September 5, 2013 |
In the wake of Miley Cyrus' scandalous performance on the Video Music Awards, "American Milkshake" from writer-director-producers David Andalman and Mariko Munro hits on a particularly topical trend: the (mis)appropriation of black culture. In this case, Jolie (Tyler Ross), a skinny white teenager in suburban D.C. circa 1995, wants more than anything to be a baller, and it's a "dream come true" when some of the big black boys bused in to his magnet school from the Maple Avenue Towers get hurt, in trouble or arrested - increasing his chances to make the team and then to get "some clock.
July 29, 2013 |
The Fig & Olive restaurant chain drips with foodie cred. The eateries, which started in Manhattan, feature fancy olive oils and celebrity sightings. An average diner's check easily breaches $50. The Mediterranean-inspired cuisine is the antithesis of quick-stop mall chow. But come November, a Fig & Olive will open in a 12,000-square-foot space at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, beating out 50 others for the prime spot away from the main shopping plaza. There will be ocean views, a garden with a fireplace, wine shelves and a white room inspired by the Cote d'Azur.
July 20, 2013
Re "OMG! Students, like, can write," July 16 It is indeed encouraging that technology is apparently promoting "a deeper interest in writing," according to a national survey of teachers by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project. However, I am concerned that schools are failing to produce students proficient in the actual task. Technology may drive the interest forward, but if the fundamental basics in grammar, spelling, punctuation and creative, coherent storytelling are lacking, then what good is it?
May 18, 2013
Palmela Green sits amid hundreds of fabric rolls in her West L.A. swimsuit shop, surrounded by pink and red sequins, animal prints, knits and faux furs. A photo of one of her recent projects, a swimsuit in a Lexus ad, is proudly displayed on a wall. Green, who works by appointment, is one of only a few designers - the pool also includes Lissa Walker and Merrilee Madrigal, who are both based in Orange County - in the area who create custom swimwear. Green's customers pick a fabric and then choose one of her styles or order a one-of-a-kind pattern.
May 12, 2013 |
The first time my mother made leg of lamb, she never connected the two events. The second time, she thought it was a coincidence. The third time, she knew it was a curse. Every time she prepared leg of lamb, my father was laid off a few days later. The first time it was for a few weeks; the second time for a few months; the third time for more than a year. My father had a union job at a film-processing lab, and layoffs - and eventual rehirings - were common during the 1960s. He was laid off a few more times, but never after eating leg of lamb.
May 7, 2013 |
Whimsical Marmont Manor in the Hollywood Hills, which recently came on the market at $24.5 million, may not be everyone's cup of English breakfast tea - but it takes the cake (or crumpet) for being eye-catching. The gated English Country-style compound includes a 1937 main house with guest annex, a caretaker's cottage, an artist's studio, a three-level building with a den, gym and wine cellar, an aviary, a tennis court, a swimming pool, gardens, a swan lake and more than 300 mature pine trees.