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New Year’s Eve fundraiser slated for the Redondo Beach Castle

At the end of 2011 I made a decision that GotBaddog.com would dedicate much of my content to promoting local businesses and non-profits. When Tanya was looking for something for us to do on New Year’s Eve, she discovered the Lady Of Magic at the Redondo Beach Castle was having a New Year’s Eve party that was also a fundraiser, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Midnight Mission, a homeless shelter in downtown Los Angeles. It was then that we had the pleasure of meeting Sisuepahn Phila, the “Lady of Magic.”

Sisuepahn is a world renowned and world class magician, and I am not talking about doing sleight of hand card tricks or something like that. She has performed at the Magic Castle in Hollywood and has been featured on Penn and Teller, on the Discovery Channel and on an A & E special, “Backstage from the Magic Castle.” She is also known as, “The Entertainer to the Stars.” What drew me to her was her Magic 4 Orphans which benefits more than 2,000 children both locally and those living in five orphanages in Laos. I have photographed a few events at the Redondo Beach Castle, including her magic shows which are pretty amazing. Many times I have looked through my photos afterwards and still could not figure out how the heck she changed into five different outfits without ever leaving the stage. She is really good.

Anyway, this Monday, December 31, 2012 she is hosting another New Year’s Eve party. If you are looking for something to do for New Year’s Eve that is fun and also helps others in the process, I suggest considering coming out to the Redondo Beach Castle. There will be live music, a DJ, dancing, and lots of really good magic. Continue reading

Photos from Hollywood On Tap

Saturday afternoon, October 20, 2012, was the first Hollywood On Tap beer festival benefiting The Blank Theatre Company. This fund raising event was held at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. The festival included more than 40 craft brews and included dozens of local craft brewers, several food trucks and live music. 100% of the proceeds went to benefit The Blank Theatre Company, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. Regular readers of this blog know that I have been attending many beer festivals sin the last several months; so of them have been going on for a while and a few of them have been first time events. If I did not know better, I would have thought this was an event that had been going on for a while. It was very well done.

They had just under 1,000 attendees which is very good for a first time event, and there were no obvious issues for anyone. The live music included a Who tribute band and a couple others along with a DJ. While the Who cover band was my favorite, it was pretty obvious everyone was enjoying all the music. As far as the beer was concerned, there were several award winners from the 2012 Great American Beer Festival held last week. I could go on, but looking at the photos will show you what a good time it was and how much fun people were having. I am really glad we went and I can not wait to see what happens should they have a 2nd Annual Hollywood On Tap. I sure hope that happens; I will be there if it does.

The watermark was donated to the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation, the only charity for RA patients, by RA patients. Continue reading

Photos from the Wounded Warrior Project benefit at LA Live

Monday evening was the opening night for the 1st Annual Rocktoberfest at LA Live, which began with a charity jam with the proceeds from this evenings function going to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Gene Simmons got on stage and played a set with the band along with several others. Wolfgang Puck provided the food for an Octoberfest meal with a California twist. There were lots of celebrities whose names I do not know, but James Gandolfini, Nikki Sixx and Bill Engvall were among those I did recognize. The true stars were the Wounded Warriors that attended tonight’s event.

Besides the food, beer and live entertainment there was a silent auction for everything from beer, to signed guitars to a wedding package. This silent auction goes on until Rocktoberfest ends on Sunday, October 21. Every night there are different events going on at LA Live so if you are looking for something fun to do this week, you might want to check out LA Live. You can get more details at Rocktoberfest.com. Continue reading

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