Tasty Tidbits: Restaurant Happenings in the San Fernando Valley

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BY KAREN YOUNG The Slaw Dogs has opened its second location in Woodland Hills and is celebrating with a grand opening party on Thursday, August 25, from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. with free samples.  This hot dog eatery from Pasadena serves variations of … [Read more...]

Classic Rock Night with Food and Drink at the L.A. Zoo

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Cubensis    Photo: Hugh Stegman

BY KAREN YOUNG Rock on, eat well and drink up at "Music in the L.A. Zoo - Classic Rock Night"— a rare opportunity to visit the zoo after hours under the stars this Thursday, July 28 from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.  This isn't your average zoo trip with the … [Read more...]

THIS WEEKEND: Food, Furniture, Art, Culture, Animals, Music, Sales and More

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COMPILED BY KAREN YOUNG NOHO ROCKIN' FOOD TRUCK FEST: It’s a fun day in NoHo with gourmet food trucks, arts and craft booths, live music, raffle prizes, dog adoptions and a beer and wine garden from Skinny’s Lounge. Proceeds help Hope for … [Read more...]

Bentley's Bandstand: Fabulous Thunderbirds, Best Of: Early Birds Special

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BY BILL BENTLEY Fabulous Thunderbirds, Best Of: Early Birds Special, Benchmark Records Start with their cover songs. It's often the quickest way to find out what a band is really like. It shows where they come from. With the Fabulous Thunderbirds, … [Read more...]

What's Happening this Father's Day Weekend in the 818

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COMPILED BY KAREN YOUNG Movie Night and Food Truck Festival: See a free screening of Megamind, plus check out twenty food trucks.  Saturday, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m., Granada Hills Recreation Center 16730 Chatsworth Sreet, Granada Hills. Saturdays Off the … [Read more...]

BENTLEY'S BANDSTAND: Garland Jeffreys, The King Of In Between

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BY BILL BENTLEY Garland Jeffreys, The King Of In Between, Luna Park Records There aren't that many new releases which should be mandatory listening: music that inspires, thrills and, yes, educates the heart and the mind. Garland Jeffreys has always … [Read more...]

Bentley's Bandstand: Dawes, Nothing Is Wrong

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BY BILL BENTLEY Dawes, Nothing Is Wrong, ATO Records It isn't always easy being the new Great American Band, especially when not everyone has found out yet. But Dawes are surely knocking on that door right now, and with Nothing Is Wrong there's a … [Read more...]

This Weekend: It's All About Fairs, Free Music, Gems and Giving Back

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COMPILED BY KAREN YOUNG The Green City Fair: Hosted by Ed Begley Jr., the fair will demonstrate how people can make simple changes to adopt a more environmentally sustainable future. Workshops, local green vendors and sustainability experts, plus … [Read more...]

FREE EVENT: Christina Aguilera joins Extra and NBC's The Voice Team Christina at The Grove

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Christina Aguilera will be at The Grove on Friday.  Photo: NBC

BY MY DAILY FIND STAFF This is just a skip out of the 818, but if you want a chance to participate in a special singing competition and the  possibility of meeting Christina Aquilera and getting tickets to "The Voice" audition on Friday, this one … [Read more...]

Bentley's Bandstand: Blind Boys of Alabama, Take The High Road

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BY BILL BENTLEY Blind Boys of Alabama, Take The High Road, Saguaro Records The Blind Boys of Alabama could no more go country than Mickey Mouse join a metal band. It's just not what they do. But what's extremely interesting is how close gospel is … [Read more...]