The majority of children assisted by After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles are from low-income families that often cannot afford to purchase the school supplies necessary to keep kids confident and well-equipped. To help students succeed academically, ASAS-LA distributes academic kits filled with donated supplies to students in need. Each kit contains essential tools such as a backpack, notebook, folders, writing utensils, and a pencil box, helping students to stay organized and focused in school.
Step 1. Purchase your Groupon using the buy button on this page.Step 2. Locate your redemption code, which differs from the Groupon number and can be found in the center of the voucher. The voucher is viewable in the mobile app or by going to My Groupons and clicking the print link.Step 3. Visit the site that corresponds with the product printed on your Groupon:Step 4. Select the size that corresponds with the product printed on your Groupon, select "Add to Cart," and enter the redemption code located in the center of your Groupon into the "Coupon Code" field before proceeding to checkout.Step 5. Enjoy!
As Tommy, one of Howl at the Moon’s piano players, explains on the club’s website, “Every night…we try and throw a party, regardless of whether it’s a Tuesday night or a Saturday night.” The bar’s trademark dueling pianos serve as the epicenter of these nightly celebrations; patrons submit their favorite songs on slips of paper for the pianists and backing musicians to recreate. If the website’s playlist is any indication, the bands can handle popular songs from all genres and eras, from Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” to Kanye West’s “All of the Lights.” The performances are spirited: colorful lights splash upon a stage where servers, guests, and chairs that have somehow developed mobility all dance along to the music.
Fueling the celebration is the bar’s indulgent selection of drinks. Servers stand over patrons to plunge jello injectors into their mouths, and revelers grab colorful straws to help drain 86-ounce booze buckets filled with sangria or other fruity libations. Pomegranate liqueur and honey-infused whiskey sweeten specialty cocktails, and local beers add depth to coolers stocked with Stella Artois and Dos Equis.
Few professionals can credit Flashdance with rerouting the course of their career. In fact, Richard Giorla could be the only one. The unconventional dance moves he saw in the film motivated the former Pennsylvania Ballet Company member to hit the streets of his new home, Manhattan, and learn breakdancing from dancers at the heart of the movement, trading his own dance expertise as payment. Richard’s career was in full swing when, struck with an injury, he started teaching a ballet-barre class. Though he appreciated its stretching and toning components, Richard craved a more aerobic workout. So he created his own solution—Cardio Barre.
The unique workout consists of high-energy, zero-impact movements that sculpt the long, slender body of a dancer without a student ever having to step foot in a traditional dance studio. As they balance on the ballet barre, or whichever classmate is closest, pupils direct all their focus to one muscle group at a time, while the entire body stays in motion for maximum fat burning. His approach’s pudge-busting abilities have made the fitness method a favorite of many health magazines and celebrities.
Created by 20-year hat designer and passionate head-coverer Matt Clark, Hollywood Hat Lounge shades bare domes with an eclectic and wide-ranging collection of hats, from fedoras ($19.95–$84.95) to cowboy hats ($29.95–$69.75) to sinamay garden-party hats ($29.95–$65). Wannabe newsies can don a Goorin Newsboy cap ($34.95) and chuck the daily edition through their neighbor's Citizen Kane-themed basketball hoop, and women can recall the era of the leaping lindy hop with a Jasmine cloche hat ($24.95).
A non-profit venue for and supporter of avant-garde contemporary art, LACE provides an artistic outlet unfettered by the demands of commerce. In its 30-year history, the organization has opened eyeballs to the work of more than 5,000 creative minds, including artists such as Martin Kersels, Nancy Rubins, and Johanna Went. Use your friend-level membership to preview exhibitions—such as the upcoming Los Angeles Goes Live: Exploring a Social History of Performance Art in Southern California, 1970–1983, opening in October 2011—before they're open to the public, giving you a small window of time in which to observe the art before children can attempt to smear it with peanut butter. Members also receive complimentary or reduced admission to special events such as the annual winter fundraiser and the LACE 10K, a steptacular art walk that immerses culture vultures in the greatest art form of them all, physical fitness.
As the owner of seven bars in California, Craig Trager has worked with his share of bartenders, but he evaluates them all based on one simple criterion. "If you're not learning the regulars' names, you're out," he told the Los Angeles Times. It's this devotion to easy conversation—inspired by Cheers and similar settings—that make Trager's venues at once welcoming and luxurious. The Parlour Room of Hollywood is no exception. Its antique chandeliers illuminate a lounge covered in emerald and gold wallpaper, whose baroque patterns match the green couches and ottomans below. A wide mirror hangs in a florid golden frame across from the bar, reflecting the complex machinations that take place behind the counter.
There, the Parlour Room's mixologists illustrate their expertise in multitasking. They chat with patrons as they muddle maple juleps, which are made from a signature blend of whiskey, mint leaves, and maple syrup. Fruits star in multiple drinks, from the raspberries in the sugar cube-sweetened Metropolitan to the black cherry flavors in the menu's modified Manhattan. Those in search of more savory sips order the Parlour Martini, which always sells for $5, even if you find a pearl inside your olive.