CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2013 |
The tiny congregation in Los Feliz looked long and hard for a new pastor - someone joyful and brave, committed and kind, welcoming to all and unwilling to talk down to any. Pretty much from its founding in 1905, Mount Hollywood Congregational Church has charted its own course: integrating early, protesting injustice often, trying hard to change the world for the better. Its 50 or so active members, while diverse in age, ethnicity and background, are very much in sync in their spiritual style.
November 6, 2013 |
Hollywood's love for sequels knows few limits, yet rare is the instance when a studio turns out a follow-up to a movie that was never released. That's the case with the new documentary "The Armstrong Lie," which is a spinoff from an earlier Lance Armstrong movie called "The Road Back. " Sony Pictures was poised to release "The Road Back," but just as director Alex Gibney ("Taxi to the Dark Side") was completing it in 2011 came fresh - and persuasive - evidence that the famed cyclist had won the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times thanks to performance-enhancing drugs. So Gibney and producers Matt Tolmach and Frank Marshall discarded "The Road Back," which was almost as much hagiography as biography, and remade the documentary as "The Armstrong Lie. " PHOTOS: Billion-dollar movie club The film, which opens Friday in Los Angeles, is a far tougher chronicle of Armstrong's deceitful (and often vindictive)
November 3, 2013 |
The idiosyncrasies of these Lakers keep spilling onto the court, one at a time, some good and some not so good. Sometimes they hit a lot of threes and build nice, big leads. But then those leads dissipate amid a bewildered Staples Center crowd. One other reality of a season in its infancy: Kobe Bryant isn't around, but the Lakers can hang in there as long as Pau Gasol is out there, the latest verification a 105-103 victory Sunday over the Atlanta Hawks. GAME SUMMARY: Lakers 105, Hawks 103 Gasol didn't shoot well and was on the bench for a curiously long time in the second half, but he made the go-ahead free throws with six seconds to play and blocked Kyle Korver's long two-point attempt with 2.9 seconds left.
November 3, 2013
Re "Ethnic studies falter in new era," Oct. 31 It was interesting to note that several campuses in the California State University system are cutting back their ethnic studies departments due to budget and enrollment problems. Asian studies, African American studies and so on will soon be thrown on the ash heap of academic history. But critics of the cuts are unhappy. Ron Scapp, president of the National Assn. for Ethnic Studies, claims that debate over immigration, the election of the country's first black president and the aftermath of the shooting of Trayvon Martin show that the nation is still grappling with issues of race and cultural diversity.
November 2, 2013 |
The new Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, designed by Zoltan Pali and the firm Studio Pali Fekete, is a work of architecture that arrives with a long list of storylines attached. In mixing historic preservation with unapologetically contemporary architecture, the $75-million complex, known as "The Wallis," marks a step forward for Beverly Hills, a city that has not always treated its aging landmarks thoughtfully. Underwritten by $25 million in donations from the Annenberg Foundation, it is the latest chapter in a growing competition of architectural patronage between Wallis Annenberg and Eli Broad.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2013 |
A black bear spotted in a tree at a Granada Hills school Tuesday barreled from yard to yard, took a breather on the the front steps of a church, and scurried onto a golf course past onlookers as it evaded capture. The bear's odyssey began about 7 a.m. after it was spotted at the North Valley Charter Academy campus on Rinaldi Street. The bear climbed a tree at the rear of the campus, where it remained as students were escorted inside the school. The chase began after a low-flying helicopter spooked the bear out of the tree.