August 31, 2008 |
In FILMMAKER Azazel Jacobs' new movie, "Momma's Man," the director reveals an entire family of his own idiosyncrasies -- as well as his own idiosyncratic family. Among his quirks are a deep connection to the past, so much so that he says he remembers turning 5 and instantly missing being a 4-year-old. Growing up in a cluttered home, he's just as attached to material things and, without a doubt, to the parents who raised him there. That's why he cast them as the parents in "Momma's Man," a Sundance favorite opening Friday.
June 21, 2001 |
Like many people, Vince Crivello complained about his commute to work. But the Laguna Beach restaurateur and his brother, Massimo, did something about it. They moved close to work. Close, as in up a flight of stairs. Not only do they have more time for family and their business, but the brothers, who moved to Southern California 30 years ago from Italy, feel they've re-created a bit of the Old World. "In Sicily, the businesses were usually downstairs and people lived upstairs, so even at 11 p.m.
October 14, 2008 |
Since its designation as a theater and arts district in 1992, North Hollywood, a.k.a. NoHo, has been the unofficial center of live performance in Los Angeles. Like its New York counterpart SoHo, the urban village bisected by Magnolia and Lankershim boulevards was built on a bohemian spirit that nurtured independent theaters (now numbering 22), indie art galleries, vintage shops, tattoo parlors and sidewalk cafes. But the arrival of the Red and Orange Metro lines has brought a wave of development to the neighborhood.
November 24, 1987 |
Somewhere along the line, it became an item of folk criticism to say: "I went out whistling the sets." It usually meant there wasn't much else worth whistling about. But once in a while the sets are so spectacular that they are likely to linger in mind long after you've forgotten the plot, the tunes or who it was who was excellent as the drunken uncle. It was true of the late Sean Kenny's sets for Lionel Bart's "Blitz," for example.
July 28, 2010 |
"Magdi, Magdi," the kid yells, running in off the street. A bottle of water flies up to the loft and Magdi Ali catches it and shouts thanks. The child disappears through the sawdust and back into the sunlight. Ali scrapes his planer, pale curls weightless as snow tumble around his sandals, his glue pot simmers on a stove. He tightens strings of copper and silk until the pluck-pling of ancient music rises from his worn hands and drifts out the door. A single note. Then it vanishes.
January 30, 2011 |
The tourists think big. Arriving in Southern California, they expect to conquer Disneyland and Hollywood, perhaps on the same day, in between the surfing and snowboarding. Then they get stuck in traffic. Then come the recriminations, the tears, the vows to visit an island next time. The locals think small. Tracing tight little loops between home and work, they dodge freeways and alien neighborhoods. There are Los Feliz people who haven't set foot in Venice since the latter Bush administration (I'm one)
November 28, 2004 |
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have purchased a Pacific Palisades home for close to its asking price of $4.5 million, according to public records. The actors bought a gated, traditional-style estate with five bedrooms and 5 1/2 bathrooms in about 6,000 square feet.
December 29, 2000 |
The painting of Mao Tse-tung as a Renaissance saint was too risky for the Shanghai 2000 Biennial. The photo of a man eating a dead baby was too disturbing. The works, rejected by the Shanghai Art Museum's official contemporary art show, went on display at private galleries. That's when police raided a gallery and seized the exhibits. The two-month Biennial, with 67 artists from 15 countries, is China's bid to join the club of biannual art extravaganzas led by Venice and New York City.