Chip is Pet of the Week!

Five days before Christmas, this little guy was brought in to our shelter after being struck by a car in front of the Long Beach Fire Department. Leave it to our firefighters to make sure he got safely to Animal Care Services, where he got all the medical attention he needed for 100 percent recovery! The shelter staff named him Chip; he’s neutered, friendly and great with other dogs! Meet Chip at the shelter side of the P. D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A601237.

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of the P.D. Pitchford Com[anion Animal Village (the shelter side).

The LA ART SHOW Announces Kid Family Friendly, Interactive Programming by UCLA & More! January 11 – 14, 2018 The LA Art Show, Los Angeles’ Largest International Art Fair, Returns For 23rd Annual Showcase

Already the city’s largest international art fair, for its 23rd edition, the showcase is continuing its expansion into the global art market with a new partnership with The Museum of the Arts of Guadalajara. The fair will host even more international exhibitors than last year, with over 100 galleries from more than 18 countries with an emphasis on the Pacific Rim, including China and Japan, as well as France, the United Kingdom and Mexico.

 

Returning exhibitors so far include heavyweights Patrick Painter, Timothy Yarger, SM Fine Art and more. ROOTS, a section devoted to historical works, returns for the second year in a row with exhibitors such as MS Rau Antiques, Rehs Gallery and Maxwell Alexander, to name a few. Littletopia will return with the rising galleries of the contemporary lowbrow art scene. DESIGN LA will be a new addition to the show, focusing on functional art, modern furniture, accent decor, architectural objects, jewelry and more. Additional details will be announced as they are confirmed.

 

For the 2018 edition, the LA Art Show Show will continue the on-site programming debuted last year in partnership with SoCal art institutions such as LACMA, The Autry Museum of the American West, the Museum of Latin American Art and more. Special presentations confirmed so far include SM Fine Art’s Kim Tae-Ho showcase, Timothy Yarger’s exhibition of Cristobal Valecillos, Antuan Rodriguez’ “Left or Right” punching bags, and the sculptures of Lee Jae Hyo.

 

“There is a spotlight on Los Angeles today,” says LA Art Show producer and partner Kim Martindale. “It has become a center of excellence for the production and presentation of contemporary art. Last year, the Show expanded its civic role by providing a platform to some of Southern California’s largest art institutions. With the balance between museums and exhibitors established as our new base, this year we are redoubling our efforts to engage visitors with the wealth of world-class art being produced and presented all around the globe as well as here in Los Angeles.”

 

LA Art Show’s Opening Night Preview and Premiere Party, which will be held on January 10, 2018, will donate a portion of its ticket proceedings to a charitable organization. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is returning as this year’s beneficiary. Last year, the evening was attended by more than 7,000 VIPs and hosted by Emma Roberts.

 

Gallery submissions are currently being accepted. For more information please contact info@laartshow.com or call 310.822.9145.

 

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Credit: The LA Art Show.

 

The LA Art Show creates one of the largest international art fairs in the United States providing an exciting, immersive, insider art experience to sponsors, their select guests and VIP clients. The show attracts an elite roster of national and international galleries, acclaimed artists, highly regarded curators, architects, design professionals, along with discerning collectors. This innovative, exceptional cultural environment attracts executives and board members of Southern California businesses, state, county, and municipal government representatives, as well as leaders of the region’s cultural institutions. Attendees are trend setters, influencers and alpha consumers, who seek and demand the newest and the best in all areas of their lives—art, design, food, technology and travel being specific passion points. www.LAArtShow.com

Celebrate Chinese New Year! Eight Ways to Welcome The Year of The Dog In Beverly Hills

In February, the city of Beverly Hills will welcome guests with Chinese New Year celebrations that embrace Chinese culture and cater to its luxury-driven guests. We’re pleased to offer an overview of what the city has in store for the Year of the Dog, including a variety show at The Saban Theater on 2/11/18 and a host of hotel packages and amenities including “Tray of Togetherness” and “China Ready” teas, dim sum inspired desserts, Mandarin monogrammed pillows, Mandarin-speaking personal shoppers, Lai See (red envelope) welcome gifts, and more.

 

SPECIAL EVENT: Join the city of Beverly Hills at the Seventh Annual Chinese New Year Celebration variety show happening at 2p.m. on Sunday, February 11th at the Saban Theater. The Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau has partnered with the China International Culture Association (CICA) and the Beijing Association for Cultural Exchange (BACE) to celebrate the Year of the Dog with a special public performance featuring the “Charming Jing Jin Ji” variety show with live acrobatics, musical performances and more! Tickets will be available on January 5 and are $8 each plus handling fees. Please visit lovebeverlyhills.com/dog for more information.

 

HOTEL PACKAGES: Seven of the Beverly Hills’ leading hotels have prepared special offerings for visitors during the Chinese New Year celebration, including:

 

The Beverly Hilton is offering comforting amenities such as Chinese breakfast available either in its restaurant, Circa 55, or through In-Room Dining as well as a pair of the hotel’s custom slippers, a Chinese newspaper, tea and a traditional “Tray of Togetherness” filled with sugared fruits and sweets for a new year.

 

Guests can celebrate in the heart of the city at Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel with two tickets for a Starline Celebrity Home Tour in addition to its “China Ready” welcome tea amenity and lush hotel slippers for ultimate relaxation after an adventure-packed day in the city.

 

The Mosaic Hotel Beverly Hills, a luxury boutique hotel in the city, offers an overnight package that includes a special fortune cookie amenity each night, in addition to complimentary breakfast and Chinese staples like in-room tea and slippers.

 

Montage Beverly Hills entices its visitors with a Mandarin monogrammed pillow, a dim sum inspired dessert, a breakfast voucher valid for In-Room Dining or at one of its two restaurants, Georgie or The Rooftop Grill, that offer stunning views of the city as well as a traditional in-room Chinese tea set up.

 

At The Peninsula Beverly Hills, guests can enjoy a private consultation during the hotel’s afternoon tea service with a personal shopper, followed by a customized shopping experience guided by a Mandarin-speaking personal interpreter that will take guests to the city’s most sought-after boutiques.

 

The stunning Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills will whisk visitors to shops, restaurants and more with its chauffeured services included in its overnight package that also entails custom amenities and a curated shopping experience.

 

The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills unveiled its Lunar New Year package this year that includes a traditional Lai See (red envelope) with a surprise welcome gift from the hotel, a citrus fruit amenity that symbolizes wealth and luck in Chinese tradition as well as a Chinese tea turndown amenity for the first evening.

 

Please visit lovebeverlyhills.com/dog for additional information and reservations.

Credit:  City of Beverly Hills.    Photo: Chinese New Year Variety Show at the Saban Theater.

The Post – Surpasses Any Expectations And Delivers On A Much Higher Level

 

Katharine Graham is the first female publisher of a major American newspaper — The Washington Post. With help from editor Ben Bradlee, Graham races to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spans three decades and four U.S. presidents. Together, they must overcome their differences as they risk their careers — and very freedom — to help bring long-buried truths to light. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O. comments, “The story comes to life under the masterful direction of Steven Spielberg. His most famous techniques are clear from the very first shot and continue throughout the film. In fact, the first scene, which takes place in the jungles of Vietnam, will remind you of Saving Private Ryan due to the heart-thumping sound design and chaotic cinematography that puts you right on the battlefield.” Clayton P. adds, “The Post is very timely and reflective of our own time.  In this day of “fake news” and media bashing, this film is a refreshing story of the integrity of newspaper organizations. Spielberg tries to show the importance of a free press in combating government malfeasance.” See their full reviews below.

 

The Post

By Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 15

 

 

There are very few films every year that keep you excited and entertained while delivering impressive visual achievements. The Post does not belong in this category because it far surpasses any expectations and delivers on a much higher level. Every single aspect of this film -from acting to directing to editing – are all superb.

 

The Post has many things to offer, but the biggest would be the drama surrounding this very real story. It feels like an adventure, even though it takes place on East Coast. It is sprinkled with just the right amount of funny moments here and there, with hilarious and perfectly timed jokes. Out of all the spectacular cinematic achievements, none of them would be possible without the exciting and truly eye-opening story. It dives into a major leak of top-secret information, ranging multiple U.S. presidents, all relating to the Vietnam War. At first, the film seems to be about the two newspapers, The New York Times and the Washington Post, both attempting to get this story. Later, it turns into a fight between freedom of the press and censorship as the Nixon Administration attempts to block both newspapers from publishing any information about their secrets.

 

The story comes to life under the masterful direction of Steven Spielberg. His most famous techniques are clear from the very first shot and continue throughout the film. In fact, the first scene, which takes place in the jungles of Vietnam, will remind you of Saving Private Ryan due to the heart-thumping sound design and chaotic cinematography that puts you right on the battlefield. The cast has their own achievements. Tom Hanks (Ben Bradlee) and Meryl Streep (Kay Graham) work perfectly together and truly become their characters. John Williams, the Composer for the film, manages to take the spotlight from the visual scenes and put them into the music. His original score sounds incredible and you’ll find yourself swallowed by the soothing and memorable tones. But what really looks impressive in The Post is the film grain. The quality looks like a modern film, yet the colors and the lighting make it feel like the 60s which adds to the realism of the story.
The cinematography defines my favorite scene, the climax of the film. Kay Graham, publisher of the Washington Post, has to make the final decision whether the paper should publish the leaked documents or not. She is on the phone with multiple business partners, her editor (Ben Bradlee), and many journalists of the paper as well as some of her board advisors. Easily, this makes for the most intense scene in the entire film and truly brings Meryl Streep’s character to life. Throughout the phone conversation, the camera angles make it feel like one long shot across multiple locations. Finally, at the moment she makes her decision, the camera slowly zooms into her eyes and mouth to show wonder, fear, curiosity and more – all at once. Finally, as Kay makes her decision, the camera zooms out and the feeling of intensity immediately leaves the room. Despite being just a few minutes long, it feels like an eternity and you, as a viewer, can’t help but clench your fist in anticipation of what her decision will be.

 

The story has many mature elements and the concept itself is complicated at times. The messages related to journalistic oppression are very important for all ages. I recommend this to ages 10 to 18, as well as adults. I give it 5 out of 5 stars for perfect directing, astonishing acting, and cinematography so beautiful it belongs in an art gallery along with many other films directed by Steven Spielberg. It is available in theaters  January 12, 2018 so check it out.

 

The Post

By Clayton P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 18

 

Spielberg’s The Post is a paean to the American ideal of freedom of the press.  This highly intense, suspenseful film tells the story of Katherine Graham, owner of The Washington Post and its historic role in the publishing of the Pentagon Papers in 1971. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the films stars Meryl Streep as Katherine Graham, Tom Hanks as the Post’s editor, Ben Bradlee and a top ensemble cast.

 

Set in the classic age of newspapers and network television, before the internet age, The Post  is a coming-of-age story on two fronts.  The Washington Post goes from being a regional media outlet to a national newspaper of note.  In the process, Katherine Graham, goes from being a society hostess to a strong female corporate owner.  A former government analyst finds proof of a government cover-up regarding American involvement in Vietnam and leaks the information to The New York Times and The Washington Post.  Graham’s editorial team is in favor of publishing the material because it’ll put the newspaper on the map, so to speak.  Her legal and financial team are against it and warn that she could go to jail for contempt and lose the newspaper.  What follows is an intense examination of all the pros and cons of the issue.

 

One of the most fascinating parts of the film is seeing the inner workings of creating a newspaper – the old printing presses, the dyes, the plates with all the metal letters and etchings of pictures.  Spielberg clearly loves the traditional craft of printing a newspaper.  The John Williams music is perfect for the suspenseful plot. The acting is impeccable.  Both Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks have such amazing craft that they imbue their roles with intelligence and humanity. The beginning of the film sets up the true-to-life plot and players. Because of this, the beginning of the film may be difficult for younger viewers because they aren’t aware of the politics of the 1970s.

 

The Post is very timely and reflective of our own time.  In this day of “fake news” and media bashing, this film is a refreshing story of the integrity of newspaper organizations. Spielberg tries to show the importance of a free press in combating government malfeasance. The Post is appropriate for ages 15 to 18. Younger teens may find the film boring if they are not interested in politics or media. I give this film 4.5 out of 5 stars for its exceptional use of real life suspense.  It is available in theaters  January 12, 2018 so check it out.

Credit: KIDS FIRST!

Nikee is Pet of the Week!

Nikee (ID#A598433)—yes, with two e’s!—is an awesome 7-year-old whose owner surrendered him. He had a buddy who was also a large-breed dog, so he’d be great in a home with another big doggie. However, we think he’d be deliriously happy with just people as well! He’s lots of fun and has a ton of energy. He’d make a great family pet—after running and playing with his toys, he loves to sit down with a treat and a cuddle with his peeps at the shelter. Meet Nikee at Long Beach Animal Care Services on the shelter side of the P.D. Pitchford Animal Village, 7700 E. Spring St., Long Beach, (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A600878.

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of the Long Beach Animal Care Services. 

MONSTER JAM® Crushes Through Angel Stadium of Anaheim with Record-Setting Five Action-Packed SoCal Events 2018 Anaheim Event Schedule Includes Jan. 13th, Jan. 27th, Feb. 10th and Feb. 24th & 25th **Seven New Trucks Making Their Anaheim Debut Appearances**

     

Featuring more Monster Jam® events than any other city in the country, the 12,000 lb. Monster Jam trucks are ready to roar full throttle back into Angel Stadium of Anaheim with a newly added 5th weekend event – marking the first-ever Sunday event for Southern California fans!  Now the most adrenaline-charged motorsports experience for families on the planet returns to Anaheim in 2018 with more action and bigger trucks than ever before ready to battle it out in the ultimate event of speed, racing, stunts and demolition for another season of high-octane weekend events between January 13 – February 25, 2018.

 

This year’s massive truck lineup features appearances by Monster Jam super-truck icons Grave Digger® and MAX-D™, along with World Finals Champions El Toro Loco®, Son Uva Digger®, Overkill Evolution, Avenger, Bounty Hunter and VP Racing Fuel’s® Mad Scientist.  The season is highlighted by seven trucks making their Anaheim debut appearances including all-new 2018 season trucks BroDozer (inspired by the popular Discovery Channel TV show “Diesel Brothers”) and Whiplash, along with Mutant, Rammuntion, Hotsy and Black Pearl plus the newest member of the Monster Jam beasts family – the menacing giant shark Megalodon.

 

Unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable, Monster Jam takes center stage in the world’s most iconic venues, sporting meticulously manicured dirt tracks created with the sole purpose of pushing these perfectly engineered, larger-than-life trucks to the limit.   Monster Jam is one of the only sports where male and female world-class drivers, some generational rivals, are equals competing for the same championship on the same track. New in 2018 across all Monster Jam events, fans in every city will have the chance to vote for the truck winner in the donut, wheelie and freestyle competitions by real-time, in-arena fan voting on their smartphones.

 

In addition to the world-class racing and freestyle competition action, fans can come to the stadium early to enjoy the Monster Jam® Pit Party pre-show experience – which gives fans unparalleled access to view their favorite trucks up-close and meet the star drivers for autographs & photos. New for 2018, Monster Jam has introduced the limited quantity Pit Party Early Access Pass that provides fans early entry into the Pit Party one hour before open to the general public (at Saturday events only).

WHEN:                 Saturday, January 13, 2018

   Pit Party open from 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM (Event ticket & Pit Pass required for entry. Drivers leave Pit Party at 5:00 PM)

Event Time – 6:30 PM

 

Featured Trucks/Drivers:  Grave Digger® driven by Adam Anderson; Max-D driven by Neil Elliott; El Toro Loco® driven by Bryan Wright; Megalodon driven by Alex Blackwell; Whiplash driven by Brianna Mahon; Mutant driven by    Todd LeDuc; Great Clips Mohawk Warrior driven by Bryce Kenny;  Monster Mutt® Rottweiler driven by Brad Allen; Avenger driven by Jim Koehler; Big Kahuna driven by Shane England; Ice Cream Man driven by Roy Pridgeon;   Jester driven by Matt Pagliarulo;  Stone Crusher driven by Steve Sims; and Xtermigator driven by JR McNeal.                          **Truck line-up subject to change

 

 

WHEN:                 Saturday, January 27, 2018

   Pit Party open from 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM (Event ticket & Pit Pass required for entry. Drivers leave Pit Party at 5:00 PM)

Event Time – 6:30 PM

 

Featured Trucks/Drivers:  Grave Digger® driven by Adam Anderson; Max-D driven by Neil Elliott; El Toro Loco® driven by Bryan Wright; Megalodon driven by Alex Blackwell; Whiplash driven by Brianna Mahon; Mutant driven by    Todd LeDuc; Great Clips Mohawk Warrior driven by Bryce Kenny;  Monster Mutt® Rottweiler driven by Brad Allen; Avenger driven by Jim Koehler; Big Kahuna driven by Shane England; Ice Cream Man driven by Roy Pridgeon;   Jester driven by Matt Pagliarulo;  Stone Crusher driven by Steve Sims; and Xtermigator driven by JR McNeal.

**Truck line-up subject to change

 

WHEN:                 Saturday, February 10, 2018

   Pit Party open from 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM (Event ticket & Pit Pass required for entry. Drivers leave Pit Party at 5:00 PM)

Event Time – 6:30 PM

 

Featured Trucks/Drivers:  Grave Digger® driven by Charlie Pauken; Max-D driven by Tom Meents; El Toro Loco driven by Chuck Werner; Monster Mutt Dalmatian driven by Candice Jolly; Brodozer driven by Colt Stephens; Team Hot Wheels driven by Scott Buetow; Scooby-Doo driven by Mike Thompson; Pirate’s Curse driven by Cory Rummell; Wild Flower driven by Rosalee Ramer; Devastator driven by Mark Schroeder; Obsessed driven by Eric Swanson; Over Bored driven by Jamey Garner; and Time Flys driven by Kelvin Ramer.                              **Truck line-up subject to change

 

WHEN:                 Saturday, February 24, 2018

                                Pit Party open from 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM (Event ticket & Pit Pass required for entry. Drivers leave Pit Party at 5:00 PM)

Event Time – 6:30 PM

Sunday, February 25, 2018

                                Pit Party open from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM (Event ticket & Pit Pass required for entry. Drivers leave Pit Party at 1:00 PM)                                               Event Time – 3:00 PM

 

Featured Trucks/Drivers:  Grave Digger® driven by Randy Brown; Son-uva Digger driven by Ryan Anderson; Dragon driven by Jon Zimmer; Gas Monkey Garage driven by BJ Johnson; Scooby-Doo driven by Hayley Gauley; VP Racing Fuels’ Mad Scientist driven by Lee O’Donnell; Xtreme Diesel driven by Dave Radzierez; Barbarian driven by Devin Jones; Overkill Evolution driven by Mike Vaters II; Black Stallion driven by Mike Vaters; Bounty Hunter driven by Austin Minton;  Iron Outlaw driven by Mike Christensen; Hotsy driven by Kurt Kraehmer; and Rammunition driven by Mat Dishman.                                                                                                                                **Truck line-up subject to change

 

WHERE:               Angel Stadium of Anaheim – 2000 Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, CA 92806

 

PIT PARTY:          Open from 2:30 PM–5:30 PM prior to each Saturday event; 11:30 AM–1:30 PM on Sunday Feb. 25

Exclusive Pit Party Early Access Pass entrance at 1:30 PM (Saturday events only)

**Event ticket and Pit Passes are required for entry; Pit Passes available to purchase for $10 each

 

TICKETS:               Ticket prices start at just $25!

Pit Passes available for $10 each; Pit Party Early Access Pass pricing starts at $50 each

 

Tickets now on sale – all seats are reserved; tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 800-745-3000; tickets will be available for purchase in-person at the Angel Stadium box office starting December 4, 2017.

                                **Ticket prices subject to change – additional venue/ticketing fees may apply.

For specific info on each Monster Jam Anaheim event, please visit these MonsterJam.com sites:

Jan. 13:  https://www.monsterjam.com/en-US/events/anaheim-ca-0

Jan. 27:  https://www.monsterjam.com/en-US/events/anaheim-ca-3

Feb. 10:  https://www.monsterjam.com/en-US/events/anaheim-ca

Feb. 24 & 25:  https://www.monsterjam.com/en-US/events/anaheim-ca-4

 

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Credit: Monster Jam®

5 Tips to choosing a good family law attorney if you are going through a divorce

Nobody marries thinking that they are going to be getting a divorce some time later. Going through a divorce takes a great deal of strength and a positive outlook on life to get through the trials and tribulations that come from divorcing your partner. If you have children involved, the situation gets even stickier and can cause a great deal of strife amongst others outside of your nuclear family. It is amazing how many people will be involved in your divorce which means that it is imperative to find a solid and experienced family law attorney to help you with your divorce proceedings. This article will provide some tips for helping you choose the right family lawyer for your situation.

 

 

  • What can you afford? This can be a point of contention for many as one spouse may make more money than the other. One spouse may have family members who are also willing to contribute to the cost of a great attorney. When you choose your attorney, make sure that you can afford their services. Separating funds and paying for your own bills and utilities can be stressful and require you to live paycheck to paycheck for a period of time until you get back on your feet. While you want to choose an attorney who will be able to represent you well, you need to choose one that you can afford or you will only create more problems of the financial nature.

 

 

 

  • What level of service will you require? Even if your divorce is amicable, it is in your best interest to consult with an attorney to advise you on how to proceed. If you own property together, or you have other assets, you will want an attorney to be able to advise you on how to protect yourself. If your spouse has a great deal of assets, your attorney may be able to advise you on what you have access to that is rightly yours. While divorce should not be about money, it can quickly turn into a financial battleground.

 

 

 

  • Look online at reviews for various firms. When looking at reviews online, it is important to take them with a grain of salt. When was the last time you wrote a review for a service that you enjoyed? Many times only the disgruntled will leave a review so be sure to interview a variety of lawyers first before committing to one.

 

 

 

  • Choose a lawyer who specializes in family and divorce law. While this may seem like common sense, it is amazing how many people hire a lawyer strictly based on how they know the person. Be sure to hire an attorney who specializes in family and divorce law so they can advise you on pertinent issues that other attorneys may overlook.

 

 

 

  • Follow your gut feeling. At the end of the day, you need to feel comfortable with your attorney and believe that they will advocate for you and represent you will. After meeting with several attorneys, it is important to go with your gut feeling and choose the attorney who you think will work best with you.

 

By employing these tips and checking out https://deanhineslawyer.com/family-law-attorney-columbus-ohio/, you will be able to find a family attorney that will meet your needs.

Obie is Pet of the Week!

Three-year-old Obie will be the unique party guest on New Year’s Eve. Instead of a black tuxedo and white shirt and hankie, he’s opted for a fashionable gray-and-white tux with black tails, and black details on his cute little ears! He came in to the shelter as a stray, but he’s friendly, gentle, relaxed—and curious! He’s neutered as well. He’ll be great to chill with after the celebration—you know what they say about a little hair of the dog being good for you! Meet Obie at Long Beach Animal Care Services on the shelter side of the P.D. Pitchford Animal Village, 7700 E. Spring St., Long Beach, (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A600878.

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of the Long Beach Animal Care Sevices.