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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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ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2009 | By ANN POWERS, Pop Music Critic
Almost immediately after she deposited herself in a corner booth at L'Espalier, the restaurant at Boston's Mandarin Oriental Hotel on the December afternoon after the first American date of her Monster Ball tour, Lady Gaga made a confounding statement. "I don't see myself as ever being like anybody else," said the 23-year-old known to her mom (eating lunch nearby) as Stefani Germanotta. "I don't see myself as an heir." Yet there she was, in a blond Hollywood bob and black tuxedo-bra combo much like the costumes Madonna wore 20 years ago, discussing a show that conjures the spirits of Michael Jackson, David Bowie and the punk-rock drag queens of downtown New York and promoting music -- the newly expanded edition of her 2008 debut album, "The Fame," greatly enriched by eight new songs and repackaged as "The Fame Monster" -- that pays blatant homage to ABBA, Queen, Eurodisco and Marilyn Manson.
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.
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?
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').
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.
NEWS
November 19, 2012 | By Susan Denley
Jessica Simpson has been touring the country and making appearances on behalf of the Jessica Simpson Collection along with sister Ashlee this month. At places like Macy's South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, and Dillard's in Tampa, Fla., she is showing off her 60-pound weight loss since baby daughter Maxwell Drew was born in May. [People] Model Kate Moss and her new book, "Kate: The Kate Moss Book," were feted at a party in London last week whose fashionable turnout boasted guests Florence Welch, Boy George, Noel Gallagher, Bob Geldof, Alison Mosshart, Donna Karan, Riccardo Tisci, Annabelle Neilson, Kristen McMenamy and Luella Bartley.
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