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LOVE.

What is HATE.

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HATE. A word that just makes you feel dirty. Ashamed. A society living in a veil of confusion and fear using their own prejudice to alienate and isolate. The only thing we need in this world is one thing. Just one: LOVE. There is a song that is now playing loudly all over the airwaves by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert. The lyrics are impossible to tune out because the truth that pierces through every spoken word is the most honest profoundly necessary truth this world is hungry for.

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Magic and Mixed Drinks

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After a long week of event planning and coordinating, Dawn and I decided we needed a fun “ladies night out” as a reward for our hard work. Two of our favorite magic men, Chris Korn and Ben Seidman, were scheduled to perform at The Magic Castle, and since Dawn and I had only seen their magic briefly in the studio during their ATOD Radio appearances, and on the Travel Channel’s “Magic Outlaws”, we decided this would be the perfect opportunity to pay them a visit.

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The Ruby Cabaret

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As I breach the intersection where “blvd.” meets “way”, I notice an adjacent baseball field where middle school adolescents play a game next to fenced off basketball courts and children playing tag. It is memorable to me because the rays of sunlight peeking through the chain links surrounding the field cause me to raise a hand in order to see. But the sun soon goes down, and soon I no longer need to shield my eyes. Just in time, too – a crowd is beginning to form outside one of the Elephant Stage’s five doors I had mistaken for a restroom entrance earlier in the evening.

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Oliverio at Avalon Hotel

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The Hotel is easy to pass which makes it all the more intriguing when you pull up the curved driveway, hand your keys to the valet and walk into a naturally lit entry with the flooding calm of whites and turquoises in hues of glass, smooth surfaces, and rich woods. You feel more fluid and awakened as the pieces of furniture adorning the room speak of modern simplicity by way of the subtle curves on the arm chair or the movement of the varying pieces of art strategically placed about the space.

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TOTSY the Band

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As someone with a mind that sees the world through the cinematic lens, one hopes for a band that will come along and showcase performance, originality, and something completely impossible to take your eyes off. That band is TOTSY. As if you’re watching Tim Burton in female form prance across a stage with the curiosity of a modern day artist like an Andy Warhol with the sex appeal of 1930’s Burlesque and Hollywood starlet, when you see TOTSY on stage in all of their splendor, you can’t help but gravitate towards the showmanship of their stage presence.

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RENT

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This cast of RENT certainly meets those criteria. The performances were energetic and committed, as was the entire production. This isn’t such a surprise, since the theater group raised crowd-funding money through indiegogo. I fully support crowd-funding as a way to sustain the arts, especially since government funding for projects seem to be ever further away. We may see some disappointments, but most of the time we’ll get art and performances that reflects the full dedication of the artists.

Reagan Osborn grounds the cast in a near-perfect interpretation of Mark Cohen, the play’s narrator. Osborn is a terrific singer and provides a subtle character read. Similar praises go to standout performances from Alli Miller, who plays Maureen to great laughs, but also captures her seductive charisma, as well as the entire back up cast of bohemians, tent city dwellers, and intruding parents. The group of terrific singers and actors made the most of small roles and added their fantastic voices to the lively group numbers.

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PinUp Girl Clothing The Fashion Diary

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“Imagine walking down the street. Your body hugging the very fabric that has become synonymous with every bit of sex appeal and confidence you know is alive and well within. Imagine how good you feel. How the lines of the dress just hang onto your skin as if you have been transformed into the woman you’ve always wanted to be. You are breathtaking, strong, sinfully sexy, and you feel that sudden sense of intrigue: THAT is PinUp Girl Clothing.” – Dawn Garcia

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Dispatch from the Culver City Car Show

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I’ll admit if you’d asked me to go to a car show a year ago, I’d have wondered if you thought I was replaced with an alien. I know nothing about cars. Really. Nothing. I drive my car to and from work and I bought the most reliable car on the market so I’d never have to think about it. I even bought a hybrid to save on gas. I take it into the dealer for service when the light dings, and pretty much do whatever they tell me.

So when I say I went to a car show, you’ll understand what a huge, monumental step it was. Oh yes. My boyfriend is really into cars. He likes engines and drag racing, and owns a nonworking VW squareback. I am only now starting to be able to comprehend exactly what a squareback might be.

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Belz!

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“Story of the life of Hugo Schwarts, a fictional Jewish comedian from the Galician shtetl of Belz. We follow his successes, hart-breaks, marriage, love affairs, children, laughter and tears…

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Zinque Abbott Kinney

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A fairly delectable selection of wines, small plates, fresh ingredients, and this rural rustic chic kind of atmosphere, I stumbled upon a rather perfect place. I wait. Patio is insanely busy but the restaurant, not so much. And I wait. And I wait. But eventually, sunshine (my happy server) comes over and asks me what I want. To begin, you have to give a credit card. Much like a bar, you open a tab or pay and close. A bit different but hey, better than someone drinking too much and not being able to pay I guess. And so, I relent. I begin my curiosities by ordering a glass of Grenacha, Evodia from Spain, vintage ’11.

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Shana Halligan

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Before I introduce this in-studio performance, this one has to begin with a story. First, this is one of my favorite artists of ALL TIME. And I don’t say that lightly. SHANA HALLIGAN. I was first introduced to her music in 2010 while online searching for creative websites. A site had this music on there – sexy, melodic, sultry, playful, and incredibly writing worthy.

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The WRAITH by Rolls Royce

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Imagine a hum. A dark forest. And a woman. The coarse cold air rushing through the trees, the sharp turn of curiosity looming around you until everything in you begins to pulse and suddenly that faint hum is now a roaring beckon. And then that hum gets closer. Closer and closer, the forest falls silent as the hum becomes a beckoning purr. Within moments, lights come into view and something inside of you feels compelled to want. Open your eyes … now welcome The Wraith! – DG, ATOD

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A Beautiful Mess

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Life has taken so may twists and turns and I have no doubt it will always keep me on my toes. This article may be dated and at a different point in my life and path but it’s message is still so very relevant. This just goes to show you, you never know what life has in store. Throughout my struggles, it led me to create this Magazine and soon evolved into a Radio Show. Live your life, embrace YOU. Be okay with who you are, what you struggle with, and never ever lose sight that there is beauty in all of it.

– Dawn Garcia

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Sadie & the Blue Eyed Devils

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I’m a big fan of music that surprises me and the first time I learned of Sadie & The Blue Eyed Devils, I knew I was about to experience an entirely different sound. And it didn’t disappoint. Since then, I have become a BIG fan so it’s no surprise how excited I was to have them in the studio playing live for me and all of my listeners and viewers! With an interview and glimpse into what inspired the songs played in the studio, all I can say is – this band is all heart. Seriously. Beautiful, open, willing, and authentic.

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LOVE Bites.

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We’ve all been through some torrid relationship where we love entirely or hate entirely, been overly emotional, blown things out of proportion, made tragic mistakes that cost us the ones we love, or – if you’re lucky – learn to just laugh it all off as “experience”, a “life lesson”, or the reason you won’t make the same mistakes twice. LOVE. It can be beautiful but it can, as it most often is in today’s world, bite.

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