JOAN OF ART - A Musical About Love, Winter Fun in Downtown LA, A Thousand Lights at Union Station and A Poignant, Raw, Beautifully Written, Directed, and Acted Film

After you have stuffed yourselves with delicious food, and visited friends and family, here are some fun things you might want to do that does not include eating or shopping.

First up is the return of LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. This is their biggest, record-breaking hit of the holiday season. The multimedia concert celebration of one of the most beloved holiday films of all time is back by popular demand, now as a not-to-be missed Los Angeles tradition.

The team behind LA's award winning series For the Record transforms the theatre into an immersive cinema, where the modern classic written by Richard Curtis is reborn as a revolutionary stage and screen event.

To tell the story, the film and live action seamlessly intertwine throughout the London setting. Iconic scenes on screen share the stage with an all star cast of singers and a 15-piece orchestra as they reimagine the film's hit soundtrack including 'Christmas is All Around' and 'Trouble With Love.'

'Love Actually Live' is a first-of-its-kind theatrical cinema experience. The show runs from November 27th - December 29th. To purchase tickets and for more information visit or call 310-745-4000.

The Wallis-Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is located at 9390 North Santa Monica Blvd. in Beverly Hills, 90210.

Next up is something fun for the whole family and one of my favorite things to do...ICE SKATING...Growing up in New York City once the winter was upon us, you could find me with my white skates with pink pom poms ice skating at New York's famed Rockefeller Center. It was always a magical, super fun experience even when I'd fall on my butt which I did more times than not.

Now you can lace up your skates and have the same experience as I did at PERSHING SQUARE HOLIDAY ICE SKATING RINK.

Open daily as of November 14th 2019 until January 20, 2020, you won't want to miss this magical winter wonderland that promises to delight all people of all ages. So grab your family, friends, co-workers or a date and visit The Bai Holiday Ice Rink at Pershing Square for festive fun and unforgettable memories.

The is their 22nd Anniversary Season so you know they're doing something right. Also every Tuesday throughout the rink, the season will be dedicated to FROZEN. Ice rink lights will be predominantly blue and every third song played will be from the FROZEN'S original Broadway Cast Recording at 7pm, 8:30pm and 10pm.

For more information go to or call 313-624-4289.


Speaking of Downtown, at Union Station THOUSANDS OF LUMINOUS LIGHTS are setting the stage for a month long holiday celebration which started on Thursday November 21st.

The holiday season Union Station's historic south patio will be transformed into a hub of holiday entertainment with a Luminous Holiday Light Display, a Tree Lighting Ceremony, illuminating a towering tree with thousands of glistening lights as snowdrifts from the sky fall to welcome the holiday season.

Additionally, the station's iconic clock tower will be adorned with a massive 20 foot wide wreath. There will be a month-long series of eclectic Cocoa Concerts and a Holiday Festival and Artisan Market featuring a distinctive diverse performers, artists and artisans from across Los Angeles.

The Union Station Holiday Festival, a pop-up artisan market, rolls into the station's south patio on Saturday December 7th from 10am to 6pm with more than 40 of L.A.'S most sought after artists and artisans, live entertainment, a Beer Garden, food truck favorites and fun, free activities for the kids.

The Cocoa Concert series continues on Friday, December 6 at 6:40pm (Latin beats from the Congas ), Friday, December 13th, 6:30pm (The singing sounds of the HI-FI HONEYDROPS AND Friday, December 20th, 6:30pm (Special Guests to be announced).

There will also be Santa selfies, a Candy Cane Lane where custom neon photo-op will make your season bright alongside a soaring Candy Cane Queen and holiday-themed arts, crafts and interactive games and entertainment.

I'm taking my eleven year old niece there next weekend and I'm probably going to have just as much fun as she will. For additional information on holiday events at Union Station, check out 'happenings' at

Lastly I high recommend one of my favorite films of the year MARRIAGE STORY, written and directed by NOAH BAUMBACH, who is also one of my favorite screenwriters. This 2019 films stars the fantastic Scarlett Johansson and the equally fantastic Adam Driver along with the wonderful Laura Dern, Alan Alda, Ray Liotta and Julie Hagerty.

The film follows a married couple going through a coast to coast divorce. You can see it in theaters around town and it will also be streaming on NETFLIX starting on December 6th. The film received widespread critical acclaim particularly for Baumbach's screenplay and direction as well as the acting of Johansson, Driver and Dern.

MARRIAGE STORY is at times funny, extremely raw and deeply emotional. Driver plays a successful theatre director in New York City. His theatre company is currently producing a play that stars his wife Nicole (Johansson) a former teen film actress. That's all I really want to say about it except that I promise, you will be thinking about this film long after the credits end. I know I was.

I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. It's one of my favorite holidays even though I'm a staunch vegetarian. For me it's all about getting together with people that I love and sharing what we are all thankful for. I hope that you all besides having fun and experiencing delicious food, take a moment and reflect on all the things in your life that you are grateful for.

JOAN OF ART: Movements at Union Station, a Powerful and Important Film, a Different Kind of Restaurant and a lot of Beer

This weekend has some really interesting and fun things going on starting with MOVEMENTS AT UNION STATION put on by METRO ART.

The show will be held for two consecutive Friday nights starting on August 2nd and ending August 9th. Heat-Wave featuring special guest Norio Sato will host this Friday. A Los Angeles based party series founded by DJs Daniel T and Wyatt Potts with a focus on international funk and disco records. Heat-Wave has hosted DJs from all over the world including Japan, Brazil, Korea, Mexico, Armenia, Greece, Germany and India creating a unique mix of music. The evening also serves as Heat-Wave's three year anniversary celebration.

Soto is the owner of the Flare Groove record shop in Osaka and the head of the Members record label. A true connoisseur of music, he also organizes the parties Metro, Norio AZ Music Radio and Positive Affair.

All that music is definitely going to give you an appetite so delicious meals will be served up by local favorite food trucks, The Bollywood Kitchen and Grilled Fraiche.

Admission for the event is free. For more information about events at Union Station, please visit For more info about Metro's art programs, please go to

Last night I saw a very powerful important film entitled LUCE and this is one that I would definitely call a 'must see.' It stars Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Octavia Spencer and newcomer, the excellent Kelvin Harrison, Jr. The acting across the board is A plus.

Luce was a child soldier from war torn Africa who had the good fortune to be adopted by Amy Edgar (Naomi Watts) and her husband Peter (Tim Roth). Luce is an accomplished football player and debate team captain who harbors revolutionary beliefs and violent tendencies.

Everyone loves Luce. His smile can light up a room, but when his teacher, Harriet Wilson (Octavia Spencer) reads an essay he wrote, all hell breaks out.

This simmering drama with complex themes of race, privilege, youth, family and parenting is based on an off Broadway play written by JC Lee and is tightly directed by Julias Onah (The Cloverfield Paradox) and it's definitely one that will have you riveted to the screen. The film opens this Friday, August 2nd at select theatres.

Now I'm sure these events will leave you hungry and what better way to satisfy your need for food then to visit one of my favorite Vegan restaurants, PURA VITA which serves plant based Italian food. The restaurant is located at 8274 Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood. Pura Vita not only has great food but it has a beautiful atmosphere, great music and excellent service to go with all your delicious bites.

I've been a vegetarian for years but my husband is a major meat eater. I dragged him here kicking and screaming. Needless to say I won't have to do that again. He absolutely loved the food.


Pura Vita is a female owned and family operated restaurant. All their ingredients are sourced from locally grown organic farms and Italian imports for specialty items.

Everything is 100% vegan, non GMO, organic and made from scratch. The chef Tara Punzone, is an Italian American from my hometown of Brooklyn, New York who has been a vegan for over 30 years. She has converted all her family's traditional dishes to vegan versions  without compromise.

Now what would Italian food be without wine. No worries, they have a wine bar with amazing choices. Dining here is a unique dining experience that has the ambiance of a New York City restaurant with a traditional menu that reflects Southern Italy.

For more information go to or call 323 688-2303. They open at ll:30am. You will love it. I promise.

Now if wine isn't your thing then head on over to the zoo for BREW AT THE L.A. ZOO. We're talking about 40 breweries, live music, pop up zoo talks, animal discover stations and pub style grub. This is L.A.'s unique brew fest now in its ninth year. You will be able to sample local craft br

ews as well as ciders, wines and more.

Some of the craft beers will be 101 Cider House, 99 Cents Only, Anna's Cider, Braveheart Brewing, Brewery at Simmzy's Burbank, Brewyard Beer Company, Cladode Beer, Elysian Brewing, just to name a few.

The music lineup includes GEC Dance Party, Boombox Heroes, DJ Johnny Hawkes and Casual Encounters. The animals you will encounter include elephants, alligators, harbor seals, kangaroos, orangutans, birds of prey, jaguars, komodo dragons, and many more.

The event is Friday August 2nd from 7-11 pm with the last pour at 10:30pm. For more information and to purchase tickets go to

Whatever you choose to do this weekend, make it a fun one.