CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 2013 |
The culture wars are back, and this time, the battle alarms sound like duck calls. The most recent episode of A&E's blockbuster show, “Duck Dynasty,” is a Christmas-themed show called “ O Little Town of West Monroe .” Its contrived plot revolves around the idea that members of the Robertson family, who have a duck call business and look like ZZ Top impersonators, will star in their church's Nativity play. Over the course of the 30-minute show, the hairy, bandanna-wearing brothers fake-bicker about Christmas gifts for their hot blond wives.
December 12, 2013 |
Our in-box becomes clogged with invites to arty holiday events this time of year. So in the spirit of spreading the word -- not to mention opening up some space on our hard drive -- here are a few worthy stops to make (starting Thursday night) on the quest for interesting, art-oriented gifts. Cal Arts' “East of Borneo,” an L.A.-centric contemporary art Web magazine, is hosting a “holiday cheer” and launch party for its new EoB Editions, a line of limited edition, signed and numbered artworks.
January 7, 2013 |
I don't know about you, but I take those unattended baggage announcements at airports seriously, mostly because I don't want my luggage confiscated or blown up before it gets put on a plane. I came across this "Candid Camera"-like perky video that goes against all we've learned since 9/11 security procedures went into effect: People picking up unattended items that aren't theirs at a baggage carousel. OK, the items are brightly packaged and, like something out of "Alice in Wonderland," say, "Pick me up!"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2012 |
Maybe you want to help others. Maybe you long to lend a hand. But you're not sure where and you're not sure how and you don't know who to call. You could ask around. Or you could book a seat on the Do Good Bus. You will pay $25. You will get a box lunch. You will put yourself in the hands of a stranger. When the bus takes off, you will not know where you are going -- only that when you get there, you will be put to work. You find yourself on this weekday afternoon one of an eclectic group, gathered a little shyly on an East Hollywood curb.
November 26, 2012 |
Consumers trying to re-create the classic holiday song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” in which a true (and loaded) lover goes to town buying some very odd gifts, will have to shell out more than they ever have before. Want a partridge in a pear tree along with a menagerie of other fowl? Five gold rings? A battalion of maids, ladies, lords and more? Time to withdraw $25,431.18 from the bank account, according to PNC Wealth Management's 29th annual survey . That's a 4.8% increase from last season, after a 3.5% increase in 2011 and a 9.2% leap in 2010.
November 23, 2012 |
Jimmy Martinez of Moreno Valley huddled in the electronic section of the Toys"R"Us store in Ontario on Friday, looking for a MobiGo for his 4-year-old son. The handheld game console, loaded with educational games, cost $30 -- half off the usual price. Martinez, 23, said his son would be able to use the game to learn and play at the same time. "Everything is all about technology these days," Martinez said. He said he started his shopping at 6:30 a.m. (standing in long lines, he said, is not for him)