Monday, October 20, 2014

MIKE ON KCRW: Discussing Cable's New Streams on "The Business"



On this Monday's episode of KCRW's The Business, Kim Masters and I had a lot to talk about:
- Major changes in the TV landscape in the past week.

- HBO announces a forthcoming over-the-top subscription service that will allow viewers to access some amount of HBO content online without a cable subscription.

- CBS then says they’ll do the same thing, and their service is available now, for around $6 a month.

- Warner Bros. announces 10 DC superhero movies will debut between now and 2020.

Listen below!



Or here:

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Great Los Angeles Walk T-Shirts Are On Sale Now!

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Get your shirt now in order for it to arrive before this year's Walk! Wear it proudly on November 22 -- and show everyone that, yep, you spent all day walking down Ventura Boulevard! Click above for the T-shirts... which this year have some color to them!

We've just posted a whole t-shirts at Spreadshirt, including choices for men, women and kids. Go here: greatlawalk.spreadshirt.com.

Meanwhile, keep up with info about this year's GREAT LOS ANGELES WALK down Ventura via our website (www.greatlawalk.com) or our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/greatlawalk). And RSVP at our email (greatlawalk@mail.com) or our Facebook events page!

Friday, October 17, 2014

A Visit to Beverly Hills' Wallis Annenberg Center for Kid-Friendly Theater

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If you have kids over the age of 5, I can guarantee they will love "The Man Who Planted Trees," a whimsical hour-long play being performed this weekend at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. We checked out one of the shows last weekend, and the Blogger Kids enjoyed the tale (as well as the arts and crafts beforehand).

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As part of The Wallis' "Theater for Young Audiences" series, the play incorporates humans and puppets to humorously tell the touching story of a shepherd who plants a forest, acorn by acorn, in the French countryside. The kids will enjoy the jokes and the puppets, while you'll appreciate the themes.

Beverly Hills post office

The U.K.-based Puppet State Theatre Company has performing "The Man Who Planted Trees" for some time. It's based on the tale by Jean Giono, which also inspired an Oscar-winning animated short in 1989. Here's a YouTube sample of Puppet State Theatre’s take:



"The Man Who Planted Trees" continues through this weekend. Go here for ticket information.

Other upcoming Theatre for Young Audiences events include Dan Zanes and Friends (Sunday, Oct. 19 at 2pm); Compagnie Les Voisins’s "The Queen of Colors" (Jan. 9-18) and "Lifeboat" (March 13-22).

I hadn't been inside the former Beverly Hills Post Office since I attended a party there years ago. Now, of course, it's been transformed into the Wallis. Some peeks inside and out:

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Beverly Hills post office

Beverly Hills post office

Beverly Hills post office

Beverly Hills Wallis Annenberg

Beverly Hills Wallis Annenberg

MIKE ON KCRW: Curb Your Enthusiasm for HBO's and CBS' New Services



Are HBO's and CBS' new over-the-top digital services a revolution? Perhaps. And the world of program access is definitely changing. But that doesn't mean you're ultimately not going to be spending about as much as you do now on TV -- you're just going to be allocating that money a bit differently (when and if you "cut the cord," that is).

On Thursday's edition of KCRW's Hollywood Breakdown, Kim Masters and I discuss what it all might mean (or might not -- no one knows yet). A synopsis:
The TV landscape continues to shift and change, as evidenced by major changes announced by HBO and CBS this week. For those who love HBO but hate paying for all the other cable channels they never watch, there will soon be another option. HBO will be offering an online subscription service that will give access to HBO content without requiring a cable package. But the exact details--how much content will be available and how much it will cost--are yet to be revealed. And not to be left behind, traditional broadcast network CBS will also be offering a subscription web service, one that is already available now in several markets. These changes are not only a response to cord cutters--people who get rid of cable all together, but also to calls for cable offerings to be "unbundled" or be made available on an a la carte basis.

Listen by clicking below!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Rate-A-Restaurant #330: Sweet Rose Creamery (Ice Cream)

Sweet Rose Creamery

Restaurant: Sweet Rose Creamery

Location: 7565 Beverly Boulevard (3rd/Beverly/Fairfax)

Type of restaurant: Ice cream

Sweet Rose Creamery

We stipulated: After an afternoon in Beverly Hills, we were looking for a treat on the drive home. We could have gone to Scoops, but we always go to Scoops. We wanted to try something different and Sweet Rose Creamery's artisan ice cream has been long on our "to eat" list.

They stipulated: "At Sweet Rose Creamery we make small batches of homemade ice cream using only the best ingredients. We use organic milk and cream from Clover Organic Farms and eggs from Chino Valley Ranchers. Both suppliers are antibiotic and hormone free! We also make every effort to purchase our produce from farmers who use organic and sustainable agricultural practices, and support our local farmers by purchasing our produce at the Santa Monica Farmers Market (You’ll see us there every Wednesday!). Sweet Rose Creamery pasteurizes on site and makes all ice cream, sorbets, and dairy free ice creams on premises from scratch every day. We never use any stabilizers in our ice cream bases, and we never use pre-mix bases for any of our products. We also make our own hand-made cones, frozen novelties, cakes, pies, and toppings in house from scratch (except for sodas, sprinkles & coco nibs)."

Sweet Rose Creamery

What we ordered: Maria and I shared a banana split with Caffe Luxxe Coffee ice cream and Salted Caramel ice cream ($7.50); Blogger Kid 2.0 tried a kids scoop of mint chip ($3).

Sweet Rose Creamery

High point:  The flavors are fresh and powerful. I've never had a coffee ice cream as strong as the Caffe Luxxe flavor

Low point:  I wish I knew they were going to sprinkle nuts on our banana split. I've never been a fan of nuts on ice cream.

Sweet Rose Creamery

Overall impression: Maria and I decided to share the banana split since, at $7.50, that was the cheaper route than getting separate scoops. $4 for a scoop of ice cream is still a little crazy to me, especially when you get two scoops for $3 at Scoops. But the ice cream was tasty, and the flavors adventurous. Maria recently tried Salt & Straw, which she complained was waaay too overpriced. Sweet Rose is a nice middle ground.

Sweet Rose Creamery

Will we return: I'm not sure we would go out of our way, but if we were in Mid City looking for a treat, we'd stop by again.
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