July 30, 2013 |
SANTA BARBARA - Midori is a formal and famously unflappable violinist. I don't know whether she is fearless, but she may be that too. She came to our attention at age 14 in 1986 as a soloist for Leonard Bernstein in his "Serenade. " She broke two strings during the performance, but nothing fazed her. Bernstein bowed to her afterward in awe. She's as committed a musician as you will find. She never lets an audience down. But there can be a downside to her dedication and her striving for perfection.
July 23, 2013 |
Van Dyke Parks has a story for everything in his life, from the name of his pet schnauzer to the mug in which he served a visitor coffee on a recent morning at his antique-lined home in Pasadena. "You know where I got that cup?" asked Parks, an important figure on the margins of the Los Angeles pop scene since the mid-1960s, when he wrote allusive lyrics for the Beach Boys' ill-fated "Smile" album. The mug was emblazoned with the logo of the New York Flute Club, founded nearly a century ago by Georges Barrère, whose grandson Paul went on to play in the band Little Feat with one of Parks' best friends, the late Lowell George.
July 14, 2013 |
Consumer Portfolio Services Inc. operates on a simple principle: Everyone needs a car. For more than two decades, the Irvine subprime auto lender, known as CPS, has helped finance vehicles for people who have less than perfect credit. Employing a network of more than 5,000 new- and used-car dealerships around the country, the company buys up loans after they're originated, then bundles them with thousands of other loans. The package of auto notes is rated by credit agencies, cut into pieces as securities and sold to investors.
July 12, 2013 |
Those of us who have been paying attention to the sun this year have been a little ... disappointed. 2013 was supposed to be the year of solar maximum -- the peak of an 11-year cycle when the number of sunspots that mar the sun's surface is at its highest. These sunspots, which are actually cool areas on the sun's surface caused by intense magnetic activity, are the sites of spectacular solar flares and CMEs, or coronal mass ejections, which can send billions of tons of solar material hurtling into space.
July 9, 2013 |
CHICAGO - Mike Trout spent Monday with Albert Pujols and several other Angels teammates in a St. Louis suburb playing in the Pujols Family Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic. Although Pujols, who is nursing right-knee and left-foot injuries, did not play in the event, Trout played 18 holes and led his foursome to victory. Not once did Trout, an American League All-Star for the second straight year, worry that golfing in the middle of the season would mess up his baseball swing.
July 2, 2013 |
DENVER - Yasiel Puig isn't slowing down. The Dodgers aren't, either. The most expensive team in baseball history won for the ninth time in 10 games, rolling over the Colorado Rockies, 8-0, Tuesday night and ending their two-month stay in last place. The Dodgers, who have made up seven games in the last 10 days on the National League West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks, are only 2 1/2 games out of first place. The Dodgers completely dominated the Rockies, as Clayton Kershaw pitched a four-hitter, Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run home run and Hanley Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 13 games.
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June 21, 2013 |
CicLAvia returns for its seventh tour of Los Angeles on Sunday with a route that will give participants a close-up view of Wilshire Boulevard. The event's organizers have called the route the most pedestrian-friendly of any CicLAvia. For the first time, there will be pedestrian-only zones at the beginning and end of the route. Those areas will feature activities including pilates, belly dance classes and bicycle helmet decoration. "This is our dream CicLAvia," Executive Director Aaron Paley said in a statement.
June 21, 2013 |
It might seem a bit hypocritical of Lance Armstrong to call for the sport of cycling to come clean. But when a top cycling official held a Twitter Q&A this week, it was Armstrong who jumped in to play the role of anti-doping crusader. British cycling boss Brian Cookson is campaigning to unseat Pat McQuaid as president of the International Cycling Union when elections come around in September. Cookson does not believe that current leadership has done enough to repair the reputation of a sport battered by a long history of doping scandals.
June 12, 2013 |
German director Achim Freyer divided Los Angeles audiences three years ago when L.A. Opera began rolling out his avant-garde staging of Wagner's "The Ring of the Nibelung" at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. While many admired Freyer's challenging, pictorial interpretation of the four-opera cycle, there was also a fair amount of booing and critical backlash against his visual aesthetic. This season, Freyer has returned to "Ring" territory by directing a production in Mannheim, Germany . The staging is sort of new: Freyer has brought back many of the same costumes and much of the same clown-like makeup design seen in L.A. But the sets are remarkably different, as are the lighting and overall feel of the production.
June 9, 2013
TRAVEL Presentation Adrian Kalvinskas of Distant Lands will discuss packing for your next trip. Learn strategies for getting through security smoothly, staying healthy and comfortable on your flight, and minimizing hassles. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. CYCLING Presentation Author David Sylvester will share inspirational stories from his book "Traveling at the Speed of Life.