Archive for ‘January, 2014’


It’s All About Grace Under Pressure for Dawn’s Drop Into Orbit

It’s All About Grace Under Pressure for Dawn’s Drop Into Orbit

By Marc Rayman As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft makes its journey to its second target, the dwarf planet Ceres, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares a monthly update on the mission’s progress. Artist’s concept of NASA’s Dawn spacecraft thrusting with its ion propulsion system as it approaches the dwarf planet Ceres. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Dear Rendawnvous, […]

Shopper & Diner: Atwater & Echo Park offer Super Bowl specials; discounted Eagle Rock comfort food; and brief Millie’s closure in Silver Lake

Shopper & Diner: Atwater & Echo Park offer Super Bowl specials; discounted Eagle Rock comfort food; and brief Millie’s closure in Silver Lake

Mohawk Bend | Photo courtesy by Mohawk Bend By Marni Epstein L.A. might not have an NFL football team of their own, but that’s not stopping some city watering holes from getting in on this Sunday’s Super Bowl action. This year’s contest between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos (Go Hawks!) will be the main […]

Why are so few women making blockbuster films?

Why are so few women making blockbuster films?

Director Kathryn Bigelow accepts the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing at the 2013 BAFTA LA Jaguar Britannia Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 9, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. ; Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Women are becoming more visible than ever at the top rungs of Hollywood. Awards season this […]

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events Feb. 1 to 8

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events Feb. 1 to 8

Here are my top picks of events scheduled from Feb. 1 to 8. All events are free, so take a look — and don’t you dare tell me there’s nothing to do in this town! Draft policies for the City of Pasadena General Plan update will be reviewed at a community meeting Saturday, Feb. 1, at 9 a.m. in […]

Filmweek: That Awkward Moment, Labor Day, At Middleton and more

Filmweek: That Awkward Moment, Labor Day, At Middleton and more

Actors Michael B. Jordan, Zac Efron and Miles Teller attend the “That Awkward Moment” screening after party at Maison O on January 22, 2014 in New York City.; Credit: Cindy Ord/Getty Images Larry and KPCC film critics Andy Klein, Claudia Puig and Charles Solomon review this week’s releases, including That Awkward Moment, Labor Day, At […]

The art of punk and the dive at Cafe NELA

The art of punk and the dive at Cafe NELA

Photo by Nathan Solis By Nathan Solis Illuminated by the glow of a neon beer sign, David Travis crosses the checkered-tiled floor of Cypress Park’s Cafe NELA as a hardcore punk band plays on a modest stage. Patrons and performers come in all shapes and dress: tattered leather jackets with safety pins, women in high […]

Open Sesame

Open Sesame

WHY For one of the most convivial, food-celebrating places in Belmont Shore, with happy groups sharing fattoush (a chopped salad), schwarma, crisp-soft fried potatoes, vegetarian platters, Belmont Brewing beers on tap and, of course, baklava. But whatever you order, just make sure you include some of those potatoes. WHAT Ali Kobeissi’s Lebanese bistro is so […]

5 ways we’d redesign the Republican State of the Union rebuttal

5 ways we’d redesign the Republican State of the Union rebuttal

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) sits on a couch as she prepares for responding to President Barack Obama tonight’s State of the Union address January 28, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. McMorris Rodgers, the chair of the House Republican Conference, was picked to deliver the response.; Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images Congresswoman Cathy […]

Neighborhood Fixture: Atwater’s Red Car Pylons

Neighborhood Fixture: Atwater’s Red Car Pylons

Concrete Red Car Pylons once supported a trolley-line bridge/Luis Lopez By Marni Epstein Situated next to the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge are the Red Car Pylons, support structures built in 1929 that allowed the Red Cars of the Pacific Electric Railway to shuttle busy passengers between Silver Lake and Atwater Village along its route, which extended into […]

Echo Park plays a supporting role in puppet productions

Echo Park plays a supporting role in puppet productions

Puppeteer Bob Baker brought his puppet-making skills and his marionette theater to the southern edge of Echo Park more than fifty years ago. Now, a new generation of puppeteers are calling Echo Park home, making puppets for live performances as well as part of animated productions. The firm Screen Novelties, for example, moved its offices and studio […]

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