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Why Grauman’s Chinese Theatre Should Be On Your Bucket List

May 29th, 2017

 

Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (TLC) has become synonymous with the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and while those famous stars are certainly surrounding the theatre, Grauman’s is a landmark in its own right. You can complete two L.A. bucket list items in one fell swoop when catching a movie at the historical theatre.

A movie palace on Hollywood Boulevard, Grauman’s was re-named to Mann’s Chinese Theatre in 1973 before reverting to the original name once again in 2001. Originally, it was commissioned as a complement to the Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre of 1922, opening just five years later with a premier of The King of Kings. For nearly 100 years, it’s been a beloved movie destination and also a venue space where corporate events, Academy Award ceremonies, and weddings take place. In 2013, the theatre partnered up with IMAX to become a customized IMAX theatre with 932 seats and one of the biggest screens in the country.

No Better Place for a Movie

Make your visit to the Hollywood film mecca complete with a movie at Grauman’s. Check the current showtimes and buy tickets in advance on the official website, and don’t let the outlandish vintage Chinese architecture fool you. It’s incredibly high tech on the inside!

Alternatively, you can also book a VIP tour seven days per week and enjoy a backstage guided pass! Find out more about the history of the theatre, including the debauchery some stars have engaged in when the red carpet rolls out.

 

 

Tour Dodgers Stadium

May 4th, 2017

 

It’s baseball season, and some L.A. visitors might be lucky enough to score tickets to a Dodgers home game. However, everyone can take advantage of the Dodgers Stadium tour and pop-up museum! Fans have been flocking to the stadium since 1962 for the incredible views and tantalizing history. With 56,000 seats, it’s an icon in American sports and has been home to some of the best players in the game.

See the ballpark in a brand new way with a behind-the-scenes tour that gives you access to a variety of restricted areas. Dodger Stadium is the third oldest in the country and houses a few secrets you’ll only discover during a tour. Every tour lasts 80 – 90 minutes and includes a trip to the stadium and dugout, exclusive peeks at the Lexus Dugout Club right behind home plate, a trip to see the World Series trophies, and a few surprises.

Take Me Out to the Ball Stadium

Tours are at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily and start at the Top Deck. Prices are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and children 14 and under. The walking tour requires climbing ramps and stairs, although the stadium is wheelchair accessible.

Check the schedule, and book your tickets early, as games and events can disrupt usual tour times. While you’re there, check out the pop-up museum for a view of the 1953 National League All-Star Team signed ball, Sandy Koufax gloves and much more.

Grammy Museum

April 22nd, 2017

 

Celebrate and explore legends of the music industry, from unique creative processes to the latest technology in recording. Here, visitors are treated to the history, culture and innovations of recorded music. An interactive museum in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, discover four floors of exhibits, experiences and galleries. Inspirational with a plethora of temporary, traveling exhibits, every visit to the Grammy Museum is one of a kind.

Close to Anaheim, the museum opened in 2008 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the famed awards. With over 30,000 square feet of space brimming with interactive experiences, there are always over two dozen exhibits available at any given time. Every genre, from country to jazz and hip hop to Latin, is represented here. At the 200-seat Clive Davis Theater, special events are hosted year round. The rooftop terrace is also an option for private events.

Music Brings Us Together

The Recording Academy is host to both the museum and the Grammy Awards. Current exhibits include Shining Like a National Guitar (opening April 11), The Kingston Trio and the Folk Revival (opening April 26), and Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey (through May 21). The museum partners with educators and schools to offer a variety of educational programming, both locally and nationally.

Special educational programs open to the public in April include Music Business Careers, Hook, Lines and Sinkers (a pop lyric writing workshop), and Networking Strategies for the Music Business. Stop by the Grammy Museum, and see what it really takes to become a music legend in Hollywood.

 

Cruise the Coastline Race

April 20th, 2017

 

A popular half and full marathon event, Cruise the Coastline takes place April 8 starting in nearby Long Beach. Choose from a full, half, 5k or 10k option along the incredible beach pathways. That ocean breeze, unbelievable view, and sunrise kickoff with a number of drinking stations along the way make for a peaceful race.

Full/half participants start at 6:30am, while the 5k/10kers head out at 7:30. Parking is free on East Ocean Boulevard but limited during this beloved event. Instead, using the pay parking area at $1 per hour can be more convenient. The out-and-back course is doubled for the half marathon and quadrupled for the full marathon.

Beach, Please

As one of the most affordable marathons in the country, the full entry price is just $55. Also, unlike other marathons, it’s not highly competitive to enter. In fact, last minute registrations may be possible (although it’s always a good idea to register as soon as you can). Spectators are encouraged to cheer on the runners.

There’s no better start to a Saturday morning than a sunrise at the beach, a cool breeze, and discovering just what makes running in southern California so special. Register now, or start planning your morning picnic as you root on the runners.

Spring Break in Anaheim

March 12th, 2017

 

March is the month that brings college students, high schoolers, and those who are young at heart flocking to the beaches. A trip to Disneyland is the perfect way to usher in warmer months, or hop on a whale watching cruise ship, and see the massive gray whale migration in full swing. Throughout March, Anaheim and the surrounding areas dish up plenty of options for a week-long escape.

Great Wolf Lodge Garden Grove is a Disney alternative where you have endless picks for water park rides. Keep cool, dine at some of the best restaurants in the theme-park realm, and discover everything the family-friendly getaway has to offer. There’s also Knott’s Soak City and the Atlantis Play Center for more water-full options.

Life’s a Beach

No spring break in southern California is complete without plenty of beach bumming. Check out the top-rated beaches including San Elijo State Beach, South Carlsbad State Beach and Campground and Salt Creek Beach Park. These names might not sound familiar, but they’re highly rated by locals and less busy than more famous coastlines.

Surfing lessons, swimming classes, fishing expeditions and relaxing cruises all give you a new reason to head to the Pacific. How will you be spending your spring break in Anaheim? Start planning today!

 

In Town for the Natural Products Expo?

March 7th, 2017

 

Park Place Inn and Mini Suites welcomes attendees of the 2017 Natural Products Expo with spacious rooms, easy access to the event, and the peace and quiet you need to relax in between sessions. From March 9 – 12, attendees are flocking to Anaheim to network, catch up and check out the latest natural products for 2017.

Best Western specializes in big events, offering blocked rooms and premium service during what can be a hectic event. If you’re arriving for the full-day, educational event on March 8 as a precursor to the tradeshow, you can rely on the best customer service, quality bedding and prime amenities to make you feel right at home.

A Day’s Work

Perfect for business travelers, each mini suite has a kitchenette, larger square footage than average hotel guest rooms, and all the comforts of home. Planning to stay a bit longer after the tradeshow for a vacation? Rely on local staff members and services to make your vacation as relaxing as possible.

In between your sessions on the Changing Chinese Consumer, an Introduction to Modern Food Safety, and Climate Day, you deserve a luxury guest room that’s close, convenient and comfortable.

 

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

February 19th, 2017

 

Angel Stadium is in the heart of Anaheim, with major renovations that took place in 1996, which turned the then-30-year-old building into a home just for baseball. In 1997, it became the Edison International Field of Anaheim, and in 2003 it was re-named the Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The total renovation cost was $100 million, and it was completed just in time for the Anaheim Angels opening day on April 1, 1998.

It’s been the home of the Angels ever since they moved from Los Angeles in 1965. The first game was against the San Francisco Giants in a major exhibition game. The original stadium seated about 43,000 fans and was renovated in 1979 to add extra seating (up to 65,158). A number of organizations and businesses were behind the transition, including Walt Disney Imagineering, HOK Sports Facilities Group and Robert A.M. Stern Architects.

The Angel Stadium Today

Although baseball season doesn’t start ‘til the spring, there are many happenings at and around the Angel Stadium in February. Get Angels gear, buy a personalized brick that will be added to the wall—a beloved site to visit for years to come, or join one of the auctions, and snag a piece of Angels memorabilia for yourself.

The Angels have been active philanthropists in the community for decades with the donation program, educational and healthcare programs, youth baseball and softball leagues and the Angels Baseball Foundation. Visit the stadium for a tour, and get a peek into the rich history of the stadium.

Valentine’s Day in Anaheim

February 10th, 2017

 

There are many ways to spread the love this Valentine’s Day in Anaheim, whether you’re single or coupled up. Singles flock to Relish’s annual speed dating event at Tinhorn Flats Saloon and Grill where it’s all about finding someone (or a few someones!) to relish for the day. On February 14th at 8pm, if you’re single and 24-38 years old, you can have a slew of dates in one fell swoop with no name tags, no games—just speed.

On February 11th, head to the Fish Interfaith Center at Chapman University for a night of dinner theater featuring a five-star menu. Rave reviews are touted by this show, as well as the food, with jazz artist Ilya Serov setting the mood along with his quartet. It’s the perfect complement to a four-course meal with singers between courses including Mezzo Maria Lazarova and Terasa Mai.

Love is in the Air

In the mood for something a little more seductive? Reserve your tickets for the Endless Night: Los Angeles Vampire Ball on February 19th at the Globe Theater in celebration of the anti-Valentine’s Day. Mystery, magic, romance and sensuality are at the core of this favorite event, with DJs spinning in multiple rooms and a cirque performance at 11pm. There’s also costume contests and absinthe bloodbath drink specials.

A Valentine’s Day Cabaret Dinner Theatre kicks off at the Ellery Room Sports Bar and Grill February 10th. It often sells out, so book early for the hilarious “All’s Lehrer in Love and War.” You’ll get great food and laughs, and it’s the kind of event where you can come solo, with a date or in a group. Come see Sarah Raines in her one-night-only performance!

 

She Rocks Awards

January 16th, 2017

 

On January 20th, join some of the most inspiring women in the country at the fifth annual She Rocks Awards. Gold and VIP tables are available, and this is guaranteed to be an evening to remember. Hosted at the Hilton Anaheim, the awards kick off at 7 p.m. and celebrate women in the music industry who are making a big difference.

The NAMM show always starts the new year in style, and this year’s big performance features Lita Ford, founding member of The Runaways. The Grammy-nominated artist sets the mood for the evening with her history of breaking into a male-dominated industry and achieving success for consecutive decades.

What to Expect

Women in the industry who’ve taken on leadership roles and blazed trails for others are honored at this special night. Previous award winners include Karmin, Colbie Caillat, The Bangles, Mary Peavey and Chaka Khan. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages, a silent auction, and giveaways take place throughout the night.

The ultimate networking event for those in the industry (or fans!) takes place just minutes from your Anaheim hotel. Artists, professionals, icons and fans come together for the celebration (and yes, men are welcome, too!).

Spanish Fare in Anaheim

January 5th, 2017

Looking for the flavors of Spain? Anaheim has you covered, starting with Olé! Spain Delishop. Located in nearby Santa Ana, Olé! is the go-to sandwich shop where you can get the Combo Bocata with two sides, your favorite sandwich, and pasta with chorizo, salad, soup or dessert as your side picks. The Castilla with manchego cheese, pesto, onion and black olive or the Catalana with butifarra (ham), Pamplona sausage and piquillo peppers are favorites.

For tapas, get furia roja which includes four pieces of bread with manchego, topped with small chorizos. The andaluza with pesto, tomato, manchego and five pieces of cheese or the Iberica with serrano ham, manchego and four pieces of bread are delectable. Dessert is flan or Carlota.

A Taste of Spain

Café Tu Tu Tango is a lively nightspot with great eats. Located in the Outlets of Orange County, re-fuel for shopping or a night of dancing with picadillo and cheese empanadas, or try the famous Taste of Tango platter with stuffed mushrooms, chipotle chicken empanadas, pacific rim steak skewers and Cajun chicken eggrolls.

Big Plate selections include twin lobster tails with roasted corn on the cob or the Barcelona blackened chicken breast featuring manchego cheese and a marinara sauce. Served with rice and black beans, it’s the perfect taste of Barcelona.