LA LIFE: Chocolate & Art, African American Fest, Vanity Fair, Wild West

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The beauty of Los Angeles in February is blooms and bees in the garden. That’s BEEautiful LA, Tomatoes. I almost dropped my mug of hot chocolate when I read there is a “Chocolate and Art Show” coming up. Celebrate Black History Month at the African American Festival. Get your close-up look at the stars, the parties, and the powerbrokers of Hollywood at “Vanity Fair: Hollywood Calling!” And “The Path to Cahuenga” is a fascinating early CA history lesson.  This week’s podcast has a very important message about being proactive about your health. And I hope you’ll join me in NYC at The Renewal Summit!

Feb 21 –22.  Chocolate and Art Show

LA LIFE: Chocolate & Art, African American Fest, Vanity Fair, Wild West

Hallelujah! What is on the same tantalizing level as chocolate and wine? Well, how about chocolate and art? Tomatoes can satisfy their chocolate cravings while taking in a wide range of art at the…you got it… “Chocolate and Art Show LA” at the Vortex in DTLA. Fine art, fine Music, very fine Chocolate and their 10-year anniversary! A great combo Tomatoes.

Indulge yourself in some of LA’s finest up-and-coming artists, photographers and creators! There is something for everybody including live body painting, live music, face-painting, and free chocolate! Through “ART” our community of artists will come together with Chocolate and Art to raise awareness and support for “Artist for Trauma” a charity that nurtures and empowers the lives of both civilian and military trauma survivors by pairing recovering patients with established artists from various creative disciplines.

Be Proactive about Your Health (and your loved ones too!)

Today’s podcast features a most important message for everyone! It’s about empowering yourself to take control of your health. Kim Selby talks with Joan Peckolick, Director and Founder of Self-Chec, an organization that helps save lives by raising awareness of the importance of early detection and preventative action that help keep us healthy. Listen in now.

Feb 22-23. African American Festival

LA LIFE: Chocolate & Art, African American Fest, Vanity Fair, Wild West

The Aquarium of the Pacific presents “The Annual African American Festival” celebrating the rich diversity of African American and African cultures with live entertainment, arts and crafts, and more. You can even meet, learn about, and even touch animals from Africa with special guest wildlife rescue and outreach organization Conservation Ambassadors. They had me at “Arts & Crafts and Meet Animals,” Tomatoes!

Meet an eagle owl and cat in the Aquarium’s Ocean Theater. Throughout the weekend in various locations, these African animals will be featured: serval cat, chameleon, African bull frog, Madagascar hissing cockroaches, savannah monitor, Dumeril’s boa, lemur, crocodile, African porcupine, eagle owl, and African emperor scorpion. Wow, oh Wow! Festival performers include Mardi Gras second line dancers, hip hop and break dancers, jazz musicians, interactive drum circles, West African dancers, and storytellers. The festival is taking place from 9am to 5pm on both days and is included with paid general admission and free to Aquarium members. Sounds like a blast Tomatoes.

Till July 26.  Vanity Fair: Hollywood Calling

LA LIFE: Chocolate & Art, African American Fest, Vanity Fair, Wild West

Tomatoes can explore the magic and glamour of the film and television industry’s major players from the last four decades with their new, iconic & exhibit, “Vanity Fair: Hollywood Calling” using photographic portraiture and multimedia installations at The Annenberg Space for Photography.Simply a fab & FREE exhibit, Tomatoes.

With 130 photographs and more than 50 photographers, Hollywood Calling will showcase Vanity Fair’s vaunted portraitists, including the magazine’s principal photographer, Annie Leibovitz, as well as Jonathan Becker, Harry Benson, Cass Bird, Ethan James Green, Horst P. Horst, Helmut Newton, Michael O’Neill, Herb Ritts, Collier Schorr, Firooz Zahedi, and dozens more.”The extraordinary artists in this exhibit have done so much more than chronicle celebrities; they’ve helped define our popular culture, as Vanity Fair itself has done.” – Wallis Annenberg. Well, Ladies, that says it all. 

Feb 24. The Path to Cahuenga

LA LIFE: Chocolate & Art, African American Fest, Vanity Fair, Wild West

Hosted by Sky Valley Volunteers and SSMPA,  this program describes the important contribution made by Native Americans during the conquest of California, during the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848. “The Path to Cahuenga” sounds like a super interesting dose of CA Wild West history, Tomatoes.

The “Naval Battalion of Mounted Volunteer Riflemen,”aka California Battalion, was one of the most remarkably diverse American military formations in the history of the “Wild West”. The Battalion was commanded by Major John C. Fremont, future Republican candidate for President of the United States. The program is presented by Albert Knight (Anthropology Department Associate at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History) and Ray Vincent (Historian Chatsworth Historical Society). Ain’t history grand, Tomatoes?!

Calling LA Tomatoes to NYC

Join me in NYC on May 1 for our fabulous all Renewal Summit. A block of hotel rooms are reserved and I will moderate a panel on “Women’s Heart Health.” Get your ticket by March 6 and save $15.


  • 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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