Birdman movie poster

Is it art imitating life? Or life imitating art? When it comes to Alejandro González Iñárritu’s brilliant “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” it really doesn’t matter. What matters is how fascinating his film is to watch.

“Birdman” tells the story of Riggan, a once world-famous film actor whose career is totally in the trash when we meet him. Masterfully brought to life by Michael Keaton, Riggan’s claim to fame was as the Birdman, an action hero whose movie appearances raked in millions. But once Riggan walked away from that film franchise (and money train), his career never really recovered and his fame slipped. Now he’s used his own cash to mount a show on Broadway, in the hopes of becoming a respected star once again.

Eric Lindell, Stanton Moore and Rob Mercurio with Dragon Smoke at The Mint

A musical line up of Louisiana all-stars joined forces for one of their rare live appearances together at the intimate venue in Los Angeles on December 9. Ivan Neville, Eric Lindell, Stanton Moore and Robert Mercurio delivered a two set show of tightly arranged tunes that were familiar to the adoring fans in the club. The packed house of New Orleans music lovers sang, danced and cheered throughout the show.

Sean Conley and his Mama's Boy Infusions tequila

Tequila has grown into one of the biggest and trendiest spirits in the United States. It seems like every week a new brand launched by a celebrity, restaurateur or multi-national beverage giant hits the market. In this seemingly saturated segment, how can a small producer stand out? That was the challenge confronting Sean Conley, the creator of Mama’s Boy Infusions. Conley has years of experience bartending in Los Angeles. He knew the bad reputation of poorly made tequila and set out to change opinions. After years of tasting, mixing and refining ideas, he came up with something special. His tequila uses a unique bottling process that infuses tequila with fresh fruits and chili peppers.

The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, home of Flavor! Napa Valley 2014. Photo courtesy Jenny Peters.

There’s no better time to take a road trip from Los Angeles to the Napa Valley than in November, just in time for the annual Flavor! Napa Valley extravaganza – organizers call it “a celebration of food, wine, fun” and they are not kidding.

Patrick Bruel live in concert courtesy of Live Nation

French singer Patrick Bruel played before an adoring, packed crowd at downtown L.A.’s Orpheum Theatre on Saturday night, November 8. The show was a love fest between Bruel and what was obviously a horde of ex-pat French fans that relished the chance to see their musical hero in person.

Los Angeles Magazine Food Event 2014 sign

One of the most anticipated food events of the year took place on a Sunday afternoon in October at the majestic Saddlerock Ranch in the Malibu hills. Los Angeles Magazine puts on this spectacular culinary feast that is simply called The Food Event. The home of Malibu Family Wines, makers of Saddlerock and Semler wines served as the site for this tasting event. More than 40 of the finest restaurants and food purveyors in the greater Los Angeles area provided samples of their menus. Guests tasted some amazing food, drank a variety of wines, beers and cocktails while enjoying a beautiful autumn day at the scenic ranch setting.

Marin Cilic won the men's singles title at the 2014 US Open

They don’t call it The Big Apple for nothing. New York City is known for being big, loud, crowded and brash. While there are many professional tennis events held throughout the year, the last of the four majors, the US Open, held in Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York reflects the spirit of the City. It is the biggest, loudest, most crowded, most expensive and perhaps, most anticipated event among the worldwide tennis faithful.

Taking the new 2015 Audi A8s to the top of the world. Photo by Jenny Peters.

There’s a reason that Audi Racing keeps winning competitions like the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race – they have won that 13 times in the last 15 years – and Jet Set Jen found out firsthand exactly why.

It’s because of the top-notch German engineering that Audi puts into every one of their vehicles, from those incredible R18 e-tron racers to the sleek new 2015 A8 models we got the chance to test drive through the mountains above Aspen, Colorado.

Kerri Walsh-Jennings and April Ross dominated at the AVP Manhattan Beach Open. (Photo copyright Andy J. Gordon 2014©)

Many consider the Manhattan Beach Open the crown jewel of the pro beach volleyball circuit. It has been held at this iconic beach since 1960, and each year’s winning team gets a plaque on the pier with bragging rights for all time. This year’s winners were Phil Dalhausser/Sean Rosenthal on the Men’s side and Kerri Walsh-Jennings/April Ross for the Women. Both teams have been dominant in the 2014 beach volleyball season so while their victories at Manhattan Beach were hard earned, they were definitely not unexpected.

Jeffrey Saad inside his new restaurant La Ventura.

Herradura tequila and Jeffrey Saad’s La Ventura, a new upscale Mexican restaurant in Studio City, CA, held a special dinner event that offered food pairings with the premium tequilas. Saad is a talented chef, known nationally for his Food Network and Cooking Channel appearances. Herradura is among the top premium tequilas on the market. The pairing dinner proved to be a winning combination.

Peter Himmelman at Mint

Two talented musicians shared the bill on a warm August night at The Mint in Los Angeles. Peter Himmelman, a local guitarist, singer and songwriter calls Los Angeles home. His resume includes a long list of film and TV compositions. Jon Cleary is from England, but has called New Orleans home for over 20 years. He is a funk and R&B keyboard, guitar and song writing dynamo. Each musician, along with solid supporting players, gave a strong performance at The Mint.

kerri walsh jennings hitting over agatha at The Asics World Series of Beach Volleyball.

Long Beach, California was the site of a spectacular, multi-faceted beach celebration called The Asics World Series of Beach Volleyball Thousands of fans enjoyed a week of world class volleyball, live music and fun activities. The featured event was the FIVB Grand Slam, a beach volleyball tournament featuring the best male and female players in the world competing for prize money totaling $1,000,000. After six days of grueling competition, the top seeded teams from the USA emerged victorious to capture the gold medals.