The Backbone Trail

After living in Los Angeles for over 30 years, I only recently learned about the Backbone Trail (BBT), a magnificent 67 mile trail that connects ridge lines from Will Rogers to Point Magu. In January, a group of friends hiked the first 11 miles, and our goal is to do the whole route before the year is over.
2.29.20

The Overstory by Richard Powers

 

Richard Powers’ The Overstory is a big long read, as massive as the redwoods that he chronicles so lovingly. It’s easy to put aside, which I did for about 9 months after it won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for

2.23.20

Little Women

 

 

With an all-star cast and stellar directing by Greta Gerwig (Ladybird), Little Women is arguably the best film of 2019. Gerwig takes the beloved title for a modern spin, deftly mixing up the traditional timeline, to

2.1.20

CCPA + How to Protect your Privacy

The California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA) went into effect as of January 1, 2020 … have you taken a moment to understand its ramifications? Most of us don’t really want to know about the troves of data being harvested by …

1.30.20

Badamaash

Ever wonder where to eat before a Laker game when you head downtown? Try Badmaash, an Indian joint across from the courthouse (with a second outlet on Fairfax).

We had terrific service, tried dishes we hadn’t heard of before, …

1.23.20

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 …

1.18.20

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 …

1.11.20

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 …

1.8.20

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 …

12.15.19