Friday, June 15, 2012

Things to do: The 34th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival

Angelenos are music lovers. And not just those who work in the biz in the music industry capital of the world. Fortunately, an inordinate amount of the music lovers are jazz lovers, to boot. Like me; and Hugh Hefner. It's about all we have in common, really. 

This weekend, the two-day 34th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival takes place at the Hollywood Bowl. Tickets are still available, and if you're in the L.A. area, it's one of the coolest summer kick-off traditions we have. 

The lineup this year includes Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Sheila E., Ozomatli, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Bring your favorite picnic and picnic partner, and celebrate the unofficial launch to the Bowl's summer season. 

And if you don't want to take my word for it, take it from Hefner himself, one of the coolest cats to ever swing: “I've had a lot of things to be proud of in my life. But nothing more, quite frankly, than the Jazz Festival.” 

Now that's an endorsement. 

June 16, 17
Hollywood Bowl

Monday, June 04, 2012

Things To Do: NASA's Annual JPL Open House

NASA's annual open house at its Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., takes place June 9 and 10. 

Each year, JPL welcomes more than 38,000 visitors during the two-day event and invites them to interact with engineers and scientists, attend lectures, view demonstrations, high-definition and 3-D videos, and participate in games and simple experiments.  

Other highlights include updates on current NASA missions to Saturn and Mars. 

The open house is free of charge and this year's  guests will get a first look at JPL's new Earth Science Center. 

For directions to JPL click here.