August 3, 1987 |
For all their lack of expertise, many people who have just bought a diamond ring are fairly comfortable with their decision, sure they got "the nicest-looking stone," or "the best price," or "the salesman didn't try to deceive us." But they're not really sure. Diamonds, many in engagement rings, account for a third of the $18 billion worth of jewelry sold annually in the United States.
September 16, 2008 |
Seen one, seen 'em all? Well, not exactly. When it comes to the several hundred pictures of St. Fabiola in a marvelous new installation by Francis Alys at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, it's obvious that all these different copies derive from the same original, since they display a nearly uniform composition. Yet, no two copies are exactly alike. Originality resides in the hand of the copyist -- an incongruous state of affairs if ever there was one. The installation consists of 307 pictures of St. Fabiola, a 4th century Roman noblewoman who, under the influence of St. Jerome, renounced her worldly wealth and became a Christian ascetic.
January 15, 2006 |
At the Smithsonian, they're planning a tribute to his statesmanship. In London, an exhibition hails his medical contributions. But at McGillin's Olde Ale House in Philadelphia, they know best how to honor Benjamin Franklin on his 300th birthday: with a celebratory toast. A beer for Ben? "He was a very jovial fellow who would meet at the taverns, discussing the latest John Locke book or scientific breakthrough over a nice pint of beer," says McGillin's owner, Chris Mullins.
May 16, 2002 |
The Visual Communications Film Fest 2002: The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film & Video Festival opens tonight at the Directors Guild with a gala premiere of Justin Lin's "Better Luck Tomorrow," a tale of high school overachievers gone wrong. In addition to screenings at the Directors Guild, the festival will run through May 23 at the David Henry Hwang Theater in the Union Center for the Arts and the Japan America Theater, both in Little Tokyo.
February 13, 1987 |
As theater, "The Jewel Tree" doesn't shine at the Century City Playhouse, but as an active participatory experience for small children, it offers a sparkle. In the Burbage Theatre for Children production, a little farm girl (played winningly by Nancy Sears) grows a very special tree in her beloved garden. Her mean father's avarice is awakened when he sees the tree's unusual fruit of precious stones, but the tree only grows its jewels for his daughter.
July 24, 1986 |
Donald Regan, the President's chief of staff, gave the only sensible answer to the question of economic sanctions against South Africa. When asked by reporters about using tough measures against Pretoria, Regan replied, "Are the women of America prepared to give up all their jewelry?" Though not the key question about South Africa, it certainly ranks up there with the important one. I hadn't realized this until Regan raised the issue as to how American women felt about their jewelry.
April 14, 2009 |
Dear Karen: I'm contemplating an Internet business. Should I first trademark my logo? Answer: Move concerns about your logo way down your business start-up list. Too many individuals shell out money upfront on things like design before they've worked out their business plan or determined whether entrepreneurship is right for them. Take a step back and figure out what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur, said Phil Holland, a serial entrepreneur and founder of My Own Business Inc.
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July 17, 1989
A free forum on "Catastrophic Medicare Coverage for 1989" will be offered from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. July 26 at Western Medical Center's Bash Auditorium, 1001 N. Tustin Ave., Santa Ana. Under a 1988 amendment to the Medicare program, the 32 million elderly and disabled who rely on the federal health care program to help pay medical and hospital bills have improved protection if they are beset by catastrophic illness or injury.
March 5, 1991 |
Ramaa Bharadvaj and Uma Suresh bill themselves as "the dancing twins of South India." Students and teachers of both the Bharatha Natyam and Kuchipudi styles of dancing, the Orange County-based duo has spent several years developing and producing "Facets of Siva,"a devotional pageant to various aspects of the Hindu Lord of the Dance. The work was first shown in Madras last summer.
January 24, 1992 |
In addition to Aron Ranen's cool, matter-of-fact "Sex and Religion" trilogy, which was presented at Vidiots last May, three new Ranen shorts will be shown Friday and Saturday at9 p.m. at the Cinema Cafe, 7160 Melrose Ave. They are examples of provocative video reportage at its most economical. The eight-minute "Surveillance in L.A."