Phil Dalhausser bombing at the 2015 MBO

The most prestigious event in the USA for beach volleyball took place this weekend in front of a loud and energetic crowd. On Sunday August 16, 2015 two new champions were crowned at the 56th annual Manhattan Beach Open and they earned a place on the famous pier’s walk of fame. April Ross and Jennifer Fopma won the women’s division. Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena won in the men’s division. Each team split the $20,000 first place prize.


The King Harbor Boating Foundation hosted a fundraiser on Sunday June 14, 2015 for their Waterfront Education Program. The event was a relaxing afternoon of craft beer, upscale bar food and live music. It took place at Eureka! Tasting Kitchen on the site of the Hawthorne Airport. Guests enjoyed a variety of craft beer, small batch whiskey, specialty cocktails and premium wine options.

JJ Grey & Mofro full band

Downtown Los Angeles is gradually becoming a go-to destination for cultural activities. One of the newer venues in town is a fine mid-sized theater for live music. The Regent Theater on Main Street has been restored to past glory with modern touches added for improvement. The theater hosted JJ Grey & Mofro, a powerhouse southern rock, blues, funk and soul band from Jacksonville, Florida on May 21, 2015.

Bite at the Beach crowd shot

Manhattan Beach and the surrounding community are going through a culinary renaissance. Several excellent restaurants have opened in the past few years and their gourmet offerings have made the South Bay area a destination for fine dining. On Saturday May 15, 2015, the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Congress gathered many of these local merchants and added regional craft breweries to present the 2nd annual Bite at the Beach tasting event.

“New German Cooking” cookbook from Brauhaus Schmitz

It was an exciting evening in Pennsylvania, as Jeremy and Jessica Nolen launched their new cookbook, “New German Cooking,” with a big bash on February 4, 2015. The Nolens are head chef and pastry chef respectively at Brauhaus Schmitz, the famed German beer hall in Philadelphia, where the launch party was held. The space is inviting – with exposed brick and warm wood enveloping you in a classic Philadelphia style. The front entry and narrow hallway make first-time visitors think the restaurant space will be small. But in fact, Brauhaus Schmitz runs deep into the building.

Lettuce Rage at The El Rey Theatre

It was a night for innovation at the El Rey Theatre on Wednesday February 4, 2015, as the modern funk revolutionaries from Brooklyn, New York known as Lettuce took over. Lettuce is a big ensemble band that has been together for over 20 years. They got their start as students at the Berklee School of Music in Massachusetts, and several of the band members have other projects that keep them busy, but when they get together in front of an audience like the one at the El Rey, musical fireworks explode.

Birdman movie poster

Is it art imitating life? Or life imitating art? When it comes to Alejandro González Iñárritu’s brilliant “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” it really doesn’t matter. What matters is how fascinating his film is to watch.

“Birdman” tells the story of Riggan, a once world-famous film actor whose career is totally in the trash when we meet him. Masterfully brought to life by Michael Keaton, Riggan’s claim to fame was as the Birdman, an action hero whose movie appearances raked in millions. But once Riggan walked away from that film franchise (and money train), his career never really recovered and his fame slipped. Now he’s used his own cash to mount a show on Broadway, in the hopes of becoming a respected star once again.

Eric Lindell, Stanton Moore and Rob Mercurio with Dragon Smoke at The Mint

A musical line up of Louisiana all-stars joined forces for one of their rare live appearances together at the intimate venue in Los Angeles on December 9. Ivan Neville, Eric Lindell, Stanton Moore and Robert Mercurio delivered a two set show of tightly arranged tunes that were familiar to the adoring fans in the club. The packed house of New Orleans music lovers sang, danced and cheered throughout the show.

Sean Conley and his Mama's Boy Infusions tequila

Tequila has grown into one of the biggest and trendiest spirits in the United States. It seems like every week a new brand launched by a celebrity, restaurateur or multi-national beverage giant hits the market. In this seemingly saturated segment, how can a small producer stand out? That was the challenge confronting Sean Conley, the creator of Mama’s Boy Infusions. Conley has years of experience bartending in Los Angeles. He knew the bad reputation of poorly made tequila and set out to change opinions. After years of tasting, mixing and refining ideas, he came up with something special. His tequila uses a unique bottling process that infuses tequila with fresh fruits and chili peppers.

The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, home of Flavor! Napa Valley 2014. Photo courtesy Jenny Peters.

There’s no better time to take a road trip from Los Angeles to the Napa Valley than in November, just in time for the annual Flavor! Napa Valley extravaganza – organizers call it “a celebration of food, wine, fun” and they are not kidding.

Patrick Bruel live in concert courtesy of Live Nation

French singer Patrick Bruel played before an adoring, packed crowd at downtown L.A.’s Orpheum Theatre on Saturday night, November 8. The show was a love fest between Bruel and what was obviously a horde of ex-pat French fans that relished the chance to see their musical hero in person.

Los Angeles Magazine Food Event 2014 sign

One of the most anticipated food events of the year took place on a Sunday afternoon in October at the majestic Saddlerock Ranch in the Malibu hills. Los Angeles Magazine puts on this spectacular culinary feast that is simply called The Food Event. The home of Malibu Family Wines, makers of Saddlerock and Semler wines served as the site for this tasting event. More than 40 of the finest restaurants and food purveyors in the greater Los Angeles area provided samples of their menus. Guests tasted some amazing food, drank a variety of wines, beers and cocktails while enjoying a beautiful autumn day at the scenic ranch setting.