April 17, 2013 |
Former Royal/T and Test Kitchen chef Sandra Cordero's catering company Cordero Negro is teaming up with ART from the ashes , a nonprofit using art to support communities affected by natural disasters, for a benefit culinary pop-up and art exhibition featuring works of art from over fifty L.A.-based artists. The Wine Vault in Glendale will be hosting "Comida y Arte," scheduled to kick off on April 25 with an opening reception featuring cocktails and bar bites. On April 26 and 27, Cordero Negro will be serving up a paella party-themed threecourse menu, starting at 6 p.m. The opening reception costs $20 per person and the dinner by Cordero Negro, available on April 26 and 27, is $40 per person.
April 16, 2013 |
If the highest goal of fiscal reform is to reduce spending and better the lives of Americans, here's an idea that fits the bill: Improve the way the federal government responds to the growing number of natural disasters. Natural disasters have become increasingly costly to the United States, both in terms of the toll they take on American communities and in the direct costs of mounting a federal response. The federal government spent about $150 billion on relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina, and has so far committed about $60 billion for Superstorm Sandy.
March 21, 2013 |
The Teddy Bear Museum of the Sierra opens Friday with more than 250 antique and modern-day bears on display in Oakhurst, Calif., at the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park , where the real bears live. The museum's bear count comes from private collectors who also are card-carrying members of the Mountain Bear Fan Club . "Four of us became radical collectors," museum founder and club creator Toni Lagunoff said Wednesday. She said the group often talked about opening a museum for the 5,000 bears they have between them, but it wasn't until Jean Eaton, one of their own, died in December that they made it a reality to honor her. The current display features English-made bears, miniature bears, patriotic bears and an explanation of how teddy bears got started (yes, you'll learn about the Teddy Roosevelt link)
February 23, 2013 |
Marybeth Bond of Gutsy Traveler knows how to troubleshoot travel disasters -- even the unexpected ones. Here are five tips on how to head off adverse situations when you're on the road. She'll be giving advice on packing and preparing for trips at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show at the L.A. Convention Center. I don't court disaster, but it can strike unexpectedly away from home: a cracked tooth causes a toothache, a hurricane or tsunami shuts down stores and cash machines, or you are the victim of an accident or crime.
December 27, 2012 |
It could be a dark and stormy Oscar night. Among the historical epics, political thrillers and romantic dramas on the awards scene, several films that feature nature's fury are clouding the horizon. "Life of Pi," "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and "The Impossible" are wildly different films, but all share the mighty power of the environment and their protagonists' helplessness against it. Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" features a boy shipwrecked by a massive storm who winds up sharing a lifeboat with a deadly tiger.
November 22, 2012 |
MIAMI - The billboard on Interstate 95, with its azure sea and sugar-colored sand, could have been an ad for any of the myriad tropical destinations hoping to woo travelers abroad. But the tag line might be surprising to some: "Haiti, Live the Experience. " The billboard, which was erected in August by the Haitian government, is the latest salvo in what the country's tourism officials and hospitality industry say is a battle to re-brand a country known more for political unrest and natural disasters than its historical landmarks and natural beauty.