August 8, 2010 |
Rolling through Jackson Hole on the way into Grand Teton National Park for the first time, I spotted a boy on the cycle path alongside the road. His family was a few yards behind him, and the Tetons were off to his left, their ragged, snowy peaks jutting above the Snake River and miles of meadow. The boy was taking it all in, his helmeted head tilted back. His legs were pumping. And his arms were off the handlebars, thrown out in scarecrow fashion. He was the King of the World, astride a shiny bike instead of a doomed ocean liner.
May 22, 2010 |
The latest platinum earnings report from Goldman Sachs is one way to see the strength of Wall Street's rebound from the financial crisis. For another, just visit the Hamptons on Long Island's South Shore. On a recent sunny Saturday, a Bentley and a Ferrari were parked outside the East Hampton boutique of fashion designer and New York socialite Tory Burch. Inside, store manager Megan Ruddy was hustling between well-heeled customers examining $600 handbags and gold-buckled shoes.
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April 4, 2010 |
It doesn't take much to get someone to beat his fellow man silly. Just give him a weapon: A pillow. And provide motive and opportunity: International Pillow Fight Day. On Saturday, hundreds of people packing pillows descended on Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles -- one of some 150 cities worldwide where fights with soft bedding were expected to break out. The loosely coordinated events were part of the so-called urban playground movement...
January 26, 2010 |
Masatoshi Shimbo has always felt more than a bit paternal toward the changeling Roppongi district, the inner-city neighborhood where he grew up and his family made its real estate fortune. But Roppongi often breaks his heart, over the decades turning from a U.S. servicemen's haunt into a respectable business district and then back to disrepute -- the gentle women in kimonos giving way to mobsters and drug dealers. Good or bad, in this famously safe city, Roppongi stands out: elegant one block, seedy the next, a multicultural meeting spot known as Tokyo's most cosmopolitan dusk-to-dawn adult playground.
December 4, 2009
Harlow Gold Burlesque Where: Bordello, 901 E. 1st St., L.A. When: Sundays, doors 8 p.m., show 9 p.m. Price: $10, $15 and $25 Contact: (213) 687-3766; advance tickets at www.harlowgold.event brite.com; group reservations at www.bunnyhopprod @sbcglobal.net Devil's Playground Burlesque and Cabaret Where: Bordello, 901 E. 1st St., L.A. When: Dec. 12 and every second Saturday of the month Price: $13 Contact: www.courtneycruz.
December 4, 2009 |
On Sunday nights at Bordello, before the show begins, the red velvet curtains rise ever so slightly to tease the audience with a display of toned, garter-clad legs, just legs, sweeping back and forth across the stage floor in sync to "The Pink Panther Theme." This is "Harlow Gold," a glamorous and polished addition to the still-thriving neo-burlesque scene in L.A. With its cast of gorgeous dancers (many of whom were featured at Ivan Kane's now-defunct Forty Deuce club) and flirtatious numbers set to show tunes and pop songs, the new spectacle has been gaining buzz around town.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2009 |
The line cooks had matching stickers pasted to their chef's jackets one Saturday night in mid-October, brave words for a bleak reality: "We are the future of Konocti." Sad-eyed housekeepers clutched instructions on how to apply for unemployment benefits and compared notes in soft Spanish about job prospects here in hard-knock Lake County: "Muy dificil." But leave it to the country music singer to get to the painful heart of the matter during what he called the possible "last concert ever" at Konocti Harbor Resort and Spa -- tony Northern California's rare blue-collar playground, which is set to close Tuesday.
September 29, 2009 |
State parks bring to mind walking, biking or just relaxing amid beautiful scenery. But outdoor enthusiasts Shari and Christopher Boyer see something else: an efficient marketing tool for businesses. "Parks are about going out, having fun with your family, hiking," said Shari Boyer, chief executive of a small Pasadena company called Government Solutions Group Inc. "To associate your brand name with something positive is a unique experience, which is exactly what brand owners are looking for and what parks are in need of."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2009 |
The relentless Station fire has scoured nearly 242 square miles of the Angeles National Forest, burning through not just picnic areas and campgrounds, but the raw, solitary beauty that has long been a refuge for a sprawling city. Ridge after ridge is a ghostly gray, laid bare of vegetation from the plunging foothill canyons to the Mojave Desert. Only scattered islands of trees are un-charred -- in the deepest draws and in remote, rocky cornices on a few high ridges. "What I saw was a pretty complete burn," said U.S. Forest Service spokesman Stanton Florea.
July 19, 2009 |
When I planned this trip to Connecticut, I expected to be awash in a sea of blue blazers, pink polo shirts and cream-colored sweaters knotted around the tanned necks of lacrosse players. The upper-crust area I planned to visit, in the picturesque northwestern region of Connecticut, is Preppy Central; it's also a playground and retreat for Oscar de la Renta, Henry Kissinger, Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep and Kevin Bacon.