February 22, 2013 |
Those familiar with the work of musician Nick Cave will appreciate the juxtaposition of him working with a youth choir. The oft-menacing Australian-born singer, songwriter, screenwriter and novelist has long had a wicked streak. He's bellowed in deep voice of bloody hands, junkies ascending to heaven, embodied in song-damaged women, horrible men and their oft-poisonous interactions. Yet there he was, the gangly 55-year-old who over a dozen-plus studio albums has walked a singular path through rock, country and blues, addressing about two dozen preteens between songs, apparently worried about their bedtime.
February 19, 2013 |
Songwriter, novelist, singer, screenwriter and dramatist Nick Cave's 15th record with his longtime backing band the Bad Seeds, "Push the Sky Away," is not a work to be appreciated casually. Cave delves into a meandering, meditative world that rarely offers the kind of hooks or tethers that dictate toe-tapping singalongs. But Cave fans understand that following such a mercurial and curious artist dictates adjusting expectations, adapting to new scenarios and, most important, listening closely.
January 23, 2013 |
Let's be clear: That Harvard scientist you heard about is NOT seeking an "adventurous woman" to give birth to a "cloned cave baby. " But that was the juicy story making its way around Web on Tuesday . The blowup began when the German magazine Der Spiegel published an interview with Harvard synthetic biologist George Church, who is well-known for his genome sequencing effort, the Personal Genome Project, and for all sorts of other unusual and...
January 21, 2013 |
Now that the teams have been decided for Super Bowl XLVII , it's time to nail down plans on watching the big game. Las Vegas will be jumping, with nearly every hotel and bar along the Strip offering drink specials. Here's a sampling: Fans willing to dig deeper into their pockets can even party in their own “man caves” or in their hotel rooms, with specials created for the big day. Scores of bars and restaurants are planning Super Sunday packages. The new Rockhouse in the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian will have a premium open bar. From kickoff until the final whistle blows, guests can enjoy unlimited booze for $100 ($60 for Las Vegas locals)
January 18, 2013 |
One sterling quality of American businesses is that they'll try to make money from anything. Paranoia, for instance. So say hello to Ron Hubbard, the owner of Montebello-based Atlas Survival Shelters, which converts huge corrugated metal tubes up to 50 feet long into fully equipped, all-the-comforts-of-home underground shelters at a price of up to about $78,000 each, not including shipping and interment. You may have spotted the Atlas shop from the 5 Freeway as you're heading into downtown.
November 27, 2012 |
With screenwriting and film-scoring credits on "Lawless" and "West of Memphis," respectively, Nick Cave has spent much of 2012 focusing on his career in movies. Next year, though, the Australian polymath will return to rock with a new studio album by his longtime band, the Bad Seeds. "Push the Sky Away" is due out in the U.S. on Feb. 19, according to a press release; it's the first disc from the Bad Seeds -- which at the moment also features bassist Martyn Casey, drummer Thomas Wydler, percussionist Jim Sclavunos, singer Conway Savage and multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis -- since 2008's "Dig, Lazarus, Dig!
November 19, 2012 |
"Hi. I'm paper. Remember me?" I remember you, paper, all too well, all high and mighty yet ready to crumple at the first sign of pressure. I thought I was all cried out, but when I first read those words of yours - part of a public relations campaign on behalf of a paper company by the name of Domtar Corp. - I just erupted. I thought I was over all that - the sense of betrayal, of being cast aside in favor of someone younger, thinner and better looking - but what I thought was scar tissue was still very much alive to the pain.
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October 30, 2012 |
The Chumash tribe has expressed interest in buying a 450-acre slice of a contaminated nuclear research facility in the hills between the Simi and San Fernando valleys, hoping to preserve a cave that its members consider sacred. The tribe's inquiries about acquiring part of the 2,849-acre Santa Susana Field Laboratory have stirred concern among some residents who fear the purchase might be a back door to building a casino. "I very much respect their desire to protect sacred sites but I want to make sure any such action precludes the establishment of a casino," Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks said.
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October 29, 2012 |
The yellowing government survey map of San Nicolas Island dated from 1879, but it was quite clear: There was a big black dot on the southwest coast and, next to it, the words "Indian Cave. " For more than 20 years, Navy archaeologist Steve Schwartz searched for that cave. It was believed to be home to the island's most famous inhabitant, a Native American woman who survived on the island for 18 years, abandoned and alone, and became the inspiration for "Island of the Blue Dolphins," one of the 20th century's most popular novels for young readers.
September 18, 2012 |
SOREQ CAVE, Israel - This prehistoric cave on the slopes of Israel's Judean Mountains has always felt a little otherworldly. Like other dripstone caverns, Soreq Cave is packed with stunning natural sculptures formed by hundreds of thousands of years of mineral-rich water drops slowly leaving behind a rock residue. On the roof is a hanging forest of different-sized rods, resembling icicles, giant carrots, elephant trunks and twisting octopus tentacles. Rising up to meet them from the limestone floor are 30-foot sand castles, spiraling rock towers and billowy hills that resemble coral reefs or heads of cauliflower.