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It’s Fair time and that means time for all that yummy food! Today’s Hotspot of the Week is all about one of our local food vendors at the Antelope Valley Fair—The Pastrami Booth brought to you by BETH KNESSET BAMIDBAR. They are one of the few local non-profit food vendors still at the fair a…

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This week, we’re car-free in Hollywood, roaring at the zoo, watching a form of Afro-Brazilian martial arts at Union Station, eating tacos in Grand Park and listening to bilingual kids tunes at the Getty Center and the Skirball Cultural Center.

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Travis Tritt and Charlie Daniels will bring their “Outlaws and Renegades” Tour to the stage on Aug. 20, as part of the Palmdale Auto Mall Concert Series at the 2019 Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival.

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Last Saturday, I found myself headed toward canyon country. There’s only one reason I’d be headed into the wilderness on this particular day. You guessed it, Danstock!

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It’s been 15 years since punk guitarist Johnny Ramone, of the Ramones, died, but his legend lives on.

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There are times when variety really is the spice of life, and Patty's Cafe on Sierra Highway makes a good argument for that. What Patty's Cafe offers really is a lot of variety. I mean, think about it. You like the idea of a Mexican breakfast, so you want Huevos Rancheros, that great mash-up…

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The exploitation of indigenous resources and the corruption of dictatorships may sound depressing, but Max Cavalera, front man for Phoenix, Ariz.-based metal band Soulfly, mused these topics to create a high octane, in-your-face LP, with tracks strong enough to stand alone as singles.

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Thai food that's fabulous is what you will find when dining at Thai Café. They have won AV’s Best Thai food for a number of years and being in the mood for Thai food last week, I knew just the place to go. I invited my granddaughter, Arissa and dear friend, Gaylene to join me as I would neve…

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Country music star Martina McBride is spending part of her summer touring the West Coast.

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This week, there’s a ton of great exhibitions at the Getty Center, a concert under a viaduct, a few jams at Union Station and Pershing Square and some good brews, including one inspired by a sloth, at the LA Zoo.

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Where can you go to enjoy delicious Italian food with a beautiful scenic view? Well that answer would be Guido’s at the Hangar—Rosamond Skypark! Yes, they are now open offering a very diverse menu for lunch and dinner. Guido’s is a scratch kitchen and make everything on-site, it’s well done,…

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This week, we’re checking out three exhibitions at the Central Library, hearing a bunch of bands in a hurry at International Pop Overthrow, exploring the musical and food flavorings of Ethiopia at the Levitt Pavilion, grooving to DJs at Union Station and getting our space on at the Disney Hall.

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Claudia “Lala” Allen has made it her mission to create local opportunities for artists — from painting to singing.

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Palmdale Repertory Theatre will bring the hits of Swedish pop group ABBA to the stage in “Mamma Mia!” the musical, for four performances over three days, at the Eastside Performing Arts Center, Aug. 1-3.

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A unique experience and a discovery of great wine and food is what you will find when you visit Lancaster’s newest wine lounge and restaurant. Complexity Wine is conveniently located on the Southwest corner of Avenue J-8 and 20th St. West and has proven to be the place to go for a relaxing a…

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Music lovers from all around the southland amassed at Dodgers stadium on July 13, to witness Paul McCartney, live.

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I’ve written two columns directly dealing the “only in the AV” perspective — the timeless notion that everything is somehow greener on the other side.

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This week, we’re getting literary at Hauser & Wirth, checking noirish LAPD photos, hitting a pet-themed pop-up, attending a hidden art show and following the characters of a play about Edgar Allan Poe through the Victorian homes at Heritage Square.

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Curiosity will bring you in, our food will bring you back is what is written on the menu and boy oh boy, we found that to be the truth last week while dining at Fresh Mediterranean Cafe.  The seriousness of a middle Eastern restaurant rests in its hummus—great hummus must never be taken for …

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The Palmdale Amphitheater’s summer concert series features Grammy winners TLC, Queen Nation: A Tribute to the Music of Queen, Martina McBride and Björn Again— The Australian ABBA Show.

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With being on the road, commuting or traveling for work, adjusting for time is my latest challenge.

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Cedar Street Summer Theater Camp will present Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka Jr.” July 12-14, at the Antelope Valley College Performing Arts Theatre.

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This week, we’re exploring LA’s culinary scene, enjoying the summer nights in Chinatown, watching a wacky Sci-Fi Western at The Autry, catching the dragon boat races at the Lotus Festival in Echo Park and watching radio plays in Coldwater Canyon.

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I’ve been to quite a few mom and pop restaurants but I just recently visited a mom and son restaurant. Debrah started out selling her fabulous baked goods at various events from LA to the AV and back again.  Everyone has come to love her beautifully decorated three-tiered cakes, delicious po…

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This week, we’re heading over to Grand Performances free street music festival, celebrating a Beatle’s birthday with peace and love, listening to a free concert over at the Getty Center, exploring a serpentine pavilion at the La Brea Tar Pits and blasting off to the moon in a show about Apollo 11.

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The Hollywood Bowl 2019 summer season features a roster of world-class artists ranging from classical and pops to jazz, rock and world music — including the return of Bowl favorites and artist debuts.

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It’s not exactly a hit parade, the songs that have been turned into movies. There was the shambling reconstruction of Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant,” the fizzy pop of “Earth Girls Are Easy,” the Sandra Bullock rom-com “Love Potion No.9.” But digging into a Leonard Cohen song, as the doc…

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This weekend in the Antelope Valley, there are a couple of events taking place I would like to highlight.

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Take me out to the ballgame, take me out to the crowd. Buy me some peanuts and crackerjack, I don’t care if I never get back… So, it’s root, root, root for the JetHawks if they don’t win it’s a shame—but wait, they did win the score was 9-8—Go JETHAWKS. Okay enough about the game, let’s talk…

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This week, we’re celebrating our feline friends, catching Shakespeare in the park, admiring Hello Kitty-themed artwork, cycling through Mid City, eating watermelon over by Hansen Dam and saluting our nation’s Independence Day in Grand Park.

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It takes a lot of guts to leave one’s hometown. To take the foundation built during your life and start from square one. Along with celebrating Antelope Valley culture at home, I seek to document those who represent it abroad.

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The July Fourth holiday is fast approaching, with a bevy of celebrations planned across the Antelope Valley, to mark the occasion. Whether it’s fireworks or family fun, parades or pancakes, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

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If you are looking for a fun and delicious family night—try Monday Bitez at Sgt. Steve Owens Memorial Park (Lancaster City Park). The Food Truck Collective is back for their third year, bringing some Monday Night fun and great eats. Last Monday a few friends and I decided to try it out—armed…

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Knight High School graduate and U.S. Navy veteran Justinavery “Justin” Palm is one of 16 singles featured in the new season of MTV’s dating competition “Are You The One?”

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This week, we’re dancing downtown, celebrating summer with a pair of events in Santa Monica, checking out a wine festival in Glendale geared toward micro-production, getting in some laughs at love at a rom-com festival in DTLA and trying out some vegan foods and drinks at the Rose Bowl.

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A couple columns ago, I talked about my experience working with the Lita Ford crew on two gigs.

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Six years ago, Jim Jarmusch made a movie about vampires. “Only Lovers Left Alive” was beautifully textured, ingeniously detailed and intoxicatingly moody. Plus it had the sexiest vampire couple you’d ever meet — Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston, the latter of which hated humans and referred …

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There is a new addition to the eateries on The BLVD in downtown Lancaster. I had the privilege of trying the new Lucky Luke Brew Pub last week for dinner with my dear friend Joy and my companion. 

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The Getty Research Institute marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus school with the exhibition “Bauhaus Beginnings,” which examines the founding principles of the landmark institution. The Bauhaus is widely regarded as the most influential school of art and design of the …