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Thursday, March 26, 2009

reveling in the darkness

i haven't seen much press about the upcoming earth hour event this saturday, march 28th, so to help spread the word, here's what it's all about:

Saturday, March 28, 8:30-9:30pm

This year, Earth Hour has been transformed into the world’s first global election, between Earth and global warming.

For the first time in history, people of all ages, nationalities, race and background have the opportunity to use their light switch as their vote – Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming. WWF are urging the world to VOTE EARTH and reach the target of 1 billion votes, which will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.

This meeting will determine official government policies to take action against global warming, which will replace the Kyoto Protocol. It is the chance for the people of the world to make their voice heard.

We all have a vote, and every single vote counts. Together we can take control of the future of our planet, for future generations.

VOTE EARTH by simply switching off your lights for one hour, and join the world for Earth Hour.


on the local level, here's something you might notice if you're flying in or out of LAX saturday night:

Pylons at LAX to go dark for Earth Hour

If any of you have ever been to the Los Angeles International Airport in the evening, you will have surely seen the multitude of three story neon pylons illuminating the terminal entrance. Airport officials have committed to powering down the pylons from 8:30 to 9:30pm on March 28th and multiple airlines have signed on the dim the lights wherever it's safe to do so.

other local landmarks will also be turning off their lights, including the santa monica pier, the capitol records building, the el cap and el rey theaters, and the griffith observatory. even pinks hot dogs will be going lights-free (which could be a bit disconcerting for those standing in line!)

you can also join other earth hour revelers at the big event at the new LA live complex in downtown --


March 28, 2009 6 - 9:30pm
Nokia Plaza at L.A. Live

6pm Dine by Candlelight at L.A. Live Restaurants
7:15pm Show Begins
8:30-9:30pm Lights Out for Earth Hour!
9:31pm Culmination - Work Really Begins

Join Emcee Tony Okungbowa, Superstar DJ for the Ellen Degeneres Show, Major Antonio Villaraigosa, Urban Soul Goddess Gina Rene, Tim McAfee-Lewis and Agape International Choir, Earth-Loving Celebrities, Surprise Music Guest and more to celebrate WWF's Earth Hour LA!

on the other hand, if you'd rather spend a more intimate earth hour with a special someone, here are some restaurants where you will be dining by candlelight:

Adoro Mexican Grille - Downtown Los Angeles
Akasha - Culver City
Bistro 45 - Pasadena
Border Grill - Santa Monica
BottleRock - Culver City
Bravo's Pizza and Cucina - Santa Monica
Buon Gusto Ristorante - Mission Hills
Chaya Brasserie - Beverly Hills
Chaya Downtown - Downtown L.A.
Chaya Venice - Venice
Cheebo - Los Angeles
Chop Suey-Far Bar - Downtown Los Angeles
Ciudad - Downtown Los Angeles
Coconut Bay Bar and Grill - Rowland Hights
Euphoria Loves Rawvolution - Santa Monica
Fleming's Prime Steak House and Wine Bar - L.A. LIVE
Four Seasons Hotel - Beverly Hills
Gyenari - Culver City
Got Kosher - Los Angeles
Lawry's Prime Rib - Beverly Hills
Lawry's Carvery - L.A. LIVE
La Cachette - Los Angeles
Le Merigot at A JW Marriot Beach Hotel and Spa - Santa Monica
Locanda Del Lago- Santa Monica
M Cafe - Melrose
Mani's Bakery - Fairfax Area
Mistral - Loews Hotel Coronado
Melograno - Hollywood
Mucho Ultima Mexicana - Manhattan Beach
Napa Valley Grille - Westwood
O Bar - West Hollywood
Ocean and Vine - Loews Hotel Santa Monica
Ristorante daVinci - Long Beach
Rock 'N Fish - L.A. LIVE
Rush Street - Culver City
Shade Hotel - Manhattan Beach
SiLa Bistro - Siverlake
Simon LA - Soffitel Hotel Los Angeles
Taste At The Palisades - Palisades
Taste On Melrose - Los Angeles
Tender Greens - Culver City
The Corner Hollywood - Hollywood
The Farm - L.A. LIVE
Tracht's Restaurant - A Modern Chop House - Long Beach

more LA-related earth hour news can be found at www.earthhourus.org/losangeles

finally, for you yogis who need to get your saturday night yoga fix, i just found out that exhale venice will be turning off the lights at saul david raye's event that evening:

Ananda Kirtan ~ Sing and Dance to the Rhythm of Existence
Saturday, March 28th 8:00-10:00pm
Cost: $20

Singing and Dancing have long been sacred healing practices to awaken the life force, connect us to spirit and embody an ecstatic connection to the Divine force that sustains all life. Join us for this inspired evening of chanting, live music and sacred dance to celebrate life, and open to the very rhythm, energy and bliss of existence.