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An Adventure In Catalina

An Adventure In Catalina: Avalon

Most Angelenos have some sort of vague idea of what Catalina Island is. “That’s where Natalie Wood died, right?” some may ask, attempting to locate the place in relationship to Los Angeles history. Others have spread rumors that it’s cheesy or full of older people or even simply just an island lost somewhere near Los Angeles’ Pacific Ocean: most Angelenos feeling toward Catalina is nothing more than meh at best. The vacation destination loses out to cooler locations like Joshua Tree and Palm Springs.

But who has actually been to Catalina? Have you? Ask someone near you: have they? Of the many friends and acquaintances that I have polled in the past month, only two people noted visiting the island, both of who had visited the place one time and couldn’t really weigh in on what the place was like. When we were invited to visit the island for a wildflower tour by the Catalina Conservancy, we were certainly intrigued. The island has been on our list of places to go in Southern California for years and is one of those places that needed to be explored: the oceanic veil has to be lifted so that we can all gaze upon Catalina’s face.

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The Soles Of Royal Elastics’ Shoes

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We’ve been familiar with Royal Elastics‘ shoes for some time now. They’re a Downtown LA footwear brand who make shoe wearing easy (because you don’t have to tie the shoes, hence the name) and they do it in a very stylish way. We’ve popped onto their site every now and then to see what they are up to and there are always a few shoes that look great. One big thing we noticed on a recent online-window-shopping trip in their men’s shoes department was that something was going on with their soles: they have a little attitude. A lot of them are tri-colored cool!

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A Little Help From TYLT

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Simi Valley will always sound like it is some sort of technology destination. Perhaps because of the closeness in name to the popular Sim game franchise or even because it is another Si-prefixed Valley (a la Silicon Valley), there has always been a relationship to technology and Simi Valley in my brain. There isn’t any support of this idea either as the greater Los Angeles city is undoubtedly quaint and quiet in our few visits we’ve taken there. But could it be a tech something? Potentially–and if Simi Valley based tech innovators TYLT has anything to do with it, Simi Valley could become some sort of computerized mecca. The company makes really smart, bright mobile accessories from cases to speakers but have carved a place in the on-the-go charging station with products like their Energi and Zumo. We recently got our hands on their beefy PowerPlant, a tiny mega-machine that can bring your electronic device back to life in a pinch.

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Inside Book Stand At The Standard

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For the first time in a while, it seemed like last Thursday was one of those evening where there were so many things we had so many things we wanted to attend. There was the Munny show, there was the Charming Baker opening, and there was the opening of The Standard Hollywood’s Book Stand. The first two we had an idea of what to expect but the latter was the most intriguing as we hadn’t heard anything about it save for the hyper-clean website we had shared last week. What is it? An equally as crisp and clean and effortlessly cool pop-up plant and outdoorsy lifestyle store.

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Rob Sato Curses Martha Otero Gallery

Martha Otero is welcoming a show called Curses featuring the work of artist Rob Sato: it opens September 20 and is on view through October 25.

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Autumn Garden Party Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is having an Autumn Garden Party this weekend, on September 20. It’s free and open to all!

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High And Low Bureau Night Gallery Re-Establishing Shot

Contemporary art gang from Israel High & Low Bureau is taking over Night Gallery on September 23. It will feature a screening of their film RE-Establishing Shot and a Q&A after. RSVP to attend!

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Comedy Place September

Thursday, September 18, is the Comedy Palace show hosted by Andy Wood. The show is *free* and happens every week. Check it out!

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The Super Serious Show Adam Cayton Holland The Virgil

The Virgil is welcoming a comedy show called The Super Serious Show on September 17. It’s hosted by Adam Cayton-Holland and will feature music, a food truck, and happy hour drink specials.

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