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.
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December 11, 2010 |
Two years ago, Andrea Soto's breathless voice was the faintest in the choir. She wore a wig to hide her scalp ? bare from months of chemotherapy ? and forced herself to smile and keep up with the lyrics. After all, this was a time to say thank you. For many Latino Catholics across Los Angeles, the second week of December is about paying tribute to the mother of God, La Virgen de Guadalupe . They set up altars with lights and roses in their homes, parade in colorful street processions and awake before sunrise each Dec. 12 to serenade the virgin at local churches.
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July 29, 2010 |
The Santa Monica strip dotted with record studios and upscale condos looks nothing like the home they left behind. No fields abundant with agave. No central plaza. No prehistoric ruins. Still, on a recent weekend Oaxacans traveled here from as far away as Washington and Utah to celebrate. They marched down Colorado Boulevard, blew their trumpets, balanced giant baskets of chrysanthemums on their heads and danced in gold brocade and velvet. "We're supposed to have fireworks, too, but the city's safety code won't allow it," said Cindy Cruz, 26, as she followed the small procession.