SoCal Trends

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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Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken Makes Los Angeles Sweeter

Last month, D.C.-born Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken opens its latest location on Main Street in Santa Monica. The opening day celebration includes a free doughnut for each guest and one “Golden Doughnut,” offered every hour of the day, redeemable for free doughnuts for an entire year. The Golden Doughnut will be filled with edible gold filing and mixed in with the rest of the free doughnuts. Golden Doughnut winners will be selected at random once every hour throughout the day. The Main Street storefront is home to the city’s first CBD doughnut. Made with birthday cake batter and topped with a CBD-infused chocolate buttercream frosting, the new comfort food joins Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken’s list of seasonal and signature doughnuts such as their iconic Crème Brûlée doughnut, Maple Bacon and the new Hot Vegan doughnuts. The diverse all-day dining menu also features breakfast chicken sandwiches, a French Toast doughnut, bone-in fried chicken, fried chicken sandwiches, and vegetarian friendly items including Grilled Cheese sandwiched between savory doughnut buns, and Roasted Brussels Sprouts. “Santa Monica is the perfect location for Astro’s playful personality, and we’re excited to be a part of the local community,” said Founding Partner Elliot Spaisman. “We’ve…

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Big Bus Tours Launches in SoCal

Big Bus Tours, the world’s largest privately-owned operator of open-top sightseeing tours launched in Los Angeles, providing visitors with a premier introduction to the “City of Angels,” with entertaining commentary from live guides; a never-before-available experience in L.A. Technology advancements Big Bus Tours has implemented in the last few years, include a Free Big Bus Tours app with digital content to aid travelers plan their short stay, free on-board Wi-Fi, Real-Time Bus Tracking and the ability for customers to locate their nearest stop through the new mobile app. Big Bus Tours Los Angeles provides an expansive way for visitors to discover all that Los Angeles has to offer, with two comprehensive loops including the ‘Hollywood Loop’ and ‘Beach Loop’, covering over 20 hop-on hop-off stops for tourists to enjoy ‘must- see’ landmarks in the famous city. Customers can hop on and soak up the memorable storytelling from entertaining live guides or sit back and enjoy recorded commentary, available in 9 languages, while enjoying the views of the famous Hollywood Sign. With flexibility to hop off, visitors can delve into the LA lifestyle and explore the glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, Beverley Hills and Rodeo Drive, or take in the laid back setting of Santa Monica…

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Affairs to Remember – FACE’s 7th Annual Invitational Golf Tournament

The Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE) hosted its 7th annual Invitational Golf Tournament benefitting San Diego pets in need of life-saving veterinary care on Veteran’s Day, November 12th. The tournament raised over $163,500 for pets and their families. The tournament was held at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club in Solana Beach in San Diego County. A unique twist to the average golf tournament, players brought their pups onto the course for a great day of fun with their best canine friends. Special VIP guests MLB legend Fred Lynn and PGA Major Tournament Champion Corey Pavin were in attendance, as well as ABC 10News Sportcaster Ben Higgins who acted as the evening’s auctioneer and emcee. In celebration of Veteran’s Day, FACE’s Golf Tournament was dedicated to our service men, women and dogs. After the tournament, guests enjoyed dinner with special grantee guests Luis and Jax, a veteran and service-dog pair who were hit by a drunk driver in 2018. Thankfully, FACE was able to assist the two in their time of need. Jax and Luis’ story was shared as a special video premiered at the event, which is now available on FACE’s website. FACE Foundation was created in…

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A Conversation With Jen Bilik– CEO, Author, and Lover of L.A.

Interview/Written By: Maria Vital   Jen Bilik, 49, is the author of This Is (Not) L.A.: An Insider’s Take On The Real L.A.,’ a book that gives you the real inside scoop on Los Angeles. While flipping through the pages, you’ll be shocked at how Bilik casually debunks all the myths you thought about L.A. By the end, you’ll have new insight on the city you thought you knew so well. I sat down with the CEO of the Who’s There Group to discuss life in L.A., and got her tips on the best way to show your out-of-town friends the ropes. Get to know the Berkeley native turned L.A. aficionado below: Maria Vital: Since you’re from Berkeley, what would you say is the main difference you’ve seen between SoCal and NorCal? Your book says that NorCal has some issues with SoCal… Jen Bilik: “We [Northern Californians] just held ourselves in such a remarkably high esteem in comparison to SoCal. It was a real shock to me when I did finally discover that Southern California was really great and interesting and a fantastic place to live for a variety of reasons, and that this was a one-way rivalry. “Southern California…

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A Vacation for Your Pet

Everyone wants to give his or her furry friend the best experience possible, but when a vacation or business trip arises, it can be hard to find a trustworthy pet boarding service. Fear not pet parents, here are five of the most luxurious pet services offered in Southern California.   Located slightly north of Burbank, Paradise Ranch aims to give your dog the most fun vacation possible. It is equipped with a signature water park, which includes swimming pools, waterfalls and water fountains; a courtyard and a slumber party style sleeping room. The ranch offers a multitude of services such as day care, overnight stays, grooming and even birthday parties. Priced at $74 for one night for one pet, the Paradise Ranch will give your pup the best service in the San Fernando Valley. Address: 10268 La Tuna Canyon Rd., San Fernando Valley   It’s the doggie Disneyland of SoCal: Canyon View Ranch provides many different “lands” for its residents, like Wonderland and Munchkinland. Nestled in the Topanga hills, above gorgeous Malibu, this ranch is home to 5 acres of pools, parks, tunnels and more, all to give your best friend the experience of a lifetime-and only for $70 per…

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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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