July 12, 2013 |
PONTEVEDRA, Spain - Galicia, the Atlantic-splashed left shoulder of Spain, grabbed my attention with photos of spectacular scenery and tempting cuisine. But truth be told, I wanted to see something more: the region's Sotomayor Castle, a medieval fortress that bears my surname. I wanted to brag a bit about having spent a night at "my castle. " Like many Americans, I'm delving into my family's genealogy, and although our roots are proudly anchored in Mexico, I found it fun to explore the origins of the Sotomayor name in Galicia on a six-day visit.
June 16, 2013 |
Many Napa Valley wineries are beginning to welcome visits from families, and they're making a serious effort to keep the kids engaged. Lest we forget, wineries are farms, and in many cases they have farm animals, game birds, fish ponds, picnic grounds and other kid magnets. Not all of wine country is kid-friendly, mind you, but you can find ample attractions to make this a satisfying destination for serious wine lovers … and grape juice lovers too. The tab: We spent about $647 for a family of four, including $315 for one night at the Villagio Inn, $260 on meals and $72 on a castle tour and wine tasting.
May 31, 2013 |
School's out, your parents are annoying and suburban Ohio is totally boring. For the three teenage protagonists in "The Kings of Summer," there's only one antidote: Build a house in the woods. For the CBS Films coming-of-age comedy, which premieres in Los Angeles and New York on Friday and will roll out across the U.S this summer, director Jordan Vogt-Campbell envisioned a scrap-pile sanctuary -- one that young people could have realistically built on a bare-bones budget. The result is a charming, patchwork example of ingenuity and craftiness.
May 31, 2013 |
Desert rats and music lovers alike should find this unusually tuneful gathering to their liking. On June 21 and 22 concert organist Ty Woodward will perform four concerts on the historic theater pipe organ at Scotty's Castle in Death Valley National Park . The Welte-Mignon theater pipe organ was purchased to accompany silent films. In 1928, its owners spent an estimated $50,000 (almost $680,000 in today's dollars) to buy the organ and have it delivered and installed -- just in time for the advent of talking films.
May 13, 2013 |
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of May 12 - 18, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES How I Met Your Mother As Robin and Barney (Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris) prepare to tie the knot, their night of relaxation is sabotaged by an obnoxious couple (Casey Wilson, Keegan Michael Key) in the season finale. 8 p.m. CBS 90210 The two-hour series finale includes a look back at memorable moments and a heart-wrenching storyline in which a traumatic event reminds everyone about the value of relationships.
March 20, 2013 |
Milt Larsen is a master of two kinds of magic. There's the abracadabra kind that his magician parents brought him up on, and the sort he began practicing with his late brother, Bill - the magic of preserving buildings, including the Variety Arts Theater downtown and the Mayfair Music Hall in Santa Monica. The capper is the Magic Castle. Here, 50 years ago, the Larsens - presto-changeo - turned a banker's home into a members-only clubhouse for grown-up magicians and their fans. Larsen has three cable radio shows (old comedy and even older music)
March 17, 2013 |
Perched on the Pacific Ocean roughly midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Cambria is charming - full of local boutiques, not chain stores; fresh, inventive restaurants, no McDonald's in sight; art galleries, studios and a series of small-scale inns and B&Bs. It's also a great base for adventures in Paso Robles' bordering western wine region alongside U.S. 46. On our recent weekend, my husband, Bill, and I were set on checking out some lesser-known wineries recommended by friends.
February 25, 2013 |
Sometimes Susan Sullivan, who plays the flamboyantly effervescent actress-mother of a mystery writer on ABC's hit "Castle," has needed a little career push. And even a little padding. While attending Hofstra University on Long Island 50 years ago on a drama scholarship, Sullivan was working in New York City doing showroom modeling to earn extra money. PHOTOS: Behind-the-scenes Classic Hollywood "There was this big ad in the New York Times for Playboy Bunnys," she recalled.
February 6, 2013 |
USC's basketball players took full advantage of the $136-million dance floor UCLA built for them. The Trojans' 75-71 overtime victory last week prompted a spontaneous display worthy of a "Footloose" audition, though UCLA players turned a blind eye as they trudged off Nell and John Wooden Court. "I heard them but I didn't want to look at them," UCLA forward Travis Wear said during the postmortem. The nightmare that "new" Pauley Pavilion was supposed to be has occasionally visited the Bruins.