In July, when I told friends I was taking a tour of Ukraine and Moldova, they were baffled. “Why?” they asked. It sounded like vacationing in Lower Slobbovia. We did not know—at that exact time in July—that President Donald Trump was pressuring Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky to dig up dirt about former Vice President Joe Biden, nor that in a short time, Ukraine would be leading the world news. So why, indeed, was I going? Well, my father’s parents came from Odessa, which was then part of Russia though now it’s in Ukraine. I was curious to see the Jewish quarter where they’d lived, taste the dishes they’d eaten, like gefilte chicken neck, and look out at the Black Sea. But the real reason was that a friend from my days at U.C. Berkeley, Tracy Johnston, had invited me to come. At Berkeley in the ’60s, Tracy was a much-admired beauty, smart, funny, and adventurous. She taught me how to backpack in the Sierras, … [Read more...] about Here’s a Story About Ukraine That’s Actually Fun to Read
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The East Bar 829 N. New Braunfels Ave. Distance from the AT&T Center: 1.4 miles The East Bar 829 N. New Braunfels Ave. Distance from the AT&T Center: 1.4 miles Photo: Chuck Blount / Staff Photo: Chuck Blount / Staff Image 1 of / 17 Caption Close Image 1 of 17 The East Bar 829 N. New Braunfels Ave. Distance from the AT&T Center: 1.4 miles The East Bar 829 N. New Braunfels Ave. Distance from the AT&T Center: 1.4 miles Photo: Chuck Blount / Staff Places to grab a drink at before Spurs games at the AT&T Center 1 / 17 Back to Gallery Because the AT&T Center is located away from San Antonio's more-popular entertainment … [Read more...] about 13 spots near the AT&T Center to grab a drink before Spurs games, other events
Part Two: The homelessOne day on Carlos Avenue in Hollywood last month, just south of the 101 Freeway, I met a woman who goes by the name Raven. She said she was 29, had been homeless since she was 17, and headed west in June from her home in Ohio.Why L.A.?Why not? Advertisement Like so many others, in so many other places, Raven wanted a change. And for restless spirits, the West still beckons.But she suffered from an autoimmune disorder and came to believe, shortly after arriving, that Los Angeles had nothing but crappy options for her.“I could couch-surf and get raped,” Raven said, as if she knew what she was talking about.Or she could get a job and hope she didn’t get sick and lose it, which had happened before. But even with a decent paycheck, Raven said, she couldn’t afford a place of her own. Not with these crazy prices. So instead she was reading tarot cards on Hollywood Boulevard when she could find a taker, and living in a tent on Carlos Avenue, … [Read more...] about They come from near and far to live on the streets of Hollywood. How much can we take?
Heading to Pretty Woman: The Musical on Broadway, you may be thinking: when will I hear those delicious opening chords of Roy Orbison’s hit song? Brutal answer: you won’t. There is none of the original music from the film, apart from a bit of La Traviata. Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance have composed the music and lyrics for the show, and if you liked Bryan Adams at his most ’90s Bryan Adams-y—the plaintive wailing, the dirgey rock, the insistent twanging of guitars—then you’ll love this. The song titles drone it all: “Anywhere But Here,” “Luckiest Girl in the World,” “Never Give Up on a Dream,” “I Can’t Go Back.” Story-wise, having been so thoroughly denied Orbison, you may be thinking: how will they do those famous scenes from the 1990 movie starring Julia Roberts as Vivian and Richard Gere as Edward, an especially tantalizing prospect as the program plays with the movie poster of Roberts in her … [Read more...] about Big Mistake. Huge. ‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’ Has Little of the Movie’s Magic.
(CNN)One of the biggest story lines in the NFL came to pass Saturday when free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, best known for his protests against police brutality, took to the field for an NFL-arranged workout. NFL teams invited Colin Kaepernick to a private workout this weekend Kaepernick showed his stuff for two hours to assess his "football readiness" and officials from multiple NFL teams attended the session in Atlanta, Georgia. Kaepernick hasn't played in the league since the 2016 season — the same season the athlete-turned-activist first protested during the playing of the national anthem. Whether Kaepernick lands on a team remains to be seen. But there's plenty of action to keep an eye on this NFL Sunday, everything from a battle of AFC heavyweights to a rematch of the 2017 Super Bowl. Here are three things to watch for this NFL Sunday. 1. Texans head to Baltimore to face Ravens in potential playoff preview Read More Houston Texans' Deshaun Watson … [Read more...] about A rematch of the 2017 Super Bowl teams and more this NFL Sunday