LA Life: Style, Sonnet, Music, Garden Tour, and More

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How did we get to the end of August already, Tomatoes?! Well, there’s still plenty of great things to enjoy now and into September.  Our LA Stylist and LA Poet will add a spark of delight. “Under the Oaks” and the “Leimert Park Jazz Festival” are two fab outdoor musical offerings. Head to LA Smorgasburg to fill your tummies with yummies. “This Broads Way” is all about Broadway. The UCLA Botanical Garden is hosting a Garden Tour and The Academy Museum’s “Regeneration/Black Cinema” exhibit is powerful and will surely fascinate, Ladies.

LA Style Stories

In the August 11 LA Life newsletter, I highlighted the fantastic and enlightening “Dress Codes” exhibit at the Autry Museum. Well, Felicia’s Style Stories, “Power” and “Detail Oriented” are equally awesome and enlightening especially with the Dress Codes exhibit as her backdrop. A perfect combo, Tomatoes! And follow Felicia on Instagram  because I only reveal a snippet of her amazing and inspirational posts here. Read on.

Sonnets from Suburbia

LADY P speaks her opinion loud and clear in “Coach Row 32”. Methinks I might agree with her at times especially about the sleeping clod. What say you, Tomatoes? Read more.

Sept 3. Botanical Garden Tour

Explore the UCLA Mildred Mathias Botanical Garden featuring collections of plants from around the globe with the “First Saturday Botanical Garden Tour” led by a Garden Educator. What a marvelous opportunity to tour one of the most important botanical collections in the US, Tomatoes. Space is limited…hint, hint.

You’ll hear the stories of a selection of plants in the garden, and their relevance to human society. All ages are welcome. The next tour is Saturday Sept 3rd. It will not only be beautiful but highly educational and inspiring. The UCLA Mildred Mathias Botanical Garden is literally a “living museum” and a 7-acre public garden with approximately 5000 species in 225 families, including many tropical and subtropical plants. It’s simple awesome and an incredible place to hang out, Tomatoes.

Thursday’s in September Under the Oaks

Theatricum Botanicum’s “Under the Oaks” salon series, offers four evenings in September of performance and song on the company’s spectacular outdoor stage in Topanga. First Up… the Classical Music Concert: “Much Ado About Music” presenting two early string trios by Beethoven. Enchanting!

The credentials of all the performers in the entire series are truly exceptional. Check them out ASAP so you don’t miss out seeing the ones that pique your interest, Tomatoes.

August 27. Leimert Park Jazz Festival

Catch over 8 hours of Jazz sets plus an arts pavilion, kids zone, wine lounge, and food trucks at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall. It started as a neighborhood block party, but it became a premiere summertime event in the City of Angels.

Their mission is to celebrate jazz, community, and the cultural heritage of the historic South Los Angeles neighborhood of Leimert Park. Admission is free, but VIP packages are available including shaded seating, drink tickets, and a meal.

Through SEPT 29. REGENERATION Exhibit

The Academy Museum’s new exhibition “REGENERATION: Black Cinema 1898-1971” highlights Black filmmakers and screen performers ranging from the silent era of cinema to the revolutionary independent culture of the 1970s. Don’t miss this rare glimpse into film history, Tomatoes.

“Regeneration: An Introduction” is a limited film series that is included in the main exhibition and focuses on the many pioneering artists of early Black cinema.  You only have till September 29th to enjoy this illuminating exhibit. As we all know time does fly.


August 28. LA Smorgasburg


Smorgasburg LA is a weekly market for food, design, vintage, and events, open every Sunday, 10am-4pm, at ROW DTLA in Downtown Los Angeles with free entry and a giant parking garage! This Sunday, along with everything Smorgasburg LA normally offers, you not only can get your fill of barbecue with “BBQ Day” back for it’s 6th year, you also can get amazing sweets with “Ice Cream Alley.” Fancy that, Tomatoes!

BBQ Day will feature an all-star roster of the best local So Cal BBQ vendors plus a very special guest from Northern California. Just inside the entrance to LA Smorgasburg you’ll find Ice Cream Alley with a collection of around 10 different sweet treat vendors.  Hmmm…desert before the main dishes perhaps?!

Sept 7. This Broad’s Way

Meet the ultra-talented Tomato Sue Matsuki.  A 35-year veteran multi-award-winning Cabaret/Jazz singer, comedian performer who has played the most legendary Jazz Clubs across the country. She’s even played Carnegie Hall and The Metropolitan Opera. Holy Moly! Sue will be heading from NYC to LA to perform “This Broad’s Way” at Feinstein’s at Vitello’s and you don’t want to miss her perform, Tomatoes.

Sue Matsuki takes a deep dive into a program of all Broadway songs. Such as songs from: Wonderful Town, Damn Yankees, Dr. Dolittle, Sweeny Todd, City of Angels, Cinderella, The King & I, How to Succeed in Business, Kiss Me Kate, Wicked…and MORE!  “This Broad’s Way”, Sue Matsuki and her Musical Director and Arranger Gregory Toroian have garnered glorious reviews from Broadway World critics. It should be an absolute blast of an entertaining evening, 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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