‘Glee’ Vets Darren Criss And Heather Morris Celebrate Saint John’s 75th Anniversary Gala

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Former Glee cast members Darren Criss and Heather Morris were among the attendees at Providence Saint John’s 75th Anniversary Gala Celebration. Hosted by Saint John’s Health Center Foundation and the Irene Dunne Guild, the event raised a record breaking $1.4 million on Saturday at Culver City’s 3Labs.

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Renée Zellweger Talks “Easy Yes” Of ‘Same Kind of Different As Me’

Same Kind of Different As Me
Now playing nationwide, Same Kind of Different As Me is the true story of the friendship of arts dealer Ron Hall (Greg Kinnear) and Denver Moore (Djimon Hounsou), a homeless man Moore befriended at the behest of his wife Deborah (Reneé Zellweger). Read below for info on how this movie helped make a difference in Jackson, Mississippi and why Same Kind of Different As Me was an “easy yes” for Zellweger.

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FYS Spotlight: Canoga Park’s “Next Chapter Books” Is Worth Reading Into

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It’s a great idea to support your local, independently owned bookstore, and that notion turned into a reality several weeks ago. Thanks to my brother-in-law’s  Angels in Seven reading, I actually left the house for a bit of socialization and fresh air. The gathering took place at Next Chapter Books, and I was immediately hooked.

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RMPConcerts Hits Hollywood’s The Hudson Theatres August 19

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If you’re in the mood for some live music (who wouldn’t want to hear a sax and harp played during a La-La Land evening?), RMPConcerts (Rising Monarch Production Concerts) is holding a live performance this Saturday at The Hudson Theatres.

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Lalo Schifrin Birthday Concert Hits Alex Theatre In October

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Six-time Oscar nominated composer/conductor Lalo Schifrin (Mission: Impossible, Dirty Harry) will celebrate his 85th birthday with a special concert that spotlights and honors his music. The October 7 event, which will be held at the Alex Theatre (Glendale, Ca), is being presented by Musicians at Play Foundation and AFM Local 47’s Music Fund of Los Angeles in association with Varese Sarabande. Further details below!

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“Down The Yellow Brick Road With Alicia Mayer” Celebrates Culver City & MGM Icon

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Travelers who venture to California hit Hollywood in search of movie history, but there’s a valid reason why Culver City is dubbed “the heart of screenland.” Alicia B. Mayer, the great-grandniece of MGM legend Louis B. Mayer is maintaining the family’s legacy and will be on hand to share photos and insights at a special Culver City Centennial event. Details on the August 6th event is below!

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Movie Pick: Vittorio De Sica’s Brilliant ‘Il Boom’ Hits Beverly Hills

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Italian filmmaker Vittorio De Sica is revered for his prodigious contributions to neorealism, as Shoeshine, Umberto D, and Bicycle Thieves have made their respective marks in cinema. A digital restoration of Il Boom, a 1963 comedy drama that has never before been released, is now playing at the Ahrya Fine Arts in Beverly Hills (July 21-27). Details on the film is featured after the jump!

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California Pizza Kitchen Fundraiser Spotlights LACoFD’s Explorer Program

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As a Thai Crunch Salad devourer, California Pizza Kitchen is my #1 go-to eatery in Los Angeles, and it’s great to know that they’re also taking an active part in the community with a fundraiser to support the Los Angeles County Fire Department Explorer Program. If you’re eating at CPK somewhere between now and Wednesday, July 19, check out the fundraising details below.

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Finding My Scene With ‘Find Your Seen’ (AKA My Mission Statement)

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Couple of years back I’m in Culver City (home of the sublime Tito’s Tacos) with a good friend and former co-worker. We’re scarfing down pizzas at LaRocco’s, a wonderful hole in the wall spot on Main Street, and discussing if we should resume a radio program we started eons ago. That idea materialized into nothing, but then, as the cliched phrase goes, “we got to talkin’” and the seeds of Find Your Seen were planted.

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