Easy Cocktail Recipes For July 4th Parties

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Hours before the night’s sky is illuminated by brilliant displays of fireworks, family and friends will gather for backyard barbecues to celebrate Independence Day. It is a national holiday that is marked traditionally by patriotic semblance. From parades of fashion to inventive adult drinks, expect the red, white and blue to glow in splendor. In Los Angeles, those skilled in making mixed drinks say July 4th is an opportune time for party hosts to explore expressive ways to prepare irresistible cocktails that abound in color and explode in taste.

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Best Concerts To Look Forward To In Los Angeles In 2013

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L.A. has long been known and appreciated as a place to see some of the biggest recording artists perform live on stage for little, if any, cost. This happens most often during the dryer months when world-class artisans attract huge audiences to places such as the Hollywood Bowl, Ford Amphitheatre, Pershing Square, Hollywood & Highland, Santa Monica Pier, Marina del Rey and The Grove.

In the meantime, as these under-the-stars venues line up their musical series for the third quarter of the 2013 season, two of L.A.’s largest indoor structures have already booked some of the hottest Grammy-winning solo artists and history-making touring bands circling the globe.

With an upcoming calendar of musical events now locked and loaded, expect L.A. to welcome the new year with enough high drama, emotional edginess, soothing sensuality, sterling jazz, rhythmic funk, wholesome goodness and country sweetness to leave tongues wagging about this “Born this Way” metropolis for a mighty long time.

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