June 21, 2009 |
It was a big night for Los Angeles last Monday at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards, the apparel industry equivalent to the Oscars. Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy, who started making dresses in their parents' guest house in Pasadena just four years ago, took the womenswear designer of the year award.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
June 19, 2011
Asking price: $4,875,000 Location: 2630 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles 90027 Previously sold for: $2.8 million in 2004 House Size: Six bedrooms, four bathrooms and three half-bathrooms Lot size: 34,412 square feet Additional features: Gated driveway with parking for 10, guesthouse, cabana, pool, spa, wine cellar, four fireplaces, rooftop deck Around the neighborhood: In the first quarter, 27...
June 7, 2013 |
As part of the 2013 National Homeland Security Conference, a team of LAPD officers from the Counter Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau demonstrated a "response to a weapons of mass destruction device" in the streets of downtown Los Angeles. ALSO: Four small, early morning earthquakes shake South Bay Police find evidence linked to homicide in La Brea Tar Pits Why is San Onofre nuclear plant closing? How much will this cost?
April 30, 2013 |
Sisters of Los Angeles , the line of haute-modern gifts and souvenirs celebrating local pride, has unveiled some new products for the summer season that are too good to pass up. Following on the heels of SOLA's popular Los Angeles and Malibu drink glasses, friendship bracelets, T-shirts and key chains, the company is now offering beach towels ($39.95) just in time for the warm weather. Also new are glass candles ($14.95*) inspired by traditional Mexican seven-day candles, which I will be buying by the armload for festive outdoor entertaining.