Garden Tour, Wild Walk, Deco Cocktails, Pup Comedy
Gosh the spring weather has made LA even more gorgeous, Tomatoes. Spring Vibes from the “Theodore Payne Native Garden Tour” will increase your springy mood while doing good for our LA environment. And speaking of “doing good,” a ton of good will be done for nature, pets, and wildlife with the events “A Walk for the Wild” from the LA Zoo and “Stand Pup Comedy” from Best Friends Animal Society. “Cocktails Across America” will escort you to Art Deco venues across the country. And don’t miss this week’s podcast with George Chakiris of West Side Story fame.
A Most Delightful Interview
George Chakiris is an absolute delight. He shares the background story of West Side Story the movie, and the London theater version which he also played in and many more stories. Like working with Marilyn Monroe twice, and Rosemary Clooney and Bing Crosby in White Christmas. His first meeting with Elizabeth Taylor, and evening with Brigitte Bardot and so much more. LISTEN IN HERE.
April 16-18. Native Garden Plant Tour
I always mention Theodore Payne’s much-loved native plant garden tour every year because it is such a delight and highlights the importance of native plants to our environment. Well, the virtual interactive “2021 Native Plant Garden Tour” tickets are now on sale, so you stream it your way, Tomatoes.
TPF’s 18th Annual Garden Tour will take you on an adventure through a select group of stunning native plant gardens (Four gardens on Saturday and four on Sunday) with HD video and 360-degree views. You will become immersed in the urban ecosystem and the native plant community that makes it all thrive. Included, will be three panel discussions with the most interesting plant people around, live music, native plant beer tasting, a keynote talk from a top-notch expert and much more. Just one ticket gives you access to all three days over Zoom or YouTube. You can have all of this without having to get in your car, Tomatoes.
April 22 – May 21. A Walk for the Wild Benefit LA Zoo
“Walk for the Wild” is an all-new virtual global adventure that’s powered by real world steps that is all about supporting the Los Angeles Zoo, GLAZA and saving wild animals. “Walk for the Wild” officially kicks off on Earth Day but there are many benefits to registering today, Tomatoes…besides getting your steps in.
You’ll visit places like South Africa’s breathtaking Amakhala Game Reserve, where an innovative, Zoo-funded mounted ranger program protects endangered rhinos and other wildlife from poachers. Just a reminder about the mission of GLAZA, The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, Tomatoes. To serve the community by creating an environment for recreation and discovery; inspire an appreciation of wildlife through exhibitory and education; ensure the highest level of animal welfare; and support programs that preserve biodiversity and conserve natural habitat. To leverage the diverse resources of Los Angeles to be an innovator for the global zoo community, creating dynamic experiences to connect people and animals. Wow!
April 13. Stand Pup Comedy Benefit
Stand Pup Comedy is a fantastic way for local animal shelters to raise funds. Their online furry events star funny humans and adorable-adoptable pets. Our local Best Friends Animal Society is the host of this event with a portion of the proceeds will going directly to them, Tomatoes. Woo-Hoo!
And you know what that means…lots of homeless pets will be helped. Select performers from Comedy Central and The Last Comic Standing will make you laugh, and your heart will be overjoyed by the precious faces of adoptable pets. Tickets are $20 ($25 day of show) and, 50% of proceeds will go directly to Best Friends Animal Society. It’s a no-brainer, so get your tickets, ASAP, Tomatoes.
April 11. Art Deco Venues: Cocktails Across America
It is indeed a unique vintage virtual journey with Co-Authors Diane Lapis and Anne Peck Davis. Both are independent researchers of post prohibition era, whom will be guiding Tomatoes through “Art Deco Entertainment Venues of the Post-Prohibition Years across America”. Let’s not forget with a cocktail or two along the way, Tomatoes.
The online pictorial tour will examine five theater and entertainment complexes constructed in 1930s America. Each venue selected for discussion represents excellent examples of Art Deco and Streamline Moderne design. The presentation will be highlighted by vintage postcards and ephemera offering a special way to capture elements of the venues and discuss their history. Three cocktail recipes will be provided in advance and prepared during the presentation. Viewers can purchase the cocktail ingredients and follow along to make the drink at home to truly transport themselves into the realm of post-Prohibition America. History and Cocktails, Tomatoes. I like the sound of that.
The Three Tomatoes LA Life editor, Debbie Zipp is your friendly guide to the best of everything in LA with a tomato style perspective. Debbie is an actor, producer, and writer. She is best known for her recurring role as Donna on the CBS series "Murder She Wrote" starring Angela Lansbury. She has had many other TV and stage roles and has starred in over 300 national TV commercials. As head of In The Trenches Productions, Debbie produced, directed, acted in many short films for her company. Her book, The Aspiring Actor's Handbook: What Seasoned Actors Wish They Had Known was recently published.