Mapplethorpe Moves to Los Angeles

Significant art and associated archives from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation have been jointly obtained by the Getty Museum, LACMA, and Getty Research Institute, and this week marks the start of a partnership to protect and preserve the work of the …


Halloween Help

 With Halloween falling on a school night this year, it’s incumbent upon parents to bring the holiday activities into the weekends prior to the big night. Luckily, LA is replete with celebratory opportunities between now and October 31st.

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Creating the United States at the Skirball Cultural Center

An election year offers the opportunity to contemplate the marvels of the Founding Fathers breaking apart from Great Britain and creating the democratic nation that we enjoy (and vote in) today. A new exhibit at the Skirball Cultural Center, Creating


Mad about Metzker: The Photography of Ray K Metzker and the Institute of Design

City Whispers: Los Angeles, negative 1981; print 2006 The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Gift of the Hall Family Foundation

The image above is the one Metzker photo with which I was familiar before heading into the Getty Center’s new show …


Things to Do with Kids in Los Angeles: A Savvy Soujourn to Malibu

After our fun post on things to do in Venice, we figured we would move inland and plan a day away from the coast. But this Indian summer keeps giving us hot days that just won’t quit, so we


Reading in the Dark (or, what was on my iPad this summer)

Everyone knows you can’t read your tablet in the bright sun of the beach (a reason many folks still prefer the Kindle). I love carrying a paperback around in a beach bag, but most of my summer reading took place …


Messerschmidt & Modernity at the Getty

With so many last minute summer errands to get done, we understand how hard it is to get out of the house and experience a day of culture in L.A. But trust us – Messerschmidt & Modernity at the Getty …


Top Ten Freshman Dorm Tips: BEYOND Bed Bath & Beyond

Moving your child into his or her freshman dorm is highly emotional. Fortunately there is so much organization and shopping to be done that you might not shed a tear until after you have waved goodbye. My daughter and I …


Beat the Heat! Late summer films for all ages

We got a sneak peek of a charming new film last week, and recommend that you spend a few hours of magic with The Odd Life of Timothy Green. The latest offering from Peter Hedges (About a Boy) is not only a heartwarming family film but, in a timely way, also glorifies the season of Autumn. From start to finish, the movie features richly turning leaves, gardens ready for harvest, and costumes in warm browns and reds. Instead of focusing on the tasks of school ahead, your child might be distracted by the fun and beauty of Fall.