Month: December 2017

Attitude and Amore

Chew over “Molly’s Game” like a boss at Cantalini’s Salerno Beach By Angela Matano Late December in Los Angeles is a festive yet stressful time for cinefiles. Movies open at alarming frequency, making it difficult to keep up with all the contenders jostling for award consideration. As a female moviegoer and critic in the post-Weinstein reckoning, it is impossible to watch most movies without having the outside world seep into the experience. Perhaps this is true of any time society seems to be visibly shifting? Gender relations are in some sort of time-lapse photography warp speed, where social mores...

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Freeze Your Tail Off

Annenberg Community Beach House hosts a Polar Bear Swim 2017 was a pretty crazy year. Perhaps the best way to wash it all away and reinvigorate yourself for 2018 is a bone-chilling dip in the deep blue sea. On Saturday, the Annenberg Community Beach House hosts the city of Santa Monica’s inaugural Polar Bear Swim — which thankfully includes an invitation to warm up afterward in the beach house’s heated pool. S’mores, warm beverages and party games continue poolside. Participants are encouraged to dress in wacky costumes and remember to bring their own towels. They’ll also be Instagram photo...

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The Advice Goddess

You Flooze, You Lose I’m a married lesbian in my 50s. I blew up my happy marriage by having an affair with somebody I didn’t love and wasn’t even that attracted to. Now my wife, whom I love very much, is divorcing me. Why did I cheat on her? I don’t understand my own behavior. — Lost There are those special people you meet who end up changing your life — though ideally not from happily married person to lonely middle-aged divorcee living in a mildewy studio apartment. There’s a widespread assumption that “a happy marriage is insurance against...

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Airport Shuttle Chase Ends in Arrest

Police pursuit shut down part of the 405 at Culver Boulevard on Tuesday night By Gary Walker A man accused of stealing an airport shuttle van and leading police on a brief freeway chase along the 405 in Westchester and Del Rey on Tuesday night. Police say a witness reported seeing the man, later identified as 39-year-old Omar Hernandez of Los Angeles, drive away with a Holiday Inn Express van near LAX at around 9 p.m. Tuesday. The witness called 911 and followed the van as it made its way through parts of Westchester before entering the 405 Freeway,...

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Christmas on the Hard

A Westchester family leaves it all behind for a 7-year sailing trip around the world By Martin L. Jacobs Two years and 15,000 nautical miles into an incredible seven-year ’round-the-world sailing voyage, a Westchester family finds themselves and their 42-foot sailboat Kandu grounded in Malaysia for Christmas. Eric Rigney, Leslie Dennis-Rigney and their sons Bryce (16) and Trent (14) have found patience and the strength of their family among the many lessons learned on this amazing adventure that began in February 2015. “On the hard” is sailor jargon for dry-docked. Eric explains that the holiday waylay is due to...

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