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May 25, 2013 | Roy M. Wallack, Wallack is the coauthor of "Bike for Life: How to Ride to 100" and "Barefoot Running Step by Step."
Hydration. Heart rate. Music. Compression and icing. Whether you get your workout on the running track, in aerobics class or on a bike, it's likely that some or all of this quartet of common workout accessories is part of your routine. With innovative flourishes galore, they can help you upgrade performance as well as recover from it. -- Super bottle Relaj: Beautiful, streamlined water bottle has a tapered neck and flexible silicone drinking nipple, soft squeezable plastic body, screw-off bottom and freezer stick.
May 24, 2013 | Thomas H. Maugh II
The electron microscope revolutionized biology in the 1930s by providing magnifications thousands of times higher than that of light microscopes, allowing scientists to discern the inner workings of cells for the first time. But it was not nearly as helpful for materials scientists such as the ones constructing electronic circuits, who were more interested in surfaces. Exploring the details of those circuits required a new technology, the scanning tunneling microscope, which would provide images of individual atoms on surfaces.
May 22, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
Your summer cocktail options are growing. A wave of new L.A.-area bars have just opened or are soon to open, including a new wine bar (and cocktail program) at the Parish, the third-floor bar at the private Los Angeles Athletic Club and the coming Westside watering hole Old Lightning. Here are the details: The historic Los Angeles Athletic Club downtown has revamped its third-floor restaurant and bar as part of a multimillion-dollar renovation. Invention opens this week with a menu of cocktails created by mixology consultants Marcos Tello and Aidan Demarest of Liquid Assets.
May 17, 2013 | By David C. Nichols
There's a wryly energetic thrust to “Chess,” being revived by East West Players in an imaginative production that certainly puts its own spin on this problematic concept album-turned-popera. Here we get the almost through-sung U.K. version (Richard Nelson's book is virtually interjections). This favors the show's enduring asset: Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Tim Rice's soaring, wailing score. Director Tim Dang stylishly maneuvers his stalwart, multicultural players around set designer Adam Flemming's levels and arches, aided by Flemming's videos and Dan Weingarten's spectacular lighting.
May 17, 2013 | By August Brown
Like so many Hollywood night-life ventures, the idea for the new bar and restaurant Hyperion Public came about when a few friends looked around a room full of amped-up young guys chasing girls around, and thought, "Hmm, maybe we should open a bar together. " Granted, that first meeting ground was actually the local preschool where John Speaks, Paddy Aubrey and Akida Mashaka's kids attended. But the principle holds. Silver Lake's Hyperion Public is a friendly, occasionally rowdy and pointedly local pub that's becoming a staple hang for neighborhood post-hipsters since its October opening.
May 10, 2013 | By Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times
The great poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca was already one of Spain's most popular writers when he was executed by right-wing militiamen in 1936 at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. His body has never been found. The shadowy circumstances of murder, together with the posthumous publication of several more of his plays and poetry collections, have only fed the Lorca legend. In Carlos Rojas' splendid and wildly creative novel, "The Ingenious Gentleman and Poet Federico Garcia Lorca Ascends to Hell," the dead writer watches his last, fateful days replayed in a private theater in the underworld.
May 1, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
If you've listened to any music in the last 48 years, chances are you're familiar with the Moog Ladder Filter, whether you know it or not. Idiot savants might know the invention by its government identifier: Patent No. 3475623. But to the majority of Americans, the Moog Ladder Filter is known for the electronic tones it generates -- warm, humming, quivering sounds that have been ubiquitous in rock, pop, disco, hip-hop, electronic dance music and more since the invention was introduced to the public in 1965.
April 24, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
An authority on Euripides, Christian Wolff is a retired professor of Greek and Latin classics (along with Marxist literature), having taught at Harvard and Dartmouth for many years. He is also one of America's most unpredictable, most venturesome, most radical (politically and compositionally), most inventive, most satisfying (intellectually, aesthetically and musically) and, at 79, least recognized (at least by America's musical establishment) living composers. In addition to all that, he happens to be the last living musical link to the New York School of composers and artists who gathered around John Cage in the 1950s.
April 22, 2013 | By Don Heckman, Special to The Times
Drawn to imaginative ideas about sound and pitch, musician and composer Dean Drummond found the traditional instruments of European classical music inadequate to perform the seemingly "out of tune" intervals of microtonal music. So he followed the lead of his mentor - iconoclastic American composer Harry Partch - and invented instruments that would produce a complete palette of tonal pitches. The music makers were known by such fittingly unconventional names as the zoomoozophone and juststrokerods.
April 5, 2013 | Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times
Pioneering rocket scientist Yvonne Brill often referred to herself as an "only" - as in the sole woman in the room at a time when female scientists and engineers were exceedingly few. Brill began her career in 1945 and eventually developed a revolutionary propulsion system that remains the industry standard for keeping unmanned spacecraft in constant, stationary orbit. Later in her career, she became the director of the space shuttle's solid rocket motor program for NASA. In the last quarter-century of her life, she strove to help others pursue careers in science and math and especially pushed for women to achieve scientific recognition.
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