LA LIFE INSIDERS GUIDE: Art, Pet Tips, ReSound, Americana, LA River

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Our beautiful “LA River” is an oasis where you can reconnect with nature and yourself. A guided kayaking tour is a great way to enjoy the river’s wonder. “LA Animal Services” has valuable tips for handling your furry friends in an emergency. “The Other Art Fair” is truly an art fair for everyone and any budget.  The “Americana at the Park” Concert Series kicks off this Sunday. “Resound” showcases Kathak dance at its very best. Everyone loves Bernadette Peters…watch her interview with Brian Stokes Mitchell. And so, it goes this fab week ahead, Tomatoes.

The Fabulous Bernadette Peters

Don’t miss Tony and Golden Globe Winner, Emmy and Grammy nominee, Bernadette Peters as she joins Host Tony award-winning Brian Stokes Mitchell on Crossovers LIVE! an innovative live streaming talk show. Make sure the watch the pre-show which is sponsored by Gayle Martz founder of the SHERPA Bag. Get details and tickets here: .And we’re giving away free tickets too. Enter here.

 Through September 30.  Kayaking the LA River

Looking for a perfect weekend outdoor adventure? The LA River delivers a unique perspective where urban culture meets nature. And a fab way to experience flora, fauna and wildlife is to jump into a kayak with a “guided tour” that is even great for beginners. Jump quickly, Tomatoes, before the season ends.

Friends of the LA River (FOLAR) partners with LA River Kayak Safari  to make Kayak trips available so everyone can enjoy a kayak adventure smack dab in the middle of an urban jungle. Not to worry Tomatoes, I hear these guided kayak tours are perfect for beginners and the rapids are mild enough for everyone.  That includes you, Tomatoes.

Sept 23 – 26 The Other Art Fair

Los Angeles’ favorite independent artist showcase, “The Other Art Fair,” presented by Saatchi Art is back giving Tomatoes the opportunity to meet a carefully curated selection of over 140 independent artists and browse thousands of pieces all under one roof, Tomatoes.

“The Other Art Fair” is once again located at Barker Hanger. Whether you’re a first-time art buyer, seasoned collector, curator, investor, gallery owner, art lover or anything in between, you are guaranteed to find something to add to (or start!) your collection. Plus, with unique immersive experiences, live DJ sets, event tours, conversations with some of the art scene’s leading names, live art activations and a fully stocked bar awaiting you, what more do you need to enjoy a cultural experience in Santa Monica.

September. LA Animal Services Tips

Did you know that September is National Preparedness Month? It’s a great opportunity this month to make sure everyone in your family knows exactly what to do in an emergency or a disaster… including your precious family pet.  The team at “LA Animal Services” is happy to be there to help, Tomatoes.

With Los Angeles vulnerable to wildfires and earthquakes it’s best to not be caught unprepared. It’s so important to include your pets in the plan. LA Animal Services has a handy and valuable guide for you with loads of tips to help you plan and prepare for your fur babies in the event of an emergency. Check it out, Tomatoes. I did and I was surprised to learn that I wasn’t as prepared as I thought.

Sept 22 – 26. ReSound

Leela Dance Collective presents “ReSound,” a 5-day celebration of kathak dance, features street performances and workshops to educate and inspire audiences of all ages. The Los Angeles Dance Chronicle has called the performance “…an evening of rhythmic magic”, Tomatoes.

The public is invited to experience North Indian classical dance as it resounds through the streets of Los Angeles.  In LA, free street performances will take place at such iconic locations as Santa Monica’s 3rdSt Promenade, DTLA’s Grand Park, Pasadena’s Memorial Park, Culver City’s Town Plaza, Woodland Hills’ The Village at Topanga, and the Oak Canyon Community Park. Kathak dance can ground the body, focus the mind, and uplift the spirit. “Resound” showcases original compositions and choreography, while featuring a new generation of emerging kathak dancers trained in his iconic style of dance.  Leela Dance Collective is  critically acclaimed so this is your opportunity, Tomatoes, to enjoy the exhilarating performances,.

Sept 19 – October 10. Americana at the Park

Head to Gandara Park in Santa Monica for “Americana in the Park.” A free and reimagined concert series exploring Americana music with a diverse group of So Cal artists and Americana styles. Vibrant music and Food Trucks makes for a very enjoyable evening, Tomatoes.

The City of Santa Monica and McCabe’s Guitar Shop are partnering to present “Americana in the Park” which is funded by the Art of Recovery initiative. It is a pilot project to create a new partnership model for outdoor events, where local organizations are provided funding and support from the City to bring unique and diverse events to the Santa Monica community. The high energy “Masanga Marimba Ensemble” takes the stage to open the series this Sunday, Tomatoes.




  • 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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