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January 20, 2009 | Cara Mia DiMassa
When Mayor David Perez of the city of Industry looks out over the rolling, 600-acre site on his city's eastern edge, he sees the future home of an NFL stadium and an economic engine that would bring jobs and tax revenue for the entire region. When Joaquin Lim, the mayor of nearby Walnut, imagines a stadium there, he sees a potential disaster: traffic, noise and "passionate, emotional" football fans.
January 11, 2009 | Art Winslow, Winslow is a former literary and executive editor of the Nation.
Banquet at Delmonico's Great Minds, the Gilded Age, and the Triumph of Evolution in America Barry Werth Random House: 352 pp., $27 -- In his spirited and comprehensive 2005 analysis "Darwinism and Its Discontents," Michael Ruse argues that "from the beginning, right down to the present, many people have regarded evolution as a kind of biological equivalent to social progress. In this respect, it has been and still is an epiphenomenon on culture."
December 15, 2008 | Rick Schultz, Schultz is a freelance writer.
An all-Brahms concert may sound like an awfully rich meal, even during the holiday season. It wouldn't be surprising if, afterward, concert-goers felt overstuffed. Yet the near-capacity audience cheered like it still had room for more, testimony to the enduring popularity of this composer. On Saturday, Marin Alsop and the Los Angeles Philharmonic brought the "Tragic" Overture, Violin Concerto and Symphony No. 1 to Walt Disney Concert Hall.
May 12, 2008 | Ari B. Bloomekatz, Times Staff Writer
Before the Rev. Fred Jordan died two decades ago, he told his wife that a mother's touch was needed to run the mission he first opened for men in 1944. "He said that it was a good thing I would be leading," said Willie Jordan, who has headed Fred Jordan Missions since her husband died in 1988. "Most of those who we [now] serve are mothers and children." On Sunday, the mission held its annual Mother's Day banquet in downtown Los Angeles for impoverished women and their families. About 2,000 people attended to participate in a short religious service, eat a plate of baked chicken and greens, and celebrate.
March 23, 2008 | Cristy Lytal, Special to The Times
During her career, 41-year-old food stylist Katharine Tidy has roasted pigeons with their feet intact, served up swan, and even baked the worst pies in London. This is not to say that she doesn't have some serious culinary credentials, however. "I had gone to a cooking school, so I knew how to cook," says Tidy, who enrolled in her first class at age 18 to learn how to make sushi and other Japanese favorites. "But food styling's a whole different proposition because it doesn't really matter what it tastes like.
October 10, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
ConAgra Foods Inc. voluntarily stopped production Tuesday at the Missouri plant that makes its Banquet potpies after health officials said the pies might be linked to 139 cases of salmonella in 30 states. Separately, Seattle-based Starbucks Corp, the world's biggest coffee shop chain, recalled 250,000 children's plastic cups made in China after receiving reports of the cups breaking and posing a choking hazard.
August 9, 2007 | Kavita Daswani, Special to The Times
INDIA SPLENDOR is being billed as one of the most ambitious privately funded South Asian festivals ever to take place in the U.S., with some 4,000 people expected to turn out over the next six days to experience the cultural offerings.
May 7, 2007 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
PORGY in Los Angeles Opera's new production of Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess," which opened with two different casts Friday and Saturday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, is not a paraplegic in a goat cart, as the libretto stipulates and tradition expects. Francesca Zambello, the director, has updated the action slightly from the early 20th century to the '40s. Catfish Row is still a depressed Charleston, S.C., cannery. African Americans are no less oppressed. But Porgy walks.
January 11, 2007 | Scarlet Cheng, Special to The Times
or rice, as the case may be. It is also tradition, community and culture. In the exhibition "Banquet: A Feast for the Senses" at the Pacific Asia Museum, 14 Asian and Asian American artists reflect on the topic, coming up with some unexpected contemporary takes. Instead of servings of sushi, there are servings of bead-encrusted fake sushi in the sculpture of Kohei Nawa.
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