| Jan 16, 2014
| 2:00 PM
Cloying and smug when it's not being unfunny and crass, the high school reunion comedy "Back in the Day" hits lows with a frequency that suggests a world-class sharp shooter or free-throw king.
With every thudding gross-out gag or mistimed bit of...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 8:56 AM
Bob Marley -- a Tribute to Freedom, a nightclub at Universal CityWalk, will mark Jamaican Independence Day with a celebration on Saturday.
The event will include live reggae music, food and drink specials, Jamaican and African merchandise sales,...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 4:53 PM
A bit of lost Los Angeles lives for now in a Pomona warehouse.
Glimpse it and get goose bumps, even on a sticky summer day.
The soft curve of the Brown Derby's hat. The dragon that danced outside Grauman's Chinese.
The worn characters above a prewar...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 4:16 PM
In an area that Los Angeles real estate brokers have dubbed "the lower Westside," the rush is on to fill in the once-sparsely developed land north of LAX and southeast of Marina del Rey with new residences, retail outlets and creative businesses.
| Sep 26, 2013
| 6:41 AM
Il Volo fans don't like me much since I confessed that I was bored during the Italian trio's concert on Sunday at Orlando's Amway Center.
On a brighter note, I did acknowledge in my review that "whatever Il Volo has yet to learn about showmanship, these...
| Dec 6, 2013
With its ill-gotten loot, femme fatale and ends-of-the-earth locales, "Swerve" looks at first like a promising genre entry from Down Under, where the bar is set high. It might be the country's physical isolation or its penal-colony legacy, but a number of...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 6:40 AM
Tickets are on sale for Universal CityWalk's rebooted New Year's Eve celebration, now known simply as "Eve."
The party includes admission to six nightclubs (Groove, Rising Star, Red Coconut Club, Pat O'Brien's, Bob Marley’s – A Tribute to...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 8:38 AM
Eight new venues are coming to Universal's CityWalk by June, including new Italian and Mexican restaurants, a Hot Dog Hall of Fame and Cowfish, which will serve burgers and sushi.
Also on tap: a new 130-seat Starbucks, a Stone Cold Creamery, Menchies...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 3:52 PM
Eight eateries — including one that touts sushi and beef — will be introduced or revamped at Universal CityWalk by June, officials said Thursday.
"The basic idea was simple; hard to execute but simple: Create the best-in-category of...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 2:31 PM
Universal Orlando unveiled details on a handful of restaurants planned for CityWalk on Thursday -- plus confirmed, it confirmed an expected one for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter expansion set for Universal Studios theme park.
Yes, as many have...
| May 11, 2013
| 6:00 AM
The high-heeled ostrich-skin boots belonged to an ambitious and gifted young singer, one of many similar pairs she owned in the days before she could afford designer labels.
The silky couture evening gown was a totem of that same woman's meteoric rise...