Archives for March 2011

The Groundlings Theater and Comedy Clubs

Los Angeles has a wide range of comedy clubs to choose from—The Improv, The Laugh Factory, and The Comedy Store are known primarily for stand-up comedians.  The club that I highly recommend is The Groundlings Theater on Melrose.  This school and theater, which has an amazing reputation for improvisation and sketch comedy,  has been around since 1974.  Many of the familiar faces you see on film and television started on their stage, including, Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman) Kathy Griffin, Will Ferrell, Larraine Newman, Phil Hartman, Cheri Oteri, Lisa Kudrow and Jon Lovitz.  Thursday is alumni night and you never know who’s   going to pop up and perform.  Tonight I’m heading over to watch two talented friends of mine, 

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Tizzle Tours and Six Taste Tours

Today I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with two individuals that offer unique perspectives of Los Angeles.  Troy Taylor, from Tizzle Tours, invited me out for a bike tour of Hollywood.   I’ve personally performed over 1000 tours on these particular streets, but it’s amazing what one can see on a bike as opposed to sitting in the driver’s seat of a vehicle.  Troy took us on a leisurely tour that included Melrose Ave, Hancock Park, Sunset Boulevard and Hollywood Boulevard.  We stopped at his favorite deli in Larchmont Village, and grabbed a picnic to eat at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.   I shared my roasted turkey with Marion Davies, Rudolph Valentino, Alfalfa, Bugsy Siegel and Mel Blanc.   Troy has 

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Runyon Canyon, Hiking Trails and Outdoor Beach Activities

Domestic, as well as International guests usually comment on the great shape of Angelenos.  We really have no excuse to be anything but healthy.  Our year round good weather and countless outdoor activities keep us quite active.  Santa Monica is truly built for the health enthusiast.  Visit Adelaide Drive on the weekends and you basically step into an outdoor gym.  Travel along the bike paths of San Vicente and head down to Palisades Park for outdoor yoga and power walks.   A little further south and you’ve got the rings and bars for upper body conditioning.  Right in the heart the heart of the city, we have countless hiking trails, including dozens in Griffith Park alone.  Most Hollywood locals will head 

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THE REDBURY HOTEL

Sam Nazarian and his SBE Group have another amazing property in Los Angeles.  The Redbury Hotel opened recently near the corner of Hollywood and Vine.  Last night, I had a tour of this 57-room property from their general manager.  Super cool rooms!  I viewed a two-bedroom suite.  It had a kitchen, two bathrooms, a washer and dryer, hip décor and a phonograph player with a nice selection of vinyl records. All their rooms have a balcony, and this particular room had a view of the Hollywood Sign, The Walk of Fame, and Capitol Records.   Downstairs, they have their popular restaurant, Cleo.  Everything Nazarian touches turns to gold.  His group also has four Katsuya restaurants, Hyde Lounge, The SLS Hotel with 

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LOS ANGELES MARATHON

For the 2nd year in a row, Los Angeles has a marathon to be proud of.  Even though this is our 26th annual, the 2 year old route is a huge improvement.  Over 30,000 runners this year will pass through most of our major landmarks and communities.  Starting at Dodger Stadium, they’ll head into Chinatown, and Little Tokyo.  From there, they make their way into Silverlake and Hollywood as they run past Grauman’s Chinese Theater, The Walk of Fame and the Kodak Theater.  My friends are I, will walk up the street and cheer them on as they make their way down the legendary Sunset Strip here in West Hollywood.  They head south into Beverly Hills and go down Rodeo 

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Kodak Theater and Cirque du Soleil

After opening in 2001, the Kodak theater is known the world over as the permanent home of the Academy Awards.  This venue. with over 3300 seats, will be taken over this week by the Cirque du Soleil production team in preparation for their newest production, “Iris.”  This show will be a fantastic addition to our city. Danny Elfman will compose the music for the production that will include over 70 performers, and cover the history of cinema.  Tickets will range from about $40 to $130.  VIP tickets will also be available.  Preview performances will start on July 21st, 2011.   Information: (877) 943-IRIS, or www.cirquedusoleil.com –Jimmy  

MUSSO AND FRANK GRILL

Heading over to Musso & Frank Grill on Hollywood Boulevard tonight.  You’ll love stepping back in time when walking into this legendary haunt. Everybody who’s anybody has been here since it opened up in 1919.  Sit up at the bar and enjoy their signature Caesar Salad and Martinis. –Jimmy