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  • BREAKING NEWS: 'Get Loud Presents Cheeky Peakey's Comedy Show at Hotel Ziggy' Brought The Laughter With A Stellar Lineup

    Christine Peake, Peake PR Group|Jul 22, 2024

    The gifted lineup of comedians did not disappoint guests at the Hotel Ziggy at Cheeky Peakey's Comedy Show, comedian Christine Peake's regular red carpet show at the West Hollywood happening hotel. The event was sponsored by GET LOUD clothing company who were in attendance and kindly provided their terrific merchandise to the comics and guests. CEO and founder Cameron Akeredolu had flown in to enjoy the event. "This was a great night of laughter and GET LOUD are so proud to be here and meet so m...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Should You Retire at 65 or 67? Social Security Advice

    Russel Gloor, Association of Mature American Citizens|Jul 22, 2024

    Ask Rusty – Should I Retire at 65 or 67? And What About Earnings & Taxes? Dear Rusty: I'm just trying to figure out how to determine whether to retire at 65 or 67 and, if I retire, approximately how much could I make outside of my Social Security without being overly taxed. Signed: Thinking About Retiring Dear Thinking: Deciding when to retire is serious business, because it affects your future and what your retirement income will be going forward. Thus, it's good you are taking the time to full...

  • Coco Becomes a Witch's Apprentice in the Anime Film, Witch Hat Atelier

    Bunker King, Special to the Observer|Jul 22, 2024

    On Thursday, July 4th, BUG FILMS released a promotional video for their upcoming series Witch Hat Atelier during their panel at the 2024 Anime Expo. Witch Hat Atelier is a critically acclaimed manga series by author and artist Kamome Shirahama. Her series has been running since 2016, and sold 4.5 million copies worldwide by October 2022. In 2020, Witch Hat Atelier won both a Harvey Award and an Eisner Award, for Best Manga and Best U.S. Edition of International Material, respectively. The story...

  • Two Girls Grow Up Drawing Anime Comics Together Becomes a Kind of Autobiography for Tatsuki Fujimoto

    Bunker King, Special to the Observer|Jul 22, 2024

    On Saturday, July 6th, the animated film "Look Back" made its US premiere at Anime Expo. The film is based on the graphic novel of the same name by Japanese author Tatsuki Fujimoto, released in 2022. The comic follows two girls, Fujino and Kyomoto, as they grow up together with a shared passion for drawing comics. They become a duo, writing and drawing the comics together As they approach their high school graduation, they've racked up many accolades, but a difference in ambition leads the two...

  • Anime Expo- a cultural collaboration between the US and Japan.

    Robert Butchko, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 14, 2024

    When a foreign culture enters the general American experience, it often carries as a standard bearer some iconic, reductive representation that creates an easy association. Italian culture is in some ways defined by the foods Italian immigrants brought to the USA, Irish culture by St. Patrick's day celebrations, Swedish culture by Ikea and meatballs. In recent times, Korea burst onto the American landscape through K-Pop, making defunct any previous association with poverty and the Korean war....

  • When to Apply for Social Security Benefits

    Russsel Gloor, Association of Mature American Citizens|Jul 14, 2024

    Ask Rusty – We Want to Claim SS at 62. When Should we Apply? Dear Rusty: My wife and I are going to be taking Social Security at 62. She will be 62 on April 15, 2025. I will be 62 August 7, 2025. When should we apply for Social Security? Signed: Ready to file Dear Ready: Social Security recommends you apply for benefits about 2 – 3 months prior to when you want your benefits to start (to get them time to process your application). You will specify on your application when you wish your ben...

  • Fashion Forward on Montana Avenue- Rachel McCord, Brenda Cooper & Georgia Weir at R&D Kitchen

    Christine Peake, Peake PR Group|Jul 9, 2024

    Fashion icons model/author/McCord List founder Rachel McCord, Emmy winning costume designer Brenda Cooper and leading Australian fashion journalist Georgia Weir were all seen together lunching at Montana Avenue's R&D Kitchen. The three ladies were seen deep in conversation with Rachel's husband, successful entrepreneur Rick Schirmer at her side, with their adorable and impeccably behaved four year old son Jude reading bible stories on Rachel's phone and leading Santa Monica publicist Christine P...

  • Welcome to Marelle: a Vibrant Ode to California Cuisine

    An edited press release|Jul 1, 2024

    (6.17.24) - editor's note: Marelle restaurant under Culinary Director Raphael Lunetta, is now open at 1740 Ocean Ave. Lunetta also did Santa Monica restaurants JiRaffe and Lunetta. The following is excerpted from their press release: Drawing from (Lunetta's) 35 years of culinary experience and inspirations from classic Coastal California cuisine, his travels from around the world, and the richness of farm-fresh local ingredients. Marelle, which means "Star of the Sea," offers more than just seaf...

  • Recording Artist Jennifer Alexis' new single 'I'm A Woman' a welcomed old school instant classic song

    Christine Peake, Peake PR Group|Jun 21, 2024

    From recording finance news in a TV studio in DC to recording with Grammy winners for her latest single: The two faces of success in one woman. Jennifer Schonberger, AKA Jennifer Alexis, is the new triple threat. Except this Washingtonian beauty brings a whole new meaning to the expression. To most people in the music industry this expression means sing/act/dance, Jennifer has uniquely redefined the phrase to sing/musician and finance! Jennifer has achieved massive success throughout her 17...

  • Mama's Boy: Farmer's Market Inspired Menu of Italian and Southern Flavors

    Chanin Victor, Lifestyle and Travel Editor|Jun 21, 2024

    Venice is buzzing with exciting new openings, and Mama's Boy is a standout addition. If you're seeking a unique dining experience, look no further than Chef Wes Whitsell's latest culinary endeavor; he is the former chef of Hatchet Hall. This Italian dinner club with a Southern twist, inspired by Chef Wes Whitsell's roots and nestled within Venice's lively, revamped Winston House, promises to tantalize your taste buds and keep you entertained long after your meal. An Unforgettable Opening Night...

  • Dating Demands: California Women Have Among the Highest Dating Standards, Survey Finds

    Jamie Lawes, Datingnews.com|Jun 21, 2024

    Survey of single women (18-35) to determine where dating standards are highest and lowest across the country. A great personality cited as the most attractive feature in a partner. Apparently, today’s dating scene demands men to come equipped with the trifecta: six feet tall, six-pack abs, and six-figure salaries. And if you’re packing an Ivy League degree, a trust fund, and a summer house, you might just be the Prince Charming ambitious single women are dreaming of. DatingNews.com surveyed 3,00...

  • Elon Musk, Magic Johnson and Bill Clinton Come Together for Milken Institute Annual Global Conference

    Rachel Ganz, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 14, 2024

    The 27 the Milken Institute Annual Global Conference was held May 5-8, 2024 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. There were 4,500 attendees, over 1000 speakers, including global leaders, C-suite executives from Fortune 500 companies, high-level advisors, and avant-garde innovators in health, finance, technology, philanthropy, medical research, diversity and inclusion, sports, and media. This exciting conference confronted many exceptive issues facing the world today with discussions ranging from the ong...

  • Veteran Gifting suite DPA dazzles at this year's Cannes Film Festival

    Preity Upala, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 7, 2024

    Cannes, June 7, 2024--Sun, Stars and glamour. The French Riviera once again played host to the 77th Cannes Film Festival. As the film industry descended upon Cannes to celebrate the industry, so did the event producers and brands to showcase their products. Veteran gifting suite DPA made a mark again this year with their infamous gifting events. The ‘DPA Cannes Lounge’ was held at the JW Marriot Cannes from May 15th to May 24th, the exclusive event invited stars and members of the press to sho...

  • Shaka Smith's and Hari Tahov's Project Save Our Surf Clean Up Santa Monica Beach

    Christine Peake, Peake PR Group|Jun 3, 2024

    The sky may have been a tad cloudy but spirits were bright as Project Save Our Surf set about cleaning up the Santa Monica Beach this weekend. Fitness influencer and TV host Shaka Smith and his bestie author/model and influencer Hari Tahov recruited their planet conscientious friends and created a fun sponsored event for all. Shaka and Hari have been tirelessly promoting and working hard to clean up the beaches. The dynamic duo have been organizing their clean-up events since May 2018, they...

  • Social Security: Explaining Earnings Limits and Cost of Living Adjustments

    Rusty Gloor, Association of Mature American Citizens|Jun 3, 2024

    Ask Rusty - About Social Security's Earnings Test and Cost of Living Adjustments Dear Rusty: Is there a limit on earnings when you're fully retired? Also, should all retirees receive COLA or is there an exception? Signed: Retired But Wondering Dear Retired: Your questions are fairly simple but, nevertheless, often perplexing to those wishing to apply for Social Security, because the SS rules are many (over 2,700 of them) and those about to apply for their benefits may be simply unsure and want...

  • A Royal Black Tie Affair!  The Sixth Annual Notte di Savoia Spring Charity Gala 2024! 

    Rachel Danielle Ganz, Observer Staff Writer|May 30, 2024

    On Saturday evening April 13, 2024, The American Foundation of Savoy Orders, Chivalry for Children'sCauses, Notte Di Savoia Los Angeles 2024 Spring Charity Gala, Invitation only was held at The Downtown Jonathan Club, 545 South Figueroa Street, Los Angles. Both the Prince of Italy His Royal Highness Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia, Prince of Venice, Prince of Piedmont, Princess Marina of Savoy, and Prince Dimitri ofYugoslaviaare were charming hosts to this elegant affair! This was the fifth year th...

  • An After Hours Stroll Through the Zoo to Highlight The Beastly Ball At the Los Angeles Zoo

    May 30, 2024

    The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) hosts its annual fundraising event, the Beastly Ball, on Saturday, June 1, 2024. Actor, comedian, and television host Joel McHale is back for the fifth time as emcee, lending his celebrity and signature humor in support of wildlife care and conservation. Guests enjoy an after-hours stroll through the Zoo, complete with special animal experiences; gourmet food and drinks provided by Momed, Granville, Yukami, Not Just Chef Jess, Taste of the Wild...

  • Why am I Paying Medicare Part B if I'm Still Working and Paying into the System?

    Rusty Gloor, Association of Mature American Citizens|May 27, 2024

    Ask Rusty – I'm Working after age 65; Why Aren't I Exempt from Medicare Part B Premium? Dear Rusty: Why, as I continue to work after age 65 and have FICA taxes taken from my check, am I - or anyone - also compelled under the threat of penalties, rate increases, etc. to immediately take Medicare Part B? Am I not then effectively paying into the system twice? As more and more people over 65 continue to work, isn't that a consideration that should be evaluated by Congress - if one is working p...

  • If Required, Social Security Cutbacks Would Affect Everyone, not Just New Beneficiaries

    Rusty Gloor, Association of Mature American Citizens|May 18, 2024

    Ask Rusty – Future Retiree Worried About Social Security's Future Dear Rusty: I keep reading that the SSA will only be able to pay out 75% of benefits come 2033. If congress were to do nothing and this reduction in benefits occurred, would seniors already collecting benefits in 2033 have their benefits reduced or would it only be those who have not begun to collect have their future benefits reduced? I will be collecting my benefits no later than 2027 but my wife will not reach full r...

  • Ballet Legends and Star-Studded Performances at BroadStage May 17-18

    Jill Homes, Westside Academy of Ballet|May 18, 2024

    This May, the Westside Ballet of Santa Monica not only celebrates its storied 50-year legacy but also showcases the bright future of ballet during its Spring Showcase and Gala. Featuring renowned stars and promising talents, the event highlights the enduring heritage and vibrant future of performing arts in Southern California. The Masters of Movement Spring Showcases, taking place on May 17th and 18th at The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage, will feature a vibrant mix of classical and contemporary...

  • Level 8: Multidimensional Immersive Hospitality in the Heart of DTLA

    Chanin Victor, Lifestyle and Travel Editor|May 18, 2024

    Level 8 is a one-of-a-kind amalgamation of gastronomy, mixology, and immersive entertainment. In a collaboration between hospitality visionaries Mark and Jonnie Houston of Houston Brothers and Mitchell Hochberg of Lightstone, this visionary concept is a testament to creativity and the rich heritage and cultural diversity of Los Angeles. It's an expansive venue (30,000 sq. ft. on the eighth floor of the Moxy & AC Hotel in DTLA) transcending traditional dining experiences, inviting guests to...

  • Discover Hank's: A Charming Neighborhood Restaurant in Pacific Palisades

    Chanin Victor, Lifestyle and Travel Editor|May 18, 2024

    Looking for a charming spot for your next lunch or dinner outing in Pacific Palisades? Hank's Restaurant is nestled in the heart of a picturesque shopping area, offering a warm and inviting atmosphere perfect for gathering with family and friends-the ultimate neighborhood bistro. Recently renovated and reopened with a fresh new look and menu, Hank's embraces classic Americana restaurant culture under the leadership of renowned restaurateur Tancredi DeLuca, known for Angelini Ristorante & Bar,...

  • Should You Protect Against Social Security's Future Lack of Funds?

    Rusty Gloor, Association of Mature American Citizens|May 14, 2024

    Ask Rusty – Future Retiree Worried About Social Security's Future Dear Rusty: I keep reading that the SSA will only be able to pay out 75% of benefits come 2033. If congress were to do nothing and this reduction in benefits occurred, would seniors already collecting benefits in 2033 have their benefits reduced or would it only be those who have not begun to collect have their future benefits reduced? I will be collecting my benefits no later than 2027 but my wife will not reach full r...

  • Give a Zoo Adoption Animal for Mother's Day

    Los Angeles Zoo|May 10, 2024

    Show your love with a gift that helps save endangered species and symbolically ADOPT an animal at the Los Angeles Zoo! All ADOPT packages include a personalized adoption certificate and a beautiful photo factsheet of your chosen animal. Plus, ADOPTions at $50 or higher will include a paper-framed photograph of our adorable Tamandua and his mom! All our resident animals are available for ADOPTion, and gifts are fully tax-deductible! Proceeds support high-impact, results-driven conservation...

  • The Ultimate Mother's Day celebration in Hollywood with Distinctive Assets.

    Preity Upala, Observer Staff Writer|May 10, 2024

    Los Angeles, May 5, 2024--It is that time of the year again, when we celebrate the most important person in our families- our mothers. Mother's Day is upon on and this year the veteran Luxury Lifestyle Gifting and special events company, Distinctive Assets has decided to distribute it's annual "Mother's Day in Hollywood" gift bag. They will pamper 25 of the world's most famous moms which include Blake Lively, Keke Palmer, Kaley Cuoco, Halle Bailey, Emily Vancamp, Uzo Aduba, Ali Wong, Grace Gumme...

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