January 19, 2012 |
When I spent some months in Venice, Italy, years ago, my friend Paolo would show up at dinner parties with prosciutto. I'm not talking about a paper packet of sliced ham but a whole prosciutto di San Daniele, the famous ham from Friuli, cured with the foot on. The host would hand him a glass of Prosecco, he'd pull his well-traveled prosciutto out of the bag and proceed to carve off slices as his contribution to the cicchetti (antipasti) spread. Brilliant. And after, it would go home with him to be trotted out for the next dinner party.
September 21, 2013 |
If you ask Solar Decathlon director Richard King why the average person might want to swing by the U.S. Department of Energy's biennial competition when it opens in 12 days, he answers with a question of his own: "Where else can you see 20 houses so inspiring, side by side?" Indeed, on Sept. 23, 20 teams consisting of students from 30 schools as diverse as Stanford, El Paso Community College and the Vienna University of Technology begin assembling the most unusual housing tract to hit Orange County.
October 14, 2011 |
Wow! More than 175,000 submissions have been received by the congressional "super committee" on deficit reduction. Apparently, Americans -- or quite a few of them, anyway -- have some ideas on how to trim $1.5 trillion from the nation's deficit. Friday is the deadline for formal submissions from House and Senate committees that want to weigh in. House Democrats offered their packet of ideas Thursday, while committees in the Republican House have largely declined to submit formal recommendations. So far, 28 recommendations have been offered.
April 19, 2012 |
What better way to welcome spring than with lambs, flowers and fluffy white geese? Charlotta Westergren proffers them all in this intriguing but somewhat muddled exhibition at Patrick Painter. Saddled with the ponderous title, “SERE: Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape,” taken from a military training program, the show gestures toward many topics -- fecundity, Christianity, torture, war -- but never quite takes a satisfying bite out of any of them. Sheep, geese and dead game, rendered in Westergren's skillful hand, evoke Old Master still lifes, photorealism, and, with their flat backgrounds, Pop art. The lambs in particular give the lie to idealized notions of fertility and rebirth, with umbilical cords dangling and hindquarters splattered with excrement.
July 12, 2013 |
"What if we took 'Snakes on a Plane,' combined it with 'Jaws' and relocated the thing from an airliner to the Westside of Los Angeles?" Someone, somewhere uttered those words before coming up with the idea for "Sharknado. " Which makes us wonder how one can then take "Sharknado" and turn it into a feature film. Like: "What if we did 'Sharknado,' changed the threat and used a different portmanteau?" PHOTOS: Summer Sneaks 2013 With the SyFy Channel movie a Twitter hit , studio executives around Hollywood on Friday morning are calling meetings to figure out how they can get in on the action.
April 25, 2013 |
That sound you hear is the past calling. And possibly the future. An enterprising group of USC students, artists and community leaders in Leimert Park have been looking to a relic, the pay phone, as a portal to the neighborhood's rich cultural history. The result was the Leimert Phone Co., a five-week design research lab led by USC professor Francois Bar, PhD candidates Benjamin Stokes and Karl Baumann, and Ben Caldwell, the owner of the local new media center Kaos Network. Three teams looked at the obsolete technology of the pay phone to explore how aging infrastructure could be repurposed.