MLK, Jr. Day Reflections: 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen & a Charleston, SC Plantation

charleston plantationTraveling produces potent memories, and one of the most indelible experiences I’ve had on the road took place on the grounds of a former rice plantation outside Charleston, South Carolina called Middleton Place.  I can’t remember exactly why we …

1.20.14

3 Reasons to Explore DTLA

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Surprise, surprise! DTLA has been listed at the tippy top of several travel lists for 2014.  GC magazine declared that “America’s Next Best City is inside LA” — declaring DTLA one of the coolest places in the country …

1.15.14

Hockney at the de Young in San Francisco

The Family Savvy reviews David Hockney's The Bigger Exhibit at SF's de Young Museum.
1.14.14

Gray Whale Watching this Winter (and a Ticket Offer)

It's a perfect time of year to go get out on the ocean to see Gray Whales. Book a trip through the Aquarium of the Pacific.
1.8.14

Calder and Abstraction at LACMA

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Believe it or not, there has not been a retrospective of Alexander Calder’s work in LA, ever.  Which is one reason LACMA’s new show, Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic is such a treat. The curators chose to focus …

11.22.13

Happy 125th Birthday National Geographic

State of the Art Displays at The Annenberg Space for Photography’s new show make for Stunning Viewing —

If you grew up poring through the pages of National Geographic, you will appreciate learning that the current Editor-in-Chief of the renowned …

10.24.13

Malibu’s Public Spaces

Malibu conjures all the cliches of LA. We took a mid-week visit off season to remind ourselves how Malibu became Malibu. In other words, why do those who can afford to live here choose to live here, despite the fires and flooding and traffic? The answer is simple: when the land meets the sea, remarkable things happen.
10.3.13

Tongva Park in Santa Monica

Santa Monica’s brand new public space, Tongva Park, had a soft opening this week and opens officially on October 19. With the gates down, and the sun shining brilliantly, it’s hard to believe that the world hasn’t quickly flocked …

9.19.13

Looking at Theater in LA: The 2013-2014 Season

It's time to think about special occasions for the family over the next year. Whether you like to purchase series of tickets or splurge on special occasions, there are plenty of ways to make good use of your time and money this season. Spend a few moments looking around and we think you'll agree.
9.12.13