Sunday, July 19, 2009

The Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

location: Arcadia, Los Angeles County

Occupying the heart of the historic Rancho Santa Anita, The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden is a unique 127 acre botanical garden and historical site jointly operated by the Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation and the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation and located in the city of Arcadia.

Home to plant collections from all over the world, including many rare and endangered species, The Arboretum also houses outdoor historical landmarks representative of the major phases of California history.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

It's Liza with a " Z " not Liza with an " S "

Singer and actress. Born on March 12, 1946, in Los Angeles, California. While her first appearances were with her superstar mother, Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli has been able to step out of her mother’s shadow to establish a substantial career as a performer. In addition to Garland, Liza’s father Vincente Minnelli was also well known in Hollywood for his work as a director.

Minnelli landed her greatest film role, playing floundering nightclub singer Sally Bowles in the musicalCabaret (1972), which was set in Germany in the 1930s. The film, directed by Bob Fosse, showcased her singing talents as well as her range as an actress. For her efforts, Minnelli won the Academy Award for Best Actress. The film won eight awards in total, including a Best Supporting Actor award for Joel Grey and Best Director for Fosse. Minnelli’s hot streak continued with the television special, Liza with a Z, which was produced by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse. The show won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Program—Variety and Popular Music in 1973.

Last July 17, 2009 .. i was able to get tickets for the Liza Minnelli concert in Chumash Casino, Sta. Barbara CA. She still had the terriffic voice which we all remember her for. She brought the house down when she sang " NEW YORK , NEW YORK " and " CABARET "... there was a 10-minute standing ovation after each song. One song she sang which I really loved and made me have goosebumps was " MAYBE this time "...