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July 29, 2011

JULY 30: 2nd Annual GRAMMY Block Party to Rock West LA for Charity

Posted by Don Rose

Looking for a super Saturday activity to help a great cause, while rocking your socks off and enjoying great eats and libations?

Well look no further: head on over to the Grammy Block Party taking place July 30 at the Grammy HQ. It promises to be quite an afternoon, with five full hours of fun, fine food and festive funk!

For more information on the event (with ticket prices and other details), please go to: http://www.grammy.com/blockparty .

Hope to see you Saturday from 2 to 7 pm at 3030 Olympic Blvd in West Los Angeles.

And you can check out highlights from last year's Grammy Block Party in the video below.

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JULY 31: Wally's 8th Annual Central Coast Food & Wine Celebration

Posted by Don Rose

It's back! One of LA's best food and wine events of the year, and definitely the top food-wine event in Westwood! We highly recommend it. The food is excellent, the wine stelllar, the atmosphere fun, breezy and casual, the music invigorating. You will have a great time! A perfect Sunday awaits you, and you will be helping a very worthy cause to boot.

See below for details -- and for more information, see Wally's website.

Date: Sunday July 31st, 2011
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Wally's, 2107 Westwood Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90025
Price: $95.00

New this year -- VIP Hour starting at 12noon!
Click here to learn more.

Taste nearly 150 of the Central Coast's finest wines! Savor signature dishes provided by renowned restaurants, including Hitching Post II, Spago Beverly Hills, CUT, Bouchon Beverly Hills, Lucques/A.O.C./Tavern, The Hungry Cat, Osteria & Pizzeria Mozza, Bouchon Santa Barbara, Artisan, Brothers’ Restaurant at Mattei’s Tavern, The Wine Cask, Manhattan Beach Post, Full of Life Flatbread, LaBrea Bakery, Pasolivo, Jar, Mezze, Mélisse, Wilshire, and Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill.

The fabulous Silent Auction contains unique one-of-a-kind wine-buying opportunities, and also includes special winemaker-led tours, tastings, luncheons and dinners not available anywhere else!

Travel package highlights include a stay at the famous Santa Ynez Inn, Hadsten House in Solvang, and a weeklong stay at a private residence in Martha’s Vineyard!

Live music by the Gary Burk Blues Band.

Once again we have set our sights high, so help us to achieve new record dollar totals this year. You can play a part by getting a group of friends together and signing up soon. You're guaranteed to have a wonderful time while supporting a very worthwhile cause. The Michael Bonaccorsi Scholarship Fund at the UC Davis Department of Enology now stands at well over $300,000, over 80% of which is attributable to the first seven Wally's Central Coast Wine & Food Celebrations. See you at lucky number eight.

July 22, 2011

INXS Rocks Packed Gibson Showroom to Launch LYRIC CULTURE's New ELECTRO SEXUAL Collection

Posted by Don Rose

An exclusive performance by the band INXS was the highlight of last night's exclusive fashion show at the intimate Gibson Guitars showroom in Beverly Hills, where the music industry's very own fashion brand Lyric Culture rolled out its new Electro Sexual Clothing Collection inspired by the lyrics of the iconic Aussie rock band.

Lyric Culture, a fashion brand unique in its commitment to songwriters, used the occasion to raise funds to help songwriters in need as attendees, music industry insiders and celebrities like Jareb Dauplaise and Rachel True enjoyed a fantastic and provocative fashion show hosted by Lyric Culture founder Hanna Rochelle.


Tops, dresses and covers emblazoned with the lyrics made famous by INXS members Jon, Andrew and Tim Farriss, Kirk Pengilly, Garry Beers and former frontman Michael Hutchence, graced the new line by Lyric Culture with the sultry nuances of the band's captivating music and fashion forward looks that oozed sexy.

Enjoying artisan wines selected by vault29.com, INXS and guests got a close look at the line that complements the band's own foray into fashion -- and a new album "Original Sin" for which they are currently on tour in North America.

Lyric Culture's Electro Sexual Collection will be available this fall at Bloomingdale's and at specialty boutiques nationwide.

July 18, 2011

JULY 21: LA's Largest Mixer Returns to Shrine Expo Center; 13th Annual Mega-Event Offers 4 Hours of Super Networking, Food Sampling & Dealmaking

by Don Rose

Yes, folks, it is time once again for LA's Largest Mixer, which is hands-down THE best business mixer in Los Angeles County each year. If you must pick ONE business event to attend, THIS is IT! Dave Linden has been running LALM for 13 years and, with the help of his friendly staff, always produces an excellent event. The mega-mixer's four hours seem to go by in minutes because there are so many people to meet, so many interesting and creative booths, so many Chambers of Commerce, so much to do, win and see (and eat! -- yes, there is great food included with your ticket, at 20 booths). You will make tons of valuable contacts (some folks make more this one night than the rest of the year), and have a terrific time doing it.

In short, you simply must go. We give it our highest rating. 

Read all the details below, and bring a friend or colleague -- they will thank you!

Mix and Mingle With 2500 Business People All In One Place!
The 13th Annual L.A.'s Largest Mixer® is Thursday, July 21 at the Shrine Auditorium Expo Center.
IT ONLY HAPPENS ONCE A YEAR! Join us as we combine the networking power of nearly 40 Los Angeles area chambers of commerce and business organizations with the best networkers from all over Southern California to give you the ultimate business networking experience.

1. Thousands of Attendees: Mix and mingle with business professionals from in and around Southern California. Don't forget to bring lots of business cards!
2. Visit Over 200 Exhibitor Booths: From small to large companies and a wide variety of industries, visit the exhibitors of L.A.'s Largest Mixer® on both levels of the Shrine Auditorium Expo Center.
3. The Networking Lounge: Network in the official networking lounge of L.A.'s Largest Mixer® -- sponsored by Capital Cove Financial. It’s a great place to grab a drink while you network with potential clients.
4. Fantastic Giveaways: Drop your business card for a chance to win one of many fantastic giveaways from Primm Valley Resorts - Primm, NV, Texas Station Casino Hotel & Gambling Hall - Las Vegas or the Inn at Playa del Rey.
5. Enjoy the Tastes of 20 Delicious Eateries: Nourish your network and your body at the same time! With so many restaurants and caterers bringing samples of their signature dishes to the Mixer, your take home bag isn’t the only thing that’s going to be full at the end of the night!
L.A.'s Largest Mixer® XIII
Thursday, July 21, 2011
5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Shrine Auditorium Expo Center, 700 W. 32nd St., Los Angeles, CA 90007
Mixer Admission: $20 per person (no credit cards or checks at the door).
For Exhibitor or General Information: 323.230.5656 or www.LAmixer.com
The Largest Mixer® is open to the entire business community!

Please visit us at: 

July 15, 2011

SOCL.com - Is Microsoft Working on a "Facebook Lite"?

by Don Rose

Tech News Today (http://live.twit.tv) reported that a certain domain name - socl.com - was generating much buzz, as it apparently belonged to Microsoft and (accidentally?) revealed the existence of a new social network/service/thing called Tulalip.

Upon visiting www.socl.com at 854pm today, there was nothing on that site except for the following message:

Thanks for stopping by. 

Socl.com is an internal design project from a team in Microsoft Research which was mistakenly published to the web.

We didn’t mean to, honest.

So, fellow webheads, what do you think? Was it a leak meant to generate word of mouth? Or a bona fide "oops" moment?

I am leaning towards the latter.

And what do you think Microsoft Research is up to? Since Microsoft already owns a percentage of Facebook, and is partnering in several ways, it seems doubtful they would be trying to compete and create an alternative to Facebook. One idea: perhaps Microsoft wants to create a streamlined or lite version of Facebook that makes it easier to use, with less distractions for newbies and business folk (like all those game requests you don't want, from people you don't know that well). I like that Facebook offers lots of options and things to do, but a simpler version would appeal to a wide audience, especially on a mobile device. (So maybe Tulalip is a code name for a Windows Phone frontend for Facebook?)

Oh, and in case you were wondering (as I was) what Tulalip means, here is what I found (via Wikipedia):

Tulalip is a group of Native American peoples from western Washington state in the United States. Today they are federally recognized as the Tulalip Tribes of the Tulalip Reservation..  More »

GETTIN' THRU CARMAGEDDON, Part 3: Free Valet & Other Deals at Westfield Sherman Oaks Mall

Westfield Fashion Square | 14006 Riverside Drive | Sherman Oaks, CA 91423818.783.0550

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GETTIN' THRU CARMAGEDDON, Part 2: Free Metro Rides, June 16 & 17

FREE fares on subway and select bus lines

Free fares in effect on Saturday, July 16 & Sunday, July 17

Here they are:

Line & Main Corridor Line & Main Corridor
2 – Sunset Bl 233 & 761 – Van Nuys Bl
4 & 704 – Santa Monica Bl 234 – Sepulveda Bl, Brand Bl
20 & 720 – Wilshire Bl 236 – Glenoaks Bl, Balboa Bl
33 & 733 – Venice Bl 240 – Reseda Bl
150 – Ventura Bl 242 & 243 – Tampa Av, Winnetka Av
152 – Roscoe Bl 244 – De Soto Av
155 – Riverside Dr, Olive Av 245 – Topanga Canyon Bl
158 – Woodman Av 656 – Van Nuys/Hollywood OWL
161 – Agoura Rd Metro Orange Line
183 – San Fernanado Rd Metro Red Line
224 – Lankershim Bl Metro Purple Line
230 – Laurel Canyon Bl

July 14, 2011

GETTIN' THRU CARMAGEDDON, Part 1: Free Admission to Hammer Museum, June 16 & 17

Free Museum Admission & I-405 Closure Plan

Sat Jul 16 & Sun Jul 17

Admission to the Hammer Museum will be free on Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17 during the I-405 closure.

The Museum and the Hammer Cafe will maintain regular visiting hours this weekend (see below), but will close one hour early on Friday, July 15.

Public Programs for the weekend have been rescheduled. Please check the website for updates.

I-405 CLOSURE: The 405 freeway will shut down in both directions between the San Fernando Valley and the Westside during the weekend of July 15-17.

Lane closures will begin Friday night, with the freeway slated to reopen at 5 a.m. on Monday, July 18. For more information about the I-405 Widening Project, visit metro.net.


10899 Wilshire Blvd at Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90024
310-443- 7000 www.hammer.ucla.edu


Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 11am-7pm
Sun 11am-5pm
Thu 11am-9pm
Closed Mondays

July 8, 2011

Watch the Very Last Shuttle Launch Today, LIVE 8:26am PDT - www.WireLA.com (via Ustream)

Approximately 8:26 am Pacific (11:26 am at the Cape launch pad)
is the expected Shuttle launch time today, unless delayed because of weather.
Whether it is delayed or not, you can watch it right here, via this Ustream embed.

          Streaming Live video by Ustream

July 6, 2011

RAVE ON BUDDY HOLLY Debuts at #15 on Billboard; Album Features Covers from Paul McCartney, Cee Lo Green, Fiona Apple & Many More

Posted by Don Rose
A star-studded salute in celebration of the rock 'n roll icon's upcoming 75th birthday, Rave On Buddy Holly debuted at #15 on Billboard's Top 200 album chart, selling over 28,000 albums - an exceedingly rare feat for a tribute compilation.  The album features hand-picked Holly covers by such artists as The Black Keys, My Morning Jacket, Florence + the Machine, Paul McCartney, Cee Lo Green, Kid Rock, Fiona Apple and many more.
The high-profile debut follows features from Rolling Stone, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and NPR's Weekend Edition, and ecstatic reviews from SPIN, Entertainment Weekly, MOJO, the Associated Press, and NPR's Fresh Air.
Listen to NPR's Weekend Edition to hear Rave On producer Randall Poster and contributing artist Jenny O. discuss Holly's legacy and influence on generations of musicians: http://n.pr/niyy7s

Check out the recently debuted video for Justin Townes Earle's take on Holly's classic "Maybe Baby."