Archives for November 5, 2018

Battleship IOWA Museum Presents Third Annual Veterans Day Music Festival Celebration Nov. 11th Admission to Museum is Free for Active, Retired and Reserve Military

Photo credit: Greg Bishop. 

Third Annual Veterans Day Music Festival Celebration
on Battleship IOWA Museum, Sunday, November 11
Centennial Anniversary of the End of World War 1 (Armistice Day)
Photo credit: Greg Bishop. 
In Partnership with Black Knight Patrol and Bob Hope USO

Battleship IOWA Museum has become the Southern California destination to celebrate our people in uniform. On Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, 2018, the “Battleship of Presidents,” coinciding with the one-hundred-year anniversary of the end of World War I, will honor vets with the Third Annual Veterans Day Music Festival.

The  family-friendly day will include a variety of fun experiences for everyone to enjoy, including but not limited to:

  • Live bands and DJ
  • Free food sponsored by Black Knight Patrol
  • Sailor’s Bar sponsored by West Coast Beverage
  • Vintage vehicles
  • 5″ gun salute at 11-11 to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I (Active battle ended at 11:00 a.m. on November 11, 1918). Sponsored by American Legion.

“We are a museum and a destination because of the heroic acts of those who volunteer to protect our freedoms and liberties,” says Battleship IOWA Museum’s President and CEO, Jonathan Williams. “Everything we do to preserve the history and missions of this vessel honors the veterans who continue to serve our country. It is our honor to support and celebrate them.”

Battleship IOWA Museum’s 2018 capital campaign is currently in progress to raise funds for the museum’s current operations and future growth as a National Museum. Everyone who donates
$500 or more to the campaign will be invited to attend an exclusive Admiral’s Reception on Veterans Day (November 11th) in the historic Wardroom aboard the Battleship IOWA. The reception to be hosted by Pacific Battleship Center’s Chairman of the Board, Rear Admiral Mike Shatynski, USN (ret.). To donate, please visit the website at or email

Admission to the museum and exhibits are free for all active, retired and reserve military with valid ID.  The Battleship IOWA Museum ticket office opens daily at 10:00 a.m. and the last tour ticket sold at 4:00 p.m. Tickets purchased at the box office are $19.95 for ages 12 – 61. Youth tickets (age 2 – 11) are $11.95. Senior admission (62 and over) are $9.95. Children under 2 are free.

Please visit Battleship IOWA’s new mobile-friendly website. We encourage social media followers to use our Facebook and Instagram outlets to learn more about museum curatorial updates and events. The phone number is 877-4-IOWA-61 (877-446-9261) or 310-971-4462.
Battleship IOWA Museum:
Named as one of TripAdvisor’s “Top 5 Museums” out of 133 in Los Angeles, Battleship IOWA now serves as a historic naval ship institution. Forged in war, guardian of peace, the proud ship keeps watch as the proud sentinel of the LA Waterfront. IOWA’s teak decks and steel bulkheads echo the words and deeds of history: three U.S. Presidents, six of the nine American five-star military leaders, countless foreign dignitaries, and most importantly, thousands of her own heroic sailors.  Visitors are awed by IOWA’s proud legacy as one of the fastest and most powerful ships ever to sail the world’s oceans. Battleship IOWA is open to the public daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hours are 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. with the last ticket sale at 4:00 p.m. Battleship IOWA anchors at 250 South Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, CA, 90731, at The Los Angeles Waterfront. Please visit our website for additional information about special events, group tours, educational programs, and Naval retirement flag service.

Four Ways To Liven Up Your Workout

We all know the importance of working out to stay fit, healthy and in good shape, however it can get a bit dull if you find that you’re doing the same exercises over and over again. After all, doing anything repeatedly is bound to get boring over time, so finding ways to spice up your workout couldn’t be more important if you’re going to stay motivated and on task, achieving your fitness goals and staying in peak condition.

Although it can be tempting to stick with the same old routine, it’s important to change things up from time to time. If your body becomes used to doing the same old things again and again, it will stop being so effective. If you’ve found that you’ve reached a plateau or that you’re thinking of quitting because you’re so bored, finding new things to add into your regime is vital.

With that in mind, here are four things that you can add into your workout to make them a little more exciting and also a little more effective in the long run.

Add In Some Isometrics

Isometrics is a big word for muscular contractions which take place without any ROM (Range Of Motion) of the joint in question. Some isometric exercises include bridges and planks as well as wall sit exercises which involve contracting the muscles in order to keep your body held firmly in position but without moving any joints. Isometrics are known to be very beneficial in increasing core body strength, and so you’ll find that you’re stronger and more capable of longer periods of endurance.

Variable Resistance Training

Variable resistance training uses equipment which causes a change in the resistance level when you perform the exercise and its range of motion. Heavy chains and elastic tubes are just two examples of equipment which are ideal for this type of exercise. Variable resistance training is extremely easy to incorporate into most types of workout regimes, and will help to improve your force development rate while adding more variety to any workout.

Periodization Or Interval Training

One of the most effective ways of spicing up any exercise regime and to make it more effective overall is to introduce interval training or periodization. Any well-designed training program will feature changes in volume and intermittent breaks so your muscles can grow effectively without hitting any plateaus. Periodization also helps to guard against overtraining or detraining which could cause either abandonment of your exercise regime or an injury due to strain. One way of introducing periodization is to take a week off from your routine every 6 – 8 weeks, then returning to the same routine. A different way to do it would be to lower your training volume every 5th week before resuming the original training routine. Interval training, on the other hand, involves stopping one form of exercise after a few minutes and switching to another type. For example, you may jog for 10 minutes then stop and do some press-ups or curl-ups for another 10 minutes before returning to jogging again. Alternatively, you could switch between different pieces of workout equipment in the gym every 5 – 10 minutes or so, allowing you to focus on different muscle groups and different forms of exercise.

Try Something Completely New

If you’re absolutely fed up of hitting the gym and using the same old pieces of equipment again and again or pounding the same sidewalks every day, it’s time to think of something completely different. Why not try a sport or activity that you’ve never tried before? Why not sign up for an aerobics or Zumba class? Or why not try swimming instead of going to the gym? You could even try something completely different in the comfort of your own home. For example, you could try a downloaded yoga workout from the internet or buy a pair of boxing gloves and a punching bag so you can release your frustrations while getting some exercise in your own front room. Details can be found on Body Trained about how to choose the best exercise equipment to suit your needs so you can keep in good condition and keep your fitness regime on track.


Johnny English Strikes Again: Entertaining. Holds Up To Success Of The Previous Films

Johnny English Strikes Again is the third installment of the Johnny English comedy series, with Rowan Atkinson returning as the much loved accidental secret agent. The new adventure begins when a cyber-attack reveals the identity of all active undercover agents in Britain, leaving Johnny English as the Secret Service’s last hope. Called out of retirement, English dives head first into action with the mission to find the mastermind hacker. As a man with few skills and analog methods, Johnny English must overcome the challenges of modern technology to make this mission a success. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Leah R. comments, “This entertaining film …is very funny. Johnny English is supposed to be a spy, but fails a lot. For example, he accidentally sets things on fire or blows things up. And, when he does things wrong, he pretends that he was trying to do it.” Raquel Y. adds, “Johnny English Strikes Again is an incredibly humorous film that definitely holds up to the success of the two previous Johnny English films. There isn’t a low moment in this movie and I plan to see it again.” See their full reviews below:

Johnny English Strikes Again

By Leah R., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age, 11

This entertaining film, written by William Davies and directed by David Kerr, is very funny. The main character, Johnny English is supposed to be a spy, but fails a lot. For example, he accidentally sets things on fire or blows things up. And, when he does things wrong, he pretends that he was trying to do it.

The film is about a cyber attack, which exposes the identities of all of Great Britain’s undercover spies. Johnny English is a retired spy, currently working as a teacher, and he comes out of retirement to find the mastermind hacker who did it.  When he was a spy, he used old gadgets, but now they use more digital things like tablets and smartphones. Since Johnny doesn’t know how to use them, he just throws them at his targets instead.

The actor playing Johnny English, Rowan Atkinson, is very good. Every time he fights someone, it looks quite realistic. He is hilarious when he dances in the middle of the dance floor and doesn’t stop the whole night.  Also, the gadgets he uses, like his magnetic boots and his exoskeleton suit make the film even more exciting. My favorite part of this film is that Johnny English is a teacher and he teaches the kids how to be spies instead of teaching them normal school subjects.

The soundtrack is excellent and so are the sets. They make it feel as if it’s a real spy movie. All of the crazy things that you expect to happen in a spy movie happen here, plus even more. The special effects and stunts make each scene that much more fun to watch.

As fun as this film is, you should know that people are violent with each other and there is one inappropriate scene when Johnny’s pants fall down and you see his rear end. The violent parts are not bloody or gory. They are just normal fight scenes like you would see in any funny spy movie. There is some humor that younger kids may not understand or might find disturbing, but I think older kids and adults will definitely be amused. As thrilling as all of the stunts are, they are dangerously unrealistic and not the kind of thing you would want a young child thinking they should try.

I recommend this film for ages 9 to18, as well as adults. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. It is available in theaters on October 26, 2018, so look for it.

Johnny English Strikes Again
By Raquel Y., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

Johnny English Strikes Again is an incredibly humorous film that definitely holds up to the success of the two previous Johnny English films. There isn’t a low moment in this movie and I plan to see it again. This is a “cannot miss” film that everyone is sure to love.

The storyline follows the Prime Minister of London (Emma Thompson) who calls Special Agent English (Rowan Atkinson) back into action after cyber-attack leaks the identities of all the undercover agents working for the MI7. English must stop the hacker in order to save the people of London.

My favorite part about this film is when English is practicing his mission using a virtual reality simulation. The simulation is said to be highly “immersive.” While English is running through the simulation, he makes his way out of headquarters and into the streets of London, causing havoc for the people of London. I also found it interesting how well Johnny’s old fashion ways comes into play numerous times throughout the film.

The director, David Kerr, makes a huge play on irony by making the bad guy a super high-tech professional, with special agent English not tech savvy at all. Luckily for Johnny, his lack of knowledge about technology helps him for the better.

There isn’t anything about this film that I didn’t like. From its special effects, to props to acting, everything fits together nicely, creating a great film that audiences will enjoy.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 18, as well as adults. It opens in theaters October 26, 2018, so look for it.

Celebrate the Aquarium’s 20th Anniversary With Some New Friends For Just $20!


Don’t miss some exciting new residents including a baby harbor seal!

Celebrate the Aquarium of the Pacific’s 20th Anniversary and meet our new animals with a special discount through November! From now until November 30, receive $9.95 off adult admission. That’s just $20! Join in on the 20th Anniversary celebration featuring special programs and exhibits highlighting our fascinating history and bold future. You’ll also get to meet some of our newest animals including Kaya—the baby harbor seal, Chase—the sea lion, a scalloped hammerhead, and more!  Follow the link to a coupon you can use at the Aquarium’s ticket window. Don’t miss this special opportunity to connect with 20 years of wonder and memories at the Aquarium of the Pacific.


Credit: The Aquarium of the Pacific.

The Wallis Celebrates 5th Anniversary with Free Family Programming on Sunday, November 11

In celebration of its turning five years old, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts kicks off its 2018/2019 Season’s free programming on Sunday, November 11 with three events that are ideal for children and families.

Story Pirates, the nationally acclaimed kid-centric company, returns to The Wallis at 11 am to 12 pm for a musical sketch comedy geared particularly for toddlers and adapted from stories written by children outdoors on the Promenade Terrace.

At noon, three-time Emmy Award-winner Debbie Allen leads a salsa dance class as part of The Wallis’s wildly popular Dance Sundays, an exhilarating series of complimentary, monthly, outdoor, dance events for the whole family on The Wallis’ Promenade Terrace. Allen, who has served as artist in residence at the Kennedy Center for over 15 years, has, in addition to her Emmys, been recognized for her vast body of work with a Golden Globe, five NAACP Image Awards, Drama Desk, Astaire and Olivier awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  All ages and dance levels are welcome.

Steven’s Puppets also returns this season with a free special performance of the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast at 2:30 pm. In a timeless story about looking beyond the surface and beyond our differences to find the truth and dignity within each other, a strong and unselfish heroine sacrifices for her family and saves a man trapped in a prison of his own making. Vibrantly colorful hand-painted scenery showcases hand-carved wooden marionettes who appear and disappear mystically through the magic mirror. Young and old alike will marvel at the science and technology which brings this magic to life. This performance is made possible by generous support from Steve Cochran and Dan Clivner.

About the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts:


Since opening its doors in October 2013, The Wallis has produced or presented more than 250 dance, theatre, opera, classical music, cinema and family programs to an ever-expanding audience. Located in the heart of Beverly Hills, California, The Wallis brings audiences world-class theater, dance and music, performed by many of the world’s most talented and sought-after artists. Featuring eclectic programming that mirrors the diverse landscape of Los Angeles and its notability as the entertainment capital of the world, The Wallis offers original and revered works from across the U.S. and around the globe. The mission of The Wallis is to create, present and celebrate unique performing arts events and educational programs that reflect the rich cultural diversity of our community. Nominated for 48 Ovation Awards, seven L.A. Drama Critic’s Circle Awards and the recipient of six architectural awards since opening in 2013. The Wallis is a breathtaking 70,000-square-foot venue that celebrates the classic and the modern and was designed by Zoltan E. Pali, FAIA, of Studio Pali Fekete architects. The building features the restored, original 1933 Beverly Hills Post Office (on the National Register of Historic Places) that serves as the theater’s dramatic yet welcoming lobby, and houses the 150-seat Lovelace Studio Theater, GRoW at The Wallis: A Space for Arts Education (a gift of Gregory Annenberg Weingarten and Family and the Annenberg Foundation) and the contemporary 500-seat, state-of-the art Bram Goldsmith Theater. Together, these structures embrace the city’s history and its future, creating a performing arts destination for L.A.-area visitors and residents alike.   For more information about The Wallis, please visit:  

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Promenade Terrace

9390 N. Santa Monica Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Box Office – Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Services 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA, 90210



11 am – 12 pm           Story Pirates

12 – 2 pm                    Dance Sunday:  Salsa with Debbie Allen and Friends

2:30 – 3:15 pm            Steven’s Puppets production of Beauty and the Beast

Credit: Wallis Annenberg Center.

The Los Angeles Zoo Launches Behind the Scenes Tours Behind the Scenes’ and ‘Keys to the Zoo’ Tours Give Guests a Rare Glimpse Into Zoo Life Beyond the Public Eye

The Los Angeles Zoo launches two Wild Adventure tours—Behind the Scenes and Keys to the Zoo—giving guests an inside look into animal care, conservation, and life at the L.A. Zoo.

Wild Adventures Behind the Scenes tour is a fun and informative peek into how the Zoo cares for each of the 1400 animals and 270 species who live on the grounds. Guests can learn about nutritional needs and food preparation, as well as what goes into designing a natural habitat that promotes overall well-being, conservation efforts, and more. The Behind the Scenes tour takes place on Saturday and Sunday’s at 9:00-10:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:00 p.m. and will include a visit to two different locations and explores a myriad of diverse and stimulating topics to educate and entertain. The tour costs $75 per person plus Zoo general admission. Tour themes include:

  • Pioneering Conservation  
    Learn about innovative research and groundbreaking new inventions in conservation and preservation that shape the care of critters large and small.
  • Cats and Dogs  
    Explore the wild counterparts to our at-home companions with visits to the Zoo’s resident felines and canids, and discover just how different cats and dogs really are.
  • What’s for Lunch 
    Explore the meal-time rituals of two very different species and how their dining etiquette plays a critical role in the health of their environment.
  • From Rescue to Ambassador 
    Explore the untold stories of some of the remarkable rescue animals that call the Los Angeles Zoo home. Learn about their amazing journeys from animals in need to animal ambassadors and the partnerships that make it all possible.
  • Feeding a Zoo 
    Learn about a variety of eating habits that help animals live their best lives by selecting the best fuel, from fish popsicles to krill smoothies and everything in between.
  • Evolving Habitats  
    Discover the science behind the Zoo’s vines, sand, ponds, and plants that the 270 species of animals require for their homes, from the surface they walk on to the heights of the trees they can climb.

Its second tour, Wild Adventures Keys to the Zoo, gives guests unprecedented access to the Zoo’s conservation and animal care efforts through one of its Animal Care experts. These tailored tours will provide insight into the most important and newsworthy animals sharing stories on conservation, breeding, and care. The Keys to the Zoo tour take place on the second Friday of each month from 9:00-11:00 a.m. and includes a continental breakfast at the Sea Life Cliffs viewing window from 9:00-9:30 a.m. During the tour, participants will visit three unique locations while focusing on a species or theme, including mammals, birds, and animal behaviors. The tour costs $150 per person plus Zoo general admission.

The Behind the Scenes tour takes place on Saturday and Sunday’s at 9:00-10:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:00 p.m. The Keys to the Zoo tour take place on the second Friday of each month from 9:00-11:00 a.m. and includes a continental breakfast at the Sea Life Cliffs viewing window from 9:00-9:30 a.m.
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens,
5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Behind the Scenes tour costs $75 per person. Keys to the Zoo tour costs $150 per person. The price of a tour is in addition to the purchase of Los Angeles Zoo admission and children must be seven years of age to participate. Admission to the Los Angeles Zoo is $21 for general admission (ages 13 to 61), $18 for seniors (ages 62+), and $16 for children (ages 2 to 12). No ticket is required for children under 2. Admission for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members is free.

To learn more about the tours and to purchase tickets, please visit:
The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing 1.8 million visitors each year, is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare and has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife.