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 Southern California Slack Key Festival

Kala Koa Entertainment celebrates 12 years of bringing the biggest and brightest names in Hawaiian music to the mainland with the 2018 Southern California Slack Key Festival returning to the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. One of the most acclaimed Hawaiian concerts to ever leave the islands, the Southern California Slack Key Festival takes fans on a Hawaiian musical journey that showcases GRAMMY-winning slack key guitarists, the best hula dancers in the world, special guest performers and a free to the public Island Marketplace. The Southern California Slack Key Festival – the first of its kind anywhere outside of Hawaii – set a major milestone for Hawaiian music events on the mainland when it debuted in 2008 and has garnered a huge loyal following – creating, cultivating, and renewing interest in Hawaii and its music. This year’s Southern California Slack Key Festival’s line-up includes George Kuo, Kawika Kahiapo, Sonny Lim, Jeff Peterson, Jim “Kimo”West, Teresa Bright, Bobby Ingano, and Kunia Galdeira. What is Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Music? Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar (ki ho’alu) is truly one of the world’s great acoustic guitar traditions, considered to be one of the oldest music traditions to still be a viable (other than just historical) part of…

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SoCal Summer Beachfront Dining

By Samantha Schindler   We’re lucky here in SoCal to be able to enjoy delicious food while being swept up in some of the best ocean views. You don’t have to dip your toes in the water or press into the sand if you don’t want to. Our beachfront restaurants provide diners with some of the most beautiful coastlines that Southern California has to offer. Here are a few of our favorites where you can enjoy the ocean while being spoiled with amazing food. Geoffrey’s in Malibu Perched on a romantic Malibu hillside, Geoffrey’s offers a spectacular view of the curving Southern California coastline. Its flower-filled patio is a romantic spot for a candlelight dinner or Sunday brunch. To avoid disappointment, make reservations because it books up quickly, especially in the summer months. SALT Restaurant and Bar in Marina del Rey Situated at the end of Bali Way, SALT is surrounded by views of the marina and its beautiful yachts. The main dining room is indoors with a lounge section offering happy hour at the bar, outdoor patio or communal table. But the romantic terrace with sunset vistas is the place to sit. SALT Restaurant & Bar is an ideal…

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The Best Live Music Venues in Southern California

By Jennifer Anderson of GoodDeedSeats   Southern California and entertainment go hand-in-hand.  And it shouldn’t surprise anyone that SoCal has some of the best live music venues in the world. To compile a list of the best, three criteria were used to measure: The venue had to frequently host some type of live music event. It had to be both patron-friendly and performer-friendly. It had to cultivate a live music experience that’s memorable and enjoyable. Here’s a spotlight of some of the best venues with a capacity of more than 20,000.  (That’s why Staples Center and the Mattress Firm Amphitheatre didn’t make our list.) ANAHEIM Juke Joint “A place where friends can drink” 735 North Anaheim Boulevard (714) 778-1397 Monday through Sunday: 6am to 2am (subject to change, always call ahead) The Juke Joint is an award-winning downtown bar beloved by punkers, rockers, and those who like to have fun.  At the Juke Joint, you can enjoy live music as well as more than 50 beers (20 are on tap), Keno, and the big game/big UFC match. Getting There: Half mile from the Packing Plant Venue Facts Established in 1978 Three pool tables Internet dart boards Booking Examples: Guttermouth, Hot Rod Trio, Mindwarz…

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San Diego: An Undiscovered Hot Spot for Theater Buffs

Over the years, San Diego theater has produced and sent more shows to Broadway than any other city in the nation. Yet, when most audiences think of top theater cities in the U.S., San Diego rarely makes the list.  Home of two Tony Award®-winning theaters, The Old Globe and La Jolla Playhouse, and diverse theater companies around the region, San Diego is ready to step out from behind the theater curtain and receive its well-deserved recognition and applause. From major Broadway players to avant-garde indie playhouses, here are five San Diego theaters that are certain to bring audiences to their feet for outstanding performances. La Jolla Playhouse Set on the campus of the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla, La Jolla Playhouse has created 26 productions that have transferred to Broadway, earning 35 Tony Awards® in total.  Since its first Broadway hit musical Big River in 1985, nationally recognizable productions include The Who’s Tommy, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jersey Boys, Memphis, Peter and the Starcatchers and Hands on a Hardbody, just to name a few.  The original, rock-inspired new musical, Come From Away, which received its world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse during its 2015-2016 Season, is slated for…

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SoCal’s Mini Therapy Horses

Mini Therapy Horses is a non-profit and all volunteer organization, providing equine assisted interactions with miniature therapy horses to individuals and groups who are in need of comfort, relief and positive connections during and after their struggles and traumatic events. Through various partnerships with law enforcement agencies as well as children’s and veteran’s organizations, they have helped the lives of many people and provided them with hope.   “Mini Therapy Horses is truly a life-changing organization providing a one-of-a-kind service to more than 45,000 people every year,” said Victoria Nodiff-Netanel, founder of Mini Therapy Horses. “After having just one meeting with a miniature therapy horse, individuals have been known to speak for the first time in years, smile and tell their stories of deepest pain and tragedy.”   Netanel and her minis and volunteers have been offering their unique and healing services to the community for 8 years. The organization’s four-core therapy programs include Ronald McDonald Houses, the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Hospital, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Los Angeles Mayor’s Crisis Response Team as certified first responders.   The Mini Therapy Horses visit many other people in need and crisis outside of the core programming, such as patients…

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5 Reasons to Try Scuba Diving

An exhilarating, yet tranquil escape, it’s no wonder that, as summer approaches, scuba diving is gaining popularity. Scuba diving is not just a great activity for almost anyone; it is also an incredible experience that is sure to create some fantastic memories. Scuba diving has been glamorized in Hollywood film for years, and even in real life, celebrities including Jessica Alba, Tom Cruise, James Cameron, Sandra Bullock and Nina Dobrev have taken up the underwater sport to enjoy the world beneath the water’s surface. Here are five reasons everyone needs to try scuba diving this summer: Explore a new world: Scuba diving is an exploratory activity that helps people personally connect with the ocean and various undersea animals, including coral, sea turtles, fish and marine mammals. Experience tranquility and freedom: While underwater, the distractions, noise and stress from daily life float away. Slow, focused and deep breathing, similar to that of meditative breathing, can help induce a calm and relaxed state while divers enjoy freedom from restrictions such as gravity and weight. Safe and easy: With proper training, certification, equipment and planning, scuba diving is a safe and easy water sport to learn. Anyone aged 12 and up can become…

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