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The ultimate road trip in Dominica

I magine discovering a hidden swath of old-growth forest, a thriving, uncharted coral reef in the middle of the ocean, or — in this case — a lush, volcanic island rising jagged into the sky, warmed by the waters of the Caribbean. Would you tell those back home about your find? Or would you keep it to yourself? This is the inner debate you’ll wage when you visit Dominica. It feels like Earth has divulged to you a secret, and it’s your responsibility to hold that secret near and dear, to preserv...
Tags: Travel, Earth, Itinerary, Things To Do, Atlantic, Marvin, Portsmouth, David Attenborough, Indiana Jones, Caribbean, Road Trip, Mastercard, All, Places To Go, Trip Planning, Scott


Life of Dave McCoy, Mammoth Mountain founder, to be honored Feb. 28 with day of fun

Mammoth Mountain founder Dave McCoy believed fun was among the most important things in life. It was also what McCoy, who died Feb. 8 at age 104, credited for his success and longevity. “Longevity happens because you do something fun,” he said in an interview with the Orange County Register when he turned 100. That concept — having fun — is the best way to honor McCoy, say his family and friends. So on Friday, Feb. 28, Mammoth Mountain will celebrate his rich life with a day focused on fun on th...
Tags: Outdoors, News, Sport, Dave, Things To Do, Soccer, Chatsworth, Sierra Nevada, Porter Ranch, McCoy, Orange County Register, Mammoth Mountain, Ikon, Dave McCoy, Top Stories OCR, Main Lodge


Construction begins for Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach

Construction has officially begun for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, which will roar back into town April 17-19. Over the next seven weeks, the temporary 1.97-mile track will come together anew, using more than 2,400 concrete blocks. The grandstands that will seat more than 187,000 fans are already taking shape. To aid in the process, Honda Manager of Motorsports Communications T.E. McHale handed over the keys of two new Honda Ridgeline trucks which will help workers from Laborers Internati...
Tags: Business, News, Sports, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Long Beach, Honda, Local News, Acura, IMSA, Honda Ridgeline, McHale, Long Beach Grand Prix, Top Stories LBPT, Brittany Murray Press


Curry House restaurant chain vanishes with little trace

It’s not unusual for chain restaurants to abruptly close, but this week’s disappearance of Curry House Japanese Curry and Spaghetti was particularly mysterious. Not only did have all of its locations shut down, it’s vanishing from the internet. Its website is down. So is the website of Food Management Partners, an investment firm linked to it, except for a home page and an email contact link. Newsweek has the most complete account of the closures on its website. It reports that restaurant staff ...
Tags: Facebook, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Fast Food, Cupertino, Orange, San Antonio, Curry, Kfc, Sanrio, Newsweek, Tarzana, Monterey Park, Gudetama


The director of this Netflix documentary about the tragic death of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez urges you not to look away

You already know the tragedy of Gabriel Fernandez. Photos of the sweetly smiling 8-year-old boy from Palmdale were in newspapers and TV news reports following his death in May 2013 after months of physical abuse and torture by his mother and her boyfriend. Gabriel was a child whose death revealed not just the horror of his home life, but the failures of the organizations — the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services and the Sheriff’s Department among them — that should have...
Tags: Hbo, TV, Disney, Sport, Netflix, Things To Do, Soccer, Long Beach, Aaron Swartz, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles County, Gabriel, Fernandez, Brian Knappenberger, Knappenberger, Sheriff s Department


4 things that may be coming to a casino near you, including beer

Over the span of only a couple decades Southern California’s casinos have grown from small-scale gaming operations to full-fledged resorts boasting hotels, restaurants, entertainment venues and more. As the properties continue to evolve, one of the places casino operators go to not only to get a pulse on the industry, but also learn about what’s new, is the Western Indian Gaming Conference. This year’s conference, held earlier this month at Sycuan Casino Resort in San Diego County, included a tr...
Tags: Uber, California, Casinos, Sport, Beer, Things To Do, Soccer, Las Vegas, Oroville, Johnson, Native American, San Diego County, Neptune, Southern California, Juanes, El Cajon


4 things to do at Southern California casinos (Feb. 28-March 5)

Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage  Michael Bolton will bring his smooth, soulful sound to audiences at Agua Caliente on Saturday. The Grammy Award-winning singer, known for such tracks as “When a Man Loves a Woman”  “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” and “Said I Loved You… But I Lied,” also apparently has a pretty good sense of humor, appearing in comedy trio The Lonely Island’s song and video for “Captain Jack Sparrow.” 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29,  32250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mi...
Tags: Casinos, New York City, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Diana, Orange County, Frank Sinatra, Hatfield, Southern California, Sinatra, Juanes, Michael Bolton, Pechanga Resort & Casino, Jack Sparrow, Agua Caliente


Adam Carolla, Fortune Feimster, Jeff Garlin top KROQ’s April Foolishness lineup

KROQ 106.7 FM has announced its Kevin in the Morning with Allie & Jensen’s 12th Annual April Foolishness which will feature comics Adam Carolla, Fortune Feimster, Jeff Garlin, Jen Kirkman, Adam Ray and Steve-O with very special guest Clownvis. It all goes down on Saturday, April 4 at Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. Related Articles Bullied Australian boy Quaden Bayles inspires OC comedian Brad Williams, other celebrities Things to do in ...
Tags: Comedy, Sport, Radio, Things To Do, Soccer, Steve, Kevin, KROQ, Downtown Los Angeles, Microsoft Theater, Brad Williams, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF


Poet Ariana Reines wins the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for 2020 at Claremont Graduate University

Poet Ariana Reines has won the 2020 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for her latest poetry collection, “A Sand Book,” Claremont Graduate University confirmed Monday. The $100,000 Tufts award, which is based at the university, is the largest annual cash prize for a single work of poetry, and Reines is the 28th poet to receive it, joining previous winners such as Ross Gay, Patricia Smith and Dawn Lundy Martin. “A Sand Book,” published by Tin House, is a 12-part collection that ranges from the personal ...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, UC Berkeley, Botanic Gardens, Whitney Museum, Kingsley, Tufts, Donnelly, Janes, Huntington Library Art Collections, Tin House, Claremont Graduate University


Doko Sushi in Tarzana rolls out lots of sushi options and more

As we drove down Ventura Boulevard recently, my daughter, freshly home from college, stared out the window, and turned to me with the sage observation, “There sure are a lot of sushi bars along the street!” Yes, my dear, there sure. And they’re not just down on Sushi Row in Studio City. Our sushi options — arguably the best in town if you view Ventura Boulevard as a long, horizontal community, are nigh-on infinite. Options range from the minimalist at modernist hot spots like Sushi Note to the m...
Tags: California, Restaurants, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Tokyo, Dining, Southern California, Tarzana, Studio City, Ventura Boulevard, California Roll, Top Stories LADN, Restaurant Reviews + Food, Merrill Shindler


The OC Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup expands at the OC Fair

The 7th Annual OC Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup will help the 2020 OC Fair kick off its opening weekend, July 17-19, in Costa Mesa. The three-day event has been expanded to four individually branded tasting sessions inside The Hangar with a number of tribute bands performing throughout. Tickets for the OC Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup are now on sale at 800-745-3000 or Ticketmaster.com and includes same-day admission to the OC Fair. Related Articles Cheap Trick with Blue ...
Tags: Sport, Beer, Things To Do, Soccer, George Michael, Costa Mesa, Motley Inc, Top Stories OCR, OC Fair, Annual OC Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup, Red Not Chili Peppers, Red Hot Chili Peppers Tribute, Motley Crue Pyromania


Want vintage audio for your classic vinyl? Here’s what you need to know

Eight years ago, Mikey Weiss had wanted to build a display of vintage stereos at his Brooklyn store – “a museum piece,” he calls it – to show people what stereos looked like in the 1970s. His customers, however, wanted to buy those artifacts. Since then, Weiss has since sold oodles of old school gear, and last September he celebrated the grand opening of the West Coast Branch of Mikey’s Hook Up in Silver Lake. Amidst the stock of 21st-century gizmos, there was, of course, a smattering of vintage...
Tags: Music, Ebay, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Brooklyn, Sony, Long Beach, Coldplay, Kenwood, Hulu, Gale, Irvine, Weiss, Mikey, Forsythe


No more baseball games on the radio? What the A’s move to streaming could mean

The Oakland A’s have abandoned radio as one source for fans to hear their baseball games. In radio’s place will be streaming via TuneIn, and I assume satellite radio service SiriusXM. While the A’s are the first — and so far only — team to leave radio, will others follow suit? My guess? I’m going to say no. Radio is still far too easy to use compared with almost every other source, and leaving radio most certainly does take leave a huge chunk of your fans without a way to follow the team. Not ev...
Tags: La, Sport, Fox, Dave, Radio, Things To Do, Soccer, Rob, Baseball, Tunein, Segovia, Mozart, Santa Monica, Gary, Tom, Phil


KFC’s donut chicken sandwiches go on sale Monday, Feb. 24

Kentucky Fried Chicken has deployed a new weapon in the chicken sandwich wars: glazed doughnuts. Beginning Monday, Feb. 24, the fast food giant will be serving “Kentucky Fried Chicken & Donuts” at participating restaurants nationwide through March 16. Yes, KFC will be serving them together as a sandwich with an Extra Crispy chicken fillet between two doughnuts instead of a bun. KFC will also offer chicken baskets with bone-in chicken or Extra Crispy tenders and a doughnut on the side. Prices wil...
Tags: Kentucky, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Fast Food, Kfc, Sanders, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF, Top Stories Sun, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LBPT


Women Run LA runners get a workout at Hansen Dam

Runners participate during the 2nd Annual Women Run LA event at Hansen Dam Recreation Center area in Lake View Terrace on Sunday, Feb 23, 2020. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Contributing Photographer) Runners participate during the 2nd Annual Women Run LA event at Hansen Dam Recreation Center area in Lake View Terrace on Sunday, Feb 23, 2020. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Contributing Photographer) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Runners participate during the 2nd Annual Women Ru...
Tags: La, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Local News, Valley, Perry, Oxnard, San Fernando Valley, LA City Council, Kirsten Vangsness, Lake View Terrace, Top Stories LADN, Ed Crisostomo, San Fernando Valley LA, Hansen Dam


Recipe: Mushroom stroganoff delivers flavor without the meat

Beef Stroganoff was my mother’s company-dinner entrée. She couldn’t have imagined it without hardy strips of beef. Yet Chef Jamie Oliver sees it another way, without the beef but full of flavor. Oliver, who has written 22 bestselling cookbooks and enjoyed a 20-year television career with shows that aim to inspire home cooks to cook from scratch, packs his Stroganoff with wild and domestic mushrooms. Other components boost the texture and taste, including crunchy cornichons (French pickles) and f...
Tags: Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Recipes, Jamie Oliver, Oliver, Restaurant Reviews + Food


Successful Aging: The importance of friendships in a long healthy life

Dear readers, I rarely discuss my own personal experiences for this column. This week is different. Here’s the story and it’s about friends.  Last year around this time, I met for a couple of days with two women with whom I went to college. We have known each other since we were freshmen – 62 years. (You do the math.). The three of us started out as young single women. As widows, we once again are three single women and just a bit older.  We care about the world around us, wanting to make...
Tags: New York, Sport, Harvard, Things To Do, Soccer, Wall Street Journal, W W Norton Company, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF, Top Stories Sun, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LBPT, Top Stories WDN


Where to get a glass of Pliny the Younger before it’s all gone

It’s that time of year again — when hop heads go crazy for the release of Pliny the Younger, Russian River Brewing Company’s award-winning Triple IPA that’s 10.25% alcohol. The limited edition brew has taprooms, bars and restaurants rolling out all kinds of special events and tastings. Reservations and tickets go really fast for pours, so it’s best to follow your favorite bar’s Facebook and Instagram pages. Another helpful source is hoppedla.com which tracks Pliny offerings throughout Southern C...
Tags: Drinks, Facebook, Instagram, Restaurants, Los Angeles, Sport, Chicago, Beer, Things To Do, Soccer, Selma, Riverside County, Monrovia, Pliny, Santa Barbara, Southern California


Instead of another gated community, Porter Ranch and Chatsworth get 257 acres of lovely, preserved open space

It was once slated to become yet another suburban gated community with a bucolic name in the northern reaches of Porter Ranch and Chatsworth. But on Friday, there was little doubt that the 257-acre swath of hills near the Aliso Canyon Gas Storage Facility was to remain what it has long been — the home of the oaks, mountain lions, southern spotted owla and other flora and fauna. A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, February 22, 2020, officially opened the 257-acre, $6.7 million Hidden Creeks pa...
Tags: Outdoors, Environment, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Chatsworth, Local News, Aliso Canyon, Porter Ranch, State, John Lee, Stern, San Fernando Valley, Santa Susana Mountains, City News Service, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy


Travel: Peel back the centuries in St. Augustine, America’s oldest city

My family finally took a long-awaited trip in December to St. Augustine, America’s oldest consistently populated city in the continental United States, established by Spain in 1565. This enchanting city on Florida’s Atlantic coast, oozing with old-world charm, did not disappoint. Our only mistake was not staying longer and seeing more of the city’s sights and beaches. St. Augustine has earned some well-deserved accolades in the travel industry. In 2018, Conde Nast Traveler included St. Augustine...
Tags: Travel, Florida, New York, America, Spain, Sport, Things To Do, Britain, Soccer, United States, Miami, Las Vegas, Pebble Beach, Tampa, Columbia, Conde Nast Traveler


‘Friends’ reunion a go — but you’ll need HBO Max

The full-out reunion that “Friends” fans long have clamored for is about to happen — on HBO Max. The new streaming service announced on Friday that the show’s six core stars — Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer — have closed a deal to reunite for an unscripted special. The special, along with all 236 episodes of “Friends,” will be available in May when HBO Max launches. The six stars will return to Stage 24 on the Warner Bros. Studio lot...
Tags: Hbo, TV, Hollywood, Nbc, Disney, Sport, Netflix, Things To Do, Soccer, Jennifer Aniston, Long Beach, Tbs, Oprah Winfrey, David Schwimmer, Matthew, Marta Kauffman


What’s the state of black film today? These experts explore the range of African-American movie achievements

Melvin Van Peebles had directed a few short films in the late ’50s when he left San Francisco for Hollywood with the goal of trading his day job on a cable car for a career behind the camera. “They said, ‘We don’t need cable car operators as film directors,’” said his son Mario Van Peebles, a second-generation filmmaker, as he introduced a newly restored version of his father’s first feature “The Story of a Three-Day Pass” at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 16. “He said, ‘No,...
Tags: Europe, Hbo, Hollywood, Movies, California, France, New York City, Disney, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Ap, Netflix, Things To Do, Soccer, Selma


Senior Moments: She had a name, the woman in the nursing home

It was only about 10 minutes into “Activities of Daily Living” at the Sierra Madre Playhouse when the memory came back to me. The play, written and performed by Joanna Lipari, is a moving and humorous look at older people becoming invisible in our society. Invisible has many faces. For me, it was my elderly grandmother when she was in traction for a broken hip at a New York nursing home. She was in a ward of what looked to my 16-year-old self to be about 25 women. They all seemed to be of simila...
Tags: New York, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Bronx, Sarah, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF, Top Stories Sun, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LBPT, Top Stories WDN, Top Stories SGVT


Knott’s Berry Farm off to ‘outstanding’ start in 2020 as Cedar Fair reports record 2019 attendance

Knott’s Berry Farm was one of several locations in the Cedar Fair amusement park chain that saw record or near-record attendance and revenues in 2019, according to the company’s latest earnings report. Knott’s parent Cedar Fair announced that 2019 was its “best year ever” with an 8% increase in attendance and record revenues during an earnings call on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new and interesting every week at Southern California’s theme parks....
Tags: Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Orion, Ohio, Amusement Parks, Southern California, Knott, Fast Lane, ZIMMERMAN, Berry Farm, Kings Island, Cedar Fair, Richard Zimmerman, Top Stories OCR, Knott's Berry Farm


Opening day announced for Universal Studios Hollywood’s Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash! ride

Universal Studios Hollywood’s creative team has been transforming the section of the upper lot that used to house the Globe Theatre into the cheery and animated Pets Place in anticipation of the brand-new Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash! ride. The attraction, which is adjacent to the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride and Super Silly Fun Land, is set to open on March 27. The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash! helps answer the question, “What are your pets really doing when you’re not at home?”...
Tags: Nbc, New York City, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Bravo, Chris Renaud, Amusement Parks, Universal Studios, Universal Studios Hollywood, Secret Life of Pets, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories WDN, Top Stories SGVT, Top Stories PSN


Studio City marathoner outruns anguish of scleroderma

Greg Cohen in Encino, CA Wednesday, February 19, 2020. Cohen has Scleroderma, a rare, incurable and disfiguring auto-immune disease characterized by hardening of the skin which makes each step painful. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Greg Cohen has a running tattoo on his leg. Cohen has Scleroderma, a rare, incurable and disfiguring auto-immune disease characterized by hardening of the skin which makes each step painful. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG...
Tags: Health, Florida, New York, News, La, Sports, San Francisco, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Healthcare, Philadelphia, Local News, Joe, Cohen, Tarzana


Netflix series ‘Gentefied’ offers a loving look at East L.A. life: ‘It feels like home’

As a child, Linda Yvette Chávez lived in East Los Angeles. As a young adult, Marvin Lemus moved to its Boyle Heights neighborhood. So when the two agreed to collaborate on a web series four years ago, they both found themselves looking east of Hollywood. “My family all immigrated to East L.A. when they came over,” Chávez says. “And Boyle Heights, I had grown up going to this kind of mecca of Mexican culture. It was this beautiful space that really loved itself so much it was going to fight to th...
Tags: TV, Hollywood, California, Disney, Sport, Netflix, Things To Do, Soccer, Long Beach, Ana, Chris, Puerto Rico, Erik, America Ferrera, Boyle, Morales


Rise of the Resistance won’t be open during Disneyland’s Star Wars Nite

Disneyland plans to bring down the wildly popular new Rise of the Resistance attraction for routine overnight maintenance during an after-hours Star Wars Nite event while the Star Wars Celebration fan conference is taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center. The Disneyland website notes that the new 20-minute-long trackless dark ride will be unavailable during the $109 separate-admission Star Wars Nite event on Aug. 27. “Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will not be available during this even...
Tags: Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Resistance, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Southern California, Anaheim, Anaheim Convention Center, Star Wars Land, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF


Nutrition: What should you do when you have digestive problems

If you have digestive problems, you are not alone. Nearly two-thirds of American adults suffer from gastrointestinal symptoms. Symptoms of common digestive concerns may worsen with certain foods, but there is no one best diet to treat these issues. Exploring the potential presence of food intolerance or sensitivities may be an important part of managing one’s condition. The use of food intolerance testing has been surging lately as folks try to decipher which foods don’t agree with them. Unfortu...
Tags: Nutrition, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, LeeAnn Weintraub


16 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Feb. 21-27

LOS ANGELES COUNTY ‘A Body of Water’   The Actors Co-op Theatre Co. presents a play by Lee Blessing about a couple who wake up in an unfamiliar house and are confused and worried about why they are there. When: Show runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday through March 15. Also, 2:30 p.m. Feb. 15 and 22. Where: Crossley Theatre, 1760 N. Gower St., Hollywood. Tickets: $35; $30 ages 60 and older; $25 students.  Information: 323-462-8460. www.actorsco-op.org ‘Billie! Backstage w...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Edward Albee, Theater, Shakespeare, Virginia Woolf, Southern California, San Bernardino, Los Angeles County, Tony, Scott Fitzgerald, Neil Simon, Ophelia