December 27, 2013 |
Officially it's a preseason friendly. But given what's at stake, there's likely to be very little friendship on display during Saturday's exhibition between Mexican league rivals Club America and Tijuana at the StubHub Center in Carson. For starters, the 5 p.m. match will be the first with Club America for new coach Antonio Mohamed, who left Tijuana last spring, six months after leading the Xolos to a Liga MX title. Then there's the fact that America, Mexico's premier club, won the last two regular-season meetings between the teams.
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December 26, 2013 |
When Newport Beach City Council candidate Michael Glenn thinks of freedom, that includes the freedom to choose how to donate, be it with dollars, pesos or bitcoins. Glenn claims to be the first local politician to accept campaign donations in the esoteric digital currency. He is seeking the Balboa Peninsula's 1st District council seat being vacated by Mike Henn. Also in the race are businesswoman Diane Dixon and Harbor Commissioner Joe Stapleton. Glenn's announcement comes weeks after individuals used bitcoins to pay for a Tesla car, and then a Lamborghini , from a Costa Mesa dealership.
December 26, 2013 |
The title of Elizabeth Spencer's eighth book of short fiction, "Starting Over," carries a double meaning: It refers both to the characters in the collection and to the author herself. Ninety-two years old, winner of a PEN/Malamud Award and five O. Henry prizes as well as nine novels, she last released a book, "The Southern Women," in 2001. Spencer, however, has been far from inactive, publishing in literary journals and seeing her best-known work, the 1960 novella "The Light in the Piazza," adapted as a Tony Award-winning musical in 2005.
December 24, 2013 |
Think you already hate those Wall Street high rollers who took so many investors for a ride in the '90s? Just wait until Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and "The Wolf of Wall Street" are through with you. Man, does this movie have a savage bite. Yet it is such a kick to watch the filmmaker and the star in their fifth collaboration. They go at the black-hearted comedy full throttle, fully tanked and, for DiCaprio, full monty - almost. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV The script by Terence Winter stays close to Jordan Belfort's audacious 2007 memoir of his highly leveraged life.
December 24, 2013 |
If you thought Southern California mansions could hardly get more outlandish, consider the latest must-have feature: A moat encircling the property. Other exclusive amenities include dental chairs, botox stations and wine "cellars" that somehow made their way into the kitchen. It's all part of growing competition among designers, architects and developers for the attention of ultra-wealthy buyers. Moats are making their biggest splash since medieval times. At Jennifer Lopez's former home in Bel-Air, which recently resold for $10 million, an arched footbridge and a cobblestone driveway cross a stone-lined waterway that encircles the French-style villa.
December 21, 2013 |
CIF state football championships Saturday at StubHub Center Open Division Bellflower St. John Bosco (15-0) vs. Concord De La Salle (14-0), 8 p.m. (Time Warner Cable Channel 101): The top two teams in the state face off in a much-anticipated showdown that features gigantic linemen and multiple college prospects on both sides of the ball. St. John Bosco's defense must figure out how to deal with a De La Salle offensive line that has frequently confused opponents in its previous trips to Carson.
December 20, 2013 |
Gustavo Dudamel is ending the Los Angeles Philharmonic's year this weekend at Walt Disney Concert Hall with the world premiere of Daníel Bjarnason's "Blow bright. " Which it did Thursday, if somewhat darkly bright, Bjarnason being, after all, an Icelandic composer. He is a hot composer both for his alluring orchestral pieces and for his moody string arrangements for the Icelandic pop group Sigur Rós. He may have been one reason why a number of strikingly dressed young people were in the large audience.
December 19, 2013 |
Quarterback guru Steve Clarkson will be profiled on the CBS news program, "60 Minutes" on Sunday. Also featured will be one of Clarkson's pupils, Hart quarterback Brady White. Here's the link to a sneak peek at the segment. Eric.email@example.com
December 17, 2013 |
There's something dispiritingly familiar about "Dancing on a Dry Salt Lake," writer-director-star Dominique De Fazio's tale of a white man's journey into Native American mysticism. De Fazio plays Warner, a 40-something astronomer who heads out to the Californian desert after his live-in girlfriend dumps him for being too selfish. Warner crashes his car on the outskirts of San Bernardino County and ends up in a small community of European expats, among whom he develops a whole new personality (as a result of inconsistent writing, not as plot development)
December 16, 2013 |
Twitter is reportedly testing a timeline that shows tweets that were sent from a nearby location. The short messaging service may be experimenting with the feature, dubbed "Nearby," as a way to get more Twitter users to share their geo-location database. According to the Wall Street Journal , the Nearby timeline has appeared on various users' Twitter smartphone apps in recent days. The test feature has only shown up for users who have previously given Twitter permission to see and display their location.