The new documentary, Viet Nam: 365 Days, provides a unique lens into one soldier’s journey via personal photos he took during wartime and detailed recollections 50-plus years later. Shared on his popular Instagram page and, now, on film, the story of Army veteran Michael “Mike” Mirell begins in 1967, when the teenage surfer from the San Fernando Valley was drafted to serve in the army. Mirell was a carefree kid whose biggest concern was catching waves in Malibu, and after years of fighting for country in Vietnam he returned to the U.S. a changed man. Without taking sides, his feed and now this feature-length independent doc give an unvarnished and compelling view of the human side of the war. L.A. Weekly spoke with the film’s director and co-producer Chris Engles in advance of its Aug. 1 premiere. (Mike Mirell) L.A. Weekly: How did the idea for the documentary come about? How do you feel it stands out from other docs or films about the Vietnam War? Chris … [Read more...] about Viet Nam: 365 Days is a Nuanced Look at the Human Side of War
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For the past 42 years, Anthony Carraturo buried painful memories of fighting in Vietnam. He got married, had a daughter and a 25-year career with the city's Sanitation Department. "I just didn't want to think about that place anymore," said the 63-year-old Staten Island man. Those battlefield memories came alive again Monday when Carraturo was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds sustained in combat on April 2, 1967. "It's something that was a long time overdue," said Carraturo after accepting his medal from Rep. Michael McMahon at a ceremony in New Dorp. "It's like a closure." Carraturo was just 19 when he was injured by enemy fire while serving with the 11th Armored Cavalry's Blackhorse unit, a search-and-destroy reconnaissance team. Heavy gunfire knocked Carraturo unconscious. He was treated for head trauma at a field hospital and went back into battle after just 10 days, spending a total of 13 months in combat. "Certain things about Vietnam are very private and I … [Read more...] about Staten Island veteran gets Purple Heart for injury received in Viet Nam: ‘It’s like a closure’
It’s fair to say Sheldon Cooper (played by Jim Parsons) and Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki) are arguably two of the smartest sitcom characters ever to grace TV screens. Both equipped with PhDs, the theoretical physicists work out of Caltech University alongside Astrophysicist Raj Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar) and Aerospace Engineer-turned-Astronaut Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg). But just how do the Big Bang Theory actors behind the characters compare when it comes to school and education? Johnny Galecki Leonard may have the math brain to propel him to the top of his field but actor Galecki opted for a much different approach. In fact, Galecki dropped out of high school in the eighth grade and decided not to pursue college life. Speaking to Time Out Chicago back in 2009, Galecki said: “Once long division came up in the third grade, I’d go to the bathroom for 45 minutes, “Nobody raised an eyebrow – every single day at the same time, just to escape … [Read more...] about Big Bang Theory: The 4 real-life educations of Big Bang stars – do they have PhDs?
Being a rebel means sticking with your rebellious ways no matter the consequences. Nothing gold can stay; it's better to burn out than fade away — at least for those who dream outside of the system. So chefs Dan Lasiy and Bo Porytko are locking the doors at Rebel Restaurant come August 4, but they have no regrets."We always had this idea to do things different and do it on our own," Lasiy says of the origins of Rebel, which opened in a former dive bar on the industrial edge of the RiNo neighborhood three years ago to the month.Some folks got it; others seemed scared, even offended. For every roasted pig skull that went out to be picked clean by groups of appreciative and like-minded head-onists, Lasiy recalls "the amount of sheer terror in people's eyes when you tell them you're serving chicken hearts."Our goal was that you were going to remember us — love us or hate us, you're going to remember," he adds. Rebel Restaurant will close on August 4, 2018. Westword Pork … [Read more...] about Rebel Restaurant Will Go Out With a Bang on August 4
Joe Yonan, The Washington Post Published 7:35 am PDT, Tuesday, August 14, 2018 Photo: Photo By Greg Powers For The Washington Post. Food Styling By The Washington Post's Bonnie S. Benwick. Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Vermicelli Noodles With Turmeric and Tofu. Vermicelli Noodles With Turmeric and Tofu. Photo: Photo By Greg Powers For The Washington Post. Food Styling By The Washington Post's Bonnie S. Benwick. Too hot to boil water?Try a noodle alternative. 1 / 1 Back to Gallery In the summer, I welcome any noodle dish that doesn't require setting a pot of water to boil. I found one in Cameron Stauch's new book, "Vegetarian Viet Nam" (W.W. Norton, 2018) that does even more: It uses a sauce made from fresh turmeric, soy sauce and a pinch of sugar to give rice vermicelli noodles a gorgeous golden hue … [Read more...] about Too hot to boil water?Try a noodle alternative.