February 1, 2014 |
Starry-eyed idea Adam Silver's first official act as NBA commissioner should be a tribute to David Stern and to common sense. In honor of his predecessor's 30 years as the league's top boss, Silver should increase the number of All-Star players from 24 to 30. Such a move would constitute a win-win-win by reducing the number of real and perceived snubs, increasing exposure for more of the game's top players and adding intrigue to...
January 31, 2014 |
For a week this February, fans of Le Sirenuse on the Amalfi Coast won't have to board a plane to soak up Italy's coastal food and style. The hotel is coming for a "visit" to Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica where the two will collaborate on creating a week of memorable Mediterranean dishes for SoCal diners. From Feb. 19 to 26, Italian chef Matteo Temperini from the Positano hotel joins Shutters' executive chef Sven Mede in the kitchen at One Pico restaurant . The Italians bring dishes such as roasted prawns with scampi bruschetta, lemon confit and local squid, and tortellini topped with black truffles and Parmesan fondue.
January 30, 2014 |
A screen for film or video projection has become a common occurrence at concerts, multimedia being a way of 21st century musical life. A floor lamp on the stage of Walt Disney Concert Hall on Tuesday night was, maybe, a curious homey touch, but hardly eccentric when a green umbrella is the trademark of the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group. The lamp could even have been something stagehands forgot to throw away after the orchestra's last Green Umbrella extravaganza in November, a messily prop-crazed production of Frank Zappa's "200 Motels.
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January 27, 2014 |
When Jeff Bozarth retired after 20 years as a police officer and signed up as a park ranger here last spring, he knew what to expect and relished every bit of it. Hidden in the folds of the Central Coast mountains, Cachuma Lake featured the largest campground in Santa Barbara County and one of the area's most popular outdoor playgrounds. Here, Bozarth knew, was 190,000 acre-feet of crystalline water that splashed into clay washes and lapped at primeval rock formations. There would be bobcats, wild pigs, migrating grebes who acted out an elaborate courtship dance.
January 23, 2014 |
Waiting for Dunk City … It's another slow night at the half-filled Galen Center, no lines at the gleaming concession stands, desolation on the wide concourses, the referee's whistle audible even in the men's restroom. The hearty few USC fans occasionally cheer, sing and even dance to the sort of energetic music and announcing that reminds one of a hot summer night in a desolate minor league ballpark. But, mostly, they just wait. They are waiting for fireworks promised with the arrival of new Coach Andy Enfield, who was hired last spring after winning two NCAA tournament games with unknown Florida Gulf Coast University.
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January 20, 2014 |
Big waves and strong rip currents will develop along the California coast this week, weather officials say. The National Weather Service on Monday issued a high surf advisory for coastal areas stretching from San Luis Obispo to San Diego counties, where the high surf and rip currents will develop. The conditions are being created by a series of swells generated by storms moving over the north-central Pacific Ocean. West- and northwest-facing beaches along the Central Coast will experience waves from 8 to 12 feet high, with occasional sets to 14 feet, weather officials say. In Southern California, west-facing beaches will see waves reach 4 to 6 feet, with occasional sets 7 to 8 feet.
January 16, 2014 |
"Ride Along," the latest go at the action-comedy-buddy-cop genre, has the stone-hard cool of Ice Cube and the manic energy of stand-up comic Kevin Hart. With a sharper script, "Ride" might have reached the bar set in the 1980s by Eddie Murphy in "48 Hrs. " and "Beverly Hills Cop. " But the laughs here are lazy, and any sense of logic is definitely on the lam. The film's not-so-secret weapon is Hart. Even with bad material, the guy is really funny. Yet the movie relies too heavily on Hart's ability to riff endlessly, and breathlessly, on his stature or lack of it (the comic is 5-foot-2 and he works it)
January 15, 2014 |
A pilot was rescued after his U.S. Navy fighter jet crashed off the coast of Virginia on Wednesday, Navy officials confirmed. The F/A-18E Super Hornet jet went down 45 miles from Oceana, Va., home to a base that hosts the Navy's East Coast attack-fighter fleet, Navy officials said. The pilot ejected and was rescued, officials said. Cmdr. Mike Kafka, a spokesman for Naval Air Forces Atlantic in Norfolk, Va., told the Associated Press that the crash happened at 2:35 p.m. and that the pilot was first rescued by a fisherman.
January 13, 2014 |
"Trudy and Max in Love," a new play by Zoe Kazan now at South Coast Repertory, might sound like an innocent romantic frolic, but red roses and sweet nothings have little to do with it. For the navel-gazing characters in Kazan's well-observed yet ultimately facile drama, being "in love" is a condition so extreme it may require medical intervention. Sure, it feels great in the beginning, but like any addiction it robs you of yourself. A study of an adulterous relationship, from its tentative beginnings to its unsurprising conclusion, the play has the contemporary sheen of a premium cable drama.
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January 12, 2014 |
Radiation detected off the U.S. West Coast from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan has declined since the 2011 tsunami disaster and never approached levels that could pose a risk to human health, seafood or wildlife, scientists say. Experts have been trying to dispel worries stemming from a burst of online videos and blog posts in recent months that contend radiation from Fukushima is contaminating beaches and seafood and harming sea...