CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 2012 |
Everyone else seems to have calmed down. But I'm still shaking my head at the mom Olympics that competed with the real ones this political season. First, former State Department official Ann-Marie Slaughter in the Atlantic magazine told us we can't have it all. Then Marissa Mayer, the new head of Yahoo, declared she'd work through her brief maternity leave. The usual chorus of voices rose to defend or attack each woman. The mommy wars, yawn. I just can't get worked up over them anymore.
December 15, 2009 |
Nobody would fault middleweight boxing champion Kelly Pavlik for being a bit overconfident going into his match Saturday night. He might think, after all, that he is fighting a mama's boy. FOR THE RECORD: Boxing: Bill Dwyre's column in Tuesday's Sports section said Saturday's Kelly Pavlik-Miguel Espino fight would be an HBO pay-per-view event. It is a Top Rank Productions pay-per-view event. — At least that could be one perception of his opponent, Miguel (Mike)
October 16, 2009 |
We see the boots first, then the leather cigarette case, the silver lighter -- all very worn, very male -- in the seedy motel room where sounds of sex, raw and desperate, fill the air. But appearances are rarely what they seem in "Trucker." It will be the woman who shrugs off the night; the boots and the rest are hers too. Lean and sinewy, she heads for an 18-wheeler in the parking lot out front, slides behind the wheel and kicks the engine into a dull roar. As the road stretches out in front of her, only then does she breathe easy.
June 19, 2009 |
"El Ogrito (The Ogreling)" is a deliciously unexpurgated fairy tale with a decidedly grisly bent. Part of 24th Street Theatre's Teatro Nuevo Internacional program, "Ogrito" was originally written in French by Quebec-based playwright Suzanne Lebeau and translated into Spanish by Cecelia Iris Fasola. This U.S. premiere is performed in Spanish with English supertitles translated by Shelley Tepperman. That may seem a case of too many cooks, but nothing was lost in this translation, which functions as both charming entertainment and pointed political allegory.
March 19, 2008 |
Let's begin with a verity, an undeniable truth that is evident from 3 feet away or from the cold distance of outer space: The new 1-series BMW is ugly. Seriously ugly. Ugly with X-wings locked in attack formation. Spare me your E.H. Gombrich or Helen Gardner. I know an ugly car when one blows past me at 100 mph. Ugly cars are unusual, for very good reasons.
May 29, 2007 |
The woman in the black jacket and short gray hair, sitting a dozen or so rows above the ice, had spent most of the evening stuck to her chair, trying to look calm, occasionally wringing her hands. This time was supposed to be easier for Carol Niedermayer. Not like four years ago when her sons reached the Stanley Cup finals with different teams, Rob on the Ducks against Scott on the New Jersey Devils.