LA LIFE: St. Paddy’s Day, Wisteria Fest, Art+Feminism, NARS, Butterflies

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LA LIFE: St. Paddy’s Day, Wisteria Fest, Art+Feminism, NARS, Butterflies

Top o’ the Mornin’ to ya tomatoes!  You can feast your eyes on one of the Seven Horticultural Wonders of the World right here in Sierra Madre.  And speaking of flowers, the Cherry Blossom Festival has arrived. “East of Borneo” and Art + Feminism are hosting a worldwide event to combat gender bias on Wikipedia.  Butterflies are a wonderful sign that spring is on the way and The Butterfly Pavilion opens Sunday.  Don’t forget to reserve you space for The Three Tomatoes LA and NARS First, FREE & FAB Beauty Event at the NARS Cosmetic Boutique! And celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with a twinkle in your eye and a song in your heart.

St. Paddy’s Day Celebrations

LA LIFE: St. Paddy’s Day, Wisteria Fest, Art+Feminism, NARS, Butterflies

There are so many celebrations spreading green cheer that it makes my head turn green but here are a few suggestions.  

Saturday March 16, The Vista Theatre in Los Feliz is screening the classic film “The Quiet Man” for a full-on Irish experience.

March 17, Angel City Brewery has got it going on in the arts district till 2 am and the same day, Farmers Market has an all-day celebration happening till 9pm. 

St. Patrick’s Day at the Farmers Market on Fairfax is an all-day out door celebration with Magee’s Kitchen serving up their famous nitrate-free corned beef, cabbage and potatoes and keep an eye out for the Bagpipers ladies. 

Angel City Brewery is serving green tacos and ice cream with an evening of live music and churros from Ridges Churro Bar. All Irish, Irish-Americans, and peoples of all backgrounds who want to be honorary Irish for a day are invited to watch John Ford’s ode to Irish Romance “The Quiet Man” one of Hollywood’s greatest movies. May the luck of the Irish be with you tomatoes!

March 17. Sierra Madre Wisteria Festival

LA LIFE: St. Paddy’s Day, Wisteria Fest, Art+Feminism, NARS, Butterflies

Sierra Madre possesses the world’s largest blossoming vine with millions (literally) of huge fragrant purple and lavender Wisteria blooms and is one of the 7 horticultural wonders of the world.  So, it is no surprise that the Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Sierra Madre “Wisteria Festival” with tours of this breathtaking natural wonder and a super-duper festival. It really will blow your mind Tomatoes.

After your visit to this wonder of the universe you can enjoy 200 + juried artisans, car show with 75+ vintage cars, a playland for children and more  at The Sierra Madre Wisteria Festival . And the Beer Garden is a perfect place to ring in St. Paddy’s’ day in the evening while listening to a live concert with the Gem City Jazz Cats!

It is believed William and Alice Brugman purchased the small plant at a local nursery and in 1894 it had outlived the couple who planted it. The renowned vine contains 1.5 million luxuriant lavender blossoms and is more than one acre in size. It is named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest blossoming plant in the world and one of the seven horticultural wonders of the world, along with the redwood forest in Sequoia National Park, Brazil’s tropical jungle in the Amazon Valley, Mexico’s Xochimilco floating gardens, India’s gardens of the Taj Mahal, Japan’s Yokohama rock gardens, and the gardens of Buckingham Palace. Hey, California Tomatoes we’ve got 2 of the 7!

March 28.  NARS Beauty Event

LA LIFE: St. Paddy’s Day, Wisteria Fest, Art+Feminism, NARS, Butterflies

And what better way to celebrate women by treating yourself to this NARS and Three Tomatoes LA Beauty Event, “Makeup, Champagne and Tomato Fun”! Ooh La La! We’ve teamed up with NARS, the wonderful French cosmetics and skincare company to host this special FREE and Fun event at the NARS beautiful boutique, on Melrose Avenue. Get your tickets now…it is filling up!

It’s all just for you, Tomatoes! Invite your daughters and friends to be treated to express makeup applications and consultations with expert makeup artists, limitless champagne, lite bites, and everyone who makes a purchase will receive a complimentary fab gift bag. How great is that and don’t forget it’s FREE! Space is limited so you must reserve your space ASAP. It will be a blast Ladies. I promise! I switched my makeup loyalties almost a year ago and I’ve never looked back. I simply adore using NARS! Just sayin’ Tomatoes.

March 17 & March 31. Edit-a-Thons

LA LIFE: St. Paddy’s Day, Wisteria Fest, Art+Feminism, NARS, Butterflies

Even though Wikipedia is the world’s 5th most popular website, less than 10% of Wikipedia editors are women.  Say what?!  Well, that can be changed. Art + Feminism and “East of Borneo” are heading the charge to increase that number. Tomatoes can be part of that change with the upcoming FREE “Edit-a-Thons” at LACMA and CAAM. Woo-Hoo!

On Sunday March 17, LACMA hosts an edit-a-thon focused on WOMEN+DESIGN+CRAFT. Wikipedia training sessions for Tomato beginners will be held from 12-3pm. At 2pm, LACMA Associate Curator Staci Steinberger will lead a free tour of “West of Modernism: California Graphic Design, 1975–1995,” focusing on key women represented in the exhibition. Helping Women is a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day too!

And on March 31, CAAM edit-a-thon focused on women artists in CAAM’s permanent collection along with those who have exhibited at the museum over the years. A Wikipedia training session for beginners will be held at 1pm. Time to get more women involved in Wikipedia Tomatoes!

March 17. Butterfly Pavilion

LA LIFE: St. Paddy’s Day, Wisteria Fest, Art+Feminism, NARS, Butterflies

It’s great news for Tomato butterfly lovers! The Natural History Museum opens its doors to the Butterfly Pavilion this Sunday March 17 for the spring and summer season.  Another different way to celebrate Saint Paddy’s Day. There are more species, more flight space, more resting spots, more light with literally hundreds of butterflies taking flight in front of you ladies.  I can’t wait to get intimate with these precious creatures!

They regularly fill the pavilion with butterflies from across the United States. This season there will be 20 species of California natives such as the monarch, mourning cloak, and buckeye and 10 species of subtropical varieties from south Florida and Texas, such as the malachite and the grey cracker.  The re-designed and permanent Butterfly Pavilion with its enclosed airy exhibit still showcases a unique ecosystem and plant life that gives you a better understanding of the environment needed for butterflies to thrive and survive.  There is just so much to delight your heart and tickle your senses tomatoes.  Yay!


  • 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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