<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - ]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcsandiego.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.com en-us Fri, 09 Oct 2015 16:59:09 -0700 Fri, 09 Oct 2015 16:59:09 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Dave Grohl Gets Revenge on High School Music Nemesis]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 15:54:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_518884556443.jpg

A man who defeated Dave Grohl in a battle of the bands competition when the Foo Fighters' lead singer was in 9th grade reunited with the rockstar at the band's concert in Memphis, Tennessee, this week. 

"Tonight, the man that beat me in the high school battle of the bands — don't boo him, he's a good man, evidently a better [expletive] musician than I am — if you're around here somewhere, ... get your [expletive] up here!" Grohl announced at the sold-out show. 

After Grohl said it was time to get his revenge, Chet Lott, originally from Pascagoula, Mississippi, jogged onto the stage to help the grunge band sing a cover of Queen's "Under Pressure," according to NBC affiliate WMC

The rivalvry between Grohl and Lott—the son of Senate Majority leader Chester "Trent" Lott—started decades ago at Thomas Jefferson High School in Washington, D.C., in 1984. Lott is a respected Kentucky-based singer himself and uses his music to raise money for Hurricane Katrina victims, according to Lott's website

"I may have won the battle, but you won the war," Lott told Grohl at the end of their set.

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<![CDATA[Box Office Preview: 'Pan,' 'Steve Jobs' and More]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 08:00:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/NC_bop1008.jpg Peter Pan origin story "Pan" hits theaters this weekend. So does "Steve Jobs" and other movies. ]]> <![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:00:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Jimmy Fallon, Brie Larson Play 'Whisper Challenge']]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 03:23:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/215*120/Jimmy+Fallon+Whisper+Challenge.jpg

Both Jimmy Fallon and actress Brie Larson struggled to keep a straight face as they played a lip-reading game on "The Tonight Show" Thursday night. 

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<![CDATA[Sweet Spots for Pie in San Diego]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 14:43:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Pie-Generic-1114.jpg

Sure, Thanksgiving may be more than a month away, but the autumn pie cravings have already set in. This week, Yelp has rounded up a list of sweet, local spots that serve scrumptious pies – whether it’s a la mode, by the slice or whole to share with the ones you love.

Edelweiss European Bakery (Rancho Bernardo)
Order tastes of tradition with the extensive offering of tarts and tortes, plus pies available on special order. Here, each creation is made with love…and butter, as the website proudly proclaims. Stop in and see what’s in the daily display case, or call ahead for full sizes some of our favorites like the Strawberry Rhubarb Torte – a treat truly perfected by this bakery over the last three decades.

Little George’s (Chula Vista)
When Georges Wonderful World Of Cakes closed in 2010, the owner, Gene Bartlett, saved us all from pie withdrawals by opening this mini location with limited menu options that include the famous Fresh Strawberry Pie. This is a San Diego must-have, and speaking of musts make sure to call ahead as most pies here are made to order, so pick-up or delivery arrangements must be made. Side note for all you cake fans, the Lemon Snow Cake is sublime!

Naughty Pie (Mira Mesa & Farmer’s Markets)
This tempting business can be found at the local farmers market and sweet-toothed Yelp reviewers are raving. The Key Lime pie has notoriety, and both the apple and berry options get honorable mentions. Chef Sarah puts true love into her baking and you can taste the quality. Bonus: she takes orders.

Thyme In The Ranch (Rancho Santa Fe)
This hidden gem boasts a memorable Banana Cream Pie and also serves pie by the slice. Fair warning, once you see the delicious selections you might have a tough time deciding what to eat. Apple Berry Crumb? Traditional Pecan? These are difficult choices, people. This shop is closed on Sundays and Mondays, so plan your visit accordingly.

Soda and Swine (University Heights)
Some might argue the best dessert after a solid meal is a slice of pie. At Soda and Swine, you can get both. For instance, start with an entrée of meatballs and sides, followed by a slice of Classic Apple Pie (served a la mode, if you wish) or Caramel Pecan Apple Pie. Sometimes, the menu includes a seasonal special created at the chef’s whim, too.

Cane Patch Pies (Vista)
Tony and Jon Smalls bring their Southern style to San Diego, baking Southern Sweet Potato Pie and selling it a local farmers markets. If you don’t catch them at markets, the duo will ship the pie to you. While Sweet Potato Pie is the signature item here, the Barbara’s Apple Pie is certainly noteworthy, as well as the Pecan Pie.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/StockFood
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<![CDATA['Late Night' A Closer Look: Syrian Refugee Crisis]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 03:15:06 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/syrian+refugee+crisis.png "Late Night" host Seth Meyers takes a closer look at the Syrian refugee crisis.]]> <![CDATA[Teen Slang: 'Netflix and Chill']]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 04:03:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/teen+slang.png Seth Meyers explains teen slang: "Netflix and Chill" and "Muck Fuppet."]]> <![CDATA['Tonight Show' Photo Booth With Kate Winslet]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 23:43:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/photo+booth.png Jimmy Fallon and Kate Winslet take turns taking weird pictures with the Photo Booth iPad app and attempt to match each other.]]> <![CDATA[NFL Superlatives: Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 23:40:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/superlatives__629730.png Jimmy Fallon hands out superlatives to Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans NFL players.]]> <![CDATA['Jackass' Star Gets Jail Time]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 04:02:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/150809-steve-o-crane-hollywood.jpg

"Jackass" star Steve-O was sentenced to 30 days in jail for a stunt in which he climbed a crane in Hollywood, California, to protest SeaWorld and drew dozens of emergency responders to a construction site earlier this month.

Steve-O, whose legal name is Stephen Gilchrist Glover pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges in court on Wednesday.

He'll serve jail time and probation, plus have to pay $14,000 in fines to the LA city fire and police departments, according to the City Attorney’s Office.

As part of his probation, he cannot use possess fireworks, even ones labeled "safe and sane." He was ordered to stay 100 yards away from the "Hollywood Entertainment District," and can't do any non-permitted stunts or pranks in in Los Angeles County.

He is set to surrender to serve jail time on Dec. 9.

Glover announced the sentencing on his Instagram account, saying, "Considering I've become a clean and sober, dog-rescuing vegan, I must say I'm ready to go to jail-- not just because it will bring so much attention to the plight of orcas in captivity, but because it's nice to let people know I haven't lost my edge. What can I say, I'm a jackass."

Glover was charged with one count each of creating a false emergency, use of unregistered fireworks, storing fireworks without a permit, possession of fireworks without a permit, and trespassing, the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office said.

The charges stem from the Aug. 9 incident and a subsequent search of Glover's house, he said.

The 41-year-old scrambled up a crane at least 100 feet high on Sunset Boulevard, inflating a large killer whale balloon emblazoned with "SeaWorld Sucks" and lighting fireworks when he reached the top, police said.

Glover, known for his outlandish stunts in the "Jackass" TV show and movies, later climbed down and was taken into custody.

Because the first responders were not sure whether he needed to be rescued, five ambulances, a helicopter and more than 80 firefighters went to the scene, fire officials said.

Resources were stretched thin because firefighters were called around the same time to rescue the operator of a harbor crane who was stricken with a medical emergency, authorities said.

The performer was cited last year for another protest against the theme park. Glover said his demonstrations are in response to controversy over the 2013 documentary "Blackfish," which criticized SeaWorld's treatment of killer whales.

Photo Credit: KVEA]]>
<![CDATA[First Latin AMAs: Jam, Eglesias Lead Noms]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 18:58:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Enrique-Iglesias-Nicky-Jam-J-Balvin.jpg

The first ever edition of the Latin American Music Awards is set to debut this week.

Nicky Jam leads the competition for the event on Thursday, Oct. 8, with six nominations, followed by Enrique Iglesias and J Balvin, who are nominated for five awards each. Calibre 50, Maná and Romeo Santos have four nominations each.

The show at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, will be hosted by Mexican superstar Lucero, a well-known telenovela actress and singer. It will be broadcast live on Telemundo from 8 p.m. ET/7C. One of the show’s highlights is expected to be a special tribute to the Queen of Salsa, Cuban singer Celia Cruz. Cruz passed away in 2003 and is the subject of the upcoming series "Celia," debuting Oct. 13 on Telemundo.

The list of nominees include Ricky Martin, Plan B, Julion Alvarez y su Norteño Banda, Juan Gabriel, Dady Yankee and Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga, with three nominations each. Camila, Chino y Nacho, Chiquis Rivera, DJ Snake, Gente de Zona, Gerardo Ortiz, Prince Joyce and Zion & Lennox, are nominated with two each.

Artists set to perform during the ceremony include Mexican pop singer Gloria Trevi, Mexican regional music singer Gerardo Ortiz, and the Italian trio Il Volo.

The Latin American Music Awards will also pay tribute to the most influential artists according to fans, just as they do in the American Music Awards edition.

Fans will be able to cast a vote for their favorite artists, albums, songs at www.LatinAMAS.com/vota. Fans throughout the world will also be able to cast a vote via Twitter, sharing a tweet with the name and last name of the candidate, category and the hashtag #LatinAMAS.

The two-hour special will include performances from today's top artists and singers in Spanish and English, as well as the LAMA’s Red Carpet, at 8PM/7C. The show will also be broadcast by NBC Universo.

Click here for more Latin AMAs coverage in Spanish

(NBC and Telemundo are part of the NBCUniversal family.)

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA['Late Night': Rooney Mara 'Hated' Football Games]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 04:00:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/NUP_171143_04521.JPG

Rooney Mara may have football in her blood, but that doesn’t necessarily mean she actually liked watching the game.

“I hated it,” she confessed to “Late Night” host Seth Meyers on Tuesday. Mara’s family has founded two NFL teams – her mother’s family founded the Pittsburgh Steelers and her father’s family founded the New York Giants.

Mara said she began associating football with church because her family attended games after church every Sunday when she was a child.

“Everyone else was in their sweatpants eating crappy food,” she said. “And I was in my Sunday church clothes.”

Even though she wasn’t a big fan of football growing up, she does have a soft spot for her home team.

“I grew up in New York and my dad works for the Giants,” she said. “The Giants definitely have the edge.”

Mara is starring in “Pan”, which is set for release on Oct. 9.

Photo Credit: Lloyd Bishop/NBC]]>
<![CDATA['Tonight Show': Jay Leno Delivers Monologue Jokes]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 01:59:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/leno1.png After Jimmy Fallon pulls a hamstring during the "Tonight Show" monologue, Jay Leno tags in and tells a few jokes.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight Show' Asks People About Google Searches]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 07:43:58 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/street+search.png After learning Google Ads will start targeting according to search history, Jimmy Fallon sends his writer Arthur Meyer to the street to ask people about their latest Google searches.]]> <![CDATA[ 'Late Night' Hidden TV Show Credits]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 00:30:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/hidden+credits.png "Late Night" host Seth Meyers takes a look at surprising hidden credits from "Dancing With the Stars," "The Price is Right" and "Jeopardy."]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': Rooney Mara Attended Football Games in Sunday Best]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 00:31:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/mara.png Football royalty Rooney Mara tells "Late Night" host Seth Meyers about having to dress up to attend games.]]> <![CDATA[Wine Bar, More Merchants Join Liberty Public Market]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 15:18:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Liberty+Public+Market+Preview+045.JPG

Another round of unique merchants – plus a restaurant, wine bar and beer shop – have been chosen to join San Diego’s new, large-scale public marketplace set to open this fall at Liberty Station.

From fresh produce and Thai food to pastries and fresh-baked bread, the newest tenants added to the lineup at Liberty Public Market join 18 other previously announced local vendors setting up shop at the marketplace, which is now slated to open in November.

The 22,000-square-foot venue – a historic, warehouse-style building originally built as the Naval Training Center’s commissary in 1921 – has the capacity to house more than 30 purveyors. The first 10 merchants were revealed in July, followed by eight more unveiled in September.

Now, marketplace organizers say four new tenants have joined the list, including: Mama Made Thai; Crafted Baked Good; Bread & Butter; and a locally-sourced produce section.

Mama Made Thai will serve authentic Bangkok-style street food, including classic pan-fried noodle dishes and several fried rice variations. This venture marks the company’s first-ever brick-and-mortar location.

Meanwhile, Crafted Baked Good will whip up decadent cakes, pastries and other sweet treats. The Bread & Butter co-op will also get in on the baked goods by offering fresh bread daily, as well as a robust selection of goods from the city’s best bakers, plus a small tasting menu.

Finally, an oversized section dedicated to fresh produce will also open inside the market, offering a fresh, seasonal selection of fruits and vegetables all from San Diego farms.

Liberty Public Market representatives say a new restaurant dubbed “Mess Hall” will also open in the heart of the marketplace. The name is a nod to the building’s history as the mess hall of the former Naval Training Center.

At Mess Hall’s helm will be Executive Chef Tim Kolanko of Blue Bridge Hospitality. The restaurant will feature a “market-to-menu” concept, meaning all of the ingredients, vegetables and proteins used in the dishes will be sourced directly from the merchants at Liberty Public Market.

The menu at the restaurant will change daily and will some days include à la carte selections, family-style dinners or coursed-out meals. The space will also be used to host pop-up events, traveling guest chef dinners, culinary education classes, private events and more.

Meanwhile, marketplace representatives say a Bottlecraft boutique beer shop from local brew expert Brian Jensen will also open in a 1,000-square-foot space within the market. The space will also serve as a tasting room boasting a bar with 24 draft lines. The shop will be similar to Jensen’s two other popular existing Bottlecraft locations in Little Italy and North Park, offering everything from local brews to rare domestics and international finds.

For wine lovers, Liberty Public Market will also house Grape Smuggler, an 800-square-foot wine bar featuring a revolving menu of offerings by the glass, daily tastings and wine flights. The cellar here will house approximately 500 bottles of wine, and Grape Smuggler also plans to offer a changing menu of small plates.

Liberty Public Market is located at 2816 Decatur Rd., at Liberty Station, adjacent to Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens.

The marketplace – a $3 million collaboration between operating group Blue Bridge Hospitality and developer The McMillin Companies – aims to be reminiscent of public markets in other cities, such as Napa’s Oxbow Public Market or Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market.

The focus at the indoor-outdoor marketplace is on fresh, sustainable, locally-sourced goods, including year-round produce sourced from regional farms, plus merchants offering locally-procured seafood, old-fashioned butcher services, homemade tortillas, artisanal breads and pastries, fine wine, locally-roasted coffee, specialty handcrafted goods and more.

Many of the small, local merchants are well-known favorites at farmers markets, while some are entirely new concepts debuting for the first time at the marketplace. For most, this will be their first-ever brick-and-mortar establishment after building a fan base around town.

The market will also boast quick-service counters, allowing patrons to grab a bite on site, too.
David Spatafore, of Blue Bridge Hospitality, is helping to spearhead the project. In the past, he’s helped develop Coronado restaurant concepts such as Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge and Stake Chophouse + Bar.

Alongside the merchants, Liberty Public Market will also feature a shop dubbed Liberty Public Market Pantry, an oversized space within the marketplace that will showcase products from other San Diego artisans including makers of jams, sauces, spices and oils.

The marketplace will also host weekly interactive demonstrations, classes and events, giving local merchants a change to engage with costumers and patrons an opportunity to meet the artisans behind their favorite goods.

It was originally slated to open this month, but the grand opening is now set for November.

Photo Credit: Monica Garske]]>
<![CDATA[Tom Hanks Finds Lost ID, Tweets About It]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 03:59:40 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/tom+hanks_fixed.jpg

If you're a Fordham student who lost a student ID and your name is Lauren, you'll want to give Tom Hanks a call.

The "Castaway" actor tweeted a photo of the lost Fordham University ID at about noon on Tuesday. Fordham said it would get in touch with Hanks to get the ID back for the student, identified only as "Lauren."

"Lauren! I found your Student ID in the park. If you still need it my office will get to you. Hanx," the actor tweeted. 

The photo was retweeted more than 3,000 times, and it looks like the reach may have helped get in touch with someone who knew Lauren. Hannah Anderson tweeted a photo of a woman resembling Lauren in response.

"When Tom Hanks finds your friend's student ID in the park....," Anderson later tweeted.

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<![CDATA[Pumpkin Patches in San Diego]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 14:21:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/pumpkins-generic.jpg

With October in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about picking that perfect pumpkin. Mostly open through Halloween, there are plenty of patches in San Diego where families can feel festive this fall in the all-important search for their very own gourd.

Bates Nut Farm
15954 Woods Valley Rd., Valley Center; (760) 749-3333
For more than 50 years, locals have considered a visit to this North County farm a fall tradition, including its famed Pumpkin Patch. Grab a wheelbarrow and take your pick: from Big Macs, Ghost, Cinderella and Jack O’ Lantern pumpkins to minis, squash and other gourds. On the weekends, the patch features live entertainment from noon to 3 p.m., plus BBQ, food trucks and other fun, family-friendly activities, including pony and tractor rides – definitely enough to do to make a full day of it. Parking is $5 on the weekends in October.

Farm Stand West Pumpkin Patch
2115 Miller Ave. & 1980 Summit Dr., Escondido; (760) 738-9014
Throughout October, The Farm Stand West and Fran’s Original Farm Stand in Escondido will host its Pick-It-Yourself Pumpkin Patch, with lots of gorgeous gourds from which to choose at both locations.


Pumpkin Stations by Pinery Farms

Various locations; (858) 566-7466
This particular Pumpkin Station will set up shop at six different locations throughout San Diego County through Oct. 31, including: Del Mar; Rancho Bernardo; Mission Valley; El Cajon; National City; and Bonita. Besides pumpkin picking, each site offers rides, giant slides, inflatable play centers, petting zoos and game zones for kids. Party packages and school tours are also available at these sites.

Lavender Hill Pumpkins
1509 East Mission Rd., Fallbrook; (760) 715-8495
This season, the crop at this family-owned and operated farm in Fallbrook boasts about 10,000 pumpkins in three dozen varieties – from mini ones to the whopping, 300-pound North Atlantic Giant. The pumpkins here are organically grown and watered using a well on the farm.

Peltzer Farms
39925 Calle Contento, Temecula; (951) 695-1115
This authentic pumpkin farm in Temecula is open daily all month and boasts all kinds of fun attractions, including a railroad ride on a 12-passenger train through the pumpkin patch, a corn maze and pig races.


Oma’s Pumpkin Patch
14950 El Monte Rd., Lakeside; (619) 390-2929
For a $10 admission fee, child visitors to this East County pumpkin patch receive a Jack Patch Pumpkin and access to all attractions and games, including a playground, petting corral, hay bale maze and covered hay rides around the farm. Adult admission (age 13 and up) is $5 and doesn’t include the pumpkin.

Mountain Valley Ranch
842 Highway 78, Ramona; (760) 788-8703
Meander through fields of colorful pumpkins and pick out your perfect match. New this year, Mountain Valley Ranch is offering hay rides. Also noteworthy: the gigantic corn maze and opportunity to purchase Indian corn and popping corn grown fresh on the farm.

Suzie’s Farm
2570 Sunset Ave., South Bay; (619) 662-1780
(Oct. 17)
This 120-acre farm will host Pumpkin Palooza on Oct. 17, an entire day dedicated to pumpkin picking on an organic, two-acre patch. This event – held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – is free and open to the public. Pumpkins are priced by size, ranging from $3 to $50.


Julian Mining Company
4444 State Hwy 78, Wynola/Julian; (951) 313-0166
Get your gourds at this Julian patch for about .50-cents per pound. While you’re there, you might enjoy picking your own apples as well, or panning for gold – a popular activity in the town of Julian.

Summers Past Farms
15602 Olde Highway 80, El Cajon; (619) 390-1523
Take a stroll through the pumpkin patch this month and pick your winner. Weekends are especially lively here, with a jump house, popcorn, corndogs and other snacks in the country setting.

Cannon Stand Carlsbad Pumpkin Patch
1050 Cannon Rd., Carlsbad; (760) 603-9608
The Cannon Stand in Carlsbad is known for its juicy strawberries but this month, it’s all about the pumpkins. A patch and corn maze is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., offering gourds for days.

Stehly Farms Organics
12630 Santa Catalina Rd., Valley Center; (760) 742-1186
For one day only -- Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., this farm in Valley Center will host a family-friendly pumpkin picking day, complete with tractor rides. Admission is $6 per person, while kids ages 4 and under are free. Everyone gets a pumpkin with paid admission.

Photo Credit: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images
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<![CDATA[4 New Tenants at Westfield Mission Valley]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 08:40:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Tender-Greens-Facebook.jpg

Mall operator Westfield Corp. recently announced four new tenants at its Westfield Mission Valley retail center, including the newly opened Yard House restaurant.

Operators said Yard House will be joined in coming months by the restaurants Tender Greens and Quarter Pound Korean BBQ, along with body-waxing services chain European Wax Center.

Irvine-based Yard House recently opened its second San Diego location, a 10,258-square-foot restaurant and bar with more than 40 beer taps handles, next-door to Westfield Mission Valley’s AMC Theaters.

Los Angeles-headquartered Tender Greens’ fourth local restaurant, serving health-oriented fare, is expected to open by the end of October on the eastern side of the center, in the space formerly occupied by retailer Loehmann’s. It will have 3,200 square feet of indoor space, with a 1,423-square-foot outdoor patio.

Quarter Pound Korean BBQ will be the second location for a family-owned restaurant with its original location in Los Angeles’ Koreatown neighborhood. It is set to open in Mission Valley by early 2016.

Also opening within the next few months will be European Wax Center, which plans a 1,466-square-foot-location on the center’s east side, near Starbucks. There are currently 721 U.S. locations of the Florida-based provider of body waxing products and services, with several in San Diego County.

Located at 1640 Camino Del Rio North, Westfield Mission Valley has approximately 110 stores, with anchors including Nordstrom Rack, Macy’s and Target. It is among seven San Diego County malls operated by Sydney-based Westfield.


Photo Credit: Tender Greens/Facebook
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<![CDATA['Magic Mike XXL' Leads Weekly Blu-Ray and DVD Releases]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 07:01:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/NC_videoview1005.jpg "Magic Mike XXL" tops the new Blu-ray and DVD releases this week.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight': Shaqsticles with Shaquille O'Neal]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 09:18:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/shaquille+fallon.png Shaquille O'Neal reads jokes from popsicle sticks after talking to Jimmy Fallon about a "Tonight Show" bit poking fun at The Big Podcast with Shaq.]]> <![CDATA[Phone Booth with Hugh Jackman and Shaquille O'Neal]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 23:52:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/phone+booth.png On "The Tonight Show" Hugh Jackman and Shaquille O'Neal play a trivia game where a new mystery guest gets shoved into their phone booths after each wrong answer.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': TV Recaps 'Snapped']]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 06:50:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/tv+recaps.png Fred Armisen gives a recap of last week’s episode of must-see “Snapped."]]> <![CDATA[FWSD 2015: Trunk Show Recap]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 16:52:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/FWSD-Sun-140+Naugle+Photography.jpg

What’s the one thing fashionistas love more than seeing the latest trends? Making them their own, of course!

Enter the Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD) Trunk Show, held at La Valencia Hotel Sunday morning. Even a healthy dose of Southern California rain couldn’t dampen this brunchtime afterparty, marked by a common look of “we did it!” relief.

With the runway shows wrapped, designers had a chance to “let their hair down” and chat with guests looking to take a closer look at their designs, as well as offer up their designs for sale. I really enjoyed another opportunity to visit with the designers, beauty professionals, FWSD interns and volunteers, and fellow style enthusiasts I’d met over the last few days.

There’s a unique sense of community around this event that feels very special, and when I spoke with designer Quynn of Quynn Atelier, she echoed.

“Fashion Week San Diego really fosters the camaraderie between designers over our several months together – unlike other Fashion Week programs I’ve been a part of, where it’s just ‘come in and out and show your collection’," said said. 

The annual FSWD awards are also announced at the Trunk Show, and serve as another reminder of just how many people and organizations contribute to its continued success. Congratulations to all this year’s winners!

  • “Art and Beauty Behind Fashion” Favorite Runway Look: Danielle Strohm
  • Sponsor Partner: La Valencia Hotel
  • Beauty Team Partner: Bellus Academy
  • Beauty Professional: Michael Soberanes, Gila Rut Salon
  • Blogger Appreciation Award: Jenna Pilant
  • Individual Appreciation Award: James Montejano, Executive Chef – La Valencia Hotel
  • Volunteers: Caitlin Worrell and Kelly Kirk, Weza and James, Gia Sullivan and Mel Makaric
  • Intern: Michelle Roman
  • Models: Victoria de la Cruz (1st Place), Natalia Fulton (2nd Place), Andy Brigle and Nicki Smith (3rd Place)
  • 2015 Top Designer: B.JASH.I
  • 2015 Second-Place Designer: Tasanni
  • 2015 Third-Place Designer: Territa Torres

Photo Credit: Naugle Photography]]>
<![CDATA[FWSD 2015: "Wall Street Runway" Recap]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 22:39:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/1R3B70111.JPG

I have a confession to make.

I didn't think Friday night's exquisite shows could be topped.

Lesson learned? Never underestimate San Diego design talent. 

La Jolla's Wall Street locale evoked a more zen, relaxed vibe for the Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD) Saturday runway finale, which would reveal to guests a spread of striking, glitzy and beautiful collections. 

When I arrived, guests were toasting the weekend -- and some cooler La Jolla evening weather. Even the music, courtesy of DJ Eric Love of Sleeping Giant, leaned more toward a bubbly pop vibe, with a side of reggae and some 90’s favorites (can you say Technotronic?). Yes, now we all have “Pump Up The Jam” in our head. You’re welcome.

With a glass of Bon Affair Sauvignon Blanc White Spritzer in hand, I took my seat and watched the puppy preface to the night's designers. Puppies from the Rancho Coastal Humane Society made their way down the runway for the "Haute Dog Fashion Show" -- cuteness overload, anyone? Precious pooches had us all wanting to take them home -- and hopefully some very lucky new owners did, as all the dogs shown were available for on-the-spot adoption.

FWSD Founder Allison Andrews presented the final darling puppy – in a dye-sublimated dress by Scott Rich, featuring a print of her own three canine friends – and then remained on stage. Thanking this year’s sponsors and partners, she encouraged attendees to continue to support emerging designers, reiterating that this is such a key avenue in getting their start.

Speaking of careers taking off, I noticed a familiar face making her way through the crowd: the richly hued lavender hair was a sure tipoff. A number of years ago, I saw San Diego native Ashley Tipton present a piece at the Timken Museum's "Art of Fashion" event, and I can still remember the meticulous detail that went into her creation. When she walked me through all the steps she had taken to form a most dramatic element of the gown, I knew she had big things ahead.

So you can imagine how excited I was to hear she'd been invited to join the current season of "Project Runway." I shared with her on Instagram that 2011 photo of her creation, and was thrilled I could congratulate her in person last night. It's these kind of stories that ring true and provide such inspiration to the rest of us working toward the future, especially during Fashion Week.

Co-MCs Jeff Krapf and NBC 7’s Jodi Kodesh opened the second night of style runway shows – showcasing collections from 11 emerging designers – by introducing Candy Bee Swimwear. Taught by her mother, a seamstress, Candy Bee Champa’s line features swimwear designs both playful and sexy in bold and eye-grabbing colors. I had the chance to talk with Candy Bee about the FWSD designer experience for a moment on Friday evening and asked her what she was most excited about.

“I’m just so ready for it to be here, and eager to have all the designers in one place. We’ve become this community in our time together, and I’m really excited to see them all in person again,” she said. 

Sasha Bravo – a jewelry designer working with organic and natural elements – then presented her earthy-yet-sophisticated collection. I particularly loved the common marine blue palette, on which her earrings, necklaces and rings really popped. The accompanying ethereal soundtrack really gave the show a lovely, otherworldly-type feel.

Speaking of a blue palette, I was totally digging the makeup concept from Makeup State of Mind for last night’s show. Allison reminded guests in her opening welcome, they not only were we seeing the latest in style trends, but also seeing forward-thinking beauty perspectives. With gold so currently en vogue, the team from Gila Rut incorporated the style trend by adding both gold flakes and hair paint on show models.

MC Jodi Kodesh added a personal note when introducing the next designer, Territa Torres. After seeing her designs pass by during a FWSD planning meeting, she knew she had to wear a Torres original to present at the Emmys in June. What drew her in was the immaculate pleating she saw on Territa’s pieces, and we all could see why when Torres' models walked down the runway.

Her pleated accents, minimalist vibe and use of muted army green, navy and gray came together in a sublime and completely contemporary way. To say she understands the “day-to-night” workdress would be an understatement. I had so many pieces picked out that could seamlessly go from 9:00 a.m. suit jacket to 6:00 p.m. glass of syrah.

Next up was Bay Area designer Nikki Marie. Channeling images of a carefree Jackie Kennedy on vacation, her early 1960s-inspired shapes, beautifully washed in coral and sea blue, had us booking flights to the Amalfi Coast. Of particular note were the pinstriped strap elements seen on her pieces’ shoulders and waist.

The first half of the program concluded with the collection by Scott Rich. By employing a dye-sublimation method to print his fabrics, the crispness and color of the prints seen in his designs were beyond unreal. I felt magically surrounded by star jasmine in bloom, Hawaiian hibiscus and a white sandy beach at the same time. After spending more than a decade working in the marketing communications field, the printing geek in me was also going crazy.

Black Filigree Couture, who started the second half of the show, wowed us from the beginning with Elle Audra’s beyond-elaborate wirewrapped creations. The ornamental nature of her corseted designs immediately invoked a “Midsummer Night’s Dream” feel, striking a stunning balance between structured and romantic. During the final walk, there was a moment where I clearly saw the relationship a designer has with the models sharing their work with the world. There was a palpable sense of relief, as well as pride and gratitude, that was really touching. 

Return designer Marcie Bain then shared her B.JASH.I collection, a highly glamorous take on the Native American medicine wheel. The masterful mix of sparkly tulle, feathers, leather and fringe, toned in bold yellow, red and black, had the crowd entranced -- and me, lusting all over it. Marcie’s designs also included the most gorgeous long-sleeved black jersey dress, which quite possibly could have been my favorite piece of all. It dripped with subtle sophistication.

From the initial gleam of her out-of-this-world costume jewelry, Gwen Bates had our eyes glued to the runway with her GFASH Couture line. You physically could not turn away from the ridiculous amounts of bling on display with every new model. I had to actually seek resuscitation from my neighbor, as the looks were increasingly more and more fabulous and I just couldn’t take it. I loved the smiles on the models as they did their final walk with Gwen, as it was quite obvious they all felt like a million bucks (and rightfully so).

Kristine Rodriguez of Responsive Textiles opened her show with a unique video introducing this line as her “Revival Series.” You have never seen knitwear like this, my friends. Modern, sexy, minimalist – and totally exquisite. Her knitting process results in complete and utter perfection. I really can’t gush enough. It also helps that I sat across the runway from her darling parents, who were over the moon with their pride.

I have to preface my coverage of this next designer with an extreme crush alert. I actually approached Timmithea before the show, noticing her citrine frock with petal sleeves and embroidered flower. When we started talking, I realized she was actually one of the night’s designers! She was exposed to fashion early on in Los Angeles by her mom-and-dad artists. Pulling from the past – particularly the 1970s and 1930s – in a most vibrant palette, she creates a beautiful style marriage that is universally flattering.

Let me tell you a few things about myself: I die for black-and-white, 99% of my wardrobe has a stripe, and I can’t resist a strong floral. So when Timmithea’s models started down the runway in black-and-white striped tops paired with skirts and bellbottoms in the boldest of hot pink blooms – well, you can imagine what happened next. I started hearing voices. Voices that said, “get in my closet.” I couldn’t sleep thinking about running to find her at the trunk show today like I’m competing on “The Amazing Race.”

Similar to Friday night, the show closed on an exceptionally high note with NaPóstol Couture. With forms that proudly celebrate the female figure, it’s no surprise that NaPóstol designs have already been seen on “Dancing With the Stars” and at the Grammys and Miss Universe Pageant. Set to the perfect mashup of Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful” and Beyonce’s “Girls,” Nessa Apostol’s confident-yet-soft gowns had us feeling quite goddess-like ourselves, and they were stunning from the back, thanks to each design's dramatic train.

What an amazing experience to see this level of talent up-close, and a reminder of what an absolutely first-class production Allison Andrews and her FWSD team pull off. A huge thanks again to Fashion Week San Diego and NBC 7 San Diego, and I look forward to bringing you the scoop from Sunday’s trunk show at La Valencia.

My husband, however, is not looking forward to the impact on our bank account.

Photo Credit: 656 Photography]]>
<![CDATA[Val the Bartender Gives Clinton Advice on 'SNL']]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 02:10:22 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/HRC+SNL.png

Miley Cyrus shocked the "Saturday Night Live" audience by walking out fully clothed in a multicolored floral dress and matching cap.

Cyrus kicked off the show's season premiere with a song about some of the most memorable parts of the summer.

Cast members impersonated Walter Palmer, the dentist who killed Cecil the lion, Rachel Dolezal, the woman who said she was black for over 20 years, the donut licked by Ariana Grande, Kim Davis trying to hug a reluctant Pope Francis and of course, pizza rat, during a montage while Cyrus sang a ballad. 

Most political candidates play themselves on "SNL," often for just a cameo in a sketch or to declare the show's famous tag line, "Live from New York — it's Saturday night!" Seldom do they go all-out thespian and play a character in a sketch.

But Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton appeared on the season opener as a wise bartender named Val serving, ahem, Hillary Clinton played by Kate McKinnon.

Set 'em up, and lend an ear to the troubles of a presidential candidate.

In the sketch, McKinnon sat with Cecily Strong, who was playing Clinton's long-time aide Huma Abedin, the wife of embattled former Rep. Anthony Weiner. McKinnon starts to share all her quarrels with Val.

"So, Hillary," Clinton asked McKinnon, "what brings you here tonight?"

"Well, I needed to blow off some steam," McKinnon said. "I've had a hard couple of 22 years."

Asked what she does for a living, McKinnon says in imitation of Clinton's earnest monotone: "First, I am a grandmother. Second, I am a human, entrusted with this one green Earth."

"Oh, I get it, you're a politician," Clinton responded.

When McKinnon asks Val who she is, Clinton deadpanned, "I'm just an ordinary citizen who believes the Keystone pipeline will destroy the environment."

"It took me a long time to get there but yes, I believe that too," McKinnon said.

The skit poked gentle fun at Clinton's slow opposition to the pipeline, her late-arriving support of gay marriage, and her inability to take a vacation. Notably absent was a crack about her private email server, the source of months of criticism from Republican lawmakers and candidates.

Former "SNL" cast member Darrell Hammond also made a surprise cameo playing Bill Clinton.

"Oh my God. They're multiplying!" Hammon exclaimed at the site of two Hillary's before bolting out the bar door.

The two Clinton's closed out the skit by singing Bill Withers' "Lean on Me" before Val the bartender disappeared. 

Strong returned to coax McKinnon from the bar as she recounted her experience with Val the bartender. Strong suggested she may have had too much to drink and imagined everything.

McKinnon finds a tan "business shoe" on the floor, affirming that Val "is real."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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<![CDATA[Popular Pub Celebrates 25th Anniversary]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 17:30:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Shakespeare-Pub-Grille-FB.jpg

A well-known British pub in San Diego’s Little Italy community certainly has something to toast to on Sunday as it celebrates 25 years in business.

In honor of the major milestone, Shakespeare Pub & Grille – the quirky little watering hole located at 3701 India St. – will roll back its prices on some fan favorites to what they were when the pub first opened in August 1990.

For example, the pub will serve its famous, very British Fish & Chips for $5.95, plus select 20-ounce pints from their taps for $3.75. The owners also plan to tap a cask of Firestone Walker Reserve Anniversary for the occasion and sell pints for $5 a pop.

The 25th anniversary party (and specials) will last from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m. The shindig will also include giveaways and a customer appreciation raffle in which tickets will be drawn every two hours.

Shakespeare Pub & Grille is an authentic British pub owned and operated by British ex-pats. The English Tudor-style pub is hard to miss, and usually fittingly flies a Union Jack flag on its exterior.

Menu items include British comfort food such as Fish and Chips (normally $14.95), Shepherd’s Pie, Steak & Kidney Pot Pie and, of course, Bangers & Mash. The pub also serves traditional pub grub such as sandwiches and burgers.

The tap and bottled beer selection is a nod to the most popular brands from Britain, Ireland, mainland Europe and the U.S., so there’s a pint for everyone, no matter your cultural roots.

The pub often hosts events – including screenings of rugby and soccer (aka “football”) games – and has become a popular spot for San Diegans to watch the World Cup.

Cheers, Shakespeare. Now, get thee to the pub.

Photo Credit: Shakespeare Pub & Grille/Facebook]]>
<![CDATA[FWSD 2015: Wall Street Runway Shows Recap]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 14:45:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/FWSD-Fri-131.jpg

After undergoing a same-day total transformation, the block of Wall Street nestled between Girard and Ivanhoe in La Jolla became San Diego’s “place to be” Friday night.

With seagulls soaring high above the white draped skyway, Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD) 2015 surged into the first night of its fashion runway shows. The program’s newest home – in the heart of La Jolla – had the whole neighborhood buzzing (and dancing, thanks to killer tunes from DJ Artistic).

Night 1 of the Wall Street shows featured 12 collections that had never before been seen. How exciting is that? Co-MCs Jeff Krapf and NBC 7’s Jodi Kodesh welcomed runway guests, followed by a presentation by County Supervisor Ron Roberts.

Did you know he’s a trained architect? After joking about being invited as the “token local official,” he continued by noting – as a fellow designer – he can especially appreciate the process of taking an idea and translating it into something physical. Supervisor Roberts (whose district includes La Jolla) applauded Allison Andrews and the FWSD organization for cultivating a new level of expertise and breed of entrepreneur within San Diego.

With 3,000 attendees at last year’s Fashion Week, the event is bringing people and business to our local economy. The growing success of FWSD is also a true testament to all Andrews and her team have done to create a more vibrant San Diego. And with that, Roberts declared this week – across San Diego County – “’Fashion Week San Diego’ Week.”

Andrews then stayed on the runway to share a few opening words with the crowd. After thanking the community of La Jolla and neighboring businesses for so warmly welcoming FWSD – I think it’s clear she has a serious talent for creating outstanding partnerships – Andrews reminded us that “this is more than a fashion show – this is business.”

By participating in Fashion Week we are helping to launch and define careers, which is really quite an honor when you think about it. And for someone who finds incredible inspiration in entrepreneurial success stories – her sentiments actually made me a bit emotional. My hat goes off to these brave and courageous designers, who take the risk of following their passion and putting it on display for the world to see.

She gave a final thanks to FSWD 2014 Top Designer A’doreus, who designed her wonderfully flowy gown with accents of both pink and blue. Andrews is a beautiful seven-months-pregnant and she and her husband are waiting to learn baby’s gender, so the dress offers that most meaningful touch. You can imagine how – as a mom of three, including a precious little guy born earlier this year – all the baby feels started coming up. After an on-the-spot “hold it together, sister” pep talk with myself, I was ready for some runway magic.

Alexandra Marie started the show as the opening designer. At just 19 years old – the youngest in FWSD history – I was beyond impressed with her craftsmanship. While I’m keeping her super cute bikinis in mind for “serious- baby-weight-loss Lindsay,” I need every kimono she showed now. I thought it might be inappropriate to just help myself as the models passed by, so I’ll politely await Sunday’s trunk show.

I was so lucky to be seated next to the delightful Black family, whose daughter Mackenzie modeled Alexandra Marie’s final look. Not only were they the coolest parents and grandma ever, but they reminded me how Fashion Week really connects so many different people across San Diego. From models to makeup artists to photographers to freelance writers who still can’t believe they were selected to cover Fashion Week (that’s my hand in the air) – FWSD brings our city together and gives us all a greater sense of community. And that’s way stylish.

Next up were Bearly Proper – whose contemporary menswear collection featured the most unexpectedly hip quilted pinafore – and Carou Belle, who treated us all to a charming escape with her “seaside love”-themed gowns. They had bubbles…bubbles!

Voted last year’s second-place designer, Rachel of Lady Lane then wowed guests with her signature vintage perspective. Glorious and girly, her looks made me want to run out and buy an English cottage, complete with well-tended rose garden.

And she had kids. The most captivating little guys and gals. You could hear the collective “aww” echo down the runway.

I had the pleasure of seeing Rachel’s pieces up-close at the second “Glamour on Goldfinch” brunch event in September, at which she was the spotlighted designer. And when she came out for the final walk in the most gorgeous red lace number, you could see why everything she touches turns to darling. Floral femininity for the win!

Following Lady Lane was Saturne Collection, a perfect example of those success stories I told you I loved so much. Once a homeless veteran now fully pursuing his unique take on trendy men’s separates – I think Marcelin Saturne would agree that design has the power to change us. The ability to create is one of the greatest gifts we have, and if it’s in your bones – you have to be true to that calling.

Dynamite Doll closed out the first half of collections with Annaiah Jones’ just-absolutely-joyful creations. You couldn’t help but smile as the models – some gracing the crowd with imaginary dust from their fairy wands – happily worked the runway to an original song written and performed by Jones herself.

Speaking of songs, I really can’t say enough about how much the amazing music added to the overall experience. DJ Artistic had selections so perfectly paired with the collection being shown – remixed Whitney Houston for swim and resort, gritty blues for cool menswear, dreamy alternative for the vintage-inspired line --- with a super upbeat vibe before and after. Walking up to the venue, I even caught a few valet parking attendants busting a move.

I couldn’t wait for the second half of the show to begin, as I’ve been blessed to get to know Fatsani and Tariro of Tasanni (combination of their first two names) over these past several weeks leading up to the runway event. You could say their collaboration was decades-in-the-making, as they actually met in fourth grade as schoolmates in Zimbabwe.

Through a crazy number of coincidences (or were they?), their paths continued to cross – with both ladies ending up in the States and wanting to go into business together to give back to their native Malawian and Zimbabwean communities. That desire is now reflected in classic shapes that have been reinterpreted with African-inspired prints – visions concepted in America, but produced in the Tasanni homeland – resulting in a collection that’s uplifting and fresh.

Quynn Atelier then brought us her pastel sweetness, and Graciela Llorente a sophisticated-yet-wearable line of cobalt blues and sunny yellows. Can I start planning springtime tea dates now?

Last year’s winner and crowd favorite A’doreus then presented her chic palette of dark florals and a petal-hued abstract print, in a masterful blend of refined and bohemian. I couldn’t get enough of the perforated fabric seen throughout her dresses (honestly – I’m still thinking about it as I write this). Yes, yes, yes.

Alber Rezko took us to the provocative with his presentation of fine jewelry, but what stood out most to me was his final sequined gown bearing his first name on front, last name on back. Genius, with a delightful nod to Jean-Paul Gaultier.

Nolan Dean brought the first night of Wall Street shows to a stunning end, with red carpet-worthy looks that – upon first glance – elicited an immediate gasp from guests.

Seriously, I would love to see every single one of his designs in next season’s award show circuit, and already have handpicked pieces for Anne (Hathaway), Kate (Winslet) and Cate (Blanchett). The Spanish violin-led soundtrack only enhanced the runway drama we all were more than enjoying. And the extraordinary movement seen in his construction was, well, quite moving.

If this is how the runway shows are starting, I can’t even begin to imagine the talent we’ll see Saturday evening. Thanks again for joining me on this most exciting and fashionable journey. Hope you’re loving it as much as I am!

Photo Credit: Naugle Photography]]>
<![CDATA[Miramar Air Show Soars to New Heights]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 11:14:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/air+show+pic2.JPG Fans caught high-flying action at the first two days of the MCAS Miramar Air Show this weekend.

Photo Credit: NBC7]]>
<![CDATA[FWSD 2015: "Art & Beauty" Recap]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 09:29:58 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/01_FWSD-10.1.15-WM.jpg

It’s hard to imagine anything more picturesque than a poolside view overlooking a sun-soaked string of towering palms and Pacific Ocean waves.

But then you add a floating runway over that pool – constructed for the first time ever – and the historic ambiance of La Valencia Hotel and you’ve got the opening night of Fashion Week San Diego 2015 (FWSD), in all of its glam glory.

The first night of FWSD kicked off with creative energy as thick as the bougainvillea draping the salmon-hued terrace walls – and the “Art and Beauty Behind Fashion” event hosted by Bellus Academy.

With this year’s move north to La Jolla, even native San Diegans can’t help falling a bit more in love with their hometown. As the sky turned a gorgeous pink and the sun set over us, I too realized just how lucky we are to live where we do.

But it’s not just a stunning coastline and superb weather that define San Diego.

Brimming with incredible beauty and design talent, FWSD has become such a special showcase of all that America’s Finest City has to offer the style world at-large.

It is my incredible honor to bring you on-site coverage as this year’s FWSD / NBC 7 Red Carpet Host. And yes, it is as fun and fabulous as you would think. We’re in for an amazing time together!

Did you know Bellus Academy is consistently ranked (both nationally and internationally) as a premier beauty school? With Lynelle Lynch at the helm – a wonderful woman I’ve now had the opportunity to hear from twice – it’s earned the title of “Harvard of Beauty Schools” by “San Diego Magazine.”

I’ve had the privilege of peeking into the Bellus world on a couple of occasions over the past few years, and the sense of camaraderie and importance placed on building an industry that is always growing and effecting change for good are really quite remarkable.

And that spirit definitely carried over into the “Art and Beauty Behind Fashion” event Thursday night.

Attendees enjoyed pre-program drinks in the tiered outdoor space at La Valencia, which looked beyond fantastic, as well as a silent auction, photo booth presented by Wella Professionals and a unique live art painting experience.

The silhouette of a statuesque model – wearing a dress created by A’doreus, FWSD 2014’s Top Designer – was projected onto one of the two canvases flanking her. Artists Beau Hufford and Clarione Gutierrez started with painting around her silhouette, then moved to the other canvas, and eventually covered the entire dress. Truly unique and an exciting creative process to see unfold!

Looking quite dapper, Fashion Week San Diego MC Jeff Krapf opened the program, welcoming guests and introducing FWSD Founder Allison Andrews. Now this is some maternity style to channel, people! Stunning in a slinky blue gown and glittery updo created by special guest Ted Gibson himself, she echoed the important synergy between beauty and fashion in creating a total look.

Bellus Academy Director Brad Quick kicked off the runway portion of the evening, which included looks by both current students and professional educators. Within the first two minutes I was ready to call my stylist and go red! Both the color and styles were beautifully crafted.

From strands long and sleek, to cascading waves, to meticulously sculpted updos – the Bellus talent is real and palpable. And the pride you see beaming from the artists themselves just makes you feel good. Like someone is doing exactly what they were meant to do…and you’re experiencing the marvelous result.

As luck (or seating charts) would have it, I was so delighted to have Gwen Bates of GFash Couture as my front row neighbor. As moms-of-three both enjoying an opportunity to dress up and go out, we immediately bonded. We also got to chat a bit about her excitement to see the other designers’ collections this year – as well as some to-be-expected pre-show jitters. When I asked what she enjoys most about FWSD, she shared how the event has offered her a chance to make invaluable connections. Good luck on Saturday, Gwen! You had me at “over-the-top costume jewelry.”

On my other side was Elodia of Viva La Paz, a Kitson stylist, social media director and blogger, with whom I shared lots of “ooh, love that” exchanges. On that note, can we talk for a second about how totally vibrant the local style and beauty blogger scene is? Our community deserves serious attention and I was thrilled to meet so many of my Instagram style crushes in real life.

After a brief intermission, special guest MC Eden Sassoon – daughter of beauty icon Vidal Sassoon – took the stage. Sharing with the crowd her excitement to be part of something “bigger than ourselves,” she recounted a trip to Swaziland that changed her whole worldview. Seth Maxwell, Founder of The Thirst Project, then joined her to talk about the global water crisis and how the beauty industry can be a part of changing the fact that almost one billion people worldwide still do not have access to clean drinking water.

I loved the emphasis on making a lasting difference tonight. As renowned celebrity stylist Ted Gibson then encouraged Fashion Week guests, he too spoke about – no matter your profession – the need to “change people’s lives every day, because that’s what we’re about.”

Here’s the thing I love about the beauty community (and I’ve seen it time and time again): they’re authentic, incredibly hardworking and genuinely passionate about doing just that – changing lives.
Eden Sassoon coined it tonight “a family by trade.” Dedicated to their craft, they’re always looking to learn and push both their own skills and the industry to the next level. It’s quite enviable, to be honest, to see artists so wholeheartedly committed to their purpose.

Cool side note: Tracey Hughes – the most awarded beauty instructor in the world and eight-time “Best Australian Beauty Educator” winner – was at last night’s event as well, all the way from Australia. I can’t help but feel so proud of how Fashion Week and Bellus Academy attract phenomenal talent from around the world to San Diego.

As a former Manhattanite and devoted “What Not To Wear” fan (and fellow Texan!), I had the time of my life watching Ted, Jason Backe and their artistic team at work. They’ve got a good thing going, because you could just feel the fun and team spirit among them. Not to mention their fabulous creations, all the way from modern lavender pixie (yes – lavender) to a new take on the asymmetrical bob, soft “Jessica Rabbit”-colored waves to Ted’s final celebrity-inspired masterpiece.

What a memorable way to get Fashion Week San Diego 2015 started.

On Friday night, the fashion runway shows begin on an open skyway over Wall Street. I can’t wait to see what’s in store, and look forward to sharing it with you.

Photo Credit: Fashion Week San Diego/Naugle Photography]]>
<![CDATA[Knightley's Broadway Debut Interrupted by Marriage Proposal]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 06:52:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/9082_Keira+Knightley+in+rehearsal+%281%29.jpg

An audience member proposed marriage to Keira Knightley during the Oscar-nominee’s first preview performance of “Thérèse Raquin” Thursday night -- and ended up being removed from the theater in handcuffs.

The disturbance began minutes into the performance on Thursday night, when the young man — who many assumed was part of the show — proposed marriage from the railing of the mezzanine, according to reports.

Knightley, who is making her Broadway debut in the Roundabout Theatre Company's adaptation of Émile Zola’s 1867 novel, remained in character as an usher escorted the man back to his seat.

Security eventually escorted the man out of the theater, but not before he hurled a bouquet of flowers onto the stage.

Gabriel Ebert, who stars alongside Knightley, broke character in the scene, kicking the bouquet off the stage and into the wings. The audience responded with applause.

A short break in performance was announced soon thereafter.

“Roundabout takes the safety of their actors and audiences very seriously,” a spokesperson for the show told NBC 4 New York. “Extra security will be added beginning tonight. For obvious reasons, we cannot comment on the exact nature of the additional security measures.”

"Therese Raquin," written in 1867, is about a woman trapped in a loveless marriage who embarks on an illicit affair with a friend of her husband's. The story has been adapted into a 1953 film starring Simone Signoret and another last year starring Elizabeth Olsen.

The show officially opens on Oct. 29 at Studio 54.

Photo Credit: Jenny Anderson]]>
<![CDATA[Balboa Park Ranked Among Great Public Spaces]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 06:37:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/balboa+park+generic.JPG

San Diego's iconic Balboa Park was ranked among one of the American Planning Association’s six "Great Public Spaces in America" in a list that recognizes 15 neighborhoods, streets and public spaces.

In order to make the cut, each place must demonstrate character, planning, cultural and historical significance that enriches the community and helps economic growth.

“Public spaces are essential as gathering places and recreational venues in our communities, and designing them to be innovative, multifunctional, and culturally beneficial requires thoughtful collaboration and planning,” said Carol Rhea, FAICP, president of APA. “The Great Public Spaces of 2015 illustrate how to effectively create spaces that enhance the lives of residents and visitors alike, and we commend them on this tremendous achievement.”

The distinction comes as Balboa Park celebrates its centennial. In 1915 the park played host to the Panama-California Exposition celebrating the opening of the Panama Canal, which defined much of the way the park looks today.

The park has played a vital role in San Diego’s history and contribution to culture. From World War II when many of the institutions were taken over by the Navy to the 15 museums and world-famous zoo that welcome thousands of residents, tourists, and students each year, the park is the artistic hub of the city: a place for relaxation, learning, and fun.

Other recognized public spaces include the Santa Fe Railroad, Flint Farmer’s Market in Michigan, and Millennium Park in Chicago.

The APA is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization providing leadership in the development of communities.

The APA has recognized 245 places since they began the list in 2007.

<![CDATA[Behind-the-Scenes with 'The Martian' Cast]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 04:55:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/nbcMartian-th-BTS.jpg The cast of the upcoming Ridley Scott film "The Martian" discuss what it was like working with the acclaimed director, the science aspect of the story, and whether they would venture into space. "The Martian" lands in theaters October 2, 2015.

Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox]]>
<![CDATA[ 'Late Night': Ellen Page Talks National Vanguard Award]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 04:18:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/NUP_171037_0652.JPG

Ellen Page will receive the National Vanguard Award at the upcoming Human Rights Campaign’s annual dinner on Saturday in Washington.

“It’s a complete honor. I feel incredibly humbled,” Page told “Late Night” host Seth Meyers on Thursday.

The 28-year-old actress came out as gay last year at HRC’s “Time to Thrive” conference. The commission said her bravery and sincerity has helped set a “powerful example for the LGBT and allied community around the world.”

Page said she’s grateful to be associated with the organization.

“They’re an incredible organization,” she said, crediting "many activists who’ve created a world in society where I can be out and live my life and that’s something to not take for granted.”

Page said she would have to give a speech at the dinner, where Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the keynote address.

“Are you nervous about giving a speech?” Meyers asked.

“I think people think actors maybe are more comfortable in those situations. I think I can pretend I’m more comfortable, but I definitely get nervous.”

Meyers gave her some advice on how to surprise the audience, given her humbled demeanor. 

“You should take the mic and say ‘A lot of you said I could never do this,’” he suggested, telling her she should stare down and point to at least one member of the audience.

“Seth, I’m liking it,” she said. “Making a call right now.”

Photo Credit: Lloyd Bishop/NBC]]>
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