Day 1 of our Travel Channel Star casting call at the Tastemade Studios is complete. We had a great turnout Wednesday. Contestants local to Los Angeles and from as far as Canada came to tell us why they were the next Marianela Pereyra or Kinga Philipps.
Today is Day 2, and your last chance to audition in person runs from 5 to 9 p.m. (line starts at 3 p.m.) at the Tastemade Studios in Santa Monica, CA. However, we are also accepting online submissions at travelchannelstar.com until April 15.
See our favorite pictures from Wednesday’s casting call.
Travel Channel Star casting call attendees line up at the Tastemade Studios.
Photography by Angela Weiss/Wire Image/Getty Images
The year’s hottest night in music is almost here. On Sunday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m., some of the music industry’s most popular recording artists will walk the red carpet in Los Angeles, CA, for the 57th annual Grammy Awards.
Photography By Hulton Archive / Getty Images
Summer nights spent under the stars at the drive-in. Sounds like a thing of the past, right? This week, we’re throwing it back to the 1950s when drive-in theatres became popular for family outings and date nights. In 1951, 2 women drive past a sign advertising Hollywood’s Olympic Drive-In, formerly named the Pico Drive-In — California’s first outdoor movie theatre. Moviegoers in more than 750 cars were able to enjoy movie nights at the drive-in until it closed in 1973.
Check back every week this month for our Vintage Summer Throwback Thursdays.
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Photography By John Paul “Boomer” Lacoangelo / LA Tourism
If you’re looking for a summer escape where the sun is always shining and there’s an abundance of beaches and activities, the City of Angels is calling your name! Enter to win an exciting trip for 2 to Los Angeles. The $10,000 prize package includes the following:
– Round-trip airfare for 2
– Hotel accommodations for 3 nights in Hollywood and 3 nights in Marina Del Rey
– A night of shopping and dining in Beverly Hills
– A VIP Experience at Universal Studios Hollywood
– A walking tour through LA’s world-famous Farmers Market
– Segway tour through Santa Monica and Venice Beach
– A behind-the-scenes tour of the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach
– A 2-hour Harbor Dinner Cruise from Marina Del Rey
– Car rental for duration of the week
– $2,000 in spending money
From Hollywood’s Walk of Fame and Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive, to the Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach Boardwalk, there’s an abundance of fun and entertaining things to do in LA.
For the ultimate chance to win, enter daily for this $10,000 trip for 2 to LA.
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Cinco de Mayo, which means “5th of May” in Spanish, celebrates Mexico’s victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. And in many cities in Mexico and in the US, Cinco de Mayo means it’s time for a fiesta.
Celebrated on May 5 each year, more than 120 cities across the US have Cinco de Mayo celebrations where you can listen to live Mariachi bands, enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine and throw back a few margaritas or cervezas. So grab your sombrero and maracas, and head to one of the best cities in the US to celebrate Cinco de Mayo 2014! READ MORE
Samantha Brown and Mysteries at the Museum host Don Wildman
UPDATE: Todd Carmichael can no longer attend the Travel and Adventure show. Don Wildman will be speaking in his place on Saturday at 2:45 p.m.
This weekend the Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show is in town — along with Samantha Brown, Don Wildman, Todd Carmichael and yours truly — in fact, you’ll see lots of Travel Channel faces. On Feb. 8 and 9, get advice from veteran travel experts, climb a rock walk, take in cultural performances, and sign up for giveaways all under one roof at the Long Beach Convention Center.
What not to miss:
Who: Samantha Brown
What: “How to Travel Better” Seminar + Autograph Signing
When: Sat. 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., Sun. 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Who: Don Wildman
What: Mysteries at the Museum Host Talk
When: Sat. 2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Sun. 1:30 – 2:15 p.m.
It’s not too late, buy your tickets now and find your next vacation. See you there!
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Planes, trains and automobiles may be a thing of the past if US entrepreneur Elon Musk has his way. The billionaire has unveiled plans for a HyperLoop transportation system that will transport passengers between San Francisco and Los Angeles in under a half hour, compared with the nearly 6-hour drive that commuters now face on a good traffic day.
Elon Musk, founder of PayPal and Tesla Motors Inc., says the solar-powered system would shoot 28 passengers in an enclosed capsule through a low-pressure steel tube at 8oo miles per hour. According to the 57-page design plan, the project would cost less than $6 billion and transport 7.4 million people each way every year. The tube would be built along I-5 interstate highway, the busiest traffic corridor on the West Coast.
Although an innovative plan, HyperLoop still has a few huge hurdles to clear before it becomes a reality, including receiving the California state government’s approval for the project. In addition to Cali’s stamp of approval, private companies would have to step in and build the HyperLoop because Musk will be too busy running electric car company Tesla and rocket manufacturer SpaceX. Any takers?
Calling all toy fans — Jordan Hembrough is back with an all-new season of Toy Hunter. Tonight starting at 9|8c, catch 2 brand-new back-to-back episodes as Jordan continues to travel America buying and selling iconic toys.
In the first episode, Jordan is approached by his biggest client to date: Gene Simmons, the bass player from the legendary rock band, KISS. After taking a tour of Gene’s Los Angeles home, Jordan is tasked with going on the road to find the rocker the rarest KISS collectibles around.
Next, Jordan and his sidekick, Steve, head to Virginia in search of some expensive toys to add to their inventory. Things heat up when Jordan and Steve decide to make the trip into a contest to see who can find the most expensive toy in the state.
Will Jordan be able to make Gene Simmons proud and present him with a collectible he doesn’t already own? Who will be crowned King of Toy Collectibles — Jordan or Steve? Find out during all-new episodes tonight at 9|8c and again at 9:30|8:30c.
Also, when you tune in for tonight’s premiere, make sure to follow @TravelChannel on Twitter! At the end of each episode, we’ll post a question about the show from the @TravelChannel handle. Tweet us your answer with hashtag #THsweeps to enter to win a Toy Hunter prize pack from Jordan Hembrough! Official Rules
Denver residents Ventana and Jamian had no idea what they were getting themselves into when they agreed to let Bert arrange an all-expenses-paid, 3-day dream vacation to Los Angeles, but I doubt they’ll be regretting their decision anytime soon.
Think you’d enjoy living life like a Hollywood celebrity? Wondering what it would be like to fly in the Goodyear blimp over Los Angeles, taking in some of the city’s most iconic fixtures? Ever wanted to stay in the home of a celebrity or bowl with one, for that matter? How about getting a complete movie-style makeover and appearing in a zombie flick?
Tune in tonight at 8|7c to see how our vacationers partook in activities they could never in their wildest dreams have imagined doing and see all the fun that went along with it.
Plus, check out exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from Ventana and Jamian’s trip to Tinseltown.