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August 23, 2011 | By Melissa Rohlin, Los Angeles Times
SPARKS TONIGHT AT WASHINGTON When: 4 PDT. Where: Verizon Center. On the air: Records: Sparks 11-15, Mystics 5-20. Record vs. Mystics: 0-1. Update: The Sparks end a three-game trip against the Mystics, who are in last place in the Eastern Conference. The Sparks are in fifth place in the six-team Western Conference, 31/2 games behind fourth-place Seattle with eight games remaining in the regular season. The top four teams in each conference make the playoffs.
April 27, 2014 | Bob Pool
He grew up on the sea. So maybe it's only natural that Dillon Griffith still has some salt water in his blood. Which would help explain why the 82-year-old retired heavy-duty mechanic has spent the last 37 years -- miles from the ocean -- meticulously assembling a 64-foot boat in the backyard of his Sun Valley home. The "Mystic Rose" has slowly taken shape on quiet Arminta Street, a project so ambitious that it has passed through the generations with his children, in-laws, grandchildren and great-grandchildren lending a hand along the way. When the boat is finally ready for its christening -- by August or September, he hopes -- it will take a 32-wheel trailer and a CHP escort just to get it to the water.
July 17, 2011
When: 5:30 p.m. Where: Staples Center. On the air: NBA TV. Records: Sparks 6-6, Mystics 2-10. Record vs. Mystics (2010): 1-1. Update: After going 2-5 on a seven-game trip, the Sparks will play Sunday and Monday at Staples Center before heading off to play four consecutive road games. The Sparks are on a two-game winning streak, and Washington has lost five in a row and is in last place in the Eastern Conference. The Sparks are led by DeLisha Milton-Jones and Kristi Toliver, who are each averaging about 13 points a game.
April 4, 2014 | By David. L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Barbara Ehrenreich never meant to write a memoir. "It seems very self-involved," she says by phone from her home in Arlington, Va. "I have anxiety about it. " That anxiety is heightened at the moment because her new book, "Living With a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth About Everything" (Twelve: 240 pp., $26), is as personal a piece of writing as she has ever done, built around a journal from her teenage years that traces both a spiritual quest and a youthful mystical experience, each having to do with "an impression of intention" - the sense that there is some underlying shape or meaning to the universe.
July 17, 2011 | By Melissa Rohlin
It was Joe Bryant's first loss since returning as head coach one week ago. And it was the Sparks' first loss at Staples Center this season. But the most painful part for the Sparks was that it happened during the greatest second-half comeback in WNBA history. The Washington Mystics rallied from a 24-point deficit and beat the Sparks in overtime, 89-85, Sunday night. In the locker room after the game, the players hung their heads and sat in silence. When prodded, Tina Thompson said she was disappointed "beyond words.
September 5, 1989 | LYNN SMITH, Times Staff Writer
Robed and sandaled, they will come to chandeliered hotels in the resort city of Newport Beach to champion the spiritual. They will traipse down plush corridors into makeshift meditation halls to demonstrate compassion, forgiveness and universal love.
Flames from the bonfire leap into the chilly mountain air. Mystics dressed in bright robes of silk chant, beat drums and shake fists clenched around silver bells. As the fire begins to burn down, water is thrown on to convert the blaze into a pile of orange-hot embers, which the barefoot mystics rake into a smooth, glowing path. Then, with flames still burning around them, they walk the walk with nary a flinch or blister. Impossible? Hardly, say the skeptics.
July 28, 2007 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
Brad Stewart was a teenage stock trader in 1986 when he went to a West Los Angeles financial bookstore and stumbled across a strange, smoke-filled back room devoted to an odd science. The co-owner of the store, Jerome Baumring, sat with his cowboy-booted feet on a desk and chain-smoked while staring through owlish glasses at a computer screen filled with stock market quotes.
August 22, 1991
Sedona attracts "mystics" and New Agers, says a Times story. There they "tune in the psychic energy" from "power centers, or vortexes." This exercise expands religious freedom and may be great for many New Agers. True mystics, however, tune in God. The mystical deity is Cosmic Mind, expressed throughout the universe. Special persons and places, while interesting, are not required. But they are good for fun and profit. W.R. LAUDAHN Ojai
March 10, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Believe," which premieres Monday on NBC (moving to Sundays thereafter), is a paranormal adventure story - a romance, whose tendencies toward new-age messianic pomposity are kept in check by the B-movie flamboyance of its characters. Just what part of this is intentional, I can't say. But if the show were less pulpy - if it offered its grab bag of old tropes as jewels rather than as cupcakes - it would also be less good. Big names are attached. Alfonso Cuarón, now combing his hair by the light of his "Gravity" Oscar, co-created the series and directed its pilot; J.J. Abrams, who one day will run every science-fiction franchise, is an executive producer.
February 17, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Derived from found footage, Bill Morrison's films are odes to snubbed celluloid. Whether he slices the surviving moldy fragments of a lost silent film, as in "Decasia," or crafts a dirge to the 1927 flooding of the Mississippi River with old documentary material, as in the recent "The Great Flood," Morrison savors decayed film stock for its ghostly beauty. Lost worlds are not created or evoked; they are discovered and recovered. What makes Morrison a great filmmaker, though, is not merely his application of restoration hardware but his brilliant exercise of symphonic software.
December 17, 2013 | By Inkoo Kang
There's something dispiritingly familiar about "Dancing on a Dry Salt Lake," writer-director-star Dominique De Fazio's tale of a white man's journey into Native American mysticism. De Fazio plays Warner, a 40-something astronomer who heads out to the Californian desert after his live-in girlfriend dumps him for being too selfish. Warner crashes his car on the outskirts of San Bernardino County and ends up in a small community of European expats, among whom he develops a whole new personality (as a result of inconsistent writing, not as plot development)
May 28, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Most of the attention on John Fogerty's just-released album “Wrote a Song for Everyone” understandably surrounds the updated versions of many of his Creedence Clearwater Revival classics with duet partners such as the Foo Fighters, Miranda Lambert, Jennifer Hudson, Bob Seger and Brad Paisley. But the good news for longtime Fogerty-watchers comes with the two new songs he delivers on his own, “Mystic Highway” and   “Train of Fools,” which carry forward the songwriting style, infectious country-rock rhythms and evocative thematic terrain that define his heyday with Creedence four decades ago. "Mystic Highway” is being released as a single, and the video premieres Tuesday on the Country Music Television cable channel and at, in conjunction with the album's release, Fogerty's concert Tuesday night at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles and his 68th birthday.
February 24, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times staff
Your choices in San Francisco hotels are overwhelming. The prices can be too. So during our staff visit to the City by the Bay, we looked for reasonably priced hotels that had charm, location or both. We came back with 14 ideas on places to bed down. It's not a complete list, but it is eclectic, like the city itself. Mystic Hotel. This property, which opened in April, stands on a tunnel-adjacent block of Stockton Street that you'll never see on a picture postcard, yet it has style, as do the Burritt Tavern bar and restaurant downstairs.
January 17, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Times art critic
Mysticism isn't new to art, having prompted (among other things) the emergence of pure abstraction into the Modernist lexicon more than a century ago. At Michael Kohn Gallery, a group exhibition of about 30 paintings, sculptures, video, prints and mixed media works from the past 50 years by 14 artists shows that it's alive and well today - albeit with a suitably altered consciousness. “Into the Mystic” takes its subject loosely, proposing that ultimate insight consists of contemplative, intuitive knowledge, not merely facts.
November 6, 2012 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Two years ago Alexei Lubimov, the peculiar Russian polymath pianist, made a rare appearance in Los Angeles to open the season of Monday Evening Concerts at the Colburn School's Zipper Concert Hall. He was back Monday to do the same. He proved no less strange this time around. Lubimov's program on Monday began with Satie and ended with Debussy, not a big stretch, it might seem, the two French composers having been friends and having influenced each other. In between came three short prepared piano pieces by John Cage from the 1940s that were written at a time when Satie was much on Cage's mind.
October 18, 2012 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
Conceived and underwritten by Ryuho Okawa, leader of a Japanese religious group known as Happy Science, the anime film "The Mystical Laws" is a strange mix of action-adventure and religious sermon, "G-Force" meets a Chick tract. Credited to director Isamu Imakake, the film's sincerity in breaking down its religious teachings to a level of digestible, childlike simplicity also makes it reminiscent of those Bible adventure kids cartoons that used to be a staple of Christian cable channels, albeit with a sci-fi twist and Buddhist underpinnings.
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