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ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2013 | By August Brown
The world may never know just what, exactly, was coming through the speakers during Beyonce's performance of the national anthem at Obama's second inaugural Monday. Fans and critics applauded her virtuoso take on "The Star-Spangled Banner," but then sources at the U.S. Marine Band confirmed that she had used a pre-recorded version , a common practice for large televised events (especially those held outdoors in cold temperatures). It's still unclear whether or not she used an entire backing track and lip-synced, or used a mix of live and pre-recorded vocals.
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NEWS
January 23, 2013 | By Caitlin Keller
The California Homemade Food Act went into effect Jan. 1, which allows certain foods prepared in home kitchens, such as breads, granola, pies and jams, to be sold to restaurants, shops and directly to customers. Los Angeles residents looking to sell homemade goods can learn how to get their products on the market, in accordance with requirements and regulations, at a Craft Food Forum on Sunday at 3 p.m. The event will be held at California State Fullerton's Grand Central Art Center where KCRW Good Food host Evan Kleiman and the Orange County Department of Health will discuss the new law and important implementations, such as inspections and product labeling, so those wanting to finally launch a business selling homemade foods -- now that it's legal -- can do so successfully.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
Mexicans and Mexican Americans have been weighing in about the performance of Mexican superstar rock band Maná at an inaugural ball for President Obama. The consensus so far? It was a good night for rock en español -- and a smart political move as well. In numerous tweets, Mexican Americans and other Latinos expressed their feelings of pride in witnessing the band playing for the Oval Office occupant. "Makes you proud to be hispanic!" wrote a young woman with the Twitter name "anais.
NATIONAL
January 22, 2013 | Kathleen Hennessey
Beyonce had belted her last note and President Obama, newly sworn in for a second term, had grabbed his last hand and given his last hug. But as he walked off the inauguration platform and through an archway to the Capitol, the president turned again to face the people who came to see him. "I want to take a look one more time," Obama said, stopping his Secret Service detail. He smiled, eyes fixed in the distance. "I'm not going to see this again. " What Obama saw was a throng of Americans filling their capital on Monday.
OPINION
January 22, 2013
Like all such speeches, President Obama's second inaugural address included meditations on the uniqueness of the American experiment and calls for national unity. But without offering the sort of legislative laundry list found in State of the Union addresses, Obama also used the occasion to articulate a series of policy objectives. The forcefulness of the speech - along with recent actions such as his refusal to negotiate with Republicans on raising the debt ceiling - suggest that he will be a more ardent advocate for his positions in his second term than he was in his first.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic, This post has a correction. See below for details
One particular moment stood out during Barack Obama's first four years as a musical-minded president, and he delivered it in sweet falsetto. Offered with casual confidence at the Apollo Theater in Harlem almost exactly a year ago at a fundraiser, the president of the United States cooed the melody from "Let's Stay Together" by the Rev. Al Green. It was a mere three words along with an introductory wail - "Heeey, let's stay together" - but within it lay a quote packed with subtext.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
This morning, staff writer Hector Tobar and I talked about Monday's presidential inauguration through the filter of its writing, paying particular attention to President Obama's inaugural address , and the commemorative poem, "One Today," by Richard Blanco. See the video below. We started by discussing expectations, and the sense that an inaugural speech ought to rise above the concerns of daily politics to address instead the soul of the country, to instill a touch of poetry, if you will.
NATIONAL
January 22, 2013 | By David Horsey
The spirits of two great men, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr., stood watch over the West Front of the United States Capitol on Monday as Barack Obama took the oath to serve a second term as president with his left hand placed on two Bibles -- one Lincoln's and one King's. The event not only fell on the King holiday and 50 years after King's “I Have a Dream” speech, but also came within days of the 150thanniversary of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. Without the revolutionary changes for which Lincoln and King were martyred, Barack Obama's presidency would not be possible.
OPINION
January 22, 2013 | Doyle McManus
On the eve of Inauguration Day, White House political strategist David Plouffe promised that President Obama's inaugural address would include a call for bipartisan cooperation. "He is going to say that our political system does not require us to resolve all of our differences or settle all of our disputes, but it is absolutely imperative that our leaders try and seek common ground," Plouffe said on ABC. But it was hard to find that outstretched hand in the inaugural speech Obama gave Monday.
NEWS
January 22, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Michelle Obama chose Jason Wu for an inaugural gown for a second time. At husband Barack Obama's first inauguration in 2009, she wore a white, one-shoulder column gown to the round of evening balls. For his second inauguration Monday the first lady chose a ruby red chiffon and velvet halter gown. Times' Fashion Critic Booth Moore found it to be a more self-assured and powerful choice. [Los Angeles Times] Earlier in the day, Beyonce and Jay Z were among the style notables at the inauguration.
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