CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2013 |
Want to volunteer to serve Thanksgiving dinner on skid row? Take a number - for next year. Volunteer sign-ups at several downtown shelters closed in late September or October. During the final days before the holiday, coordinators were turning away up to 50 callers a day - some of whom insisted they would show up Thanksgiving Day, with or without an invitation. "It's like getting a concert ticket," Midnight Mission spokeswoman Mai Lee said. "You have to sign up as soon as it's posted.
November 25, 2013 |
As the international creative director of Elle magazine for 40 years, fashion photographer Gilles Bensimon had the opportunity to shoot the world's most beautiful women. From supermodels to screen icons, many of his subjects reached icon status in fashion and pop culture. A newly opened photography exhibition celebrating women showcases a selection of his most captivating work for the magazine, where he was creative director and head photographer until 2009. On display to the public throughout the Sofitel Hotel Los Angeles' lobby and Riviera 31 Bar, the 25 portraits in "Elles by Gilles Bensimon" have been mounted here after traveling throughout the country, with prior displays in New York, Washington and Chicago.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 2013 |
Jean Banchet, a prodigiously talented chef and gregarious personality who almost single-handedly raised Chicago's dining reputation from a steak-and-potatoes town to a serious restaurant city, has died. He was 72. Banchet, Chicago's first celebrity chef, died Sunday at his home in Jupiter, Fla., three weeks after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, said his wife, Doris. In 1973, Chicago's culinary reputation began and ended with steak. Then came Banchet, who had been brought to the area by famed restaurateur Arnie Morton to head the kitchen at the Playboy Club in Lake Geneva, Wis. When Banchet was ready to strike out on his own, he selected a property in Wheeling, Ill. - the closest place to Chicago that he could afford, nearly 30 miles away.
November 22, 2013
The USC fans had charged the field. The cheerleaders were at the 50-yard line giving the victory salute. A player was conducting the marching band. Students were hugging players. Players were hugging their interim coach. On television Brent Musburger was asked what was better than college football, and he answered, "Nothing. " It almost makes someone want to become a USC fan. Almost. Martin Zaehringer Ventura :: Did I miss something? Did USC win the national championship when it defeated Stanford?
November 18, 2013 |
What team nickname would you give to a high school in Granada Hills? Something Spanish-sounding, to go with "Granada," perhaps? The folks at Granada Hills High School must have instead focused on the "Hills" part way back when, because the teams, the students, the teachers - they're all called the Highlanders. As in the Scottish Highlands. The marching band dresses in tartan kilts and includes bagpipers; rally squads dance the Highland fling. The wonderfully incongruous name is no slam on the real Highland Scots; in fact, Scottish American groups embrace the school and its salute to their culture.
November 10, 2013 |
What's the new black? You might say it's L.A. Jeremy Scott's appointment as creative director for Italian fashion brand Moschino is the latest development to highlight L.A.'s growing cool factor on the global fashion stage, its place as the next-generation crossroads of celebrity, art and youth culture and its importance as a gateway to the Asian luxury market. Scott's new role, announced in late October, follows the 2011 appointment of L.A.-bred Humberto Leon and Carol Lim as creative directors of the Paris-based fashion brand Kenzo, which they have reinvented with a SoCal surf-and-skate spin, and the decision of Saint Laurent designer Hedi Slimane to base his studio here, where there is easy access to up-and-coming music style muses such as Sky Ferreira.