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April 16, 2010 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Subversive, provocative and unexpected, "Exit Through the Gift Shop" delights in taking you by surprise, starting quietly but ending up in a hall of mirrors as unsettling as anything Lewis Carroll's Alice ever experienced. Even when you think you've figured this film out, you can't shake the notion that maybe you haven't. No director or screenwriters are listed in "Gift Shop's" credits, just the words "A Banksy Film," which refer to the notoriously secretive British street artist and master provocateur who's become world famous without giving up his anonymity.
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February 21, 2014 | By Ryan Ritchie
With a population of about 1,500, the 2-square-mile town of Summerland, Calif., epitomizes the cliché "Blink and you'll miss it. " Do your best not to blink as you drive through because this sleepy beach community six miles from Santa Barbara is home to an array of mom-and-pop antiques shops, a handful of local eateries and the sorts of views that make you want to do the good kind of nothing all day. The tab: a king bed at the Inn on Summer Hill begins...
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NEWS
May 5, 1994
If you want to help the environment, you can do more than toss your soda can in the right bin, says Nancy Bush, the owner of Harmony Works, a new gift shop in Redondo Beach. Every item in the shop is "Earth-friendly," Bush said, from vests made from old drapes to chopsticks made from fallen tree branches: "We want to show people you can purchase a gift for someone that can be recycled."
NEWS
January 2, 2014 | By Jay Jones
Skating at an Alpine lodge. Playing beer pong around the clock. Shopping for the most-blogged-about gifts. Such dreams can now come true along Las Vegas Boulevard. Through Jan. 20, Caesars Palace is creating a winter wonderland at its Caesars Chalet . Overlooking the Strip, the chalet features an outdoor ice-skating rink, falling snow and hot drinks, with and without alcohol. Skating sessions are available 11 a.m.-12:30 a.m. The half-hour sessions cost $11, and skate rental is available for $5. Just across the Strip, the first properties at the Linq have opened.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 30, 2010 | By Steven Zeitchik
Hardly anyone knows what he looks like and only a handful of people have seen his art. But at January's Sundance Film Festival, the little-known documentary "Exit Through the Gift Shop" -- featuring the enigmatic English guerrilla artist Banksy -- created a fan and media frenzy not seen in Park City, Utah, in quite some time. Hundreds lined up hours before the premiere in 15-degree weather for a chance at a much-coveted ticket. The story, told by Banksy -- known for keeping his real identity secret as well as for his spontaneous, politically disruptive and at times hilarious street art (think of graffiti stencils of two male police officers making out or the queen of England as a chimp)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1998 | HOPE HAMASHIGE
After voting in February to evict K. Lee Gifts from the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center, the City Council voted Tuesday to move the shop and give its owner, Kwang Lee, a six-year lease. Lee will move from the 900-square-foot shop she has occupied since 1988 to a 150-square-foot shop in an alcove area near the entry doors. The council had voted to rent Lee's space to Foster Assessment Center and Testing Services, a private company that provides job-placement services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 1987 | CLAUDIA PUIG, Times Staff Writer
A day after Pope John Paul II's visit to the San Fernando Mission, 72-year-old Sister Elena de los Santos and her nephew and sister scooped up nearly $140 worth of souvenirs from the mission's gift shop. "I would like to take everything blessed by the Pope back home with me," De Los Santos of Bogota, Colombia, said Thursday in Spanish--beaming at the array of merchandise she and her two family members had purchased.
BUSINESS
December 12, 1995 | LEO SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
One of Charlotte Lewin's priorities when she took over the gift shop at Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks in 1990 was to expand the merchandise selection. Her shop was limited to a single display case, some shelves, a couple of bookracks and for special occasions, such as Hanukkah, a portable table. But she was determined to fill the space. "I saw there were more Jewish people moving into the area and there were no gift shops oriented toward a Jewish line of products," Lewin said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2004 | Patt Morrison, Times Staff Writer
Arnold Schwarzenegger promised to turn around the California economy, and so he may -- one souvenir at a time. Arnoldiana -- that body of T-shirts, postcards and novelties bearing some Schwarzeneggerian figure or phrase -- is selling like mad, raking in the sales tax. In the case of the gift shop in the basement of the state Capitol, sales benefit a Sacramento group for the developmentally disabled too.
OPINION
January 12, 2006 | PATT MORRISON, PATT MORRISON'S e-mail is patt.morrison@latimes.com.
IT'S BEEN A MONTH of funerals for the Golden State -- four literal and one figurative. Since early December, California has buried some of its great and good: Ellen Stern Harris, the "mother" of the Coastal Commission Act; Bill Robertson, a working man who championed the worker as head of Los Angeles County's labor federation; and two city councilmen -- Ernani Bernardi and Marvin Braude, who were vigilant protectors of L.A.'s public money, public spaces and public health.
NEWS
November 19, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
Here's something to celebrate for New Year's Day 2013: The city of L.A.  is finally banning plastic bags . Goodbye, and high time too, to those wispy, blow-away plastic bags that wind up in all the wrong places, from treetops to sea turtles' bellies. Happily, the trope that is “paper or plastic?” will become as meaningless as “23 skidoo.” But dear city fathers (and our one city mother, there being only one female elected official in City Hall), can we please, please, not blow this fantastic marketing opportunity and wind up looking lame once again?
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 2013 | By David Ng
Where's Waldo? How about where's Banksy? The anonymous British street artist has been playing hide and seek with New Yorkers (and the media) this month as part of his month-long "residency" in Gotham. Do serious art lovers care enough to follow the hype? Does it matter? On Tuesday, Banksy posted on his website (and social-media channels) his latest presumed work: a miniature tribute to the Twin Towers on the streets of Tribeca. The outdoor stencil depicts the dark silhouettes of the World Trade Center buildings against the New York skyline.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 2013 | By David Ng
No matter what opinions you have of Banksy, the anonymous British graffiti artist whose monthlong "residency" on the streets of New York has drawn crowds of curious onlookers, it would be hard to deny his skills as an art-world publicity machine. Stoking public interest and the eager media with daily updates, he (or it) has made online self-promotion an artistic tool alongside his spray paints and stencils. Anything Banksy claims must be taken with a degree of skepticism, given the secrecy surrounding the artist's identity.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
“Hey, that was my idea!” is a complaint that's so 2012. “It was my idea to steal that idea!” is more of the moment -- particularly if that moment is next Saturday. Josh Mintz, lead singer of the band Friend Slash Lover, will host an evening of art and music on June 29 -- called “It Was My Idea to Steal That Idea” -- at the massive, 6,000-square-foot “art lab” Nomad Art Compound. The event is also a release party for the indie rock band's new single, “Hellthy,” and one of the DJs is none other than street artist Shepard Fairey, who will be spinning under the name “DJ Diabetic.” “The whole show is based on these quickie phrases that have layers of meaning,” Mintz told Culture Monster.
TRAVEL
May 25, 2013
Our favorite gift shop is in the heart of Tremezzo, Italy, on Lake Como. Items include custom jewelry made by the owner and handbags by her mother. There's also a selection of Murano glass. Nice selection and moderate prices. Fleur de Lis, 4a Via Portici Sampietro,Tremezzo; 011-39-0344-41212. Jade Kemble Rancho Bernardo
NEWS
March 28, 2013 | By Monte Morin
The gift shop at the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Ky., has voluntarily recalled five condiment sauces due to mislabeling and undeclared allergens, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to wheat, soy, anchovy or milk risk serious or even life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. No adverse reactions or illnesses have been reported. The receall applies to the following products sold under the Buffalo Trace Distillery brand name: --Bourbon Flavored Caramel Sauce, 8-ounce jar, UPC 795436001058, best buy date 2/16/14.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 1991 | PSYCHE PASCUAL
Thousand Oaks officials who opened a new gift shop at a city library last week are hoping to get patrons to open their wallets as well as their books. The gift shop in the Thousand Oaks Library on Janss Road was officially opened by city officials and representatives of the Thousand Oaks Library Foundation. "It's the only gift shop located in a library in the county," said city library services director Marvin Smith. "This is a pioneering activity. It's an experiment."
BUSINESS
December 3, 1985 | ARIAN COLLINS, Times Staff Writer
Museum gift shops are gearing up for the holidays, their second-largest sales period, with unique gift ideas that range from imported folk art to high-tech office supplies. Summer is the heaviest sales time and the institutions count on gift-shop profits to keep the otherwise nonprofit organizations alive and well. Books are nearly every museum's biggest seller.
NEWS
March 20, 2013 | By Terry Gardner
Travelers can sneak a peek at the renovated Volcano House with this deal before the historic property's official reopening in June. The deal: The Volcano House's introductory Pardon our Dust rate offers discounts on both hotel rooms and Namakanipaio Campground cabins.  Each of the available remodeled Crater View rooms costs $200 per night (excluding tax).  Each of the 10 newly refurbished Namakanipaio Cabins costs $55 per night (excluding tax). The historic hotel closed for remodeling in 2010, and the National Park Service and the concessionaire have spent more then $6 million in seismic upgrades, safety improvements and renovations.
NEWS
March 4, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
For years, La Casita Mexicana in Bell has been one of Southern California's best-loved Mexican restaurants. It's so popular that customers are willing to stand in line on the weekends for a table. No more. It's not the food that's changed, or the charm of owners Jaime Martin del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu. It's just that very quietly, in the last month, they've more than doubled the number of seats. Imagine --  those amazing chiles en nogada , or pork in pistachio mole, without having to wait.
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