Tonight and beyond…so many ways to celebrate Spring!

Sprung on SpringSPRUNG ON SPRING

Wanderlust bigger than your spring fever travel budget?   Alcove and Spring Bar have you covered! Tokyo and the South of France are just a couple of the garden-centric locations you can visit tonight via delish libations at this annual Los Feliz cocktail bash; think Suntory Toki highballs/cherry blossoms and St. Germain cocktails/elderflowers. Or take a trip down the rabbit hole at the Alice in Wonderland-themed tea party, which includes Hendricks gin cocktails and an “Eat Me/Drink Me” shot.  Admission is free and so is the spring-themed photo booth. Cocktails can be obtained via tokens at the bar. The first 75 people in attendance get swag like flower crowns and aura photographs; with five drink stations, your aura will definitely read “very, very happy”.




Best way to celebrate Hump Day?  Head to Westfield Topanga for the 21+ The Taste of the Valley.  Your ticket to this one-stop gourmet stroll unlimited samples of  sweet and savory bites from 45+ restaurants (including Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion, Tender Greens, Pedalers and A Sweet Bite) plus delish sips from 120 wineries, three dozen spirit purveyors — think high-end tequila, rum, gin and whisk(e)y — and over a dozen microbreweries from California and beyond.  Tickets will be more at the door so grab yours today!  Wednesday never had it so good….




Greenbar & Cheese


You know about pairing wine and cheese…but what about pairing whiskey and cheese Learn how to nose, taste and pair these two fab food groups in an intimate class lead by Hilary Kinzler, a TV producer for the Food Network and Head Cheesemonger at V Cheese Shoppe, and  Kim Ohanneson, a Certified Whisky Ambassador and the President of  Women Who Whiskey ~ Los Angeles (a.k.a. Ms. Go Go!) California’s craft whiskey movement is exploding and Kim will introduce you to three unique and delicious expressions from the Golden State’s most innovative distillers and micro-producers.  Hilary will pair the whiskey with cheeses so good they will practically make you weep with happiness.  Plus, get unique gifts or stock up on weekend party supplies with V Cheese Shoppe’s fabulous selection of  cheese, charcuterie, olive oils, olives, vinegars, and accoutrements. PLEASE NOTE: this is a VERY small and intimate class and will sell out quickly!

Kulak's Woodshed: a paradise for songwriters.


Go Go’ers, every corner of L.A. is chockablock with writers with songs in their hearts and their well-thumbed notebooks.   Check out a few (or a lot!) at these cozy, Valley (some San Fernando, one San Gabriel, all good) hangouts and make your ears happy.  The rest of you will surely follow.   


Kulak’s Woodshed   

You’ll feel like you’re inside your hippie aunt’s magical mystery tour parlour at Paul Kulak‘s tiny, labor-of-love, storefront joint.   There’s no liquor or food; it’s all about the music at Kulak’s, which is why performers flock to play here.  (The songwriters-in-the-round is one of L.A.’s best. )  Lounge on the bed or the couches…anywhere, really…and you may end up on the live webcast of the show. (“Hi Mom!”)  Viewers  at home can send messages to the musicians and donations to Paul.   Come for the L.A. music community’s best-kept secret.  (Now you know it too.)   

Note:  On Friday, May 21st, witty, wonderful singer/songwriter (and Emmy-winning writer) Tracy Newman headlines with the Reinforcements while erudite piano man Marty Axelrod starts the night out right.    

Tracy Newman @ Kulak's Woodshed on May 21st. (Photo by Sherry Barnett.)



Hallenbeck’s General Store & Cafe   

There may not be music in the establishment’s title but this charming reproduction of  an old time general store, complete with pot belly stove, is a magnet for musicians who love the raised stage (no bad sight lines!), the mellow sound, the period atmosphere, and the delish drinks, desserts and light dinner fare.  Come for a great show and a tasty supper while taking care of all your gift-shopping needs.   


Wine & Song @ Wine Styles   

Brad Colerick’s  Wednesday night Wine & Song  has become a  weekly, home-away-from-home hang for music-savvy South Pasadeneans who appreciate the top-drawer talent and the tasty wine from event co-sponsor Donati Vineyards.  Sink into the leather chairs with gourmet nibbles from WineStyles during the show.  Come for the comfortably upscale, neighborhood vibe and because you never know who will drop in to say hi and sing.   

 Standing in the corner has never been so much fun.   

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….