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Why dreaming up bedroom scenes for Lucille Ball and his grandfather was ‘weird’ for this novelist

For Darin Strauss, the first glimmer of his novel “The Queen of Tuesday” came to him in a dream, although by morning he was wondering why he’d scribbled the names of Lucille Ball and Poppa Izzy, his late grandfather, on a scrap of paper by his bed. “I wrote down Lucille Ball, but didn’t really know anything about her except I watched her on TV as a kid and I thought she was really funny,” Strauss says. “As such, she was so cool and so interesting. “And then I very quickly found out about this pa...
Tags: Books, America, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Random House, Long Island, Lucy, New York University, Nyu, Coney Island, Strauss, Chang, Lucille Ball, Nati Harnik, Fred Trump


These healthy foods can help protect against the effects of smoky air this fire season

This year’s fire season has been catastrophic in California and beyond. The resulting hazy and smoky air poses serious health concerns for people even well outside of the fire zones. As fire season gets longer and more severe year after year, we face increasing negative health consequences of breathing in this bad air. It’s more important than ever to choose foods to help promote healthy lung function right now. Wildfire smoke contains pollutants that are linked to respiratory and cardiovascular...
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Disneyland demands Newsom reopen California theme parks now: ‘It’s time’

A fed up Disneyland is demanding that Gov. Gavin Newsom reopen California theme parks now after more than six months of coronavirus closures and a lack of guidance from the state on safely reopening the major tourist destinations. Disney parks chairman Josh D’Amaro ramped up the pressure on Newsom to let Disneyland reopen during a virtual news conference on Tuesday, Sept. 22 from inside the Anaheim theme park. “We’re ready,” D’Amaro said during the news conference. “It’s time.” Sign up for our ...
Tags: California, China, Disney, US, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Middle East, Michigan, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Orange County, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Anaheim, Mickey


Disneyland to expand restaurant mobile ordering when theme parks reopen

Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will expand mobile ordering for food and drinks when the Anaheim theme parks reopen to promote contactless payments, reduce wait times and cut down on long lines at quick service restaurants. New mobile ordering restaurant locations will be added at Disneyland and California Adventure in order to help encourage social distancing as part of a host of COVID-19 health and safety measures once the parks return following extended coronavirus closures. Sign ...
Tags: Apple, California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, FLO, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Southern California, Anaheim, Minnie, Mickey, Newsom, Disney California Adventure, Disney California


Theme parks’ billion-dollar game of chicken

Disney, Universal and every other company that owns and operates theme parks have been playing a multi-billion-dollar game of chicken this year. Do you go ahead and open your new attractions in the middle of a pandemic, or do you hold them until the travel industry recovers? New capital drives attendance in the theme park business. But if an external circumstance such as a pandemic is going to keep people from visiting, is now the best time to roll out an expensive new investment? Or is now the ...
Tags: Florida, California, Disney, Sport, Indiana, Things To Do, Soccer, Pennsylvania, Seaworld, Harry Potter, Orion, Ohio, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Parks


Chelsea Clinton talks strong women, Ruth Bader Ginsburg ahead of Pasadena virtual book event

For Chelsea Clinton, the inspiration for her “She Persisted” series of children’s books about strong women is both political and personal, she said Monday during a call from her home in New York City. The “She Persisted” brand, of course, arose from the political moment when Sen. Elizabeth Warren, while reading a letter from Coretta Scott King on the Senate floor, ignored pressure to stop. This prompted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to complain, “Nevertheless, she persisted,” and in doi...
Tags: Books, Supreme Court, California, Senate, White House, New York City, Sport, Nasa, Things To Do, Soccer, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Mitch McConnell, Malala Yousafzai, Pasadena, Ruth Bader Ginsburg


A Southern California writer’s fear of earthquakes fuels ‘Aftershocks’

Novelist Marisa Reichardt has spent her life in Southern California. She grew up in San Diego, moved to Los Angeles in 1995 to attend graduate school at USC and currently lives in Hermosa Beach. Like other lifelong Californians, she’s lived with the threat of an earthquake — The Big One — looming in the background. “There’s this idea that we sort of survive by not thinking about it,” she says by phone from her home (before the late-night 4.6 quake on Sept. 18), “But not thinking about it isn’t d...
Tags: Books, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Syria, Things To Do, Soccer, San Diego, Ruby, Usc, Southern California, Charlie, Reichardt, Bunker Hill, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR


Acapulco restaurants offering 60-cent tacos for the chain’s 60th anniversary

Acapulco Restaurant y Cantina will sell tacos for 60 cents all day on Thursday, Sept. 24, to mark the Cypress-based chain’s 60th anniversary. The chain was founded in Pasadena in 1960, but only has a handful of locations remaining in Southern California. There will be a choice of choice of al pastor, carnitas, grilled chicken, and carne asada tacos, according to a news release. There’s no limit on the deal, according to the chain, but because the tacos are assembled at a taco station they’re not...
Tags: Restaurants, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Pasadena, Southern California, Costa Mesa, Acapulco, Green Onions, Paul Cao, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Free And Cheap, Top Stories LBPT, San Fernando Valley LA, Acapulco Restaurant y Cantina


Watch Burnt Crumbs chef Paul Cao compete on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’

It’s been a great run for Orange County chefs appearing on Food Network’s “Chopped” competition show. Cathy Pavlos, former chef at Provenance, enjoyed the most recent appearance in August, Rachel Klemek and Shachi Mehra both won their shows. Hungry? Sign up for The Eat Index, our weekly food newsletter, and find out where to eat and get the latest restaurant happenings in Orange County. Subscribe here. Now comes Paul Cao, chef/owner of Burnt Crumbs in Irvine and Huntington Beach and Burntzilla...
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There’s an Elf on the Shelf drive-thru event coming to Pomona this holiday season

We haven’t even gotten through Halloween during this pandemic, but live event promoters are already announcing holiday happenings modified for COVID-19. The Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Journey drive-thru event is coming to the Fairplex in Pomona Nov. 12-Jan. 3, with special preview nights starting Nov. 6. Guests can get into the holiday spirit from the safety of their personal vehicles as they experience elves coming to the aid of Santa Claus, who has made an emergency landing at the Fairplex bec...
Tags: Christmas, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Santa Claus, Santa, Pomona, Anaheim, Fairplex, Drive-in, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories WDN, Top Stories SGVT, Rubidoux Drive, Monty Franklin, Montclair Ziggy Marley


How to get maximum savings and efficiency from your home’s cooling and heating systems

The beginning of fall plays out in unique ways in Southern California: Instead of colorful leaves, we get powerful Santa Anas, and the noticeable nip in the night air is broken up by a heatwave or two (which can include record-setting temperatures, as is the case this year). Plus, this year we have the added challenges of a pandemic and raging wildfires. It’s tough to imagine the impending winter when highs reach into the 100s and the skies are filled with smoke, but it does make it a good ti...
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Emmy 2020: These 13 gifs tell the surreal story of the most unusual awards show

Even though Sunday night’s Emmy Awards were a weird hybrid of in-person presenters and nominees joining from home, there were plenty of gif-worthy moments. Here are some of our favorites: The red carpet fashion was missing, but people on social media spotted the night’s fashion winner: the Emmys award presenters wearing hazmat tuxedos. It’s safe to say that 2020 is a literal and figurative fire. Show host Jimmy Kimmel presented an opening monologue that was really different from prior years yea...
Tags: Hbo, TV, Jimmy Kimmel, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Tracee Ellis Ross, Staples Center, Mindy Kaling, David Spade, Bateman, Rupaul, Creek, Dan Levy


Emmys 2020: ‘Schitt’s Creek,’ ‘Watchmen,’ ‘Succession,’ the pandemic and social issues the big winners

“Schitt’s Creek,” “Watchmen,” and “Succession” were the big winners at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday in a show that went virtual due the coronavirus and included a healthy dose of activism in this most volatile of years. “Schitt’s Creek,” a Canadian-based comedy about a wealthy family who lose it all and have to start over in the titular town, dominated the comedy categories winning all seven top awards include outstanding comedy series and Emmys in all four acting categories. “Watchm...
Tags: Jimmy Kimmel, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Jeremy, Staples Center, Tyler Perry, Kimmel, Creek, Regina King, Emmy Awards, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF


Emmys 2020: ‘Watchmen’ awarded four Emmys as winners talk politics, race, history

The focus of the Emmy Awards stayed mostly on the nominated shows and creators, but given the significant issues of 2020 it wasn’t surprising when politics came up in speeches on Sunday. “Watchmen,” which blended a superhero tale with the history of the real-life Tulsa Massacre — a 1921 incident in which a White mob attacked and burned an Oklahoma City neighborhood known as Black Wall Street, killing dozens and injuring hundreds — won four Emmys including outstanding limited series or movie. “I ...
Tags: Jimmy Kimmel, Supreme Court, Abc, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Black Lives Matter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, King, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Anderson, Damon Lindelof, Louisville, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Creek


Emmys 2020: First responders get the spotlight as Emmy presenters on Sunday

Awards shows typically amp up the glitz on stage with big names as presenters, and in another year, that surely would have been the case for the Emmys on Sunday. And sure, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jennifer Aniston, Sterling K Brown, Zendaya, Jason Sudeikis and more were on hand to help. But with the show turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic, the show enlisted first responders, who’ve worked throughout the pandemic often at great risk to their own health, as presenters in different categories...
Tags: News, New York City, Sport, UPS, Things To Do, Soccer, Duke, Creek, Regina King, Katie Duke, Emmy Awards, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF


Emmys 2020: ‘Schitt’s Creek’ wins first seven Emmy awards of the night

During his opening monologue of the 2020 Emmys, Jimmy Kimmel joked that the ABC censors ordered that the name of multiple nominee “Schitt’s Creek” be flashed on screen every time the show was mentioned. Just, you know, so no one at home got the wrong idea about what word was being said. “HBO can show us a big blue penis, no problem,” Kimmel joked in reference to a scene in the nominated series “Watchmen.” I can’t say the word ‘Schitt’s Creek’ with a ‘c’.” It’s a good thing the censors didn’t rea...
Tags: Hbo, Jimmy Kimmel, Abc, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Levy, Daniel Levy, Elton John, Murphy, Kimmel, Creek, Shaquille O Neal, Green Onions, David Rose, Andrew Cividino


Emmy Awards 2020: Photos from the coronavirus-affected at-home event

The 72nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards happened in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 20, with Jimmy Kimmel as the host at Staples Center. It was the first of the major awards shows to happen during the coronavirus pandemic. While Kimmel was at Staples Center, nominees joined the telecast online via webcam. There wasn’t a red carpet this year, but those stars who did show up to present were administered a drive-up coronavirus test. In this video grab captured on Sept. 20, 2020, courtesy of the Acad...
Tags: TV, Jimmy Kimmel, Abc, Los Angeles, Sport, Ap, Things To Do, Soccer, Jennifer Aniston, Daniel Levy, Streaming, Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Tracee Ellis Ross, Staples Center, Kimmel


Emmys 2020: Jimmy Kimmel delivers monologue to cardboard cutouts, and Jason Bateman

Jimmy Kimmel walked on stage to open the 2020 Emmys at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday and the celebrities that packed the arena burst into raucous cheers and applause. “Welcome to the Pand-Emmys!” Kimmel said. “Wow, it’s great to finally see people again.” Of course, almost no one was there with Kimmel. The people were being seen were clips from previous years, and then it was revealed that the audience was mainly cardboard cutouts. And Jason Bateman — but more on him later. The 2020 Em...
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Emmys 2020: Complete list of winners

Winners at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, announced Sunday, Sept. 20. Comedy series: “Schitt’s Creek” Drama series: “Succession” Limited series: “Watchmen” Actor, comedy: Eugene Levy, “Schitt’s Creek” Actress, comedy: Catherine O’Hara, “Schitt’s Creek” Supporting actor, comedy: Daniel Levy, “Schitt’s Creek” Supporting actress, comedy: Annie Murphy, “Schitt’s Creek” Actor, drama: Jeremy Strong, “Succession” Actress, drama: Zendaya, “Euphoria” Supporting actor, drama: Billy Crudup, “The Morning S...
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Emmys 2020: Partial list of winners

Winners at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, announced Sunday, Sept. 20. Comedy series: “Schitt’s Creek” Actor, comedy: Eugene Levy, “Schitt’s Creek” Actress, comedy: Catherine O’Hara, “Schitt’s Creek” Supporting actor, comedy: Daniel Levy, “Schitt’s Creek” Supporting actress, comedy: Annie Murphy, “Schitt’s Creek” Writing for a comedy series: Daniel Levy, “Schitt’s Creek” Directing for a comedy series: Andrew Cividino and Daniel Levy, “Schitt’s Creek”  
Tags: TV, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Andrew Cividino, Annie Murphy Schitt, Eugene Levy Schitt, Daniel Levy Schitt, Catherine O Hara Schitt, 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, TV and Streaming


Recipe: This Cream of Mushroom Soup with Green Onions is low calorie and hearty

This low-calorie Cream of Mushroom Soup with Green Onions is quick to make. Each serving is only 60 calories. The dark brown caps of cremini mushrooms add a delightful earthiness to the pureed soup. The concoction is frothy like a steamy cappuccino, especially if you use a handheld immersion blender to puree it. Cream of Mushroom Soup with Green Onions Yield: 6 servings INGREDIENTS 6 to 8 green onions, divided use Olive oil cooking spray 14 ounces sliced cremini mushrooms (about 3 cups) 2 medi...
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Successful Aging: There are ways to connect with grandchildren during the pandemic

Q. Before the pandemic, I was a physically active grandmother to three young grandchildren. Currently, I am extremely compliant with the CDC recommendations because of my husband’s compromised immune system. Some of my family members and friends are less cautious. Because I am not physically present, I feel passed over for those grandmotherly activities in favor of those who are less cautious. I’ve become the absent grandmother which is having a negative effect on my mental health. I feel I have...
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Senior Moments: Waiting for a Bobcat fire evacuation order with a frightened kitty

The car was packed. Lark’s kitty carrier, stashed with treats and her favorite Woody Woodpecker toy, was parked by the front door ready for a getaway should someone with a bullhorn go up and down the block ordering us to leave immediately. The Bobcat fire had us in its sights. Having checked off most of the items on my evacuation list, I stopped by the kitchen to get one of the brownies I’d baked earlier and packed in a to-go container. Who doesn’t need brownies in stressful times? I doubted tha...
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What you’ll want to plant right now in your garden

1. A little extra effort on your citrus trees now will make a wonderful difference at harvest time. Prune out the upright-growing new sprouts ASAP if you haven’t already gotten around to it. Then apply Citrus Grower Blend Micronutrients, according to the instructions on the label, but don’t delay. These micronutrients will help your oranges especially, and other citrus, to develop extra sweetness – a taste you’ll notice and love at harvest time. 2. Did you know that you can get your crape myrtle...
Tags: Gardening, Oregon, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Home + Garden, Top Stories WDN, Top Stories SGVT, Top Stories PSN


Entertainment industry treading water after 6 months of coronavirus restrictions

Entertainment happens in gathering places, which is what officials are trying to discourage to combat the novel coronavirus. When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in March, few people could have imagined a world without places to go for entertainment: no amusement parks, no multiplexes for movies, no theaters or festival grounds for concerts, no casinos. But not only did all those venues close, most haven’t reopened. And as we head into fall, no one knows when they will come back. They are part o...
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‘The Real Murders of Orange County’ tackles true-crime mysteries for TV series

“The Real Murders of Orange County,” a new true-crime show on Oxygen, will debut Nov. 8, the network announced on Saturday. The series will present two episodes every Sunday night that will examine “the most horrific, sinful and salacious cases that rocked Southern California’s wealthy coastal community,” according an Oxygen press release. The premiere on Sunday, Nov. 8 includes two stories that made headlines at the time of the crimes. One focuses on the murder of Jane Carver, a Fountain Valley...
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Emmy Awards show could go off the rails — and make for fun TV

Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, Sunday’s socially distanced Emmy Awards telecast won’t look anything like it usually does. And that could be a good thing. Late-night funny guy Jimmy Kimmel will host the event from Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, but there will be no audience or traditional red-carpet festivities. Instead, nominees will be stationed in their homes (or other locales) with special camera-and-mic rigs. Organizers say they will be able to tap into live feeds from 130 loca...
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Pomona’s Alejandro Aranda will livestream 3 Scarypoolparty concerts from LA’s Wiltern

Scarypoolparty will play the first concerts at the Wiltern since March — though no fans will be there. The three separate shows on Sunday, Sept. 27 are livestream only. The performer also known as Alejandro Aranda, the 2019 runner-up on “American Idol,” will play two shows that day with his full band. Between those, he’ll play third VIP show solo and acoustic to benefit Crew Nation, which raises funds for live music crews whose lives and incomes have been turned upside down by the coronavirus pa...
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Disney tags Avengers Campus and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway as ‘priority projects’

Disney has designated Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disneyland as “priority projects” amid $700 million in budget cuts in the company’s theme park division. Disney CFO Christine McCarthy announced the priority tags for the Marvel themed land and the Mickey Mouse ride during the Bank of America Virtual 2020 Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference. “We’ve really prioritized some of our investment spending,” McCarthy said during t...
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The Cheesecake Factory is offering $15 lunches, dessert included

The Cheesecake Factory has a sweet weekday lunch special available for online purchases Sept. 21-25. The offer is a lunch entree plus a slice of cheesecake for $15 from opening until 3 p.m., and it works for pickup or delivery by Doordash. Its menu has more than 30 choices for both meals and cheesecake flavors, according to a news release from the Calabasas-based casual restaurant chain. This year’s debut flavor is Chocolate Caramelicious Cheesecake Made With Snickers. To place an order, custome...
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