April 19, 2014 |
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - "Don't dip your head into the dark chocolate," a male voice behind me said. Dark melted chocolate swirled in 2-foot-wide pots, filling the air with the scent of cocoa as our group toured the Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory in Kailua Kona on the Big Island. During our weeklong trip to the Big Island in October, my husband, Michael, and I had decided that when we weren't snorkeling, we would explore its back roads, an investigation that soon turned into a do-it-yourself foodie tour of the Kona Coast.
April 18, 2014 |
This post has been updated. See below for details. Early Friday morning in the high desert outside of Palm Springs, menacing Baltimore synth pop band Future Islands was responsible for a memorably challenging, if ultimately victorious, sold-out gig. Drawing a wild bunch of uber-fans to journey up a winding, moonlit road to Pappy & Harriet's, the far-out roadhouse at the edge of cellphone coverage, the quartet performed one of its typically rambunctious...
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April 18, 2014 |
A 42-year-old man pleaded guilty Friday to firing a Glock more than 50 times at the Fashion Island shopping center in Newport Beach and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Mark Gurrola, of Garden Grove, pleaded guilty to 54 felony counts of shooting at an occupied building and two additional felony counts of aggravated assault, with sentencing enhancements for using a firearm, the Orange County District Attorney's office said. Prosecutors wanted a longer prison sentence, officials said.
April 17, 2014 |
Start with a sex-mad baroness and her frisky ménage à trois. Add in a stern German philosopher who fancied himself the next Friedrich Nietzsche, his mistress and a married couple who wanted a wholesome Swiss Family Robinson experience for their son. Throw them all together on one of the remotest spots on Earth and simmer until things come to a steamy boil. You couldn't make this stuff up, and, as a lively new documentary reports, you don't have to. "The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden" tells a humdinger of a story about wild doings on those celebrated islands off the coast of Ecuador.
April 4, 2014 |
Three recent records by artists playing at the Coachella are worthy of pre-festival attention: The Knife, "Shaking the Habitual" (Rabid Records) Swedish avant-pop duo the Knife have been releasing records for 15 years, confounding expectations, drawing followers, crafting a strange, visually impressive project of which music is the most prominent of many disciplines. Their videos are a trip, and their performances are legendary. Their most recent album, "Shaking the Habitual," came out in 2013 and landed on many best-of-the-year lists.
April 4, 2014 |
ACHILL ISLAND, Ireland - Instead of asking if I wanted to see the dessert menu, the waiter took a surreptitious look around the restaurant and asked, sotto voce, "Do you want to go to the coziest pub in all of Ireland?" Before I could answer, he offered that Lynott's Pub, housed in an ancient stone building, had only four tables and that there would likely be a "trad session" - live traditional music - happening. It was my first night on Achill Island, Ireland's largest island, and I didn't have much of a plan.