Divorce Detox Diary 10/19/2010
Welcome to Divorce Detox Diary, your divorce resource guide in Los Angeles. Designed to meet the great need for connection and resources inherent in the separation and divorce experience, Divorce Detox Diary offers a weekly list of events, contacts and inspirational ideas to ease the divorce transition. We welcome suggested events and resources from our readers and other professionals in the community.
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CELEBRITY SNAFU: DAVID ARQUETTE
There’s a Chinese proverb that says “You can hardly make a friend in a year, but you can loose one in an hour.” David Arquette did that last week when he went on national radio and spoke about his separation with wife Courtney Cox. One of the most shocking comments Arquette made was admitting that he’d had an affair on Howard Stern’s popular morning radio. Even more shocking was Arquette’s comment that “The reason for this separation is to better understand ourselves and the qualities we need in a partner and for our marriage. We remain best friends and responsible parents to our daughter and we still love each other deeply.”
While celebrities are often forced into the limelight because their lives are so public, airing dirty laundry is never a good idea. There are no hard and fast rules about how to talk about a marital breakup, but the lesson learned from David Arquette applies to anyone who has betrayed a life long partner The pain and heartbreak experienced in the wake of an infidelity is unbearable so showing your injured Ex the respect, compassion, and kindheartedness they deserve should be a number one priority. Having an affair hurts your spouse, no matter what. Talking about it in public, or on one of the most popular morning radio shows is like throwing salt on a wound. It stings your spouse as well as your children and can certainly tarnish your own reputation.
GREAT HOUSE BY NICOLE KRAUSS
The novel consists of four stories divided among eight chapters, all touching on themes of loss and recovery, and anchored to a massive writing desk that resurfaces among numerous households, much to the bewilderment and existential tension of those in its orbit, among them a lonely American novelist clinging to the memory of a poet who has mysteriously vanished in Chile, an old man in Israel facing the imminent death of his wife of 51 years, and an esteemed antiques dealer tracking down the things stolen from his father by the Nazis. Much like in Krauss’s The History of Love, the sharply etched characters seem at first arbitrarily linked across time and space, but Krauss pulls together the disparate elements, settings, characters, and fragile connective tissue to form a formidable and haunting mosaic of loss and profound sorrow.
MANDALA PROJECT AT HAMMER MUSEUM
The Mandala Project is featuring the construction of a Tibetan sand mandala by a team of traditionally trained Lamas visiting Los Angeles from the Thubten Choeling Monastery in Nepal. The mandala they create follows precise and ancient instructions passed down over hundreds of years and is also a form of meditation in action. Millions of grains of colored sand will be sprinkled carefully on a flat surface over an elaborate 10-day ceremony until the mandala is complete on November 6. The public is welcome to watch the monks begin their work on Tuesday, October 26, starting at 11am. Each day the mandala construction process is open to the public from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm. Return as often as you like to see the progression of the mandala!
Mystery Trip is an event like no other…once you sign up, you will be given a list of things to bring (some you’ll need, some are red herrings). Show up and prepare to spend the next 6-7 hours visiting some of the best, coolest, weirdest and fun places that LA has to offer. Dinner is included. Mystery Trip was founded in 2003 to give people in Los Angeles the chance to experience unique and fun events, eat great food, explore forgotten treasures, discover little-known gems and to interact with the bizarre characters that make our humble little city so wonderful. Come join the legions of Mysterions on October 23rd! Advance Tix available at bit.ly/October23MT.
October 21st One Night Only! Special Engagement A Tribute to the Great Singing Duets of the Decades. Double Grande Pianos in association with the Group Rep present a One Night Only! Special Engagement of LEGENDARY DUETS starring Wayland Pickard and Deborah Johnson, America’s Premier Vocal/Piano Duo and 2009 Grammy contenders. Thursday, October 21 at 7:30 pm at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in the NoHo Arts District of North Hollywood, 10900 Burbank Boulevard North Hollywood 91601Advance Tickets: $20 – At the Door: $25.
The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA), marking its 30th anniversary, has selected the 30 Most Significant Independent Films™ from around the world produced over the past three decades. PULP FICTION, 1994, Director Quentin Tarantino’s dazzling, nitro-fueled homage to 1930s crime fiction, Elvis Presley flicks, Los Angeles diners, Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Melville is arguably the most audacious and exciting American film of the 1990s. Thursday October 23 Aero Theater 1328 Montana Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90403.
Fab pizza dough, fresh ingredients and an enthusiastic owner, Olio Pizzeria on 3rd and Crescent Heights served up a gorgeous pizza on opening day. The Chanterelle and Squash Pizza was my fave, with serious flavor profiles that satisfied: basil pesto, sauteed spinach, fire roasted butternut squash, chanterelle and king oyster mushrooms and three cheese blend (Mozzarella, Irish Cheddar and Grana Padano).
VENICE ART CRAWL
Artists will set up shop along the Venice boardwalk, where people can look at art, stroll by, and shop. Owners of gallery spaces and curators will also have their own booths or stands with a multitude of artwork on display. The FREE art crawl is located by the beach between Rose Ave. and Venice Blvd. Thursday October 21 6PM-10PM.
SATURDAY! SATURDAY! COMEDY SHOW
This month’s lineup includes Double Down (Second City LA), Honorable Discharge (The Groundlings) Robert Downey Jr. Jr. (host) and more. Saturday October 23 10:30PM at the Sidewalk Studio Theatre 4150 W. Riverside Dr., Burbank. Free parking.
COUNT FLUFFULA COSTUMES & COCKTAILS
2nd Annual Costume Party for Dogs & People benefiting Four Legged Friends Foundation Hosted by FLFF’s Celebrity Spokesperson Debra Wilson from MADtv. Event Sponsored by Healthy Spot! 100% of proceeds benefit Four Legged Friends Foundation. Healthy Spot West Hollywood 8525 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (310) 657-2400 Sunday, October 24, 2010 5 PM – 8 PM.
DEVIL’S NIGHT DRIVE IN MOVIE
Devil’s Night brings back the Drive In Movie Theater to Downtown Los Angeles! Food provided by The Devil’s Night Car Hops, New Astroturf for your seating pleasure, Walk in/Bike ins Welcome, DJ Morgan plays swell tunes before the feature, FM Transmitter puts the sound into your car, Car Hops bring the food & popcorn to you, BYOB. THE LOST BOYS Saturday October 23. Doors 6PM show time 7:30PM Price: $10 240 W. 4th St. (at Broadway) – 2nd Floor roof parking lot. Downtown Los Angeles.
5TH-ANNUAL LOS ANGELES ARCHIVES BAZAAR
Southern California history comes alive in exhibits from more than 70 historical collections and archives at the 5th-annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar on October 23, 2010. Browse rare collections, consult with experts, and learn about the hidden stories of L.A. diverse neighborhoods and communities. Saturday, October 23, 2010 9:00AM – 5:00PM, 3550 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA Doheney Memorial Library, USC.
PRIVATE YOGA SESSIONS AND RAW FOOD COACHING
Let Danielle guide you to a calmer, more connected you through yoga and/or raw vegan living foods in the privacy of your own home. She is a compassionate teacher working out of Los Angeles. For those interested in food coaching sessions she can meet with you in person, over the phone, or the web. Contact Danielle directly at 213-308-4888.
Series of one-of-a kind cultural dining experience that brings together fine art and haute cuisine presented by the Avenues of Art, Fashion and Design District. A portion of proceeds will benefit the West Hollywood Library Fund10/26.
Artisanal LA is a weekend long community event celebrating the city’s finest local, sustainable and handmade edibles all under one roof. Taste, shop, sample and learn while supporting the local economy and local artisanal vendors at this weekend-long downtown event. Shopping, tote-bags, workshops, giveaways, drinks, cafe & lounge, tasting and more. Partial proceeds benefit LAUSD school garden programs. $10 pre-sale, $15 at the door. The Cooper Building downtown 860 S. Los Angeles St. Los Angeles, CA 90014 11:00AM-6:00PM.
TASTE OF ABBOT KINNEY
The Taste of Abbot Kinney showcases local culture through sips, bites, and sounds from the crème of our community crop. Participants can experience a variety of food and beverage establishments, interactive performances of all kinds from Inside Out students and their teaching artists, and live music from well-known acts along Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Purchase $2 ticket packages and exchange tickets for tastes of food, tastes of wine, entry to select live music venues, and our raffle. All proceeds benefit Inside Out Community Arts, a non-profit dedicated to transforming the lives of disadvantaged and under-served youth in LA through performing arts and media education. Sunday October 24 3:00PM-7:00PM 920 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291 Tickets $25-$60.
HAPPY ENDINGS: REWRITING YOUR LIFE
Personal experiences and events that have held us back in our lives can be changed by re-writing them. We can right our wrongs. Transform from victim to survivor. Change our sad stories into happy endings. By the simple act of re-writing thoughts, attitudes, and inner critics, we can become the star of our own life. As far as the brain is concerned, imagined behavior is real. Each workshop will involve a combination of writing, sharing, and receiving feedback. Sharing what one has written can be as cathartic for the reader as the listener, although sharing is optional. The program is well-suited for any individual who wants to rewrite her/his life. No writing experience is necessary. 4 consecutive Mondays – 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center of the Venice Family Clinic.
KNOTT’S SCARY FARM HALLOWEEN HAUNT
Berry turns to Scary as fast as Dr. Jekyll does to Mr. Hyde. When the sun goes down, enter Knott’s Berry Farm at your own risk. You’re not allowed to pass through the gates in costume, but plenty of creepy creatures will be crawling in every corner of Knott’s Scary Farm. Among the rides and attractions, ghosts and ghouls may attack at any moment; passing through the entrance gates makes you fair game. Not recommended for children under 13! Discount coupons are often available at Ralph’s Supermarkets and various fast-food restaurants. Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays : 7 p.m. – 1 a.m. (ends October 31st) Fridays and Saturdays : 7 p.m. – 2 a.m. (ends October 31st. $39.99-$49.99.
HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS
Prepare for a new level of terror at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights where horror legends come to life. Experience 5 new mazes based on the most popular horror themes and movies of all time. Make your way through scare zones terrorized by killer Klownz, flesh-eating Freakz, asylum Lunaticz and, for the first time, La Llorona (The Weeping Woman) who, after drowning her children and herself, returns to the living, wailing for her lost children and searching for new souls to replace them. Dare to survive the Terror Tram that’s been hijacked by serial killer Charles Lee Ray trapped inside the body of the pint-sized Chucky doll. Ride the first-ever roundtrip express tram tour directly to Skull Island for Peter Jackson’s King Kong 360 3-D and keep the thrills going on popular rides Jurassic Park in the Dark, the Revenge of the Mummy coaster and The Simpsons Ride. And back by popular demand, see the newest installment of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure show.
LA’S HAUNTED HAYRIDE IN GRIFFITH PARK
As an east coast tradition, Haunted Hayrides have long been one of the best scares a scare seeker can find. Well, EAST COAST TRADITION NO MORE…As tractor drawn hay-filled wagons make their way through the forest, scenes of pure horror await. Fifteen foot tall mascots of death, a nice cute group of 200 year old children, and your friendly neighborhood clown….all here, waiting for you. You are in the deep, dark, haunted woods of the OLD ZOO, in the dead of night. DON’T OPEN YOUR EYES. Welcome to the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride. Griffith Park (Old Zoo) 4730 Crystal Springs Ave. Open Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sundays. Fri & Sat from 5pm to Midnight Thurs & Sun from 5pm to 10:30pm. First Hayride leaves after dusk (approx 7:30pm. Order tickets online. Cash only onsite. Prices do increase after the 18th. $25 to $30 for Hayride/Carnival.
SHIPWRECK HALLOWEEN AT THE QUEEN MARY
The Queen Mary hosts their annual Halloween Shipwreck, complete with a half-dozen different haunted locations, including the Vampire Village, the Isolation Ward and a Pirate Maze. Open all month long, if you dare. Fridays : 7 p.m.- midnight (ends October 30th) Saturdays : 7 p.m. – midnight (ends October 30th) Sundays : 7 p.m. – midnight (October 24th through October 31st)October 27th : 7 p.m. – midnight October 28th : 7 p.m. – midnight November 1st : 7 p.m. – midnight $29; package deals available.
“THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS” 4D
Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” makes its highly anticipated annual return to its favorite haunt – Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre –for a special engagement. The film will be presented in Disney Digital 3-D™, and there will be exciting sensory effects for our guests to experience at the same time – including wind, snow, fog, and much more. Pacific El Capitan Theatre 6838 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028.
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