Sunday, February 22nd, Upper West Hosts OSCARS Watch Party Benefitting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Watch the biggest night in film with good company, good food, and for a good cause! The Upper West is hosting an Oscars Watch Party for the second year in a row. This special event supports an important non-profit organization…the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The Upper West is giving back generously at this event. The restaurant will donate 25 percent of all sales on Oscar night to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, which is dedicated to advancing research, treatment, awareness, support and cures for blood cancers.

This past November, due to the help of to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Eevie was able to enjoy her 1st birthday. She is completing her final round of high-dose chemo and has entered the “maintenance” phase. She will continue to receive lower doses of chemotherapy until she reaches her 2nd birthday. A recent flow cytometry confirmed she is still in remission!

Co-host of the event, Sara Fay explains, “Lindsey Adelstein and I are both volunteers and participants in a program called Team In Training. It is run by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and basically, we fundraise for LLS in exchange for coaching and training for endurance events like marathons, triathlons and 100-mile bike rides. It is a wonderful program for all ages and all fitness levels that trains ordinary people to do extraordinary things while raising money for an extremely important cause.”

Fay hosted the first Oscar event at Upper West last year.  This year Lindsey Adelstein joins he as a co-host for the event. Adelstein has been a volunteer for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for over eight years.  “I got involved in 2008 when a friend suggested we participate,” said Adelstein, “She had done it before and we were both looking for something good to do with our time to help others. I didn't have any connections to the cause at the time, but since then have met many people dealing with blood cancers.”  

Adelstein has been fundraising seven years in a row and said she was excited to have the event at Upper West. I always enjoy going to Upper West.  The food and atmosphere are great, and the people are friendly.” 

Come to enjoy the OSCARS in style…arrive early, when the red carpet coverage begins to fill out your Oscar winners predictions, then stay to watch the show with delicious food and drinks. There will be prizes for the most accurate Oscars predictions, and other prizes for opportunity drawings.

The event takes place on Sunday, February 22 from 4:30pm-end of the OSCARS.
$20 suggested donation. Full menu available. Upper West is located at 3321 Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica. Call 310.586.1111 to make a reservation or go to www.theupperwest.com

For more information about to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, see www.lls.org.


February 17th, Celebrate the art of Contemporary Painter, Sona Mirzaei in Conjunction with the 8th anniversary of Equinox Century City!

Tuesday, February 17th is a big day for Equinox Century City. It marks the 8th anniversary of the flagship location. Also taking place is the opening reception for a solo exhibition featuring contemporary artist Sona Mirzaei.

General manager of the Century City location, Michael Melnick said this will be the first time that Equinox Century City will be hosting an art event but explained the company has done it is few times. The most recent exhibit was a photograph exhibit at the West LA location. Melnick has worked for Equinox Fitness for the past ten years and run the Century City for the last two. Prior to that he spent fifteen years as a recording engineer. 

When asked if he was a fan of visual art, he replied, “Not as much as golf and baseball but I do appreciate the arts in all forms.” He said he believed there is a connection between art and emotional well-being. “I think the big picture is to embrace the things that make you feel good whatever they are.” He further explained that he found helping members live better lives in every way made his job incredibly satisfying. “They look better, feel better and have a much better outlook on life.”

To celebrate the special anniversary, Equinox Century City will feature special classes, complimentary refreshments and more. Take $200 off when you join and Equinox will donate the rest of your initiation to Cycle for Survival in support of rare cancer research.

Sona Mirzaei has been busy nonstop since the start of 2015. Her art was featured in the LA Art Show in January and she also had a solo exhibition entitled Abstract Expressions P.II” at the Rebecca Molayem Gallery. The artist created and donated a special work for the Pico Youth & Family Center event a couple weeks ago, which raised money for the Santa Monica nonprofit. She is now gearing up for a private exhibition in Palm Springs.

For her solo exhibition at Equinox Century City, Mirzaei will be showing many works from her In Search of Splendor collection.  

See image: Sona Mirzaei Mind Blown - 2014 - 68x48 - acrylic, spray paint, precious metal leafing, coffee grains, mixed media on canvas.

Mirzaei’s statement: Mind Blown reveals human nature in a dreamlike state while also getting a glimpse of chaos of humanity in this tranquil setting that takes one beyond and has an emotional effect as if you might have already experienced this it before. It also explores multiculturalism, science, and symbolism.

The opening reception and anniversary event takes place on February 17, 5-8:00pm. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Equinox is located at 10220 Constellation Blvd, Century City, CA 90067; 310.552.0420; http://www.equinox.com/

To find out more about Sona Mizaei’s art, see http://www.sonamirzaei.com/ 
By guest writer, LIbby Lancaster


Upper West Restaurant Presents "A Parade of Ladies" Sunday, February 8th!

Artist Bobbie Rich will be showcased in a solo exhibition on Sunday, February 8th at Upper West Restaurant in Santa Monica.

See image: "
Ladies in Waiting" acrylic and oil on canvas  48x36 inches

The artist is looking forward to showing her work at Upper West. She was first introduced to the restaurant by friends… “My favorite selection thus far is their burger.  I'm very picky about burgers and rarely love them… but Upper West's is the perfect size, marinated well and oh so juicy,” Bobbie confided.

The Santa Monica resident was born in Atlanta, Georgia, Bobbie Rich has lived in Texas, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Virginia and Illinois all before the age of 15.  Bobbie was drawn to the West Coast by the University of Southern California and promises of learning from accomplished artists, art and academic scholarships and the LA art scene. Bobbie is now rooted in Southern California, creating in her Santa Monica home studio, as well as, her Palos Verdes Estates teaching studio. 

Bobbie explains her painting "Ladies in Waiting" (above). “These two young, society ladies are out on the prowl and have clearly both spotted someone of interest. The loose abstract background is acrylic diluted with water and painted, dripped and splattered across the canvas. The women were drawn directly with a paint brush in oil. You can clearly see the dark prussian blue sketch. The figures are entirely oil paint, except for the patches of acrylic background peaking through.”

See image: "Duality" mixed media  30x12 inches

Among many of Rich’s projects, she is also an Artist-in-Residence of Resonate Church LA. “We will have a big gallery even around Easter displaying the 10 windows and a collaborative art piece.” She recently did some live painting for a collaborative work. Eight additional artists will paint live to complete the piece. “Everything is really exciting and new, explained Rich. The group meets at Bergamot Station on Sundays 5:30pm. 

Rich continued, “I know that Resonate Church and the position of Artist-in-Residence is an ideal fit for me. I know I can serve God and His church by reaching a multitude of residents in West LA and beyond - both Christian an non-Christian.  I have a strong work ethic and have definitely proven my commitment to what I love and believe in by supporting myself fully as an independent artist living in Santa Monica. I am beyond prepared for this new and exciting chapter as Artist-in-Residence of Resonate Church!”

The opening reception will be held on Sunday, February 8th at Upper West located at 3321 Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica. http://www.theupperwest.com/