October 15, 2013 |
When matters become extremely dire and disheartening, as they have been in the blatantly dysfunctional Congress, historians are usually the designated dispensers of perspective. As bad as things are, we like to say, they have been worse and the nation somehow survived. But for the life of me, I cannot recall an occasion when a minority of elected representatives with such an absurdly partisan agenda was capable of stopping the government of the United States in its tracks. To be sure, stoppages have happened before, but not with a looming debt ceiling decision, which has threatened to throw the American economy back into recession, send the global financial markets into free fall and permanently damage America's fiscal reputation.
November 29, 2006 |
A Chinese ceramic bowl dating from the 18th century was sold for $19.42 million at an auction on Tuesday, breaking the record price for Qing Dynasty ceramics, Christie's auction house said. The famille rose (a pink-colored enamel) bowl, from the court of Emperor Qianlong, who reigned from 1736 to 1795, was also the most expensive work of art ever sold in any Asian auction, Christie's said. The bowl, sold by Chinese collector Robert Chang to Alice Cheng, a Hong Kong collector, is part of a pair.
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January 4, 1996 |
Priscilla Rainey, who turns 26 Saturday, left behind family, friends and school to become a sailor on an 18th century-style schooner. "I've wanted to do this since I was a kid," said Rainey, a deckhand for the Hawaiian Chieftain, a 103-foot square-mast tall ship that sailed into Newport Harbor on Wednesday. Making its first visit to Newport Beach, the Chieftain is anchored at the Cannery Restaurant on Lafayette Avenue and will be there through Jan. 15.
April 20, 2005 |
A valuable 18th century violin on loan to a music student with a budding solo career was stolen from her car Sunday while the car was parked outside a Pavilions grocery store in West Hills. Lindsay Deutsch, 20, who studies at downtown's Colburn School of Performing Arts, is offering a $10,000 reward for the return of the 1742 Sanctus Seraphin violin, valued at $350,000, and the 1830 Francois Tourte bow, valued at $160,000, that was stolen along with the instrument.
November 22, 1990 |
Musica Antiqua Koln--among the most celebrated and widely recorded of period performance groups, and MAK to its international circle of admirers--appeared in the Biltmore Hotel's Crystal Ballroom on Tuesday, part of the Da Camera Society's Chamber Music in Historic Sites series. Absent, however, was the German ensemble's founder, guiding spirit and first violinist, Reinhard Goebel, who recently suffered a serious back injury.
August 7, 1988 |
A periwigged, pear-shaped castrato is trilling the "Largo" from Handel's opera "Xerxes" in the grand salon of the suburban Chateau Maisons Laffittes. The singer, played by Brasilian Paolo Abel do Nasciemento, is rococo in the extreme. So is the vast salon--crystal-and-gilt chandeliers, walls hung with blue-and-gray tapestries--crowded with dozens of extras dressed in the silks and brocades of 18th-Century French aristocracy.