Quentin Tarantino’s Hollywood: Recreating 1960s L.A. for “Once Upon a Time”

9.12.2019 Full Article Entertainment, Film, History, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Restaurants, The Hollywood Roosevelt

The corner of Riverside Drive and Forman Avenue in Toluca Lake does not feel like Hollywood. There’s a Japanese restaurant on one corner, a real estate office on another, and no landmarks to speak of, outside of the Bob’s Big Boy sign down the road. But it was also the home of the Money Tree,

Say Hello to the New Riverwalk

8.20.2019 Full Article Ambassador Chicago, Art, Chicago, Entertainment, Food, Food and Drink, Happenings, Restaurants, Shopping

It’s almost impossible to walk around downtown Chicago without stumbling upon the Chicago River. And while it’s a stunning sight from the many bridges crossing over it, don’t stop with the views from above. One of the best ways to explore the Chicago River is to stroll along the Riverwalk.

4 Sophisticated Alternatives to Hollywood Star Map Tours

4.16.2019 Full Article Architecture, Design, Entertainment, Food and Drink, Hollywood, Los Angeles, The Hollywood Roosevelt

Whether it’s driving by over-the-top homes of the rich and famous or hitting the Hollywood Walk of Fame, there’s no shortage of star tours to be found in LA. But there’s plenty more to the city than the wide world of entertainment. From art and architecture to cocktails and cafes, here are some alternative tours to consider.

Women Crush Wednesdays: A Spotlight on Hollywood’s All-Female Comedy Showcase

4.1.2019 Full Article Entertainment, Hollywood, Los Angeles, The Hollywood Roosevelt

Every Wednesday night at The Lab at the Hollywood Improv, Marcella Arguello performs and curates the lineup for Women Crush Wednesdays, one of L.A.’s original all-female standup showcases. Started as an open mic event, Women Crush Wednesdays has survived to become a trendsetter in a time when women’s voices are becoming more and more important to the standup world — even if there’s still room to improve.

A Rainy Day Guide to NYC’s NoMad Neighborhood

3.15.2019 Full Article Entertainment, Food, Food and Drink, Happenings, Mondrian Park Ave, Mondrian Park Avenue, New York, Restaurants

One of the best things about New York: Rain or shine, the city never slows down. Here’s a play-by-play on what to see, do, and eat in NYC when it’s pouring out, because there’s no need to let a rainy day dampen your visit. (Just don’t forget your umbrella.)

Beat the Freeze: Winning Ways to Warm Up in the Windy City

2.28.2019 Full Article Ambassador Chicago, Chicago, Entertainment, Food and Drink, Happenings

It’s no secret that Chicago can get cold — really cold. But if there’s one thing Chicagoans are known for, it’s toughing it out through less-than-ideal weather. After all, cold temperatures don’t have to get in the way of a good time, and there’s plenty to do around the city all year long.

Inside Oscar Night’s Star-Studded Governors Ball

2.21.2019 Full Article Entertainment, Events, Film, Food, Food and Drink, Happenings, Hollywood, The Hollywood Roosevelt

Throwing a cocktail party can be an intense undertaking, even for the most experienced of hosts — from planning the menu to keeping glasses filled and guests happy, there’s no shortage of effort involved.

Inside LA’s Vista Theatre, an Icon of Movie History

2.1.2019 Full Article Entertainment, Film, Hollywood, The Hollywood Roosevelt

It’s a reverence for film and moviegoing history that has helped the Vista set itself apart from other movie-watching experiences in a city of countless black-box and multiplex theaters. Located a straight shot down Hollywood Boulevard from The Hollywood Roosevelt, the Vista has seen ups and downs in its 96 years of history, but today it’s found its niche as a throwback to the original days of film exhibition.

Embrace the Outdoors During Winter in the Windy City

1.14.2019 Full Article Ambassador Chicago, Chicago, Entertainment, Events

Chicago winters may not be for the faint of heart, but they certainly don’t put a freeze on the festivities. Sure, the temperatures take a tumble in the beginning of the year, but the city’s fun factor remains intact. Our advice? Embrace the cold, bundle up, and get ready to have a blast outdoors.

Inside The Magic Show at The Roosevelt

12.20.2018 Full Article Entertainment, Happenings, La La Land, Los Angeles, The Hollywood Roosevelt

When it comes to magic, the proper unit of measurement in a performance is the trick, and to talk about the trick is to strip it of its power – its ability to surprise, amuse, and delight. In The Magic Show at The Roosevelt, comic and comedian Justin Willman does all of the above.

Cheers to Chicago: Celebrating 85 Years Since the End of Prohibition

11.27.2018 Full Article Ambassador Chicago, Chicago, Entertainment, Food and Drink

It’s hard to imagine a time when kicking back with a cocktail meant being on the wrong side of the law, but when Ambassador Chicago opened in 1926, alcohol was illegal thanks to Prohibition. This 13-year ban on booze in the US did anything but sober up society – it actually ushered in one of

5 Chicago Magic Shows You Have to See to Believe

10.29.2018 Full Article Ambassador Chicago, Chicago, Entertainment, Nightlife

Magic shows tend to be thought of as the stuff of kids’ birthday parties, street performers, and Las Vegas shows. But that’s all changing in Chicago, where it turns out the Windy City has quite the magical history. Possibly the most famous illusionist ever, Harry Houdini perfected many of his stunts here and wowed crowds

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra Celebrates 100 Years

10.4.2018 Full Article Entertainment, Happenings, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Music

There’s a lot in the history of the Los Angeles Philharmonic of which to be proud. As the organization celebrates its 100th birthday, there are highlights throughout the years: “The Dean of African-American Composers,” William Grant Still, is said to have been the first African-American to conduct a major American orchestra when he picked up

5 Next Level Date Nights in Chicago

10.1.2018 Full Article Ambassador Chicago, Chicago, Entertainment, Happenings, Nightlife

Thinking of going out with your special someone and settled on the idea of dinner and a movie? You might want to keep brainstorming. Food and a flick might be a safe bet, but there are so many more unique, romantic nights out in the city you could be planning. Our advice: Start out at

Stranger Things convention happening this summer

2.12.2018 Full Article Chicago, Entertainment, Happenings

Stranger Con will tide you over until the third season of Stranger Things arrives in 2019.

Kendrick Lamar, SZA and friends announce two nights in LA

1.31.2018 Full Article Entertainment, Happenings, Music

Top Dawg Entertainment presents The Championship tour with K Dot, SZA, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, SiR, and Lance SkiiiWalker.

Here are the 2018 Oscar nominations

1.25.2018 Full Article Entertainment, Film

The snubs, the surprises, and the history-making moments.

Uptown’s iconic Green Mill hosts Paper Machete

11.28.2017 Full Article comedy, Entertainment, Happenings

A Saturday afternoon of drinks, hot takes and laughs.

How to watch the 2017 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

11.22.2017 Full Article Entertainment, Happenings

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a New York tradition since 1924.

Netflix aftershow Beyond Stranger Things is here for the fans

11.6.2017 Full Article Entertainment, TV

Analyzing and answering all the burning questions from the show’s second season.

A pinball paradise in the desert

11.6.2017 Full Article Entertainment

A quick half-hour drive from Two Bunch Palms, the Museum of Pinball is one of the world’s largest collections of playable pinball machines.

Vulture Fest lineup announced

10.30.2017 Full Article Entertainment, Happenings

The weekend-long extravaganza is the go-to-event for everyone and anyone who lives, breathes, and consumes entertainment.

Day of the Dead at Hollywood Forever will entertain and enlighten

10.23.2017 Full Article Entertainment, Happenings

Hollywood Forever Cemetery comes to life after sunset.

Mike Kelley’s sprawling installation ‘Kandors’ opens at Hauser & Wirth

10.20.2017 Full Article Art, Entertainment, Happenings

Technically complex and quite remarkable.

New York City’s best new rooftop bars

10.16.2017 Full Article Entertainment, Food and Drink, New York

Priceless views are in demand this fall.

Taika Waititi photographed at The Hollywood Roosevelt

10.13.2017 Full Article Entertainment, Movies, The Hollywood Roosevelt

The ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ director is a fashion superhero in his own right.

Join Young Thug at The Hollywood Roosevelt’s Halloween Costume Ball

10.2.2017 Full Article Entertainment, Halloween, Happenings

Time to get spooky.

Tropicana presents Movie + Swim

9.29.2017 Full Article Entertainment, Happenings

Every Tuesday in October at The Hollywood Roosevelt.

New York Comic Con 2017 might be bigger, better than ever

9.21.2017 Full Article Entertainment, Happenings, NYCC

What to expect at the largest comic book and pop culture gathering in the country.

Vulture Festival is coming to The Hollywood Roosevelt this November

9.18.2017 Full Article Entertainment, Happenings

Celebrating the very best of television, film, music, podcasts and more in Golden Age style.

Everything you need to know about Abbot Kinney Festival

9.11.2017 Full Article Entertainment, Food and Drink, Happenings

Get thee to Venice.

A mysterious ‘Stranger Things’ bar opens in Chicago

8.29.2017 Full Article Entertainment, Food and Drink, Happenings

Are you ready to enter the Upside Down?

Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival lineup announced

8.23.2017 Full Article Entertainment, Happenings, Los Angeles, Music Festivals

Tyler, the Creator lines up Solange, Lana Del Rey, A$AP Rocky, Kid Cudi and more.

Creators of ClickHole are doing monthly live comedy

8.14.2017 Full Article Chicago, Entertainment, Happenings

A variety show from the wacky minds behind your favorite viral content.

Here’s who to catch at FYF this weekend

7.17.2017 Full Article Entertainment, Happenings, Music Festivals

Six small-font bands you need to see at FYF Fest 2017.

When the stars come out at the Hollywood Bowl

7.5.2017 Full Article Entertainment, History, Hollywood, Music

Even in a city that prioritizes freeways over sidewalks, the stroll to the Hollywood Bowl is iconic, rite-of-summer.

The best free summer concerts to check out in Los Angeles

6.26.2017 Full Article Entertainment, Happenings, Music

Hot summer fun that won’t burn a hole in your pocket.

The best drag show is in the desert

6.26.2017 Full Article Entertainment, Happenings, Nightlife

Head to Toucan’s Tiki Lounge in Palm Springs on a Sunday.

The Sipping Point: Four Chicago Cocktails You Have to Try

6.21.2017 Full Article Chicago, Cocktails, Entertainment, Nightlife

There’s something about Chicago that makes you feel… well, a little thirsty.

Monterey International Pop Festival celebrates 50 years

6.12.2017 Full Article Art, Entertainment, Happenings, Music, Music Festivals

The event that changed rock ‘n roll forever celebrates its legacy and lasting impact on contemporary culture with a new music festival and exhibition.

The Griffith Park Beer Garden is the perfect summer pop-up

6.2.2017 Full Article Entertainment, Food and Drink, Happenings, Nightlife

Hello, summer.

Verlaine introduces Diego Hernández to LA

6.1.2017 Full Article Entertainment, Food, Food and Drink, Interviews

This stylish reinvention of the former Dominick’s space made a splash before the doors even opened.

New video for Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer” is an ode to Los Angeles

6.1.2017 Full Article Entertainment, Music, Travel

From the the iconic Circus Liquor sign to the packed 405 freeway, the video captures Los Angeles.

Fairfax Ave and the pop-up merch shop

5.22.2017 Full Article Entertainment, Music, Shopping

Music titans have transformed a sleepy stretch of pavement into the streetwear center of LA.

‘An Evening of Tiki’ brings world-renowned bartenders and island-inspired cocktails to The Spare Room

5.22.2017 Full Article Entertainment, Events, Food, Food and Drink, Happenings

Break out the floral print, things are getting tropical at The Hollywood Roosevelt this summer.

Chicago’s iconic speakeasy The Violet Hour turns 10

5.18.2017 Full Article Chicago, Cocktails, Entertainment, Food, Food and Drink, Nightlife

Head mixologist Toby Maloney looks back on the birthplace of Chicago’s craft cocktail movement.

The museum that fulfills your Instagram dreams

5.18.2017 Full Article Entertainment, Events, Food

If you’ve been on Instagram in the past month, you know that the Museum of Ice Cream has taken over the Los Angeles Arts District.

Enduring icons Blondie release their 11th album ‘Pollinator’

5.15.2017 Full Article Entertainment, Music

Punk icons Blondie are back and they’ve brought Dev Hynes, Sia and Charli XCX with them.

Watch the first footage from ‘Blade Runner 2049’

5.8.2017 Full Article Blade Runner, Entertainment, Film

A new hunt for replicants begins.

The essential podcasts for your true crime hankering

5.3.2017 Full Article Entertainment, Podcasts

While there hasn’t been any podcast quite like Serial, there are many well-suited to satiate your true crime craving. We’ve compiled a list of a few to get you started.

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