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August 9th, 2016

Cinema Magic: The Marina del Rey Film Festival Is Rolling — August 12 to August 14

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Get ready to roll, film buffs — because the Marina del Rey Film Festival is coming up fast and should be a great three-day soirée of global, independent, cinematic fun. The opening night party is Friday, August 12th at Beach Dancer Films (3401 Pacific Avenue) and on Saturday, the screenings launch across the west side, showcasing the best of indie filmmakers, plus several “Industry” workshops. Ticket prices range from $10 for a Block to just $50 for the whole shebang (all films and seminars), so yes, pretty darn reasonable. What kind of films can you expect? You’ll be seeing shorts and a few feature lengths that cover every genre, including thrillers, drama, action, comedy, romance, animation and documentaries. A little bit of everything!

Here is a sampling of what to expect: The trailer for “Marty Goes to Hollywood” — screening at the Cinemark during Block 3. Inspiring stuff!

Interested in attending? Here’s the schedule:

July 27th, 2016

Get Cruisin’ to Marina del Rey’s Cruise N Brews — August 5th

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Grain, hops, yeast and water — the essence of beer. How is it possible that four such simple starting ingredients can add up to such frothy deliciousness?  We may not personally know the answer, but there are hundreds of craft beer makers who do — and the best of them are going to be onboard Hornblower’s “Dream On” cruise ship for the 4th annual Cruise N Brews Festival on Friday, August 5th.  

If you’ve never experienced this great beer party before (and you’re a beer connoisseur), you’ll definitely want to check it out. It’s hosted in partnership by the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce, Tony P’s Dockside Grill, LAX Coworking and the LAX Coastal Young Professionals, and typically attracts hundreds of revelers. The cost is $65 per person (food will cost extra) and you’ll have the pleasure of tasting samples from over 40 breweries, including Torrance’s Absolution; San Diego’s Ballast Point Brewers; Portland, Oregon’s Allagash; and a ton more.


July 19th, 2016

Can’t Miss: National Ice Cream Month in Marina del Rey

You may not be aware of it, but at this very moment, you are under a patriotic obligation to indulge in something you may consider a wee bit sinful. Not just sinful, but cold. Actually sinful, cold and unbelievably delicious. Figure it out yet? We’re talking about ICE CREAM and the fabulous, Reagan-inspired National Ice Cream Month (which by the way, is NOW)! For the entire month of July, you are greatly encouraged to throw your sugar-caution to the wind at least once and dig into the icy, decadent, summery treat you’ve been dreaming about since summer began. The rules of the month-long ice cream homage are flexible — you can go for the premium real deal ice cream for sure, but no one’s going to blink an eye if you opt for a cool gelato, some flavorful froyo or one of the unbelievably good plant-based “ice creams” (have you tried the Ben & Jerry’s “non-dairy” P.B. & Cookies yet? Whoa, it’s fab).

Here are a few nearby spots to check out for a quick indulgence: