April 4, 2013 |
The beauty of a well-told fable is typically in its airy brevity, with a moral sharp and bittersweet. Ramaa Mosley's feature debut, "The Brass Teapot," has Aesopian pretensions with its supernatural-themed story about the titular vessel's darkly magical effect on the lives of a young, financially strapped married couple, played by Juno Temple and Michael Angarano. But the conceit - the teapot fills with money when harm is inflicted in its presence - is treated less like a starting-off point for something wise to say about societal masochism than an opportunity to indulge in weakly cynical jokes and aggressively ouch-y humor.
March 15, 2013 |
Graham Elliot pops up at Son of a Gun: Graham Elliot of Graham Elliot restaurant in Chicago will be coming to the West Coast to guest chef at Son of A Gun on April 8 and 9. Chef Elliot, along with Graham Elliot restaurant sous chef John Slack and sommelier Jamie Kluz, will prepare a five course tasting menu priced at $100 per person with wine pairings available for an additional $40. Call (323) 782-9033 for reservations and menu details. 8370 W. 3rd St., L.A., (323) 782-9033, www.sonofagunrestaurant.com . This Is Not a Pop-Up: Barbara Brass of Wolfgang Puck Catering will be cooking through Sunday at This Is Not a Pop-Up.
February 3, 2013 |
Beyonce kept her top on during the halftime show but Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco's excitement over winning the Super Bowl included dropping some swear words on national TV. At the end of a long game that included a power outage that stopped play for about 30 minutes, a happy Flacco screamed some expletives. He was close enough to some microphones to be heard quite clearly by viewers at home. Flacco's enthusiasm would probably be classified as a fleeting expletive.
December 12, 2012 |
More than a week before deciding where he would pitch next season, Zack Greinke visited Dodger Stadium. In his three decades as a baseball executive, General Manager Ned Colletti had been in countless meetings with prospective players. But this one was unique. Greinke was there without his agent. "I can't remember one that didn't bring an agent or friends with them or representatives with them," Colletti said. "To have somebody with enough confidence in themselves to stand on their own, it was impressive.
November 16, 2012 |
TAMPA, Fla. - When Tampa radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge said he would "deep-fat fry a Koran" in response to deadly protests against U.S. troops for the accidental burning of the Muslim holy book in Afghanistan, Jill Kelley was on it. "I just got off the phone with Gen. Allen and Adm. Harward," the Tampa socialite emailed the mayor of Tampa in March, referring to Gen. John R. Allen, commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, and Vice Adm....
November 13, 2012 |
Jacob Garchik "The Heavens: The Atheist Gospel Trombone Album" (Yestereve Records) Three and a half stars There's a lot about Jacob Garchik's solo brass album that probably shouldn't work. First comes that subtitle, a vivid contradiction that reads a little like a Stephen Wright joke. But then there's its execution, where a musician of little faith deigns to reconcile his love for gospel by building a nine-part brass suite in his home studio. And yet against all odds, it works.