February 24, 2013 |
DALLAS — Maybe the old legs of the Lakers were cracking and burning with the early tipoff. Maybe Dwight Howard's self-acknowledged lack of conditioning cost him another game at the offensive end. But maybe the Lakers still have that familiar burst of offense from the one guy who can throw them all on his shoulders when needed. Kobe Bryant turned back the calendar with a impressively efficient 38-point effort in a 103-99 victory Sunday over the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center.
February 23, 2013 |
Amid the whir of drills and the odor of wet paint, the stage floor at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood yawned open Friday morning to reveal a 341/2 -foot-deep chasm. "Everybody in the house, please be aware I'm opening the hole!" a worker yelled from the precipice of the pit, a space designed by the Dolby's former tenants, the acrobatic theater troupe Cirque du Soleil, to deliver props and performers to the middle of a show with particular drama and efficiency. The occasion for the spectacle is preparation for the Academy Awards, which is shaping up to be one of the most logistically complex Oscar shows ever, involving multiple singing and dancing casts, extensive use of the potentially dangerous stage lifts and an appearance by a debauched digital teddy bear.
February 17, 2013 |
Before climbing the scaffold, Heidi Pascoe checked the wind - throwing a handful of dirt into the air to see how hard it was blowing. Pascoe, satisfied that conditions were safe, weighed her options. Should she do a backfall (falling backward), a header (rolling over) or a suicide (landing on her back)? She settled on the header, then climbed 40 feet, hand over hand, to a small platform overlooking rooftops in the Sylmar neighborhood and the San Gabriel Mountains in the distance.
January 28, 2013 |
This post has been updated. Please see below for details. The California Institute of the Arts launched its literary journal Black Clock in 2004 with pieces by some of the best writers of the moment: David Foster Wallace, Jonathan Lethem, Aimee Bender and Rick Moody. There were, of course, others -- that's what a good literary journal does, combine boldface literary names with new writers just finding their voices. One of those is CalArts MFA grad Grace Krilanovich, who was later named one of the National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35 for her debut novel "The Orange Eats Creeps.
January 22, 2013 |
NEW YORK - As the continued popularity of such shows as "Project Runway" and "Top Chef" indicates, there is something inherently captivating about watching the creative process unfold on-screen. The late-night panic, the crippling self-doubt, the sweaty-palmed anxiety and - most of all - the ability to create something beautiful under less-than-ideal circumstances can be not only entertaining, but inspiring. That's the impetus behind "One Night Stand: Creating a Play in a Day," a new documentary that goes behind the scenes of "The 24-Hour Musicals," a fundraising event in which teams of playwrights, composers, actors and directors write, rehearse and finally perform a 15-minute show over the course of a single, sleep-deprived day. First came "The 24-Hour Plays," an annual rite in the New York theater world since 1995; "The 24-Hour Musicals" were first staged in 2008.
January 6, 2013 |
If you loved the Rose Bowl, you might also enjoy Monday night's Bowl Championship Series title game between Notre Dame and Alabama. Think of this as a pumped-up version of Stanford versus Wisconsin, a defensive, clock-control matchup that ended in a 20-14 Cardinal victory. Notre Dame and Alabama boast fine defenses and like-minded philosophies on how championships are won. Times staff writer Chris Dufresne examines the BCS title game's story lines. Take it or leave it No one said the BCS is perfect or that the best team has to win. You could even argue one-loss Oregon is the best-looking team playing right now. Notre Dame is 12-0 but survived several harrowing finishes to finish the regular season undefeated.
January 5, 2013 |
People to this day buy Robin Weber bar drinks. "It's been good for beer," he joked in a recent phone interview. On New Year's Eve, 1973, a year after the scoop-for-score that made Franco Harris famous, Notre Dame executed its own "Immaculate Reception" to defeat Alabama for college football's national championship. The same programs will play for another title Monday night in South Florida. The out-of-nowhere reception made by Weber four decades ago in New Orleans secured a 24-23 Sugar Bowl win and encased the game in football's all-time time capsule.
January 1, 2013 |
XIANG TIAN HU, Taiwan - Chu Kuo-sheng danced for 24 hours in the cold mountain rain to draw attention to a seldom-discussed chapter of Taiwanese history. He linked arms with dozens of others, chanted and slowly shuffled across a field. About 600 people performed the exhausting ritual last weekend that honors a pygmy-like people, skin as dark as those from equatorial Africa, whom Chu's own tribe admits to exterminating in battle between 1,000 and 2,000 years ago. The ceremony, called Pasta'ay, is a tribute to a lost tribe of pygmies, who may have numbered 90,000 at their peak and resembled tribes living today in Papua New Guinea.
December 31, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Senate leaders remain shy of a deal to avert the automatic tax increases due to take effect at midnight on New Year's Eve, despite conversations that continued overnight between Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said on the Senate floor Monday morning that “there are a number of issues in which the two sides are still apart” but that negotiations “are continuing as I speak.” “We really are running out of time,” he added, about 13 hours before the nation would go over the so-called “fiscal cliff.” Biden and McConnell, after trading phone calls Sunday afternoon, spoke again at 12:45 a.m. and again at 6:30 a.m. Monday.
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December 13, 2012 |
Robert Kim took his family to Wi Spa last Friday night so his wife could revisit the public bath culture she grew up with in Korea. Besides, his two sons, the older one anyway, love the children's playroom, equipped with video games, foosball and a slide. The Kims (the last name, he joked, of half the families in the cavernous jimjilbang ) ran into another father he knew from the Korean-English dual language school their kids attend in Porter Ranch. (More on the jimjilbang later.)