February 13, 2012 |
The voice floats confidently but quietly in the first few lines of Whitney Houston's version of "I Will Always Love You," the song for which the superstar vocalist, who died Saturday of undetermined causes at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, will always be remembered. Hear it rush out of the radio unexpectedly, and it has the power to transform your world. "If I should stay I would only be in your way," sings Houston in those opening bars, minus any instrumentation, as if into an abyss of loneliness.
January 15, 2012 |
Emmy Rossum, 25, returns to Showtime for the second season of "Shameless" as Fiona, the eldest sister and mother figure of the scrappy, law-skirting, non-working-class Gallagher family. Already a performing vet at 25, Rossum's latest gig follows a childhood launch as a member of the Metropolitan Opera's Children's Chorus and starring roles in the 2004 film "The Phantom of the Opera" and big-budget disaster movies including "The Day After Tomorrow" and "Poseidon. " What will we learn about the Gallaghers this season?
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July 24, 2011 |
He was a forlorn-looking figure, dressed in a rumpled gray raincoat that was shiny with dirt, like a mechanic's apron. The woman sitting with him, at the Original Pantry restaurant in downtown Los Angeles, ate silently. The man appeared to be in his late 70s, his appearance hinting at homelessness, or something close to it. It was 1978, and as my brother and I stole glances at him while we ate our dinner, it was hard to believe that this man was once touted as one of the greatest living pianists — a man who drew comparisons to his famous countryman, composer and pianist Franz Liszt.
June 1, 2011 |
To say that Ricky Jay does card tricks is, as Mark Singer once noted in the New Yorker, somewhat akin to suggesting that "Sonny Rollins plays tenor saxophone. " Jay is one of the greatest sleight-of-hand artists ever to fool and wow an audience. A few years back, at a theater in Westwood, I saw him quote a ballad by the French poet/thief François Villon, as translated by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, while simultaneously performing the famous party piece of his stage act, piercing the skin of a watermelon, or, as Jay puts it, the "thicker pachydermatous outer-melon layer," with a single playing card flicked at 90 mph from between his fingers.
May 29, 2011 |
It is easy to imagine that a pair of French classical musical prodigies like the Capuçon brothers — who began to play their instruments before kindergarten — would not be particularly open to modernity. Given that Renaud, a leading violinist, and Gautier, a top cellist of his generation, are preparing to take part in a decidedly modern and Hollywood-flavored concert series in Los Angeles in early June, this would be a problem. In a four-night run that starts June 2, les frères Capuçon will join the charismatic Venezuelan-born musical director Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in performing Brahms' Double Concerto and Symphony No. 4 at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
February 27, 2011 |
Journalist Frank Brady remembers the moment when Bobby Fischer first mesmerized the chess world. It was October 1956. Fischer, then just 13, was matched against 25-year-old Donald Byrne, an international master, in a tournament in lower Manhattan. A pack of kibitzers surrounded the pair when suddenly, Fischer moved his queen, the most powerful piece on the chessboard, to a seemingly vulnerable position. Byrne moved to capture Fischer's queen, only to find himself checkmated after 41 moves and five hours.
December 19, 2010 |
To some discerning eyes, the statue is a satire of classical aesthetics that judge beauty by Western standards. To others, the use of natural, recyclable materials shows the artist's commitment to the environment. And then there was this observation, posted on the artist's blog. "Disgusting, disgusting, disgusting!!!" The artwork in question is a copy of the classical Greek statue Venus de Milo, made out of raw material supplied by China's most beloved mammals. In other words, panda excrement.
September 14, 2010 |
Over the last two decades, the use of modern genetic engineering technology to produce pharmaceuticals and new crop plants has given rise to prodigious scientific, humanitarian and financial successes. But its application to animals for food has lagged behind despite the fact that animal protein is expensive and increasingly sought-after worldwide. The reason for the lag is not technical difficulty. Thousands of animals with genes deleted or added have been engineered for scientific purposes; the catalog of available lines resembles the telephone directory of a small city, and these animals have made incalculable contributions to the understanding of mammalian gene function in health and disease.
May 30, 2010 |
They exist among us, teenage sports prodigies, and they don't play football, basketball or baseball. They are the reason to celebrate what makes living in Southern California so wondrous. Whether on the golf course, in the pool or at the beach, they're preparing to become college standouts, Olympians or even professional athletes. Orange County was the home of Tiger Woods, and it's the place where Patrick Cantlay of Anaheim Servite is proving to be one of the best 18-year-old golfers in America.
March 24, 2010 |
In some ways, Michelle Wie is still the teenage girl we remember bursting into the spotlight with braces and a 300-yard drive. "I still eat Happy Meals and I'm proud to say it," Wie said the other day at a news conference here. "I would say it's more for the toy." In other ways, she's a grown woman hardened by years in the spotlight during which the normal peaks and valleys of adolescence have played out on a national stage. "Slowly but surely, I'm growing up," she said.