LA INSIDERS GUIDE: Much Ado, Jazz, Her Story and Garden Tour

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It is hard to believe the end August is almost here, but the City of Angels is always filled with light and fun, Tomatoes. There’s not one but 2 outdoor musical offerings coming up, “Much Ado About Music” and “Jazz at LACMA”, that will brighten your spirits. Can’t believe I didn’t notice this before, but you only have this weekend to still see “What’s Her Story” at the Autry Museum. The UCLA Botanical Garden is hosting a FREE “First Saturday Drop In Tour” and they will sell out quickly.  Laughter always makes us feel better and this week’s happy hour podcast, “Stupid Things I Won’t Do When I Get Old” will do just that.

Sept. 3. Under the Oaks: Much Ado About Music

Under the Oaks,”Theatricum Botanicum’s salon series, offers four evenings of performance and song on the company’s spectacular outdoor stage in Topanga. First Up… the Classical Music Concert: “Much Ado About Music” where two enchanting clarinets quintets are performed.

The highly esteemed musicians include Clarinetist David Singer, Violinist Lawrence Sonderling, Violinist Anja Sonderling, Cellist Whitney Raleigh and violinist Ruth Bruegger. The musician’s credentials are truly exceptional, so book your reservations for “Much Ado About Music” Concert ASAP. And check out all the “Under the Oaks” Performances scheduled so you don’t miss out on the ones that pique your interest, Tomatoes.

“Stupid Things I Won’t Do When I Get Old”

Many of us think we are not going to do what the elders in our life did. You know, like driving well past the time when we shouldn’t. Award-winning journalist Steven Petrow addresses these issues in his book, “Stupid Things I won’t Do When I Get Old.” It’s a funny and honest look at aging and a guidebook for all of us as we head into elderhood. You will laugh out loud and perhaps shed a few tears. LISTEN IN HERE.

Sept 3 – Sept 24.  Jazz at LACMA

FREE Friday night performances are back with, “Jazz at LACMA, Limited Edition”! This year marks Jazz at LACMA’s 30th season of celebrating L.A.’s finest jazz musicians. And the jazz talent performing is definitely out of this world. You definitely might want to fit this into your busy schedule, Tomatoes.

Reservations for “Larry Nash & The Jazz Symphonics” on September 3rd will open August 31st at 10AM so mark that in your calendar. Renowned pianist Larry Nash is joined by saxophonist Rickey Woodard along with an all-star rhythm section. For over four decades, Nash has been performing and recording with such artists as Eddie Harris, Joni Mitchell, Tom Scott, Etta James, and Bill Withers.  Remember LACMA is awesome and does everything to perfection, Tomatoes.

Through August 29. What’s Her Story: Women in the Archives

There is no shortage of wonderful exhibits on view at “The Autry” but you might want to catch this exhibition, in person, before it closes Sunday.What’s Her Story: Women in the Archives,” explores the lives and work of women in the 20 & 21st century as told through photographs, letters, and diaries. The stories in the exhibition are compelling, Tomatoes.

“What’s Her Story: Women in the Archives exhibit will showcase Assistance League of Los Angeles, Caroline Boeing Poole, Gladys Knight Harris, Native Voices theatre ensemble, and Women’s March participants as 20th and 21st century women who documented their activities and created archives as a way to preserve a legacy in their own voice. Also featured are stories of Bertha Parker Cody, Manuela Garcia, Clara Forslund, and an “Unidentified Woman,” whose lives were documented in archives made by other creators: friends, colleagues, government agencies, and other institutions that produced written and visual records. It’s all about honoring the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote, Tomatoes.

September 4th & Oct 2nd. First Saturdays Drop In Tour

Explore the UCLA Mildred Mathias Botanical Garden featuring collections of plants from around the globe with the “Free First Saturdays Drop In Tour” led by a Garden Educator. What a marvelous opportunity to tour one of the most important botanical collections in the US, Tomatoes.

You’ll hear the stories of a selection of plants in the garden, and their relevance to human society. All ages are welcome. The next tour is Saturday Oct 2. Whether you attend Sept 4th or October 2nd it will be highly educational and inspiring. The UCLA Mildred Mathias Botanical Garden is literally a “living museum” and a 7-acre public garden with approximately 5000 species in 225 families, including many tropical and subtropical plants. It’s simple awesome and an incredible place to hang out, Tomatoes.

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  • Debbie Zipp

    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. Buy her book: The Aspiring Actor's Handbook: What Seasoned Actors Wish They Had Known

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