The City Prolific: Weekend Events April 21 – 23

The City Prolific: Weekend Events April 21 – 23

It’s spring, and you know what that means: summer is almost here! LA’s seasons are differentiated by event offerings. Summer is all about the outdoors: outdoor screenings, art walks, festivals, and music. And it gets started early. FRIDAY, APRIL 21 Jazz AT LACMA The 2017 […]

Architectural Class Divide: The Changing Nature of LA

Architectural Class Divide: The Changing Nature of LA

When I moved in three years ago, my block contained mostly single-family homes. I loved the bedroom-community feeling of my street, tucked inside dense east Hollywood. My neighbors on either side came over and introduced themselves. The woman across the street brought me some homemade […]

The City Exposed: Western and Fountain on Foot

The City Exposed: Western and Fountain on Foot

The distance from my home in East Hollywood to Malo in Silverlake, where I had dinner plans on Saturday night, is 2.6 miles. Too far to drive, by LA standards. But by walkable-city standards? Reasonable. So, I walked. I haven’t walked Los Angeles – I […]

The City Escaped: Skiing Utah

The City Escaped: Skiing Utah

I’m not just from Utah, I am of Utah. Utah is more than my home; it is my heart and hearth. I carry it in my blood, my skin, and my mind. Though I haven’t lived there full-time in twenty years, I’m proud and grateful […]

The Razzies: The Worst (Best) Award Show in Hollywood

The Razzies: The Worst (Best) Award Show in Hollywood

The night before the Academy Awards in Hollywood, the historic Palace Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles opened its doors to an audience of no-names and non-celebrities to award Hollywood’s worst with the not-so-coveted Razzie Award. The audience was eclectic, some dressed in typical evening attire, […]

Thank Gods, We’re Getting a New Beverly Center

Thank Gods, We’re Getting a New Beverly Center

What excellent news: The Beverly Center, aka one of LA’s worst design nightmares, is getting a revamp. The most aggravating aspect of the current Beverly Center is its lack of pedestrian access. The shopping mall sits on the upper three levels of the eight-story building. […]

Alone in Bogotá

Alone in Bogotá

I keep asking myself why I am alone in Bogotá. In November, I spent a week in Cartagena and Mompox, as part of a journalism fellowship. I intended to travel solo for a week thereafter, but flew home to Los Angeles in a hurry, to address […]

Automne en Juillet

Automne en Juillet

July in Paris has decided to skip to autumn. 62 degrees the other day, and rain for a straight week. I packed for summer. Skirts, sundresses, flip flops. I did not pack warm jackets, or pants. Or closed-toe, non-porous shoes that can be worn in […]

Je Suis Ici

Je Suis Ici

Je suis à Paris. After a thirteen hour over-night flight on which I did not sleep a wink, I arrived at Charles de Gaulle airport with a fifty-pound suitcase, a fifteen-pound shoulder bag, and a head both heavy with fatigue and soaring with excitement. I took […]

Mom’s Apartment

Mom’s Apartment

1618 Vista Del Mar reads a hand-written note tacked to the bulletin board above my desk. I only write notes by hand. I had a roommate once who would type notes – reminders, to-do lists, quotes – and then color childlike borders on them with […]