Hand Me Ups provides solace for Halloween hangover

If you want to give something to kids more wholesome than candy, how about clothes?

Hand Me Ups, a non profit that provides new clothing to underprivileged youth, will be hosting a “Halloween Haunt” at the Boys and Girls Club of Venice on Monday, October 31st from 4-6pm. Speakers will include Tony Alva, one of the original Z-Boys. There'll be a costume contest, live screen printing, and dodgeball. 

From Hand Me Ups:

There are millions of children around the world in a state of povery, many of which rely on humanitarian organizations to remain alive in such poor living conditions. Grateful for anything they can get their hands on, these underprivileged youth are custom to receiving old, used, and often inferior hand-me-down clothes. Now, with the help of Hand Me Ups and our valued partners, these same kids can be outfitted in new, clean, and desireable branded clothing that will allow them to experience an enhanced sense of self-worth and a new sense of purpose.


Aspiring gluttons needed for Gyoza Eating Championship

On Saturday, August 20, Major League Eating partners up with the Nisei Week Japanese Festival in Downtown LA for the Gyoza Eating Championship. The feast kicks off at 1:30 p.m. in Little Tokyo's Japanese American Cultural and Community Center Plaza. 98-pound eating champion Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas will join “Notorious B.O.B.” Bob Shoudt, and Matt “Megatoad” Stonie to see who can eat the most gyoza in ten minutes and take home the the first place prize of $2,000.

If you've seen eating luminaries like Joey Chestnut or Takeru Kobayashi and think you can out-digest them, the final spot in the competition will be auctioned before the event! But be warned, the world record of 231 potstickers clocks in at about 7000 calories.

Admission is free, but B-Y-O-Pepto-Bismol. Need some practice? Here’s a recipe from Food Network’s Alton Brown:


LACMA’s photo favorites on display

Collectors' Favorites will feature a wide variety of photographs from the private collections of LACMA’s Photographic Arts Council. From the early photographs of the 1880s to present-day shots, the exhibition will feature renowned photographers such as Karl Struss and Manuel Álvarez Bravo, in addition to many others.

(photo: "The Daydream" by Manuel Álvarez Bravo/Stephen Cohen Gallery)

The public opening will take place tonight (Thursday, if you’re reading this late) from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Stephen Cohen Gallery, but the exhibit will run until August 27. 



The Gabe-approved Pasadena concert series

Thanks to AirTalk with Larry Mantle producer Karen Fritsche for sending this our way:


"[I ran] into this guy – Gabe – at Starbucks. He was just sitting there in his purple sombrero, clutching his horn and dishing. Gabe's advice? Check out the free music concerts this summer in Pasadena. 'Music is just falling out of the sky.' "

So take Gabe's advice and head to Memorial Park in Old Pasadena for the free concerts that the Levitt Pavilion Pasadena is hosting this summer. 


Jazz, Rock, Classical, R&B, and more make up the calendar of 50 concerts. The series begins June 18 (this Saturday) with Make Music Pasadena and continues every Wednesday through Sunday from June 22 until August 28.


(Images: Karen Fritsche, Levitt Pavilion Pasadena)


A Tribute to West Adams' Heritage

Celebrate a century of West Adams culture and African-American heritage at West Adams' Golden Legacies: Golden State Mutual Life and Landmarks of African American History, on Saturday, June 4 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm. 

Exhibits include a tour of Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Building and the Late Moderne building with murals by artists Charles Alston and Hale Woodruff. The murals are especially of note, as they may be sold and moved to another location.

From their release:

"West Adams' Golden Legacies is a tribute to milestones and pioneers who have helped to define the community's character. Visitors will be able to tour the interiors of several other historical properties and explore the neighborhoods of West Adams, with its dozens of Black history landmarks."

"The tour will raise funds for the West Adams Heritage Association, a nonprofit organization founded in 1983 to support preservation of the community's architectural and cultural heritage.  WAHA has grown from a small resident support group to a recognized preservation voice with hundreds of members who live in the many neighborhoods of the Historic West Adams District."