I’m very excited to learn more about BevCon® the industry event founded by Angel Postell, owner of Sipindipity in 2016 from this idea a yearly event has sprouted wings and 2018 BevCon is fast approaching!
If you haven’t heard of BevCon® you are missing out on the industry only beverage event. It’s the event where professional bartenders, sommeliers, buyers, beverage makers, distributors, and importers are converging to network, learn and grow. The 2 day event with closing night party. Over the 2 1/2 days they have Bar Pop-Ups, sessions that cover everything from inclusion in the industry, moving your brand to the next level, LA Food Truck Culture, tastings and the Learning Sessions all of these must attend event for industry staff that work behind the bar, in the office, PR, marketing or covers the beverage industry!
The daily presentation will cover a variety of topics from operations, financial and legal issues, beverage making, new and cutting-edge techniques, and trends in the wine, spirits, beer and non-alcoholic industries that attendees can use in their business, writing and working with clients. This year’s BevCon is focusing on international trends, personalities and offer a tasting component of rare and hard to find products.
Tickets are still available for purchase to attend the third year of BevCon. It’s an opportunity to network with the movers and shakers (a little martini humor) I’m very excited for the 2018 Cocktail Competition! I always enjoy tasting new cocktails and seeing a great ‘show’. It’s not just going to be tasting, drinks, laughter and cocktails it’s also an opportunity to hear from successful brands, mixologists, restauranteurs, writers who cover the industry and others in the field to discuss success and failure that attendees can implement.
With over twenty years promoting and producing food and beverage related projects and events, including founding and directing the Charleston Wine + Food Festival for ten years, Postell saw a profound need for an event celebrating “all things beverage” and “all people beverage.” Her desire to offer this type of event led her to bring together a nationally recognized group of advisors representing the country’s top beverage professionals. Together they share a mission to:
Connect the beverage Community in an intimate environment where owners, bartenders, sommeliers, and cicerones together with other beer, wine, and spirit producers and professionals can share resources, discuss trends, network and most importantly inspire one another.
Showcase unique products of integrity by creating a platform where producers of small batch, rare and reserve products are willing to sample their products to an audience of value. All BevCon® attendees must be members of the industry.
Integrate the industry’s most informed and respected media professionals and writersinto the heart of the events programming. BevCon® seeks to educate and inspire its attendees, and who better to assist in this task than the individuals who so passionately and eloquently report on the industry’s most stimulating trends and topics.
Most importantly, BevCon® not only gives back to its attendees through highly cultivated programming but the event donates any profits from the event to beverage-related causes through Postell’s 501c4 organization—Home Team Angels. Funding may provide financial scholarships for those aspiring to grow their business or career, or even assist those facing hardships due to natural disasters or other unforeseen adversities.
I’ve gone a few times over the years and have always been delighted with the introduction to new chefs, great food, wine and ideas with the cooking demos! This year looks like it’s going to be even better as we raise a glass to Jonathan Gold who passed away earlier this year. In his honor they will have special programming at each event for the beloved restaurant critic who’s passion for food and respect for the culture of cuisine won him a Pulitzer and special place in every food lovers heart.
The Taste returns to the Paramount Pictures Studio backlot with three nights during the Labor Day Weekend (Aug 31 – Sept 2) of unlimited tastings for food and drinks with your ultimate block party ticket! This year they will highlight the rich history of Los Angeles international cuisine where you can travel the world with every bite! This year they have three evenings of fun with Friday all about LA Pop-Ups and Underground restaurants, Saturday is International with everything from Japanese to Mexican Breakfast Tacos to India and everywhere in between and Sunday is all about ‘home comfort’ food with the diversity of Los Angeles chefs giving us a taste of their favorite dishes!
Friday, Aug. 31, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
L.A.’s pop-up and underground restaurants will take the stage with a demo of Cajun-by-way-of-Compton cuisine from chef Michael Lawless (Shad’s New Cali Catering). Ludo Lefebvre (Trois Mec, Ludo Bird) will showcase his French flair. Master of the grill, Burt Bakman (Trudy’s Underground Barbecue), will lead a barbeque how-to. Ricardo Zarate (Rosaliné) and Jonathan Yao (Kato) will provide a glimpse of what makes their dishes imminently Instagram-able. The Bar Stage will be serving up white wines of Italy with Wes Hagen of J. Wilkes Wines. Restaurants include: Amor y Tacos, Baltaire Restaurant, Bone Kettle, Casa Vega, Chao Krung, Farmhouse, Hinoki & the Bird, Otium, Pop’s Bagels and Wanderlust Creamery.
Saturday, Sept. 1, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Delicious food will be the special of the night as Niki Nakayama and Carole Iida-Nakayama (n/naka) showcase Japanese cuisine and Briana Valdez (HomeState) celebrates breakfast all day with a demo of her signature dishes. Sommelier Ira Norof will give you 101 reasons to drink wine. Restaurants include: Cento Pasta Bar, Border Grill, Crustacean Beverly Hills, Jaffa, Kali Restaurant, Madre Oaxacan Restaurant & Mezcaleria, Mayura Indian Restaurant, Prawn, Taste of Tehran, Trois Mec and Winston Pies.
Sunday, Sept. 2, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Experience the diversity of flavors in our fair city when Sean Lowenthal (Little Beast Restaurant) and L.A. Times Test Kitchen Director Noelle Carter highlight Southern cooking, Minh Phan (Porridge + Puffs) shares her technique for elevating porridge, and Charles Olalia (Rice Bar/Ma’am Sir) gives a master class on Filipino cuisine. Wine expert Christine Dalton will raise a glass to rosé. Restaurants include: 71Above, Banh Oui, Coni’Seafood, Holbox/Chichen Itza, Hotville Chicken, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, Inko Nito, Kobee Factory & Syrian Kitchen, Meals by Genet and Prince of Venice.
Los Angeles Times’ The Taste, presented by Pacific Sales Kitchen & Home, is produced in association with Best Events and this year The Collins College of Hospitality Management and L.A. Regional Food Bank are the event’s charity beneficiaries. Tickets range from $115 to $165; a $10 discount will be available exclusively to Times subscribers starting July 23.
Also this year for the first time The Taste travels to Costa Mesa this October from Friday, Oct. 19 through Sunday, Oct. 21 with programming to be announced in September. Details and tickets: latimes.com/TheTaste.
In a limited theatrical release, Viz Media is partnering with Fathom Events to bring dubbed and subbed versions of the classic 1995 Sailor Moon SuperS: The Movie, along with the premiere of the short “Ami’s First Love,” to select theatres across the United States.
Sailor Moon was a staple of my childhood and my introduction to anime, something I’m sure many can relate to. I recently re-watched the original 90s television series and am happy to state the obvious; Sailor Moon holds up on rewatches.
Original Promotional Release Poster
Ticket holders can pick up a limited edition full-color Sailor Moon poster while supplies last. Fans can catch the Dubbed screening on Saturday, August 4th and the Subbed screening on Monday, August 6th. Theatre locations can be found here: https://www.fathomevents.com/collections/sailor-moon
The SAILOR MOON anime series and movies are inspired by the bestselling manga series created by Naoko Takeuchi. In the series, Usagi Tsukino is a clumsy but kindhearted teenage girl who transforms into the powerful guardian of love and justice, Sailor Moon. Meeting allies along the way who share similar fates, Usagi and her team of planetary Sailor Guardians fight to protect the universe from forces of evil and total annihilation!
Let us know if you go to one of the screenings! Do you prefer subs or dubs (I love the 90s dub)? Let us know!
I have to say that I remember really enjoying the Equalizer (2014) back when I saw it not that I didn’t complain but it was fun to see Denzel play an action hero. I have a major weakness for anti-heroes and Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) fit the bill. He was superhuman but without the cape and bats. He was Batman on steroids and I loved that he reminded me of my dad. McCall was an avenging angel taking revenge on men brutalizing a young white woman.
Now McCall was far from perfect since the punishment didn’t always fit the crime. Robbing a Home Depot doesn’t deserve the death penalty but it was nice to see a black man as the vigilante instead of the bad guy who gets comeuppence of a punishment at the end of a gun or baseball bat or whatever he could reach. Antoine Fuqua took the anti-hero action movie trope and bent it to his will from the slow walk away, explosions, carefully choreographed action scenes and great one liners.
But it’s four years later and I expected it to be bigger, badder and more equalizer. Instead it was a action spy movie with a super slow buildup that had a few surprises. It kept my attention but I didn’t walk out of the theatre thinking I’d love to see this again. I knew from the first smirk who was behind the murder of McCall’s BFF (et to Brutus) from the many commercials that gave away WAY too much!
It felt like everyone wanted some extra money in the bank and decided a sequel was a great idea but decided to half ass it with a meandering script and a ‘you can’t go home again’ backstory to ‘explain’. Also why does he pretty much only rescue white women from sexual violence? Black women get raped too and I gave the ‘save a white girl’ trope in the first movie but they just had to go back again and make a white woman the innocent victim who he HAS to play the knight in shining armor? They could have easily cast a black woman or a woman of color in the role and it would have been an interesting aside since a black woman accusing white men of rape being believe that they would rape her would have been an interesting storyline. I mean he’s a Lyft driver who mostly picks up non-POC I can say as one black woman all I use are ride share apps since cabs never want to pick me up. The Holocaust survivor’s (Orson Bean) fight for a family painting with a twist ending was so out of place I mean like startling out of place from the friendship to how he helped. Urghh did I mention that he saved TWO white girls? One (Rhys Olivia Cote) was from her ‘evil’ Turkish father (Adam Karst) gotta love the casual anti-Islamaphobia and the white worship that of COURSE he’d marry a white blond woman (Tamara Hickey) than get mad and abduct the child but yahoo Independent Bookshop???
Washington is a great actor surrounded by a cast that turn in a solid if by the numbers performance but I expected more. I wanted him to ‘save a black girl/woman’. I would have really liked more of an exploration of his life in the apt building and the friends (Sakina Jeffrey) he made. I really didn’t care for the gangbanger story (Ashton Sanders) since I’ve seen that before and done much better. Oh and that apt in NYC was HUGE more money than a Lyft driver could afford especially with the upgrades! The storm scene was really hard to see so it was kind of muddled. I wish they had spent a little money to make it look cleaner and closed up on his hand movements. Plus more hand to hand combat if you’re a badass former spy I expect you to fight better but I guess he’s getting old .
Now I don’t want to say that the movie didn’t have a few good quips and startling moments but not enough to justify the end that I would have liked to have more of a punch. Instead the film ends suddenly like running into a brick wall that you didn’t expect on a foggy day. It would have been better to avoid the face splat and spending my money to support a black lead actor and director who couldn’t be bothered to cast a black woman in a substantial role. McCall saved three white women, saved a white man, rescued a black kid and revenged the death of another white woman but I guess black women are again invisible to anti-hero McCall and Antoine Fuqua.
Watching the film I can’t help but wonder if they think this will be a Mission Impossible or Jason Bourne action series where they can churn out sequels or even pass off to a new hot actor. Well bless their hearts cause this is the last Equalizer movie ticket I’ll buy and will look side eye at Antoine AND Denzel’s next movie.
Fall is fast approaching and tickets will go on sale for the upcoming 12th Annual PaleyFest Fall TV Previews from September 6 – 16th in Beverly Hills. PaleyFest Fall TV Previews New York City fans will be able to enjoy free screenings from September 7 – 9th. This year the PaleyFest Fall TV Previews will have screenings, cast and creatives from ABC, CBS, the CW, Fox, History, Hulu, Lifetime, NBC, Netflix and Telemundo!
I’m a HUGE TV Fan so I always look forward to the PaleyFest Fall TV Preview. Over the years it’s given me a chance to ‘meet’ TV shows that I hadn’t planned to watch but after seeing the first first episode and hearing the cast/creators talk I am willing to give them a ‘test watch’ or sometimes an unexpected fan (I’m looking at YOU the CW Dynasty!). This year they have Netflix’s Bojack a animated series that is really good and has characters that I see reflected in myself despite not being a talking horse, dog or cat! As far as the new shows I’m curious about the Charmed (the CW) reboot with Latina flavor and the Rookie (ABC) since I have a weakness for police dramadies but am willing to give all the shows the networks selected to highlight a chance but not Last Man Standing (Fox) didn’t like it on ABC so am sure I won’t like the continuation with move to the new network.
“Every September television fans know PaleyFest Fall TV Previews is the place to be for a first look at the most buzz-worthy new shows of the fall TV season, and engaging conversation and insight from the cast and creative teams behind them,”said Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center’s President & CEO. “We’re honored to present this stellar lineup of new shows as well as several Emmy-nominated returning fan favorites.”
The Paley Center is welcoming old favorites and new series that I’m interested in watching from major networks and streaming services. The PaleyFest Fall TV Preview with Netflix’s Atypical and BoJack Horseman, followed by screenings and discussions with the casts and creatives of Hulu’s I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman and Castle Rock; ABC’s The Kids Are Alright and The Rookie; The CW’s All American and Charmed; Lifetime’s YOU; History’s Project Blue Book; EPIX’s Get Shorty; NBC’s I Feel Bad; CBS’s The Neighborhood and Happy Together; Fox’s The Cool Kids and Last Man Standing; and conclude on September 16 with the cast and creative team from Telemundo’s Nicky Jam: El Ganador.
2018 PaleyFest Fall TV Previews Initial Lineup*
Netflix Presents Atypical and BoJack Horseman: Thursday, September 6, 2018
*Panelists appear schedule permitting. All events and panelists are subject to change.
Citi returns as the Official Card of PaleyFest Fall TV Previews, offering Citi cardmembers access to tickets and festival passes today before they go on sale to the public. For details visit citiprivatepass.com/paleyfest_previewsNY_2018.
In addition to Citi cardmembers, Paley Center Supporting and Patron Members can also purchase tickets and festival passes starting today. Tickets go on sale for PaleyCenter Individual Members on July 26 at 9:00am PT, and to the general public on July 27 at 9:00am PT. To purchase tickets and for more information, please visit paley.me/previews or download the Paley App at paley.me/app.
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Spend the evening with Dionne Warwick as part of the PaleyLive Summer 2018 Season on August 1, 2018. It will be a magical evening to celebrate the new PBS Special of the multi-Grammy winning artist who’s career spans over five decades. The documentary will highlight her career in the music industry including tributes from friends like Gladys Knight, Barry Manilow, Smokey Robinson, and her main songwriter Burt Bacharach. Attendees will be able to see the of the new PBS Special with the premier and than enjoy a Q&A with Ms. Warwick by Larry King. Attendees will also enjoy clips from the Paley Archive that will illuminate the conversation where she’ll share anecdotes from her successful career. I’m sure many a guest will remember her special moments that her songs “I’ll Never Love This Way Again”, “I Say a Little Prayer,” “Walk On By,” and “That’s What Friends Are For” will bring to mind.
PaleyLive programs offer television fans the rare opportunity to engage with the cast and creative teams of their favorite programs in intimate settings held at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. All PaleyLive programs are selected by the Paley Center to not only expand society’s understanding of the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, but also for their ability to educate and entertain the public.
For more information, panel updates, and to purchase tickets please visit paleycenter.org
Horror fans get ready to attend the 2018 Horrorfest with screenings and stars from beloved movies! The Hollywood Horrorfest is an international fundraising film festival that has four days of events that you can’t miss! The event takes place Thursday, July 26 – Sunday, July 29th at the Mayflower Club (11110 Victory Blvd, NoHo) and benefits the Vincent Price Art Museum (VPAM) at East Los Angeles College! This year special guests include Cassandra Peterson (Elvira) who will receive the Price Award, Alan Howarth will have a live concert with music from John Carpenter classics ‘They Live’, ‘Escape from New York’ and ‘Halloween’ as well as receiving the Impact Award, Kevin Tenney will celebrate the 30th anniversary of ‘Night of the Demons’ with cast and crew and a Q&A with Dee Wallace star of ‘E.T.’, ‘Cujo’, ‘The Hills have Eyes’ and ‘The Howling’ after a screening of Gary Doust’s documentary ‘Horror Movie: a Low Budget Nightmare’. I grew up watching Ms. Wallace and LOVED Cujo as a kid who ever thought a St. Bernard could be that mean ! I’m very excited for the horror shorts to see what new directors are doing with the genre on Sunday! Don’t hesitate to buy tickets since events are selling out!
Special guests include:
Cassandra Peterson – ELVIRA (July 26) Peterson is set to receive the PRICE AWARD, honoring excellence in horror; Vincent Price’s daughter Victoria will present the award, followed by a screening of Elvira classic Elvira’s Haunted Hills and cast & crew Q&A.
Alan Howarth – (July 27) — The electronic music legend is set to receive an IMPACT AWARD, then play a live concert with music from John Carpenter classics They Live, Halloween and Escape from New York, then a cast & crew reunion Q&A following a screening of They Live. **
Kevin Tenney – (July 28) — The acclaimed director will celebrate the 30th anniversary of his much-loved cult film Night of the Demons with a cast & crew reunion, celebrity raffles, ‘80s cosplay contest and special appearance by Night Ranger’s ‘Sister Christian’ video vixen.
Dee Wallace – (July 29) — In-person Q&A with the star of E.T., Cujo, The Hills Have Eyes and The Howling following a free screening of director Gary Doust’s documentary Horror Movie: A Low Budget Nightmare
** This event is a fundraiser for the Vincent Price Art Museum (VPAM) at East Los Angeles College, a tribute to the horror master and unique educational resource that collects and displays artwork and design from every genre to inspire and enrich the community at large.
I spoke with the producers and stars of Freeform’s drama Siren . Freeform, Disney’s young adult television and streaming network, has kicked off production on their latest original series in Vancouver, “Siren.” The 10-episode, hour-long drama takes us inside Bristol Cove – a coastal town known for its legend of once being home to mermaids. When the arrival of a mysterious girl (played by Eline Powell) proves this folklore all too true, the battle between man and sea takes a very vicious turn as these predatory beings return to reclaim their right to the ocean.
World Premiere with Yuki Kaji & Bryce Papenbook (Eren’s Voice Actors)!
If you were on the fence about Anime Expo 2018 get your behind off the couch and buy your tickets cause Attack on Titan S3 is COMING!!!! The new season is premier in Japan on July 22nd BUT AX2018 fans get to see the premier right here in Los Angeles! Yuki Kaji (My Hero Academia) and Bryce Papenbrook (Sword Art Online) will chat about about working on Attack on Titan with the exclusive Funimation Panel. Details are still being announced but the panel will be Sunday, July 8th, they will signing autographs and (hopefully) a few photos with fans!
Yuki Kaji is a very popular and accomplished voice actor in anime! He is recognized as the voice of Eren Jaeger in Attack on Titan, Meliodas in The Seven Deadly Sins, Todoroki in My Hero Academia, and Clemont in Pokémon XY!
About Bryce Papenbrook
Bryce Papenbrook has been a professional voice over artist since the age of eight. He was introduced to the voice acting scene by his father, Bob Papenbrook, and has continued the trade in his footsteps. Bryce has performed in numerous video games, cartoons, and television shows. Some recent roles include Eren in Attack on Titan & Attack on Titan JrHigh, Kirito in Sword Art Online & Sword Art Online II, Rin Okumura in Blue Exorcist, Shirou Emiya in Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, and many more.
Anime Expo 2018 will run from July 5 through July 8 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, with Pre-Show Night on July 4, 2018.
I was planning to stay home on Sunday justsome light housework rewatching Sense8 series finale AGAIN on Netflix when I heard about his food event and well … like I said I do have a weakness for yummy food and being able to criss cross the USA for the best locale cuisine from my hometown is a win win for this foodie chick! It looks like a great way to enjoy Spring with the option to go Philly
(Melted Beef Brisket) or Nashville (Fried Chicken). Decisions .. decisions! The one-day Pop Up Food Hall is this Sunday, June 10th with exclusive food. You can choose between a Hot Chicken Plate from Nashville and Chef Eric Greenspan’s #18 Exclusive Smoked Brisket Melt. You can choose your entry time and entree all include Urbani Truffle Fries, a sweet freshly baked Hustle and Dough Doughnut and Califia iced coffee, cold brew, juice and more! It’s all age family at the Water Garden Campus in Santa Monica with validated parking (included in ticket)!
What are you going to choose and time? Let’s meet up and chow down! I might even let you have a fry .. MAYBE ……
LAeats – Pop Up Food Hall will have the Legendary Bolton’s Spicy Chicken & Fish, featured by Anthony Bourdain on CNN, and most recently in Netflix’s Ugly Delicious at the Pop Up Food Hall for One-Day Only.
This will be Bolton’s first time serving the Hot Chicken outside of Nashville!
Get ready for Hot CHICKEN PLATE – With a Hot chicken Sandwich (2 Tenders) on a Martin’s Famous Potato Roll & an order of Hot Wings
Bolton Matthews and his wife Dollye are flying in all the way from Nashville to prepare their legendary Hot Chicken.
LAeats Fresh Summer Truffle Fries
LAeats has partnered with Urbani Truffle and Pat LaFrieda out of NYC on what could be the most decadent fries in America. Taking great French Fries, cooking them in Pat LaFrieda Beef Fat, and then Freshly Micro-Planning Black Summer Truffles a
Plus other drink Pop Ups at LAeats – One Day Pop Up Food Hall.
DON’T MISS THE ONE DAY ONLY POP UP FOOD HALL
All of these dishes are very unique and one of a kind in LA, so you’re going to want to take pictures to share with everyone on what food they missed out on.
Enjoy gourmet food, drinks & more at the exclusive One Day Pop Up Food Hall
Come with the whole family and enjoy a day of fun, food & games outdoors at the beautiful Water Garden Campus in Santa Monica.
PARKING : UNDERGROUND PARKING INCLUDED
Validation Offered To Ticketed Guest
*TICKET PURCHASE AT EVENT MAY BECOME AVAILABLE, BUT ARE LIMITED TO ITEM AVAILABILITY AND ARE NOT GUARANTEED
*Please note, a ticket per person is required for entry into the food hall