Month: April 2017

12 things to do with kids in May 2017

12 things to do with kids in May 2017

Beach weather is here, but the school year hasn’t ended quite yet. If you’re looking for fun, kid-friendly ideas this month and a simple trip to the playground won’t do, keep your tot occupied with these 22 things to do with kids in April.

May 7
Mad Science Sundays; Kidspace Children’s Museum

Get messy in the slime kitchen, take part in dry ice experiments and catch a mad scientist presentation during this kid-science series.

May 7
SoCal Moms Great Big Family Play Day; The Autry Museum in Griffith Park

Partake in games, face painting, character meet-and-greets, crafts and music from Lisa Loeb as the SoCal Moms festival returns to the Autry.

May 12
National Public Gardens Day at the Getty; Gety Center and Villa

Stroll through the spectacular gardens at both Getty locations with guided tours of their flowery grounds.

May 14–Sept 10
Extreme Mammals; Natural History Museum

Brush up on 200 million years of mammalian evolution at this touring exhibition of unusual and odd fossilized creatures.

Through May 14
Into the Woods; Ahmanson Theatre

Take a journey into the woods with classic fairytale characters, and new ones, and find out what happens when wishes do come true. Note: Recommended for ages 10 and up.

May 20
East L.A. Comic-Con; El Gallo Plaza

Attend a homegrown celebration of comic books at this inaugural East L.A. pop-culture gathering.

Through May 21
Renaissance Pleasure Faire; Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area

Prepareth thy schedules and costumes for the final weeks of the oldest Ren Faire in the country, with plenty of performances and jousting.

Through May 19
Wild for the Planet; Los Angeles Zoo

Learn how to make a positive impact on the environment during an interactive puppet show and listen to special conservation-themed zookeeper talks and animal feedings.

May 27–29
Fiesta Hermosa; Downtown Hermosa Beach

Bring your beach gear, and roam the 400 vendor stalls plus carnival rides and petting zoo at this Memorial Day weekend block party.

May 27–29
Wild Art Weekend; Kidspace Children’s Museum

Paint a landscape, make an animal mask and discover vibrant patterns within nature during this artsy exploration of the great outdoors.

Through Sept 4
Butterfly Pavilion; Natural History Museum

Wander around the Natural History Museum’s seasonal pavilion as hundreds of free-flying moths and butterflies flutter overhead.

Free museum days; Various locations

Make the most of free days at LACMA, the Natural History Museum and more, plus always-free museums like the Hammer, Getty and Broad.

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The REAL Bark joins Odd Nights!

The REAL Bark joins Odd Nights!


We pride ourselves in taking discarded Lives into our own – Healing them – and righting the wrongs heaped upon those innocents.

We are Humans. We are flawed. And that is why we rely on each other. We are at our Finest as a Collective…and that is the place we serve THEM best. We know that THEY need Our Help – Just like we need YOUR Help. That is why we are Community Faced. To Educate, Negotiate, Support, Empower, and Enable individuals to Help their own…and then Assist Others.

THAT is the way we GROW. THAT is the way we Save MORE Lives. We will not adopt our way out of pet overpopulation in L.A. This NOT a shell game, nor a shuffle. We must go Wider. Deeper.




The REAL Bark is a registered 501c3 non-profit dog rescue group in Los Angeles.

Join Bistro Planet and Odd Market for ‘Odd Nights at the Autry’

Join Bistro Planet and Odd Market for ‘Odd Nights at the Autry’

What do you get when you mix local Los Angeles businesses to buy from, a line of gourmet food trucks, live music, a top rated museum, cocktails, a rock climbing wall, fresh air, and a night under the stars on the top of a mountain? You get one of the coolest events in LA the ‘Odd Market: Odd Nights at the Autry’.

We are thrilled to announce Bistro Planet has partnered with Odd Market! On Friday, April 21st, 2017 come join us for ‘Odd Nights at the Autry’ from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. The event spans across 2 and a half acres in the heart of Griffith Park. There will be all sorts of vintage boutiques, handmade local items, and oddities from over 50 different vendors to shop from. There will be kid friendly activities, a band into the night, a full bar, and a picnic area to enjoy the food you grabbed from one of the 20 different gourmet food trucks at the event.

We know the line for the trucks can get long at these events. Our partner truck, Papa Fritz, will be in attendance serving up their famous waffle sandwiches, frites, and dessert waffles. Go ahead and use the Bistro Planet app to order ahead, skip the line at the truck, and have more time to enjoy the awesome event happening around you. We suggest the ‘BBQ Pulled Pork Waffle’ topped with Smoked BBQ Pulled Pork, Apple, and Fennel Slaw.


Watch classic sci-fi flicks at Union Station this spring

Watch classic sci-fi flicks at Union Station this spring

Union Station is a beautiful and dramatic backdrop for watching a film, but we’re used to seeing things in the vein of old Hollywood classics in that setting. This season, though, they’re changing the script for a series they’re calling Sci-Fi at Union Station, featuring futuristic tales with a distinctly L.A. lens.

The series kicks off tomorrow with a showing of everyone’s favorite dystopian vision of Los Angeles, Blade Runner. While Ridley Scott’s classic is set in the now not-so-distant future, the vibe is decidedly noir, which might just make the Art Deco Union Station, a filming location for several of the best-known film noir movies, the perfect backdrop.

Next up in the series, on May 12, is the 1954 Them! The campy flick about enormous man-eating ants is considered the first big hit in the “nuclear monster” sub-genre of Cold War-era science fiction. Several scenes were filmed at Union Station and others were shot along the banks of the L.A. River.

Sci-Fi at Union Station wraps up on June 9 with the most contemporary film in the slate, Her, from 2013. The film was selected for the series in part because of the vision it includes of what riding the Metro in L.A. might be like in the near future. Subway to the beach? Well, we’re pretty much there. Operating systems that we fall in love with might still be a little further off, though not if Elon Musk has anything to say about it. 

Sci-Fi at Union Station takes place at 8:30pm on April 5, May 12 and June 9. Entry is free with seating on a first-come, first-serve basis. Films are shown indoors in the main ticketing hall.

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Every vegan delight under the sun will be at Eat Drink Vegan

Every vegan delight under the sun will be at Eat Drink Vegan

Eat Drink Vegan is returning to the Rose Bowl on May 27 for a celebration of all things delicious and animal-friendly. The region’s best plant-based chefs and restaurants will gather alongside craft breweries, local winemakers, and soda, cider and kombucha makers to offer tastes of the vegan lifestyle that are sure to impress everyone from hardcore vegans to those who typically gravitate to the beefiest burger they can sink their teeth into.

As you stroll the grounds of the Rose Bowl and Brookside Golf Course, you’ll have the opportunity to try drinks and bites from more than 75 restaurants, food trucks, and tasting stations, with all food available to purchase a la carte. Adult tickets include a souvenir four-ounce glass, which you can have filled with unlimited pours of all the beverage options.

Check out the full list of vendors below:

Sizzle Pie

Chickpea & Olive

The Healthy Junk

Butcher’s Daughter


Taqueria la Venganza

Broken Spanish


Donna Jean

Sweetfin Poke

Scoops Westside

Peaceful Provisions

Block Party x Cena Vegan

Cafe Gratitude

Trejo’s Tacos


Sumo Dog

Donut Friend

Beer Belly

Mandoline Grill

Charlie’s Brownies



Bondi Harvest

Berben and Wolff

Word of Mouth

Yeastie Boys Bagels


Kogi BBQ


Abbot’s Butcher


Baby Love Sweetery


Bling Bling Dumpling

Border Grill Truck


Cena Vegan

Clara Cakes

Clean South

Clover Juice

Colima Coconuts

Diablo Pops

Divine Dips

Donut Farm

El Machete

Evolve Bakery


Follow Your Heart

Grilled Cheese Truck


India Jones

Indie Jams

Infinity Sauce


Kelly’s Croutons

Kettle Chips

Kind Kreme

Leaf Cuisine

Les Beaux Chocolats

LIVEAT Chocolate

Love You Latte

Lundberg Family Farms

Mama’s International Tamales

Mod Foods Co.

Pies By Domonic

Power Plant Jerky

Proper’s Pickle

Pudding Truck

Ridiculous Baking Co

Riot Grill

Rowe of Venice


Shugah Mama

Smart Pressed Juice


Southern Fried Vegan

The Sushi Conscious

The Vegetarian Blog

The Walrus and The Hedgehog

Uncle Eddie’s Vegan Cookies

Urban Ramen

You Are Loved Foods

The event, formerly known as the Vegan Beer and Food Festival, is open to kids, though the beer and wine areas will be exclusively open to those ages 21 and above. Families can buy discounted child tickets for those aged 5 to 15, which don’t include the souvenir cup or unlimited beverage pours that come standard with general admission or VIP passes.

Eat Drink Vegan takes place May 27 from noon to 9pm at the Rose Bowl and Brookside Golf Course. Tickets are available online for $55, $105 for VIP. 


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Our first commercial starts this week!

Our first commercial starts this week!

They finally got me. Spectrum has been after me to produce a 30-second spot for some time. I gave in and decided to try it out. On Tuesday, my first commercial will start running on Oxygen, HGTV, TBS, TNT & ID. 117 spots over 10 days. See if you can catch one.


Everything you need to know about the Museum of Ice Cream coming to L.A.

Everything you need to know about the Museum of Ice Cream coming to L.A.

If you’ve ever wanted to do the backstroke in a pool of sprinkles—à la a more sugary Scrooge McDuck—then prepare your sweet tooth for the Museum of Ice Cream.

The Museum of Ice Cream, which first popped up in New York last year, will make its way to Los Angeles this spring. The hands-on ice cream-themed experience promises 10 reimagined installations across a space four times larger than New York’s. You’ll find it at 2018 East 7th Place in the Arts District from April 22 until May 29.

Part ice cream parlor, part Pop Art gallery space, the Museum of Ice Cream includes a rotating selection of scoops from the likes of McConnell’s, Salt & Straw, Coolhaus and CREAM. On the installation side, you’ll find everything from a melted popsicle jungle to a room filled with 10,000 “bananas”—and of course that hundred-million-sprinkles pool.

Tickets go on sale Monday, April 3 at 9am, with two American Express presales (one for regular card-holders, one for fancy Platinum members) beginning March 30 at 9am. Each ticket—priced at $29, or $18 for children (3-12) and seniors (60+)—includes two ice cream tastings and other surprise treats. It’s a pretty steep cost to snap a couple of Instagram pics, but we suggest securing your tickets right away if you’re interested; the entire run sold out in just a couple of hours in New York and prompted resale tickets as high as $100 on Craigslist.

If you need any more convincing, here’s a look at the museum when it first opened in New York.


The Museum of Ice Cream (2018 E 7th Pl) runs April 22 through May 29 every day except Tuesday from 11am to 10pm. Learn more and purchase tickets here

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