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Where to watch July 4, 2021 fireworks in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties

  Fireworks illuminate the night sky at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Contributing Photographer)     Celebrating Independence Day 2021 is a little different again this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. There will be fireworks displays but some organizations have had to cancel, modify or restrict the customary concerts, parades and other activities — including no spectators on football fields or concert venues. Here is a sampling of reg...
Tags: Hollywood, Holidays, California, Los Angeles, Events, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Glendale, Wheeler, Venice, Local News, Monrovia, Arcadia, Sorrento, Ventura


Festival Pass: Fill up your calendar with Splash House, KISS and a roller disco with plants

Festival Pass is a newsletter that lands in your inbox weekly. But during prime festival season you get bonus editions, too! Subscribe now. Nile Rodgers is one of the all-time greats, not only as a songwriter and a musician but as a producer. He’s responsible for albums including David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” and Madonna’s “Like a Virgin,” not to mention a ton of chart-topping singles. Seeing Rodgers play with Chic at Coachella in 2018 was a bucket list item. And one of my favorite days at this j...
Tags: Apple, California, Boston, Sport, Netflix, Things To Do, Soccer, David Bowie, Madonna, Music Festivals, Dropkick Murphys, Coachella, Riviera, Nile Rodgers, Palm Springs, Southern California


Recipes: Summer is a great time to enjoy pasta — make these 4 dishes

Tangled up in noodles? Not a bad way to spend the summer. Chilled, room temp or warm, one-bowl pasta meals can play a big part in warm weather fare. If you like, a a mixed green salad could round out the meal. But let’s concentrate on big-flavored pasta in a great big bowl, large platter or yes, right out of a pan. Asian inspired noodle concoctions adapt well to cooled noodles. A Southeast Asian pesto is a summer staple at my house. The coarse, flavor-filled paste is extremely versatile, delicio...
Tags: Cook, Fresno, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Recipes, Sardinia, Joe, Serrano, Cathy Thomas, Sheila Lukins, California Italy, Julee Rosso, Restaurants Food and Drink, Cathy Thomas Summer Linguine, Grated Parmigiano Reggiano Cook


Gay Days returns to Disneyland on a new weekend after a pandemic pause

Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will once again be filled with a sea of red Gay Days T-shirts this year as the unofficial annual event celebrating LGBT pride returns to the Anaheim theme parks after a pandemic-induced hiatus in 2020. The unofficial Gay Days Anaheim mix-in event returns to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure on Sept. 17-19 with theme park meet-ups, trivia games, scavenger hunts, mega group photos and parties. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out wh...
Tags: Florida, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Southern California, Anaheim, DCA, Disney California Adventure, Disney California, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE


Casino Insider: Southern California casinos have made these changes over the last year of the pandemic

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.   In this Monday, June 15, 2020 file photo, blackjack dealer Denise Lazos waits for players as she stands behind barrier of plexiglass during the public reopening of San Manuel Casino in Highland. (File photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) While the casinos have been up and running for a y...
Tags: California, Casinos, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Associated Press, Atlantic City, Highland, Southern California, Pechanga Resort Casino, Fabio Viviani, Bally, Watchara Phomicinda The Press Enterprise, San Manuel Casino, Pala Casino Spa Resort, COVID


Hip-hop is a family business for this father and his sons

It’s easy to see why sibling hip-hop duo Avenu 10 looks up to Grammy-nominated producer DJ U-Neek. The 52-year-old  has been in the business for decades working with artists such as Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Eazy-E and Mack 10. Beyond his experience and expertise guiding the brothers through the recording of their debut EP, DJ U-Neek, which is the stage name of Los Angeles native Tim Middleton, is also their father. He formed Avenu 10 with his eldest son, 32-year-old Encino resident Tim Middleton, w...
Tags: Los Angeles, Sport, Netflix, Things To Do, Soccer, Middleton, Nile Rodgers, Mack, North Hollywood, South Central, Encino, Father’s Day, Michael Owen Baker, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE


LA Natural History Museum to host West Coast debut of Dr. Jane Goodall immersive exhibition

LOS ANGELES — Dr. Jane Goodall, the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees, will be celebrated in the West Coast premiere of “Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall,” a new exhibition opening at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, it was announced Thursday, June 17. The exhibition will launch on Nov. 7. Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace, has created an indelible legacy in the fields of science and conservation. She is best known for he...
Tags: News, Education, Washington, Africa, Environment, Los Angeles, Sport, Chicago, Things To Do, Soccer, Wildlife, Community, Al Qaeda, Tanzania, West Coast, Trevor Noah


Lee’s Sandwiches reaches plea agreement after 2015 recall of almost 600,000 pounds of food

Six years after the Lee’s Sandwiches recalled nearly 600,000 pounds of chicken, beef and pork, its affiliated company has reached an agreement with federal officials and plead guilty to distributing uninspected meat. The popular Vietnamese American fast food chain, known for its sweet coffee, pastries and sandwiches, was placed on probation for four years and fined $250,000 in a March 18 judgment filed in federal court in Santa Ana. In a plea agreement reached with federal authorities, San Jose-...
Tags: Business, News, California, Restaurants, Usda, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Fast Food, Courts, San Jose, Robbins, Brothers, Lee, Le, Santa Ana


Los Bukis add second show at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood

The day before tickets went on sale to the general public for their limited three-stop tour, Los Bukis announced an encore performance in the Los Angeles area with a second show added at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood on Aug. 28. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. June 18 for the second night of the “Una Historia Cantada” tour as well as for the previously announced Aug. 27 date at SoFi. Other performances are set for Soldier Field in Chicago on Sept. 4 and AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sept. 15. T...
Tags: Los Angeles, Sport, Chicago, Netflix, Things To Do, Soccer, Nile Rodgers, Livenation, Inglewood, ARLINGTON Texas, AT T Stadium, Michoacán Mexico, Marco Antonio Solis, Pacific Amphitheatre, Music + Concerts, San Fernando Valley LA


Frank Bonner, scene-stealing actor on ‘WKRP in Cincinnati,’ dies at 79

By Antonio Ferme | Variety Frank Bonner, the veteran actor who became famous for portraying Herb Tarlek on the TV sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati,” died Wednesday. He was 79. Bonner’s family confirmed to TMZ that the actor died as a result of complications from Lewy body dementia. Desiree Boers-Kort, Bonner’s daughter, posted in a “WKRP In Cincinnati” Facebook group, saying that the actor “loved his fans and was still signing autograph requests up until the last few weeks of his illness. Thank you to...
Tags: TV, New York, Hollywood, News, Sport, Herb, Things To Do, Soccer, Obituaries, Obituary, Nancy, Cincinnati, Sanders, Utah Jazz, O J Simpson, Little Rock


Every Disney theme park around the world is open for first time in 17 months

Every Disney theme park around the world has reopened for the first time in 17 months after unprecedented coronavirus closures shuttered all 12 parks at one point or another for months at a time amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Disneyland Paris and the adjacent Walt Disney Studios Park reopened on Thursday, June 17 — making the duo the final two Disney theme parks to return from pandemic closures around the globe. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new and interesting every wee...
Tags: Florida, France, China, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, World Health Organization, Tokyo, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Epcot, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland


Breakfast is best at Nat’s Early Bite Coffee Shop in Woodland Hills

For as long as I can remember, Nat’s Early Bite Coffee Shop on Burbank Boulevard in Sherman Oaks has been — like the nearby Art’s Deli — a weekend destination for old-school cooking, a great place to go for that morning cuppa joe, a classic omelette or scramble, maybe some hot cakes to celebrate losing a pound or two (and gaining it back in the process) — and this being Southern California, a down-home assortment of Mexican dishes. Nothing fancy. Nothing too modern. Just the sort of chow that sa...
Tags: New York, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Brent, Dining, Southern California, Philly, Woodland Hills, Benedict, San Fernando Valley, Sherman Oaks, Nat, Ventura Boulevard


How the story of three homeless sisters and their coach became Netflix’s ‘Sisters on Track’

The sisters Tai, Rainn and Brooke Sheppard competed at the 2016 AAU Junior Olympics, but they drew headlines for more than their accomplishments on the track. The three achieved their success while living in a homeless shelter in New York. When Corinne van der Borch, who was living near the track where the girls ran, got invited to a fundraiser for the girls and their mother, Tonia Hardy, she was immediately taken with the idea of making a documentary about their story.  “Sisters On Trac...
Tags: New York, Movies, Sport, Tom Hanks, Netflix, Things To Do, Soccer, Brooklyn, Norway, Bell, Tyler Perry, Jean, Corinne, New York State Department of Labor, Real Housewives of Orange County, Brooke Sheppard


‘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


What to do if you want to move a patio plant indoors

Q: I have a plant on my patio and I was hoping to be able to bring it in the house because it looks so pretty but I figure it would need to be climatized or it would die. I’ve had it on my patio for over 8 years. What do you think? A: Plants that have been outdoors may have some pest issues, so they should be inspected before bringing them inside (another lesson I learned the hard way). Plants that have been indoors need to be gradually acclimated before they can go outdoors, even on a covered p...
Tags: Gardening, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Orange County, Riverside County, Los Angeles County, Dee, San Bernardino County, Inland Empire, San Fernando Valley, Home + Garden


Disneyland band returns with more live entertainment coming soon

A Disneyland opening day attraction that was only intended to last two weeks but has stuck around for 66 years has survived the coronavirus pandemic closure of the Anaheim theme park and will make a triumphant return this week marching down Main Street U.S.A. The Disneyland Band will return on Friday, June 18 after a 15-month absence from the park with performances planned throughout the day. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new and interesting every week at Southern Cal...
Tags: Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Walt Disney, Tomorrowland, Southern California, Anaheim, DCA, Mickey, Buena Vista Street, Disney California Adventure, Ken Potrock, Top Stories LADN


Netflix docuseries ‘This Is Pop’ explores the making of music from Abba to Zapp

When the creators of the new Netflix series “This Is Pop” began thinking about how to tell the story of pop music in an eight-episode docuseries, they looked first to the model of their ongoing series “Hip-Hop Evolution,” which last year finished its fourth season on the same streaming network. That series traced the development of rap and hip-hop from a now-legendary party in the Bronx in 1973 where DJ Kool Herc set in motion a series of events that would lead to the genre and its many offshoot...
Tags: Music, Toronto, Sport, Tom Hanks, Netflix, Lego, Things To Do, Soccer, Justin Bieber, Harry Potter, Elvis Presley, Philadelphia, Espn, Bronx, Abba, Oasis


Frumpy Middle-aged Mom: My daughter has brought home another critter

I know you’ve been waiting with bated breath to hear what is going on with my 22-year-old daughter, Curly Girl, now that she has moved out of our ancestral suburban tract home. A few days ago, she found time in her incredibly busy schedule to have breakfast with me (naturally, she handed me the check) and I was delighted to see that she remains alive and everything is still in working order. This is a new relationship for the two of us and one I’m still getting used to, now that she’s officially...
Tags: Wikipedia, Disney, America, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Peru, Catalina Island, Vicki, Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom, Vicki Barbolak, Other Mother


James Ellroy gets personal in ‘Widespread Panic,’ talks ‘Hollywood Death Trip’ podcast

James Ellroy lives in a black-and-white Hollywood, his novels set in a mid-century Los Angeles filled with faded film stars and corrupt cops, movie moguls with morals missing, and beautiful, beleaguered women. It’s a world he’s captured in books from “The Black Dahlia” to “American Tabloid” to most recently, “This Storm.” And in his new book, “Widespread Panic,” Ellroy gets personal. Its protagonist, Freddy Otash, was a real person, an LAPD cop turned private investigator for Confidential, a rut...
Tags: Books, Podcast, Hollywood, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Beverly Hills, Tokyo, Miami, Catholic, Cia, Bronx, Shakespeare, Lapd


Here are the bestsellers at Southern California’s independent bookstores

The SoCal Indie Bestseller List for the sales week ended June 13 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 Hill We Climb: Amanda Gorman 3. Klara and the Sun: Kazuo Ishiguro 4. The Midnight Library: Matt Haig 5. The Other Black Girl: Zakiya Dalila Harris 6. Project Hail Mar...
Tags: Books, Stephen King, Sport, Fox, Things To Do, Soccer, George Orwell, Ford, Ben Rhodes, Tokyo, Michael Lewis, Kazuo Ishiguro, John Green, Malcolm Gladwell, Malibu, World Travel


Midsummer Scream to host pop-up event in Pasadena in August

You can shop until you drop dead this summer when the Midsummer Scream Halloween and Horror Convention hosts Awaken the Spirits, a new pop-up event that will offer Halloween goods and a sneak peek into all the horror planned this spooky season. Tickets go on sale June 16 for the event, which was announced on the Midsummer Scream Instagram page on June 15. Tickets are $25-$75. It will take place at the Pasadena Convention Center Aug. 14-15 and will include more than 200 Halloween-themed vendor bo...
Tags: Halloween, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Long Beach, Pasadena, Comic-Con, Pasadena Convention Center, Winchester Mystery House, Long Beach Convention Center, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories LBPT, Top Stories SGVT, Top Stories PSN


Actress Lisa Banes dies after hit-and-run accident in New York

By Anna Sturla and Mark Morales | CNN Actress Lisa Banes, who appeared in numerous television series and films like “Gone Girl,” died Monday after suffering injuries sustained from being hit by a scooter in New York City earlier this month, the NYPD and a law enforcement official told CNN on Tuesday. She was 65. “We are heartsick over Lisa’s tragic and senseless passing,” David Williams, her manager, said in a statement. “She was a woman of great spirit, kindness and generosity and dedicated to ...
Tags: New York, Movies, News, New York City, Sport, Cnn, Things To Do, Soccer, Williams, Obituaries, Manhattan, Obituary, Nashville, Ohio, Tom Cruise, Arcadia


Disneyland: What happens next? We’ve got answers to 10 key questions

Disneyland provided a lot of answers about what the Anaheim theme park will be like now that state pandemic restrictions have been lifted, but a lot of questions remain about what will change over the next few months as the phased reopening continues. Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will increase attendance, drop mask requirements for vaccinated visitors, discontinue physical distancing and continue advance reservations as the state ends most COVID-19 health and safety measures on Tue...
Tags: Disney, Sport, Indiana, Things To Do, Soccer, Resistance, Amusement Parks, Pixar, Disneyland, Southern California, Mickey Mouse, Anaheim, DCA, Adventureland, Disney California Adventure, OGA


Disneyland fireworks return in time for Fourth of July

Disneyland is bringing back fireworks this summer in time for the Fourth of July holiday celebration after the nighttime shows were put into hibernation while the Anaheim theme park was shuttered by the COVID-19 pandemic and beginning a phased reopening. “Mickey’s Mix Magic” will be presented nightly at Disneyland beginning on July 4 with fireworks, video projections, show lighting and lasers on the facades of Sleeping Beauty Castle, Main Street U.S.A. and It’s a Small World. Sign up for our Pa...
Tags: Florida, Labor, California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Epcot, Walt Disney, Southern California, Anaheim, DCA, Mickey


Luke Wilson and Martin Sheen team for ’12 Mighty Orphans,’ an inspiring, true-life football story

Ask Luke Wilson what it was like to work with Martin Sheen on the new film “12 Mighty Orphans” and he sounds just as awestruck as he was the first day on location in Texas. “I’m from like the Blockbuster Video-era where I didn’t see ‘Apocalypse Now’ in the theater, I’d never seen ‘Badlands,’” Wilson says of two iconic Sheen films. “So as I started to get into movies and directors and actors, I did see ‘Apocalypse Now,’ and then ‘Badlands, which, you know, just blew me and my brothers and my frie...
Tags: Texas, Movies, Cowboys, Sport, Tom Hanks, Lego, Things To Do, Soccer, Harry Potter, Marlon Brando, Dallas, Ohio, Sony Pictures, Luke Wilson, Fort Worth, Hall


5 tips to keep your houseplants thriving for years

Nehemias de Leon-Martin has seen all kinds of plants as a manager of Planta in Highland Park, but some of the ones that impressed him most have been the dracaenas in his mother’s living room. For more than 20 years, his mom has carefully taken care of the plants, letting them dry out between waterings and rotating them to give them ample sun exposure on all sides. The plants are happy, and it shows. “They flowered and looked crazy,” de Leon-Martin said. Two decades may seem like a long time to k...
Tags: Gardening, California, Sport, Dave, Things To Do, Soccer, Highland Park, Inland Empire, San Fernando Valley, Horst, Mirande, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF


12 Disneyland rides and attractions reopening over the next month

A dozen Disneyland and Disney California Adventure rides, shows and attractions will return in the next month as the Anaheim theme parks increase attendance capacity and drop coronavirus measures with the end of COVID-19 restrictions at theme parks in the state. Major attractions like the Matterhorn Bobsleds and Jungle Cruise along with people-eating workhorses like Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters and opening day originals like Storybook Land Canal Boats will return as Disneyland adds more ride ca...
Tags: California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Island, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Winnie, Southern California, Tom Sawyer, Anaheim, DCA, Mickey, Davy Crockett, Disney California Adventure


How author Joshua Henkin transformed a 3,000-page book draft into his new novel

In Joshua Henkin’s novel “Morningside Heights,” Spence Robin, an academic giant and long-time Columbia University professor, is stricken with Alzheimer’s disease. Henkin’s father was also a Columbia professor who suffered from Alzheimer’s at the end of his life. While the character Robin is “very similar to my dad,” Henkin says, this is not an autobiographical book. Nor is it, actually, a book about the disease. This tender and touching novel explores the full lives of Robin’s family — his wi...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, Georgia, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Broadway, Elton John, Tokyo, William Boyd, Columbia University, Kazuo Ishiguro, Sarah, Columbia, Robin, Southern California


Niles: It’s a golden age for roller coaster fans

Like many theme park fans, I have loved roller coasters for a long time. But what many parks are doing with coasters right now is helping me love these thrill rides even more. Years ago, parks gave up trying to build coasters that were ever taller and faster than others. Drops over 400 feet and speeds over 140 miles per hour pushed the limits that an average human being can stand. So parks and coaster manufacturers pivoted toward more innovative ways to capture the public’s attention. Sign up f...
Tags: Texas, California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Jurassic Park, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Epcot, Orlando, Southern California, Niles, Hagrid, Top Stories LADN


Sparks are flying from all directions this Fourth of July fireworks season

America may be divided on politics, race, gender, immigration, the economy, gun control, climate change, vaccine passports and myriad other issues, but at least we can all agree on how to celebrate our own nation’s birthday, right? Nope. Those “bonfires and illuminations” that future President John Adams encouraged citizens to light every Fourth of July are breathtaking bones of contention. If it isn’t fears over fires caused by misuse, it’s the nuisance factor or even a matter of health for tho...
Tags: California, China, America, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, John Adams, TNT, Pasadena, Orange County, Riverside County, Phantom, Gavin Newsom, Rice Krispies, Sparks, Ontario