December 9, 2007 |
More than 200 years ago, rats were shipwrecked on an Aleutian island. The stocky, muscular Norway rat jumped the Japanese sailing ship and soon had full run of the rugged, uninhabited island in far southwest Alaska. It was 1780, the first time the invasive rodents made it to Alaska. A subsequent visitor dubbed it Rat Island. Since then, Rat Island has gone silent. Not even the chirping of birds is heard there.
November 30, 2007 |
Selecting a name for a racehorse can be a daunting task. Though there are guidelines to be met, the possibilities are often endless. But for Calgary oilman Bill Boswell, naming the gray colt that was born in April 2001 on John Harris' farm near Coalinga in central California was a no-brainer. The name would be Greg's Gold in honor of Boswell's grandson, Greg Boswell. As is the case with a lot of grandfathers, Boswell loves bragging about his grandson.
October 28, 2007 |
Los ANGELES designer Jenni Kayne doesn't just want to be a household name -- she's looking to be legendary. "I want to be the next great American sportswear designer, like Ralph Lauren," says the 25-year-old, who launched her namesake collection in 2003, when she was barely out of her teens. Kayne's sky-high ambitions played into the decision to go for size when opening her first retail store, a rambling, loft-like space on Almont Drive in West Hollywood that opened Tuesday.
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October 22, 2007 |
Darrell Griffin Sr. has gotten down to work on his final collaboration with his son and namesake. The book taking shape beneath his hands is a compendium. It will blend an account of a father's melancholy journey to Iraq with the dire experiences and searching meditations of a son, the latter written down by Darrell Griffin Jr. before a Sadr City sniper's bullet pierced the back of his head in March. Darrell Jr. was an Army infantry staff sergeant, 6 feet 2 inches of muscled warrior.
August 22, 2007 |
WHEN you slide into the head of the line to park your car at Bar Marmont on a Friday or Saturday night, the valet will ask for $18 -- up front. Ouch. Welcome to the Sunset Strip. But don't let this high-handed tactic put you off going inside the once and forever hipster haunt. Bar Marmont is much more than another trendy clip joint. Now that the fabled hotel Chateau Marmont on the hill above has regained control, its namesake bar-restaurant is back in the game.
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June 17, 2007 |
John Tracy, the deaf son of actor Spencer Tracy who inspired his parents to establish the pioneering John Tracy Clinic in Los Angeles to help young hearing-impaired children and their families, has died. He was 82. Tracy died Friday night at his son's ranch in Acton, where he had lived for the past five years, said his sister, Susie Tracy. The cause of death was not specified. He was 17 when his mother, Louise Treadwell Tracy, first spoke publicly about rearing a deaf child.
March 9, 2007 |
Indian-born, New York-based director Mira Nair has repeatedly enacted tales of culture clash in her films but never with quite as much warmth and thoughtfulness as she brings to "The Namesake." Coming off a botched literary adaptation -- the garbled, proto-feminist take on William Makepeace Thackeray's "Vanity Fair" -- she turns her attention to a novel that is not only more manageably scaled but also, for this expatriate filmmaker, surely closer to home.
March 8, 2007 |
INDIAN-BORN director Mira Nair missed all the fanfare around the 2003 publication of "The Namesake," Jhumpa Lahiri's critically acclaimed second book examining the cultural struggles between first-generation Bengali immigrants and their American-born children. Nair, whose other credits include "Salaam Bombay" and "Monsoon Wedding," was filming "Vanity Fair" in England during the first part of the year.
March 8, 2007 |
BECAUSE screen adaptations of novels are, by necessity, condensations of their source, one of the hardest challenges facing any screenwriter is adapting a book in which there's nothing extraneous in the prose. That description certainly applies to Jhumpa Lahiri's novel "The Namesake," the basis for Mira Nair's new movie.
January 27, 2007 |
The Symphonica Toscanini is Italy's newest major orchestra. Its players are a young collective and mostly Italian. They are full of pizazz and looked good Thursday in Costa Mesa. They undoubtedly wear the best shoes and sport the most stylish haircuts of any orchestra of comparable quality.