Author: Jill Weinlein

Changing the World With Art

Share: Sitting in the private Creative Artists Agency theatre located along the Avenue of the Stars in Los Angeles, I watched the documentary Changing the World, One Wall at a Time created by Off Centre Productions and the organization Not A Crime – Street Art For Education Equality. The movie addresses the injustice of young people in Iran and around the world being barred from higher education because of their race or religious preferences. It all started with the injustice toward the Baha’i people in Iran in 1979.  The Iranian government has been persecuting Baha’i people, the largest religious minority, since the Islamic...

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Glamorous Old Hollywood Tour

Share: In the 1910s people flocked to Hollywood, CA to find fame, fortune and success. It was similar to the 1840s Gold Rush when people from all over streamed into San Francisco to get rich panning for gold. “Unfortunately, there were too many people coming into Hollywood and not enough movies being made to accommodate all the people,” said our stylish tour guide April Brooks Clemmer, while enjoying an Old Hollywood Walking Tour. We learned from Clemmer that some of the first founders of Hollywood were H. J. Whitley and H. H. and Daeida Wilcox. They bought land and built...

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Sipping Brander Wines 71 Stories above Los Angeles

Share: Allison Levine from Please The Palate invited a group of wine experts to a Santa Barbara Wine Road Trip luncheon at the restaurant 71Above inside US Bank, located in downtown Los Angeles. Sitting in the dining room, I appreciated the 180 degree spectacular views of the Hollywood sign to Palos Verdes. Sitting near Jennifer Dudley from Brander Wines, I enjoyed three of her wines with 71Above chef Vartan Abgaryan’s two course lunch. Levine introduced us and explained how the Santa Barbara County is a wine region located along the coastal range of North and South America. The transverse mountain...

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Chihuly Art at the Catalina Island Museum

Share: After cruising to Catalina Island on one of the fast and smooth Catalina Express boats, I dropped my bags at the upscale Pavilion Hotel and walked to the new Catalina Island Museum to meet Gail Fornasiere for a tour of the new Chihuly exhibit. The newly opened museum is 18,000 square feet of interior and outdoor exhibit space. Much different from the former 3,000 square-foot Catalina Museum on the ground floor of the Catalina Casino (not a gambling Casino, once a dance pavilion). This new museum offers elegant cultural opportunities for tourists and locals to enjoy. Renowned glass...

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Sipping Pali Wine Co.

Share: One of the most sought after neighborhoods in Southern California is Pacific Palisades with it’s unique Alphabet neighborhood near the center of town, and the celebrity enclave of Huntington Palisades with its breathtaking Pacific Ocean views. The Riveria is another high-end neighborhood near the upscale Riveria Country Club. Two arbitrage guys working in Santa Monica got into the wine business in 2005. Tim Perr and Scott Knight co-founded Pali Wine Co., sourcing most of the grapes from the top vineyards in Santa Barbara County and Sonoma. Later they purchased 50 acres of land in the Gypsy Canyon Road...

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