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October 29, 1988 | JOAN DRAKE, Times Staff Writer
Halloween may still win hands down as the most popular day for masquerading, but many adults are creating other occasions to don costumes. Representatives of several costume-sales and rental companies, citing '50s and mystery-murder parties as the current rage, report an increase in business not only in October but throughout the year. "I can hardly keep the (1950s) poodle skirts clean," says Rosaland Faigle, owner of Carol's Costumes Co. Inc. in Ventura. Charity fund-raisers, parties aboard cruise ships, theme weddings, birthday parties, retirement and anniversary celebrations and "come as 'X' " parties also were cited as popular occasions for dressing up--not to mention the old standards of Christmas, Easter, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day and Mardi Gras.
April 8, 2014 | By Kate Mather, Joseph Serna and Joe Mozingo
ISLA VISTA, Calif. — The scene Monday on Del Playa Drive was a curious, uniquely Isla Vista mix: part laid-back beach vibe, part riot aftermath. Beach towels fluttered over cliffside balconies as UC Santa Barbara students enjoyed spring weather. Dumpsters overflowed with beer boxes and red cups. "I was in the riot," one young woman said nonchalantly to her friend as they rode beach cruisers. "I got hit by a tear gas grenade," a male student told his friends as they carried an inflatable pool over their heads.
Police dispersed a large gathering of residents and gang members in the Imperial Courts housing project in South Los Angeles after a Saturday morning party deteriorated into brawls, leaving one person wounded by gunfire. Five people were arrested. It was the third consecutive weekend that police moved in to break up unity parties among large numbers of rival Crips and Bloods gang factions.
April 6, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
More than 100 people were arrested and dozens hurt Saturday during a daylong party in UC Santa Barbara's Isla Vista neighborhood, including 18 for their alleged roles in a violent clash between police and spring-break revelers, authorities said. Many of the arrests were for public intoxication. It was unclear how many of those arrested were UCSB students. About 15,000 people attended the event known as Deltopia, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office said. The nighttime disturbance began when a UCSB police officer was struck in the head with a backpack containing large bottles of alcohol.
June 8, 2012
Bagatelle Where: 755 N. La Cienega Blvd. When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat. and Sun. Price: no cover with reservation Info: (310) 659-3900; Lure Where: 1439 Ivar Ave. When: not yet available Info: (323) 463-0005; XIV Summer Sessions Where: The Colony, 1743 N. Cahuenga Blvd. When: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sun. Price: no cover with reservation Info: (805) 252-6221
October 24, 2009 | Jan Molen
How's this for a sign of a successful remodel: Friends want to throw parties at your home. Sherry Walsh, a former fashion designer, and husband Miguel Nelson, an artist, took those requests and turned them into a business, renting out two spaces for parties, weddings and more -- venues whose unusual designs hold ideas for do-it-yourselfers at home. It all began five years ago. While searching for a work-live studio, the couple found a "lost piece of history" near Chinatown -- one of Los Angeles' first auto showrooms, Nelson says.
April 20, 2012 | By Lina Lecaro, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Coachella off-site parties are now as important as the event itself to many L.A. attendees, especially as they shift away from heavy-handed corporate branding and zero in on club culture. Yes, this year we still saw Brent Bolthouse's Armani Exchange Neon Carnival, the crocodile-branded Lacoste party and fetes from Guess and Chevy motors, but other L.A.-area promoters and DJs are bringing a different kind of heat. Coachella's first weekend saw more club-like parties at events by DJ Anthony Giancola (booker at club Harvard & Stone)
February 12, 2014 | By Tony Perry
In the northern San Diego County suburb of Solana Beach, voters adopted a measure to loosen rules for holding parties at a popular community center atop a seaside bluff. With all nine precincts counted, Proposition B was adopted by a margin of 52% to 48%, in unofficial results tallied by the county registrar of voters. The measure loosens rules for parties at the Fletcher Cove Community Center. Current city policy limits parties to 50 people, greatly restricts live music -- no drums, horns, DJs or amplification -- and limits drinks to two per person -- wine and beer only.
July 5, 2012
As delegates arrive at the national party convention, supporters of two rival candidates scheme to secure enough votes for the presidential nomination, but at the end of the day the nod goes to a dark horse. That's the riveting plot of Gore Vidal's 1960 play"The Best Man," currently enjoying a revival on Broadway. But it's a period piece: For more than three decades, presidential nominations have been sewn up before the striking of the first gavel. Nevertheless, both the Democratic and Republican parties are staging multi-day "nominating" conventions this summer, and taxpayers are picking up part of the tab. That would change under a measure recently approved by a 95-4 vote in the Senate.
February 12, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt and Gerrick Kennedy
Musicians - and the people who work closely with them - really know how to party. That's why Grammys night, unlike other high-end awards nights like the Oscars or Emmys, usually means one thing: unadulterated decadence. Actors hate to be seen acting rowdy, but musicians pride themselves on it. The parties started Tuesday and lasted until the wee hours Sunday. Solange Knowles and fellow alt-soul singer Lianne La havas were honored Wednesday at Essence's Fourth Annual Black Women in Music at posh West Hollywood nightspot Greystone Manor Supperclub.
April 5, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
PEARL, Miss. - Sen. Thad Cochran is a portrait of the genteel Southern politician, known for three-piece suits, a shock of white hair and shoveling billions of government dollars back to his impoverished home state to repair levees, construct research facilities at Ole Miss and bolster catfish farms. That spending prowess once reaped rewards for the Mississippi senator, with buildings bearing his name, easy reelection campaigns and so much public affection that he's known here simply as "Thad.
April 4, 2014 | By James Barragan
Tom Umberg still remembers the Ducks' inaugural game at Honda Center in 1993. The Arrowhead Pond, as it was then called, was packed with more than 17,000 fans, all using their duck calls to accompany a Dixieland band in its rendition of "When the Ducks Go Marching In. " At one point during the pregame show Wild Wing, the team's greater than life-sized duck mascot, flew into the arena from the rafters. Umberg was in awe. So much so that almost 21 years later he remembers the pregame more than the final score.
April 3, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court's decision to lift the cap on the amount donors can contribute in a congressional election cycle promises to shift power to the political party's established leaders, who had lost ground to outside groups. With the demise of the $123,200 limit for the two-year election cycle, party stalwarts such as House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will be able to raise multimillion-dollar checks from wealthy contributors for new campaign committees.
April 3, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - Democrats struggling to combat a flood of outside money pouring in to defeat their candidates have found at least a temporary solution: If you can't beat them, brand them. The latest strategy of Democratic messaging is tying Republican candidates and policies to the party's most prominent - and at times vilified - financial patrons, billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) initiated the strategy last month when he decried the brothers - whose last name is pronounced "coke" - from the Senate floor as "shadowy billionaires" and "un-American.
March 31, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli and David Lauter
WASHINGTON - Faced with a strong prospect of losing control of the Senate in November, Democrats have begun a high-stakes effort to try to overcome one of their party's big weaknesses: voters who don't show up for midterm elections. The party's Senate campaign committee plans to spend $60 million to boost turnout. That's nine times what it spent in the last midterm election, in 2010. The Democratic National Committee has begun to make the sophisticated data analysis tools developed to target voters in the 2012 presidential campaign available to all the party's candidates.
March 30, 2014 | By Glen Johnson
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party appeared headed toward a sizable victory in the country's municipal elections Sunday, despite a corruption scandal that continues to swirl around Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his inner circle. With 85% of the vote counted, the party, known as the AKP, had secured between 44% and 47% of municipal posts, while the main opposition Republican People's Party, or CHP, garnered between 27% and 29%, according to Turkish media reports early Monday.
November 27, 2000
From now on our two major political parties should be called "the Hatfields" and "the McCoys." PATRICIA FRETER Yucca Valley
January 2, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Here's a new trend I wasn't expecting in 2013: ultrasound parties. Yes, you read that right. Pregnant women can now invite their friends and family over for ultrasound viewing parties in the comfort of their own homes. That goes way beyond the traditional baby shower and the more recent (and indulgent) practice of gender-reveal fetes . “Welcome to the new frontier in pregnancy oversharing,” writes Lela Davidson, who details the trend on "Today. " “Will we ever reach the point of saturation when it comes to celebrating a person's pregnancy?
March 29, 2014 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: Following Thursday's official opening night for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, the cast took the opportunity to unwind at a party in their honor at the nearby South Coast Plaza. The scene: Surrounded by upscale jewelers and boutiques near the shopping center's Jewel Court, Quattro Caffé served up salmon-topped salads, three-cheese ravioli and raspberry cocktails and desserts at stations, while servers passed hors d'oeuvres.
March 28, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
SÃO PAULO, Brazil - This mega city 270 miles southwest of Rio is the largest in South America and Brazil's main destination for culture, night life and cosmopolitan gastronomy. Where you'll see soccer: The action kicks off at the new Arena Corinthians, where Brazil takes on Croatia on June 12 in the opening match. This temple to soccer in the Itaquera district, a bit outside São Paulo proper, also hosts the semifinals on July 7. FIFA, soccer's world governing body, is setting up a giant outdoor screen at Vale do Anhangabaú, a big public square in a beautiful but often sketchy part of downtown, where fans and festivities should be plentiful and rowdy.
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