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February 7, 2014 | By Philip Brandes
There are misbegotten plays so bad they're good, and satire so good it's great, but you rarely get both in the same show. Thanks to its intricate farce-within-a-farce construction, Michael Frayn's “Noises Off” efficiently packs a fair number of two-for-one laughs in an appropriately frenetic revival from Ventura's Rubicon Theatre. Slamming doors (11 of them) and double entendres abound as the backstage romantic entanglements of a hapless theater troupe collide with the bedroom antics of a dreadful sex comedy they're attempting to perform.
February 2, 2014 | By Anky van Deursen
Question: I live in a property with four rental cottages. There is a laundry room next to my cottage; in fact, it is part of the structure. I knew the laundry room was nearby when I signed a one-year lease, but what I didn't expect was that the other tenants would do their laundry at all hours of day and night. When someone uses the washer and dryer at 2 in the morning, I lose several hours of sleep. This happens quite often. I know that laundry privileges are included in every rental agreement for the tenants on the property, but do I have any right to insist that the room be closed at certain hours?
January 18, 2014 | By Dan Weikel and Richard Simon
For years, residents across Los Angeles County have complained about noise from low-flying helicopters, some of them carrying sightseers, paparazzi and even real estate agents. But new legislation, tucked into the massive federal spending bill approved by Congress last week, could offer relief. The legislation requires the Federal Aviation Administration, within a year, to begin writing flight regulations to reduce the noise unless it can show that voluntary efforts are working. The anti-noise measure, which applies only to the Los Angeles area, was included in a $1-trillion bill that funds federal agencies and programs through Sept.
January 10, 2014 | BILL PLASCHKE
There were barely four minutes left in a draining Thursday night when Pauley Pavilion was suddenly flush with something so strange, so foreign, players stared into the stands as if watching a miracle of nature. It was noise. It was booming, billowing, standing-and-dancing-ovation noise. Bryce Alford hit a three-pointer for UCLA to pull the Bruins back to within eight points of No. 1-ranked Arizona and, well, the joint went bonkers. "I did not know it could get so loud in here," said Alford.
December 27, 2013 | By Lauren Frayer
MADRID - With Spanish schools slashing their budgets for music and art, piano teacher Laura Nadal saw her income dwindling. So she hit the streets of her native Madrid, playing an electric keyboard and singing for extra cash. On weekends, Nadal, along with her mandolin-strumming friend Gerardo Yllera, perform quirky tunes as the Potato Omelette Band, setting up beach chairs, umbrellas and a battery-powered amplifier on city sidewalks. With more than a quarter of the nation's workforce unemployed and many others such as Nadal underemployed, Spain's streets have swelled with buskers seeking to supplement their diminished incomes or government benefits.
December 20, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- With the proposed Los Angeles Residential Helicopter Noise Relief Act unable to get off the ground in Congress, a group of lawmakers is turning to Plan B to try to nudge the Federal Aviation Administration to act more aggressively to reduce helicopter noise. Five Los Angeles-area lawmakers are seeking to attach language to a spending bill that would direct the FAA, within a year after the measure's passage, to begin writing rules to reduce helicopter noise unless it can show that voluntary noise-reduction efforts are working.
December 15, 2013 | BILL PLASCHKE
On a fine football Saturday night, Jameis Winston proudly took possession of the most prestigious sculpture in American sports, the Heisman Trophy. In the background of all of these accolades, there is a woman who claims he raped her. The victim stated that she was telling the suspect to stop but he didn't. Winston, Florida State's electrifying freshman quarterback, won college football's top award in a New York theater awash in tales of his greatness. Drowned out were the words in a Tallahassee Police Department incident report from Dec. 7, 2012, words and evidence the state attorney judged were not credible enough to take to trial.
November 19, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc and Laura J. Nelson
The around-the-clock rumble and hum of big rigs and cars funneling in and out of one of the world's busiest port complexes have for years defined daily life in west Long Beach. Streets of tidy homes, schools and playgrounds are boxed in by refineries, rail yards and truck routes to the harbor, including the gritty, four-mile Terminal Island Freeway. Children are hospitalized for asthma at three times the rate of other Long Beach neighborhoods, and there are far fewer parks here.
November 4, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Monday night at Staples Center, many fans came to harass the contrarian to that ever popular Randy Newman song. They wanted to see Dwight Howard fail because he didn't love L.A. Actually, it was just the Lakers portion of the metropolis that the star player didn't care for all that much. Howard's new team, the Houston Rockets, were here to play the Clippers, a game that was to be, for some, a sideshow to the Dwight Returns soap opera. The real show was a Clippers offensive blitz that earned a few new entries in their record book and was a dazzler for that portion of the crowd of 19,404 that had come to see basketball more than to boo Howard.
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