Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times

Chris Erskine

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Past articles by Chris:

L.A. Times photographer Bill Beebe, who waded into ocean to snap iconic JFK image, dies at 94

Beebe waded into the ocean to snap the iconic 1962 image of President Kennedy surrounded by admirers on a Santa Monica beach. → Read More

Pull your car into the first drive-through Oscars. Honk! Honk!

Don’t eat my energy, OK? Just enjoy the drive-through Oscars ceremony at Dodger Stadium. It promises to be a 12-ring Circus of the Cars. → Read More

I heart the Oscars. Even with all the weirdness

No Oscar season will ever be stranger than this one. It comes after a year in which they locked down most of the theaters and studios pulled their top contenders. But since when are the Academy Awards only about one year? → Read More

Chris Erskine: This is goodbye, but before I go, some thanks are in order

Like a Cher farewell tour, this went on and on. But this is it. I promise. → Read More

No more flour? Take 2 shots. A coronavirus confinement drinking game

This has been the longest happy hour America has ever seen. So uncork your favorite beverage and use these prompts to mark the moment. → Read More

SoCal boating report: Marinas open. Ferries and whale watching not quite yet

Despite COVID safeguards, it's pretty much business as usual for Southern California marinas. Some rental services are impacted but the docks are open. → Read More

What are you doing this weekend? Want to catch a drive-in movie?

With its ranch-themed snack stands and prairie sunsets, the Van Buren Drive-In has been a SoCal tradition for 56 years. Beginning Friday, it joins the Mission Tiki Drive-In Theatre as two outdoor venues available for movie-goers. → Read More

Chris Erskine: As I pack my bags, here are some favorite moments from the last 25 years

The absolute best moments have always between you and me on the page, where I sometimes shared a quip, or poured my heart out, or teased my kids and my screwball pals. → Read More

Pop-up bars serve thirsty hikers on SoCal trails

As you prepare to lace up the hiking boots again, be on the lookout for these lads in the bow ties and suspenders. More than hikers, they're also bartenders. → Read More

After 30 years, columnist Chris Erskine is leaving the L.A. Times

I believed life’s little moments were worthy of a great newspaper, not because they were happening to me, but because they were happening to everyone. → Read More

Why do we keep laughing at goofy coronavirus posts made in somebody’s bathtub?

The pandemic-related social media posts are crude. They are youthful. They mock the joys of family togetherness. Yet, they are a balm just when we need it most. → Read More

Coronavirus tips: Build a backyard beach to relieve stress

If you're bummed over coronavirus beach closures, build one in your own backyard as the season's first heat wave hits SoCal. → Read More

My daughter was supposed to marry this weekend. Then, coronavirus

My daughter would've been married this weekend. Like a lot of life events, it was postponed. But when it comes, what a day it will be. → Read More

Forget puzzles: Model-car building should be your next shutdown activity

Model-car building is one of the old-school hobbies enjoying a resurgence during the pandemic lockdown. Haven't done that in a while? Here's where to find a kit and what to look for. → Read More

How coronavirus quarantine has affected pets and owners

Doesn’t really pay for me to be appealing to my captors. They are snarky, and increasingly restless. They pass the long evenings mixing up different flavors of White Claw just for kicks, the way Millennials will. → Read More

Want to adopt or foster a pet during the coronavirus crisis? Here's a list of resources

Shelters and rescue groups report an upsurge of interest in adopting and fostering pets during the coronavirus crisis. Here's a resource list. → Read More

The latest shortage? Dogs and cats, as folks foster and adopt pets during quarantine

Amid the coronavirus lockdown, interest in adopting and fostering pets is soaring. Many facilities have waiting lists, even for kittens. → Read More

Column: Remembering Sidd Finch, the Mets prospect who seemed almost too good to be true

Thirty-five years ago, George Plimpton profiled a can't-miss pitching prospect for the Mets, who threw 168 mph and was a great April Fool's Day prank. → Read More

Coronavirus backs 'Clueless': Everywhere in L.A. takes 20 minutes

With most people home, life on L.A. freeways flies by like a cartoon. Burbank to Beverly Hills? A breeze. Orange County to USC? In a heartbeat. → Read More

In SoCal, fitness is a lifestyle even amid coronavirus outbreak

It’s difficult to accept the fact that residents are better off — physically and spiritually — cooped up like canaries. So out they go, hiking, surfing, panting, surviving. → Read More