"Is it better to speak or to die?"
REAL LIFE SUPERHERO CUSTOM DESIGNER SHOW OFF HIS STYLE
January 12, 2023
Making a superhero suit is a lot more complicated than it seems, especially capes which can take a week to construct. We visit Ironhead Studio to see how they work their costume magic.
Jose Fernandez, designer at Ironhead Studio in Panorama City
FOOD, FAMILY, FORTUNE DURING LUNAR NEW YEAR IN LOS ANGELES
February 15, 2018
Friday ushers in the year of the dog as part of the annual tradition of Lunar New Year. Los Angeles is home to about a million East and Southeast Asian immigrants who celebrate the holiday. As one of them, I am witnessing a commercial evolution of Lunar New Year here in the city.
As a kid in China, I associated Lunar New Year with three things: food, family and fortune.
It was a time to get together, exchange red envelopes filled with crispy bills and feast until we dropped. Now living in San Gabriel Valley, I've noticed that what used to be limited to Chinatown a decade ago is now permeating American mainstream culture.
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LA ARTIST DAVID PALMER COLORS IN CALIFORNIA'S VINTAGE CAROUSELS
January 12, 2023
David Palmer is an artist who's spent a lifetime capturing the Southern California lifestyle. He's painted skateboarders in Venice beach, airplanes over LAX ... and now, vintage carousels from Santa Monica to Griffith Park to San Diego.
The result is a coloring book for people of all ages that's called, simply, Carousel.
HOW A COMPTON FARM IS EDUCATING KIDS ONE BITE AT A TIME
July 19, 2017
In the summer, there are many programs and activities out there for kids - basketball camp or swimming lessons. But what about one that returns them to nature? For that, you have to check out Moonwater Farms. Located in the heart of Compton, Moonwater is part of the largest urban farming community in Los Angeles. There's chickens and goats and lush fruit trees all around. But it is unique in that it offers a program that teaches kids about agriculture - growing people in addition to lettuce. Kathleen Blakistone and her partner Richard Draut run it. "We have had lots of school visits. People come on field trips, from preschool to high school, " says Blakistone. "We came up with this idea to do farm camp because they were so delighted and they never wanted to go."
HOW KIDS OF THE '90S SAVED 'HEY ARNOLD! THE JUNGLE MOVIE'
November 21, 2017
The oldest millennials are in their 30s, but already they're starting to feel nostalgic for their youth. That's why Nickelodeon is bringing back 'Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie' 13 years after the animated show ended.
IT'S ALL FUN N' BOARD GAMES ON INTERNATIONAL TABLETOP DAY
April 27, 2018
April 28 is International Tabletop Day, when people unplug their phones and play old-fashioned board games.
Angelenos might already own household games like Risk, Parcheesi or Clue, but Game Haus in Glendale has even more. The cafe owns more than 1,700 board games, from basics like Mouse Trap to classics like Catan to more obscure titles like Terra Mystica. Robert Cron explains the business model for the cafe. "You pay a flat fee per person, you can stay as long as you want and play as many games as you like on the shelf. We've got the food and drinks available at the cafe as well," Cron says.
Prices are $5 on weekdays and $7.50 on weekends. The cafe is also available for birthday parties, farewell parties, even wedding receptions.
JIMMY O. YANG ON "HOW TO AMERICAN
July 3, 2018
This Fourth of July, we visit an unofficial guide on How to American. Comedian-turned-actor Jimmy O. Yang plays the character Jian Yang on the HBO series "Silicon Valley." Having moved from Hong Kong to Los Angeles at age 13, O. Yang entered the entertainment industry despite his parents' disapproval. His recent book "How to American: An Immigrant's Guide to Disappointing Your Parents" chronicles his move to the country as an awkward teen, his struggle as a comic and actor, and the pursuit of his own version of the American dream.
MEET YOUR MAKER: 'WESTWORLD' MAKE-UP ARTIST SHOWS HIS BODY OF WORK
April 23, 2018
The ambitious HBO series "Westworld" returned last Sunday to much fanfare. The Robo-Western is about a futuristic wild west theme park where humans can indulge their every whim with the robot hosts there. "We have the wood chopper from 'Westworld.' Some body parts on the table are for 'Santa Clarita Diet.' We also have a burnt body for the show 'Scandal,'" says Christien Tinsley, CEO of Tinsley Studio, a special effects makeup studio in Burbank. He and his team worked on season 1 of 'Westworld,' and received an Emmy for their make-up artistry.
HOW AMERICA'S FIRST FEMALE CHINESE-AMERICAN MAYOR FOUGHT FOR HER COMMUNITY
March 20, 2018
Lily Lee Chen represents an important piece of Los Angeles County history. In the 1980s, Lee Chen became mayor of Monterey Park — the first female Chinese-American mayor in the nation.
MEET NELLIE: LA'S VAPOR-SNIFFING POLICE DOG
June 14, 2017
The increase in terrorist attacks abroad has law enforcement agencies looking to new measures for protecting the public.
The attacks in Nice, Paris and the assault last month outside a concert in Manchester all targeted open public spaces. Now, the focus is on better safeguarding this type of location, known as "soft targets."One new technique holds promise, capable of detecting explosives from a distance — and under the right conditions, with 98 percent accuracy. Meet Nellie — a droopy eared, black Labrador Retriever and an important member of the LAPD's canine bomb-sniffing squad. These dogs don't identify potential dangers in the conventional way. They receive special training to small vapors emitted by explosives — a method considered much more effective than traditional means.
HOW CALIFORNIA IS CHANGING THE WAY GERMANS DRINK BEER
October 24, 2017
Tis the season ... for an Oktoberfest edition of your favorite brew. For years, Germany's celebration of all things beer has influenced brewing culture here in the U.S. But recently, the reverse is happening. American variations are pouring into beer's European heartland. San Diego's Stone Brewing is the first American brewery to open in Europe. Known for its aggressively hoppy IPAs, the SoCal company wants to introduce Germans to a world beyond their traditional lagers and pilsners."Today we have just a cornucopia of choices that we have now literally taken for granted," said Stone co-founder and chairman, Greg Koch. Berlin has come catching up to do