| Dec 30, 2012
| 5:58 PM
Squeezed on all sides by chain shops and eateries in Burbank's Empire Center, Grain Lab is an independent island. The small eatery, which opened last month, has the minimal look of a hip chain, with a slightly industrial-meets-organic laboratory feel with...
| Feb 26, 2013
| 9:04 PM
In the battle of man vs. food, man must always win. Otherwise, it's just sad to say it was bologna that did you in.
Almost a year ago, I tested my gastronomic threshold for sandwiches. What started as an innocent tour of Burbank's sandwich shops became...
| Mar 5, 2013
| 8:28 PM
The Burbank Civitan Club has moved its major fundraiser, the St. Patrick’s Day Champagne Brunch, to the Burbank Holiday Inn's South Pacific Ballroom for this year's event on Sunday.
If you haven't been to the Holiday Inn for some time, you will...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:05 PM
When I first visited Sharkey's Bistro, a brand-new barbecue and burger joint in Burbank, I had a real problem with the interior. The radio was too loud, the artwork was too loud, even the silent big screen TV was too loud. The big smiles on the faces of...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:53 PM
When local bluegrass band the Brombies gets to work, it always feels more like a family reunion than a professional musical performance. Now in their fourth year of an every-Monday residency at Burbank's Viva Cantina, their fast-moving style, far-...
| May 14, 2013
| 1:06 PM
Whiplash is one of the hazards of my job. I take unfamiliar streets when I drive around town with the express purpose of discovering new restaurants. Peacha's, a tiny place on south Victory near Alameda in Burbank, made me do a hard double-take, almost...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 12:43 PM
Burbank-based trio LoveyDove trade in an extraordinarily perfected and intricate brand of modern, underground pop. Led by Dan West and Azalia Snail, a romantic twosome who share an artful and unusually self-possessed synchronicity, LoveyDove, who appear...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 2:48 PM
I love L.A. You can get food from all corners of the world here. Take, for example, the two-mile stretch of Burbank Boulevard in Burbank. Here you can find two Mexican restaurants, an Italian deli, a sushi place, an American sports bar, a Cuban eatery,...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 1:51 PM
At just past 8:30 a.m., the neon sign flickered to life. Guthrie's Alley Cat had put out the welcome mat for the morning beer-and-shots crowd.
The bar sits on Wall Street in Bakersfield, a narrow piece of concrete near downtown. My wife, Donna, and I...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 2:02 PM
Starting in January, DeBell Golf Club will operate under a new management structure, relieving the city of day-to-day responsibilities, but the city-owned club is still grappling with a $600,000 backlog of capital improvements it cannot afford to make....
| Nov 1, 2013
| 11:16 AM
The play “Miracle on South Division Street” holds a special meaning for its author, playwright Tom Dudzick. The story centers on a Catholic working-class family living in a deteriorating Buffalo, N.Y., neighborhood whose lives are upended upon...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 1:38 PM
Story Tavern boosts Burbank and beer in equal measure. It's like walking into a history lesson where there's artisanal beer on tap. You're sipping your cider with Dr. David Burbank looking over your shoulder. The portrait of the eccentrically bearded...