October 31, 2012 |
With the presidential election so close to Halloween every four years, it's no wonder we start conflating them. One retailer with what is said to be a sound predictor track record -- retail sales equal electoral votes -- reports that President Obama masks are outselling Mitt Romney masks, both priced at $19.99. (Although why were Obama masks originally $24.99 and Romney masks only $21.99?) A president is almost always more recognizable than the challenger, which may account for part of this.
July 20, 2012 |
AMC Theatres, the nation's second-largest cinema chain, is forbidding patrons to wear costumes deemed offensive or wear face-covering masks in the wake of the shooting in Colorado at a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises. " "We will not allow any guests into our theaters in costumes that make other guests feel uncomfortable, and we will not permit face-covering masks or fake weapons inside our buildings," AMC said in a statement after a shooting rampage early Friday at a theater in Aurora, Colo., that left 12 dead and nearly 60 wounded.
December 24, 2009
Chris Rainier's photographs of New Guineans in the exhibition " Where Masks Still Dance " are among the most striking portraits of a distant corner of the world you'll see for a long time. The traditional face-painting is intricate and haunting, and even more prosaic shots of locals hunting, worshiping and enjoying family life are both uncanny yet reveal a universal humanity. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana. Opens Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $12. www.bowers.org.
April 12, 2013 |
PARIS -- Dozens of Native American masks were sold at auction Friday despite objections by the Hopi tribe, which considers the items sacred, and the U.S. government. The 70 masks sold for a total of about $1.2 million after a French court approved the auction, rejecting arguments by the Hopi tribe and its supporters that the items should not be up for sale because they are “sacred figures” of their ancestors, not art. A mask called “Mother Crow” sold for about $209,000.
October 18, 2012 |
Whether you see them as dangerous techno-pranksters or the new (masked) face of social protest, the Internet collective called Anonymous are undeniably game-changers. The documentary "We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists" is Brian Knappenberger's sympathetic (as in, mostly unchallenged) peek inside the cyber-disturbance group that in 2008 famously took on Scientology as a first shot across the global bow, hit the websites of PayPal, Visa and Mastercard when they cut off financial lifelines to Wikileaks, and gave communications aid to the Arab Spring.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 1989
Have the industries which use hydrofluoric acid considered the cost-effectiveness of issuing gas masks to everyone within five miles of their facilities? This, along with a warning system like the civil defense system of the '50s, could be achieved quickly and would allow all of us in the area to breathe easier. JOHN HUNTLEY Torrance