LA LIFE: Music, River, Movies, Style, Sonnets, Theatre, and Watermelon

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“Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome” are absolutely enchanting.  Sample delish watermelon at “The California Watermelon Festival”.  “The Great LA River Cleanup” celebrates our beautiful LA River by keeping it clean. Jump fast to book your reservations for “Last Remaining Seats” and “Outdoor Movies at the Skirball”. “Untitled Baby Play” is the latest offering from IAMA Theatre and women are at the helm. “Tonalism” adds to the wonder of Descanso Gardens.  It’s all about multi-function and creativity with Felicia Arlin’s Style Stories. And Lady Penelope is talking to herself this week. Hmmmmm.

June 19 – Oct 2. Sunday Afternoon Concerts

Above the clouds on Angeles Crest Highway sits the Mount Wilson Observatory with one of the two largest telescopes in the world. And the Mount Wilson Observatory is returning with in- person “Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome” for its 5th season.  Seating is limited and they sell out fast so don’t hesitate to get a reservation for this marvelous musical treat.  And what a treat, it is Tomatoes!

All selected programs are performed by incredible musicians in this modern-day temple of science overlooking Pasadena with a wide range of musical adventures in this series thoughtfully curated by Artistic Director Cécilia Tsan.

Starting June 4. The Great LA River Cleanup


15 sites over 8 weeks with over 15,000 volunteers collecting 50 – 60 tons of trash! Oh my!  It’s time for FoLAR’s  (Friends of the LA River) yearly summer cleanup which just so happens to be the largest urban river cleanup in the nation. Though you may get sweaty and dirty, it’s a wonderful way to work out and get to know our LA river splendor, Tomatoes.

FoLAR will provide volunteers with gloves and trash bags, but it’s a good idea to bring your own bring containers that can be reused as trash receptacles (e.g. buckets, old pillow cases, empty pet food bags) to reduce plastic waste.  Water will be provided but you should bring your own reusable water bottle. Wear sturdy close-toed shoes, boots or water shoes if you have them, and clothes you can get dirty.  You will get in the muck of it, Tomatoes, but you’ll feel good after and the river will too.

LA Style Stories

Our LA Stylist Felicia Arlin praises the multifunctionality fun of wearing Pareo’s in LA Style Story: “Pareos…more than a Cover-Up”. And who knew you could transition from a busy about-the-town workday to an evening pool party without making a trip home to change? Well, of course can says  Felicia who makes it easy peasy to do so in “Late Afternoon Pool Party”. Get the details.

Sonnets from Suburbia

Who doesn’t talk to themselves, Tomatoes? But do you love doing it? Penny Peyser, AKA Lady Penelope, extolls the love she has for talking to herself in her latest installment of “Sonnets from Suburbia” with “Talking to Myself”. Me thinks she’s on to something, Ladies. Read on.

Last Remaining Seats

Last Remaining Seats” from the LA Conservancy has been described as magical, special and unlike any other event in Los Angeles.  It’s not just about seeing a classic film on a big screen; it’s about enjoying that fab film in a gorgeous historic theatre or perhaps we should we say …Movie Palace. Tickets always sell out fast, Tomatoes…hint, hint. It’s truly a movie experience unlike any other.

June 17, July 1, July 15. Outdoor Movies

Outdoor Movies at the Skirball” is another exciting way to experience movie magic with the added bonus of sitting under the stars.  It’s a great lineup of fan-favorite films (“Galaxy Quest”, “Ratatouille” and “When Harry Met Sally”) that are all related to Skirball exhibitions past and present! I love that concept, Tomatoes!

Museum doors open at 7:00 pm for viewing of the exhibitions “‘I’ll Have What She’s Having’: The Jewish Deli” and “Talking Back to Power: Projects by Aram Han Sifuentes”. Cocktails, wine, beer, and light fare will be available for purchase throughout the night making the evening perfect.

0May 26-June 27. Untitled Baby Play

Female friendship is a priceless gift.  Presented by IAMA Development, the world premiere of “Untitled Baby Play” is an ode to female friendship. This comedy is written by Nina Braddock and directed by Katie Lindsey at the Atwater Village Theatre and what could be better than a play with a stellar cast of 6 women, written by a woman, and directed by a woman, Tomatoes?! Nothing!

Libby is having a baby, and a group of 6 friends is planning her shower over email. What starts out as a comedy of manners for the digital age deepens into something weightier as her longtime friends a doctor, freelance journalist, consultant, teacher, actress and software engineer contend with cyber miscommunications and email chain snubs, forcing them to question their own convictions, fears and existential angst surrounding the baby issue. When the shower finally comes to pass, neuroses reach full throttle.

June 11 & 12. The California Watermelon Festival

Watermelon will certainly get you in the mood for summer and you can gorge on watermelon till the cows come home at “The California Watermelon Festival” at Hansen Dam. 50,000 pounds of watermelon awaits you! Any way you slice it gals, there is nothing better than juicy ice-cold watermelon on a hot summer day so pucker up Tomatoes!

Every ticket includes all-you-can-eat watermelon, lots of kid activities, great bands, photo-ops, live art, custom car show and watermelon specialty foods and deserts. Wow! So much to do and see its mind boggling! The California Watermelon Festival, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the community. Proceeds help fund the following year’s festival and are also provided to service-oriented non-profit entities and school youth development programs. Filling your mouth with watermelon and your heart with joy while doing good is the best.

June 9-12. Tonalism at Descanso

You can enjoy a four-day quadrophonic sound exploration within the stunning beauty of Descanso Gardens.  How cool is that. Experience immersive surround sound installations presented by Dublab.  Ambient music, visual elements and more happening day and night at Descanso, Tomatoes.

Love Descanso after hours? Then attend Descanso’s special “Tonalism: Night” event June 11 from 6pm–1am. Make sure you buy your advance tickets first. All the daytime Tonalism activities from June 9-12 will be included in the price of admission.  Sounds luverly, Gals.



  • 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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