Yuen Lui Studio, a family-owned photography business specializing in individual and family portraits and wedding photography, creates visual heirlooms in a tradition of quality it has upheld since 1947. With several area studios available, each boasts a multitude of backdrop options for portraiture sessions, or photographers may take sessions outdoors to add natural scenery to the frame. Wedding and engagement shots come to life under the careful eyes of each photographer as they seize rare moments and trap them in frames to be displayed like trophies from a hunt. High-school, child, baby, and family portraits keep precious memories locked in time for clients, who can peruse an online gallery of their images after their session.
Knightsbridge Theatre's talented cadre of thespians presents a schedule of lovingly crafted stagings of classic theatrical texts in an intimate, newly restored theater. Five- and 10-seat subscriptions allow patrons to use their seats any way they like, bringing along a mass of friends for one show or sitting on a friend’s shoulders and plopping down into a single seat, or gifting tickets to a friend, family member, or favorite landscaper. Upcoming shows include Steel Magnolias, the original musical comedy Bergeracky, Rostand's comical French romance Cyrano De Bergerac and the medieval tale of intrigue The Lion in Winter. Shows take place in a renovated 1920s silent-movie house that contains just 99 seats, creating an intimate atmosphere that allows actors to connect to the audience without the use of duct tape.
The published fashion photographer behind On Location Group began developing film more than 20 years ago. He's changed with the times, though, mastering digital photography and creating his own unique style using a combination of natural sunlight and a high-end digital studio flash system. He can often be found snapping breathtaking, magazine-quality shots of models on LA rooftops or shooting stills for Hollywood movie posters, such as 2013's The Love Section. He prides himself on making clients look their best, and to achieve this goal, he maintains a network of professional stylists and hair and makeup artists.
Naya's Garden safely shelters energetic youngsters in its 3,000-square-foot building replete with indoor and outdoor play structures that promote social skills and strengthen physical development. After shielding feet in mandatory socks, tykes can navigate a maze, romp through a ball pit, scale a climbing wall, or play real-estate agent by accompanying newlywed squirrels on a tree-house tour. Hopping sessions in a bouncy castle help burn calories, snacks nourish famished frolickers, and frequently cleaned toys and friendly staffers ensure participant well-being. Thrice weekly half-hour sing-alongs commence at 11 a.m., imbuing whippersnappers with catchy folk tunes and world music chants each Tuesday and Thursday. Each Friday, tots learn Spanish versions of their favorite English melodies or German versions of their favorite birdcalls.
At Tarascos, owner Antonio Garcia and his chefs blend the comfortable and familiar with the slightly out of the ordinary. A chalkboard-scrawled menu lists Mexican classics such as enchiladas alongside lesser-known dishes such as huaraches, large, oblong tortillas stacked with charbroiled meats. Plates of barbacoa feature the seasoned beef wrapped in maguey leaves and slow-steamed until tender. Likewise, the tap menu mixes Mexican imports such as Pacifico and Modelo Especial with Tarascos's own home-brewed organic beers.
Patrons can dine inside or outdoors on a beer garden–style patio shaded from weather and warmed with gas heaters. On the patio, Tarascos also regularly holds cooking classes, such as a tamale class that was featured on ABC 7.
The Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, which the Huffington Post calls “the gold standard of the avant garde in LA,” introduces members to emerging local and international artists with gallery exhibitions and innovative performances in art, music, dance, film, and multimedia. In time for the debut of the 2012 schedule, individual members enjoy a 20% discount on up to two tickets to each of REDCAT’s theatrical productions, which include Lars Jan’s genre-defying Abacus, with high-tech effects and compelling performances that explore media’s persuasive power. With 24 hours’ notice, members can trade in tickets for another date, increasing their chances of catching chats with filmmakers such as William E. Jones, comedy sets by jokesters such as Sandra Bernhard, or recollections of '70s New York by former Yankees shortstop Lou Reed.