December 24, 2009
When she was not quite 80, Agnès Varda, one of the seminal filmmakers of the French New Wave, decided to take a look at her life, with the resulting film a lovely bit of memory and mischief. Now in contention for an Oscar, it's back for a brief run this weekend at the Laemmle Sunset 5, the Pasadena Playhouse 7 and the Town Center, Encino. "Beaches" is an extraordinary documentary and best on the big screen, so consider this an unexpected holiday gift. You can feel Varda's amusement in the way she's stitched together remnants of her life, sand and the past kicking up around her as she walks backward -- literally, at times -- then forward again, contemplating, teasing.
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September 5, 2013 |
I tend to like children, and generally harbor positive thoughts about the future. But I had my doubts this summer, maybe like you, after the U.S. Open of Surfing crowd degenerated into marauding and brawling - young men clashing with police in riot gear, flipping over rows of porta-potties, ripping out street signs and using them to bash into local businesses. They called it a "riot. " A riot, however, happens when there is at least the perception of some sort of injustice. This was no riot.
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July 25, 2009 |
The explosive Wedge surf break in Newport Beach has left generations of daredevils with broken bones and concussions. On Friday, with waves topping 20 feet, it killed a man -- a rare death at a place that would seem to invite it. The Orange County coroner's office has identified the man as 50-year-old Monte Kevin Valantin of Lawndale. He was thrown against the rock jetty that produces the Wedge's outsized waves about 12:30 p.m.
June 19, 2013 |
California's outdoor resources -- its beaches, mountains and deserts -- are key assets in fueling the state's $106-billion tourism industry. A new study finds that keeping those assets pristine helps keep visitors coming. Beaches that have stormwater mitigation programs have significantly higher attendance than those with no such pollution control measures, according to a new study by scholars at UCLA. The report by visiting scholar Ryan Vaughn and others at the Ziman Center for Real Estate found that beaches with stormwater mitigation programs had an average of 600,000 more visitors per year than those that did not. The study was based on attendance numbers taken at 26 beaches in Southern California over a 10-year period.
July 9, 2012 |
For surfers, Moroccan beaches about 100 miles southwest of Marrakech provide long, smooth breaks -- and few crowds. Access Trips , based in Oakland, mines these lesser known locations along the Atlantic Ocean with a surf vacation to locals-only spots near Agadir. Participants spend three days in morning and afternoon surf lessons during this eight-day trip. There's a cultural side to this tour as well. Sightseeing and exploring the history of Marrakech and hiking in the Atlas Mountains also are on the itinerary to create a fuller picture of life in the North African nation.
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September 3, 2007 |
The sun is sinking over Bolsa Chica State Beach when the cars begin their nightly swap. Out go the boys hauling bodyboards, the sun-blistered tourists, the girls in huge shades and bikinis the size of washcloths. In drive the locals, carrying memories of summer nights spent beside the Pacific, huddled around a bonfire, toasting s'mores. Near lifeguard stand 21, Ben Garcia leaned as close as the flames allow. He spent nearly an hour cramming his girlfriend's Ford Explorer with scrap lumber to torch and squirmed through work, his mind already at Huntington Beach.