New Year’s Eve Parties in LA: Our Picks

(UPDATE 1/1/14: Happy 2014! Last night at Grand Park was incredible…18,000 people in downtown LA! We’ll have a review and video of the 3D projection up shorty but until then, enjoy the pics and also ones from the Brazilian party on the West side.)
We like our New Year’s Eve parties to be more intimate affairs with friendly crowds of Angelenos. We’re not going to be paying a king’s ransom to be at an obnoxious, uptight venue. Most importantly, we love events that celebrate the culture and diversity of our communities, offer great music and dance and are family friendly. Here are our recommendations for NYE, along with some interviews with the organizers to give you a good sense of what sets them apart as well as what they have in store for 2014. We don’t list events that we wouldn’t attend ourselves and we’ll be covering quite a few of them that night! Hope to see you at one of these, and wherever you celebrate New Year’s Eve, have fun, drink and drive responsibly, and thank you for visiting our new site this past year! Continue Reading →

Free Outdoor Summer Concerts & Activities all over LA

Ahhh my favorite part of the year! There’s so much to do all over LA during the summer and the best things in life really are free! From outdoor movies & Shakespeare theater, to dance, yoga, zumba and drumming classes, to live music featuring local talent as well as bands from around the world, there is something for everyone and fun for the whole family!

If looking at the list below (in order of when they start) is too daunting, you can find a great calendar that keeps track of most of the free music events at SoCal Summer Concerts. I’ll update this with my picks for can’t-miss shows soon!


PBS Online Film Festival

What does one do when stuck inside with a bad cold, while it’s glorious summer weather outside? Spend the whole day watching films online. I watched all 25 short films of the PBS Online Film Festival. I laughed, I cried, I learned a lot. Then I voted for one (which was hard to choose from my group of favorites): Continue Reading →