Benjamin Millepied, Jenifer Ringer and James Fayette mark the first year of the dynamic Colburn Dance Academy. As George Balanchine once famously said you need to promote professional ballet, "First, a school."
In California, there are about 7 million people who are eligible to vote but never registered to do so, including 1.2 million in Los Angeles County. It's a shocking statistic, considering the sacrifices made to win passage of the historic Voting Rights Act, which marked its 50th anniversary this year.
Recent coverage of crime spikes and "cyber banging" as new phenomena have missed some important aspects of what the LA basin is actually experiencing. Now that is not to say that recent articles are entirely wrong, but just missing the right context and some key facts.
About two decades ago, I first visited Six Flags Magic Mountain's Fright Fest with no idea what to expect. I didn't even know what a "haunt" or a "maze" was, never having been through a haunted house. It impressed me so much that it inspired me to visit haunted houses as often as possible thereafter.
Wherever we go, whenever we're waiting anywhere, we're constantly looking at our phones. Whether it's checking out some narcissistic comment on Facebook, or somebody's selfie on Instagram.
Nearly 20 years after California jump-started a national dialogue on medicinal cannabis, the Legislature and the Governor have succeeded in negotiating a set of new bills to bring law and order to the Wild West economy of legal cannabis in California.
With apologies to the immortal Casey Kasem, here's America's top tunes on the summer 2015 campaign hit parade. This Number One hit goes out on request to Hillary in Chappaqua.
This past weekend, I went to the 31st Annual Venice Festival on Abbott Kinney Boulevard. For those of you who don't know, Abbott Kinney is one of the fastest changing parts of Los Angeles, gentrifying at such warp speed that it only seems like yesterday when you could buy crack on its litter-strewn streets.
This weekend sent my mind into a whirlwind of both fond memories and melancholy. Twenty years ago, Los Angeles held it's breath bracing for riots, dissent and hostility to bubble up.
Proposition 49 is an attempt by the California state legislature to use the state ballot to solicit the views of California voters on an important topic of public concern -- whether to amend the U.S. Constitution to overturn Citizens United. Will the Justices let California voters have their say?
Asian Americans are the fastest growing immigrant group in the country and will comprise the largest immigrant population in the nation in several decades. You wouldn't know these facts if listening to the Republican candidates on the campaign trail.