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April 26, 2013 | By Dominic A. Riley
Once diners add their names to the waiting list clipboard at the entrance of Tsujita Annex, ramen fanatics have accepted the challenge -- to stare down others as they wait for one of the coveted 11 seats at West L.A.'s newest ramen-only restaurant. Thursday's grand opening of Annex on busy Sawtelle Boulevard, right across the street from its nearly 2-year-old sibling, Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle (which serves ramen only at lunch), garnered a diverse crowd of twentysomethings. Many had requested exclusive invites on Facebook.
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December 29, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
It's her first chance to be a coach against UCLA, but USC's Cynthia Cooper-Dyke knows what it's like to play against the crosstown rival. She did it as a player for the Trojans and led them to consecutive national titles and an 8-0 record against the Bruins. Now Cooper-Dyke is USC's first-year head coach and the USC women (7-5) open Pac-12 play Monday at 7 p.m. at UCLA (6-6). The Bruins, who advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament last season after finishing second in the Pac-12 tournament, are struggling this season because of injuries.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 2013 | By Ellen Olivier
As she entered the Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center on Wednesday for opening night of “The Scottsboro Boys,” Paula Abdul said she was excited to see the show. A musical theater fan, Abdul said, “I go to everything in New York,” adding that she wished theater could be a more dominant part of the Los Angeles scene. The crowd also included actors Angela Bassett, Regina King of “Southland,” Kym Whitley of “Sparks,” Dawnn Lewis of “A Different World,” Kearran Giovanni of “Major Crimes,” Calvin Sykes of “Funny People," Jason George of “Grey's Anatomy,” and singer Kenny Lattimore.
SPORTS
November 24, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Ryan Kelly and Elias Harris, on assignment in the D-League, put up big numbers  Saturday in the D-Fenders' season-opening 124-114 loss to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Kelly scored 24 points on 8-of-16 shooting with nine rebounds in almost 37 minutes.  Harris contributed 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting in 28 1/2 minutes. The D-Fenders' leading scorer was Malcolm Thomas, who impressed with 36 points, 18 rebounds and four steals. The Vipers had four scorers with at least 22 points: Chris Johnson (28)
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
TORONTO -- The Toronto International Film Festival kicked off Thursday night with a peek into the future -- in more ways than one. The festival's annual opening-night gala at the city's upscale Roy Thomson Hall featured the world premiere of "Looper," Rian Johnson's dystopian time-travel tale about a hit man circa 2044 named Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). Joe is a "looper," tasked with offing mob targets sent from the future. But he finds himself in a pickle when he is unable to shoot a target who is a future version of himself (Bruce Willis)
SPORTS
October 26, 2002 | Elliott Teaford
Elton Brand sweated out another lengthy practice Friday at Los Angeles Southwest College, dropping into the nearest folding chair once Clipper Coach Alvin Gentry gave his players the OK to call it quits. Robbie Davis, the team's assistant trainer, quickly wrapped two hefty ice packs on Brand's knees. Brand has been slowly catching up to his fitter teammates after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Sept. 26 and sitting out most of training camp.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 1990
Kirstie Alley, Ted Danson, and Shelley Long will discuss "Cheers" on the opening night of the Museum of Broadcasting's 7th annual Television Festival in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Leo S. Bing Theater on March 7. They will answer audience questions after a tape of the show's highlights is screened starting at 8 p.m.
NEWS
July 18, 1991 | MARY LOU LOPER
Butterflies are all over invitations for the Los Angeles Music Center Opera's Sept. 12 opening night at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. A new production of Giacomo Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" starring Placido Domingo launches the season. Ginny Mancini chairs the post-performance gala benefit party, to be held on the Music Center Plaza. The committee is sandwiching details between summer travels hither and yon. Carol Henry is in Paris. Joan Thompson is back from Manila.
SPORTS
July 13, 2006 | Eric Stephens, Times Staff Writer
The Kings and Ducks will open their seasons against each other on Oct. 6 at the Arrowhead Pond, the first of their eight meetings in the 2006-07 regular season. Both teams will have many home dates early on. The Kings' home opener is Oct. 7 against St. Louis, kicking off a season-high, six-game homestand. The Ducks have a five-game homestand that begins with the Blues on Oct. 9 after playing at Phoenix on Oct. 7.
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December 5, 2010 | By Ellen Olivier, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Where else but Los Angeles could the names in the audience be as familiar as those onstage? Witness the Nov. 28 opening for "Next to Normal," the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical at the Ahmanson Theatre . The guests included Keely and Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried, Camryn Manheim, Sarah Silverman, Rob Corddry, Tracie Thoms of "Cold Case," Adam Brody of "The O.C.," Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Sarah Hyland of "Modern Family" and Billie...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2013 | By Jim Rash and Nat Faxon
It all started with a phone call. At the time, we were at a movie theater. On the phone, our "team" of managers and agents. We ran out into the hallway to answer. (Our apologies to whatever movie we were seeing at the time. This was a call we had been anticipating.) "Congrats, guys. Fox Searchlight has greenlit the movie. It's a go!" said the voice on the other end. Cheers and congratulations followed. That was in 2005. Before it all fell apart ... the first time. What followed was an eight-year journey, traversing different studios, directors and producers, all trying to make our first screenplay a reality.
SPORTS
October 30, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
Losing to the Lakers in the season opener Tuesday was a hard lesson for the Clippers, guard J.J. Redick said at practice Wednesday, but he believes the loss can be beneficial. One of the keys, Redick said, is for the Clippers to be more focused on their defensive effort. "Last night could be a good thing for us if we respond the right way," Redick said. "And the response has got to be to learn from our mistakes and own up to them and then get better. " The Clippers gave up 116 points to the Lakers.
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October 29, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
Never saw this coming. Never felt this happening. Never thought the Clippers would begin their march to the NBA Finals by tripping over the Lakers ... bench? Never thought new Clippers Coach Doc Rivers would watch the first step toward his second championship ring tarnished by … Mike D'Antoni?. Never thought a Staples Center that contained some loud Clippers fans - including one dude who infiltrated the Lakers courtside seats - would once again roar for the Lakers as if it were June.
SPORTS
October 25, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers' bus was half an hour late for pregame festivities, stymied by Friday afternoon traffic from El Segundo to Anaheim. Are the harbingers already lining up for the 2013-14 season? On one hand, at least they didn't go winless like last exhibition season. On the other, there are more questions about the Lakers than tattoos on Robert Sacre's body. Kobe Bryant's return date is still unclear, though the Lakers aren't necessarily ready to say goodbye to him next July. He is in the last year of a contract that will pay him $30.5 million this season.
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October 13, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Fashion Critic
Although he was born in Southern Italy, Salvatore Ferragamo owes a lot to Southern California. He came to Los Angeles in 1923 as a young man in his 20s, first designing shoes for films such as "The Ten Commandments," then opening the Hollywood Boot Shop at Hollywood Boulevard and Las Palmas. There, he built the foundation for today's global luxury brand by becoming cobbler to the stars. Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, Joan Crawford, Gloria Swanson and Audrey Hepburn were clients. He even studied anatomy at the University of Southern California to learn how to make his shoes more comfortable, before returning to Italy in 1927 and settling in Florence, where he focused on developing visionary designs such as the cage and the wedge heels.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 2013 | By David Ng
Carnegie Hall's opening night gala -- an annual highlight of the New York cultural calendar -- has been canceled at the last minute because of a strike by the organization's stagehands. The Wednesday evening concert was to feature the Philadelphia Orchestra led by conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, with appearances by violinist Joshua Bell and jazz musician Esperanza Spalding. The labor strike stems from a disagreement over stagehands' jurisdiction over Carnegie Hall's education wing, which is scheduled to open next year.
SPORTS
August 15, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Very early into his hour-long conversation with Kobe Bryant, Jimmy Kimmel asked the Lakers All-Star guard the most important question. Will Bryant be ready to play Oct. 29 on opening night? "I don't know if I'll be ready for opening night. I really don't know," Bryant said. "I know I'm really, really ahead of schedule. " Fresh off his trip to China and the Philippines, Bryant sat down at Nokia Theatre on Thursday night in a special event titled, "Kobe Up Close Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel" - the proceeds for the event going the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Foundation to help fight homelessness and also to support "Coach for Kids and Their Families" a program of the Cedars-Sinai Maxine Dunitz Childrens' Health Center that provides no-cost health care to underserved communities.
NEWS
December 3, 1987 | ANN CONWAY, Times Staff Writer
For a few shining moments Tuesday night, the legendary Mikhail Baryshnikov--looking god-like, yet vulnerable--mingled among mere mortals at the Westin South Coast Plaza hotel. And then he was gone. "It's wonderful that he would come," said a breathless Stewart Woodard, president of Center Dance Alliance, host of a party that feted members of the American Ballet Theatre, which Baryshnikov directs. "We're all extremely excited."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Gala-goers at the Metropolitan Opera's opening night of Tchaikovsky's “Eugene Onegin,” a tale of fiery, futile love, were also greeted with a few impassioned pleas. Members of LGBT advocacy groups Monday night staged a protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin's new anti-gay laws. “Putin, end your war on Russian gays!” one man shouted before the Russian opera began, the New York Times reported. Someone inside the theater then called for the opera's Russian stars Anna Netrebko and Valery Gergiev, who have supported Putin in the past , to speak out against the controversial leader.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 2013 | By John Horn
Summer's not yet over and Hollywood's annual awards race has already started - though you may have to hop a plane and travel several thousand miles to notice. The Venice Film Festival opens Wednesday, to be quickly followed by two other high-profile gatherings: Colorado's intimate Telluride fest convenes Thursday, and Toronto's massive confab starts a week later. If history repeats itself, the Italian festival could be a launching pad for some of the top Academy Award contenders of 2014.
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