September 30, 2013 |
"Once Upon a Time" returned Sunday night, with our heroes and villains sailing straight into the strange new world (that we've briefly visited before) of Neverland in pursuit of Henry, who's been kidnapped from his Storybrooke home. How do you start the new season off? By showing the event that pretty much started the show on its path. The birth of Henry, and Emma's rejection of him -- a possible theme for the coming season. We join our unhappily grouped crew -- Regina/Evil Queen, Emma Swan, Captain Hook, Mary Margaret/Snow White, David/Prince Charming, and Mr. Gold/Rumpelstiltskin -- as they journey to Neverland aboard Hook's ship to retrieve the kidnapped Henry from the nefarious Peter Pan. No jovial little boy in green tights here, the mysterious Pan enlisted Mendel and Tamara to nab Henry and destroy Storybrooke. They were able to make off with Henry and return to Neverland, but promptly somehow lose all contact with the outside world.
September 28, 2013 |
The event: Mariska Hargitay, who stars as Det. Olivia Benson on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and is founder of the Joyful Heart Foundation , hosted a fundraiser on Thursday for the nonprofit - which assists survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and child abuse - and celebrated the actress' public service announcements for the No More campaign. The vibe: The invitations for Joy Rocks read “casual chic,” and Hargitay dressed the part in a bejeweled blouse by Dana Lorenz of the punk-glam jewelry lines Fenton and Fallon, J Brand jeans, an Yves St. Laurent tuxedo jacket and Lanvin shoes.
September 28, 2013 |
Republicans in Congress are railing against the healthcare law as a government takeover of medicine. The massive program will harm patients and cost far too much, critics say. Supporters are being branded as socialists. This isn't just the latest political theater in Washington. It mirrors the scene 50 years ago during the contentious debate over Medicare. Two brothers, Peter and Philip Lee, fought on the front lines back then, bucking the medical establishment to guarantee healthcare for seniors.
September 9, 2013 |
In the world of postmodern opera production, setting "Carmen" on a cruise ship or "La Bohème" on a submarine is no longer considered eccentric. Stage directors are paid to come up with concepts. And so for his Long Beach Opera production of Peter Lieberson's "King Gesar" on Saturday night, Andreas Mitisek had both the Queen Mary and a submarine docked in front of it. His backdrop was the Long Beach skyline. He even included the sounds of Long Beach's beloved Lobster Festival wafting over the bay. What was unusual, though, was that this was no concept.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - The military planes and helicopters that roar on training runs over this city's crystalline bay are a reminder of how deeply woven the armed forces are into the fabric of freshman Rep. Scott Peters' congressional district. The question of whether the United States should intervene in Syria looms large here. Dotted with seven bases for the Navy, Marines and U.S. Coast Guard, the district is home to voters who have a profound understanding of the need for military force, a deep pride in their region's role in keeping the nation safe - and an intimate awareness of the toll of war. It also looms large for Peters, a Democratic former city councilman who eked out a victory last November in an election in which Syria was an afterthought, if that.
September 7, 2013 |
The $650-million plan to remake the jumbled campus of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Wilshire Boulevard is the fourth such effort in the last three decades. Challenging in concept and architecturally ambitious, the design by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, 70, unveiled in a summer exhibition closing next Sunday, also can't help but make one wonder about the apparent difficulty in building good museum galleries. Is it really so hard? Here's a quick, relatively inexpensive and aesthetically surefire way to construct a first-rate museum building for art. It turns out to be as simple as one, two, three.
September 7, 2013 |
An injury plagued season in which Peter Bourjos spent more time on the disabled list than the active roster will end - fittingly, it seems - with surgery. The Angels center fielder, one of the team's top hitters in April and June, will have a pin inserted in his broken right wrist, probably this week. Bourjos, who suffered the injury when he was hit by a pitch in Houston on June 29, will be able to resume baseball activities in about two months. “It's pretty frustrating,” Bourjos said before Saturday night's game against the Texas Rangers.
September 6, 2013 |
The spotlight was shining a little brighter on Peter Som on Friday morning at New York Fashion Week, since it was announced Thursday that he will be the next high-end designer to create an accessible capsule collection for Kohl's department store next spring. Som is the fourth designer in the store's DesigNation program, following Narciso Rodriguez, Derek Lam and Catherine Malandrino (who unveils her collection on Sept. 27). Som launched his namesake runway collection in 2001 and had a role consulting for Tommy Hilfiger for five seasons, ending last year.
HOME & GARDEN
August 31, 2013 |
"I've waited this long for Mr. Right," my 38-year-old sister said as she leaned toward me over her albacore protein roll, the sushi restaurant buzzing with sake-soaked conversation. "I'm not going to settle for anything less than magic. " I knew the adrenaline rush she meant. In the wake of my divorce eight years ago, I'd fallen hard for a new boyfriend -- a contemporary artist who was scruffy in a way I thought very Julian Schnabel but my friends considered merely dirty -- and my life of petty arguments and lawyer phone calls suddenly seemed dusted with a dreamy shimmer of serendipity.
August 30, 2013 |
Peter Facinelli, who plays doctors in the "Twilight" films and the "Nurse Jackie" television series, and his ex-wife, actress Jennie Garth , have sold their home in Toluca Lake for $3.99 million. The buyer is "The Big Bang Theory" co-creator Bill Prady . The Paul Williams-designed traditional house, built in 1937, has a long Hollywood history. It was once the home of country singer and actor Tex Ritter and the childhood home of his son, the late actor John Ritter . Enlarged since Williams' day and renovated, the house has six bedrooms, eight bathrooms and 8,416 square feet of living space.