New Wave LA is a multi-date, multi-venue event that encompasses four original works. Pick up a ticket to each of the performances to experience the whole kit and caboodle. The tickets will be in the D-level seating area of each venue and will be issued in e-ticket fashion prior to the show. The Los Angeles Ballet is a group of two dozen gazelle-esque dancers who fling themselves across genres and around the stage like marionettes controlled by heartstrings. See this renowned company move to the body music of the latest, greatest, and most unexpected choreography from LA's own Josie Walsh, plus Sonya Tayeh, Travis Wall, and Mandy Moore of So You Think You Can Dance fame.
To keep the spirit of its musical roots ever near, House of Blues Houston keeps a metal box of mud from the Delta Mississippi beneath its stage and proudly displays the traditional crazy quilt. As the only venue in the revered chain to be built vertically rather than free floating, House of Blues Houston stands as a pillar of entertainment in the Houston Pavilions complex. The hot spot’s Bronze Peacock Room commemorates Houston's rich history and the blues clubs where Lightnin' Hopkins and Big Mama Thornton held sway, and features an enormous hand-painted mural depicting other local legends such as Albert Collins and Johnny "Guitar" Watson.
Goodwill towards man goes hand in hand with a cold pint of good beer, a fact not lost on the organizers of Sin City Beer Fest—a regular celebration of fermented beverages that raises money for local charities. On-hand beers come courtesy of breweries from around the world, with regular contributors that include Yanjing Beer in China, Mortiz in Barcelona, and Lost Coast Brewery in Northern California. Guests enjoy floral hops and refreshing bubbles in swanky environs throughout the city, mingling in poolside cabanas, verdant courtyards, and the Denny's that Frank Sinatra classed up by accidentally haunting.
As mid-October approaches, the first-annual Couscous Festival is preparing to flood the earth with delicious fares from North Africa and the Mediterranean, spotlighting the fluffy spheres of steamed wheat known as couscous. Skilled chefs, including Farid Zadi and Susan Park, will offer food talks and cooking demonstrations to teach attendees how to release their inner Berber and craft fine foreign fares. On Saturday, Feast from the Mideast author Faye Levy will divulge the secret behind cooking up tasty North African–Jewish cuisine. Sunday promises guests the opportunity to hear cookbook author and culinary commentator Clifford Wright speak about the history of couscous, which began with an exhilarating, primordial escape from a wild field of semolina wheat.
The Tea Lovers Festival returns for its celebration of all things steeped on May 5 at the Armory Center for the Arts in Old Town Pasadena. At the event, the Tea Lovers marketplace showcases unique products from exhibitors such as Art of Tea, Numi, and Bird Pick Tea & Herb. As visitors stop by merchant booths, Darjeeling, Earl Grey, and green teas steep, filling the air with their subtle flavors while festivalgoers seek out new favorite brews. On the interactive side, tea studies target both novices and connoisseurs, and tea labs teach brewers the finer scientific points of brewing, such as how tea ware affects taste. A popular series from the 2011 festival called Everything You Wanted to Know About Tea, But Were Afraid to Ask also returns with new topics, covering teas from across the globe and how to read messages in tea leaves, such as “This water was too hot.”
At Seattle Chocolate Salon, chocoholics eagerly bounce from tables loaded up with gourmet chocolate bars and truffles to ones holding cocoa drinks and chocolate fountains. They're fueled by caffeine and the rush of endorphins that comes from tasting so many chocolates, watching chocolate-crafting demonstrations, and listening to talks given by chefs and confection experts.
Of course, chocolate isn't nearly as fun on its own as it is paired with wine, so the event also includes wine tastings. Those who haven't rubbed chocolate all over their wrists at this point can swing by the Artisan Fragrance Salon to spritz niche fragrances. Entry to the fragrance salon is included with admission to the chocolate salon.