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December 19, 2013 |
As puffy clouds that looked like flames covered the cotton-candy sky Wednesday night, Angelenos checked their Instagrams from a few days earlier - the ones that looked like Monet painted them with pastels - and had a bit of a freakout: Is this our best streak of sunsets ever? Well, probably not, says weather specialist Stuart Seto of the National Weather Service in Oxnard. But there is a reason they've been so cool. The combination of clouds, smoke and dust whirling around from strong winds gives the sun lots of extra things to reflect off, he said.
March 11, 2011 |
Before we begin, a moment of silence please for all the brick and mortar that made the ultimate sacrifice for "Battle: Los Angeles. " Sob. Let me just grab a tissue. Sorry. Let us not forget the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air either. The pyrotechnics are patriotic, sizable, and clearly the star of "Battle: Los Angeles," so don't let the tight shots of Aaron Eckhart's chiseled jaw and cleft chin fool you. The movie, directed by Jonathan Liebesman, is very much in the tradition of those old World War II films you find on late-night cable with rickety fighter planes engaged in long skirmishes that you can't follow all that well except you know a few good men are trying to save the day. But with less story and instead of Germans or Japanese for hostiles, we get hordes of vengeful aliens, their monstrous UFOs choking the L.A. skies like rush hour on the 405. Chris Bertolini's script is totally predictable from the first few moments when Eckhart's Marine staff sergeant signs his discharge papers only to have them put on hold.
April 25, 2012 |
Anna Deavere Smith's one-woman docu-play "Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992" is among the most durable artworks to emerge from the ashes of L.A.'s 1992 riots. Based on hours of interviews with about 300 people, the prismatic show was a tour de force in which Smith originally played more than 40 different characters, including then-Police Chief Daryl Gates, truck driver Reginald Denny, a former L.A. gang member and a Korean woman. "Twilight's" shifting points of view created moving and insightful multiple perspectives on one of the worst urban disasters in U.S. history.
June 21, 2009 |
In the late 1960s, a tall and ungainly Englishman named Peter Reyner Banham brought his shaggy beard and wonky teeth to Los Angeles and declared that he loved the city with a passion. It helped that, as a visiting architecture professor (Banham was teaching at USC), he was given some pretty fancy digs: He stayed in Greene & Greene's Gamble house in Pasadena, one of the most beautiful and romantic houses in America. So Banham had a privileged base from which to explore.
September 3, 2009 |
One of the best films ever made about Los Angeles is also one of the hardest to see, so it's a pleasure to report that Thom Andersen's exceptional documentary, a two hour and 49 minute essay-meditation and labor of love on how this city has been depicted on the screen, is showing this weekend. Smart, insightful, unapologetically idiosyncratic and bristling with provocative ideas, "Los Angeles" serves up segments from more than 200 films, from 1913's "A Muddy Romance" to "Chinatown" and beyond.
January 24, 2014 |
"Bakersfield Mist," the play by Stephen Sachs that was a recent sleeper hit at the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles, will be making the transatlantic journey to London's West End when it opens at the Duchess Theatre this spring with a cast that includes Kathleen Turner and "Star Wars" actor Ian McDiarmid. The play is scheduled to run May 10 through Aug. 30 in London. Polly Teale will direct the play, which is about a down-on-her-luck Bakersfield woman who discovers that a painting she found may actually be a masterpiece by Jackson Pollock worth millions of dollars. Sachs' play opened in L.A. in 2011 and ran for several months with a cast that included Jenny O'Hara as the protagonist Maude Gutman and Nick Ullett as a snobbish art expert.
April 11, 2014 |
Majestic tall ships will parade through L.A.'s harbor and dock for five days in August for the first time since 2008 during the Tall Ships Festival 2014. Visitors can spend a day sailing aboard one of the historic ships, take a tour while they're in port, and learn how to rig one during the festival. Tickets went on sale this week for the Aug. 20-24 event that will feature more than a dozen tall ships, including the Irving Johnson and the Exy Johnson, the city's official tall ships.
March 5, 2014 |
A baby infected with HIV appears to be free of the virus after doctors at a Long Beach hospital initiated aggressive drug treatment just four hours after birth. A pediatrician at Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach and her colleagues disclosed the case Wednesday at a Boston AIDS conference. The newborn girl was initially confirmed to have HIV through blood and spinal fluid tests. However, after six days of treatment with antiretroviral drugs, the virus could no longer be detected, doctors said.
April 30, 2011
Los Angeles in the 1930s The WPA Guide to the City of Angels With an Introduction by David Kipen University of California Press: 504 pp., $24.95.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2013 |
They say one of the best things about California is you can snowboard, surf, hike a mountain and walk in a desert all in one day. But on the other end of the spectrum, you can also sit idling in your car for an hour trying to accomplish all those things. In what will come as a surprise to virtually no Southern California commuter, Los Angeles has once again earned the dubious distinction of having the worst traffic in the United States, according to an annual congestion scorecard.