Laguna Playhouse Presents: HAIRSPRAY!

Gooooood Morning Laguna Beach!

Laguna Playhouse announced their first show in their 2017-2018, and it’s a fun one! They’re kicking off their 97th season with the effervescent musical, HAIRSPRAY!

[Read more…]

Shop, Craft, and…Cuddle Kittens?! Yes you can at BUST Craftacular!

LA

What are you doing this weekend? Hopefully you’re headed to the BUST Craftacular, the spring edition of BUST Magazine’s can’t-miss, all-day shopping party!

This one-day-only event will highlight 30+ trendsetting makers selling handmade and vintage treasures, accessories, clothing, beauty products, original art, delicious treats and offering tutorials at their booths. It’s also the perfect spot to snag that perfect, unique, gift for Mother’s Day!

Bust CraftacularFacebook/BUSTcraftacular

Shop Local!

The BUST Craftacular features hundreds of local craftspeople for an all-day shopping event full of truly unique handmade and vintage finds. The event will feature unique vendors including Rock + Pillar (handmade shoes), MNKR (LA streetwear), Clare Bare (lingerie), MSteves (bath & body) and more!

Bust VendorFacebook/BUSTcraftacular

Meet Rad Artists!

This year’s event is hosted at Superchief Gallery, which offers a great place for fans to interact with popular female artists. There will be opportunities for meet and greets with Local artist, Hellen Jo, known for her Frontier and Jin & Jam comics and with Robin Eisenberg, an illustrator known for her pop-culture pins & gifs.

The gallery will also be extending their Bi-Coastal Super-Mega Group Show exhibition, featuring the work of Swoon, Kristin Liu-Wong, Penelope Gazin and many more incredible female artists!

Superchief Gallery LAFacebook/SuperchiefGalleryLA

Kittens!

Did we mention there will be kittens? Kitty Bungalow is hosting a “Cuddle Cabana” full of adorable (and we’re assuming adoptable) kittens!

Important Stuff!

The BUST Craftacular will be open from 11:00am to 7:00pm on Saturday, May 7th. Superchief Gallery L.A. is located at 739 Kohler St, Los Angeles, CA 90021. Admission to the event is $3, parking is free across the street. The first 200 attendees get a swag bag. Food trucks will be onsite. Get more details here.

Newport Beach Film Festival is Back!

The Newport Beach Film Festival attracts over 55,000 to the normally quiet beach-front town, but it’s more than just a collection of films. This year is the Newport Beach Film Festival’s 17th year running. Since 1999, the festival has become a premier destination for many of the major film titles on the festival circuit, and has grown exponentially, emerging as one of the largest film festivals on the West Coast and gaining top status on lists from influential magazines such as Variety and MovieMaker.

Photo Credit: Newport Beach Film Festival

Photo Credit: Newport Beach Film Festival

It may sound out of reach for most locals, but the Newport Beach Film Festival prides itself on being accessible to the entire community. Anyone who loves movies is welcome to attend screenings, panels, and even the opening night gala.

Opening night at the Newport Beach Film Festival brings the absolute best in film, food, and fashion together in the center of one of Southern California’s most iconic outdoor shopping destinations – and home of Style Week Orange County – Fashion Island. Featuring dishes from 25 of the top local restaurants, a bar with top shelf brands – such as Tito’s Vodka, Remy Cointreau, and Stella Artois, Opening Night is one that locals look forward to all year long.

NBFF Opening Night

Photo Credit: Newport Beach Film Festival

This year’s lineup includes showcases in the categories of Action Sports; Art, Architecture & Design; Collegiate; Documentaries; Family; Environmental; Music; and Shorts. There are a number of films features from the UK, Europe, and Pacific Rim, as well as a Latino showcase. There is truly something for everyone.

Photo Credit: Newport Beach Film Festival

Photo Credit: Newport Beach Film Festival

For the complete schedule and to purchase tickets to your screening of choice, visit http://www.newportbeachfilmfest.com/.

The Alone Experience: A Vague Review

Disclaimer: Free tickets to this haunt were provided for review purposes. No other compensation was received.

Alone Experience

Last week, contributors Angela and Jen ventured into Hollywood to experience a haunt like no other. The Alone Experience is described on their website as “A fully immersive 45-minute walkthrough experience, which you enter alone. Your body will move and be moved through our space.” A mix of theater, horror, and art, it’s exactly what it claims to be – an experience.

the alone experience entrace

There isn’t much detail given, and that’s part of what makes this haunt so…haunting. If you look through the site you’ll find vague descriptions, and testimonials that don’t tell you much aside from how amazing of an experience it is.

The Alone Experience is located in a non-descript building on Seward street, off Santa Monica Blvd. It looks more like an office than a haunted house, but once you pass the doorman and enter the building, there is a distinctly creepy air to it.  Even the bathroom is creepy, lit only with red lighting.

IMG_7443

In the waiting room, you’ll sign the waiver, check your car keys in (they ask that you leave the rest of your belongings in your car), and watch and wait while others enter into darkness. As you wait for your turn, you’ll hear the occasional banging or screaming, but for the most part it’s pretty quiet, and if you came with friends, you’re free to chat until your turn comes.

Once your name is called and you enter the door, you’re enveloped in darkness and all alone. The combination of anticipation and incapacitation sets you on edge, where you’ll continue to remain for the rest of the experience. Inside you might be touched, guided, spoken to, not spoken to, given tasks, and/or left to fend for yourself until you reach the end.

IMG_7444

Angela’s thoughts: “If you like old SciFi Horror Movies you will love this haunt. It feels like a cross between a David Lynch movie and a choose-your-own-adventure book, except the choices are made for you.”

Jen’s thoughts: “The Alone Experience isn’t your typical haunted house. It’s surreal and full of creepy whimsy that will at times, literally have you crawling on your hands and knees.”

jen at alone

This isn’t a haunt where your being chased by a crazed killer through gory rooms and dark hallways. This is a haunt that will make you question your very character.

There are still tickets left for October 30th, and they’re currently discounted! If there’s any way you can make it to The Alone Experience this week, we highly recommend it. You won’t be disappointed.

Helpful Tip: Be sure to read the FAQ page. There’s a lot of important info there that you’re going to want to know.

 

If you visited The Alone Experience, leave your thoughts below!

Inaugural “Pumpkin Glow” Event in Irvine Community

This Saturday, October 25th, thousands of glowing pumpkins will light up Pavilion Park in Irvine. This new legacy event for residents and the community is also the first of its kind for Orange County. It will feature carved and sculpted pumpkins, creating an amazing, illuminated outdoor pumpkin artwork display. The Pumpkin Glow event is also an attempt to break a Guinness World Record for the longest line of carved pumpkins, which currently stands at 1,301.

Pumpkin Glow Graphic

Pumpkin Glow is a unique, fun, and family-friendly event that will bring the community together for a magical evening.  Refreshments will be available on the Pavilion Park Visitor Terrace, there will be live music playing, as well as expert pumpkin sculptor Scott Gerber who will entertain visitors with live carving demonstrations.

Adding to the excitement of the night will be the Pumpkin Glow sculpture competition, featuring pumpkin-related art. Guests can vote for their favorite sculpture and the top three creations will be awarded prizes.

For more information about the event or to register and let them know that you are going to be donating a carved pumpkin for Pumpkin Glow, please visit www.PumpkinGlowGPN.com.