2 Museums: 2 Excellent Shows (with a fun connection)

Getty Center in December 2021

Many of us have curtailed plans to travel this holiday, providing an excellent opportunity to explore our own city’s cultural institutions — we used to call this a Staycation but now it’s just the New …


Too Many Books (but plenty of time)

The 2021 Best Book lists are out and it’s time to plan your holiday reading and gift lists. First, check out the New York Times Top 10 Books of 2021. Here also are the lists from the Wall Street


I Want to Watch all the Miyazaki Films Again

Layout, Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989),
© 1989 Eiko Kadono – Studio Ghibli – N

I visited the new Academy Museum in October and once I’d said hello to Bruce, the super-toothy shark from Jaws hanging in the main stairwell, I …


Control the Scroll: Managing Social Media and Mental Health – A Common Sense webinar

In my new role as a consultant, I organized a conversation for Common Sense titled “Control the Scroll: Managing Social Media and Mental Health” with two LA resources — influencer and athlete Victoria Garrick and Dr. Dolly Klock (of Adolessons


Visiting NHM : Jane Goodall + Becoming Los Angeles

A traveling show about the life and work of Jane Goodall is currently on view at the Natural History Museum. Becoming Jane features items from Jane’s iconic career as a naturalist and offers lessons about how the next generations can …


2021 Holiday Giving from Women Owned Businesses

With so many considerations going into holiday gifting this year – supply chain issues notwithstanding – why not be intentional with your dollars and narrow down your choices by supporting Women Owned Businesses! Here are some of our favorites.



For Architectural Enthusiasts

If you like exploring new neighborhoods and learning about the forward-looking design that is an elemental part of our city’s history, FORT:LA is for you. Friends of Residential Treasures (FORT: LA) has produced sixteen tours of specific architectual sites of …


Kehinde Wiley (An LA Story) + Common Sense’s New Diversity Ratings

Kehinde Wiley’s and Amy Sherald’s Obama portraits (on view now at LACMA) feel fresh and culturally relevant at a time when most painting and media sorely under represents people of color. Kehinde Wiley’s story is a reminder of how keenly …


Will Drive For Views: Exploring Griffith Park

I don’t know about you, but I tend to repeat my favorite hikes because they seem to have everything that I need: ease of parking, a steep enough grade for a good butt-kick, and a trail that is dog-friendly without …