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About Andy J. Gordon (159 Articles)
Andy J. Gordon, a Los Angeles-based marketing and strategy consultant, made his writing debut in “Brentwood” magazine in 2007. His interests include music, sports, consumer electronics, premium libations, fine dining, travel, fast cars, and enjoying life.

Concert: Soulive at the El Rey Theater

On Thursday, September 17, Soulive (www.soulive.com) shook the El Rey Theater with their unique blend of soul, funk, jazz, and improvisation. The band celebrated both their tenth album, and their ten-year anniversary. The New York-based band released “Up Here” on their brand new label, Royal Family Records, earlier this year. Some talented friends that performed on the new release were on stage to support the band. [...]

Parties: CHOCTOBERFEST at the Grove

It was a night of decadent indulgence at the Grove on Wednesday, October 7, 2009. CHOCTOBERFEST was a unique event that offered the opportunity to try multiple wines, beers, and gourmet chocolate treats. [...]

Concerts: The Long Beach Blues Festival

The Long Beach Blues Festival took place at the beautiful Rainbow Lagoon Park over Labor Day weekend. The weather was hot, and so was the music. The festival was a major fund-raiser for publicly supported radio station KKJZ, located at California State University in Long Beach and known as "America's Jazz and Blues Station." Celebrating their 30th anniversary, the festival had a world-class lineup of artists on September 5 and 6. [...]

Sports: The LA Tennis Open

“I went to the ATP tennis event and nobody showed up.” That could have been what people said upon leaving the disappointing LA Tennis Open Presented by Farmers Insurance Group at UCLA (www.LATennisOpen.com) in late July. No top 10 players. Sparse crowds. Player defaults. Not exactly the showcase hoped for by the Southern California Tennis Association (http://www.scta.usta.com) and the Association of Tennis Professionals (http://www.atpworldtour.com), the organizers of the event. However, there was good news amid the bad. The setting was beautiful, the weather was great, and it was a rare opportunity to see some local, and not so local, pros compete in southern California. [...]

Restaurants: Joe’s Pizza

Finding a good slice of pizza in Los Angeles is a difficult challenge. What makes a good slice? From the perspective of a native New Yorker, a thin crispy crust, sweet tangy sauce, and gooey, rich mozzarella cheese are the essentials. Joe’s Pizza really nails it. With New York City locations on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village, and Kings Highway in Brooklyn operating since 1975, Joe Vitale has ventured west to show Los Angeles how to do pizza right. [...]

CD: Hill Country Revue: Make a Move

The first time you hear Hill Country Revue, you will think they sound like the North Mississippi Allstars. That is a very good thing, and makes sense, since Cody Dickinson formed the new band with Chris Chew. Cody and Chris make up two thirds of the NMAS. Hill Country Revue’s debut album, “Make a Move,” is a blend of southern rock, blues, soul, and swampy funk guaranteed to get your body moving. [...]

Destinations: “Sportcations,” Beach Volleyball Style

Looking for a fun, active, sports-themed vacation? Then consider the new breed of active trips known as “sportcations.” How about a long weekend of soaking up California’s sun, sand, and beautiful views, paired with watching the best of professional beach volleyball? Or if watching isn’t close to being enough activity for you, what about taking a trip to paradise to get into the action yourself and take on the pros at their own games? [...]

Parties: Culinary College: Fine Wines and Gourmet Food in Santa Monica

An interesting series of wine tasting and recipe demonstrations has been happening this summer in Santa Monica, sponsored by “Los Angeles” magazine and known as “Culinary College.” This one-night-each “college” course provides participants with the opportunity to learn expert techniques and taste fabulous, fresh dishes. The first event took place on June 17 and it featured Patrick Healy, executive chef/co-owner of the Buffalo Club; the last is on August 19, with Jason Travi, executive chef at Fraiche and Riva featured as the visiting chef. [...]
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