Archive for August, 2010

Altima Coupe is a Performance Sleeper

Altima Coupe is a Performance Sleeper

When it comes to mid-size sedans, Nissan’s Altima has always kind of lived in the shadows of its two very strong rivals, the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry. In recent years, it’s faced even more competition from cars like the Ford Fusion and Hyundai Sonata. The Altima sedan is a fine car, though it […]

Chabad of Toluca Lake to Host High Holiday Services

Chabad of Toluca Lake to Host High Holiday Services

“It was just a year ago that Chabad of Toluca Lake opened its doors and we have seen much success and growth in providing a most meaningful and enjoyable Jewish experience to all”, says Rabbi Moishe Carlebach, Director of Chabad of Toluca Lake. Chabad is a Jewish center aimed at reaching out to Jews no […]

Mary Duque Juniors of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Mary Duque Juniors of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

To celebrate their 30th anniversary, the Mary Duque Juniors of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles are hosting a gala on September 25th at the Los Angeles Equestrian center. The evening will include cocktails, dinner, live music, and both a silent and live auction. Auction items include a stay at Hawaii’s Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele […]

Diamonds (and Rubies!) are a Girl’s Best Friend

Diamonds (and Rubies!) are a Girl’s Best Friend

With the Emmys right around the corner, actors, actresses and their stylists are scurrying for the best red carpet looks. Every year, time and time again, most selections are made at the 11th hour. On the 14th floor of a newly-remodeled Four Seasons suite on Doheny, we had a private viewing of selections of Roberto […]

Two new reviews this week…

Two new reviews this week…

And one “repeat” review from last week, with The Tolucan Times’ apologies for last week’s errors. On the Fritz At the gorgeous El Portal Main Stage Theatre- Self created and performed “solo” …this is a wildly entertaining and brain-teasing show! I loved every zany moment! Having enjoyed Fritz’s two previous “one man” plays over the […]

The Expendables

The Expendables

The Expendables Run time 103 minutes Not for children. This is a low-intellect retro movie full of violence and special effects, peopled by 20th-Century actors. There isn’t even one actor in the film that I can single out for a good performance. It’s filled with cameos, like Arnold Schwarzenegger, although having Arnold doesn’t seem to […]

Eat Pray Love

Eat Pray Love

Eat Pray Love  Guys  Chicks Run time 140 minutes OK for children. Go Pay Suffer, at least if you’re a guy. I was expecting this Julia Roberts vehicle to be one of the worst movies of the year and it’s not even that good. For basically no reason at all Liz Gilbert (Roberts), the name […]

A Wither’s Tale Turns Away Melancholy

A Wither’s Tale Turns Away Melancholy

Successfully blending high drama with high camp, “A Wither’s Tale” joins the long line of entertaining Troubadour Theater Company shows. The production smartly weaves tunes by soul singer Bill Withers into William Shakespeare’s somber tale to emphasize major plot points. Jealous King Leontes (Matt Walker) suspects his wife Hermoine (Monica Schneider) and his friend King […]

Gregg Hunter’s Newspace

My good neighbor David has an adventurous streak when it comes to food. So it was that he selected Amalia’s Guatemalan Oasis from my list of potential review destinations. It proved to be a good choice. A smartly converted house at 751 N. Virgil Ave in L.A., Amalia’s is a modestly priced ethnic adventure featuring […]

Father Knows Best? Is There An App For That?

Father Knows Best? Is There An App For That?

It’s no secret that traditional roles for men and women have shattered into a million pieces recently. Daddy doesn’t have just one job, he has multiple interests, and Mommy’s got a career of her own. In fact, many families these days have to check their e-mail just to keep track of each other. It’s into […]