January 30, 2013 |
The great thing about visiting Moscow from Los Angeles is you don't have to reset your watch. It's a 12-hour time difference, so all you have to do is think about the time in a different way. Of course, winter in Russia is a little bit different from winter in Southern California. As the sun sets on Moscow, it's 7 degrees below zero and your guide is giving thanks for the mild weather. "It was 20 below zero last night," one local told me when I arrived Tuesday. "Be careful of icicles," said another.
November 18, 2011
MUSIC Noel Gallagher The former Oasis staple is front and center, both live and on his solo debut, "Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. " Not as memorable as Oasis' best anthems in the '90s or as nasally rock-ready as his brother's latest incarnation, Beady Eye, but the album hovers within a melodic good-to-average middle ground. The album encircles themes of love, melancholy and aging. Royce Hall, UCLA. 8 p.m. $37-$77. uclalive.org . Kyuss Lives! Ax wielder Josh Homme may have moved on to Queens of the Stone Age, but the band he helped jump-start two decades ago in Palm Desert lives on. Vocalist John Garcia has reunited with Brant Bjork and Nick Oliveri to continue the group's heavy metal desert rock assault.
November 10, 2011
EVENTS For the fifth year, the corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue in Santa Monica will morph into an 8,000-square-foot rink by the beach called, fittingly, Ice. In addition to ice skating, events include a L.A. Kings-hosted hockey clinic, adults-only after-hours broomball, wacky hat Wednesdays, a post-Halloween costume skate and rock 'n' skate on Fridays with live bands and DJs. 1324 5th St., Santa Monica. Fri.-Jan. 16. Various times. $12. iceatsantamonica.com.
February 18, 2011 |
I’m guessing most New Yorkers have had enough of that whole winter-wonderland thing by now. They certainly seem relieved that after such a stormy winter, most of the snow in Manhattan is melted now. But what about us tourists from warm places, looking for that rare chance to lace on some skates? Not to worry. Though one of the city’s best-known seasonal ice-skating rinks will close Feb. 27, the rinks at Rockefeller Center and Central Park will stay in business through early April.
January 3, 2011 |
Put away the eggnog and break out the sneakers ? it's New Year's resolution time, and no doubt millions have made the pledge to get fit. Many of them will join a gym only to find they're bored with the monotony of cardio equipment and weight training routines. But exercise shouldn't be drudgery. Plenty of pleasurable activities deliver a legitimate workout without the hamster-on-a-wheel feeling. Surfing, kayaking, ballroom dancing, trail running and self-defense classes are just a few ways to avoid a fitness rut or supplement a regular gym workout.
November 18, 2010
EVENTS Just because you live in L.A. doesn't mean you can't conjure up an East Coast-style winter wonderland for yourself. Come downtown to Pershing Square for a spin around the ice rink, and, if you squint, it'll be just like Rockefeller Center. Well, almost. Pershing Square Park, 532 S. Olive St., L.A. Fri.-Jan. 18. Mon-Thurs, noon-10 p.m., Fri-Sun, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. One-hour sessions: $6; skate rental: $2. http://www.laparks.org , (213) 847-4970.