Category Archives: CULTURE + HAPPENINGS

New Years Eve Is Around The Corner, Here’s What The TAO Group Is Up To

December 14, 2017

 TAO Group will be ringing in the New Year with a one of a kind experience! 

Look no further as TAO Group produces the first of its kind New Year’s Eve experience in Los Angeles. Combining world class cuisine from both TAO and Beauty & Essex, alongside 360˚ views from The Highlight Room, and the ultra-luxe club Avenue; guests have the best of all worlds in one place at one time. 

TAO and Beauty & Essex

Dine at one of Hollywood’s hottest restaurants with two seatings (one on the earlier side and one on the later side). There will be a live DJ performance, entertainment, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight! Those who make a dinner reservation will be able to get 10% off tickets at Avenue or The Highlight Room.

TAO dinner reservations:

Beauty & Essex dinner reservations:

The Highlight Room

Want a bite to eat before ringing in the New Year? With one seating at 9pm, you’ll have 360 views of all of Los Angeles and you dine on a prefix menu. After dinner, walk over to the pool where DJ Sourmilk will be spinning through out the night. As midnight comes, you’ll be able to see fireworks from Downtown to Santa Monica! 

Dinner reservations:



Party with your friends at Avenue Los Angeles, with light bites and an open bar until midnight. The Deux Twins will be hopping on the DJ booth to keep the party going past midnight!


DREAM Hollywood

Wanting to stay in the area? You can book at room at DREAM for 20% off through the TAO Group website or with the code NYEDREAM17. Hotel guests will receive 10% off tickets to Avenue or The Highlight Room. 

Indulge, Revel and Stay, with us on December 31st as we ring in the 2018 with a first of its kind New Year’s Eve experience in Los Angeles. 

How’s that for options?


December 1, 2017



Echo Park Craft Fair

Mack Sennett Studios

1215 Bates Ave., Los Angeles, CA

Dec. 9th & 10th @ 10:00am – 6:00pm

EPCF VIP Preview – Friday, December 8th @ 6:00pm – 9:00pm

And, cocktails by GEM&BOLT * bites by Lori * music by DJ Pinchy Don!

Also raising money for INNER CITY ARTS this year!


The 2017 Echo Park Craft Fair holiday event expertly curates a new wave of local artisans alongside top international design brands.  

New Artists this season include: Baserange, Brother Vellies, Caroline Z Hurley, Jenni Kayne Home, Kissweh, Lucy Michel, Morrow Soft Goods, Rudy Jude

 The Echo Park Craft Fair, a bi-annual, two-day art and design event, makes its anticipated 2017 holiday appearance December 9 & 10 at Mack Sennett Studios (1215 Bates Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029). Founded by designer and stylists: Rachel Craven and Beatrice Valenzuela in 2009, the Echo Park Craft Fair has become a pioneering showcase for the thriving Makers Movement. Showcasing a meticulous curation of work that spans all categories, this incredible gathering features everything from ceramics to jewelry, handcrafted beauty products to clothing design, woodworking to textile art.

Founded at the cusp of what is now a global trend toward the support of the handmade and locally sourced, The Echo Park Craft Fair has evolved, over nearly a decade, from a backyard pop-up to a vast community event. Drawing influencers and tastemakers, as well as national and international retail buyers, magazine editors and stylists – the Fair has become a valued resource for showcasing products, igniting ideas and fueling creative inspiration.

Both Valenzuela and co-founder Rachel Craven are successful designers with established namesake lines. Together, they have spearheaded and nurtured what has become both an evolving e-commerce business and a one-of-a-kind communal gathering. “As the Fair grows it’s important to remember what it’s all about – we’re women and artists who are supporting each other, validating each other’s vision, laughing, creating and struggling together. No matter where it all goes, how much it grows – it has to remain about that sense of community and fostering a greater sense of beauty in the world.”


It is exactly this sense of inclusiveness, plus a relentless eye for quality and detail that sets the Echo Park Craft Fair apart from other markets of its kind. This is an event not merely showcasing and celebrating artists – it’s curated and founded by artists as well. Expanding far beyond from its beginnings as an intimate backyard gathering, The Echo Park Craft Fair now occupies the entirety of the legendary Mack Sennett Studios in Los Angeles, spreading across two massive soundstages and occupying an entire block just outside the historic venue. It features not only the best artists working in beauty, crafts and design, but also includes delicious, artisan food and drinks from diverse local vendors, including: Moon Juice, Canyon Coffee, Leaves and Flowers, Alejandra’s Quesadillas, SOO N Food, Gorumando, Lori, Morning Glory Confections, Solstice Canyon, Sun Potion, and Todo Verde, Yo Tambien, and  Zenbunni Chocolate. The holiday event will also feature a specialty cocktail bar hosted by Pharmacie.

Hosting thousands of guests over the course of the weekend, the Fair draws style-icons, celebrities and trendsetters – a creative-minded, discerning crowd who cull inspiration from both the vendors and vibrant communal atmosphere.


Instagram: @echoparkcraftfair



Mack Sennett Studios

1215 Bates Ave

Los Angeles, California 90029

Saturday, 12/9 –  10am – 6pm

Sunday, 12/10 –  10am – 5pm

Entrance Fee $10.00

2 Day Ticket – $16.00
Tickets Available:  HERE

Beauty & Essex’s Friendsgiving Brunch Nov. 19th!

November 16, 2017

Before heading out of town for Thanksgiving to see family, celebrate with friends at Beauty & Essex! 

They will be hosting their first Friendsgiving Brunch on Sunday, November 19th from 11am – 3pm with a special dedicated menu.

The same menu will also be featured on Thanksgiving Day from 3pm – 10pm!

Menu items include dishes such as Free Range Roasted Turkey, Vermont Maple Glazed Beeler’s Ham, Jameson Candied Yams, Briased Collard Greens and both a Pumpkin and a Pecan pie!

1615 Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Fasten Your Culture Belts – VULTURE FESTIVAL IS HERE! November 18–19 at The Hollywood Roosevelt

November 14, 2017


Vulture Festival is an annual weekend pop-culture extravaganza presented by & New York Magazine, bringing together industry leaders and fans for a variety of panels, screenings, and interactive activities.  This is the first year that Vulture Festival will be presented in Los Angeles.  Just last week Vulture announced the lineup for the festival which includes a roster of Natalie Portman, Kerry Washington and the cast of Scandal, Robert Pattinson, James Franco, Issa Rae, Lena Dunham & Jenni Konner, Ava DuVernay, Sofia Coppola, Lena Waithe, Erika Jayne, and many others!





Vulture Festival Los Angeles features the best of today’s
television, film, comedy, art, and more.

The lineup includes panels, screenings, exclusive cast reunions, a private museum tour, and a live comedy show, taking place November 18–19, primarily at the iconic Hollywood Roosevelt in Los Angeles, with select events at other venues.

Among the featured events at the two-day live showcase, curated by Vulture’s editors, are:

  • Scandal: The Final Season, featuring cast members Kerry Washington, Guillermo Diaz, Darby Stanchfield, Tony Goldwyn, Jeff Perry, Bellamy Young, Scott Foley, Joe Morton, Cornelius Smith, Jr., and George Newbern, and a look at how the series has changed the way we think about behind-the-scenes Beltway drama.
  • Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman (Black Swan) joins Vulture Festival for an in-depth, career-spanning conversation about her groundbreaking work as an artist, from stage to screen. The evening will feature highlights from her most esteemed performances (including her Oscar-nominated turns in Jackie and Closer), her efforts as a writer-director-producer (A Tale of Love and Darkness), and a look inside her deep commitment to global humanitarian causes.
  • James Franco discusses The Disaster Artist, his new film about the making of the modern cult classic The Room (known to its many fans as the greatest bad movie of all time).
  • Issa Rae, creator, executive producer, and star of HBO’s Insecure joins the festival for a wine
  • Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, the women behind HBO’s Girls and Lenny Letter, in conversation.
  • An ultraexclusive private tour of the Broad museum led by New York Magazine and Vulture senior art critic Jerry Saltz.
  • “State of the Union” with comedian, writer and actress Sarah Silverman in conversation with New York Magazine writer-at-large Frank Rich.
  • Lena Waithe and Common unveil The Chi in an advance screening of their forthcoming Showtime drama series, followed by a conversation.
  • The first-ever Bored to Death reunion, with stars Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis, Ted Danson, and creator Jonathan Ames.
  • Writer-directors Ava DuVernay (A Wrinkle in Time, Selma, The 13th) and Ryan Coogler (Black Panther, Fruitvale Station, Creed) in conversation.
  • The stars and creators of FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Kaitlin Olson, and Danny DeVito.
  • Amber Tamblyn and Roxane Gay host Feminist As F*ck, a reading series they co-created in 2014. The event will showcase the most daring voices in feminist writing today, including Rachel McKibbens and many more.
  • A Search Party Scavenger Hunt, planting the stars of the show, including Alia Shawkat, Meredith Hagner, John Early, John Reynolds, Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers, Lilly Burns, Judy Reyes and Jeffery Self, at secret locations throughout Hollywood, and culminating with an intimate cocktail reception with the cast and creators for those who successfully complete the hunt.
  • Writer-director Sofia Coppola (The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation, Marie Antoinette, Somewhere, The Bling Ring, The Beguiled) in conversation with New York Magazine editor-in-chief Adam Moss, presented by DIRECTV Now.
  • Writer-director-producer Guillermo del Toro and actor Doug Jones discuss their latest film The Shape of Water, winner of the Golden Lion for best film at the 2017 Venice International Film Festival.
  • Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer and executive producer Shawn Levy discuss the second season of Netflix’s juggernaut series.
  • Erika Jayne of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills in conversation with Brian J. Moylan, Vulture’s resident Real Housewives
  • Damon Lindelof (co-creator of The Leftovers and Lost) and Mike Schur (creator of Parks and Recreation and The Good Place) discuss TV and the meaning of life.
  • Pop-Culture Trivia Game Show tests the pop-culture savvy of the cast of Lifetime’s UnREAL another fan-favorite series, hosted by Bitch Sesh’s Casey Wilson and Danielle Schneider.
  • Clone High reunion with co-creators Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, joining co-creator Bill Lawrence and stars Will Forte, Michael McDonald, Nicole Sullivan, and Christa Miller for a look back on MTV’s quirky animated series.
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-creators Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna, along with cast members Vincent Rodriguez III, Scott Michael Foster, Donna Lynne Champlin, Pete Gardner, Vella Lovell, Gabrielle Ruiz and David Hull, offer a look inside season three of the CW series and its 100 original songs.
  • Comedians You Should & Will Know, a live show made up of comedians from Vulture’s annual list of up-and-coming comedic talent, hosted by star and creator of HBO’s Crashing, Pete Holmes, with special appearances by Jamie Lee and Lauren Lapkus.
  • From Funny Or Die and IFC comes a Thanksgiving House — an immersive Holiday event that brings to life all the best and worst of this holiday—all in one pop-up house. Attendees move from room to room, experiencing live, acted-out scenes of a typical Thanksgiving.
  • The Alienist screening and panel, with BAFTA award-winning costume designer Michael Kaplan (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Blade Runner) and Emmy® award-winning production designer Mara LePere-Schloop (True Detective, Django Unchained) goes behind the scenes of TNT’s eagerly anticipated psychological thriller based on the New York Times bestseller by Caleb Carr.
  • Screening and panel of PopTV’s Schitt’s Creek, featuring Emmy® winners and comedy legends Eugene Levy (co-creator and actor) and Catherine O’Hara (actor), along with Daniel Levy (co-creator, writer, actor), and Annie Murphy (actor).
  • An exclusive sneak-peek at season three of the TBS hit comedy The Detour, created, written and executive-produced by Jason Jones and Samantha Bee, followed by a conversation with stars Jason Jones and Natalie Zea.
  • DIRECTV presents an exclusive screening of its new film The Strange Ones, followed by a conversation with writer-director Christopher Radcliff, director Lauren Wolkstein, and actor James Freedson-Jackson.

Tickets will range from free events to $150, with most in the $25 range and including access to the AT&T Vulture Lounge poolside at The Hollywood Roosevelt. Citi® cardmembers have access to presale tickets on October 17, with general tickets going on sale to the general public on October 18 at A limited quantity of all-access Vulture Passes will be available for $495 (excluding The Broad tour, Search Party scavenger hunt, and comedy night). Follow @VultureFestival and @Vulture for updates.

The weekend will kick off on Friday, November 17, with an exclusive opening-night party at The Hollywood Roosevelt, co-hosted by AT&T.



October 26, 2017



HEAL, will have an extended run in the Los Angeles area from October 27 to November 1.  The film was originally released from October 20 to October 26 at the Laemmle Santa Monica.  

The film will premiere in New York City this weekend (October 27-November 3), plus Santa Fe, San Francisco, Phoenix, and Denver in November. HEAL will also be released on DVD and Blu-ray, as well as available to download on and iTunes beginning December 5             

HEAL takes its viewers on a scientific and spiritual journey that reveals the incredible intelligence of the human body and how our thoughts, beliefs, emotions and perceptions strongly affect our health. Through interviews with luminaries such as Deepak Chopra, Bruce Lipton, Marianne Williamson, Michael Beckwith, Gregg Braden, Anita Moorjani, and more, the film highlights the often-surprising relationship between spirituality and science, and how we have more control over our health and genes than we have been taught to believe.

The film delivers a new understanding of the miraculous nature of the human body and the extraordinary healer within us all. HEAL not only taps into the brilliant minds of leading scientists and spiritual teachers, but follows three people on actual high-stakes, healing journeys.

Paladin has acquired theatrical rights to writer/director Kelly Noonan Gores’ documentary HEAL. Gores spent 20 years in front of the camera before deciding to turn her attention to filmmaking. In 2012, Gores launched Elevative Entertainment, an independent production company based in Beverly Hills, and has transitioned into a career of writing and producing. 

WHEN:            Friday, October 27, 2017

WHERE:           Laemmle Monica Film Center

1332 2nd St. Santa Monica, CA 90401


Heal Documentary featuring Deepak ChopraGregg BradenBruce H. Lipton, Ph.DMedical MediumMarianne WilliamsonAnita Moorjani and more.

To find out when and where you can see HEAL in a theater near you, sign up for our mailing list at In theaters starting Oct 20th, 2017.