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October 10, 2011 | By David Hansen, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It used to be a brothel, or so they say. The old white building sits on the hill, like the hotel in "The Shining," cavernous and creaky, with long dark hallways and strange apartments. It is the Arch Beach Tavern, built in 1915 to house people from the movie industry. It is an odd place where mystery abounds. There are blank doors with no handles and light switch panels with no switches. In the lobby, an empty rocking chair sits in the corner as if waiting to move with an unseen breeze.
April 9, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The extremely likable Tyler Labine, whose constitutional buoyancy has kept him bobbing back into view even as the ships beneath him ("Mad Love," "Sons of Tucson," "Animal Practice," the relatively long-lived - two seasons! - "Reaper") go one after another to the bottom, is now the star of "Deadbeat," a new paranormal stoner comedy on Hulu. He is, in that respect - to get a little inside for a sentence - the David Walton of Actors Who Are Regularly Compared to Jack Black, whom he resembles in shape, beardedness and a certain rockitude.
January 18, 1994 | Craig Turner and Richard E. Meyer, Times Staff Writers
Beate Heuss had nearly conquered her fear when she felt it again. That's why it was so terrifying. It was happening again. She and her husband, David, were in bed, like the last time. In a mobile home, just like the last time. It was, in fact, the same mobile home, at the same trailer park. "This one felt much worse," she said afterward, calm but able to remember every tremor, then the shaking, then the violence. "It was much harder, a hard jolt. The '71 one swayed a little. " But this one did not sway.
March 28, 2014 | By David Wharton
Just weeks after the conclusion of the Sochi Winter Olympics and Paralympics, a Russian blogger claims that the Olympic Park and its surrounding hotels have become a ghost town. Alexander Valov posted photographs of the area on Blog Sochi under the headline "Dead City. " The photos show what Valov said are daily scenes of empty streets and deserted residential complexes, along with untended trash and weeds growing in adjacent fields. He asserted that much of the Olympic-related construction in the area remains unfinished.  Russia spent a reported $51 billion-plus to build sports venues, hotels, roads and railways for the Sochi Games.
October 25, 2013 | By Leah Ollman
Elin O'Hara Slavick photographs survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Not human survivors but objects that factor into everyday life - bottles, brooms, combs - and emblematize their users. Technically, the pictures are photograms, direct traces of the physical objects themselves. What Slavick produces are ghosts, haunting images from a past that, to paraphrase Faulkner, is neither dead nor past. A professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Slavick is engaged in what she terms “ethical seeing.” She examines the aftermath of war, its visible residue, as an act of remembrance, a kind of post-witnessing laced with pathos and latent protest.
July 30, 2012 | By David Pagel
At Cherry and Martin, a three-artist show takes visitors back to school. But rather than educating us about anything, “Bush of Ghosts” treats the pranks students play as an art form. No one does this better than Nathan Mabry, whose life-size bronze sculpture of a cowboy astride a bucking bronco would be right at home in any collection of Western art, except that the cowboy's head has been replaced by that of a ferocious monster, its fang-filled mouth open wide. Nearly 12 feet tall, Mabry's statue makes Frederic Remington look as hip - and significantly more ambitious - than many young sculptors, who seem to want nothing more than for their work to be accepted as "unmonumental.
May 21, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
There is absolutely no reason for Restaurant 1833 in Monterey to be as good as it is. In the first place, well, it's in Monterey, a lovely town that is swamped by short-term tourists - the kinds of diners who will eat at a restaurant once and never go back again. Then there's the setting. Restaurant 1833 is housed in one of the oldest homes in Monterey, for many years the home of the town's leading doctor James Stokes - at least until his misdiagnosis killed California governor Jose Figueroa and an investigation revealed that he had never had a medical license in the first place.
"Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" is an amusingly sentimental whiff of a romantic comedy, a modern-day morality tale that is a little "It's Not Such a Wonderful Life" and a lot "A Very Un-Christmas Carol." Instead of Jimmy Stewart's George Bailey despairing over a life lived in service to the greater good, we have Matthew McConaughey as a man relishing a life lived in service to the greater bad.
November 14, 2008 | associated press
The Metropolitan Opera is giving up "The Ghosts." Cutting costs in the wake of the economic downturn, the Met is dropping next season's highly anticipated revival of John Corigliano's "The Ghosts of Versailles." Angela Gheorghiu and Thomas Hampson, who were to appear, instead will sing in a less-costly revival of Verdi's "La Traviata," Met general manager Peter Gelb said Thursday. "In looking at ways to economize, that was an unfortunate sacrifice," Gelb said in an interview. "It's a much more expensive revival than most."
November 14, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Many documentaries steeped in social or political issues get very insistent and often very noisy in expressing a point of view. Michael Moore is of course the model for effective, engaging and defiantly in-your-face activism in this arena. In contrast, "The Ghosts in Our Machine," a heartfelt meditation on animal rights, comes at you as a whisper. It depends on the persuasive powers of creatures great and small - in their natural habitat or in cages - to argue that we stop using them for food, clothing, research and entertainment.
March 19, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
With a new book coming out slagging Apple CEO Tim Cook for not being Steve Jobs ( it's called "Haunted Empire" --get it?), you should expect lots of specious comparisons of the reigns of the two Apple chieftains to reach the popular press. John Gruber at Daring Fireball points out one common misconception in a laudable effort to throttle it in its crib: the notion that since Jobs' death, Apple's " share price has slumped and it has lost its title of the world's most valuable firm.
March 14, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
When you shop for food, are you thinking of your devotion to the environment or to animal welfare? Do your primary concerns involve allergies or genetically modified (GMO) ingredients? Even as the federal government is working to simplify food labels, manufacturers and marketers are increasingly adding icons to appeal to shoppers' priorities. Those efforts were front and center at the mammoth Natural Products Expo West, held last week at the Anaheim Convention Center, where tens of thousands of convention-goers examined thousands of products, ranging from those invented in home kitchens to items produced by major companies.
February 27, 2014 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
When plans for a Holocaust memorial in Berlin were announced years ago, German writer Martin Walser wondered how many monuments to shame his country would have to build. It was a telling sentiment for a nation that could not cleanse the past yet wanted its young freed from the stain of their Nazi ancestors. The ruin of World War II - bones of the fallen are still occasionally dug up in forests outside Berlin - led to decades of national silence, anger, reparation and collective guilt.
February 22, 2014 | Steve Lopez
Anthony Navarro worked with solemn purpose and a box of tools, stripping the old discarded bicycle of its gear shifts, brakes and chain. He cut his finger, wiped a drop of blood on his pants and kept going. "It helps me with my anger when I'm doing it," said Navarro. "It brings me some kind of inner peace. " On Thanksgiving Day 2011, Navarro's 6-year-old son, Anthony, was riding his bicycle in front of the family's Oxnard home when he was struck by a pickup truck. "The moment I saw him, I knew he was gone," said Navarro, who reeled under the weight of sudden, unbearable loss.
February 20, 2014 | By Inkoo Kang
Arriving less than a week after the high-profile death of Pentecostal pastor and reality-show star Jamie Coots by snakebite, the religious thriller "Holy Ghost People" is well poised to exploit fears of an already misunderstood spiritual minority. "Holy Ghost People" takes its name from a 1967 documentary by Peter Adair that captures the soul of a politically progressive West Virginia congregation that handles snakes and speaks in tongues. Director Mitchell Altieri's disappointing feature makes nasty beasts of the very people Adair strived to humanize, portraying them as violent, intolerant hicks straight out of central casting.
January 23, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
The plight of the Lyubov Orlova has grabbed the imagination of the media with its tale of cannibal rats" aboard an abandoned vessel drifting in the north Atlantic -- possibly toward the U.K. On Thursday, reports surfaced that high winds could be pushing the vessel and its rats toward the shore of western Ireland, Scotland or the southern tip of England. If it weren't for the starving rodents believed to be feeding on one another on the craft, the story of this cruise vessel turned ghost ship could have an aura of romance.
One thing Norway and the United States have in common is a puritanical heritage. It usually plays havoc with our protestations of freedom and equality, and especially with freedom of speech. We see contradiction at work on a daily basis in the endless debate over such items as art, abortion, homosexuality, pornography and civil rights.
December 29, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
KOLKATA, India - Rumors swept Kolkata this year that a runaway boy spent the night beside a 4,000-year-old Egyptian mummy in the Indian Museum, a building with a reputation for being haunted. The local media wrote it up, and a crowd, including some worried that the youngster had been besieged by ghosts, mobbed India's oldest museum demanding better security. With passions running high, authorities here in West Bengal state launched an investigation. "We checked all the closed-circuit TV cameras, gave them to the police," said Tanuja Ghosh, a museum geologist.
December 17, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- It is still nearly three weeks before state lawmakers return to session, but some on Tuesday previewed the bills they plan to introduce, including measures involving revenge porn, ghost guns and oil taxes. Sen. Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) said he would propose a bill to close a loophole in this year's new law prohibiting revenge porn. The term is used to describe cases where men and women in bitter breakups post nude photos of their exes on the Internet to embarrass them.
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