January 9, 2013 |
Thank you, GQ, for delivering a whole lot of Beyonce, just as we're prepping to see, well, a whole lot of Beyonce. The singer rocks her fabulous curves on the mag's February cover as the first of its 100 sexiest women of the 21st century. And we gotta ask, she had a baby? With that body? The 31-year-old's tiny, sporty crop top and red-and-black leopard-print panties cannot tell a lie (though of course retouching can fib a little). And yes, Rihanna set the bar high on the December GQ cover wearing less on the bottom, but Queen B doesn't have to share the spotlight with Channing Tatum and Ben Affleck.
January 9, 2013 |
What's the future of L.A.'s economy? That's a question that should be at the center of this year's mayoral campaign. Key to that discussion should be recognition that Los Angeles, despite all its economic problems, is an increasingly prominent home to the next generation of technology companies that will drive the digital revolution in the 21st century. Los Angeles' tech awakening is unfolding in a slice of territory - dubbed "Silicon Beach," which initially referred to Venice and Santa Monica and then expanded to Hollywood and downtown - where established giants such as Google and Apple have opened offices and where some 500 newcomer ventures have taken root.
January 1, 2013 |
It's just a parade, after all, a once-a-year parade, so in the grand scheme of things, the Tournament of Roses Parade doesn't matter - until it does. And it does. There's a paradox at the core of Pasadena's pretty street party. What began in 1890 as Pasadena's way of flaunting its midwinter pleasures became an internationally televised civic institution. Be careful what you wish for, and all that. PHOTOS: The Rose Parade through the years When the world began watching, this parade - more puritanical than Mardi Gras, more glamorous than Macy's Thanksgiving Day balloons - turned into the face of all of Southern California, and thus it came not to be regarded as Pasadena's private shindig any more.
December 30, 2012
If a law enforcement agency wants to examine your snail mail or the contents of your computer hard drive, it must obtain a search warrant, which means it must convince a judge that there is probable cause that a crime has been committed. But no warrant is required to obtain email or documents you have stored in a computer "cloud" so long as they are 180 days old. That would have changed under legislation recently approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee at the behest of its chairman, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.)
December 27, 2012 |
Junior's Deli, which has been serving pastrami and other deli fare on L.A.'s Westside since 1959, will close at the end of the year. Employees, some of them multi-decade veterans of the business, learned Wednesday of the comfort food haven's impending shutdown, a casualty of a rent dispute over the 11,000-square-foot space. "It's catastrophic for me," said David Saul, who co-owns the business with his brother, John. "I'm at a loss. It's like I'm grieving a death. " The Sauls' father, Marvin, launched the delicatessen after a failed stint as a uranium miner in Utah.
December 25, 2012
Santa's not the only one who makes lists. As we reflect on 2012, we too have thoughts about who should look forward to a cheerful holiday morning and who deserves a lump of coal. Below, The Times' reflections on who's been naughty and who's been nice. Merry Christmas! NICE Duncan Hosie, a gay freshman at Princeton University, was more than nice. He was brave and decent. Hosie offered Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia a lesson in civility when he respectfully questioned the justice about his inflammatory comments comparing homosexuality to bigamy, incest and bestiality.
December 23, 2012 |
A Possible Life A Novel in Five Parts Sebastian Faulks Henry Holt: 304 pp. $25 -- In the wake of bestselling, highly praised historical tales such as "Birdsong" and "Charlotte Gray," Sebastian Faulks has been hailed as one of those authors who straddles art and commerce -- which may be another way of saying he belongs to neither camp entirely. We should not be surprised, then, that his latest book, "A Possible Life," gravitates between poles of its own. At first blush, it is a collection of five longish short stories, self-containable, not obviously related, ranging in era from early 19th century France to futuristic Italy.
December 12, 2012 |
Framed by a Moorish arch (or is it just a Moorish-looking arch?), a blue-green Islamic minaret (or does it just look like a minaret?) rises above tall trees in a city with about 1.5 million residents. This might be a good time to remember that the words azure, admiral, adobe, alcohol and assassin all came to English by way of Arabic. The same is true for many Spanish words. But maybe none of that matters. What city are we looking at, and when did this tower go up? Cairo; 10th century Esfahan, Iran; 18th century Las Vegas; 21st century Granada, Spain; 11th century Tijuana; 20th century Tijuana is the right answer.
December 9, 2012 |
“How black is that?” was the refrain during Jamie Foxx's “SNL” monologue Saturday night, as he marveled at turns of events like President Obama's being elected to a second term and the fact that the comedian was hosting the show with musical guest Ne-Yo. And while race was never again explicitly mentioned throughout the rest of the show, it remained a constant theme, yet one handled in a lighthearted, often absurd manner. One of the criticisms most frequently lobbed at the late-night institution is that it lacks any real diversity in its cast and writing, but last night “SNL” resembled programs that do address race while enjoying diverse audiences, like “Key and Peele” or “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.” Foxx, more present in the episode than most hosts, was willing to be extremely silly in many of his sketches, relying upon his sketch show experience from “In Living Color” as he played characters like a Christmas tree pimp or a Hostess Ding Dong disgruntled by the amount of attention Twinkies have been receiving lately.
December 5, 2012 |
Every sound in Witold Lutoslawski's exquisitely made music seems there for a purpose, although what that purpose is can be hard to say. One thing in the Polish composer's scores generally leads to another, but why can be another conundrum. The music represents a world meant, for whatever reason, to be as it is. The Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group's glorious Green Umbrella concert Tuesday night in Walt Disney Concert Hall was Lutoslawski themed. The two Lutoslawski pieces played included the luminous late song cycle "Chantefleurs et Chantefables," which the L.A. Phil was first to record in 1994, the year the composer died and four years after it was written.