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October 3, 2010 | By Waheeda Samady
In the morning, before my father and I go our separate ways to work, we chat amiably. "Good luck on your day. " "Hope business is good. " And our one response to everything: " Inshallah . " God willing. I get into my mini-SUV and head off to the hospital, groaning about the lack of sleep, the lack of time, but also knowing that I am driving off to what has always been my dream. My father gets into his blue taxi, picks up his radio and tells the dispatcher he's ready. Then he waits.
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TRAVEL
April 27, 2014 | By Jen Leo
If Mom and Dad refuse to give you money for your travels, this website offers hope. Name: http://www.Trevolta.com What it does: Helps travelers crowd fund their global adventures. Cost: Varies depending on whether you have a fixed or flexible funding campaign. There's also a PayPal fee (the method used to collect donations). What's hot: I love that many of the trips are purpose-driven. Your "funding campaign" is placed in a category such as "Charity and Volunteering," "Education and Research," "Music and Arts," "Meaningful" and more.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 25, 2010
Empire of Dreams The Epic Life of Cecil B. DeMille Scott Eyman Simon & Schuster: 592 pp., $35
SPORTS
April 23, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
NASCAR was off last week for Easter break and that got former Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski thinking about the series' schedule. So in hopes of sparking a fresh conversation about the schedule, the Team Penske driver designed his own "dream" calendar that he outlined on his blog (bradracing.com). Keselowski said he was "not trying to disrespect any of the parties" currently involved in compiling the schedule. "This is just my attempt to tackle the schedule in a way that sounds fun to me, and gets everyone talking about how we might improve things," he wrote on the blog.
NEWS
October 5, 2012 | By Judi Dash
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 23, 2012
These Dreams of You Steve Erickson Europa Editions: 309 pp., $16 paper
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2012 | By Gary Goldstein
Documentaries don't get more one-sided than "American Empire: An Act of Collective Madness," but what a persuasive side it is. Watching this alarm-sounding, anti-corporate exposé may make more than a few viewers consider getting off the grid -- if not the planet -- as soon as humanly possible. Producer-director Patrea Patrick (she also shot, edited and narrated the film plus co-wrote it with Jack Tucker) takes America to task for allowing private banks and multinational companies, not its citizens, to control our economy, which, the movie contends, has led to "a cartelization of the world.
TRAVEL
March 3, 2013 | By Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
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BUSINESS
April 11, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Can a smartphone app influence your dreams? That's what the makers of Dream:ON, a new app and mass-participation experiment available for iPhone users hope to find out. Dream:ON was designed by Richard Wiseman, a professor at the University of Hertfordshire in Britain, who said it may be possible to influence dreams by monitoring people's sleep patterns to discern when they go into REM sleep (when dreaming happens), and then play soundscapes designed to create a desired dream.  To use the Dream:ON app , you would select from one of several prerecorded soundcapes such as a peaceful garden (the gentle twittering of birds)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 8, 2010 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
Everybody has an opinion about "Inception," and mine comes in the form of a question: Why are the movie's architectural settings, for the most part, so hackneyed? Christopher Nolan's hyper-complex psychological thriller doesn't just make architecture a central theme; the whole story hinges on the ability of architects to design buildings, neighborhoods and whole cities inside other people's dreams. Early on, Leonardo DiCaprio's brooding hero, Cobb, gives us reason to look forward to those invented worlds when he warns the young architect he's hired, Ariadne (Ellen Page)
SPORTS
April 21, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
The Clippers needed an answer, and quick. They gave one, and wow. Their response Monday night to a playoff-opening debacle against the Golden State Warriors was powerful enough to temporarily subdue thoughts of the historic Clippers jinx while empowering dreams of a landmark Clippers spring. The answer was visible across the Staples Center sky in a flying Blake Griffin, and across the Staples Center floor in a skidding Chris Paul. The answer was audible on the Staples Center sideline with a screaming and confrontational Doc Rivers, and in the stands with thousands of red shirts whose owners' roars lasted deep into the sweaty night.
OPINION
April 20, 2014
Re "Literary master of magical realism," Obituary, April 18 A dogeared paperback edition of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's "Love in the Time of Cholera" has traveled with me on countless adventure trips and rests within easy reach of my watercolors. I have traveled the world and drifted into my best creativity accompanied by the inestimable Marquez. When things get the better of me, or I feel the need of an interesting companion, I simply open "Cholera" or "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and slip into worlds only Marquez could imagine and only he could explain.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2014 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of April 20 - 26, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SUNDAY Which witch is which? That's the tricky part in the "Salem" of 1692 in this new supernatural drama. With Xander Berkeley and Shane West. 7 p.m. WGN America Please, Mr. Postman: "Ugly Betty's" Eric Mabius stars in "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," a new drama from the creator of "Touched By an Angel.
SPORTS
April 15, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Maybe a man who has steered his teams to six regular-season division titles but never gotten one past a second-round playoff series is supposed to keep quiet about his longing to hold the Stanley Cup. That'll never be Bruce Boudreau. The Ducks coach, who will lead his Western Conference top-seeded team into the postseason Wednesday night against the wild-card Dallas Stars, unabashedly has obsessed about the best-known trophy in sports. “Think about it every single day of my life,” Boudreau told The Times on Monday.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2014 | By Craig Nakano
Oberon lost his thumb while in Los Angeles. With no warning, pop - it just fell off. Such are the dangers when you're a character in the Bristol Old Vic's latest production with the Handspring Puppet Company. The collaboration that turned skeletal steel and leather into "War Horse" is at it again, this time creating illusions for "A Midsummer Night's Dream" through Wednesday at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica with little more than wood and rubber bands. The rudimentary puppets in the show do get bashed and occasionally broken, said assistant stage manager Andy Guard, who performed emergency Oberon finger reattachment during the first week "Midsummer's Night" played in L.A. Some are essentially blocks of wood with no mechanical function, but others flutter and fly, as animated as the actors running onstage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2014 | By Cindy Chang, Richard Winton, Joseph Serna and Ruben Vives
Family and friends of the aspiring producer mistakenly killed by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies this week said he was excited to be chasing his Hollywood dream. John Winkler, a 30-year-old TV production assistant who had recently arrived from Washington state to pursue a career in entertainment, was hit once in the chest when three deputies opened fire on him Monday night at a West Hollywood apartment complex, officials said in a statement. Deputies mistook him for an assailant who was holding people hostage at knifepoint in an apartment.
HEALTH
January 17, 2011 | By Marilyn Elias, Special to the Los Angeles Times
House foundations are crumbling in our dreams. Instead of the proverbial sheep guiding our sleep journey, dangerous thugs lurk in the shadows of our minds, and barriers block escape. Some people, laid off or fearing job loss, dream they're suddenly clueless about familiar work tasks or tortured by competitive co-workers who have morphed into monsters. Welcome to the recession, sleep edition. It's inevitable, says Deirdre Barrett, a clinical psychologist who teaches at Harvard Medical School and is the editor of Dreaming, the leading professional journal in the field.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 2011 | By Susan Salter Reynolds, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Dreams of Joy A Novel Lisa See Random House: 354 pp., $26 With each new novel, Lisa See gets better and better. Each work is more tightly woven, richer with information, its characters more memorable than the last. In her previous novel, "Shanghai Girls" (2009), See gave us an unforgettable portrait of Shanghai, of its cosmopolitan ways and elegant atmosphere that made it a cultural center of Asia, and of two sisters thriving in that world of beauty and delicacy — until history intrudes and forces them to leave it all behind for an uncertain future far away in Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2014 | By Larry Gordon and Kate Mather
For many of the students on the chartered bus that collided with a FedEx freight truck Thursday, the rare all-expenses-paid trip was the first time anyone in their family had been courted by a college. The students were part of a 20-year-old program called Preview Plus that seeks to enroll low-income students and those who are the first in their families to attend college. Many of them are Latino and African American, although the state ban on affirmative action forbids public universities from using race or ethnicity to specifically target students for enrollment.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
While a Punch and Judy version of "The Taming of the Shrew" has possibilities, the Shakespeare play that would seem to work best with puppets is undoubtedly "A Midsummer Night's Dream. " And whole moonlit swaths of the Bristol Old Vic's production of "Midsummer," a collaboration with South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company, bewitchingly bear this out. The magic proves hard to sustain for this innovative revival, now at the Broad Stage through April 19, but not before luring us deep into the enchanted world of this supernatural romantic comedy.
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