March 9, 2008
I enjoyed Reed Johnson's piece on "No Country for Old Men" ["A Filmmaking Breakthrough for the Coens," March 2]. I too found fascinating undertones that apply to much more than the story itself. One that I found particularly pertinent to our culture was the idea expressed by Javier Bardem's character to Kelly Macdonald's character just before he kills her. The heads-or-tails quarter itself has come from the same place and is just as important (or unimportant) as anyone's life that its flip decided.
September 13, 2001 |
Mothers can be such fuddy-duddies. It's fun to play with your food. Check out these edible excursions where presentation, discovery and hands-on fun add to the savory experience. Thursday When Rocky Aoki founded the first Benihana in New York 37 years ago, it was a four-table hole-in-the-wall near Broadway. His concept was simple: Fuse the Japanese custom of women preparing meals at the table with American showmanship.
January 25, 2009 |
It seems as though everywhere you look you'll find a bargain -- department stores, auto dealerships and especially cruise lines. Thanks to the economic downturn and the number of new ships, this year the deals on the high seas are particularly good, says Pauline Frommer, author of Pauline Frommer's Travel Guides and a budget travel guru. Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor in chief of CruiseCritic, a website devoted to cruising, says, "I don't think [prices] can go a whole lot lower.
January 21, 2010
California State Park Rangers lead 2 1/2 -hour boat trips into the Pacific on a search for gray whales at Malibu Pier Whale Watching Excursions . The noble creatures are in the midst of their annual trip between Mexico and the northern Arctic seas. You could also catch a glimpse of dolphins, sea lions, pelicans and other marine life. Malibu Pier, 23000 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Sat. and Sun. $30-$45. (310) 456-8031. www.malibupier.com.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 1999
Re the Ford Excursion (March 11): This behemoth is another obscenity from American car makers. To justify its size, The Times reports that "Ford makes the case that the Excursion is more efficient because it burns less fuel hauling nine people and their luggage than would two mid-size cars." Baloney. How often does Ford or anyone else seriously believe that this is how the truck will normally be used? Check out how many SUV drivers haul more than one or two adults and a child or two and maybe a few bags of groceries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 1997 |
Want to travel with people from your neighborhood this coming year? The city is offering several winter and spring trips in 1998, including jaunts to New Orleans, Laughlin and Stateline, Nev., and Baja California. Single-day excursions include musicals and plays in Los Angeles, tours of art museums and other entertainment-related events. Los Alamitos residents typically board buses and travel together. The fees for the trips vary.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1994
Wouldn't it be a natural tie-in for the Marine Corps Air Show and Amtrak to team up and alleviate some of the gridlock and dangerous freeway parking that prevails at air show time? Passengers could get off the train right at Irvine and take shuttles to the base. Of course, some tempting "excursion" rates would add to the attraction. Specials to the Angels games, with a station right in their back yard, would be a good promotion as would excursions to Disneyland, Del Mar races and the San Diego Zoo, and even the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in the other direction.
September 28, 1997 |
Budget-minded travelers know that cruises are similar to all-inclusive resort vacations in many ways, with all lodging, meals and entertainment included in one basic price. But just as a land resort may add on fees for activities from golf to horseback riding to scuba diving, so cruise ships offer a tempting array of shore excursions that also raises the bill considerably.
July 27, 2001 |
The brief pause of expectation after the announcement of Diana Krall's name Wednesday night at the Hollywood Bowl said more about her popularity than all the soaring record sales and high-visibility appearances. As she strolled to the piano, elegantly garbed in a black gown, blond hair flying, the sold-out venue erupted in a roar of enthusiasm. Krall may be jazz's most viable commercial commodity, but she has also become one of its most cherished artists.
June 11, 1998
Mountain biking gets so much attention these days, it's easy to forget that not so long ago, almost all bicycling was done on the streets. And that's where some of the most pleasant cycling--whether for physical training or just a Sunday ride through an urban landscape--is still done.