March 19, 2013 |
VATICAN CITY -- Before crowned heads, government leaders and masses of the faithful, Pope Francis formally took office Tuesday as head of the Roman Catholic Church in a ceremony replete with pageantry and symbols from ancient Christendom. In a homily, the church's 266th pontiff exhorted his listeners and 1.2 billion followers to care for the environment and for other people, especially the poor and forgotten -- themes closely associated with the saint whose name he picked for his own as pope, Francis of Assisi.
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January 7, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Hudson Landers is high-energy and loves sports. Spencer Witaszek is into quiet evenings lounging at home. And Marley James? The Topanga Canyon blond enjoys the mountains and has an independent streak. All three are looking for love, just not the kind you might imagine. Hudson, Spencer, Marley and their two-legged guardians are part of a novel online service called City Dog Share, whose motto is as straightforward as its members: "I will watch your dog if you can watch mine!"
August 23, 2012 |
Since the 1970s, the books of Judy Blume have prepared generations of girls for the emotional and biological hurdles on the way to womanhood: The sting of first love, those mysterious undergarments and the harsh reality that not even divine intervention can save you from puberty. In honor of Blume's legacy, the Cavern Club Theater in Silver Lake hosts "Are You There God? It's Me, Karen Carpenter," a musical parody that mashes up memorable moments from Blume's coming-of-age classic "Are You There God?
July 18, 2012 |
This post has been corrected. Details at the bottom. Winston Marshall of the band Mumford & Sons has roofing on his mind. Although music often occupies the multi-instrumentalist's thoughts, this day there are more pressing matters: The British folk-rock band is bringing a group of hand-picked artists to the U.S. in August for its four Gentlemen of the Road festivals, and the question is whether each stage should get a roof - or is that...
July 15, 2012 |
This weekend the Venice Beach boardwalk has a new sort of freak show: a display of assorted terrorists like Osama bin Laden and Shining Path leader Abimael Guzman (seen here in prison stripes) made by artist Cara Faye Earl. Based on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's "most wanted" list, these sculptures are lifelike but not lifesize, barely knee-high. They are up this weekend only as part of the Venice Beach Biennial, an event designed by Hammer Museum curator Ali Subotnick to bring dozens of boardwalk artists together with more mainstream types.
October 2, 2011 |
San Sebastián, the heart of Spain's Basque Country, is well known for its superb cuisine. The elegant seaside resort of 185,000 lays claim to more Michelin stars per capita than any other city in Europe. Restaurants such as Arzak and Mugaritz, acclaimed for their high-tech gastronomy, attract diners from all over the world. But there's another side to San Sebastián's culinary culture that few outsiders are aware of. The city is home to scores of txokos , private gastronomical societies where members gather to cook, eat, drink, talk and, quite often, sing together.