Artist Spotlight: Angelique Bacia

Artist Spotlight: Angelique Bacia

It was a warm spring Sunday evening, April 14th, 2019, when Angelique and her husband Michal dropped by my house to install two majestic abstract oil pieces that Angelique recently composed. I’ve known Angelique since 2006, when she was expressing her art as an actress and quickly evolved into writing her own comedic series. As life progressed, so did she. Life had other plans for Angelique, or should I say, Angelique had other plans for…

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The Best of the Best Hollywood Lounge Suites

The Best of the Best Hollywood Lounge Suites

If Hollywood is a mecca for entertainment, then Doris Bergman’s lounge suites are a mecca for the celebrities and journalists of tinseltown. Ms. Bergman is indeed the doyenne of public relations and lounge suites, and her pre-Oscars event is a must-attend affair every year. So, exactly what is a lounge suite? A lounge suite is a location where brands come together to give out gifts to celebrities and journalists who then pose with the gift…

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Leonard Bernstein: An Icon of American Music Celebrated at the Skirball Museum A Paean to the Man and the Exhibit

Leonard Bernstein: An Icon of American Music Celebrated at the Skirball Museum A Paean to the Man and the Exhibit

The renowned pianist Arthur Rubinstein described him as a universal genius.  Just to witness him on the podium conducting or on television in its early days explaining classical music to the millions one realized that.  Leonard Bernstein simply exuded exuberance and talent no matter what endeavor he embarked on, be it conducting classical music; composing for the stage, the screen, or the concert hall; championing music or social justice; or educating and inspiring any and…

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Neel at the Tote

Neel at the Tote

TOTE BAR RE-OPENS AND IS A WHOLE NEW EXPERIENCE IN DESIGN, FOOD & MUSIC On September 9 & 10, 2011, Mumbai’s much sought-after destination, Tote Bar at Tote on the Turf reopened it doors. Rahul & Malini Akerkar, along with the team from Network Prive, hosted an evening of glamour to celebrate a “new beginning” for the award-winning bar. In 2010, Tote Bar, designed by none other than Kapil Gupta and Chris Lee of Serie…

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New Year’s Eve at the Famous Tote Bar

Rejuvenated and Reinvigorated … with a Touch of Network Prive New Years Eve at the Tote Bar in Mumbai!  Those in the know will be there, and so should you be, dear reader.  I will explain why, if you let me backtrack to a night several weeks ago: 11:52pm. After finishing dinner with a few friends and having no inclination to call it a night, I zoom down to the Tote Bar; I have been…

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Rahul Akerkar: The Man Behind Mumbai’s World Acclaimed Tote Bar

Rahul Akerkar: The Man Behind Mumbai’s World Acclaimed Tote Bar

Rahul Akerkar began his culinary journey as a dishwasher in a small French bistro, while in college in the United States. Finishing his Master’s in biochemical engineering at Columbia University, his latently discovered flair for cooking took Rahul out of the lab and into many of New York’s finest kitchens. Realizing that his true passion lay in food, Rahul over a ten-year period during the 1980’s, expanded his culinary repertoire under the tutelage of several…

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McCormick & Schmick’s Restaurant

McCormick & Schmick’s Restaurant

THE MENU IS ALWAYS CHANGING, BUT THE DELIGHT IN DINING IS CONSTANT At McCormick and Schmick’s Pacific Seafood Grill, the menu changes daily based on the catch of the day and the availability of produce, because fresh is foremost here.  However, that is just one of the reasons this restaurant is a true class act.  Even though they specialize in seafood, they have all types of meat and produce, which they prepare artfully, adding to the…

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Ammo: amo*

Ammo: amo*

As we arrived at the Ammo Café in Hollywood, with this writer in a salivary frenzy of anticipation, we were immediately greeted enthusiastically at the door by the affable host of the restaurant, Julian Black. How often does that happen in life! This propitious beginning was indeed a harbinger of good things to come. As we awaited the arrival of our friend, up and coming actor Dylan Ramsey, we studied the menu under the tutelage of…

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My Journey Home

My Journey Home

When I started this journey I weighed 240 pounds. I had been an athlete in my younger days and always worked out in a gym. Later, even at my heaviest, I continued to work out in the gym, but I wasn’t eating right, consuming large amounts of sugar, and I also wasn’t doing enough cardio exercises. I knew I couldn’t go on this way and would have given anything to be slender. But what else…

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Ed Moses: Maverick Master of Morphological Mutations a Retrospective of the Still Very Much Active Artist at 90

Ed Moses: Maverick Master of Morphological Mutations a Retrospective of the Still Very Much Active Artist at 90

His wife described him as the rudest boy she had ever met, yet married him shortly thereafter. In his defense, he did later become a Buddhist. His eccentric aunt dubbed him an artist almost from birth, after observing some early fecal wall painting he created from his hamper. Afraid of the teacher in his first art course, taken on a whim anyway, he sat in the last row but was discovered by the teacher nevertheless….

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