First String Sportfishing sails the open seas off of Southern California, taking passengers on both fishing voyages and educational marine tours. Its largest boat, First String, can hold up to 149 people for its whale-watching tours. On board the 93-foot boat, you’ll find two 9-ton fish holds, two radars, a large-screen television, and a dolphin-to-English dictionary. First String Sportfishing’s other boats depart for both Californian and Mexican waters on fishing excursions. These trips typically yield shallow-water rockfish such as Sculpin and Whitefish and larger varieties including yellowtail and barracuda.
Young women with breast cancer struggle with unique challenges including early menopause and effects on fertility and later pregnancies. BDF provides outings for young women with cancer to help them deal with the challenges of fighting the disease and spend a brief time away from the stresses of medical care. One of BDF’s outings takes a breast-cancer patient on an evening harbor cruise with six of her friends and family members, which includes a night of buoyant relaxing, dancing, and dining.
Under the tutelage of melodious maestro Andreas Mitisek, the Long Beach Opera's toughened tunesmiths bang out praiseworthy performances of works by an international array of composers. The opera's stage-bound songbirds tackle questions of morality, power, and faith during their performance of Philip Glass's Akhnaten, the third in the composer's Portrait Trilogy. Making its West Coast debut, Akhnaten follows the rise and fall of the titular pharaoh, a leader known for bringing monotheism to Egypt and owning an expansive collection of ceramic kittens. True to Glass's reputation as an avant-garde artist, Akhnaten features vocal performances in historically accurate languages—including Egyptian, Akkadian, Hebrew, and Klingon—translated into eye-catching English supertitles projected for instant understanding. The cast is led by a covey of Long Beach Opera rookies, including international songsters such as Jochen Kowalski, Oxana Senina, and Ralph Cato.
Commanding a fleet that includes Lincoln Town Cars, eight-passenger limos, and whopping 20-passenger Hummers, the chauffeurs of Ilssk Limousine Service scoop up riders for jaunts in an around Los Angeles. Their airport car service helps travelers relax before or after big trips, with comfortable leather seats cushioning passengers while drivers navigate traffic and crack the occasional knock-knock joke. Customizable sightseeing tours reveal LA’s inner secrets to out-of-towners and staycationers alike, zooming past iconic landmarks in vehicles ranging from a Mercedes Benz S-Class to a Cadillac Escalade. Back at the office, friendly dispatchers ring customers with a courtesy call prior to their scheduled pickup, and dole out free rides on the rare occasions that an Ilssk driver is more than 15 minutes late.
Netting toothsome hauls from both land and sea, Mickie Finnz's menu pairs fishy fare with farm-fed favorites and serves them up in a fun, beach-bungalow-themed atmosphere. Practice face-first dives into platters piled with undersea edibles, such as Baja-style fish tacos ($2.75 each), a yellow-fin ahi burger with fresh chips and salsa ($10.75), or a bucket of fried, breaded whitefish ($9.95). Landlocked lunchers can sate sea-fearing stomachs with a variety of earthbound eats, such as barbecue-chicken pizza ($9.95), or bid a fond farewell to hunger with the Aloha burger, topped with grilled pineapple, teriyaki, and grilled onions ($8.75).
Marina del Rey Boat Rentals lets fun-seekers explore the Santa Monica coastline at their own pace with a fleet of reliable vessels. Kayakers paddle through leisurely cruises past multi-million-dollar yachts and penthouses in a single-seat craft for two hours, a two-seater for one hour, or two single-seat kayaks for one hour to practice synchronized sailing routines. Any adult with a drivers’ license can take up to eight passengers for a meandering jaunt around the harbor on a Duffy electric boat, outfitted with AM/FM radio, portable music-player connection, and a dining table perfect for light lunches or divvying up bullion. Customers with previous boating experience can rent a sleek powerboat to turn heads at mermaid prom with the hum of 40- to 75-horsepower engines beneath comfy seats and bow cushions. Marina del Rey Rentals provides all riders with flotation vests to guarantee a safe and secure excursion.