Good Times…

LA Happenings you might want to check out this weekend!
Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 11:00 AM – Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 6:00 PM California Market’s Center’s Penthouse: 110 E. 9th St. Tickets: $10

“The largest independent design show in the country, attendees get the rare chance to meet and shop directly from over 300 hand-selected designers and artists. The exciting two-day shopping event makes it easy for you to buy local and support LA’s economy, discover great design and deals, join in community, and have a blast! Over 95% of the products at the show are proudly made right here in the USA!

On top of shopping the wide variety of offerings, the event boasts many exciting Extras & Amenities, including free workshops, an eco lounge, and two cafes featuring some of LA’s best restaurants and gourmet food trucks. Plan to spend the day with us!”


Sunday, December 12 at 3 pm Downtown Independent Theater: 251 S. Main Street. Tickets: $25

“Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix celebrates how we decorated, dressed up, dined, and drank during the holidays in the 50s and 60s.

With his abundant joy, clever wit and keen eye for odd-ball detail, Charles supercharges the classic living room slide show into a laugh-out-loud extravaganza of classic and kitschy mid-century New Years, Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas life and style.

Marvel at the most politically incorrect New Years Rose Parade floats, the Lamb Cake Contest on Easter Sunday, then explode with patriotic pride on the July Fourth. Home made Trick-or-treat costumes will have you howling on Halloween before we trace tragic life of a Thanksgiving turkey, attend a kinky Christmas bondage party, see who got the most outrageous toys on Christmas morning. This and much, much more all in glorious Kodachrome color! …

Festive holiday dress is encouraged but not expected!”
The annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade will be held on Saturday evening, December 11th. FREE!

“The Saturday evening parade will run between 6 and 8 P.M. Traditional fireworks that annually noted the beginning of the boat parade will be shot off the south jetty of the marina at 5:55 P.M.”

Saturday, December 11, 2010 | LA Print: 4 pm – 8 pm @ LACMA West Penthouse | Reception: 8 pm – 11 pm @ A+D Museum (across the street from LACMA) | Ticket Information: $20 PDC and Muse members | $25 LACMA members | $30 General public | Must show PDC or Muse membership card to pick up discounted tickets. $2 convenience fee added to all online and phone orders |

“LACMA West Penthouse/Edward Cella Art + Architecture and Steve Turner Contemporary
LACMA’s Prints & Drawings Council presents a first-ever collaborative event focusing on current trends in printmaking and print publishing in Los Angeles. Guests are invited to connect with artists, curators, printers, and dealers to learn about the making and collecting of fine art prints, with prints and editions ranging in price from $20 to $1,000, available through Art Center Los Angeles, El Nopal Press, Hamilton Press, Los Angeles Printmaking Society, Lucky Bunny, Modern Multiples, Outpost for Contemporary Art, and Self-Help Graphics. The evening will conclude with an after party at Edward Cella Art + Architecture and Steve Turner Contemporary, with complimentary cocktails and food truck service by Patty Wagon and more.”

Saturday, December 11th, 10:30 a.m. at the Los Angeles Public Library Mark Taper Auditorium, Downtown Central Library, 630 W. 5th St. Free and open to the public.

“Using the James Bond books, movies, and other writings of Bond creator Ian Fleming, along with period cookbooks, food historian Linda Civitello will show us the food that follows the famous “shaken, not stirred” martini.

A reception with themed refreshments will follow the talk at approximately 11:30.

Linda Civitello wrote the award-winning book Cuisine and Culture: A History of Food and People, which is used to teach food history in culinary schools throughout the U.S. and Canada. A frequent lecturer on food history, Linda has appeared on TV on “Bizarre Foods,” and on NPR. She has taught at culinary schools throughout Southern California. You can also hear Linda on an audiotaped tour of artworks related to food at the Getty Museum. Linda has a B.A. in English from Vassar, an M.A. in History from UCLA, and is currently writing her dissertation on food at UCLA.

Saturday, December 11, 7 – 10 pm at Outpost HQ 1268 N. Ave 50 Los Angeles, CA 90042. Each print is only $6, or buy two for $10.

“T-shirt Revival Night is a silk-screening event that features a new artist every month in conjunction with NELAart Second Saturday Gallery Night. The screen-printing process is live at Outpost HQ, which sets up a unique point of interaction between the artist and their audience. Guests bring a favorite old T-Shirt in need of sprucing up or any other item they may like to have the artist print on.

Stephanie Sabo is a Los Angeles-based artist and designer. A graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, she now teaches foundations and fashion design at the Art Institute of California – Hollywood. Sabo is currently working with Noon Design Studio to develop new processes for screen-printing all-natural dyes onto textiles.”


A Very Schmoozy Blog Post

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

SCHMOOZE – A Yiddish word that’s just fun to say…

This is the beginning of “Exploring Yiddish Words With The Yenta.” More to come soon….

Definition according to the Urban dictionary: Making ingratiating small talk – talk that is business oriented, designed to both provide and solicit personal information but avoids overt pitching. Most often an artifact of “networking.” It is more art than science but can be learned.