Events & Festivals

Top 5 common injuries at music festivals

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Concerts are an amazing experience, but there’s nothing quite like a musical festival. These events can go on for days, featuring spectacular light shows and a plethora of bands entertaining the masses. While they are absolutely a fun time, there are mishaps. 

With the enormous number of people that attend a festival, not to mention alcohol consumption, the likelihood for an accident is higher than your average day. These are the top five most common injuries and how you can help avoid them. 

1. Heat Injuries

Festivals typically take place in an outdoor setting, leaving concertgoers exposed to the sun for hours on end. While sunscreen can help you avoid a sunburn, high levels of heat can also lead to dehydration and other injuries. Nausea, exhaustion, and seizures are just a few. 

Staying hydrated is the key to avoiding these types of injuries. While it’s tempting to knock back drinks all day, especially if you’re staying nearby or camping on the grounds, remember to pound down a few bottles of water as well. 

2. Broken Bones

Parties of any nature are fueled by high energy and a reckless attitude. The larger the party, the more you can expect of each. Crowd diving, crowd surfing, sitting on a friend’s shoulders, or bumping shoulders in the mosh pit can all lead to injury. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have fun, but stay aware of your surroundings and don’t partake in these activities if you’ve had too much to drink. 

3. Drinking and Driving

Some festivals feature campgrounds for their attendees while others require people to drive to a hotel or motel after the fun is over. With a mix of alcohol and sometimes drugs, many find themselves over the limit when the lights go down. 

Getting behind the wheel while too intoxicated can lead to property damage or worse. There are countless cases of injuries caused by drunk drivers hitting people, even at slower speeds. If the trip to the hotel includes a highway, the risks are even higher for an accident. Long story short, don’t drink and drive. 

4. Stab Wounds

This is one of the more unfortunate injuries on this list. Festivals bring together a highly diverse group of people, which creates a unified audience and culture at various shows. While that’s a great thing, it also means that everyone in the crowd might not have the same intentions of just enjoying the show. 

Even with security checks, people have been known to bring knives and other weapons into festivals. Some come with the intent to cause harm, while others have one too many and make violent decisions. It’s vital that you be aware of your surroundings and avoid altercations at all costs. 

5. Substance Overdose

Drinking is all a part of the fun for most concertgoers, but festivals tend to include drugs as well. Most of these are illegal or non-prescription, and some of them can be downright deadly. Those who attend festivals often combine drinking with drug use to enhance their experience.

Nine times out of ten, their expectations are met and they thoroughly enjoy the concert without bothering a soul. However, the wrong combination of alcohol and drugs or too much of either can lead to an overdose. Watching your consumption of any substance is vital, but make sure to call 911 immediately if you see someone experiencing an overdose. 

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How to Make Your Event a Smash with Amazing BBQ Food

Having people over for BBQ? Instead of the same old, why don’t you try something that will blow their minds? BBQ food isn’t known for its elegance or its delicate aromas, but it can still pack a powerful culinary experience through smoky and strong flavors.

Check out these 5 amazing BBQ food ideas for your next outdoor cooking event.

1. Pasta Salad, Corn on the Cob, and other Starters

BBQ is not just roasted meat. In its essence, cooking a BBQ is creating an experience for friends and family to bond over food. This experience starts from the moment your guests arrive and before the meat itself is ready.

So, how do you start this amazing social tradition? The answer lies in delectable starters. If your guests are getting puckish from all the smoky aromas, but the meat isn’t ready yet, a pasta salad can save you.

Making pasta salad is easy, and you can follow it up with other easy but amazing starters like corn on the cob and perhaps even potato chips with assorted dips.

2. Country-Style Ribs

Nothing screams BBQ more than country-style ribs. You’ll need to marinade the ribs at least six hours before it’s time to cook them. There are tons of good marinade recipes to choose from, including traditional, Texan-style, sweet and spicy, mustard and honey, orange, and more.

When cooking your ribs, remember that charcoal grilling will give them a smokier flavor, while a gas grill will cook them more evenly and easily. Gas grills are easier for beginners, and you might want to enjoy the best of both worlds with a dual fuel grill that combines both gas and charcoal fuel.

3. Chicken Wings

Delectably delicious and easy to cook to perfection, chicken wings are your best friend when planning the most amazing BBQ events.

You can literally spice your chicken wings up by making different batches. Make a batch of spicy wings for those who like a bit of heat, and an Indian-spiced batch for guests who enjoy more exotic flavors.

There are so many great ways to marinade and cook chicken wings, that you just can’t go wrong.

4. Burgers, Hotdogs, and Kid-Friendly BBQ Food

If you’re having kids or picky eaters over, then you should grill a couple of burgers or hotdogs on the side. Burgers are all about using good mince and you can add a bit of bread in the mix to make them extra fluffy for the kids.

Hotdogs are always a favorite, and you can level yours up by offering an assortment of condiments and relishes for your guests to garnish their hotdogs as they wish.

5. Grilled Mushrooms and Vegetables

Finally, don’t forget your veggies!

Most of us don’t eat enough vegetables. Thankfully, BBQ is perhaps the best way to turn any vegetable into a delicious treat.

In addition to freshly tossed salads, try grilling peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, and mushrooms next to your burgers. You will be pleasantly surprised with the result!

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LA Weekly – The Essentials

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On Sunday, March 9th, LA Weekly hosted the The Essentials at the LA Mart in downtown Los Angeles, CA. The event featured over 30 restaurants curated by LA Weekly, celebrating some of the best of the L.A. food scene. Event go-ers enjoyed the rustic Italian of SOTTO to the street tacos of Guerrilla Tacos to the Thai spices of Jitlada. Promptly washing down the flavors of LA, guest enjoyed a variety of libations such as the craft beers of Goose Island, the Backyard lemonade with Sailor Jerrys, and some of Handsome Coffee Roaster’s finest.  After a very brief preview and a tickling of the palate, let’s explore eating LA.

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Dessert for Dinner San Francisco

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This coming Monday evening at Parallel 37 (located in the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco) a few of the Bay Area’s top pastry chefs will be coming together for a one-night event to support an incredible cause! In collaboration with This Bar Saves Lives (TBSL), pastry chefs Andrea Correa (Parallel 37), Cindy Falatic (The Ritz-Carlton, SF), Shawn Gawle (Saison), Joshua Meiseman (Commis and Box & Bells), Stephanie Prida (Manresa) and William Werner (Craftsman and Wolves) will be presenting a six-course Dessert for Dinner affair. Read More

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The Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce’s Second Annual Experience East Meets West

The Centennial of the City of Beverly Hills. CA was reigned in by the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce’s Second Annual Experience East Meets West, which coincided with the Chinese Lunar New Year. The event, which took place on Wednesday, February 5th was host to celebrities and business owners alike, adding to the experience of the Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive-proximate Crustacean Restaurant, which served as venue.

The Lunar New Year was welcomed with a bite-sized portion of Chef An’s Secret Centennial Dish: The Centennial, 8 oz Wagyu beef filet topped with a Vietnamese herb secret sauce and smoked shitake mushrooms as well as a buffet and wok bar. The meal  was accompanied by live entertainment by Cirque Art and a fashion show.  The festive mood of the event was highlighted by a number of performers also mingling throughout the venue, from traditionally Chinese-costumed stilted men to aerialists performing just feet away. Chef An’s Secret Centennial Dish can be ordered for $60 a la carte at Crustacean Restaurant.
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 Additional photographs from the event can be found here: Photo Credit: Paul Best
9646 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.