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January 20, 2011

COMEDY NIGHT XV: Our 15th Night of Comedy at The Rumor Mill

 

COMEDY NIGHT XV : OUR 15th NIGHT OF COMEDY AT THE RUMOR MILL! 

at The Rumor Mill's OPEN MIC/Performance Night

Thursday, January 20, 2011 from 7:30-10:00 pm

 

  Well, there are silly cats and ‘philly cats’ and then there is the Philly Cat, a.k.a CHARLES KELLAM, a funny cat who wears a hat and whose catnip is a woman without make-up. He thinks the “ladies in philly look way better than in Hollywood. Swear to Bob. I like natural beauty” and who can blame him? Sade, he says he’d like to meet Sade (and, again, who can blame him–every boy has to have a dream) “just so he can find out her last name”. Swear to Bob. Anyway, this cat feels he has found his calling in laughter, he loves to make people laugh and to “stand up against the stereotypes.” He’s currently “recycling his water bottles to finance his first movie, “Sleeping on Root Beer,” a comedy about a young bachelor in the Big City just following his dreams“…

 

 Having grown up in Stockton, CA, GABRIELLA FRANCIS considers herself a survivor. She remembers those hard days of youth when she used to run all the way home from the bus stop, an entire block from her house. She was bullied a lot as a kid but she’s not scared anymore, now that she’s got her secret weapon, a Glock 9 water pistol. With her faux-naivete and apparent wide-eyed innocence, she’s been stealing hearts all over the country and for this fraud the grand jury of the County of Los Angeles has indicted her for being criminally funny. She is also accused of taking audience members hostage at such otherwise respectable local venues as The Laugh Factory, the Improv, and the Comedy Store. In response to these charges, she has invoked her constitutional right not to incriminate herself. She has hosted the Rock and Roll Cabaret, been seen on ‘Totally Amp'd,’ and in various independent films and television commercials. She was the winner of ‘The Stand-Up SMACKDOWN.’ She should be considered armed (she has two of them!) and dangerously out of control. 

AWET TEAME was born in Eritrea, East Africa and raised in Boston, MA. She has performed on all the main comedy stages in Los Angeles, San Francisco and the Bay Area, as well as those in Seattle, Boston, Washington, DC and at various universities around the country. Awet, recently added acting credits to her resume, appearing in a feature film entitled The Post Woman. Previously she worked behind the scenes as an Associate Producer on the feature RevoLoution, and was a casting assistant on both Flavor of Love and Animal Kidding. Currently she enjoys writing, and continues to perform on stages all across the US.

Oh-oh, ladies look out: Hamouli Man is in the house! From Bangkok to Beirut, from Kosovo to the Caspian Sea, from Cairo to Casablanca to California (well, you get the idea), this reincarnated Casanova has been seducing the virginal, the vulnerable and the willing, staying one step ahead of the law and a multitude of angry husbands. He dispenses his failsafe advice on seduction to horny men everywhere, spreading the gospel on how first to conquer (and then escape by dawn’s early light) the Hot Momma Chickie Baby of your dreams. He is known to adopt a variety of disguises, sometimes appearing as comic parodist MEL KOHL, sometimes as a weatherman, and then again as a salesman. In this latter guise (and for a considerable fee) he offers insecure and worried husbands a modern chastity belt of his own design to protect the honor of their wives and daughters. But, he always keeps a spare key close at hand and their account information in his cell phone.

ROZ BROWNE is a graduate of USC and a former CPA who managed the books for celebrities like Peter Guber, Jon Peters, Lou Rawls, and Natalie Cole, as well as working for the now-defunct Arthur Andersen & Company. She was misdirected down this career path by a “high school teacher who told me that I could make a lot of money as a CPA.” Meeting this teacher again at a high school reunion, she was chagrined when the woman explained that she thought Roz could read better between the lines and that what she had actually meant was that “One could _only_ make a lot of money as a CPA by stealing from your clients. You didn‘t understand that?” she said, looking at Roz quizzically over her glasses. Despite all those years spent learning the rules of fatal subtraction in the trenches of Hollywood, Roz managed to dig out of this morass of miscalculation and follow her dream. Since 1992 she has kept audiences laughing as a stand-up comedian, appearing widely in comedy clubs, numerous television commercials (including one for Diet Pepsi that aired during the Oscars), and in films which include Danny De Vito’s How High, Sunset Park, Deirdra’s Party and a new short film, “The Garage Sale.” In 2007 Roz launched “The Merry Wives Of Comedy,” a stand-up comedy show featuring some of the nation’s most talented female comedians.

TODD MUNSON admits to having a history of waking up in strange places. He finds this disconcerting since he was raised Catholic; he hates it because he can’t remember why he should feel guilty. He’s from Nebraska, where his first job was borderline slave labor working in a cornfield. Desperate to escape this indentured servitude and make it to the City of Dreams, Todd literally fled the cornfield by riding a bicycle through rain, sleet, and snow nonstop to L.A. (see picture at left). Since coming to L.A. he’s known for giving directions using restaurants as landmarks. (The Rumor Mill, e.g., he describes as being four blocks south of the Carl’s, Jr. on Sepulveda and then seven blocks west on Washington Blvd. across from Café Brazil). He was busted at The Grove movie theaters while seeking admission on a children’s ticket. He took a fishing class while in college (things are a little different up there in Nebraska) and, despite sinking a boat during the final, still managed to pass the course. This trumped his earlier educational claim to fame: vomiting onstage in the middle of “Jingle Bells” during his school’s holiday pageant. Despite self-confessedly being one of the worst dancers you’ve ever seen, he claims to have invented the “Wash, Rinse, and Repeat.” His first career choice was truck driver but somehow he became a comedian. Today he sometimes is known to ride the bus just for fun. He also has a seventh degree yellow belt in Taekwando, but recently broke a finger while popping a piece of bubble wrap. 

SARDIA MARLEY, she of the megawatt smile and impish sense of humor, is back, only one month removed from surgery on her back. This is a funny woman whose work is never done, as Sardia missed only one show and is now back at her mission, after only a month, to conquer the worlds of acting, comedy, and entertainment. Sardia is a single mother of two difficult grown boys who give her no end of grief and delight (and plenty of material for the one-woman show she is getting ready to debut). She is also developing an online comedy show, and looking for her next movie role. Producers looking for a hot chick to burn up the camera lens, to radiate sex appeal, and have moviegoers laughing in the aisles need look no further. She can be found here every other Thursday night. Get her signed up quick, though, as she is wanted by the police. That's her mug shot to the right.  

THE RUMOR MILL, a coffeehouse/gallery/performance space.

11739 West Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066

310-397-5400   website: therumormill.us

Date: January 20, 2011
Venue: THE RUMOR MILL, a coffeehouse/gallery/performance space
Phone: 310-397-5400
Address:
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11739 West Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90066, United States
Cost: Free

January 19, 2011

WANTED: WRITERS!, A Literary Reading Series at the Rumor Mill, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2011, 7:30-10:00 pm

WANTED: WRITERS!, A Literary Reading Series at the Rumor Mill

WHAT BOOKS PRESS II,

Featuring: GAIL WRONSKY,

RAMON GARCIA, AND ALICIA PARTNOY 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2011, 7:30-10:00 pm

 

GAIL WRONSKY is the author of Poems for Infidels (Red Hen Press); Dying for Beauty (Copper Canyon), a finalist for the Western Arts Federation Poetry Award; The Love-talkers (Hollyridge Press); Again the Gemini are in the Orchard (New Poets Series); and Dogland (Alderman Press, University of Virginia). Her translation of Alicia Partnoy's poems Volando Bajito has been published by Red Hen, and she is the coauthor with Molly Bendall of two books of "cowgirl" poetry: Calamity and Belle, A Cowgirl Correspondence and Dear Calamity, Love Belle. Blue Shadow Behind Everything Dazzling, a chapbook of poems about India where she lived for several months in 2006, has been published recently by Hollyridge Press. Gail's poems and essays have appeared in many journals, including Volt, Pool, Runes, Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, Antioch Review, Boston Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Santa Monica Review, Laurel Review, Crazyhorse, Burnside Review, Lafovea, and Pistola. Her work has also appeared in anthologies, including Poets Against War (Nation Books), The Poet's Child (Copper Canyon), A Chorus for Peace (University of Iowa Press) and Grand Passion: The Poetry of Los Angeles and Beyond. Her What Books Press titles include Bling & Fringe: The L.A. Poems, So Quick Bright Things, and A Giant Claw (Foreword).

 

RAMON GARCIA was born in Colima and grew-up in Modesto, California. He has a B.A. in Spanish Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master's and Ph.D. in Literature from the University of California, San Diego. He has published poetry in a variety of journals and anthologies including The Americas Review, Best American Poetry 1996, Ambit (UK), Poesida: Aids Poetry from Latin America, the United States and Spain, New Chicano Writing #1, The Paterson Literary Review, Urban Latino Cultures, California Dreams and Realities and The Floating Borderlands: Twenty-Five Years of U.S.-Hispanic Literature, Margie: The American Journal of Poetry, Crab Orchard Review, Poetry Salzburg Review (Austria), Borderland: The Texas Poetry Review, The Los Angeles Review and Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas. His short fiction publications include Story, Virgins, Guerrillas and Locas: Gay Latinos Writing About Love and Harrington's Gay Men's Fiction Quarterly. He was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts residency fellowship from the MacDowell Colony and fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Ragdale Foundation. He is a recipient of a research grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and pre-doctoral fellowships from the Humanities Research Institute at the University of California, Irvine, and The Getty Center in Los Angeles. Ramón García is an associate professor in the Chicana/o Studies Department at the California State University at Northridge. He lives in downtown Los Angeles. His What Books Press title is Other Countries.

 

ALICIA PARTNOY is a survivor from the secret detention camps where about 30,000 people 'disappeared' in her country, Argentina. She is best known as the author of The Little School, Tales of Survival and Disappearance that was published in Argentina in 2006 as La Escuelita, Relatos Testimoniales. A poet, translator, and scholar, Alicia Partnoy has published the poetry collection Little Low Flying/Volando Bajito, translated by Gail Wronsky and illustrated by Raquel Partnoy. Poems from her Revenge of the Apple/Venganza de la manzana rode the metro in New York, Dallas, and Washington, D.C. and have been set to music by Sweet Honey in the Rock, and have been translated into several languages, including Hebrew. Partnoy edited You Can’t Drown the Fire: Latin American Women Writing in Exile, and from 2003 to 2006, she was the co-editor of Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social. Her work has been twice a Pushcart Foundation Writer's Choice Selection (Tobias Wolff and Bobbie Ann Mason), and has been listed in the London Times as a best-seller. Her poems, testimonial texts, and scholarship have been widely published in the U.S.A and abroad. D:

 

WANTED:  WRITERS! is a forum dedicated to both authors reading from published works and original works-in-progress. Authors interested in giving voice to their writing— short stories, novels, essays, plays or poetry—should sign-up on our registration sheet or contact: Joe Staats * 310-997-5400  

 

 THE RUMOR MILL, a coffeehouse/gallery/performance space.

11739 West Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, Ca 90066

310-397-5400   website: therumormill.us
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Date: January 19, 2011 7:30 PM
Venue: THE RUMOR MILL, a coffeehouse/gallery/performance space
Phone: 310-397-5400
Address:
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11739 West Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90066, United States
Cost: Free

January 15, 2011

THE BACKBONERS: Saturday, January 15, 2011 from 7:30-10:00 pm

  THE BACKBONERS: Bill Burnett, Suzy Williams, Ginger Smith, Kahlil Sabbagh 

Performing Live at the Rumor Mill  

Saturday, 1/15/2010 from 7:30-10:00 pm 

THE BACKBONERS are an inspired pop vocal quartet from Los Angeles consisting of Bill Burnett, Suzy Williams, Ginger Smith, and Kahlil Sabbagh. They are powered by great original songs by accomplished songwriter Bill Burnett and dynamic singing from all concerned, particularly from the dazzling Suzy and Ginger. If songwriter/guitarist Burnett gives them their lead, Kahlil Sabbagh, on vocals, percussion and vibes, keeps things moving along with his wit and gentle good humor. The band also does some well-selected covers, particularly from The Mamas and The Papas, a group from whom they take considerable inspiration. Think pure unrestrained joy in four-part harmony and you'll have it about right. They are so much fun you shouldn’t dream of being any other place this Saturday night than at the Rumor Mill for their return performance. Expect a good deal of madcap goings-on, starting with that impish cut-up and dazzling singer Suzy Williams and her scintillating confederate vocalist/percussionist Ginger Smith (who are as amusing as a pair of kittens with a ball of yarn and a whole lot better to hear and to look at). It ahould be noted that Mr. Burnett has written songs and comic material for a host of famous and infamous personalities, including Bette Midler and Patti Lupone, and that his songs were featured in every episode of ChalkZone, the Nickelodeon cartoon show he created. Suzy Williams is one of the best jazz singers and cabaret performers to be found anywhere (oh yes, I do mean anywhere and she will be showcasing her jazz vocals right here next month in a duo performance with pianist Steve Weisberg.)  In short, hipsters and happening people, expect a highly musical and very entertaining evening. (Did I mention that Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & Papas is a fan of THE BACKBONERS, and has been known to join them onstage?) Come and be shamelessly and wonderfully entertained. Admission is free. You are invited. So are your friends. Make it a date, and don’t be late! Fair warning!

~More About THE BACKBONERS~ 

"I am so touched by THE BACKBONERS. They do a fantastic job. Their voices blend beautifully."Michelle Phillips of The Mamas and The Papas


 THE BACKBONERS (Suzy Williams, Bill Burnett, Kahlil Sabbagh and Ginger Smith) play original songs by Bill Burnett inspired by great vocal groups like The Mamas & The Papas, as well as some exciting covers. THE BACKBONERS fresh harmonies and stellar arrangements reinvent the Summer of Love magic. With recent live performances from Santa Monica, California to Swans Island, Maine , THE BACKBONERS retrieve the spirit of inspired and inspiring music many grew up with. Visit: http://www.billburnettsongmine.com/ and www.billburnett.com "Imagine my delight when the clever and quirky songs we've come to expect from THE BACKBONERS are joined in a set with amazingly tight renditions of The Mamas and The Papas hits. They brought a real zing and lift to the Sweet Chariot Music Festival." –Doug Day, director 
 


 """"""          The Mamas and The Papas stamped an indelible mark on the music of the 1960s. Those of us old enough to remember grooved to their powerful yet angelic vocal blends that could rock you back on your feet while putting you in a happy place at the same time. Now imagine that supergroup transported into the 21st century. That’s something like what fans can expect Saturday night, when Bill Burnett & THE BACKBONERS roll into the Coffee Gallery Backstage. The band lineup is reminiscent of its musical ancestor. Two women and two men blend their voices into powerful cohesion, along with feel-good rhythms and clever, insightful lyrics. The group consists of songwriter/guitarist Bill Burnett, vocalist Suzy Williams, vocalist/percussionist Ginger Smith and Kahlil Sabbagh on vocals, percussion and vibes. However, this is no tribute band. The group performs a list of originals that look back to those earlier days, along with a set of actual Mamas & Papas hits. Members of The Backboners keep busy with their own individual projects when not touring the country as a group. Burnett is an acclaimed songwriter and storyteller, performing everything from love songs to jingles to kids’ songs and musical theater. Williams is a jazz singer, performing solo and with other artists around Southern California. Smith and Sabbagh work together in a versatile act of song, dance and multi-disciplinary performance. Altogether, this promises to be an all-star performance, as nostalgic as yesterday and as up-to-date as today’s hit parade. –John Sollenberger, Pasadena Weekly

THE BACKBONERS have two CDs–“We Dreamed it All” and "Spine”–that will be available at the show.

THE RUMOR MILL, a coffeehouse/gallery/performance space.

11739 West Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, Ca 90066

310-397-5400   website: therumormill.us

Date: January 15, 2011 7:30 PM
Venue: THE RUMOR MILL, a coffeehouse/gallery/performance space
Phone: 310-397-5400
Address:
Google Map
11739 West Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90066, United States
Cost: Free

January 7, 2011

BRIAN GLOVER: FORTY YEARS OF PHOTOGRAPHY

BRIAN GLOVER: FORTY YEARS OF PHOTOGRAPHY

ARTIST RECEPTION, FRIDAY, JANUARY 7, 2011, 7:30-10:00 pm

Special Musical Guests

HUBIE VINE and SIDE EFFECT 

BRIAN GLOVER was born and raised in Chicago. He started drawing and painting at an early age and studied weekends at Chicago’s renowned Art Institute. In his teens, still photography became a calling for Brian, who counts such luminaries as Jacob Riis, Eugene Atget, Edward Weston and Walker Evans as influences. He studied photography at the Art Institute with such legendary names in the field as Gary Winogrand, and at Yosemite with Ansel Adams and Paul Caponigro.  An adventurous soul, he backpacked his way around the continental United States making photographs and playing in chess tournaments, while earning his living as a portrait and commercial photographer. His personal work has been widely exhibited in galleries and photography shows. He then moved into the world of movie-making, joining the Cinematographer’s Guild in Chicago, and worked as a camera assistant on such notable films as ‘The Untouchables,’ ‘Home Alone,’ and ‘The Fugitive.’ Mr. Glover continued this work in Los Angeles, where he was honored for excellence by the International Cinematographer’s Guild. Still photography remains his enduring passion. The current exhibition follows last year's very successful thirty-year showing of NUDES. The Rumor Mill is glad to welcome him back with his new exhibition, BRIAN GLOVER: FORTY YEARS OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Special Musical Guest singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist HUBIE VINE & Side Effect will be providing the evening's musical entertainment. The exhibition for BRIAN GLOVER: FORTY YEARS OF PHOTOGRAPHY continues through January 31.

THE RUMOR MILL, a coffeehouse/gallery/performance space. 

11739 West Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, Ca 90066

310-397-5400   website: therumormill.us

Date: January 7, 2011 7:30 PM
Venue: THE RUMOR MILL, a coffeehouse/gallery/performance space
Phone: 310-397-5400
Address:
Google Map
11739 West Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90066, United States
Cost: Free

January 6, 2011

COMEDY NIGHT XIV : MAY THE CATORCE BE WITH YOU!

COMEDY NIGHT XIV : MAY THE CATORCE BE WITH YOU  mayM!

at The Rumor Mill's OPEN MIC/Performance Night

Thursday, January 6, 2011 from 7:30-10:00 pm

Be suspicious, coming to our 14th Comedy Show this week, should you encounter a personage hunched over, bent deeply at the waist and stabbing her way forward with a cane like some ancient Chinese crone. Be suspicious, but don't be alarmed should this curious figure suddenly throw off this guise, jump atop a table and begin dancing the fandango! This will only be our Comedy Night host, SARDIA MARLEY, she of the megawatt smile and impish sense of humor, celebrating her return this week from back surgery. This is a woman whose work is never done, as Sardia missed only one show and is now back at her mission, after a scant three weeks, to conquer the worlds of acting, comedy, and entertainment. Sardia is a single mother of two difficult grown boys who give her no end of grief and delight (and plenty of material for the one-woman show she is getting ready to debut). She is also developing an online comedy show, and looking for her next movie role. Producers looking for a hot chick to burn up the camera lens, to radiate sex appeal, and have moviegoers laughing in the aisles need look no further. She can be found here every other Thursday night. Get her signed up quick, though, as she is wanted by the police. That's her mug shot to the right. 

COLE YOUNG is a carbon-based life form originally from the small town of Quincy, CA. He has been living in Los Angeles for over twenty-five years, working for his first decade in Hollywood building sets and in production for many TV programs, films, and commercials, all of which gave him an inside look at the working methods of some great filmmakers. Cole has since performed in more than twenty stage plays, has appeared several times on national television, and has been performing as a stand-up comedian for the past ten years. Today his day job is production head for Laura’s Wholesome Junk Food cookies, while his nights are spent behind the microphone in many of the comedy venues around the Southland, including Pasadena’s famed Ice House, where he is a regular. He is a one-of-a-kind comedian with a unique take on his and everyone else’s life.  

Armed with his prowess as a physical comedian, a will to win and utilizing an arsenal of animated voices, VARGUS MASON slayed the competition at the 2002 San Francisco Comedy Competition, coming in 2nd while defeating 340 competitors from around the globe, for which the media there dubbed him “The Human Cartoon.” In 2006 he was a semifinalist at the Boston International Comedy Festival and was included among the Top 10 Comics of Myspace. In 2007 he was a finalist in the Purina Pet Comedy Competition (you’re gonna have to ask him about that one yourself!), and he competed among an elite group of forty comedians in year four of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. At the tender age of fifteen, performing for the very first time in HBO’s Young Comedian Spotlight he became the Rocky Mountain Regional Champion. His television credits since include Russell Simmons Def Comedy Jam, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, BET’s Comic-View and VH1’s Super Secret Movie Rules. Most recently Vargus was Comedy Central’s online red carpet host for the Celebrity Roast of Flavor Flav. His talents have taken him literally around the globe to 16 different countries as an entertainer for the U.S. Troops. 

TRACIE WALKER, a native of Atlanta, GA and now a Los Angeles resident, was nominated for Best New Female Comedian at the Atlanta Comedy Awards, performed her one-woman comedy show “Tracie Walker Just Talking” at the L.A. Connection Theater in Sherman Oaks and at the famous Knitting Factory in Hollywood. She is a popular performer in comedy clubs across the country, and was a featured participant in the 2008 California's Funniest Female Contest in Long Beach. She’s also much in demand at local comedy venues, and performs frequently at The Ice House in Pasadena. The Rumor Mill is pleased to welcome Tracy back in a return appearance. 

MARTY ROSS is a Los Angeles based stand-up comedian who was born in New York City when it was still a British Colony. He’s “freakin’ old!“ Comedy was really important when he was in school in that it kept him from getting killed by the BIG kids. He discovered it was hard for someone to hit you when they were doubled over with laughter. When he first tried dating he heard a lot of "Go out with you? Over my dead body!" Curiously, it was about this same time in his life that he discovered his fondness for necrophilia. Married several times, Marty says that his shortest marriage can be summed up as follows: "Not only did she get the house but half of the wedding cake!" He came to stand-up late in life, waiting until he was eligible for Social Security so he could fully understand and share the misery of getting old. Things are going well. Not only is Marty not making money doing stand-up, he's also not making money doing commercials, tv characters or sketch comedy. Thankfully, his mother is very proud of him. (She doesn't see so well, so she thinks he's his brother.) Most days, when not performing, Marty can be found living in a vintage refrigerator box around 5th and Los Angeles streets. His MySpace biography is succinct: “I’m old, cranky, and I piss a lot.” 

Opening the show this week is DOUG KNOTT with a wickedly satirical two-character performance piece from 7:30-8:00 pm called “Sunset Strip Self-Improvement Affirmations.” Guests arriving after 7:30 pm when this performance has begun are asked to enter the Rumor Mill by the back door at the end of the short alley to the right. You can also walk through the coin laundry next door and enter through the connecting door at the rear. As Doug’s performance uses a screen behind which character transformations occur, your courtesy will help by not walking through his performance area up front. You do want to see this, by the way, as Doug's performance is outlandish and razor-sharp and his Affirmations are satire edged with acid, devilishly clever contemplations of the state of things at Hollywood and Main, serious and funny…and sometimes both at once. 

THE RUMOR MILL, a coffeehouse/gallery/performance space. 

11739 West Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, Ca 90066

310-397-5400   website: therumormill.us

Date: January 6, 2011 7:30 PM
Venue: THE RUMOR MILL, a coffeehouse/gallery/performance space
Phone: 310-397-5400
Address:
Google Map
11739 West Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90066, United States
Cost: Free