Mar 302014
 

Getty Museum Heaven and Earth Byzantine IlluminationHeaven and Earth: Byzantine Illumination at the Cultural Crossroads
Date: Daily, March 25 – June 22, 2014,
Location: North Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Cent. The glittering courts of the Byzantine Empire (A.D. 330–1453) have long been admired for their rich tradition of manuscript illumination. The prominent use of gold, a striking sense of naturalism,
and a distinctive spiritual character were among the widely celebrated aspects of Byzantine art in the Middle Ages. These qualities inspired artists and patrons in other Christian locales, including western Europe, Armenia, and Ethiopia. Primarily drawn from the Getty Museum’s collection, this exhibition also features important loans in partnership with Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections, on view at the Getty Villa from April 9 through August 25, 2014.

Mar 282014
 

Kelela brings Her Dreadlocks To The Echo TheaterIn her first headline show, Los Angeles-based R&B savant Kelela brings her dreadlocks and electronically-charged intensity to the Echo Theater.
Her lyrics weave together a romantic sensibility with an ultimate sense of loss, all while searching for that perfect synergy between vocalist, producer, and DJ. Kelela’s striking and deeply personal debut, last year’s Cut 4 Me, features production work from NGUZUNGUZU (also playing on Tuesday), Kingdom, DJ NA, and Girl Movement. Expect a huge,dynamic live set.

2 April 2014 8:30 pm
Echo Theater
1822 W Sunset Blvd. Echo Park
Los Angeles

By Mariko Terasaki

Mar 272014
 

STAPLES Center & L.A. LIVE Host E-Waste & Durable Goods Collection EventSTAPLES Center & L.A. LIVE Host
E-Waste & Durable Goods Collection Event
Sunday, April 6th in Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE
10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

WHAT:  For the 4th consecutive year, as part of Earth Month & NBA Green Week, STAPLES Center & L.A. LIVE will host a free, public E-waste & durable goods recycling collection event in Los Angeles courtesy of Waste Management, Goodwill of Southern California and County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works including a fair on Nokia Plaza at L.A. LIVE featuring giveaways and interactive booths from various partners. The first 250 guests donating will receive a $10 off gift card to the Team LA store and discounted parking voucher.

WHEN: Sunday, April 6, 2014
Drive Thru E-waste and recycling drop off from 10:00a.m. -1:00 p.m.

WHERE: L.A. LIVE
800 W. Olympic Blvd.

The drive up drop off will take place on the private road located off of Olympic Blvd. between the JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE and the LOT E Parking Entrance.

ACCEPTABLE MATERIALS FOR RECYCLING & COLLECTION:

Electronic Waste: (Residential Waste Only)                                

Durable Goods: (in new or good, working condition)

  1.  Computers & Computer Accessories (i.e. Mouse, Keyboard, Speakers, Wires)
  2. TVs, VCRs, DVD Players
  3. Fax Machines, Printers & Photocopiers
  4. Microwaves
  5. Stereos
  6. Consumer Electronics
  7.  Non-Motorized Sporting Equipment & Toys
  8.  Shoes, Clothes & Accessories
  9.  Home Goods, Countertop & Personal Appliances
  10. Books, DVDs, CDs, Vinyl Records

PLEASE DO NOT BRING: LIGHTBULBS, smoke alarms/detectors or fire alarms/detectors, thermometers, dehumidifiers, any unit with sludge or liquids, large and small appliances: refrigerators, etc., non-decontaminated medical equipment.

Mar 262014
 

UNDER THE STREETLAMP KICKS OFF GREEK THEATRE’S 2014 SEASON

GREEK THEATRE'S 2014 SEASONUnder the Streetlamp, kicks off The Greek Theatre, LA’s 2014 season with their early rock & roll, doo wop and Motown classics on Friday, May 2.  Opening the show is the acapella sensation, Gentleman’s Rule.

With their unique style and modern “Rat Pack” persona, UNDER THE STREETLAMP brings the American Radio Songbook to a whole new level in their second television special for PBS.
With the mantra “Retro never sounded so now,” these four extremely talented and charismatic former cast members of the Tony®
Award-winning Broadway musical “Jersey Boys”provide an electrifying concert produced at the renowned Chicagoland’s Star Plaza Theater.
Their special is entitled, “UNDER THE STREETLAMP: Let The Good Times Roll.”

Backed by an outstanding ten-piece band, STREETLAMP singers Michael Ingersoll, Shonn Wiley,
Michael Cunio and Christopher Kale Jones bring these classic hits back to the millions of fans who fell in love with this music in the first place.
The show includes classic hits of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s with the perfect balance of tender ballads and uptempo classics,
all done with the same signature harmonies and slick dance moves that have made them irresistible.  Of course no STREETLAMP
show would be complete without a musical tribute to “Jersey Boy” Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

The next generation of a cappella entertainment, GENTLEMAN’S RULE – Will Lockhart, Brent Mann, Luke Mechlin, Holland Nightenhelser, Jasper Smith, Jesse Townes, Andrew Morstein and TJ Breen – takes this unique style of music to a whole new level in their first television special for PBS.  From the creator of Straight No Chaser and the producer and manager of UNDER THE STREETLAMP, GENTLEMAN’S RULE exudes youth, energy and incredible harmonies in a concert performance that brought down the house at Chicagoland’s prestigious Star Plaza Theatre, which is where their PBS-TV special was filmed.

GENTLEMAN’S RULE blends their youthful style and outstanding vocals with timeless classics and contemporary hits.
Their diverse music selections include songs by the legendary Manhattans, Bill Withers, the Rolling Stones, Rascal Flatts and the Spencer Davis Band, just to name a few.  Whether the music is classic ‘60s, ‘70s, or contemporary hits, GENTLEMAN’S RULE applies their unique harmonies to create a “wow” factor unlike any other a cappella group.  Based out of Chicago, the group is signed to Arena Child Records and released their first album, ACT ACCORDINGLY, in 2012.  Both the album and live performances have been met with high praise from audiences and critics alike.
“They are phenomenal,” said Dan Richards from superstation WGN-TV in Chicago.  Showbiz Chicago hails GENTLEMAN’S RULE for “incredibly precise and lush harmonies” and Theatremania urges “Don’t miss this amazing singing sensation.”

The Greek Theatre
2700 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 665-5857

Mar 252014
 

Black Sabbath Concert In Hollywood BowlBlack Sabbath is an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, singer Ozzy Osbourne, and drummer Bill Ward.

Black Sabbath will perform on Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 at 7:30 PM   in Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave. 90068 Los Angeles, CA Phone: (323) 850-2000

 

Mar 242014
 

House of Blues Entertainment LLC is a chain of 13 live music concert halls and restaurants in major markets throughout the United States. House of Blues in West HollywoodHouse of Blues’ first location, in Cambridge’s Harvard Square, was opened in 1992 by Isaac Tigrett, co-founder of Hard Rock Cafe, and Dan Aykroyd, co-star of the 1980 film The Blues Brothers.

The first House of Blues opened on November 26, 1992, in the Harvard Square commercial district and retail area of Cambridge, Massachusetts. The company was originally financed by such celebrities as Dan Aykroyd, Aerosmith, Paul Shaffer, River Phoenix, James Belushi, and Harvard University, among others.

In 1999, House of Blues acquired Universal Concerts from Seagram. On July 5, 2006, Live Nation acquired House of Blues. As a division of Live Nation, the company currently operates 12 clubs throughout North America, with its location in Atlantic City being franchised. Nine of these locations also feature the VIP membership club, Foundation Room.

West Holywood House of Blues is frequented by celebrities and well-loved by locals…

House of Blues
8430 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Phone:(323) 848-5100

Mon-Sat: 5pm – 2am
Sun: 10am – 11pm

Mar 212014
 

Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Thursday a halt to what he called a “fatally flawed” recruiting process for the Los Angeles Fire Department and pledged further reform efforts.Mayor Halts Fatally Flawed LAFD Hiring Process
Garcetti made his determination after discovering that Fire Department staff organized special recruiting workshops for LAFD insiders, according to the mayor’s office.

KNX 1070′s Megan Goldsby reports the process resulted in the Fire Academy class containing a disproportionate amount of recruits related to LAFD staff, some of whom were related to senior managers with oversight over the recruitment and training process.

Department officials also considered only applications received within a 60-second time period, according to the mayor’s office. As a result of the move, the next scheduled Fire Academy class of approximately 70 cadets will not be held, and no more hiring will be made from the current civil service list, Garcetti said.

RELATED: Report: Leadership Overhaul, EMS Changes Key To LAFD Reform
“I have determined that the fire department’s recruiting process is fatally flawed,” said Garcetti in a statement. “Reforming the fire department is a key part of my back to basics agenda, and the integrity of its recruiting process is vital to ensuring the department responds quickly, is technologically advanced, and reflects the city it serves in the future.
Officials say a new recruiting process will begin after an initial three-month review by RAND Corporation, with hiring to take place within the coming fiscal year.
Earlier this month, Garcetti and the Fire Commission ordered an independent investigation into the Department’s recruiting and hiring process following comments from the mayor criticizing the ethnic and gender make-up of the LAFD’s mostly white candidate pool.
LOS ANGELES: www.CBSLA.com

Mar 172014
 

Top 22 Los Angeles Live Music Venues

No matter how obscure your musical preferences, you can find your groove in one of the diverse Los Angeles live-music venues.

Here are the top 22 Los Angeles live-music music destinations.

 

  1. The Hollywood Bowl, Music Venue; 2301 N Highland Ave at Hollywood Bowl Rd., Los Angeles, CA
  2. El Rey Theatre, Concert Hall; 5515 Wilshire Blvd at Burnside Ave., Los Angeles, CA
  3. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc., Jazz Club; 2930 Beverly Glen Cir., Bel Air, CA
  4. STAPLES Center Stadium; 1111 S Figueroa St at Chick Hearn Ct, Los Angeles, CA
  5. The Satellite, Rock Club; 1717 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
  6. The Wiltern, Concert Hall; 3790 Wilshire Blvd at Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA
  7. Largo at the Coronet, Music Venue; 366 N LA Cienega Blvd btwn Beverly & Oakwood, Los Angeles, CA
  8. The Orpheum Theatre, Theater; 842 S Broadway btwn 8th & 9th St, Los Angeles, CA
  9. Hollywood Palladium, Rock Club; 6215 W Sunset Blvd at Argyle Ave., Los Angeles, CA
  10. Avalon Hollywood, Music Venue; 1735 Vine St btw Hollywood Blvd & Yucca St, Los Angeles, CA
  11. Walt Disney Concert Hall; 111 S Grand Ave btwn 1st & 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA
  12. Foundation Room House of Blues Los Angeles, Rock Club; 8430 W Sunset Blvd at Olive Dr, West Hollywood, CA
  13. Club Nokia Rock; 800 W Olympic Blvd, #335 at Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA
  14. The Troubadour, Music Venue; 9081 Santa Monica Blvd at Doheny Dr, West Hollywood, CA
  15. The Echo, Music Venue; 1822 W Sunset Blvd at Lemoyne St, Los Angeles, CA
  16. Echoplex, Rock Club; 1822 W Sunset Blvd at Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
  17. Kibitz Room, Dive Bar; 410 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA
  18. The Greek Theatre, Concert Hall; 2700 N Vermont Ave Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
  19. Amoeba Music, Music Store; 6400 W Sunset Blvd btwn Ivar & Cahuenga Blvd, Hollywood, CA
  20. Harvelle’s Blues, Club Bar; 1432 4th St btw Santa Monica Blvd & Broadway, Santa Monica, CA
  21. Harvelle’s Nightlife Spot; 206 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA
  22. Hotel Café, Music Venue; 1623 1/2 N Cahuenga Blvd at Selma Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Mar 172014
 

First time visiting Nokia Theatre Bill MaherFor the last twenty years, Bill Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television. First on “Politically Incorrect”(Comedy Central, ABC, 1993-2002), and for the last eleven years on HBO’s “Real Time,” Maher’s combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have garnered him 32 Emmy nominations.

In October of 2008, this same combination was on display in Maher’s uproarious and unprecedented swipe at organized religion, “Religulous,” directed by Larry Charles (“Borat”). The documentary has gone on to become the 8th Highest Grossing Documentary ever.

Maher started his career as a stand-up comedian in 1979, and still performs at least fifty dates a year in Las Vegas and in sold out theaters all across the country. Three of his nine stand-up specials for HBO – 2007’s “The Decider,” 2005’s “I’m Swiss,” as well as his most recent, the hilarious, “Bill Maher … But I’m Not Wrong,” – have been nominated for Emmy awards.

Bill Maher To Perform At Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles – FOR THE FIRST TIME! – on April 18th at 8:00 PM. (Door Time: 7:00 PM)

Mar 162014
 

Los Angeles sues Time Warner Cable for nearly $10 million in franchise fees
City Attorney Mike Feuer filed a federal lawsuit on Friday against Time Warner Cable, accusing the company of failure to pay nearly $10 million in franchise and public, educational and government fees owed from 2008 and 2009.Los Angeles sues Time Warner Cable
“For years, the city obtained payments from Time Warner a franchise fee and an obligation for education,” Feuer said. “In 2008, Time Warner failed to provide that fee … It protested it did not have to pay that fee.”
Time Warner issued a statement noting it was disappointed in the city’s action.
“As a major job creator, tax contributor and service provider in the City of Los Angeles, Time Warner Cable is an active and responsible corporate citizen,” the statement read. “We believe (the legal action) is without merit. It will now be resolved through the legal process.”
Feuer said state law changed in 2008 regarding the franchise fee, shifting it to the state from local jurisdictions. But Los Angeles was allowed to keep a formula where it continues to charge for the use of right of way, telephone poles and the network of cable wires and boxes on city streets.
The company’s decision to withhold the funds came at the height of the recession, a particularly difficult time for the city, Feuer said. “This is money that could have paid for 100 cops on the street, repaired 50 miles of streets and trimmed hundreds of trees.
“The suit alleges that at the same time Time Warner was withholding payments to the city, it was raking in billions of dollars in revenue. They had a virtual monopoly for the provision of cable service in Los Angeles.”
Feuer said the timing of his legal action had nothing to do with the ongoing dispute Time Warner has with other operators over access to Los Angeles Dodgers games or the negotiations between it and Comcast, adding that the city has been in negotiations with Time Warner since 2011, without any progress in resolving the dispute.

By Rick Orlov, Los Angeles Daily News Rick on Twitter: @Rickorlov.

Mar 152014
 

The life and career of vanguard independent filmmaker Shirley Clarke and the socially conscious films of Charles Burnett will be the topics explored by Laurence Kardish and James O. Naremore, respectively, who have been named 2013 Academy Film Scholars by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  The Academy’s Educational Grants Committee, which selected Kardish and Naremore on the basis of their manuscript proposals, will present the first half of the scholars’ $25,000 grant awards at a private luncheon on Monday, March 17.  The Academy Announces 2013 Film Scholars Grant Recipients
Kardish is Senior Curator Emeritus at the Museum of Modern Art’s Department of Film.  His project, Shirley Clarke: The Original Chelsea Girl, is the first book-length critical biography of the visionary New York film and video artist whose unconventional subjects and approaches challenged entrenched social mores, and whose creative activism expanded the aesthetic possibilities of filmmaking.
Naremore is Chancellors’ Professor Emeritus in the English department at Indiana University.  His project, The Cinema of Charles Burnett, is a two-part book that will place Burnett’s work in the contexts of the Hollywood film industry and the work of other black filmmakers, with special attention to his leading role in the “L.A. Rebellion” of the 1970s.  The book also will offer a complete, annotated filmography, with detailed analyses of Burnett’s major works.
Kardish and Naremore join 13 other Academy film scholars who are currently working on projects.
Academy film scholars who have completed projects are Cari Beauchamp; Donald Crafton, University of Notre Dame; Peter Decherney, University of Pennsylvania; Thomas Doherty, Brandeis University; Richard B. Jewell, University of Southern California; Peter Lev, Towson University; Scott MacDonald, Hamilton College; Dana Polan, New York University; David Rodowick, Harvard University; and Steven J. Ross, University of Southern California.
Established in 1999, the Academy Film Scholars program is designed to “stimulate and support the creation of new and significant works of film scholarship about aesthetic, cultural, educational, historical, theoretical or scientific aspects of theatrical motion pictures.”  The Academy’s cultural and educational wing – the Academy Foundation – annually grants $1 million to film scholars, cultural organizations and film festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad.  Through the Foundation, the Academy also presents a rich assortment of screenings and other public programs each year.
For grant guidelines and information about the Academy Film Scholars program, contact Grants Coordinator Shawn Guthrie at (310) 247-3000, ext. 3306, or via e-mail at sguthrie@oscars.org, or visit www.oscars.org/filmscholars.

Mar 122014
 
Reflecting on 100 years of women serving in the LAPD

Reflecting on 100 years of women serving in the LAPD / Anything L.A.

The petite preacher from Kansas raised her right hand to solemnly swear the unimaginable: an oath to become a Los Angeles police officer.In pinning on that “Policeman” badge 100 years ago today, Policewoman Alice Stebbins Wells shattered an exclusive mens’ world at police stations across Los Angeles, the nation and the globe.But would she ever make arrests? That was the question asked by a skeptical press and public.
“I don’t want to make arrests,” declared the Bible-toting mother of two with a penchant for social work. “I want to keep people from needing to be arrested, especially young people.”
To mark the centennial of the world’s first female officer, the Los Angeles Police Department is celebrating a century of progress in policing. A news event is planned for Monday.From skirted policewomen to today’s genderless roles as police officers, L.A.’s women cops have pioneered change in universal law enforcement.They include the nation’s first black and Latina cops, decades before civil rights legislation.
And they have become powerful female role models on TV, in movies and beyond.
For not only have women busted down barriers from equal pay to same-sex training to identical uniforms and the shared dangers of patrolling the city streets, they now occupy some of the loftiest ranks of the world’s most famous police department.
“It’s a very proud moment,” Assistant Chief Sandy Jo MacArthur, a 30-year police veteran and the LAPD’s highest-ranking woman, said during an interview in her top-floor office at the new Police Administration Building.
“It’s a tough job. A lot of women had to work really hard.
“Today, I believe in my heart of hearts that we are viewed as equal. We’re tacticians. We’re leaders. We’re everything that our male counterparts are. The LAPD can be proud that the LAPD has led the country.”

Hollywood affair with uniforms

MacArthur, who grew up a tomboy, aspired to become a cop after watching prime-time TV police shows as such as “Adam-12,” followed by woman cop shows that dovetailed with greater women rights as officers during the early 1970s.
Hollywood capitalized on the growing number of female police officers with TV series that reflected — and, some say — accelerated the trend.
In 1974, blonde bombshell Angie Dickinson starred as LAPD Sgt. Leanne “Pepper Anderson” in the groundbreaking “Police Woman.” The program was not only the first to showcase a female police officer, but the first successful hour-long drama to feature a woman in the title role.
“I knew I’d never have her legs,” joked MacArthur, shoving a polished combat boot and cuff from beneath her desk. “So I went with the uniformed pants and boots.”
“Charlie’s Angels” premiered two years later, with the three leading characters opting to become private investigators after being saddled with menial jobs on the police force.
Women officers earned their shields in 1982 with the debut of “Cagney and Lacey,” an Emmy Award-winning police drama that partnered two strong leading female detectives.
And finally, for Monday night’s series finale of TNT’s “The Closer,” the fictional Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson may learn whether she’s won the coveted post as head of the LAPD.

Proving their valor in the field

MacArthur, who sailed through the police academy in 1980, never figured she’d rise above lieutenant. Back then, there were only 178 women on the force, less than 2 percent of the LAPD, few with brass.
And back then, the macho vets of the black-and-whites asked if something should ever hit the fan, whether the women cops could be there for them. Or in the absence of men, whether they’d be able to hold their own.
Some even told at least one woman partner, “Don’t worry about a thing, honey, because I’m man enough for both of us.”
But the police women officers proved themselves with valor. There’s an old saying in the LAPD: “We all bleed blue.”
Three women L.A. officers gave the ultimate sacrifice, while others have been shot – or paralyzed – on the job.
On her first patrol through Venice (now Pacific) Division, MacArthur got in a tussle with a man causing problems at the beach.
“I put a karate-hold on him. And later on I thought, `Wow, this is really fun. This was something I really like to do.’ I knew I could do the job.”
Today, there are nearly 1,900 women, or 19 percent of the nearly 10,000 officers, who “protect and serve” the city.
Of those, one is deputy chief, three serve as commanders, 17 as captains. One is a member of the elite SWAT unit, others serve on the bomb squad or as Robbery-Homicide detectives, helicopter pilots, motorcycle officers and more.
“Literally every assignment has women assigned to it, and they do extremely well,” said Chief Charlie Beck, at a recent news conference. “They’re not assigned because they’re women.
“They’re assigned because they’re good at it.”

Fighting for equality

Early one morning last week, a dozen officers sat for roll call at Topanga Station in Canoga Park, including two women officers.
It was 6:45 a.m., and in the front row sat rookie Officer Amanda Kruse, 29, who’d graduated Aug. 13 at the top of her class at the police academy.
On a nearby wall read an adage, “Change begins with the courage of one.”
A century earlier, the 37-year-old Wells, 5-foot-2 and 120 pounds, had reported for duty after a bitter fight to ultimately wear the badge reading “Policewoman No. 1.”
She earned $75 a month, lower than her male counterparts, and equivalent to wages earned by jail matrons and janitors, according to LAPD historians.
While Wells had arrest powers, she initially hit the streets in plain attire armed with only a police rulebook and a call-box key.
In a city known for vice and corruption, Wells patrolled dance halls, skating rinks, penny arcades other public venues where women and children gathered.
Like the progressive reformers of her era, Wells fought to make Los Angeles a more wholesome place. Her first year on the job, she made 13 arrests.
After she traveled the nation championing the cause of policewomen, more than two dozen cities followed L.A.’s lead and countries such as Canada, England and Australia were close behind.
“I am doing everything I can to make people see the need of women in the police department,” said Wells, who retired in 1940 and died in 1957.
“But all one woman can do is very little. She can but find the needs and point the way. Where she leaves off, many women may begin and do much toward the betterment of social conditions.”

Subtle gender differences

Many are in awe of the early woman police pioneers, and what hard-working women cops accomplished later.
Detective Deborah Gonzales, a former Army MP from Brooklyn, knew at age 14 that she wanted to become a cop after witnessing a woman being beaten up by her boyfriend in a Long Beach park.
“I didn’t see any police around. I said, `When I grow up, I want to be there and help those who can’t help themselves,”‘ she said.
Now a 29-year veteran with many stints in the field, she directs the LAPD’s Risk Management Division and serves as president of the Los Angeles Women Police Officers and Associates, an agency that Wells co- founded.
When she first went on patrol, Gonzales said, she’d tell older officers to let her show them what she could do.
“I showed ’em,” she said. On patrol. On detectives. While posing as a prostitute on Sepulveda Boulevard in vice. “Someday,” she said, “we’ll see a woman police chief.”
While some women officers wish to steer clear of the Mars-Venus debate of whether and how male and female officers differ, others see subtle differences, even virtues, in the sexes.
One female field trainer sees male recruits who cry and female recruits who don’t live up to the stereotype of women communicators. Older male officers are more protective of women, she said, the younger ones less so.
“When you have a woman field training officer,” said the officer, who asked to remain anonymous, “we’re definitely harder on the women than the men are.
“It’s like you’re creating a product … You want an officer who is just as competent as you, and not considered the weaker sex.”
Other women officers would like to see more latitude for preferences — like shoes.
“I love shoes, I love shoes,” joked Cmdr. Jeri Weinstein, head of the Employee Relations Group, known for her penchant for designer footwear. “I’ve tried for years to see if we could wear high heels. They said no.
“I just gotta tell ya, you can’t (scale a wall, chase a suspect) in a pair of Manolo Blahniks. You’ve gotta have black boots.”

Rising up to take advantage

MacArthur, the deputy chief, has a patrol policy of 1+1=3. That is, one female and one male police officer partnering together offer the best overall police advantage.
“Women bring a different perspective,” said MacArthur, whose son now serves on the force. “And it’s a valuable perspective – our experiences are what makes us different, as women.
“I’m a mom, a wife and a cop. And that’s what makes me who I am.”
Rookie Officer Kruse, with bright blue eyes and sandy hair pulled back into a bun, was impeccable in a navy police tie and head lid.Although her father, Officer Jon Anderson, retired from the LAPD, she had very little knowledge of the first woman L.A. cop, depicted in photographs with either a large Victorian hat or mandarin-style uniform.
Or she may have had vague knowledge of the hundreds of L.A. policewomen who worked for decades as second-class officers in uniform skirts, heels, stewardess-like hats and specially designed handbags to hide their guns.
In 1972, the Los Angeles Police Protective League held a Miss Fuzz beauty contest replete with hot pants, go-go boots and form-fitting tops for the contestants.
The infamous Miss Fuzz: Patrolwoman Gayleen Dunn of Van Nuys Division. Dunn, now Hays, the daughter of a burlesque star and granddaughter of a bordello madam, chronicled her policewoman experience in a book.
And Kruse may not have known about the 1973 sex discrimination lawsuit that led the LAPD to train women for “full-duty” policing. Over the years, the full pay and broader police training has offered more women officers experience – and a chance to move up in the ranks.
A former paramedic with a degree in biology from Cal State Northridge, the former track star from Simi Valley had seen victims of domestic violence, as well as rape, she said.
While at the police academy with her husband, she could shoot straighter, drive faster and recite criminal codes quicker than her classmates. During her first month on the job, she made four felony arrests and will soon try out for the LAPD running team.
While preparing to go on patrol with Officer Garrett Peyton, Kruse loaded her 12-gauge shotgun like a true-blue pro.
“I wanted to prevent those people from ever getting hurt in the first place,” said Kruse, sounding much like the original Wells, after passing a rigid inspection. “I always look forward to the day.
“I’m very proud to represent one of the most distinguished departments of the world, that has more female officers in it,” she said. “I’m going the distance.”

By Dana Bartholomew, Staff Writer/ L.A.D.N./

Mar 122014
 
Disneyland is your land

Disneyland is your land. / Anything L.A.

Disneyland Park, originally Disneyland, is the first of two theme parks built at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, opened on July 17, 1955. It is the only theme park designed and built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney. It was originally the only attraction on the property; its name was changed to Disneyland Park to distinguish it from the expanding complex in the 1990s.
Walt Disney came up with the concept of Disneyland after visiting various amusement parks with his daughters in the 1930s and 1940s. He initially envisioned building a tourist attraction adjacent to his studios in Burbank to entertain fans who wished to visit; however, he soon realized that the proposed site was too small. After hiring a consultant to help him determine an appropriate site for his project, Walt bought a 160-acre (65 ha) site near Anaheim in 1953. Construction began in 1954 and the park was unveiled during a special televised press event on the ABC Television Network on July 17, 1955.
Since its opening, Disneyland has undergone a number of expansions and renovations, including the addition of New Orleans Square in 1966, Bear Country (now Critter Country) in 1972, and Mickey’s Toontown in 1993. Disney California Adventure Park was built on the site of Disneyland’s original parking lot and opened in 2001.
Disneyland has a larger cumulative attendance than any other theme park in the world, with over 650 million guests since it opened. In 2011, the park hosted approximately 16.14 million guests, making it the second most visited park in the world that calendar year. According to a March 2005 report from the Disney Company, there are 65,700 jobs supported by the Disneyland Resort, which includes, at the Resort itself, 20,000 direct Disney employees and 3,800 third-party employees (that is, independent contractors or their employees).To all who come to this happy place: Welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future.

Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America, with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.

Walter E. Disney, July 17, 1955

Mar 122014
 
Center Theatre Group “BIRDER”

Center Theatre Group “BIRDER” / Anything L.A.

Special Event Reading on April 6 of a New Comedy by Julie Marie Myatt
In a Co-Presentation of CTG’s DouglasPlus and the Natural History Museum
A special event that includes a reading of the new comedy “Birder” by Julie Marie Myatt and a guided bird walk in the gardens of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) will be presented by Center Theatre Group under its DouglasPlus programming and NHM on April 6 at 7 p.m.

“Birder,” which is directed by Dan Bonnell, follows an accountant who, upon the discovery of a house finch nesting outside his home in Los Feliz, finds himself forced to question his most basic assumptions about what it means to be a father, husband and breadwinner.  “Birder” is a play about birds, silence and finding both terror and solace in Los Angeles’ unique urban ecology.

Audience members can arrive at 6:20 p.m. to participate in a docent-led bird walk. There will also be a meet the artists reception following the reading.

The event is free, and reservations can be made at nhm.org/birder for both the reading and the bird walk. NHM is located at 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking is free.

Mar 112014
 
 The I-405 Improvements Project


The I-405 Improvements Project / Anything L.A.

Full Northbound I-405 Closures Between Getty Center Drive and Greenleaf Planned Nights of March 11, 12
The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project contractor is scheduled to conduct a full night-time only closure of the northbound I-405 between Getty Center Drive and the Greenleaf onramp on the night of Tuesday, March 11 from midnight to 5 a.m. (morning of Wednesday, March 12) and the night of Wednesday, March 12  from midnight to 5 a.m. (morning of Thursday, March 13).  The closure will accommodate shifting k-rail from the inside lanes to the outside lanes and shifting traffic to the west. A restriping of the freeway lanes in this area will take place.

Mar 102014
 
 MOCA In Focus STERLING RUBY URETHANE WORKS


MOCA In Focus STERLING RUBY URETHANE WORKS / Anything L.A.

LOS ANGELES ARTIST STERLING RUBY FIRST EXHIBITED HIS MONUMENTAL URETHANE SCULPTURES AS PART OF MOCA FOCUS: STERLING RUBY, SUPERMAX 2008, AN ENERGETIC SHOW OF PAINTING, COLLAGE, AND SCULPTURE. MOCA VISITS THE ARTIST FOR AN EXCLUSIVE LOOK AT HIS ARTISTIC PROCESS.

Born in 1972, on Bitburg Air Base, Germany, and raised in rural Pennsylvania, Sterling Ruby moved to Los Angeles to attend Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. The highly prolific artist has maintained studios in the industrial outskirts of Los Angeles since 2003. Plunging into the damp basements and tagged streets of contemporary America, Ruby transforms iconographies of industriousness and virtuous craft into masochistic lamentations. Ruby vilifies the artistic gesture as a conditioned response, bound to a history that is, to him, at its best a crutch and at its worst a stifling prison.

For the first time, film crews visit Ruby in his Vernon, California studio complex as he works with a team of assistants to create his famed urethane works. Ruby brings the camera inside the process, offering intimate views of the mixture of chemicals, application of urethane, and the heavy machinery used to invert and transport his works. Where once was the ecstatic solo dance of Jackson Pollock is now the clandestine construction in the studio with Sterling Ruby as its fastidious foreman. The comparison to a laboratory—be it scientific or street drug—is altogether welcome.

Featured in the video is Monument Stalagmite/Juvenile (2013). Standing over fifteen feet tall and shimmering with a high-viscosity finish, it is the latest in the series of the artist’s stalagmite sculptures that were so prominent in his exhibition SUPERMAX 2008 at MOCA. Like drips of water inside a cave, these stalagmite sculptures are material depictions of a process that has been frozen or truncated. An anti-minimalist monument, the sculpture is a continued protest against the repression of a rigid aesthetic system.

In the years before SUPERMAX 2008 Ruby had been working on a body of ceramic objects that mined the latent violence of the kiln. Out of frustration with the scale he turned to urethane, an unforgiving material more commonly used for casting. Ruby enlisted assistants and transformed his practice into an operation bordering on the bureaucratic systems which continue to fascinate the artist. With The Cup (2013) Ruby returns to the domestic form, recasting the vessel as an illicit tool caught in the intermediary position of the pour.
As a document of the artist in the studio Sterling Ruby: Urethane Works is itself a truncated gesture. It is the only documentation of a chapter in his production that will soon come to a close. The make up of the artist demands change.

SAM BLOCH

Mar 032014
 
2014 OSCARS Winners

Naomi Watts and Samuel L. Jackson during the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.
credit: Aaron Poole / ©A.M.P.A.S.

2014 OSCARS Winners

Jared Leto accepts the Oscar® for Performance by an actor in a supporting role for his role in “Dallas Buyers Club” during the live ABC Telecast of The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA Sunday, March 2, 2014.
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2014 OSCARS Winners

Glenn Freemantle accepts the Oscar® for the category Achievement in sound editing for work on “Gravity” during the live ABC Telecast of The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA Sunday, March 2, 2014.
credit: Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.

2014 OSCARS Winners

Lupita Nyong’o accepts the Oscar® for Performance by an actress in a supporting role for her role in “12 Years a Slave” during the live ABC Telecast of The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA Sunday, March 2, 2014.
credit: Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.

2014 OSCARS Winners

Oscar®-nominee Matthew McConaughey and Kim Novak present during the live ABC Telecast of The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA Sunday, March 2, 2014.
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2014 OSCARS Winners

Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson accept the Oscar® for the category of Best live action short film for work on “Helium” during the live ABC Telecast of The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA Sunday, March 2, 2014.
credit: Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.

2014 OSCAR Winners

Janet Friesen, Morgan Neville, Darleen Love, and Caitrin Rogers accept the Oscar® for the category of Best Documentary Feature for their work on “20 Feet from Stardom” during the live ABC Telecast of The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theater in Hollywood, CA Sunday, March 2, 2014.
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2014 OSCAR Winners

Ellen Degeneres hosts the live ABC Telecast of The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA Sunday, March 2, 2014.
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Mar 032014
 
2014 OSCARS Red Carpet Arrivals

Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart arrive for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.
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2014 OSCARS Red Carpet Arrivals


Julia Roberts arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.
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2014 OSCARS Red Carpet Arrivals

Whoopi Goldberg arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.
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2014 OSCARS Red Carpet Arrivals

Lady Gaga arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.
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2014 OSCARS Red Carpet Arrivals

Oscar®-nominated for Best Picture, Brad Pitt arrives with Angelina Jolie for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.
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2014 OSCARS Red Carpet Arrivals

Bill Murray arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.
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2014 OSCARS Red Carpet Arrivals

Jessica Biel arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.
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2014 OSCARS Red Carpet Arrivals

Charlize Theron arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.
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2014 OSCARS Red Carpet Arrivals

Anne Hathaway arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.
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2014 OSCARS Red Carpet Arrivals

Oscar®-nominated actor Leonardo DiCaprio arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.
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2014 OSCARS Red Carpet Arrivals

Jamie Foxx and Corinne Foxx arrive for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.
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2014 OSCARS Red Carpet Arrivals

Penelope Cruz arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.
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2014 OSCARS Red Carpet Arrivals

Oscar®-nominated actress, Cate Blanchett arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.
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2014 OSCARS Red Carpet Arrivals

Oscar®-nominated actress Sandra Bullock arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.
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2014 OSCARS Red Carpet Arrivals

Oscar®-nominated actor Matthew McConaughey (L), Camila Alves, Oscar®-nominated actor Jonah Hill and Sharon Lyn Chalkin arrive for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.
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2014 OSCARS Red Carpet Arrivals


Oscar®-nominated actress Lupita Nyong’o arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.
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Mar 032014
 

86th Academy Awards® Transcripts

 

Actor in a Leading Role

Christian Bale in “American Hustle”
Bruce Dern in “Nebraska”
Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Chiwetel Ejiofor in “12 Years a Slave”
Matthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyers Club”

Actor in a Supporting Role

Barkhad Abdi in “Captain Phillips”
Bradley Cooper in “American Hustle”
Michael Fassbender in “12 Years a Slave”
Jonah Hill in “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Jared Leto in “Dallas Buyers Club”

Actress in a Leading Role

Amy Adams in “American Hustle”
Cate Blanchett in “Blue Jasmine”
Sandra Bullock in “Gravity”
Judi Dench in “Philomena”
Meryl Streep in “August: Osage County”

Actress in a Supporting Role

Sally Hawkins in “Blue Jasmine”
Jennifer Lawrence in “American Hustle”
Lupita Nyong’o in “12 Years a Slave”
Julia Roberts in “August: Osage County”
June Squibb in “Nebraska”

Animated Feature Film

“The Croods” Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco and Kristine Belson
“Despicable Me 2” Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin and Chris Meledandri
“Ernest & Celestine” Benjamin Renner and Didier Brunner
“Frozen” Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho
“The Wind Rises” Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki

Cinematography

“The Grandmaster” Philippe Le Sourd
“Gravity” Emmanuel Lubezki
“Inside Llewyn Davis” Bruno Delbonnel
“Nebraska” Phedon Papamichael
“Prisoners” Roger A. Deakins

Costume Design

“American Hustle” Michael Wilkinson
“The Grandmaster” William Chang Suk Ping
“The Great Gatsby” Catherine Martin
“The Invisible Woman” Michael O’Connor
“12 Years a Slave” Patricia Norris

Directing

“American Hustle” David O. Russell
“Gravity” Alfonso Cuarón
“Nebraska” Alexander Payne
“12 Years a Slave” Steve McQueen
“The Wolf of Wall Street” Martin Scorsese

Documentary (Feature)

“The Act of Killing”Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen
“Cutie and the Boxer” Zachary Heinzerling and Lydia Dean Pilcher
“Dirty Wars” Richard Rowley and Jeremy Scahill
“The Square” Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer
“20 Feet from Stardom” Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen and Caitrin Rogers

Documentary (Short Subject)

“CaveDigger” Jeffrey Karoff
“Facing Fear” Jason Cohen
“Karama Has No Walls” Sara Ishaq
“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed
“Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall” Edgar Barens

Film Editing

“American Hustle” Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten
“Captain Phillips” Christopher Rouse
“Dallas Buyers Club” John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa
“Gravity” Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger
“12 Years a Slave” Joe Walker

Foreign Language Film

“The Broken Circle Breakdown” Belgium
“The Great Beauty” Italy
“The Hunt” Denmark
“The Missing Picture” Cambodia
“Omar” Palestine

Makeup and Hairstyling

“Dallas Buyers Club” Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews
“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” Stephen Prouty
“The Lone Ranger” Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny

Music (Original Score)

“The Book Thief” John Williams
“Gravity” Steven Price
“Her” William Butler and Owen Pallett
“Philomena” Alexandre Desplat
“Saving Mr. Banks” Thomas Newman

Music (Original Song)

“Happy” from “Despicable Me 2”
Music and Lyric by Pharrell Williams
“Let It Go” from “Frozen”
Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
“The Moon Song” from “Her”
Music by Karen O; Lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze
“Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
Music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen; Lyric by Paul Hewson

Best Picture

“American Hustle” Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison and Jonathan Gordon, Producers
“Captain Phillips” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca, Producers
“Dallas Buyers Club” Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter, Producers
“Gravity” Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman, Producers
“Her” Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze and Vincent Landay, Producers
“Nebraska” Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa, Producers
“Philomena” Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan and Tracey Seaward, Producers
“12 Years a Slave” Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas, Producers
“The Wolf of Wall Street” Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joey McFarland and Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Producers

Production Design

“American Hustle” Production Design: Judy Becker; Set Decoration: Heather Loeffler
“Gravity” Production Design: Andy Nicholson; Set Decoration: Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard
“The Great Gatsby” Production Design: Catherine Martin; Set Decoration: Beverley Dunn
“Her” Production Design: K.K. Barrett; Set Decoration: Gene Serdena
“12 Years a Slave” Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Alice Baker

Short Film (Animated)

“Feral” Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden
“Get a Horse!” Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim
“Mr. Hublot” Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares
“Possessions” Shuhei Morita
“Room on the Broom” Max Lang and Jan Lachauer

Short Film (Live Action)

“Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)” Esteban Crespo
“Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything)” Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gavras
“Helium” Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson
“Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)” Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari
“The Voorman Problem” Mark Gill and Baldwin Li

Sound Editing

“All Is Lost” Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns
“Captain Phillips” Oliver Tarney
“Gravity” Glenn Freemantle
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” Brent Burge and Chris Ward
“Lone Survivor” Wylie Stateman

Sound Mixing

“Captain Phillips” Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith and Chris Munro
“Gravity” Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick and Tony Johnson
“Inside Llewyn Davis” Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland
“Lone Survivor” Andy Koyama, Beau Borders and David Brownlow

Visual Effects

“Gravity” Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk and Neil Corbould
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and Eric Reynolds
“Iron Man 3” Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan Sudick
“The Lone Ranger” Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams and John Frazier
“Star Trek Into Darkness” Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt Dalton

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

“Before Midnight” Written by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke
“Captain Phillips” Screenplay by Billy Ray
“Philomena” Screenplay by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope
“12 Years a Slave” Screenplay by John Ridley
“The Wolf of Wall Street” Screenplay by Terence Winter

Writing (Original Screenplay)

“American Hustle” Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
“Blue Jasmine” Written by Woody Allen
“Dallas Buyers Club” Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack
“Her” Written by Spike Jonze
“Nebraska” Written by Bob Nelson