Lost Children Archive

Rarely do we really understand where a writer finds her inspiration but Valeria Luiselli tips her hand willingly to share that her deeply moving new novel was borne of an experience she had interviewing migrant children in New York City. …


LEARN: Julie Mehretu at LACMA

File this under things you can do during the COVID-19 quarantine – relax into this expanse of extra time, and learn about an artist you might not know: Julie Mehretu, whose mid-career retrospective at LACMA, has been noted as …


I love Peleton

I’ll admit to being devoted to Peleton, but they made my heart swell (even more than usual) by allowing access to their library of programming, for free, during this time of crisis. All of us need to exercise, and …


Violet: New Cooking School and Restaurant

Westwood Village has a lovely new french restaurant called Violet that had the misfortune to open during the first week of the COVID-19 quarantine, but that hopefully can weather the storm because the neighborhood needs a classy spot to dine, …


On Book Clubbing

Who better than the NYTimes for book recommendations, right? As long as I can remember, poring over the Book Review section of the massive Sunday paper was a ritual and now, one of my favorite weekly listens is the paper’s …


Hollywood History Stair Adventure

Our latest tour of LA’s “Secret Stairs” offers a dose of Hollywood history and glamour. You only need to park once to explore two completely different neighborhoods that sit immediately south of the Hollywood Bowl, one on each side of …


Welcome MMXX

I took a long break from posting here, and I have missed writing about the important issues, travel and art that have meant so much to me. So – here we go with a bold 2020 New Year’s Resolution to …


Tom Kiefer’s Photos at the Skirball

A new photography show is a timely reminder of the physical and emotional atrocities suffered by migrants crossing the border into our country. The work is simple and powerful: collections of items rescued from trash bins at detention centers are …


Why I am reading Less this year

I'm reading less this year in general.  But when it comes to worthy books this year, Andrew Sean Greer's novel is at the top of my list.