CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2012 |
Yoga, which is known for good things like enlightenment and healing, is suddenly under attack from several quarters. John Friend, the founder of one of yoga's fastest-growing styles, stepped down after he was accused of sexual indiscretions. New York Times science writer William Broad, in his best-selling book "The Science of Yoga," says some yoga poses can wreck your body. Worse, they don't necessarily help you lose weight. Even Gwyneth Paltrow has traded in her yoga mat for a personal trainer.
September 26, 2012 |
One dreary article after another on community colleges has appeared in The Times, most recently Sunday's " California's community colleges staggering during hard times . " Against the backdrop of budget shortfalls, reporting agencies tasked with assessing the effectiveness of community colleges focus on things that can be easily counted and exclude things that do count but cannot be easily tabulated. The state and the people lose resources that enrich state and people. As one who taught at a community college when it served its community fully, I am saddened by what is not counted and is, therefore, lost.
March 30, 2013
Some meditation resources: Against the Stream: classes, retreats and practice sessions in East Hollywood and Santa Monica, including some for targeted groups including teenagers, people of color and others. http://www.againstthestream.org . Detroit Street Zen Center: a Zen Buddist temple with classes and retreats; and the home of the Great Patience Zen Stitchery, which sells meditation cushions and clothing. http://www.detroitstzencenter.com . Dharma Seed: talks, news and other resources.
August 10, 2012 |
Practically no suburb shall be left behind in thriving craft beer movement. The past two weeks alone have welcomed two new outfits to the ale-destination that is the Inland Empire. Joining a region already home to Hangar 24, Black Market, Dale Bros, and I&I Brewing, among others, are Ontario's Chino Valley Brewery (1630 E Francis St, Unit J) and, only about 10 miles away, Claremont's alliteration-friendly Claremont Craft Ales (1420 N. Claremont Blvd, Suite 204C). The latter opens Saturday, and Chino Valley has been welcoming customers since the end of July.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 2013 |
Liza Bercovici suspected something was up when a student at Gabriella Charter School approached her last week and said, "Happy birthday tomorrow, Miss Liza. " So it was not a surprise the next day when the school's 400-plus students sang "Happy Birthday" to her at morning assembly. Bercovici sighed in appreciation, and when urged to make a speech, she stood humbly before the small sea of students gathered on the playground of the Echo Park school she'd founded. "I think everybody here knows that this school was started out of my love for my daughter, whose name was Gabriella," Bercovici said.
April 6, 2013 |
If you were trying to conjure up a perfect group cardio workout, it just might look like one of the classes at ElliptiFit. Classes at the boutique fitness studio in Los Angeles offer a low-impact, full-body workout. There's upbeat music. Individualized instruction. It's all over in a brisk 45 minutes. And, best of all, classes take place under low lights, so you don't have to worry about sticking out like a sore thumb if you've never seen an elliptical machine before, much less danced with one. ElliptiFit is the brainchild of owner and head fitness instructor Annette Comerchero, who says her goal was "the best possible workout you can get, in the shortest amount of time possible, having the most fun. " Check, check and check.
January 13, 2007
Re "Phallus 101," Current, Jan. 7 Charlotte Allen's air of sanctimony about what may seem like absurd classes in academia provokes an easy mockery of these possibly ridiculous classes. But who are we to judge? The alternative -- outside intervention of academic freedom -- seems like a worse course. And who is to say that today's farcical subject isn't tomorrow's serious one? I think there is a lot to be learned in taking Karl Marx seriously. Why do I think that the Young America's Foundation has a radical, right-wing agenda?
October 25, 1986 |
Temple University and striking professors agreed Friday night on a new contract, ending a 19-day walkout that had canceled classes for 22,000 students, negotiators said. Classes were scheduled to resume Monday morning.
April 21, 2012
Cirque School LA is at 5640½ Hollywood Blvd. Classes run seven days a week, beginner to advanced, in areas such as contortion, aerial hoop, trapeze tricks, handstands and hand balancing, and aerial fitness and conditioning. A Cirque 101 Fit, Flex or Fly class is $25. Trick classes are $35. (Packages are cheaper.) Private classes are $90 for one, $100 for two and $120 for three. New students begin with Aerial Fitness and Conditioning classes and graduate to higher levels when teachers judge that they are ready.