October 9, 2011 |
Andy Warhol, the guru of Pop art, reveled in a lifelong obsession with newspapers, especially tabloids and their garish headlines. As a teenager, he saved pages with photos of his favorite Hollywood stars. Throughout his life he packed hundreds of newspapers into boxes he called "time capsules" to whet the fancy of the future. He collected scores of fraying clippings about himself in 34 scrapbooks. But most important, he used newspapers, especially the front pages, to model and inform some of the most important works of his fine art. It is hard to imagine Warhol the artist without his headlines.
August 18, 2011 |
America has long been fascinated by eating contests, memorialized in our cultural memory as long tables of men and women diving face-first into a cherry pie at the county fair. And we have seen it change, watching in disgust and curiosity as the superhuman scarf down several pounds of chicken wings and inhale dozens of hot dogs, seemingly defying everything we know about the limits of human digestion. But as with all things American, the best way to kick up an old tradition is to add a little ethnic flavor.
July 28, 2011 |
Aerospace giants Boeing Co. and Northrop Grumman Corp. reported contrasting second-quarter financial results as each coped with a declining Pentagon appetite for weapons. Boeing, boosted on sales of its commercial jets, said Wednesday that its earnings climbed 20% in the quarter, while Northrop, which relies on the Pentagon for nearly all of its business, posted a 27% decline in profit. Northrop said it earned $520 million, or $1.81 a share, down from $740 million, or $2.44, a year earlier.
July 26, 2011 |
The largest number of initial public offerings in four years is scheduled this week as U.S. companies rush out deals to capitalize on investors' sudden ardor for new issues. Eleven IPOs - led by the parent of Dunkin' Donuts - will go public as Wall Street gears up for what could be a frenetic period for IPOs. Investors are being drawn to the IPO sector by the recent huge gains in Internet-related companies such as LinkedIn Corp. and Zillow Inc. and by the growing excitement over upcoming deals from the likes of Zynga Inc. and Groupon Inc. Shares of LinkedIn, the social-media service for professionals, more than doubled on its first trading day in May, while real-estate website Zillow shot up 79% last week.
June 23, 2011 |
This is Los Angeles' Peruvian moment, an embrace of Andean flavors prophesied long ago by food futurists who proclaimed the cuisine to be the next big thing. There have always been pockets of our sprawling geography where ceviche is scattered with giant kernels of corn and jugs of chicha morada stain teeth a pleasant purple. But this is a citywide shift in culinary consciousness. It coalesced at Mo-Chica. Ricardo Zarate's restaurant reshaped the notions of Peruvian food with sushi-grade fish mounded in a tart puddle of citrus, and quinoa cut with crème fraîche and stirred just until it resembled risotto.
May 29, 2011
If only food were as simple as cigarettes. There are no ambiguities about the evils of smoking. It sickens people who do it and endangers those around them. Despite remarkable progress in persuading people not to take up the habit in recent decades, smoking is still the No. 1 preventable cause of death in this country, and it has no known health benefits. Overeating, especially of low-nutrition junk food, is a bad habit too. Obesity is a fast-rising threat to American health. Yet, unlike with cigarettes, we can't "quit" food.
February 20, 2011 |
The gig: Ron Boyd, 53, is chief of the Los Angeles Port Police, the 200-member force assigned to the nation's busiest seaport. That includes 43 miles of waterfront, about 7,300 acres of water channels, terminals, docks and rail yards, cargo ships, cruise ships and tankers, as well as a few thousand recreational boaters. In addition to that high-profile job, Boyd is president of the International Assn. of Airport and Seaport Police. Unintended results: Boyd was studying to be a radio or television broadcaster at Los Angeles City College when he took a job as a security guard at Universal Studios.
January 4, 2011 |
Everyone wants a piece of Facebook Inc. News that investment bank Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Digital Sky Technologies, a Russian Internet investment firm, will invest a combined $500 million in the social networking site has only whetted the voracious appetite of investors seeking to own a chunk of the wildly popular but privately held company, which now has an implied value of $50 billion. Facebook board member Peter Thiel has said Facebook would consider going public in 2012, in what would undoubtedly be one of the most anticipated initial public offerings ever in the Silicon Valley.
December 24, 2010 |
Who's ready for a steaming-hot bowl of meat, eggs and cheese from Burger King for breakfast? Or a pizza with not just bacon but "double bacon" and six types of cheese? Rolling into 2011, fast-food joints across the country are set to deploy a potent new arsenal of greasy goodness for Americans who have grown numb to mere burgers. Think spicier, cheesier, gooier. The new items flout principles of healthful eating and instead celebrate a spirit of wanton gluttony. "There's been quite a bit of what we call carnival revival," said Darren Tristano, a restaurant expert at market researcher Technomic.
September 24, 2010 |
Grammy-winning jazz artist George Duke has worked with jazz musicians from A, as in Cannonball Adderley, to Z, as in Frank Zappa. He's produced hits for artists including Jeffrey Osborne ("Stay With Me Tonight," "On the Wings of Love") and Deniece Williams ("Let's Hear It for the Boy"), and he has a fresh album of his own out, "DÃ©jÃ Vu. " But Saturday night at UCLA's Royce Hall, he'll be doing something a bit different, blending American jazz with European orchestral traditions.