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Mermaid Avenue

Joel Epstein | Posted 02.01.2016 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

I am decades older now than I was on that visit to Mermaid Avenue in Coney Island but fundamentally I am the same. I am still the hopeful romantic about my city, albeit now a warmer one with different flora, mountains, tastes and accents.

The Best Route 66 Hotels

Orbitz.com | Posted 01.25.2016 | Travel
Orbitz.com

By Jason Heidemann for the Orbitz Travel Blog The Mother Road is a true thrill ride. America's most iconic highway meanders from downtown Chicago all...

Huge Congrats To The Santa Monica Symphony For Winning A Prestigious National Endowment For The Arts Award!

Ira Israel | Posted 01.07.2016 | Los Angeles
Ira Israel

When people think of Santa Monica they probably think of the beach, the sun, the promenade... it is doubtful that many people think of its hidden gem,...

Change Traditions to Enjoy the Holidays While Divorced

Wendy Paris | Posted 12.29.2015 | Divorce
Wendy Paris

It's easy to feel less-than during the holidays, which could also be called the "Season of Pressure to Have the Perfect Family." All the music in the stores is romantic; the commercials on TV are filled with happy, intact families snuggling by the fire.

L.A.'s Transit Force Awakens

Joel Epstein | Posted 12.15.2015 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

We are in a new era. One in which L.A.'s transit loving forces have awakened and taken back the city from the villainous Army of NO. And that is why I am optimistic about L.A.'s transit future and that the City will continue on the positive trajectory it has found over the past decade or so.

The Historic Hotel Casa del Mar - A Southern California Gem

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 12.07.2015 | Travel
Jeryl Brunner

One great refuge is the Hotel Casa del Mar in Santa Monica. Perfectly located before the sea just steps from the ocean, the hotel was first built in 1926 as a glamorous beach club.

What I Learned on Halloween as the Massive 8-Foot-Tall Stay Puft Marshmallow Man From 'Ghostbusters'

Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler | Posted 11.03.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler

It only took a year to prepare my costume for this Halloween -- an 8-foot-tall inflatable Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from the movie "Ghostbusters." E...

The Subway Toward the Sea

Joel Epstein | Posted 11.02.2015 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Last month, the Subway Toward the Sea came a bit closer to becoming a reality. The cause for celebration arrived in the form of an appeals court ruling upholding the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Purple Line Extension.

Adam Harrison: 'Thousand Skies' at George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles

John Seed | Posted 10.24.2015 | Arts
John Seed

In his most recent paintings, artist Adam Harrison explores the particular places he encounters in his everyday life. Working for periods of between four and six months, Harrison records both interiors scenes and cityscapes, documenting them with honesty and a journalistic approach.

Going Silent (Installment Five)

Peter Himmelman | Posted 10.22.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Peter Himmelman

At this very moment I'm sitting at my kitchen table writing and it's a good thing I can write - not only because I have an enormous number of things to say - but because I had surgery on my right vocal cord to remove a hemorrhagic nodule little more than a week ago.

Ever Heard a Beatboxing Harpist? Phillip King's Unconditional Love Frequency Campaign Hums in the City of Angels

Jesse Damiani | Posted 10.08.2015 | Arts
Jesse Damiani

Los Angeles is a city full of characters, and Phillip King is no exception. A tall man who exudes positivity in his seemingly permanent ear-to-ear smile, Phillip has been bringing his distinct style to different corners of the city for the past few years, becoming something of a fixture for locals.

Watch the Legendary Placido Domingo Perform For Free on October 3, 2015.

Natalie Pace | Posted 09.29.2015 | Los Angeles
Natalie Pace

There will be a free live simulcast of the final performance of Los Angeles Opera's Gianni Schicchi and Pagliacci on the Santa Monica Beach pier on October 3, 2015. Gianni Schicchi is a delightful short romp starring Placido Domingo.

Westwood is for Bikes Too

Joel Epstein | Posted 07.31.2015 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Dear Paul: LA City Councilman Paul Koretz that is. Say it ain't so! How sobering to read in the LA Times and The Daily Bruin that you now not only op...

Bergamot Station: The Night to Remember

Edward Goldman | Posted 07.15.2015 | Arts
Edward Goldman

Just imagine marble statues of Greek and Roman gods and goddesses coming to life and moving through the air with divine grace, as if earthly gravity simply does not apply to them.

Name That Train

Joel Epstein | Posted 06.29.2015 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Asking residents to improve our city by volunteering at a local school, participating in street tree plantings or logging on to MY LA 311 to report illegal dumping makes L.A. a better place to live. And sometimes, a challenge can be just plain fun.

L.A.'s Human Face of Big Data

Joel Epstein | Posted 06.25.2015 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Whereas. That's how my work day began. With a festive farewell breakfast and City of Los Angeles proclamation in the Mayor's Press Room for outgoing D...

The Beach Belongs to Everyone

Toni G. Atkins | Posted 06.10.2015 | Green
Toni G. Atkins

Imagine going to spend a day at the beach with friends or family, looking to recharge your batteries at some of California's most treasured destinations. But before you hit the sand, you encounter razor wire. Or a locked gate. Or an oddly placed boulder.

The Frass Isn't Greener

Lisa Novick | Posted 06.03.2015 | Los Angeles
Lisa Novick

Tempted to install artificial turf as an alternative to your water-thirsty lawn? Read this piece by Lisa Cahill, TreePeople's Director of Sustainable ...

For a Better L.A., Be Disruptive

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.28.2015 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

To succeed in the startup space, be disruptive. That was the lesson of this morning's TechFire Ignite 2015 program at the Santa Monica Bay Woman's Club.

The ABCs of Los Angeles Metro

Joel Epstein | Posted 06.26.2015 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

That is what we need to do. Always be closing on our transit improvements and with Washington where our tax dollars are kept. Renaming our transit lines is small ball and a distraction compared to the construction and other work at hand.

April Is for Commuters

Joel Epstein | Posted 06.08.2015 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

It's still early in the month but already April is shaping up to be a great one for Los Angeles commuters. No, I am not talking about the relative calm of Easter weekend, though that was nice too.

Meditation Myth Number 1: 'I'm Not the Type'

Dean Sluyter | Posted 05.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Dean Sluyter

Meditation is, in fact, resting in inner silence, and as that silence gradually percolates into the rest of your day, it becomes the state of unshakable happiness and peace that sometimes goes by names like nirvana or enlightenment.

Movie Night in Downtown LA

Joel Epstein | Posted 04.28.2015 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

With so much of our country mired in the nonsensical pablum that has paralyzed Washington and the news media (think Rudy Giuliani, Brian Williams and Bill O"Reilly), it is refreshing listening to a mayor who understands jive but doesn't give it to us.

Are Bicycles Part of the Third Way in Los Angeles?

Joel Epstein | Posted 04.22.2015 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

In presenting programs like Shifting Gears: Bicycle Mobility on the Westside, WUF serves an important purpose bringing together business people and government and non-profit leaders with the ability to advance forward looking land-use and planning agendas in a town not always known for being visionary.

Envision Festival Official L.A. Pre-Party on 1/28

Morena Duwe | Posted 03.27.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

With the fifth annual Envision Festival in Costa Rica just around the corner, what better way to spread the vibes than with a pre-party? Lu Fam Pro and Luminous Movement presents the official Envision Fest L.A. Pre-Party on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015.