LA LIFE: Holiday Glamour, Vintage LA, Hanukkah, Hand-Crafted Gifts

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LA LIFE: Holiday Glamour, Vintage LA, Hanukkah, Hand-Crafted Gifts

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holiday season and Rodeo drive is no exception with its “Holiday Glamour” displays.  And though we are very limited this holiday season with our in-person festivities, you can add a little sparkle to your wardrobe, grab glass of wine and attend the “Vintage LA Christmas Virtual Tour”. The magical “Skirball Hanukkah Celebration” goes online this year and will be filled with music, storytelling, candle lighting, and more. If you are looking for an exceptional and unique gift, check out the Craft & Folk Art Museums Online Store. And listen in to this week’s podcast—it’s all about our lungs.


Dec. 15. A Fun Facebook LIVE Event

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I’ll be watching this live event on Facebook with my Three Tomatoes partners, Cheryl Benton and Roni Jenkins. Their book is a hoot! Watch live on Facebook or YouTube.


Till January 3. Holiday Glamour 

LA LIFE: Holiday Glamour, Vintage LA, Hanukkah, Hand-Crafted Gifts

Boy Oh Boy, Beverly Hills has outdone itself this holiday season.  The three-block stretch of iconic Rodeo Drive is all decked out with 10 beautifully adorned mannequins as if one is attending one of the legendary fashion runways of the world. You can celebrate fashion, couture and the magic of the holidays on the palm-dotted blocks of Rodeo Drive, Gals!

Rodeo Drive is a stunning vision this holiday season, despite the pandemic, and a drive or a walk thru is a sure-fire way to get you in the spirit of the season. “More than ever now, the holidays must go on. My wish is that everyone might have an opportunity to dream and share in the experience of this year’s holiday installation…”– Kathy Gohari, Vice President, The Rodeo Drive Committee.

It truly is a beautiful feast for the eyes, Tomatoes.


The Three Tomatoes Happy Hour Podcast

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December 16, 23 & 30.  Vintage L.A. Christmas

LA LIFE: Holiday Glamour, Vintage LA, Hanukkah, Hand-Crafted Gifts

Let the LA Conservancy whisk you away on a fun journey through decades of L.A. Christmas past with their brand-new, interactive virtual tour: “Vintage L.A. Christmas!” Love how creative the LA Conservancy has gotten with their virtual tours all year but this virtual tour down memory lane is sure to be very merry.

We can all enjoy a trip down memory lane as we (virtually) stroll down some of the most famously festive thoroughfares in LA (Altadena’s Christmas Tree Lane, anyone?) and browse some of the most iconic department store displays of yesteryear. Be sure to book your reservations now, Tomatoes. 


December 13. Skirball Hanukkah

LA LIFE: Holiday Glamour, Vintage LA, Hanukkah, Hand-Crafted Gifts

Wow! Hanukkah starts today?!  Well…Happy Hanukkah, Tomatoes! On Sunday you can celebrate the Festival of Lights online with a one-of-a-kind streaming event: the “Skirball Hanukkah Celebration!” This festive experience features everything you’ve become accustom to from a Skirball holiday extravaganza, Gals.

Music will be provided by Mostly Kosher and Gili Yalo along with a retelling of the Hanukkah story with puppets, a lively sing-along, a community candle lighting, and more wonderful fun.  You need to RSVP by today December 11th and, if you do, you will receive a reminder email with the link to stream the program live. IF you can’t make that date…no worries. The Skirball Hanukkah Celebration video will be available on YouTube for you and your family to watch throughout Hanukkah and beyond.


The Craft & Folk Art Museum

LA LIFE: Holiday Glamour, Vintage LA, Hanukkah, Hand-Crafted Gifts

The Craft Contemporary and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) is an important gem of a museum. Unfortunately, their annual holiday marketplace fundraiser has been cancelled due to the Covid surge in LA.  But, Tomatoes, can still purchase a special gift from their online store and help the museum keep their doors open in the future as well.  The perfect way to give, Tomatoes.

If purchasing a gift from their online store doesn’t work out, you can always make a donation.  This smaller but equally influential museum might get overlooked in the shadow of our bigger and higher profile museum institutions in Los Angeles, but it is a vital part of our community.  I have a deep fondness for the CAFAM because it poignantly reveals the potential of craft. CAFAMis an invaluable contributor to Los Angeles culture, exhibiting current artists with intriguing perspectives and distinctive practices. Exploring the leading edge of craft, art, and design, CAFAM gives audience to diverse makers and artists whose work is often not represented in larger art institutions. CAFAM 100% relies on donations, Tomatoes.  And they have a large selection of hand-crafted gifts with a variety of prices and some items are on sale.  Their store is worth a looksee don’t you think?


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