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March 2, 2014
Thank you, Andrew Bender, for a wonderful article highlighting the vibrant community of Oklahoma City ["A Hip Second Life as Restaurants," Feb. 23]. I'm from there and really enjoyed the mention of places I've been and restaurants I've tried. I'm excited to have new places to visit when I head back later in the year. OKC is a wonderful city with wonderful people. I grow tired of the attitude I routinely run into of a place with no redeeming value. Yes, I live in L.A. now, but I miss my old city.
February 27, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Though it comes to Los Angeles as a two-part film, "Generation War" began its life as a three-part German TV series (originally called "Our Mothers, Our Fathers") that was a sensation in its home country. Eight years in the making, 4 hours, 39 minutes long (and needing two separate admissions during its weeklong run at Landmark's Nuart), "Generation War" attracted millions of viewers on German TV. Its story will be familiar and unfamiliar to American viewers, which is why it holds our interest even when it is not at its best.
February 27, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
At a closed-door debate in front of rank-and-file deputies, the candidates for Los Angeles County Sheriff acknowledged that the department must be reformed, but blamed management for the problems plaguing the agency. In a recording of the members-only union event obtained by The Times, the candidates mostly took a diplomatic tone with the deputies, and at times served up the kind of red meat not often heard in front of general audiences. Former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, who has been criticized for helping foster a culture of abuse inside the jails, criticized the department's inmate education program.
February 26, 2014 | By David Ng
"Big Fish," the elaborate stage musical based on the 2003 Tim Burton movie, flopped on Broadway last year, running for fewer than four months before closing at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York.  But this fish isn't dead in the water just yet. The musical -- featuring the original Broadway sets and costumes -- is coming to Southern California in a run scheduled for Oct. 31 to Nov. 16. Musical Theatre West will produce "Big Fish" at the Carpenter...
February 25, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
Beck made his name as a recycler, a smart, savvy searcher known for finding new value in old things. So it makes sense that the artist responsible for "Mellow Gold" and "Odelay," both high points of mid-'90s cut-and-paste pop, would eventually get around to recycling himself. That's more or less what Beck does on his latest album, "Morning Phase. " With the same downbeat acoustic vibe and many of the same players, the new record serves as a kind of spiritual sequel - a "companion piece," his camp calls it - to 2002's "Sea Change," on which the singer broke from his established collage aesthetic to offer up a dozen slow-and-low folk songs about the pain of heartache.
February 25, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
There are myriad ways to promote a film these days, most notably through trailers, billboards, media junkets and talk-show appearances. Now "Noah" star Russell Crowe is trying to reach a higher power, beseeching Pope Francis on Twitter to watch his upcoming biblical adventure, which is based on the Noah's Ark story from the Book of Genesis. Addressing the pontiff as "Dear Holy Father," Crowe on Monday tweeted , "#Noah film. Screening?The message of the film is powerful , fascinating , resonant.
February 24, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Danica Patrick has passed the 1-million mark in Twitter followers, something no other NASCAR driver has even come close to doing. I will now pause for you hard-core NASCAR fans to make your snide comments about Patrick never even coming close to winning a race in the sport. All right, got that out of your system? Patrick passed the mark in the days leading up to the Daytona 500 on Sunday. “It just shows what incredible and loyal fans I have,” she told the Associated Press before the race.
February 22, 2014 | By John Cherwa
A look at the top events on the final day of the Sochi Olympics: CLOSING CEREMONY The closing ceremony is always more low key than the opening. Although exact details are secret, you can expect a lot of music. The athlete numbers are always down because many of them have already returned home. Part of the ceremony will be South Korea-themed in order to recognize the 2018 host, Pyeongchang. MEN'S HOCKEY If the seedings were only a little different, the U.S.-Canada gold-medal rematch could have been the finale.
February 21, 2014 | Times staff
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February 19, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Mike Trout is 22, a mere two years into his big league career, and he's considered to be among the best players in baseball. He could soon also be one of the game's highest-paid players if his agent and the Angels can work out a contract extension. President Obama invoked the center fielder's name in an early-February speech about a farm bill, saying the legislation was "like Mike Trout … somebody who's got a lot of tools. " Trout tweeted Monday that he was flying to Phoenix, and about 200 people greeted him at the airport.
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