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June 18, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
It turns out America still makes something. That would be: hipsters. And the numbers say the world can't get enough of 'em. According to Google search data examined by the Los Angeles Times, global searches for “hipster” and “hipster”-related topics are soaring toward an all-time high in 2012. Worldwide, searches have tripled in the last three years with no signs of slowing. This despite the fact that barely anybody knows what a “hipster” is. Hipsters started out as a mostly white, mostly urban, mostly obscure-music-listening, vintage-clothes-wearing youth subculture.
May 12, 2006 | From Times Wire Services
Luba Kadison, 99, a leading actress in Yiddish theater during its heyday on New York's Lower East Side, died May 4 at her home in Manhattan, said Caraid O'Brien, a Yiddish theater scholar and friend of Kadison. The Lithuanian-born Kadison was the last surviving member of the Vilna Troupe, an influential company founded in Europe during World War I. She was part of a second golden age of Yiddish theater that saw serious and satirical plays challenge the dominance of popular musicals.
January 7, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Debuting Tuesday as part of the PBS series "American Experience," "The Poisoner's Handbook" offers a fascinating look back at how the chemical age changed police work. Based on Deborah Blum's 2010 book "The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York," it is divided into toxin-specific "chapters," (cyanide, arsenic, carbon monoxide, lead, radium, denatured alcohol and so on), but there is nothing particularly instructional about it. A certain sort of viewer might get ideas, of course, but should he watch to the end he will learn that poisoning is a hard crime to get away with anymore.
December 9, 2011 | Hector Tobar
Bill Phillips' name doesn't often show up in histories of L.A.'s Eastside. But he, as much as anyone, helped foster its cultural renaissance. From a storefront on the old Brooklyn Avenue, he sold guitars, violins and assorted other instruments, giving out free lessons on just about anything that could make music. He stocked a cabinet with saxophone reeds and rented out amplifiers that boomed at many a backyard party and social-hall concert. Phillips' customers, in turn, provided the soundtrack to the social and cultural transformations that defined the Eastside in the 1960s, '70s and beyond.
They went to pay tribute to the raspy-voiced comedian who made cigars and one-liners his trademark. They reminisced about the passing of a show business legend, a bespectacled funnyman who rode his schtick from vaudeville to Hollywood. But even as they mourned, the humor of George Burns continued to play the crowd in perhaps the most fitting tribute of all. "As the years advanced, I would discuss his possible retirement. He would say, 'Retire?
In the 1987 China Girl (KCOP, Tuesday at 8 p.m.), director Abel Ferrara has created one of his potent ultra-violent, ultra-stylish Manhattan street fables. This time, it's a Romeo (Richard Panebianco) and Juliet (Sari Chang) tale set in the Lower East Side's cheek-by-jowl Little Italy and Chinatown. Not for youngsters. As if New York didn't already have enough to contend with, C.H.U.D. (KCAL, Saturday at 8 p.m.
October 3, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Former world middleweight champion Rocky Graziano was reported in stable condition today and resting comfortably in Lenox Hill Hospital after collapsing at his home. Graziano, 68, was taken to the hospital Sunday after he "went limp all over," his daughter, Audrey Weisman, said. "It doesn't look good," Weisman said. "He collapsed totally--physically and mentally." Weisman said her father went to the hospital last week for a checkup and "came home the next day worse than he's ever been."
November 6, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Herbert Muschel, 85, founder of PR Newswire, which distributes press releases to news organizations, died of undisclosed causes Saturday in a Manhattan hospital. Muschel launched his pioneer commercial news wire service in 1954, distributing corporate financial news and features at a time when the Federal Communications Commission allowed only AT&T and Western Union to send printed messages to third parties.
July 15, 1990 | CHARLES SOLOMON
Gary Indiana's dark, wordy tale of sexual obsession captures the propulsive rhythms of its New York City setting--the frantic energy, the ongoing battle to remain in the vanguard of taste, the conversations that consist of self-involved rushes of words. The unnamed narrator, a hip arts writer, becomes so fixated with the handsome, erratic Gregory Burgess that everything else ceases to exist for him.
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