• In this Nov. 12, 2015 file photo, actress Diane Keaton attends the LA Premiere of "Love The Coopers" at The Grove in Los Angeles. The Grove, with its swanky stores, always attracts a slew of movie stars. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

    5 places in L.A. to soak up Oscars vibes

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s Oscar season in Los Angeles. With the 88th annual Academy Awards scheduled for Feb. 28, here are five places in L.A. to soak up those glitzy Oscars vibes and maybe even run into one of the nominees.

  • In this Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 photo, glassblower William Gudenrath makes a goblet with techniques used by Renaissance Venetians at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, N.Y. Gudenrath spent decades researching how Renaissance-era glassmakers produced objects that are now considered works of art.  (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    Glass expert digs into secrets of historic Venetian process

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A modern-day glassblower believes he has unraveled the mysteries of Renaissance-era Venetian glassmaking, a trade whose secrets were so closely guarded that anyone who divulged them faced the prospect of death.

  • Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes, head of the Mardi Gras North Side Skull & Bone Gang, poses with his accoutrements for upcoming Mardi Gras day, in New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. Their costumes are intended to represent the dead, and Barnes said they bring a serious message, reminding people of their mortality and the need to live a productive and good life. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Glitter, feathers, paint: New Orleans preps for Mardi Gras

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It’s glitter season in New Orleans. A time for feathers, paper mache, sequins, paint, bailing wire, bones, and just about any other item that can be used for decoration. Across garages, kitchen tables and warehouses, residents are feverishly sewing elaborate costumes, painting floats and decorating custom throws.

  • This April 2012 photo provided by the Austin Parks & Recreation Department shows the Elisabet Ney Museum in Austin, Texas. A celebrated German sculptor, Ney established her home and studio in the castle-like building in 1892. Her works and tools are displayed there, and visitors can also wander the restored grounds, which teem with native greenery and wildflowers. (Austin Parks & Recreation Department via AP)

    Serenity Now: Austin’s Elisabet Ney Museum evokes a past era

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Four miles from the bustling state capitol, a castle-like structure sits in a corner of Austin’s Hyde Park neighborhood. It’s built from white stones, complete with columns and a square tower. Out front, a field of native greenery teeming with tall purple and yellow wildflowers seems to have been lifted from the Texas plains and left to grow as nature intended.