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March 15, 2012
You'll be hard-pressed to find a more complimentary pairing this weekend than the mysterious guitar explorations of Sir Richard Bishop and the equally confounding confines of the Museum of Jurassic Technology. Surrounded by exhibits that blur the line between fact and fiction, the co-founder of the surrealistically psychedelic band Sun City Girls should fill the air with a similarly bewitching atmosphere as heard on the Middle Eastern-tinged mix of surf rock and ragas on his 2009 album, "The Freak of Araby.
April 24, 2014 | Karolina Waclawiak
Haunted people wander through cul-de-sacs reeling from small-scale catastrophes or pace through Parisienne arrondissements wishing for different lives in Elizabeth McCracken's "Thunderstruck and Other Stories. " Her second fiction story collection is a stunningly beautiful rumination on loss. "You are so unlucky you don't want to brush up against anyone who isn't," a narrator laments in "Something Amazing. " Sadness is an infection, an allergen, a communicable disease, passing from mother to mother as children are lost or die. McCracken's vapor of misfortune threads around her characters and binds them.
December 3, 1995
Concerning the practical returns of big-budget astronomy ("Research Driven by Desire, Not Need," Science Watch, Nov. 22): Abstract research is just as vital to progress as any other kind. It is a seldom appreciated point that every fact we acquire makes every other fact more valuable, no matter what the subject. The history of thought demonstrates again and again that the more varied knowledge is in general, the deeper is the insight into the specific. The nautical explorations of the 15th and 16th centuries, for example, had little "practical" value to the people whose taxes funded them.
April 21, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Former USC basketball player Byron Wesley, who announced last week that he would graduate this summer and transfer for his final season of eligibility, has been contacted by seven schools, he told Wesley, a guard who was the Trojans' leading scorer last season, told reporter Chris Swanson that he had been contacted by Indiana, Baylor, Michigan State, Gonzaga, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Providence. "I'm still trying to narrow down my list right now and take a few official visits," Wesley told Swanson . "I want to check out some schools, meet the coaches, players on the team and everyone.
June 6, 1986 | From a Times Staff Writer
Augusto Ruschi, an internationally known Brazilian specialist in hummingbirds and orchids who was treated by Indians from the Amazon jungle earlier this year after he had been poisoned by tree toads, died Tuesday. In January, Ruschi, 70, was near death, and he was treated by Chief Raoni and a tribal doctor of the Amazonic Txucarramae Indians.
February 7, 2003 | Al Martinez
It streaked across the sky like a falling star in a roar of fire and thunder, leaving contrails of glowing debris in its wake. Thus was the death of Columbia and the humanity in its trust. We were transfixed by the incongruity. This wasn't the way the journey was supposed to have ended. Not seven lives lost in a flash of flame on a day as bright as heaven, but the conclusion of a routine flight by a spaceship that had flown many times before.
March 2, 1986 | RICHARD EDER
It is as if the Earth's crust had worn paper-thin up there, and living Nature were the most precarious of sparks and liable to go out at any sudden gust. For Barry Lopez, the ring of arctic territories around the frozen Polar Ocean--the Yukon, Alaska, Siberia, Novaya Zemlya, Svalbard, Greenland--are an enchanted land in a fearful morality tale. "Arctic Dreams," a record of four years of travel and reflections above the Arctic Circle, is a number of things.
June 2, 1988
A Soviet-Canadian ski team completed a grueling three-month trek over the North Pole, arriving on Ward Hunt Island near Cape Columbia on Ellesmere Island, the northern edge of Canada.
June 3, 1988 | From Reuters
A court here Thursday dismissed charges against a group of foreign scuba divers, including three Southern Californians who escaped, who have been held for the past 10 weeks for trespassing in Indonesian waters. Presiding Judge Munziri Syarkawish upheld objections by the defense counsel that the allegations constituted a defamation of the accused.
June 23, 1999
"In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. . . . " However, the age of exploration and the showdown to colonize the Americas was not limited to one man. Discover why explorers came to the New World, how they traveled to their destinations, and the effects upon the future colonization of the Western Hemisphere. Learn amazing facts about the age of exploration at the Times Launch Point Web site: http://www.latimes.
April 11, 2014 | By Dan Weikel and Ralph Vartabedian
State and federal investigators probing the cause of the fiery collision between a FedEx big rig and a charter bus in Northern California will delve into a wide range of factors from the health and rest of the truck driver to emergency exits and fire protection for bus passengers. "This is a very significant and unfortunate tragedy," said Jim Hall, a transportation safety consultant and former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. "The NTSB is going to have its hands full on this one. " Although the cause of the accident has yet to be determined, Hall and other safety advocates say it could focus new attention on the NTSB's efforts to improve bus safety and the behind-the-scenes battle over safety standards for motor coaches and other commercial vehicles.
April 10, 2014 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
It's too easy to start with the face or what she wears, how she sits. The color of her earrings. The essence is in the vowels, the way she holds and releases them. The voice drops a register, as if in a conspiracy, and a morning conversation drifts across art, ambition, age and riding camels in the desert. Many roles come to mind when Nicole Kidman speaks: inconsolable mother, suicidal writer, dangerous weather girl, nuclear scientist, gangster lover, top-hatted cabaret singer and Southern femme fatale with an earthy remedy for jellyfish stings.
April 10, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Yellowstone National Park covers 3,472 square miles in Wyoming and parts of Montana and Idaho -- a lot to explore on a family vacation. The Yellowstone Assn. Institute and Xanterra Parks & Resorts have joined up to offer a tour with kids in mind that breaks down the vast parkland. Yellowstone for Families is designed for parents and children between 8 and 12 years old. It includes five days of activities -- animal tracking, wildlife viewing, painting, photography and hiking -- with a naturalist guide.
April 8, 2014 | By David Pagel
At a time when museums seem to be torn between blockbusters and specialized scholarship, it's refreshing to come across "In the Land of Snow: Buddhist Art of the Himalayas" at the Norton Simon Museum, a no-nonsense exhibition that spares the bells and whistles to make a strong case for the virtues of amateurism. Not that long ago, before America was a nation of over-professionalized experts, pretension was something to be made fun of and it was OK to be an amateur. The word's Latin root is "lover.
April 6, 2014 | By Jen Leo
Here's the latest trip-planning website that can help you craft your own guidebook. Name: What it does: It's a Web bookmarking tool that lets you collect and store your travel itineraries, complete with maps and the ability to download and share. Cost: Free What's hot: This website has two things that will keep me coming back: its beautiful, design-friendly layout, and the ability to print out a PDF of my itinerary. I love being able to access my travel plans from my smartphone or tablet, as well as sharing with my friends on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, but I'm still a paper girl at heart.
April 6, 2014 | By Adam Jones
Animation giant Pixar uses technology only as a means to an end; its films are rooted in human concerns, not computer wizardry. The same can be said of the new book "Creativity, Inc.," Ed Catmull's endearingly thoughtful explanation of how the studio he co-founded generated hits such as the "Toy Story" trilogy, "Up" and "Wall-E. " Catmull was a 1970s computer animation pioneer (university classmates included Netscape co-founder Jim Clark), but his book is not a technical history of how the hand-drawn artistry perfected by Disney was rendered obsolete by the processing power of machines.
March 4, 1990
I take issue with Kessaris' letter, not as to Burton's leaning (of which I neither know nor care) but as to Kessaris' feeling that to speculate that Burton may have been homosexual was a "'scurrilous attack." It is only such to the prejudiced and ignorant who refuse to accept the reality of homosexuality as natural human variation. I would ask Mr. Kessaris, is it really that much more noble to be heterosexual? Would Michelangelo's or Leonardo's art works have been more timeless, Tchaikovsky's music more lyrical or Walt Whitman more poetic if they had all been heterosexual?
May 3, 2009 | Randy Lewis
Cat Stevens, one of the superstars of the sensitive singer-songwriter movement, experienced a spiritual epiphany some three decades ago that led him to turn his back on rock 'n' roll and embark on one of the most radical personal reinventions in recent pop music history. He reemerged as a devout Muslim who called himself Yusuf Islam and went a couple of decades without so much as touching a guitar.
April 5, 2014
For local trips, try Metrolink, which offers a $10 weekend day pass [Saturday or Sunday]. Angelenos might enjoy the antiques stores in Orange and the pier in San Clemente. There is more to see in San Juan Capistrano than the mission. In Riverside, the Mission Inn is definitely worth seeing. Metrolink, . Susan Ostrowsky Corona del Mar
April 3, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Romantic attraction, popular mythology notwithstanding, is not necessarily destiny, and the desire two people feel for each other can, under the wrong circumstances, cause chaos as often as contentment. Not every love should dare to speak its name, not even close. As directed and co-written by Drake Doremus, the exquisitely calibrated "Breathe In" explores such a fraught mutual passion with honesty, intimacy and complete emotional involvement. Every moment between stars Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones feels so much like an explosion about to go off that viewers may hesitate to so much as take a breath at the wrong time for fear of disturbing the film's delicate equilibrium.
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