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February 12, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
Tickets have just gone on sale for “ The 2nd Annual Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure ,” returning to Solvang's Veterans Memorial Hall March 29 and 30. And if things go anywhere near like last year, they won't last long. An offshoot of the original Garagiste Festival held in Paso Robles in November, this one ferrets out cutting-edge, small-scale wine producers from the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Barbara County. Last year's Southern Exposure was a sellout. And at $50 per ticket, it's still pretty inexpensive for such a wildly exuberant and fun wine event.
February 12, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
When Max Wong first "outed" herself to her neighbors, she wondered when the police would be knocking on her door. Until then, she had kept her passion a secret. But Wong said most of her Mount Washington neighbors were simply puzzled. Beekeeping? Illegal? In Los Angeles? "It's the yummiest way of breaking the law," said Wong, one of the backyard beekeepers who is pushing for Los Angeles to allow apiaries in residential zones. In a city so proud of its orange trees and urban greenery, "beekeeping should never have been illegal," she said.
February 11, 2014 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - Acknowledging “enormous frustration,” President Obama said Thursday that the administration “continues to explore every possible avenue” to solve the nearly 3-year-old Syrian civil war. In an appearance with French President Francois Hollande at the White House, Obama said the threat to civilians in Syria and to the broader Middle East continues to worsen. “Right now, we don't think there's a military solution per se to the problem.... The situation is fluid, and we are continuing to explore every possible avenue to solve this problem,” he said.
February 6, 2014 | By Anh Do
The colorful Tet festival is going mainstream, moving beyond the borders of bustling Little Saigon to a sprawling county fairgrounds where it is expected to attract thousands who never ventured into the Vietnamese American district. Nora Simmons is among those who will be a first-time visitor to the Lunar New Year celebration, the largest Tet gathering outside Vietnam, when it begins Friday. The Mission Viejo resident admits that exploring the Vietnamese cultural enclave that stretches across the face of central Orange County seems intimidating and she worried that it's a "wild place.
February 2, 2014 | By Katrina Woznicki
Taos, N.M., has had many lives: a pre-colonial Native American community, a Spanish settlement and, more recently, an artists' colony for those seeking a quieter pace. Today, many come to Taos to ski, but this resilient small town is enjoying an artistic renaissance after the 2008 economic downturn. The town of just 5,700 has about 80 galleries featuring imaginative, provocative art that captures Native American culture and the beauty of the Southwest. The tab: Our family of three spent about $300 a night for lodging and less than $150 a day on food and sightseeing.
January 30, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Where director Anthony Mann is concerned, there are two kinds of people: those who admire him extravagantly (Jean-Luc Godard, who called him "Supermann," is in that group) and those who are unfamiliar with his output. A new UCLA Film & Television Archive series is ambitious enough to pitch its appeal to both groups. Starting Jan. 31 at the Hammer Museum's Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood, the 22-picture film series "Dark City, Open Country: The Films of Anthony Mann" features both the acknowledged classics that made Mann's modern critical reputation and the early, little-seen Poverty Row programmers he honed his craft on. A director of many parts who closed his career doing historical epics like "El Cid" and "The Fall of the Roman Empire" (neither of which fits into the UCLA program)
January 29, 2014 | By Robert W. Welkos
As a reporter covering Hollywood for the New York Times, Bernard Weinraub was amused whenever producers or studio executives were unable to remember the names of the screenwriters of their latest films. "They would actually say, 'I'm not sure,' or 'A couple of people.' Very few of them actually knew who wrote the movie," Weinraub said. "It always cracked me up. It's such a collaborative process. Obviously, that never happens in the theater. " So when Weinraub retired from journalism in 2005 and began a second career as a playwright, he thought he would wield more clout than Hollywood screenwriters.
January 29, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
BAYONNE, N.J. - At first he thought it was the fish. Maurice Weizmann, a Montreal businessman on a Royal Caribbean cruise with his wife, started vomiting on the second night of the 10-day voyage after eating dinner and watching a show on the ship Explorer of the Seas. His wife did too. Soon they learned the reality: They were only two of hundreds of passengers sickened by an as-yet unidentified gastrointestinal illness that shortened their cruise by two days and created a floating sick bay on the high seas.
January 19, 2014 | By Stefan Stern
All companies sit somewhere in a supply chain. Most have competitors and collaborators. And yet we look at businesses very often in isolation - as if their results depend solely on their own separate efforts. The principal achievement of the book "Network Advantage: How to Unlock Value From Your Alliances and Partnerships" is to draw attention to the importance of these broader networks to the success or failure of businesses. With detailed and thoroughly researched case studies, the authors - Henrich Greve and Andrew Shipilov of INSEAD global graduate business school and Timothy Rowley of the Rotman School of Management in Toronto - show how to take a more systematic approach to the portfolio of networks and alliances in which businesses find themselves.
January 16, 2014 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
It's tempting to read Richard Powers' 11th novel "Orfeo" through the filter of the present: surveillance, genomes, government control. The story of a 70-year-old composer named Peter Els, who becomes known as the "biohacker Bach" after police find a do-it-yourself genetics lab in his suburban Pennsylvania tract house, the book appears as timely as an Internet meme. It doesn't hurt that the American security state and its excesses are a driving presence in the narrative; "The moment he used his credit card," Powers writes of Els, "or withdrew more cash from an ATM, they had his coordinates.
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