August 9, 2009
Re: "Balboa Island still lives large," July 31: Having lived three miles northwest of Balboa for the last 12 years in west Newport Beach, I am quite familiar with the quaintness, the magic and the overall seagoing atmosphere of Balboa Island. I frequent the island occasionally via my bike and a short ferry ride across the bay. Hugo Martin's article sadly but accurately points out that even the well-to-do who spend between $3,000 to $5,000 a week to vacation on the island are looking for ways to budget their money like cooking their own meals rather than eating out. For most of us who can ill afford to stay there, however, the island still welcomes everyone who can get there and enjoy the magic and ocean atmosphere of a user-friendly village.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2009 |
When KGFJ went on the air in 1927, the radio station explained that its call letters stood for "Keeping Good Folks Joyful." Especially good insomniac folks, since it was L.A.'s first 24-hour station. KGFJ stayed on the air at AM (1230) until 1996. Less fortunate were the founders of Orange County's first radio station, whose unwieldy slogan was "KFAW: Kept From Awful Winters."
June 8, 2009 |
There is something stubbornly old-fashioned about the Tony Awards, the 63rd edition of which was broadcast Sunday night over CBS. As a television broadcast -- a real-time event honoring a craft that exists in real time -- it's a yearly revival, "Brigadoon"-like, of a type of singing-dancing variety TV whose light otherwise went out sometime in the 1970s. (And as a theatrical event -- a one-night-only performance on the stage of Radio City Music Hall -- it is just a night off for many of the honored productions.
November 30, 2008 |
Remember the Pacific Rim? The term isn't heard much in art circles anymore, but in the last dozen years of the 20th century, it was everywhere. The 1980s had seen the prominent return of European art (especially from Germany) and the lively resurgence of Los Angeles art to a contemporary scene long narrowly centered in New York.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2008 |
The tree-lined block that juts out of La Cienega Boulevard just above Melrose Avenue is a bit of a retail oddity for Los Angeles: a quiet, quaint address in the middle of the bustling city. And as such, Melrose Place -- not the fictional location of the television show with the same name but rather the concrete-and-ivy street with nary an apartment building in sight -- has always been a destination for a certain kind of shopper, the kind of person who might employ a decorator, a stylist or both.
June 15, 2008 |
It's A pity that Michel Gondry's “Be Kind Rewind,” a movie rife with DIY optimism and analog nostalgia, arrives this week on DVD and not, as befits its premise, good old-fashioned VHS. Gondry has a reputation for technical wizardry -- he is credited with inventing the freeze-and-pan "bullet time" special effect that the Wachowski brothers borrowed for their "Matrix" movies -- but his work is often most magical when he draws on low-tech, even primitive methods.
May 20, 2008 |
On the far side of the Atlantic Ocean is a parallel universe called Great Britain. It looks something like our own. There are cars and trains and buildings. The people speak more or less the same language we do. And they have television, with dramas and sitcoms and talk shows that seem at once familiar and alien, which is, for some, the essence of their charm.
January 28, 2007 |
SHOP owners know it. Celebrities know it. Locals know it: 'Tween girls have taken over the Brentwood Country Mart. One thing no one knows is why. The Mart, with its high-end kid stores, is the place to go to hunt for wooden toys with Reese Witherspoon. But journey to the center, between Barney's hamburger joint and the Reddi Chicks, and it's clear who owns this place: Taylor, Chloe, Paris and Dina.
November 19, 2006
"I'D like to recommend a quaint hotel a block from the beach in a delightful section of Rosarito. The Hotel Colonial is comfortable, with ocean views from the second-story rooms. The very affordable rooms have two king beds and look out on a nice courtyard. The owners, Luis and Angelica, operate the hotel and are very gracious. "The nearby restaurant La Estancia offers exquisite steak and seafood, with a romantic setting and superb ambience." Double rooms from $30.