February 19, 2014 |
Besides showcasing new French cinema, the 18th City of Lights, City of Angels film festival, which takes place April 21-28 at the Directors Guild of America, will feature several classic films and a tribute to New Wave pioneer François Truffaut. The festival will be honoring Truffaut on the 30th anniversary of the death of the director of such classics as "The 400 Blows," "Shoot the Piano Player," "Jules and Jim" and "Day for Night" with a special program. Details will be announced soon.
December 13, 2013 |
The Geminid meteor shower is peaking Friday night, and you won't want to miss it. It is one of the most prolific showers of the year -- and also one of the weirdest. Under perfect viewing conditions, skywatchers can hope to see 100 to 120 meteors per hour during the Geminid peak. Unfortunately, conditions are not perfect this year. The moon is getting close to full and its light wll block out some of the dimmer meteors. But don't let that stop you from taking in the show. NASA says Geminid meteors are so bright that about half of them will still be visible even by the light of the moon.
November 15, 2013 |
Comet ISON is brightening, and if you look up to the sky around dawn, you just may be able to see it without a telescope or binoculars. "It kicked up its brightness like crazy in the past couple days," said Carey Lisse, coordinator of NASA's Comet ISON observing campaign. "We now have a naked-eye object. " As of Friday morning, astronomers around the world were reporting that the comet was around 4.8 magnitude. Most people can see stars that shine at fifth magnitude -- the lower the magnitude, the brighter the object.
November 10, 2013 |
Ah, Paris. The food. The art. The sights. The hotel bill. It was the little matter of finding a place to stay that kept an international vacation off our radar, especially in wake of a recession that had put a king-size crimp in our international travel plans. As we discussed a European getaway, we realized that a hotel stay for my wife, Nancy, our daughter, Hannah, and me would cost us as much as our airline tickets. I had read about house exchanges, but Nancy was hesitant to let strangers into our home, despite my continuing campaign about the savings.
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October 15, 2013 |
Not long after the Dodgers revived their standing in the National League Championship Series with a 3-0 victory Monday night over the St. Louis Cardinals, a call came down from the L.A. mayor's office: Flip the switch. And just like that, the tower of Los Angeles City Hall downtown was awash in blue light, and remained so into the early morning hours Tuesday. The lighting switch doesn't happen often. Since Mayor Eric Garcetti took office, it's happened only once -- for his inauguration.
August 30, 2013 |
Patricia Engel sets her first novel in late '90s Paris, where recent college graduate Lita del Cielo arrives to take language classes for a year. It's a respite of sorts as she attempts to forestall the expectations of her Colombian immigrant parents, who arrived in the U.S. with nothing and built a Latin food empire in short order. Twenty-year-old Lita is to live in the House of Stars, a crumbling old mansion on the Left Bank. Her landlord, an elderly onetime countess named Séraphine, props herself up on a huge sleigh bed to receive visitors and dispense advice to the "well-bred debutante boarders" who have come to Paris to "study" but seem to spend most of their time in pursuit of love.