February 16, 2013 |
Guards accompany them when they travel. Crowds flock to them when they arrive. Johannes Vermeer's exquisite paintings of young women in gleaming domestic settings are the vigilantly watched and amply insured celebrities of the museum world, promising not only a glimpse of extraordinary beauty but big crowds as well. Now two of Vermeer's luminous women are making rare appearances in California. PHOTOS: Arts & culture by The Times "Girl With a Pearl Earring" from 1665, a popular painting even before the Tracy Chevalier novel and Scarlett Johansson movie of the same name, went on display last month at the De Young Museum in San Francisco.
January 24, 2013 |
Though it's one of the most obsessively bootlegged bands on the planet, Pearl Jam has played only sporadically in North America over the last few years, and that doesn't appear set to change in 2013: On Wednesday, the long-running Seattle group announced it will play two concerts in July -- neither one, we must report, in Los Angeles. On July 16, Pearl Jam is scheduled to perform at Canada's Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario; three days later the band will hit Chicago's Wrigley Field on July 19. Tickets for both shows -- referred to in a release as "An Evening with Pearl Jam," meaning no opening act -- are to go on sale Feb. 9. The only other dates on the band's itinerary at the moment are appearances at three South American festivals: Lollapalooza Brasil (in Sao Paulo on March 31)
January 19, 2013 |
Since Michelle Obama and her kitten heels first stepped onto the national stage five years ago, the keys to her personal dress code have remained remarkably consistent. Pearls, cardigans and brooches are all components of the first lady's look. Conservative relics of an old world Washington wardrobe? Not the way Obama interprets them, always adding her own twist. Here are a few of her most influential style signatures. - Booth Moore Pearls Obama breathed new life into the most traditional of heirloom accessories by choosing updated interpretations of the classic pearl necklace, which have included the edgy (tangled strands of blue-tone pearls by L.A.-based designer Tom Binns worn with a Marchesa gown to a state dinner in March)
December 6, 2012 |
In just over seven minutes, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave voice to a nation's outrage, branding Dec. 7 as a “date which will live in infamy” for Japan's attack on the Pearl Harbor Naval Base. Within an hour, Congress had voted a declaration of war. As he and other presidents before have done in accordance with federal law, President Obama on Thursday proclaimed Dec. 7 as "National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. " "I encourage all Americans to observe this solemn day of remembrance and to honor our military, past and present, with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
November 21, 2012 |
“Did you see Maroon 5 on 'Saturday Night Live'?” Jeff Ament asked the other day. The Pearl Jam bassist wasn't looking for an opinion on Maroon 5's performance last weekend; instead, he was sharing his incredulity over the L.A. group's all-orange wardrobe - the same look Ament has been going for in RNDM , his new power trio with singer-guitarist Joseph Arthur and drummer Richard Stuverud. “I wouldn't have cared if they were good,” he went on. “But the song [wasn't good].” Ament can rest easy: Beyond that shared color choice, RNDM stands little chance of being confused with Maroon 5. On “Acts,” its recently released debut, the band rockets through a dozen leanly propulsive art-rock cuts full of sharp grooves and the atmospheric vocals Arthur has honed over the course of his acclaimed solo career.
November 9, 2012 |
The Generals American Military Command from World War II to Today Thomas E. Ricks Penguin Press: 556 pp., $32.95 Deep in his impressive, disturbing study of U.S. Army leadership, "The Generals: American Military Command From World War II to Today," Thomas E. Ricks offers his explanation of why the Iraq war seemed to spiral out of control even after Saddam Hussein was toppled and his army defeated. The fault was not with the U.S. Army's rank and file, Ricks concludes.
October 8, 2012 |
There is perhaps no greater American monument to the War in the Pacific than Ford Island in Hawaii's Pearl Harbor. The naval base there with its old hangars, runway and control tower - some still showing damage from the Japanese attack that brought the United States into World War II - is on the National Register of Historic Places. Dotted around the island's 450 acres are memorials to the battleships Arizona, Utah and Oklahoma, which were sunk. Docked near the Arizona's submerged hull is the Missouri, the legendary battlewagon and scene of Japan's formal surrender on Sept.
October 2, 2012 |
PARIS -- Was the Chanel runway show going to be a wind-powered statement by designer Karl Lagerfeld on alternative energy and global warming? It certainly looked like it from the 13 enormous white rotating wind turbines erected underneath the glass ceiling of the Grand Palais for the spring-summer 2013 runway show held Tuesday morning at Paris Fashion Week. But alas, it wasn't a themey collection in the vein of Lagerfeld's polar iceberg, faux fur extravaganza from a few seasons back, but rather a demonstration of the power of the original Chanel design codes, and the energy and creative output Lagerfeld has put into sustaining the behemoth luxury brand since he took over in 1983.
August 9, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Want to see Pearl Jam's only non-festival show this year? Montana Sen. Jon Tester has you covered. The Democrat, who is in a tough reelection battle against Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg this fall, is offering 100 tickets to the sold-out Sept. 30 show in Missoula. Tickets were $250 a pop on the senator's campaign website, www.jontester.com , Thursday. Turns out Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament is a fellow native of Big Sandy, where Tester has his family farm, and is a longtime friend of the senator's family, the campaign said.
June 22, 2012 |
Rocker Caleb Followill was singing a new tune Friday: a lullaby. The Kings of Leon singer and his wife, model Lily Aldridge, welcomed their daughter, Dixie Pearl Followill, on Thursday. “Mom, Dad and baby are happy, healthy and enjoying their new addition,” a band rep told People. Pearl was delivered in Nashville around 1.am. local time, clocking in at 7 pounds, 11 ounces. Aldridge, a Victoria's Secret Angel, married Followill in May 2011. We at the Ministry suspect the new parents will have a blast play-dating with another Kings kid -- band member Matthew Followill's little guy Knox, who was born around the time Caleb and Lily tied the knot.