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How volunteering at Dodger Stadium during COVID-19 influenced author’s book on Los Angeles

One might assume that Rosecrans Baldwin, author of “Paris, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down” and “The Last Kid Left,” is L.A. born-and-raised, given that he shares his first name with the street that runs from Manhattan Beach to Fullerton. He’s not. Baldwin, who was born in Chicago and raised primarily in Connecticut, had only visited the city a handful of times before moving here more than six years ago. “I always choose George as my Starbucks name, because Rosecrans is just asking for pe...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, Instagram, California, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Chicago, Things To Do, Soccer, South Africa, Maine, Connecticut, Paris, San Diego, Tokyo


‘The Real Housewives of Orange County’ sheds 3 Housewives as one makes surprising return

There’s a big shakeup going on in Orange County. Kelly Dodd, Braunwyn Windham-Burke, and Elizabeth Lyn Vargas are out and Heather Dubrow will make her return to “The Real Housewives of Orange County” on Bravo for season 16. Dodd joined RHOC during season 11, Windham-Burke in season 14 and Vargas in season 15. Dodd took to Twitter earlier this week, posting: “The last five years have been an amazing experience. The next five years will be even better. I am so grateful for all the love and support...
Tags: TV, Instagram, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Bravo, People Magazine, Andy Cohen, Cohen, Vargas, Dodd, Terry Dubrow, Real Housewives of Orange County, Heather Dubrow, Dubrow, RHOC


Festival Pass: Boots in the Park, a new Inglewood venue and Morrissey’s ‘Cruel’ return

Festival Pass is a newsletter that lands in your inbox weekly. But during prime festival season you get bonus editions, too! Subscribe now. We’re less than a week away from California loosening coronavirus restrictions. As of June 15, live music can start to come back in a big way. The first big event on our calendar is Boots in the Park, which returns to the SilverLakes complex in Norco on June 19. Reporter Kelli Skye Fadroski talked to the promoter about bringing back a big event as well as t...
Tags: Apple, Instagram, California, Beck, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Park, Things To Do, Soccer, New Zealand, Music Festivals, Coachella, Prince, Pasadena, Morrissey


Free car washes rock as this New Zealand band cleans up in Southern California

David Dubinsky recently found an unusual flyer in the mailbox of his Hollywood Hills home. It came from the indie rock band Emperors Night, but it didn’t advertise any sort of upcoming concert. Instead, it offered a free car wash in exchange for a follow on the band’s Instagram account. A few days after the entertainment lawyer messaged the band and determined they were legit, 32-year-old Anand, 31-year-old Bud and 28-year-old Dhyan Chalmers, the New Zealand-born brothers who make up the indie p...
Tags: Utah, Instagram, Colorado, Australia, La, Toronto, Beck, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Park, Things To Do, Soccer, Bud, Queensland, New Zealand


‘The Photographer’ author Mary Dixie Carter, a child of Hollywood, explores dark desires in novel

For Mary Dixie Carter, the inspiration for her debut novel “The Photographer” came from a casual comment made by someone she’d hired to take pictures of her children a few years back. “She’s a very talented photographer, and the pictures were beautiful,” Carter says. “But when they came back, the children’s eyes were vivid, cobalt blue. “I said, ‘I’d like for my children’s eyes to be their real color,’” she says. “And she said, ‘There is no real color.’” Mary Dixie Carter’s debut novel “The ...
Tags: Books, New York, Hollywood, Instagram, La, New York City, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Delta, Mark Twain, Bette Midler, New York Observer, South, Southern California


National Hamburger Day 2021 is Friday, May 28 — here’s how to get money-saving deals

National Hamburger Day falls on Friday, May 28, making it an interesting way to lean into the holiday weekend. A lot of fast food chains are sitting out this event, but Pepsi Cola has a promotion that it says will include all brands. The soft drink company says it will treat customers to a free beverage if they post a photo of themselves with a Pepsi and with a burger purchased on Friday from any fast food chain on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, using the hashtag #BetterWithPepsi. They can also...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, California, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Fast Food, Rubio, Los Angeles County, Facebook Twitter, Pepsi, Inland Empire, Redlands, Pepsi Cola, Del Taco, Top Stories LADN


Why Molly Baz just might be the Abbie Hoffman of the culinary world

It seems fitting that the title smacks of Abbie Hoffman’s “Steal This Book” because super cheeky “Cook This Book” by Molly Baz is, at times, downright rebellious. The unconventional format. The slangy lingo. The well placed cuss words. A bold “let’s have fun in the kitchen” vibe became the Baz signature on Instagram — she has more than 630,000 followers — and at Bon Appétit magazine where she was a test kitchen star. (She quit in solidarity with colleagues when it was revealed that not all video...
Tags: Books, New York, Cook, Instagram, Restaurants, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Paris, Random House, Baz, Southern California, Bon Appetit, Burbank, Peden Munk


Why the Agua Caliente Casinos are embracing art as a way to draw in visitors

Look at the location tag for Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage on Instagram and there are loads of recent pictures of people posing in front of a desert fan palm tree rising up from the desert landscape at sunset. However, it’s not a real desert scene, but rather a new mural from artist Autumn Martino that sits next to one of the resort’s elevators near the hotel lobby. The piece is one of several seasonal installations that have gone up as the resort seeks to use art as a way to not...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, California, Casinos, Sport, Chicago, Visual Arts, Things To Do, Soccer, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Southern California, Coachella Valley, Palm Desert, Martino, Rancho Mirage


Want a picnic without the work? Someone can do that for you

Gloria Malaihollo straightened and smoothed out a white rug under a long and low wooden table topped with plates, utensils and candles set up on the sand near the Redondo Beach pier. Pillows were placed next to the table for seating under an umbrella staked securely into the sand to provide shade. The luxurious picnic setup stood out so much among the standard beach blankets and folding chairs that a few people walking by stopped to snap photos. But Malaihollo wasn’t gearing up for a nice relaxi...
Tags: Instagram, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, San Diego, Long Beach, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orange, Malibu, Burbank, Haley, Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach, Scott Gordon


Leigh Bardugo talks ‘Rule of Wolves,’ Netflix’s ‘Shadow and Bone’ series and heroic women

When Leigh Bardugo finished “Ruin and Rising,” the third book in her Shadow and Bone trilogy published in 2014, she wanted a break from the Grishaverse, the Russian-inflected fantasy world that she had been building in her novels. A billboard changed all that. The L.A.-based author didn’t actually want to see what was being advertised — the film “The Monuments Men” — but it got her thinking about “Oceans 11” and that generated another idea. “I had to pull over to the side of the road because I r...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, Instagram, Katniss Everdeen, Sport, Netflix, Things To Do, Soccer, San Diego, Rick Springfield, Southern California, Kingsley, Carlsbad, Comic Con International, San Diego Convention Center, Leigh Bardugo


How El Monte and the San Gabriel Valley inspire writer Carribean Fragoza’s writing

As a journalist, Carribean Fragoza has focused her keen sense of observation on stories about subjects ranging from gentrification in Boyle Heights to fitness classes in El Monte. “I’m always amazed by the wildness of the world, the actual, factual world,” she says. “The world is full of real stories that are amazing all by themselves. They don’t need my imagination to do anything to them.” Last year, her essay, “All the Zumba Ladies: Reclaiming Bodies and Space Through Serious Booty Shaking,” a...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, Instagram, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Beirut, Ucla, Southern California, George Saunders, Blythe, Claremont, San Fernando Valley, San Gabriel Valley, El Monte, Boyle Heights


How this novel illustrates a girl’s bittersweet coming of age in the 1990s

While pregnant with her only child, Forsyth Harmon’s mother heard a voice that declared her baby would grow up to become an author and an illustrator. And she did. “The voice I heard as I was growing up was my mother’s, and I very much wanted to make her premonition come true,” says Harmon, who has been an illustrator for Melissa Febos’ “Girlhood” and with Catherine Lacey on “The Art of the Affair.” Now Harmon has added writing to the mix with “Justine,” her slender novel about an adolescent...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, Instagram, California, Ebay, Georgia, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Vogue, Marvel Comics, Beirut, Kazuo Ishiguro, Long Island, Hal Hartley, Ali


Desert X, an outdoor art festival shaped by COVID, kicks off Friday, March 12

Desert X, the expansive outdoor art biennial in the Coachella Valley opening Friday, March 12,  is one of the first large scale public California arts events to take place in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic. And while the artworks that will be exhibited across a 40-mile stretch of Coachella Valley weren’t conceived in reaction to the global crisis, the two-month long public art event can’t ignore it either. “It’s not a show about the pandemic, but inevitably it is a show shaped by one...
Tags: New York, Instagram, California, City, Sport, Chicago, Visual Arts, Things To Do, Soccer, Davis, Theater, Council, Ghana, Susan Davis, Myers, Doug Aitken


Gwen Stefani drops new single ‘Slow Clap’ after teasing fans with cowgirl getup

She’s engaged to country superstar and fellow “The Voice” coach Blake Shelton, but Gwen Stefani still hasn’t “gone country.” At least musically. The 51-year-old No Doubt frontwoman has been teasing fans on social media with photos of her donning a lot of silver fringe, bedazzled cutoffs and a shimmery cowboy hat. The look has been stirring up fans with anticipation. Instagram user jenlovesgwen posted “Queen you look amazing OMG,” while kirstyn_blaked commented “Not ready if it’s country. Bring b...
Tags: Music, Instagram, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Gwen Stefani, Voice, Blake Shelton, Concerts, Todd Rundgren, Eric, Stefani, Paul Stanley, Stephen Bradley, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR


In 1949, toddler Kathy Fiscus fell down a San Marino well, launching the age of live TV news

In 1949, three-year-old Kathy Fiscus fell down an abandoned well in San Marino. The accident led to a weekend-long rescue effort that was broadcast live on local television and became national news. The ordeal would end tragically – by the time that rescuers were able to reach her, the little girl had died – and the event reshaped media, and American culture, in the process. USC professor William Deverell has long been fascinated by this story and that has resulted in his new book, “Kathy Fiscus...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, Texas, Instagram, California, La, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Georgia, Sport, Fox, Things To Do, West, Soccer, Hawaii, Pasadena


Grand Park celebrates Valentine’s Day with two weeks of romantic reggae

Grand Park is taking love online this year with a celebration in honor of Valentine’s Day driven by the sounds of lovers rock. The annual Grand Park’s Lovers Rock celebration, which is usually a live event held at the downtown L.A. park on Valentine’s Day celebrating the romantic subgenre within reggae, will instead be online this year from Feb.12-28 because of the pandemic. So instead of DJs playing sets of romantic reggae tunes near the park’s Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain, it will consist ...
Tags: Instagram, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Streaming, Rick Springfield, Valentine, Tupperware, Brian Mcknight, KCRW, Grand Park, Dublab, Vroman, Dave Koz, Top Stories LADN


‘Ma Rainey,’ ‘Minari’ and Boseman lead SAG Awards nominations

NEW YORK — Chadwick Boseman received two posthumous nominations from the 27th Screen Actros Guild Awards on Thursday, while the Korean American family drama “Minari” and Spike Lee’s Vietnam veteran drama “Da 5 Bloods” were among the nominees for best ensemble. The nominees, announced on Instagram Live, differed notably from the Golden Globe nominations announced the day before. While the Hollywood Foreign Press Association spurned films with largely non-white casts in its tops awards, the actors...
Tags: Apple, Bob Odenkirk, TV, New York, Hollywood, Viola Davis, Movies, News, Instagram, Aaron Sorkin, Amc, Awards, California News, Kaley Cuoco, Sport, Chicago


George Saunders says writing new book was ‘like a spa day for my mind’

George Saunders remembers walking out of his classroom one day and realizing that all the work, all the “beautiful moments” he’d shared with his students over the past 20 years, might just disappear. Saunders’ latest book, the nonfiction guide to life and writing, “A Swim in a Pond in the Rain,” published on Jan. 12, represents his two decades of classroom experience as a creative writing professor at Syracuse University. “I think that was both the motivation to write the book and one of the ben...
Tags: Asia, Books, Hollywood, Instagram, Cheryl Strayed, California, La, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Dolly Parton, Hemingway, Southern California, Santa Cruz, Ryan Gattis, George Saunders


Gerry Marsden, lead singer of Gerry and the Pacemakers, dies at 78

By Pan Pylas | Associated Press LONDON — Gerry Marsden, lead singer of the 1960s British group Gerry and the Pacemakers that had such hits as “Ferry Cross the Mersey” and the song that became the anthem of Liverpool Football Club, “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” has died. He was 78. His family said that Marsden died Sunday “after a short illness in no way connected with COVID-19” and that his wife, daughters and grandchildren are “devastated.” His friend Pete Price said on Instagram after speaking to...
Tags: England, London, News, Instagram, Scotland, Germany, The Beatles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Liverpool, Obituaries, Paul Mccartney, Obituary, Elvis Costello, Associated Press


Forget the gingerbread house, here’s how to make a meaty charcuterie chalet

It looks just like Hansel and Gretel’s dream house: a European chalet with a perfectly pitched shingled roof, firelogs stacked outside and decorated evergreens framing the fairytale picture. But wait! This house isn’t made of gumdrops and cookies. Look closely and you’ll see the roof shingles are salami. The evergreens are fashioned from mini mozzarella balls, olives and grape tomatoes. Those firelogs are actually mozzarella sticks wrapped in prosciutto. Welcome to the world of charcuterie chale...
Tags: Instagram, La, Restaurants, San Francisco, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Recipes, Lady Gaga, Santa, Southern California, Gretel, Hansel, San Fernando Valley, Tiki, Frankie Celenza


Soboba’s giant gingerbread house and 3 other holiday sights at Southern California casinos

In a year that’s been anything but typical and marked by delays, postponements and cancellations, one thing that arrived right on schedule has been holiday decorations filling homes, parks and shopping centers. Southern California’s casinos brought out some festive decor, too, and this year they went all-in: From a massive gingerbread house at Soboba Casino Resort to one very festive-looking alpaca at Harrah’s Resort Southern California, here are some of the fun decorations the region’s casinos ...
Tags: Instagram, Holidays, Casinos, Christmas, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, San Diego, Nashville, Santa, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, James, Southern California, San Jacinto, George Lopez, Cali


Need a lockdown read? Best-selling thriller author Ruth Ware talks about her latest mystery, ‘One By One’

In a secluded luxury chalet tucked away in a French ski resort in St Antonie, a dozen people find themselves trying to survive a massive avalanche. Along with the freezing temperatures and lack of electricity and cell phone service, someone in the group has begun killing off the others. British author Ruth Ware’s most recent novel “One By One” is a perfect read if you’re looking to cozy up with a good book and a blanket in the winter months: her descriptions of this chalet — with its stunning pa...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, Instagram, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, James Blunt, Erin, Liz, John Ridley, Snoop, Ware, Ruth Ware, Scout Press, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR


Countdown to Christmas: 25 ways to create the holiday home of your dreams

As this year draws to a close (finally), it’s only fitting to want to make this a holiday to remember with seasonal décor that warms the heart. The festivities may be different in 2020, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pull out all the stops. Many of us are keen on celebrating something — anything — after all these months, and there are a fair number of newbies endeavoring to deck their halls for the first time because of limited travel and gatherings, according to Pinterest and other trend watch...
Tags: Twitter, UK, Pinterest, Instagram, Holidays, Etsy, California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Arizona, Ikea, Long Beach, Harry Potter, Johnson


Oscar-winner John Ridley explores the lives of superheroes of color in ‘The Other History of the DC Universe’

John Ridley remembers how he felt as a boy in the late ’70s when Black Lightning debuted as the first Black superhero with his own DC Comics series. “Here’s a hero who, you know, kind of looked like me,” Ridley says. “Black Lightning was certainly the first hero where I felt a connection that was more than just pure enjoyment, pure entertainment. “It was like, ‘Oh, this is something. This is unique, this is special,’” he says. “And I most definitely was hooked from that point on.” Sierra Can...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, Movies, Instagram, America, Sport, Karen, Things To Do, Soccer, Trayvon Martin, Justice League, Dc, Cw, Mom, Jason, Comic-Con


Hollywood’s haunting stories fuel Instagram star Carla Valderrama’s new book

Like countless hopefuls before her, Carla Valderrama headed to Hollywood fueled by a dream, only to crash headlong into reality upon arrival. For Valderrama, acting was the dream that brought her south from Seattle in 2011. The reality was months of crashing on friends’ couches after she arrived. She survived through odd jobs and acting classes, auditions and the friendship of those she met through improv comedy work at the Upright Citizens Brigade. Marie Callender’s Whole Pie-To-Go Sale con...
Tags: Books, New York, Hollywood, Movies, Instagram, Disney, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Yale, Seattle, Mom, Garfield, Joan Collins


Coachella festival to release clothing collections: Here’s how you can snag some swag

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival isn’t just a tastemaker in music, but also in fashion, with popular brands marketing festival looks just in time for April. Now the Indio based festival has announced its own clothing collections but you won’t find any flower crowns, fairy wings or bedazzled items. The festival, which didn’t happen this year due to the novel coronavirus, is releasing a pair of clothing collections that include of T-shirts, hoodies and hats. The clothing will be availa...
Tags: Instagram, California, Nike, Sport, Kanye West, Things To Do, Soccer, Gwen Stefani, Music Festivals, Spike Lee, Coachella, Voice, Anaheim, Indio, Boardley, Coachella Festival


Instagram pie art: Tips, tricks and Thanksgiving recipes from social media’s best pie artists

On a recent trip to Brooklyn, pie artist and Instagram sensation Helen Nugent spotted something inspiring. It wasn’t a whimsically-shaped cronut or trendy new pizza she saw in a restaurant window, but the mesmerizing designs of the sidewalk sewer grates. “They had this beautiful Art Deco quality to them and I thought, ‘That would make a great pie,’” says Nugent, founder of Pie-Eyed Girl and the popular Instagram @batterednbaked. “Inspiration can come from almost anywhere.” Gardens. Forests. Mosa...
Tags: Instagram, Thanksgiving, Holidays, Toronto, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Brooklyn, Food Network, Seattle, KO, Andes, Nugent, William Morrow, James Beard, Ed Anderson


How to buy and maintain vintage appliances and midcentury decor for your home

In their Riverside home, Russell Harmon and Bazil LaRoche have spent much of 2020 creating a technicolor tribute to mid-20th century style in their kitchen. The couple, who met on Instagram through their mutual passion for classic cars, were both born in the 1990s, but their retro tastes go back a few decades earlier. “I just love the aesthetic and the feel and the way that midcentury things are made and built,” says Laroche on a recent FaceTime call. “I like the vintage look and feel,” says Har...
Tags: Instagram, Home Improvement, Oregon, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Facetime, Vintage, Riverside, Rodriguez, Stanton, LaRoche, Harmon, Marco Rodriguez, Harbor City, Top Stories LADN


Chain Reaction, Anaheim’s all-ages concert venue, announces plans to close as supporters rally to save it

Anaheim’s all-ages club Chain Reaction announced that it would be officially closing its doors after being unable to host live music for the last seven months due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to a post on the venue’s official Facebook and Instagram pages Friday morning, Chain Reaction decided to close indefinitely. Noting that the venue hadn’t received any financial help and had no clear path to safe reopening, the post said the club had paid to get out of the current lease. However, j...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Instagram, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, San Diego, Disneyland, Lenny Kravitz, Orange County, Concerts, Huntington Beach, Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Lincoln Avenue


Day of the Dead events will happen in person and online during coronavirus pandemic

The novel coronavirus pandemic has led to the cancellation of most major events this year. And Day of the Dead celebrations, which honor the memories of those who have passed, have also been impacted. While some have canceled for 2020, many are still happening either online, but some are also having in-person events, but Here are some Day of the Dead events still taking place as well as a few that have been canceled this year. Live events Grand Park’s Downtown Día de los Muertos When: Oct. 24-...
Tags: Instagram, Youtube, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, San Pedro, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Pier, Riverside, Costa Mesa, Catrina, Dia de los Muertos, Hollywood Forever Cemetery, San Pedro Calif, Grand Park



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