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Park Life: Disneyland draws huge crowds and fireworks return in time for Fourth of July

How busy is Disneyland now that out-of-state visitors have returned? What happens next at Disneyland? Will fans be thrilled with Disneyland’s fireworks show? Find all the latest theme park news in the Park Life newsletter. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new and interesting every week at Southern California’s theme parks. Subscribe here. Big Return Disneyland draws huge crowds with no masks as pandemic rules come to an end and out-of-state visitors jam into the Anahe...
Tags: Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Lausd, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Lapd, Valencia, Southern California, Anaheim, Orange County Register, Mickey, LA County, Los Angeles Daily News, Disney California Adventure, Anaheim CA


Elton John will play final shows in North America at Dodger Stadium in 2022

Elton John has announced new dates for his long-running Farewell Yellow Brick Road: The Final Tour. The lengthy goodbye kicked off in September 2018 and John made sold-out stops at The Forum in Inglewood, Staples Center in Los Angeles, Valley View Casino Center in San Diego and Honda Center in Anaheim. Now that the jaunt has officially relaunched after dates were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, John will be playing his final shows in North America at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Friday,...
Tags: Music, Microsoft, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Elton John, San Diego, Music Festivals, John, North America, David Furnish, Concerts, Anaheim, Phil, Honda Center


Fame and fortune might not follow, but first-time authors find satisfaction in being published

Imagine you’ve just published your first book. What do you picture? A luxe launch party with hundreds of guests and a champagne waterfall? Oscar-winning actors clamoring to adapt your work for the screen? An entrée into the ranks of the rich and famous – or at least a bank account flush enough to quit your day job? Those things can happen, but for the vast majority of writers, they don’t. In fact, many first-time authors have to carefully manage the expectations of their friends and family, lest...
Tags: Europe, Books, Reese Witherspoon, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Paris, Amsterdam, Huntington Beach, J Simpson, Burbank, U S Postal Service, Lane, Santa Ana, Brenda


Southern California teachers share their summer reading lists

It’s beginning to look a lot sunnier here in Southern California, and we don’t just mean the weather. Thanks to vaccine efforts, we are freer to move about. And no one is happier about that than local teachers, who’ve faced particular challenges during the pandemic. Now, we know that summer reading assignments are pretty standard for teachers to give their students over the summer, but we wondered, after such a tough year, what are the titles teachers themselves are looking forward to enjoying? ...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, California, La, Boston, Los Angeles, Sport, Netflix, Things To Do, Soccer, Fleetwood Mac, Los Angeles Times, Jones, Southern California, San Pedro, Venice Beach


These next-gen book clubs offer coffee, curated subscriptions and a touch of celebrity

When Literati flashed an announcement on my Facebook feed a few months ago, I was flattered. “Join an exclusive book club with authors, leaders, visionaries – and you,” the announcement promised. All I needed to do was become a member, and exclusivity would be mine. I’d be gifted “good reads from people you can actually trust.” Joining, I discovered, meant opening my wallet. What? How exclusive was this club? Other than the purchase price, why would I want to pay to read a book? My earliest book...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Books, Cheryl Strayed, Reese Witherspoon, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, New York Times, Malala Yousafzai, Oprah, Lemony Snicket, PBS NewsHour, Roxane Gay, Daniel Handler


‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, has ‘Poison for Breakfast’

“This book is about bewilderment,” Lemony Snicket writes in the first page of “Poison for Breakfast,” his new, stand-alone adventure to be published Aug. 17. The slim volume, geared for young readers and adults alike, offers a dive into creativity, philosophy, the writing life and life – and death – in general. (And there might or might not be a crime in it.) What it is not is another installment of Snicket’s beloved children’s novels, “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” about the tragic Baudelair...
Tags: Google, Books, Japan, Stephen King, San Francisco, Sport, Rome, Netflix, Things To Do, Soccer, North America, Lemony Snicket, Daniel, Lisa Brown, Joseph Campbell, Harriet Tubman


Frumpy Middle-aged Mom: I bought a cowboy hat in Montana, but it wasn’t easy

I just got back from Montana, which is a state in the Rocky Mountains, in case you’ve never been there. They have about as many beef cattle as they do residents, based on my observation driving around that we saw herds and herds of Angus beef on the hoof, and we seldom saw herds and herds of people anywhere, except in Bozeman. When you do see people, they’re often wearing “cowboy hats,” which some of you may know from watching old movies. I bought myself a cowboy hat while I was there, but it wa...
Tags: Colorado, Montana, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Alaska, Air Force, Costco, Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park, Rocky Mountains, Hayley, Cheyenne, Angus, Stetson, Santa Fe New Mexico


California’s historic drought is causing drinking water to taste like dirt. Just ‘add lemon,’ officials say

By Rachel Ramirez | CNN Something is off about Sacramento’s water. It smells and tastes a little “earthy,” residents are saying — an effect of compounding climate change crises: extreme heat, little to no precipitation and a historic drought that has gripped the region for the better part of a decade. Up and down the state of California, rivers, streams and reservoirs are drying up. In Sacramento, that has led to an increase in the concentration of geosmin in its drinking water, one of two orga...
Tags: News, Climate Change, California, Environment, California News, Sacramento River, Sacramento, Water, Drought, Sport, Cnn, Things To Do, Soccer, Sierra Nevada, Gavin Newsom, Northern California


Sushi and sports play well together at Agua Chiles Sushi Bar in Northridge

I counted 85 sushi rolls of various exoticness at Agua Chiles Sushi Bar, which is probably the busiest restaurant in the food-intensive Northridge University Center Shopping Mall (which sits across Reseda Boulevard from the Northridge University Plaza Shopping Mall) — a pair of centers which feed the young scholars from nearby Cal State just about every cuisine known. And those young scholars flock to the centers in droves — from those happy to slam down a Whopper and fries for dinner (ah! to be...
Tags: California, Restaurants, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Dining, Lakers, Southern California, Northridge, Vons, Dodgers, Woodland Hills, San Fernando Valley, Bao, Cal State


Here are the bestsellers at Southern California’s independent bookstores

The SoCal Indie Bestseller List for the sales week ended June 20 is based on reporting from the independent booksellers of Southern California, the California Independent Booksellers Alliance and IndieBound. For an independent bookstore near you, visit IndieBound.org. HARDCOVER FICTION 1. Malibu Rising: Taylor Jenkins Reid 2. The Midnight Library: Matt Haig 3. Klara and the Sun: Kazuo Ishiguro 4. The Maidens: Alex Michaelides 5. The Last Thing He Told Me: Laura Dave 6. Project Hail Mary: Andy ...
Tags: Books, Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Sport, Fox, Things To Do, Soccer, George Orwell, Ursula K Le Guin, Michael Lewis, Kazuo Ishiguro, John Green, Malcolm Gladwell, Malibu, Southern California, Frank Herbert


Why Sparks has spent 50 years making famous fans of Beck, Neil Gaiman, ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic and more

By Dan DeLuca There’s a scene in “The Sparks Brothers,” director Edgar Wright’s movie about the hugely influential art-pop duo Ron and Russell Mael, in which the siblings are asked why they had never before agreed to do a documentary film about their fabulously unpredictable 50-year-plus career. “We didn’t want to do the standard documentary full of talking heads,” says Ron Mael, the brother with the mustache who’s the band’s principal songwriter. His singing sibling Russell concurs: “It would b...
Tags: Apple, England, New York, London, Movies, California, Neil Gaiman, Los Angeles, Sport, Tom Hanks, Netflix, Lego, Things To Do, Soccer, New Jersey, Giorgio Moroder


Insomniac’s inaugural Day Trip festival relocates to The Lot at Hollywood Park

Insomniac has announced that its inaugural Day Trip Festival, which was originally scheduled to take place Saturday, July 3 and Sunday, July 4 at Pier 46 at the Los Angeles Waterfront in San Pedro, has moved to The Lot at Hollywood Park in Inglewood. After tickets sold out quickly for the second day, event producers decided to move the festival to a larger space at Hollywood Park in a lot adjacent to the all-new SoFi Stadium. Sign up for our Festival Pass newsletter. Whether you are a Coachella...
Tags: California, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Music Festivals, Coachella, Pasadena, San Pedro, Inglewood, Hollywood Park, Insomniac, Billy Ray Cyrus, Top Stories LADN, Music + Concerts, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LBPT


Snoop Dogg, Al Green and Ice Cube top Once Upon a Time in L.A. festival lineup

West Coast rappers and soul music icons will take the stage at Banc of California Stadium and Exposition Park on Saturday, Dec. 18 for the Once Upon a Time in L.A. festival. The single-day, cross-generational fest will include performances by local rap legends like Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube as well as soul legends Al Green and The Isley Brothers. Other performers include 50 Cent, YG, The Game, Warren G., George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, War, The Delfonics, Cypress Hill, Bone Thugs-N-Harmo...
Tags: Music, California, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Music Festivals, Coachella, Parliament, West Coast, Pasadena, Al Green, Morrissey, Snoop Dogg, Concerts, Inglewood, Billy Ray Cyrus


Live music returns to Walt Disney Concert Hall with new LA Phil season

After being silenced for more than a year by the pandemic, music is finally returning to Walt Disney Concert Hall this fall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2021-22 season, announced Tuesday, June 22. Season subscription tickets are on sale now while single tickets go on sale Sept. 1 for a season that will include a celebration of  Latin American music, artists who fight for civil rights and social justice and Gen X. “Over this past year, the pandemic has isolated us from one another, and so ...
Tags: Microsoft, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Beethoven, Pasadena, Tony, LA Phil, Rock Roll Hall of Fame, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Gustavo Dudamel, LA Philharmonic, Dudamel, Billy Ray Cyrus


The Go-Go’s will celebrate Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction with Microsoft Theater concert

Los Angeles rock band The Go-Go’s have announced it will be celebrating its forthcoming induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with a handful of West Coast shows, including stops at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles Wednesday, Dec. 29 and Civic Theatre in San Diego Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, June 25. Tickets for the L.A. show will be available through AXS.com and the San Diego show will go on sale at Ticketmaster.com. The Go-Go’s are heralded as the first mul...
Tags: Music, Microsoft, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, San Diego, West Coast, Pasadena, Ticketmaster, Concerts, Roll Hall of Fame, CLEVELAND Ohio, Rock Roll Hall of Fame, Microsoft Theater, Randy Rhoads


Foo Fighters announce full-capacity concert at The Forum, ticket information

Following its sold-out show at Madison Square Garden in New York this week, rock band Foo Fighters announced they’ll be the first band to play a full-capacity show at The Forum in Inglewood in over a year. The band will take the stage on Saturday, July 17. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, June 25 at Ticketmaster.com. During the pandemic, the L.A.-area group performed a livestreaming show for fans at The Roxy in West Hollywood on Nov. 14 and dropped its tenth studio album, “Medicine at Midni...
Tags: Music, New York, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Pasadena, Ticketmaster, Concerts, West Hollywood, Canyon Club, Madison Square Garden, Inglewood, Agoura Hills, Billy Ray Cyrus, Michael Des Barres, Top Stories LADN


21st Annual BET Awards: What you need to know about the performers, nominees and where to watch

After rushing to put together a virtual event in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year the BET Awards return with an in-person ceremony that will recognize artists, entertainers and athletes in 21 categories at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 27. The 21st annual awards show will air live at 8 p.m. on BET and feature performances by Andra Day, City Girls, DaBaby, DJ Khaled, H.E.R., Jazmine Sullivan, Kirk Franklin, Lil Baby, Migos, Moneybagg Yo!, Rapsody, Roddy Ricch, T...
Tags: Music, Awards, NFL, Los Angeles, Sport, Chicago, Things To Do, Soccer, United States, Nba, Chris Brown, Miami, Lebron James, Lil Wayne, Drake, Pasadena


Stand-up blossoms in Bellflower with new comedy club

The microphones are getting plugged in a lot later than expected, but stand-up comedy is finally ready to go on in Bellflower this summer. “It’s been a journey. But I’m feeling great and I feel like the hunger for comedy has grown. People haven’t had it for a long time and now they’re hungry for it,” said former stand-up comic John Giries, who is opening The Stand Up Comedy Club this month. Located at the city-owned Bellflower Theater at 9831 Belmont St., the club will hold its soft opening June...
Tags: Comedy, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, John, Theater, Trevor Noah, Bellflower, Hambone, Top Stories LBPT, Top Stories WDN, John Giries, Stand Up Comedy Club, Bellflower Theater, Giries, Scarlett Giries


Niles: 5 challenges still facing Disneyland and other theme parks

Now that capacity restrictions have gone away across the country, what are the next great challenges facing the theme park industry as it looks to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic? Staffing: Theme parks are not alone in scrambling to hire workers. Unprecedented demand for labor as businesses reopen has given workers leverage to hold out for higher pay and better working conditions. Ohio’s Cedar Point raised its starting pay to $20 an hour in response, leading pay increases across the industry....
Tags: Hollywood, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Ohio, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Sam, Epcot, Orlando, Southern California, Anaheim, Niles, Universal Orlando


How James Taylor and Joni Mitchell inspired the musical romance of ‘Songs in Ursa Major’

When up-and-coming musician Jane Quinn and her band first encounter Vincent Ray, the legendary music producer stares right past her as if she doesn’t exist. When Quinn boldly stands up to Ray, it fuels much of the drama in Emma Brodie’s entertaining debut novel, “Songs In Ursa Major,” which imagines fictionalized versions of Joni Mitchell (Jane) and James Taylor (Jesse Reid). “We’ve been all been exposed to so much misogyny on such a grand scale for the past four or five years that you’re seein...
Tags: Books, California, Nigeria, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Beethoven, Carly Simon, James Taylor, Richard Thompson, Quinn, Joni Mitchell, Taylor, Jones


7 Disneyland restaurants and bars set reopening dates — including Trader Sam’s

Disneyland fans craving a Shrunken Zombie Head cocktail and a pupu platter at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar will soon be able to quench their thirst and satisfy their hunger when the popular poolside bar named for a shrunken head dealer on the Jungle Cruise finally returns. Trader Sam’s and 6 other restaurants and bars at the Disneyland resort are set to reopen for the first time since being shuttered in March 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic. Disneyland and Disney California Adventure reopened o...
Tags: Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, People Magazine, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Sam, Southern California, Disney World, Fairfax, Minnie, Mickey, Magic Kingdom, Tiana, Jungle Cruise


Interpol, Modest Mouse and M.I.A. top Just Like Heaven fest coming to Pasadena in 2022

Goldenvoice’s Just Like Heaven festival will make its return in 2022. The Southern California festival promoter announced on Monday that Just Like Heaven is back and moving from Queen Mary Park in Long Beach to Brookside at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena May 21, 2022. The single-day event will feature performances by Interpol, Modest Mouse, The Shins, M.I.A., Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand, Chromeo, Santigold, Cut Copy, The Hives, Peaches, The Raveonettes, !!!, Wolf Parade, The Go! Team, The Cribs, Yell...
Tags: Music, California, Sport, Park, Things To Do, Soccer, Long Beach, Music Festivals, Coachella, Pasadena, Morrissey, Rose Bowl, Southern California, Concerts, Inglewood, Brookside


Temecula Stampede adds Billy Ray Cyrus, releases set times for its Old Town Music Festival

Temecula Stampede has added “Achy Breaky Heart” and “Old Town Road” singer Billy Ray Cyrus to its inaugural two-day Old Town Music Festival. The all-ages event, featuring previously announced performers Chris Janson, The Band Perry and Tyler Farr, will take place this weekend, June 26-27, in the parking lot of the venue, which will be transformed into an outdoor festival space with a large stage, full bars, food vendors, line dancing and more. Guests can also take a break from the sun and duck i...
Tags: Music, California, Sport, Park, Things To Do, Soccer, Music Festivals, Coachella, Morrissey, Concerts, Inglewood, Chris Janson, Temecula, Tyler Farr, Old Town Front Street, Billy Ray Cyrus


The fast food chicken sandwich wars will never end and here’s why

Nearly two years after it began, the battle over what fast food chain has the best chicken sandwich rages on. Carl’s Jr., Burger King and McDonald’s recently entered the fray in the so-called chicken sandwich wars, and they’re not alone. Kentucky Fried Chicken and Wendy’s have added new chicken sandwiches to their menu, and even Taco Bell has revived its Naked Chicken Chalupa, which has a shell made with chicken meat, as a contender in combat. “Now it’s just required that everyone have a chicken...
Tags: Texas, Restaurants, America, Atlanta, Georgia, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, New York Times, Fast Food, Long Beach, Ohio, Burger King, Nile Rodgers, Taco Bell, Travis Scott


Sex? Check. Drugs? Yes. Rock ‘n’ roll? Obviously. Regrets? Michael Des Barres has none.

Michael Des Barres never made plans, but always knew what he was doing. “No plans — instinct everything,” says the 73-year-old English-born actor and rock singer, who landed in Los Angeles in the ’70s and never left. “What I’m trying to say is that I’ve never thought anything through. I’ve just done it.” Des Barres is talking ostensibly because a documentary on his life, “Michael Des Barres: Who Do You Want Me To Be?” arrives on home video this month. “I leave school – this abusive, absurd, crim...
Tags: England, London, Movies, California, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Bob Dylan, Richard Thompson, Lulu, Pasadena, Duran Duran, Paramount, James Dean


How older adults who live alone can address their grown children’s safety concerns

I am an 83-year-old healthy widow who intends to stay in my own home for as long as possible, much to the concern of my children. I would like to convince them that this is a reasonable idea for me and I know what I am doing. Fortunately, I own my home. Are there some things I need to consider? Many thanks. E.R. Dear E.R. Your preference to live in your own home and community is shared by 75 percent of those 50 years and older, according to an AARP survey. AARP further reports that among...
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How a shy kid from Nigeria became an important California legal voice and, finally, a novelist

Noel Obiora is senior legal counsel for the California Public Utilities Commission, where he has spent nearly two decades deciphering and analyzing all the legal aspects of the regulatory process for the commission. Prior to that, Obiora had his own private practice in Los Angeles, and way before that, Obiora, 55, was a shy kid in Nigeria who dreamed of becoming a writer. Now, finally, Obiora has fulfilled that dream with the publication of his just-published legal mystery, “A Past That Bre...
Tags: Books, New York, London, California, La, Nigeria, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Connecticut, David Bowie, Harry Potter, Southern California, Benicia


July 4th 2021: Fireworks and other fun at Southern California casinos

In 2020, Fourth of July celebrations were canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Even Southern California’s tribal casinos, which had just opened from their COVID-19 related closures, eschewed their typical fireworks displays. A year later, festivities will return to some casinos. Expect colorful drinks; music and the return of pyrotechnic shows for casino patrons and nearby residents to enjoy. Here’s what casinos have planned: Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage  32250 Bob Hope...
Tags: California, Casinos, Sport, Pink Floyd, Things To Do, Soccer, San Diego, San Diego County, Palm Springs, Southern California, Temecula, Harrah, Rancho Mirage, Pechanga Resort & Casino, Fabio Viviani, Pala


Fans celebrate at Boots in the Park music festival, the first since COVID-19 mandates lifted

On Saturday, country music fans were ready to party. As they began entering the gates of Boots in the Park at SilverLakes Equestrian and Sports Park in Norco around noon, they rushed to set up lawn chairs and blankets in the grassy seating area and hurried to one of the multiple bar tents to get that first beer or sweet cocktail to cool down on balmy, yet breezy, 90-plus degree day. “We came here so we could drink with people,” Amee Brown of Riverside said. She and a group of girlfriends gathere...
Tags: Music, California, Sport, Park, Austin, Things To Do, Soccer, Music Festivals, Las Vegas, Coachella, Morrissey, Southern California, Concerts, Derek, Phoenix, Hurley


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



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