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November 24, 2011
One of Southern California's most impressive holiday events, the Riverside Festival of Lights, kicks off at the historic Mission Inn in downtown Riverside. Get a view of millions of festive lights, more than 400 animated characters, and enjoy live entertainment, an ice-skating rink and vendors. Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, 3649 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside. 5 p.m. daily Friday through Jan. 8. (951) 543-9557.
April 23, 2014 | By Susan King
Albert Dupontel is a popular French comedy actor and film director whose heroes are Charlie Chaplin and "Monty Python's Flying Circus. " Katell Quillévéré, one of the France's up-and-coming filmmakers, lists among her influences Douglas Sirk and John Cassavetes. Dupontel and Quillévéré are making their first appearance at the City of Lights, City of Angels film festival, which will showcase the diversity of contemporary French cinema at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles through Monday.
November 21, 2009
It's calendar season, and design fans have lots of options: Taschen's celebration of Antoni Gaudí, Pentagram's popular typographic extravaganza for font freaks, and Blue Ant Studio's annual (and free) print-it-yourself calendar depicting classic chairs. For anyone looking for a midcentury motif, check out the Bubble lights calendar featuring the original 1950s advertisements and a brief design history by architectural writer and Home contributor Jeffrey Head. Just last week we reported that George Nelson's classic white lamps are being reissued with colored shades, but the Bubble calendar includes a 1953 ad that offers this wise alternative: If you want a little drama, just add a colored light bulb.
April 21, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Onstage at a sold-out McCabe's in Santa Monica on Saturday night, Mary Gauthier immediately jumped into songs from her forthcoming album, “Trouble & Love,” offering up “False From True” and the title track. Then she explained to the audience that she had decided to bring out the new material at the start “so you wouldn't think the new songs accidentally got happy.” Even before her critically lauded 2005 breakthrough, “Mercy Now,” the Louisiana-born singer and songwriter recorded three albums that shone a light on some of the darkest corners of the human heart, but in a way that ultimately uplifts listeners.
January 9, 2010
A new wireless speaker system from Klipsch can deliver ambient party music from where you might least expect it: your recessed ceiling lights. The LightSpeaker showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show combines a 20-watt speaker with an LED bulb rated for 40,000 hours -- about 15 years of typical use. The device is as easy to install as a regular screw-in light bulb, and the energy-sipping LED substitutes for traditional bulbs that might consume three...
September 20, 2013
Re "Senator tells Edison to fix blackouts," Sept. 17 Cheers to state Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) for his work in making Southern California Edison aware of its responsibilities to its customers. Thinking back on my experience with utility service failures, a better solution to the problem of making utilities like Edison responsible might be to require the company to give deep discounts to customers affected by "massive, recurring and unacceptable power outages," as Lieu called them.
August 8, 2010 | By Paul Whitefield
Humphrey Bogart Hamilton did not like Indiana. He liked California. He'd been born there; he'd lived there his whole life. Then his dad came home and told the family about his new job … in Indianapolis. In Indiana. "Wherever that is," Bo mumbled. They moved in February. It was cold. It was snowy. He didn't know anyone. Everything looked dead. There was no ocean; there was only a pond, and it was frozen. The worst was the day, after a huge snowstorm, that his dad said, "Hey, Bo, I've got a present for you!"
January 4, 1985
What's all this drivel in your editorial (Dec. 18), "Lights Out," about elaborate precautions to be taken to preserve the operational integrity of the Mount Palomar telescope? Turn out the lights, mandate a billboard blackout and install low-sodium lamps? Nonsense! Within 10 years, probably much sooner if our accelerated space programs are an indicator, we will be making astronomical observations with telescopes mounted in shuttles or other space apparatus with a thousand times the clarity and exploration potential at a fraction of the cost of existing methods.
May 3, 1992
First, the Los Angeles Times dropped the Monday science page. Now Tony Perry's column ("The Stargazers vs. We the People: Battling Over Orange Street Lights," San Diego At Large, April 26) trashes "the intelligentsia" in a diatribe reminiscent of George Wallace's gibberish in 1968 about "pointy-headed . . . intellectuals." Is this Perry's revenge for flunking out of science in high school? What's next, a hit piece on Mr. Wizard? MICHAEL GANNIS, Del Mar
January 1, 1993
In response to "Berliners Form 'Chain of Lights' Against Racism," Dec. 26: I am a foreign exchange student from Stuttgart, Germany, staying for one year with an American family. In Germany before I left, there were never any serious political demonstrations. People were not that much interested in politics. Now after all those terrible neo-Nazi acts in both eastern and western Germany, Germans have started to care more about their political system. They are standing up. They are trying to influence what is happening in politics and be part of a great democratic system, which provides so many rights for everybody.
April 19, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - On the first Sunday of March, China awoke to sickening news: Black-clad attackers with knives had hacked through crowds at the train station in the southern city of Kunming, killing 29 and injuring more than 140. Reporters leaped into action, gathering details from victims in their hospital beds. President Xi Jinping urged all-out efforts to investigate the slaughter. The incident was quickly dubbed "China's 9/11. " But by nightfall Monday, the state-run New China News Agency signaled that it was time to move on. "Kunming railway station serious violent terror case is successfully solved," its headline said.
April 19, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater, This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.
JERUSALEM - Thousands of people gathered at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem's Old City on Saturday for the lighting of the “holy fire,” an annual ritual marking the Christian belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion. The Greek Orthodox patriarch of Jerusalem battled his way through crowds shortly after midday to enter the church's small chapel, where what is believed to be Jesus' tomb is located. Minutes later, the pilgrims inside the small basilica cheered as he emerged carrying two lit bundles of 33 candles each symbolizing the age of Jesus at the time of his death.
April 17, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff, This post has been corrected; see note below for details.
A Korean Airlines plane struck some light poles at Los Angeles International Airport, causing slight damage to one of its wings, authorities said Thursday. The incident occurred about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, airport officials said, according to L.A. Airspace, a Daily Breeze news blog. The Associated Press reported: The plane's right wing was scratched, but no one was injured. Two 30-foot light poles were bent. The A380 is the world's largest commercial airliner, carrying passengers in a double-deck configuration.
April 16, 2014 | By Alicia Banks, Ruben Vives and Kate Mather
Officials said two fire trucks had their lights and sirens running when they collided Wednesday afternoon in Monterey Park, sending one careening into a restaurant.  Monterey  Park Fire Chief Jim  Birrell said the trucks -- one from Monterey Park, the other from Alhambra -- were responding to a house fire in south Monterey Park when they crashed at the intersection of Emerson and Garfield avenues about 3:15 p.m. Officials now...
April 15, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Shawne Merriman once knocked four opposing players unconscious during a single high school football game. Can Nike make such a claim? Doubt it. Yet, the company is using "Lights Out" -- the nickname Merriman says he earned after that game -- as the name of one of its athletic apparel lines. That strikes a nerve with the former NFL star, who used the nickname throughout his career and performed a celebratory dance of the same name after sacks. And he's doing something about it. On Monday a lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court on behalf of Merriman's Lights Out Holdings LLC against Nike for trademark infringement and unfair competition.
April 14, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
If you never ask the question, you'll never know the answer.  That truism worked two times over for "Breaking Bad" fan Stefan Montana, who last week asked Bryan Cranston - a.k.a. Walter White - to help him ask his friend Maddie to the junior prom.  The answer to both questions was, happily, yes! When approached outside the theater where he's onstage as President Lyndon B. Johnson in "All the Way," Cranston obliged Montana by delivering a version of a classic "Breaking Bad" line: "Maddie, if you don't go to the prom with Stefan," he said, "then maybe your best course of action would be to tread lightly.
December 1, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
What better reason to take a trip to Northern California than to catch holiday tractor parades? Dazzling lights strung on farm vehicles has become a tradition in towns with a strong agri-centric ethic. How else could you explain such a spectacle? Calistoga : The 16th annual Lighted Tractor Parade begins 7 p.m. Saturday on Main Street in the Napa Valley town known for its vineyards and small-town vibe. And it's not just decked-out tractors that line up. Trucks and construction equipment join tractors new and old in getting decked out for the occasion.
November 27, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
With Thanksgiving behind us, it's official -- the holiday season has begun. And that means it's now fully appropriate to break out the Christmas music, something we at Pop & Hiss can admit we began inappropriately doing a few weeks ago. Check out Randy Lewis' recent roundup of this year's new offerings -- including albums from Cee Lo Green, Scotty McCreery and the rather zombie-eyed coupling of Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta -- ...
April 14, 2014 | By a Times Staff Writer
The first lunar eclipse of 2014 - known as "blood moon" - is lighting up social media tonight as people post photos of the moon and the eclipse. Large crowd descended on the Griffith Observatory to look at the eclipse. They posted a variety of photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Here is a sampling:   In Los Angeles, the most impressive part began around 11 p.m. when the first "bite" is taken out of the moon. It will be blotted out entirely by 12:06 a.m. Tuesday, said experts at the observatory.
April 12, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX -- Clayton Kershaw threw off a mound for the first time since he was placed on the disabled list for an inflamed back muscle. Before the Dodgers faced the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday, Kershaw threw 15 fastballs in the visitors' bullpen at Chase Field. He was throwing at less than maximum effort, according to Manager Don Mattingly. No timetable has been set for the return of Kershaw, who is throwing almost daily to maintain arm strength. Co-ace Zack Greinke will pitch Saturday for the Dodgers.
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