Millard Sheets, the Marciano Art Foundation, and the Masons

I had a chance to visit the new Marciano Art Foundation (MAT) recently and found myself fascinated by the unusual history of the building itself - specifically the work of artist and architect Millard Sheets, but also the odd legacy of the Scottish Rite Free Masons. Here are some tips for taking a tour of the building, what to know about the art in the collection, and tips for exploring the elegant neighborhood in which it is situated - Hancock Park.
8.23.17

Carne y Arena at LACMA

Alejandro Iñárritu’s art and virtual reality installation, “Carne y Arena”, opened at LACMA in early July for a  limited run, after debuting at Cannes and having already spent some time at Milan’s Fondazione Prada. I visited this week — the …

8.16.17

Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys

Some topics are trickier than others to discuss with kids, and broaching the unavoidable topic of puberty tops the list. A time-honored tradition is to purchase a good book on the subject and leave it in the bathroom where it …

8.10.17

Original Malibu

The King and Queen of Malibu: The True Story of the Battle For Paradise, written by David K. Randall, unlocks the mystery and provides a fascinating glimpse of life in early Los Angeles.
7.28.17

Watching Gender from Common Sense

A new report released by Common Sense this week helps parents think about the stereotypes that their kids are exposed when watching television and films.

Many of the ideas are familiar – as adults, we understand the age-old limitations of …

6.22.17

Ticket Giveaway: My Neighbor Totoro (6/25-6/26)

If you love the films of famed animator Hayao Miyazaki, you have the chance to enjoy many of his beloved classics on the big screen this year during GKIDS Ghibli Fest 2017. Six classics will be shown in theaters between …

6.22.17

Summer Reading 2017

Time to stuff the book bag – for the plane, for the beach, for the backyard chaise. Here’s what we have loved recently, and can recommend.

Fiction

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid is a short, elegant novel that puts you …

6.7.17

Saved by Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is the super heroine the world needs right now. The film grossed $100M in it's opening weekend, the largest amount by a female director, ever. Better get those Halloween costumes now.
6.4.17

TOPIC: Online Privacy

We are all addicted to our devices, but most of us are blissfully unaware about Terms of Service and the data we are giving up when we use "free" apps and games on our devices.
5.13.17