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September 30, 2011

SEP 29 - OCT 2: SINGAFEST Brings Best in Asian Film, Plus Parties & Panels, To Westwood

Don't miss the Singafest Asian Film Festival Sep 29 - Oct 2, 2011 at Bigfoot's Majestic Crest, a beautiful Art Deco-inspired movie palace in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles.

The focus of this first Singafest will be new Asian and Asian-American films from a number of countries -- the U.S., China, Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines and more -- and will include features, shorts, documentaries, 3D cinema and animation, plus in-person guests and seminar panels with visiting filmmakers and Hollywood industry professionals. The goal is to introduce films and emerging filmmakers to an L.A. audience that wouldn't normally have a chance to experience them.

The festival aims to promote different Asian cultures, each with their own unique worldview and different methods of storytelling. Singafest will be a cinematic melting pot, merging Eastern and Western cultures to showcase the best of both worlds to the Asian community and beyond. It will be a celebration of Asian culture as a whole, presenting the best films from across Asia to engage audiences to new ideas and perspectives.

The 4-day event will be judged by a panel of internationally-renowned professionals. This inaugural showcase welcomes the participation of filmmakers across Asia and the U.S. to premiere their films in in the film industry's capital. Singafest will serve as an international platform to celebrate Asian culture, showcasing the works of established and up-and-coming Asian and Asian-American filmmakers.

More info at www.singafest.com.    --Don Rose

September 29, 2011

TODAY Sep 29: Free Coffee 7-11am at 7-11, All Day at Krispy Kreme

Got a jones for java? Today's your day. National Coffee Day, that is. To celebrate this (made-to-order) "holiday" (as in take your order), drop by some 7-Eleven stores (in any order) today between 7am and 11am for a free medium coffee, or all day to any Krispy Kreme store for more gratis grinds (donut not required). 

And to learn more about this ubiquitous beverage, go to (what else) the Jones 4 Java website for a brief history of coffee

--Don Rose

September 28, 2011

Neil Patrick Harris, "How I Met Your Mother" Star, Gets Star On Walk of Fame; Season 6 DVD Released Sep 27

Posted by Don Rose

Neil Patrick Harris Has His Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame


(Hollywood, CA, Sept. 15, 2011) – Neil Patrick Harris, co-star of “How I Met Your Mother” was honored today by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce with his first star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ceremony was held in celebration of the upcoming DVD release of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER Season 6: The New is Always Better Edition on September 27.

Equally successful on stage and screen, Neil Patrick Harris continues to demonstrate his creative versatility. He can currently be seen as the womanizing Barney Stinson on the hit CBS comedy series, “How I Met Your Mother,” a role which has garnered him four Emmy Award nominations, two Golden Globe nominations, a People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy Actor, and a Critics’ Choice Award for Supporting Actor in a Comedy.

In 2010, Neil won his first two Emmy Awards for his guest-starring turn on the critically-acclaimed series, "Glee," and his role as host of the 63rd Annual Tony Awards.  In addition to hosting the 2009 Tony Awards, Harris also served as host and producer of both the 65th Annual Tony Awards and the 61stAnnual Primetime Emmys.  Named one of the “2008 Entertainers of the Year” by Entertainment Weekly, Neil was included in Time Magazine's 2010 Time 100 List, an annual list of the world's leading thinkers, leaders, artists, and heroes.

Harris gained notoriety on the small screen as the much-adored title character in “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” a role which also garnered him a Golden Globe nomination. Harris’ additional television credits include the NBC comedy series, Stark Raving MadJoan of Arc, Showtime’s The Man in the Attic, the classic TNT telefilm Cold Sassy Tree opposite Faye Dunaway, My Antonia with Jason Robards and Eva Marie Saint, The Wedding Dress with Tyne Daly, and CBS’s top-rated telefilm of 2005 The Christmas Blessing.  Neil has also made notable guest appearances on such shows as "Glee," "Will & Grace," "Ed," "Sesame Street" and "Boomtown."

A veteran of the theater, Harris recently tackled the leading role of Bobby in the New York Philharmonic’s concert production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company at Lincoln Center.  Harris has starred in three Broadway productions, including the dual roles of The Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald in the Tony Award-winning musical Assassins. He made his Broadway debut in the Pulitzer Prize-winning production of Proof, and later starred as the exuberant emcee in Cabaret at Studio 54. 

Harris rounds out his accomplishments on stage and television with an equal measure of success on the silver screen.  He was recently seen in two feature films – the independent comedy, The Best & The Brightest, and the animation/live-action adaptation of the beloved cartoon series, The Smurfs, co-starring Hank Azaria, Jayma Mays, and Sofia Vergara, and featuring the voices of Katy Perry, George Lopez, and Alan Cumming. Harris  also recently starred in CBS Films’ Beastly, a modern-day retelling of the "Beauty and the Beast" tale, based on the novel by Alex Finn, and co-starring Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens and Mary-Kate Olsen.  He will soon be seen in the highly anticipated third installment of the Harold & Kumar film series, A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas. 

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER Season 6: The New Is Always Better Edition comes with all 24 episodes and is filled with hilarious never-before-seen footage including deleted scenes, featurettes, a gag reel, commentaries, an extended performance of “Stand By Me” and much more.

September 27, 2011

NOW: Free Ice Cream 5--8pm at Coldstone Creamery Stores

From their website: "we’re hosting the World’s Largest Ice Cream Social to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation on Tuesday, September 27 between 5 and 8 p.m. where customers will get a free taste of our Sprinkled with Wishes Creation - Sweet Cream Ice Cream, Brownie, Rainbow Sprinkles and Fudge!"

OCT 2: Santa Monica 5000 - Run Event Returns For Great Cause

Sunday, October 2, 2011: 
5k starts @ 7:30am and the 10k starts @ 8:00am. 
Location: Santa Monica, CA - 2600 Barnard Way. 

5k: $35.00
10k: $35.00
5k - Youth: $25.00

Online Reg. Closes:
September 30, 2011 08:00 PM Pacific Time

Santa Monica 5000 Event Description:

Fun / Fast Course: 
• 5k and 10k runs on the scenic roads of Santa Monica
• Post Event Party at the Pier
• Medals to top 3 in each Age Group
• Cash Prizes to top 3 overall finishers (male & female)
• Baby Jogger Division
• Benefiting the Santa Monica - Malibu Education Foundation

POST EVENT PARTY AND EXPO ON THE WORLD FAMOUS SANTA MONICA PIER! - Come to the Santa Monica Pier and check out the latest running gear (shoes and apparel), nutrition, some great food as well as some other great vendors. The expo will be open from 8:30am - 12 noon. The normal Pier operations will also be going on, so feel free to buy a ticket for a great Ferris wheel ride!

RACE CATEGORIES / DIVISIONS - We're offering different categories for all type of runners. Choose between Age Group (most of us), Elite (those really fast people), Walkers, Masters, and the Baby Jogger Division (bring out your baby and spend the day with other parents). There is no minimum age for the babies (but doctors recommend waiting to run until they can hold their head up). We will also have the 2.7k Kids Dash for the younger ones who want to participate in the fun. The start will be sectioned off by each wave starting with the Elites / Age Groupers / Baby Joggers / Walkers. And with chip timing, you're time doesn't start until you cross the starting line!

ELITE WEST COAST INVITATIONAL The elite wave features top athletes from around the Southland. Come see the top runners compete for prize money and world records!


3 x ($2 & $1): Last Day for Jamba WOW Deals

3 great deals at Jamba Juice end today; 2 are $2, 1 is $1. Enough math, here is coupon:


September 26, 2011

SEP 26: New Westwood COMERICA BANK Set to Open 9am

The new COMERICA BANK branch on Glendon in Westwood Village (across from Trader Joe's) is set to open today September 26 at 9am, according to a flyer on their door. No word on any opening day specials or festivities/events.

September 22, 2011

EMMYS 2011, Part 1: Event Report from ALIVE! Expo Green Pavilion / Mix Media Emmy Lounge

Posted by Don Rose

(Peterson Automotive Museum / Los Angeles, CA / September 15 & 16, 2011) - ALIVE! Expo Green Pavilion/Mix Media Luxury Lounge, owned by Kim Kreiss and Patrycja Towns and benefiting Project Green, celebrated the 2011 Emmy Awards in style as they hosted guests with an array of all that’s good and green -- from fashion to beauty, from health and wellness to beautiful art and luxury eco-lounging.

It was a delightful event, with a relaxed, friendly vibe and lively music from several artists, including the very young tween rock band LockdownALIVE! guests took in the 360-degree view of the city from the Petersen Museum penthouse while vendors shared the latest and greatest and pampered guests with eco-friendly products. 

Celebrities in attendance included: director Penny Marshall, Grant Bowler (True Blood), Beverly Mitchell (7th Heaven), Emmy winner Maurice LaMarche (Futurama voice actor), Drew Powell (Straw Dogs), Jason Davis, Efren Ramirez, James Black (The Starter Wife series, All of Us, Necessary Roughness), Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga), Zee James (Everybody Loves Chris), Stephen Bishop (Money Ball), Scott Krinsky (NBC’s Chuck), Ryan Cleary (Entourage), Dr. Yamma Brown and Jaimie Hilfiger and more.

Sponsors included Aubrey Organics (treated guests to luxurious Natural and Organic/Herbal Body Care products); Lipstick Bailbonds; Lusciouss' fun-flirty jewelryVittoria & Banks, jewelry art for your soul; Sequel Naturals, total health products; Solis Brands, healthy & functional consumer products; Prairie Organic Vodka; Blackwater, mineral infused water; Spyker, custom super-car; 3LM Cigars; Lennie Ross - author of the "Sex -and -the –city” style novel  "Blow Me"; Eden, Bodyshaping & Skincare; Naked Grape, organic wine; DJ Green; iTsye, reusable shopping bag system; "Only You Can Save Energy" PSA campaign; UnderCover-Adam Shaffer Fashion Specialist; Fashion Hope 501c3; Farrah Karina Jewelry; Spectacles Forhumans, sunglasses;Jamyime Jean's; Kelley Nicole Collection; B2V Salon; Bohmod Luxury Eco Furniture by Janna Phillips and Artist Eric Doolin of The Fractal Gallery; paintings by superb artist Daniel Maltzman; and Brenda Underwood gotwheatgrass.com.

Drew Powell picking up an item from Aubrey Organics


James Black smiles as he tries on some ultracool sunglasses


Grant Bowler from "True Blood"


Kim Kreiss (Mix Media) & Stacy Broff of Diamond Girl Media relax in the Bohmod eco lounge


Beverly Mitchell gets excited about some Super C Immunity and Energy drinks


Penny Marshall picked up some cool jewels from Farrah Karina & Kelley Nicole Collection


Farrah Karina Jewelry (gorgeous wrap bracelets)


A piece from Kelley Nicole Collection (cool vintage crystal necklace)

EMMYS 2011, Part 2: More Photos from ALIVE! Expo Green Pavilion / Mix Media Emmy Lounge

Posted by Don Rose
Here are some additional photos taken during the 2011 Emmy week ALIVE! Expo Green Pavilion / Mix Media Emmy Lounge.


Maurice LaMarche, Emmy in hand, about to enjoy Naked Grape Wine


Designer Jenda Michl's outside eco-lounge


Art by the terrific talented Daniel Maltzman (several of his large format creations graced the walls of the event)


Actor Efren Ramirez


James Black gets cuffed by Lipstick Bail Bonds


Bohmod owner and designer Janna Phillips in the eco lounge with Beverly Mitchell


Jason Davis enjoying Blackwater


Emmy winner Maurice LaMarche (Voice actor extraordinaire) trying Blackwater


Dr. Yamma Brown

EMMYS 2011, Part 3: $1200 VIP Gift Bag at ALIVE! Expo Green Pavilion / Mix Media Emmy Lounge

Posted by Don Rose

This year's Emmy nominees, presenters, celebs and select VIPs who attended the 2011 Emmy week ALIVE! Expo Green Pavilion, along with experiencing all the cool creative booths and enjoying live entertainment on the Petersen Museum penthouse level, were also lucky enough to score an excellent VIP Gift Bag.


The red carpet worthy gifts in the sought after VIP bag included items from Naked Grape Wine, Mane & Tail Shampoo, Solis Brand supplement, Lusciouss Jewelry, iTySE reusable bags, Blackwater Mineral Chocolate Bar, 3LM Cigar, Aubrey Organic Body Care System, Eden Spa (Gift Certificate), Lipstick Bailbonds Security, GreenLeaf.net, Prairie Vodka, Sequal Natural Vega, Red Hair Girl Designs, "Blow Me" book author Lennie Ross, an "Only You Can Save Energy" DVD w/ Fortunate Angels, Vittoria & Banks Jewely, and a Norwood DVD.

The ALIVE! Expo, founded by Kim Kreiss and Patrycja Towns, takes place every year during the days before major award shows such as the Oscars and the Emmys. Their most recent Emmy 2011 event benefited Project Green 501c3.  More info at: www.ProjectGreenUSA.org.

September 13, 2011

A TALE OF TWO SPOCKS: Nimoy & Quinto at Hammer Tonight

Posted by Don Rose

Leonard Nimoy's 'Secret Selves'
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hammer Museum - Billy Wilder Theater

Hammer Lecture 
Admission is Free and open to the public.
Location: Hammer Museum, corner of Wilshire and Westwood Blvds.
More info: (310) 443-7016

Q&A with Zach Quinto (Heroes, Star Trek). 
Actor turned photographer/folk anthropologist Leonard Nimoy 
discusses his photographic project, Secret Selves. 

Inspired by the Greek mythological idea that ever since Zeus split humans in two each person 
has been searching for his or her other half to feel complete, Nimoy asked subjects to reveal their 
hidden halves in front of his camera. The result is a collection of more than 100 portraits and
interviews that explore humanity’s alternate self. Nimoy will discuss what was revealed about his 
own secret self while capturing others’. 

All Hammer public programs are free. Hammer members receive priority seating, subject to 
availability. Reservations not accepted, RSVPs not required. 

September 12, 2011

COOL COOKIE COMPANY: Cookie Good - cookiegood.com

I like their slogan - "Cookie Good - it's how you wanna feel".

They make a wide assortment of cookies (regular and gluten-free), brownies, gifts, trays and more.

Learn more about them at www.CookieGood.com

---Don Rose, Editor, WireLA.com  

September 2, 2011

SEP 2-5: THE TASTE: A Smorgasbord of Stellar Culinary Events in Beverly Hills, Hollywood & Downtown LA

Posted by Don Rose - FEATURED EVENT

It is finally here! The biggest culinary event of the Labor Day weekend is about to begin.

THE TASTE launches tonight with its "Burgers and Beer" event.

For more info, go to: http://events.latimes.com/taste/burgers - 
event highlights (from this site) are as follows:

Burgers & Beer
Presented by Peroni and Eater LA
Beverly Hills, 9900 Wilshire Blvd. | 7-10 pm | $125

See how Los Angeles’ most celebrated restaurants and chefs interpret what a ‘burger’ means to them. Try creations from Ford’s Filling Station, The Tasting Kitchen and more then vote on your favorite L.A. burger. Find out which craft beers Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune, also known as “The Beer Chicks,” have selected for the evening. And don’t miss Marc Boussarie, The Counter’s Executive Chef in a cooking demo on building a unique burger. Check below for scheduling details, a list of top L.A.’s restaurants as well as wineries, breweries and distilleries that will be at this event.

Your all-inclusive ticket offers: 
Unlimited tastings from over 30 of L.A.’s best restaurants/chefs 
Unlimited samples from over 30 top wineries, breweries and spirits 
Unlimited access to beer seminars
Live musical entertainment

21 and over only


Also tonight, after Burgers and Beer, is The Art of Mixing at Paramount.
For info in this event, go to http://events.latimes.com/taste/artofmixing .

To access more info on all of THE TASTE's great events this weekend,