April 11, 2013 |
The primary joke of Todd Berger's wryly drawn indie comedy "It's a Disaster" is that even in the face of impending apocalypse, there's no accounting for taste, etiquette or worldview in the ones with which we'll be spending only a few final hours of existence. The four couples gathering for regular Sunday brunch at the suburban home of long-standing hosts Emma (Erinn Hayes) and Pete (Blaise Miller) seem more flummoxed by the prospect of pettiness and secrets within their little group - which includes America Ferrera and Julia Stiles - than the growing catastrophe outside their door: as explained by a hazmat-suited neighbor, dirty bombs have gone off downtown.
April 8, 2013 |
For the brief moment that she stood atop the eight-story building at UCLA on Friday evening in the soft light of the setting sun, she looked as though she belonged there. This was, after all, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Center, and the woman might have been, say, an Antony Gormley artwork. She surely seemed a sculpture as she began to tip over. But once at a 90-degree angle to the ground, she walked, casually and with slow ease, down the side of the building as if this were a perfectly normal thing to do. For spectators watching from below, things became confused.
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March 22, 2013 |
Los Angeles mayoral candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti have traded bitter campaign attacks for months. At an annual fundraiser for diabetes research Thursday night, they traded jokes. The rivals took the stage at the Los Angeles Political Roast, which brought hundreds of elected leaders, lobbyists and other City Hall power players to the Beverly Hilton to have fun with serious issues like low voter turnout and the city's financial crisis. Their target this year was Councilman Tom LaBonge, who was ribbed for his love of television cameras and his rather ample waist size.
March 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Sending President Obama a bill Thursday that averts a government shutdown, Congress proved that it can, in fact, function. Not long ago, this was considered an unlikely outcome. Republicans in the House, trying to force Obama to accept deep cuts, had come close to shutting down the government before and appeared primed to do so again. But House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) has united his rambunctious majority ever so tenuously around a strategy that, for now, sets aside the cycle of crisis politics to aim for long-range objectives.
March 9, 2013 |
PHOENIX - Sergio Romo just can't get away from them. At home, in his professional career, here at the World Baseball Classic. He is surrounded by Dodgers. Long before he became a closer for the San Francisco Giants, and a World Series hero and champion, Romo was the son of a die-hard Dodgers fan - and, like many of his friends and neighbors in Brawley, Calif., became such a fan himself. "My dad is my hero, and we all grew up Dodgers fans," he said Saturday. "Especially in Brawley; it's a big Dodgers town.
February 23, 2013 |
We don't fight musical battles the way we used to. In the 19th century, you were expected to take sides between Brahmsian traditionalism and Wagner's music of the future. Gone too are the last century's partisan days of Stravinsky versus Schoenberg, serialism versus Minimalism, the avant-garde versus neo-Romanticism. Today's musicians take great pains to make different kinds of music get along even at the expense of bland conformity in much new music. Gustavo Dudamel, who seems captivated by nearly everything, is perhaps the last guy you'd expect to reopen musical wounds.
February 19, 2013 |
It's amazing, and depressing, when political compromise functions only to throw obstacles in the way of ideas that bring the greatest good to the greatest number of people. Today's example: the long, tortuous road to bringing more retirement security to working-class Californians. In September, the state launched a plan to enable these workers to put aside about 3% of their wages a year for retirement. As enacted by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, the program's goals would be modest indeed.
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February 18, 2013 |
A disagreement over a well-known slice of the Southern California coast is threatening to drive a wedge between Marines and surfers, groups that had recently set aside differences and become political allies. At issue is the 2.25-mile stretch of surf and sand known as Trestles, between the San Onofre nuclear plant and the San Diego County-Orange County line. The name comes from two train trestles that parallel the ocean. To wave riders, Trestles represents seven of the primo surf breaks in the world.
February 12, 2013 |
The Lakers returned home, weary after their longest trip of the season. But despite losses at Phoenix, Boston and Miami, the team pulled out four wins in seven games. "We're playing better. We're playing smarter," Kobe Bryant said Monday. Dwight Howard went down on the first stop of the trip in Phoenix, aggravating the torn labrum in his right shoulder. The Lakers (24-28) won three straight without him, then Pau Gasol was lost for six to eight weeks because of a foot injury.
January 23, 2013 |
OMAHA - Who's No. 2? That is the big question in the singles competition at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, which begin Thursday with the women's and pairs short programs. The bigger question is whether whoever winds up as the No. 2 skater in women's and men's singles will be good enough at the World Championships in March to help the United States earn a third spot in the 2014 Olympic field. Given the world meet performances the past few years, that doesn't seem likely.