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ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2010
Saturday Sanrio's "I Heart Nerds" Party with Hello Kitty Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica $15; 8:30 p.m. Sanrio.com/smallgift A Club Called Rhonda with Lovefingers and Goddollars El Cid, 4212 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A. $10 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.; rhondasays.net Serenade Sunset BBQ: music, food trucks, readings and comedy Mi Alma Gardens, 4016 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. $5; 2 to 6 p.m. Silverlakejubilee.
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BUSINESS
December 22, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
When a toy designer's young daughter becomes fascinated by the gel-like beads in a flower vase, there is only one conclusion to draw: "There has got to be a toy in here somewhere," says Ron Brawer, a partner in the Maya Group and a toy industry veteran. The fast-growing Torrance company has gone on to develop dozens of playthings based on those transparent polymer pellets. One of those toys, a modified water gun called the Xploderz XBlaster 200, was a finalist for the 2012 Outdoor Toy of the Year Award from the Toy Industry Assn.
SPORTS
November 15, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Are you ready to ease back in your Dodgers inflatable chair, feet resting on your Dodgers welcome mat, head beneath your Dodgers pennant (which is right next to your Yasiel Puig Fathead), wearing your Dodgers hoodie, listening to Vin Scully on your portable Dodgers speaker (or headphones), all while clutching your Dodgers autograph baseball in one hand and tapping one of your new Dodgers bobbleheads with the other? It's all so possible. You don't need an app to imagine that, the Dodgers will sell you a special mini plan.
BUSINESS
September 15, 2013 | By Hugo Martín
A federal lawsuit to stop the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways could be good for penny-pinching fliers. The legal challenge filed in August by the U.S. Department of Justice says that the deal to create the world's largest carrier would cut competition and lead to higher fares. Until the lawsuit is settled or won by either side, don't expect the two airlines to raise fares and give federal authorities more reason to fight the merger, said Rick Seaney, chief executive of the fare monitoring site Farecompare.com.
TRAVEL
June 17, 2012 | By Catharine Hamm
Question: My husband and I travel to Vietnam two or three times a year to visit our family. We fly EVA Airways and book in premium economy for the extra legroom. We can book our seats 100 days in advance. But the only two-across seats that are available in Rows 21-27 are in that last row, which is near the toilet, and they don't recline; everything else is blocked. I've asked my travel agent for help - I even stood there while she called. No luck. Why does this happen? What should I do?
ENTERTAINMENT
March 23, 2001 | JANA J. MONJI
What do you do when your parents file restraining orders against you? In the case of one 6-foot-2 redhead, you make an educational, multimedia show. In his "The Very Worst of Varla Jean Merman," at the Hudson Avenue Theatre, Jeffery Roberson gives cross-dressing and self-absorption a good name.
HOME & GARDEN
March 18, 2004 | Adamo DiGregorio and David A. Keeps, Special to The Times
Like hip-hop and Madonna, graffiti would never last, they said. They were wrong. Spray paint, doodles and block lettering have become part of the vocabulary of contemporary art, from paintings at L.A. galleries such as New Image Art to the logo of Burbank's Urban Outfitters. These vibrant graphics are also making their way from public places to private spaces.
MAGAZINE
July 14, 2002 | GINNY CHIEN
'Eccentric' doesn't begin to describe Magic Cat, Michiko Kishimoto's 4-year-old shop in Little Tokyo. Along with nearly every conceivable cat collectible under the sun, the 67-year-old proprietor also stocks Elvis memorabilia and Kurosawa videos because, well, she can. Granted, the two entertainers had cat-related nicknames (Elvis was often referred to as the 'Hillbilly Cat,' while she says some called director Akira Kurosawa 'Kool Kat').
BUSINESS
March 13, 2007 | Solvej Schou, The Associated Press
"I want it!" squealed 13-year-old Hiiaka Kaneao, pointing to a sparkly, hot pink, star-shaped bass guitar hanging inside a pink fur-lined booth. Her high-pitched voice is music to the ears of the guitar's maker, Daisy Rock Guitars. The Los Angeles retailer's colorful and smaller guitars for girls and women have gained worldwide popularity in the last several years and signaled a growing trend within the traditionally male-dominated guitar industry.
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