Worth The Drive (or the Metro): Free Events at Grand Park in Downtown L.A.

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BY KAREN YOUNG If you haven't had a chance to venture downtown, consider taking a short trip by car or Metro this summer.  The restaurant scene is growing daily, while the cultural scene is exploding from Music Center events to the Downtown Art … [Read more...]

This Weekend: Memorial Day Weekend Super Sales, Festivals, Music, Movies, Food, Art and More Across Los Angeles

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BY KAREN YOUNG   SATURDAY Street Food Cinema and Stand By Me: It’s a summer event series that features outdoor movies, gourmet food trucks and music from emerging Los Angeles musicians every Saturday this summer from Memorial Day … [Read more...]

Two San Fernando Valley Writers Capture “The Oprah Effect”

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BY KAREN YOUNG The Oprah Winfrey  Show was one of the most successful talk shows in television history with Winfrey inspiring and informing her viewers  on a daily basis.  The show ran  for 25 seasons and won 47 Emmy Awards until Winfrey … [Read more...]

Worth the Drive: Escape to The Last Bookstore in Downtown Los Angeles

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The Last Bookstore, which inhabits a former bank building,  carries 200,000 new and used books.

BY RACHEL DAHAN     Occupying an old bank building in downtown Los Angeles on the corner of 5th and Spring in the Old Bank District, stands The Last Bookstore — a magnificent tribute to the printed word, waiting for souls to … [Read more...]

THIS WEEKEND: What’s Happening Around Los Angeles

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Alvin Ailey inspired RockaYourSoul event for all ages at Grand Park this weekend.

BY KAREN YOUNG   RockaYourSoul: American Dance Theater and  The Music Center are joining together for LA’s Celebration of Gospel, Dance and Alvin Ailey — a free, multi-dimensional cultural experience which will embrace visitors of … [Read more...]

Val Kilmer is Mark Twain at the Valley Performing Arts Center

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BY LUCY POLLAK   Actor Val Kilmer, who grew in Chatsworth, will be back on his home turf on Saturday, April 6 when he performs his one-man show, Citizen Twain, at the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge. Val Kilmer, famous … [Read more...]

Kids’ Book Corner: Fresh Books for Spring

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BY JO PERRY New books and classic stories bloom this month for young and emerging readers. Chicks! by Sandra Horning with detailed illustrations by Jon Goodel is a satisfying look at the life-cycle of the chicken for emerging readers.  … [Read more...]

See “Oz The Great and Powerful” with MyMovieDeals.com

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BY KAREN YOUNG Studio City residents Frank Buckley and Gordon Ho  never imagined when they met ten years ago at Beeman Park where their sons played  t-ball that they would now be in business together in a venture separate from their … [Read more...]

Kids’ Book Corner: We ♥ Books

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BY JO PERRY "We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading." — B. F. Skinner It’s never too late for your children to fall in love with reading.  Young readers will ♥ these bright and funny February titles about … [Read more...]

This Weekend: What’s Happening This Weekend and Some Special Events Running Through February

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BY KAREN YOUNG Ladies Night Out in Burbank: Tonight is the night  (and the last Friday of every month), in the Magnolia Park area of Burbank. Get your friends together from 6 to 9 p.m. for a store-to-store party filled with super sales, wine … [Read more...]