The Toyota Symphonies for Youth

If you’ve longed to attend a concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall with your children, but worry that they might wiggle uncontrollably or fall asleep by intermission, we have good news. The folks at the Los Angeles Philharmonic have …


On Having a Halloween Birthday

My son was born on Halloween.  Here he is at one — just as joyful and rambunctious as he is today. Only now, he’s 17.

You’d think that having your birthday on Halloween would be really cool. And, for 364 …




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.

Elementary Age


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 …


TFS Subscriber Profile: Desiree Lapin and the Parents Education League of LA

We caught up with Desiree Lapin, founder of the Parents Education League of LA, a non-profit organization that serves as a valuable resource for parents on all things having to do with their child’s education.  If you have young …


MacArthur Foundation “Genius Awards”

The Class of 2012 MacArthur Fellows were announced today – worth taking a look at the diversity of genius in our time. Here is Uta Barth, a photographer living here in LA. Coolest part of this whole deal is that …