Earth Focus: Vanishing Coral Comes to KCET

There’s so many fascinating things to learn and discover on land that I often forget there’s an equally fascinating world underwater. Luckily, here in SoCal I’m never too far from the ocean and I have several opportunities to learn about its rich environment. Recently, I learned about the fascinating yet endangered world of coral reefs […]

Vince Giordano: There’s a Future in the Past Opens in LA

When my dad was a teenager in the late 1960’s- early 1970’s he listened to Frank Sinatra and Al Jolson while his peers were listening The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. When I was a teenager I, too, discovered Sinatra and spent my time borrowing jazz albums from the library while my peers were listening […]

Viewing The Birth of Motion Pictures: An Illustrated History of Silent Cinema 1910-1929

Now, I pride myself on being on top of SoCal events particularly the classic film ones. If there’s a screening, exhibit or festival chances are I know about it. But every once in awhile something falls through the cracks. Recently I was reading a post on Spellbound By Movies on LA area classic films exhibits. […]

Doris Day in On Moonlight Bay and By the Light of the Silvery Moon

One of my favorite actresses is Doris Day and I’m happy to say today is her 95th birthday. To celebrate I’m joining the Doris Day Blogathon hosted by Love Letters to Old Hollywood. At this point I’ve seen most of Ms. Days films and can’t help but have a few favorites. Calamity Jane will always […]

KCET Honors Shirley MacLaine with the Lumiere Award

As a classic film fan an invite to attend a film screening and interview with Shirley MacLaine is a true treat. Unfortunately, I was unable to make it so my good friend Mary of Along Comes Mary stepped in for me and got all the scoop. Take it away, Mary. When you think about the […]

Spotlight on Sidney Poitier in Blackboard Jungle

As time goes on we lose more and more of our direct connections to the Golden Age. As key players in the history of Hollywood leave us it’s important to treasure those who remain. One such luminary is Sidney Poitier. About to celebrate his 90th birthday he remains one of our most enduring stars. To […]

Discovering The Science Behind Pixar at CA Science Center

When I was in high school my best friend and I decided to go to the movies. Even though we thought we were too old for cartoons we decided to check out something called Toy Story. I instantly fell in love with it and developed a lifelong appreciation for Pixar films. I’ve seen nearly every […]

A Quiet Couple of Weeks + GIVEAWAY

A couple of weeks ago I went on some grand adventures and was so excited to share them with you. Then, as what often happens this time of year, I was struck down. Too sick to go anywhere I had to content myself with more sedentary activities and put the writing and exploring on hold. […]

Viewing The Maltese Falcon at The Art Theatre

Whenever I go to the movies I make a point of going to The Art Theatre in Long Beach. This Art Deco beauty dating to 1925 is independently owned and showcases a range of films. It could be an art film, a classic, an indie or even James Bond. Whenever it’s something I want to […]

Visiting From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical LAIKA Experience at Universal Studios

Somethings I’ve loved as a kid I’ve long moved on from (Micro Machines and English Toast Pizza I hardly knew ya) but somethings I love to this day. Like animated films. Ever since my first viewing of Snow White as a toddler I’ve enjoyed them. Whether hand drawn, computer generated or stop motion I find […]