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Acrylic and copper add contemporary edge, beauty to any decor

By Suzanne Sproul|

Gardening: ‘Ballerina’ roses will dance right into your heart

I’m in love with a ballerina — a ‘Ballerina’ rose, that is. ‘Ballerina’ is a hybrid musk rose and hybrid musks, for reasons beyond comprehension, are seldom seen in the nursery trade. Hybrid musks are sh...

By Joshua Siskin|


  • Beer

    The most hyper-local beer in the world uses yeast from your backyard

    Scott Hale wrangled on land marked by dust and spiky trees. A visual artist by trade and an aficionado of fermentation, Hale, of Twentynine Palms, sought something microscopic and, critically, something that had to find him. All he could do was make a trap. His bait: a golden murky slurry of water and sorghum. His quest? The holy grail of beer, the ingredient that imprints both its flavor and its origin. Hale hunts yeast. “It’s mad science,” Hale...

    Lauren Williams

  • Amusement and theme parks

    Guardians of the Galaxy attraction opens Saturday at Disney California Adventure

    ANAHEIM — Riding the new Guardians of the Galaxy attraction at Disney California Adventure is like hopping on an out-of-control pogo stick. The drops on the elevator-free-fall ride are wild and unexpected, zipping guests in a variety of heights both up and down. Rock ’n’ roll music blares. Video vignettes of the stars of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies appear. Unlike Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, the old ride in the same building,...

    Joseph Pimentel

  • Museums

    Submarine that found Titanic, Vietnam ‘Huey’ chopper join exhibits at Reagan Library

    SIMI VALLEY >> The aircraft and submarine rolled by truck into the morning fog Wednesday at the Reagan Library, bearing witness to profound tragedies. In one, a U.S. Army helicopter was shot down during a medical rescue mission in Vietnam, resulting in the deaths of two airmen. In the other, a U.S. Navy submersible sphere was the first to ferry the RMS Titanic discoverers to an ocean graveyard of 1,500 souls. “This is awesome, just awesome,” said artist Steve...

    Dana Bartholomew

  • Reality TV

    Claremont couple becomes reality TV stars flipping vintage Southern California homes

    You never know what you’ll get with an old house after peeling through layers of carpet, wallpaper and paneling, but Jessie and Tina Rodriguez love finding out. To the Claremont couple, it’s part puzzle and part their profession with a genuine love of old homes that motivates them. Their efforts to restore what time has taken away are what make up their HGTV television show, “Vintage Flip,” which begins its second season Thursday night with a 30-minute show...

    Suzanne Sproul

  • Amusement and theme parks

    Disney opens Pandora — The Land of Avatar at Walt Disney World

    Six years in the making, Pandora — The Land of Avatar, opened at Walt Disney World Wednesday, May 24. The new land, featuring two new rides, a restaurant and immersive entertainment, is based on the movie “Avatar,” one of the most successful films ever released. When Disney announced six years ago it had made a deal to work with the film’s director, James Cameron, to build a land and rides based on his movie, many in the industry were caught by...

    Mark Eades

  • Dining

    Power outage can’t dim dinner at Falafel Bar after customers light the way

    WOODLAND HILLS >> When power went out at the Falafel Bar Tuesday night, plunging the popular Israeli eatery into darkness, owner and chef Ayala Shlomo hardly missed a beat. Shlomo continued deep-frying balls of spiced-up garbanzo bean, dished up moist strips of chicken thigh in warm fluffy pitas, and served up a bevy of diverse salads that her hungry customers have come to love. “What more can I do?” the mild-mannered Shlomo, whose family opened its first...

    Brenda Gazzar

  • Parks

    Rangers will return for reopening of Harbor Regional Park

    When Harbor Regional Park reopens on June 17, there will be more to celebrate than just the completion of a years-long, $111 million restoration project. Thanks to efforts by the city’s Department of Recreation and Parks, up to six park rangers will be added to the harbor district over the next year, with the first two to be...

    Donna Littlejohn

  • Theft

    Don’t leave wallets in cars, LAPD warns hikers after Fryman Canyon thefts

    If you go hiking and leave your purse, backpack or wallet in the car, you may not see them again. Instead, it’s best to leave your personal belongings at home and carry what you need with you, authorities said Tuesday. That warning comes after a recent rash of thefts at Fryman Canyon in Studio City. But on Tuesday afternoon, as hikers parked their cars in adjacent Wilacre Park and set off on the hiking trail, some admitted they frequently leave personal items...

    Wes Woods

  • Parks

    Long Beach one of the best U.S. cities for access to local parks

    Irvine is among the United States’ best cities for park lovers, and Long Beach isn’t too shabby either, according to a new survey on park access. Irvine claimed a spot among the nation’s top ten — tied with New York City for seventh place — in the Trust for Public Land’s newest edition of their annual survey gauging how accessible parkland is in the country’s 100 most populous...

    Andrew Edwards

  • Dining

    El Katracho is the defining taste of Honduras in Sherman Oaks

    Of the numerous nations of Central America, the cuisine of El Salvador is the easiest to find here in Southern California — pupuserias are everywhere, and a good thing it is, too. After that, there’s a sharp decline in culinary representation of the cooking of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Belize, Panama and Honduras. Which is not to say that we’re without. And when it comes to the tasty chow of Honduras, there are several options — including the...

    Merrill Shindler

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