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November 22, 1985
Prissy Fein and Heavenly, who will run in the Dec. 14 Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos Race Course, will meet tonight on the Orange County track in the 400-yard Pocahontas Handicap. Heavenly, which has 14 finishes of either first or second in 15 races, has not raced locally and is running for the first time under the lights. Prissy Fein won the Los Alamitos Derby this summer. First post for tonight's program is 7:30 p.m.
April 24, 2014 | By Chris Lee
For those familiar with Randall Wallace 's cinematic oeuvre , the Oscar-nominated writer-director's efforts can be understood to fall into two distinct categories: films following heroes on do-or-die missions and those following heroes who conquer incredible odds to win come-from-behind victories. In the first category: the period action-dramas “Braveheart” and “We Were Soldiers” (both written by Wallace and starring a pre-rageaholic Mel Gibson). In the second: the Musketeer thriller “The Man in the Iron Mask” and the equestrian sports drama “Secretariat” (films Wallace wrote and directed)
April 13, 1990
What heavenly music Coming from on high It's Gabriel Satchmo and Sarah the Divine. MARY STILO Encino
April 22, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
When the dust settled at the box office this past weekend, two biblical-themed films found themselves at opposite ends of the top 10: The modestly budgeted family drama "Heaven Is for Real" earned an impressive $22.5 million to debut in the No. 2 slot, and Darren Aronofsky's Old Testament epic, "Noah," took in $5 million over its fourth weekend, putting it in the No. 9 spot. In a year when religious movies are fruitful and multiplying, "Heaven" and "Noah" represent two very different examples of Hollywood courting Christian audiences, and together they demonstrate some of the potential rewards and risks of doing so. "Noah" has proved by far the most controversial biblical-themed movie this year, and in the months leading up to its release, it came under fire for taking artistic license with Scripture.
April 16, 1994
Just to numb ourselves in drug abuse would only increase the problems and pain of our lives. I pray that all people in our troubled world would find the inner comfort, strength, peace, joy and hope that only come from a good relationship with our heavenly maker. DANIEL LIM Westminster
February 5, 1989
You are right about our vaunted postmodernism: It ascends from pop culture to the seminar room, and not the other way around. Our intellectual heresiarchs yearn to be accused of undermining traditional values. To Irvine they now resort, closer to Hollywood than Paris, and the former not the latter is postmodernism's heavenly city. ANDREW McKENNA UNIVERSITE DE BRETAGNE OCCIDENTALE, BREST, FRANCE
November 26, 2000
I enjoyed "100 Years Later, London Celebrates the Importance of Being Wilde" (Nov. 18) immensely until I read that Oscar Wilde was buried in a "pauper's grave." I can only hope that such paupers' graves are available at my decease! As anyone who has been to the Pere-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris can attest (and this includes thousands of adoring Jim Morrison fans), Wilde's grave has a splendid stone monument reminiscent of a heavenly apparition with enormous wings reaching skyward on either side.
July 11, 2003
While I was fishing on Malibu Pier 20 years ago, a man asked if he could sit by me. To my surprise, it was Buddy Ebsen (obituary, July 8). He said he walked on piers everywhere he traveled. He loved to watch the water and talk to people. We talked for over 30 minutes, and I told him I enjoyed his song-and-dance routine on Broadway and his roles on "The Beverly Hillbillies" and "Barnaby Jones." When he left, he thanked me for our conversation. He retained his humility, in spite of his fame.
April 24, 1989
I enjoyed reading your lengthy and absorbing articles ("Visions of Holiness in Lubbock," and "Miracles Are Explained but Not Forgotten") in the April 9 and 10 issues. The extended articles described the heavenly visions in Lubbock, Tex., during the year 1988. The events were associated with visions of Mary, Christ, and heavenly angels seen in the sky over Lubbock. Sometime after the year 1957, I visited Lubbock and talked to a professor at Texas Tech University about the "Lubbock Lights" of 1951.
November 25, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Southern California didn't get a big Thanksgiving storm, but that didn't stop area ski resorts from opening for those craving early powder. Mammoth and Lake Tahoe areas are open too. But this early in the season, it's always best to check conditions online before you head out. All-day tickets at Bear Mountain and Snow Summit sold out Friday, but skiers and riders can make reservations  online for Saturday ($49 for adults for an all-day lift...
April 18, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
Think of Byzantium, and a color leaps to mind. That color is gold. The empire ruled from the crossroads of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea for a thousand years between AD 324 and its final collapse in 1453. At the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, where a rare and stunning exhibition of Byzantine art recently opened, gold is everywhere. It's the ground on which biblical scenes unfold, from the tender nativity of Jesus to the brutal Passions and miraculous resurrection of Christ.
March 14, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
When the great Irish poet William Butler Yeats prayed for some kind of connection to permanence and immortality, his thoughts turned to Byzantine art as the most perfect emblem of the profound, eternal state of creative grace he was after. He wrote, in "Sailing to Byzantium," of a yearning to encounter and be transformed by the gold-infused religious images of "sages standing in God's holy fire" that define the Byzantine style. Now Byzantium is sailing to Los Angeles. "Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections," the biggest Byzantine art blockbuster to reach the West Coast, begins a 41/2-month run at the Getty Villa on April 9, along with a smaller related show of illuminated manuscripts at the Getty Center in Brentwood that runs for three months starting March 25. CHEATSHEET: Spring 2014 arts preview Whether the 178 works to be on display at the Villa will induce Yeatsian mystical transports is uncertain, but they promise to be an eyeful.
February 7, 2014 | By Anthony Clark Carpio
A teen who recently moved from Orange County died Tuesday after a snowboarding accident at a Lake Tahoe ski resort. Wyatt James Colvard, 18, who lived in Tahoe-area Kings Beach and recently moved from Fountain Valley, died of internal injuries from blunt-force trauma, according to the Douglas County sheriff's office in Nevada. Colvard was an employee of Northstar California, a sister ski resort of Heavenly Ski Resort, where he died, Northstar spokeswoman Rachael Woods told the Huntington Beach Independent . Sheriffs responded to a call of an injured skier or snowboarder at Heavenly at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday.
January 28, 2014 | By Paul Whitefield
Don't look now, America, but we're running out of Marlboro Men. And no, I don't mean your Uncle Louie who works for sanitation back in Philly. I mean the real McCoys, the guys who appear in the ads. The latest to go was Eric Lawson, 72, who was the face of Marlboros in print ads from 1978 to 1981. He died Jan. 10 in San Luis Obispo. What killed him? Smoking, of course. Or, more accurately, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which is often caused by smoking. Lawson started smoking at 14. Lawson isn't the only Marlboro Man to die of smoking-related causes.
January 17, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
January on the classic car calendar means collectors from around the world -- and their checkbooks -- head to Scottsdale, Ariz., for the car auctions the sun-drenched city hosts each year. Auction houses like Barrett-Jackson, Russo and Steele, Gooding and Co., and RM Auctions all set up shop and host single or multiday auctions. Barrett-Jackson is the granddaddy of the Scottsdale sales in terms of volume of cars sold. Its auctions began on Tuesday and run through Sunday. During that span, more than 1,500 vehicles will find new homes.
January 12, 2014 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: Saturday's Art of Elysium "Heaven" Gala brought together a galaxy of stars on the eve of the Golden Globe Awards.  Designed by songwriter Linda Perry, according to her vision of heaven, the black-tie gala benefited Elysium organization and honored comedian Hayes MacArthur and actress Ali Larter of “Heroes” and “Final Destination.” The crowd: Art of Elysium, which brings the creative arts to hospitalized children, is...
February 21, 2009 | David Ng
Heaven can and indeed should wait for "Ixnay," Paul Kikuchi's new comedy about reincarnation that opened Wednesday at East West Players. This lighthearted fantasy tells the story of a recently deceased young man who gets a second chance at life thanks to an executive order from the government in the sky. But it's not the protagonist who needs another pass through the machinery so much as the script itself -- a broad mix of farce and cliched identity politics...
August 21, 2004 | Larry B. Stammer, Times Staff Writer
Ever since Walt Disney began turning out feature-length animated films, scholars, theologians and journalists have plumbed the depths of the simple morality tales for deeper religious meanings and messages. Was Snow White's eating of the poison apple an allusion to the Fall in the Garden of Eden? When the puppet maker Geppetto was swallowed by a whale, was that a veiled reference to Jonah in Hebrew Scriptures? Were Jiminy Cricket's initials in "Pinocchio" a hidden reference to Jesus Christ?
December 26, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Money can't buy you love, but as George Bailey said to Clarence, it comes in real handy when you're trying to build a winning baseball team. Or something like that. Money has been the one great ingredient the Guggenheim Group has lavished upon the Dodgers since taking over club ownership in May 2012. It threw money at the payroll to make the team immediately competitive and win back fan support. Is that over? We're about to find out. As The Times' Dylan Hernandez points out , Masahiro Tanaka's posting is about to offer an immediate litmus test as to whether the Dodgers' free-spending days are at an end. Because all he costs is money.
December 17, 2013 | By Ellen Olivier
Singer, songwriter and producer Linda Perry has been chosen as the "visionary" for the Art of Elysium's seventh annual Heaven Gala in Los Angeles in January. The Art of Elysium is a charitable organization that brings creativity into the lives of hospitalized children through its network of volunteer musicians, artists, fashion designers, writers, filmmakers and actors. “We create a world around them that's very, very different from the world they're in and we empower the children to see things far beyond their hospital rooms,” says founder Jennifer Howell.
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