April 20, 2012 |
NEW ORLEANS - Pianist Jon Cleary has lived in this city all of his life: Even when he didn't. Long before he saw it. And even when he was in forced exile from it. A musician by trade, a storyteller by consequence, Cleary has deeply absorbed New Orleans' pace and idiosyncrasies and, over time, its distinctive stories and sound. "My ambition," he says, "has always been to come to New Orleans. " Cleary, whose genre-bending style is steeped in early traditional New Orleans R&B, soul and funk, is not a household name but he's recorded and toured with marquee artists such as Taj Mahal and Bonnie Raitt (with whom he worked for more than a decade)
June 8, 2012 |
When you gather five comedic actors to discuss their work, the conversation naturally turns to, well, pain. And anguish. And desperation. But thankfully, when the performers are as thoughtful as Laura Dern (who plays Amy, an aggressively well-meaning woman on HBO's "Enlightened"), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (who as Mitchell is raising a daughter with his partner on ABC's "Modern Family"), Ed Helms (the under-appreciated Andy on NBC's "The Office"), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (who as Vice President Selina Meyer finds her ambitions thwarted on HBO's "Veep")
January 21, 2010
'The Deep End' Where: ABC When: 8 p.m. tonight Rating: TV-PG-DLS (may be unsuitable for young children with advisories for suggestive dialogue, coarse language and sex)
April 5, 2009 |
That big bat the Angels craved for years finally materialized last July 29, when the team that always seemed reluctant to pull the trigger on a trade deadline deal acquired slugger Mark Teixeira from the Atlanta Braves. And what do the Angels have to show for it? Nothing, really. They led the major leagues with 100 wins and had a nice middle-of-the-order threat to pair with Vladimir Guerrero, but the Angels lost to the Boston Red Sox -- again -- in the first round of the playoffs.
June 21, 2009 |
A pop of coral can instantly take a simple summer item from plain to powerful, just by adding a splash of the fiery hue. From the real deal in jewelry containing the branch-like sea life to the imprint of its skeletal silhouette printed on sandals, mini-dresses and beaded maillots, coral in all forms is hitting stores in various pieces and in a refreshing range of prices.
April 9, 2013
Re "Playing the lunatic card," News Analysis, April 5 North Korea acts like it has nothing to lose - because it has nothing to lose. When you starve and horribly mistreat your own people, and when you keep repeating the same careless behavior and expect a different outcome, that is lunacy, pure and simple. We all know that lunacy can be dangerous and often lethal. The young and up-until-now untested North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will learn that his nuclear and long-range missile threats will have long-term consequences that will completely overwhelm his weak and undernourished nation.
May 28, 1999 |
Acclaimed experimental filmmaker Pat O'Neill is probably best known for his 1988 film "Water and Power," a quirkily ambitious look at the history of Southern California's water use. In a show titled "recent works, but not on film" at Gallery Luisotti, the L.A.-based filmmaker presents a new series of digitally manipulated Iris prints that prove to be as idiosyncratic as his movies, although not quite as fully engaging.
December 18, 1989 |
Nancy Keyes met Santa Claus this week--on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. But when the 28-year-old Anaheim diver swam up to claim her Christmas present, Santa didn't give her anything from his soggy bag of goodies. "He said my hands were too full," Keyes, a computer instructor, lamented afterward. "I had a camera in one hand and I was trying to take pictures of him." Keyes was participating in one of Southern California's more unusual Yuletide celebrations.
November 5, 1992 |
The name of the hero in Martin Scorsese's "The King of Comedy" tells a lot about this overlooked gem. Rupert Pupkin . Say it loudly, and there's kazoo music playing. Say it softly, and it's still almost like braying. Rupert Pupkin is the name for a lightweight, a loser, a schnook, a nobody.
February 15, 2014 |
Is religious freedom under siege because of the ascendancy of the gay rights movement? That's literally an article of faith for some Christians. Supporters of gay rights in general and same-sex marriage in particular ridicule such alarms. My own view is that there are a small number of situations in which the 1st Amendment does entitle religious opponents of homosexuality or same-sex marriage to engage in what would otherwise be illegal discrimination. For example, I was sympathetic to the claim of the Christian Legal Society at the UC Hastings College of Law that it should be able to limit its leadership to students who assented to (and lived by)