July 31, 2012 |
The U.S. women's soccer team plays its final pool-play match Tuesday on the hallowed grounds of Old Trafford in Manchester, the 102-year-old home of the English Premier League's Manchester United and perhaps the most famous and historic soccer stadium in the world. "It's gorgeous," midfielder Megan Rapinoe told reporters after the U.S. team's walk-through Monday, which included more picture-taking than anything else. "You can see why they talk of the magic inside. " The American women will be adding to the history of the so-called "Theatre of Dreams" since no women's Olympic team had played there before Tuesday, when the U.S. met North Korea.
June 10, 1998 |
OK, it's official. You can now cook almost anything you want on your barbecue grill. With Grilla Gear's Grilla Skillet and Grilla Skillet Wok, you can saute and even stir-fry in your backyard. The perforated pans come with a nonstick coating and a conveniently long handle (necessary to keep your fingers out of the fire). What's left? A steamer? About $15 for the skillet and $18 for the wok at most Bed, Bath and Beyond; Linens and Things; Bristol Farms; and Kmart locations.
May 2, 1989 |
"The willing suspension of disbelief" is one of those phrases you learn at the knee of a zealous English teacher, not long after "I before E except after C." It's true, of course. The play or the movie doesn't really work if you don't go along with the game, ignoring the strip of celluloid whirring through the projector, choosing to forget that the door in the set leads not to an English moor but only to the wings. But some surrenders of disbelief are harder than others. Fantasy takes a lot of surrendering, and even more at the movies than in the theater because, by some sort of paradox, movies are more "realistic" than what living human beings are getting up to on stage only a few feet in front of you. The vaults are crowded with theatrical fantasies that did not survive the voyage onto film--flights of fancy as different as "Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad" and "Man of La Mancha."
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April 4, 1995 |
There's something about baseball, a compelling spirituality, that attracts grown men to its fold. They come running like little boys across a field of dreams to their place at bat, hunched and ready for a waist-high fast ball they're going to put over a fence as high as heaven. When the ball does come streaking across the plate like a little white comet, some hit it and some go down in a spin that seems to last until the crowd goes home and the lights go out. Wes Clements was one of those kids.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 1992 |
L.A. is a city of make-believe, a planet of dreams, a land of Oz where all things are possible. Stars are made here, curtains rise, spotlights go on and names appear magically on marquees. And because this is a place of the possible, it's a town of pretending too, of playing games on the way to the dream.
May 15, 2011 |
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.
August 6, 2004 |
In John Steinbeck's unsentimental chronicles of Depression-era America, human compassion is a sparse commodity. Yet it defiantly springs forth amid the direst adversity, like blades of grass poking through asphalt. Such is the unlikely friendship in "Of Mice and Men."
August 16, 2009 |
The Vangelakoses' southwest Florida condominium has marble floors, a large pool overlooking a river and modern furnishings that speak of affluence and luxury. What they don't have in the 32-story building is a single neighbor. The New Jersey family of five purchased their unit four years ago, when Fort Myers was in the midst of a housing boom and any hints of an impending financial crisis were buried under lofty dreams of expansion and development. They made a $10,000 down payment and eagerly watched as builders transformed an empty lot into an opulent high-rise, one that now symbolizes the foreclosure crisis.
August 21, 2011 |
Dreams of Significant Girls A Novel Cristina García Simon & Schuster: 238 pp., $16.99, ages 14 and up Friendships are often forged in uncomfortable environs, when individuals who wouldn't ordinarily meet are forced to interact. Such is the case in "Dreams of Significant Girls," a young-adult novel that unfolds in a Swiss boarding school and makes roommates of three girls from radically different backgrounds. Without the advantage of money, it's unlikely that Shirin (the daughter of an Iranian prince)
February 14, 2013 |
Eddie Pepitone, perhaps the funniest stand-up comedian you've never heard of, gets a deserving close-up in the amusing, freewheeling documentary "The Bitter Buddha. " Although the dyspeptic Pepitone, an unmade bed of a guy in his early 50s, has reportedly been at his craft for 30 years, he's yet to turn into the household name that such not-dissimilar comics as George Carlin, Rodney Dangerfield and Sam Kinison became. Still, the native New Yorker, now living a busy if largely unglamorous life in L.A., consistently plies his trade in comedy clubs.