LA is WICKED Amazing!

Wicked NY

Returning to Los Angeles, at the iconic Pantages Theater, this amazing musical won’t disappoint.

A vivid reimagining of the classic The Wizard of Oz,Wicked spotlights the untold stories of Oz’s most famous (or infamous) characters, namely the Wicked Witch of the West and her unlikely friend, Glinda the Good. The show follows green-skinned star Elphaba from birth to college and through the life-changing events which eventually label her “wicked,” introducing spoiled rich girl Glinda, local prince and heartthrob Fiyero and even the Wizard of Oz himself, a troubled man very unlike the one you may remember. As Elphaba, a passionate political activist if there ever was one, fights injustice and seeks to undo the mistakes of the past, dark secrets and personal tragedies shape the history of Oz, paying homage to the classic Wizard of Oz story while simultaneously changing fans’ understanding of it forever. A cautionary tale about love, friendship and trust, Wicked effortlessly reveals that there are indeed two sides to every story.

Add this to your “Must See” list for your next Los Angeles getaway!

 Stay Just Minutes Away!

Treat yourself and your special someone to a magical night. Stay just minutes away or two Metro Stops from this amazing musical event.  Make your reservation today with rates starting at $169.00.


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LA Pride 2013


LA Pride in West Hollywood is the largest annual LGBT gathering in Southern California. Held over a long weekend every year in June, the event features a festival with live entertainment on multiple stages, dozens of parties at WeHo venues, and a colorful parade. The festival itself is based in West Hollywood Park, with the parade taking to West Hollywood’s streets on the last day of festivities. Organizers expect about a half-million revelers during the weekend.

Promoting human rights, education, outreach, and a better understanding within the non-LGBT community, LA Pride has been going strong since its first parade was held in Hollywood in 1970. The celebration moved to West Hollywood in 1979.

This event is June 7 thur 9th and  admission to the 2013 LA Pride festival in West Hollywood Park is $20 (good for either Saturday or Sunday entry, but not both days). The cost for seniors, disabled persons, and veterans is $12. Entrance to the park is free for active military members and children under 12. The parade, held Sunday, is free for all to attend.

Don’t miss out on one of Los Angeles’ biggest parties of the year. Get your 2013 LA Pride tickets today!

Make it a Weekend

HH_womentakingpicIgnite your own memorable moments, discover top gay destinations and experience the most exciting Pride Season celebrations and LGBT events LA has to offer. Enjoy high-speed Internet, a free one-year digital subscription to OUT magazine, two free welcome beverages and late checkout, where and when available with this value added gay travel package. Book your stay today

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in LA


The holiday of Cinco De MayoThe 5th Of May, commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. So what better way to celebrate it than with food, friends and margaritas!

Olvera Street Festivites

A traditional celebration with mariachis, folklorico dancers, piñatas and other activities for the kids at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Site on Olvera Street in Downtown Los Angeles.

When: May 4-5, 2013, Saturday noon- 7 pm, Sunday 11 am – 5 pm,
Where: Olvera Street pedestrian zone at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, 845 N. Alameda Street, Los Angeles
Cost: Free
Metro: Red Line to Union Station
Info: (213) 289-4641,

Grande Cinco De Mayo Block Party in West Hollywood

The City of West Hollywood and Tortilla Republic are co-sponsoring the Grande Cinco De Mayo Block Party in West Hollywood on Sunday, May 5, 2013 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The open air parking lot behind Tortilla Republic at 616 Robertson Boulevard (located on El Tovar Place) will be transformed into an outdoor Grande Cinco de Mayo celebration featuring food and live entertainment to celebrate Mexican heritage and culture. Proceeds benefit Project Angel Food.

Cinco de Mayo at the Farmer’s Market

Enjoy Mexican food and drink specials and live entertainment during lunch and dinner at theLA Farmers Market.
When: May 5, 2013, all day
Where: LA Farmers Market, 6333 W. 3rd St,, Los Angeles, 90036
Cost: Free entertainment, food and drinks for purchase

Experience a Breathtaking Journey Under the White Big Top

Cavalia brings the magic of horse and rider back to Southern California with their newest show, Odysseo.


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The 125-feet tall White Big Top is a traffic stopping addition to the Burbank skyline that signals something extraordinary has come to town.  Cavalia returns bringing its unique combination of equestrian arts, awe inspiring acrobatics and high-tech theatrical effects to wow the audience.

Cavalia Odysseo is the newest show celebrating the beauty and harmony of the meeting of two worlds: those of horse and human. Shrouded in a blue mist rising from the earth, you will find yourself amid a herd of grazing horses, admiring the splendour of the setting sun. Lying on a bed of green, you can contemplate what the stars dream about, what horses dream about. Follow the northern lights as they dance across the heavens. Revel in the birth of spring.

Suddenly, the flat surface of the stage will start to swell and curve. From behind an expanse of rolling hills and a distant desert emerges a herd of horses, seeking an oasis where they can quench their thirst.

Through a symphony of colours and emotions, a series of wonders will unfold. In this intimate yet grandiose setting, humans and horses live in harmony. Surrounded by awe-inspiring images and accompanied by live music, horses and artists – acrobats, dancers, musicians and riders – will take you on a journey to a world where dreams and reality intertwine.

Right now, the show is only in town until March 24th. Don’t miss out on an evening you won’t soon forget.  Click here for show and ticket information.


Hilton UniversalTurn your evening at the show into an overnight getaway with our special Cavalia hotel packages.  Please call us  at 1-818-506-2500 to make your reservation.  Offer is subject to availability and additional restrictions may apply.

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Los Angeles Celebrates Black History Month

Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their important role in U.S. history. The event was originally the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Following is a list of Los Angeles events and cultural institutions participating in Black History Month.


Pan African Film and Arts Festival PAFF | Black History Month February 2103
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The annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF) is America’s largest and most prestigious Black film festival. PAFF holds the distinction of being the largest Black History Month event in the country. Veteran actress Salli Richardson-Whitfield is this year’s celebrity host, and award-winning actress Lynn Whitfield is being honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in television and film. PAFF is taking place at the Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills 15 at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. The festival kicks off with a star-studded Opening Night Gala on Thursday, February 7th at the headquarters of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) in West Hollywood.

Now in its 21st year, PAFF screens more than 150 films made by and/or about people of African descent from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, South America, the South Pacific, Latin America, Europe and Canada. PAFF was founded in 1992 by award-winning actor Danny Glover, Emmy Award-winning actress Ja’Net DuBois, and Executive Director Ayuko Babu, an international legal, cultural and political consultant who specializes in African Affairs. PAFF is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of ethnic and racial respect and tolerance through the exhibition of films, art and creative expression.


Black Women State of the Union |Company of Angels Theater | Black History Month February 2013
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Black Women: State of the Union (BWSOTU) is a theatrical and community event that represents and celebrates Black women as complex and resilient people. BWSOTU promotes greater understanding of Black women’s significant contributions to the world through performance, visual arts, community events and media. To celebrate Black History Month, BWSOTU returns to the Company of Angels Theatre with Taking Flight, an edgy and emotionally eclectic exploration of the challenges and achievements of Black Women in contemporary America. Located in the historic Alexandria Hotel in Downtown, the Company of Angels is LA’s oldest non-profit repertory theater company, founded in 1959 by actors Richard Chamberlain, Leonard Nimoy, Vic Morrow and famed entertainment attorney Bertram Fields. Tickets for Taking Flight are $20 or $15 with a Senior/Student discount. For reservations, call 213.489.3703 or visit


Santa Monica Playhouse Josephine Baker Life Story Performance | Black History Month February 2013
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In honor of Black History Month, the Santa Monica Playhouse presents Bananas! – A Day in the Life of Josephine Baker, a one-woman cabaret written and performed by Sloan Robinson, with accompaniment by pianist Aeros Pierce. Bananas! takes its name from a famous striptease costume worn by Baker, a legendary performer and civil rights activist who was the first African-American female to star in a major motion picture. In 2009, Bananas! received N.A.A.C.P. Theatre Awards for Best Music Director, Best Costumes and a nomination for Best Female Performance. General Admission tickets for Bananas! are $20. Two shows only: Saturday, February 16th at 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 17th at 3 p.m.


 Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center tribute to African Americans February 2013
On Monday, February 25th, the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center celebrates Black History Month with two free events that highlight the cultural contributions that African Americans have made to our society. At 7:30 p.m., A Tribute to African American Authors features renowned actors and singers performing selected works. A reception for the new exhibit Ain’t Just Paint: Works from the CCH Pounder Collection follows A Tribute. The events are taking place in the Renberg Theatre and Advocate & Gochis Galleries, both located at the Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza in Hollywood. Admission to both events is free, but reservations are required for A Tribute:


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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.


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,, Mon.–Fri.: 9 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sat.: 9 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sun.: 10 a.m.– 7 p.m.


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.


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. 


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.


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


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,, Fri.: 7 a.m.–11:00 a.m.,


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


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.


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.,


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.,


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.,


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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St. Patty’s Day in LA

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! There are plenty of ways to to celebrate with great food, drinks and sweets. So experience what happens in LA when Irish traditions meet California culture this March 17th.

St. Paddy’s Old Town Treasure Hunt

A St. Patrick’s Day scavenger hunt through Old Town Pasadena in conjunction with Old Town Pub. Participants must be 21 and over. Start location will be revealed to participants upon sign up.
When: March 17, 2012 11 am and 2 pm
Where: Old Town Pasadena
Cost: $25

Vox Femina From Shakespeare to Shamrocks

The English and Irish are joined in song as Vox Femina celebrates the Bard of Avon and St. Patrick’s Day for a bi-cultural evening of classic Shakespeare sonnets and a wee bit of authentic Irish music sung in Gaelic.
When: March 17, 2012 8 pm
Where: Zipper Hall at the Colburn School, 200 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, 90012
Cost: $25-35, Discount Tickets

Happy Hour Saint Patty’s Pub Crawl

Time to put those Shamrocks on and head out at the World Famous Pub Crawl. Over 20 Venues in all along the Walk of Fame on Hollywood Blvd with some mind numbing drink specials.
When: March 16th & 17th, 2012 5 pm
Where: Pig n’ Whistle, 6714 Hollywood Boulevard  Los Angeles, CA 90028
Cost: $10-25, Discount Tickets

St. Patrick’s Dinner Buffet at Cafe Sierra

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Cafe Sierra with Irish classics like Corned Beef & Cabbage, Hearty Vegetable Soup, Irish Lamb Stew, Limerick’s Chicken Florentine, Mac’s Irish Shepard Pie, Bangers and Mash, along with all your favorite items from our Seafood, Lobster and Prim Rib buffet dinner. Don’t forget to order your green beer too!
When: March 17th, 2012 6 pm to 10 pm
Where: Hilton Universal, 555 Universal Hollywood Drive Universal City, CA 91608
Cost: $20-$47, Make Reservations 

Irish Bars and Pubs Around Los Angeles


McMurphy’s Tavern
72 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 666-1445
Extras: Pasadena hot spot, Happy hour, live music, dancing, sports bar


Finn MacCool’s
2700 Main St.
Santa Monica, CA
(310) 452-1734
Extras: The entire pub was imported from Ireland. Happy Hour, Irish and other live music

Sonny McLean’s
2615 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 449-1811
Extras: Sports bar with 22 screens, beer and wine only, Boston Irish hang out

Brennan’s Pub
4089 Lincoln Blvd.
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 821-6622
Extras: Turtles, turtles, everywhere…Turtle races every Thursday. Live music.


Casey’s Irish Bar & Grille
613 S. Grand Ave. (at 6th Street)
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 629-2353
Extras: Happy Hour, Live Music, DJ


Tom Bergin’s Tavern
840 S Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 936-7151
Extras: Oldest Irish bar in LA, neighborhood sports bar & restaurant

Molly Malone’s Irish Pub
575 S. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 935-1577
Extras: live singer/songwriters. Lots of movies filmed here.

Wherever you spend your St Patrick’s Day, we hope Irish eyes are smiling upon you. Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Discover The Arts LA

Discover the Arts, the longest running and largest arts campaign in the City, launches the fourth-year of its campaign in 2012. Discover the Arts is held in conjunction with the City’s annual Los Angeles Arts Month celebration. Created in partnership with Wells Fargo and approximately 50 cultural institutions as well as media and community partners. The campaign, which runs from January 16 to April 30, 2012, offers myriad of cultural attractions to locals and tourists alike with up to 50 percent off admissions, gift items, and more.

“Los Angeles is where the world creates and innovates,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “I am thrilled to join LA INC. and all the participating institutions in celebrating LA’s contribution to the visual and performing arts. The City’s unparalleled diversity and rich range of cultural institutions offer a dynamic arts scene.”

The home to nearly 3,000 professional arts organizations and institutions, Los Angeles is a world-class arts capital, ranking second in the nation in volume for overseas cultural and heritage visitors according to the US Department of Commerce.  Fully one-half of Los Angeles’ 26.9 million annual visitors get their information of why to come to LA, when to visit and what to see and do when they’re here from friends and family who live here.

From art aficionados to families, Discover the Arts encourages everyone to explore their favorite arts institutions while discovering museums and other arts institutions they have never visited before.


October 1st marked the opening day of Pacific Standard Time, bringing more than sixty cultural institutions together throughout Southern California to tell the story of the rise of the Los Angeles art scene and how it became a new force in the art world. This collaboration is the largest undertaking by cultural institutions and will continue through April 2012 and initiated by The Getty Foundation with over $10 million in grants.

During the six-month long celebration of post art art, there will be over 60 shows at museums, art galleries and performance spaces will display the best of California cultural. With the heart of the celebration at the exhibit in The Getty CenterPacific Standard Time will explore everything from California Mid-Century modern design at LACMA, to LA’s African American visual artists at the Hammer Musuem, to a survey of LA’s pop music scene at the GRAMMY Museum. This event will have something for every art lover.

We are excited to be part of this amazing event. As a participating hotel in this event we are offering our Pacific Standard Time rate to all art enthusiastic. Guests who book the packages will receive an exclusive museum pass that will grant free, VIP admission for two to 18 leading Los Angeles museums participating in Pacific Standard Time, more than a $250 value. (Visitors must show their Hilton Universal hotel key card and the VIP museum pass to gain access.) For more information and to book your stay visit:

For a list of all the participating museums and exhibits visit

Princess for a Day

La Quinceañera, the sweet 15 party that symbolizes the beginning of womanhood in Latin communities around the world, is a dream of many young Latinas and their families.

The preparations for this coming out party are elaborate – from the traditions, dancing and food to the tiaras, dresses and favors. Traditions are observed during this celebration. Girls dress in ball gown and boys in tuxedos. Traditionally your closets friends will form your court on this occasion and are singled out with a corsage or bouquet. Guest will receive small tokens as keepsakes form this event so favors are needed. Changing of the Doll and the Father / Daughter Dance are among the highlights. Don’t forget the food and cake.

The Church

The first thing that you need for the Quinceanera ceremony itself is a church. While many people celebrate Quinceaneras with only the reception itself, you need to think ahead if you wish to include the customary religious ritual.

Reception Location

While the church might be important to parents, the location of the reception is much more important to any 15-year-old girl. A reception can be held at a wide range of places from your own house to a four-star hotel. The Hilton Los Angeles / Universal City Hotel offers Quincenera Packages featuring special menus. For more information, contact Estella Segura, Catering Manager by email: or call 818.509.2068.  She can help make your day star-studded.

The Dress

When choosing the right dress, make sure you can walk and breathe in it. You will be wearing it for many hours. Make sure you feel like a Princess in the dress, after all it is your special day.While the tradition may have been white or pink, modern styles include a whole rainbow of hues, so choose one that matches your complexion or one in your favorite color.

The Cake

From tradition white cakes with flowers to crazy designs with multi colors. Show off your personality when you pick out your cake.

Quinceaneras Magazine Expo 2011 Los Angeles

With such a big event to plan, come and see some of the best venues, caters, bakers, planners, dress makers, make-up,entertainment companies, limos and many more from the Southern California area; acquire some great ideas in fashion trends, cosmetic application, and what is new for your Quinceanera, teen party, or any large celebration; those same great people needed to enhance your wedding celebration will be here too.
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You will not want to miss this show.
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The trendy theme,
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Invite friends and enjoy your Quinceanera & Novias planning.
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