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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
The West Hollywood City Council has responded to growing criticism over the removal of a rainbow flag atop City Hall by agreeing to a compromise. The rainbow flag - raised above City Hall in June - will stay down. But the city will hang a new flag that incorporates rainbow colors into the city logo, a rough geographic outline of the municipality. Council members agreed to the change at a meeting last week. "This has been a very exciting debate," said Mayor Pro Tem John D'Amico.
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HOME & GARDEN
February 7, 2014 | By Anne Colby
Tuscan, provincial and country-rustic looks are fading in popularity in kitchens and baths, and contemporary designs with clean lines, minimal ornamentation and easy maintenance are rapidly taking their place, according to a style report released this week by the National Kitchen & Bath Assn. The industry group surveyed its members about trends in kitchen and bath design. Other findings include: • Gray color schemes are expected to increase sharply in kitchens and baths in 2014.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
The West Hollywood City Council has responded to growing criticism over the removal of a rainbow flag from atop City Hall by agreeing to a compromise. The rainbow flag - which was raised above West Hollywood City Hall in June - will stay down. However, the city will hang a new City of West Hollywood flag that incorporates rainbow colors into the city logo, a rough geographic outline of the city. Council members agreed to the change at a meeting Monday night. “This has been a very exciting debate,” said Mayor Pro Tem John D'Amico, who is gay. “I think flying a rainbow flag at City Hall is perhaps not as interesting as flying the City of West Hollywood adopted flag that has the rainbow on it. There's a pedigree there, there's a history.” The rainbow flag was removed in January after an earlier unanimous vote by the council to maintain the city's practice of displaying only the United States, California and city flags on public facilities.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Playtime has just begun for "The Lego Movie," and film critics could scarcely be more delighted. Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller's new 3-D animated film about an ordinary Lego minifigure-turned-unlikely-hero is meeting with nearly unanimous positive reviews. The Times' Betsy Sharkey writes , "'The Lego Movie' is a massive collision of subversive humor, hyper-kinetic energy, mind-jangling design, spinning colors and about 15 million Legos, no exaggeration. " The film benefits from "a cast that knows precisely how to play with a good line," including Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell and Will Arnett.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"The Lego Movie" is a massive collision of subversive humor, hyper-kinetic energy, mind-jangling design, spinning colors and about 15 million Legos, no exaggeration. It is very tempting to use the movie's pounding pop anthem - "Everything Is Awesome" - to put this insane sensory experience into sound-bite perspective. But that is no doubt the piece de resistance of the filmmakers' master plan. Or in "Lego Movie" speak, the Piece of Resistance. So in solidarity with that sentiment, I'll resist.
SPORTS
February 5, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
SOCHI, Russia - Ashley Wagner could not help but smile about the decor at the Olympic figure skating practice rink. “It's a very colorful venue ... very rainbow colorful,” Wagner noted, with a laugh, after finishing an early afternoon practice Wednesday. The reference was to the rainbow representing support for the LGBT community, and it does seem an ironic color choice in a country that last summer adopted national anti-gay legislation. Wagner, 22, the two-time national champion, has been one of the few U.S. athletes willing to speak out strongly and repeatedly against the law.  She will not refrain from such comments now that she is in Russia.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Times art critic
Found art, or paintings and sculptures not originally made by an artist or even with art in mind, is a modern phenomenon heading toward its formal centennial anniversary next year. In 1915 Marcel Duchamp coined the term “readymade,” annoying countless observers in the process, but today the strategy barely turns heads. That doesn't mean it's moribund. At China Art Objects Galleries, Morgan Fisher has made two suites of paintings based on paint chips commercially produced in 1935 to help American consumers decorate their homes.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
Katy Perry is roaring back to business. After lying relatively low after the heavily hyped release last fall of her album "Prism," the singer announced Wednesday that she'll hit the road in North America this summer. The so-called Prismatic world tour, slated to play the U.K. in May, is to begin a Stateside run on June 22 in Raleigh, N.C. Forty-six concerts are scheduled, including stops Sept. 16 at Anaheim's Honda Center and Sept. 19 at Staples Center. Capital Cities, Kacey Musgraves and Tegan and Sara will take turns as Perry's opening act, with Tegan and Sara set to appear at the Southland shows.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2014 | Chris Kraul and Andres D'Alessandro
Argentine poet Juan Gelman, an exile whose writings were colored by personal tragedy he suffered at the hands of his country's brutal military dictatorship, died in Mexico City on Tuesday. He was 83 and had been battling leukemia. Gelman, a leftist with working-class origins, won the Cervantes Prize, perhaps the most prestigious Spanish language literary honor, in 2007 for his stark, soulful verse. But the son of Jewish Ukrainian immigrants also personified the tragedy suffered by thousands of Argentinian families under the 1976-1983 military dictatorship.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
On a night when "American Hustle" cemented its status as an award-season front-runner, it was a number of lower-profile movies - including Spike Jonze's digital romance "Her" and the Italian drama "The Great Beauty" - that earned the designation of biggest surprises. Jonze won his first-ever Golden Globe over screenplay favorites "American Hustle" and "12 Years a Slave. " It was the only win for the film, and it seemed to bode well for it in the original screenplay Oscar category.
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