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Back to School with BookPals and the Voxy Ladies

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Back to School with BookPals and the Voxy Ladies

Voxy Ladies and BookPals kick off back to school the right way at 3pm on Sunday August 19th at Griffith Park, CA with a charity potluck mixer celebration of fun, food, VO fellowship, and an opportunity to GIVE BACK! Event will take place at the Crystal Springs Picnic area of Griffith Park, 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, California 90027. For free entrance to the event, bring a donation of school supplies or children's books to be donated to BookPals and distributed to under-resourced students in the LA Public Schools. Please RSVP to the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/247398065363540/     EVENT DETAILS: WHAT: BACK TO SCHOOL CHARITY EVENT with the VOXY LADIES and BOOKPALS WHERE: 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, California 90027 WHEN:  Sunday August 19th, 3pm-6pm ENTRANCE: FREE!  Bring a donation of unused school supplies or books to be distributed to under-resourced kids in the Los Angeles area though BookPALS. RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/247398065363540/ ABOUT VOXY LADIES The Voxy Ladies are the original hand picked, selective collective of professional female voice artists representing every genre, sound & niche in the industry.  www.VoxyLadies.com ABOUT BOOK PALS BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools) is a national program administered by the nonprofit Screen Actors Guild Foundation. BookPALS help children learn to LOVE books by bringing the talents of ...

Las Brisas: Pacific Ocean Views and Rose Gardens

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Las Brisas: Pacific Ocean Views and Rose Gardens

By Angela Rocco DeCarlo Warning: This is not an unbiased review. I love Las Brisas Restaurant for its incomparable location. The place is quaint, just comfortable enough to satisfy, with flashy rose gardens in seasonal bloom, but make no mistake, it is the ocean which holds pride of place. It sits on a promontory overlooking the sun-dappled Pacific Ocean, with curving Laguna Beach to the south replicating vistas of Italy's Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, our families' ancestral home. For us former Chicagoans, the place, especially in January, represents a fantasy of beauty and breezes (hence the name The Breezes) to which we've brought our most beloved family and friends. Our Chicago-born fathers, Mike DeCarlo and Pete Rocco, taking their first plane ride in their 80s, relished the experience of eating in sunshine on a winter day. My sister, Christine, and others have shared our delight in merely being in this sublimely spectacular spot. Native Californians cannot fathom the depth of pleasure experienced by we cold-clime folk, who find ourselves squinting into the winter sun as we munch delicious Las Brisas nachos on the terrace. We can almost feel we're again visiting fabled Positano, Italy, seated on the terrace of the celebrated ...

Balboa Bay Club Concerts

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Balboa Bay Club Concerts

By Angela Rocco DeCarlo, copyright, 2011 Nothing says summer like an outdoor concert. There are plenty of these around OC in public parks and other such venues. Unfortunately, sometimes these involve parking hassles to distant grassy areas – if there is room – with long walks back to the performing areas. If you are one who desires a little bit more upscale ambience, here’s the spot for you. I recently enjoyed an evening at the posh Balboa Bay Club and am anxious to return for more relaxation along side the fabulous marina. The Balboa Bay Club & Resort, at Newport Beach Harbor, provides the perfect constellation of beautiful setting, fine entertainment and tasty foods. The Club is located at 1221West Coast Highway, Newport Beach. www.balboabayclub.com; 949-646-5000. The BBC is hosting three concerts this month that offer up summer fun at its finest. “The Four Freshman - Live Concert“ Friday, August 12, 6:30 p.m.; “Surfin’ Safari.- The UltimateTribute to the Beach Boys!” Friday, August 19, 6:30 p.m; “Mariachi Sol de Mexico” Friday, August 26, 6:30 p.m Tickets for these concerts are $25, each performance (non-refundable). BBC’s Burger Bash BBQ will be available for purchase at the “Freshman… and “Surfin’” concerts. See below for the menu and prices on foods. “Mariachi…” concert will have available the ...

Artist Christopher Jules White Makes Los Angeles Debut with Exhibition Exploring The Intersection of Color, Light and Form at Gregory Way Gallery of Beverly Hills, Opening Saturday, March 26

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Artist Christopher Jules White Makes Los Angeles Debut with Exhibition Exploring The Intersection of Color, Light and Form at Gregory Way Gallery  of Beverly Hills, Opening Saturday, March 26

Exhibition Titled Perspective in Motion is Featured on the Huffington Post and Showcases Hockney-inspired Photo Collages and Paintings Highlighting The Artist’s Love of Vivid Color and Form Altered by Light Artist Christopher Jules White explores the intersections of vivid color, light and form in PERSPECTIVE IN MOTION, a collection of photo collages and paintings on display at the Gregory Way Gallery in Beverly Hills. The exhibition of the Texas native’s work opens with a special reception at the Gallery on Saturday, March 26 from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and runs through April 30, 2011.   “I use images and colors instead of words when I express myself because both have different capacities than words do,” says White. “I am affected by light which alters color and form and allows me to see something in an individual way. This is what I paint—the very individual thing that I see because of the effect of the light. And capturing that individuality is the essence, I think, of what painting is.”   The exhibition is featured on The Huffington Post, with the Post’s Rajeev Goyal  saying this about the artist’s work: “White's bold photo collages of California, Japan, Switzerland and Alabama are Hockneyesque but very much his ...

A Diva’s Getwaway from LA: CLAREMONT, CA: Not your ordinary Sleepytown, USA

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A Diva’s Getwaway from LA: CLAREMONT, CA: Not your ordinary Sleepytown, USA

There are many places outside of LA that serve as great options for a getaway.  Few are the ones you’d also consider living in.  Claremont is that city.   Away from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, you’ll find a thriving city with the charm of a small town. How to get there: The eastern-most city in Los Angeles County, Claremont is 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles along Interstate 10. It’s a destination quite unlike any other in Southern California: A hidden gem within the sprawling, urbanscape of the L.A. basin.  From LA: Take the 134 to the 210 exit North Towne Avenue South. Ontario International Airport (ONT) - 10 miles  Los Angeles - 40 miles   STAY:   Hotel Casa 425 is just what it claims to be: a home away from home. Located on the town square, within steps of fine restaurants, cafes, boutiques, art galleries and the prestigious Claremont Colleges, Casa 425 is a sophisticated boutique hotel with spacious rooms with clean lines and understated art.  Most of the rooms of this stylish boutique hotel open onto a tranquil courtyard in the heart of historic Claremont Village, and within walking distance of all the nightlife.  This diva recommends you ...

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