Monthly Archives: May 2013

Ginger Rogers….the other side of Fred Astaire

I really hate to say “the other side”, but that is how most people would know Ginger Rogers.  The blonde bombshell who was Fred’s usual partner.  I followed her on TCM when she was Actress of the Month, and discovered she was most amazing in movies WITHOUT Fred Astaire! Truly stunning, talented, and quite sassy in many of her movies, and I love sassy!

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001677/

Ginger Rogers was born Virginia Katherine McMath in Independence, Missouri on July 16, 1911.  Below is a few movie suggestions for Ginger Rogers.  If you have a chance to check them out, let me know what you think here! Also, if you have any other suggestions, please feel free to recommend!

I hope you enjoy these flicks and let me know if you get a chance to watch them!!


What a gem I’ve found Vintage Movie Lovers!!!

I am always on the hunt for locations that play classic films like the Egyptian Theater and the Silent Film Cinema on Fairfax, but this was unknown to be until about five minutes ago. I give you….. Old Town Music Hall.  Located at  140 Richmond Street, El Segundo, CA 90245  (310) 322-2592.

Since 1968, Old Town Music Hall has been showing vintage silent and sound films, and presenting live concerts by some of the world’s finest performers of jazz, ragtime, and popular music from the past.

Silent films are accompanied by the Mighty Wurlitzer, a massive 1925 wind-powered pipe organ that has been meticulously preserved so that silent classics can be experienced with live musical accompaniment, just as they did when they were first shown.  It’s something you really have to see and hear to believe.

Old Town Music Hall is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Your generous support enables us to preserve the golden era of feature film and music.

This weekend is Dinner and a Movie Night.  They are showing Wings, with Clara Bow.

Please visit the site to see details.http://www.oldtownmusichall.org/index.html

I can’t wait to check this place out and have already told my husband to add this on our list of “must do’s”.

If you go, please let me know here how it went!  Have fun!!


Museums for Free: MOTA Day 05/19/13

Everybody loves free, including me!!  This May 19, 2013 you can see five museums for free!! Besides free access to the Gamble House, Heritage Square, the Los Angeles Police Museum, the Lummis Home & Garden, and our own Pasadena Museum of History—which is a whopping gift in and of itself—each location will have a variety of music, storytelling, art, crafts, and entertainment!! This is a great offer and I strongly suggest you take this opportunity to see at least one!

The Gamble House is offering tours of this 1908 Arts and Crafts treasure and kids can do crafts in their lovely backyard.

Heritage Square will observe the Spanish American War by having a “live” encampment, and there will be woodcarving demonstrations and traditional dancing. Children can play with Victorian toys, do crafts, and learn about plants and flowers in the Ford House Kitchen garden.

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The L.A. Police Museum features private collections and historical memorabilia dating back to the 1800s, including the newly constructed vehicle shelter and a restored 1955 paddy wagon. Kids can clamor into a police helicopter, try on gear, and get “locked” into a real jail cell, while parents can snap free police booking photos (a family keepsake!). Attendees can also tour the current exhibit, “Gangster Squad,” as well as the permanent exhibits: Onion Field murders, the Patty Hearst kidnapping, and the 1997 North Hollywood Shootout.

The Lummis Home and Garden will be open for self-guided tours and historian Dennis Harbach will use a newly developed computer app to be able to answer such burning questions as “Did my grandmother dance the fandango with Lummis or Rudolf Valentino in this place?” From 1897-1928 the Lummis Home was a “place to see and be seen” for “visiting and local dignitaries, artists, and controversial public figures.”

Pasadena Museum of History is offering mini-tours of the newly remodeled Fenyes Mansion and the Finnish Folk Museum, which is housed in a replica of a 19th century Finnish farmhouse. Pasadena Society of Artists will be displaying, selling, and creating works during the afternoon. Don’t miss the fantastic I Do! I Do! Pasadena Ties the Knot exhibit and the juried art exhibition Relationships. Kids can take home three different art projects involving a rain stick, a Japanese brush painting, and a family colla. Pie ‘n Burger (celebrating its 50th anniversary) will be on site with their food truck, ready to satisfy hungry museum goers.

If you get a chance to go, let me know which one you went to and what your experience was!  Have fun!!

 

 


You sure missed out if you didn’t visit LACMA in 2011

For all of you non museum folk, LACMA is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  It is a great museum to visit at any time but I have seen a few exhibits that I will never forget.

My ultimate favorite was the Tim Burton Exhibit from 5/29/11-10/31/11.  If you are a huge Tim Burton fan like me, then you know how many great movies he has made way back before we even realized who Time Burton really was. There were movie props from just about every Tim Burton movies including BEETLEJUICE, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, and MARS ATTACKS.

The exhibition brings together over 700 drawings, paintings, photographs, moving-image works, storyboards, puppets, concept artworks, maquettes, costumes, and cinematic ephemera, including art from a number of unrealized and little-known personal projects. Many of these objects come from the artist’s own archive, as well as from studio archives and private collections of Burton’s collaborators. Check out this awesome entrance to the exhibit!

More from the exhibit:

 I definitely recommend for anyone to go if this comes back around again.  It was fun for all ages!


Griffith Park, right under my nose this whole time!!

So my husband has been telling me about this really cool park that is right next to the Griffith Observatory, LA Zoo, and the Gene Autry Museum, all of which we have been to several times but never the park. After our recent visit to the Gene Autry we stopped at the park. We heard faint music that was very inviting and followed it until the magic really began.

Welcome, welcome, step right up, to the grand ol’ Merry Go Round!

Built in 1926 by the Spillman Engineering Company and brought to Griffith Park in 1937, the Merry-Go-Round boasts 68 horses, everyone a jumper. Each horse is finely carved with jewel-encrusted bridles, detailed draped blankets and decorated with sunflowers and lion’s heads. A Stinson 165 Military Band Organ, reputed to be the largest band organ accompanying a carousel on the West Coast, plays over 1500 selections of marches and waltz music.

Truly stunning and a must see in person to appreciate all of the detail on this.

Driving west along Zoo Drive, dotted with small picnic areas, nearly to Forest Lawn Drive, is an enclave where visitors can ride a miniature railroad operated by volunteers of the Los Angeles Live Steamers[10] or visit Walt Disney’s Carolwood Barn (also known as Walt’s Barn). At Travel Town Museum, historic, full-sized railroad locomotives, passenger cars, and streetcars comprise a collection that highlights transportation in Southern California, in association with an exhibit hall, model train layout, picnic areas, and a gift shop, all of which is encircled by the last of three miniature train rides in Griffith Park.

If you are ever in the area, definitely stop on by and check out what Griffith Park has to offer!

For more info: http://www.laparks.org/dos/parks/griffithPK/gp_info.htm


Are you cool enough for… THE HIP KITTY JAZZ AND FONDUE in Claremont!

This place is really neat.  I love the décor and the music is usually really good.  I love that they have a calendar that will have links to the bands website or YouTube videos so you can really see if that is the band you want to hear live.  Located in the beautiful and happening downtown Claremont, the Hip Kitty is a must see if you are in the area.

 

Hip Kitty is located in the Claremont Packing House at 502 W. First St., Claremont, CA 9171 One block west of Indian Hill Blvd. Off of First St. Hip Kitty’s entrance is at the south end of the plaza past the 40-foot tall Packing House neon sign.

*Friday & Saturday- $5 cover for the band and a $10/hr per person Food minimum required for booth seating. Bottle service available.  21 and over.

Hours  Tuesday – Sunday 6:30pm – 2:00am


Fun can be free…Griffith Observatory

Photo: Photo of the Day: Romantic Sunset Griffith Observatory http://bit.ly/ZShIaN (Photo courtesy of Rafaelinho, Flickr)

Griffith Observatory is an icon of Los Angeles, a national leader in public astronomy, a beloved civic gathering place, and one of southern California’s most popular attractions. The Observatory is located on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, just above the Los Feliz neighborhood. It is 1,134 feet above sea level and is visible from many parts of the Los Angeles basin.

The mission of Griffith Observatory is inspiring everyone to observe, ponder, and understand the sky.

Griffith Observatory
2800 East Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA  90027
(213) 473-0800

Weekdays (Tuesday – Friday): Open 12:00 noon – 10:00 p.m

Weekends (Saturday – Sunday):  Open  10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Closed Mondays

If you have never been to the Observatory then you must at least once in your life.  Get to experience the stars through professional telescopes and see the stars like never before!!


So much to do in May!! Arts & Music Festival 2013 @ CSUSB

CSUSB Arts & Music Festival 2013 Logo

Cal. State San Bernardino (CSUSB) will be hosting its inaugural Arts and Music Festival on Friday May 17, 2013 from 4-9 p.m. Admission is 100% free.

Attendees can expect to experience a day of fun, including:

  • 3rd Annual CSUSB Jazz Fest, featuring our own CSUSB Jazz Ensemble, along with Poncho Sanchez, the Latin Society, Mongorama, free workshops and more
  • Art Walk, featuring top local and regional artists (see attached Call for Entries and note upcoming deadline of April 19)
  • Art Demos, including glass blowing, ceramic wheel throwing, blacksmithing/forging and open studios
  • Arts Connection will host an information lounge and reception in conjunction with RAFFMA
  • Bohemian Fest, featuring henna artists, a drum circle, vintage clothing vendors, nail art and screen-printing
  • Children’s Art Activities hosted by RAFFMA
  • Food Trucks with tasty delights to enjoy while you experience the Arts & Music Festival
  • Pfau Library Chalk Walk and Book Sale, pick up some books and view/create sidewalk chalk art
  • RAFFMA presents Chicano Muralists in Southern California, 1968-1985. Also on display A walk through Temeeku: A look into the past and present of the Luise?o people. Docent-led tours of the Treasures of Ancient Egypt exhibition.
  • Underground Music Society presents “Best of Bands,” featuring the best Ska, Reggae, Rock Alternative and Indie bands of the Inland Empire

Hangar 24 AirFest at Redlands Airport – May 18, 2013

Aerial acrobats, vintage warplanes, nighttime fireworks shot from aircraft, food trucks, musical acts and special archival beer releases will be the order of the day as Hangar 24 Craft Brewery celebrates its fifth year anniversary in an event billed as the Hangar 24 AirFest and 5th Anniversary Celebration. To be held at the Redlands Municipal Airport on May 18 from 9 AM to 10PM, tickets are $5 presale and available online at Brown Paper Tickets and at the brewery Tasting Room.  At the door, tickets will be $8. Ages 12 and under are free.

For more information please click the link below, this sounds like a great time and I am going to try and make this one!!

http://www.hangar24brewery.com/airfest.htm

 

Hangar 24 Airfest & 5th Anniversary Celebration - Vicky Benzing

It will be a thirteen-hour event where proceeds go to benefit the newly-formed Hangar 24 Charities, whose mission is “to help preserve our Southern California orange groves.” The event is part air show, part concert, and part food and beer festival. Other family entertainment will be available as well, including a climbing wall.


Have you ever witnessed a murder while dining?

Well now you can, well not really, but you can pretend and have fun while enjoying your meal and drinks!  My husband took me a few years ago and I had a blast.  It’s so fun to sit and try to figure out who is guilty of murder while making new friends over dinner!

An Upscale Venue, for a Murderous Crowd

http://gourmetdetective.com/

Now playing in lovely historical downtown Riverside, “Darling you Slay me”

The Avila Terrace Theatre
3663 Main Street
Riverside, CA 92501

If you ever get a chance to check it out, leave a review here!! Have fun!!


Have a Vintage Mothers Day!

Have a Vintage Mothers Day!

This sounds like a perfect Mother’s Day afternoon to me!! If you have never visited the Queen Mary you must!  Here is a perfect excuse for you Mother’s and enjoy the Mother’s Day brunch on board the historical Queen Mary.  Reservations are suggested as with any major Mother’s Day event.  Link is provided above.

CHAMPAGNE SUNDAY BRUNCH

A local favorite, the Queen Mary Champagne Sunday Brunch takes you on a worldwide culinary adventure and features over 50 unique dishes from around the globe. Delight in traditional western breakfast fare like made-to-order omelets, pancakes, eggs benedict and homemade hash. Experience a southwestern sensation with Albondigas soup and carne asada tacos, or spice it up with Hot n’ Sour soup or Asian style ribs. Cleanse your palate at our refreshing salad station featuring a chef crafted Cobb salad, imported tuna nicoise and a variety of domestic and imported cheeses. The highlight is our signature carving station, which offers perfectly prepared prime rib with au jus and leg of lamb with mint jus.

Southern California’s Best Brunch

Wrapped in the elegant grace of the Grand Salon and featuring live entertainment, the Champagne Sunday Brunch has the air of a royal soiree and is anything but typical. Free flowing champagne, live music and a tantalizing signature menu that is sure to please even the most discerning palates, makes the Queen Mary Champagne Sunday Brunch a Long Beach tradition that cannot be missed.

Hours:

Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Prices and Info:

$49.95 per adult, $19.95 for children 12 and under Prices on holidays and special events are $59.95 Adults & $19.95 Kids. Tax and gratuity is additional.   $5 parking with validation (up to 6 hours) and includes valet parking.   Reservations are strongly recommended.   Call 562-499-1606 for reservations

– See more at: http://www.queenmary.com/dining/champagne-sunday-brunch.php#sthash.iaoK9slb.dpuf