CHICAGO Is Coming To The Pantages Theatre

The Pantages Theatre in LA offers locals and visitors alike the opportunity to enjoy broadway musical productions. If you enjoy theatre, and all that jazz, then you are not going to want to miss Chicago, the latest broadway musical that will hit the Pantages Theatre. Chicago the musical will be at the Pantages from April 26th through May 1st.

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This version of Chicago will star Brandy Norwood as “Roxy Hart” and Heisman Trophy Winner and NFL Legend Eddie George as  “Billy Flynn”. Set in the roaring 20s in Chicago, the story follows Roxy Hart, a housewife who moved to the big city to pursue her dream of becoming a jazz nightclub dancer. After she brutally murders her on-the-side lover when he threatens to leave her, she hires the slickest criminal lawyer in the city to represent her. What ensues is a series of sensational headlines that dupe the public and the media. Don’t miss this high energy musical that is all about the razzle dazzle and the decadence of the 1920s in Chicago.

Chicago will be at the Pantages Theatre from April 26th through May 1st. Opening night there will be one performance at 8pm. On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, there will be one performance at 8pm. On Saturday, April 30th there will be a matinee show at 2pm and an evening show at 8pm. On closing day, Sunday, May 1st, there will be a matinee show at 1pm and the final show will be at 6:30pm. If you are interested in attending a showing of Chicago tickets can be purchased through the official Ticketmaster website. Tickets in the Mezzanine section can be purchased from $29 – $89. Tickets in the orchestra section run from $29 – $125.  For more information visit www.hollywoodpantages.com. Due to some of the content, the show is recommended for those 13 and up. If you will be staying at one of the hotels near The Pantages Theatre be sure to check out this performance!

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Little Mermaid Live At The Hollywood Bowl

The Hollywood Bowl is quite the unique venue. Nestled amidst the Hollywood Hills, this outdoor amphitheater allows you to get away from the craziness of Hollywood and see a live show under the stars. Throughout the summer, the Hollywood Bowl has a number of performances lined up for locals and visitors to enjoy. If you’re looking for a family-friendly event, come and see a screening of the Little Mermaid while it is accompanied by live singers and a live orchestra! This event will take place on June 3rd and June 4th and tickets are now on sale!

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The Little Mermaid is a classic Disney movie that can be enjoyed by all ages. Whether you have children who love it, or you loved the movie when you were a kid, this event is for everyone. There is an incredible lineup of actors who will be singing live. For example, singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles will sing the part of Ariel, Rebel Wilson from Pitch Perfect will play Ursula, and Tituss Burgess from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will play Sebastian. In addition, Darren Criss from Glee will play Prince Eric and John Stamos will play Chef Louis. This incredible lineup will be accompanied by a 71-piece orchestra so that all the music is live. If you are a fan of Disney or the Little Mermaid, this is an event you won’t want to miss!

Tickets for this event are now on sale. The Doors will open at 6:30pm and the show will begin at 8pm. At the Hollywood Bowl, you are also allowed to bring food and drinks into the theater. Alcoholic drinks are not allowed but you can purchase alcohol inside. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster and tickets start at $32.50. If you will be staying at one of the hotels close to the Hollywood Bowl, brring your friends and family down to the Hollywood Bowl for this unique event! For more information visit www.hollywoodbowl.com

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Top 3 Ionic Landmarks In Hollywood

Whether this is your first time in Hollywood or not, there are some places that you should almost certainly visit. From cultural phenomenons to Hollywood lore, here are top 3 iconic landmarks that you should check out when staying in Hollywood.

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First on the list is the Hollywood Walk of Fame. While this may be a “touristy” thing to do, what’s a trip to Hollywood if you don’t even see the Walk of Fame? So hit Hollywood and Vine and take in the sites of Hollywood from the street performers to the oddities that make Hollywood so great. As you walk down the street, try and spot some of your favorite actors and performers. Here’s a fun fact, did you know that each star has a different icon on it to signify what area of the performing arts the entertainer is being recognized for?

The Capital Records Building located on Vine Street is part of Hollywood history as it was the first record label that was based in the West Coast and got its start in 1942. The record company went on to sign big names such as Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, The Andrews Sisters and The Beach Boys. See the building where so many big name music legends worked and recorded and witness a part of musical history.

Located a little further away from all the hustle and bustle of Hollywood and Highland, is the Hollywood Bowl. This music venue is the premiere outdoor music stadium in all of Los Angeles. Located in the heart of the Hollywood Hills, this outdoor venue is the perfect place to see some of your favorite bands perform. In addition, due to the fantastic acoustics, the Hollywood Bowl is also the location that the Beatles performed songs that would later go on to be included on a live album.

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Have A Craving For A Burger? The Top 3 Best Burgers in Los Angeles

Sometimes, the only thing that will hit the spot is a nice, juicy burger. Lucky for you, Los Angeles is known for its cuisine. Here are the top 3 best burgers in Los Angeles!

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Umami Burger is what we’d call upscale fast food with a number of locations in the area. At the heart of this establishment you will find that they are serving up delicious burgers right off the grill. The menu also offers up a variety options that will satisfy most visitors. A stand out burger is the Port & Stilton burger. This option comes with sweet caramelized onions that pair with the burger fantastically. Don’t forget to try some of the craft beer selections that is served at Umami Burger as well. For menu options visit www.umamiburger.com.

When going to Father’s Office, you almost have to order the Office Burger. If you do, you’ll be greeted by applewood bacon, caramelized onions, blue cheese, gruyere and arugula. If you order this, be sure you don’t do two things: don’t ask for substitutions and don’t ask for ketchup. Simply follow these rules and your tastebuds will be rewarded. If you’re not up for the Office Burger, choose any other from the menu and it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll enjoy it. Father’s Office also has an incredible variety of beers on tap for your imbibing pleasure. Father’s Office is located at 1018 Montana Ave. For more information visit www.fathersoffice.com.

Technically, The Hungry Cat is a restaurant that is known for its seafood. With that being said, their Pug Burger is so well-known beloved by locals that it would be a mistake to not add it to the list. The Pug Burger is served with bleu cheese, avocado, bacon and topped with a fried egg. It might be one of the best gourmet burgers around. While there are multiple locations, The Hungry Cat in Hollywood is located at 1535 N. Vine. Visit www.thehungrycat.com for more information.

What is your favorite burger in Los Angeles?

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Interesting Facts About The Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is one Los Angeles’ most visited tourist attractions. While many people have heard of it, there are some things you might not know about this famed location in LA. Here are 7 interesting facts about the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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In 2002 Muhammad Ali was given a star because it was decided that boxing was considered a form of live performance and therefore, Muhammad Ali could be be considered a live performer. At the boxers request, the star was placed on the wall of the Dolby Theatre because, according to The Guardian, Ali did not want people who didn’t respect him, to walk all over his name.

At this point, there have been four stars that have been stolen from the walk of fame. In 2005, Gregory Peck was the fourth star to have his plaque stolen. Interestingly enough, while the star was quickly replaced, the original one was never recovered. Jimmy Stewart, Kirk Douglas, and Gene Autry are the other celebrities who had their stars stolen.

In 2010, it was the Walk of Fame’s 50th anniversary. In order to honor the anniversary, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce actually created a time capsule and buried it at the corner of Hollywood and Highland, the place where the Walk originated. The capsule is set to be opened in 2060.

Over the years, some stars have actually turned down the opportunity to have a star on the walk of fame. Some of these celebrities include Julia Roberts, Clint Eastwood and George Clooney. In all, there have been over 40 celebrities who have turned down a star.

Did you know that below each person’s name there is a symbol that represents the category for which the star was known for. The five categories include motion pictures, broadcast television, broadcast radio, audio recording/music, and theatre/live performance.

Despite these categories, some stars on the walk of fame don’t belong to any category at all. For example, corporations such as the LA Dodgers and Victoria’s Secret have stars as well as members of the Apollo 11 space mission and even former LA Mayor, Tom Bradley has a star.

Sometimes, the stars are turned into shrines by dedicated fans. As you walk along Hollywood Blvd, you might notice flowers or knick knacks that have been placed on a star in honor of the celebrity. If you will be staying at one of the hotels close to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, be sure to come check out the stars that made the cut!

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Dance The Night Away! Latin Clubs in Los Angeles

One thing that makes Los Angeles great is the different cultures that you can encounter all throughout the city. There are especially quite a number of fun and exciting Latin spots where you can dance the night away. If you want to spice things up a bit, here are the top 3 Latin Clubs in Los Angeles.

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Do you want the Cuban experience without actually having to travel to Cuba? Then look no further than El Floridita where you will be met with authentic food, delicious drinks, and great music. On Saturdays and Mondays the music is even live! If you’re looking for a great place to dance and show off some moves, this a place to do it. El Floridita is located at 1253 N. Vine Street in Los Angeles. For hours visit www.elfloridita.com

The Conga Room is a well known destination in LA and for good reason. Co-owned by Jennifer Lopez, Will.i.am and a handful of other celebrities, The Conga Room looks to cater to a wide variety of music and dance lovers. On any given night you can dance to traditional Latin music as well as pop, jazz and rock in Spanish. They also have had several stars perform live here such as Shakira, Celia Cruz and Carlos Santana. Visit www.congaroom.com to see if any exciting events are happening now.

Club Bahia offers more traditional Latin music including bachata and norteno. There is almost always live entertainment and performances, which makes dancing so much more fun. Expect the place to be packed by 10pm with shimmying dancers who know how to move their feet. Head to their website at www.bahianightclub.com to get a free pass or VIP card to avoid a cover charge! This fun spot is located at 1130 W. Sunset Blvd in LA.

Dance the night away at one of these Latin dance clubs in Los Angeles!

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Healthy Restaurant Choices in Los Angeles

One good thing that came out of the health food craze in Los Angeles is that now you can find a number of places where you can eat healthy without sacrificing great taste. From organic to vegan, these places will have you eating healthy without thinking twice. Here are some of the best healthy restaurants in Los Angeles for health conscious foodies.

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Mainland Poke Shop not only offers you delicious flavors from Hawaii, it also is a great place to get a taste of some of the freshest fish around. If you haven’t tried it yet, poke is a traditional Hawaiian meal where bite size pieces of raw fish are marinated in soy sauce and served in a bowl with a base such as rice – think the Hawaiian version of a teriyaki bowl. Traditional fish options include ahi tuna, salmon and octopus. Mainland Poke Shop also uses farm fresh produce and all the sauces are made in house. Mainland Poke Shop is located at 8318 W. Third St. For menu options visit www.mainlandpoke.com

The name Stir Market should give you some clue about what to expect at this establishment. Drawing from a European boutique food hall, the market offers a number of different dining options all of which offer culinary experiences that are locally inspired. Choose from counter options such as sandwiches and seasonal salads or slow down and head over to the sit down dining options that offer full service entrees. If you aren’t really sure what you’re in the mood for but you know you want it to be healthy head over to 7475 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles and stop at stir Market. Visit www.stirmarket.com for more information.

Cafe Vida is a good option for someone who might just be entering the healthy food world. You want to be healthy but can’t quite give up the taste of some of your favorite comfort foods? Cafe Vida has you covered. Here, feel free to order the blueberry pancakes, they’re so good you won’t even notice that they are made from organic brown rice. The salads are hearty served up with Brazilian chicken or steak and round out your meal with a glass of fresh squeezed vegetable juice or smoothies. With three locations throughout Los Angeles they make it easy to eat healthy on the go! Visit www.cafevida.net for menu.

Crossroads not only offers an impressive decor and luxurious setting complete with handmade chandeliers, they also offer an exceptional vegan menu that changes daily based on which seasonal ingredients are available. This means you can consistently come to crossroads and you can always enjoy something new and exciting. Here, the menu consists of Mediterranean-inspired small dishes, salads and more. Crossroads is located at 8284 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. Visit www.crossroadskitchen.com for more information.

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Craving Ramen? Top Spots in Los Angeles

It’s no secret that Los Angeles has some of the best restaurants in the country. One of the latest culinary trends that has hit LA is Ramen. If you are ready to indulge in this tasty treat, here are top 5 Ramen Restaurants in Los Angeles.

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Daikokuya is the place where you can find old school ramen. While the ramen trend has spurred fusion hits, at Daikokuya, you’ll only find classic, no-frill ramen bowls. A popular menu item is the Daikokuya Ramen. This dish offers up the perfect rich and creamy sauce that all ramen lovers have come to expect from this comfort food. Enjoy the noodles, green onions, bean sprouts and a soft-boiled egg. Daikokuya is located at 327 E. 1st St. Little Tokyo. For more information call 213-626-1680

When you visit Men Oh Tokushima Ramen, you know that you are in for a delicious bowl of ramen. It doesn’t hurt that their other successful locations are in Tokyo and San Francisco. At Men Oh Tokushima Ramen, enjoy classic toppings such as bamboo shoots, stir fried pork belly, chashu, scallions, and some of the best cooked soft boiled eggs around. Men Oh Tokushima Ramen is located at 456 E. Second St., Little Tokyo. Call 213-687-8485 for more information. Visit www.menohusa.com for menu options.

If you find yourself in Hollywood and suddenly getting a craving for ramen, head over to Fukurou located at 5103 Hollywood Blvd. Not only do they offer delicious ramen, they also have flavorful gyoza, great drink specials and more. Call 323-719-9011 for more information.

Over on the West Side, Santouka is a great spot to satisfy your ramen fix. Most notably, the broth is everything you want in a comforting bowl of ramen. Choose what size of ramen you want and consider choosing the miso or the shio ramen, as these are the favorites at this location. Santouka is at 3760 S Centinela Ave. Call 310-391-1101 for more information.

When you visit Ramen Hayatemaru, you can be sure that you’re going to get a great bowl of ramen. On the menu, choose between seven types of ramen. The white miso bowl is a stand out with its creamy and perfectly salted broth. An interesting pick is the jjigae ramen, which offers a Japanese-Korean fusion. Ramen Hayatemaru is located at 1644 W Carson St. #B. Visit www.hayatemaruusa.com for more information.

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Dining at Asian Vegan Restaurants in Los Angeles

LA has a variety of delicious foods throughout the city. Whatever you are looking for, you are sure to find. Recently, a number of great Asian vegan restaurants have popped up throughout the city, which are perfect for filling your cravings. Have you been interested in trying one of the Asian Vegan Restaurants in Los Angeles? Here are the top 5 Asian Vegan Restaurants in LA County.

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Ramen Hood in Downtown LA, serves some of the best ramen around. Which might not be a surprise since this joint is the brainchild of Ilan Hall from Top Chef. Serving up everything you love about ramen, it’s surprisingly all vegan – even the soft boiled egg! Ramen Hood is located at 317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013. Visit www.grandcentralmarket.com for menu options.

Next on the list is Au Lac in Downtown. Just a short stroll from the Walt Disney Concert Hall, this dining spot has an elegant decor with impressive food to match. The restaurant offers fresh food cooked in the traditional Vietnamese style. Not only is everything that they offer plant based and vegan, there are also gluten-free options as well. You’ll find Au Lac at 710 W. 1st St. Los Angeles, CA 90012. For more information visit www.aulac.com

Do you love pho? Than you’ll love the vegan pho served up at Vinh Loi Tofu, which offers the best vegan pho in the city. The pho is packed with vegan shrimp, fish, chicken, noodles, veggies and more. Even better, this restaurant serves up fresh tofu made on location. Vinh Loi Tofu is located at 18625 Sherman Way, Reseda, CA 91335. Visit www.vinhloitofu.com for more info.

The Happy Family Vegetarian Restaurant is technically a Chinese vegetarian restaurant but it serves up a good number of vegan items. Not only is the food here delicious, it is also surprisingly cheap. Just $6 can get you soup, an entree and even a side! The Happy Family Vegetarian Restaurant can be found at 500 N. Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 171, Monterey Park.

While Shojin is tucked away in a corner of a mall in Little Tokyo, once inside you’ll be greeted by subdued lighting and a sleek style that offers a unique atmosphere. You’ll find that they use organic ingredients and even make all of their sauces and dressings in-house. Not only is the sushi vegan, but even their yoshoku is vegan too. If you are in the mood for sushi, look no further than Shojin. Head over to 333 S. Alameda St., #310, Los Angeles to get some sushi today. Visit www.theshojin.com for dining info.

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