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

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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!

Theatre For Young Audiences: OZ 2.5 at South Coast Repertory

I received two free tickets to see OZ 2.5 at South Coast Repertory. No other compensation was given. I am merely sharing a great experience.

South Coast Repertory OZ 2.5

Before this past Sunday, I had never gone to see a professional play. Yes, I said never! Sure I’ve seen plenty of school plays, and I’ve watched certain plays and musicals on television, but in almost 30 years I have managed to not once see actors on a stage amaze me with their talents in person. That is pretty sad. South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa is encouraging young theatre enthusiasts with their Theatre for Young Audiences program, so that they don’t end up like me.

Theatre for Young Audience performances have:

  • Shorter performance lengths.
  • Kid-friendly themes.
  • Family-friendly prices.
  • Informal cast meet & greet after the show (on weekends).

South Coast Repertory OZ 2.5 Play

Although OZ 2.5 is geared toward young audiences, I’ll have to admit that I found it both interesting and hilarious. The description of the play caught my eye, and I just had to check it out.

“Oz was never like this! That’s because it’s OZ 2.5: brighter, bolder, customized for every player, surprises around every corner—yes it’s a children’s classic set in a video game world! Dee’s screen name is Dorothy14, and with the help of Scarecrow, Tin Man and cowardly Lion, she gets through each level on her way to defeating the Witch of the Western Realm. But what happens when she wins the game and wants to go back to Kansas? Log on and find out.”

Although it is recommended for grades K through 6, adults can enjoy it too. There are plenty of jokes that are over the kids’ heads. I was wondering how they would make it look like it took place inside of a video game, and they did an amazing job. The set was colorful and exciting, and there were a lot of scene changes throughout the show. The audience was captivated throughout the entire play.

South Coast Repertory OZ 2.5 Cast Signings

OZ 2.5 is running through June 7th. This is the last weekend to catch it, so make sure you head to scr.org and get your tickets!