LA LIFE: Hippos, QuiltCon, MONA, Oscar Costumes

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It’s an art filled weekend ladies and… Baby Hippo Alert! For the next few months the LA zoo is giving you the chance to pet a baby HIPPO and her mommy!!!  Love quilts? There are hundreds on display at QuiltCon in Pasadena this weekend. The Museum of Neon Art (MONA) has just reopened after 5 years. Definitely worth the wait ladies.  It’s that time of year again…Oscar Season tomatoes… get up close and personal with the crème dele crème of costumes the 24th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design at FIDM Museum.

Hippo Encounter

LA LIFE: Hippos, QuiltCon, MONA, Oscar Costumes

It’s been 26 years since a baby hippo was born at the LA Zoo but in the fall of 2014 the extraordinary happened again with the birth of precious Rosie. Mommy Mara and 15-month-old daughter “Rosie” are part of a new exhibition called the Hippo Encounter.  This 20-minute visit behind the scenes allows you to actually reach out to touch the magnificent Mara and Rosie, both future tomatoes.

You have to be at least 4 years of age to visit but I think we can handle that ladies.

The tour wraps up with a Selfie Op with the hippos. Hey I’m thinking …great pic for holiday cards. Of course the Hippo Encounter is hugely popular, each tour group is small and it costs extra mula so advanced ticket purchase  highly recommended.

February 18-21. QuiltCon

LA LIFE: Hippos, QuiltCon, MONA, Oscar Costumes

QuiltCon, at The Pasadena Convention Center and presented by Modern Quilters Guild, is the largest modern quilting show and competition of its kind. Oodles, nearly 400, of the most creative and artistic quilts with a modern day feel, by artisans from across the globe, will be on display for along with many stunning quilt exhibitions from the best.  It’s a quilter’s and a quilt lover’s paradise. Curious art lovin’ tomatoes welcome too.

Not only will there be vendors with all kinds of supplies partaking but there will be lectures, workshops and panel discussions. It’s an all-encompassing quilter’s paradise gals.


LA LIFE: Hippos, QuiltCon, MONA, Oscar Costumes

Does the Museum of Neon Art spark your interest tomatoes?  It should because there is nothing boring about this art museum and the only museum in the world entirely devoted to this medium which bridges science with artistic expression. It is an electrifying (tee hee) multi-generational experience with a colorful eye catching surprise in every nook and cranny. Of course …only in LA tomatoes.

The Museum of Neon Art encourages learning, curiosity and expression through the preservation, collection and interpretation of neon, electric and kinetic art.  The Museum of Neon Art is the only museum in the world devoted exclusively to art in electric media, exhibiting electric and kinetic fine art, and outstanding examples of historic neon signs, for over three decades.

Now ‘til April 30. Oscar Costumes

LA LIFE: Hippos, QuiltCon, MONA, Oscar Costumes

I have notes everywhere to remind me to get to FIDM’s, (The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising), exhibition of the best of the best in costumes from the 2015 film season.  It’s the biggest exhibit yet featuring the exquisite craftsmanship and designs from 22 films, including the Oscar nominated costumes (my fave is “Cinderella”) and last year’s winner “The Grand Budapest Hotel”. And tomatoes it’s FREE!

The FIDM museum shop is going all Hollywood, as well, with a variety of merchandise inspired by some of the year’s finest films. There’s even jewelry inspired from the costumes of Cinderella for sale to remind you tomatoes to “have courage and be kind”.


  • 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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