Vegan Street Fair: MARCH 26

February 28th, 2017

Vegan and non-vegans alike will enjoy all the yummy selections at the Vegan Street Fair in North Hollywood on March 26. This annual celebration celebrates the latest in vegan cuisine in bite-sized portions. All bite-sized portions are only $4! The Fair itself is FREE. They’ve also added a Beer Garden at the Federal Bar, more vendors, more activities, and more games. Check out these vegan recipes to try at home.

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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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Did you know Anthony Hopkins is also a painter?

January 10th, 2017

We all know the acting brilliance, legacy, and mastery that is Anthony Hopkins. His roles in Silence of the Lambs, Remains of The Day, and recently HBO’s WESTWORLD are unsurpassed. But did you know he is also a prolific painter? Hopkins is generous with color, dynamic in his portraits, and expressive in his compositions on canvas. The other thing of note is that he likes to use all mediums: acrylics, oils, markers, watercolors, etc. While many artists religiously stick to one medium only, Hopkins enjoys using any and every medium at his disposal. The lesson is to trust your instincts and enjoy making art like you did when you were a child. He’s 79 and there’s no slowing him down. There is no one medium that defines art. Explore and have fun discovering what suits your style and subject matter. Check out Anthony Hopkins’ art right now.

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