Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is a soccer player and fan. Travel journalist Peter Greenberg is not—and perhaps even less so after his experience filming “Israel: The Royal Tour,” which makes its debut at 7 p.m. Thursday on PBS SoCal.
Greenberg’s series gives an in-depth look at a country (topics have included New Zealand and Mexico, among others) through the eyes of its head of state. He began filming the Israel story in June 2012.
In the film, Netanyahu says he likes to watch and play soccer. Position? Left forward. Then Greenberg acknowledges he wasn't much of an athlete and that his position was “left out.”
The prime minister asks the journalist to play goalie and launches some kicks toward the accidental athlete, who proves himself fairly hapless. But on one kick, the prime minister flinches and says he thinks something snapped. The "something" was a tendon and as a result, he spent several weeks in a cast.
Wisconsin. "Airplane!" Actor Robert Hays. NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Put them together and you have promos for Wisconsin that spoof the 1980 spoof comedy that gave new meaning to the phrase, "And don't call me Shirley."
"Airplane!" tells the story of Ted Striker (Hays), who has to pilot a plane when the crew (including Abdul-Jabbar as co-pilot Roger Murdock) gets food poisoning. Girl Scouts get into a brawl, an IV line for a critically ill girl is mistakenly disconnected, and Barbara "Leave It to Beaver" Billingsley talks jive as the backdrop to Striker's struggle to land safely, coached by a whacked-out air traffic supervisor.
In one of three Travel Wisconsin ads, the airport tower tells the pair they're too low to the ground (see video above).
"I know, but Wisconsin is so beautiful in summer, so much to do ... boating, fishing, hiking, I wish I were down there," Hays as pilot Ted Striker says.
"I can't believe I ever left this place," Abdul-Jabbar says later, a nod to his start...
Climbing routes in the northern part of Joshua Tree National Park have been closed temporarily so as not to disturb a pair of golden eagles nesting in the area.
The routes in the Indian Cove area may remain shut as late as mid-June, according to the National Park Service.
"The nesting pair appears to have finished constructing a nest, and this area will remain closed until the nest has been abandoned to ensure the protection of the species for the duration of the nesting activities," a park statement says. Closures went into effect Feb. 24.
The routes affected are Slatanic Area, Rattlesnake Buttress, Margaret Thatcher Spire, the Stepping Stones, the Bulkhead, the Dunce Cap and Commissioner's Buttress.
All visitors, including hikers, are asked to steer clear of the area. Signs are posted at the closed areas, and visitor centers inside the park are getting the word out too.
Other parts of the park also are temporarily closed. Heavy flash floods that have churned up heavy metals over the...
Take nature's handiwork and combine it with humankind's creativity and you get "ARTiculture," the theme of this year's Philadelphia Flower Show. The 186-year-old Pennsylvania Horticultural Society partnered with art museums, organizations and institutions from around the country to create exhibits inspired by works of art. The show's entrance garden, for instance, is based on the paintings and mobiles of Pennsylvania native Alexander Calder. Museums whose collections inspired other exhibits include the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Perhaps this fusion of art and horticulture, spanning world cultures and history, will work its magic as a harbinger of spring. The show continues through Sunday.
Last weekend's snow and heavy rains ravaged Big Bear’s iconic Pirate Ship, which sank Friday night in heavy winds.
The popular tourist attraction, a one-third scale replica of a 16th century Spanish galleon, had been docked at Holloway’s Marina. Owner Loren Hafen said the fully winterized vessel was last inspected about 4 p.m. Friday, and a marina employee discovered it submerged at 8 a.m. Saturday.
Using scuba gear, Hafen inspected the hull Monday and found no holes or significant structural damage. He said damage beneath the waterline would’ve made pulling the boat out of the water for repairs far more challenging,
“The hull’s intact,” Hafen said Tuesday. “It was a real relief.
“My guess is that the batteries died and the bilge pump failed. We won’t really know till we pull it out,” Hafen said.
The attraction is a familiar sight to Big Bear visitors. Summer cruises on Big Bear Lake feature cocktails during 90-minute...
It's no fun to visit a theme park and not get to go on the rides.
And that's the big problem with Camp Snoopy at Knott's Berry Farm: Far too many rides that parents can't experience with their kids.
But that will begin to change this summer when the Buena Park theme park gives the 30-year-old kiddie land a much-needed facelift and removes a number of rides with height maximums that prevent families from having fun together.
Gone are the Log Peeler kiddie scrambler ride (48-inch maximum), Snoopy Bounce inflatable bounce house (54-inch maximum) and Charlie Brown’s Speedway kiddie whip ride (far too cramped for any adult). Even Joe Cool's GR8 SK8, a giant rocking surfboard targeted for removal, has an 80-inch maximum -- in case you happen to be an NBA power forward.
Replacing those rides will be a slate of attractions built by Italy-based Zamperla with modest 36-inch minimum height requirements and no maximums: Charlie Brown's Kite Flyer...
Americans think destination weddings are less stressful to plan and more fun than traditional ceremonies and that beaches are the ideal spots for boosting the romance factor.
Those are the findings of a survey released this week along with the announcement of a new Expedia online wedding-planning service featuring Hawaii, Mexico (Cancun, Riviera Maya and Los Cabos), Jamaica or the Dominican Republic.
Expedia and marketing firm Northstar surveyed 1,000 single or engaged people in what they're calling the American Altar Report. It found most would consider a destination wedding and that the stress level for wedding planning ranks up there with working on taxes or going on a job interview.
The most popular location for an away ceremony: beaches, specifically Hawaii and the Caribbean. Mountain lodges and vineyards or country settings follow.
Most in the survey said guests shouldn't be expected to fly for more than six hours and they should be given at least seven months' notice to attend a...
By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Harrah's casino and resort near San Diego is changing its name and look. The renamed Harrah's Resort Southern California in Valley Center adds a tower with 430 new rooms and suites as part of a $160-million upgrade and expansion slated to be done in April, the company announced Tuesday.
The former Harrah's Rincon Casino & Resort opened in 2002 on land owned by the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians. Renovations began in October 2012 and has been rolling out in phases. Last July the resort opened three pools that feature a swim-up bar and lazy river. It's also the site of the Dive Dayclub, a Vegas-style pool scene with dance parties and adult swims in summer.
In January, it opened a 53,221-square-foot convention and entertainment center called The Events Center that can be used for concerts or banquet-style events. When the upgrade is completed in April, the resort will have 1,065 rooms, including 152 suites.
L.A.'s legendary Pink's Hot Dogs as well as craft beer bar Corked and (set for an...
New Orleans parades and celebrations have been going on since mid-February as a run-up to the final fabulous blowout of Mardi Gras on Tuesday (today).
Parade krewes, as the organizing bodies are called, will start at 6 a.m. PST (8 a.m. CST) in the city with the Krewe of Zulu, followed by the Krewe of Rex and other groups that will keep the beads flowing into the evening. Nine parades are planned for Tuesday in and around New Orleans. (If you don't get the whole street parade thing, check out Hugh Laurie at the Krewe of Bacchus parade on Sunday.)
For a virtual view of Tuesday's goings-ons, check out WWLTV.com news station's live Bourbon Street camera mounted at Arnaud's Restaurant and a series of EarthCams aimed at Mardi Gras happenings.
If you're itching to get in on the fun, it's probably too late to go to New Orleans. The Farmers Marketat 3rd Street and Fairfax Avenues in L.A. will be hosting a little Mardi Gras fun starting at 6:30 p.m. Beads will be thrown, zydeco music will be...
The recent storms have given some of SoCal’s favorite ski resorts a boost, while frustrating others with three or four days of mostly rain.
Mammoth’s official total came to 54 inches, making it one of the biggest storms in the last couple of years. Clouds and snow are expected to hang around again this week, but a warmer system will probably mean snow only above the 9,000-foot mark. Look for clearing skies and excellent conditions this weekend.
Bear Mountain and Snow Summit report 10 to 12 inches of new snow atop a base running from 8 to 18 inches. The resorts are about 80% open, thanks mostly to massive snow-making throughout the winter. “There’s a lot of pent-up demand, and we’re seeing a lot of smiling faces,” said the resort’s Chris Riddle. The new snow was not enough to open additional runs, just the runs benefiting from snow-making, he said Monday.
Mountain High is open after receiving 6 to 8 inches from the storms that began Thursday and...
Paul Simon stands to hit one out of the ballpark at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's 75th anniversary concert in August in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Simon, a baseball fan, will share the stage with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and former New York Yankees center fielder-turned-musician Bernie Williams.
Simon is slated to sing three songs at the concert set for Aug. 2, according to a Hall of Fame release. The event marks the 75th year since Stephen Carlton Clark opened the Hall of Fame in the just-barely-post-Depression town in New York state, according to the website. It comes six days after 2014 induction ceremonies for incoming Hall of Famers Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas, Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre.
Concert tickets are on sale now for $100 to $400 for the event at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown. For fans who want to make a weekend of it, Sports Travel and Tours offers concert tickets and lodgings -- budget to luxe -- for an Aug. 1-3 stay.
Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger Mary Forgione likes to hit the dirt when she's on vacation. An avid hiker and runner, Mary likes speed-touring cities on foot and sightseeing by running marathons.