VR: Get Ready for the Future

I recently brought an enthusiastic Virtual Reality producer to a session with 12 teen agers to explore what the new technology is all about. I had to admit a certain trepidation for this new medium, and the kids were thrilled …

3.31.16

Screenagers

Screenagers is a new documentary, debuting March 2, that explores how teens interact with each other and their phones. Director, physician and parent, Delaney Ruston turns the camera on her own family and turns to experts to tackle the questions of how much is too much when it comes to video games and device addiction.
2.25.16

Down the Rabbit Hole with Author and Potter Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal, whose books illuminate his studio art practice and vice versa, making for a joyful, if rambling, journey down the rabbit hole of his wide-ranging artistic fascinations. Now is an apt time to consider de Waal’s oeuvre, as the august Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills is currently featuring his new ceramics.
2.9.16

Favorite Books of 2015

My favorite adult reads of 2015 were (in order of most recently devoured): A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nahesi Coates, H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald, A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin, and Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande.
1.7.16

Heal the World: A Path Appears at the Skirball

The holidays offer a natural time to consider how each of us can make a difference in our increasingly complex world. As we prepare abundant meals for loved ones and consider our gifts for the holidays, it's a natural time for reflection on how to give back. We are aways inspired by examples of meaningful social change, and so recommend a new, highly interactive exhibition that has just opened at the Skirball Cultural Center.
11.19.15

News You Can Use – The Common Sense Census: Media Use in Tweens and Teens

Common Sense Media released a large-scale study that explores young people’s use of the full range of media and technology. It offers a comprehensive picture of the use of media by kids, ages 8 to 18 in the U.S., including the level of enjoyment, frequency of use, and amount of time devoted to a wide array of media activities and devices.
11.3.15

Summer Adventures: Letterpress in LA

In this digital age, it may be hard for children to fathom—and for some adults to remember—that the printing of type was once a hand-set labor of love.  Letterpress originated in the 1400s and was the primary form of printing …

5.30.15

A Game that Teaches Digital Citizenship to Middle Schoolers

digcompwebCommon Sense Education released an exciting new educational game today that will help middle schoolers understand the basic tenets of digital citizenship. The term "digital footprint" evokes scenarios that parents comprehend in a nanosecond, But, it takes more time for kids to learn that …

5.1.15

YallWest Festival Features YA Books and Authors, April 11-12

The YALLWest Festival debuts at the Santa Monica Public Library this weekend, April 11-12 with a stated goal to “celebrate and empower our tribe of readers, writers and creators.”

YallwestThe sister event of YALLFest, a fun lit festival based in …

4.7.15