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January 2012

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Hollywood: Making Movies & Dreams Come True for 125 Years

Bright lights, big premieres, beautiful stars. Hollywood and the movies – one would likely not exist without the other. Hollywood, Calif., may not be the actual birthplace of the movies (the East Coast holds that particular distinction), but Hollywood is definitely where the movies became legendary, and the movies helped make Hollywood the land of dreams it is today. On February 1, The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will honor the 125th Birthday of Hollywood with a celebration at the Hollywood & Highland Courtyard. To honor the special relationship between the land of stars and the world of movies, we present a brief history of some of Hollywood’s highlights, along with the film world’s biggest moments. read more »

Exploring and Enjoying Santa Monica

As the second largest city in the United States, the Los Angeles area has a lot to offer visitors. The reality is that you could spend years in L.A. without seeing all that there is to see. From Hollywood to Anaheim and Ventura to Long Beach, the possibilities are endless. Making a weekend trip is even more daunting, especially if it’s your first time to the area. A good strategy is to pick one area to focus on when visiting, rather than trying to do too much. With that in mind, I’ll focus on Santa Monica, which is one of Los Angeles’ more enchanting communities. read more »

Embrace the Fine Art of Dining

On a recent trip to San Francisco, my husband and I wanted to check out the final days of Richard Serra’s exhibition at SFMOMA. We popped in, took a look around the atrium and caught a glimpse high above of a flickering grid of tiny lights before a kind employee politely told us the museum wasn’t open for the day. Lucky for us, the museum’s restaurant was open, and we were starving. We decided to eat an early lunch in Caffé Museo before submerging ourselves in art. After all, one must be properly fueled to fully appreciate art. read more »

Diego Rivera: Murals for The Museum of Modern Art

After 80 years of separation, five Diego Rivera murals have got back together at the Museum of Modern Art in a celebratory reunion that recalls the institution’s early days. With their Renaissance poise and glowing stillness, their graphic intensity that withers in reproduction but hits you at architectural scale, these huge panoramas of Mexican history and New York life have the same vividness and power that they did in 1931. The newly minted MoMA devoted its first one-man show to Matisse that year, but its second – a mid-career Rivera retrospective – was the bigger sensation. And it only materialised because of the strange three-way symbiosis among connoisseurs of modern art, a family of oil tycoons and a roving Mexican leftist. (Reposted from fttimes.com.) read more »

Arthur Avenue: New York’s Real Little Italy is in da Bronx!

My love affair with Arthur Avenue began many years ago with a carton of cold cuts. My husband, Bob, and I were newlyweds, and had just moved from the Bronx, where we were born and raised, to a suburb in Westchester County about 10 miles north. One Saturday morning, my in-laws, Nancy and Victor (officially known on their birth certificates as Annunziata and Vittorio—I’m just sayin’) arrived at our door with an enormous care package of Arthur Avenue deli meats and crusty bread, apparently intended to ward off starvation. The bulging packages of soppressata, prosciutto, capicola, and fresh mozzarella, along with still-warm-from-the-oven pane di casa loaves, were unlike anything I’d ever tasted in my non-Italian, Oscar Meyer-bologna-on-Wonder Bread childhood. I was hooked. And I’ve been making regular pilgrimages to this Italian-flavored Bronx neighborhood ever since. read more »

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