LA LIFE: WonderLAnd, Breathe, Poetry and Jewelry
Is it really December? I haven’t done a thing but put out a scented holiday candle. Oh dear! I better hurry because there is lots to enjoy this month. The same production crew that brought you Haunt’oween is pulling out all the stops and bringing you the wonderful “WonderLAnd.” “Breathe” is not a meditation session but a new virtual theater and interactive. Join in as Vroman’s Bookstore Live presents “Together in a Sudden Strangeness; America’s Poets Respond to The Pandemic”. Zippity Doodah, happy days are here again with the “Martini’s and Jewelry” Zoom shopping event! And this week’s podcast is a MUST listen.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and fears heighten, our guest this week, Dr. Russell Surasky, one of the top addiction specialists in the country, says there is a much bigger crisis that is NOT being reported that effects millions of people—and that’s mental health and drug addiction problems that have increased during lockdowns. A triple-board certified neurologist, Dr. Surasky talks about the toll this crisis has taken, addiction and the brain, and new and very hopeful treatments for addiction. Dr. Surasky says NO ONE is beyond reach. LISTEN IN HERE OR WHEREVER YOU LISTEN TO PODCASTS.
Till December 31. WonderLAnd
WonderLAnd is a frosted family friendly drive thru adventure in Woodland Hills, where you can celebrate the holiday season with millions of lights and magical festive decor during the most wonderful time of year from the safety and comfort of your car. Woo-Hoo, Tomatoes!
This holiday wonderland also features synchronized Holiday music lights, elaborate sets, immersive holiday stories, massive Holiday tree, WonderLAnd forest attraction, Candy Canes, and Cheer, one of a kind photo moments, Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Elves and MORE…if you can believe it. What a great and safe way to celebrate the holidays, Tomatoes.
December 11, 12 & 18. BREATHE
Philicia Saunders is a very talented & experienced Los Angeles classically trained actress/playwright and the premiere of her timely one-woman live theater show, “Breathe,” is based on her life-changing personal journey towards activism. Breathe will be filmed and streamed live and promises to be an enlightening, highly unique entertaining virtual experience that will spark conversation and action, Tomatoes.
Breathe, fuses live performance, cinema, and artistic swimming, in a narrative that could only be born during these challenging and galvanizing times. Philicia Saunders says,
“Breathe. was an ever-changing and intriguing passion project for me. It’s been a year in the making and I am so proud of how far it has come. Writing and acting in this play has elicited very strong emotions for me, but the inspiration, sense of satisfaction, and meaning that came from putting this show together has carried over into other areas of my life in a beneficial way”, explains Saunders. “I am eager to start making a change and spark those conversations that we need to be having – about racism, identity, silence, action.” A portion of the proceeds going to Sweet Alice’s nonprofit Parents of Watts and the Community Coalition.
December 11. Poetry
When, editor & former Director of the Poetry Society of America, Alice Quinn reached out to poets across the country, she found her email Inbox filled to the brim with an outpouring of intimate American voices within with poems about our suddenly altered reality. The result was the amazing collection of poetry “Together in Sudden Strangeness.”
You need to register quickly for Vroman’s Bookstore Live free virtual event, featuring Alice Quinn, poetry editor of The New Yorker and the director of the Poetry Society of America and contributing poets Rex Wilder, Ron Koertge, Carol Muske-Dukes and Tommy Orange. Their poems in the collection “Together in Sudden Strangeness; America’s Poets Respond to The Pandemic”, speak to us to share their deeply personal and intimate experiences and eloquent individual perspectives with us, Tomatoes. Yes, there is fear and grief but there is also wisdom and hope which we all desperately need, Tomatoes.
December 8. Martinis and Jewelry with Minda and Judy
Fab Tomatoes, you definitely want to join the festivities in this fun girly romp with jewelry and cocktails. What could be better than shopping the extraordinary and divine jewelry line by the exquisitely talented Tomato, Minda Burr. Her jewelry is truly incredible and there will be great stuff ON SALE! Must reserve your spot to shop, Tomatoes.
There will also be $25 gorgeous earrings for sale, along with gorgeous bracelets and jaw dropping beautiful necklaces The event is going to be a blast, Tomatoes, whether you purchase an item or not and, of course, there is NO OBLIGATION to buy if you attend. But let me just say, I am lucky to own several pieces of Minda’s jewelry that I absolutely adore. When I add her creations to any outfit they are always the perfect accessory. I highly recommend Minda Burr jewelry, not only because her pieces are creative and artistically stunning, but also because they are hand-crafted, and each necklace is unique. I hope to see you at the fun “Martinis and Jewelry Event,” Tomatoes.