Archive for January, 2014

Choose to Lose One woman’s weight loss story illustrates the hope offered through bariatric surgery

Choose to Lose One woman’s weight loss story illustrates the hope offered through bariatric surgery

Jessica Petritz hit the delete button on an entire decade — systematically purging photos that made her want to scream. “I want to yell at the woman in the photos, ‘How did you let that happen?’” She wants to yell at herself. In her 20s, Petritz’s 5’2” frame burgeoned to 215 pounds before she turned […]

One-on-One with Andy Garcia

One-on-One with Andy Garcia

Oscar-Nominated thespian ANDY GARCIA has taken a different turn from his usually intense movie roles. The Havana-native and Toluca Lake resident has done a mixture of television work through the years appearing on both dramatic episodics like Hill Street Blues and Murder She Wrote, and comedies such as Will & Grace, Frasier and The George […]

Ride Along

Ride Along

Ride Along Runtime 97 minutes. Not for children. I often listen to a sports talk show called Mike and Mike in the Morning. A couple of days ago they were parroting that their guest was going to be Kevin Hart, who happens to be the costar of this film. One of the hosts, called Greenie, […]

Sins of the Fathers Finds Salvation

Painful issues can imprison victims in destructive patterns, unable to let go and fully embrace dreams and happiness. Denise Buchanan similarly found herself stuck after suffering dark tragedies as a young woman. She finds a way to free herself of her painful past, and expressively recounts it in her new book, Sins of the Fathers: […]

As many of you know from my theater column of many, many years …

As many of you know from my theater column of many, many years …

I love live theatrical productions! Of course some are disappointing, but each one invites you to consider different lifestyles and situations. This vicariously broadens the tapestry of your life experiences, while enjoying a night out with friends. Last weekend was a particularly rewarding one. I caught a pair of excellent plays, offered by two long-successful […]

Showrunners Get Our Favorite TV Productions on the Air

Showrunners Get Our Favorite TV Productions on the Air

One of the most interesting presentations during this winter’s Television Critics press tour was the panel with the showrunners for the top CBS dramas. The lineup had the producers from some of our favorite dramas on TV — Elementary’s Rob Doherty, NCIS’ Gary Glasberg, Person of Interest’s Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman, and The Good […]

More Magic Coming from Gary Peterson Following His Awesome “Supernatural Dark Christmas”

More Magic Coming from Gary Peterson Following His Awesome “Supernatural Dark Christmas”

Lots of pretty cool magic was featured with some supernatural fun when Gary Peterson presented his “Supernatural Dark Christmas Show” last month. It was a wonderfully strange show with vampire elves dancing along with the magic creating an edgy holiday celebration. In addition to grabbing the spotlight as a spellbinding magician, Peterson produced the show. […]

Pacific Broadcasters to Honor Jaime Jarrin

Dodgers’ Broadcaster Jaime Jarrin, who has been the “Spanish voice of the LA Dodgers” for fifty-five years will be honored by the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters, Friday, Jan. 24, at the Sportsmen’s Lodge, it was announced today by PPB President Commander Chuck Street. He will receive the Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award in front of his […]

St. Paul’s Jumpstart for Kindergarten

St. Paul’s Jumpstart for Kindergarten

A new and exciting program has taken off at St. Paul’s First Lutheran School in North Hollywood! The pre-kindergarten for four-year-olds is further developing the rock-solid foundation that all students build at St. Paul’s all the way from preschool to 8th grade. Teacher Melissa Nehls is leading the way with a well-balanced program of academics, […]

Maranatha High School: Scoring Well Above Average

Maranatha High School: Scoring Well Above Average

Maranatha High School was founded nearly 50 years ago as a small school, but has grown to one of the area’s leading private school options. Located on the former Ambassador College campus just off the freeway near Old Town, Pasadena, they have been voted Pasadena’s Best Private School two years in a row. Maranatha fills […]