Playa del Rey restaurant hits a home run

Three things caught my attention about this restaurant review: (1) Brooke Williamson’s name (my fan fave on the Seattle edition of Top Chef); (2) Playa del Rey; and (3) moderately priced.

OK, the picture and the headline helped.

From the review:

The Tripel is named after a strong, fruity pale ale that is a Belgian specialty, and a few items on the menu celebrate the famously good food of that country, but most of the menu is modern American, the creations of Top Chef runner-up Brooke Williamson. Williamson has an amazing resume that includes ….

For the full review from Richard Foss, swim on over to

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Kentwood Players Now Playing – “Lend Me a Tenor”

Kentwood Players’ current live-stage Comedy is “Lend Me a Tenor” by Ken Ludwig.

From the Kentwood Players website:

On a historic night at the Cleveland Opera Company, world famous tenor Tito Merelli is set to perform Otello. Through a series of mishaps, misunderstandings and mistaken identities, Tito receives a double dose of tranquilizers causing the House Manager and his timid assistant to believe he is dead and setting off a chain reaction of slapstick and hilarious escapades. A fun and laugh filled evening!

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On Our Summer Bucket List: Host a “Yes” Day

“Mom, I want to wear my princess costume to school!”  “No.” “Mom, can I have chocolate ice cream for breakfast?”  “No!” “Mom… I was just going to see if I can fly if I jump from this branch… just like a bird!

What if you put on your “yes” hat just for a day, Mom? For the full story, head over to Red Tricycle’s website.

Anybody want to try this with me in 90045. I love the idea in theory, but I have a feeling it’s going to require moral support in practical application. 😀

Moonlight Movies on the Beach Schedule 2013

OK, admittedly it’s a trek, but shouldn’t everybody take in a movie at the beach at least once??

Alfredo’s Beach Club presents: Moonlight Movies on the Beach and Movies at Moms!

New Season Starts Saturday May 18, 2013 and runs through August 31, 2013

Movies are free and there is plenty of free parking.

Movies begin around 7:45 or dusk. Getting there early is recommended to find a good spot.

Bring a blanket and low back beach chair.

Dinner, Snacks and Popcorn (kettle corn) available for purchase.

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LA Kids Weekend Events: July 12 – 14

Bonjour!  This Sunday is Bastille Day, which means it’s a great time to indulge in French fries, macarons, crepes and other Gallic delicacies.  You could also celebrate by storming the city (in lieu of the Bastille) and making it to as many of these…

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South Bay Art Department — 2 for 1 Art After Dark

We love this place for casual art! From their website:

Get two tickets for Art After Dark for just $30 (Regularly $60) Limit: 5 per customer. Never expires. Tonight, we’re not following directions or rules. We aren’t being judged as good or bad. We’re going to escape all of the rigid results-oriented tasks of our daily lives by making spontaneous, personal art. Be an artist for a night. No experience necessary!

Click here to buy. Tip: We let the kids paint while the moms sit on the patio and gossip. There have been wine sightings on occasion, but don’t tell. 😉

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Kentwood Players – Auditions for Little Shop of Horrors This Weekend

Open non-Equity auditions for ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, September-October production in Los Angeles.

From the Kentwood Players’ website:

Kentwood Players will hold auditions for the comedy rock musical Little Shop of Horrors with book by Howard Ashman and music and lyrics by Alan Menken on Saturday, July 13 from 11am-4pm and Sunday, July 14 from 6-9pm, with callbacks on Monday, July 15 from 7-10pm at the Westchester Playhouse, located at 8301 Hindry Avenue, Westchester, CA 90045.

Production dates are September 13-October 19, 2013 for a six-week run on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm with Sunday matinees at 2pm. The production is directed by Michael-Anthony Nozzi, with Musical Director Joshua Eli Kranz, and produced by Shari Barrett and Sheridan Cole Crawford by special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

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We’re Back, Westchester!

we're backAfter a prolonged absence, is back, reporting on what matters to families in Westchester 90045.

It’s going to take more than a %@&$’ing hacker to keep us down!