April 11, 2014 |
Born in Berlin in 1938, Ursula Schulz-Dornburg is a contemporary of Bernd and Hilla Becher and shoots with the same typological clarity, focusing on a single architectural form and cataloging its variants. Each of the bus shelters in her photographs at Luisotti occupies the center of its frame with declarative plainness. The directness of this approach evolved out of New Objectivity photography of the 1920s and '30s (Renger-Patzsch, Blossfeldt) and into New Topographics of the '70s onward.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2014 |
Turning the Cecil Hotel into homeless housing was supposed to be a quick and innovative way to get skid row residents off the streets. But a proposal for hundreds of homeless units in the hotel collapsed recently in the face of opposition from downtown business leaders and social service providers, backed by Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina. They argued the neighborhood is oversaturated with homeless housing and other services. "Supervisor Molina's strong opinion is that the skid row area is the way it is because of an over-concentration of services," Roxane Marquez, Molina's press deputy, said Friday.
April 3, 2014 |
With the addition of Amazon Fire TV this week, the market for video-streaming devices is getting crowded. And maybe that's why Roku made its latest device so small. The Saratoga, Calif., company recently began shipping the Streaming Stick, a video-streaming dongle that users can discreetly plug into their HDTVs to access online video services such as Netflix, HBO Go and Pandora. Measuring 3.1 inches by 1.1 inches and just 0.5 inch tall, the Streaming Stick takes up a lot less space than Roku's other devices, which resemble hockey pucks.
March 24, 2014 |
The new dystopian thriller "Divergent" defied the recent trend of young-adult book adaptations faltering on the big screen, topping the weekend box office with an estimated $56-million opening. While that falls short of the first "Twilight" ($69.6 million) and "Hunger Games" ($152.5 million), it's still a solid number that outpaces such YA misses as "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" ($9.34 million), "Beautiful Creatures" ($7.6 million), "Vampire Academy" ($7.8 million) and "Ender's Game" ($27 million)
March 14, 2014 |
Let's hear it for the "American Idol" voters. They were spot-on this week. The voters didn't care if the judges told Majesty Rose that her shouty rendition of "Let It Go" was "strong. " Nor were they willing to unquestioningly accept all that Sam Woolf-is-the-next-big-heartthrob propaganda the show has been handing them when his performances have been consistently awkward and underwhelming. And they certainly won't sit idly by when a guy who'd portrayed himself as a down-home country boy suddenly sees fit to lose the backward baseball hat, slick back his hair, groom his scraggly beard, replace his flannel shirt with a velvet jacket and make like Elton John.
March 10, 2014 |
Thunderheads, be prepared to set sail this fall. Irish band Celtic Thunder plus a slew of other Irish music performers will headline a four-night cruise aboard the MSC Divina from Miami to the Bahamas. Those who want to immerse themselves in the floating song fest -- from Irish standards to musical theater to a little pop rock -- will be entertained by the band's Keith Harkin, George Donaldson, Ryan Kelly, Neil Byrne and Colm Keegan. The cruise ship leaves Miami and stops at Nassau and the private island of Thunder Bay. Fans receive assigned seating (based on order of sign-up)