CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2013 |
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 |
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.
October 14, 2013 |
The Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs still have perfect records. The New England Patriots were perfect only when they needed to be. In a frenetic finish that will be woven into Patriots lore, Tom Brady threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to rookie Kenbrell Thompkins with five seconds to play, lifting New England to a 30-27 victory Sunday over previously undefeated New Orleans. "We sent all the guys to the end zone and at that point you're just trying to pick a side," Brady said.
October 10, 2013 |
When it comes to matters of the heart, in the absence of information there's a natural tendency to fill the vacuum with our greatest fears and insecurities. Even so, the flamboyant Actor protagonist in Ferenc Molnár's “The Guardsman” at A Noise Within takes this foible several side-splitting steps further, applying all his theatrical skills to actually become the embodiment of his worst nightmare: a rival suitor for the affections of his Actress wife. Hilarity, warmth and wry wisdom abound in Michael Michetti's perfectly staged revival of Molnár's long-neglected comic gem about the perpetual romantic gulf between the sexes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2013 |
Santa Monica Airport is steeped in glamour and history. Douglas Aircraft Co. built its famous DC-3s there, and in 1924 it was the jumping-off point for U.S. Army pilots who were the first to circumnavigate the globe by air. The first woman to fly the U.S. Mail began her milestone flight in Santa Monica in 1938. More recently, actors Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford and casino mogul Steve Wynn have been among the celebrities and business tycoons who have kept planes there.
September 16, 2013 |
The Seattle Seahawks ' "12th Man" has long been known for its ability to impact its beloved team's game in a positive way. And now those noisy fans are receiving accolades of their own. According to the fan group Volume 12, the crowd at CenturyLink Field on Sunday night for the Seahawks' game against San Francisco set a Guinness World Records mark for "loudest crowd roar at a sports stadium" when it hit 131.9 decibels after a sack of...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2013 |
Before an audio revolution in the mid-1960s, just about all music, dialogue and other sounds played on tape recordings had one thing in common: hiss. The bothersome, underlying noise seemed especially unavoidable during quiet passages on the once-ubiquitous cassette tapes. But then came an engineering breakthrough that nearly wiped out the hiss, and made the inventor's name - Dolby - world-famous. Ray Dolby, 80, died Thursday at his home in San Francisco. The company he founded, Dolby Laboratories, released a statement saying he had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease in recent years and in July was found to have acute leukemia.
September 8, 2013 |
VACAVILLE, Calif. - A few months ago, I found out that my life was about to get louder. Seeing the word "pregnant" appear on a stick can quickly change how you look at - and hear - things. With quiet and solitude about to become rare commodities, it seemed like a good time to head to Silent Stay, a monastic retreat atop a Vacaville hill about 30 miles east of Napa. The idea, basically, is to shut up while you center yourself. The concept intrigued me, so I booked the three-night minimum stay.
September 4, 2013 |
Now that Refused has hung up its new noise , who will lead the charge for sonically ambitious punk rock? They must have the chops and structural smarts of the post-punks, but still hit hard enough to win over festival-sized audiences. Our nominee? The L.A. band LetLive , who celebrates the release of its full-length "The Blackest Beautiful" with a show at the Troubadour tonight. It's screamy enough for the ear-gauged throngs, but politically volatile and restless enough in its productions to win over the same punk-scene skeptics that eventually embraced the Blood Brothers and At the Drive-In as major acts.