December 3, 2012 |
Windsor Castle as ground zero for women's lib? And Downton Abbey a no-go zone for women's rights -- the same stately home where one titled daughter had a hot session of illicit sex, another married the radical chauffeur and the third made out with a farmer? HRH the Duchess of Cambridge -- Kate, nee Middleton -- is pregnant with a child who will, boy or girl, at some time well into this century sit on the British throne. Big deal, you're thinking. A girl in charge. Britain has had two queens regnant in about a half-century: Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II. Ah, but here's the rub: If either of those women had had a brother, she would have been throneless.
November 16, 2012 |
Looking for a way to give back this holiday season and explore the Central Coast at the same time? As part of Nature Corps' volunteer vacation tour Dec. 13-16, participants will spend a morning helping to ready the gardens at Hearst Castle for the festive season. Also included is a one-of-a-kind evening tour of the legendary hilltop manse in all its holiday finery. Rounding out the itinerary is a bike ride to Avila Beach, a visit to the elephant seals, a hike along the coast and opportunities for shopping as well as dining and wine tasting.
November 11, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week Nov. 4 - 10 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES Richard Hammond's Crash Course: Richard trains to be one of the crew tasked with changing a wheel in an IndyCar race in Sonoma in an episode that features a drive around the racetrack with legendary driver Mario Andretti (7 and 11 p.m. BBC America). How I Met Your Mother: Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) decides to take action when Robin (Cobie Smulders)
October 27, 2012 |
The documentary “Brooklyn Castle,” now playing in Los Angeles, closely follows five students on the chess team at Brooklyn's I.S. 138. The highest ranked junior high team in the nation, they actually won the national high school championship just this past April. After first hearing of the team, director Katie Dellamaggiore was surprised to discover the school was just minutes from her apartment in Brooklyn. The film follows the team from April 2009 to May/June 2010, over the course of one calendar year but across two school years.
October 25, 2012 |
"Brooklyn Castle" is a can't-miss film that doesn't. It's a wonderful documentary look at an astonishingly successful public-school chess program that manages to be more moving and heartening than you expect. Which is saying a lot. That team comes from I.S. 318, a junior high school in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn where more than 65% of the students come from homes whose incomes are below the federal poverty line. Yet over a multi-year period, the school has won 26 national chess titles, more than any other junior high in the country.
September 24, 2012 |
Britain's royal family is acquiring a bit of Pop flavor in the form of screen-print portraits of Queen Elizabeth II by Andy Warhol, who once said "I want to be as famous as the Queen of England. " On Monday, the Royal Collection Trust announced that it is purchasing four Warhol portraits to mark the queen's Diamond Jubliee, the year-long celebration of her 60 years on the throne. The Royal Collection is among the art collections of the royal family. The four portraits will be displayed in the exhibition "The Queen: Portraits of a Monarch" opening Nov. 23 at Windsor Castle in London.
September 11, 2012 |
All cat videos are really, at their heart, a tribute to how much people love their cats, but few videos illustrate this idea as well as "Rufus Tower" -- a five-minute video uploaded Saturday to YouTube that has already received more than 200,000 views. In the beginning of the video, Australian commercial and music video director Billy Browne explains that he and his cat Rufus were just emerging from a rough patch in their relationship. Rufus had an ear infection that required Browne to put drops in his ears.
August 31, 2012 |
Six nights in castles, a rental car and round-trip airfare from L.A. to Dublin are all wrapped up in a tidy package that starts at $1,200 a person from the Aer Lingus Vacation Store . The offer is good for late fall and winter, but at this super-low price it's worth busting out a few sweaters and good boots. The deal: The Castles of Ireland package requires two travelers (double occupancy). It includes round-trip airfare from Los Angeles, a rental car (standard) and stays at Duboyne Castle in Meath, Kilronan Castle in Roscommon, Dromoland Castle in Clare and Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel in Dublin.