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June 12, 1989 | HILLIARD HARPER, San Diego County Arts Writer
Ah, the male nude. From the classic proportions of Greek sculpture, to the gathering power of Michelangelo's "David," to the amputees and dwarfs by contemporary photographer George Dureau, the male figure has been portrayed variously by artists throughout history. At the Photowest Gallery downtown, the more decorative aspects of form prevail in an exhibit of 42 images by San Diego photographers David Eliot and Jeff Palmer. Called "Interpretations of the Male Nude," the exhibit of black and white photographs might also be titled "Formal and Sensuous" or "Warm and Cool."
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January 2, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
This isn't what Jordan Farmar envisioned when he terminated a lucrative pro contract in Turkey to take substantially less money with the Lakers . He wanted to reestablish his NBA career in Mike D'An toni's stat-friendly offense, potentially parlaying a one-year contract into a multiyear deal. Instead he's shelved for four more weeks after sustaining another tear in his left hamstring Tuesday against Milwaukee. "The season's not over," Farmar said, trying to remain optimistic.
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May 2, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
It doesn't take stacks of research to demonstrate that medicating painful feelings with alcohol or drugs is a dangerous and ultimately futile strategy (although those studies do exist). But the relationship between emotional difficulties and alcohol addiction has always been a complex one, in a chicken-and-egg way: does alcohol -- a depressive agent -- make people who use it become depressed? Or are depressed people more likely to drink heavily to self-medicate, and then to become dependent on alcohol?
NATIONAL
January 1, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
After a highly contentious, hugely unproductive session, members of the most unpopular Congress in history will face voters this year and, very likely, win reelection in overwhelming numbers. It is a paradox of these discontented times. Participants in a Cincinnati focus group led by Democratic pollster Peter Hart expressed their feelings toward lawmakers by drawing tombstones and broken hearts. Public opinion surveys show contempt for Congress reaching unprecedented levels. But as much as they dislike their own representatives, Democrats and Republicans hold members of the opposite party in even lower regard.
SCIENCE
November 26, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
  For many women, the end of fertility--and the sharp drop in circulating estrogen and progesterone that comes with it-- is a time of forgotten keys, tip-of-the-tongue moments with names and words, and a malaise that can morph into all-out depression. Naturally enough, many believe there is a causal link here, and wonder whether hormone replacement therapy might hold at bay the mood and cognitive changes that commonly occur at midlife. Scientists, too, have been debating the relationship between sex hormones, mood and cognition, and whether there exists a "critical window" following menopause when propped-up levels of sex hormones might change a woman's mood or mental performance as she ages.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 2012 | By Sharon Mizota
Mary Weatherford is known for beautiful abstract paintings derived from natural forms, but her latest exhibition at LAXART is a big risk. As in previous series, these large paintings (nearly too large actually, for LAXART's main gallery) are inspired by a specific place, Bakersfield, where Weatherford recently completed a residency. They are not landscapes per se, but more like mood poems: rough-edged, vertical rectangles composed of thin, delicate washes of color. Luminous on their own, the colors are literally lighted by startling lines, rendered in actual tubes of neon affixed to the canvases.
NEWS
December 6, 2013 | By Stacey Leasca
A bra that helps stop you from pigging out when you're an emotional mess. An uplifting experience? That's what Microsoft is going for with its prototype “smart bra.” A team of researchers at Microsoft developed the smart bra that comes embedded with sensors, similar to that of an EKG, that monitor a woman's heart rate to track her mood throughout the day. The aim in developing the smart bra is to track the wearer's emotional state throughout...
HEALTH
September 29, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
There's a lot you can read about on Twitter — including, it now appears, the patterns of human moods. After analyzing two years' worth of tweets by 2.4 million people around the world, researchers at Cornell University have concluded that individuals wake up happy but that their mood deteriorates as the day progresses. That discovery, among others reported Thursday in the journal Science, will interest researchers who are trying to understand how circadian rhythms and other natural influences shape our states of mind.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 2001
In the Mood and Critic's Notebook have the week off. They will return Jan. 18.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 2012
A French electronic artist, Sébastien Tellier specializes in delivering lush, dreamy soundscapes drenched in atmosphere. Previously he has collaborated with artists as diverse as Daft Punk and Fela Kuti's legendary drummer Tony Allen, but here he'll deliver a rare performance stateside that focuses on his unique brand of romantic soundcraft. 333 Live, 333 S. Boylston St., Los Angeles. 9 p.m. Thurs. Free. RSVP at rsvp.vice.com/AirParties.
SPORTS
December 23, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
  PHOENIX - The Lakers lost another game and generously gave another big man a career night, but Coach Mike D'Antoni didn't want to hear that any Lakers fans were discouraged. "If they're discouraged, then find another team to root for," he said testily after the Lakers lost to the Phoenix Suns, 117-90. "We're not going to give up. Are you kidding me? Discouraged? That's not even fair to these guys. " He said "Discouraged?" the same way former Indianapolis Colts Coach Jim Mora incredulously exclaimed "Playoffs?"
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2013 | By Robert Abele
The kids are definitely not all right in Spanish-born horror-meister Adrián García Bogliano's dreadfest, "Here Comes the Devil. " Set in a harshly lit Tijuana and dusted with the juju of a thousand possession flicks, it concerns a beachgoing family whose preteen son and daughter go missing after an exploratory walk to a rocky, ominous hillside. When they mysteriously show up again, the pair exhibit an eerie absence of personality. Convinced a creepy vagrant was involved, desperate parents Sol (Laura Caro)
NEWS
December 6, 2013 | By Stacey Leasca
A bra that helps stop you from pigging out when you're an emotional mess. An uplifting experience? That's what Microsoft is going for with its prototype “smart bra.” A team of researchers at Microsoft developed the smart bra that comes embedded with sensors, similar to that of an EKG, that monitor a woman's heart rate to track her mood throughout the day. The aim in developing the smart bra is to track the wearer's emotional state throughout...
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan
This post has been updated. See below for details. Seekers of proof of the diversity of choices available to local moviegoers need look no further than two wildly different but equally involving films on tap in the coming week. The Polish film "Aftermath" and its concern with man's inhumanity to man continues its run at Laemmle's Music Hall in Beverly Hills and Town Center in Encino. A bombshell disguised as a thriller about people grappling with a difficult past, this devastating story involves Jews and the Holocaust, yet not a single Jewish character appears on screen.
SPORTS
December 3, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
There was one obvious tendency when Kobe Bryant practiced Tuesday for the first time in almost two weeks. He passed the ball. Over and over. KOBE QUIZ: Do you really know the 'Black Mamba'? He didn't take an outside shot in the 20-minute portion of a full-court scrimmage open to reporters. "Get that on tape, will you?" Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said jokingly. "That won't happen a lot. " Then D'Antoni added, "He does that in practice sometimes. He can get a shot when he wants to. " Bryant's one basket during the open part of scrimmage was a left-handed dunk after a steal.
SCIENCE
November 26, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
  For many women, the end of fertility--and the sharp drop in circulating estrogen and progesterone that comes with it-- is a time of forgotten keys, tip-of-the-tongue moments with names and words, and a malaise that can morph into all-out depression. Naturally enough, many believe there is a causal link here, and wonder whether hormone replacement therapy might hold at bay the mood and cognitive changes that commonly occur at midlife. Scientists, too, have been debating the relationship between sex hormones, mood and cognition, and whether there exists a "critical window" following menopause when propped-up levels of sex hormones might change a woman's mood or mental performance as she ages.
NEWS
April 25, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
If you're suffering from chronic systolic heart failure, tai chi may help. Although it may not improve your performance on a six-minute walk test, it will probably improve your mood, your daily activity and quality of life, according to a new study published online Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital looked at 100 patients diagnosed with systolic heart failure.
NEWS
January 5, 2013 | By Judi Dash
Book lights can save the day or, more correctly, the night, when lamps are not an option, but it's annoying to have to constantly maneuver the little lights from the left-hand to right-hand pages. But what if your book light were double-headed? There is such a thing from Zelco , the creator of the original Itty Bitty Book Light. It's called the Hydra , and it looks like ant antennae minus the ant, consisting of two long flexible necks, each topped with a flat flexible LED light so both that sides of a book can be illuminated at the same time.
SPORTS
November 5, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
This was Journalist Darryl on Tuesday. Kings Coach Darryl Sutter managed to enliven what has been a relatively ordinary break in the schedule by telling old stories Sunday, some about his baseball-playing days with his brothers when they were youngsters. Then he turned from storyteller to interrogator, taking a tape recorder from one of the regulars and asking a question Tuesday. This was, in part, to explain the team's schedule and why they had an day off Monday instead of Sunday.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2013 | By Steve Appleford
British electro-rock pioneer Gary Numan got an unexpected welcome when he moved from England to Los Angeles last year. Nine Inch Nails leader Trent Reznor, who calls Numan a crucial early influence, wrote a personal testimonial for his immigration application, and soon welcomed Numan into NIN's larger musical circle. "I had been here only a week and he got in touch and invited us over and introduced me to all of his friends, all kinds of really cool people, and gave me a social life immediately," Numan says of Reznor's welcome upon his family's arrival.
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