December 11, 2005 |
IN Switzerland, the land of watches, trains really do run like clockwork. "If I'm 30 seconds late, the train is gone," said Michelle Kranz, who commutes daily into Lucerne, where she works for the tourist board. Step across the border, and you're in a different universe. Italy has two rail schedules: the one printed in the brochure and another, flashing updates, on a board in the station. The first may be a fantasy; the second, reality.
April 14, 2005 |
It wasn't so long ago that aromatherapy was associated with extreme New Age practitioners, and "massage" conjured thoughts of illicit activity and visits from the vice squad. Today, aromatherapy, massage and a host of formerly esoteric body and skin care practices are so mainstream, it's hard to remember their beginnings.
January 1, 2001 |
On the eve of 2001, Calendar brought together three pairs of high-profile creators and administrators from disparate parts of the entertainment and arts world to candidly discuss issues of the day. In this first installment, "Law & Order" creator Dick Wolf sat down with Grammy-winning record producer Rick Rubin to reflect on a year's worth of controversy over content that stretched from Hollywood to Capitol Hill. Are artists' rights in danger?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 2000 |
The wars may be fought a world away, but UC Irvine-based peace activists hope that studying conflicts in such places as Kosovo could provide keys to maintaining peace elsewhere, including Southern California neighborhoods. More than a dozen activists from around the world gather today at UCI for a four-day conference on "The Role of Citizen Peacebuilding in Conflict Transformation," which aims to explore the roots of violence and war.
December 20, 1999 |
The challenges of globalization go far beyond the economic and political. Doing business in the international marketplace inevitably means dealing with people from another culture. Advancing technology has made doing business in Bangkok as easy as it is in Boston, perhaps lulling us into thinking that few differences exist anymore. But cultural nuances still color behavior.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 1999
In an otherwise very readable "A Cultural Diamond in the Rough" (Aug. 2), Hector Tobar paints San Antonio as polarized racially and by class (based on race), missing out on the city's complexity. In fact, San Antonio appears as a model, not perfect but worthy of emulation, of race relations and cross-cultural integration to observant visitors; Anglos and Mexican Americans unconsciously hang around together, attending concerts and plays, playing sports. Intermarriage is commonplace, as reflected in the society page of the city's major daily.