Happy Lunar New Year!

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Love is in the Air at Cafe Sierra

Thanksgiving Buffet with a little Champagne to Celebrate

Cafe Sierra Restaurant is hosting a Holiday Champagne Brunch Buffet and Seafood & Prime Rib Dinner Buffet… and you are invited! Join us for a feast of Thanksgiving classics and and varied array of chef specialties. Entrees will include:

Roast Turkey and Giblet Stuffing
Mashed Potatoes
Candied Yams
Giblet Stuffing
Chocolate Fondue Fountain and much more!

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Celebrate The Moon Festival 2014

The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as The Moon Festival is a popular harvest festival dating back over 3,000 years. The Moon Festival is one of the most important holidays in the Chinese Calendar.

The festival is full of legendary stories. Legend says Yi (or Houyi) was very good at archery. There were once ten suns in the sky, which made plants wither, and fierce beasts run wild to imperil people. It was too hot to live under the suns. To save the people, Yi started to shoot the suns. He shot down nine of them one by one, and he might have shot the last one if it was not called off by others. Thus the severe drought was gone. He also got rid of those fierce animals for the people.

It is said Yi’s wife was Chang’e, a legendary lady in the famous story, “Chang’e flying to the moon.” Chang’e swallowed the elixir stolen from her husband, and she flew to the moon and became the goddess of the moon, who has lived in the palace on the moon ever since. You may see Chang’e dancing on the moon during the festival.

The Moon festival is also an occasion for family reunions. When the full moon rises, families get together to watch the full moon, eat moon cakes, and sing moon poems.

Cafe Sierra

Join us September 28th for a specialty dinner buffet. Bring the whole family to this annual event with instrumental entertainment from live Chinese musicians. Enjoy chef specialties and featured items, including the following: Seafood soup – abalone – Chinese cold cuts – lobster & prime rib carving stations– assorted sushi & sashimi – fresh seafood selections – authentic Chinese entrees – honey walnut shrimp – Live stir fry Mandarin action station-Whole BBQ roasted pig-Peking duck – Alaskan wild snails – salt & pepper shrimp – Chinese egg custard-assorted fresh pastries & desserts – chocolate fondue fountain – cotton candy – authentic moon cake.

Saturday, September 7th from 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Sunday, September 8th from 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Adults $56 / children (3-10) $28

Make your reservations today by calling (818) 509-2030 or clicking this link http://bit.ly/CafeSierraReservatons

Celebrate Chinese New Year!

Horse1_158648555_HUC_2014Gung Hey Fat Choy!  Happy New Year.

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival marks the end of winter. Spring and the New Year celebration starts on the first day of the first month on the traditional Chinese lunar Calendar. We celebrate the Year of the Horse in 2014. The spirit of the horse is recognized to be the Chinese people’s ethos – making unremitting efforts to improve themselves. It is energetic, bright, warm-hearted, intelligent and able. Celebrate this holiday with activities around Los Angeles.

Cafe Sierra Restaurant
Celebrate 2014 Chinese New Year with our exquisite Champagne Brunch Buffet.
Friday Jan 31 & Saturday Feb 1st from 6pm to 10pm
Adults: $56 Children:(3-10) $26
Sunday Feb 2nd from 5pm to 9pm
Adults: $56 Children:(3-10) $26

Live Chinese Instrumental Music performed every night
(Tax and Gratuity not included)
For reservations call Cafe Sierra at (818) 509-2030
Parking: $3 valet parking available
Info: http://www.cafesierrahilton.com

Chinese New Year in Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills is celebrating Chinese New Year on Rodeo Drive with lion dancers, musicians and acrobats as well as refreshments. Hotels in the area will offer New Year specials and Chinese amenities throughout February.
When: Friday, February 8, 2014, 4:30-5:30 pm
Where: 400 block of Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, CA
Cost: Free
Parking: Metered street or pay lots in the area

Traditional New Year Kick-Off Ceremony at Thien Hau Temple in Chinatown
Thursday night on the eve of the New Year, the Thien Hau Temple in Chinatown will open the New Year festivities with incense offerings, Taoist and Buddhist monks, dragon dancers and 550,000 firecrackers.
When: Thursday, January 30, 2014, 10 pm – 12 am
Where: Thien Hau Temple, 750-756 N Yale St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Cost: Free
Parking: Street parking, pay lots within a few blocks
Metro: Gold Line to Chinatown Station, or walk a few blocks from Union Station.
Info: chinatownla.com

Golden Dragon Parade and Chinese New Year Festival in Chinatown
Two-day Festival in LA’s Chinatown with the Golden Dragon Parade on Saturday.
When: Golden Dragon Parade February 1, 2014, Sat 1 pm, Festival Feb 1-2, 2014, Sat 12 – 8 pm, Sun 12 – 5 pm.
Where: Parade route goes north on Hill from Ord to Bernard, then south on Broadway to Cesar Chavez. Parade Route Map Festival at 715 N. Hill St.
Cost: Free to view from the street, $25 grandstand tickets available, festival is free.
Parking: Map
Metro: Gold Line to Chinatown Station, or walk a few blocks from Union Station.
Info: www.lagoldendragonparade.com or chinatownla.com

The Great Chinatown Hunt
A scavenger hunt through Chinatown for teams of two to four people.
When: February 2, 2014, Sunday 11 am
Where: Chinatown, start location given with registration.
Cost: $40
Metro: Gold Line to Chinatown Station
Info: racela.com

The Chinese American Museum Lantern Festival at Olvera Street
Live entertainment, including lion dancers, acrobatics, musical, and dance performances, craft workshops and free entrance to the Chinese American Museum.
When: March 1, 2014, noon to 7 pm (to be confirmed)
Where: 425 Los Angeles Street at El Pueblo Historic Site/Olvera Street
Cost: Free
Parking: Pay lots in the area
Metro: Union Station
Info: www.camla.org

Source for activities: About.com/Los Angeles Travel

LA Welcomes 2014


There is nowhere that shines brighter on New Year’s Eve than Tinseltown. The parties, the champagne, the celebrity sightings all add up to the best way to welcome in the new year. So if you are planning to travel to LA or just want to see what exciting events are in your own backyard, allow us to highlight a few must attend events in the area.

Ring in the New Year at Cafe Sierra

Let the champagne flow at our New Year’s Eve celebration. Join us for dinner and stay for the stroke of midnight.

Our Holiday Seafood & Prime Rib Buffet features culinary delights such as Dungeness, Opilio & King crab legs, shrimp, oysters, mussels on ice, hand carved prime rib & leg of lamb, Lobster Thermidor, holiday entrees, Chinese specialties, made to order sushi, tapas &tacos action stations, festive holiday desserts, chocolate fountain and more…

With a champagne toast, party favors and balloon drop at midnight, ring in your New Year with us!

When: 5pm to 1:30am
Where: Cafe Sierra, 555 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City, CA, 91608
Tickets: $59-82 General Admission, $125 VIP, table and cabana packages available

New Year’s Eve Countdown Bash

Citywalk welcomes 2014 and this year they are  incorporating the Waterworld and Gibson stages inside Universal Studios Hollywood. The event features live music and DJs beginning at 9 pm with a simulcast of the New York City ball drop, and fireworks viewable from all concert areas at midnight. The event is no longer free. The high parking rates include admission or you can take the Metro or a shuttle and pay a per person admission charge.
When: 2013-14 info TBA 9 pm – 12:30 am, special parking and admission prices begin at 4 pm
Where: Universal City Walk, at the top of Universal Studios Blvd. off the 101 Freeway.
Tickets: $15 for ticket only, $55 including self parking, $65 for valet. Free for kids under 48″ tall
Food: Available at City Walk restaurants
Parking: Before 4 pm, $15 general/$20 preferred, after 4 pm $55 self parking, $65 valet.
Metro: Red Line to Universal City station
Age Limit: All ages
Info: www.citywalkhollywood.com

Cleopatra’s New Year’s Eve Ball

at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. The classic theater’s courtyard will be tented and heated, and multiple indoor rooms will extend the Egyptian theme. DJs will be spinning Top 40 and hip-hop mash-ups to a giant LED light show. A balloon drop and confetti blast will mark the new year.
When: 9 pm to 2 am
Where: Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood, CA, Enter at 1625 N. Las Palmas
Tickets: $69-100 General Admission, $125 VIP, table and cabana packages available
Food: Food stations throughout venue, open bar, separate premium open bar for VIP ticket holders

N.Y.E. L.A. at Grand Park

This event will include live music, dancers, art installations, animated light projections and food trucks in the three block park in Downtown Los Angeles. There will be a bar outside the park in the Plaza at the Music Center.
When: 6 pm to 12:30 am
Where: Grand Park, 200 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles,CA 90012
Tickets: Free
Food: Food trucks will be spread around the park
Parking: $10 in Lot 17 at Olive and First Streets (enter from Olive Street)
Metro: Red or Purple Lines to Civic Center/Grand Park station or the Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station
Age Limit: all ages
Info: grandparkla.org

The Grinch is Coming to Town…


The Grinch is set to deck the halls This Thanksgiving weekend at Universal Studios HollywoodSMas “Grinchmas” returns to The Entertainment Capital of L.A.SM with “Whobilation” throughout the theme park, featuring The Grinch and his faithful dog Max, a lively performance at the original “Who-ville” movie sets aboard the world famous Studio Tour and a soaring “Grinchmas” tree at the heart of the park’s all-new, visually spectacular Universal Plaza, where Whos will be caroling and posing for photos with visitors.

Stay Just Steps Away From Whoville

IMAG0124Add a little Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City to your holiday and stay just steps away from all the whoville magic. Stay late and carol with you favorite characters with rates starting at $159 per night. Don’t miss out on the holiday free concerts at 5Towers located just outside Universal Studios at Citywalk. So fill your holiday with Hollywood cheer and make your reservation today at http://www.HiltonUniversal.com

Celebrate the 4th in LA

Hollywood Bowl Firworks

When it comes to 4th of July fireworks are a must and no one does it like Los Angeles. Whether you love the colorful pinwheels or the white sparklers, these amazing displays will have something for everyone.

3-Day July 4th Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl

Josh Grobin  joins the Los Angeles Philharmonic for a three-day Independence Day celebration with fireworks each night at the landmark Hollywood Bowl.

When: July 2-4th, 7:30 pm
Where: Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Ave, Hollywood, CA 90068
Cost: $15-$243 + fee
Info: www.hollywoodbowl.com
Hollywood Bowl Visitors Guide

July 4th at Grand Park

Grand Park in the LA Civic Center is celebrating Independence Day with a four block block party. There won’t be full-sky fireworks, but a light show combining special effects with pyrotechnics. The Main stage and viewing area are located between Hill Street and Grand Avenue.

When: July 4, Music begins at 3 pm, light show at 9
Where: All four blocks of Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles 200 N. Grand Avenue, between Grand Avenue and Spring Street
Cost: FREE
Parking: $10 under the park or at the Music Center
Metro: Red Line to Civic Center/Grand Park
Info: grandparkla.org

Palisades Americanism Parade

Old fashioned Independence Day Parade followed by entertainment and a fireworks display.
When: July 4th, Skydivers 1:50 pm, 2:00 parade, 6:30 pm entertainment, 9 pm fireworks
Where: Parade on Sunset Blvd. in Pacific Palisades between via de la Paz and Drummond St., Entertainment and fireworks at Palisades Charter High School.
Cost: Parade Free, reserved grandstand tickets for a fee, Concert $5
Info: www.palisadesparade.org

4th of July AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl

One of the largest fireworks displays in Southern California with music and food vendors in the nearby Arroyo.
When: July 4th, parking lot opens at 10 am, food court opens at 2 pm; stadium opens at 6:30 pm, Opening ceremonies begin at 7, Program 7:25, Fireworks at 9:05 pm.
Where: The Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena
Cost: $13 GA,$25 reserved, $30 premium, Kids 7 and under and Active Military with ID Free, advance tickets on sale in May through www.ticketmaster.com. Box office a week before and cash only at the stadium.
Parking: $20 cash for cars
Info: 626-577-3100,www.rosebowlstadium.com/RoseBowl_Americafest.php

Mr. & Mrs. Muscle Beach, Venice Beach

Body building pageant on the beach.
When: July 4th, 9 am to 5 pm, registration 7:30-9:30 am, pre-judging 10 am, finals 1 pm
Where: Venice Recreation Center, 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice Beach
Cost: Free to watch, $80 to compete
Info: californiabeachbodybuilding.com, 310-399-2775

4th of July BBQ at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Enjoy the Aquarium at night and get a fish-eye view of the Queen Mary fireworks. Combo tickets include admission to the aquarium plus an Independence Day B-B-Q buffet with home-style grilled entrees and decadent deserts.
When: July 4, BB* 3:00 – 8:00 pm with two seatings, Aquarium opens 9 am – 10 pm
Where: Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, 320 Golden Shore, Long Beach
Cost: Aquarium Admission is $14.95 for everyone after 5 pm. Regular admission is $25.95 Adult, $14.95 child 3-11, $22.95 seniors, Aquarium plus dinner $37 Adult, $32 Child. Advance reservations required for dinner.
Info: 562-590-3100, www.aquariumofpacific.org
More: Aquarium of the Pacific Visitors Guide

Make It A Weekend

Family PakageFourth of July falls on a Thursday this year, so make it a weekend for the whole family with our Family Fun Package. Sometimes, you just have to get away to get closer to each other,  and with the Family Fun package, you can save while you explore the amazing 4th of July activities as well as firework displays. This package includes your overnight accommodations, breakfast for four and free high-speed Internet access. Give the 4th of July a bang by booking your stay today. http://bit.ly/18H7jm3

Source for events by About.com

It’s Time To Celebrate… Cheers! Happy New Year!

Photo Post - NYENew Year’s Eve is always a special time of year. You take time to remember the great moments of the year that is ending and welcome in all the joy and adventures of the upcoming year. In a city like Hollywood, you can only expect a serious dose of glitz and glam for one of the biggest celebrations of the year. If you haven’t settled on where to spend you last hours of 2012, here are a few Los Angeles style ideas to keep you rocking all night long!

Universal CityWalk Hollywood’s New Years Eve Countdown Bash

The countdown to 2013 begins at Universal CityWalk® as The Entertainment Capital of LASM prepares to ring in the new year in one of Southern California’s most festive New Year’s Eve celebrations featuring dazzling fireworks, colorful confetti and non-stop live entertainment at four stage locations. Throughout Universal CityWalk the energy will resonate with a series of live concerts and DJ performances, which will crescendo to the midnight New Year’s Eve countdown, punctuated by the fireworks and confetti.  The party starts at 9pm and is free to all. For parking, directions, or dinner suggestions visit the Citywalk website.

Queen Mary’s New Year’s Eve Party

Set sail into 2013 aboard Long Beach’s famous vessel, the Queen Mary, with a disco tribute band, dueling pianos, jazz performances and DJs spinning. Everything culminates with a fireworks spectacle over the ocean. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets from $109. 

The Sounds of Idina Menzel

Have a Wicked evening at Walt Disney Concert Hall as Broadway star Idina Menzel performs her new live show. Champagne bottle service is also available. Shows start at 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Tickets from $65 to $195. More information here: www.laphil.com.

The Groundling’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular

Sketchy New Year’s Eve plans? Instead, try the Groundling’s annual improv and sketch comedy show. This year, it’s emceed and directed by Karen Maruyama (The Campaign) and stars Liz Brown (The Liz Brown Show), Matt Cook, (2 Broke Girls) and other members of The Groundlings Main Company and Sunday Company. Tickets include an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and a Champagne toast. Doors at 9 p.m. Tickets $100. More information here: www.groundlings.com.


Magicopolis New Year’s Eve Party

Make the New Year magical with this Santa Monica shop and theater’s annual party. The kid-friendly event includes a magic class, pizza, popcorn and a gift bag. Show is at 9 p.m. Tickets $60. More information here: www.magicopolis.com.

Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve Ball

Make like Jay and Daisy and come in costume to this Westside sushi joint and lounge, Wockano, for prohibition-style cocktails, whiskey tastings and a live swing band. Party favors and a champagne toast are also included with admission. Doors at 9 p.m. Tickets from $40 in advance; $50 the week of the event.

New Year’s Babble-Eve at the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club & Podcast Theater

Hollywood skewer-ers Ralph Garman and Kevin Smith move their usual Saturday routine to Monday for a special New Year’s Eve version of Hollywood Babble-On at John Lovitz Comedy Club. Tickets include champagne, but do not include the comedy club standard of a two-item minimum per person. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 10 p.m. Tickets from $75.

New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet at Cafe Sierra

FB Tab Icon - CS NYECelebrate the Season at Cafe Sierra Restaurant. Culinary treats will delight your palette and warm your heart. A unique unparalleled buffet experience in Universal City, CA at Cafe Sierra Restaurant. So let the Champagne flow and pile your plate high as we say goodbye to 2012. Beginning at 9:00pm to 1:30am. Tickets are $79 and include Dinner Buffet and Champagne. There is also an early dinner seating available. Visit CafeSierraHilton.com for pricing and more information.

Stay safe no matter your plans and Go Metro for free from 9 p.m. on December 31st to 2 a.m. on January 1st. Or stay traditional and catch a friendly local Yellow Cab.

The Best End-of-the-World Parties in L.A. this Friday

According to the Mayan calendar, the I-Ching and a range of biblical and secular prophecies, the world is supposed to come to an end on Friday. It’s probably not true but what if it is? You’re going to feel pretty dumb if you didn’t spend your last evening dancing, eating, drinking and being merry.


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So here, then, are our picks for the 12/21 parties that will be so amazing you’ll say, “I can die now. Literally.”

End of Days Armageddon Art Exhibit
Antebellum Gallery, 1643 N. Las Palmas Ave., 7 p.m.; $5

We all have fetishes, and in a way, Doomsday is one of them. America’s premier fetish-themed art-house, Hollywood’s Antebellum Gallery hosts a titillating and terrifying tribute to the “end of days” phenomenon. In celebration of the final hours of the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, this art exhibit promises to make you both happy and horrified to be alive.

Reid’s Doomsday B-Day Bash

HM157, 3110 N. Broadway Ave., 8 p.m.; free

An old-timey Victorian landmark in Lincoln Heights, HM157 hosts some of the best hippie-filled fêtes in the city, including craft fairs, square dances and more. Manning the mixing boards is a guy named Reid Maxwell, who’s having his birthday party on what may be the last day of human existence. Even if you don’t know him (we don’t), there’s no reason why you shouldn’t make your way to Lincoln Heights to check out HM 157, if you haven’t already. Just be sure to RSVP.

Duplex Doomsday Party

Duplex on Third, 8722 W. 3rd St., various prices.

And just in case you haven’t planned your last meal, the sumptuous and homey Duplex on Third invites you to sit back, relax and watch the world collapse with a specialty cocktail designed to ward off evil. A professional tarot-card reading provides a glimpse into your future, or lack thereof, as the case may be. Executive Chef Larry Greenwood of BOA, Boho and STK dishes out the organic fare, sending you to heaven (or hell) with a full stomach and a smile.

El Vez with DJ Jorge Dean

Los Globos, 3040 W. Sunset Blvd., 9 p.m.; $10 – $30.

L.A.’s own Mexican Elvis and erstwhile presidential candidateEl Vez has been a fixture in the SoCal music scene ever since Robert Lopez played guitar and sang vocals in the punk band The Zeroes. As El Vez, Lopez not only channels the King, he takes Elvis Presley out of the deep south and into a raucous Quinceañera, where your head feels like a piñata and the worm at the bottom of the tequila bottle suddenly becomes your best friend. El Vez rocks the house at Los Globos with DJ Jorge Dean in a festive party presented by the Pachuco Boogie Show.

The Edge of Forever

Philosophical Research Society, 910 Los Feliz Blvd., 8:30p.m.; $12

The Philosophical Research Society in Los Feliz houses its founder Manly P. Hall’s enormous library of ancient and esoteric texts, which could probably tell you all you need to know about Doomsday. Designed by Robert Stacey-Judd in the Mayan Revival style of architecture, the library is both an appropriate physical and spiritual backdrop to The Edge of Forever, a one-time-only chamber operetta performance with the wild Uporchestra. Elizabeth Cline is the librettist and director, working with her boyfriend Lewis Pesacov (Fool’s Gold), the composer. The project was crowd-funded entirely throughKickstarter.

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