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May 12, 2013
THE BEST WAY TO SUCRE, BOLIVIA From LAX, American, Copa and LATAM offer connecting service (change of planes) to Sucre, about 100 miles from Potosí. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $1,146, including all taxes and fees. U.S. citizens are required to pay $135 for a tourist visa. WHERE TO SLEEP Hotel Luna Salada , Uyuni; 011-591-2 -2713565, . Unique, entirely made of salt blocks mined from the salt plain. Double room with private bath $110.
May 7, 2013 | By Jeff Spurrier
Gina Thomas remembers the day one of the Russian gardeners at the Wattles Farm community garden in Hollywood insisted on tasting a plump rocoto chile she had grown. She warned him to take only a tiny bite, but he insisted he didn't have a problem with hot peppers. He popped the entire thing in his mouth. A few seconds later, he flushed crimson and dashed for a hose to wash out his mouth. Two weeks later, he quit the garden. Even in the notorious world of chile peppers, the rocoto chile ( Capsicum pubescens )
April 26, 2013 | By Margaret Gray
How should we commemorate atrocity? And how can we move past it? These are the questions posed by "Villa + Discurso," a double bill of spare, intense pieces by the highly regarded Chilean playwright and director Guillermo Calderón ("Neva," "Diciembre") appearing at REDCAT through Sunday in Spanish with English supertitles.   As Calderón explained on opening night, appearing unexpectedly on the half-lighted set before the show began, the plays were first performed at the Villa Grimaldi (outside Santiago, Chile)
April 22, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
If you're looking for the trip of a lifetime, National Geographic Traveler has 50 to choose from. Its best guided expedition list for 2013 singles out tours that ignite the "inquisitive spirit" of travel. Among the adventures: an eight-day tour of Chile that pairs wine touring by bicycle with white-water rafting in northern Patagonia. Bikes, Wine and Patagonia begins in Santiago with a tour of the presidential palace and the former home of poet Pablo Neruda. On the second day, participants take to their bikes to begin two days of winery-hopping in the Casablanca and San Antonio valleys.
April 20, 2013 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
The stage lights rise, and Michelle Bachelet - former political prisoner, torture victim and socialist president of Chile from 2006 to 2010 - braces herself to deliver a dramatic farewell speech. "Pardon me if I offend the fascists," she tells her audience in Spanish, "or if I offend those that want a happy ending. But I prefer bittersweet endings. " In the compromise-seeking world of contemporary Chilean politics, such a declaration might be tantamount to career suicide. But when Bachelet's fiery language is spoken by three young women in Guillermo Calderón's play "Discurso," the actors tell us, "it's as if someone were putting words in my mouth.
April 18, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
Violeta Parra grew up in poverty in rural Chile and became an internationally recognized musician, her songs covered by such luminaries as Joan Baez and Shakira. With its grand arc, her story would fit nicely into the standard biopic format, but director Andrés Wood wisely opts for a more impressionistic approach in "Violeta Went to Heaven. " His feature matches its subject in turbulence and intensity, scrambling chronology in a revelatory way. Francisca Gavilán's lead performance burns with a dark radiance that's anything but self-congratulatory.
April 8, 2013 | By Fabiola Gutierrez and Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
SANTIAGO, Chile - Chilean authorities on Monday exhumed the body of Pablo Neruda to check claims by a former chauffeur that the Nobel Prize-winning poet may have been killed by government agents shortly after the 1973 overthrow of his friend, President Salvador Allende. Under a special tent and wearing protective clothing, a team of forensic pathologists that included a U.S. toxicologist gathered in the coastal resort town of Isla Negra to oversee the exhumation. Neruda died on Sept.
March 29, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Travelers who buy a ticket to Argentina , Chile or Colombia on Chilean carrier LAN Airlines have an opportunity to add on a domestic flight for $27 or less, but only until Monday. It's a cheap way to get to Patagonia's glaciers or the incomparable Iguazu Falls on the Argentina-Brazil border. The deal: The offer is part of a wider airfare sale by LAN and affiliate TAM Airlines. It's good for round-trip flights starting at $1,049 per person between Los Angeles and Santiago, Chile, (add a domestic flight for $27)
March 7, 2013 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
In the video for their hit single "Ciervos" (Stags), members of the Chilean electro-pop band Astro wave spears and romp around in furry pelts and animal skulls as if part of some Bronze Age lost tribe. It's intended to be the last word in low-budget primitive cool, Andean style. But for viewers of a certain demographic profile, the imagery may summon surreal memories of Peter Gabriel, his face camouflaged like an African mask, making tortured connections with shrieking simians. No doubt the similarities between "Ciervos" and Gabriel's "Shock the Monkey," an early '80s cry of inter-species angst, are inadvertent.
February 28, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
Roasted chiles are great for adding wonderfully rich flavors and depth to a recipe, and they're amazingly easy to prepare. To roast peppers, place whole fresh peppers on a rack over a stove-top burner (if you're roasting large peppers that will fit directly onto the burner grate without slipping through, you can skip the rack) and turn on the burner. Rotate the peppers over the fire using a set of tongs just until the outer skin blackens and blisters and becomes charred on all sides.
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