CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2013 |
He mixed with the well-to-do in the upscale suburb of San Marino, proclaiming himself an English baronet who taught film at USC. He briefly settled in a wealthy Connecticut enclave, convincing locals he was a successful television producer. He talked his way onto Wall Street, persuading one firm to let him run a bond trading desk. But it was his fraudulent claims of being a member of the famous Rockefeller family that led to his most lucrative success - and, ultimately, his downfall.
March 22, 2013 |
On a piano keyboard, which mimics the human vocal range, the middle C is the C closest to the center. That's Joseph Skizzen - the protagonist of William H. Gass' long-awaited follow-up to his 1995 masterpiece "The Tunnel" - a middle-of-the-road yet slightly off-center academic who wants nothing but "the chance of an unnoticed life. " But it just might be a stand-in for the author. If Gass' body of work were a keyboard, you'd have his debut novel, "Omensetter's Luck" on one end and of "The Tunnel" at the other.
March 20, 2013 |
Mood Designer Fabrics, best known as the shopping destination for “Project Runway” contestants in New York, is offering free sewing instruction in the company's bright new L.A. store on La Brea Avenue. The six-class series for beginners will be taught in a sewing studio called the Mood School and will cover basics such as using a machine, reading a pattern, marking and cutting fabric, and assembly. Current class projects include tote and messenger bags, but a spokeswoman said more home decor will be added.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2013 |
In a city reeling from earthquakes, riots and a deep recession, Tim Leiweke emerged as a powerful force in Los Angeles. He made his mark in 1999, opening Staples Center in a moribund section of downtown. Then the L.A. Live complex, which changed the downtown skyline for the first time in a decade. Leiweke's departure Thursday as head of entertainment giant Anschutz Entertainment Group sent ripples through not only L.A.'s business community but also its civic and political circles.
February 27, 2013 |
Packed with colorful hand-printed textiles, vintage furnishings, unusual housewares and original artworks, the new Henry Road store in Studio City is a lot like the old Henry Road around the corner. Owner Paula Smail has kept the vibe of her former 500-square-foot retail space alive while adding a sophisticated warmth to the new 1,200-square-foot showroom. “It's just bigger,” Smail said of the new space. “I hope it's still a quirky and eclectic mix of things.” That eclecticism includes an array of striking pillows of Smail's design, Moroccan poufs, baskets from Ghana and artworks by Max Neutra, Karen Sikie, Patrick Haemmerlein and Misha Ashton-Moore.
December 23, 2012 |
The critical acclaim for the new Kathryn Bigelow movie "Zero Dark Thirty" has renewed the debate on the efficacy of torture. The movie dramatizes the decade-long effort to find and eventually kill Osama bin Laden. In a riveting opening section, the film obliquely credits the discovery of the key piece of information in the search for Bin Laden to the torture of an Al Qaeda prisoner held by the CIA. This is at odds with the facts as they have been recounted by journalists reporting on the manhunt, by Obama administration intelligence officials and by legislative leaders.