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Giving Thanks in Portland and Los Angeles

Without a doubt, we are the lucky ones. In general, the closest most of us will ever come to domestic and global terrorism is the splash page of the Los Angeles Times website. Grateful for that and an inveterate traveler with TSA Precheck, last week I went out of town to give thanks for my family and friends and that I live in L.A. Show More Summary

The Revenant (Review)

Leonardo DiCaprio is Astonishing in "Le Relevant" I love Western movies. Growing up in a Brooklyn tenament, the closest I ever got to a horse was the street peddlers, the Central Park hansoms, and the cowboy horses which I saw every Saturday as a kid in movie serials. Show More Summary

7 Damage Control Tips for After Thanksgiving

So you did it. No holds barred, you ate what you wanted, had seconds, and had a slice of each of the three pies offered for dessert.... Hmmm and maybe a little more booze than a typical weekday? Whatever, it's done, it was fun, hopefully really yummy. Show More Summary

Kobe Bryant Retires, Possibly to Pursue Film but Needs to Rewrite Lakers Happy Ending

Thanksgiving weekend came with a twist this year as Kobe Bryant announced his retirement, putting the capstone on a storied career. Asked to speculate what's next for Bryant, journalists Michael Wilbon and J.A. Adande both alluded to the legend's passion for storytelling, hinting at creative pursuits such as filmmaking. Show More Summary

L.A. Cocktail Menus to Be Thankful For

In Los Angeles, fall is best of all. And it's not just because the sweltering heat of October has at last been replaced by the more tolerable heat of November, and it's not just because the tourist season is over and our roads and freeways are again jam-packed with only local traffic. Show More Summary

Pasadena Chamber of Commerce's Paul Little Applauds LA's Minimum Wage Law

Pasadena Chamber of Commerce president Paul Little is ecstatic about Los Angeles' new minimum wage law. "Thank God for the LA City Council," Little was heard to say at the hearing held by the Pasadena City Council's Economic Development...Show More Summary

Making Haste Slowly: Jayme Odgers' Samurai Self-Portraits at Offramp Gallery, Pasadena

This essay is published in conjunction with Where Am I Today?, an upcoming exhibition at Offramp Gallery, Pasadena. One might think that a one-man show that brims with in-your-face self-portraits would smack of vanity, if not self-indulgence. Show More Summary

Art of War and Peace

Los Angeles' art scene continues to burst with high profile museum and gallery exhibitions. But today, I want to share with you a few intriguing and delightful discoveries I made somewhat off the beaten path. At Manhattan Beach Art Center,...Show More Summary

Homeless 'Functional Zero' -- We've Stopped the Bleeding, But We Haven't Healed the Wound

The image we remember when someone has climbed a mountain is the photo at the top: the exhausted and exhilarated climbers planting the flag at the summit. What we don't often think about is the long descent back to safety. On the world's highest peaks, the majority of climbing-related fatalities happen on the way down. Show More Summary

Top Fitness Trends for 2016: Does Your Favorite Make the List?

Is your favorite fitness routine falling flat or trending up? Based on a few surveys, I've got the "official" news on what's hot and what's not for 2016. First let's get our semantics straight. This list is about trends, not fads. The difference being that a fad is a phenomenon that blows up quickly, lasts only for a short time, then, fades away. Show More Summary

When Will We Take Pedestrian Safety Seriously: On the Loss of Pippa

In the Midst of Trauma. I've been trying to find something to compare the horror that I feel; some other life experiences people go through that tear their souls out, that rip their heart literally out of their chest so they simply don't want to live. Show More Summary

Pictures of LA: Both Sides of Sunset

Joel Meyerowitz, "Los Angeles Airport, 1976" (1976) When "Both Sides of Sunset: Photographing Los Angeles" was published by Metropolis Books in May, its diverse vantage points, varied group of photographers, and multiplicity of subjects...Show More Summary

Encore for Merv Griffin

And now here's the dear boy himself, Merv Griffin, whose iconic talk show is now being rerun on Monday nights on getTV. And tonight Merv took a posthumous curtain call at the launch party for the series at Sony Pictures in Culver City,...Show More Summary

The Importance of Sales Agents for Your Indie Film - Wisdom from the AFM

Panel discussion at the American Film Market (AFM) (Photo Richard Shotwell/Invision for IFTA/AP Images) The increasing dependence on foreign pre-sales as part of a film's financing package was the focus of a conference panel at thisShow More Summary

Reinventing the Mamba

When was the last time Kobe Bryant was still Kobe Bryant? It's a difficult and, for some, painful question to ask. As much as he tries, and dear god is he trying, Kobe isn't Kobe this year. Not even close. His points, assists, and rebounds numbers are his lowest since his second year in the league (if we discount his six-game run two years ago). Show More Summary

The Story Of That Marvelous Hero

Dalton and Cleo Trumbo At The 1947 HUAC Hearing A few days ago, Judith Aller, a prominent concert violinist and conductor in Europe and America, wrote me a note saying that her now dead husband's film about screenwriter Dalton Trumbo was going to be premiered--and asked me if I wanted to go. Show More Summary

The Story Of That Marvelous Hero

Dalton and Cleo Trumbo At The 1947 HUAC Hearing A few days ago, Judith Aller, a prominent concert violinist and conductor in Europe and America, wrote me a note saying that her now dead husband's film about screenwriter Dalton Trumbo...Show More Summary

Gun Violence Is Killing California's Youth: Here Are the Facts You Should Know

What's the second leading cause of death for California youth and young adults ages 10 to 24? Sadly, the answer is homicide -- nearly always committed with a gun. Every year, in California alone, hundreds of young lives are cut short by homicide with a firearm. Show More Summary

'No Really... What Are You?'

I'm sitting at a table facing the door, waiting for a date I've never met. Finally, after watching the door open five times, he walks in. He raises his eyebrows in an awkward "A-ha! There you are!" greeting, and before I can figure out the appropriate way to greet him back, he's sitting in front of me. Show More Summary

Prairie-oke Returns to the Cavern Club: A Q&A With Little House's Alison Arngrim

Inspired by TV's Little House On The Prairie, writer/director Dane Whitlock's outrageous parody, Prairie-oke, won raves during its 2013 premiere at Silver Lake's Cavern Club (incidentally L.A.'s best underground theatre space). WellShow More Summary

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