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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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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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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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Fields Market: One of LA’s Hottest Filming Locations

Today it serves as the backdrop for countless television shows and movies. But at one time, the small, local grocery store—a throwback to midcentury America—had almost seen its better days. “When we first took the place over in the early 1990s, the store was in pretty bad shape. It was like the worst house in the neighborhood type of thing; dirty, stinky, and the people who owned it were running it like a liquor store. It was in desperate need of a facelift,” says co-owner of Fields Market, Bill Rinck.

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20 Telltale Signs You Are an OC Native

I lived in Orange County long before The OC and The Real Housewives franchise put it in the spotlight. Often out-of-towners ask me if those shows accurately portray life there. Well, I shrug, they embellish a little, but it is as charming in real life as it is on television. Practically any time of year you can swim in the ocean, sail in the harbor, or hike along picturesque trails. Some people prefer seasons, but in Southern California the temperature stays mild all year long. This suits us just fine. Whether you live in Dana Point or Irvine, here are 20 telltale signs you are an OC native.   1. You get really, unnaturally excited when it rains since it means your plants may live to see another day. (Dear Drought, you suck!) 2. You find Santa Ana winds alarming since they go hand-in-hand with fire season and really bad hair days. 3. You have a collection of sandals for every occasion: fancy, casual, and athletic. 4. Earthquakes don’t scare you at all, except for the imminent “Big One” you have been hearing about since you entered grammar school. 5. Someone or everyone in your family is a Trojan or…

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A Look Back at The Schlitz Bouts

The Hollywood Athletic Club, established in 1924, was Hollywood’s very first “social club.” It catered to the likes of John Wayne, Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable, and most of the old Hollywood elite. The architecture of the historic building, even after all these years, is stunning. From the immaculate ceilings, to the grand staircase, and the marble bathroom we are reminded of the attention to detail and high quality materials used in that time period. The Schlitz Bouts, A Night of Heritage Boxing, took us back in time to the days of ‘ole where dapper dudes and flapper dames dressed in their 1920s best to enjoy a night to remember. The roaring 20s themed night, brought to us by the iconic American beer, Schlitz, offered a 7-piece orchestra, cigar-rolling, boxing card stamping on a century old stamper, dancing, oysters, and four amateur boxing matches. Of the amateur boxers featured, there were four sanctioned bouts: Lightweight, Welterweight, Middleweight, and Heavyweight. The fights were 3-minute rounds with a maximum of three rounds meaning, fight hard, fight fast, and go for the knock out from the get-go. Throughout the fights the crowd was continuously entertained by the dance troupe, The LA Follies, a classic…

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Words With SoCal Friends

Here in Southern California, we’re all practically one big clique of friends. We understand each other in ways East-Coasters can only dream. And do you know why? Because we have our own lingo and colloquialisms that are as “gnarly” as they are ergonomic. By truncating unnecessarily long words to mostly monosyllables, we make fewer facial expressions, and therefore maintain our immaculate and wrinkle-free skin. Crows feet are for losers.   If you’re not from So Cal, then you might be gnashing your teeth at the fact that, yes, we like to use “like,” “totally,” “hella,” “hecka” (for the pure-minded), “fresh,” “ballin,” “rad,” “poppin,” “psyched,” “trippin,” “sketchy,” “butt hurt” (figurative, not literal), “yolkin it” (a wry way of intimating steroid use without outrightly saying it) and the all-time classic “dude,” among many other words/phrases, in daily discourse.   For the uninitiated, “dude” spawned from surf culture, and “like” originated in the San Fernando Valley before becoming a worldwide phenomenon. The latter was originally inspired by our love of similes, but has since been used as a stopgap during conversational dead time to disguise dead brain cells. For that reason, or in spite of it, we are a joyous bunch, and have…

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