ArtNight Pasadena

February 23rd, 2017

On March 10, enjoy a night filled with art, music, culture and more at ArtNight Pasadena. This free event features 18 of Pasadena’s art and cultural venues. ArtCenter, Norton Simon, Armory Center for the Arts and more are included. This is a very popular event with 28,000 in attendance the last time. Yummy food trucks will also be there. Free shuttles are provided for your convenience at every venue.

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It’s Oscar week!

February 22nd, 2017

There’s so much creativity in this town and it’s almost time for the most coveted of awards, the Oscars. With so many great performances, it’s hard to choose who will win. Hacksaw Ridge, La La Land, Manchester by The Sea, Fences, Arrival, Moonlight and more are up for multiple awards. Categories include best pictures, best actors, writing, directing, visual effects, set design, costume design, score, sound, documentaries, shorts films, you name it! Here is the list of nominees. The Oscars will take place on Sunday, February 26 and shown on ABC.

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Live the independent life at NoHo Senior Arts Colony

February 16th, 2017

Here we celebrate the independent lifestyle like no other with modern and spacious living as well as uniquely inspiring amenities including an onsite performance theater and Road Theatre Company. Be mindful of your health at our modern and fully equipped fitness studio. We’ve also got EngAGE® — complimentary onsite arts, health, wellness and interactive community programming. You’ll also love our heated swimming pool, computer/business center, visual arts studio, and pet-friendly environment. Each beautiful residence comes with a full appliance package, in-home washer/dryer, and designer finishes. Everything you need to live well and make the most of your independent lifestyle is at NoHo Senior Arts Colony in North Hollywood. Call us at 855-399-5381 today and let’s talk!

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Celebrate Black Cinema this month

February 14th, 2017

Here are two great events that honor Black Cinema.

NFMLA presents ‘InFocus: Black Cinema’: FEB 18
In honor of Black History Month, NFMLA presents ‘InFocus: Black Cinema’ to open up this month’s festival screening. The program consists of films that cover a range of stories and cultures seeking to underscore the importance of films that have starred, filmed, directed, or been produced by the black community. We have two comedies of how far one goes to break the walls between color in the name of love, a witty comment on stereotyping, a beautifully captured character study of a youth from the streets, training his way to the Olympics, and a historical snapshot of an economically challenged community in Detroit transformed though the modernist architecture of Mies Van Der Rohe. In between programs, meet and mingle with the filmmakers and industry supporters over cocktails and sounds at the filmmakers’ lounge inside the private entry to the 500 seat theater of the South Park Center in Downtown Los Angeles.

Hollywood Black Film Festival in Marina Del Rey: FEB 22
Dubbed “The Black Sundance,” the Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) is an annual 4-day celebration of Black Cinema drawing together established filmmakers, popular film and TV stars, writers, directors, industry executives, emerging artists, and diverse audiences from Hollywood and around the world. Attracting such stars and industry insiders as Sidney Poitier, Forest Whitaker, Spike Lee, George Tillman, Tina Andrews, Blair Underwood, Sanaa Lathan, Antwone Fisher, Ice-T, Rev. Run, and Loretta Devine, the Festival has become a hotbed for the Black Hollywood community.

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Descanso Gardens Camellia & Tea Festival: FEB 11-12

February 9th, 2017

Welcome to an urban retreat of year-round natural beauty, internationally renowned botanical collections and spectacular seasonal horticultural displays. This weekend, Descanso Gardens will have its annual Camellia & Tea Festival. Enjoy Chado tea tasting, camellia crafts, camellia walks, exploration station, and Invertigo Dance Theatre Performance.  Learn about the history of camellias. If you’re looking for more natural wonders, check out the Los Angeles Arboretum and Huntington Library & Gardens.

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Get to know Lynda: online classes

February 7th, 2017

Looking to learn something new for work, fun, or on the tech-side? Then Lynda is for you! Their popular online video tutorials let you learn on your computer, tablet or mobile device. The range of subjects is extensive and taught by experts in their field. Software tutorials include Excel, Photoshop, WordPress and iOS. They even have a free 10-day trial. Check with your local library if you can get free Lynda classes if you sign up for a library card. Happy learning!

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“The Power of Our Presence” Exhibition at The Paley

February 4th, 2017

The Paley Center in Beverly Hills is happy to partner with Essence for the exhibit The Power of Our Presence – An Exhibition Celebrating the 10 Year Anniversary of the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards. This exhibit from February 8-28 commemorates the televised luncheon’s tenth anniversary and features one of the iconic white coats worn by Kerry Washington on Scandal, costumes from Taraji P. Henson’s “Cookie Lion” of Empire, and Tracee Ellis Ross’s scrubs from black-ish. Archived memorabilia, photos and footage from the luncheon’s nine-year history will be on display, including re-creations of the event’s extraordinary tablescapes, images from past honorees, special video messages from Angela Bassett and Lynn Whitfield, a compilation footage of some the event’s most touching acceptance speeches, and much more. FREE and open to the public.

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