February 9, 2014 |
The gig: Jessica Herrin is founder and chief executive of Stella & Dot, a fast-growing company that sells fashion jewelry, handbags and other accessories online and via direct sales. Stella & Dot salespeople, called stylists, pay a minimum of $199 for a starter kit and sell the company's merchandise at in-home trunk show parties; they also earn money from purchases made on the brand's website and mobile app. The San Bruno, Calif., company has 370 employees and more than 18,000 active stylists in five countries.
January 24, 2014 |
Every Grammy Awards telecast is a production nightmare: three-plus hours of multiple live music performances, unpredictable stage antics and rambling acceptance speeches. But this year's production, which airs Sunday night from the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, may be the most challenging Grammys ever - and it has nothing to do with Kanye or Miley. Within 24 hours of the ceremony Sunday, the Grammy production team will embark on another major network TV special, this one recorded next-door at the L.A. Convention Center.
December 16, 2013 |
Many artists use digital technology, but Petra Cortright's exhibition at Steve Turner Contemporary is explicitly about online culture. Her prints, webcam videos and animations are assembled from lowest-common denominator imagery and tools: free screensavers and clip art; pre-set brushes and filters. But the show holds too tightly to these conventions, never rising above a slavish banality. Cortright's “digital paintings,” which are actually prints on aluminum panels, are gestural abstractions created in Photoshop over fragmented stock landscapes.
December 15, 2013 |
Here's a tip on saving lots of dough on a hotel room: Don't book a room when a big convention is in town. As with all other industries, hotels boost rates when demand increases. The average hotel rate in San Francisco jumped to $272 per night for the period Dec. 10 to 14, a 75% hike compared to earlier in the month, according to the travel website Trivago . The hike came when three major conventions rolled into town, including a gathering of geophysicists, online and mobile executives and construction experts.
December 11, 2013 |
The city-owned Los Angeles Convention Center entered a new era Tuesday when a new general manager was named by the private company hired to run the facility. Anschutz Entertainment Group, which won a contract to run the center in October, named Brad Gessner to the post. He most recently served as general manager of the 2.6-million-square-foot San Diego Convention Center for six years. The L.A. Convention Center offers 720,000 square feet of exhibit space, 46,000 square feet in two event halls and 102,000 square feet of column-free space in a sky-lighted meeting room.
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October 20, 2013 |
Pratik Vyas and his friends hit the dance floor early; they carried a roll of bandaging tape for the long night that lay ahead. For Navratri, an annual Hindu dance festival celebrating the triumph of good over evil, it is best to come prepared. "There's jumping and shoving and intricate movements that go back and forth," the 27-year-old graduate student from Norwalk said. "People get very passionate, and by the end of the night, your feet are beat. " On Saturday night, Vyas joined more than 2,000 Hindu Indians at the Anaheim Convention Center for Southern California's largest celebration of Navratri, an ancient tradition stretching nine days.