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4 things you probably didn't know about Marlon Brando

July 1 of this year marks the 10th anniversary of actor Marlon Brando’s death. While most people know Brando as a leading man, not everyone knows of …

Why Coachella Artists Aren't Happy With Coachella

Organizers of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival — along with other fests such as the Electric Daisy Carnival — have learned from art-heavy …

Richard Simmons' Fabulous Poker Face

The room eats up the wet-noodle abuse.<p>"Everyone get in a big circle. Move your ass."<p>The crowd clears the dance floor as Simmons struts, bounces and …

When a 14-Year-Old in South Central Wants to Learn the Cello

That phrase at first might sound grandiose, even starry-eyed. But a closer examination of the program's methods makes its lofty goals look less like …

Instagram, Vine video apps make short work of artistic expression

In a town where exposure is everything, bite-size videos from Instagram and the even shorter Vine prove popular and even profitable.<p>February 08, 2014|By L.J. Williamson<p>A wood model stars in Ian Padgham's stop-motion videos. (Ian Padgham )<p>Enjoy whirlwind tours of Los Angeles neighborhoods, eavesdrop …

LA adult bike riding classes show it's never too late to learn

Did you know one in nine adults don't know how to ride a bike?<p>If you're one of those nine and living in Los Angeles, here's your chance: Cyclists …

Do I really have to buy Kleenex so my kid can get a better grade?

<i>Off-Ramp commentator L.J. Williamson's son</i><i>, a student in the Los Angeles Unified School District, came home with an unusual homework assignment from</i> …

1450 Ocean: Santa Monica Senior Center Becomes a Hip Maker Space

Once a senior citizen's center, 1450 Ocean this summer retooled itself into a learning center open to all adults, offering classes for dancers, …

10 Free L.A. Things to Do With Kids That Don't Suck for Grownups

View from the Getty Center<p>Timothy Norris<p><b>1. The Getty Center</b><br>More than just a world-renowned arts museum, the<p>Getty Center is an urban oasis perched …

2013: The Year in LEGO

January 22 at 1:47 p.m.<p>January 22 at 1:41 p.m.<p>November 1 at 4:50 p.m.<p>October 26 at 1:08 p.m.<p>September 18 at 10:56 a.m.<p>September 11 at 5 p.m.

Burning Man's Temple: Remembering Michael Dwayne Bolinger

January 25 at 11:47 a.m.<p>January 22 at 2:16 p.m.<p>January 17 at 3:26 p.m.<p>January 3 at 11:55 a.m.<p>November 6 at 12:07 p.m.<p>November 1 at 2:53 p.m.

The Day the Man Came to Burning Man

This too is built to be burned, on the final night of the event. The structure's design differs from year to year — 2013's Temple was pyramid-shaped; …

Game over: Family Fun arcade is pulling the plug

Inside, the Family Fun Arcade is dark, even on a sunny day. In the back, there's a counter where you can get change, buy a can of soda for 75 cents and grab a bag of Doritos or a cellophane-covered brownie. The place is noisy, always noisy, not with the flashy whining arpeggios of slot machines or …

Game over: Family Fun arcade pulls the plug

// Width here // Height here<p>Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times<p><i>By L.J. Williamson</i><p>The Granada Hills institution has been KOd by home consoles and online game sites after nearly 40 years.<p>Inside, the Family Fun Arcade is dark, even on a sunny day. In the back, there’s a counter where you can get change, …

Burning Man's big hangup: cellphones

There's no running water, no plumbing, no electrical outlets. The environment is so forbidding in this vast and dusty desert that there aren't even insects. So it's not the kind of place to expect full bars on your smartphone.<p>Of course, that's a big part of the charm.<p>The only thing not lacking in …

‘Candy Crush Saga’ gives addicted mobile-game players a sugar rush | Hero Complex – movies, comics, pop culture – Los Angeles Times

“Candy Crush Saga” has 14.7 million daily active users, AppData reports. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)<p>I slide three shiny red jelly beans together. Trumpet blast. I put three lemon drops in a line. A xylophone sounds a jingle of approval. Then I get five purple jujubes in a row, and they …

Facebook group helped with cancer support, mourning

A cancer-stricken man and his wife find a sense of community online to keep friends and family informed of his progress.<p>May 27, 2012|By L.J. Williamson, Special to the Los Angeles Times<p>David Spancer (Dave Le, Dave Le )<p>Apryl Lundsten was, in her own words, "not a good Facebook user."<p>"Facebook made …

On the Red Couch with Travel Journalist and Author Porter Fox

Inside Flipboard / November 14, 2013<p>Porter Fox was a travel journalist for many years before he decided to shake it up. Tired of the demand to …

Flipboard for Journalists

Inside Flipboard / June 5, 2013<p>“Flipboard For You” is our bi-weekly series highlighting how different groups of people can make the most out of …