Category Archives: CULTURE + HAPPENINGS

Dreamscape Immersive At Westfield Century City

February 27, 2019

We’re always on the lookout for ways to infuse adventure and play into our lives here in LA. Especially in the wellness world where things tend to get a bit dry and serious.

Enter a next level way to share levity and excitement with the  kids. Look no further than Dreamscape, the immersive VR experience like no other at Westfield Century City. Talk about a mini-vacation.

The experience is three original epic adventures, full sensory storytelling as viewers are transported to fantastic new worlds. It combines the emotional power of Hollywood storytelling, the visceral excitement of great theme-park rides, and proprietary full-body tracking technology to create stories and worlds that push the limits of virtual reality.

Walter Parkes, co-chairman of Dreamscape Immersive notes, “At its heart, Dreamscape is about merging the scope and emotional power of cinema with the pure visceral excitement of a great theme-park ride — all within a totally new VR technology that allows our audience to enter into and become part of the story.”

What’s to see:

Alien Zoo, which earlier this year had a sold-out, critically acclaimed six-week pop-up run, offers guests the opportunity to travel to a larger than life, intergalactic haven where they come face-to-face with endangered alien creatures from across the galaxy. Upon arrival, travelers will experience the exhilaration of being able to play ball with exotic frogcats, pet majestic creatures, and, by working together, even narrowly escape the galaxy’s greatest predator.

In Lavan’s Magic Projector: The Lost Pearl audiences are offered a fundamental wish fulfillment: to step through the screen and become part of a movie. Once inside this heart-pumping adventure, participants will be challenged to unlock clues, escape treacherous traps, and work together as they discover the secret of The Lost Pearl.

In The Blu: Deep Rescue, Dreamscape’s breathtaking co-production with WeVR, an epic descent into the ocean to explore dazzling underwater worlds and aquatic life soon becomes an urgent mission to rescue a trapped baby Blue Whale and unite it with its mother.

OMG – this was quite literally the most fun day I have had in years. I was totally blown away. We all were. It was the most unreal experience, I don’t even know where to begin. Run don’t walk and do all three. Yup – you need to do them all. All next level amazing!!

For more information about Dreamscape and to purchase tickets: dreamscapeimmersive.com

Westfield Century City

westfield.com
(310) 277-3898
10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067

 

WOMEN’S HEALTH AND THE ELEMENTS – RESERVE YOUR SPACE NOW!

October 23, 2018

Brandon Ravare’s Unique Curated Fall Cocktails At The Los Angeles Athletic Club

October 18, 2018

Nothing says FALL like a swanky cocktail.   

Growing up in NYC, come Fall, my friends and I would walk down to the Plaza and use our fake ID’s to order whatever the” cool” grown up cocktail of the season was. It was usually something dark and mysterious that I would pretend to enjoy, when all I really wanted was a Shirley Temple. I never developed a sophisticated taste for cocktails, despite growing up in the most precocious of cities. That being said, when I taste a craft cocktail – it’s almost as if I have loved them all along. Thank you Brandon Ravare for ushering me into an adult cocktail palate when it comes to your stunning creations.

If you haven’t been over to the historic, swanky and sexy Los Angeles Athletic Club, you are missing out on a true LA classic.

Looking for a chic after-work cocktail spot or somewhere cool to suggest to that Raya date? What about sexy spot for a get together or event? Look no further that the LAAC. This is where bar director Brandon Ravare has created a unique new fall cocktail program for you – alas, your bespoke craft cocktail fantasies are all about to come true. And in one of LA’s coolest settings.

Bar Director Brandon Ravare  creations include Carnard Pretentieux – with ingredients including duck fat and thyme-infused cognac – to a very tropical Christmas on Lanai and a refreshing Eastside option – made up of Brokers gin, lime juice, cucumber slices, simple syrup and mint leaves – as well as Autumn Sonata, featuring a clover sliced pear. Is it 5 o’clock yet?!

Brandon was mentored by Marcos Tello – often credited as the originator of craft cocktails in LA – and, oversees the Club’s bar programs, including the newly-debuted and surf-inspired Kahuna Room as well as Invention, Blue Room and special events.

(The secret recipes you see here!)

Canard Pretentieux –2 oz. Duck Fat and Thyme infused Cognac, .5 Demerara Syrup, .5 Cream, 1 Entire Egg (Tri-Shake and Fine-Strain. Garnish with grated Nutmeg. Whiskey Dram)

Christmas on Lanai’ – .25 oz. Lime Juice, 1.5 oz. Pineapple Juice, .75 oz. Coco Lopez, .25 oz. Hamilton 151 Rum, 1.5 oz. House Made Spiced Rum (Whip and Dump. Garnish with grated cinnamon, mint bush and cinnamon stick. Pilsner Glass)

Paloma with grapefruit and limes – .5 oz. Lime Juice, .5 oz. Agave Syrup, 2 oz. Grapefruit Juice, 1.5 oz. Los Altos Blanco Tequila (Top with Tonic Water. Toss and Strain. Salted Rim and Lime Wedge. Pilsner Glass)

Autumn Sonata with Absolut Elyx and pear – .75 oz. Lime Juice, .75 oz. Ginger Syrup, 1 oz. St. George Spiced Pear Liquer, 1 oz. Absolut Elyx (Top with Shramsberg Blanc de Blanc. Toss & Strain.Garnish with Cloved Pear Slice.Collins Glass)

Eastside with the cucumber ribbon -6 to 8 Mint Leaves,  2 Cucumber Slices, 1 oz. Lime Juice, .75 Simple Syrup, 2 oz. Brokers Gin (Muddle, Shake and Fine-Strain. Garnish with Mint Leaf)

American Trilogy –1 oz. Rittenhouse Rye, 1 oz. St. George Apple Brandy, 1 Brown Sugar Cube, Dash of Orange Bitters (Muddle, Stir and Strain. Garnish with an Orange Peel. Double Old-Fashioned Glass)

Los Angeles Athletic Club
431 West Seventh Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 625-2211

  

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.