The Happenings: 11/17/2013-11/24/2013

Los Angeles

 

What: We Run The City: USC vs. UCLA—Running for a cause!

Description: Run or Walk in this 5k athletic event. All proceeds go to the Special Olympics athletes of Southern California.  Anyone is able to participate, so grab a friend and get ready! The run will be held near the USC Campus. This is a great way to build friendships, get in great shape, feel good about yourself, and connect with your inner athlete.

When: Sunday, November 24, 2013 9:00 am

Where: Exposition Park, 701 State Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037

Cost: $35 registration fee + medal + t-shirt

What: Disney’s THE LION KING: Relive the memory!

Description: A new Broadway rendition of the classic tale of a young lion cub named Simba, and his personal journey to become king of the Pride Land. Directed by Julie Taymor, who conducted such masterpieces as William Shakespeare’s: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the audience will be enraptured by the imagery and the plot of, The Lion King. The heartfelt song by artist Elton John, “Can You Feel The Love Tonight,” will be a memory to never forget as the allure of the plot unfolds. Families of all ages will love this musical.

When: Wednesday, 11/20/2013, 8:00 pm (Duration of showing: 2 Hours and 40 Minutes (including intermission) [November 20, 2013 -January 12, 2014(ongoing)

Where: Hollywood Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

Cost: Ticket purchase

San Francisco

What: Patchwork Show: Oakland Fall 2013—Discover your inner artist

Description: A display of various artistic displays that range from a handful of talented artists. Artisan food, which is food that is produced non-industrially and more home grown will be available, among varying workshops and arts and crafts activities. The Patchwork Show has marked its seventh anniversary. Items sold by the artists will include jewelry, ceramics, art for the home, and even art for children. This event is very beneficial to families as well as a great cultural experience.

When: Sunday, November 24, 2013 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Where: Jack London Square, 2 Broadway,  Oakland, CA 94607

Cost: Free!

San Francisco

What: Japanese Kabuki Theatre on Film: Tribute to Shikan-Art in movement

Description: Japanese Kabuki Theatre is the performance of a classical Japanese dance combined with a dramatic story. This event/educational experience will dive deep into the style associated with Nakamura Shikan VII, who is considered to be a legend of Kabuki. The Kabuki theatre has been at the heart of Japanese culture in terms of art and expression, and even dates back to the Edo Period (1603-1867). Don’t speak Japanese? No worries! There will be an English translation, so don’t be discouraged.

When: Sunday, November 24, 2013 2:00 pm

Where: Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, 1840 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA 94115

Cost: Free!

Houston

 

What: Free Pet Photos with Santa at Houston Humane Society-

Description: Pet owners! Bring your pet to the Houston Humane Society to have his/her picture taken with…Santa Paws! Children are welcome to be in the photos as well. Make this holiday season a festive one! The photo is free, but a donation of a pet food or toy is needed. All pictures are emailed to the pet owners.

When: Saturday, November 23, 2013 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where: Houston Humane Society,  14700 Almeda Rd, Houston, TX 77053

Cost: Free!

What: Yelp’s Grape Escape Wine Club! November What: A Thanksgiving Wine Up-A night to relax

Description: Thanksgiving Wine’s galore!

The wine distributor is the Plate and Bottle, and this company sells diverse wines. Stop by for wine tasting.

Admission & RSVP: Attendance is no cost and free, but hurry because space is limited. Every guest needs to RSVP first before attending.

When: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Where: Plate and Bottle,  5411 Morningside Dr., Houston, TX 77005

Cost: Free!

New York City

 

What: Yelp Passport UYE: Yoga Class at Mimi For Me Yoga Studio-Ground yourself and connect with your Chakras!

Description: Join your fellow yogis and ground yourself in this yoga event. Meditation and Yoga are a great method for naturally detoxifying the body of such stress hormones such as Cortisol, which is created from the body’s fight or flight response. The amount of people in the class will be a max of 10, so there is enough room to breathe and the atmosphere is calm. Anyone attending can rent a yoga mat for $1.

When: Saturday, November 23, 2013 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Where: Mimi for Me Yoga, Mind & Body Wellness Studio, 76-11 37th Ave. 2nd Floor,   Jackson Heights, NY 11372

Cost: $10.00

What: “COMMON GROUNDS – Coffee Inspired Art from Around the World” Curated by Andrea Arroyo—Universal Thought!

Description: Bringing universal consciousness to the world! The main area of focus for this event is on the economic, political, environmental and social impact of the coffee trade. That cup of coffee your drinking originates from somewhere! Best to know just how its made. There will be a collection of masterpieces by artists from Mayan villages of Guatemala.

When: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 10:00 am – Monday, December 2, 2013 5:00 pm

Where: The Grady Alexis Gallery, 2710 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

Cost: Free!

Atlanta

What: Dr. Seuss Holiday Show Extravaganza- A merry Seusmass!

Description: This will be an event to discover the art work of the Dr. Seuss Collection, an untimely favorite of children alike. There will be Dr. Seuss books to buy, and some never before seen works by Dr. Seuss. Not to mention, there will be some yummy Dr. Seuss treats! Bring the family!

When: Saturday, November 23, 2013 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Where: Jackson Ann Galleries, 932 Canton St., Roswell, GA 30077

Cost: Free!

What: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Description: “I’m gonna pop some tags, only got twenty dollars in my pocket…” Remember those words from the hit Thrift Shop by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis? That’s right! Come out and celebrate these acclaimed artists. Both originated from Seattle, Washington. Now they are here to visit Atlanta!

When: Friday, November 22, 2013 7:30 pm

Where: The Arena At Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Duluth, GA 30097

Cost: $29.50 – $49.50

Top 3 Cupcakes Shops in NYC

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If you’re like me you love a great cupcake, or two! New York City is the land of everything, and it has the reputation of being a “concrete jungle,” two characteristics that may make it sometimes that difficult to navigate. There’s a sweeter side to the Big Apple and U Blush is your guide! The top three bakeries serving some of the best cupcakes The City has to offer.

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Magnolia

This classic American bakery offers cupcakes that pack a punch! Topped with rich frosting, moist cake, and delicious sprinkles or candy atop, these delights are a just what you need after a long day in Manhattan. Classic flavors such as vanilla or chocolate  are better than ever, plus additional tastes including German Chocolate, Banana, and Devil’s Food. Perfect for a family outing, this quaint bakery reminds you of vacations at your grandma’s house – tasty treats with milk, in a cozy atmosphere. With a flagship store on the Upper West Side, shops in major U.S. cities and the world, everyone can try this great American tradition – and now online orders mean these cupcakes are really just a click away.

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Crumbs

A nod to the modern age – nothing is average about this New York bakery. With signature cupcakes you won’t find anywhere else, you get a unique blend of fine taste with flavors you don’t typically find in cake form. Try such blends as Girl Scout Thin Mints, Ultimate S’mores, and Milkshake. Even traditional cupcakes flavors such as Red Velvet and Vanilla/Chocolate Sprinkles, are remixed! Special flavors make it a must go for every season. For October, try Halloween’s Candy Corn or Jack O’Lantern and Breast Cancer Awareness month’s cupcake of choice,  Pink Ribbon. From its first store opening on the Upper West Side to its dozens of franchises across Manhattan and  nationwide, every cupcake is a treat! After a trip to this shop, the only thing left will be crumbs.

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Sweet Revenge

The West Village is sweeter than ever thanks to this bakery!  This shop offers the best of cupcakes with a twist!  With a slogan of Eat, Drink, and Be Merry, you can enjoy your favorite cupcakes and wine – a combination that will lift the spirit of any contemporary, professional stylista. Restaurant suggested cupcake/wine pairings such as Dirty & Sweet Smaak Rose Moscato, Pure & Principato Pinot Noir, or Crimson and Cream & Raspberry Bellini are sure to satiate your sweet tooth. If you’re a renegade make your own from a host of Artisan cake flavors including Dulce de Leche, Mayan Chocolate, and Pumpkin Spice and beer, wine, cocktail, and non alcoholic drinks of your preference! With special menus ranging from breakfast to happy hour, come at anytime of the day! Escaping the limitations of corporate America, the success of this shop, really is a Sweet Revenge.

The Best of New York Fashion Week Spring 2014

During the month of September countless designers emptied their studios to exhibit their works of art down runways and atop podiums across Manhattan. New York Fashion Week had arrived and as the streets filled with 5’10 beauties, celebs and fashionista’s, patience wore thin as the industries who’s who anxiously took their seats to marvel at what some would describe as living, breathing art.

Check out our favorite designers and favorites looks from the Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week Spring 2014:

Badgley Mischka

Badgley Mischka

BCBG

BCBG Max Azria

Brandon Sun

Brandon Sun

DKNY

DKNY

Herve Leger by Max Azria

Herve Leger by Max Azria

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J. Mendel

Jenny Packham

Jenny Packham

Micheal Kors

Michael Kors

Milly

Milly by Michelle Smith

Naeem Khan

Naeem Khan

Nenette Lepore

Nanette Lepore

Nicole Miller

Nicole Miller

Pamella Roland

Pamella Roland

Rachel Zoe

Rachel Zoe

Rebecca Minkoff

Rebecca Minkoff

Reem Acra

Reem Acra

Zac Posen

Zac Posen

Any idea spewing for your Spring wardrobe, Lovelies?

Top 4 NYC Hotel Bar and Lounges

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New York City has some of the best hotels in the world – and they’re not just for sleeping. Hotel nightlife offers the glitz and glam in the city that never sleeps. The latest music, swanky designs, delicious cocktails, and amazing views, excitement and a place to rest is all in one place.  Whether you want to grab a bite to eat, sip cocktails, lounge with friends, or dance all night, there are hotels across Manhattan to accommodate you. For hotel guests and exclusive locals, these 4 plush NYC bar and lounges make each trip a Hotel Party!

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The Rooftop at the Empire Hotel – Upper West Side

With two outdoor patios and a main indoor bar there’s plenty of room to mix and mingle at the top of this 12 story luxury hotel. The greenery that adorns the outdoor terrace directly above the red lit “Empire Hotel” sign offers a fresh lounge area. On the opposite end, with a retractable roof and views over looking the Hudson River, it definitely embodies the NYC high life. This is a great night for the gals!

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Jimmy at The James Hotel – Soho

This swanky and seductive rooftop bar stands 17 feet above ground. Indoor seating alongside floor to ceiling windows offers you the best views of NYC. If the weather is nice head out for a breadth of fresh air. Take a dip in the pool or relax in lounge chairs with a breathtaking city at your gaze. Delectable cocktails and good music only add to this sumptuous night. The dim lighting and exquisite views are perfect for a date with your beau.

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Hudson Common at the Hudson Hotel – Midtown (Hells Kitchen)

Its wooden interior, with tables and benches center stage, and television monitors playing sporting events, has an All-American flare. Serving the best in draft beer and burgers this glammed up bar hall has a sophisticated flare. With a fire place and couches in the rear of the facility it definitely offers cozy dinning with a hint of excitement – all while snuggling under sparkling lights dangling from the ceiling. This is definitely a place for a chill night eating and drinking, with background music and yelling as your favorite team scores a touchdown.

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Above Allen at the Thompson Hotel – Lower East Side

Earthly tones and tropical greenery gives this bar a fresh and modern look. With a retractable roof – rain, cold, or shine – seven floors above ground, the views of the city are right at your finger tips. Serving sexy cocktails, arrive early to sip and take in the immaculate view with friends. As more people arrive, warm the night on the dance floor. If it’s the right DJ drinks and music will flow and you’ll be on your feet for an all-nighter! This is a great couples night so grab your favorite friends and their beaus!

The Happenings: 8/24/13 – 9/1/13

LOS ANGELES

What: 2013 L.A County Fair

When: August 30th –September 29th 3-10pm

Where: Los Angeles County Fair 1101 W. Mckinley Ave. Pomona, CA 91768

Cost: Varies; August 30 3pm-midnight $1 admission (3-6pm); August 31st –September 2nd $1 admission (10am- 1pm); 1pm –closing $17 (ages 13+); 1pm to closing $12 (ages 6-12)

Info: Is almost this time of the year for the L.A. County Fair.  Just like always $1 admission for opening weekend in certain hours. This year is the 90 anniversary !

What: Los Angeles Times: The Taste

When: August 30th –September 1st 7:30- 11:30pm

Where: Paramount Pictures Corporation, 5555 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90038

Cost: $50 -$175

Info: Southern California’s favorite food and wine festival returns, bringing together over 15,000 Angelenos for an unparalleled culinary weekend. Voted Southern California’s #2 Food and Wine event by BizBash, 2013’s edition of Los Angeles Times’ The Taste will feature 5 distinct events over 3 days at Paramount Pictures Studios.

SAN FRANCISCO 

What: Hot August Tequila Expo 2013

When: August 31st 5pm

Where: La Penca Azul ,891 B Island Dr. Alameda, CA 94502

Cost: $40-$45

Info: La Penca Azul Presents The HOT August Tequila Expo 2013. Nighttime tequila magic with live Latin jazz and all you can eat food. Try our famous La Penca Margaritas. It’s the perfect opportunity for fine spirit connoisseurs to sample boutique, up and coming brands straight from Mexico. Delight in the flavors of over 13 craft tequilas, listen to awesome music, party with our beautiful tequila models, and savor delicious La Penca Azul food. Join the Party for one low price. 21 + over

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What: Brazilian Day San Francisco Bay Area 2013

When: September 1st –September 2nd 11am- 6pm

Where: BrasArte World Dance Center, 1901 San Pablo Ave. Berkeley, CA 94702

Cost: Free

Info: SF Bay Area Brazilian Day Festival is Brasarte & Casa de Cultura’s crown jewel event!

It pays homage to two major celebrations in Brazil – Brazil’s Independence Day and a recreation of a Lavagem – a cleansing ceremony using song and dance that dates back to slavery when women washed the steps of the church for the festive mass on Sundays in Salvador.

The festivities unfold as a street party and feature a musical procession, capoeira and dance demonstrations, live music, Brazilian and international food and craft stands and a samba circle. There are a host of international and local Brazilian performers invited to participate. The event brings together Brazilians living all over the San Francisco Bay Area and Americans of all ethnicities to celebrate the long-practiced traditions of Afro-Brazilians in Brazil.

ATLANTA

What: SWEAT Yoga at W Atlanta- Buckhead

When: August 27th 6:30- 7:30pm

Where: W Atlanta Buckhead 3377 Peachtree Road NE Atlanta, GA 30326

Cost: Free

Info: Looking good has never felt so fabulous thanks to W Atlanta – Buckhead’s SWEAT Yoga Series!  Now through October 1st, this complimentary poolside yoga series will feature power yoga led by Todd LaBerge of Atlanta Hot Yoga.  Event attendees will get their “OHM” on as they pose to the beat of mixes curated by lululemon.  Healthy and low-cal sips to follow in the hotel Living Room.

What: Atlanta’s Street Famous Music and Fashion Showcase

When: September 1st 4pm

Where: Signature Lounge, 255 Trinity Ave. Atlanta, GA 30303

Cost: $35- $75

Info: ***CASH PRIZE***Get Your Music Heard Get Your Fashion Fix… 107.9’s MZ. SHYNEKA & 107.9’s Music Coordinator REDD DRED host ATL’S STREETFAMOUS RECORD POOL *4pm Sun 9/1http://www.streetfamousr… Sign up early!! VIP and Bottle Service Available…. Artists, DJs, Producers, Models, Photographers

HOUSTON

What: Young Professional Happy Hour with Mayor Parker

When: August 28th 6pm

Where: Buffalo Bayou Brewing 5301 Nolda St. Houston, TX 77007

Cost: $25

Info: Due to the success of our last Young Professionals Happy Hour, the Young Professional Caucus of the Annise Parker Campaign Steering Committee has decided to host a second Happy Hour with Mayor Annise Parker – and you’re invited!

If you missed our last Young Professional’s event, it was packed. Not everyone could even make it into the bar – RSVP now and make sure to reserve your spot! Join Mayor Parker and your fellow young professionals on Wednesday, August 28th at 6pm for a Happy Hour at Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. Free parking provided at the garage at 5225 Nolda Street.

What: 2nd Annual Dionisio Winery Wine Festival

When: August 31st 12-8pm

Where: Dionisio Winery, 2110 Jefferson St. Ste. 119 Houston, TX 77003

Cost: $25- $50

Info: Visitors to the Dionsio Winery Wine Festival sample the award-winning rich reds, crisp whites, and sweet fruit wines from a local winery, all while strolling through the streets of historic East Downtown Houston. Local restaurants and venders whip up delectable dinners and food pairings, while merchants such as Dos Hermanas Beaded Jewelry peddle memorable keepsakes and handmade jewelry. Energetic classic rock outfit Thermal Fusion fills the air with a catchy live soundtrack, as staff fill commemorative wine glasses with endless samples of Dionisio’s delicious wines. With food, wine, and tunes provided by Houston-based bands and businesses, the fest is a better way to celebrate the local culture than nibbling sandwichs into the shape of the Astro’s stadium.

NEW YORK

What: Wine Essence Wine Lovers Party

When: August 29th 6-10pm

Where: Aspen Social Club, 157 W 47th St. New York, NY 10036

Cost: Free

Info: This is a Wine Essence Wine Lovers Party. Guest can meet, mingle and network with wine lovers of all backgrounds. RSVP ticket allows our guests to enjoy a complimentary wine and cheese tasting from 6:30 to 7:30pm as our sommelier explains the different varietals of wines. Guest may also purchase their wine, champagne, cocktails and food menu while enjoying live music and entertainment. Business casual attire is required for admission.

What: #Streetpoetsnyc Open Mic

When: August 30th –August 31st 7pm- 2am

Where: Street Poets Den, 80 Vernon Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11206

Cost: $10

Info: #streetpoetsnyc presents thee open mic: an experience worth telling your family about. let no one put a scale to your heart. Why would you if you know your worth? if you don’t give praise – yourself. you deserve to be empowered. powerful is a lifestyle. your art is your freer. – a street poet. see you on friday! Free drinks. Open mic. powerful is a lifestyle!!! peace powerful people.
be empowered. be yourself. be original.

 

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