May 8, 2013 |
When the upcoming comedy "The Hangover Part III" wrapped production in January, Warner Bros. was left with tons of used plywood, joists, furniture, faux brick and other materials from the film set. But instead of hauling the leftovers to the landfill, the studio donated the items - enough to fill 10 truckloads - to the charitable organization Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, to be sold in Habitat's stores in Gardena and Norwalk....
April 14, 2013 |
Kobe Bryant has started putting together his bulletin-board material for his recovery as he works his way back from Saturday's surgery to repair a torn Achilles' tendon. On Sunday morning, Bryant tweeted an Instagram of the front page of The Times, showing the headline "Injury clouds the future for Bryant, Lakers. " Bryant's response: "I'm keeping track of all the doubters and haters. " This is what my friend/agent sends me this am. Shiesh! #kobe #motivationsunday I'm keeping track of… instagram.com/p/YF9wLsxNua/ - Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant)
April 6, 2013 |
I have been in love with Howlin' Pelle Almqvist from the Hives since 2004, when I first caught sight of him strutting onstage one hot Texas afternoon at South by Southwest. So when I found out that the hard rocking band from Sweden was going to play the main stage at Coachella last year, I made it my mission to meet him. Stalking a rock star at one of the world's largest concerts is no easy feat, and I didn't have the right equipment, meaning a backstage pass. However, last year was the first year that Coachella was staged for two weekends in a row, so there was twice the opportunity and twice the angst.
April 4, 2013 |
Like the NHL season, the annual deadline-day trading frenzy was late in starting. But a flurry of deals in the hour before Wednesday's noon Pacific time cutoff changed the complexion of several teams and added depth to others hoping for long playoff runs. The Ducks, seeking strength up the middle, acquired veteran center Matthew Lombardi from the Phoenix Coyotes for left wing Brandon McMillan. They also traded goalie Jeff Deslauriers to the Minnesota Wild for future considerations.
March 26, 2013 |
The man accused of killing Colorado's prisons chief had bomb-making materials in his trunk when he got into a highway shootout in Texas, according to court documents released Tuesday. The gun that killed Colorado prisons director Tom Clements last week was found in the possession of recently paroled inmate Evan Spencer Ebel, 28, officials have said. Ebel died of wounds sustained in the shootout. Texas court documents say Ebel's 1991 Cadillac Seville also contained apparent bomb-making materials and bloody clothes that have been sent to Colorado investigators.
March 23, 2013 |
Like every other form of art, operas can be inspired by just about anything - historical events, myths, epic poems, plays, even movies. Often, such operas go on to eclipse their inspiration. Puccini's "Tosca," derived from a play by Victorien Sardou, is a good example; so is Verdi's "Rigoletto," based on a tragedy by Victor Hugo. But not all make that leap. Some remain in the shadow of their progenitors. How that affects an opera's appeal varies. But it's a topic worth raising as several such works are soon to be featured on Southern California stages, beginning Saturday with a production at San Diego Opera of Ildebrando Pizzetti's "Murder in the Cathedral," based on T.S. Eliot's verse play.