August 23, 2013 |
This post has been updated. In the short, high-definition film “Liquid Assets” by Israeli-born, London-based artist Ori Gersht, a rippling gray blob of molten metal that looks rather like mercury rolls into close-up view against a mottled gray field. Slowly it takes the loose shape of a disk. An electronic soundtrack rumbles with foreboding as the disk's animated surface boils like a roiling, storm-tossed sea. Amid the shifting waves, the suggestion of a face in profile looking to the right flickers in and out of view.
May 24, 2013 |
A frosted door, etched "Est 1886," greets visitors who wind past a small, canopied patio behind Pasadena's Raymond restaurant. That door was not there 127 years ago. Nor was the patio. Nor the restaurant. Instead, the year refers to the first incarnation of the famed Raymond Hotel, straddling the hilltop border of Pasadena and South Pasadena and luring wealthy visitors with warm hospitality and warmer winters. Those carefree days of orange-scented glamour are gone, but a little of it remains at Bar 1886, where a small cocktail oasis offers labor-intensive libations and a crowd more resembling the low-lighted haunts of downtown than the sleepy, suburban sidewalks of Pasadena.
April 13, 2013 |
For anyone who loves a leaner, more elegant style of Chardonnay, this is the one. Liquid Farm proprietors Nikki and Jeff Nelson are going for Chardonnay with less oak influence and lower alcohol. Bingo. That's a recipe for a food-friendly wine, and with the help of winemakers Brandon Sparks-Gillis and John Dragonette of Dragonette Cellars, they're making this terrific Chardonnay from Santa Rita Hills grapes. I love its minerality, the sharp, fresh scent of citrus and, well, grape that comes through loud and clear.
February 25, 2013 |
While most Oscar attendees were judging Seth MacFarlane quips and Barbra Streisand's voice inside the Dolby Theatre, those in the know were up from their seats and doing what Hollywood does so well: having a drink. At two intimate bars just outside the theater doors, a parade of Oscar presenters, nominee hopefuls and despondent losers gathered to raise a glass to a good year or simply to drink away the pain. A few minutes after he lost the supporting actor Oscar to Christoph Waltz, Tommy Lee Jones could be seen at the bar, looking for all the world like he wanted a glass of wine.
January 19, 2013 |
On the Map A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks Simon Garfield Gotham: 464 pp., $27.50 Here's what I like about maps: They offer a clarity, a shape, to the world. They suggest routes and boundaries, allow us to explore widely, even (or especially) if we don't leave home. They speak of possibilities, both in terms of places we may visit and those we will never visit, while supporting the comforting illusion that our surroundings are contained. I look at them nearly every day - not just to get to where I'm going but also to look back at where I've been.
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December 3, 2012 |
Already serving a three-year state prison sentence for auto theft, former New York Mets star Lenny Dykstra was sentenced to an additional 61/2 months on Monday for federal bankruptcy fraud. Dykstra, who helped the Mets win the 1986 World Series, had pleaded guilty to looting his mansion of valuables before creditors could liquidate them. The defendant, who reportedly scuffled with Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies in April, has racked up numerous criminal charges since his financial empire began to crumble in 2009.