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The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited

June 2, 2018

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by Valerie Summers Now, more than ever, this beautifully organized exhibition tells the story of one of the most creative artists of our time…the unique Jim Henson.  He took puppetry to a whole new level with his creations which not only made us laugh but sent a strong message about differences and getting along…most appropriate  […]

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Something Rotten!….and Hilarious

November 22, 2017

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Josh Grisetti and Rob McClure with the cast of Something Rotten! Photo: Jeremy Daniel by Valerie Summers In all my years of attending theatrical productions, last night, at the opening of Something Rotten! at the Ahmanson Theatre, I witnessed a first…a standing ovation in the midst of the performance.  Multi-award winning brothers Karey Kirkpatrick and […]

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Honky Tonk Fun

August 14, 2017

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by Valerie Summers The Los Angeles premiere of Honkey Tonk Laundry at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre makes for an evening bursting with the talent of its two stars, Bets Malone and Misty Cotton.  Displaying the kind of friendship like Thelma and Louise, these two women get back at the men who done them wrong supporting […]

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Sanctum of Second Chances

August 2, 2017

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by G. Rockmael Situated in the beating life force heart of technology in Southern California that has been affectionately dubbed “Silicon Beach,” PetSpace is a pet adoption, rehabilitation and general resource center. PetSpace is an extraordinary concept, the likes of which has been unavailable until the vision and financial resources of philanthropist Wallis Annenberg made […]

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Our Great Tchaikovsky at the Annenberg

July 21, 2017

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by Valerie Summers Brilliant and multi-talented Hershey Felder, a unique presence in the entertainment world,  has outdone himself with the  Los Angeles premiere of Our Great Tchaikovsky which recently opened at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. Written and performed by Felder, this one-man show presents a time-bending tale of […]

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Marula African Beauty Oil

May 24, 2017

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by Valerie Summers Recently discovered, quite by chance as beauty enhancer, Marula Beauty Oil, a byproduct of an edible fruit, offers an organic substance for improving hair and complexion.  It all began when it was observed that the hands of the women who pick the fruit off these South African trees had extremely soft and […]

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La Roche-Posay New Offerings for Beautiful Skin

May 18, 2017

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By Valerie Summers Although I have been a fan of La Roche-Posay skin products, I was recently surprised to learn the background of the company and about several promising products recently introduced.  I learned La Roche-Posay products are named after the healing thermal spring waters which flow in the tiny French town of La Roche-Posay, […]

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Lotusland, a Magical Garden

July 25, 2016

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by Valerie Summers On a beautiful summer morning I arrived at the gate to Lotusland, a 37-acre botanic garden situated in the residential neighborhood of Montecito, just south of Santa Barbara. I had heard tales about its creator, Polish born opera singer, socialite and collector of several husbands, Madame Ganna Walska, a woman who lived […]

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Complexion Care the Natural Way — Sulwhasoo

June 28, 2016

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By Valerie Summers The fountain of youth, promising health and beauty, offers a fantasy of what we hope might be attainable. With so many products on the market, so many commercials and advertisements, it is difficult to determine fact from fiction….hoping the newest and latest will have the desired effect. I recently discovered a line […]

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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Reopens

May 10, 2016

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by Valerie Summers     The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has always been on my list of must see places each time I visit the city.   When I learned it would be closed for renovation I could not have imagined the scope of its new home which recently reopened.  I returned to the […]

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Cave Temples of Dunhuang

May 10, 2016

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By Valerie Summers More than 20 years ago, I traveled the Silk Road across China.  I was stunned by the many exotic sights but the one that captured my heart was my visit to the Mogao cave temples, Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road…unforgettable. Situated near the town of Dunhuang at the edge of the […]

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Kinky Boots at the Pantages

April 14, 2016

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by Valerie Summers   Kinky Boots exploded onto the stage of the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood to a packed house and did not disappoint.  The colorful, high energy performers introduced the audience to some unusual characters in the unlikely setting of a gentlemen’s shoe factory in England about to go out of business.  Winner of […]

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Dr. Weil’s Foot Health

March 14, 2016

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by Valerie Summers Dr. Andrew Weil, long known as an advocate for a healthy lifestyle has added Vionic footwear products to his ever growing list for keeping fit.  A new technology helps align the feet from the ground up by helping to hug your arches and support your natural footprint. This orthotic technology often helps […]

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

March 14, 2016

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by Valerie Summers The Old West burst into life capturing the story of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance now playing at the Rubicon Theatre. Written by Jethro Compton and adapted from the short story by Dorothy Marie Johnson, the action packed play follows the short story much more closely than did John Ford’s legendary […]

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