LA LIFE INSIDER’S GUIDE: Theatre, Shopping, Holiday Cocktails, Awareness Day, Giving

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LA LIFE INSIDER'S GUIDE: Theatre, Shopping, Holiday Cocktails, Awareness Day, Giving

Are you ready for Thanksgiving, Tomatoes? I’m not. Help! “The Children” at The Fountain Theatre asks important questions. Kick off the holiday shopping season with the “Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair.” “Renegade Craft LA” and “Magnolia Park Night Out.” “Cocktails in Historic Places” returns to the Biltmore.  Tomorrow is “Environmental Awareness Day,” and the LA Food Bank makes “Giving” easy. Are you ready to date again after a divorce? Listen in to this week’s podcast. Enjoy your Thanksgiving Tomatoes and I’ll return to your inboxes on December 3.

Till January 23. The Children

LA LIFE INSIDER'S GUIDE: Theatre, Shopping, Holiday Cocktails, Awareness Day, Giving

What is our responsibility to the future? “The Children” asks that question and more. The Los Angeles premiere at the Fountain Theatre of the 2018 Tony nominated play “The Children” is winning high praise by the critics in LA.  Charles McNulty of the LA Times says, “GRIPPING… We hang on to every word… “. And it stars 2 Tomatoes and is written by a woman, Tomatoes. Love that!

The Los Angeles premiere of “The Children” is written by Lucy Kirkwood and directed by Simon Levy, stars Elizabeth Huffman and Lily Knight, along with Ron Bottitta. “The Children” is a taut and disquieting thriller about responsibility, reparation and what one generation owes the next. With the outside world in utter chaos following a devastating environmental disaster, two retired nuclear engineers live a quiet life in a remote cottage on the lonely British coast — until a surprise visit from a former colleague upends the couple’s equilibrium and trust.  “The Children” premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 2016, then transferred to the Manhattan Theatre Club on Broadway the following year. In 2019, The Guardian placed The Children” on its list of “greatest theatrical works since 2000.” London’s The Independent called millennial playwright Kirkwood “the most rewarding dramatist of her generation.” It is definitely worth seeing, Tomatoes.

Date Like Kate

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Listen in to this week’s podcast with Kate Somerset and get her dating advice. She is the author of the Mom You Just Need to Get Laid…The Adventures of Dating After Divorce which tells her hilarious true account of moving from Texas to NYC after her divorce, and her stories of 15 men she dated. Great advice for single women dating in midlife. And a fun read or audiobook listen for all of us. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST.

November 20-21. Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair

LA LIFE INSIDER'S GUIDE: Theatre, Shopping, Holiday Cocktails, Awareness Day, Giving
Celebrate handmade and shopping with the Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair in Old Pasadena’s Central Park. Shoppers can expect to find indie goods from over 200 makers, including original fashion & jewelry design, paper goods, ceramics, baskets, candles, innovative home décor, housewares, art, photography, and food. Wow! A shopping mecca, Tomatoes!

LA artisan talent abounds and shopping local benefits everyone. The Jackalope Artisan Fair is FREE, open to all ages and is handicap accessible. Leashed precious pets are welcome too.  Get in the shopping mood Tomatoes because the holidays are upon us.

November 20 & 21. Renegade Craft Los Angeles

LA LIFE INSIDER'S GUIDE: Theatre, Shopping, Holiday Cocktails, Awareness Day, Giving

Renegade Los Angeles returns for a festive wintertime marketplace at the sunny and green Los Angeles State Historic Park! You’ll find the best of the best with local and national artisans, food trucks, a beer garden and a bar.  Shop during the day and stay for the sunsets, Tomatoes!

Produced, juried, and curated by a small top-notch creative in-house team “Renegade Craft” is one of the broadest reaching craft showcases in the world and is an excellent platform for artists and shoppers to come together. Well, I sure enjoy a one-of-a-kind shopping experience, Tomatoes and now is the perfect time to shop!

November 26. Magnolia Park Night Out

LA LIFE INSIDER'S GUIDE: Theatre, Shopping, Holiday Cocktails, Awareness Day, Giving

Magnolia Park Night Out” rolls out the red carpet once again because every shopper is a star. It’s a shopping extravaganza with unique boutiques and shops, food trucks, live music, and more surprises.  A marvelous opportunity to enjoy late night shopping on a charming street with a quaint small-town feel. No doubt about it, Tomatoes, Magnolia Park is the place to be next Friday!

Magnolia Park is the premiere shopping destination for vintage, re-sale, collectibles and antiques and one-of-a-kind boutiques. “Magnolia Park Night Out” is sponsored by the Magnolia Park Merchants Association and it is such a good way to support the local businesses in this neighborhood, Tomatoes. Have a blast!

December 3. Holiday Cocktails at the Biltmore

LA LIFE INSIDER'S GUIDE: Theatre, Shopping, Holiday Cocktails, Awareness Day, Giving

It’s all about location, location, location Ladies.  So, I highly recommend sipping cocktails that sparkle in the light of the Biltmore’s lavish Holiday décor! “Cocktails in Historic Places” at the bar of the iconic & historic Biltmore Hotel in the heart of DTLA is a wonderful holiday tradition and it’s simply magical, Tomatoes.

It’s presented by The Art Deco Society, and they know it doesn’t get more historic or classy than The Biltmore, Tomatoes. The Christmas Tree in The Biltmore Hotel Lobby is a must see.   So, relax and imbibe Tomatoes with Holiday Cocktails at…you know where…The Biltmore. And you gotta love The Art Deco Society that helps to celebrate and preserve the architecture, arts, music, dance, fashion, and elegance of Art Deco Era.

November 20. Environmental Awareness Day

LA LIFE INSIDER'S GUIDE: Theatre, Shopping, Holiday Cocktails, Awareness Day, GivingEnvironmental Awareness Day” at the Chatsworth Train Depot is designed to be, not only educational, but lots of fun for visitors of all generations. It will also offer opportunities for visitors to learn how they can be involved in their community beautification, environmental contribution, volunteerism, and making their community a better place to live and enjoy. Now that sounds like a fantastic place to be tomorrow, Tomatoes!

The amazing Jill Mather and her incredible organization, “Volunteers Cleaning Communities” is hosting “Environmental Awareness Day” with the help of Home Depot, councilmember John Lee and 5th District Supervisor Kathryn Barger.  Everyone who attends this important event, Ladies, should walk away with at least one way they can help the environmental community. Wow!

Giving Food and Hope

LA LIFE INSIDER'S GUIDE: Theatre, Shopping, Holiday Cocktails, Awareness Day, Giving

In anticipation of Thanksgiving and the Holidays a great way to give thanks is to give food and hope by donating to “Los Angeles Food Bank.” Every $1 donated provides enough food for 4 meals to feed hungry children, seniors and families, Tomatoes. Bravo LA Food Bank!

And just $25 can provide 100 healthy meals. The Pandemic has and will continue to disproportionately impact lower income communities. Thanksgiving is a good time to remember that  the LA Regional Food Banks  always needs help. They have one vision …that no one goes hungry in Los Angeles County. Since 1973, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 1.7 billion pounds of food. The Food Bank collects food from hundreds of resources.  With the help of 30,000 volunteers annually and an agency network of more than 700 partner agencies, they serve more than 900,000 people on a monthly basis. 97% of their revenues go directly to programs. Wow!

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  • 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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