Nov 16, 2016

RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL (TICKET DISCOUNT)


TIS THE SEASON FOR RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER LIVE ON STAGE AT DOLBY THEATRE IN LOS ANGELES ON DECEMBER 23RD AND 24TH

The “most famous reindeer of all” from the longest running and highest rated holiday television special will be live on stage with the critically acclaimed Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical at Dolby Theatre on December 23rd and 24th for 4 performances. Following two successful years of touring North America, the world’s most famous reindeer and a holly jolly cast of iconic characters including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster will help Santa save Christmas during three North American tours visiting more than 50 cities this holiday season. 


In 1964, the beloved stop-motion animated television classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, made its network television debut delighting audiences across the country. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical is rapidly becoming a tradition for generations of children and adults and we are so excited to bring the show to fans in Hollywood,” says producing partner Jonathan Flom.
Projections, costumes and characters will be faithfully brought to the stage against a backdrop of nostalgic set designs. The cast brings high energy to classic songs and dialogue, while irresistible and loveable puppets highlight the charming “roughness” from the television show’s stop-motion effects. Flom says, 
“We address all of the familiar story elements from the television special with a talented cast and puppeteers who help recreate the magic on stage. Since the special itself is a classic musical, the stage show does not feel at all like an adaptation and audiences are surprised and delighted when they hear full performances of additional iconic songs associated with the TV special, such as “Fame and Fortune” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”
The story tells the tale of a young Rudolph who, because of the appearance of his bright, shining nose, is excluded from the Reindeer Games. He flees Christmastown and meets up with new friends Hermey the Elf and Yukon Cornelius.  After finding The Island of Misfit Toys, Rudolph journeys home, where a snowstorm of epic proportions is threatening Christmas. Can Rudolph rescue his family and friends and help Santa save the holiday?


Rudolph’s partnership with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center continues this year. A new illustrated storybook, T.E.A.M. Rudolph and the Reindeer Games, will be available this year only at the stage show performances and other locations where Rudolph is appearing, such as at theme parks, zoos, aquariums and science centers. A portion of the proceeds from all sales of the books will be donated to PACER.

SHOW INFO
The national tour -- a “holiday staple” (The Boston Globe) and an "utterly charming, top-notch production" (Orlando Sentinel) – kicks off November 14.
LIVE ON STAGE SHOW – December 23 and December 24.

Tickets range from $38-$104 and can be purchased at the Dolby Theatre Box Office (6801 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028), through all Ticketmaster outlets, or by calling (800) 745-3000. 
*NOTE: Children ages one and older require a ticket.



For more information, visit www.rudolphthemusical.com.



Disclosure: SoCal Blog will be provided with complimentary tickets to see the show in exchange for posting information on the event. 

Nov 14, 2016

Odysseo by Cavalia - Coming To SoCal This Week




Odysseo marries the equestrian arts, stage arts and high-tech theatrical effects at never-beforeseen levels. A veritable revolution in live performance, Odysseo comprises a list of superlatives: the world’s largest touring production and traveling big top, the biggest stage, the most beautiful visual effects, and the largest number of horses at liberty.  

Odysseo features 65 horses of 11 different breeds of horses, riders, acrobats and musicians as together they embark on a soulful journey from the Mongolian steppes to Monument Valley, from the African savannah to Nordic glaciers, from the Sahara to Easter Island. 


WHAT: Odysseo by Cavalia
WHEN: Returns to Orange County for the 2016 holiday season: From November 16 to January 8
WHERE: Under the White Big Top in Orange County at the junction of the I-405 & the SR-133 in Irvine
TICKETS: Available at www.cavalia.net and by calling 1-866-999-8111.
Tickets are priced from $29.50 to $254.50 + applicable taxes and fees.
Special pricing & packages available for groups, children (2-12), juniors (13-17) and seniors (65+).



Nov 7, 2016

Harvest Festival Art & Craft Show: POMONA - ticket giveway


HARVEST FESTIVAL® ORIGINAL ART & CRAFT SHOW
PERSONALIZES HOLIDAY SHOPPING AT THE FAIRPLEX IN POMONA
December 2-4

Ho, ho, ho!  Homemade holiday bliss comes to town when the annual Pomona Harvest Festival® Original Art & Craft Show gets underway at the Fairplex December 2-4 with more than 300 exhibitors ringing in the season with dazzling, handcrafted items. Aglow in holiday décor, the Fairplex is transformed into a winter wonderland  “shop fest” complete with live entertainment, strolling entertainers, crafting demonstrations, contests, and a Kidzone.

Over the past 44 years, the Harvest Festival has grown to become recognized as the largest indoor arts & crafts showcase on the west coast. The nation’s finest artists and crafters come together in this juried showcase to celebrate the holiday season. Making even Santa’s helpers envious, shoppers can choose from a festive array of 24,000 items never found in malls.  Exhibits are brimming with jewelry, ceramics, blown glass, woodcarvings, clothing and accessories, holiday décor, ornaments, specialty foods, furniture, kids toys, and more, all at unbeatable prices. Many artists can personalize purchases for the perfect gift.



“Your stress-free yuletide adventure begins the moment you walk through the door,” says Nancy Glenn, Harvest Festival event veteran and new owner. “We work year round to put together an exciting celebration that unites Festival goers with the artists who share their passion. It makes holiday gift giving more of a special, personalized experience.”  Tickets are good for the entire weekend so Festival goers can keep coming back for more.

WHAT
Pomona Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

WHEN
December 2 - 4

WHERE
Fairplex Expo #4 @ 1101 West McKinley Avenue, Pomona, CA 91768

HOURS
Friday 9 am - 6 pm; Saturday 10 am - 6 pm; Sunday 10 am - 5 pm

TICKETS
Adults: $9, Seniors (62+) $7, Military (Active/Retired/Veteran) $7, Youth (13-17) $4, kids 12 & under are FREE
Parking $10

DONATE
Bring non-perishables for donation for Foothill Family Shelter to receive $2 admission discount.

INFO
General info and tickets are available at www.harvestfestival.com or call 925-392-7300.

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TICKET GIVEAWAY

One reader will win a family 4-pack of tickets to attend the Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show in Pomona. 


How to Win;

- Leave a comment stating what your favorite thing about the holiday season is.


Giveaway will end on Monday, November 21 @11:59 pm (pst). Winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email. Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner will be chosen. Tickets will be mailed to winner via USPS.


Disclosure: SoCal Blog will be provided with complimentary tickets (to attend and giveaway to a reader) to the Harvest Festival in Pomona in exchange for posting information on the event. 

Nov 4, 2016

ODYSSEO BY CAVALIA: TICKETS ON SALE NOW




The majestic show is back in OC and you can get your tickets now!

Odysseo marries the equestrian arts, stage arts and high-tech theatrical effects at never-beforeseen levels. A veritable revolution in live performance, Odysseo comprises a list of superlatives: the world’s largest touring production and traveling big top, the biggest stage, the most beautiful visual effects, and the largest number of horses at liberty.  Odysseo features 65 horses of 11 different breeds of horses, riders, acrobats and musicians as together they embark on a soulful journey from the Mongolian steppes to Monument Valley, from the African savannah to Nordic glaciers, from the Sahara to Easter Island.






WHAT: Odysseo by Cavalia
WHEN: Returns to Orange County for the 2016 holiday season: From November 16 to January 8
WHERE: Under the White Big Top in Orange County at the junction of the I-405 & the SR-133 in Irvine
TICKETS: Available at www.cavalia.net and by calling 1-866-999-8111.
Tickets are priced from $29.50 to $254.50 + applicable taxes and fees.
Special pricing & packages available for groups, children (2-12), juniors (13-17) and seniors (65+).


Nov 2, 2016

DISNEY ON ICE presents WORLDS OF ENCHANTMENT: Tickets on Sale




Rev up for non-stop family fun with four of your favorite Disney stories when Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment comes to the Southland. 

This action-packed ice spectacular showcases beloved characters from Disney•Pixar’s Cars, Toy Story 3, Disney’s The Little Mermaid plus the enchanting Academy Award®-winning Frozen. Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment is performing from December 15 through January 8, 2017 in Los Angeles (STAPLES Center), Anaheim (Honda Center), Long Beach (Long Beach Arena) and Ontario (Citizens Business Bank Arena).

Thrill to high-speed stunts and high-octane fun, as Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of Disney•Pixar’s Cars race across the ice. Dive into adventure with Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid, as she explores her undersea kingdom. The toys are back in town with heroic action when Buzz, Woody, Jessie and the Disney•Pixar Toy Story gang escape Sunnyside Daycare in a daring adventure to get back to Andy’s room. Plus, enter the wintery world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa and pals Olaf and Kristoff from Disney’s Frozen as they learn that true love comes from within.

Plus, get warmed up for the show right in your seats with exclusive dance moves taught by the mouse that started it all during Mickey’s Dance-Along Pre-Show Party, as the Disney On Ice skating athletes remind everyone that getting active can help you be your best! Then you’ll be ready to enter a dazzling world of Disney magic to see some of your family’s favorite Disney moments come to life in Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment, with dazzling skating, special effects and timeless characters certain to create a lifetime of memories.


L O S A N G E L E S
WHEN: Thursday, December 15 – Sunday, December 18
o Thursday, December 15 7:30 PM
o Friday, December 16 7:30 PM
o Saturday, December 17 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
o Sunday, December 18 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
WHERE: STAPLES Center – 1111 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015
TICKETS: Ticket prices start at $25!
Discount Opening Night tickets available for as low as $15 each on select seating (not valid for premium VIP/Front Row seating)
Tickets available for purchase online at AXS.com, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or in-person at the venue Box Office. *prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply

A N A H E I M
WHEN: Wednesday, December 21 – Sunday, December 25
o Wednesday, December 21 7:00 PM
o Thursday, December 22 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
o Friday, December 23 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
o Saturday, December 24 11:00 AM & 3:00 PM
o Sunday, December 25 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM
WHERE: Honda Center – 2695 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806
TICKETS: Ticket prices start at $25!
Discount Opening Night tickets available for as low as $15 each on select seating (not valid for premium VIP/Front Row seating)
Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office. 
*prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply

L O N G B E A C H
WHEN: Wednesday, December 28, 2016 – Sunday, January 1, 2017
o Wednesday, December 28 7:00 PM
o Thursday, December 29 7:00 PM
o Friday, December 30 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
o Saturday, December 31 11:30 AM & 3:30 PM
o Sunday, January 1 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM
WHERE: Long Beach Arena – 300 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802
TICKETS: Ticket prices start at $25!
Discount Opening Night tickets available for as low as $15 each on select seating (not valid for premium VIP/Front Row seating)
Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office. 
*prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply

O N T A R I O
WHEN: Wednesday, January 4 – Sunday, January 8, 2017
o Wednesday, January 4 7:00 PM
o Thursday, January 5 7:00 PM
o Friday, January 6 7:00 PM
o Saturday, January 7 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
o Sunday, January 8 11:30 AM & 3:30 PM
WHERE: Citizens Business Bank Arena – 4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario, CA 91764
TICKETS: Ticket prices start at $25!
Discount Opening Night tickets available for as low as $15 each on select seating (not valid for premium VIP/Front Row seating)
Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office. 
*prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply


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DISCOUNT

Use code MOM20 and receive 20% off tickets




Jun 30, 2016

OC Fair 2016 "Get Your Fair Face On" - Giveaway




Summer's here which means it's time for the OC Fair!

The 23-day event features shopping, exhibits, hands-on activities and contests. The Fair is open Wednesday-Friday Noon-Midnight and Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-Midnight. Visit ocfair.com for promotions, entertainment schedules and more.

If your family is a foodie family, then you’ll want to come on Thursdays from noon to 4 pm to take advantage of the $2 Taste of Fair Food days. There are also multiple discounts and promotions this year to make visiting the fair affordable for all families.


VENUE INFORMATION
dates: July 15 - August 14, 2016
location:  100 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
hours: Wednesday - Friday 10 am - 6 pm & Saturday - Sunday 10 am - 4 pm
admission: $10 general, $7 senior, $7 youth (6-12), children 5 & younger are FREE
parking: $10 per vehicle
buy tickets: At venue box office, online or by calling 800-745-3000

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GIVEAWAY

one lucky winner will win 4 general admission tickets & 2 carnival ride cards (good for 3 FREE rides per card)


How to enter:
 - Leave a comment with your favorite thing about the fair.


Giveaway will end on Tuesday, July 12 @11:59 pm (pst). Winner will be contacted via email and prize will be provided directly by OC Fair.


Jun 16, 2016

Father's Day Dishes - Las Palmas Mexican Dishes




Celebrate Dad on his special day with a marvelous meal he will always remember. Las Palmas has several mouthwatering recipes to show him just how much you care this Father’s Day.

Spoil dad on his special day with the help of the little ones to create a feast of the traditional, savory flavors he loves. A parent herself, Chef Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack, author of MuyBuenoCookbook.com, developed three delicious modern twists on old-world Mexican dishes that are easy to make with kiddos – a delectable Mexican Shrimp Cocktail, hearty and flavorful Beef Picadillo Stuffed Peppers and Pastel Azteca (aka Mexican Tortilla Pie). 

These recipes incorporate Las Palmas Sauces, as they add that authentic Mexican flavor that generations of Hispanics love while conveniently shortening time spent in the kitchen.



PASTEL AZTECA (aka Mexican Tortilla Pie)
serves: 9
cook time: 25 minutes

INGREDIENTS                                                                          
                                                                                  
·         One 28-ounce can Las Palmas® Red Enchilada Sauce
·         12 lightly fried corn tortillas
·         1 pound shredded store-bought rotisserie chicken
·         One 15.25-ounce can corn
·         One 7-ounce can sliced mushrooms
·         ½ cup chopped white onion
·         1 ½ cups shredded Oaxaca cheese
·         1/2 cup Manchego cheese grated
·         1/2 cup bread crumbs
·         2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

DIRECTIONS
·     -Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
·     -Layer 4 tortillas in a square baking dish. Place 1/3 of chicken, corn, mushrooms, onion, and ½ of the     Oaxaca cheese over tortillas and pour 1/3 of the sauce. Place second layer of tortillas and repeat the      procedure with the rest of chicken, vegetables, and cheese to create 3 layers.
·    -Combine the bread crumbs with Manchego cheese and sprinkle on top.
·    -Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the top is browned. Serve hot or at room temperature.
·    -Garnish with fresh cilantro. 




MEXICAN SHRIMP COCKTAIL
serves: 6-8
prep time: 5-10 minutes

INGREDIENTS

·         1 cup ketchup
·         One 28-ounce can Las Palmas® Red Chile Sauce
·         2 to 3 tablespoons horseradish (add more or less according to spicy tolerance)
·         Juice of 3 limes
·         1 teaspoon bottled hot sauce
·         1⁄8 teaspoon garlic powder
·         ½ cup finely chopped red onion
·         ½ cup chopped cilantro
·         1 pound small shrimp, shelled, deveined, and cooked
·         1 avocado, pitted, peeled, and finely chopped
·         Saltine crackers or tortilla chips, for serving

DIRECTIONS:
·     -Stir together the ketchup, sauce, horseradish, lime juice, hot sauce, and garlic powder until well blended.
·     -Taste and add more horseradish or hot sauce if you would like it spicier.
·     -Add the onion, cilantro, and shrimp and mix well. Gently stir in the avocado.
·     -Cover and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours.

·     -Serve in 4-ounce glasses with saltine crackers or tortilla chips.




BEEF PICADILLO STUFFED BELL PEPPERS
serves: 12-16
cook time: 6 hours (slow cooker) - 45 minutes

INGREDIENTS

Beef:
·         3 pounds beef brisket or chuck roast
·         3 bay leaves
·         2 large or 4 small peeled cloves garlic
·         ½ teaspoon peppercorn medley grinder, ground
·         ½ teaspoon whole peppercorn
·         1 tablespoon salt
·         1 teaspoon ground black pepper
·         3 cups water

Picadillo:
·         1 tablespoon canola oil or shortening
·         2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and diced
·         2 carrots, peeled and chopped
·         2 zucchini or Mexican squash, chopped
·         6 tomatillos husks removed, rinsed, chopped
·         1 Roma tomato, chopped
·         1 small onion, chopped
·         ½ cup Las Palmas® Diced Green Chiles
·         Cooked and shredded beef
·         One 28-ouncecan Las Palmas® Green Enchilada Sauce
·         ½ cup water
·         Salt to taste
·         12 bell peppers (your choice of color)
·         2 tablespoons olive oil
·         ½ cup crumbled queso fresco
·         Cilantro, for garnish (optional)

DIRECTIONS

To Cook the Beef:
·     Place the brisket on a large skillet on the stovetop and sear for 5 minutes on each side to form a nice brown crust.
·     After searing make three deep slits in the meat. Insert bay leaves, garlic cloves, and peppercorns into the slits.
·     Place meat, salt, pepper, and water in a slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 hours turning after 3 hours.
·     Remove the meat and discard the bay leaves and peppercorns and coarsely shred the meat and discard fat pieces.
·     Put the meat back into the liquid and allow the meat to soak some of the juices.

To Make the Picadillo:
·     Heat oil in a large stockpot (caldero, in Spanish). Place the potatoes and carrots in the pot, cover and cook for about 10 minutes, until potatoes and carrots are tender.
·     Uncover and add zucchini, tomatillos, tomato, onion, chile, and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
·     Add shredded beef and combine.
·     Add sauce, water, and stir. Let mixture come to a boil. Add salt to taste. Lower the heat and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.
·     Rinse the peppers. Cut the tops off and remove the white flesh and seeds. Rinse out the inside of each pepper. In a large stockpot semi-boil the peppers, about 3 minutes. Remove the peppers and drain any excess water that is inside them. Brush each pepper with olive oil.
·     Heat up a griddle (comal, in Spanish) and place the peppers on their side on the griddle, about 1 minute on each side, just long enough to sear the sides of each pepper.
·     Stuff each pepper with some picadillo.

·     Plate 1 pepper per plate, top with crumbled queso fresco, and garnish with cilantro.


Jun 15, 2016

RINGLING BROS. "OUT OF THIS WORLD" - TICKET GIVEAWAY



This July, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, the circus that started it all, invites fans to blast off on an intergalactic adventure with the launch of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out Of This World.  Feld Entertainment, Inc., the world’s leading producer of live family entertainment, today announced that this new, immersive experience will debut on the West Coast for the first time in the 145 year history of Ringling Bros., marking the Tour World Premiere at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, July 14, 2016; playing STAPLES Center July 14 – 19, followed by Citizens Business Bank Arena/Ontario from July 22 – 26 and rounding out the Southland engagement at the Honda Center/Anaheim from July 29 – August 7.  

Tickets for all California engagements are on sale to the general public now. 
*see my previous post for show info or visit Ringling Bros.



GIVEAWAY
one lucky reader will win a family 4-pack of tickets to opening night at the venue of their choice*

*Staples Center - July 14,;CBBA - July 22; Honda Center - July 29


Giveaway will end on Friday, July 8 @11:59 pm (pst). Winner will be notified via email and has 48 hours to claim or a new winner will be chosen. Tickets will be held at the venue box office for winner to pick up the day of the show.


Disclosure: SoCal Blog was provided with complimentary giveaway tickets to opening night in exchange for posting event material/information. SoCal Blog was not monetarily compensated.