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March 18, 2012 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
Like many peasants from the outskirts of Yanan, China, Ren Shouhua was born in a cave and lived there until he got a job in the city and moved into a concrete-block house. His progression made sense as he strove to improve his life. But there's a twist: The 46-year-old Ren plans to move back to a cave when he retires. "It's cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It's quiet and safe," said Ren, a ruddy-faced man with salt-and-pepper hair who moved to the Shaanxi provincial capital, Xian, in his 20s. "When I get old, I'd like to go back to my roots.
February 27, 2014 | By Inkoo Kang
As Disney's first animated film to arrive in theaters since "Frozen," "The Pirate Fairy" will and should be scrutinized to see whether the refreshing feminism in the Oscar-nominated fairy tale represents a fluke or a new direction for the studio. So far, so muddled. "The Pirate Fairy" features an enormously likable protagonist in Zarina (voiced by Christina Hendricks), the would-be Marie Curie of pixie dust, if only her scientific curiosity were encouraged. When her forbidden experiments go awry, Zarina is forced into exile.
February 12, 2009
December 18, 2013 | By Amina Khan
If you're in stop-and-go traffic in Los Angeles, you're probably pretty unhappy about it. If you're a male penguin balancing an egg on your feet in the freezing Antarctic, that traffic jam is probably keeping you alive. Scientists studying huddles of emperor penguins in Antarctica have discovered that waves of movement travel though huddled masses of flightless birds rather as they do through cars stuck on the 405 Freeway during rush hour - but in ways that maximize the huddle's density and keep the birds warm as they incubate their eggs.
December 7, 1997 | MICHAEL QUINTANILLA
It's about romance, a plane and most important of all, all that jazz at Aerobleu, a fictional Paris club, currently getting the red-carpet merchandising treatment. Christened "Aerobleu, the Spirit of Cool," the collection of goods including books by jazz historian Gene Lees and novelist Alston Chase, posters, stationery, frames, clocks, ties, scarves, furniture, dinnerware and glassware--the works--is playing in Bloomingdale's, Z Gallerie, Barnes & Noble and Tower Books & Records.
March 19, 2006
THANKS to Jane Engle for trying to bring some sanity to the cost of rooms ["Neither Motel 6 nor the Ritz, These Hotels Meet You Halfway," Travel Insider, March 12] . We do not have unlimited funds and would rather eat well and sightsee than squander money on a fancy hotel room. We use affinity cards and join the various chains to accrue points and get better treatment at check-in and perhaps even on room prices. BILL GAVITT Riverside
April 14, 1989
A 57-year-old man apologized today for lunging at Princess Diana as she shook hands with well-wishers at a center for the mentally handicapped. Edward Adcock of Bedlington said he meant no harm Thursday when he jumped over a low railing and jostled the princess. "I may appear calm on the surface, but inside me there is turmoil," Adcock said in newspaper interviews published today. Adcock touched Diana's arm before he was intercepted by her bodyguards. He is free on bail.
April 8, 2003
Re "Keep Driver's Licenses for Legal Residents," letters, April 4: Priscilla Espinoza should please remember that "these foreigners [who] have broken our immigration laws" need a ride to clean houses, scrub toilets, care and nurture the little ones and the elderly, manicure lawns, cook at fancy restaurants, park luxury cars, tend to the fields at the crack of dawn. For anyone not to recognize this is unthinkable. What is un-American is the ungrateful treatment these hard-working women and men endure every single day. Myrna S. Villegas Tellez South Pasadena
June 1, 2000
So Intrawest wants to make Mammoth the best mountain in the country (May 28)? Well, it already is. All the mansions and fancy restaurants in the world won't improve on the natural beauty--they'll just make it so only the rich can enjoy it. Perhaps it's time real estate developers received the same scorn the public reserves for ambulance chasers. BRIAN HOBBS Manhattan Beach
July 14, 1985
Just when I thought there was nothing to watch during the summer, KCOP aired "Rape." I commend the station for its courage to air the program unedited. It dealt with a real problem and should not have been prettied up in any manner by fancy editing. To all those involved, thank you for a glimpse of how television should be used. Jeff Kifer, Hollywood
December 11, 2013 | Patt Morrison
It's not just a brand name on a big fancy book. "Taschen" is a man, Benedikt Taschen, who started his publishing empire with a comic-book shop leveraged with a stock of remaindered art books. The firm is headquartered in Germany, but when he's in Los Angeles, his landing pad is the Chemosphere, the John Lautner flying-saucer-on-a-hillside. Taschen just released a three-volume collaboration with National Geographic ("Around the World in 125 Years"), and it's clear from the myriad images at his desk that Taschen cast his eye, and his approval, over what's in those books and so many others.
December 6, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
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 | By Tiffany Hsu
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 | By Gary Klein
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 | By Annlee Ellingson
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 | By Tiffany Hsu
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.
November 20, 1988
In defense of "Roseanne," I would like to agree with Howard Rosenberg's review of it. There are many of us who grew up in households like Roseanne's, and I enjoy seeing that it is, at last, considered to be real Americana. Personally, I ain't got no time for the usual pristine caricatures that the Caroline McGraths (Viewers' Views, Nov. 6) of this world would like to fancy themselves. Sharon Sorteberg, Los Angeles
September 22, 1985
If you look at the run-down conditions in some areas of our city, you might agree that it would make more sense to spend the "taxpayers hard-earned dollar" on upkeep of our community rather than for fancy 22-karat gold-plated cocktail glasses (Southeast/Long Beach sections, Sept. 14-15). I guess the citizens of Norwalk can claim "the best City Council money can buy"--and isn't this too much? --LOUISE FOSTER Norwalk
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.
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