The Tale of the Princess Kaguya & The Common Sense Seal

Common Sense, our go-to resource to review all things media, just developed a new Common Sense Seal to highlight great movies for watching with the family.  Not only are the films vetted by the Common Sense folks with their normal …

11.15.14

Grandes Maestros and 3 Shops for Global Artisinal Giving

Grandes Maestros at the Natural History Museum features work from the best craftspeople in the world — and will inspire your holiday shopping.

To find sources for unique handmade gifts from around the globe, read on. It is nice to

11.14.14

Fall Movies: Birdman with Michael Keaton

A comedy-drama co-written, produced, and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. The film stars Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Amy Ryan, Zach Galianakis, Andrea Riseborough.

         Rating: R     Running time: 119 mins

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Entertaining, romantic, beautifully acted, imaginatively …

11.12.14

Sensational Samurai at LACMA On View until February 2015

 A Must-See for Everyone Over the Holidays

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The second you step into Samurai: Japanese Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection, LACMA’s terrific new show, you feel the energy of the legendary warriors. Horses with fully armored samurai …

11.10.14

Perenchio and Stein: Historic Collections

Collecting art is no longer a hobby that is exclusive to the upper range of the income scale. The burgeoning landscape of art dealers and galleries, artists and fairs beckons to many, which is why it’s interesting to take a …

11.7.14

Girls on a Walkabout

The tradition of "walkabout" films is a strong one. The physical journey is simultaneously a mental journey inward, and the universal, emotional journey to the self translates neatly to literature and film.
11.4.14

An Unusual Story Told in Unusual Spaces

Los Angeles currently has two museum exhibitions that explore the creative legacy of German filmmakers, and each show has an innovative presentation that will appeal to visitors, whether they be film buffs or not.
10.27.14

Oscar Museum’s “Hollywood Costume” Surprises

A love of film accumulates over a lifetime, propelling film buffs to see a show like Hollywood Costume, a colorful survey of what some of our favorite actors have worn in some of our favorite films over the years. …

10.21.14

Don’t Sweat the Halloween Anxieties

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At a certain point in October, parents begin to worry about Halloween — especially when the 31st falls on a weekend night. This year, it’s a Friday and next year it will be on Saturday, so you might as well …

10.15.14