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May 10, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Say "delight" in Silicon Valley, and most people will immediately think of Apple. In a Column One story today , I note that much of the valley's current obsession with the word can be traced back to Steve Jobs' embrace of it.  But there's another company in the valley that has also come to embody the word: Intuit . While the Mountain View maker of financial software such as TurboTax and QuickBooks hasn't quite had Apple-like success (but...
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" does not look or sound like a film that is 50 years old. Digitally restored with unusual delicacy, it continues to charm and delight for the same reasons it did back in 1964. Winner of the Palme d'Or in Cannes and nominated for five Oscars, "Umbrellas" is a one-of-kind venture. Playing for a single week at the Nuart in West Los Angeles, this French film is unashamedly artificial yet strongly tethered to the real world of the coastal town in Normandy that gives it its name.
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OPINION
May 15, 2013
Re "Tech firms begin to see 'delight' in a new light," Column One, May 10 I spent many years consulting to the corporate world, teaching where commas go and how to use semicolons. However, the majority of my work consisted of getting participants to recognize jargon and find straightforward and clear alternatives to that obfuscating form of English. I actually laughed out loud about 15 years ago when, for the first time, I saw the phrase "customer delight" in a corporate document.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Wes Anderson sweats the details. All of them, all the time, to an extent that can be maddening. But not in "The Grand Budapest Hotel," where the writer-director's familiar style blends with a group of unexpected factors to create a magnificently cockeyed entertainment. With credits including "Moonrise Kingdom," "The Darjeeling Limited" and the stop-motion animation "Fantastic Mr. Fox," Anderson works so assiduously to create obsessively detailed on-screen worlds that the effect has sometimes been hermetic, even stifling.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2013 | By David Pagel
Upstairs at L.A. Louver, “Frederick Hammersley: The Computer Drawings, 1969” takes visitors back to a moment when the great American painter was not yet a great American painter. In fact, Hammersley (1919-2009) was stumped. He had just moved from Los Angeles to Albuquerque for a teaching job and, as he says in the valuable little catalog that accompanies the awesome little exhibition, “This happened to coincide with a time in which I had painted myself out, so I welcomed this new experience [of taking a computer class]
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 2013 | By Cristy Lytal
Not only does Antonia Crane know her way around a movie set, she also knows her way around a stripper pole. As someone with experience as an exotic dancer, Crane served as an expert consultant for Film Arcade's "Afternoon Delight," which stars Kathryn Hahn as a bored housewife who befriends a young sex worker played by Juno Temple. Crane, 41, started dancing at age 3. The daughter of a lawyer and a paralegal, she grew up in Humboldt County, playing in the redwood forest, skiing, camping, horseback riding and cheerleading.
TRAVEL
June 29, 2013
I highly recommend the all-day Discover Yosemite tour. It picked us up at Tenaya Lodge, where we were staying, at 8:30 a.m. and took us to all the major lookouts on what turned out to be a picture-perfect day. The driver-guide was very knowledgeable about the history and geology of the region. We returned to the lodge at 5 p.m. The price was $118 for adults (age 16 and older) and included a box lunch that we ate near Yosemite Falls. It was wonderful to have someone else do the driving (and parking)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
The darkish comedy "Afternoon Delight" gives the talented Kathryn Hahn her first movie lead, and for a while it looks like an opportunity to dig in deep. Hahn's vanity-free performance as a bored Los Angeles housewife who befriends a stripper goes a considerable way to humanize a film of occasional insight and underdeveloped provocations. Ultimately, though, her character is as thinly conceived and hard to root for as everyone else in filmmaker Jill Soloway's erratic blend of not-quite satire and halfhearted soul searching.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 14, 1991 | LEONARD FEATHER
Hallelujah! The Innervoices are back, which means that without checking our calendars we know that Christmas is upon us. Thursday evening in the crowded confines of At My Place in Santa Monica, these four wondrous women performed their annual yuletide show. Carmen Twillie took everyone to church with her soulful contralto. Darlene Koldenhoven's celestial soprano took us to heaven.
BUSINESS
February 22, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Set behind wrought-iron gates at the end of a hand-cut cobblestone driveway, Stratford Manor centers on a stately French Normandy-style mansion. The sprawling estate is a car-lover's delight with multiple garages and an auto lift. Location: 4033 Chevy Chase Drive, La Cañada Flintridge 91011 Asking price: $11.5 million Year built: 1995 House size: Seven bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, 12,000 square feet Lot size: 3.98 acres Features: Two-story foyer, winding staircase, mahogany paneled library/office, 1,200-bottle wine cellar/tasting room, 800-square-foot office, multiple fireplaces, four-car polished tile garage, additional detached two-car garage, gate house/car barn with auto lift, outdoor family/screening room, infinity-edge pool, expansive lawns, year-round streams, three bridges, San Gabriel Mountains views About the area: Last year, 277 single-family homes sold in the 91011 ZIP Code at a median price of $1.21 million, according to DataQuick.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2014 | By David C. Nichols
“Tartuffe” returns to A Noise Within's repertoire after 22 years, and it proves worth the wait. Molière's deathless assault on religious hypocrisy could hardly be more pertinent at present, which gives Julia Rodriguez-Elliott's elegantly quirky staging an extra soupçon of satirical thrust. And there's ample comic skewering afoot, from the opening group pavane to composer Robert Oriol's evocative faux-French music onward. Taking a light-handed approach to Richard Wilbur's venerable translation, Rodriguez-Elliott and her reliable design and acting forces run the gamut, from drollery to slapstick and back again.
BUSINESS
February 22, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Set behind wrought-iron gates at the end of a hand-cut cobblestone driveway, Stratford Manor centers on a stately French Normandy-style mansion. The sprawling estate is a car-lover's delight with multiple garages and an auto lift. Location: 4033 Chevy Chase Drive, La Cañada Flintridge 91011 Asking price: $11.5 million Year built: 1995 House size: Seven bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, 12,000 square feet Lot size: 3.98 acres Features: Two-story foyer, winding staircase, mahogany paneled library/office, 1,200-bottle wine cellar/tasting room, 800-square-foot office, multiple fireplaces, four-car polished tile garage, additional detached two-car garage, gate house/car barn with auto lift, outdoor family/screening room, infinity-edge pool, expansive lawns, year-round streams, three bridges, San Gabriel Mountains views About the area: Last year, 277 single-family homes sold in the 91011 ZIP Code at a median price of $1.21 million, according to DataQuick.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"NBC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams is covering the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, so he wasn't available to slow jam the news on Jimmy Fallon's third episode of "The Tonight Show," but he was able to do the next best thing. Using snippets from dozens of nightly news broadcasts, Fallon's editors once again turned Williams into a rapping master. During his "Late Night" days, Fallon recut the genial Williams to rap Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch's "Good Vibrations," Warren G's "Regulate" and N.W.A.s' "Straight Outta Compton.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2013 | By Robert Abele
The kids are definitely not all right in Spanish-born horror-meister Adrián García Bogliano's dreadfest, "Here Comes the Devil. " Set in a harshly lit Tijuana and dusted with the juju of a thousand possession flicks, it concerns a beachgoing family whose preteen son and daughter go missing after an exploratory walk to a rocky, ominous hillside. When they mysteriously show up again, the pair exhibit an eerie absence of personality. Convinced a creepy vagrant was involved, desperate parents Sol (Laura Caro)
SPORTS
November 28, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Mike D'Antoni, coach of the year? Whoa. Settle down. Frank Vogel has the Indiana Pacers at a league-best 14-1 and Terry Stotts has Portland off to a surprising 13-3 start. Plus, there's always good ol' standby Gregg Popovich, who has everybody wondering how San Antonio is so good year after year (13-2 so far). But the Lakers are 8-8 with Kobe Bryant playing zero games and Steve Nash playing only six games with teeny-tiny averages (6.7 points, 4.8 assists). The players are happy too. It's not as if they are scoring a ton of points, tied for 14th in the NBA at 100.3 a game, and they certainly are not stopping many people defensively (25th, 102.3 points)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 23, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Our collective fear of death has driven story since its invention. But where once we quaked at the thought of a life cut short - by violence, illness, childbirth - we now just as often obsess about lives, and deaths, stretched overlong. A variety of shows currently square off against these anxieties, from the fantastic (AMC's "The Walking Dead") to the literal (Showtime's "Time of Death"). And no matter their overall tone, all acknowledge the grim jest that is mortality. HBO's hour-long comedy "Getting On," premiering Sunday, sets the standard for this emerging "hospice humor.
OPINION
January 15, 2009 | Seth Freeman, Seth Freeman is a writer for television.
Since the first of the year, I have been testing the Omni D360, Techtonitron's attractive new entry in the do-it-all device market. Compact and light at 4.2 ounces, with a turquoise titanium shell, it will fit comfortably in pocket or purse. As a cellphone, it provides all the functions of any high-end wireless. It offers all the e-mail and Internet functions that users of BlackBerrys, Treos and iPhones have come to expect.
TRAVEL
July 7, 2013
Cliff Bell's, a jazz supper club in downtown Detroit, is a delightful experience. The club retains its Art Deco interior, complete with coffered wood ceiling, chandeliers and murals. The dinner menu is a mouth-watering version of Southern cooking. For a visit back to the 1930s, Cliff Bell's is worth the trip. Cliff Bell's , 2030 Park Ave.; (313) 961-2543. Entrees from $16. Leslie Soltz Highland, Calif.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Death and denial were made for each other, but for those facing tragedy, the raw truth can be a tonic. In "We're Gonna Die," theater artist Young Jean Lee turns the bleaker facts of life into a delightful, hourlong hipster cabaret. The show, a presentation of UCLA's Center For the Art of Performance running through Sunday at the Actors' Gang at the Ivy Substation in Culver City, introduces one of New York's most exciting experimental playwrights to Southern California. Daft, direct, unvarnished and stylishly awkward, Lee's shape-shifting work doesn't try to bowl us over with its polish and professionalism.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2013 | By Mark Haskell Smith
It seems there is nothing Dana Goodyear won't put in her mouth. Pig ears, beef hearts, crickets, stink bugs and ox penis are just a few of the things she knowingly chews up and swallows. In her new book, "Anything That Moves: Renegade Chefs, Fearless Eaters, and the Making of a New American Food Culture," she goes deep into the counterculture of the foodie movement, unearthing black market butter dealers and unethical caviar hustlers; haute cuisine presented in apartments and endangered species served in pricey sushi bars.
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