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November 9, 2005 | Carla Hall, Times Staff Writer
John Panzer, once homeless, sat in his room in the Empress Hotel in this city's seedy Tenderloin district with Britain's prince of Wales and duchess of Cornwall, who have several homes. Talk turned from the plight of the homeless to fear of flying. "Are you going back today?" Panzer said he asked the couple.
February 27, 2005 | Paul Lieberman, Times Staff Writer
"WE'RE waiting for the envelope," Martin Scorsese says. He is talking about his 5-year-old daughter, of course, and how he and his wife will learn, any day, whether she has gotten into a Manhattan private school. Scorsese figures the news in the envelope would not be good if it were him trying to get into, say, a stuffy Park Avenue condo building. "That's OK. I've been out of things most of my life," he says. "I was never let in the clubs."
January 27, 2005 | Ariel Swartley, Special to The Times
I knew camellias spoke the language of romance long before I saw Greta Garbo in "Camille" pin one last perfect blossom to her waist. My fascination with these flowers began when I was in the sixth grade. I was at a friend's house one evening when a small white florist's box was delivered to the door. At the same moment my friend's older sister -- usually our impatient, bluejeaned baby-sitter -- appeared at the top of the stairs in a haze of pink chiffon.
March 14, 2004
Regarding "On Cruises, Forget the Formalities" [Letters, March 7]: The words "decency and protocol" dictate the reason for wearing suits and ties to dinner aboard a cruise ship or a cargo vessel. It's part of what cruising is and always has been about. It's your prerogative to have a burger at the mall while wearing the uniform of the day -- ball cap backward, cutoff jeans, undershirt and sandals -- but people see that every day, and most cruise to get away from the warts and take part in a dinner with fine memories.
April 13, 2003 | Ann Conway, Times Staff Writer
No hems grazed the red carpet when actresses Kate Capshaw and Rita Wilson swept into a black-tie gala in Beverly Hills. Far from it. Instead of the gowns usually seen at such affairs, the women -- wives of producer-director Steven Spielberg and actor Tom Hanks, respectively -- wore slim, tailored pants with informal tops, Capshaw not even wearing a jacket over the black sleeveless T-shirt she paired with beaded Gucci trousers. And neither bow ties nor cummerbunds were worn by their husbands.
November 12, 2002 | Michael Quintanilla, Times Staff Writer
Javier Andrade is holding an armful of shirts that are, for lack of a better word, pretty. There are two with ruffles, one bibbed with baby blue pleats, another in denim with rows of fuzzy and frayed pin-tucking and a swashbuckle creation with layers and layers of frilly fabric. Shirts along the line you've seen on prom night, or at the opera -- or on your sister. But Andrade, a 30-year-old law firm accountant, is not shopping for her or for any tuxedo-expected event.
August 23, 2002 | Jeannine Stein
Dear Fashion Police: Black tie, black-tie optional, business attire --STEPPING OUT Dear Stepping: Thank you, Mr. Social Butterfly, for reminding us that attire requests can be confusing, even when the directions are clear, i.e. "black tie" or "business attire." Since society has gotten much more casual there are fewer and fewer formal events, and invitations requesting formal attire are often greeted with a giant freak-out from men and women over what to wear. Tuxedo? Dark suit? Long dress?
The words "pot pie" on a menu appeal to the traditionalist in all of us, evoking images of Grandma's apron and the steamy comfort of a warm kitchen. So what if the pie turns out to be like nothing Grandma ever dreamed of? In Dana Point, at the luxurious new St. Regis at Monarch Beach Hotel's Aqua restaurant, Chris L'Hommedieu makes pot pie stuffed with chunks of lobster and baby vegetables lightly bound in a cream sauce.
Department of Water and Power ratepayers have been asked to foot a $100,000 bill for a black-tie dinner celebrating the reopening of Los Angeles City Hall and a $75,000 sponsorship that provides the agency with VIP tickets for USC basketball games, ice shows and the circus, officials said Wednesday. Those are among the $601,293 in DWP bills that City Controller Laura Chick refused to pay Wednesday, sending them to the City Council for review and action.
November 23, 2000 | PAMELA DIAMOND
The event: Chapman University's 19th annual American Celebration, held Saturday on the Orange campus. The black-tie gala included a Broadway-style musical, "The Story of American Song." The event honored Tony Award-winning actress/singer Nell Carter, who was given the university's Lifetime Achievement in the Arts award. Also recognized was Stephen E. Frank of Southern California Edison, who was named Outstanding Corporate Citizen for his generosity to the community.
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