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MARCH 18TH, 2024

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MONDAY’S VIBES

🙈 HEY, CUTIE. TODAY IS NATIONAL AWKWARD MOMENTS DAY

  • 🏀 NCAA BRACKETS: March Madness brackets are here, they are here! And with that, I am excited to announce our first annual CuratedLA Curator Bracket Challenge!

    What was a quick thought over the weekend to make a Curator Bracket Challenge has now turned into implementation. The invitation link is below, with a password that can be found further down ⬇️, right after today’s HOV Lane, and before today’s Eat Section: digitally, I can hide certain elements from those that are not Curators within section breaks.

    I am reaching out to local brands in hopes to identify giveaways for our winners: restaurants, bars, venues, businesses, etc. I’ll be working behind-the-scenes throughout the week emailing more brands and setting up further, but more formal thoughts on point allocations, etc. If you would like to gift any items from your brand, please email me! This is a great way to not only receive free press and foot/digital traffic, but to give back to our local LA community.

    Our First Inaugural Curator Bracket Challenge is completely free to subscribers. As always, it is also free to subscribe to CuratedLA and become a Curator. To ensure that your bracket counts, please complete a bracket by Thursday around 9am (more concretes coming in Wednesday’s newsletter), and subscribe to CuratedLA by this weekend so I can match everything accordingly. We are using ESPN for March Madness, and they too also have giveaways.

    🏀 #GOTIME

    🧧 Invitation link to CuratedLA’s First Inaugural Curator Bracket Challenge ➡️ Come join the March Madness fun

  • 🖨️ NCAA MARCH MADNESS TOURNAMENT: 

 🚀 TRENDING 

👋 HELLO, GARRETT!

  • 🤙 MEET GARRETT: I’d like for us all to meet Garrett, our mascot of an LA Curator. More information about Garrett will come in future newsletters, but he is here and excited to be one of the main visuals for CuratedLA. He’s got some good vibes that he’s pumped to bring to us all, starting today. ⬇️ 

    • 📆 TRENDING + BIG LIST EVENT CALENDARS: Garrett got nerdy with it this weekend a coded two custom Google Calendars to help revamp our event jams. They look great, but they include elements that cannot be viewed within an email-client, rather online. Thus, when prompted please click, Read Online, if you wish to view events for today + tomorrow & trending events. Clicking ‘Read Online’ will simply take you back to this newsletter, just online in a webpage and not an email.

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⚡️THE HOV LANE

LOCAL

EATS

BUSINESS

The closure of the 405 Freeway off-ramp in Sepulveda Pass has been extended due to a sinkhole

The Taco Madness 2024 event, hosted by L.A. Taco, is set to take place on April 13th at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes near Olvera Street

NFL Network's show Good Morning Football is relocating its production from New York to Los Angeles, specifically to the NFL Media Headquarters in Inglewood near SoFi Stadium

West Hollywood has decided not to renew Bird's contract for rental electric scooters as part of the city's Dockless Micromobility Pilot Program

Starbird, the beloved super-premium fast food establishment, is set to open its fourteenth location in Marina del Rey, this upcoming Friday, March 22nd

Walmart has introduced the MacBook Air with the M1 chip to its shelves, marking the first time customers can purchase a Mac directly from Walmart

The 39th Annual Los Angeles Marathon saw more than 25,000 runners participating in the race, starting from Dodger Stadium and heading towards Culver City

Café Tropical in Silver Lake officially reopened this past Saturday under new ownership after it’s sudden December closure

Ikea has significantly reduced prices on nearly a thousand products here in the US, with those prices on LA shelves

Open Streets, also known as 626 Golden Streets, will return on Sunday, April 28th, connecting the cities of Alhambra, San Gabriel, and South Pasadena

Pizza Hut has teamed up with Yeastie Boys, a Los Angeles-based bagel food truck concept, to introduce the limited-edition Big New Yorker Pizza Bagel

Bel Air resident and former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is putting together an investor group to buy TikTok

New bus-only lanes will be popping up across various city streets, including Broadway, Colorado Blvd., Crenshaw Blvd, Lincoln Blvd., Los Feliz Blvd., Santa Monica Blvd., Valley Blvd., Vermont Avenue, Westwood Blvd., and Whittier Blvd

El Mercadito Food Stand recently welcomed more than twenty new food vendors to their market on E. 1st Street in Boyle Heights

PRIME Hydration has been named the official sports drink of the Los Angeles Lakers. PRIME Hydration, founded by YouTubers Logan Paul and KSI in 2022, has quickly gained popularity in the sports drink market

EATS

 😋HEADLINES

  • 🌮 EL PUEBLO DE LOS ÅNGELES: The Taco Madness 2024 event, hosted by L.A. Taco, is set to take place on April 13th at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes near Olvera Street. This annual taco tournament promises an exciting showdown for taco enthusiasts, offering pre-sale tickets for attendees to enjoy the festivities. The event will feature a variety of contenders vying for top honors in this celebration of tacos and the vibrant culinary culture surrounding them. Additionally, an online tournament component adds to the excitement leading up to the main event, providing a platform for engagement and anticipation among participants and fans. 🎟️ Tickets via Eventbrite

  • 🍕 PIZZA HUT x YEASTIE BOYS: Pizza Hut has teamed up with Yeastie Boys, a Los Angeles-based bagel food truck concept, to introduce the limited-edition Big New Yorker Pizza Bagel. This innovative collaboration combines the flavors of Pizza Hut's iconic Big New Yorker Pizza with a classic Yeastie Boys bagel. The pizza bagel features sweet marinara sauce, parmesan and mozzarella cheese, oregano, and double pepperoni on a signature Yeastie Boys bagel. Participating Pizza Hut locations here in LA will have the new eat this weekend only.

  • 🍦 WENDY’S: Wendy's is introducing a new seasonal Frosty flavor called the Orange Dreamsicle Frosty, set to debut tomorrow. This new flavor combines sweet orange notes with the classic smooth vanilla Frosty, offering a dreamy orange cream experience. The Orange Dreamsicle Frosty will be available for a limited time at participating Wendy's locations across the US, replacing the Vanilla Frosty on menus nationwide.

  • 🍔 HABIT BURGER: The Habit Burger Grill recently introduced a new $6 Grown-Up Meal. This meal is designed for adults seeking a budget-friendly option and includes a full-sized Charburger, small fries, a regular drink, and a mini gummy burger, all for $6. The chain's signature charburgers are seared over an open flame to deliver a bold and distinctive smoky flavor while maintaining premium quality standards.

  • 🍧 DIPPIN’ DOTS: Dippin' Dots has recently launched a new flavor called Frozeti Dough, which is now available nationwide. This new flavor is a combination of sugar cookie ice cream with pieces of chocolate chip and chocolate sandwich cookie dough. Customers ordering online can enjoy a 10% discount on Frozeti Dough until March 31st using the code FROZETI10. Additionally, online orders will come with a limited-edition Frozeti-inspired blue reusable spoon while supplies last. Frozeti Dough is certified kosher and can be found at various locations such as Dippin' Dots outlets, convenience stores, amusement parks, movie theaters, and local events across the country and here in LA.

 🚀 OPENINGS

  • 🐔 MARINA DEL REY: Starbird, the beloved super-premium fast food establishment, is set to open its fourteenth location in Marina del Rey, this upcoming Friday, March 22nd and will offer dine-in, pick-up + carry-out. In celebration of this upcoming opening, Starbird will be treating the first five-hundred customers to complimentary meals. Their menu boasts a variety of options including salads, tender boxes, chicken nuggets, and sandwiches.  🖥️ View Menu Online | 📸 @starbirdchicken

  • 🦩 SILVER LAKE: Café Tropical in Silver Lake officially reopened this past Saturday under new ownership after it’s sudden December closure. The cafe is now owned by Milkcult, who posted on the cafe’s new Instagram account about Saturday’s reopening with the caption, ‘Since 1975.’ Café Tropical is known for its medianoche sandwiches and guava cheese pastries.

  • 🧑‍🍳 SANTA MONICA: Layla Restaurant in Santa Monica is a new culinary addition that pays homage to Chef Chris Sayegh's grandmother, Layla, serving family-style Middle Eastern dishes perfected over generations using French techniques. The restaurant features a menu of shareable mezze, appetizers like warak dawali and duck confit kibbeh, and entrees such as grilled seabass and lamb tagine. Desserts include knafeh and baklava mille-feuille. Layla's dining room offers a charming ambiance with Roman clay plate ceilings and ocean views. The restaurant is part of Boulevard Hospitality Group and operates Wednesday through Sunday from 5:30pm to 10:00pm.

  • 🌮 BOYLE HEIGHTS: El Mercadito Food Stand recently welcomed more than twenty new food vendors to their market on E. 1st Street in Boyle Heights. The food stand is part of the larger El Mercado complex, which has been a significant community market in the area. The current management under Tony Rosado aims to evolve the market to appeal to a broader audience, potentially introducing tequila tasting events and craft beer offerings to attract a more diverse crowd, including visitors from the Westside of Los Angeles. 🖥️ View Website | 📸 @mercaditonightmarket2024

  • 🍟 MCDONALD’S IN MALIBU: The McDonald’s in Malibu has as many celebrity sightings as Nobu Mali, which is right across the street, if not more celebrity sightings, via SFGATE.

GUIDES

⛪️ EASTER BRUNCH: The best restaurants for an unforgettable and delicious Easter Brunch via Secret Los Angeles.

💯 BEST OF LA: The best things to eat, and the best places to be eating in Los Angeles, according to OpenTable.

🍔 BEST WITH COZYMEAL: The best eighteen restaurants to eat at in Los Angeles according to Cozymeal.

🚀 MORE OF THE BEST: The best restaurants in Los Angeles according to Roadbook.

😋 RECOMMEND: Recommend some of your favorite new openings for a future CuratedLA Guide

EVENTS

CALENDAR TIPS

💻️ READ ONLINE: In order to see both calendars, you will need to read this newsletter online. This can be accomplished by clicking the button above.

🧤 SCROLLING: Scrolling, either with your thumb or a mouse, inside the Google Calendar will scroll the calendar. You might get stuck at first if you are unfamiliar with iFrames. To scroll back to the newsletter, simply scroll on the outer-areas of the Google Calendar.

📥️ INVITATIONS: If you have an event that you would like to promote, you can add ‘[email protected]’ to a calendar invitation. Upon approval, the event will show up on the respective calendar.

📝 EVENT DETAILS: You do not have to leave the newsletter, or calendar, to see the details of an event. Simply click on the event that you are interested in, and you will have all the information.

⏪️ LIVE UPDATES: Feel free to continue to come back to today’s newsletter as updates are made in real-time, leading to many more events as we discover them throughout the day’s online journey.

 🔥TRENDING 

GUIDES

💃 MADY MAIO: What Mady Maio knows is trending in LA, updates every Tuesday, via Happenings by Camber.

🎈 SPRING BREAK: Spring Break 2024: 32 fun things to do in Los Angeles via Mommy Poppins

🦒 LA ZOO: Calendar of events for the Los Angeles Zoo via the LA Zoo

 📆 BIG LIST OF EVENTS

ACTIVITIES

  • 🤘 HOLLYWOOD PARK: The Hard Summer Music Festival is set to take place on August 3rd + 4th at Hollywood Park. This year's edition marks a significant move to a new venue, promising attendees a fresh and immersive experience across three-hundred acres of space. The festival will feature diverse programming, including main stage acts, house and techno performances, multi-genre artists, and bass and dubstep sets. Festival passes will be available for purchase starting February 16th, offering various options for attendees to enjoy the music extravaganza.

  • 🏳️‍🌈 OUTLOUD MUSIC FESTIVAL: The OUTLOUD Music Festival is making a grand return to West Hollywood, headlining the entertainment lineup for WeHo Pride's weekend festivities. Scheduled from May 31st to June 2nd, at West Hollywood Park, this vibrant three-day outdoor music extravaganza will feature headliners like Kylie Minogue, Janelle Monáe, and Diplo. The event promises a remarkable lineup of queer entertainers and artists, including additional performances by Ashnikko, Noah Cyrus, Trixie Mattel, Keke Palmer, and more. A secondary dance music stage in collaboration with SUMMERTRAMP will offer more exciting performances. Weekend passes are available now available for purchase.

  • 🚴‍♂️ SOUTH PASADENA: Open Streets, also known as 626 Golden Streets, will return on Sunday, April 28th, connecting the cities of Alhambra, San Gabriel, and South Pasadena via five miles of car-free streets. This family-friendly event allows people to walk, bike, skate, scoot, roll, and explore the three distinct communities. The festivities will include an official Opening Ceremony at South Pasadena City Hall and a family-friendly 5K Fun Run. Each downtown district will feature live music, artists, community organizations, green vendors, and family-friendly games. Participants can enjoy the day by foot, bike, skate, skateboard, scooter, or any human-powered vehicle from 9:00am to 3:00pm. The event is made possible by Metro Los Angeles and organized by ActiveSGV in collaboration with the Cities of San Gabriel, Alhambra, and South Pasadena.

COMMUNITY

  • 🏃‍♂️ LOS ANGELES MARATHON: The 39th Annual Los Angeles Marathon saw more than 25,000 runners participating in the race, starting from Dodger Stadium and heading towards Culver City. The event began at 7:00am with wheelchair racers leading the way, followed by elite women and then elite men. This year's marathon, known as the Stadium to the Stars, covered a 26.2-mile course passing by iconic city landmarks and various neighborhoods in Los Angeles. The event attracted participants from all fifty states and over seventy countries worldwide, showcasing a diverse field of competitors. The turnout for this year's marathon marked an increase of about three-thousand participants compared to the previous year, nearly matching the all-time record set in early 2020 with 27,150 racers. The event also included more than 4,200 charity runners who raised an estimated three million for various charitable partners like the American Cancer Society and Students Run LA.

  • 🚧 405 SEPULVEDA PASS OFF-RAMP: The closure of the 405 Freeway off-ramp in Sepulveda Pass has been extended due to a sinkhole. The southbound off-ramp to Skirball Center Drive will remain closed until the end of the week from 7:00am to 5:00pm while the northbound off-ramp is expected to be closed for up to a month for repairs. The cause of the sinkhole is uncertain, but it is suspected that multiple storm systems in Southern California may have contributed to its formation.

  • 🎡 SANTA MONICA VOTES ON HOUSING: The Santa Monica City Council is set to vote on selecting a development team to transform three city-owned surface parking lots along the Wilshire corridor into multi-level permanent affordable housing tomorrow (Tuesday, March 19th). The proposed project, recommended by the Hollywood Community Housing Corporation (HCHC) and the People Concern, aims to create eighty-seven general affordable residences, forty permanent supportive housing residences, and three units for property managers across the three sites. HCHC would manage all three sites, while the People Concern would provide supportive services for residents in the permanent supportive housing units. The development's permanent supportive housing units will be concentrated on the Euclid Street site, which will also include twenty-four affordable residences for the general population.

  • 🛴 WEHO REMOVES SCOOTERS: West Hollywood has decided not to renew Bird's contract for rental electric scooters as part of the city's Dockless Micromobility Pilot Program. This decision comes in response to Bird's bankruptcy announcement at the end of 2023. The recommendation from City Hall is to let Bird's contract expire on March 31st, leading to the removal of Bird scooters from the city. This move is a direct response to the challenges and disruptions caused by electric scooters in West Hollywood over the past five years, highlighting concerns related to pedestrian and traffic safety. Additionally, Lime, another scooter company with a city contract, will also be affected by this decision as they are one of the two scooter companies operating in West Hollywood under this program.

  • 🚌 NEW BUS LANES: New bus-only lanes will be popping up across various city streets, including Broadway, Colorado Blvd., Crenshaw Blvd, Lincoln Blvd., Los Feliz Blvd., Santa Monica Blvd., Valley Blvd., Vermont Avenue, Westwood Blvd., and Whittier Blvd. This initiative is part of Measure HLA which mandates the addition of bus lanes during repaving projects on transit-priority streets designated in the city's Mobility Plan 2035. This move follows successful efforts like the establishment of nearly eight miles of bus-only lanes on Wilshire Boulevard and recent progress in implementing new bus lane projects to improve public transportation accessibility and efficiency.

  • 🚎 SANTA MONICA BIG BLUE BUS ADDS SECURITY: The Big Blue Bus in Santa Monica has initiated the Transit Safety Officer Program by deploying unarmed transit security officers on buses and at transit stops. This program, approved by the City Council, aims to enhance safety and customer experience for riders. The officers work in teams on eight-hour shifts, providing an additional layer of security and support for passengers. This support from the officers’ extend beyond security, and include assisting riders with navigating the regional bus and rail network, providing guidance on fares, and offering support to those passengers in need.

  • 💼 PORT LEASING POLICY: The Los Angeles City Council is considering revising the Port Leasing Policy to safeguard job opportunities associated with properties owned by the Port of Los Angeles. This initiative aims to ensure that proposed projects do not negatively impact jobs linked to these premises. Council members voted 11-0 in favor of this recommendation, instructing the city attorney's office to report on amendments that would assess the impact of proposed projects on jobs and fully integrate these assessments into the leasing policy.

DEVELOPMENT

  • 🛥️ WEST HARBOR: The West Harbor Development in San Pedro has made significant developments lately with new metal structures taking shape. The $170-million project is set to include more than 350,000 square feet of shops and restaurants on a 42-acre site. The project has successfully secured a variety of future tenants, such as Mike Hess Brewery, Yamashiro, King and Queen Cantina, Hopscotch Immersive Art, Poppy + Rose, Harbor Breeze Cruises, Pitfire Pizza, The Win-dow Burgers, Jay Bird’s Chicken, Olala Crepes, Marufuku Ramen, Bark Social, The Baked Bear, Mario's Butcher Shop, and LA Maritime Institute. The West Harbor development is on track for completion in 2025 and will feature a 6,200-seat amphitheater.

  • 🏈 GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL RELOCATES TO LA: NFL Network's show Good Morning Football is relocating its production from New York to Los Angeles, specifically to the NFL Media Headquarters in Inglewood near SoFi Stadium. The show will introduce a new two-hour syndicated extension series after a summer hiatus, with plans for this series to be distributed by Sony Pictures Television. The move is part of a strategic shift to deepen the NFL's presence in Los Angeles, aligning with the city's status as an entertainment hub.

  • 🌴 LA COUNTY SUSTAINABILITY PROGRESS: Los Angeles County has been making significant progress towards its sustainability goals outlined in the OurCounty Sustainability Plan. The plan, adopted over four years ago, aims to achieve ambitious targets such as carbon neutrality by 2050, sourcing 80% of water locally by 2045, and installing 130,000 new public electric vehicle chargers by 2035. The Chief Sustainability Office's annual report highlights achievements like phasing out oil and gas extraction, banning polystyrene and single-use service ware at restaurants, adopting a Formal Land Acknowledgment, developing transit-oriented plans, enacting rent stabilization ordinances, and advancing park equity and biodiversity protection.

BUSINESS

  • 🥤 PRIME + LAKERS: PRIME Hydration has been named the official sports drink of the Los Angeles Lakers. PRIME Hydration, founded by YouTubers Logan Paul and KSI in 2022, has quickly gained popularity in the sports drink market, offering a range of products including energy drinks, sports drinks, and hydration sticks. The brand's success is evident from its partnerships with other major sports entities like WWE, UFC, L.A. Dodgers, FC Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Kansas City Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes.

  • 💅 NICKI MINAJ: Gonna try my best on this one: ‘Oh, heyyy: Nicki Minaj is getting into the nail biz, launching a luxurious press-on nail brand called Pink Friday Nails. This innovative brand offers customers the unique ability to choose from a variety of shapes and lengths for each design, catering to both women and men of all nail sizes. Pink Friday Nails features eleven dynamic designs in various colorways, including matte and chrome bases, cameo patterns, and more, allowing individuals to make bold statements or opt for a more subtle look. Nicki Minaj's press-on nail brand is available for purchase online locally and internationally. | 📸 @pinkfridaynails

  • 🍎 WALMART NOW SELLS MACBOOK: Walmart has introduced the MacBook Air with the M1 chip to its shelves, marking the first time customers can purchase a Mac directly from Walmart. This move allows Walmart to offer premium quality and affordability to its customers, with the MacBook Air priced at $699.

  • 🪵 IKEA PRICE CUTS: Ikea has significantly reduced prices on nearly a thousand products here in the US, with those prices on LA shelves. This price-cutting strategy began in January and has been well-received by consumers, leading to increased purchases of these more affordable products. With declining raw material costs and reduced transportation expenses, Ikea is focusing on making its products more accessible to customers. And if you are going to Ikea soon, please take me with you as I love me some Ikea.

  •  FMR. TREASURY SECRETARY WANTS TO BUY TIKTOK: Bel Air resident and former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is putting together an investor group to buy TikTok. This marks the second Los Angeles area resident interested in acquiring TikTok as Santa Monica’s Bobby Kotick, who previously served as Activision Blizzard’s CEO, has also expressed interest. Both Mnuchin and Kotick’s initatives come after the US House of Representatives passed a bill last week that would require TikTok's Chinese owners ByteDance to divest the business within six months or face a ban in the US. Both men see TikTok as a valuable business, each aiming their own respective group of investors to acquire it, emphasizing TikTok should be owned by US businesses. The potential acquisition of TikTok by American investors reflect the ongoing concerns about national security and data privacy related to the popular social media app. Despite the House bill passing, its fate remains uncertain in the Senate, where lawmakers are expected to conduct a thorough review before making a decision.

ENTERTAINMENT

 🎬️ HEADLINES

  • 🏅AMC + SUMMER OLYMPICS: NBCUniversal and AMC have announced that the 2024 Paris Olympics will broadcast live in movie theaters across the country, including 160 AMC locations, many of those AMC locations located here within our Southern California region. The coverage will include select daytime events from July 27th to August 11th, allowing fans to watch the Olympics on the big screen. In addition to AMC theaters, the Summer Olympics will also be available on various NBC networks and streaming services. The Opening Ceremony in Paris on July 26 will be hosted by Mike Tirico, Peyton Manning, and Kelly Clarkson.

  • 🏁 GUINNESS WORLD RECORD: Logan Holladay, the stunt driver for Ryan Gosling's character in Universal Pictures' new 87North film The Fall Guy, achieved a groundbreaking Guinness World Record for the most cannon rolls in a car, performing an astounding 8 ½ rolls. This heart-stopping feat was celebrated in Los Angeles at a special screening of The Fall Guy, attended by Ryan Gosling and David Leitch, where Holladay was presented with the Guinness World Records certificate. The film, directed by David Leitch and starring Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt, is set to hit theaters on May 3rd.

  • 🪞BLACK MIRROR RETURNS TO NETFLIX: Netflix has officially announced the return of Black Mirror for a seventh season in 2025, consisting of six episodes. Though there is limited information, we do know that one episode will be a sequel to USS Callister from season four, featuring Jesse Plemons. The show's upcoming season promises new stories, potentially exploring themes like AI and the metaverse. This announcement follows the relatively short hiatus since the premiere of season six, which showcased a range of compelling episodes covering diverse topics.

  • 🕺ELTON JOHN: Elton John is currently working on two musicals, The Devil Wears Prada and Tammy Faye, with plans to potentially take on a third project. His husband, David Furnish, shared this update during an interview at the 32nd annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscars viewing party. Despite being busy with these two projects, they remain open to the idea of a third musical. Elton John's contributions to the Broadway stage have been significant, earning him various awards for shows like Billy Elliot and The Lion King. Elton John's upcoming musical, Tammy Faye, featuring music by him and lyrics by Jake Shears, is set to premiere on Broadway in the 2024-2025 season.

  • 👩 AMANDA KNOX: Hulu has officially ordered a limited series about Amanda Knox, with Margaret Qualley set to star as Knox. The series will delve into Knox's wrongful conviction for the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher and her subsequent sixteen-year journey to prove her innocence. This project, consisting of eight one-hour episodes, is a collaboration between 20th Television, The Littlefield Company, and executive producer KJ Steinberg. Margaret Qualley, known for her role in Maid, will not only play the lead role but also serve as an executive producer alongside other notable figures like Monica Lewinsky and Chris Robinson. The series has been highly anticipated and is expected to shed light on Knox's tumultuous experience, from incarceration to acquittal, providing a powerful narrative for viewers.

CULTURE

📸 HOLLYWOOD MOUNTAIN: That viral photo of Hollywood Mountain California is completely fake via Gizmodo.

🍿 NEW NETFLIX THIS WEEK: New TV Shows and Movies coming to Netflix this week, March 18th - 24th.

🥇 NETFLIX COMEDY RECEIVES 95%: In a comedic rarity, Netflix’s Girls5eva, season three, received an astonishing 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, making this TV show stream-worthy.

🎞️ STREAMING: Seven of the best new movies to stream this week on Max, Prime Video, Peacock and more.

SPORTS

  • 🧢 DODGERS IN SEOUL KOREA FOR OPENER: The Los Angeles Dodgers are set to kick off the regular season in Seoul, Korea with a two-game series against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday + Thursday. This historic event marks the first time regular-season MLB games will be played in Korea. The Dodgers will face the Padres at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, with both games scheduled to be televised on ESPN and SportsNet LA. The season opener will feature star players like Shohei Ohtani, Tyler Glasnow, Mookie Betts, and Freddie Freeman. The Dodgers will also play exhibition games against Korean teams before the Seoul Series begins, further engaging with local baseball enthusiasts and showcasing their talent on an international stage.

  • 🤔 LB STATE MAKES TOURNY, COACH FIRED FIVE DAYS AGO: Long Beach State reached the NCAA tournament with head coach Dan Monson, who was fired five days before the tournament. Despite being let go by the university, Monson continued to coach the team through the postseason, leading them to a successful run in the Big West Conference Tournament and securing a spot in March Madness. This unexpected turn of events saw Long Beach State win the championship game against UC Davis, earning them a place in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2012. Monson, a seasoned coach with a history of success at programs like Gonzaga and Minnesota, expressed his love for coaching and his eagerness for new challenges, indicating that this may not be his last coaching opportunity.

  • 🏀 MEN’S BRACKET LOCALITIES: 

    • (5) San Diego State vs. (2) Iowa State

    • (15) Long Beach State vs. (2) Arizona

  • 🏀 LOCAL WOMEN THAT ARE IN: 

    • (1) USC vs. (16) Texas A&M Corpus Christi

    • (2) UCLA vs. (15) Cal Baptist

    • (13) UC Irvine vs. (4) Gonzaga

  • 🏐 UCLA, BEACH VOLLEYBALL: No. 2 UCLA's Beach Volleyball Team performed exceptionally well at the East Meets West Invitational, securing victories against No. 4 Florida State and No. 15 Georgia State this past weekend. The Bruins defeated Florida State 4-1 in the morning dual and then swept Georgia State 5-0 in the afternoon. Kenzie Brower, Jessie Smith, Lexy Denaburg, and Maggie Boyd all played pivotal roles in securing these victories for UCLA. The team's success at this invitational event sets a strong foundation for their upcoming competitions, including the Death Volley Invitational in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on March 29th-30th, where they will face Florida State once again.

  • 🤸‍♀️UCLA GYMNASTICS: The UCLA Gymnastics Team nabbed three perfect tens over the weekend, topping off my Clemson Tigers in a 198.550-196.825 win over the Lady Tigers. UCLA was led by Selena Harris who scored two perfect tens, while Chae Campbell marked UCLA’s third perfect ten on the weekend with her performance of a Black Panther routine.

  • 🖼️ OHTANI POSTERS: These six artists from LA to Osaka made poster art of Shohei Ohtani for us via Los Angeles Times.

  • 🐏 AARON DONALD RETIRES: Rams star Aaron Donald, one of the greatest defensive players in NFL history, has announced his immediate retirement after ten seasons with the Rams, helping Los Angeles win the Super Bowl in 2022. Donald, known for his exceptional career with 117 sacks and being the fastest defensive tackle to reach 100 sacks in NFL history, expressed gratitude to the Rams and fans for their support. His retirement comes as a surprise given his remarkable contributions to the team and the sport.

  • 💪 PRO FOOTBALL COLUMN: Retiring Aaron Donald didn’t just lead the Rams, he was the Rams via Texarkana Gazette.

  • 🏈 JIMMY G TO THE RAMS: Though losing Aaron Donald is a big loss for the Rams, the team did announce the signing of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a one-year deal for the upcoming season.

  • ⛳️ SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER WINS THE PLAYERS: Scottie Scheffler made history by becoming the first player to win back-to-back titles at The Players Championship in the 50-year history of the event. Scheffler's remarkable achievement was secured with a one-stroke victory, finishing at 20-under par and besting top competitors like Wyndham Clark, Brian Harman and San Diego’s Xander Schauffele. This victory marked a significant milestone for Scheffler, who not only defended his title but also overcame a five-shot deficit on the final day to secure the win. His exceptional performance included a flawless final round of 64, tying the lowest final-round score by a Players Championship winner. Scheffler's victory at TPC Sawgrass came just a week after his previous win on the PGA Tour, making him the first player since Tiger Woods in 2001 to achieve this feat.

  • 🏀 LAKERS: Six Free Agents who should be on the Lakers’ summer wish list via Lake Show Life.

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