LA LIFE: Dogs, Art, Photos, Theater, Ladies Night

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LA LIFE: Dogs, Art, Photos, Theater, Ladies Night

My Heavens, Tomatoes! It is already the last day of January. TONIGHT, we’ve got Magnolia Park’s “Ladies and Gents Night Out” when the red carpet is pulled out and every shopper is a star. And there’s lots to enjoy in February.  It was a glorious day last Sunday and we found the super special Huntington Dog Beach.  Photo LA is back and it’s a doozy. I love extraordinary women artists, trailblazing women and mind-blowing artist Annie Wood has all that in her art show. Murder and madness abound in “The Manor” at Greystone Mansion.  Sounds wickedly delicious.

January 31.  Ladies and Gents Night Out

LA LIFE: Dogs, Art, Photos, Theater, Ladies Night

 “Ladies and Gents Night Out” ( yes, the guys and the family are welcome too) is back for the first time in 2020 on January 31st. Magnolia Park in Burbank is a hot destination and known for its vintage, re-sale, collectible and antique stores, one of a kind boutiques and creative retail. Over 30 stores are involved, so get your comfy shopping shoes on because it is TONIGHT, Tomatoes!   

And every Friday night through October. The Ladies & Gents Night Out shopping extravaganza is a marvelous opportunity to enjoy late night shopping on an adorable and charming street with a small-town feel. And don’t forget there is always a plethora of food trucks, live music and more surprises.  Ladies and Gents Night Out is sponsored by the Magnolia Park Merchants Association and it is such a good idea to support local neighborhood businesses, Tomatoes.  What fun!

Huntington Dog Beach

LA LIFE: Dogs, Art, Photos, Theater, Ladies Night

There’s no place like a dog beach and The Huntington Dog Beach is a paradise for all with the breathtaking views, the golden sands and the one mile expansive stretch of beach where dogs can run, swim and play to their hearts delight.  It is a place where joy abounds, Tomatoes.  And our Grand Dog Bruce Nugget enjoyed the heck out of it. 

My hubby, Mr. Tomato, and I were so excited to discover Huntington Dog Beach which is supported by the Preservation Society of Huntington Dog Beach, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and solely supported by private donations.  My daughter lives in Long Beach and had recently found this unique and beautiful dog beach.  It is oh so expansive, always clean because of the wonderful volunteers, supporters and mostly responsible dog owners, has free pop bag stations, doggie water fountains, and complimentary tennis balls in a basket by the entrance.  If you love dog beaches or just love watching dogs on the beach we found this beach well worth the drive, Tomatoes.

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February 8.  Pardon Me While I Blaze Some Trails

LA LIFE: Dogs, Art, Photos, Theater, Ladies Night

Heads up and front and center, Tomatoes!  Fab, vibrant, unique and creatively compulsive Hollywood mixed media visual artist, Annie Wood, has a solo art exhibit and birthday celebration featuring trailblazing women throughout history. “Pardon Me While I Blaze Some Trails,” inspired by the Hedy Lamarr documentary Bombshell, features Annie’s decoupaged life sized mannequins and other 3D objects in material relevant to the trailblazing women she is showcasing.  Annie’s work is a big wow, Tomatoes! You don’t want to miss it so RSVP ASAP!

LA LIFE: Dogs, Art, Photos, Theater, Ladies Night

The truly trailblazing women Annie recognizes in her art show are Hedy Lamarr, Anne Frank, Dorothy Parker, Moms Mabley, Edith Head, Maya Angelou, Joni Mitchell, Dorothy Arzner, Madam C.J. Walker, Corinne Michael West, Peace Pilgrim and Mumbet.  Annie Wood creates a stunning visual storytelling experience that’s entertaining and sparks a curiosity in the viewer, motivating them to delve deeper into learning more about these awesome trailblazing women.  You will also delight in Annie’s sparking personality, so go and wish her a happy birthday, and enjoy food and cocktails and, of course, the stunning art pieces she has created. Part of all sale proceeds will go to Girls, Inc., Tomatoes. 

Jan 30 – Feb 2. Photo LA

LA LIFE: Dogs, Art, Photos, Theater, Ladies Night

The International Los Angeles photographic and longest running art exhibition on the West Coast, Photo LA, has returned for its 28th edition at Barker Hanger in Santa Monica. Photo LA is an exciting forum for all art lovers and the 3-day event is jam packed with scheduled programming, presentations, docent tours and, of course, the finest photographic art from the 19th century to the most contemporary photography. It’s not just for the art industry elite, Tomatoes.  All art lovers welcome.

More than 80 premiere galleries and private dealers from around the world will present international and US artists. Photo LA cultivates connections between industry elite and up-and-coming talent and has been in operation for nearly three decades and has hosted over 700 galleries, private dealers, and publishers. And they couldn’t have picked a better setting than Barker Hanger with its 35,000 square feet of expansive space and soaring vaulted ceilings. It truly is a marvel, Tomatoes.

February 6 – March 1. The Manor

LA LIFE: Dogs, Art, Photos, Theater, Ladies Night

 “The Manor” a theatrical production of drama and mystery is presented by Theatre 40 and The Doheny Greystone Mansion and Gardens. “The Manor” follows actors through the inside of the grand landmark of Doheny Greystone Mansion where the murder and madness of the true events actually took place. Oh my!  Sounds like an absolute blast, Tomatoes.  Reserve ASAP because several performances are already sold out.

“The Manor” is fictionalized re-enactment of real-life events surrounding the Doheny family and the history of the Doheny Greystone Mansion. It tells the story of the triumphs and travails of the prominent MacAlister family during the 1920s as they ride the tide of good fortune. Spurred by legends of ghostly wanderings, costumed performers inhabit the Mansion’s opulent rooms and roam its cavernous, echoing hallways to weave a tale that begins euphorically with the promise of a splendid future, but an involvement in a political scandal sparks a downward spiral that ends in a senseless tragedy.  This theatre event has been an annual event at the mansion for 18 years and is extremely popular.  I’m sure you can imagine that an evening at the stunning Greystone, with its incredible views are magical but add “The Manor” to the mix, Tomatoes, and you have a spectacular evening in store.

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  • 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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