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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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Say “I Do!” to the Ultimate California Wedding and HoneymoonFeatured

No matter what backdrop you envision for your dream wedding and honeymoon, California delivers! From the snow-capped High Sierra mountains and coastal bluffs to dramatic desert landscapes and lush vineyards, no state offers such a sheer abundance of inspiring vistas. Magical and Whimsical Weddings Disneyland Park, AnaheimThinking about getting married and want to ace your marriage proposal? Give your beloved a magical story she’ll share with your grandkids by proposing in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle with Minnie and Mickey at Disneyland Park. Winchester Mystery House, San JoseTie the knot with an air of mystery at Winchester Mystery House, a purportedly haunted Victorian mansion with lavish rooms and gardens. Bodie Ghost Town, Mono CountyThose who say “I do” in Bodie Ghost Town might have some unexpected spectral guests! Enjoy spectacular mountain views while holding your ceremony in one of the state’s best-preserved Gold Rush towns. Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles CountyFor those who want to let their inner child play at their wedding, the Carousel on the Santa Monica Pier is a great location, offering semi-private to private options. Presidio of San FranciscoThis national park offers two hotels for nuptials and honeymoons. The Lodge and Inn at the Presidio offer idyllic trails, including the historic Lover’s Lane—once traveled…

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Gotta be honest: We’re not campers. Two small Jewish women from the city go camping sounds like the start of a joke or the end of a serial killing spree. I know, I know, stereotypes. But in this instance, they’re true. We don’t own a tent, or camp stove, or camping, well, anything, unless sleeping bags and hiking boots count. That said, one of us is otherwise a fan of waking up surrounded by nature and the other is a fan of comfortable accommodations that don’t require set up or clean up and allow the dog. In other words, glamping – glamorous + camping – was invented for semi-outdoorsy families like ours. Especially when it’s less than two hours from home, in southern California wine country, and surrounded by cute towns filled with shops we can meander during some seriously hot afternoons. We – that’s me, my 18-year-old daughter and our 12-pound pup – found our way easily from Los Angeles to Eco-Camps’ glampsite in Warner Springs, maybe 30 minutes southeast of Temecula, entered the combination to the lock on the gate to the property, parked the car, and hauled our luggage (I won’t embarrass myself by using the word…

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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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