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September 1, 2014

Uber Will Deliver Lunch in SM

Have a hankering for Tender Greens but don’t want to brave the long lunch line?

Through Sept. 5, residents and workers in Santa Monica can try Uber’s new Uber Fresh concept, which delivers local restaurant lunches to their curb.

The company said it’s only offering curbside delivery – not going inside offices or residences.

Uber is testing the service but said the trial period could be extended. On its website, the company said it’s looking to expand delivery options throughout Los Angeles.

Between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., the app promises to get lunch meals delivered in about 10 minutes.

The feature is within Uber’s app. Check out the slider on the bottom of the app, where you usually pick your vehicle type. On the far right, it will have an Uber Fresh icon.

Customers can pick from one fixed meal a day. All are $12. Participating restaurants are Tender Greens, Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery and 41 Ocean.

Uber Fresh isn’t open this weekend, though, or on Labor Day.

There’s no delivery fee, and the company said tips aren’t necessary; just give high marks to the driver on Uber.

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Blu Cantrell Hospitalized in SM after

Erratic Outburst

Blu Cantrell has been hospitalised after she was found by police screaming in the streets that someone had poisoned her with gas.

The singer, famed for her 2003 duet “Breathe” with Sean Paul, was taken into custody for psychological evaluation by officers in Santa Monica at around 2am on Wednesday 3 September. A witness called the police after they noted Cantrell’s erratic behaviour.

She was then taken to a near-by hospital, where she was evaluated by medical staff.

Cantrell, whose real name is Tiffany Cobb, is reclusive and stays away from the media spotlight. She last appeared on television in 2008, when she took part in NBC’s Celebrity Circus, where she was eliminated from the competition in the second week.

LA Opera: Live Broadcast of

LA TRAVIATA at the SM Pier on 9/17

Plácido Domingo has announced that LA Opera will inaugurate a new biannual series of free live video broadcasts sponsored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. The inaugural presentation, Verdi’s La Traviata, will be broadcast live in high-definition from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to the big screen at the Santa Monica Pier on Wednesday, September 17 at 7:30pm. The performance will star Nino Machaidze, Arturo Chacón-Cruz and Mr. Domingo, and will be conducted by James Conlon.

Captured by nine cameras at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the broadcast will be produced and directed for the screen by Matthew Diamond. Opera at the Beach: A Zev Yaroslavsky Live Broadcast is presented under LA Opera’s Off Grand banner-dedicated to performances taking place outside the company’s traditional home at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, reaching new and diverse audiences, or to the presentation of unusual repertoire.

Through Supervisor Yaroslavsky’s support, LA Opera is able to present Opera at the Beach: A Zev Yaroslavsky Live Broadcast free of charge as a special gift to the community. Audience members are strongly encouraged to reserve advance tickets to avoid long ticketing lines on the night of the broadcast. Advance tickets (to be printed out at home) can be reserved at with a handling fee of $1 per online order; there is a limit of 8 tickets per order. Free tickets can also be obtained in person from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Box Office (135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, 90012). Any leftover tickets will be available to walk-ups at no charge. at the Santa Monica Pier on the evening of the broadcast.


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