December 11, 2010 |
When it comes to money in politics, the new normal is already on vivid display. It could be seen last week in posh restaurants and corporate townhouses on Capitol Hill, where politicians held fundraisers at a record pace. It was evident at Washington's blue-chip law firms, where campaign finance lawyers began work setting up new political committees to collect unlimited donations. It was apparent in the halls of Congress, where lawmakers swapped strategies about how to contend with muscular interest groups looking to take them out. The unusually intense December bustle is the product of this year's elections, where spending surged to $4 billion in sharp-edged campaigns across the country -- a record for a midterm.
November 25, 2010
Just when you thought it was Thanksgiving, surprise, it's Christmas! The Hollywood Christmas Parade is here to remind you that the holidays are in full swing and the new year is right around the corner. A tradition for more than 80 years, the festive spectacle will be hosted by Erik Estrada and Laura McKenzie and telecast on the Hallmark Channel. The parade begins on Hollywood Boulevard at Orange and sweeps down Vine to Sunset before returning to Orange. 6 p.m. Sun. Free. http://www.
November 17, 2010 |
Battery-powered vehicles are about to start rolling into U.S. dealerships, and a sprawling industry is springing up to gain a foothold in what many hope will be a lucrative new niche. In four years, the North American market for electric vehicles is expected to more than double to $20 billion as alternative-fuel vehicles make up nearly 10% of all new-car sales in the U.S., according to separate studies by research company SBI Energy and J.D. Power & Associates. "Clearly, we've come a long way," said Jordan Ramer, chief executive of charging infrastructure company EV Connect.
November 14, 2010 |
"Mario Lopez: Saved by the Baby" ? Because if you don't talk about it, I fear he will try even harder to get attention. Lopez will probably always be known as Albert Clifford Slater, the beefy jock from "Saved by the Bell" (a perm and acid wash parachute pants can do that to a career), but the dimply hunk isn't letting that halt his career. The "Dancing With the Stars" alum and host of "Extra" ? though, we're not about to let him forget about his duties on "The Other Half" ?
November 11, 2010 |
Hollywood's award season battle is suddenly in full swing ? limousines are shuttling filmmakers to and from the Four Seasons, suites are filling up at the Chateau Marmont and actors' entourages are crowding the lobbies of theaters hosting screenings for industry guilds. Amid all the spare-no-expense campaigning, Andy Garcia can be found driving his own car around town, trying to drum up award voters' interest in "City Island," a tiny movie that has proved its doubters wrong at every turn.
October 25, 2009 |
Normal People Don't Live Like This Dylan Landis Persea: 182 pp., $15 paper The power of a girl -- so large, so threatening that civilizations build their religions and bureaucracies, their rules and regulations, their apples and snakes and burkas around it. Creating a girl on paper, a mere character, could it be anything like raising one? Knowing one? Having once been one? No. No. No. Dylan Landis has a gift for creating characters. Her first book of fiction, "Normal People Don't Live Like This," revolves around Leah Levinson, a teenage girl in 1970s Manhattan, and it is in her character details that the writing comes to life.
September 30, 2009 |
Media day, a routine event elsewhere, went as usual in Lakerdom, where it's more like a tour of an asylum to see who's new and what the long-term residents are up to. How many defending champions acquire Ron Artest in the off-season, and see him eclipsed by the first day he puts on a uniform by the wedding of the year? Unfortunately, for those eager to hear about the Lamar Odom-Khloe Kardashian nuptials, they were off the record. Kardashian's producers have embargoed all discussion of the wedding -- until the episode airs on her reality show . . . in three months.
September 27, 2009 |
Shoeless and his uniform top unbuttoned, Joe Torre made his way around the Dodgers' clubhouse. General Manager Ned Colletti also went from locker to locker, placing his hand on the shoulders of the players and whispering something in their ears. There were two empty champagne bottles, about 20 paper cups and a few plastic wine glasses on a table in the middle of the room. Otherwise, there was no evidence that the Dodgers had secured a playoff berth Saturday night with an 8-4 come-from-behind victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.
September 8, 2009 |
In the wake of another summer of hand-wringing among fans and critics about the future of jazz, Labor Day weekend in Southern California marked a face-off of sorts between festivals celebrating two sides of the genre. One, the West Coast Jazz Party, celebrated its 15th year in Irvine while the other, the second annual Angel City Jazz Festival, expanded to two days at a high-profile new location, the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood. Spread out over four days and culminating with a Sunday brunch cruise, the West Coast Jazz Party offers a full menu of traditional jazz that falls under the swing and standards-rich category often called "straightahead."