LA LIFE INSIDER’S GUIDE: Wistaria, Style, Sonnets, Kittens, Peggy Lee, Theatre, Soar

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My garden is making my heart sing with its new spring blooms. Speaking of spring, the world’s largest Wistaria is blooming at The Wistaria Festival. Our LA stylist Felicia Arlin extolls the rewards of donning a spring/summer dress. Lady Penelope is back with her special brand of wit and humor. Celebrate Women’s History Month with 2 delightful plays starring Tomatoes. Best Friends is throwing “Kitten Showers” all across LA.  Peggy Lee is turning 100 at the Grammy Museum and Butterflies are soaring at the South Coast Botanical Garden. Welcome to spring 2022, Tomatoes!

March 27. Wistaria Festival


Tomatoes, you can feast your eyes on one of the Seven Horticultural Wonders of the World right here in Sierra Madre.  Yep!  The Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Sierra Madre “Wistaria Festival,” with tours of the Guinness Book certified World’s Largest Blossoming Plants, 200+ arts, crafts and vendor booths, and live music at several outdoor venues.

It is true that Sierra Madre possesses the world’s largest blossoming vine with millions (literally) of huge fragrant purple and lavender Wistaria blooms. It only happens once a year so you don’t want to miss this breathtaking natural wonder that will blow your mind at this super-duper festival, Tomatoes.


Little White Dress and A Dress to Twirl In

Because of their comfort and ease, I love wearing summer and spring dresses. And being able to twirl in a sundress is just the cherry on top.  Felicia Arlin shares how you can awaken your feminine side while taking a chance on a garment you might not normally wear by making it your own.  Great tips for you this week, Tomatoes. Get the details.

Lady Penelope’s “Sonnets from Suburbia”

To see…or not to see…a therapist. Should Lady Penelope continue therapy? Aye, that is the question…her ladyship is pondering, Tomatoes. Get the details. 

March 26. Kitten Showers


Kittens Showers are being thrown all over LA County tomorrow, and Tomatoes are invited! It’s your chance to shower these tiny bundles of fur and joy with gifts, learn about fostering and join the fun kitten related festivities.  Can’t be there in person? Well…you can still help, Tomatoes!

Best Friends LA has provided a “Wishlist” so Angelenos can send their gifts direct! Remember, every year during spring and summer, thousands of kittens arrive in overwhelming numbers at our local animal shelters — and they depend on us humans for love and care and to have a bright future, Ladies.

Through September 5. 100 Years of Peggy Lee Grammy Museum

Peggy Lee was an extraordinary artist and vocal talent, a creative powerhouse who was involved in every aspect of her performances and she redefined the role of the female singer. The “100 years of Peggy Lee” at the Grammy Museum reveals her major contributions to the world of jazz and popular music.  An icon that was an inspiration to so many female singers, Tomatoes.

This new exhibit features artifacts from Peggy Lee, that includes handwritten notes, drawings and paintings from Peggy Lee, costume jewelry and accessories she wore, personal items like a letter from Frank Sinatra and a gift from Quincy Jones, rare photographs, and the list of priceless items in the exhibit goes on and on, Tomatoes.

April 2-May 8.  A Death-Defying Escape

A Death-Defying Escape” is a darkly funny and inspiring new comedy starring magician, stand-up comedian and Tomato Judy Carter, at the Hudson Theatre Guild. Did I just say magician? Well, who wouldn’t like to add a little magic to their life, Ladies?

Written by Judy Carter, the unique storyline and production combines jaw dropping feats of real, onstage magic with an inspiring story about escaping life’s emotional shackles to find love.  Tomatoes can attend in person at the Hudson Theatre or stream online. Prepare to be uplifted (no surgery required) Tomatoes: regardless of your age, escape is possible from the restraints of your past. Love, liberation, and real magic await you in “A Death-Defying Escape”.

Through April 23.  In the Next Room or the vibrator play

Yep! There was a handy new instrument doctors used to treat hysterical women (and some men) at the dawn of the age of electricity. Who knew?! Open Fist Theatre Company presents Sarah Ruhl’s highly entertaining comedy, “In the Next Room or the vibrator play” about sex, intimacy, equality, and vibrators used in the name of medical treatment. What fun!

Lots of women roles in this hilarious production including Lane Allison directing. The play centers on a doctor and his wife and how this new therapy affects their household. Dr. Givings is obsessed with the marvels of technology and what they can do for his patients. His wife, Catherine, is only a bystander in her husband’s world, listening at the door from the next room as he treats his female patients. Dr. Givings is not sure exactly how the vibrator helps the women he treats — but they do keep coming back. Hah! Sounds like a great evening at the theatre, Tomatoes.

April 1- July 31.  Soar: Tropical Butterflies Exhibit

Beautiful wings of color are headed our way, Tomatoes with the popular “Soar: Tropical Butterflies” exhibit returning to South Coast Botanical Garden. Yay! And e Botanical Garden is absolutely gorgeous right now with all its spring blooms. A double whammy, Tomatoes!

Soar gives you the exciting opportunity to immerse yourself in the life and colors of these amazing tropical butterflies. You will be soaring with the thrill of this butterfly experience as you witness these fluttering beauties of nature at every stage and unique aspect of their lives. Relax and enjoy it all this stunning exhibit and the garden has to offer, 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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