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February 16, 1992 | TERRY PRISTIN, Terry Pristin is a Times staff writer. and
Wearing feathers in her hair, spike heels and a strapless evening gown, Marianne Williamson, New Age guru of the hour, is seated on a hotel ballroom stage in Marina del Rey, shoulder to shoulder with unmarried soap opera actors and other eligible and glamorous singles. Amid much banter and giggling, they will be "auctioned off" by talk-show host Cyndy Garvey and producer-director Garry Marshall.
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January 21, 2014 | By David Lauter
How much of a boost did President  Obama's 2012 campaign really get from its much-vaunted mastery of data analysis? A significant amount, but not as much as some people think, according to a new analysis by two leading political scientists. The Obama campaign's data efforts have changed the nature of presidential campaigns, much as the “Moneyball” revolution taught some baseball teams that careful analysis of statistics could lead to a wiser use of resources than just going with the gut instincts of longtime scouts.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 10, 1986
I feel compelled to comment in regard to James Metropole's attack on acting schools and teachers which appeared in the Aug. 3 Letters Annex. While there may indeed exist "phonies" and "gurus" in Hollywood who "live off the dreams of their pathetic disciples," many concerned, caring and competent acting instructors offer their students opportunities to gain practical experience and self-knowledge invaluable to the aspiring amateur or professional actor....
HEALTH
January 10, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
How are those new 2014 workouts going? Need a little inspiration boost? We talked to four prominent trainers and fitness personalities in hopes of finding keys to helping you work out - successfully - for years to come. Harley Pasternak, 39, has trained superstars including Lady Gaga and is a bestselling author whose latest title is "The Body Reset Diet. " He has a master's in exercise physiology and nutrition sciences from the University of Toronto. Americans are over-exercising and underactive, Pasternak says.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 16, 1992 | TERRY PRISTIN
Greta Garbo was a follower of Krishnamurti, the late Indian philosopher who spent part of his time in Ojai, and it may have been his influence that caused her to abandon her movie career. Eastern mysticism also held a fascination for Aldous Huxley and Christopher Isherwood. After meeting a psychic who predicted the attack on Pearl Harbor, Mae West developed a deep interest in metaphysics and would invite friends to her house for demonstrations of ESP. Jayne Mansfield and Sammy Davis Jr.
NEWS
August 25, 2002
Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa is an expert on yoga ("Earth Mother, Yoga Star," Aug. 16). She obviously knows what she is doing to give mothers relaxation and serenity, and this doubtless has a positive effect on the unborn child. But she demonstrates the fatal flaw of many "gurus." Charles Lindbergh was an expert on aeronautics, but he expounded on (and was listened to about) politics when he had no more expertise than the person in the street. Gurus have an obligation to be careful about the spillover halo effect.
HEALTH
June 19, 2006
Re: "The 'It' Factor," May 29: It was Max Weber, father of modern sociology, who originally defined the It of the It factor. "Charisma" had formerly been a religious term indicating the showing of holy illumination. Weber recoined it to mean: that in a political leader which appeals to the irrational. I don't see today's spin doctors or self-help gurus adding much to that. ANDY FAHRENWALD Sutter Creek
ENTERTAINMENT
August 18, 1991
Norman Lebrecht's "Backing From the Dead," on Phil Lesh's support of classical composers (Aug. 4), is a big change from previous Times pieces concerning the Grateful Dead: It was accurate, factual and positive. Those previous articles, written by your pop gurus, degenerated into sleazy, sensationalistic tabloid-type journalism. I suggest that all future pieces concerning the Dead be delegated to your music department. This would ensure interested readers accurate, factual, relevant information and allow your pop pundits free time to pursue whatever it is they do best.
MAGAZINE
February 21, 1999
Who appointed Michael Shermer head of the psychic police ("Medium of the Moment," by Paul Lieberman, Jan. 24)? If James Van Praagh can bring comfort to grieving relatives, is what he does so bad? Shermer and his skeptics group sound like a bunch of elitist, hypocritical neurotics. He preaches against gurus, yet his literature identifies James Randi as their spiritual leader. Isn't that a guru? Shermer offers up a lot of claptrap and mostly gets away with it; thinking people have better things to do than pay attention.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2011
The ninth annual Conscious Life Expo devotes three days to self-examination and global transformation with an extensive lineup of new-age speakers, self-help gurus and independent thinkers, including former Sen. Mike Gravel. The conference features workshops, panel discussions, film screenings and exhibitors. Hilton Los Angeles Airport, 5711 W. Century Blvd., L.A. 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Fri. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun. General admission $15-$25, workshops $25-$55. (310) 410-4000.
BUSINESS
September 24, 2012 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Mike Boehm and Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times
Even by Hollywood standards, the audacious art heist from the home of a wealthy L.A. money man is an intriguing whodunit. Jeffrey Gundlach, one of the world's top bond gurus, has offered a $1.7-million bounty for the safe return of a cherished collection stolen from his Santa Monica home last week. The $10-million haul included some of the biggest names in contemporary art: Piet Mondrian, Jasper Johns and Richard Diebenkorn. On Monday, Gundlach took the unusual step of holding a news conference in downtown Los Angeles to announce one of the highest rewards on record for the return of stolen art. He set aside $1 million of the reward money for a Mondrian piece, which one art-theft expert said was the most ever offered for a single painting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2012 | By Hector Becerra and Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times
At Crabby's restaurant in Montebello, Hector Chacon sipped from a steaming bowl of shrimp soup, trying to soothe a nervous stomach. It was election day last November in the small, working-class cities southeast of downtown Los Angeles. For Chacon, a campaign strategist for hire, it was game day. He was helping half a dozen candidates, including one particularly hot prospect: a young real estate agent trying to become Montebello's first Armenian American council member. Few seemed to be slam-dunk winners, though, and Chacon was anxious.
IMAGE
December 25, 2011 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
He may have an uncanny knack for knowing who's naughty or nice, mad package delivery skills and a fan base approaching Lady Gaga's, but, sartorially speaking, Santa Claus is in a bit of a rut. It wasn't always this way. Over the years the man also known as Kris Kringle, Saint Nick and Father Christmas has had nearly as many wardrobe changes as aliases, turning up wearing long, green, fur-lined robes in one incarnation, a bright red-and-white outfit...
HOME & GARDEN
August 27, 2011 | By Debra Prinzing, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The vertical gardening craze has generated all sorts of nifty products that can be attached to a fence, filled with soil and succulents and — voilà — you have a living wall. But according to the authors of "Garden Up! Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces," a Cool Springs Press book released this year, your garden's upright surfaces can be planted in other ways — many involving materials you already have on hand. Bay Area designers Susan Morrison and Rebecca Sweet have two decades of combined experience designing hundreds of gardens, and along the way "we've learned that almost any space can benefit from a few vertical gardening techniques," says Morrison, owner of Creative Exteriors Landscape Design and a founding member of the Lawn Reform Coalition . Her coauthor, Sweet, writes for Horticulture magazine and has a design practice called Harmony in the Garden . Together they shared ideas for making the most of the garden's vertical surfaces: Photos: 'Garden Up!
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2011
The ninth annual Conscious Life Expo devotes three days to self-examination and global transformation with an extensive lineup of new-age speakers, self-help gurus and independent thinkers, including former Sen. Mike Gravel. The conference features workshops, panel discussions, film screenings and exhibitors. Hilton Los Angeles Airport, 5711 W. Century Blvd., L.A. 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Fri. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun. General admission $15-$25, workshops $25-$55. (310) 410-4000.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 2010 | By John Horn, Los Angeles Times
Visual effects artists Colin and Greg Strause have toppled digital elephants in "300," aged Brad Pitt backward for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and cloned one actor into identical twins for "The Social Network. " The brothers' task on "Skyline" is perhaps more daunting: proving themselves as full-fledged independent filmmakers. Visual effects designers occasionally graduate into directing jobs ? Eric Brevig ("Journey to the Center of the Earth") and Stefen Fangmeier ("Eragon")
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2009 | Associated Press
Jack Ingram better be in a chatty mood come Tuesday. The country singer will try to break the world record for most radio interviews in 24 hours as part of a promotional blitz for his new album, "Big Dreams & High Hopes." Communication gurus TJ Walker and Jess Todtfeld hold the current record after speaking to 96 radio stations in 24 hours last June, said Guinness World Records spokeswoman Jamie Panas. The previous record was 72 by Pete Wentz and Patrick Stump of the rock group Fall Out Boy. Ingram is shooting for 225 interviews in 24 hours starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
NEWS
April 25, 1993
The liberal, narrow-minded press has actually caught on to the fact that multiculturalism is tearing this society apart ("Divided We Stand?" April 13). Not one diversity program ever mentions the desire for all people to have a happy peaceful life, the ambitions for their children or any other goals that unite us into one race, the human race. Instead you have the multiculture gurus saying, "We're Africans, you're Hispanic, you over there are Asians, and you (pause to vomit)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2010 | By Kurt Streeter, Los Angeles Times
Globalization is good and necessary, whispers the guru, her arms circling yet another stranger, her words translated into English by an attendee. "But at the same time, families are disintegrating, people are becoming isolated islands, there is no communication… there is no love." So says Amma, the Indian-born spiritual leader who over the last two decades has gained an international name for her simple insight and her signature public act. Amma — full name Mata Amritanandamayi, age 56 — is known as "the Hugging Saint."
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August 22, 2009 | Associated Press
Jack Ingram better be in a chatty mood come Tuesday. The country singer will try to break the world record for most radio interviews in 24 hours as part of a promotional blitz for his new album, "Big Dreams & High Hopes." Communication gurus TJ Walker and Jess Todtfeld hold the current record after speaking to 96 radio stations in 24 hours last June, said Guinness World Records spokeswoman Jamie Panas. The previous record was 72 by Pete Wentz and Patrick Stump of the rock group Fall Out Boy. Ingram is shooting for 225 interviews in 24 hours starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
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