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July 5, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
More than 2,000 years ago, the Silk Road emerged as a network of flourishing trade routes between Asia and Europe, as well as parts of North and East Africa. Cultures crossfertilized. Civilizations prospered, others flamed out. Art recorded the complex new entanglements. For the next 4½ months, a modern Silk Road is passing through Southern California. This superhighway runs through the Orange County Museum of Art , where the 2013 California-Pacific Triennial is now on view.
June 29, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Patrick J. McDonnell
TEHRAN - Bolstering his centrist image, Iranian President-elect Hassan Rowhani on Saturday vowed "moderation" in foreign and domestic affairs in his first major nationally televised address since his surprising election victory this month. In an almost hourlong speech from the state broadcaster's headquarters, Rowhani used some variant of the word "moderate" at least 10 times, signaling his intention to repair Iran's fractured relations with the international community, while not compromising the Islamic Republic's independence.
June 27, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
Though it begins as a slick, tongue-in-cheek guide to successful dope dealing (think: a kind of latter day "Steal This Book"), the documentary "How to Make Money Selling Drugs" masterfully evolves into something far more vital, cogent and impressive. Writer-director-narrator Matthew Cooke looks inside the explosive, wildly lucrative drug trade and its various levels of operation and survival via such chapter headings as "Managing Your Drug Cartel" and "How to Beat an Arrest. " Backed by frank interviews with a rogue's gallery of former drug dealers and addicts (including, respectively, actor-rappers Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and Eminem)
June 12, 2013 | Paresh Dave
USC's newest structure, the Interactive Media Building, features all the design elements of modern offices housing tech start-ups -- and some added perks. The three-story, 60,250-square-foot facility, to be opened publicly Wednesday, has the adjustable furniture, the open ceilings and the emphasis on collaborative spaces. But it also mixes the next generation of media and gaming into the labs and other rooms. Throughout the building, part of the School of Cinematic Arts, students will find Microsoft Kinect motion sensors, Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets, pairs of 3-D glasses and touch-screen monitors for apps and games.
June 7, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
Even when it was just an architectural glimmer in the eye of Walter and Leonore Annenberg, the desert estate where President Barack Obama will greet Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday was never in danger of being confused with a mere vacation house. Designed by the prolific Los Angeles architect A. Quincy Jones and the decorator William Haines and finished in 1966, Sunnylands was inspired by Maya ruins even as it accommodated elements of Midcentury Modernism and the Annenbergs' own Asian antiquities and lacquered furniture.
May 5, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Can money buy you a World Series title in Major League Baseball? The Dodgers and New York Yankees certainly hope so, because if it does they'll be meeting in the 2013 World Series. You can check out the player salaries on both teams, as well as the player salaries for the other 28 teams, in a new Times interactive graphic . The new graphic allows you to see the payrolls and individual players salaries for all 30 teams. You can click two teams to compare the salaries by position and by players.
May 1, 2013 | McClatchy Newspapers
Guitarist and ethnomusicologist Bob Brozman, who progressed from an early fascination with the delta blues of the South to a consuming passion for the traditional music of Hawaii and became a leading authority on the National steel guitar, has died. He was 59. Brozman was found dead April 23 at his home in Santa Cruz. His death was ruled a suicide, according to the coroner's office of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department. Brozman emerged in Santa Cruz in the 1970s as a street musician, playing a decidedly uncontemporary American roots style of music ranging from obscure jazz tunes to Hawaiian chanties.
April 27, 2013 | By David Zahniser, Maloy Moore and Anthony Pesce
A Times analysis of campaign contributions in the Los Angeles mayor's race shows that big donors are using loosely regulated "super PACs" to help candidates like never before. The Times has created an interactive graphic that allows readers to break down how the money is flowing to the candidates and from where. Of the $17.5 million collected so far to support mayoral hopefuls Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti , roughly one-third - a record $6.1 million - has gone into independent political action committees that can accept contributions of any size.
April 22, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
On the final day of the 71-day Santa Anita meeting Sunday, the marathon 13/4-mile San Juan Capistrano Handicap produced a thrilling finish. When the photo showed that Interaction had beaten All Squared Away by a nose, 80-year-old Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally got to bask in the glow of another memorable triumph. Ridden by Joe Talamo, Interaction came charging on the inside in deep stretch to pass All Squared Away and give McAnally his third victory in the unique $150,000 race that starts at the top of the hillside turf course and was won 14 times by Hall of Fame trainer Charles Whittingham.
March 29, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
Want to know what the average electricity use is in your Los Angeles neighborhood and how it compares with other parts of town? The California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA has released what it calls a first-of-its-kind  interactive energy map. Using commercial and residential customer data provided by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the project shows Los Angeles energy use by census block, along with other information such...
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