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Can augmented reality help theme parks recover from 2020?

Can augmented reality help the theme park industry recover from the very harsh reality of 2020? Universal Studios is hoping so. The company recently announced more details about its upcoming Super Nintendo World land at Universal Studios Japan, which also is under construction at Universal Studios Hollywood. The video game-themed lands will be anchored by Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge!, a dark ride that will use augmented reality technology to help visitors feel like they are riding inside a rea...
Tags: Japan, New York, Disney, America, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Amusement Parks, Mario Kart, Disneyland, Legoland, Universal Studios, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Southern California, Knott


The Foo Fighters want you to devour their latest release, a taco

Forget the Mentos, this is a call to all taco lovers. The Foo Fighters have teamed up with Sherman Oaks restaurant Casa Vega for the band’s latest release: a taco inspired by lead singer Dave Grohl’s love of smoking meat. The Foo Fighters Taco is available for takeout starting Dec. 1 at the 64-year-old San Fernando Valley restaurant. It will be sold through the end of January. According to a release from the restaurant, owner Chris Vega teamed up with Grohl to create a  Mexican spice-rubbed smok...
Tags: Restaurants, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Dave Grohl, Pasadena, Grohl, LA County, San Fernando Valley, Gordo, Sherman Oaks, Casa Vega, Modelo Especial, Ventura Blvd Sherman Oaks, Chris Vega, Top Stories LADN


What Hong Kong Disneyland and Disneyland Paris reclosures could mean for Disneyland

The on-again, off-again operations of Hong Kong Disneyland and Disneyland Paris could forecast future frustrations for Disneyland and its die-hard fans once California theme parks are allowed to reopen under state guidelines. The stop-start restrictions seen at Disney’s Asia and European theme parks could become the norm for Disneyland and Disney California Adventure as well once the Anaheim theme parks eventually reopen. Hong Kong Disneyland has been forced to reclose again after a spike in cor...
Tags: Asia, Hong Kong, Europe, California, France, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Netherlands, Shanghai, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Orange County, Disneyland Paris, Gavin Newsom


Pogues singer Shane McGowan’s irascible life unfolds in Julien Temple’s documentary​, made with Johnny Depp’s encouragement

When the chance arose to make a documentary about Shane McGowan of the Pogues, director Julien Temple hesitated, not at all sure he wanted the challenge of capturing the irascible Irish-English folk-punk frontman on camera. “You’ve got to be prepared to put yourself through a special kind of experience with Shane McGowan,” says Temple, who, mind you, had previously subjected himself to the making of two films with the not-exactly-mild-mannered members of the Sex Pistols. “He does come with a war...
Tags: Music, New York, London, Movies, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Ireland, David Bowie, Johnny Depp, Sinn Féin, Dublin, Republican, Orange County, Gerry Adams, Primal Scream


The Vandals go virtual from Santa’s Village for 25th Annual Christmas Formal concert

Since 1995, Orange County punk rock band The Vandals have hosted a local holiday show in mid-December that’s filled with all of their hits, covers of classic Christmas songs and a whole lot of seasonal debauchery. The band just announced that it has found a safe and socially distanced way to celebrate its 25th Annual Christmas Formal via a livestreaming performance from Santa’s Village at Skypark at 6 p.m. PST on Saturday, Dec. 19. Tickets are on sale now for $20 advance and $25 day of show via ...
Tags: Music, Holidays, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Miami, Hamilton, Concerts, Sam Cooke, Skypark, Universal CityWalk, Santa s Village, Leslie Odom Jr, PAWS, Top Stories OCR, Music + Concerts


The Aquabats announce ‘Kooky Kristmas Party!’ livestream event to spread holiday cheer

After successfully livestreaming “Kooky Spooky! Halloween Party!,” which included special guests and supervillains, Orange County-based punk rock band and TV superheroes The Aquabats are ready to celebrate the season with another livestream event, “The Aquabats! Kooky Kristmas Party!” The show will begin at 6 p.m. PST on Friday, Dec. 11 and include a 60-minute live party and recorded sets produced exclusively for the event, as well as audience interaction and a few holiday surprises. The show wi...
Tags: Amazon, Music, Holidays, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Miami, Orange County, Hamilton, Concerts, Sam Cooke, Universal CityWalk, Leslie Odom Jr, Top Stories OCR, Music + Concerts, Kooky Spooky Halloween Party


Comedian Nate Bargatze talks honking fans, his magic dad and clean podcast ahead Anaheim drive-in show

Comedian Nate Bargatze is now officially a drive-in show headliner. It’s something he wouldn’t have dreamed about pre-pandemic, but desperate times call for innovative measures and he was one of the comics to plot out a safe and socially distanced tour early on. The Tennessee native has now performed at nearly two dozen drive-in comedy shows and will bring his “One Night Only” tour to City National Grove of Anaheim’s Drive-In OC on Sunday, Dec. 6. “It’s very different and you kind of have to jus...
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‘Hamilton’ star Leslie Odom Jr. releases new Christmas album ahead of Sam Cooke role in ‘One Night in Miami’

Tony and Grammy Award-winning singer and actor Leslie Odom Jr. said he’d never really thought about releasing holiday music until his followers on Twitter insisted. Odom, best known for his portrayal of Aaron Burr in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway smash, “Hamilton,” said fans would tweet at him saying, “Leslie, please record a Christmas album” or “I’d love to hear you sing this Christmas song,” he recalled with a laugh during a recent phone interview from his Los Angeles-area home. Odom now has t...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Music, Holidays, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, South Africa, Broadway, Miami, Philadelphia, George Michael, Ali, Hamilton, Sam Cooke


5 tips for taking care of your houseplants and patio plants during the winter

Houseplant parenthood has been a trend accelerated by the novel coronavirus pandemic, but to quote Ned Stark from “Game of Thrones”: “Winter is Coming.” Even in Southern California, where “winter” is a relative term, plant experts say there are a list of considerations to think about in a time period when there’s less light, drier air and chillier temperatures to contend with, even with indoor plants. Here are their tips for what to do with your plants when the days are short: 1. Know when to mo...
Tags: Gardening, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Jones, Southern California, Highland Park, Riverside, Gary Jones, Rowley, Horst, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF


Community meetings in the San Fernando Valley, Nov. 30-Dec. 7

  An online talk on how to find inner peace during the holidays through a meditation practice is presented on Dec. 5 by the Woodland Hills Branch Library. (Google Street View)   Community meetings bring people together for exchange of ideas and memorable shared experiences plus the potential for positive personal, change and community enrichment.   Wings Over Wendy’s: Veterans of all services and their supporters meet online on Zoom. Meet and greet, 8:30 a.m., followed by meeting, 9:30 a.m....
Tags: Facebook, Books, Gardening, Movies, Sport, History, Things To Do, Soccer, Veterans, Community, Book Club, Biden, Local News, Council, Graham Moore, Ucla


Some positive trends in the way we view aging offer hopeful signs

Dear readers, I recently was interviewed by geropsychologist and author Joseph Casciani on his radio show “Living to 100 Club,” heard on the Voice of America Network, Health and Wellness channel. The show is designed to help older adults live their best life and “turn aging on its head.” Casciani sent me several questions to consider for the interview. As I reviewed the questions and the notes I had written in preparation, I realized my answers were a perspective on aging that I may not have rea...
Tags: Hollywood, Senate, Sport, Joe Biden, Things To Do, Soccer, Maggie Smith, Chuck Grassley, Donald Trump, Helen Mirren, Al Pacino, Helen, Diane Keaton, AARP, Robert DeNiro, Paul Irving


Recipe: Steak-cut fries with blue cheese dip are potatoes done right

French fry aficionados may scoff at steak-cut fries, those thick wedges of baking potatoes coated with oil and roasted in a super-hot oven. But I say, wait a darn minute. If roasted correctly, they have the ideal ratio of creamy centers and crisp exteriors. Served as an appetizer, these hearty dippers can scoop up plenty of delicious blue cheese dressing. Potatoes and blue cheese dressing are a heavenly combo, a pairing so lovely even steak-fry doubters might approve. Steak-cut Oven Fried Spuds ...
Tags: Cook, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Recipes, Worcestershire, Maytag, Cathy Thomas, Restaurants Food and Drink


This experimental Southern California garden aims to grow plants that never need watering

Nate Benesi has a vision. He sees Southern California gardens lush with lawns, roses, and aloes that never need to be watered. That’s right. Benesi intends to compile a palette of plants that once established in the garden after a year or so will be watered exclusively by the rain. To this end, Benesi has planted an experimental collection of plants dubbed the San Gabriel Waterless Garden. It is located at the Nature Center of the San Gabriel Dam Recreation Center, at 15501 E. Arrow Highway in I...
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This holiday family tradition may not be immune to COVID, but it can adapt

“I don’t think we should let COVID stop us from celebrating a family tradition that means a lot to us,” Grandson Jake said in response to my question, “What would you think about having a Zoom Hanukkah this year?” I had asked him and his sister on our FaceTime call. Jake and Ally, who were relaxing after a day of virtual schooling, were not strangers to life changes from the virus. A lot of activities have been deleted from their active teenage lives, but maybe we could save Hanukkah. Although n...
Tags: Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Pasadena, Facetime, Amy, George, Jake, Vroman, Ally, Top Stories WDN, Top Stories SGVT, Top Stories PSN, Senior Moments, Grandson Jake, Issac Bashevis


You can get your Butterbeer to go now as Universal CityWalk serves up daily holiday cheer

With the theme park still closed due to conronavirus restrictions, Universal Studios Hollywood has brought a bit of its Wizarding World of Harry Potter to Universal CityWalk for the holidays. Though current restrictions are limited to to-go orders only, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Sweets & Treats pop-up is open for a limited time and will give guests a little taste of the park with traditional cold, frozen and hot Butterbeer options ($8) served in a regular to-go cup or souvenir stein ...
Tags: Amazon, Holidays, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Harry Potter, Amusement Parks, Grinch, Universal Studios, Hogwarts, King Kong, Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal CityWalk, Citywalk, Top Stories LADN


5 best places serving mole in the San Fernando Valley for takeout and delivery

Back when I was a mere pup, I decided to take a bit of early retirement, and head for Mexico and Central America for a few months. Inspired by a deeply alternative volume called “The People’s Guide to Mexico,” I packed a battered canvas satchel with a change of jeans, some t-shirts and lots of Imodium, and traveled by train, bus and thumb from Tijuana to Guatemala City to Belize and back. Even today, many years later, I remember getting a ride with a fellow transporting some, ahem, herbal produc...
Tags: Mexico, Restaurants, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, House, Mexico City, Peru, Westfield, Dining, Santa Clara, Central America, Caribbean, Cvs, Kfc


Recipes: How to make edible and drinkable gifts such as baked goods or liqueur

In these challenging times, homemade goodies may be the best ticket when it comes to gift giving. Gifts created in a home kitchen seem to capture the spirit of the holidays in a way no store-bought treasure can. And for the gift giver, there can be comfort in the process. Liqueur or Flavored Vinegar Create a homemade liqueur or flavored vinegar and then sit back and enjoy the pleasure that those soul-warming potions can bring as gifts. Tie a bow on the bottle. Done. Homemade liqueurs don’t take ...
Tags: Cook, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Recipes, Morton, Bon Appetit, Diamond Crystal, Cathy Thomas, Nick Koon Yield, Cathy Thomas Yield, Restaurants Food and Drink, Limoncello Limoncello


Casino Insider: Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral city opens

Casino Insider is a weekly newsletter with all the best bets for food, entertainment and fun at Southern California’s casinos. It’s delivered to your inbox on Thursdays. Subscribe now.  An artist rendering of the soon to be completed Agua Caliente Casino in Cathedral City is seen on a wall in the casino’s construction office Friday, July 17, 2020. This will be the third Agua Caliente Casino in the area and is scheduled to open later this year. The 30,000 square foot casino, which will employe...
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Palm Springs wind farm tours provide breezy entertainment, even during coronavirus

Windmills near Palm Springs generate enough energy to fuel hundreds of thousands of homes a year. They’re also generating an hour or so of entertainment for people in some of those households. A business called Palm Springs Windmill Tours is offering self-driving excursions through a wind farm on the north side of the 10 Freeway. Tourists drive their own vehicles on a course through turbines with frequent stops to get an up-close look at the equipment as well as take a few selfies. Top Fuel ...
Tags: Environment, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Long Beach, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Pomona, Todd, LONG BEACH Calif, Alexander Rossi, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Coachella Valley, San Gorgonio, Scott Dixon


My tomato looks like an alien, is it safe to eat?

Q: I recently bought tomatoes that were still on the vine and brought them home. After a few days, I noticed what looked like little worms growing out through the skin. Upon closer inspection, I realized that the seeds must have sprouted while still inside the fruit. What causes this? Is the tomato still safe to eat? A: This phenomenon is called vivipary, which translates literally to “live birth.” Seeds will often begin to germinate while still inside ripe fruit. Chemical changes occur within o...
Tags: Gardening, La, Atlanta, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Nba, Lebron James, Orange County, Riverside County, Los Angeles Lakers, Atlanta Hawks, Grasshopper, Hawks, Laura, Los Angeles County


Ruth Ware suggests 5 gripping mystery novels you need to read

Author Ruth Ware knows a thing or two about a good psychological thriller. She’s written several successful novels within that genre including “In a Dark, Dark Wood,” “The Woman in Cabin 10,” “The Lying Game,” “The Death of Mrs. Westaway” and her latest, “One By One.” During the lockdown in the U.K. due to the continued spread of COVID-19, she’s been busy as a writer and a parent, but she’s also found time to catch up on some reading. We asked Ware to share some of the favorites from her pandemi...
Tags: Books, London, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, New Jersey, South London, Mulan, Brit Bennett, Black, River Thames, Bennett, Lagos Nigeria, Orange County Register, Ware


Disney theme park division lays off another 4,000 employees, bringing total to 32,000

Disney’s theme park division will lay off another 4,000 employees in addition to the 28,000 already terminated as the company continues to struggle with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the eight-month closure of its Anaheim theme parks. In a new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing, Disney disclosed another 4,000 layoffs at Disney Parks, Experiences and Products on top of the 28,000 layoffs at the division announced in September. “Due to the current climate, including COVID-19...
Tags: Europe, Florida, California, France, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, SEC, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Disney World, Anaheim


4 ways to support your natural immune defenses during cold and flu season

With cold and flu season here and cases of COVID-19 surging, immune health has never been more top of mind. There is a massive amount of research and development underway on the treatment and prevention of COVID-19. While there currently are no proven over-the-counter products or supplements that can claim to help with COVID-19, we do know that lifestyle factors including nutrition play an important role in immune system health. To be clear, no one food or supplement can help keep you from becom...
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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


Things to do – online and in-person – in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Nov. 26-Dec. 3

  Leon Keer’s “In Case of Lost Childhood,” acrylic on hand cut wood panel, is part of the “Nexus Three” online exhibit from Brand Library and Art Center in Glendale. (Photo courtesy of Leon Keer/Brand Library and Art Center)   Take a chance on cultural and educational experiences, Nov. 26-Dec. 3   EVENTS   Los Angeles Christmas Market: A pop-up shopping experience, opens 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 27. Check website on Covid-19 precautions. Photo with Santa Claus — in a sleigh with non-reflective...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Books, Music, Comedy, Movies, Abc, California, La, Israel, Christmas, America, Los Angeles, Events, Sport, Dance


‘Real Housewives of Orange County’ are tested by tequila, and not everyone passes

On the latest episode of “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” we discover the Tequila Paradox of Real Housewifery in which the spirit of the blue agave plant can be both good and bad at the exact same time. The good came in the realization by Braunwyn Windham-Burke that she’ll be just fine without her old pal tequila, and that she’d had a blast at a party where others were drinking even as she is an alcoholic in recovery. “Old Braunwyn would have been drinking all day and would have already b...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Ncaa, John, Orange County, Golden State Warriors, Palm Springs, Southern California, Elizabeth, Kelly, Rowan, Deb, Shannon, Jacob


Festival Pass: Spend NYE in a parking lot with Deadmau5; how to snag Coachella swag

Festival Pass is a newsletter that lands in your inbox weekly. But during prime festival season you get bonus editions, too! Subscribe now. Festival Pass is coming to you early due to the holiday. Even though it’s just my husband and I for the holiday, I’m looking forward to a long weekend of leftover turkey and catching up on the Hallmark movies I talked about last week that are filling up my DVR. And while I’m not doing my crazy Black Friday run this year, I will lift my personal ban on playi...
Tags: California, New York City, Digital, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Music Festivals, Philadelphia, Coachella, Riverside County, Keith Haring, Bay Area, Claude Vonstroke, Green Velvet


Pilgrimage of Virgin of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego images will stop at La Placita parish in L.A.

The annual pilgrimage of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego images began on Oct. 22 at Muranaka Farms in Moorpark in Ventura County. The stop was in partnership with the United Farm Workers of America and Muranaka Farms. (Photo by David Amador Rivera/Angelus News) The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, “La Peregrina,” an exact digital reproduction from the original in Mexico City, and the image of St. Juan Diego, make a stop from 9 a.m. to noon on Thanksgiving Day at Our Lady Queen of Angel...
Tags: Religion, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Mexico City, Pasadena, Local News, Ventura County, Santa Barbara, San Fernando Valley, Moorpark, Guadalupe, Roman Catholic Archdiocese, Ventura Los Angeles, Cesar E Chavez


Disney’s Carthay Circle restaurant starts taking reservations — but they’re going fast

Carthay Circle has started taking reservations after trying a virtual wait list with the reopening of Buena Vista Street and foodies are quickly snapping up all the available tables at the Disney California Adventure fine dining restaurant. DCA’s Carthay Circle restaurant is now accepting advance dining reservations through Jan. 3 with many available dates already sold out and just a few seating times left on many other days. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new and inte...
Tags: California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Orange County, Southern California, DCA, Downtown Disney, Simba, Cathay, Buena Vista Street, Disney California Adventure, Disney California


Holidays & Nights: The brightest holiday attraction hits the dimmer switch; get ready to Glow

Get updates on fun things to do for the holidays weekly on Tuesdays with Our Holidays & Nights newsletter. Sign up here.    Mission Inn employees Eddie Telles, left, and Rene Felix assemble nutcrackers at the front of the Mission Inn in Riverside on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Welcome to the first edition of Holidays and Nights. We’re Vanessa Franko and Alex Groves, from the Southern California News Group’s Entertainment Squad, and we’ll be t...
Tags: Garden, Chuck, Holidays, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, United States, Jackson, Santa, Christmas Lights, Keanu Reeves, Valencia, Vivaldi, Bay Area, Southern California, Pomona