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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 Sanrio.com/smallgift A Club Called Rhonda with Tensnake, Lovefingers and Goddollars El Cid, 4212 W. Sunset Blvd., $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 Silverlakejubilee.com Sunday Madame Chou Chou, new French bistro 2518 Main St., Santa Monica (310)
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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.
FOOD
July 4, 2007 | Charles Perry, Times Staff Writer
STRIPED, polished, painted in custom shades. Airbrushed to look wrapped in Old Glory, or covered with swirling, multicolored flames. Done up in camouflage splotches or WWII fighter plane patterns. Street legal? No, these beauties are countertop kitchen mixers. Not racy Italian espresso machines or imposing German slicer-shredder-blenders, but KitchenAid mixers, the workhorses -- the John Deere tractors -- of American kitchens for more than 80 years.
BUSINESS
January 24, 2012 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
After a weak holiday season, shares of Malibu toy maker Jakks Pacific Inc. rose on rumors that it may once again get a takeover bid from Oaktree Capital Management — after rejecting an earlier offer from the Los Angeles investment company. An industry analyst suggested that, because of the poor holiday results, the new bid may be lower than the last one. Last October, Oaktree offered to take the toy company private in a $670-million hostile bid that offered shareholders $20 a share in cash.
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.
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').
NEWS
October 2, 2012 | By Adam Tschorn
Barbour, the 118-year-old British heritage brand known for its durable outdoor wear - especially waxed waterproof jackets -- has collaborated with the Vans skate-shoe label on a line of limited-edition footwear. According to Monday's announcement by the Cypress-based action sports brand, the Barbour by Vans capsule collection includes Barbourized versions of three classic Vans' silhouettes: the classic slip-on (with an MSRP of $90) with a diamond-quilted upper, the Era wingtip ($100)
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