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Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake A Memoir Anna Quindlen Random House: 187 pp., $26
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January 31, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Theater Critic
Whoever is ultimately at fault in the conflict between actor Steven Berkoff and director William Friedkin that led to the postponement of the Geffen Playhouse's much anticipated production of “The Birthday Party,” there's no denying that the botched handling of the situation was a loss for the Geffen, the artistic company and Los Angeles theater. I was looking forward to reencountering this early Pinter classic more than almost any other production this season. The last revival I saw was ages ago off-Broadway, the Classic Stage Company's astringent 1989 production with Jean Stapleton and David Strathairn.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2013 | By Jason La
Damian Gadal stumbled on hundreds of candles placed inside small paper bags in and around Shoreline Park in Santa Barbara on Dec. 14. The candles started in the park, lined a set of stairs leading to the beach and then traced the coastline, Gadal said. He didn't see any indication of what the candles were for, but he gathers that they were part of an elaborate marriage proposal. Gadal used a Sony Alpha NEX-7. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
Who watched Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici tie the knot on Sunday night, guys? Oh, right. That was literally just me. Because who else would opt to see two reality stars get married on live television instead of the Grammy Awards? Poor timing, ABC. Anyway, your loss, music lovers, because the wedding was some good stuff. There was a honeymoon suite cam of an empty bedroom. Sean's cute Texan dad officiated. Also, Sean cried a lot, and I felt feelings. I bring this up only because the wedding served as a stark reminder of how terrible Juan Pablo's season of “The Bachelor” is. Sure, I wasn't easy on Sean, either, a few years back -- but at least he brought an interesting point of view to the show.
NEWS
April 30, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Sisters of Los Angeles , the line of haute-modern gifts and souvenirs celebrating local pride, has unveiled some new products for the summer season that are too good to pass up. Following on the heels of SOLA's popular Los Angeles and Malibu drink glasses, friendship bracelets, T-shirts and key chains, the company is now offering beach towels ($39.95) just in time for the warm weather. Also new are glass candles ($14.95*) inspired by traditional Mexican seven-day candles, which I will be buying by the armload for festive outdoor entertaining.
WORLD
December 5, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Some came in what they were wearing when they heard that Nelson Mandela had died -- their pajamas. Some draped themselves in South African flags. Others brought candles, flowers and pictures of him. Hundreds of people gathered outside his house in the early morning Friday, in a gathering striking for the absence of weeping and tears. It was more of a spontaneous celebration of the man's life and the gifts he left South Africa. A few vuvuzelas -- the South African trumpet normally found at football matches and celebrations -- blasted into the night.
NEWS
December 12, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
With luxury candles often costing $100 or more per wick, the hand-poured soy wax candles of Pommes Frites Candle Co. are a welcome respite. Each candle may be poured, labeled and packaged by Kristen Pumphrey and husband Thomas Neuberger in their downtown Los Angeles studio, but each still retails for about $18.  Pumphrey said she wanted to create "an affordable but quality candle -- simple packaging, fine fragrance, domestically grown soy...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Miguel appears to be taking advantage of his new renown. Hot on the heels of his  head-turning performance last week at the Grammy Awards (where his "Adorn" won an R&B song prize), the L.A.-based soul singer released a politically charged music video Wednesday for his track "Candles in the Sun. " Unlike "Adorn" and many of the steamy love songs on Miguel's acclaimed 2012 disc "Kaleidoscope Dream," the eerie "Candles in the Sun" ponders a laundry list of societal ills, including "babies on crack," "white-collar war crime" and "mindless bureaucracy.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
Maggie Carey envisioned her feature directorial debut as a dirty “Sixteen Candles. " Think Molly Ringwald's Samantha Baker looking to lose her virginity rather than get the guy. What she ended up with is “The To Do List,” a low-budget romp centering on the overachieving Brandy Klark, played by Aubrey Plaza, who devotes the same fastidiousness that nabbed her the valedictorian slot at her high school to shedding her prudish ways before she...
NEWS
February 25, 2000 | Associated Press
Burning candles could put enough lead into the air to endanger children under 6, said a study released Thursday by a consumer advocacy group. Of 285 candles bought in the Washington area, the cotton wicks in 86 were stiffened with metal and nine of those used high amounts of lead, the Public Citizen study said. Seven of the candles in the nine that contained lead came from China or Taiwan, one from Canada and one from the United States, the study found. U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2013 | By Jason La
Damian Gadal stumbled on hundreds of candles placed inside small paper bags in and around Shoreline Park in Santa Barbara on Dec. 14. The candles started in the park, lined a set of stairs leading to the beach and then traced the coastline, Gadal said. He didn't see any indication of what the candles were for, but he gathers that they were part of an elaborate marriage proposal. Gadal used a Sony Alpha NEX-7. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
Since 1968, come rain or shine, Joan Sue Betson's yard on Galaxy Drive in Newport Beach has been a Christmas Eve beacon. In old photos, hundreds of candles can be seen glowing inside brown paper bags side by side on a retaining wall in front of the sprawling Spanish-style home and lining the driveway. Rows of the homemade luminarias shine from window sills and light the porch. "It used to be quite an event to walk out here every year," said neighbor John Senick, who has lived behind the house for about seven years, in an interview with Times Community News.
NEWS
December 18, 2013
You may recall these faceted wood candle holders from our preview of the first Downtown Flea. We noted them in our last scouting run through the Highland Park vintage emporium Shopclass and thought they might be just what some holiday shopping procrastinators needed for those under-$20 secret Santa gift exchanges -- or perhaps that party table you're planning for next week. The pieces are made by C.C. Boyle, a voice-over actress who has been pursuing her passion for woodworking.
NEWS
December 12, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
With luxury candles often costing $100 or more per wick, the hand-poured soy wax candles of Pommes Frites Candle Co. are a welcome respite. Each candle may be poured, labeled and packaged by Kristen Pumphrey and husband Thomas Neuberger in their downtown Los Angeles studio, but each still retails for about $18.  Pumphrey said she wanted to create "an affordable but quality candle -- simple packaging, fine fragrance, domestically grown soy...
WORLD
December 5, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Some came in what they were wearing when they heard that Nelson Mandela had died -- their pajamas. Some draped themselves in South African flags. Others brought candles, flowers and pictures of him. Hundreds of people gathered outside his house in the early morning Friday, in a gathering striking for the absence of weeping and tears. It was more of a spontaneous celebration of the man's life and the gifts he left South Africa. A few vuvuzelas -- the South African trumpet normally found at football matches and celebrations -- blasted into the night.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2013 | By Martin Tsai
A religious parable wrapped in a holiday gift basket featuring Susan Boyle, "The Christmas Candle" seems destined to be a Hallmark movie of the week. But in spite of the hammy histrionics requisite for the genre, it is not at all a turkey. Set in the 19th century, the film stars Hans Matheson of "The Tudors" as David Richmond, who left the pulpit for the Salvation Army after losing his religion. The village of Gladbury comes calling for him to fill the opening for vicar in its parish.
NEWS
February 20, 1989 | From Associated Press
Relatives of American and British hostages held in Lebanon lit candles Sunday night to honor the captives and appeal for their release. About 100 people attended the tribute at Calvary Missionary Church, including seven relatives of the hostages. Candles were lit for each of the nine American hostages still believed held, and a photo of each captive was displayed, said Ernest May, chairman of the "Second Annual Tribute and Recognition."
NEWS
February 14, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Federal regulators voted to ban candles that have lead in their wicks because of the risk that young children might inhale poisonous fumes or touch toxic lead dust on furniture. The Consumer Product Safety Commission voted 2 to 1 to approve the ban, which would take effect late this year, said Ann Brown, chairwoman of the commission. Candles with lead are being sold across the country despite a voluntary 1974 ban by U.S.-based candle companies, the commission said.
SCIENCE
October 21, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
Move over birthday candles, and step aside telomeres; there may be a new kind of biological clock in town. And this one may prove useful in predicting where age-related diseases such as cancer are most likely to strike. The proposed new body clock measures DNA methylation -- the process by which genes are altered as the body's cells differentiate and their genetic programs change to meet new demands. Researchers pored over the DNA of some 8,000 samples from 51 different tissues and cells -- including blood, brain, muscle, heart, lungs, liver and pancreas --  to devise a formula by which DNA methylation could be used to determine the age of the tissue from which the tested cells are drawn.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
Maggie Carey envisioned her feature directorial debut as a dirty “Sixteen Candles. " Think Molly Ringwald's Samantha Baker looking to lose her virginity rather than get the guy. What she ended up with is “The To Do List,” a low-budget romp centering on the overachieving Brandy Klark, played by Aubrey Plaza, who devotes the same fastidiousness that nabbed her the valedictorian slot at her high school to shedding her prudish ways before she...
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