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November 17, 2012 |
Looking to dramatically tip the scales in the race for Los Angeles' next mayor, a nationally prominent Republican media strategist has formed a "super PAC" that aims to spend millions of dollars to elect dark-horse mayoral candidate Kevin James. Fred Davis, a GOP advertising man who has worked on campaigns for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, U.S. Senate hopeful Carly Fiorina and former President George W. Bush, said the Better Way LA committee has raised nearly $500,000 on behalf of James and plans to collect at least $3.5 million more.
November 3, 2012 |
Life has left Fred Bradley , 81, weakened in a wheelchair. The small-time horse breeder from Frankfort, Ky., leaned back from his vantage point and smiled on Saturday at Santa Anita. "I'm not getting any better," Bradley concluded. "But I'm not getting any worse. " Groupie Doll, a 4-year-old filly Bradley and his trainer/son, William "Buff" Bradley , personally pulled to birth on their 320-acre farm, won the $1-million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint by 41/2 lengths in the most dominating individual performance of the nine Saturday Breeders' Cup races.
November 1, 2012
COMEDY If you've ever spun a radio dial over weekend NPR, you've probably heard Mike Birbiglia spinning yarns about his sleepwalking and all the hilarious-terrifying situations it's gotten him into. His popular "This American Life" segment was turned into the film "Sleepwalk With Me," and here he'll continue his knack for arch, self-deprecating storytelling. Fred Kavli Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks, Thousand Oaks. 8 p.m. Fri. $20-$35. ticketmaster.com.
October 23, 2012 |
"You've gotta see them live. " That's a common response when talking to someone about a new musical discovery. And yet, live albums are viewed with a bit of disdain in the pop and rock realm, where they're often little more than a perfunctory, last-gasp release to fulfill the record company requirement. In the world of improvised music, however, live albums are where the rubber meets the road, where the music can venture from a sketch to a widescreen portrait. In the last few months there are have been a remarkable bounty of live albums in jazz, and each expresses artistry that existed for only one night, but now it's in your hand.
October 9, 2012 |
There they were Sunday night, during the televised NFL game, their pictures flashed to a nation of TV viewers, with penalties incurred listed below. They were three known New Orleans Saints evildoers. They might just as well have been on the wall of a post office: --Sean Payton, Saints head coach, suspended for the season. --Joe Vitt, Saints assistant coach, suspended for six games. --Gregg Williams, Saints defensive coordinator, suspended indefinitely. They were the core of the New Orleans bounty hunters, the men who un-Saintly created or allowed their players to pool money and award it to those who knocked key opponents out of games.
October 1, 2012 |
Every day, musicians are exploring new ways to understand -- and profit from -- a business that doesn't easily grant either any more, and on Sunday, Canadian singer-songwriter-raconteur Fred Eaglesmith rolled into Santa Monica to wrap up an intriguing grass-roots tour that has taken him and a ragtag band of fellow players and fans from Chicago to L.A. along Route 66. Possibly best known outside his cult following as the composer of the title track...
September 27, 2012 |
Grounded in the real-life experiences of writer-director Richard Ledes, "Fred Won't Move Out" centers on the efforts of two adult children to persuade their aging parents to leave the home where they've lived for 50 years. But the filmmaker's personal connection to the story - he even shot the movie in the house where he grew up - fails to give "Fred Won't Move Out" an added emotional charge, and the drama simply feels directionless and flat. Elliott Gould stars as Fred, whose wife, Susan (Judith Roberts)
September 13, 2012 |
How do you think of Penny Marshall? I remember her as Laverne on "Laverne and Shirley," playing the funny, loud, brash Laverne. I wanted to be loud and brash, but, as these things go, I was a Shirley, all type A and buttoned-up. That was probably how most of us who watched TV in the '70s got to know her, as a comedienne on a sitcom. People who got to know her in the 1980s and '90s will think of her as a film director. "Big" with Tom Hanks. "Awakenings" with Robin Williams. "A League of Their Own" with Geena Davis and Madonna.
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September 10, 2012 |
The sign outside Fred Caporaso's door lists his official title: professor of food science. And it's true that his research area is sensory evaluation, the science of how food tastes. But step inside, and it's clear that his heart never strays far from the Galapagos Islands. His cluttered desk and shelves are lined with tortoise trinkets and photos with him and his students, mementos from the 18 trips he has taken to the islands. The professor has become enamored with the islands made famous by Charles Darwin, and he has emerged as something of an authority - taking students each year and giving lectures nationwide about the creatures inhabiting the islands.
September 10, 2012 |
Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson suffered a right knee injury during Sunday's 48-28 loss to the New York Jets. Jackson, who missed most of last season because of a broken right leg, went down with 11:07 left in the first half when he was hit hard by LaRon Landry. Trainers worked on Jackson's right knee for several minutes on the bench before taking him to the locker room. The initial diagnosis is a sprained lateral collateral ligament. He will have an MRI performed Monday.