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LAArtParty is an arts and entertainment website. Established in 2010, it is an online go-to guide for what's happening in and beyond the LA area - this includes dining, travel and more.

Founded by journalist, and "Blues Mama" Kathy Leonardo (a longtime performer), the campy site has an unusual slant which will keep you entertained. Leonardo has been writing for the past 15 years about various subjects for the Huffington Post, THRIVE GLOBAL, LA Weekly, etc.

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Blues Legend Buddy Guy Can Still Tear It Up

One of the few remaining old guard blues legends, Buddy Guy graced us with his presence last week at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills.
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The 81 year old guitarist shows no signs of slowing down. Unlike some of his contemporaries who look fragile onstage, Mr. Guy displayed the enthusiasm of someone half his age. The legend started the night with a cover of Willie Dixon's "I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man" and immediately showed the crowd what he could do. He teased the crowd a little by rubbing his guitar against his shirt to the beat and then tore into a solo that highlighted his tremendous tone and dexterity.

Throughout the night he told stories about his youth, how important it is to love and how honored he is to be able to play homage to his blues heroes. To that end, he played some John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed and the man he called his all-time favorite – BB King.
Photo by Richard Bilow

One of the highlights of the night was Little Willie John's "Fever" where Mr. Guy had everyone clapping their hands to the snap of his fingers. The crowd ate it up and his adept band kept up with him at every stage. The song provided rhythm guitarist, Ric Jaz, with an opportunity to showcase his impressive chops and it also allowed Guy to trade some notable licks with keyboardist Marty Sammons.

Throughout the night, Guy rapped to the crowd about various problems with society – e.g., you can't drink until you're 18, but you can go to war or all the pesticides, etc. that is used in our food. However, all of his rants ended with him professing that his parents taught him to love everybody and that if everyone was like him, there wouldn't be a worry in the world.
Photo by Richard Bilow

During Guy's classic "Someone Else Is Steppin' In (Slippin' Out, Slippin' In), he jumped into the crowd and walked among his disciples soloing, singing and joking with the mob. No doubt his connection with his audience keeps him young, but, it is also his willingness to share the spotlight with young players. For the encore, Guy brought up his opening act Quinn Sullivan along with Carmen Vandenberg and a young lady whose name I didn't catch. All of them revealed serious blues prowess. While the trio of young virtuosos soloed, Guy walked around onstage smiling and throwing picks to the crowd. His smile said it all – the blues has a future!

Review: BLINDED at The Brickhouse Theatre

Blinded, written by Joni Ravenna, directd by T.J. Castronovo and produced by John Lant had its world premiere July 15th at the BrickHouse Theatre, the new home of Write Act Repertory in North Hollywood with a strong cast.
From Left to right: Cindy Marinangel, Chris Muto, Rico Simonini, Marilyn Sanabria; photo by Albert Romano

Just when I thought I’d seen it all, I saw this play about someone who can’t see because of seeing something that traumatized him. The plot was interesting and original where the main character, Donald has hysterical blindness because seventeen years earlier he walked in on his mother in bed with someone other than his father. What he saw that day was so devastating that his psyche refused to see anything else from then on. At 35, depressed Donald visits a shrink, NYC’s best  Bob Salamoni, before  possibly ending it all. However the doctor’s very unusual plan to help involves Donald having an affair with Salamoni’s younger beautiful wife Bridget. There’s only one caveat.  Bridget can never find out Donald is blind.
Chris Muto, Cindy Marinangel; photo by Albert Romano

The chemistry between Chris Muto (Grey’s Anatomy,Scandal), an actor from New York, my old stomping grounds, who plays “the blind man” and Cindy Marinangel (Tony & Tina’s Wedding) was very strong and real. They both played the comedic and dramatic moments well. It was interesting to watch the creative ways he hid his blindness from her.
The Cheila character played by Marilyn Sanabria (also from New York) was very funny and colorful and her scenes with Dr. Bob Silveroni played by Rico Simonini (not only a good actor but a cardiologist in real life!) had quite a few laugh out loud moments. Both seemed like demanding roles and were handled well.Cheila wore many great outfits, almost as many as Diana Ross does in concert.
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Marilyn Sanabria, Rico Simonini; photo by Albert Romano

The writing was strong, thanks to the playwright Joni Ravenna.  I found myself involved with the show all the way through, laughed often and was surprised once or twice with some twists. The director T.J. Castronovo did a great job. 

The set design of the two locations worked well for the story.  I especially liked the way the room at the apartment was set up “more French” with all the French Flags for Bridget’s French lessons. 

I also enjoyed the French music that came in from time to time. Not sure if the irony of having a Stevie Wonder song play before a show (about a blind person) and just before the 2nd act was intentional but it was a nice touch. It is a fun show to escape reality for a little while, with some good one liners, good acting and a few twists.

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Cindy Marinangel charming as Bridget Silveroni; photo by Albert Romano

The BrickHouse Theatre is located at 10950 Peach Grove Street in North Hollywood. 
The show runs through August 13th. Show times: Fri & Sat at 8:00pm and Sun 2:00pm; Admission: $25 students and seniors $20 reservations 800-838-3006; Online ticketing: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/299343

Review: Ezralow Dance: Primo Passo at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Arts

Los Angeles native Daniel Ezralow returned to The Wallis to premiere Primo Passo – Italian for “first step” – a career retrospective of his investigation of intentional movement and exploring the question of "why do we do what we do."

Erzalow's works are energetic, visceral and physically explosive and affected me in a way that, during a post performance Question and Answer session (which, the way, is a wonderful part of these performances at the Wallis) describes as "neuron mirroring", meaning we, the audience, experience in our bodies what the dancers are doing with their bodies as we watch them perform on stage.Throughout the performance that also had a feeling of "other worldliness", with the often darkened, spot lit, shadowed and flickering stage, we hopped, slid, tumbled, and ran in a joyful and playful. 

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Dancers Anthea Young (left) and Kelsey Landers (right) perform Foreign Tails. Photo credit: Dan Steinberg Photography for The Wallis.

The evening opened with a Prologue that had a small shadowed figure move within a TV screen showing Black and White images from 1960's shows like the Twilight Zone and Addams Family and with cameos from seminal news anchor Walter Cronkite.

With four weeks of intense rehearsal, the diverse and highly talented performers with dance backgrounds in avant-garde and commercial, ballet and hip hop, modern and street, gave it their all as they pushed beyond their own limits to entertain and pull us in to Erzalow's vision. The works performed included: Brothers (1982), a duet homage to being and having a brother with the dancers jostling with each other in strength and playfulness to Igor Stravinsky's Concertino for Twelve Instruments.

Foreign Tails created by ISO Dance Theater in 1985 with music by Claude Debussy evokes a magical rural environment where the hoop skirts of the two female dancers become transformative entities with which they are their two male partners interact , disappear and emerge from with whimsical and highly inventive engagement.

Super Straight is coming down (1989), first of five commissioned works by the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, inspired by artist Robert Longo's "Men in the Cities", score by Thom Willems, and grey suit costumes by Jackson Lowell, evokes the harsh structure and form moving modern humanity.

SF (2004) has the whole company move and jump to the wide range of taken-for-granted simple movements that are unique in each and everyone one us.

Awakening Solo, accompanied by live music by Jaschim Cooder on mbira and nail violin, featured Athea Young, who is the company's Dance Rehearsal Director and performed in five of the seven pieces.July-2017-TheWallis Ezralow Pulse Credit-DanSteinbergPhotography-TheWallis
Pulse; Credit Dan Steinberg Photography for The Wallis

Pulse (2000), with music by David Lang, original lighting design by Ryan O'Gara, and shimmery almost transparent costumes by Jackson Lowell, had the dancers slide repeatedly across the stage, magnetically connect with a partner only to snap apart as if they were molecules in some whorling ether. 

See below image of Chroma (2013), choreographed to Strauss' Blue Danube Waltz had the dancers changing from initial mutli-colored American Apparel garb to evolve into sharing pieces to each have their own unified color attire to then transforming into each other as they moved behind and through a series of magic (video) screens 

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Chroma. Photo credit: Dan Steinberg Photography for The Wallis.

Ezralow Dance is Daniel Ezralow (Artistic Director and Choreographer), Arabella Ezralow (Associate Artistic Director), Jeff Mclaughlin (Technical Director), Dan Weingarten (Lighting Designer), Marc Rosenthal (Video Projection Designer), Garrett Crouch (Stage Manager), Joanie Coyote (Costume Designer), Anthea Young (Ezralow Dance Rehearsal Director) and Performers Kelly Allen, William Clayton, Junji Dezaki, Gerald Espinosa, Najla Gilliam, Issac Huerta, Kelsey Landers, Re’sean Pates, Vanessa Nichole, Chad Azadab, Shauna Davis, Raymond Ejiofor, and Charissa Kroegeer.

The upcoming 2017/2018 Season of Dance @ The Wallis will feature  Dorrnace Dance, L.A. Dance Project, Lula Washington Dance Theater, Dada Masilo's Giselle, and BodyTraffic.  Go to http://www.thewallis.org

Event Review: 2017 Dwell on Design

I look forward to the Dwell on Design show every year and this year was no exception. As someone who has renovated homes for years, its always a treat to see the latest cutting edge design and fun custom elements I can incorporate into my projects. Some of my best design details in my own home I first saw at Dwell on Design or Dwell magazine. I wouldn't miss it! This year it was unique in that there was a real emphasis on artist-designed elements that gave the event even more bespoke flair! Even contemporary art magazine Fabrik had a booth.
Tesselle Ceramic Tile Co booth; photo by Paul Finn

always have to go back to the convention center for a second day during the 4 day long design show because the first day is spent taking in everything and chatting with the various vendors about their displays. It definitely can get overwhelming. I suggest getting a pass for the entire show just in case you just have to come back to see something a second time. Some of the products are on display for the first time ever so I'm like a kid on Christmas morning when I get there. Inspiration usually strikes of how and where I can use various products and I always need a second look at more than a few things.

If you are someone like me who likes to personalize your space you'll be amazed at the prefab modular homes that are brought into the vast LA convention center for the show. You will forget you are in the convention center as you wander around these luxurious homes, picturing how it would be to live in one. They are on display like they are really installed and designer furnished like someone lives there but while you're in one I wouldn't try using the toilet but by all means stretch out of the bed!
Marvin Windows and Doors; photo by Kathy Leonardo

This years prefab pavilion showcased a full-size prefab home from Method Homes and a tiny home from Kim Lewis Tiny Home. These aren't your granddads modulars on display! They have all the style and design of someone's high-end dream home. You pick the finishes and fixtures like lighting, tile, counters, etc. and a few months after placing your order, your house gets delivered, installed and assembled right onto your plot of land! Your neighbors will love you for sparing them from the on-site construction! You can get a list of installs going on all over Los Angeles so you can watch the houses being craned into position.

The Shade Store debuted its Roller Shade Collection at the Dwell on Design opening event. They featured a lovely party at their booth with Nate Berkus there greeting his fans.
Nate Berkus with Kathy Leonardo - founder of LAArtParty.com

So, if you like wifi enabled gadgets, art, architecture and fine design not to mention the latest in instant prefab homes, be sure to check out Dwell on Design next year! There is nothing like it! http://www.dwellondesign.com/

Event Review: No Whining at the 12th Annual LA WineFest

LAWineFest, the largest and longest-running consumer wine tasting event in Los Angeles held its 12th Annual event this past weekend July 17th – 18th and continued to make the world of wine fun and accessible for Angelenos. The event which has become the Southland's signature celebration of all things wine was founded in 2005 by renowned wine personality Dr. Joel M. Fisher.
This year, the event moved from Hollywood to the hip, industrial-chic Market Row, part of the Downtown Arts District's ROW DTLA one of the largest adaptive projects in downtown. A partially shaded, pretty outdoor lane surrounded by revitalized 90-year-old warehouses built by the Southern Pacific Railroad proved to be an ideal setting for the event.

After checking in, guests were given a glass and set free to stroll from booth to booth sampling wine and learning from the company representatives (and sometimes the winemakers themselves) who were eager and happy to chat about their creation. The party vibe of the Rebel Coast Winery made it a particularly popular booth.

The astute event organizers understood that wine lovers might have some beer loving friends (or they might need a break to sip something else), so they also offered some seriously artisan brews (e.g., Baja Brewing, Co., High Water Brewing). And because all that sipping eventually made you hungry, they offered food from some of our city's most interesting food trucks curated by Smorgasbord LA (e.g., Batterfish and Crispy Cuban). There was also live music from local band Will and the Won'ts who played great tunes with tons of energy. People danced as they browsed artisan merchandise in boutiques and stalls

One of the most popular areas of the event was the Boutique Winery section which was only accessible with an "All Access" wristband. This area allowed wine lovers the opportunity to enjoy and discover emerging gems from wineries that handcraft fewer than 2,000 cases per year. Some of the wineries included: Cloak & Dagger, Sleeping Indian Vineyard and Holman Cellars.

The diverse crowd, a true representation of Los Angeles, mingled organically sharing their love of wine. The offerings hailed from around the globe, though there was a local presence with Downtown names like San Antonio Winery and Iron Triangle Brewing. There were many tables and chairs set up, so attendees could take a break, sit back and relax. There was even a small outdoor game area where people enjoyed games of Baggo and Jenga. In fact, everyone's good time was actually a good deed since the 12th Annual LAWineFest benefited Sunshine Kids, an amazing organization which provides positive group activities and emotional support for young cancer patients.
LAWinefest-2-pixby KeithBlockOverall, the new location along with beautiful weather was a perfect opportunity for grape nuts to discover new wines and meet new people. The event was nicely spread out with enough wineries, breweries, vendors and food trucks to please everyone – there were no whiners! And, I'm sure all of us who attended can't wait for next year's event! http://www.lawinefest.com/

Photos by Keith Block;

Event Review: 2017 Malibu Guitar Festival, Opening Night!

The 3rd Annual Malibu Guitar Festival kicked off last night, Thursday May 18th with its opening night benefit at Casa Escobar in Malibu. The festival brings together some of the world's greatest players for four days of guitar worship featuring unique jam sessions, guitar demos, and even a one-of-kind guitar themed art show.
Festival Founder and Chairman Doug Deluca, along with his wife Alejandra Armas DeLuca and Founder/Co-Chairman John Watkin

Festival Founder and Chairman Doug Deluca, along with his wife Alejandra Armas DeLuca and Founder/Co-Chairman John Watkin have set up an event that carries a message of unity, peace, and celebration through music, art and social commitment to the community, schools, charitable organizations and our land. At Thursday night's benefit, the trio extended their hospitality to the crowd and the feeling was like being invited into their home. And, it was all for three great causes:

• TheraSurf – who take handicapped kids out into the Malibu waves.
• Emily Shane Foundation – provides individualized intensive mentoring to struggling/ failing middle school students in the mainstream classroom.
• The Karl LaDue Wodakota Foundation – committed to the education of native American youth with knowledge and skills that enable them to embrace their traditional heritage and culture
Honoring Chief Arvol Looking Horse

Before kicking off the music, the festival honored Chief Arvol Looking Horse who led the fight against the North Dakota pipeline and is the Chief of All Stars Nations and Keeper of the Sacred Bundle for the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Nations.

After the Chief spoke briefly and eloquently about the importance of standing up to your beliefs in these troubling times, it was time for some music and it was the night's third act – Laurence Juber who established that this evening was all about guitar. Juber, a former lead guitarist with Paul McCartney's Wings has a unique fingerstyle that provided the crowd its first jaw dropping moment with an amazing rendition of The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again."

After Juber's dazzling performance, two-time Oscar nominated composer Marco Beltrami took the show for an experimental turn with a 15 piece band that played a piece specifically composed for the evening. The evocative piece emphasized the masterful musicians in the ensemble allowing them all to shine and to demonstrate Mr. Beltrami's genius.
Laurence Juber; photo by Richard Bilow

The Kenneth Brian Band featuring Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' drummer Steve Ferrone took over the reins with a performance featuring blistering guitar work, spot-on harmonies, and a stellar rhythm section, all tied together by Brian's honest voice. The music continued to heat up when veteran rockers Waddy Wachtel and Bernard Fowler joined the stage for some classic takes on Warren Zevon, David Bowie and the Stones.

Waddy and Bernard left the stage and their spot was taken over by master lyricist and satirical storyteller John Hiatt, who the Los Angeles Times calls "...one of rock's most astute singer-songwriters of the last 40 years." Hiatt played a brief set that accentuated his soulful, gritty voice, reflective lyrics and masterful songwriting.
The Kenneth Brian Band featuring Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' drummer Steve Ferrone with Waddy Wachtel and Bernard Fowler

After several hours of music, it was time to step back, reflect and pay tribute to another one of the night's honorees – Robby Krieger. Mr. Krieger was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from his longtime collaborator – the extraordinary, engineer/producer and L.A. native Bruce Botnick.

Mr. Krieger then strapped on his guitar and showed the crowd why is a rock 'n roll hall of famer – playing several Doors classics backed by an extremely talented band that featured Malibu young hot-shot Daniel Paige on vocals. Mr. Krieger then drew the band into jazz fusion territory playing tunes by Jeff Beck and Weather Report. These tunes proved that Mr. Krieger's adept technical abilities make him shine in any style of music.
Robby Krieger

After Krieger left the stage, it was well past midnight, but there was still some gas left in the tank and the crowd got a little taste of Hunter Hayes and The Band Steele. Twenty-five-year-old, five-time Grammy nominee Hunter Hayes hit the stage with tons of energy and guitar fury. Hayes may be a country music favorite, but, his performance was unadulterated rock 'n roll that really revealed his impeccable guitar ability. The Band Steele made up of a couple of high school friends, performed a couple of acoustic originals that highlighted their gifts particularly that of singer Bo Steele. These remarkable musicians along with many others will be playing full sets over the weekend.

Overall, it was an unforgettable night and it was just the beginning! So, if you are a guitar lover and who isn't – then head down to Malibu this weekend for an extraordinary event you will leave you speechless and may make you pick up that old guitar you have in the closet or under the bed.

Friday night will continue at Casa Escobar with Hot Licks night featuring legendary Steve Vai. Then the festival's Main Event takes place on Saturday and Sunday at Malibu Village. Mick Fleetwood's Blues Band with Rick Vito highlights Saturday's schedule while Sunday features a Rolling Stones Brunch. Find out more information on the Malibu Guitar Festival here: http://malibuguitarfestival.com/

Review: Matthew Bourne's Early Adventures at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts!

What a delight to be thoroughly entertained by the whimsical and romantic theatrical choreography of Matthew Bourne performed by his New Adventure Company! Each of the three pieces were from Bourne's early work for which the company now celebrates its 30th anniversary. The revival features more recently set and costume design by Lez Brotherston, lighting design by Andrew Murrell, sound design by Paul Groothuis and staged by Associate Artistic Director Etta Murfitt. All together, the production enthralled the audience into a reverie of smiles, laughs, awe and ovations.
Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures’ ‘Town and Country’ performed at The Wallis in Beverly Hills on Wednesday, May 17 (through Sunday, May 21). Photo credit: Casey Kringlen for The Wallis.

During a Q&A at the end of the performance, Bourne spoke of his early inspiration and love for theater and film before exploring ballet and dance, choreographing by expressing what he hears and feels in the music in a detailed way, developing individual characters, and his desire to entertain and make people laugh. He also responded to the question as to how the overtly gay interactions in the pieces were received by saying that though daring and shocking at one time, they had been ignored when they originally happened and have been universally accepted for the romanticism displayed.

The evening evoked a nostalgia for simpler, playful, and more innocent times portrayed in a distinctive, fashionable and charming manner.
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Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures’ ‘Town and Country’ performed at The Wallis in Beverly Hills on Wednesday, May 17 (through Sunday, May 21). Photo credit: Casey Kringlen for The Wallis.

The "Triple Bill," as described in the program, included: Watch with Mother - Seen but not heard? (1991): Conkers, Hopscotch, Doctors & Nurses; Children's games can be all-consuming, competitive and sometimes cruel. Based on Joyce Grenfell's famous "Nursery School" sketches ("George... Don't do that") and set to Percy Grainger's own piano compositions and arrangements of Bach and Faure, this 1991 piece has not been seen for nearly 25 years.

Town and Country - Lie back and think of England (1991): Moving and hilarious, this heartfelt pastiche explores notions of national character from a bygone era through the evocative music of Edward Elgar, Noël Coward and Percy Grainger, amongst others.

The Infernal Galop - A French dance with English subtitles (1989): This is France as seen by the uptight English imagination, with all the traditional clichés joyously paraded for our entertainment and climaxing in Offenbach's inevitable Can-Can!
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Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures’ ‘The Infernal Galop’ at The Wallis in Beverly Hills on Wednesday, May 17 (through Sunday, May 21). Photo credit: Casey Kringlen for The Wallis.

The talented and engaging cast: Joao Carolino, Reece Causton, Tom Clark, Daniel Collins, Paris Fitzpatrick, Sophia Hurdley, Mari Karmata, Jamie Emma McDonald, and Edwin Ray.

Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes comes to the Ahmanson Theater in September. http://new-adventures.net/ For upcoming performances at the Wallis and for their 2017-2018 season, go to http://www.thewallis.org/

Event Review: 2nd Annual Masters of Taste!

Our day began on the field of the Historic Pasadena Rose Bowl on May 7th for the 2nd Annual Masters of Taste, a luxury food and beverage festival. 
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Photo by Richard Bilow 

It was a sunny day at first, but then the clouds rolled in, the sky grew dark, and suddenly heavy rain, thunderstorms and lightening ensued! Luckily I had my umbrella so it barely put a damper on our afternoon. Then just as quickly as the rains came, the sky cleared and the sun was out once again. On this interesting afternoon, to say the least, from 3 PM to 7 PM, we sampled and enjoyed some of LA's finest fare from 40+ restaurants, and 25+ craft beer, cocktail bars, wineries, and breweries as unlimited tastings were served to all guests. Proceeds to benefit Union Station Homeless Services, an organization committed to helping homeless men, women and children rebuild their lives.

Here are some highlights from our favorite culinary offerings. Our first taste of the day was a flavorful and tender steak served with fresh basil and delicate dressing from the Bacchus Kitchen of Pasadena.
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Cuisine provided by Bacchus Kitchen; Photo by Kathy Leonardo 

We also enjoyed a glass of the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Gold Medal Winner from Vine Mark Cellars which was delicious and well balanced with flavors of rich blackberry and currant. The crab roll with dill from the Venice Whaler was delicious. We paired it with the 2016 Sauvignon Blanc from Robert Hall of Paso Robles. It was refreshingly dry and medium-bodied with a rich crisp acidity. Also went well with the spicy Ahi tuna mixed with scallions, sesame seeds and spicy sauce from Hoke Poke of downtown Los Angeles, another favorite. Next the tomato soup topped with creme fraiche from Celestino of Pasadena was light, yet had intense tomato flavor. The cold summer squash soup from Mexikosher of Los Angeles, was sweet, yet spicy with jalapeños; a crowd favorite. Mexican? Kosher? it works!
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Cusiine provided by Hyperion Public; Photo by Richard Bilow;

The Asian steak lettuce cups with caramel glaze, bacon coleslaw, pickled carrots, cilantro and a little gem lettuce cup were very delicious from Hyperion Public of Silverlake and Studio City. The Korean inspired fried chicken wings topped with sesame seeds from Belly Bombs of Artesia were sweet and spicy and full of flavor! The beef carpaccio with tonnato fennel tops and blossoms were yummy from Louise's which has three locations: Santa Monica, West LA and Larchmont Village. Another stand out was the Soupe de petit pois called Spring - English pea soup with mint and pea tendrils - tasted exactly like its name! From Church and Sate of downtown Los Angeles.

And now for some amazing desserts: Sprinkles cupcakes of Beverly Hills were delicious - I couldn't choose between the red velvet or the dark chocolate so I ate them both! The bacon doughnuts from Cafe Dulce of Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles and also Alameda Street - yum!
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Bacon Dougnuts by Cae Dulce; photo by Kathy Leonardo

And Helados Pops Icecream of San Fernando came in unusual and exotic flavors like Horchata and Tamarindo - cool and refreshing! A great way to end an awesome afternoon...and not a cloud in the sky. Be sure to check the website so you don't miss next year's event. https://mastersoftastela.com/