| Nov 30, 2011
| 6:42 PM
Hogwarts is coming to Hollywood.
Universal Studios is planning to build a replica of its successful Florida Harry Potter theme park in Los Angeles, said people familiar with the matter but not authorized to discuss it publicly.
A contract between...
| Dec 2, 2011
| 12:40 PM
Is it sacrilege to love the chicken salad at a joint famous for its house-cured pastrami?
The Oinkster in Eagle Rock sells its pastrami and its home-cooked Carolina-style pulled pork by the pound, such is the clamor by carnivores. And its meaty...
| Jul 12, 2011
| 5:26 PM
Construction on the Golden State (5) Freeway through Burbank will halt over the weekend to ease stress on what could become a major relief valve for motorists seeking to get around the 405 Freeway closure, transportation officials said.
| Oct 15, 2011
| 11:10 AM
When a menu ranges from Mediterranean to Mexican to seafood to burgers, you can usually expect at best mediocre food. It’s like going to a movie starring Jim Belushi, Eric Roberts and Carmen Electra. Gerlach’s Grille in Pasadena is the...
| Dec 23, 2011
| 8:07 AM
Christmas in Southern California definitely will not be white this year.
In fact, it's beginning to feel a lot like springtime. Weather forecasters are predicting that temperatures should reach a high of 78 degrees by Christmas Day.
| Dec 31, 2011
| 6:02 PM
So you’re going to the Rose Parade.
Many choices lie ahead.
Buy a seat near the heart of the television spectacle at Orange Grove and Colorado boulevards, or rough it on free sidewalk space further down the parade route? Take a chance with...
| Jan 7, 2012
| 1:51 PM
Hello folks, I really enjoyed your articles in the Rose Parade Survival Guide this week.
As the owner of a travel firm, I have been bringing groups into Pasadena and the Rose Parade for about 13 years. The fantastic weather, along with the dozens of...
| May 20, 2011
| 4:56 PM
“…whether you're a 50-year-old or an adolescent, you're on some kind of hormonal rollercoaster in those two age groups. So I'm not quite sure if it's serious comedy or funny drama.” — Geoffrey Rush
When I was 12 years old, my...
| Jun 3, 2011
| 2:27 PM
Summer vacation is here. I know this not because it's hot or because I saw it on the calendar. I know it because Burbank schools let my kids out for the year the Thursday before Memorial Day at 12:55 pm.
Not Friday. Not 1 or 2 p.m. — Thursday May...
| Jun 17, 2011
| 4:53 PM
Chapstick. Classic flavor Chapstick.
It's one of those things that transports me back to an exact moment in life. When I smell it, I am a wide-eyed child, uneasy and excited — curious about the man giving it to me, comforted because he was my...
| Jul 25, 2011
| 11:42 AM
As I enter the homestretch of summer vacation with my sons, I can see them struggling (as well as myself) in trying to fill their days with interesting stuff to do. After the first few weeks of no school, the novelty has worn off. Having several more...
| Jul 31, 2011
| 1:28 AM
Sometimes I get tickets to sitcom tapings and game shows. Most recently I got tickets to "Let's Make A Deal" at the Sunset Bronson Studios in Hollywood.
I invited my wonderful dog-walker Julie Cummins and her 18-year old daughter, Nicole, an adorable...