LA Life Insider’s Guide: Style, Tasty Words, Valentines, Black Portraits, Historic Cocktails

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LA’s Flower Market is bursting with color for Valentine’s Day. Speaking of color, I’m tickled pink that we now have our very own fashion expert and stylist extraordinaire, Felicia Arlin, who will be sharing her “LA Style Stories.” Yay! The Tasty Words live salon is back. The Black American Portraits exhibit, Historic Cocktails, and a Weekend for Love are on the horizon. Valentine’s Day is made even more special with the premiere of Wine Women & Chocolate’s new podcast and the audio love story “Numbered Days.” Feeling stressed and out of balance? Listen in to this week’s podcast about the ancient practice of Tao.

LA Style Story: One of Those Days

Felicia Arlin is a LA fashion designer and stylist who reflects the quintessential, ageless L.A. vibe. Felicia’s talent and vast (25-year) experience   in the L.A. and NY garment industry will elevate the way we think about and wear our clothing. She is all about looking and feeling confident, no matter our age, shape or social-economic status. Felicia’s top-notch tips and style stories  will give us a fresh perspective on our wardrobes and guide us to our own ageless, timeless styles. Plus, she’s LA born and raised.  Aren’t we lucky, Tomatoes?!

Enjoy her LA Style Story… “One of Those Days.”


Feb 12. Tasty Words

Are you ready to laugh, Tomatoes? The amazing Wendy Hammer and her highly acclaimed live spoken word salon, “Tasty Words,” will be back on the Morgan Wixson stage tomorrow night. Wendy will be accompanied by a group of gifted story-telling artists who will share touching and poignant real-life stories about falling in love with their partners. There will be a whole lotta love in the room in honor of Valentine’s Day, Ladies!

Seven couples will tickle your funny bone, inspire you and give you hope. The stellar performing couples joining Wendy are: Cathryn Michon and W. Bruce Cameron, Amy Friedman and Dennis Danziger, Ann Hearn Tobolowsky and Stephen Tobolowsky, Mattilyn Rochester Kravitz and Josh Kravitz, Anna Abbot and Judy Carter, Christopher and Jesse Brune-Horan and Lyena Strelkoff and Dean Purvis. Morgan Wixson Theatre is spacious and well ventilated, and all guests, cast, and crew will be vaccinated.  So, get your tickets ASAP, Tomatoes!

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Feb 14. Wine Women & Chocolate Podcast

For 30 minutes each week, Cat Curry-Williams and guest co-hosts, will give you an inspiring look into the world and personal life of sommeliers, restauranteurs, wine makers, chocolate lovers and just some fabulous fun folks who love Wine Women and Chocolate. Oh gosh, did someone say chocolate? The timing of the premiere of  the “Wine, Women and Chocolate” podcasts  on Valentine’s Day is perfect. It’s all about the amazing journey of women, Tomatoes. Gotta love it!

It’s your time to relax, unwind, and take the time out of your busy day and contemplate possibilities. Guest Co-Host Robin Radin will join Cat Curry-Williams as guest Co-Host.  There are many terrific guests that will be joining the podcast in the future as well.  Such as:  Iris Rideau, the first black women in our country to open a Vineyard, Steve Porcaro, singer, songwriter composer known as one of the founding members of the rock band Toto and Susan Anton, multi-talented international star for more than 35 years in television, film, theater, and concert venues. That is quite a list of fab guests Tomatoes.  Subscribe today to WWC’s You Tube Channel to enjoy.

Feb 14- March 14. Numbered Days

On Valentine’s Day, the Fountain Theatre will launch “Numbered Days” with two-time Emmy, Peabody and SAG award-winning actress, and fellow Tomato, Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad) starring as playwright Corey Madden in an audio theater production of Madden’s moving and poetic memoir. Can art, and the process of creating it, help us cope with tragedy? Perhaps it can.

“Numbered Days” is a real-life love story, Tomatoes, and turns Madden’s poems about the battle with cancer she shared with her beloved husband, composer Bruno Louchouarn, into an audio art piece meant to bring healing to others. Veteran actor Tony Amendola (Showtime’s Dexter) stars alongside Gunn as Bruno. Prominently featured throughout is Louchouarn’s glorious music. I’d say, Ladies, that “Numbered Days” is well-worth your attention and the price of $20 podcast subscription.

Feb 11- 14. Films of Love

There’s certainly no lack of love going around at The Montalban Rooftop with a terrific roster of romantic feature films offering love on the big screen. Just perfect for a rooftop oasis and Valentine’s week, Tomatoes.

Lots of fun and romance to be had on the Montalbán’s gorgeous rooftop—outfitted with a bar, concession stand, and kitchen—providing an open-air movie theater experience which is the best way to experience a movie these days. The films include True Romance, Dirty Dancing, The Notebook and La La Land. Plenty of films to enjoy, Gals.

Through April 17. Black American Portraits


The Black American Portraits” exhibit at LAMA spans 200 years and chronicles the ways in which Black Americans have used portraiture to envision themselves in their own eyes while reflecting love, abundance, family, community, and exuberance. Originally meant as a companion to the Obama Portraits, there is no doubt the stunning “Black American Portraits” exhibit, dynamically, stands on its own, Tomatoes.

Curated by Christine Y. Kim and Liz Andrews “Black American Portraits” pays homage to today’s renaissance of Black figurative art, acknowledging the artistic achievements of Black artists and their contributions in rewriting the art historical canon, with all the celebration and the gravity deserved. And FYI, Tomatoes, the official portraits of former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are still gracing the LACMA walls. I recommend visiting LACMA and viewing both amazing exhibits before they are gone.

Feb 18. Cocktails in Historic Places

The Art Deco Society of Los Angeles is at it again saving historic landmarks and presenting “Cocktails in Historic Places” in a very special space and open-air environment. “All Season Brewing Company” gave the historic Firestone Tire Building a new life in 2021 turning this historic and elegant service station into a brewery pub.  Now that is darn cool, Tomatoes.

“All Season Brewing’s” full bar features the “Dirty Dozen” classic cocktails. They also have on-draft cocktails, wines, cider, and house made Ginger Beer. They claim that they “aim to make classic, simple cocktails with fresh juice, great ice, & good booze.” What a treat for those attending and marveling at this priceless architectural “save” by the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles.  To further enhance the experience why not dress yourself in vintage motoring clothing. What fun! Back in the day, Firestone Tire, number 1 in their field, chose a streamline modern design with low horizontal lines and curved edges, often associated with motion and the machine for their new flagship building, Firestone Tire Building which was constructed in 1937 by engineer R.E. Ward and declared a Historic Cultural Monument in 2012. It is a wonder in architecture, Tomatoes.




  • 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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