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These Apps Have Saved My Life (well, maybe not literally.)

It’s pretty rare that something comes into your life that is life altering. These three Apps have done that for me: Instacart, Postmates and Prime Now. Time and efficiency are essential in my job, and anything that helps me with both, are golden! These apps offer a service that delivers stuff to my clients and me. In a town where a 20 min drive turns into an hour, and you need to get things done as quickly as possible, and these apps have been life-saving for me. Instacart Istacart is fast delivery service for groceries, sometimes within an hour. It depends on what stores are close to you, for me, the options are: Whole Foods, Costco, Gelson’s, Smart and Final, Erewhon and Ralphs....

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Colorful Buddha

For me, this is the year of love and creativity. I wanted both, and I got both. Yay me! It took me MANY years to find my significant other. I had pretty much thought it would never happen but decided to give online dating one more chance. Cause, if I didn’t even try, then “for sure” it wasn’t going to happen. And there he was, and we just instantly clicked. We met each other's families within the first two weeks of dating, and it was just easy. Easy, they way I had always thought it would be when you meet the right guy. For one of our early dates I suggested we go to Color Me Mine, one of those "paint...

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Make this a Movie Memorial Day Weekend!

This year, buck tradition and leave your hot dogs and burgers for the 4th of July. With incredible events taking place across LA, you’ll have no problem skipping your standard BBQ and heading to the movies instead. The First Outdoor Cinema Food Fest of the season. Food trucks, rolling green hills to picnic on, movies and music. Um, need we say more? Okay fine. They’re screening Something About Mary. Sold   Tim Burton at LACMA       There are some filmmakers that literally change the way you view the world, perhaps none more than Tim Burton. Lucky for us, LACMA is featuring the man that made Johnny Depp your favorite actor.  You can also check out the retrospective exploring the full range of Tim Burton's creative work, both...

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Things to do this weekend: March 24th – 26th – Gay Musicals, Food Trucks and Rainn Wilson

Ah, the weekend is upon us. Sadly, the rainpocalypse continues. Here are a few things for you to do this weekend (instead of hibernating at home):   Rainn Wilson to Bare His Soul(Pancake) at USC   Friday, March 25 – Bovard Auditorium, USC http://sait.usc.edu/spectrum/events_details.asp?EventID=654 Escape the rain by seeing Rainn Wilson speak at USC this weekend (pun delightfully intended). You may know Rainn Wilson as endearingly awkward Dwight Schrute from the Office, but turns out Rainn has a lot more on his mind than being an actor. He recently launched Soul Pancake, a website that’s devoted to asking life’s tough questions. Enlightenment from a fictional paper salesman? Only at USC. Free and open to the public, reserve your ticket using the link above!   The Next Fairy Tale:...

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Bring me the music!!

It’s March. Spring is awakening, everyone is starting to worry about their taxes, and most importantly, concert season is kicking off in Los Angeles. Lucky for you, here’s a list of the “must attend” concerts this year: Lady Gaga – Monster Ball Tour – Staples Center – March 28, 2011 Oh the spectacle. See Gaga prancing around in her Alexander McQueen Armadillo shoes and other fashion concoctions, live.   Coachella – Featuring Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire and Kanye West – April 15, 16, 17, 2011 Desert sun? The option of camping with thousands of your closest friends? The hottest bands on the planet all in one place? Yes please. Note that although tickets are technically sold out, you’ll probably be able to score them...

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A Very Yenta Workshop!

Vision Board Party!! Woo Hoo!!!    THE YENTA REPORT hosts a Get Your Groove On Vision Board Party! Girls, Guys, and Gays are all welcome to attend this fun workshop that will inspire you to imagine BIG for all your hopes, dreams and wishes in 2011.  All supplies provided (but if you have extra magazines around or a picture of yourself - bring them!) Share with friends - everyone is invited! Drinks and nibbly bits provided!  No experience necessary - just come! Saturday, Feb. 26th 5:00 - 7:30 PM $20 + $15 material fee Sign up and purchase class NOW at Hands-on 3rd! Hope you'll come a join the fun! xo - Loren PS - In case you're wondering - what is a vision board??? A vision board is...

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Arts, Movies and Music

LA Happenings you might want to check out this weekend!    dejecta/protecta: A Performance by Vaginal Davis In conjunction with the exhibition The Artist's Museum No, this isn’t your yearly exam!  Inspired by Andy Warhol and Jack Smith, this is a new work by gender-queer art and music icon, Vaginal Davis. This original work will be staged at MOCA for one night only and will feature production design and costumes by Jonathan Berger, and appearances by special invited guests. Saturday, January 22, 2011 Four performances, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm, 10pm; 45 minutes each $15-$20 AHMANSON AUDITORIUM 
MOCA Grand Avenue (Downtown) Wallace Shawn: Real World, Fake World, Dream World “Have you heard of Plato? Aristotle? Socrates?  Morons!”  Extraordinary writer, actor, Obie Award-winning playwright and best-selling author, Wallace Shawn reads and interprets from...

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Arts, Races, Wine and Pong

7LA Happenings you might want to check out this weekend!    Los Angeles Arts Month The City of Los Angeles has declared January of each year “Los Angeles Arts Month.”  L.A. is a hothouse of culture and creativity where the cutting-edge neighbors the historic. Los Angeles Arts Month’s mission is to raise awareness, appreciation, and participation in the arts in Los Angeles in all forms.  So find a new experience: from visiting a small gallery to attending local theater, to getting a taste of a multi-cultural festival!  Los Angeles Arts Month is an open invitation for Angelinos and guests! The Amazing L.A. Race: Sightseeing Tour, Game and Scavenger Hunt in One  The Amazing Los Angeles Race should feel like a sightseeing tour/thriller hybrid—The Amazing Race Meets...

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Gifts, Charity and The New Year!

Dear Yenta, I have a random question for you… A company my boyfriend works with is looking for a charity (non-religious) that is handing out food over the holidays that they can surprise with a load of 5000 pounds of turkey to add to their food donations for the holidays.  Again, random I know, but would you perhaps know of a charity that is giving out food, that could use some help? Wow, that’s a lot of food!!!  Here are some places for you to check out! SOVA Food Pantry (Part of Jewish Family Service – it’s not affiliated with a Temple) Or The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank Westside Food Bank Food Bank of Southern California Dear Yenta, Who makes the best best best, hugest, fanciest most AMAZING...

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Where Jews eat on Christmas

HAPPY HOLIDAYS   For all you Jews who go out to eat on Christmas Day – and all others who just don’t want to stay home – here’s a list of restaurants that will be open! (At least something besides Chinese Food and Hotel Restaurants.) Buca di Beppo  (all locations) http://www.bucadibeppo.com/christmas/?gclid=CLe1t9CO_6UCFR9NgwoddiY5mw Canter’s (Fairfax District) http://www.cantersdeli.com/ Fraiche (Culver City) http://www.fraicherestaurantla.com Gaucho Grill  (Brentwood) http://www.gauchobrentwood.com Il Fornaio  (Beverly Hills) http://www.ilfornaio.com/ Kabuki (all locations) http://www.kabukirestaurants.com/ Kitchen 24 (Hollywood)   http://www.kitchen24.info/Home.html La Cacheltte Bistro  (Santa Monica) http://www.lacachettebistro.com/ Locanda Del Lago (Santa Monica) http://www.lagosantamonica.com McCormick and Schmicks Seafood (Beverly Hills)http://www.McCormickandSchmicks.com Oak Fire Pizzeria and Pub (West Hollywood) http://oakfirepizza.com/ Pacific Dining Car  (Downtown and Santa Monica)http://www.pacificdiningcar.com/ The Palm (Downtown) http://www.thepalm.com Sefan’s at L.A. Farm  (Santa Monica)  http://stefansrestaurants.com The Stinking Rose (Beverly Hills)  http://www.thestinkingrose.com Valley Inn (Sherman Oaks) http://www.valleyinndining.com Wolfgang’s Steakhouse  (Beverly Hills)http://www.wolfgangssteakhouse.com...

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Good Times…

LA Happenings you might want to check out this weekend!   Unique LA's 3rd Annual Holiday Show 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...

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Thanksgiving, Volunteering and Men’s Haircuts

Ask the Yenta Dear Yenta, Can you recommend any places for the good citizens of LA to Volunteer on Thanksgiving Day? I want to give back to the community, and my family is having our Thanksgiving a day later. You’d be surprised to know that Thanksgiving is actually a very popular day to volunteer.  Many organizations are have already filled their volunteer needs on Thanksgiving.  But, please don’t give up!  Below are organizations you can check out – and if not on Thursday – keep going and pick another day – you’ll be happy you did!!!   Food On Foot  9663 Santa Monica Blvd. #743 Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (310) 442-0088 Food on Foot operates a weekly meal program every Sunday, as well as Thanksgiving, in Hollywood. Sign up...

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Candy, jobs and girls night out!

Ask the Yenta   Dear Yenta, This is really random, but do you know where in LA I can buy cheap individually wrapped mints in bulk? I am hosting that huge party this weekend, and I want to give out branded candies to attendees. But since I waited until the last minute, I will probably have to create them on my own instead of ordering them from a company. But I don't know where to buy wrapped mints that I can brand (with stickers). Any ideas?   Try this place:  They’re downtown, they sell candy in bulk—and you don’t need a wholesale license! http://www.jackscandyandtoy.com/index2.html Dear Yenta,   I am currently an event coordinator and in search of an employment change.  I LOVE event planning and would like to...

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Oh where, oh where can my little Yenta be?

Ask the Yenta   "Dear Yenta, I stopped getting the report. What happened?" Hey, Yenties! I hope you haven’t missed me too much!  Please forgive me for the “pause” in our relationship.  I took on a new job this year and, such as life can be, it’s sometimes hard to juggle many tasks at once.  I hope you’ve continued to follow me on Facebook and Twitter as I regularly send updates on both platforms. Please continue send me questions and if you know someone that would make a great TYR Query – please email me!  A new query is coming out this week!  I’m baaaaaack! I can’t thank you enough for your support! All my love, The Yenta I’ll leave you with some of my new “favorite things!” Lil Rae...

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This Yenta is offering advice..

Ask the Yenta   Something must be in the air…cause the questions this week are really personal.      "Dear Yenta, Can you give me step-by-step instructions on how to get unstuck from the rut of an un-happy job and career path?" Great question - I'm sure there are many people out there asking themselves the same thing.  First of all, you’re not going to get a new job without a positive attitude – which, I know is harder when you’re out of work and stressing – so you gotta try to brighten your outlook. If you’re feeling really blue, people will feel it and see it!  I’m also all about seeking support. A life coach or career coach is always a positive move.  If you...

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