Fall offers cooler weather but events that are coming up are HOT HOT HOT! Whether it be our hometown teams performing to win games, music that is like no other, to comedians that make us laugh, it's time for a fun-filled season.
Football is here in So. Cal! That means tailgating, oversized jerseys, war paint and team songs! The defending NFC West Champion Los Angeles Rams will be featured in five primetime games for the first time in the team’s history, beginning with a matchup against the Oakland Raiders on Monday Night Football – Sept. 10. The NFL's International Series returns to Mexico City for the third straight year, where the Rams and Chiefs face off on Monday, Nov. 19.
Baseball is America's pastime and the Dodgers exemplify that aesthetic! The traditional Opening Day this year is scheduled for March 28. But guess what? Roaming beer vendors are back at Dodger Stadium! For the first time in decades, fans will be able to buy beer in the stands, rather than having to miss some of the on-field action when they walk out to the concession area.
College football teams are some of the most fun to follow! All eyes will be on the Oregon and UCLA football teams on Oct. 21. Not just because two up-and-coming Pac-12 teams will go head to head, but because the Ducks’ old coach, Chip Kelly, is now the Bruins current coach. Could this become a whole new rivalry? The UCLA Athletic Department is also showing their love for the armed forces with the ‘Military Appreciation Initiative.’ It's a 50 percent discount on tickets.
In 2017, the USC Trojans claimed the conference championship and now they are turning a new leaf with a new quarterback. But that quarterback has yet to be named, with a three-way battle between JT Daniels, Matt Fink and Jack Sears. Who will nab the top spot?
LeBron James plus Los Angeles equals a fun-filled media circus – and nobody is more excited than celebrities. The NBA superstar has left the Cleveland Cavaliers to join the L.A. Lakers, signing a four-year, $154 million deal. James' move to Los Angeles puts him in close proximity to his celeb pals, including Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake and Rihanna. Will this development trigger another Showtime?
Showtime was an era in Los Angeles Lakers history when the team played a run-and-gun style of basketball. Led by Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the team relied on fast breaks and won five NBA championships. Lakers owner Jerry Buss wanted games to be entertaining, and the team hired dancers and a live band for their home games. Celebrities came in droves.
There are some exciting venues for sports and entertainment here in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park is an open-air stadium and entertainment complex district planned to open in 2020. The stadium will serve as the home to the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers and is also scheduled to host Super Bowl LVI in February 2022 and the College Football Playoff National Championship in January 2023. Guests can expect gourmet food and high-end drinks. Try the 1992 Screaming Eagle – it's a mere $7,000 a bottle!
Staples Center is beginning its 19th year and is known as the “Sports and Entertainment Center of the World.” As the home of NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, and the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks, Staples Center has proven to be a home court advantage. Staples offers delicious dining options just across the street at L.A. Live. Try the mac-n-cheese topped hot dog and the pretzel sandwich with any choice of meat!
There is always something happening at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. Known as “The Greatest Stadium in the World,” it is a living memorial to all who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War I. The Coliseum is nearing its centennial celebration in 2023 and there are new and innovative food and beverages – from house smoked BBQ, Mexican street food, to Hawaiian-style dishes. The Coliseum has hosted Evil Knievel, a Papal Mass by Pope John Paul II, Nelson Mandela's Crusade against Apartheid and countless concerts. Take the Los Angeles Coliseum Historic Tour, an immersive experience that includes insider stories about the Coliseum, information on the unique architecture and exclusive access to locker rooms, press boxes and other off-limit areas.
Since 1962, Dodger Stadium has welcomed fans. This 56,000-seat icon has been home to some of the greatest players ever. The Dodger Stadium Tour provides fans the opportunity to see the ballpark in a unique fashion with a behind-the-scenes tour. Tours allow viewing of batting practice, the bullpen, weight room, batting cage, clubhouse and more. www.mlb.com/dodgers/ballpark/tours
Music is back on track in Los Angeles!
Mega rock-band Journey is here with new songs to boot. The band has had a rocky 45-year history, punctuated by the exit of singer Steve Perry. In 2007, Jonathan Cain and Neal Schon began searching YouTube for a new lead singer. They ended up hiring Filipino singer Arnel Pineda. The transition was controversial, however Journey's first album with Pineda, Revelation, debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard charts. Journey has just unleashed their latest album of brand new material – Eclipse. Journey is coming to Los Angeles along with co-headliner Def Leppard on Oct. 6 and 7 at The Forum.
With 25 tracks and a run time that reaches nearly 90 minutes, Drake's latest album, “Scorpion,” is a treat for the ears – albeit a long one. The singles “God's Plan” and “Nice For What,” combined to hold the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for 19 consecutive weeks. “Scorpion” has sparked a dance challenge called the “#InMyFeelingsChallenge.” People are sharing videos doing the same moves to the tune of Drake's hit song “In My Feelings.” Videos are going viral, including one from NFL star Odell Beckham Jr, Will Smith and Sterling K. Brown. Drake is coming to Los Angeles with Migos Oct 12 - 19, at the Staples Center and the Forum.
Carrie Underwood has revealed the names of the 13 songs on her upcoming new record, “Cry Pretty.” Cry Pretty will be released on Sept. 14, and will feature her collaboration with rapper Ludacris. This is Underwood’s first new release since her 2015 album Storyteller. In addition to the upcoming album, Underwood announced she is embarking on a new tour starting in 2019.
“Real Country” is a brand new singing competition is headed to the USA Network. This show will introduce talented hopefuls with established country artists to find the next big country music megastar. So far, artists to appear include Trace Adkins, Big & Rich and Wynonna Judd. It is also rumored that Willie Nelson will be a special guest star. The show premieres Nov. 13.
A-List comedy is coming to Los Angeles! Seinfeld is scheduled to bring his stand-up comedy routine to the Pantages in Hollywood for four performances over two days, on Oct. 9 and 10. In recent months, Seinfeld has been touring the U.S. with his stand-up act. His latest projects include the Emmy nominated web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and his Netflix special Jerry Before Seinfeld.
Comedian Kathleen Madigan has been touring for 28 years, along with filmed specials and performances on every late night show ever made – from the Tonight Show and multiple appearances on Letterman and Conan. Madigan sells out theaters across the country. She comes to the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on Sep. 14.
An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin is coming to the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on Oct. 12. Lily Tomlin, one of America's foremost comediennes, brings more than a dozen of her timeless characters to the stage. Don't miss this show!
Being an artist isn't always what it's cracked up to be. There are some famous faces who are publicly struggling.
Demi Lovato recently was hospitalized after an overdose on the same potent drug that killed Prince and rocker Tom Petty. The “Sober” singer, 26, reportedly overdosed at her Los Angeles home after smoking the painkiller oxycodone laced with deadly fentany – an opioid so powerful, it’s now being used by the state of Nebraska to execute prisoners.
Justin Bieber has opened up about how fame makes him feel isolated. He spoke honestly of how stressful the tabloids can be, saying it was difficult to have his life unfolded in the public eye. Bieber’s newest album Purpose is out now, and features collaborations with Skrillex and Kanye West.
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Artistic Directors Joseph Leo Bwarie and Dimitri Toscas have set the 2018/2019 Season at the Garry Marshall Theatre in Burbank, with a line-up that explores the extraordinary things that happen in ordinary places. Following a successful inaugural year, the second season continues to grow with an extended marshallARTS Family Series, Movies at the Marshall fundraising screenings, and Holidays at the Marshall. The season opens with Josefina López’s classic comedy Real Women Have Curves.
Katy Perry will be the latest artist to participate in the Citi Sound Vault series. Fresh off her Witness Tour, Perry will perform at the 1,600-capacity Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. The intimate show will take place Sept. 10 and is exclusively for Citi ThankYou cardmembers.
LA Opera offers an array of opera programs. Operas coming this year include Don Carlo, Satyagraha, Hansel and Gretel, The Clemency of Titus, El Gato Montes: The Wildcat, and La Traviata. www.laopera.org
After killing it in 2013 during The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, the one and only Beyoncé Knowles is back in LA along with the hubby in tow. Her self-titled new album features brand new songs that will be performed at the Rose Bowl Sept. 22 and 23. All in all, it should be awesome display of rocking tunes, complemented with sensational dance moves.
Kaaboo is returning to the Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds with an eclectic lineup of adult alternative favorites—including Foo Fighters, Imagine Dragons, Katy Perry and Robert Plant.
Get out there and have fun, fun, fun!