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Highlights on the arts, culture and entertainment scene in Southern California can be found here. Find the must-see art exhibits, performances, and cultural explorations this southern region of the Golden State has to offer. We will spotlight museums, artists, gallery owners, performers, plays, musical events, composers, and more so you are in the know and on the scene. Interesting reads about Southern California will also be featured here.

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A Year in LA: How to Stay Alive in the Biz—Five Survival Tips To Make Things HappenFeatured

Once upon a time, I was that girl: I picked up everything and moved to LA to pursue a career in acting. To offer a little back-story, I had a tumultuous breakup with my teenage love and ran to Chicago after college three years prior. After a few years in the city, I was burnt out—holding down a restaurant job and temping to make ends meet. I was garnering theatre gigs consistently—I just wasn’t getting paid. Unfortunately, that is the reality in the theatre world and I thought the time was right to make my move to LA. I had a deep, gnawing pit in my stomach that LA was beckoning me and I couldn’t let it go. It was 1998—I was 25, doe eyed, and full of ambition.  It was then or never. LA was a different place than it is now. The Internet was only about to boom, the bag phone was being replaced by a first generation flip phone (that resembled a miniature tank), and social media didn’t exist. There was no such thing as You Tube, bloggers, Twitter, or Facebook. The oversaturated business of reality TV had not yet happened. The creation of the Internet has made auditions more accessible…

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Stay at Home Orders Cramping Your Style?Featured

We’re into our sixth week of stay-at-home orders and even the stellar homebodies among us are getting antsy at this point. It’s been awhile since we’ve met friends at a restaurant or cycled ourselves into a dreadful sweat at the gym. And unless we’re actively walking or jogging outdoors or have found wellness apps that offer virtual workout options, we may be starting to feel a bit flabby and unmotivated. Since conducting business is prohibited unless it’s deemed “essential” (and that’s a pretty subjective definition – just ask the millions of women whose acrylic nails have fallen off), we’ve had to figure out how to function on our own instead of relying on our routine services. But we’ve begun to sort out solutions to help fight the ho-hums, since as they say, necessity is the mother of invention. Here are some alternatives we’ve found to help solve our most common requirements from home.

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Shopping Guide for Mall-Haters

Holiday gift-buying can be overwhelming, even for the most expert shoppers among us. Shopping-haters dread this traditional holiday ritual. Perhaps it’s because there’s an underlying expectation that we must buy gifts and therefore it steals a bit of the joy away from giving spontaneously. But if we can connect with the true joy of giving and shrug off the resentment that comes with the notion that we HAVE to shop it makes the process easier. Still feel stumped? Here are a few gift ideas and the best part is you don’t need to step foot in a crowded mall to shop. Gift Cards Once considered impersonal, gift cards are now a hot commodity – especially to Amazon.com where most people have a full shopping cart waiting for that “buy now” click. Gift cards have increasingly become one of the most popular holiday gifts. They allow the recipient to purchase what they’ve been wanting most instead of receiving something they may not be crazy about.  Experiences Most women would love a facial but may not want to splurge to get one. Men may want tickets to a local event and kids always love a special recreation activity. Groupon offers an array of choices to hundreds of special…

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5 Things to do on a Rainy SoCal Day

By Cristina Pimentel Rainy days are a rarity in Southern California, but when it rains, it pours. Californians mostly have sunny days and clear skies, but there’s nothing more beautiful than seeing a rainbow at the end of the rainstorm. Here are five things you can do on a rainy day.   Make Hot Chocolate and Watch a Movie Have a nice cup of hot cocoa, sprinkle marshmallows on top and get cozy on your couch. Curl up in a blanket and turn on the TV to watch a flick. From romantic comedies to drama to sci-fi to comedy, there are endless choices on Netflix that will keep you entertained.   Go to a Museum or an Aquarium Keep yourself dry and get educated at a museum. The Broad, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and California Science Center are fun choices to bring your friends and families. Aquariums are also great to experience if you love the marine life. Be surrounded by exotic fish and amphibians at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach and the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro.   Spa Day at Home Pamper yourself in the comfort of your own home. Throw on your fuzzy robe and slippers to have a spa day all to yourself. Treat your pores to a mud mask,…

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Post-Thanksgiving Tips & Tricks

We all know that Thanksgiving comes with all the yummy family-favorite recipes that include lots of sugar and carbohydrates. For some, this is more calories than you eat in a week you will consume in one day. While one day of overindulgence isn’t too disruptive if you get back on track the following day, but it can cause some digestion issues the night of and the morning after. Here are some tips and tricks that I often recommend following just prior to going to bed and first thing in the morning. 1.    Thanksgiving evening you might feel a little thirsty. This is due to the salt that is added to the food. In addition, it could also be related to any alcohol that you consumed. Your body is reacting to dehydration. So, drink some water before you go to bed. I would suggest lemon water. Lemon water has a natural acidity to it which helps remove fatty acids in the system and create balance during digestion. Also, continuing to drink water throughout the day, and reducing drinks that create dehydration (coffee, tea, or other energy drinks) will help. This brings us to my second tip.  2.    Let’s talk about why you might be…

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Gift Guide

Fa-la-la-la-ing In Love With These Heart-Warming Holiday Gifts  By: Caitlin Elizabeth Pieh The holidays seem to come faster and faster each year– making it tough to keep up and keep track of everyone. The best way to conquer the holiday season is to start by making a list of people you need to send presents to and whether you can make, bake or buy them. If buy is your answer, then save yourself from aimlessly wandering through stores and check out the gifts we’ve uncovered. Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, or Kwanzaa, these items will be a cherished hit with your gift recipient. Warning: gifts below will cause holiday cheer. For Self Care Enthusiasts… Recognizing that self-care is necessary and looks different to everyone, Therabox– Self-Care Subscription Box was founded by a therapist to make it easy for people to discover and maintain self-care rituals that inspire joy and fulfillment. Each box includes a happiness activity meant to be practiced throughout the month (or longer) in addition to 6-8 full sized wellness items for the mind, body and soul. Packed with over $100 in value, products are curated by therapists and include aromatherapy, natural/organic bath, body, skincare products, and other lifestyle…

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