04/30 What's Cookin' Today
Milt Larsen "Magic Castle"
MON APRIL 30 - As one of Los Angeles most recognized Hollywood landmarks approaches the eve of its 50th anniversary as a popular tourist destination, The Magic Castle (having celebrated the 100th anniversary of the structure - known as Lane Manor - a year ago) and the Academy of Magical Arts will, for the first time in its history, host an "Women In Magic Week" from May 7th to 13th. The artistry of illusion and magic can trace its roots as far back as the Egyptian Pharaohs - predating film, television and even the vaudeville stage by centuries. However, the revered title of Magician was always reserved for the men, while women were often dubbed sorceress or simply a witch. Producer, Dale Hindman, has secured some of the finest female magician performers for the occasion. Included among those who have successfully conquered the male dominated industry of illusion are Luna Shimada (daughter of longtime magic legend Shimada), Suzzane (first female recipient of the Close Up Magician of the Year award), and 9 other lady magicians. The Magic Castle will be honoring one of its own pioneers of illusion, the beloved Gerri Larsen. Without whom, as the mother of the Founders, The Magic Castle would never exist. Gerrie Larsen was a regular on local television in Los Angeles and performed her own full show for many years. A tribute of clips featuring her performances will be included in the Palace Theatre during the week with occasional commentary by son and Co-Founder, Milt Larsen. In addition, Liberty Larsen (great granddaughter of Gerrie) will be the MC in the palace and performing one of her great grandmother's signature trick
Terry Hall - NAPA Valley Vintners
MON APRIL 30 - Join the Must-Attend Event of the Year in Napa Valley! May 31 to June 3 is the 32nd annual Auction Napa Valley, The American Wine Classic- a wine and food lover's dream weekend where we celebrate farm to table bounty right here in America's premier wine region, all while raising much needed funds for healthcare and youth development non-profit programs.
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