Archive for ‘February, 2014’


‘Gravity’ production designer Andy Nicholson on taking audiences to space

‘Gravity’ production designer Andy Nicholson on taking audiences to space

Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in “Gravity.”; Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures Alfonso Cuarón’s stunning sci-fi drama ‘Gravity’ earned 10 Oscar nominations this year. Among them, a nod for the film’s production design—which includes a meticulously-crafted Space Shuttle and striking simulation of the zero-gravity environment beyond earth’s atmosphere. Transporting audiences so convincingly to a far-off place […]

Does “Figueroa Plaza” sound like Highland Park to you?

Does “Figueroa Plaza” sound like Highland Park to you?

The newly expanded Vons shopping center at Figueroa Street and La Loma Road in Eagle Rock is nearing completion, with a roster of  tenants that includes The Habit (grilled onions, please), Wells Fargo, T-Mobile and Supercuts, according to information posted inside the supermarket.  While some residents might take issue with the preponderance of chain stores, others […]

The psychology of the #selfie

The psychology of the #selfie

Photographers take selfies from the top of the US Capitol dome during a tour of the dome December 19, 2013 in Washington, DC. ; Credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images From the Oxford Dictionaries word of the year to the Selfie Olympics, it’s clear that smart-phone  and digital camera self-portraits—or ‘selfies’—are something of a cultural touchstone. We’ve […]

Omar

Omar

WHY For the little-known Muslim fare of Xinjiang, China’s autonomous far western region. WHAT The food at this homey café, a mesh of Chinese elements and central Asian nomad cooking, likely bears little resemblance to anything you’ve eaten in L.A. Sure, Xinjiang lamb kebabs are well known, but owner Munire Omar brings out zhuafan, a […]

Through the Looking Glass

Through the Looking Glass

Twenty-four hours after surgery and it’s time now for me to clean and dress for the first time, in my home and on my own, the wound bequeathed to the back of my left ear. I stand before the bathroom mirror affixed to the medicine cabinet above the faux porcelain sink and stare. My bespectacled […]

Tram Tour of Love & That’s Amore!

Tram Tour of Love & That’s Amore!

A tram will take those with a special someone on a guided tour of the most romantic spots in the Descanso Gardens. Then a glass of bubbly will be offered and a toast shall be had! For info on romantic tram tour, call 818.949.7980. The Patina Group will have two seatings for a Valentine’s Day […]

Spirit & Stone

Spirit & Stone

Artist and designer Louise Wannier states, “I am fascinated by observing patterns, noticing how light interacts with both nature and our dynamic urban landscapes.…Lately I have become captivated by the presence of abstract patterns within both natural and manmade objects and structures, and noticing that some can be revisited whilst others are only present in […]

"Yoo hoo! Is anybody?"

"Yoo hoo!  Is anybody?"

If you remember really EARLY TV you may remember Mrs. Goldberg.  In her signature opening she spoke from her window and wondering if anyone was home in one of the nearby apartments.  Is anybody became shorthand for “Is anybody there?” Image from Popmatters blog I feel a bit Mrs. Goldberg; it’s been a long time […]

Hearts by Vibiana at Zona Rosa

Hearts by Vibiana at Zona Rosa

Hearts, jazz bossa nova acoustic guitar, munchies, and “a lively bunch of amistades” (friends). So says artist Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin in regard to her art exhibit that has its opening reception Wednesday, February 12th at Zona Rosa Coffee in Pasadena. Valentine art, candy kisses, and Mexican coffee. Valentine-making for kids of all ages. “Buy art for […]

New Lincoln Heights park is ready but public remains fenced out

New Lincoln Heights park is ready but public remains fenced out

Temporary fencing closes off Ed. P. Reyes River Greenway Water cascades down into a rock-lined pool.  Newly planted trees and flowering shrubs sway in the breeze.  Burgundy colored benches  await visitors while pathways and bridges beckon to those who want to take a short stroll.   After more than a year of construction, the new […]

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