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COOL LA EVENT OF THE DAY: Head to the Hammer for “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid” (Director Carl Reiner in Person!)

by Don Rose


Today is 8/8, so it’s fitting that an 80’s film event is the coolest thing happening in Los Angeles tonight. Why? Well, not only do you get to see the hilarious 1982 noir sendup-mashup “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid" starring Steve Martin on the big screen (at the Hammer Museum’s wonderful Billy Wilder Theater) - you also get to see the film’s director CARL REINER, live and in person! (And you’ll see him in the film, since he cast himself in a small but important role.)

More info:

But wait, there’s more: film and theater costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis is also scheduled to appear in person at the event (her husband, director John Landis, was listed as a special guest as well, according to the website above, but another part of that site does not list his name, so we will have to show up to find out).


Note that tonight’s “Dead Men…” screening is the opening event in a new film series at the Hammer, “What I Really Do Is Magic: Edith Head and Hollywood Costume Design" - and so tonight’s main attraction will be preceded by Home Savings: “Edith Head” — Commercial (c. 1979):

"In this television commercial, costume designer Edith Head explains the philosophy and the secret that have sustained her career.
DigiBeta, color, 1 min.



Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid
August 8, 2014 - 7:30 pm
Billy Wilder Theater
Hammer Museum
Wilshire @ Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Price: $10.00

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OUT & ABOUT SHOUTOUT: Chilly Ribbons Shaved Snow

by Don Rose


Walking around Westwood Village, I discovered a cool place - as in cool desserts that will cool you off, perfect for today’s hot days. Chilly Ribbons (“The Original Shaved Snow” according to their website) serves up a delish dessert with a unique texture (imagine an ice block sliced into very thin ribbons, hence the name), and the shaved snow comes in many flavors (I tried and loved the Chocolate Fudge).

Some of the flavors have a little dairy in them, but there are non-dairy options as well. Shaved snow is a great alternative to the typical frozen yogurt choice for your sweet creamy cravings, especially if you don’t do yogurt for any reason. Give it a try!

CHILLY RIBBONS, 1135 Westwood Boulevard, L.A. CA 90024  

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AUG 5: West Hollywood to Host Twelve National Night Out 2014 Events

Full Event List Available at

More Than 2,000 Residents will Take Part in Evening Get-Togethers All Over West Hollywood

WEST HOLLYWOOD, August 5, 2014 – On Tuesday, August 5, 2014, approximately 2,000 West Hollywood residents are expected to celebrate in the streets in a show of unity against crime during the City of West Hollywood’s annual National Night Out.

“I always look forward to National Night Out because it is so important for us to meet our neighbors and be aware of what is happening in our neighborhoods,” said West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “Having vital local crime prevention programs like Neighborhood Watch can help our Sheriff’s Department to substantially reduce crime on our residential streets. I love that West Hollywood residents participate so enthusiastically in National Night Out and I can’t wait to see you all out there!”

One dozen events will take place during the evening and attendance is free. A complete up-to-date list of events, times, and locations is available on the City’s website at

National Night Out is a national campaign that involves citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations, and local officials from more than 15,000 communities across the country.

The City of West Hollywood’s Neighborhood Watch Groups, in coordination with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Los Angeles County Fire Department, and City officials and staff, will hold evening events and social gatherings in neighborhoods throughout the City including block parties, barbecues, live entertainment, and dancing.

National Night Out West Hollywood participants include members of the West Hollywood City Council; the West Hollywood Public Safety Commission; the West Hollywood Russian Advisory Board; West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station deputies; and firefighters from the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

For more information, please call Laura Manukian in the City’s Public Safety Department at (323) 848-6831 or at For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

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ICE MASTER: New Westwood Dessertery Delivers Delicious Delights

by Don Rose


Westwood Village has become a hotbed of dessert purveyors, but a new addition to the scene (just south of Wilshire and just north of the Crest Theater on Westwood Blvd) is doing dessert a bit differently. Ice Master is the name of the new place, and their delicious shaved ice is what sets them apart from the many frozen yogurt eateries that have sprung up in recent years.

If you don’t do dairy, shaved ice is a wonderful alternative, with similar flavor and texture - and Ice Master offers an array of toppings to top off your treat.

In addition to their shaved ice, Ice Master also sells cold drinks. When I visited, the drink I tried (a cold tea libation infused with just the right touch of chocolate and milk) was delicious and refreshing.

And did I mention - there’s also free Wi-Fi! So go and give them a try.



1244 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90024

Open Noon to 11pm

Tip: pick up their loyalty card - buy 10 drinks, get 1 free.

Posted at 12:35 AM (4 weeks ago) | Permalink


JUL 20: Angeleno Presents 12th Annual Live & Dine LA at Fairmont Miramar Hotel

by Don Rose


One of LA’s best culinary celebrations is just about here! On Sunday July 20, ANGELENO presents the 12th annual LIVE & DINE LA. The food and wine event will take place from 4-7pm at the fabulous Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica:

"In celebration of The Restaurant Issue, Angeleno Magazine will host its annual LIVE & DINE L.A. event, honoring the city’s most distinguished chefs and restaurateurs of 2014 who continue to shape and evolve L.A.’s culinary scene. Guests will be treated to signature bites and menu samplings prepared by the celebrated chefs, which will be paired with exclusive wines and artisanal cocktails."

More information can be found at: 

[Live & Dine LA 2014]

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