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Comedy And The Queen

Ships & Giggles Comedy Night Returns with Darren Carter August 14

Photo of Darren Carter from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Comedy Central

Darren Carter from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Comedy Central

The Queen Mary welcomes back the monthly comedy showcase, Ships & Giggles, to The Observation Bar & Art Deco Lounge on Monday, August 14 at 8 p.m. Escape the Monday blues with cocktails and great company with some of Southern California’s funniest comedians. Hosted by world-renowned comic, Rocco Stowe, the August showcase features top comedians including Courtney Black, Ashley Craib, Aiko Tanaka, Perry Kurtz, Boogie B, and headlining comedian Darren Carter.

The Line Up

Seasoned comedian, Darren Carter headlines the August 14 Ships & Giggles Comedy Night. Known for his impressions and on-point improvisation, Carter is recognized for his time on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Comedy Central, BET, and Showtime. Carter, aptly named “Party Starter,” will have the crowd laughing as soon as he takes the stage.

Hailing from Washington D.C., Courtney Black, currently resides in Los Angeles and is the co-host of The J. Anthony Brown Radio Show by day and performs at popular comedy clubs like The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory, and The Improv by night. In addition to guest starring on the TV pilot of Timid Pimps and the movie How Not to Propose, Black is currently writing on the recently green-lit animation The Slimbones.

Ashley Craib, is a SAG/AFTRA actress and Los Angeles based comedian. Craib started her career in improve by training at The Groundings before moving forward with stand up comedy. You can currently catch Craib on her YouTube show, Living with the Boyfriend.

Aiko Tanaka wears several different hats in the performance community. Tanaka began her career in the spotlight as a model in Tokyo then moved to Boston to pursue her dreams of becoming an actress. Before becoming a successful stand-up comedian, Tanaka moved to Los Angeles to practice dancing which supported her dreams of being on TV and film.

Perry Kurtz moved out west from his east coast home to San Francisco to pursue a career in comedy after leaving a high-stress job as an art director. In 1983, and years of performing 6 nights a week, Kurtz moved down south to Los Angeles where he currently lives and performs as a paid regular at The Comedy Store.

After Hurricane Katrina displaced Boogie B from his home in New Orleans, he became a highly sought after comedian in the D.C., New York, Baltimore and Philadelphia metro areas. With encouragement from his family and friends, Boogie B moved his act to Los Angeles where he currently performs at churches, comedy clubs, birthday parties, and wedding receptions.

Monday, August 14, show starts at 8 p.m. (Happy Hour is from 5 – 7 p.m.) Located onboard The Queen Mary, The Observation Bar & Art Deco Lounge was formerly the First-Class Lounge and served as the hub for lively discussions over delicious drinks.  Original artwork still hangs above the bar, which is lined with Art Deco tables, chairs and decor. The Deco vibe is retro chic, cool and swanky.

The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802. As part of the daily Free After 6pm* access to the Queen Mary, the admission to Local Band Hangout and Ships & Giggles Comedy Night are now free when entering the ship after 6:00pm.

There is complimentary self-parking with validation of a $20 purchase in the Observation Bar. Valet parking is available for $15 after 6 p.m. (up to 3 hours) with a $20 purchase and validation in the Observation Bar.

*Certain block out dates due apply.

More info: http://www.queenmary.com/events/ships-giggles-comedy-night/

 

 

 

Au Fudge!

I was just noticing LA Mommies looking for places to eat with their kids besides Chucky Cheese. Thought you’d like to know about this new offering from Jessica Biel:

Delish.com takes you inside Jessica Biel’s new restaurant Au Fudge, which opened its doors on March 4 in Los Angeles.

In the feature and video, Jessica opens up about the inspiration behind the restaurant, which she and her confounders envisioned as a stylish escape for parents who can unwind with a glass of rosé on the patio, while their kids (supervised under the watchful eye of an au pair) play in a drum circle or climb an indoor treehouse.

Not only is Au Fudge a playground for kids and parents, it also serves delicious dishes and treats – Jessica’s personal favorites are the vegan Caesar salad, chicken nuggets and French fries, and avalanche bars (brick-thick rice krispy treats studded with chocolate chips and sprinkles).

You can read the full piece at http://www.delish.com/restaurants/a52533/jessica-biel-restaurant-tour/.

Mother’s Day At Yamashiro’s

Yamashiro Launches Sunday Brunch
Series Starting Mother’s Day 2017

Yamashiro logoOriginally built in 1914 as a private residence, Yamashiro (“Mountain Palace” in Japanese) took its inspiration from the classical Asian art and architecture that was the passion and business of its original owners the Bernheimer brothers. Over its 102-year life, it’s taken on many identities including a brothel and a boarding house, before becoming a private cocktail lounge for the golden era of the Hollywood elite in 1963. A full-service restaurant soon followed, ultimately catapulting Yamashiro into a world-famous dining destination in the 1970s and ’80s. The property’s regal Asian influences and breathtaking, 180-degree views from downtown Los Angeles to the Santa Monica shore have been featured in popular films such as Memoirs of a Geisha, Gone in 60 Seconds, and Kill Bill, as well as numerous travel shows.

Yamashiro Hollywood is launching a new Sunday Brunch buffet this Mother’s Day, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The iconic restaurant, which previously only opened for dinner, will continue brunch service year-round every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A longtime Hollywood favorite of locals and travelers alike for celebrating special occasions, the scenic restaurant’s brunch service will feature a buffet with multiple themed stations with dish selections including crab legs, shrimp cocktail, oysters, prime rib, chicken and waffles, omelets, build-your-own salads and cold favorites like smoked salmon and yogurts. For dessert, guests can choose from a variety of danishes and cupcakes.

All moms will receive a complimentary glass of champagne on Mother’s Day.

Brunch starts at $29 for kids and $50 for adults. A $65 option will include brunch and bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys or bellinis.

Yamashiro HollywoodYamashiro is located at 1999 Sycamore Ave. and is open from 5-11 p.m. on weekdays and 5 p.m. to midnight on weekends, in addition to Sunday Brunch service. Reservations can be made through OpenTable, via phone 323.466.5125 or by email info@yamashirohollywood.com.

Tea Peace

Tea Peace

Z: The Beginning Of Everything

Z: THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING available to stream on Amazon Prime Video January 27th.

Celebrate in style Wednesday, Thursday or Friday as Amazon takes over several speakeasies in the New York and Los Angeles areas where they will be hosting free, open bars to the public.

Z is a biography series based on the life of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, the brilliant, beautiful and talented Southern Belle who becomes the original flapper and icon of the wild, flamboyant Jazz Age in the 20s. Starring Christina Ricci (Monster) as Zelda Fitzgerald, Z starts before she meets the unpublished writer F. Scott Fitzgerald (Gavin Stenhouse, Allegiance), and moves through their passionate, turbulent love affair and their marriage-made in heaven, lived out in hell as the celebrity couple of their time. The series travels through the wild parties, the wicked jazz, the dissolute artists of the era, as well as the alcoholism, adultery and struggle with dashed dreams and mental illness that characterizes their later years.

image002The Deets:

Pour Vous (LA), No Vacancy (LA), Raines Law Room (NYC) and The Back Room (NYC) will all be taking part in the #ZTakeover January 25th, 26th and 27th. Not only will these venues be serving up prohibition era cocktails, they will also be decorated to the theme of the series with branded barware, 20’s jazz bands, bartenders in classic 20’s attire and tons of other early 20th century accents.

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Wednesday, Jan 25

No Vacancy (1727 N Hudson Ave)

8PM-11PM

Thursday, Jan 26:

Pour Vous (5574 Melrose Ave), 8-11PM

Friday, Jan 27:

Los Angeles:

No Vacancy (1727 N Hudson Ave), 8PM-11PM

 

Afternoon Neutrali-tea

Afternoon Neutrali-tea

 

Fresh, Warm, Clean for 2017

screenshot-2016-12-31-15-42-01We love this look for New Year’s Day, featuring a soft modal scarf from The Teabag Project with original teabag art by Ann Laser custom printed and hand finished to order. A design collaboration with EncinoMom’s Lisa Keating, this new line of scarves and home décor are intended to promote world peace through inner peace. Taking this intention as a jumping off point, we’ve curated this look with the Prints For Peace scarf at its center.

A turquoise leather jacket and bright orange earrings against an outfit of warm neutrals is easy to wear across seasons and oceans. Fresh and feminine in just the right mix to meet your dreams in 2017. The Teabag Project’s peace scarf is also available in cashmere for $85. Purchase of products created by Lisa Keating for The Teabag Project benefit the artist, the designer and the makers with a portion of proceeds funding literacy projects. Purchases made before midnight 1/31/16 may use discount code: VIDA25-97669sbb for a $25 credit toward their first purchase!

Lighting Of The Bay

DUNES’ LIGHTING OF THE BAY NOV 25th

26th Annual Tradition To Feature Brilliantly Lit Christmas Trees & Decorations Floating on the Bay, Visit From Santa, Live Holiday Music & Family Fun Movie

One of Southern California’s most cherished holiday traditions will come alive as Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort hosts its 26th Annual Lighting of the Bay on Friday, November 25. The festivities will include live musical performances by OC Song & Dance and the Corona del Mar High School Choir, a roaming magician, three puppet shows and a visit by Santa Claus who will flip a massive switch to illuminate dozens of floating “trees” and other holiday decoration on the water. There will also be a screening of “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” for the kids. Parking and all activities are free including, build-your-own-s’mores, cookies, hot cocoa, and cider. The Dunes will be selling its award-winning seafood chowder, hot dogs, chili and corn muffins and bar will be open for the grown-ups.

FRIDAY, NOV. 25 LINE-UP   

  • 3 p.m. — Corona del Mar High School Choir and OC Children’s Song Group perform holiday songs.
  • 5:30 p.m.  –  Santa arrives and leads the countdown to flip the giant switch to light the bay.
  • 6 p.m. – Families are encouraged to dress warmly and bring blankets to enjoy a screening of “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” on the beachfront.
On Saturday the 26th, the Dunes will open its Christmas Tree Farm. Santa Claus will be on hand during select times to take photos with the kids. Hours will be from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily through December 24.  There, families may choose from Nobles, Nordmans and Grand Firs ranging from 3’ to 10’.

Then on Sunday, December 3rd, the critically acclaimed Back Bay Bistro will serve a brunch with Santa from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Executive Chef Bruno Massuger will prepare a special holiday brunch designed to get families in the Christmas spirit, including a visit from Santa from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Price is $45 for adults with endless Champagne and mimosas and $16 for children under 10. Free parking for event attendees and Sunday brunch is free with Bistro validation.

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is a non-membership recreational area featuring a 386-site state-of-the-art RV park, 450-slip marina and a private waveless beach and playground that has been enjoyed by families since 1958.

Newport Dunes is also home to 24 mobile cottages that the public may rent. Its onsite restaurant, the Back Bay Bistro, is critically acclaimed and highly sought after dining spot thanks to its eclectic menu and stunning water views.  The Dunes is located at 1131 Back Bay Drive.  Call 949-729-3863 for more information.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 May 2017

Here’s a peek at Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 for all of our Marvel fans. The 3D (and IMAX 3D) pic will be in theatres next Spring, so this will have to hold you over for now!

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 is in theaters May 5, 2017!

image001-3You can be part of the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 conversation on your favorite social media channel, too:

Like GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 on Facebook: http://www.wdsmediafile.com/marvel-studios/guardiansvol2/

Follow GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Guardians

Follow Marvel on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/guardiansofthegalaxy/

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 is in theaters May 5, 2017!

Wife Appreciation Day!

Yeah, I never heard of it either!

The Tuck Room, Wife Appreciation Day

Thanks to a press release from The Tuck Room Tavern, I’m now in the know, and so are you. Just forward this article to your hubby and hope for the best. Or, if you really want to be appreciated forward AND make a reservation at The Tuck Room Tavern for this Sunday, September 18th between 4 and 11 pm. You could even write a note for your husband to read aloud at the table that says, “I appreciated my wife.” Just make sure he reads it while the waiter is within earshot and you’ll be treated to a signature dessert and a glass of perfectly chilled Prosecco. More details below.

The Tuck Room Tavern Celebrates National Wife Appreciation Day on September 18
with Four Simple Words. Whisper “I Appreciate my Wife” to your Server and receive a complimentary Prosecco and Dessert by Chef Sherry Yard.

The Tuck Room, Wife Appreciation DayThe Tuck Room Tavern is a jovial neighborhood dining + drinking den serving craveable American fare and a touch of whimsy under the culinary direction of SVP of Culinary Brand Development Chef Sherry Yard.

Happy wife, happy life—so the saying goes.

All couples visiting The Tuck Room Tavern on Sunday, September 18, can enjoy this offer with the mention of four simple words. Whether you shout it from the rooftops or whisper it into her ear, just be sure that your server hears you say the magic words: “I appreciate my wife.” Those lucky wives will receive a decadent raspberry soufflé made by Chef Sherry Yard and a glass of Prosecco to enjoy on the house. If you’re lucky, she might even share a bite.

  • *One dessert per table. Must have dinner reservation for a minimum of 2 people. Minimum purchase of 2 entrées.
  • Wives can be showered with adoration from 4-11 p.m. on Sunday, September 18
  • The Tuck Room Tavern Westwood: 10850 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024.
  • (310) 307-7004

Hope to see you there being appreciated this weekend! Cheers 😉

The Tuck Room, Wife Appreciation Day

Sherry Yard’s The Tuck Room Tavern is now open in Westwood, California. Under the culinary direction of SVP of Culinary Brand Development and three-time James Beard Award winner chef Sherry Yard and Master Bartender and Advanced Sommelier Adam Seger, guests can enjoy an extensive menu and handcrafted cocktails that present a liquid love letter to Los Angeles. The Tuck Room Tavern is tucked away inside iPic Theaters, located at 10850 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024. For reservations visit, http://www.thetuckroom.com or call: (310) 307-7004.