Calling All Brides – The Premier Bridal Event This Sunday in Universal City

Congratulations on your engagement!  Now it’s time to have some fun planning your wedding!

Harsanik Bridal Show / The Premier Bridal Event 2013 at the Hilton Universal on 3/10/13

Photo credit: 2012 Harsanik Bridal Show – Harsanik.com, Facebook

The Premier Bridal Event is an upscale bridal show that will be held on Sunday March 10th from 12 to 5pm at the centrally located Hilton Hotel in Universal City.

Harsanik.com is very excited about our venue this year as it is one of the largest ballrooms in Los Angeles, much larger than any of our previous venues. We are looking forward to having a lot of open space to allow brides and guests to walk around and mingle with vendors.

Harsanik.com has once again partnered with Fancy That! Event Design & Coordination to bring together some of the best vendors in the Southern California wedding industry. In addition, live entertainment, a couture bridal gown fashion show, wedding cake tastings, and raffle prizes are just a few of the highlights of the 2013 Bridal Show!

Here’s a list the vendors you will meet:

Vanna K Bridal & Fashion Jewelry

Royal Gor Photo & Video Studio

Harp by Karina

Mamikon (Dhol-Zurna-Duduk-Clarinet)

Sako

Tigran Asatryan

Anoush Banquets

IBEX Bridals

Karoza Design

Lovella Bridal

Lovella Bridal by Ines Di Santo

Winnie Couture Bridal Salon

Addicted 2B Jeweled

Pearls & Lace Designs

Papeon

Candy Lane Designs by Lory

Cake Studio

Rafi’s Pastry & Cakes

Royal Cakes

Shakar Bakery

Angel’s International Catering

Anoush Catering

Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant

Gaiana’s Touch Catering

Divine Event Group

Fancy That! Event Design & Coordination

Memorable Moments

Dynamic Duo Dance Studio

DJ International

DJ Sevag

Heartbeat DJ

Angela’s Fantasy Creations

White Night Design

Alina Fiore Design by Ashley

Farabela’s Touch

Magnolia Village Flowers

Tic-Tock Couture Florals

The Dezign Shop Florals, Decor and Planning

Armineh’s Capelli Salon & Spa

Arsineh Ghazarian Beyond Beauty Parlor

Fame’s Beauty Salon

Fetish Beauty Lounge

LA Dental Day Spa

New Look Skin Center

Calligraphy Katrina

PM Platinum Transportation

Arm Production

Armen Asadorian Photography

BGS Productions

Couture Foto

Duke Photography

Eric Film

Evan Photography

Golden Picture & Video

Photo Buzz LA – Photo Booth

Sakosan Photography

SoCal Shutterbooth – Photo Booth

StavroVideo Productions

Vic Studios

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This will be an event you don’t want to miss!  Pre-sale tickets are now available for $20 at www.harsanikbridalshow.com/tickets and will be sold at the door for $25.

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Go Behind the Scenes After the Award Shows

The final accolades of the LA awards season have been handed out.  But if you’re not quite ready to step away from the spotlight,  these special showcases will take you behind the scenes of the best in the entertainment industry. Get your fill of the celebrities and creative visionaries that make this town truly sparkle. Besides, who doesn’t love Hollywood?

PALEY CENTER

The actors and creative teams behind some of today's best shows appear at PaleyFest

“Mad Men” stars Jon Hamm and January Jones at PaleyFest 2012 | Photo courtesy of Paley Center, Facebook

Located in Beverly Hills, the Paley Center for Media is the foremost public archive of television and radio programming, with an international collection of nearly 150,000 programs spanning almost 100 years. Throughout the year, the Paley Center celebrates television with a wide range of events that examine the creative process behind great entertainment. The 30th Anniversary William S. Paley Television Festival runs from March 1-15, 2013 at the nearby Saban Theatre. Paley Fest is a celebration of some of the best series on TV, and gives fans a chance to meet the stars and creative minds behind shows such as Mad Men and True Blood. This year’s PaleyFest lineup includes The Walking Dead, Revolution, Newsroom and Community.

GRAMMY MUSEUM

Grammy Museum celebrates the best in the music entertainment industry

Good Vibrations: 50 Years of the Beach Boys | Photo courtesy of the Grammy Museum

For a fascinating journey into the history of music, don’t miss the GRAMMY Museum, located just steps from STAPLES Center. Four floors of cutting edge exhibits, interactive experiences and films provide a one-of-a-kind visitor experience. The GRAMMY Museum also hosts public events and educational programming that explore and celebrate the enduring legacies of all forms of recorded music. Current Special Exhibits at the museum include Good Vibrations: 50 Years of the Beach Boys (through September), The Columbia Records Story, and Whitney! Celebrating the Musical Legacy of Whitney Houston (through May). During February, get $10 admission to the GRAMMY Museum with this coupon. Regular admission price for adults is $12.95.

Need to get up-to-speed on this year’s GRAMMY nominees? Visit Amoeba Music in Hollywood to check out the nominated albums and receive $5 off a $20 purchase with this coupon.

LACMA

Film Independent at LACMA weekly series brings the audience together with creative visionaries

Photo courtesy of Film Independent, Facebook

Film Independent at LACMA is a year-round weekly film series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art that offers unique cinematic experiences for the LA creative community and the general public. The series brings together Film Independent’s creative community of filmmakers and a wide spectrum of audiences, with LACMA’s commitment to presenting cinema in an artistic and historical context. Film Independent at LACMA events include screenings of classic and contemporary films; conversations with artists, curators and special guests; international showcases; and guest-curated programs.

FIDM

The 21st Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design at the FIDM Museum

Costumes from “The Artist” | Photo courtesy of FIDM

The 21st Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition is on view at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) Museum from February 12 to April 27, 2013. Celebrating the art and industry of costume designers, this exhibition presents dozens of costumes from films released in 2012. The exhibition includes this year’s Academy Award nominees for Best Costume Design as well as costumes from the 2012 Best Picture winner, The Artist.

HOLLYWOOD MUSEUM

The nation's largest exhibit of authentic Marilyn Monroe memorabilia is on display at The Hollywood Museum

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Though she was never nominated for an Oscar, Marilyn Monroe remains one of Hollywood’s most iconic stars. Marilyn Monroe: Hollywood Legend, the nation’s largest exhibit of authentic memorabilia celebrating the life of the legendary actress, is on display at the Hollywood Museum in the historic Max Factor Building on Highland Avenue. The exhibition opened last year in honor of the 50th anniversary of Monroe’s passing, and continues to run due to popular demand. Marilyn Monroe: Hollywood Legend includes Monroe’s million-dollar honeymoon dress; publicity gowns; jewelry from her films, special appearances, and personal collection; clothing and accessories from her personal wardrobe; original documents and private files from her home in Brentwood; original photographs; and many of Monroe’s personally owned artifacts. Buy Tickets →

THE ACADEMY HEADQUARTERS & MUSEUM

Exhibit featuring the works of Stanley Kubrick is currently showing at LACMA

Stanley Kubrick on the set of “Barry Lyndon” | Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Stanley Kubrick: The Ultimate Trip is a free companion exhibit to the Stanley Kubrick exhibition currently showing at LACMA. Stanley Kubrick: The Ultimate Trip is now on view through March 3, 2013 in the Grand Lobby Gallery at the Academy’s headquarters in Beverly Hills. Based around Kubrick’s elaborate, multi-formatted advertising campaigns and movie posters, the Academy’s exhibition brings Kubrick’s on-set world to life with photographs, production designs, Dr. Strangelove screenplay drafts, correspondence and other original documents.

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is scheduled to open in 2016 within the iconic Wilshire May Company building, located on the southwest corner of the LACMA campus. Designed by renowned architects Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali, the Academy Museum will celebrate all facets of the art and science of motion pictures. The museum will feature approximately 230,000 square feet of public programming space, including galleries, an education center, a state-of-the-art 650-seat theater, screening rooms, demonstration lab, and special event spaces.

(Article courtesy of DiscoverLA.com)

The Year of the Snake is Stirring Up Chinatown Los Angeles

Chinese New Year 2013 Fan Snake

Just when you thought your holiday festivities were over. Angeleno’s are gearing up for another New Year celebration, but this time it is for the Chinese black water snake.

 The Year of the Snake is a significant year in Asian tradition because it marks change, filled with contemplation, preparation and much reflection. The Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays in Asia as well as for Asian Americans living in the U.S.—especially in Los Angeles, which boasts one of the most diverse Asian populations in the nation. The oldest and one of the most recognized New Years celebrations in America is LA Chinatown’s Lunar New Year Festival, drawing more than 125,000 for the weekend-long celebration.

Thien Han Temple Chinatown L.A.

By Yazoo54, Flickr

LA Chinatown kicks off the Year of the Snake celebration at Thien Hau Temple where attendees can experience traditional incense burning, make offerings to deities, watch traditional lion dancers, and witness 500,000 firecrackers in action along with Buddhist and Taoist monks and families of all generations. This ceremony takes place on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 11:00 p.m., the eve of Chinese New Year weekend.

The 15-day long celebration continues the following weekend with the 114th Annual Golden Dragon Parade and Chinese New Year Festival. Attendees can enjoy spectacular floats, decked-out cars, dancers and bands as they parade down the heart of Chinatown. This year’s Grand Marshals includes Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.

The Chinese New Year Festival gets underway following the parade with cultural performances, children’s activities and hands-on cultural workshops for all ages. Additionally, there will be a live music stage and new for 2013, a unique singing competition that can only be witnessed in Chinatown. Attendees can expect to nosh on traditional Chinese cuisine offered at many Chinatown restaurants, street food and non-traditional dishes offered by food vendors and some of LA’s hottest gourmet food trucks. There will also be a craft beer garden curated by Eagle Rock Brewery featuring local breweries pouring their favorite brews.The Lunar New Year Festival will be held at Central Plaza at 943-951 N. Broadway on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 12-8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 17 from 12-5 p.m. The 114th Annual Golden Dragon Parade is on Saturday, Feb. 16 beginning at 1 p.m.

Always popular, the 2013 LA Chinatown Firecracker 5/10K run follows the Chinese New Year Festival weekend on February 23 – 24, 2012. Visit the website for information on registration or get updates on Facebook & Twitter.

For more information visit ChinatownLA.com or call 213-680-0243.

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Cafe Sierra Seafood and Prime Rib Buffet at Hilton Universal City Hotel - Crab Legs Can’t get enough of Chinese New Year? Visit Cafe Sierra for the Chinese New Year holiday Champagne Brunch and Seafood Buffet. Visit Saturday for sustenance before Lunar New Year’s eve or make your reservation Sunday to start the year with us! Live Chinese instrumental music and Lion dance featured both evenings during dinner.

Visit CafeSierraHilton.com or call 818.509.2030 to make your reservation.

 

Farm-to-Table… Enjoy the Best of LA’s Farmers Markets

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Find fragrant bouquets of freshly picked flowers, dewy bundles of organic lettuce, baskets of crisp apples and trays of flaky, artisanal pastries that beckon to shoppers from the stalls at LA’s numerous farmers markets. While you’re in town, make sure to visit one of these open-air gatherings to see what local farmers, bakers and crafters have to offer.

THE ORIGINAL FARMERS MARKET

If you only have time to visit one farmers market, this one should be it. With more than 100 restaurants, shops and food vendors, this Los Angeles institution has been offering fresh produce, specialty foods and authentic ethnic cuisine to Los Angeles visitors and locals for nearly 80 years.  Check out their interactive directory to plan your shopping list.

Third and Fairfax, www.farmersmarketla.com, Mon.–Fri.: 9 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sat.: 9 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sun.: 10 a.m.– 7 p.m.

LARCHMONT FARMERS MARKET

What this quaint market lacks in size, it makes up for in quality. Fill your basket with ripe, juicy tomatoes, generous bundles of sweet basil, flavored olive oils and fragrant, hand-poured soy candles.

209 N. Larchmont Blvd Lot #694, Sun.: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

HOLLYWOOD FARMERS MARKET

Before heading to the Walk of Fame, experience Hollywood like a local by walking through its vibrant farmers market. Whether you’re stocking up on groceries or filling up on pre-prepared foods, this centrally located gathering has everything a hungry shopper could crave. Tip back freshly shucked oysters on the half shell, nibble on grilled sweet corn on the cob, and sip mouthwatering watermelon lemonade while meandering through the aisles of produce and meat stands.

Ivar and Selma Ave., between Hollywood and Sunset Blvd., Sundays: 8a.m. – 1p.m. 

SANTA MONICA FARMERS MARKETS

Head to Santa Monica, where three days a week various farmers markets tout entertainment for the whole family, including a petting zoo, pony rides, live music and plenty of hot food stands. Take advantage of the free parking or free bike valet, and get ready for an afternoon of entertainment, picnicking and shopping near the ocean. Watch for special events like cooking demonstrations, “ask the dietician” sessions and appearances by local chefs.

City of Santa Monica Farmers Markets, Arizona Ave. & Second St., Wed.: 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.; Arizona Ave. & Third St., Sat.: 8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.; 2200 Virginia Ave., Sat.: 8:00 a.m.–1 p.m.; 2640 Main St., Sun.: 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

BRENTWOOD VILLAGE FARMERS MARKET

Sure, this weekend gathering has all the hallmarks of other neighborhood farmers markets, but it also boasts an impressive selection of handmade jewelry. While you’re deciding on something sparkly to buy, munch on a treat from the Great Harvest Bread Company, or opt for a pork and cheese-filled pupusa from a mom-and-pop stand.

741 Gretna Green Way, Sun.: 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m

VENICE FARMERS MARKET

The Friday market in Venice is on the small side, but the vendors here are known for being super friendly. Don’t be surprised if you end up hearing all about the potato grower’s special blend of soil or if you snag a from-memory recipe for grilled zucchini salad. The market comes with a dose of Venice’s famous bohemian vibe — everything is compostable or recyclable, there’s plenty of bicycle parking and it’s not too hard to find a shot of wheatgrass.

Venice Blvd. & Venice Way, www.venicefarmersmarket.com, Fri.: 7 a.m.–11:00 a.m.,

CENTURY CITY FARMERS MARKET

For a mid-week jaunt through an open-air market, head over to this outdoor event, where shoppers line up for Hawaiian barbecue chicken, made-to-order empanadas and a variety of flavored hummus and pitas.

Constellation Blvd. and Avenue of the Stars, Thurs.: 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m

ECHO PARK FARMERS MARKET

This mellow market might skimp on the crafts and jewelry booths, but it has plenty of fresh produce to make up for it. Stock up on groceries for the weekend, such as flavorful heirloom tomatoes, Japanese cucumbers, massive avocados, free-range poultry and herbed goat cheese.

1125 Logan St., Fri.: 3 p.m.–7 p.m.

BEVERLY HILLS FARMERS MARKET

This mid-size market boasts easy parking, live music, a petting zoo, and plenty of ready-to-eat staples like kettle corn, made-to-order crepes, tamales and burritos. Before leaving, try the ruby-red strawberries at Harry’s Berries and the artisanal pretzels rolls from Rockenwagner Bakery.

9300 Block of Civic Center Dr., Beverly Hills, Sun.: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.,www.beverlyhills.org/attractions/market/default.asp

STUDIO CITY FARMERS MARKET

This Saturday market is a favorite among the toddler set — it offers pony rides, a petting zoo, train ride and bouncy slide in addition to plenty of locally farmed produce. Epicureans won’t be disappointed, either. Vendors sell homemade sauces, pastries and preserves, and one will even sharpen your favorite kitchen knives.

Ventura Place between Laurel Canyon Blvd. and Radford Ave., Studio City, Sun.: 8 a.m.–1 p.m.,www.studiocityfarmersmarket.com

ENCINO FARMERS MARKET

During peak summer months, dozens of regional growers converge at this farmers market in the Valley, where you’ll find everything from locally made honey to local eggs, meat and cheese. Oh, and endless piles of colorful, fragrant fruits and vegetables.

17400 Victory Blvd, Encino, Sat.: 8 a.m.–1 p.m., www.localharvest.org

DOWNTOWN LA FARMERS MARKET

Because this market features just as much delicious, ready-to-eat street food as it does produce, it’s a favorite among Downtown workers, who fill up for lunch on Thai barbecue chicken, falafal wraps, roasted nuts and authentic tamales and then take home local veggies and artisan bread for dinner.

Bank of America Plaza, 333 S. Hope St., Fri.: 11 a.m.–2 p.m

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Article courtesy of DiscoverLosAngeles.com

Chinese New Year 2012

Chinese New Year is a time to welcome longevity, wealth and prosperity and to eliminate any negative chi from the past. Chinese New Year (also called the Lunar New Year) occurs in the early months of our calendar year, typically January or February and this year falls on January 23rd. This year we celebrate the Year of the Dragon in true LA Style.

Lunar New Year Festival (1/14)

Come celebrate the Year of the Dragon at the Pacific Asia Museum. Enjoy a free full day of stage performance, crafts, hands on activities and more. The fun begins January 14th from 11am to 5pm. Read More

Chinese Cultural Arts Celebration (1/15)

Join the Huntington Library explore the music, theater, and folk crafts of China in a day long event to celebrate the Year of the Dragon. Artisits and performers from Jiangsu Province, China will be on hand to bring authentic dance, puppets show, crafts and more to this event. This event will be held on January 15th from 10:30am to 4:30pm. Read More

Universal City’s Chinese New Year Buffet with Abalone (1/20- 1/22)

Join us and celebrate the Year of the Dragon with our  exquisite Seafood Dinner Buffet with Abalone. You won’t want to miss out on the traditional Lion Dance Saturday and Sunday. Live Chinese Instrumental Music performed every night for your enjoyment. For reservations call Cafe Sierra at (818) 509-2030, times and prices are as followed:

Friday Jan 20 from 6pm to 10pm
Adults: $56    Children:(3-10) $26

Saturday Jan 21st & Sunday Jan 22nd from 5pm to 10pm
Adults: $56    Children:(3-10) $26

Chinese American Free Museum Day (1/28)

Enjoy a free day at the Chinese American Museum on Jan 28th  in honor of the Year of the Dragon. Discover the history, culture and majesty of China with a free guided tour through this museum. Museum is open from 10am to 3pm. Read More

113th Annual Golden Dragon Parade (1/28- 1/29)

LA Chinatown kicks off the Year of the Dragon the weekend of January 28th-29th. Enjoy Floats, decked-out cars, Dancers and Bands and they the heart of Chinatown with Disney’s Mulan, Mushu and author Lisa See as the Grand Marshals. The festivities begin at 10am till 8pm at two festival sites. Read More

The Great Chinatown Hunt (1/29)

Get ready for an exciting clue-solving adventure through one of the city’s most colorful, diverse and historic districts during the weekend of the world-famous Chinese New Year celebration. You’ll search for clues throughout this lively neighborhood of contrasts: discover ancient traditions alongside experimental art; explore picturesque alleyways and traditional temples, bustling shops and hidden courtyards. Begins at 11am. Read More

We hope you enjoy whatever activities you chose. Gung hay fat choy to all!

Have a Devilish Good Time This Halloween in LA

When it comes to Halloween, the City of Angels knows how to have a devil of a good time. From the world’s largest Halloween street party, to family-friendly Halloween events at museums and other cultural institutions, Los Angeles attractions, tours and parties offer fiendish fun and spooky scares for everyone.

October 7-31: Haunted Hayride at the Old Zoo

The theme for this year’s Haunted Hayride is “Through The Eyes Of A Child,” a frightening journey into the Old Zoo in the woods at Griffith Park. The twin daughters of zookeeper Ferdinand Clifton were rumored to suffer from violent nightmares, and their journals have provided the ghastly inspiration for an experience that includes 15-foot mascots of death, 400-year-old children, terrifying clowns, “The In-Between (Dark Maze),” and “The Human Menagerie” sideshow. The Haunted Hayride takes place Thursday-Sunday, October 7th through 31st. Hours are 7 p.m. to midnight on Friday-Saturday, and 7-10:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sunday & Halloween. Ticket prices vary, including options for Hayride only, Hayride & Dark Maze, VIP (front of line) and Group rates

Crime Scene Tours, Los Angeles

www.crimescenetours.net
The newest offering from Starline Tours takes you to some of LA’s most infamous crime scenes, including the site of the North Hollywood bank robbery, the murder of Bonnie Lee Bakley (wife of Robert Blake), and the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. Each tour will be escorted by either off-duty or retired law enforcement personnel. In many cases, the person leading the tour investigated or responded to the original crime scene. The tour uses a custom-designed, 28-passenger bus equipped with video screens for viewing actual police and news helicopter footage of the event prior to arrival. The Crime Scene Tours bus departs from Grauman’s Chinese Theatre twice daily Thursday through Sunday, at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Special evening Halloween Crime Scene Tours will run on Saturday-Monday, October 29-31. Tickets are $69, with Private Charter, Group rates, Student and Senior Citizen Discounts available.

October 29: Dead Celebrities Costume Ball at Madame Tussauds Hollywood

On Saturday, October 29th, Madame Tussauds Hollywood will host the Dead Celebrities Halloween Costume Ball, a one-of-a-kind event taking place on two floors, featuring hundreds of celebrity wax figures in a maze-like atmosphere. For one night only, Madame Tussauds Hollywood welcomes guests dressed as their favorite dead celebrities into a Halloween party complete with five open bars, complimentary dinner buffet, three dance floors, and VIP tables with A-list wax celebrities like Will Smith​, Angelina Jolie​, Justin Timberlake​ and more “seated” in their sections. DJs include SKAM artist Eric Cubeechee, Rico Rox (spinning House), and DJ Coolwhip with Hip Hop, Top 40 and Mash Up. Tickets available atWantickets.com.

October 31: West Hollywood Costume Carnaval

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Each year, more than 500,000 people take to the streets of Santa Monica Boulevard to enjoy the largest Halloween street party in the world. Two of the evening’s highlights are the Halloween Costume Contest and crowning of an Honorary “Queen of the Carnaval.” Visitors can also expect live entertainment, food vendors, pumpkin-carving contests and children’s activities throughout the week previous. Admission is free and the event starts at 6 p.m. and runs until 11 p.m.

October 21-22: Día de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever

The 12th Annual Día de los Muertos festival returns to Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Saturday, October 22nd from 12 p.m. to midnight. This quintessential Los Angeles Halloween event takes place in the historic final resting place of Hollywood luminaries, and is based on the indigenous Mexican ceremony that celebrates life and ancient traditions, fused with modern culture. Featured performers include Astrid Hadad and Ruben Albarran (lead singer of Café Tacvba). The Ceremonial Altar Set-Up takes place on Friday, October 21st beginning at 5 p.m. General Admission is $10 per person; children under 6 years are admitted free.

October 23: Haunted Museum at the Natural History Museum

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The theme for the 8th Annual Haunted Museum is “Fairy Tales and Scary Tales,” a family-friendly event taking place at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles on Sunday, October 23rd from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The museum invites guests to explore the enchanted exhibits and get lost in magical wonderlands and sinister woods. The Haunted Museum will also feature dancing men in tights, fairy face painting, and a scavenger hunt.

October 7-31: The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor

Unique among Halloween attractions, Dark Harbor takes you through the Queen Mary’s actual haunted areas. Thanks to the macabre minds behind some of Southern California’s biggest scream-fests, the scares clock in at over “45,000 per hour,” along with 160 monsters and 20-foot tall flames. Even if you survive the three shipboard and two onshore mazes, the food, drink and entertainment inside will ensure you’ll never want to leave.

October 22-23: Scarium of the Pacific

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At this family-friendly weekend event, the Aquarium of the Pacific presents the annual children’s costume contest, the creepy coloring contest, magic shows, underwater pumpkin carving, spooky storytelling, kooky crafts, eerie animals in the Great Hall, and more.

Sept. 23-Oct. 31: Halloween Horror Nights

This year’s Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) at Universal Studios Hollywood brings together a Hollywood horror dream team to create the ultimate Halloween nightmare. Featuring six sinister mazes:

  • The Thing: Assimilation
  • Eli Roth’s Hostel: Hunting Season
  • Alice Cooper: Welcome to My Nightmare
  • Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses: In 3D ZombieVision
  • La Llorona: Villa De Almas Pedidas (“The Weeping Woman: Village of the Lost Souls”) imagined by Diego Luna
  • The Wolfman: The Terror of Talbot Hall

HHN also features five terror-filled “Scare Zones,” the return of “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure” and a fully re-imagined “Terror Tram” backlot studio experience, offering guests the chance to walk through Universal Studios historic movie sets. Universal’s most popular rides and attractions will also be open to guests, including “Jurassic Park In the Dark,” “The Simpsons Ride” and “Revenge of the Mummy – The Ride.”

Halloween Horror Nights kicks off on Friday, September 23 and continues on select nights through Halloween, Monday, October 31. The event will begin nightly at 7:00 p.m.; closing hours vary by night throughout the event.

Stay for all the screams and save!

Experience what fear fears the most! Book your Halloween Horror Nights Package today which includes 2 tickets to Halloween Horror Nights, Overnight Accommodations and Complimentary self parking.

For more activities not listed here, visit Discover La today! Our source for this blog.

Treat Your Valentine to a Weekend Away!

Rekindle the romance this Valentine’s Day with an Amazing Dance and Dinner event at the Hilton Los Angeles Universal City Ballroom. The perfect get away includes:

  • Overnight deluxe guest room accommodation
  • Two adult entries to the Concert Dinner/Dance Event – “SONORA SHOW/LATIN FLAVOR” (Saturday the 12th only)
  • Two adult dinners at the ballroom with the event
  • Two buffet breakfasts next morning
  • In-room champagne* and chocolate dipped strawberries

Show that special someone how much you love them and book today.

Please call hotel directly for details or questions at 1-818-509-205

Celebrate ‘Grinchmas’ in the Entertainment Capital of L.A.

Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood next to Hilton Universal City Hotel in CAFUN FRIDAY:

“Grinchmas” time is coming to Universal Studios Hollywood as The Entertainment Capital of L.A. prepares for a lively holiday season with the Grinch, his faithful dog Max, tons of fresh snow and a “Whoville Whobilation” at the original movie sets where the classic “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” was filmed.

Nightly tree-lighting ceremonies, celebrity readings of “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and encounters with a “Who’s Who” of Whoville characters will be part of the celebration, which expands this year to 18 days, beginning on December 11 and 12 and continuing daily from December 18 through January 2, 2011. “Grinchmas” is included in the price of theme park admission.

Grinchmas event at Hollywood theme park next to Hilton Los Angeles / Universal CityLarry Kurzweil, President, Universal Studios Hollywood, said: “‘Grinchmas’ has become a true holiday tradition, an event where families can enjoy a slightly irreverent approach to the season while still being thoroughly immersed in holiday spirit. Because we expect very strong attendance during Christmas week, we’re adding five dates to this year’s ‘Grinchmas’ schedule in response to the event’s growing popularity.”

Guests will find an immersive holiday atmosphere. A whimsical, curving “Grinchmas” tree will tower 60 feet above the center of a snow-covered “Grinchmas” winter wonderland and will be lit in a nightly ceremony that will feature a colorfully costumed “Whoville” choir caroling and spreading holiday cheer. The Grinch and his faithful dog Max will be on hand to meet fans and take memorable holiday photos. Families will also be able to enjoy traditional winter fun, romping together in a playground of snow and building their own snowmen.

“Grinchmas” will also provide fans of the blockbuster movie a close-up view of the original “Whoville” film sets, featured in the classic “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” aboard the world-famous behind-the-scenes Studio Tour. As the tram rolls to a stop amid the fanciful “Whoville” buildings, guests will experience a one-of-a-kind performance by “Whoville’s” residents re-enacting favorite scenes and songs from the film.

Guests who attend Universal Studios Hollywood‘s “Grinchmas” celebration will be able to stay at one of two local Universal City hotels.  Hotel packages and holiday deals enable each guest visit to become a full seasonal experience, with additional time to liesurely peruse CityWalk’s shopping and entertainment, among other treasured Hollywood highlights. The Hilton Los Angeles / Universal City hotel offers all the best of the Hilton brand in a convenient location with a complimentary shuttle to and from the theme park and nearby CityWalk.

More information, including holiday promotional offers and information regarding celebrity readings of “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” will be available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com.

Calling All Brides – EXPO Bridal Show This Weekend in Universal City

Brides to be, are you ready to have some fun planning for your wedding?

“Well, here’s your chance to find all the services you’ll need and in one of the most gorgeous venues in all of Los Angeles, just across from world famous Universal CityWalk at the HILTON LOS ANGELES / UNIVERSAL CITY hotel. Here you’ll find all the services you’ll need for your wedding plus, you can enjoy our live gown fashion show, cake samples, free massages along with free vendor giveaways.” – From WeddingWire.com

Hilton Unversal City Hotel Wedding Venue Ceremony Site Reception Ballroom in Los Angeles


This show will feature a wide variety of vendors and ample opportunity to ask questions, get new ideas and discuss your personal needs with all of our wedding professionals. We’ll have everything from Photographers & DJs to Florists & Wedding Locations plus plenty of surprises!

Here is a short list of just a few of the vendors you will meet:

Mega Magnets
Monica Portland Event Coordinator

This will be one event you don’t want to miss!! Express Entrance List, Directions and Discounted Pre-registration at www.Expobridal.com for $7 plus 1 free guest. For more info, call 213-272-0748.

Still Making Halloween Plans? Here is a Few More Ideas

For those of us still planning their entertainment this week, here is a few more great locals ideas. In Los Angeles there is a little something for everyone, no matter what you are in the mood for. For more information on local theme park Halloween events and attractions  see the post on Halloween’s Best Haunted Attractions in Southern California.

  • KROQ’s Bleed It Out Blood Drive – Hosted in conjunction with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at the Universal Studios Globe Theater, near the entrance to the theme park.  (10/28)
  • Griffith Park’s Haunted Hayride – Take your chances on a tractor drawn hay-filled wagon as it makes its way through the forest filled with scary surprises including the “Carnival of Souls” and “Haunted Haymaze.” (10/28 – 10/31)
  • Cinefamily Heavy Metal Halloween Party & Fundraiser – As is our yearly tradition on Hallows’ Eve, the Cinefamily’s sold its soul to rock n’ roll, and joined forces with our Dark Lord to throw the best Halloween party/Fundraiser ever — heavy metal style. (10/30)
  • Halloween Long Beach – Official Comic Con Costume Party hosted at the Shore Ultra Lounge in Long Beach. Entertainment from four different DJs and performances by d Too $hort, the Lowkeys, Shiny Toy Guns, & T Mills.
  • Dare to Bare III – Sexy Halloween Party and CD Release event presented by Exotifit and Maria Amor to benefit Lullalee’s Literacy for Children organization. Event includes red carpet entrance, fashion show and party after. (10/30)
  • 11th Annual “Dia de Los Muertos” celebration – This year’s family-friendly celebration coincides with the Mexican Independence Bicentennial and Revolution Centennial, so arrive dressed as your favorite icon from those eras for prizes.Located at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery (10/30)
  • Halloween Bash with DJ Julius – Presented by Hot Spot Entertainment and located here at the Hilton Los Angeles / Universal City hotel. Pre-sale cover is $20 per person to party all night long. Dress to impress and win prizes for best costume. VIP bottle service also available upon request. (10/30)
  • GHOULA & Million Dollar Theater – GHOULA (Ghost Hunters of Urban LA) and theater historian Nick Matonak want you to break on through to the other side. Document anything out of the ordinary & share your spooky findings. (10/30)
  • Old Town Pasadena Halloween Celebration – Bring your little ghosts and goblins to a fun and safe Halloween in Old Pasadena and at One Colorado. Join in on a frightfully good time with activities throughout the area. (10/30 & 10/31)

And because we are true fans of Universal City and Universal Studios… do not forget that the Halloween Horror Nights event is still running this week through Sunday. Stop by and visit us here at the Hilton Los Angeles / Universal City for a little respite from the terrror. Hotel packages are still available for those that would like to make a weekend of it.