September 2019

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(left to right) LA Food & Wine Festival's Cereal 'n' Milk, The Wallis' Joel Hile & Chef Jet Tila, a Lobster Roll, Chef Curtis Stone, Chef Tim Hollingsworth, Jidori Fried Chicken Sandwich, Chef Chris Robbins, and Aperol Spritz cocktails (Photos Paige Petrone)


  • Story / Photos By PAIGE PETRONE

I was super excited and proud to work with the Food & Wine Festival last month. I loved that this year the event was held at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, indoors and air-conditioned in the middle of August in Los Angeles. Always a good idea!

There were four “epic grand tastings” over the weekend (August 23, 24, and 25) — The Epic Burger Throwdown with Alvin Cailan (Friday evening), LA’s Faves & Craves, hosted by Chef Jet Tila (Saturday afternoon), Meat Me at LAFW’s Great Steak-Out & BBQ with Chef Curtis Stone (Saturday evening), and Brunch So Hard with Chef Jeremiah Tower (Sunday at noon).

Of course I attended LA’s Faves & Craves! I had fun meeting host Chef Tila who was on hand working with other chefs and mingling with his fans. Fun! Actually, the hottest thing was that all of the top chefs the Festival chose to showcase (25 of them!) were on hand as well. Very cool!

A heavenly experience for any foodie. The bites were really decadent and delicious as were all the fabulous wines being featured (from more than 75 top wineries). The chefs were passionate and proud to be there. A very enjoyable afternoon!

For more details on LAFW, click here. To see event photos, click here.


TAME: Through A Magician’s Eye (Starring Blaise Serra) Sept 14 at The Montalban


  • By Cynthia Lum

What if, for one night only, anything you imagined could be possible? Would you use that power for good?  Magician and mentalist, Blaise Serra brings is all-new show TAME: Through A Magician’s Eyes to the wonderful Montalban Rooftop Theater.

After encountering mind reading and sleight of hand that defies explanation, get ready to be a part of creating some of the most impossible moments you’ll ever experience. It’s one thing for the magician to get inside your head or show you some tricks, but it’s much more mind-blowing for members of the audience to suddenly read each other’s minds, or have the magic happen in their own hands. This is exactly how Blaise, a frequent performer at the  Magic   Castle , will leave audiences stunned and bewildered. Get a peek behind the curtain and step into the world of the illusionist, where everything in every moment can become something beautifully impossible. A world where instead of saying ‘I wish…’ you ask ‘What if?’

Blaise will be joined by Jackson Ridd and Michael Campion. Ridd is a deception artist, consultant, and magician, who uses his trickster toolkit for entertainment and educational purposes and Campion is a sleight of hand artist, magician, and actor who stars in the hit Netflix series Fuller House. Doors open 6pm and magic begins 8pm, so come early to enjoy drinks and Umami Burger on this rooftop oasis.

For tickets and details, click here.


Little Shop of Horrors Sept 17-Oct 13 at Pasadena Playhouse


  • By Deborah Behrens

Seymour, Audrey and their bloodthirsty Venus flytrap return to Mushnik’s Skid Row Florists in Pasadena Playhouse’s electrifying revival of sci-fi musical comedy classic Little Shop of Horrors. George Salazar (Be More Chill) and Mj Rodriguez (Pose) star as the hapless Seymour Krelborn and his aspirational co-worker Audrey with Amber Riley (Glee) voicing the power-hungry carnivorous plant Audrey II. Directed by Mike Donahue (The Legend of Georgia McBride) and featuring such iconic Alan Menken and Howard Ashman (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast) songs as “Feed Me,” “Skid Row,” “Somewhere That’s Green,” and “Suddenly Seymour,” this production reimagines the show’s Skid Row and introduces an exciting new puppet concept for Audrey II.

Based upon Roger Corman’s 1960 black comedy film The Little Shop of Horrors, the musical debuted Off-Broadway in 1982 to critical acclaim winning the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical and Outer Critics Circle Award. The 1986 Frank Oz-directed film starring Rick Moranis, Ellen Green, Vincent Gardenia and Steve Martin as sadistic dentist Orin Scrivello was nominated for two Academy Awards and Golden Globes. Audrey II devoured L.A. audiences for two months during the Broadway production’s national tour stop at the Ahmanson Theatre in 2004. Pasadena playgoers who tempt her palate risk the same delicious fate.

Plays September 17 – October 20. For more information, click here.

Blink of An Eye

Blink of An Eye hits theaters Sept 6

Blink of An Eye


Blink of An Eye is a must-see movie.  It’s a powerful tragedy to triumph documentary about an unlikely friendship between legendary NASCAR icon Dale Earnhardt Sr. and fellow driver (and underdog), Michael Waltrip.  Now let me stop right there and say I know little about car racing BUT this film transcends sports and focuses on the true meaning of friendship, sacrifice and redemption. It’s a universal and striking piece of filmmaking… and reveals a story that needs to be told.

Inspired by the bestselling book, In the Blink of An Eye: Dale, Daytona and the Day that Changed Everything, the movie chronicles the star-crossed relationship of NASCAR champion and perennial winner Earnhardt, nicknamed “The Intimidator,” and racer Waltrip, known for his record-breaking 462 losses in a row.  What was the special bond between these two very different individuals?  We relive the fateful 2001 Daytona 500 when leader Earnhardt let Waltrip ‘in line’ late in the race enabling him to take the lead and ultimately win.  Sadly that act cost Earnhardt his life as he was involved in a fatal crash during the last lap of the race.  How does one turn a selfless sacrifice into a valuable lesson?

Through racing footage and penetrating interview, filmmaker Paul Taublieb takes the audience behind the scenes and into the minds of his ‘heroes’ and how the world can change in the blink of an eye.

Blink of An Eye” drives into theaters Sept 12

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