December 7, 2012
Round About the Earth Circumnavigation From Magellan to Orbit Joyce E. Chaplin Simon & Schuster: 560 pp., $35 A trip on a 140-foot sailboat helped inspire Harvard professor Joyce E. Chaplin to write "Round About the Earth: Circumnavigation From Magellan to Orbit" - and that may explain the enthusiasm she brings to the many-stranded narrative. At the very least, it underlies her sympathy for sailors on small boats heading into rough, unknown seas. This history, the first of its kind, is a lively charge through 500 years of worldwide exploration (and beyond)
December 1, 2012 |
Tall, sinewy women, their necks thin and erect, mingle in wispy dresses on the arms of broad-shouldered men under the twinkling white lights of the canopied back patio at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons. As dusk fades and cocktails are served, the black-tie crowd moves with a particular rhythmic elegance. Maybe that's because some of the country's biggest names in dance are here. There are Debbie Allen, Diavolo Dance Theater's Jacques Heim, choreographer and one-time Joffrey prima ballerina Jodie Gates, as well as Complexions Contemporary Ballet co-founder and dancer Desmond Richardson.
November 21, 2012 |
This season, Rodeo Drive has a new gem. Dior has reopened its boutique after an eight-month renovation and set a new standard for shopping on the luxe Beverly Hills street. Dior has already been making its mark on the red carpet with a bevy of stars (Jessica Biel, Marion Cotillard, Julianne Moore, Jennifer Lawrence) stepping out in designer Raf Simons' daring designs. And now, the French fashion house is looking to translate all the buzz about its new designer into sales. The 5,000-square-foot boutique, designed by Peter Marino, has a cool gray interior and an elegant residential feel, with 18th century-inspired furnishings and fixtures mixed with contemporary art. The first floor has five rooms with Dior's signature top-handled handbags and lace-covered pumps each in their own spaces, a ready-to-wear salon with fireplace and seating area (now featuring the Cruise collection designed before Simons' arrival)
October 2, 2012 |
Can a hole be moved? Is a hole that's brought from, say, Detroit to Los Angeles the same void or a different one when it gets here? Is the void already just everywhere, merely awaiting an identifying contour? That and other philosophical conundrums are the heart of Richard Haley's engaging if occasionally erratic show (his third) at Another Year in L.A. Some of the 22 Conceptual works could be tighter. But, mostly using winningly casual materials, "Holes, Voids and Other Descriptive Terms for Blankness" is an ambitious, frequently captivating meditation on serious subjects - decay, death, decomposition and emptiness.
September 26, 2012 |
UNITED NATIONS - Egypt's recently elected President Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday rejected President Obama's view of free speech rights and made plain his ambition to seize greater influence for the Arab world's most populous country. Morsi, in his debut speech to the U.N. General Assembly, said Egypt intended to lead the way in resolving Syria's civil war, pressing the cause of Palestinians and defusing the threat of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East. He also said that though his country now embraces democracy and human rights, it would not accept the categorical approach to free speech that Obama urged at the United Nations and would not tolerate insults to religion.
September 24, 2012 |
Sam Nazarian is taking his popular Katsuya Japanese restaurant brand global. The Los Angeles night-life impresario just signed a deal with behemoth retail franchise operator M.H. Alshaya to develop 17 Katsuyas in the Middle East by 2017, with the first two scheduled to open in Kuwait and Dubai in 2013. The announcement underscores how quickly Nazarian, founder and chief executive of SBE hospitality group, is pushing his company's key brands both nationally and internationally.
August 30, 2012 |
Romantic obsession meets Munchausen syndrome in "The Good Doctor. " As the title character, whose derangement builds slow and steady, like an IV drip, Orlando Bloom is low-key bordering on recessive, in sync with the cool psychological thriller and its undercurrent of black comedy. Targeting age-old English class consciousness, not contemporary American healthcare woes, the movie is a shrewd commentary on careerism and status. With his boyish haircut and anxious air, Bloom's Martin Blake, a Brit just beginning his medical residency in Southern California, has yet to develop the swagger of fellow resident Dan (Troy Garity)
August 21, 2012 |
At a time when major air carriers are filing for bankruptcy and merging to stay in business, is there anyone crazy enough to pull a Richard Branson and launch a new airline from scratch? There is - and he's old enough to be Branson's father. Ted Vallas, 91, is the man behind California Pacific Airlines, which he hopes will soon be flying out of Carlsbad in northern San Diego County. In case you think he's kidding - and the serious-minded nonagenarian doesn't joke about business - he has already invested $6.2 million of his own money.
August 14, 2012 |
As imagined by John Logan in his Tony-winning drama "Red" and portrayed by the galvanizing Alfred Molina, painter Mark Rothko is a man of fierce convictions and fiery words. His opinions about art are delivered like biblical proclamations, spoken in the Old Testament cadences of a burning bush. As he holds forth on the nobility of highbrow ambition and the ignominy of commercial frivolity you might momentarily think you've stumbled into a town hall on the fate of the Museum of Contemporary Art. In fact, you are at the Mark Taper Forum, where this sensational production from London's Donmar Warehouse (and later Broadway)
August 12, 2012 |
JANESVILLE, Wis. - In this blue-collar town, where Mitt Romney's running mate,Paul D. Ryan, grew up and still lives, the extended Ryan family is something of an institution. For many locals, the Ryans have a mystique reminiscent of another, more famous Irish American Catholic family. "We always compared them to the Kennedys," said Jan Campbell, a neighbor whose father was a law partner with Ryan's father. "They even played touch football on Thanksgiving. " David Barry, who has lived across the street from Ryan for almost a decade, said his neighbor's "energy, youth, patriotism … always reminded me of a young Jack Kennedy.