Trejo’s Coffee & Donuts® has gone SOFT! Soft Serve that is!

“Our new soft serve ice cream combined with our donuts is delicious,” said Danny Trejo. “It reminds me of growing up in LA. I couldn’t wait for donuts or soft serve ice cream. Put them together and they are even better”. 

Trejo’s has me excited for a childhood summer treat with Soft Serve for kids and kids at heart!

“Trejo Coneado” and “Popped Donuts”  are available in Regular & Non-Dairy, Vegan Lineup for everyone with Straus Family Creamery Soft Serve and House Made Vegan Soft Serve!

It’s never too early for a tasty treat and I can’t wait to swing by for a Trejo Coneado and Popped Donut rain or shine! What’s even more yummy for my tummy is that you can personalize with toppings of your choice! It’s going to be tough choosing between sprinkles, Oreos, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (gluten free), chocolate crumbs (vegan), cornflakes, granola and surprise rotating seasonal options!

On Monday, February 18th Free Trejo Coneado or Popped Donut to the first 100 customers between 2 pm and 4 pm. Limit one per customer; no purchase necessary. 

  • Trejo Coneado: a donut cone dipped in cinnamon sugar and lined in chocolate, filled with soft serve of your choice. Cone-ado is a tornado of a donut in your hand swirled with a chocolate surprise on the inside. ($5.95)
  • The Popped Donut: an OG glazed donut filled with soft serve of your choice. A cinnamon donut is pierced and slowly injected with soft serve ice cream until it’s just about to pop. ($4.95)

I have a PaleyFest LA Date March 2019

The Paley Center for Media welcomes Pose, This is Us, and the Tenth year reunion of the cast creative team of Parks & Recreation to the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood March 15 – 24, 2019.

“Every year PaleyFest presents the best of television, providing fans with a rare behind-the-scenes look at both the hottest new shows as well as beloved classics,” said Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center’s President and CEO. “We could not be more thrilled to announce our first three selections: two highly acclaimed dramas and a special cast reunion ten years in the making!”

I’m beyond ecstatic about the upcoming Paleyfest LA this March with the new groundbreaking series Pose! I am a huge fan of the series and watched live from the moment it premiered on FX with the talented and beautiful diverse LGBTQ cast exploring the history of the ball culture world against the rise of AIDS decimating the community, classism in NYC, and the creative vibrant art scene. This year they welcome This is Us back as fans of the show still racked by Jack’s death and how it’s affected the entire family. Like many fans I am very excited fro the reunion of Parks and Recreation a series that launched the career of numerous cast members to film, tv series (the TV show that keeps giving), and my FAVORITE holiday ‘Treat yo self’! I recommend purchasing a membership to the Paley Center so that you don’t miss attending your favorite panel and get the perfect seat! When you are a member you are able to attend events and early seating in Los Angeles and NYC, support TV history, special exhibits as well as other benefits.

I know what panels I want to fangirl over at the upcoming PaleyFest 2019! My panels include 9-1-1, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Final Season on the CW), The Walking Dead (I do love Zombies and Rick!), MacGyver (watched the OG series with my Granpop as a kid), Pose (one of the Best new series and the diversity/inclusion of the cast!), Star Trek: Discovery AND the new Twilight Zone, This is Us and Parks and Recreation Reunion! It looks like I’ll be at the historic Dolby Theatre every night during the Paleyfest LA! I love hearing from the cast and show creators from how they came up with the series idea, episodes and great casting that keeps me tuning in!

What panels do you plan to attend? Leave a comment below. See you at Paley Fest 2019!

“Pose holds a special place in my heart, and so does being honored at PaleyFest, which to my mind has always meant a show has broken through culturally,” said Ryan Murphy, creator and executive producer of Pose. “I’m excited for my incredible cast and collaborators to gather with me in March and have a direct conversation with our audience who have been so supportive. It promises to be a special night.”

“We’re thrilled to be reuniting at PaleyFest. And truth be told, we were all hanging out already anyway, so carpooling will be easy,” said series star Amy Poehler and co-creator & showrunner, Mike Schur.

“We had a wonderful time at PaleyFest celebrating the first season of This Is Us and we are so excited to get the opportunity to be back again honoring another remarkable season of This Is Us with our incredible fans,” said Mandy Moore.

PaleyFest LA benefits the Paley Center’s preservation and archival digitization efforts, and its ongoing mission to explore the significant impact of media on our culture and society. The Paley Center is home to the nation’s foremost publically accessible archive of television and radio content, with over 160,000 programs spanning the history of media, including collections that feature achievements in television from the African-American, Hispanic, and LGBTQ communities, women, and most recently music.

JetBlue returns as the Official Airline of PaleyFest LA. Citi returns as the Official Card of PaleyFest LA, offering Citi cardmembers special presale access to tickets which can be purchased through citiprivatepass.com beginning January 15 at noon PT. Paley Center Supporting, Fellow, and Patron Members can also purchase tickets at this time. Tickets go on sale to Paley Center Individual Members on January 17 at 9:00am PT, and to the general public on January 18 at 9:00am PT. To purchase tickets, please visit paleyfest.org or download the Paley App at paley.me/app.

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PaleyFest 2018: The Orville cast talks social commentary, Science Fiction, and The Muppets

By Aiyonna White, Contributor

 

       When asked about the various social issues the show addressed in the first season, Seth MacFarlane – creator of the Star Trek inspired television show The Orville – stated that “good science fiction should be topical.” 

HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 17: Cast of The Orville attend PaleyFest LA 2018 honoring The Orville, presented by The Paley Center for Media, at the DOLBY THEATRE on March 17, 2018 in Hollywood, California. © Michael Bulbenko for the Paley Center

        “The reaction to that episode [Season 1 Episode 3 “About A Girl”] initially was… a lot of weird hostility about it. ‘Who do you think you are writing about this stuff?’ The reaction 

from the fans was the opposite.”

        The Paley Center for Media hosts PaleyFest once a year to honor exceptional television series. Held on March 17, The Orville panel is the second event of the festival, second to Barbra Streisand herself. The panels begin with an episode screening and are followed by a Q&A between the moderator, creators and cast, and the audience.

        It’s true that the fan favorite series does not shy away from difficult conversations, having covered religion, xenophobia, sexism, and other touchy topics in the first season. It’s also true that science fiction as a genre was created to entertain intellectually and leave the viewer with questions about societal norms (Shoutout to the Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy class I’m taking this semester!) “In this genre there really should be nothing off-limits,” MacFarlane concludes, citing The Twilight Zone, which is known for it’s social commentary. My personal favorite of the cast, actress Penny Johnson added that “fans are smarter than people think,” and could, therefore, handle discussion on tough topics. J.Lee, 

who plays Lt. John LaMarr said, “I like the fact that we throw a lot of stuff at the wall…we talk about stuff with a camera on that we all talk about anyway.”

        The Orville is an endearing series, and the panel was a delightful insight into the casts’ personalities ties and dedication to the series. Here are some key moments:

“More tongue!”

While filming episode 9 “Cupid’s Dagger,” Johnson was told by MacFarlane to do “more tongue,” MacFarlane ended the story with, ”Needless to say, my time was up.”

Chad wanted to sit on the egg

Chad L. Coleman, who plays Bortus’ partner Klyden, asked MacFarlane why Bortus sat on the egg to hatch their child when Klyden was the more traditionally domestic of the pair. MacFarlane

responded, “You’ve thought more about that than I have.”

The Ant Story

Scott Grimes aka Lt. Gordon Malloy told a story about the time when 40-50 ants crawled into Peter Macon’s prosthetic face during a nap, which resulted in a chorus of disgusted groans from the audience. “It was 5 or 6,” Macon corrected, who plays Lt. Cmdr. Bortus on the show. “…and if I rip this [makeup] off I’m ripping my skin off with it, so I had to beat myself in the face to kill the ants.”

HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 17: Cast of The Orville attends PaleyFest LA 2018 honoring The Orville, presented by The Paley Center for Media, at the DOLBY THEATRE on March 17, 2018 in Hollywood, California. © Brian To for the Paley Center

Gross.

 

Ed and Kelly’s relationship  

The season finale ended with a harsh but necessary breakup for the couple. When asked about the future of the relationship, MacFarlane responded, “Watch. You gotta watch. I’m not gonna tell you,” to boos from the audience.

Sealing the Deal

A fan asked MacFarlane how he was able to bring the show to fruition. MacFarlane said, “I tend to do things that I want to watch and space sci-fi has been kind of neglected for a long time. Everything was serialized and everything was really dark, and I missed the optimistic, hopeful sci-fi that is not necessarily a cautionary tale…it just went from there.”

A Light in the Room

“On behalf of the Catholic church, I’m pissed.” A fan opened his question with this joke about the season finale, resulting in a lot of laughs. He then asked the cast to speak on their power to shape culture. Johnson revealed that as a Christian she’s been judged by her peers for appearing on the show. “What you want to do is present the issues and be generous and loving about them to allow people to make their own decisions…If you’re not a part of being the light in the room, you’re just allowing anything to be talked about. My thing is to always be a light in the room.” On playing Claire, Johnson says, “I find it extraordinary. Seth and the rest of the writers have allowed me to be three-dimensional, and not this one dimension that we get stuck on. I get to do everything, and my God I am so excited because if you don’t see me on television it’s going to be somebody else so I’ll be missing my calling which is sinful anyway.” Do you see why she’s my favorite?  

Peter Macon wore a KISS mask for at least a few months

Peter Macon revealed that after the made-for-TV Kiss movie came out in the 1970s, he wanted to be Gene Simmons for Halloween and also all the time. He wore the KISS mask 24/7, including one particular June day on the City Bus with his mom. “I feel for her now being a parent,” Macon says. “I needed to wear that mask. A little black kid in Chicago wearing a KISS mask…I imagine myself as a little kid watching [The Orville] like I watched Battlestar Galactica, and being a part of something that can go into someone’s young consciousness, I see that kid walking around in a KISS mask in June…I wasn’t told that I can’t wear the mask at all. It helped blossom my consciousness and I hope that with this kind of work I can do the same thing for some little kid.”

The Hardest Script for Seth MacFarlane to Write

“Nothing that I’ve found. I’ve been in comedy for years and I’ve never had an easier, smoother time writing than on this show. I was probably in the wrong business.” We can leave it at that.

HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 17: Cast and creatives of The Orville attend PaleyFest LA 2018 honoring The Orville, presented by The Paley Center for Media, at the DOLBY THEATRE on March 17, 2018 in Hollywood, California. © Emily Kneeter for the Paley Center

Season 2 Spoilers?

MacFarlane reveals that there is an episode in season 2 that doesn’t have a sci-fi plot. “It’s all character pieces and that to me is the essence of what a good sci-fi show should be able to do. The character should be so strong that if you want to do a story that is pure drama or pure comedy you should be able to do that.”

What’s the deal with Kermit the Frog?

Viewers of the show know that MacFarlane’s character Capt. Ed Mercer has a Kermit doll on his desk that he idolizes. When asked if his obsession “extends to all muppets,” MacFarlane said, “I love The Muppets. The Great Muppet Caper is one of the best musicals ever made. I’m a big Henson fan. I was always astonished by what he pulled off. Kermit is basically a sock puppet with eyes. There’s so much personality in him and I feel that he never got his due as an actor. There’s so much soul in that character.” I adore Jim Henson praise as -fun fact- he graduated from the University of Maryland-College Park, not far from my hometown. Naturally, the panel ended with MacFarlane’s Kermit impersonation.

Gifting Your Spectrum Autism Speaks 2018 Fundraiser

Brandon Cohen (BAC Talent) and Raol Peter Mongilardi (Filmmaker & Author) are hosting the 2018 Gifting Your Spectrum fundraiser to benefit Autism Speaks on February 24th in Los Angeles, CA. Lisa Lew and Peter Brennan (P&L Media Emmy Producers) will host the event at their Sunset Plaza Hollywood Hills private estate.

BIOGRAPHY - All-4-OneHollywood is supporting Autism Speaks with attendees enjoying Grammy Award winning group ALL-4-One, Chaz Dean (Celebrity Hairstylist and founder WEN Hair & Body Care) styling the fashion show presented by Maison Privée / BELLO Mag. Among the silent auction items are Christian Louboutin, Tyler Shields, Helen Ficalora, MLB Players Association, LA Lakers, Perry White, John Varvatos, Fossil Watches and more.

Hollywood | Autism Gifting Your SpectrumIt is time to consider what people with Autism can offer versus what they cannot. – Temple Grandin

 

Autism has no borders. In Gifting Your Spectrum we unite all ethnicities and our brothers and sisters in the Arts, Music, Science, the Military, Education, Medicine, Government and the Autism Speaks global services where everyone is welcome in peace and progress.

 

Event gift bags are worth three times the ticket price including, Burke-Williams certificates, WEN Hair & Body Care by Chaz Dean, Stare Cosmetics, Laugh Factory tickets, CBT candles and other items. Autism Speaks regional board directors will be present, as well as surprise guests. Sponsored by: Reed Smith Law Firm, Third Wolf, Heavenly Tea, Buff Bake, Maxime Salvador, Kind bar, Bai, Dekke Hud, BodyBuilder, GoGo squeeZ , STRYVE, Zico, Pioneer Professional Audio, Chandon, Emerald Hare, Justin’s, Popsicle LA. The Kitchen, Custom Comfort, GLO, Primal kitchen, Carbonadi Vodka, AirSelfie, Helen Ficalora, SnapDog, GBK, Bluewater Entertainment , Good Greek Grill.  EventBrite tickets available at ​www.giftingyourspectrum.com.

Disney’s Aladdin at the Pantages Musical Review

I remember seeing the original Disney’s Aladdin (animated film) in 1992 with my family. It was a delight that had my entire family laughing from my little brother who was in pre-school to my parents. It’s always been a favorite because of the warm fuzzy feelings it gives me so had extremely high expectations when the Broadway show came to the Pantages. We’ve all seen the video of the Broadway cast ‘sing-off’ at the airport with the Lion King cast. The Disneyfication of Broadway has given me hours of joy watching beloved animated series and none have been a disappointment. From the puppetry of The Lion King and delighted by the Beauty and the Beast costumes … Disney musicals are pure magic. 

I adored the show it’s a scrumptious visual light pastry that is full of layers to delight attendees of all ages. The moment the curtain opened I was intrigued with the beautiful Aladdin and Jasmine whose voices twirled and danced in my ear like dervishes. The Genie had huge feet to fill but he was able to channel the comic genius of Robin Williams and make it his own. I loved how they were able to translate the animation to real life. We all remember the saucy sarcastic parrot constantly whispering in the Sultans ear. Going into the show I thought they might use a toy bird with a recorder but to have a ‘mini me’ with all the spunk and trouble played by Reggie De Leon (Iago) was hilarious from the evil laugh to plotting with the Sultan to take over the kingdom. I was giggling like a schoolgirl. The costumes were BEAUTIFUL and truly enriched the visuals of the show adding texture and placing them in the Arabian nights fantasy of this Disney fairytale. The costumes didn’t just add texture but also content that reminded me of some of my favorite scenes from the animated films but still allowing the cast to dance and sing. The set designer out did themselves with the market and the cave of treasure. I don’t want to give away too much but don’t take your eyes away from one moment. Try to study the depth and how design enriched the playto transport youto another world. Watching Aladdin made me feel as if I was on the stage with the movement, brightness and cast interactions with the set. It felt ‘real’ and people around me ‘oohed and aahed’ so many times with me. I mean the man to the right gasped with me when the flying carpet took off. When people say ‘Disney magic’ they are talking about this musical that looked so much like a live action of the animated movie that I plan to watch the film again!

Perfect show to see with BFF

 

The story of boy meets girl and boy finds a genie is the classic romcom I needed to have my feet tapping with beloved songs from the Disney library and new music. My gosh the flying carpet was a marvel and had me so lost in the moment I felt it was magic (since I have NO idea how they did it) but I have never wanted to fly above the city in arms of a good-hearted thief more! I truly recommend going to see Aladdin with your BFF, the person who stole your heart and of course anyone who’s a kid or a kid at heart. Aladdin will show you the world and leave you delighted.

Aladdin opened on Broadway in 2014 with homage to the animated film and fairy tale but with a Walt Disney stamp to appeal to fans of all ages. It was with joy and anticipation to learn that it would make its first appearance in January so was delighted to be able to attend the first show. I wasn’t the only one since the filled Pantages had fans young and old ready to rub a lamp and have Adam Jacobs the Broadway actor who originated the role appear to grant THREE wishes. In addition to Adam Jacobs, Reggie De Leon reprises his role as Iago from the Broadway show.

Aladdin, Hollywood Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; Jan. 10-March 31; $35-$205. hollywoodpantages.com.