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Sunday, November 23

Victorio's Italian Festival

Victorio's Ristorante

10901 Victory Blvd., North Hollywood, 91606

10:00am to 6:00pm

Victorio’s Italian Festival is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Victorio’s Ristorante, one of the finest Italian restaurants in the San Fernando Valley! Owned and operated by Robert and Jamie Sandoval, Victorio’s Ristorante has become a Valley institution, serving original family recipes and the highest quality food products for half a century!
Join us for Pizza, Pasta, Beer, Wine, Gelato, Music, Comedy, Kids Corner, Bocce and Much Much More!!!
It's a day of Family Fun Italian Style!!!
Hosted by: THE MEATBALLS OF COMEDY
Featuring: #1 Dean Martin Tribute Artist STEVE WADDINGTON and Italian Sweetheart, Vocalist DEBI RAVEN!!!
Admission is FREE!!!

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Monday, November 24

North Hollywood High Jazz Band

Upstairs at Vitellos

4349 Tujunga Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604

6:00pm to 9:00pm

“Imagine seeing your favorite jazz greats like Wes Montgomery and Chick Korea when they were kids, before they became stars on the scene. Here’s a chance to see a group of up and coming and talented students show their chops before they go on to become the new jazz stars of tomorrow. Enjoy an afternoon of youthful jazz with the North Hollywood High School Jazz Band featuring members of the LAUSD All Star Jazz Band. Bright young talent will put their fresh take on jazz standards in a big band setting, and there will be a variety of other small combos to entertain and inspire on a Sunday afternoon. Doors open at 5:45 and performances run from 6-8:00. $10 admission for adults, $5 for students and kids under 12 are free. Don’t miss it!”

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Tuesday, November 25

Heartbeat City - A Tribute to the Cars

Upstairs at Vitellos

4349 Tujunga Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604

8:00pm

Named for one of the Cars biggest selling albums, Heartbeat City faithfully re-creates the look and sound of the Cars. They dress in the period-correct 80′s style of the Cars and, being accomplished musicians, their sound is amazingly close to the real thing! Seeing Heartbeat City is as close as you can come to seeing an 80′s Cars concert.

The members of Heartbeat City have come together from a few different well-known national level Tribute acts, as well as some pretty famous 80′s recording acts… On the Tribute scene, various members have worked with Hotel California – a Salute to the Eagles, Wild Child – a Tribute to the Doors, Belladonna – a Tribute to Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac, Get Back with the cast of Beatlemania (featuring members from the Broadway cast and movie), Blue Order – a Tribute to New Order, and many more.

On the recording front, members have come from 80′s recording acts like Mastedon (former Kansas members), Berlin, Survivor, and have recorded on the 80′s classic movie soundtrack St. Elmo’s Fire along with many other movie soundtracks and film & television placements… plus they have worked with dozens of other recording acts too numerous to list. This band has a solid background in the music business!

Because of the past history of Heartbeat City’s members, you can always expect to see a high quality, professional show. This band is quickly becoming a favorite in venues all across the Country. Why not see for yourself?… LET THE GOODTIMES ROLL!

Phil Rowland
Drums

Phil is the founding member of Heartbeat City and has a solid background in the music industry. He has been part of two different high profile National Level Tribute acts and also has a few Major Label recordings to his credit. Born and raised in New York, he had an active career performing and recording with some of New York State’s top bands. He signed his first Major Label recording contract at age 17. He has been signed to five different major labels, and has worked with big name record producers. He has also taken private study with some of the leading drum teachers in the industry.

In the 80′s he was part of the band Mastedon and recorded two successful albums with them: It’s a Jungle Out There, and Lofcaudio. The band included former members of the bands Kansas, Pablo Cruse, Foreigner, and other major acts. He has three Gold and one Platinum albums to his credit.
He also recorded on the soundtrack album to the 80′s movie classic St. Elmo’s Fire. He has done many one off recordings with well known musicians and appears on a number of albums and compilation albums just too numerous to list.

Phil was an endorser for the Ludwig Drum Co. for 15 years. He has also endorsed for the Paiste Cymbal Co. He is currently an endorser for the Peace Drum Co., Amedia Cymbal Co., Hotsticks Drumsticks and Prentice Practice Pads.

He has appeared on TV, live Radio, and Movie Soundtracks. He has appeared in Modern Drummer Magazine and in National/Worldwide advertising campaigns. He has toured extensively in the US and Canada, and also in Europe and the UK.

His work with Tribute acts includes: Hotel California a Salute to the Eagles, and Get Back with the cast of Beatlemania, which included members from the Broadway cast and the Movie. He has also done many one-offs with tributes to Journey, Tom Petty and others.

Mitchell Sigman
Keyboards & Vocals

Mitchell is an accomplished keyboard player well-versed in the progressive/techno style of keyboard and synth sounds. As such he was a perfect addition to Heartbeat City. His list of credits is long and varied.

For seven years he was a member of the 80′s recording act Berlin (Take My Breath Away, The Metro) and also spent a year touring with the band Survivor (Eye of the Tiger, The Search is Over).

He has a vast knowledge of synth style keyboard and sounds. He wrote a book on Keyboard programming for Backbeat Books… so you might say he “wrote the book” on programming keyboard sounds…(ouch!). Needless to say his keyboard renditions for the Cars are deadly accurate!

He also has an ongoing original project called Celebutante. This project has had numerous film and TV track placements, including “Jersey Shore”, “The Bold And The Beautiful”, “Burn Notice”, “Monk”, and “Paris Hilton’s My New BFF”. Mitchell won a BMI award in 2008 for his work on the Berlin track “Scream”, used as the theme song on the Lifetime drama “Angela’s Eyes”.

On the Tribute front, he was a “key” member (ouch again!) of the high profile Las Vegas based 80′s flashback band, The Nancy Rayguns… doing the summer slot at the Freemont Street Experience.

He is pleased to be a part of Heartbeat City, citing The Cars as one of his favorite bands… due largely to the keyboard work.

Don E. Sachs
Guitar

A California native, Don E. was bitten by a virulent Rock and Roll bug and he’s not cured yet! …He studied at Musician’s Institute and played all the well known Clubs on the Sunset Strip that brought many musicians to fame. After Recording a number of Albums and coming…. this close…he took up Tribute and can be found…Guitar in hand..honoring his heroes on Stages all over the Country. He especially respects Elliot Easton and is proud to pay homage to his amazing talent. He is a valued member of Heartbeat City.

Don E. has Recorded the following Albums:

SHAKE CITY – SHAKE CITY
CORDAY – SUPER HERO
LEOPARD CAPRII – URBAN LUAU
LEOPARD CAPRII – SIREN

Lou Ozonko
Guitar & Vocals

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Lou arrived in California while the British Invasion was in full swing. At age 12 he began his music career. He progressed to touring and recording, and toured the US on a regular basis. His band Windfall later secured a Major Label Record deal. He also worked with a number of name record producers, including Paul Stillwell, who was involved with Disney Productions for many years. He wrote songs for record producers and recorded on a number of 80′s Movie Soundtracks.

He has appeared on TV and live Radio, and worked with members from groups like Journey, Ambrosia, Pat Benetar, Donovan and others.

His Tribute experience includes tributes to Journey, Tom Petty, Deep Purple, Aerosmith, and he most recently came from the premier Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac tribute Belladonna, to become part of Heartbeat City.

Andy Catt
Bass & Vocals
From the day he refused to step offstage at the end of a first-grade choir recital, to his “grown-up” work with dozens of Southern California bands, singer/songwriters, and recording artists, Andy Catt has shown himself to be a lifelong entertainer and a talented, versatile performer. A multi-instrumentalist, Andy is equally at home in front of the microphone as he is behind the bass guitar.

In his home town of San Diego, Andy was well-known in the music scene there, playing with numerous bands, most notably progressive rock trio American Steel, whose recordings were released internationally. He made the move to Los Angeles in the mid 90′s to pursue his interests in music, photography and film, and quickly established himself in that music scene as well.

Andy’s many credits include work with rock group Lunden Reign which toured extensively throughout the United Kingdom; progressive rock band Lobate Scarp; international singer/songwriters Gilli Moon and Marina V; The Knightsbridge Theater Company; as well as Rod Stewart tribute band Atlantic Crossing, and Linda Ronstadt tribute Different Drum, just to name a few. Andy is also a sought-after session player and has done recording work in many studios, including the famous Capitol Records and Abbey Road studios.

As a fan of The Cars in their heyday, Andy never dreamed he would someday be recreating the look and sound of Cars bassist/vocalist Benjamin Orr. As bassist/vocalist for Heartbeat City, Andy is well aware of his responsibility to honor and respect the memory of the late Orr. Andy wants everyone to know that he has dedicated his live performances to that great songwriter and performer.

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Thursday, November 27

Celebrate Thanksgiving with Patina Restaurant Group

Nick & Stef's Steakhouse

30 SOUTH HOPE ST. , Los Angeles, CA

11:30am

This Thanksgiving, Patina Restaurant Group welcomes holiday revelers to relax and enjoy a celebratory prix-fixe menu at one of the Los Angeles locations. For a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, Café Pinot and Nick + Stef’s offer three-course menus featuring the classic aromas and flavors of the homemade holiday dishes and elevating the experience. Both restaurants will offer traditional holiday dishes, as well as innovative seasonal dishes for those craving a holiday meal with a twist. For those wishing for a more informal Turkey Day, Descanso Gardens will present a lunch buffet, offered at two seatings.

Café Pinot

Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Coffee Cream, Bourbon Gastrique,

and Pumpkin Seed

Veal Sweetbreads with Chestnut Agnolotti, Black Currants, Brown Butter,

Butternut Squash, and Saba Vinegar

Braised Pork Shoulder with Savoy Cabbage & Apple “Fondue”,

Red Wine Poached Prunes, and Oatmeal Crumble

Chocolate Namelaka with Financier, Roasted Griottes,

Pistachio Chantilly, and basil

$55 for 3 courses; $19 for children 10 and under

2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse

Roasted Root Vegetables with Aged Goat Cheese,

Pomegranate, and Chimichurri

Hand Carved Diestel Turkey with Brioche and Chestnut Stuffing,

JBS Mashed Potatoes, Candied Butternut Squash, Creamed Swiss Chard,

Pickled Cranberry Relish, and Turkey Gravy

$52 for 3 courses; $19 for children 10 and under

3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Descanso Gardens

Oven-roasted all-natural Diestel Turkey with Fresh Herbs and Turkey Gravy

Apple-Sage and Brown Butter Stuffing

Pumpkin Pie with Dried Fruit Compote, Red Wine Reduction,

Brioche Crostini, and Pepitas

$48 for Members; $57 for Non-Members;

$20 for Children Members; $29 Children Non-Members

Seatings at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

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Thanksgiving at Saddle Peak Lodge

Saddle Peak Lodge

419 Cold Canyon Road, Calabasas, CA

12:00pm to 8:00pm

Join Saddle Peak Lodge on Thursday, November 27th for their annual Thanksgiving feast! Saddle Peak Lodge is serving a beautiful 4-course menu with 3-5 choices per course, featuring traditional Thanksgiving fare as well as exotic wild game offerings and their award-winning New American cuisine. Coupled with their award-winning fine dining service and uniquely inviting atmosphere, Saddle Peak Lodge is the perfect setting for your Thanksgiving celebration. There will be indoor seating and tented/heated Patio seating, and serving has extended hours from 12 PM – 8 PM.

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Saturday, November 29

Frank Stallone

Upstairs at Vitellos

4349 Tujunga Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604

8:00pm

I just heard the album you did with Billy May and it knocked my socks off. Salute.” –Frank Sinatra

Simba Records recording artist Frank Stallone is one of the most versatile actors, singers and musicians working today. His explosive voice and musicianship ranges from rock to blues to big band and has garnered him three Platinum Albums, ten Gold Albums and five Gold Singles.

Frank has acted in over 60 films and TV shows, including Tombstone and the cult hit Barfly in which he played the memorable “Eddie” the bartender, which was touted by critic Roger Ebert: “Barfly is a terrific film that features an outstanding performance by Frank Stallone.” He will be seen in the upcoming film Reach Me from director John Herzfeld and will soon be heard as a new character in Hasbro’s hit series Transformers Prime.

Frank has written and published over 200 songs and, with a single in the hit film The Expendables 2 (Don’t Want to Fight With Me) and three original songs, written and performed by him in the upcoming film Reach Me (Dir. John Herzfeld, 2014), Frank has written and recorded compositions for twelve films. The list includes Rocky I, II and III, Rambo II, Paradise Alley and Over the Top. But, it was Frank’s nine songs that he wrote and recorded for the Saturday Night Fever Sequel Staying Alive that earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Sound Track and a Grammy nomination for Best Original Song with his single, Far From Over. That song became a massive #1 hit around the world and stayed on the top charts for more than four months and his songs are still played on radio stations throughout the world.

Frank has recorded nine solo albums receiving praise from legends Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Sammy Cahn. His rock-influenced Full Circle, “which I feel is my best” was followed by his American songbook albums, In Love in Vain, with Sammy Nestico, Stallone on Stallone by Request, a compilation of Frank’s film soundtrack tunes, and Songs from the Saddle, showing Frank’s more acoustic side. He’s a big fan favorite in Australia and he performs in concert halls, theaters and clubs all around the world, gaining critical acclaim wherever he goes “he has the crowd enthralled.” (New York Daily News).

“…the players are through the roof. Stallone’s vocals communicate emotions so effectively, he creates an intimacy that’s as rare as it is raw…his skillfulness, easy confidence and amiable personality made his performance not only memorable, but a spellbinding affair.” –Bernard Baur, Music Connection

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