June 17, 2012 |
Both President Obama's and Mitt Romney's campaigns celebrated Father's Day on Sunday, in a brief respite from the increasingly heated presidential race. The Obama campaign, which has been promoting a Father's Day card for the president in the buildup to the holiday, released a video celebrating the holiday, and trumpeting his parenting. First Lady Michelle Obama opens the video by emphasizing that her husband is always “giving his children the kind of stability and continuity that he didn't have.” The video honoring the “hands-on dad,” in his wife's words, makes a point to contrast Obama's own personal experiences growing up in a less stable household with the life he seeks for his daughters, Sasha and Malia.
October 3, 2013 |
Like Walt Whitman, Roger Guenveur Smith contains multitudes. In various past one-man shows he has portrayed Huey P. Newton, baseball brawling immortals Juan Marichal and John Roseboro and dozens of others, while probing the great American themes of identity, individuality, ethnicity, class and power. His latest solo endeavor, "Rodney King," with an original sound design by Marc Anthony Thompson and lighting by Jose Lopez, is playing through Sunday at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City as part of RADAR L.A., International Festival of Contemporary Theater.
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June 16, 2013 |
Officials in Chinatown unveiled a 7-foot bronze statue of Bruce Lee to a crowd of several hundred in the historical Central Plaza on Saturday night. The unveiling caps a five-year effort to bring the statue to Chinatown, said Shannon Lee, Bruce's daughter and president of the Bruce Lee Foundation. The statue, created by an artist in Guangzhou, China, is the first such statue of her father in the United States, Shannon Lee said. Though the statue will not be permanently installed until business leaders can raise $150,000 to install seating and a concrete plinth, the timing was right for the unveiling, Shannon Lee said.
May 29, 2013 |
Mom still gets lavished with more expensive gifts, but this year, Dad is catching up on affection with expected Father's Day spending rising 2.1%. Sales for the holiday on June 16 will reach $13.2 billion from $12.9 billion in 2012, as the improving economy puts more discretionary income in consumers' pockets, according to research firm IBISWorld. Earlier this year, spending on Mother's Day rose 0.2% to $17.1 billion, the Santa Monica-based group found. The most substantial chunk of money dropped on paternal appreciation will go toward special outings, with 18.8% of total sales generated from meals out or sporting events.
May 8, 2012
Eighty-four percent of Americans planning to travel this summer expect to travel primarily by car for at least one of their trips, a survey from Choice Hotels International found. Those same Americans plan on racking up an average of 1,172 miles on all their summer vacations . . . . The biggest celebration of the Golden Gate Bridge's 75th birthday takes place May 27, the anniversary of its opening. Organizers are inviting the public to share personal stories and photos of the bridge online at goldengatebridge75.org . . . . Mother's Day tip: The historic Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside is hosting a “Miss Manners Afternoon Tea” Saturday.
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June 17, 2013 |
Bob Meistrell, who co-founded the pioneering surf and water sport supply company Body Glove, has died at the age of 84, family members said. Meistrell reportedly died from a heart attack Sunday while on his boat near Catalina Island. Meistrell was on his boat, Disappearance, helping mark the path for competitors in the “Rock 2 Rock” paddleboard race near Catalina when his boat engines malfunctioned, said Bill Meistrell, his nephew. When Bob Meistrell went to change the fuel filters behind the motors, he collapsed, his nephew said.