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February 18, 2008 | Victoria Looseleaf, Special to The Times
Butoh, an apocalyptic form of Japanese dance characterized by grotesqueries and angst-ridden movement, might be an acquired taste. But when performed well, this in-your-face art form, with its micro-steps, silent screams and contorted bodies, has the power to reveal untold mysteries. Such was the case on Friday when the solo performance dance series, "Flower of the Season," opened at the Electric Lodge for two weekends.
February 7, 2008 | Paul Lieberman, Times Staff Writer
NEW YORK -- Heath Ledger died of an accidental "abuse of prescription medications," the New York City medical examiner's office said Wednesday in releasing the results of toxicology tests performed on tissue taken from the actor's body two weeks ago. Some type of overdose had been the expected cause of death since a masseuse found the 28-year-old Australian star's unconscious body in his Soho loft Jan. 22, with sleeping pills near his bed and other prescription drugs around the apartment.
May 3, 2007 | Lonnie White, Times Staff Writer
Undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. will have plenty at stake when he fights Oscar De La Hoya at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday. Not only will Mayweather risk his unofficial title as the world's best pound-for-pound boxer, he'll also be fighting for his legacy, still a work in progress based on his lack of wins over big-name fighters. There's no bigger name in boxing than De La Hoya.
April 1, 2007 | Rosemary McClure, Times Staff Writer
Escape the city on a three-day package that's as American as apple pie. The springtime Bounty of the County tour of the San Luis Obispo area includes accommodations, wine tastings, gourmet food and a couple of surprising extras: a gas voucher and a free homemade pie. The deal: $299 per room for a two-night stay at the popular Apple Farm Inn in San Luis Obispo.
February 27, 2007 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
These days, restaurant chains across America are offering traditional favorites fused into hearty combos like bacon cheeseburger pizzas, lasagna with meatballs and buffalo-chicken-stuffed quesadillas. Although consumers take to these entrees, health and nutrition advocates call them "hybrid horribles." Consider the Uno Chicago Grill chain.
February 19, 2007 | August Brown, Times Staff Writer
Phillip Vint wants to be a Blue Man. That's why the stocky, 29-year-old drummer for a local funk-reggae band made sure he was at the front of the line last week for open auditions to become the newest member of Blue Man Group. "The first time I saw the show, I said, 'I have to do that,' " he said. "I'd go anywhere they wanted me to. I'd move to, like, Bakersfield." Most striving actors come to an audition with at least a small hope of eventually being recognized on the streets or at a nightclub.
September 18, 2006 | John Briley, The Washington Post
For most readers -- i.e., people who exercise at light to moderate intensities -- performing cardio and strength training on one day is fine. But the asterisks begin to fly as intensity levels increase. The majority of exercisers, according to the American College of Sports Medicine, aren't putting high enough demands on their bodies to significantly compromise the value of either activity or risk injury.
June 13, 2006 | Mike DiGiovanna, Times Staff Writer
Just when the Angels needed a little pick-me-up bouquet, the Kansas City Royals showed up at their doorstep Monday night, a welcome sight for a weary team coming off a three-game sweep at the hands of the Seattle Mariners and fading fast in the American League West. The Angels got well soon.
May 18, 2006 | Kellie Schmitt, Special to The Times
THE artsy vibe of Long Beach's East Village Arts District might be best experienced communally -- the monthly Last Saturdays event draws quite a crowd -- but sampling its galleries, shops and eateries at a quieter time makes for a leisurely afternoon. The Museum of Latin American Art's diverse collection is a good kickoff to exploring the area's emerging art scene. An exhibition on kinetic art was intriguing, though dizzying.
April 6, 2006 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
It's an idea without a clear rationale. Sandy Alomar Jr. will catch when Odalis Perez pitches. Neither player knows why, and explanations offered by Manager Grady Little are vague. Their first pairing came Wednesday against the Atlanta Braves, and yes, it could be said they were double trouble. For the Dodgers.
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