December 25, 2011 |
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 |
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!
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.
November 7, 2010 |
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")
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2010 |
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."
August 22, 2009 |
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.