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Home Ground: What God hath intended: jellies, jams

Home Ground: What God hath intended: jellies, jams

| February 22, 2019 | 1 Comment

Pectin makes it all possible. Pectin is one of God’s best ideas, purveyed in fruity packages. No question: God intended us to have jellies and jams and marmalade. This is why I take my marmalade straight, by the spoonful. To that end, my friend and I, in Los Angeles, set out to make marmalade, inspired […]

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New vista for mid-life divorcé, latest take on Anne Frank

New vista for mid-life divorcé, latest take on Anne Frank

| January 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

Linda Vista by Tracy Letts (author of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning “August: Osage County”) takes place at the titular Linda Vista (translation: nice view) located near San Diego, California. Wheeler (Ian Barford) is in a full-blown mid-life crisis. Fifty years old, recently divorced with a problem child, he is attempting to make […]

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Music-themed films top the list

Music-themed films top the list

| January 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

Here is my list of the most enjoyable films I saw during 2018. Even though I cut back on the number of films I saw this year, this list is much longer than it has been in the past. Am I getting soft? This is based only on films I saw and does not include […]

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Love letter to preservation and architecture in time for Valentine’s Day

Love letter to preservation and architecture in time for Valentine’s Day

| January 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

In 1965, two eminent architectural historians, David Gebhard of UC Santa Barbara and Robert Winter of Occidental College, produced the local region’s first guide to significant architecture, “An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles.” It was “the 1960s,” and the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage ordinance was only three years old. People were just beginning to talk […]

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Does the past have a future in Hollywood? Not according to Plan

Does the past have a future in Hollywood? Not according to Plan

| January 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

The calendar has turned, and a new year is underway. Resolutions invariably find their way into the conversation. Resolutions are usually personal, something we commit to because we want to change a habit, become a better or healthier person. Resolutions enter the public realm through a community plan, a collective resolve to create a livable […]

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Celebrating Oscar awardee, ALLA’s new home

Celebrating Oscar awardee, ALLA’s new home

| January 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

Nominated for an Academy Award twice in the past for “La La Land” and “True Grit,” Mary Zophres, costume designer for this year’s film about Neil Armstrong, “First Man,” was recently feted at the FIDM Museum. Barbara Bundy, director of the museum, hosted an intimate luncheon at the downtown, South Park facility.  “It can be […]

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