January 30, 2010 |
Exactly 10 years ago, Mark Ruffalo became the toast of Sundance when "You Can Count on Me" won the Grand Jury Prize for drama and went on to become one of the year's biggest art-house hits. His career took off from there, with roles in indie classics such as "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" to go along with the occasional studio paycheck (including this February's "Shutter Island" directed by Martin Scorsese). A decade later, the actor was again back in Park City as a lion of the festival -- and, briefly, as its punching bag. Sundance fortunes rise and fall, but rarely do they rise and fall during the same festival.
March 25, 2011 |
Earth Hour will come early to Los Angeles International Airport. The ring of 15 100-foot-tall towers near the airport's entrance will light up a solid green at 7:30 p.m. -- an hour before Earth Hour -- and remain illuminated for 60 minutes. Then the lights will go out from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., an airport news release says. The airport is joining a climate-change awareness campaign in which millions worldwide are expected to shut off their lights for one hour starting at 8:30 p.m. all over the world.
May 2, 2011 |
President Obama will travel to New York on Thursday to mark the killing of Osama bin Laden and honor the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks during a visit to the World Trade Center site. Obama will also meet with the families of the victims of the attack on the trade center, a White House spokesman said. In Sunday night's historic announcement of Bin Laden's death, Obama recalled the horror of the attacks nearly 10 years ago. "The images of 9/11 are seared into our national memory -- hijacked planes cutting through a cloudless September sky; the twin towers collapsing to the ground," he recalled.
January 12, 2012 |
The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco turns 75 this year with a birthday bash festival over Memorial Day weekend, a new visitor center and new guided tours. There's a lot going on (75 events during the year) to mark the day the first car rolled over the bridge on May 27, 1937. So what's changed in 7 1/2 decades? It has become San Francisco's most iconic landmark and the centerpiece of a national parkland flanked by two former U.S. Army posts, Ft. Baker and the Presidio. About 10 million tourists visit the bridge every year, and this year's festivities will probably boost that number. The two-day Golden Gate Festival on May 26 and 27 will feature entertainment and exhibits from the bridge to Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39. By then, at the south side of the bridge, a new Bridge Pavilion will be open as a visitor center and museum store, the current Round House at the site will become an education center and guided tours lasting 45 minutes to an hour will be led during the day and, for the first time, at night too. And there also will be a green-screen photo area where visitors can take pictures of themselves in front of the virtual bridge.
November 16, 2008 |
It's never too early to make shopping plans for the day after Thanksgiving, traditionally the high holy day of bargains. You already can find advertisements issued by national retailers for the day, aka Black Friday, at blackfriday.info and bfads.net. The latter is more gossipy and fun, but both deliver plenty of good information for bargain hunting. Now, if only they included secret parking scenarios for malls. -- David Colker
HOME & GARDEN
October 11, 2007
Re: "A Sturdy Canopy, With a Catch" [Oct. 4]: It was interesting to learn something new about carob trees. Despite the fact that the pods can indeed be a nuisance, I found a use for them in my classroom. The dried pods make wonderful rhythm instruments for elementary school students for music lessons. When the pods crack and break, which they do over time, they are easily and cheaply replaced.