Summertime…and the living is dreamy

Summertime means peaches and plums, lazy day lounging, sun bathing, popsicles, and most of all, California dreamin.’ Such was the theme of the 2019 Concern Foundation 45th annual Block Party, serving up summer foodie delights galore, and raising millions of dollars for cancer research. The organization’s mission statement is “to raise funds for advancing essential cancer immunology research conducted by innovative and promising scientists.” On the grounds of Paramount studios, a dreamy evening was had by all, as the guests sampled and savored treats from over 75 vendors. Some standouts were Buzz Bar’s alcohol infused ice cream, Bourbon St. chocolate; Pie Hole’s Raspberry Cream cheese; STK tuna tartare; Bar Hayama sushi; Factor’s Famous Deli pastrami sandwich; Gyu-Kaku’s marinated skirt steak; Bertha Mae’s brownies; Deluscious cookies; and Someone’s in the Kitchen, serving up beef brisket sliders, street corn, and sweet potato fries. To wash it all down, such a diversity of libations to sip n savor, including Nuda tequila; Tito’s Handmade Vodka (who generously donated 10 bottles for the raffle winners’ gift bags at end of the night); Asahi beer; Reed’s Ginger Brew and Virgil’s root beer; Humboldt Distillery; and Don Q. For those whose beverage of choice was non alcoholic, there was Health-Ade Kombucha; Pasquini Espresso; Don Francisco coffee; Suja Life; Vital Proteins Collagen water; and Uptime. For those wishing to take a breather from all things edible, Beauty Bus Foundation (which travels the city, offering cancer survivors a variety of beauty services) gave the guests a choice of manicure, eye lash extensions, glitter tattoos, hair braiding and hair tinsel. All glitzed up, they now were ready to play their cards right at the party’s casino area. Even a Ferris wheel and carousel enhanced the California beach pier theme and added to the overall enjoyment, all in the name of charity. Concern is an acronym for conquer cancer now and the block party fundraiser is a crucial event in support of cancer research. It is a breath of fresh air to witness the collaboration of restaurants, caterers, celebrities, block party sponsors, volunteers, and over 4,000 supportive guests of Concern’s ‘mission possible.’ Live music surround sound throughout the backlot with DJ’s playing California themed favorite tunes, by The Beach Boys and other notable bands and vocalists, a dreamy night indeed.

About Bonnie Priever Curtain Up!

I am a theatre reviewer extraordinairre. I attend and cover theatres ranging from large to small venues, and every subject from musical theatre to dramatic presentations. Also please check out my reviews at and my email is
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