Community, Diversity, Sustainability and other Overused Words

Articles written by Mona Day


Sorted by date  Results 1 - 25 of 33

  • BREAKING NEWS: LA Opera Presents Giacomo Puccini's spectacular Turandot from May 18 through June 8.

    Mona Day, Observer Staff Writer|May 27, 2024

    LA Opera will present Giacomo Puccini's spectacular Turandot, one of the grandest of all operas, from May 18 through June 8. Puccini's final opera showcasing the magnificent music of Italy's last great operatic composer created at the height of his maturity and technical mastery has continued to draw standing ovations over the last century. When Puccini's untimely death in 1924 left his final opera unfinished, composer Franco Alfano was commissioned to create the ending for its world premiere...

  • LA Opera will present two one-act rarities - William Grant Still's Highway 1, USA and Alexander Zemlinsky's The Dwarf

    Mona Day, DineSeeTravel.com|Feb 26, 2024

    LA Opera will present two one-act rarities - William Grant Still's Highway 1, USA and Alexander Zemlinsky's The Dwarf conducted by Music Director maestro James Conlon. Unifying the operas is the theme of unrequited love told through powerful, emotional music. The story of Highway 1 USA follows a hardworking Black couple Bob and Mary, who have scrimped and saved to put Bob's younger brother through college. After the ne'er-do-well Nate attacks Mary for refusing his advances, the couple come...

  • Los Angeles Wine & Food Festival Come to the Santa Monica Pier March 1 to March 3, 2024

    Mona Day, DineSeeTravel.com

    The inaugural Los Angeles Wine & Food Festival will land on the Santa Monica Pier for three days of food and wine festivities March 1st - March 3rd during the art festival Frieze Week Los Angeles which takes place February 26th - March 3rd. The festival will feature a mix of high-profile culinary and beverage talent, favorite local restaurants, and cultural initiatives with a lineup of 90 participating chefs. Participating restaurants include award-winning Neapolitan pizza restaurant Pizzana...

  • California Spirit 2023 at Fox Studios Commissary Lawn, Sunday October 1, 2023

    Mona Day|Oct 2, 2023

    California Spirit will return this year to Fox Studios Commissary Lawn, to bring L.A. foodies up close and personal with some the city's top chefs for an evening of culinary arts, cocktails, and creativity celebrating the American Cancer Society's progress in the fight against cancer. Represented chefs include Nancy Silverton of Mozza, Suzanne Goin of A.O.C., Katianna Hong & John Hong of Yangban, Burt Bakman of Slab, Govind Armstrong of The Lobster, Jazz Singalong of Jitlada, Lien Ta & Jonathan...

  • Hollywood Under the Stars at the Paramount Studios Lot to Honor Martin Sheen on June 24th

    Mona Day, DineSeeTravel.com|Jun 20, 2023

    St. Vincent Meals on Wheels, the largest, privately funded senior nutrition program in the country, will stage will host its second annual "Hollywood Under the Stars" fundraiser, at the Paramount Studios lot on Saturday, June 24 at 6:30 pm, with a VIP reception in the Paramount Theatre at 5:30 pm. The event will pay tribute to actor Martin Sheen, who has supported St. Vincent Meals on Wheels, along with other philanthropic organizations such as the St. Joseph Center, the St. Francis Center and...

  • Taste of the Nation, will return to Culver City's Media Park on June 11

    Mona Day, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 14, 2023

    One of the country's premier culinary events, No Kid Hungry Taste of the Nation, will return to Culver City's Media Park on June 11. It will bring LA's top tastemakers, celebrated chefs and mixologists creating their signature dishes, curated drinks and surprise desserts for No Kid Hungry's efforts to end childhood hunger in California and across the country. Featured local chefs include Jackson Kalb (Ospi | Jemma | Jame, Season 19 Top Chef), Shirley Chung (Ms Chi Cafe, Runner-up Season 14 Top...

  • Self-revelation is the Dynamic of the Solo Operatic Aria: Pelléas et Melisande Conducted by James Conlon

    Mona Day, www.DineSeeTravel.com|Apr 3, 2023

    The opera tells the story of a prince lost in the forest, encountering an ethereal beauty with a mysterious past. After he brings her home to his family as his bride, she begins to grow increasingly close to his handsome younger brother. Debussy's sensual, exquisitely nuanced score casts a hypnotic spell, capturing an enigmatic dream world where forbidden love blossoms. Last presented by LA Opera in 1995, Christopher Koelsch, LA Opera's president and CEO calls it "one of the most rapturously...

  • Bottlefish Restaurant: Empire Builders' Next Act after California Pizza Kitchen

    Mona Day, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 12, 2019

    Rick Rosenfield and Larry Flax founded California Pizza Kitchen in 1985; today it has over 270 locations in 30 states and 11 countries; along with a presence at major airports, college campuses, sports stadiums, and the frozen section of grocery stores. In 2016, the very successful duo launched Bottlefish, raising the question, could Bottlefish be the next CPK? We decided to dig deeper, and the partners graciously obliged. Q: The two of you have managed to maintain a long and very successful...

  • LA Food & Wine Takes Over Barkar Hangar August 22-25

    Mona Day, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 29, 2019

    Southern California's annual food and wine festival, Los Angeles Food & Wine took over Barker Hanger August 22-25 for three days of marquee events. Friday evening was The Epic Burger Throwdown hosted by Angeleno native Alvin Cailan. The event featured LA's best burger names in a sizzling battle of beef. Guests were invited to vote along with celebrity judges Seth Rogen, Tiffani Thiessen and Adam Richman for the coveted LAFW Golden Burger Show Trophy. There were burgers, burgers and more burgers...

  • Golf to the Sound of Bagpipes, Watch a Helium Dance between Mauro and a Clowness

    Mona Day, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 5, 2019

    The show's title Corteo in Italian means 'cortege', and it is about its central character Mauro the Dreamer Clown imagining his own funeral procession as a carnival parade, in a mysterious space between heaven and earth, watched over by caring angels. Mauro embodies the humanity within us all, and the music, by turns lyrical and playful, highlights his strength and fragility, his wisdom and kindness. The parade of fanciful characters includes the circus ringmaster Mr. Loyal the Whistler,...

  • 2,000 Foodies Raised $1.3 million in Support of PPLA Food Fare

    Mona Day, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 14, 2019

    The highly anticipated annual culinary event PPLA Food Fare returned to Barker Hangar on Thursday, March 7 for its 40th anniversary. Over 150 of Southern California's best restaurants, caterers and libation purveyors were represented at the event's lunch and dinner sessions. Participating restaurants included Akasha, Angelini Ostena, AR Cucina, Ayara Thai Cuisine, Baltaire Restaurant, Beacon/ Echo Park, Blvd Kitchen, Boneyard Bistro, Border Grill, BuddyPops, Button Mash, Castle Southern &...

  • A Taste of Australia at Tastemade Studios in Santa Monica Featured well, Boiled Shrimp

    Mona Day, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 8, 2019

    Australia's premier public, economic and cultural diplomacy program G'Day USA brought its Signature Experience event 'Bringing a Taste of Australia to the US' at Tastemade Studios to Santa Monica on Friday, January 25. Hosted by celebrity Aussie chef Guy Turland, owner of local restaurant Bondi Harvest, the event showcased Australian food, wine and produce while capturing content for Tastemade Studios. The centerpiece of the culinary evening was a gigantic show stopping tray of boiled shrimp jus...

  • LA Food & Wine Fest Features Lexus Culinary Master Michelle Bernstein, Curtis Stone and Alex Seidel

    Mona Day, Observer Staff Writer

    The 8th annual Los Angeles Food & Wine festival returns to town August 22-26 for five days. The programming runs the gamut of tastings, dinners, lunches, seminars, cooking demonstrations, and special events located across greater Los Angeles, including Downtown, Venice, Beverly Hills, and Hollywood. The all-star chef lineup includes those heading some of Los Angeles' most-celebrated restaurants as well as nationally-acclaimed culinarly stars. Two of the festival's marquee events, the Lexus Grand...

  • Taste of LA ("The Taste") Set for Labor Day Weekend at Paramount

    Mona Day, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 24, 2017

    The Los Angeles Times' annual food and and wine festival the Taste will take place at Paramount Studios September over the Labor Day weekend Sept. 1-3. Celebrating the flavors of the world Southern California style, the event will turn Paramount Pictures Studios into an epicurean pop-up and block party. Many Santa Monica chefs and familiar farmers market vendors will be participating. The festival will be organized around five main events hosted by The Times' Food staff and acclaimed L.A. chefs...

  • Horsing Around In Long Beach At The Longines Masters Series

    Mona Day, Observer Staff Writer

    The Longines Masters Series tour that makes stops in Los Angeles, Paris, and Hong Kong is the number one show jumping event in the U.S. and one of the most prestigious equestrian events in the world. This year the Long Beach Convention Center nabbed the second season of the LA stop from the Staples Center in LA. Hosting the four day event came with enormous logisitical challenges: managing 300 horses, 50 of whom had to be transported across the Atlantic and quarantined, 153 riders from 25 countr...

  • Britweek Returns to the OC

    Mona Day, Observer Staff Writer

    BritWeek hosts a series of events every spring in Greater Los Angeles, Orange County, Orlando, San Francisco to promote British creativity, innovation and excellence across many categories including film & television, music, fashion, sport, philanthropy, business. The event series kicked off its 2016 Los Angeles season with a 10th Anniversary celebration on Sunday, May 1 at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel. Red carpet celebrities included co-founders Bob Peirce and Sharon Harroun Peirce, Celia Imrie...

  • SUSHI ROKU

    Mona Day|Mar 23, 2015

    Sushi Roku opened its first location as a sushi lounge in Hollywood in 1997 and has since expanded to Santa Monica, Pasadena, and beyond California to Scottsdale, Arizona, and Las Vegas. As the Santa Monica restaurant turns 16 in November, we thought it a good time to re-visit. We chatted with Tom Cardenas, IDG, the parent company's VP of Operations and Chef Hiroshi Shima, Corporate Executive Chef of Sushi Roku and Katana. O: Is there much difference in the menus of your different locations? SR:...

  • FLORENCIA EN EL AMAZONAS

    Mona Day|Nov 24, 2014

    The magical realism of Gabriel García Márquez was the inspiration for LA Opera's current production, Florencia en el Amazonas, which plays through December 20. Its creative team consisting of composer Daniel Catán, librettist Marcela Fuentes-Berain. and director Francesca Zambello travelled to Colombia to visit Gabriel García Márquez with the intention of putting together a new opera inspired by his works. He helped the team create a story which became the basis for the libretto created by his s...

  • Fall For Sonoma

    Mona Day|Nov 10, 2014

    Sonoma Wine Garden, with its large outdoor patio and breathtaking ocean and sunset views, Sonoma Wine Garden, has been a hit with customers since its opening in August 2010, and its large wine selection, and special wine events have kept customers engaged, returning for more. Showcasing bold Mediterranean flavors with a contemporary Californian twist, its locally-sourced, organic produce based menu changes seasonally. Now, it has a new Executive Chef Garee Battad who came on board in June, with...

  • THAI NIGHT 2014

    Mona Day

    Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi presided over Thai Night 2014, a pre-American Film Market gala event for film professionals from Thailand and Hollywood. Organized by the Department of International Trade Promotion of the Thai Ministry of Commerce, the event sought to foster greater creative and business ties between the two countries through Thai-US co-productions and Thailand as a filming destination of choice for American productions. Thailand's appeal...

  • BEER. ART. MUSIC.

    Mona Day

    The 18th Street Arts Center is bringing its 5th annual Beer Art & Music (BAM) Festival on Sunday, October 26, 1pm- 5pm. This year, it is part of 18th Street's 25th Anniversary weekend celebration that kicks off with a chic benefit black tie event on Saturday Oct 25. BAM attendees will get to visit the studios of 18th Street Arts Center's artists-in-residence and arts organizations like Otis College of Art and Design's MFA in Public Practice program - where art is not just exhibited, but...

  • CULTIVATE LA : Chefs Support Foster Youth

    Mona Day

    On Saturday October 11th, Zoe Nathan of Santa Monica restaurants Huckleberry Bakery & Café, Rustic Canyon, Milo & Olive, and Sweet Rose Creamery held a book signing for her new cookbook at United Friends of the Children's annual culinary fundraiser CULTIVATE LA benefiting foster youth. The book, titled Huckleberry: Stories, Secrets, and Recipes from Our Kitchen has over 115 healthy recipes, from sweet (rustic cakes, muffins, and scones) to savory (hot cereals, biscuits, and quiche) using whole-g...

  • The Food Event

    Mona Day

    Los Angeles magazine will present its much anticipated annual culinary extravaganza The Food Event for the ninth year on Sunday, October 19 from 2 – 5 pm in the vineyards of Saddlerock Ranch, home of Saddlerock and Semler wines. The afternoon fete features great chefs, culinary experts, sommeliers, unlimited tastings of food from 40 of LA's best restaurants as well as wines and spirits. Participating restaurants and chefs include many familiar local restaurants: Michael's Santa Monica, Joe's o...

  • PIER DEL SOL

    Mona Day

    Special Olympics Southern California's annual fundraiser Pier Del Sol returns to the Santa Monica Pier at Pacific Park on Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. with a Hollywood theme. The event will honor The Coca-Cola Company which has been an Official Global Partner of Special Olympics for 46 years. Its 2015 support will benefit the 7,000 athletes competing in the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. The event will be a fun day at the pier for the whole family to enjoy together while making a difference...

  • WESTEDGE DESIGN FAIR

    Mona Day

    After a successful debut last fall, WestEdge Design Fair returns to the Barker Hangar for its second edition October 16-19, 2014. The fair offers a series of special events and discussions, panels, and workshops on a wide range of design topics and trends along for both trade and consumer audience. Attendees will also be able to shop for furniture, lighting, kitchen, bath, outdoor furnishings and other home products. The show opens with a preview for the trade on Thursday October 16 2-6 PM. A ma...

Page Down