October 20, 2011
EVENTS Giving new meaning to the phrase "creature comforts," the all-inclusive Aliens to Zombies Convention celebrates extraterrestrials, the undead and otherterrifying critters. Participants include special-effects artist Todd Masters, "The Walking Dead" actor Michael Rooker, "Dark Skies" producer Bryce Zabel, and monster makers Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr. Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. 7 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-1:30 a.m. Sat. $50-$75. (323) 665-8080. http://www.alienstozombies.com
September 20, 2011 |
Laura Marling, diminutive, steely-eyed and sometimes appearing on stage in a trench coat, could've been dreamed up by England's version of Daniel Clowes as a comic antihero, trudging through the London fog when she's not drolly mumbling to herself about romantic failure. That isn't to say that she's defined as some figment of male imagination; the same way she doggedly works her nylon-stringed guitar, she'd scratch her way out of the page before that happened. Only 21, Marling is a folk musician highly decorated in her native England, most recently with an NME Award and her second Mercury Prize nomination that she eventually lost to PJ Harvey.
September 15, 2011 |
American hotels and resorts increasingly are putting on the dog for guests who vacation with pets, says travel website TripAdvisor , which has created a list of its top 10 picks for pet-friendly resorts in the U.S. The list features properties that rate highly with TripAdvisor readers and includes city lodgings and beach resorts. Among the properties listed: a New York City hotel that offers the services of a dog psychic, a...
June 30, 2011 |
In its prior incarnation, the grille was hideously toy-like. And the car, as a whole, lacked the sort of styling panache buyers of luxury sport sedans demand when they lay down $40,000-plus. But the Acura TL for 2012 has gone under the knife and gotten a Heidi Montag makeover to enhance its physique and overall allure. Now in its fourth generation, the TL has been plumped to slightly larger proportions and pumped up under the hood. Honda Motor Co.'s luxury marquee has put a lot of effort into finessing its bestselling sedan, upgrading its style, performance and fuel economy in recognition of the significance of the entry-level premium vehicle segment.
March 7, 2011 |
The past and present converge in a leafy three-quarter acre compound in the heart of Brentwood Park. The two-story main house ? traditional English in style with Gothic touches ? was extensively remodeled in 2006 with a raft of creature-comfort upgrades. A private, gated yard at the rear of the property holds a ranch-style guesthouse and a converted stable that look much the same as when they were built in the 1920s. Producer Mike Fleiss, creator of "The Bachelor," and his wife, Alexandra Vorbeck, who designed the home's landscaping, purchased the property in 2004 and promptly took the aging main house down to its studs.
November 18, 2010 |
As the economy stumbles along in recovery, bargains continue to define the marketplace, whether it's dinner at McDonald's, refreshing a winter wardrobe at Target or buying an affordable car. Take the new Chevrolet Cruze, a compact sedan that advances the economically induced ideology of building fuel-efficient cars that customers might actually want. Like many compact and subcompact cars of late, the Cruze, which starts at $16,995, is equipped with features that haven't traditionally been available on budget cars.