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November 16, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
"Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi is in the December issue of Playboy (on newsstands Nov. 20) wearing a lot of lace and not much else. In an interview, the 42-year-old single mom said she doesn't watch the Bravo cooking reality show that she has starred in for six years, and that she gains and loses the same 10 to 15 pounds every season. "I usually gain between 10 and 15 pounds over six weeks each season," Lakshmi said. "Then I spend 12 weeks working it off. But it's worth it. When the timer goes off and the food is ready, I'm really excited to eat. "I'm lucky.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Alessandra Ambrosio is having a pretty great year. Just after the broadcast of the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show last week, the supermodel has landed a feature interview in Net-a-Porter's The Edit . Yes, interview, with words. Not just photos of her enviable body. "I feel like my job is to be this beautiful girl who sells clothes," the 32-year-old told the e-magazine. "And there are good things about this career: You're inspiring people, making them feel good about themselves. Clothes are something that elevate every woman's mood.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1985
Does The Times really believe taxpayers should fork over $103,000 so the blind can read Playboy? How many other government-sponsored shams that the public pays for under the guise of freedom of the press and non-discriminatory policies do you support? JAMES A. RAMSAY Pasadena
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2013 | By August Brown
For years, the Playboy Jazz Festival has been the genre's marquee event in Los Angeles, but it faced big questions about how to evolve with modern audiences. Now the festival is partnering with another major city musical mainstay -- the L.A. Philharmonic Assn. Beginning with the 2014 festival at the Hollywood Bowl, the Phil will be presenting and booking the lineups of classic and contemporary jazz (alongside the festival's booker, Darlene Chan, and longtime promoter, FestivalWest)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2013 | By August Brown
For years, the Playboy Jazz Festival has been the genre's marquee event in Los Angeles, but it faced big questions about how to evolve with modern audiences. Now the festival is partnering with another major city musical mainstay -- the L.A. Philharmonic Assn. Beginning with the 2014 festival at the Hollywood Bowl, the Phil will be presenting and booking the lineups of classic and contemporary jazz (alongside the festival's booker, Darlene Chan, and longtime promoter, FestivalWest)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
Oh, snap. Someone's brother is getting a major nuggie tonight. Surely, there have been overprotective parents on hometown dates past. But the siblings were just not down with “The Bachelor” this season. Desiree's brother straight-up called Sean a “playboy.” And let's just say that did not improve lovely Dez's chances at the Neil Lane bling. But more on that later. First, it was time for AshLee's date in Houston. She met Sean in a field outside of her family's McMansion with her tiny dog who was so small he was not visible in the tall grass.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1986
It is not surprising that religious groups are sponsoring the campaign to remove Playboy magazine and other types of non-pornographic materials from distribution. "No choice" always has been and continues to be what Christianity is based upon: "Accept Christ as your savior or you're dead; stop reading Playboy or we'll take it away from you." DAN RATCLIFF Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1994
I am writing in reference to Steve Proffitt's interview with Hugh Hefner (Opinion, July 31). I was struck by the contrast between Hugh Hefner's perception of Playboy and my observations of its effect on society. Hefner mentions the founding of this country by Puritans. The attitudes they handed down discouraged communication about sex, creating an atmosphere void of healthy sexual growth or exploration. When Playboy appeared in the '50s, it represented a swing of the pendulum in the opposite direction.
HEALTH
December 6, 2004
Regarding "The Kinsey Effect" [Nov 15]: I think one of the biggest influences on the sexual revolution was left out -- Playboy and the Playboy advisor. Hugh Hefner glamorized sex and made it fun. Kinsey was to me a creepy guy, a voyeur giving us clinical news that was totally sexless. Mike Salisbury Venice
ENTERTAINMENT
October 28, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Hugh Hefner, you wacky pop-culture maven, you: The Playboy founder and wife Crystal Hefner went all out for Halloween, dressing up as Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus from that memorable MTV Video Music Awards performance. Hef tweeted a selfie with Crystal before the party started, then followed with a shot of her twerking on him with her tongue out, which is something maybe we didn't need to see. And if you look closely enough, his striped "suit" appears to be of the prison variety.
NEWS
October 14, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
It may be the most famous T-shirt you never saw. We can't even show it to you here. But you can see it here . It's called “period power,” and its image is a colored line drawing illustrating a woman's labial area during menstruation. The shirt became a pop culture trope after American Apparel put it up for sale on its website, where it can't be found now - “sold out” is the likelier answer than “taken down.” It's an image that would have shocked a 1960s' girls-only school health class, where they favored dainty euphemisms and vague drawings.
NEWS
August 22, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
Was the college you attended -- and, hopefully, graduated from -- a good deal? And what about the college your son/daughter attended, or is attending? No, it's not a trick question. On Thursday, President Obama proposed , as The Times reported, “a new rating system that would reward universities that provide better value for students' tuition dollars”: By 2018, the Department of Education would seek to use that rating system to reward colleges providing the best value, allocating larger grants to universities that see better outcomes.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2013 | By David Ng
The celebrity and pop-culture infused art of Richard Phillips hasn't won him many fans among serious art critics. Whatever his merits as an artist may be, it's safe to say that Phillips excels at making a media splash, which some would argue is its own creative form. In 2011, the New York artist created a 1 1/2-minute art video featuring Lindsay Lohan emerging from a pool in Malibu. (Gagosian Gallery, which represents Phillips, released the video online around the same time the actress was entering house arrest.)
HOME & GARDEN
June 22, 2013 | Chris Erskine
I have a crush on my polo pony. His name is Leon. Many polo ponies come from other countries. Leon is American. The last time I drove a domestic was a Chevy rental. Liked it well enough to try again. So Leon and I are a couple now. At least for an afternoon, while I learn to play polo out in Temecula. Last week, hang gliding. This week, polo. Please don't mock me, though I certainly would if I were you. It's as if I've suddenly awakened as a thrill-seeking playboy, the algorithms of my next fortune dancing in my pretty little head.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 16, 2013 | By Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times Jazz Critic
There was a moment at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday night when a question came to mind that felt a little like a Zen koan: If you hear a guitar solo but can't see a guitar, did the solo really happen? It's the sort of thought perhaps associated with backing tracks and radio-ready pop, but this was the Playboy Jazz Festival, and the source was unquestionably live in the vocal group Naturally 7, which closed a set steeped with hip-hop and R&B with an a cappella take on George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2013 | By Chris Barton
The question surely came up at some point during last year's Playboy Jazz Festival, which saw the retirement of its longtime master of ceremonies: Can there be a festival without Bill Cosby? Of course, it's just a rhetorical notion because the festival was never solely about Cosby, who was always a comforting (and comfortable) presence at the side of the stage, whether interjecting elements of goofy fun into the gathering's yearly roster of high school jazz bands or playfully sitting in on percussion with his ad-hoc band, the Cos of Good Music.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Groping in the grotto isn't the only thing the Playboy Mansion is good for. Magazine publisher Hugh Hefner passes out awards there, too. On Wednesday, Norman Lear will get his turn. The 1970s sitcom legend - the man behind "All in the Family," "The Jeffersons" and more - will get a Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the annual Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Awards. In addition to his TV producing work, the 90-year-old Lear became a liberal activist, founding People for the American Way in 1981.
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