Articles by gerry furth-sides

Turquoise Restaurant Review – Good Luck Gem for Diners

Turquoise Restaurant Review – Good Luck Gem for Diners If you eat with your eyes, Turquoise restaurant in Redondo Beach in Riviera Village is the place to dine. Add depth of food flavor and outstanding service to the description of the unassuming corner beach bistro serving Pan-Mediterranean cuisine.

Cardamom Indian Restaurant - Review- When "New and Improved" is Actually New and Improved

Cardamom Indian Restaurant - Review- When "New and Improved" is Actually New and Improved Cardamom Indian Restaurant tells two bright Los Angeles stories. It is a tale of immigrants and one of a popular neighborhood cafe (India’s Oven) smoothly taken over and updated. It is when "new and improved" is actually new and improved

Vidhu Vinod Chopra's Broken Horses - film review

Vidhu Vinod Chopra's Broken Horses - film review The idea of Bollywood director Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s film, Broken Horses is so promising. “Gang war and the drug trade somewhere near the Mexican border.” Logline turns out to be No Country for Old Men crossed with Rainman.

New Ohio-based Ocean Prime Restaurant Elevates the Beverly Hills Bubble

New Ohio-based Ocean Prime Restaurant Elevates the Beverly Hills Bubble Rising up like a ship just inside the dreamy Beverly Hills bubble to make the spirit soar, imposing new Ocean Prime restaurant offers fine Midwestern steaks, local seafood and the best hospitality anywhere.

Destination Weddings, Fitness Packages and Tattoos Punch Up Wedding Salon 2015

Destination Weddings, Fitness Packages and Tattoos Punch Up Wedding Salon 2015 Wedding Salon 2015 promises exquisite Trends and Discoveries at their hotel shows. “Exquisite” proved to be an understatement from gowns sewn on a 19th Century Singer Sewing Machines to Exotic Destinations and Tattoos

Jauja: Every daughter's story about her father

Jauja: Every daughter's story about her father The opening sequence of Jauja reveals everything about this story of every daughter and her father as she asks him for a dog. Argentinian director Lisandro Alonso with co-screenwriter Fabian Casas, tell the story through Viggo Mortensen.

"Shadows From My Past" Confronts Austria Past and Present

"Shadows From My Past" Confronts Austria Past and Present More than 50 years later after the Weinrauch family fled Vienna during the holocaust, daughter Gita Weinrauch Kaufman returns to personally confront Austria past and present.

Lifeboat at the Wallis Annenberg - a "Must-board"

Lifeboat at the Wallis Annenberg - a "Must-board" When the lights go down in the Lovelace Theatre at the Wallis, you are on a “Lifeboat” by way of an ingenious wooden set. Only the harnesses around teen-agers Bess and Beth s keep them from catapulting over the edge in this true World War II story.

Potatopalooza - Just in Time for Easter

Potatopalooza - Just in Time for Easter Erika Kereke’s Potatopalooza event with 12 rounds of holiday appetizers included a show off Easter Baked Idaho hash brown "basket" with baked quail egg,“ but she had me” at meeting Don Odiorne of the Idaho Potato Commission, aka “Dr. Potato.

Jaime Martin del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu Come West with Mexicano

Jaime Martin del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu Come West with Mexicano The refined, authentic Mexican regional food and exuberant Latin hospitality of chefs Jaime Martin del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu of La Casita Mexicana in Bell are now at stunning Mexicano restaurant in the renewed Baldwin Hills Crenshaw district.

The Queen of Colors as Bright Theatre Entertainment

The Queen of Colors as Bright Theatre Entertainment The Queen of Colors takes on a giant rainbow of meaning in a sweet, smart tale for young children and also endearing to adults judging from the audience reception at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in the Lovelace Studio Theatre

Israel’s Eclectic, Elastic Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company

Israel’s Eclectic, Elastic Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company So stark, strong and organic and yet so abstract and light you are not quite sure whether the electric, elastic dancers in Artistic Director Rami Be’er’s Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company will go through the floor, running, or float away.

The Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert (March 27-29, 2015) Introduced with Style

The Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert (March 27-29, 2015) Introduced with Style The Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert (March 27-29, 2015) was imaginatively introduced here in L.A. with celebrity chefs at novel Tastemade Studio in Santa Monica, with the same spacious feeling as the luxe El Paseo Shopping District location.

"The Animal Whisperer" Paula Brown

"The Animal Whisperer" Paula Brown Fur Shui is "animal whisperer" Paula Brown's delightful, clear introduction to feng shui for pets. In her conversational style and witty illustrations, taking readers through an easy application of the ancient and venerable universal laws of energy.

Stephen F Jones Redefines the New LaBrea Bakery

Stephen F Jones Redefines the New LaBrea Bakery It’s not surprising that when Stephen F. Jones designed the new La Brea Bakery to showcase a 25-year history and the warm browns of its iconic rustic baked goods, he beautifully incorporated his usual elements of spiffy, universal personal appeal.

L.A. Celebrates National Pastrami Day with Tried (Langer’s) and New (Got Kosher?)

L.A. Celebrates National Pastrami Day with Tried (Langer’s) and New (Got Kosher?) This year Los Angeles celebrates National Pastrami Day with the “tried” (Langer’s) and “new” (Got Kosher?), where the classic pastrami sandwich is cured in-house, served on bread baked out back and sometimes topped with with a hamburger.

New Japanese Products for Restaurant and Home Cooks

New Japanese Products for Restaurant and Home Cooks All the refinement and detail characteristic of Japanese cuisine was paired with the diligence and long history of the island nation’s prepared food industry at the recent New School Food Demonstration hosted by Den Tea and sponsored by JETRO.

Chef Michael Natkin's Herbivoracious: A Vegetarian Cookbook for People Who Love to Eat is the perfect gift to start a healthy New Year

Chef Michael Natkin's Herbivoracious: A Vegetarian Cookbook for People Who Love to Eat is the perfect gift to start a healthy New Year Herbivoracious: A Vegetarian Cookbook for People Who Love to Eat (Harvard Common Press, $24.95) is a perfect holiday gift for a dad or anyone looking to a New Year's resolution to eat in a more healthy yet delicious way

When Harry Met Carpaccio and A New Dish was Born, and Reborn

When Harry Met Carpaccio and A New Dish was Born,  and Reborn Once upon a time, before the term “carpaccio” referred to the marinated raw beef or seafood dish, it was merely the name of renowned Venetian Renaissance artist Vittore Carpaccio, who painted in vivid blood red colors. Try the best at Cecconi

Carlos Saura's Dazzling Flamenco, Flamenco!

Carlos Saura's Dazzling Flamenco, Flamenco! Renowned for his earlier trilogy on flamenco, Carlos Saura’s heart and soul is poured into his follow-up, comprehensive film, Flamenco, Flamenco. Filmed in Spain in 2010 it connects the upcoming new performers with the classic and the historic.

The Kitchen Restaurant Review - Oxnard's Gastropub Hub

The Kitchen Restaurant Review -  Oxnard's Gastropub Hub The Kitchen restaurant owner, Cathie Moreno, lights up talking about her craft beer program and beer-centric menu, and tells funny stories about her appearance on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, and she's just one Plaza Park star attraction in Oxnard

71 Palm Restaurant - Best of the Loire Valley by Way of the World

71 Palm Restaurant - Best of the Loire Valley by Way of the World The expert, loving care given 71 Palm Restaurant in Ventura is obvious from the thick herb garden (yes, they use the herbs for cooking) fronting the gloriously restored 1910 Craftsman. The long-time chef-owner's French food tops all this and more.

The Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel Grows Up into a Resort

The Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel Grows Up into a Resort The all grown up Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel & Resort still inspires the nostalgia and longing of Kipling’s soldier for his Mandalay; here it is for the only all-suite hotel in Southern California to sit on glorious open Oxnard beach.

Oxnard's Sublime Secrets Out in the Open

Oxnard's Sublime  Secrets Out in the Open Sure, tooling through downtown Oxnard may feel like a ride through “American Graffiti.” But atop nearby Channel Islands bridge, you will gasp at a gaggle of million dollar homes, glittering marina boats and sublime stretch of open beach.

Chef Walter el Nagar's Barberìa’ Preview Pop-up

Chef Walter el Nagar's Barberìa’ Preview Pop-up I had some idea of the always original - and sophisticated food - I would be tasting when I met the intense Milanese, Chef Walter el Nagar, about to open Barbería. You can't step into the same river twice," read the tattoo traveling up his arm

Landmark Anniversary Series - Priceless Screenings with Stars

Landmark Anniversary Series - Priceless Screenings with Stars When Landmark Theatres' Anniversary Classics Series, announced their FIDDLER ON THE ROOF movie screening, I was sure there it would be a SRO crowd for Theodore Bikel, writer Barbara Isenberg and casting director, Lynn Stallmaster. Lynn Stallmaster!

Art and Craft Film Review

Art and Craft Film Review Directors Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman, and Mark Becker have won over the prolific but lonely art forger Mark Landis in ART AND CRAFT, so we follow him from art forgery to his eventual legitimate galley exhibition as though we are a fly on a wall.

Playing with a Full Deck at BacariPDR

Playing with a Full Deck at BacariPDR Robert and Danny Kronfli took their Exec Chef Lior Hillel, and their original, outrageously seasoned dishes with their own explosive bottled sauces, from their original blowout bar success near USC, right up to the ocean in Playa del Rey.

Sepi Aeen Pioneers Myofascial Release (MFR) treatment in L.A.

Sepi Aeen Pioneers Myofascial Release (MFR) treatment in L.A. Physical therapist Sepi Aeen is as beautiful and soothing as her pioneer"From the Heart Physical Therapy Clinic" in Reseda. The serene grounds serve as an introduction to her gentle Myofascial Release (MFR) treatment approach.

THE RULE Film - A Prescription for Schools from 530 AD

THE RULE Film  - A Prescription for Schools from 530 AD THE RULE film, is deceptively simple. It profiles how St. Benedict Prep monks the original 641 AD concepts for stunning success in their inner city Newark school with at-risk students. THE RULE is a must-see -- inspiring, witty and engaging.

Montae Russell is “Bird” at the Attic Theatre in Culver City

Montae Russell is “Bird” at the Attic Theatre in Culver City In Black literature, the “must-read” was Ralph Ellison. In all of music the “must” is legendary jazz genius and innovator, Charlie "Yardbird” Parker. Montae Russell (ER) is a heart wrenching“Bird” at the Attic Theatre in Culver City.

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In literature, the “must-read” is Ralph Ellison. In music the “must” is legendary jazz genius and innovator, Charlie Parker. Montae Russell (ER) becomes Parker in the energetic and heart-wrenching “Bird Lives! at the Alley Theatre.

Bombay Cafe Celebrates 25 Years in Los Angeles

Bombay Cafe Celebrates 25 Years in Los Angeles A quarter century ago, the original Bombay Cafe made culinary history with a refined, contemporary version Indian cuisine. Today the kitchen continues the tradition; and the brightly-colored dining room is just as friendly..

Botanicum Honors Shakespeare's 450th Birthday with LEAR

Botanicum Honors Shakespeare's 450th Birthday with LEAR The name, “Lear” by itself, as the centerpiece of this summer’s Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum schedule, turns out not only to make the statement of the play’s renown but is the clue to an innovative gender switch of character as well.

"Finding Fela" Film Review

"Finding Fela"  Film Review Walk into must-see Oscar-winner Alex Gibney’s sprawling yet painstakingly comprehensive study of inspired super-star and social activist, Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, and you will emerge dancing and thinking and playing his music ever after.

Reasons to Be Pretty at the Geffen Theatre

Reasons to Be Pretty at the Geffen Theatre Reasons to be Pretty, Neil LaBute’s first play to make it to the big stage on Broadway five years ago makes its explosive debut in Los Angeles at the Geffen Theatre under the direction of Randall Arney. Scenic Designer Takeshi Kata, with the help of Lighting Designer, Daniel Ionazzi, created the exceptional sets for this Tony-nominated work. And the superb monologues are back in.

LA Project by Project Asian Fundraiser Scores It's 12th Hit

LA Project by Project Asian Fundraiser Scores It's 12th Hit Project by Project hosted the fashionable Plate by Plate Tasting Benefit, and the young Asian professional group and showed what they’ve learned in the 12 years of producing it at the Petersen Automotive Museum
this week.

A Five-Star Life Film Review

A Five-Star Life Film Review An Award-winning cast and director translate Up in the Air into the Italian A Five-Star Life. The new contemporary, cosmopolitan Italian lifestyle, complete with wardrobe and engaging dialogue even from the kids.

Angeleno "Best of" SOS Benefit Party Lives Up to Its Name

Angeleno "Best of" SOS Benefit Party Lives Up to Its Name Angeleno magazine lived up to its trademark motif of “Modern Luxury” at its Live & Dine L.A. Event. The plates were paper and the cutlery was plastic but the booth signs reading, “masterfully prepared by…” rang true.

The Oxnard Salsa Festival Turns 21 in 2014!

The Oxnard Salsa Festival Turns 21 in 2014! The annual, family-friendly, Oxnard Salsa Festival `turns 21" this year, and judging from the salsa (sauce) competition and participating restaurant preview party this week, it has already proven worthy of a grown up toast.

Happy 80th Birthday Original Farmers Market!

Happy  80th Birthday Original Farmers Market! Huge Birthday cakes and a crowd singing “happy birthday” kicked off the 80th Birthday summer celebration for the Original Farmer’s Market this week, along with the traditional Taste of the Farmers Market.

“Dixie’s Tupperware Party” Is “Not Your Grandmother’s Tupperware party.” And I'm Buying.

“Dixie’s Tupperware Party” Is “Not Your Grandmother’s Tupperware party.”  And I'm Buying. “Dixie’s Tupperware Party” is billed as “not your grandmother’s Tupperware party.” It's in Los Angeles now. And I'm buying.

A Coffee in Berlin Film Review, or in German, Oh, Boy!

A Coffee in Berlin Film Review, or in German, Oh, Boy! Young German writer-director, Jan Ole Gerster's brilliant A Coffee in Berlin takes us on a provocative 24-hour tour of the modern, sophisticated city through the eyes of a Generation-Y slacker. As the title reads in German, Oh, Boy.

Hyatt Regency Century Plaza's Paleo Menu Review - Chef-Athlete Ali Pavinjah Creates World Famous Dishes

Hyatt Regency Century Plaza's Paleo Menu Review - Chef-Athlete Ali Pavinjah Creates World Famous Dishes Chef-Athlete Ali Pavinjah's Paleo and Vegan Menus at Breeze Restaurant, Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Travel the World. The first stop is London in hotels and in classes.

Celebrity B. Smith Stars in "Cooking Up Culture" Program in L.A.

Celebrity B. Smith Stars in "Cooking Up Culture" Program in L.A. Celebrity restaurant owner B. Smith brings her own special spin to Lawry’s “Cooking Up Culture” Program in LA

Mamafied Review - Actress and Former Model Susanna Brisk is Terrific

Mamafied Review - Actress and Former Model Susanna Brisk is Terrific Actress and former model Susanna Brisk chronicles her take on the well-worn territory of motherhood in this world premiere, one-woman show

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