September 12, 2013 |
Sometimes, you just need a little help. That saying certainly holds true for Hector Chavez, the proud but beleaguered mixed martial arts fighter facing a hugely stacked deck in the action melodrama "Chavez: Cage of Glory. " More important, it also applies to Hector Echavarria, the film's writer, director and star (he was also an executive producer), who could have used a serious assist with each of his creative roles before striking up his one-man band and going all "Rocky. " Echavarria, a martial arts champion in his native Argentina, takes an über-earnest approach here.
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September 6, 2013 |
A bit of lost Los Angeles lives for now in a Pomona warehouse. Glimpse it and get goose bumps, even on a sticky summer day. The soft curve of the Brown Derby's hat. The dragon that danced outside Grauman's Chinese. The worn characters above a prewar beauty salon in Little Tokyo. These are the signs that used to light up this town. Plug in the oldest ones and they clickety-clack, clickety-clack, bringing to mind rumble seats and RCA Victor 78s. For more than 30 years, those behind the Museum of Neon Art have searched for signs - scouting out demolitions, digging in Dumpsters, peering into dusty old garages.
July 18, 2013 |
At first glance, the rebuilding Lakers will make you cover your mouth in shock. No Dwight Howard. No Metta World Peace. No Earl Clark. No new coach. No defined ownership. No clear plan. No Showtime. No Lake Show. No Bench Mob. No way in heck are you going to rush home from work on a Tuesday night in February to watch the fourth quarter of their game in Atlanta. But now wait. Look at what is left. Look at what has been added. If you really look at it, when you slowly remove your hand from your mouth, you might actually be smiling.
July 16, 2013 |
Ricky Nolasco, the Dodgers' newest pitcher, started the team's last game before the All-Star break. And he's scheduled to start the team's first game after the All-Star break Friday, when he's expected to match up with Washington's Stephen Strasburg. That's far from the toughest pitching matchup he's faced though. One spring early in his career Nolasco started against his brother Dave. And while the emotion of that game lives on, the results have been largely lost to time. "I think we won," guessed Dave Nolasco, who is 3½ years older than his brother.
July 15, 2013 |
Sebastião Salgado embarked on his "Genesis" project as a recovery mission -- for himself as much as for the planet. After decades documenting varieties of human and environmental degradation, the photographer set off in 2004 to record populations and landscapes untouched by modernity. He sought evidence of people and places living in equilibrium, to affirm that it was still possible. Completed in 2011, "Genesis" offers a stunning visual antidote to the tougher, bleaker side of Salgado's output.
July 1, 2013 |
Life is all about collisions. Having them, avoiding them, learning from them. A recent day brought one between Jim Brown and Buddy Miley. The former is famous and the latter is not. That added to the fascination. Brown is one the better football players ever. He led the NFL in rushing eight times as a member of the Cleveland Browns from 1957 to 1965. He also appeared in several dozen movies, some of them quite good. He is 77. Miley was a football player at a suburban Philadelphia high school in 1973.
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June 8, 2013 |
The dining room at Old Tony's is a testament to its status as a survivor. Its aging green carpets and tan leather booths have overlooked Redondo Beach Pier for more than 60 years. Inside, not much has changed. The tiki bar and musty-gray fishing nets hanging from the ceiling are the kitsch of decades past, and some of the waitresses have been around since the Nixon administration. In its heyday, throngs of visitors packed the pier, even on weekdays, catching movies at the stately Fox theater or fishing off the horseshoe-shaped pier.
May 14, 2013 |
If you liked the way the Rolling Stones sounded back in the late 1960s and early '70s -- darker and bluesier than more recent conjurings -- you have a chance to hear that signature growl once again. The Stones' 50 & Counting tour, which returns to Southern California for three shows starting Wednesday at the Honda Center in Anaheim, pays tribute to those years with no-nonsense renditions of songs such as “Midnight Rambler,” “Sympathy for the Devil” and “Gimme Shelter.” It starts with the gear.
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April 14, 2013 |
The year was 1853, and the steamboat Jenny Lind departed Alviso at the southern tip of San Francisco Bay for its standard voyage to the city. Then disaster struck. A boiler pipe failed, and pressurized steam blew out the furnace doors as passengers awaited their lunch. At least 32 died slow and gruesome deaths from burns, among them some of the Santa Clara Valley's most prominent residents. Others are believed to have jumped overboard and perished. For Bay Area residents, the disaster has been little more than a historical footnote, a nod to the era of steamboat travel.
March 1, 2013 |
The midweek traffic along the 101 Freeway is sluggish this afternoon, but that's nothing compared to two cars along this route that have been stalled for years. The vehicles, bright pink and yellow, are part of artist Frank Romero's mural, "Going to the Olympics," which he painted on the freeway wall in 1984. It was one of 10 murals commissioned that year for the Olympic Arts Festival to commemorate L.A.'s hosting the Games. After years of being heavily tagged with graffiti, however, most of the murals were painted over by CalTrans starting in 2007 to protect them, leaving them in hibernation until funds were available for restoration.