Event Industry News: Twitter changes, iPhone 6 predictions and the Wafalafel

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Tweets, they are a changin’: Twitter: simple, easy to use and used by billions. The social media giant is exploring the possibility of eliminating “retweet” from its universe and switching to a “share” button. The function is the same, the name is different and more than a few Twitter users aren’t happy about it. On a happier note, Billboard and Twitter have partnered up to create the Billboard Twitter Real-Time Chart which will track U.S. music trends using social media data. Twitter also rolled out photo tagging for mobile users.

iPhone 6 Predictions: The iPhone 6 is predicted to have a bigger screen and flatter dimensions than previous models: think the phone-sized version of the iPad Air. Recentlyleaked photos reveal two sizes: one with a 4.7-inch display and one with a 5.5-inch display. Meanwhile in app land, Microsoft Office has finally arrived for the iPad, making it a chart topper in the iPhone App Store this weekend.

Wafalafel: Taco Bell introduced fast food goers to the Waffle Taco. Simply put, it’s a taco in a waffle shell. The foodies over at Serious Eats took it one step further and created the Waffle Falafel, or as they call it, the Wafalafel by sandwiching falafel in between two slices of pita and putting it in a waffle machine. Unique food will always been in the Fairplex and L.A. County Fair bloodstreams so of course we were intrigued by this innovative food endeavor. Check out their wafalfel photos on their blog and your mouth will start watering. You’ve been warned…

Our bi-weekly Event Industry News post includes event trends, social media and technology industry updates and events news from Los Angeles County.

Fairplex Snapshot: Los Angeles International EVOO Competition

The Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) competition is in full swing at the Sheraton Fairplex right now. Entries from around the world have been gathered here at Fairplex and will be judged over the course of this week.

Judges go through dozens of EVOO entries in a day, tasting, swirling and spitting before writing down notes about each and every one. Entries are poured into small blue jars (as seen in the photo) and presented to the judges based on category. This process continues throughout the day.

Each entry is presented in a small blue jar – one per judge. 

For more information on the Los Angeles International EVOO Competition visit www.lawinecomp.com  

Los Angeles International EVOO Competitions Begin This Week

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) has been getting a lot of attention in the media lately. From celebratory articles discussing health benefits and utilization as a beauty product (make-up remover, anyone?) to consternation over olive oil fraud, EVOO has been a hot topic.

The Los Angeles International Northern Hemisphere EVOO competitions begin Wednesday at Fairplex and you will be hard-pressed to find any scams among the elite. Hundreds of entries are sipped and swirled by an esteemed panel of EVOO experts. Submissions from Croatia, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Turkey, the U.S. and other countries will be ranked based on a number of factors including taste, texture and flavor.

Throughout the next couple months we will be posting tips on how to decipher whether your extra virgin olive oil is legitimate or phony, EVOO cooking tips and a look at what goes on behind the closed doors of the Los Angeles International EVOO competition. Stay tuned!

Are you a fan of extra virgin olive oil? Let us know in the comments section! 

 

 

L.A. Weekender: Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals

Cheers to another glorious feels-like-summer weekend in L.A.! It is the first weekend of spring and there is plenty to do in the county. Keep reading for today’s L.A. Weekender.

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Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals: You can hear the burnouts happening from our office. The screeching, squealing and vroom of engines can be heard all weekend long at the Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals at Fairplex. This national celebration of horsepower and torque brings more than 1,000 high-performance muscle cars and street machines from around the country. Open Sat – Sun, starting at 9 a.m. For more information, click here.

ArtReach: The Art of Pop Culture: ArtReach is still going on at the Millard Sheets Art Center. See the talents of local high school students in the form of paintings, ceramics, sculptures, photography and film. Many of the pieces have been purchased by art patrons but there are still a few left available for those interested. Otherwise, just come and enjoy an afternoon of the arts. Hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Click here for more info.

 Pomona Art Walk 

Pomona Art Walk: The downtown Pomona district comes alive on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month with art, music and food. Take a stroll and admire the many layers of art that line the streets: jewelry, clothes, paintings, sculptures and home decor. Many galleries, stores and restaurants remain open late tonight and the Fox Theatre and Glass House are always great music venues. Click here for more info.

Los Angeles Seafood Festival: Taste your way through the seven seas of the world at the Los Angeles Seafood Festival. Hosted at Placita Olvera in downtown Los Angeles, this outdoor festival includes clams, oysters, fried fish, squid, octopus and much more. If you’re craving a sushi run, this might just be the place to be on Sunday. Admission is free and runs from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

American Girl and Kaya: The Autry Center partners with American Girl to celebrate the nationality of Kaya, a doll whose stories share what life was like as a Nez Perce girl before America became a country. Activities include basket weaving, Native American dance performances, crafts and an exploration of the museum galleries in a new Kaya scavenger hunt. The fun begins with a pre-program lunch at 11 a.m. at American Girl at The Grove in Los Angeles and moves to the Autry Center for the afternoon activites. For tickets and information, click here.

Event Industry News: St. Patricks Day in Los Angeles

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St. Patrick’s Day: St. Patrick’s Day is upon us but for most of the nation, festivities started on Friday night and wrapped up yesterday afternoon. Los Angeles events included pub crawls, parades, festivals and parties throughout the county.  The celebrations continue today with a St. Patrick’s Day party in Pershing Square which includes a motorcycle parade, concerts and Irish food beginning at 11 a.m. Perhaps the most memorable part of this year’s holiday is the “Shamrock Shake” that rocked Los Angeles early this morning.

Untitled 300x228 Event Industry News: St. Patricks Day in Los Angeles Social Media: Facebook continues down a path of change as it changes the look and feel of company business pages and Newsfeed. Staying true to their emphasis on visual content, photos and videos are now larger than ever as users scroll through their news feeds. Company pages have a new streamlined look that will eventually roll out to all accounts.

Technology: Multiple Google programs have gone down over the past two days including YouTube, Google Hangouts and Google Spreadsheets. Although YouTube is back up, other apps are still malfunctioning. You can check Google’s updates on the problem here.

Our bi-weekly Event Industry News post includes event trends, social media and technology industry updates and events news from Los Angeles County.

3 Things To Do at Fairplex This Weekend

It’s the weekend! It’s time to enjoy the beautiful sunshine, pretend its summertime and we have a few Fairplex events to suggest for you.

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Tap ‘N’ Run: Drink, run and be merry at the Tap ‘N’ Run 4k this Saturday at Fairplex. Assemble a team of your favorite bar buddies, throw on fun costumes and get ready for a 2.5 mile trek through our campus with ‘chug stations’ (5 oz per runner per station) along the way. Registration is available on the Tap ‘N’ Run website. All participants must be 21 or older.

ArtReach: ArtReach: The Art of Pop Culture is open to the public this weekend, Saturday – Sunday from noon – 4 p.m. at the Millard Sheets Arts Center at Fairplex. View more than 200 art pieces made by regional high school students including sculptures, ceramics, paintings, photography and film.

Everybody’s Bird Mart: Bird enthusiasts should make it a point to visitEverybody’s Bird Mart this Sunday at Fairplex. Shop for birds of all shapes, breeds and sizes along with cages, seed, feeders, vitamins, toys, perches and other bird essentials. Admission is $9, children 11 and under are free.

What are you look forward to this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below. 

The Fairplex L.A. Weekender is a weekly calendar of weekend events throughout Los Angeles County, from the heart of downtown to the beach cities to the IE. Additional information about all listings can be found at the event’s official website. If you have suggestions for an event, leave a comment in the box below or email us at tanji@fairplex.com

IrishFest Recap

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We want to give a huge thank you to everyone who came out for IrishFest at Fairplex this year! We are still seeing green from all the weekend festivities.

Classic Irish tunes echoed from the Dublin stage through the massive dining hall. Guests danced and dined beneath banners that proudly displayed Ireland’s colors. Kids entered into an Irish fairy tale as they stepped into “Kids Castle” where they made Irish crafts, met medieval knights and princesses and learned to dance the ‘Irish Stew.” Carnival rides, games and balloon artists kept the entertainment level on high for all ages.

Adults could try a wide variety of craft beer, chow down on baked potatoes, shepherd’s pie and steak fries and listen to the sounds of Irish favorites like The Fenians and Joshua Tree (U2 tribute band) on the Killarney Stage in the plaza area.

In case you missed IrishFest at Fairplex, check out the photos below. Slainte!

www.irishfestatfairplex.com 

ArtReach: The Art of Pop Culture

While we were going green at IrishFest, our non-profit sector The Learning Centers were busy launching the third annual ArtReach event at the Millard Sheets Arts Center.

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ArtReach invites local high school students to showcase their artwork based on a specific theme. This year the theme is The Art of Pop Culture More than 700 arts patrons came out to support the students, attending the awards ceremony and purchasing their favorite pieces after. Works included sculptures, paintings, photography and film.

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Upon entering the lobby, guests are greeted by “Treading Loudly,” a large collection of shoes with elaborate custom designs by dozens of high school students. The result is a fun and creative wall of color.

The gallery itself is a beautiful commentary on pop culture and our society. Art pieces cover everything from materialism to drug and alcohol abuse, narcissism to a technology-dependent generation.

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We are honored to house the talents of more than 200 students and we hope everyone in the community will be able to visit and appreciate display.

ArtReach is open from now until April 10th. Plan to visit on the weekend, Sat-Sun, noon – 4 p.m. Tours are available upon request.

Field trips are offered throughout the week. To sign up for a school field trip, please contact The Learning Centers at (909) 865-4263.

3 Things to Do at Fairplex (L.A. Weekender)

It’s time for our L.A. Weekender – Fairplex edition. It’s going to be crazy but memorable this weekend. Walking around the campus this morning we saw green galore in one corner, pop culture art in the gallery and quilts, crafts and sewing in our expo halls. Can’t wait!

3 Things to Do at Fairplex This Weekend

IrishFestLogo NODATE Color 3 Things to Do at Fairplex (L.A. Weekender) IrishFest: IrishFest goes all weekend long at Fairplex and we are so excited to see you git yer green on with us. Carnival rides, great food, green beer, cover bands, Celtic groups, Irish cultural activities and more are exploding on our grounds. Tickets are only $5 so stop on by! Friday, March 7th – Sunday, March 9th. To purchase tickets and view additional information please visit www.irishfestatfairplex.com.

ArtReach: The Art of Pop Culture: Next door at the Millard Sheets Arts Center, our annual regional high school art show debuts Friday evening. Patrons of the arts are invited to attend our special opening reception and awards ceremony for our local high school students. 250 pieces will be on display including sculptures, ceramics, paintings, film and photography, all commenting on the influence of pop culture on society. For more information click here.

Quilt, Craft & Sewing Expo: This expo features a wide variety of sewing, quilting, needle-art and craft supply exhibits and includes free seminars and workshops. Essentially, it is a quilters paradise. Visit Thursday – Saturday. Admission is $10 and is good for all three days. For more information click here.

Are you coming to any of our events this weekend? Let us know in the comments section below! 

The Fairplex L.A. Weekender is a weekly calendar of weekend events throughout Los Angeles County, from the heart of downtown to the beach cities to the IE. Additional information about all listings can be found at the event’s official website. If you have suggestions for an event, leave a comment in the box below or email us at tanji@fairplex.com

ArtReach: The Art of Pop Culture Installation

Another event debuting at Fairplex this weekend is ArtReach: The Art of Pop Culture. This art show is a unique selection of 250 drawings, paintings, photographs, ceramics and film created by local high school students expressing their observations of popular culture and its influence on values, sense of identity and behavior.

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Our art curator has been hard at work installing all of these pieces at the Millard Sheets Arts Center on our grounds. Check out how it looks so far:

You can visit ArtReach: The Art of Pop Culture from Friday, March 7th – Friday, March 21st at the Millard Sheets Arts Center at Fairplex. Our Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony is on Friday, March 7 from 6 – 9 p.m. and includes refreshments, music, a raffle and artwork for sale.

For more information click here.