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March 19, 2014 | By Anne Harnagel
Foodies and flea market enthusiasts can sharpen their respective skills in this 10-day fall tour that combines lessons at a cooking school with visits to markets in Provence and the flea markets of Paris. The first leg includes seven nights in an 18th century farmhouse in St. Remy-de-Provence, two days of cooking instruction (for beginners or experts) with dinner, a visit to the St. Remy market, tours of several hill towns, including Gordes, Les Baux and Arles, and a trip to the L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Sunday market.
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March 17, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
An Oklahoma nonprofit that works with sex workers is holding a candlelight vigil for a 21-year-old woman whose naked body was found last week on a conveyor belt inside an Anaheim trash-sorting facility. Outreach workers with No Boundaries International, a nonprofit based in Edmond, Okla., said they had frequent contact with Jarrae Nykkole Estepp in Oklahoma City in 2012, when she was featured in several videos of street life posted on YouTube and elsewhere. The nonprofit planned to hold the vigil Monday evening.
SPORTS
March 15, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
LAS VEGAS - They are skidding into the Madness on their bellies, Travis Wear diving and sliding and fighting for a loose ball he will own forever. They are flying into the Madness on their toes, Kyle Anderson leaning and lifting and undressing one of the nation's top defenses down to their scowls. But mostly, UCLA is headed into the Madness exactly as Jordan Adams pushed it there Saturday with a last-minute, off-balance three-pointer that gave the Bruins a 75-71 upset of fourth-ranked Arizona in the Pac-12 championship game.
SPORTS
March 14, 2014 | By David Wharton
The Russian coach did not want to talk about troops on the Crimean peninsula or any other aspect of his country's conflict with Ukraine. Speaking through an interpreter, Christakis Alexandridis preferred to focus on his wrestlers and their chances in an international championship at the Forum this weekend. “Our politics is wrestling,” he said. But current events cannot help but intrude on the 42nd FILA Freestyle World Cup, not with a Saturday schedule featuring two politically charged matches.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2014 | By Joseph Carman
NEW YORK - In "Banquet of Vultures," veteran Paul Taylor Dance Company member Michael Trusnovec, dressed in a crisp black suit with a red power tie, yanks his bent knee toward his ear, conjuring up a bird of prey as he steps shrewdly through a mass of bodies. As he unfolds his talon-like hands, he evokes both a predator and a profiteer. Hands on hips, elbows splayed wide, he thrusts his leg back and swivels around a woman holding a candle, then tosses her overhead and onto the floor.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
As NBA fans wait to see if Phil Jackson can return the New York Knicks to glory, a new film looks to beat him to the punch. The actor-filmmaker Michael Rapaport is set to debut his documentary movie “When the Garden Was Eden” at the Tribeca Film Festival next month as part of its ESPN Sports Film Festival section. Fest organizers announced the news Thursday, saying the world premiere will kick off the sports confab on April 17. Rapaport's movie looks at the Knicks teams that won a pair of titles in the early 1970s and includes interviews with Clyde Frazier, Willis Reed, Bill Bradley and - of course - Jackson himself.
NEWS
March 13, 2014 | By David A. Keeps
In "Behind Closed Doors: The Private Homes of 25 of the World's Most Creative People" (Hardie Grant, $29.95), London-based journalist Rob Meyers has assembled the interior-design version of those stars-without-their-makeup slide shows that never fail to fascinate. The book revolves around a simple premise: Meyers sent disposable cameras to dozens of celebrities, designers and fellow journalists with one simple instruction: Whatever else you photograph, you must shoot the inside of your icebox.
SPORTS
March 12, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant has a new commercial spot for his latest Nike signature shoes, featuring the "Kobe light bulb. " Bryant's fictional light bulb, with filament in the form of the veteran guard's logo, is described as both unbreakable and capable of ending global warming. The ad is used to plug Bryant's "Kobe 9 Collection," which is billed as "the best collection since the invention of the collection. " The Lakers' all-star guard recently released a similar spot with a customized " Kobe piano . " Bryant is currently sidelined with a knee injury, with little chance to return with just over a month remaining in the regular season.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
If George Clooney's "The Monuments Men" did nothing else, it made possible the theatrical re-release of "The Rape of Europa," a splendid documentary that shows the true story behind the Nazi theft of European art and interviews some of the real-life Monuments Men who got it back. The film is packed with information and also tells a series of wonderful truth-is-stranger-than-fiction tales. "The Rape of Europa" even details the postwar fights about who owns which paintings that culminated in the sale of Gustav Klimt's gold portrait for a record $135 million.
SPORTS
March 9, 2014 | By Gary Klein
More than 25,000 participants are expected to compete Sunday in the 29th annual L.A. Marathon. Defending men's champion Erick Mose of Kenya is among 16 competitors in the elite men's field. Ethiopia's Amane Gobena, who finished second in 2009, is among 10 elite women's competitors. Winners of the men's and women's races each receive $25,000. A $50,000 "challenge" bonus also will be awarded to the first runner to cross the finish line. The women will start 17 minutes 41 seconds ahead of the men, nearly a minute less than the 18:35 advantage of last year, when Belarus' Aleksandra Duliba finished 2:09 ahead of Mose.
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