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A Real Treat

A Real Treat

My health-conscious neighbors gave out apples for Halloween to the grave disappointment of any trick-or-treater not savvy enough to skip their house. If only A Real Treat had been open then! This all-natural candy boutique, the ingenious brainchild of Angeleno Vanessa Hughes, just celebrated its grand opening in Santa Monica last weekend. A Real Treat carries candies free of corn syrup, artificial dyes and artificial flavors, perfect for the children in your life with allergies or dietary concerns. The boutique is located inside the delightful children’s bookstore Books and Cookies. Stop by and grab a “pick and mix” bag for the kids in your life, or, you know, yourself, obvs…

What Is Spruce Juice?

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I was at a dinner recently where ten out of the twelve guests had the same question on their mind: what is Spruce Juice? Apparently the floral shop at the intersection of Akbar and the lube place (Sunset and Fountain) has only been advertising Spruce Juice for the past month or so, but to me it feels like ages. The shop’s marquee declares “We Have Spruce Juice” in such a confident, almost disarming way that my friends and I wondered if it was something important we had missed and thank god it wasn’t already sold out everywhere. But is spruce juice for plants or for humans? More importantly, would it taste good with vodka?

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A+D Museum Celebrates The Journey

A+D Museum Celebrates the Journey

Ding Dong!This is your captain speaking,” and so began every communication from our pilot for the evening. Last Saturday, the A+D Museum hosted their annual gala, Celebrate. To highlight the design process, this year’s theme was Celebrate: The Journey. For a museum that’s moved around more than NBC’s fall lineup, the travel motif was A+D’s tongue-in-cheek way to poke a little fun at itself while showcasing travel-themed artwork from a luminous list of artists, designers and architects.

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What You’re Doing This Weekend: Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair

Printed Matter's LA Art Book Fair

My love of print began in elementary school with the Weekly Reader. Here was a magazine that tailored to my adolescent interests (pandas, weaving, outer space) and you could also buy books from it. Last night I checked out the opening of NYC bookstore Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair at MOCA and could barely contain myself. I mean, a museum that I love and you can buy books from it?

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New York Times Los Angeles Risk Of Decline

Here is some New York City sensationalism: the New York Times published and article titled “Report Finds Los Angeles at Risk of Decline.” Okay, dudes. But, truth telling: most of the article is bogus but our “expanding” so quickly from outsider money is something to be concerned about. Who is really in control of LA? Do those people actually care about the city? That’s where we see the imminent decline coming from…

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Bleeding Rainbow Los Angeles

Musical act Bleeding Rainbow is on tour now and is making a few Southern Californian pit stops: catch them at the Church On York on April 30.

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Moderns Los Angeles Synth Pop Sub Urban

Local synth pop act Moderns have recently hit the scene with their totally jam-able song “Sub Urban.” Quite nice: catch it below!

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Cinco De Mayo Party El Conjunto Nueva Ola Echoplex

The Echoplex is welcoming a (pre) Cinco De Mayo bash with El Conjunto Nueva Ola on May 4. Someone named “Skapeche Mode” will be performing as well.

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June Wayne Prints Paintings Tapestries Pasadena California Museum Of Art

PMCA’s next show is a celebration of the work of painter, printmaker, and feminist activist June Wayne’s work. It opens May 4 and will be on view through August 31. Time, Space & Matter: Five Installations Exploring Natural Phenomena will run concurrently.

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