March 28, 2010 |
The Taklimakan Desert in northern China is one of the largest in the world -- vast and inhospitable, and its howling winds were once thought the cries of ghosts and demons. Yet since ancient times, travelers have braved its edges, some engaging in the East-West trade that eventually earned the routes a fabled name, the Silk Road. This weekend, the Bowers Museum opens an exhibition featuring about 150 artifacts from the area, "Secrets of the Silk Road: Mystery Mummies of China" (through July 25)
November 13, 2009 |
"Pirate Radio," the new rock-saturated comedy that proves life really is better when it's set to a '60s soundtrack, is, to borrow from the Stones, "a gas! gas! gas!" And borrow does it ever -- from the Kinks, the Rolling Stones, Hendrix, the Who, the Troggs, the Turtles, the Beach Boys, the Yardbirds, the Seekers, the List, um, make that, the list goes on . . . nearly 60 cuts in all in what may be the coolest music-video masquerading as a movie ever. Don't even bother resisting the urge to join in -- but quietly, please.
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October 18, 2009 |
When Cheronda Guyton, a senior vice president with Wells Fargo, used a foreclosed home to host lavish parties last summer in the Malibu Colony, she broke more than a few company rules. But by caving to her craving for the beach life, the now-fired bank executive joined a long line of people aching to lay claim to that fabled stretch of sand. Located in the heart of Malibu just north of Surfrider Beach, the famed Malibu Colony is a half-mile stretch of 100 or so homes that sit inches apart on the shoreline.
October 4, 2009
"The Party" David McPhail This book is about a boy, his toy animals and his dad. The boy is planning a party with his toys, but his dad falls asleep. The boy decides to party anyway. So he and his toy animals jump on the sleeping dad. They tickle him. They take him to the kitchen on a toy elephant and feed him sandwiches. They take him back upstairs. It is not easy. I like this book because it is funny and has great pictures. Reviewed by Natalie, 7 Welby Way Magnet West Hills "Fairy Realm #6: The Unicorn" Emily Rodda Both worlds, the Fairy Realm and the Human, are in danger.
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September 25, 2009 |
There are 7,000 miles of roads in Los Angeles. Few have shouldered more than South Central Avenue. It was a streetcar line, cleared 122 years ago to shuttle commuters to the first suburb of South Los Angeles. It housed some of the nation's first middle-class African American families, and its clubs and hotels were the laboratories where West Coast jazz was born. "The Avenue" was a place of promise, of strolls in your Sunday best -- "something very elegant," said City Councilwoman Jan Perry.
August 8, 2009 |
In a modern retelling of one of Aesop's fables, British researchers have shown that members of the crow family can use tools to retrieve a worm that they wouldn't otherwise be able to reach. In "The Crow and the Pitcher," Aesop wrote of a thirsty bird confronted with a half-full pitcher of water. When the bird discovered that the water level was too low to reach, he dropped stones in to raise the level until it was high enough to quench his thirst. Aptly named zoologist Christopher David Bird of University of Cambridge showed that rooks, members of the crow family, could perform the same task, dropping stones in a tall glass beaker to retrieve a floating wax worm.
July 15, 2009
It would be hard to find many people in town with better stories to tell than Angie Dickinson, from starting out in the business on Jimmy Durante's variety show to dating Frank Sinatra to working with legendary director Howard Hawks. The stunning septuagenarian is a warm and witty storyteller who enjoys talking about her fabled past -- even as she keeps moving forward with her newly revived career.
April 12, 2009 |
As summer looms and you're in a panic about what to do with the kids (an all-too-familiar scenario at my house), allow me to throw out an idea: Instead of sending them off for expensive weeks away, consider taking them, and yourself, to the greatest science camp on Earth -- the Amazon. That's what I did last summer with Indigo, my 10-year-old daughter, and it was a roaring success.
October 10, 2008 |
Wren T. Brown recalls growing up in the 1960s in a modest South Los Angeles neighborhood off a lively Washington Boulevard corridor, invigorated by popular night spots, such as the Ebony Showcase Theatre, the It Club and the Parisian Room. "It was a predominantly black neighborhood, but there was a diverse palette of people, including whites from all over the city, who would come in at night to frequent these hot destinations," said Brown, 44.
September 2, 2008 |
As A biker, I tend to receive one book repeatedly as a gift : "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance." It's just one of those things that non-motorcyclists tend to give actual motorcyclists as a show of friendship, courtship or simpatico, which is why I currently own two copies and have probably given away at least as many. Never mind that "Zen" isn't (really) about motorcycles or their maintenance. Nor is it (really) about the strain of Buddhism known as Zen. It's a philosophical text about values and how individuals engage with the spiritual and technological aspects of their lives.