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March 11, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
A new exhibition of Chinese Ming dynasty paintings includes just 10 works, one each by 10 artists, but it's more absorbing than many shows two or three times its size. These 15th and early-16th century paintings are high-wire acts of aesthetic dexterity, fusing philosophical perception with formal persuasion. At the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, "Ming Masterpieces from the Shanghai Museum" is focused on court painters associated with the imperial painting academy in Beijing's Forbidden City.
March 4, 2013 | By David Lauter, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - For the last two years, official Washington has pursued a clearly defined budget goal - reduce projected deficits for the next decade by $4 trillion. Mission accomplished. Why so many long faces? President Obama and congressional Republicans went through their first round of cutting in 2011, shaving about $1.5 trillion from federal spending. The "fiscal cliff" deal in January brought another $720 billion, mostly in higher taxes on the wealthy. Now the automatic spending reduction package known as the sequester is projected to cut spending by about another $1 trillion over the decade, with some $85 billion coming this year.
February 27, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
J.C. Penney Co. stumbled hard during the critical holiday season - reporting yet another quarter of tanking sales and net losses - and now is hustling hard to shake its dowdy patina. After customer traffic missed expectations and its profit margin dipped because of more clearance sales, the company is looking ahead with a new marketing campaign, updated merchandise, a digital makeover and a renewed focus on sales of home goods. "We began this year clean and ready to begin chasing the items that are selling," Chief Executive Ron Johnson said after the company released its earnings report Wednesday.
January 17, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
They went from underdogs to fierce competitors, and now “X Factor” girl group Fifth Harmony has inked a deal with Epic Records and mentor Simon Cowell's Syco Music, the labels announced on Thursday. Composed of Ally Brooke, Camila Cabello, Normani Hamilton, Dinah Jane Hansen and Lauren Jauregui, the teenage quintet entered the competition as solo singers and were placed together by the judges during boot camp. During the competition the girls struggled to find their footing and were often criticized by the judges, including L.A. Reid (who has since exited the show to focus on his day job as chairman and chief executive of Epic)
January 17, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
There are tattoos - like everywhere but on Betty White , I think - and then there are tattoos . Matt Kemp already had his share, but now he has one that you're not going to find at your local ink shop. Kemp has had a tattoo added of grandparents Doris and Vernon Mukes that takes up his entire left pectoral. The tribute is not only huge, but artistically, pretty impressive. It's not known how Doris feels about the new tat. She complained to Sports Illustrated in 2011 that she was less than thrilled with Kemp's skin artwork.
December 10, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
When Beyoncé makes her return to music at the top of next year, the multi-platinum will be armed with a major backer: Pepsi. PepsiCo ,  the conglomerate best known for its soft drinks, announced it has inked a deal with the multi-platinum singer. The deal - reportedly worth $50 million - is being touted as a “true creative and wide-ranging global collaboration.” But what exactly does it mean? Fans can expect Beyoncé, who has already appeared in five Pepsi campaigns since 2002, to be featured in a new TV spot for the soft drink.
December 7, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Kat Von D was feeling the burn Friday morning as she began laser tattoo removal on ink of a young Jesse James' face, sharing shots of the action via Twitter and Instagram. "I get to start the day off with some good ol' tattoo laser removal! #ouchville #sillytattoos #creatingjobs :)," the tattoo artist wrote, following up with a picture of herself wearing protective eyewear and then a montage , above right, of the laser in action on her former fiance's fifth-grade grin.  "AND SO IT BEGINS!
December 5, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
Another announcement about a round of in-the-works LAX dining options comes as the airport's $4.1-billion modernization continues. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Westfield and the operator of LAX announced new restaurant and retail projects as part of the renovation of Tom Bradley International Terminal, expected to open in spring 2013. The new restaurant and retail stores are part of a Westfield program to introduce 42 new-to-LAX concepts (some new to any airport). The planned Tom Bradley dining lineup?
November 28, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila
Just got an alert that there are a few seats remaining for the James Beard Foundation celebrity chef dinner at ink in West Hollywood on Sunday, Dec. 2. Check out the eight-course menu, which is going for $200. That's all-inclusive, meaning no worries about tax and tip. Call ink at (323) 651-5866 to grab one of those last spots. Here's the final menu: Snacks Michael Voltaggio & Cole Dickinson, ink. Burrata, Caviar, Red Onion, Egg, Chives Nancy Silverton, Osteria Mozza   Fluke, Apple, Celery, Ginger Vinny Dotolo & Jon Shook, Animal & Son of Gun   Ricotta, Egg Raviolo, Browned Butter Matt Molina, Osteria Mozza   Cereal Grain Morcilla, Beet, Pistachio Jeremy Fox, forthcoming Old Soul at Square One   Chicken Fried Sweetbread, Finger Lime Aioli, Cumin Vinny Dotolo & Jon Shook, Animal & Son of Gun   Charcoal Beef Cheeks, Date Miso, Cauliflower, Charred Onion Michael Voltaggio & Cole Dickinson, ink.   Redwood Ice, Sorrel Custard, Tofu Skin, Herb Stems Jordan Kahn, Red Medicine ALSO: Cook's gift: Fog Linen kitchen towels Sam Marshall to design Walter Manzke's Republique There's a new chef at the French Laundry: David Breeden
October 15, 2012 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
Britney Spears' head sits on a pedestal on a dressing table in front of a mirror. Her blond hair is mussed, her brown eyes glassy. Betty White stands 10 feet away, wearing a blue dress and looking a bit lost. Her back is turned on Angelina Jolie's bare torso, as if trying to ignore it. "Betty and Britney are off the floor today, but they'll be back tomorrow," says Colin Thomas, the manager of Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Hollywood, pointing in Britney's direction. "She needs her hair done.
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