310.510.2595 CatalinaConservancy.com

More good news for hikers and backpackers: Catalina Backcountry is operating a concierge service for outdoor enthusiasts. The company will take a load off your back by transporting supplies and equipment. It also offers a naturalist-led hikes, can set up comfort camping or create an adventure expedition. Info: 310.510.1212, Catalina Back Country

TWO HARBORS

Yes, there is a second city on the Island of Catalina. Two Harbors, at the island’s West End, is known for being low-key and rustic. But it has undergone a face-lift, with a new sandy beach, plush palapas, lounge chairs, a group gathering place, food and beverage service on the beach and a small business center. You can take a Catalina Express ferry from San Pedro to Two Harbors. Info: 800.613.1212 Catalina Express; 310.510.4205 Visit Catalina

TOURS

Hope on an eco-friendly bus to tour the island. The all-electric buses are operating on Catalina Island Company tours of Skyline Drive and on Inland Expedition tours. In addition to eliminating the need for diesel or gas, the buses have huge windows, air conditioning and quiet, smooth rides. Info: 877.778.8322, Visit Catalina

About Catalina Island and Catalina Express

Located 22 miles off the coast of Southern California, Catalina Island is accessible by boat from three ports via Catalina Express: San Pedro, Long Beach and Dana Point. Catalina Express offers up to 30 daily departures and year-round service to Avalon and Two Harbors, transporting nearly one million passengers annually. It offers comfortable airline-style seats and grouped table seating. Traveling to Catalina Island in as little as one hour, each vessel was designed and built/purchased specifically for comfort and speed. Catalina Express is an unparalleled resource in Southern California, and one of the world’s most respected ferry fleets. For information and reservations call 800.429.4601, or visit Catalina Express

Catalina Island’s clear blue waters and Mediterranean climate and ambiance are a Shangri-La. The laid-back island town is chock full of places to eat, drink, shop. Catalina has a wealth of natural and cultural resources, unique animals and plants found nowhere else on earth. Sightseeing opportunities are numerous and varied from escorted tours around town, adventure rides into the interior, jeep eco tours, hummer rides, to zip lines, rock climbing and undersea adventures. Independent activities are plentiful, such as camping, hiking, snuba, to diving, snorkeling, kayaking, spa treatments, as well as beach lounging, golf, motor boating, parasailing, fishing, boat rides down the coastline and more.