Gary Baseman at the Skirball: The Door is Always Open

Baseman_Door_Is_OpenGary Baseman grew up in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles – his mother worked at Canter’s Deli and he attended Fairfax High. You’ll recognize his imagery from the cover of the box of the popular board game Cranium, from …

5.13.13

What To Read Right Now: May and Beyond

 

Laura Cornell

In the last few months, new titles have felt a bit slim-pickings, so I went back and read East of Eden by John Steinbeck, which never disappoints. I recently convinced my book club to read Cannery Row, which …

4.30.13

Grandparent Tip — Stay Up to Date with Grandparents Link

We know from our recent TFS survey that we have more than a few savvy grandparents as readers — maybe because they have learned that one of the secrets of gaining successful access to the grand kids is having fun …

4.30.13

Los Angeles Children’s Film Festival

LA CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL

Wondering how to stretch out the days between now and summer? You can keep the family busy by dropping in to see some of the intriguing films gathered up for the LA Children’s Film Festival, going on between April 26 …

4.24.13

From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

From the Mixed UP Files...

One of my favorite authors died over the weekend, E.L. Konigsburg. She was 83 years old. The news gave me pause – caught my breath up, actually. And, when I saw a FB from a writer friend who admitted that …

4.23.13

Free Concert for Kids with the LA Phil

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Getting the kids to love music is easy in the endlessly interesting-to-look-at Walt Disney Concert Hall. On April 27, the LA Phil is offering a nice chance to do just that. Purchase a full-price adult ticket to a 2:00 PM …

4.18.13

TRACES Coming to The Music Center

Traces Bradley Anderson

 You’ll Want to Run Away to the Circus!

For three shows only, between April 26-28 (and including a Sunday matinee), TRACES, a highly energetic and unusual dance troupe graces the stage of The Music Center. No staid production, this …

4.8.13

RIP Roger Ebert

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This is the way I will remember Roger Ebert – as the robust, thumbs-up toting film lover who loved movies (perhaps) more than any of us. As the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize and his own star …

4.5.13

The Descanso Gardens — The Lilacs are in Bloom

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Don’t you envy those whose birthdays are in Apri? It’s when the natural world turns out to celebrate with resplendence. LA’s gardens are blooming magnificently right now, and we recommend a jaunt to these rare environs to savor the …

4.4.13