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September 12, 2010 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Owner of the popular Avalon Hollywood and Bardot nightclubs in Hollywood, and founder and president of John Lyons Systems, which designs and installs audio and lighting systems for high-end restaurants and nightclubs in such venues as the Mirage and Venetian hotels in Las Vegas. Background: Started working at a bar when he was a 14-year-old in Buffalo, N.Y. "I thought it was really cool to be in a room with adults and great bands — to be doing that and getting paid, it was like a dream world for a kid. " Lyons, 53, was barely out of high school when he and his brother Patrick began working at a 1,500-person club called Uncle Sam's.
January 1, 2011 | By Emily Young, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Alix Soubiran could live quite happily without a stick of furniture. "A chair can be wonderful, but walls are what you see all the time," she says. "To me, walls that create a story or a mood are the starting point. " As a muralist, Soubiran is accustomed to using walls as a blank canvas. But she recently began experimenting with decorating techniques, creating a line of high-end wallpapers called Princes & Crows. Inspired by her memories of her native France, those designs have helped to transform a ramshackle 1923 duplex in Los Feliz into the charming home she shares with husband Joe Mauceri, a film and TV director and writer, and their 61/2-month-old daughter, Monica Moonshine.
The NBBJ Sports & Entertainment architecture firm already has designed stadiums in Seattle and Cincinnati. Now, it has won the contract for a sports project only 10 blocks from its downtown Los Angeles headquarters--the proposed 20,000-seat sports arena at Figueroa and 11th streets. "We want to create a new icon for downtown Los Angeles," Dan Meis, NBBJ's design principal, said Friday, shortly after the arena developers announced that the architecture firm had landed the contract.
March 6, 2010 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Angie Myung's and Ted Vadakan's dreams of having careers in the arts hit them right in the wallet. In a good way. The Los Angeles couple own Poketo, a company they started in 2004 to put emerging artists' designs on inexpensive wallets. They call it an "affordable art" company, and there's money in that, even for the small operation they run out of a downtown loft with just one full-time and three part-time employees. Poketo had more than $500,000 in sales last year, Vadakan said.
January 5, 1995 | MAUREEN SAJBEL
Jane Booke's sweeping jewel-colored velvets stand out in rooms full of people in black. Her career started in a similar way. She wore one of her own design, a flowing silk charmeuse and brocade dress, to Stephanie and Bernie Taupin's 1993 wedding. "Every five steps I got stopped," she says. Two days later, Darleen Whaley, owner of the L.A. store Comme Des Fous (and who was also at the Taupins' wedding) called and asked to see more. "I gathered up things from my closet, and she ordered 31 pieces."
January 7, 2009 | Elizabeth Snead, Elizabeth Snead writes the Dish Rag blog for
Penelope Cruz has two contender films this season. Does that mean more red carpet gowns? Her adept portrayal of Javier Bardem's psychotically sexy ex in Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" has already earned her a supporting actress Golden Globe nomination. And there's a smattering of buzz that her surprisingly layered turn as a student who becomes the erotic obsession of an infamous womanizer professor-literary critic (Ben Kingsley) in "Elegy" may also earn her an Oscar nod.
March 13, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
I may not be a fashionista, but I wear clothes as often as the next person — I'm wearing some right now as a matter of fact. And stung into curiosity by that withering monologue about the cerulean blue sweater in "The Devil Wears Prada," I am interested in how certain styles wind up dominating major commercial outlets like Macy's, H&M and Saks Fifth Avenue. What I am not interested in is another reality program in which a carefully selected group of poignantly back-storied and teary-eyed "up 'n comers" attempt to leapfrog the traditional rigors of their craft to win a competition guaranteeing them a contract.
March 10, 2013 | By L.J. Williamson
Despite the chicken-in-every-pot hype over consumer-level 3-D printers, the technology still has a long way to go to be usable, or useful, for the average Joe. Designing three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional computer screen is no simple task, especially for those unskilled in computer-assisted design or software. And for most people, there's no compelling reason to make a unique object from scratch when mass-produced equivalents are cheaper and simpler. But for some artists, 3-D printing has been a revelation.
"Does it trouble you, Mikhail Timofeyevich, that your creation has killed so many people around the world?" The kind-eyed old gentleman had heard the question before. Clearly, he has even put it to himself at times, in those long winters hidden away in the Russian heartland. "All I can say," he replied, "is that terrorists would have found something else to kill people with, even if there weren't my Kalashnikovs." Forget Clinton. Forget Yeltsin. Forget Marx and Mohammed.
October 7, 2010 | By Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times
On one of the holiest nights of Ramadan, Marwa Atik chose a crowded Southern California mosque to debut her latest creation. It was just after midnight when the 20-year-old walked into the Islamic Center of Irvine, dressed in a long, flowing burgundy robe, her head wrapped in a charcoal-colored chiffon hijab , trimmed with decorative gold zippers. After the group prayers, sermon and Koran recitation, a woman approached Atik, gesturing at the scarf. "OK, I want one," she said excitedly.
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