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March 14, 2013 | By Sean Howe
"I was a beatnik, and then I was a hippie, and before that I was a bohemian," a sky-high Dennis Hopper confided to Merv Griffin on television one night in 1971, in a clip you can see on YouTube. On the opposite couch, Willie Mays uncomfortably refilled his glass of water and James Brolin sneered - Hopper certainly didn't belong to their worlds. But "San Francisco Giants legends" and "future husbands of Barbra Streisand" might be among the few groups in which Dennis Hopper could not claim membership.
June 1, 2010 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angels Times
There have been many tributes to renegade actor Dennis Hopper since he died Saturday at age 74 of complications from prostate cancer. But what might be the biggest tribute to the renegade artist Dennis Hopper is yet to come: The Museum of Contemporary Art here is preparing to mount a sweeping survey of his visual art to open July 11. "Dennis Hopper Double Standard," curated by Julian Schnabel, will include artwork by Hopper from the last...
September 29, 2005 | Mark Sachs
GROWING up with 17 brothers and sisters, it wasn't always easy for Carlos Mencia to stand out in a crowd -- until he decided to stand up. Mencia is one of the busiest stand-up comedians around, touring clubs around the country and this year starring in "Mind of Mencia" on Comedy Central, which will air a season best-of episode on Saturday. Mencia, 37, lives in Encino with his wife, Amy. They haven't started on their own 18 kids yet.
April 21, 2010 | By Glenn Kenny, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"You don't sit down and say, ‘I'm feeling alienated today, I think I'll make a movie about alienation,' " notes director Bob Rafelson, reflecting on a movie about … alienation, of all things, that he made 40 years ago. "Five Easy Pieces," which opens Friday at the Nuart Theatre for a weeklong run in a beautifully restored new print, gave 1970 audiences an insight not just into an America that was tearing itself apart from within, it...
January 11, 2009 | Melissa Magsaysay
There's something liberating about motorcycle boots -- that connection with hitting the open road and the sense of rebelliousness that comes with pairing some clunky boots with a soft, floaty dress. They can make you feel strong, tough and, especially this winter, stylish. "It is the perfect cross between edgy and chic, which is definitely why it seems to be the chosen boot this season," says footwear designer Matt Bernson. "It just works for everyone."
September 20, 2009
Re "Hog days of summer," Opinion, Sept. 17 Thank you for the Op-Ed article on motorcycle noise pollution. I live in Laurel Canyon, where bikers roar through here making so much noise that our windows rattle -- and often in the wee hours of the night when most of the world is trying to sleep. Why can't we just pass a law that makes it illegal to remove the manufacturer's mufflers? Ron Anderegg Los Angeles :: So John Johnson Jr. considers motorcycle riders "carefree rebels," " thugs" and a "pack."
Hansjorg Rey is a member of the Ancient Astronaut Society. He gargles with sunflower oil. He would like to ride his bike up and over an elephant. But here's where the story gets weird: Rey, a German-born Swiss citizen who lives in South Laguna, is no different than the rest of us. His friends swear this is true. Forget that Rey does things on a mountain bike that seem straight out of the "X-Files." Forget that he's able to ride his bike up and over cars, trees and picnic tables.
September 25, 1994 | Kevin Thomas
The recent 25th-anniversary revival of Dennis Hopper's '60s landmark film reveals that hippie communes may be a thing of the past but the film's portrait of a tragically divided America rings so true as to have been prophetic. Hopper and Peter Fonda, joined by Jack Nicholson (from left) in his career-making boozy but shrewd Southern lawyer, are amiable bikers on a journey to New Orleans for Mardi Gras that turns into an odyssey into the dark side of America.
So when was the precise moment Lanny Wadkins felt the curse lift? It was as soon as the Ryder Cup was over. Here are the facts: For the last two years, Wadkins served as Ryder Cup captain. For the last two years, he played the worst golf of his life. He played 45 events in 1994 and 1995 and made 17 cuts. The only top-10 finish he had in two years was a seventh at last year's Nissan Open. But after rounds of 69-70-69 this week, Wadkins is only two shots behind leader Neal Lancaster.
July 5, 1996 | RENE GARCIA
As most stationary bike riders prepare to go on yet another boring journey, they may bring along a book or newspaper to help time pass. Watching the clock is common during lonely exercise sessions that can be very monotonous. Well, stop the pedals! Now there's an exciting new way to burn calories and get fit by pedaling. It's called studio cycling and it combines the cardio-pumping energy of a bike race and the Zen philosophy of meditation.
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