0 Community Corner A number of county and city programs are being activated to help families with childcare, homework help and meals during the LAUSD strike. Paige Austin , Patch Staff Posted Reply LOS ANGELES, CA — Families struggling to find childcare this week during the massive 3-day LAUSD strike shutting down school for more than 420,000 students can turn to the Los Angeles County and city parks programs for some free options including at the Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Recreation Center in Sherman Oaks. Many Los Angeles families were caught off guard by the strike, which was officially announced Monday. For children to take advantage of many of the free educational events at the LA Zoo and The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County in Exposition Park and La Brea Tar Pits, a guardian needs to attend with the children - that has made the opportunities inaccessible to many working families. Tuesday's torrential downpours, … [Read more...] about Free Sherman Oaks Program To Help Families Through LAUSD Shutdown
Did Edward VIII Help the Nazis Bomb Buckingham Palace?
King Edward VIII, who abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Simpson in 1936, has long been rumored to have passed critical information to the Nazis to enable them to target the royal family’s living quarters when they bombed Buckingham Palace in 1940. Now, historian Alexander Larman has reopened the debate, saying Edward’s American partner Simpson claimed the duke had tipped off the Nazis. He says incontrovertible proof of Edward’s collusion may soon be uncovered in the royal archives, according to a report in the London Times . Speaking at the Oxford Literary Festival, Larman said that a surprising amount of information had been made available to him in the archives at Windsor Castle. He added that a royal archivist had told him: “We are not in the business of protecting the Duke of Windsor’s reputation.” Edward was an admirer of Hitler and met him in Munich in 1937. The contemporary diarist Chips Channon wrote that Edward and Simpson supported the Nazis, and reported … [Read more...] about Did Edward VIII Help the Nazis Bomb Buckingham Palace?
‘Heavenly Bodies’ Brings the Fabric of Faith to the Met
Once there was a man who wore the finest silks in Italy, but traded them all for sackcloth. His father was a wealthy cloth merchant, and in his youth he gamboled about Umbria in colorful, dandyish outfits. But when he had his calling he stripped off his fine clothes, pledged his body to God, and spent the rest of his life in a mendicant’s robe. He was Saint Francis of Assisi , and when the archbishop of Buenos Aires was proclaimed pope in 2013, he gave himself a new name, in honor of a man unembroidered. I wonder what both Francises, saint and pontiff, might make of “Heavenly Bodies,” the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s colossal, hotly debated and richly anointed exhibition on the interweaving of fashion and Roman Catholicism. Years in the making, it includes exceptional loans of vestments from the Vatican — some of which have never before left Rome — and more than 150 ensembles of secular clothing from the last century. Here is papal regalia of unsurpassed intricacy, but also … [Read more...] about ‘Heavenly Bodies’ Brings the Fabric of Faith to the Met
Will Hypebeasts Shop at the Hypebeast Store?
As influencers saturate the sneakerhead community with unboxing videos and guides on where to get the latest trends with little more overhead than a ring light, Hypebeast, one of the first online platforms to arrive as a source for streetwear culture, is doubling down to the tune of seven stories. Founded by Kevin Ma nearly two decades ago, the company is set to open new headquarters in the Chinatown neighborhood of Manhattan on Friday, with plans to become a publicly traded company on the Nasdaq by the end of the year. Besides flexing its muscle ahead of the planned I.P.O., the splashy investment — the building includes a retail store, a coffee counter, and event and office spaces — also suggests the eagerness of a brand that began its life as a blog to cement its position amid the rise of influencer culture and social media platforms flush with similar content. Mr. Ma, 39, said he had never thought of Hypebeast as a “centralized” authority in streetwear, but as part of an … [Read more...] about Will Hypebeasts Shop at the Hypebeast Store?
Exhibition on China and Fashion Proves Golden for Met
The talk of Wall Street over the last week may have been Shanghai’s plunging stock market, but many blocks farther uptown, where commuter traffic gives way to verdant sidewalks, a different set of numbers related to China was making news. As it entered its final week, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s spring Costume Institute show, “ China: Through the Looking Glass, ” was attaining blockbuster status. As of last Friday morning, 735,000 people had attended the show, with a week to go before its close on Sept. 7, including a final Friday and Saturday with viewing hours extended until midnight. That has already made it the most-visited Costume Institute show in the museum’s history, displacing “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty,” which pulled in 661,509 attendees, as well as elevating it to No. 7 — and climbing — on the museum’s top-10 most popular list, on a par with other 700,000-plus-visitor shows such as the “Mona Lisa” (1963), “Origins of Impressionism” (1995) and “Picasso in the … [Read more...] about Exhibition on China and Fashion Proves Golden for Met
Meet some of the controversial individuals behind San Francisco’s $5M reparations push: ‘America, you owe us’
close Video California reparations proposal is 'Frankenstein monster': Leo Terrell Leo Terrell discusses L.A. schools shutting down amid teacher union strike and a proposal to pay Black Californians $360k in reparations payments. Multiple San Francisco reparations board members are involved with left-wing activism in California and have made controversial statements that include blaming the United States for September 11 while also cozying up to a pastor who repeatedly praised antisemite Louis Farrakhan. Others have supported defunding the police and said they had "love" for an individual involved in a bank robbery that resulted in multiple murders. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is considering recommendations from the city's African American Reparations Advisory Committee to make amends for slavery, including paying qualifying Black residents a one-time lump sum of $5 million, the elimination of personal debt and tax burdens, and … [Read more...] about Meet some of the controversial individuals behind San Francisco’s $5M reparations push: ‘America, you owe us’