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.
October 9, 2012 |
Climate scientists are creating a three-dimensional carbon dioxide emissions map of the city of Los Angeles that will detail greenhouse gas emissions for individual buildings, road segments and power generators over time. The mapping project is part of an effort by Arizona State University researchers to eventually map all major cities in the United States to help guide climate policymakers. In a report published Tuesday in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, atmospheric scientist Kevin Gurney and colleagues described how they recently completed a similar map for the city of Indianapolis.
December 11, 2012 |
Those New Yorkers really have a problem with us Angelenos. Maybe it's because we have the temerity to live in this wonderful Mediterranean climate (the forecast today in L.A. is for a high of 70 with rampant sunshine; in Gotham, it's 47 and gloomy). Who knows? But for some reason not even our literary enterprises are immune from their snarky comments. “Los Angeles finally gets a poet laureate - just a few decades after Brooklyn.” So reads the headline in “Page Views,” the bookish blog of New York's Daily News.
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.
March 29, 2012
Trails Café, 2333 Fern Dell Drive, Los Angeles; (323) 871-2102, www.thetrailslosfeliz.com . $ Griffith Observatory, 2800 E. Observatory Road, Los Angeles; (213) 473-0800, www.griffithobservatory.org . Lamill Coffee Boutique, 1636 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 663-4441, www.lamillcoffee.com. Architecture Tours L.A., various meeting points in the area of specific tour; (323) 464-7868, www.architecturetoursla.com. Neutra VDL Studio and Residences, 2300 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles; no public phone, www.neutra-vdl.org . Dodger Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Ave., Los Angeles; (323)
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.