April 13, 2013 |
On Saturday morning, the collected moments from the night before linger, glistening in the memory, refusing to be snuffed by a long, dusty walk back to the car, a shower, sleep or coffee. You'd think that the sheer volume of notes, beats, measures and breaks that vibrated so many eardrums (80,000 x 2 = 160,000) at Coachella 2013 would have overwhelmed the neurons to the point of collapse. But this is a place where an entire new alleyway of the mind can be forged by a simple melody or lyric heard for the first time -- and once it's in there it can linger for decades.
April 11, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO -- A day after ending an 0-for-17 skid and collecting his first two hits of the season, Luis Cruz was still smiling. "I felt like the old me," Cruz said Thursday. Cruz acknowledged he was excited when he singled to right field in his first at-bat the previous night. "Almost as excited as I was when I got my first hit in '08," the third baseman said. A.J. Ellis hit a home run in the at-bat that followed, but Cruz said, "I think I was more excited than him. " Cruz credited his father, former Mexican league standout Luis Cruz Sr., for helping him break out of his slump.
April 6, 2013
Why, you might ask, take advice from Mariel Hemingway and her partner Bobby Williams about how to live? It's true that they've lived a lot - singly or as a couple facing mental health problems and suicides of loved ones, exploring all sorts of physical adventures, marriage and divorce, parenthood, Hollywood celebrity, the run of diet and wellness pursuits. And now they have "The WillingWay," a book out this week with a title that plays on their names and their philosophy: Where there's a will, there's a way. ( http://www.thewillingway.com )
March 31, 2013 |
The blockbuster Steven Spielberg movie "Jurassic Park," being re-released in 3-D on April 5, wouldn't be the same place without paleontologist Jack Horner. In addition to advising the production on scientific matters, Horner provided inspiration for the character of Dr. Alan Grant in the original 1993 movie. Universal Pictures is preparing to shoot a fourth installment in the "Jurassic Park" series and will once again tap Horner to serve as an advisor. "It's fun to see a lot of the stuff that I do in there," said Horner, curator of the Museum of the Rockies and professor at the University of Montana.
March 22, 2013 |
Nathanael Johnson was born without a doctor and later toddled around his Northern California yard without diapers, free to ingest whatever germy creatures he got his hands on, but no sugar allowed. With parents like his, it's little wonder he grew up wondering about the miracles of modern science. What's really welcome about his deeply reported book, "All Natural," is that his upbringing makes the investigation of nature versus technology fun as well as thought-provoking. He questions mainstream wisdom, "expert" advice and the all-natural solutions for childbirth, germs, raw milk, sugar, factory farming of animals and more.
March 17, 2013 |
The morbidly obese protagonist of "The Whale," the latest play by Samuel Hunter running at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, weighs close to 600 pounds, scarfs meatball subs and hasn't left his dingy apartment for months. Creating the character of Charlie has been a technical challenge for the play's production team, which includes several costume fitters and an Academy Award-winning makeup artist. By far the biggest challenge belongs to actor Matthew Arkin. For eight performances a week, he must wear a 30-pound costume - he refuses to call it a fat suit - that is made out of Lycra, nylon, micro foam beads and foam sculpted from king-sized pillows.
March 16, 2013 |
Two doctors from Keck Medical Center at USC set the record straight on preparing for and recovering from a marathon. They talked with The Times and answered readers' questions on Monday. Some excerpts of the online chat follow. Or listen to the entire conversation here. Dr. Sharon Orrange is an internist at Keck who has run the marathon and has worked at the finish line. Dr. Seth Gamradt is director of orthopedic athletic medicine at Keck and is a triathlete. Question: Some people get in trouble by drinking too much water during the race.
March 14, 2013 |
Much has been made about Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio's dedication to the poor. Almost immediately after becoming the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church and renaming himself Pope Francis , the commentary began, some of it predicting his legacy before his first day on the job. “In the end, it is Pope Francis's standing as a Latin American and as an advocate of the poor that may well define him,” wrote the Washington Post's E.J....
March 11, 2013 |
It's not long, Mark Twain's “Advice to Little Girls,” a bit of satire written in 1865 and newly reissued as a picture book (Enchanted Lion: 20 pp., $14.95), with a suite of charming, broad-stroke illustrations by Vladimir Radunsky . But it is sharp, a pointed set of admonitions urging girls to think for themselves, which is a message as essential today as it was a century-and-a-half ago. “Good little girls,” Twain begins, “ought not to make mouths at their teachers for every trifling offense.