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October 8, 1987 |
If lobsters had post offices, photos of scuba divers Stephen Alford and Stephen Speregen would be prominently positioned on the wall. Toiling under the balmy, moonlit sky early Wednesday at a spot off the Malibu shoreline they preferred not to disclose, Speregen captured a 10 3/4-pound monster and Alford grabbed seven lobsters--the legal daily limit--weighing a total of 38 pounds.
May 6, 1993 |
Minutes before the curtain rose on "Angels in America" on Broadway Tuesday night, playwright Tony Kushner was trying to explain the meaning of the Yiddish word kinnehora . He had just used it to describe how he felt as swarms of excited well-wishers greeted him as he stood in front of the mobbed Walter Kerr Theater, a blue Tiffany box in his hand.
October 29, 2009 |
Andrew Bynum heard a lot of things Tuesday. Here's your championship ring. Happy birthday. Great game. There was one thing he didn't hear at all: How's your knee? The Lakers' center averaged 20.3 points and 7.7 rebounds in exhibition play this fall, though not everybody was sold, understandably, based on his mundane playoff performance last season while being slowed by a sore right knee. Then came his effort Tuesday against the Clippers, 26 points and 13 rebounds in the season opener, most of it against veteran center Chris Kaman . If one game made a season, he'd be an All-Star.
May 21, 2003 |
PULL open the door at Grace, and plunge in. There's the girl sitting at the bar in an undershirt and tattoo, wearing a wool watch cap despite the warm evening, cell phone microphone dangling near her ear, more social armor than actual tool. Two female bankers from out of town are excitedly waiting for a table, thrilled they've snagged the hot-right-now address.
March 26, 2011 |
Reporting from Encinitas, Calif. ? On opening night of Alison Saar's exhibition and residency at the Lux Art Institute in Encinitas, sculptures stood on the floor and on pedestals, hung from the ceiling and were mounted on the wall, much like any of her gallery installations. But in one corner lay a dozen planks of Douglas fir, laminated into a solid block and held together by furniture clamps. By the end of Saar's monthlong working retreat, which concludeded last week, that lumber had come to life, and in place of the artist's materials and a cartful of tools stood a figure of compelling presence: a woman, slightly larger than life-size, carved in wood and clad in patches of copper.
March 20, 2008 |
NEW YORK -- Stage lore holds that Shakespeare's "Macbeth" is cursed and that it's best called "the Scottish play" inside the theater to avert bad luck. Even the Metropolitan Opera has historically had troubles mounting Verdi's operatic version. But after a mishap-free run of the Verdi last fall and a seemingly jinxed production of "Tristan and Isolde" this month, it appears that Met insiders would do better by referring to Wagner's masterpiece as "the Cornish opera." Tuesday night did not break the jinx.
October 16, 2009 |
Night-life entrepreneurs routinely fixate on the details of their new clubs -- the lighting, the furniture, the vibe. But for the team behind new West Hollywood nightspot Voyeur, the details became something of an obsession. Take, for example, the uniforms worn by the club's cocktail waitresses. "We thought it would be cool to have them all dressed like Natalie Portman from the movie 'Closer,' " said David Koral, a partner behind Voyeur. Dressed, meaning mostly undressed. Not that bare skin would be anything new at the Voyeur space, 7969 Santa Monica Blvd.
June 18, 2006
An opening-night soiree marks the premiere of Alfred Uhry's 'Without Walls' at the Mark Taper Forum.
July 5, 2012 |
When I was with a group of parents earlier this week, watching our kids play in a 14-and-under baseball tournament, I asked them how many of the boys - aged 13 and 14--had gone to see the R-rated movie “Ted.” The answer: Just about all of 'em. But here's what I found really surprising: Nearly all of them went with their mothers. Put simply: Despite its rampant drug use, crude sexual banter and profanity-fueled humor, “Ted” has become a family movie. I have to admit that I wasn't exactly shocked.