HOME & GARDEN
January 13, 2005 |
THE LOVELY AND patient older daughter really seems to be enjoying her winter break. She virtually glows as she helps out in the kitchen or bathes her baby brother. Or walks that scoundrel of a dog she owns, up and down the street, up and down. And, perhaps best of all, there's that quality time with her dear dad. "What do you want to do now?" I ask. "What do you mean?" she says, stunned. "I mean, wanna do something?" "Together?"
June 27, 2009 |
Long after the fans have left the gates of Neverland, the fantastical Santa Barbara County ranch once owned by Michael Jackson, the far less whimsical question remains of what will happen to it. Colony Capital, the private equity firm that bought the loan on the property, sparing it from foreclosure, won't say what its plans are. But the ranch, which once featured a zoo and amusement park and had an estimated value of $96 million to $120 million, could wind up as something of a white elephant.
January 12, 2013 |
Disney has unveiled plans to roll out a revolutionary new digital reservation system at its four Florida theme parks allowing visitors to pre-book rides, shows, parades, restaurants and character meet-and-greets months before a vacation. So when will this latest dose of pixie dust spread to Disneyland and other parks in the theme park chain? Disney officials won't divulge an expansion timeline, but mouse-watchers say the new MyMagic+ vacation management system rolling out this spring at Walt Disney World could debut at Anaheim's two theme parks as early as next year.
September 7, 2013 |
Bands change. Bassists leave, to be replaced by others. As Spinal Tap can well attest, drummers vanish, overdose, spontaneously combust. After the genius Who percussionist Keith Moon died, former Faces drummer Kenney Jones, no slouch, tried to fill in. The Rolling Stones haven't toured with Bill Wyman in ages. Dude from Sublime died, but Sublime (with Rome) still tours. The Doors went on the road with Ian Astbury of the Cult as their lead singer, for heaven's sake. These are challenging events for fans, not to be taken lightly.
April 1, 2011 |
Small and unprepossessing they may be, but Pixie mandarins are a farmers market favorite for their seedlessness, rich flavor — combining the best of mandarin and orange — and late season. In the last decade, Pixies grown in this picturesque valley in northwestern Ventura County have achieved cult status in Southern California because they're local, distinctive and delicious. Still, much about this charismatic mandarin remains little known, particularly its serendipitous path to renown.
September 9, 2013 |
Charles Thompson, known to Pixies fans by his pseudonyms Frank Black and Black Francis, has some ideas about the band he co-founded in 1986. They're pretty basic. "I believe in my heart that the agenda for the Pixies has always been, from the beginning, to be a rock band," he said on the phone from Boston a few weeks ago, in advance of a string of concerts. "And by being a rock band, what I mean is 'a collective of people that goes to a nightclub and performs a concert, and then also books recording sessions at studios.' And that's about it. " If only it were that simple.
November 4, 1998 |
For Frank Black, these are the times that try men's backs. No sunshine patriot in the rock 'n' roll wars, this much-praised, quirky alterna-rock auteur says he's in it for the long haul, which nowadays means he has to do some of the hauling himself every night he and his band, the Catholics, play. For the first time since 1987-88, when his old band, the Pixies, helped lead the last spasm of pre-Nirvana, truly underground "alternative"-ness, Black doesn't have a major-label record deal.
HOME & GARDEN
March 1, 2007 |
COULDN'T YOU just gag over all this Anna Nicole Smith coverage? Here we have suffered through February, a cruel and chilly month dominated by the underdressed -- Cupid and Oscar strumpets. And the best we can do is tune into this gawd-awful Florida hearing over where they will bury the poor dear, assuming that's even physically possible. The entire nasty episode is exposing us for what we really are, the "trailer trash nation."
November 18, 1989 |
"Keep in mind smoothness, and watch your space," calls Joe McGeough to three floating children. He's teaching them to fly. All you need is a little fairy dust and some "lovely, wonderful thoughts," according to Peter Pan. Plus ropes, cables, wires, pulleys, harnesses and strong stagehands with firm grips, McGeough would add. He works for Flying by Foy.