LA Life Insiders Guide: Style, Sonnets, Exhibits, Art, Circus, Jazz and Movies

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To all the Tomato Moms and Mother Figures out there…you deserve a very Happy Mother’s Day!  You’ll love Felicia Arlin’s LA Style Stories and Lady Penelope’s “Sonnet from Suburbia” offerings this week. Two new fascinating exhibits have opened at the Mount Wilson Observatory and the South Coast Botanical Garden.  Free jazz is being celebrated again at LACMA.  There’s a simply mahvelous shopping opportunity headed our way in Burbank. A trip down movie memory lane starts tonight at American Cinematheque. Worried about finances in these uncertain times? Listen in to this week’s Happy Hour Podcast.  And let’s just say that MOMentum is a Mother’s Day spectacular like no other, Tomatoes!

LA Style Stories

OMG, Tomatoes! Our LA Fashion Stylist, Felicia Arlin, is singing the praises of the fab Kaftan so popular during the late 60’s/70’s era in her Style Story “Blowin’ in the Wind”. I remember my mother loving to wear a Kaftan and I still have the pink one I made for her. What was also popular and can still dazzle today are Grecian Style Dresses especially in the color “Tangerine”.


Sonnets from Suburbia

Oh… the memories…some good, some not so good. Lady Penelope doth recall several marital liasons with wit and an inspired dose of wisdom in this week’s entertaining “Sonnet from Suburbia.”

Through July 31. Flamboyance: A Topiary Menagerie

Flamboyance: A Topiary Menagerie” is an utterly fantastical, magical and super-duper creative exhibit, that will ignite your own imagination. More than 100 amazing animal topiaries, including 70 life-size flamingos, have taken over the South Coast Botanical Garden in this whimsical extravaganza. You simply must meet Miss Pearl and Flavio, Tomatoes.

You and the family can experience a flock of flamingos, a herd of monkeys, a swarm of butterflies, a pod of dolphins, a pack of dogs and a fluff of bunnies that are all made of beautiful plants. The South Coast Botanical Garden is always a wonderful place to enjoy nature, but “Flamboyance” reveals that nature is not only beautiful but can also have a wonderful sense of humor, Ladies.

May 7- Sept 4. NASA HUBBLE Space Telescope

The Hubble Traveling Exhibit” is in town, Tomatoes, and this 2,200-square-foot mind blowing exhibit immerses visitors in the mystery of the Hubble mission while introducing the James Webb Space Telescope. What an incredible opportunity to experience the life and history of the Hubble Space Telescope.  It’s just waiting for you at the amazing Mount Wilson Observatory!

The interactive exhibit features a scale model of the Hubble Space Telescope as well as several “satellite” units that not only provide viewers with a hands-on experience with the same technology that allows Hubble to gaze at galaxies, but also feature Hubble’s contributions to the exploration of planets, stars, galaxies, and the universe. Gosh we’re lucky!

Through November. Jazz at LACMA

FREE Friday night performances are back with, “Jazz at LACMA” celebrating L.A.’s finest jazz musicians on LACMA’s Smidt Welcome Plaza. And the jazz talent performing  is definitely out of this world. You definitely might want to fit this into your busy schedule and make your reservations now, Tomatoes.

May 6 – 13. The Summer of Movies

They say 1982 was the greatest summer of film so, for one week only, American Cinematheque is hosting their series, “1982: The Summer of Movies.” They will be screening 21 iconic films from that summer of movies, 40 years ago and the list of films screening will blow your mind, Gals.

The series is co-presented by “Beyond Fest” and screenings will include the premieres of exclusive clips from the upcoming documentary, 1982: GREATEST GEEK YEAR EVER! Guess you can call me a geek since I loved most of these films and I’m proud of it! J

May 14 -15.  Burbank Arts Fest

The “Downtown Burbank Arts Festival” presented by the Downtown Burbank Partnership and Jackalope Arts, returns in the heart of Downtown Burbank featuring over 150 handmade artisan booths with over 100 local, hand-selected artisans and a plethora of fun activities.  Get those shopping shoes ready, Tomatoes!

Shoppers can expect to find trendsetting indie goods including original fashion and jewelry design, paper goods, innovative home decor and housewares, art, photography, food, plus you can enjoy Downtown’s more than 600 shops and eateries and explore the ever-growing collection of outdoor murals. Plus, it is family and dog-friendly and FREE, my fav 4-letter word!

May 8. MOMentum

The circus is in town and taking stage at the Theatricum Botanicum for “MOMentum” to celebrate moms and love for one another.  LA Aerial & Acrobat performer Lexi Pearl curated and hosts an afternoon of astounding aerial acts, juggling, and modern dance performances, Tomatoes.

“MOMentum” brings a sense of wonder, intimacy, beauty, and awe-inspiring experiences to the audiences with LA performers from the highest caliber backgr


  • 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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