When I was 14 years old I fell in love with a tv character. Of course, I was unaware that I was watching reruns in the late 70s of the famed TV show “Star Trek.” I crushed hard on James T. Kirk, portrayed by actor William Shatner. I fantasized about traveling across the country (from NY to LA) to find my hero. Of course, since I was watching reruns, I would not have found the young, sexy captain of the U.S. Enterprise who I was visualizing in my dreams.

My affection for this cultural phenomenon was recently re-ignited at a…


On August 4, 2021, I attended a ribbon cutting and press preview of the “Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit” at the old Amoeba Records venue. Councilman Mitch O’Farrell of the 13th district in Hollywood joined the collaborator/producers of this much anticipated installation. Co-producersCorey Ross (from Lighthouse Immersive), Diana Rayzman (from Impact Museums) and Councilman O’Ferrell spoke passionately about the iconic painter Vincent Willem Van Gogh, and what the project meant to them personally. Creator Massimiliano Siccardi zoomed in from Italy, while the latest collaborator — from the New York incarnation — Creative Director David Korins (“Hamilton,” “Dear Evan Hansen”) also spoke…


While we have lost so many restaurants this past year, and the current Covid variant is creating new challenges, two bold entrepreneurs have come to the table presenting modern Indian cuisine right in the heart of Culver City. Co-founders and partners Mihir Lad and Executive Chef Sagar Ghosh opened Arth Bar + Kitchen on July 8, 2021. With not just one but two patios for outdoor dining, Arth offers a safe dining experience for those who take public safety seriously.

Before having the opportunity to enjoy a full multi-course meal at the new restaurant, I met both partners and Lad’s…


After a long shutdown, I was vaccinated and thrilled to venture out to see live theatre for the first time in over a year. The Wallis has created a Covid-safe outdoor stage with socially-distanced tiered seating.The World Premiere of “Tevye in New York!” officially opened on June 26, 2021, and stars actor/writer Tom Dugan (“Jackie Unveiled,” “Wiesenthal”), who also co-directed it with Michael Vale. Dugan has written several one-man shows, two were previously performed at the Wallis, with this production originally scheduled for 2020. So it was the perfect project to launch SUMMER @ THE WALLIS.

Most know the beloved…


While in-person openings have been slowly coming back, bG Gallery has come up with an unusual way to keep up with social distancing at its upcoming reception on June 19, 2021. For its 8th annual color themed show, “Spectrum Gestalt,” art lovers are asked to attend the opening at different times based on their love of a specific color. Neutrals start with a 2–3pm time slot, moving on with red enthusiasts invited from 3–4pm, and so on (see below for full schedule).

Photographer Tim Truby will have five images in the group show. As a landscape photographer, he spends 2–3…


Each year The TASTE, presented by the LA Times, takes place over Labor Day weekend. Los Angeles residents, tourists and foodies alike look forward to this annual event. It’s a wonderful way to try the cuisine of multiple restaurants while enjoying an inside peek of the New York back lot at Paramount Pictures.


The Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival is one of the premiere foodie events in Los Angeles, and it happens to be one of my favorites. This year, all of the larger events were held at the Santa Monica Barker Hangar, while the dinner series continued at different locations across LA.

I was excited to attend “Meat me at LAFW’s Great Steak-out & BBQ with Curtis Stone” on Saturday evening, and Sunday’s “Brunch so Hard with Jeremiah Tower.” Saturday evening’s event was bustling…there was a wonderful party atmosphere. I decided to start the night off with a beautiful cabernet by…


After postponing their No Filter U.S. stadium tour, due to Mick Jagger’s heart surgery, the Rolling Stones were about to hit the stage at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. It was finally time to see their re-scheduled performance, and I couldn’t have been more excited. Driving to Pasadena from the Westside during rush hour however was not something I was looking forward to.

My husband wanted to leave super early and have a nice dinner in Pasadena before the show. I had heard about a wonderful Italian restaurant in Old Town Pasadena called Mi Piace, so it seemed like the…


Life can be busy. Unexpected things come up, and we tend to forget about taking time for ourselves. So, when family or business commitments take me to an area out of Los Angeles, I often tack on an extra day or two to unwind and experience of the local sites. When my commitments are up the coast from LA…that’s even better. The entire California coast is peppered with amazing destinations.

My husband (photographer Richard Bilow), and I have been gathering info for upcoming articles as part of an ongoing series about the California coast. See my article — “Unplug with…


On June 8 & 9, 2019, the 41st annual Playboy Jazz Festival was held at the Hollywood Bowl. Hosted by comedian George Lopez, the two-day extravaganza featured a wide variety of cross-over jazz…there was literally something for everyone.

The genre of jazz has led a varied and diverse life. Many believe the original roots of jazz began with the classical icon Claude Debussy (born in 1862), whose symphonic masterpieces traveled across key signatures. While some insist it started with Charles “Buddy” Bolden (born in 1877 in New Orleans), one cannot deny the contribution that Louie Armstrong (born in 1901) made…

Kathy Leonardo

A freelance journalist for fifteen years, Kathy founded www.LAArtParty.com which spotlights all types of events, art, music, theatre, dining, travel, etc.

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