LA LIFE: Berry Bliss, Self-Reflections, Vintage Flea, Brighter Futures

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The California Strawberry Festival is the perfect way to kick off your summer tomatoes.  Geez! Did I just say … Summer?! There is a new exhibition, “Reflections of Self” at CAAM, The California African American Museum which is way cool.  If you love outdoor vintage flea markets, then heads up gals…. Downtown Modernism is back with midcentury styles.  We feel so honored that Rainbow Services and 1736 Family Crisis Center are participating in The Three Tomatoes Film Series Event that is less than a week away. Please make your reservations now.  There will be champagne ladies!

Rainbow Services and 1736 Family Crisis Center

While 1736 Family Crisis Center focuses on building brighter tomorrows and Rainbow Services  seeks to end the cycle of violence, these incredible organizations that provide much needed comfort and help to women, children and families suffering from domestic violence need our support and a big round of applause tomatoes.

LA LIFE: Berry Bliss, Self-Reflections, Vintage Flea, Brighter Futures

Please find out more about Rainbow Services  and 1736 Family Crisis Center. If you can’t make it to the event, we urge you to donate to Rainbow Services and/or 1737.  It takes a village tomato.

May 21-22.  Strawberry Festival

LA LIFE: Berry Bliss, Self-Reflections, Vintage Flea, Brighter Futures

If you feel like a drive up the coast you don’t have to go too far for a berry good time at The 33rd Annual California Strawberry Festival in Oxnard for a weekend berry bash with a massive array of strawberries fresh from local farms, 50+ food booths serving traditional and surprising berry delicious treats, 200+ Fine Arts and Craft exhibitors and “Strawberryland” for the kiddos. What else could a berry lover wish for… strawberry wine perhaps?! They got that too gals!

If you are worried about parking there are free park ’n ride shuttles that drop you off right at the gate and you’ll save on parking. Then you have extra cash to indulge and go berry wild tomatoes.

May 29. Downtown Modernism

LA LIFE: Berry Bliss, Self-Reflections, Vintage Flea, Brighter Futures

Nobody likes a treasure more than me tomatoes and 5 acres of modern vintage items sounds too good to be true.  But Downtown Modernism, an outdoor vintage flea market featuring retailers of Midcentury styles from across Los Angeles, is alive and well and returning to the Modernica factory. It’s family friendly, pet-friendly with great food so methinks it’s a fun outing for tomatoes Memorial Day Weekend.

The 85 booths represent the best mid-century, modernist and vintage dealers in So-Cal which have been hand-picked by Modernica, the host of the event. Collectors will be selling as well. Cara King, the Director of E-commerce for Modernica says, “There are a lot of things that aren’t currently out in stores that people can come find.  It’s a real treasure hunt.”


LA LIFE: Berry Bliss, Self-Reflections, Vintage Flea, Brighter Futures

The California African American Museum is a wonderful gem of a museum for LA and dedicated to researching, collecting, and preserving the history, art and culture of African Americans while focusing on California and the west.    And…it’s free ladies.  The new exhibition “Reflections of Self” presents a vast array of mediums and approaches that artists have used to depict the human face and body with nearly 4,000 works of art and history. These works trace the evolution of the Museum from the beginning in 1977. Wow, tomatoes, that is quite a collection.

Chartered by the State of California in September of 1977, CAAM began formal operations in 1981 housed in temporary quarters at the California Museum of Science and Industry (currently the California Science Center). The current facility in Exposition Park was built with State and private funds for $5 million. Designed by African American architects, Jack Haywood and the late Vince Proby, the Museum facility opened its doors to the public during the Olympic Games of July 1984.


  • 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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