December 6, 2013 |
Scrooge still holds a monopoly on holiday theater, but worthwhile alternatives to "A Christmas Carol" have been cropping up of late. A few are even W.C. Fields friendly, meaning the audience is largely free of wailing, coughing, scampering little darlings. "Parfumerie," which opened Wednesday at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, is a festive entertainment expressly for adults. The play by Hungarian-born playwright Miklos Laszlo will be familiar to you even if you're not entirely sure what a parfumerie is. (It's a store that sells perfume along with fancy toiletries, and Allen Moyer's gorgeous set for this production might as well be open for business at the Wallis' fancy Beverly Hills digs.)
September 26, 2013 |
McDonald's is the last place most people would look for celebrity chefs whipping up French demi-glace sauce served with gourmet gnocchi and slow-cooked beef. But in an attempt to change negative public perception of its ingredients, the fast-food giant is hosting a New York City dinner Thursday night featuring dishes decidedly more upscale than its assembly-line burgers and Dollar Menu deals. The company invited a phalanx of media and other opinion-makers to try out a multi-course meal prepared by professional chefs using standard McDonald's food.
September 19, 2013 |
It's been a subtle change, nothing near as drastic as hiring a new defensive coordinator or relying on the running game instead of the pass. Through three games, USC has yet to line up in the funky extra-point formations that were standard the last two seasons and seemed to audibly exasperate Trojans fans at the Coliseum. The murmur translated as: "Just kick the extra point!" "It wasn't a major thing," Coach Lane Kiffin said of deploying a more traditional alignment. "We always kind of change things up. So we still have all our stuff available and use it different weeks for certain reasons.
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?