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November 27, 2005
"HUMILITY at Its Most Radiant" [Nov. 20] was a wonderfully written work. I happen to be reading John T. Spike's "Fra Angelico," and Christopher Knight's bright prose was a joy to read, making many connections with that book. Each time I read an article by Knight I learn more about the art that speaks to me, and therefore I learn more about myself. Good writing will do that. Many thanks for such essays. WILLIAM NOLAN Burbank
April 11, 2014 | By Amy Wilentz
Reading is such an improbable idea -- a miracle, really. Yet simple squiggles on a page, arranged just so, can convey ideas that change the way we think or introduce to us characters we love for a lifetime. In celebration of reading -- and of this weekend's Los Angeles Times Festival of Books -- we asked four readers (who also happen to be writers) to celebrate books that mattered in their lives. My grandfather's house on the New Jersey shore was a huge 1880s double-parlor Victorian with 11 bedrooms, a wraparound porch and a big green couch in the living room next to the piano.
January 23, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson
Jean Simmons, a radiant British actress who as a teenager appeared opposite Laurence Olivier in "Hamlet" and emerged a star whose career flourished in the 1950s and 1960s in such films as "Guys and Dolls, "Elmer Gantry" and "Spartacus," has died. She was 80. Simmons, who won an Emmy Award for her role in the 1980s miniseries "The Thorn Birds," died Friday evening at her home in Santa Monica, said Judy Page, her agent. She had lung cancer. "Jean Simmons' jaw-dropping beauty often obscured a formidable acting talent," Alan K. Rode, a writer and film historian, told The Times in an e-mail.
April 5, 2014 | By Kavita Daswani, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Radiant Orchid, the trend color of 2014 as decreed by color specialist Pantone, has shown up all across the beauty spectrum. The flower is appearing literally - as the key ingredient in Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil, for instance. Or it's an inspiration - for example, as the basis of trendy nail wraps from Jamberry Nails Radiant Orchid Collection. In skin care, orchid extract is touted as an effective moisturizer; orchid leaves contain plant pigments called anthocyanins - also present in blueberries and acai - known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
September 21, 1987
Pope John Paul II's visit to Los Angeles and to the U.S. has fostered a general climate of love, fellowship, tolerance toward others, justice and a clarion call to time-honored virtues of trust in God and the basic kinship of mankind. His presence with us was a fresh breath of air, even in a city oft-shrouded in varying degrees of smog density. After a wait of 2 1/2 hours, I had the privilege of attending the Coliseum Mass along with 103,000 others. It was a memory to treasure. Although this pontiff came with definite guidelines for the 350 bishops, it's my belief that outside the area of dogma itself, the impact he made during his interfaith meetings, his ability and desire to listen and participate in dialogues with representatives of the many religious groups was a profound step in breaking down barriers and suspicions.
November 12, 1988
With the magnanimity of a voter whose candidate lost, I send to Bush my congratulations, and--considering his choice of a running mate--my best wishes for four years of vibrant, radiant good health. DAVID W. JESSUP Los Angeles
November 14, 2009
Re "An elegy for summertime," Column One, Nov. 9 I loved The Times' article on Huntington Lake. I have had many such experiences at our cabins in northern New England. The bittersweet knowledge of the ending of a radiant summer and the onset of a colder, drearier but often starkly beautiful, quiet and serene fall. And then the long, silent, lonely, unobserved winter. It was a lovely piece of writing. Thanks. David O. Sears Los Angeles
July 1, 2010
ART Time in California oscillates between radiant joy and excruciating emotional disappointment, so Blum & Poe's "Endless Bummer / Surf Elsewhere" should be a canny depiction of life here. Works by Billy Al Bengston, Ed Ruscha and Raymond Pettibon are among the localized highlights. Blum & Poe, 2754 La Cienega Blvd., L.A. Sat.- Aug. 31. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
November 19, 2000
Amy Wallace's Nicolas Cage profile was up to her usual standard of excellence ("His Truth Is Out There," Nov. 12). However, I think it would be appropriate to give a nod to those filmmakers responsible for Cage's breakthrough film and first lead performance, "Valley Girl" (1983), directed by Martha Coolidge, produced by Wayne Crawford and Andy Lane, and financed and distributed by the Atlantic Entertainment Group, where I was a senior executive at the time. His performance was radiant and intelligent, and his subsequent career has been a joy to anyone associated with the film.
One definition of "critic-proof": A dramatic work you're meant to enjoy with your cognitive lamp on dim. "The First Wives Club," the new Broadway-bound musical based on the 1996 Diane Keaton-Bette Midler-Goldie Hawn middle-aged chick flick and Olivia Goldsmith's stampeding 1992 fictional bestseller, fits this definition to a T. The show, receiving its world premiere at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, is obviously counting on a majority of its audience...
December 30, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Ready yourself for the real-life glowing green menagerie. Ten little piggies that glow in the dark have been created by scientists at the South China Agricultural University. (See the video above.) A sheep that glows green under a black light will soon be announced by researchers in Turkey, and that same Turkish team has already created  glow-in-the-dark bunnies .  By the light of day these animals all look normal. But turn off the lights and hit them with a black light and parts of their bodies glow fluorescent green.
December 5, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
Emerald green is so 2013. Say hello to Radiant Orchid, Pantone's color of the year for 2014. Those not familiar with phalaenopsis may wonder: What, exactly, is Radiant Orchid? In the company's annual announcement, Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, described the hue as “an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones" that "inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. " How much weight do these Pantone predictions carry?
November 21, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
As its name promises, "The Great Beauty" is drop-dead gorgeous, a film that is luxuriously, seductively, stunningly cinematic. But more than intoxicating imagery is on director Paolo Sorrentino's mind, a lot more. One of Italy's most impressive contemporary filmmakers, Sorrentino has a superb sense of how to fill a wide screen and, working with his longtime cinematographer Luca Bigazzi, a wizard with camera movement, his visuals display the intoxicating richness of color 35-millimeter film in a way few contemporary ventures can match.
July 19, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The latest network to enlist big-screen talent and muscle its way into the original scripted-series business, Hallmark Channel premieres on Saturday its adaptation of Debbie Macomber's bestselling Cedar Cove novels. It's called "Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove," presumably to avoid any confusion among the author's built-in fan base. There is, for example, absolutely no potential crossover with fans of the similarly named "Hemlock Grove," though it is set in the kind of small rocky Northern coastal American town other authors do tend to fill up with vampires (Stephen King to the East, Stephenie Meyer to the West)
June 6, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
We are so far into our modern infatuation with the zombie apocalypse that it was only a matter of time before a chronicle of the next step emerged. "In the Flesh," which premieres Thursday on BBC America, opens in a rehabilitation center where those suffering from Partial Death Syndrome (PDS) are receiving medical and psychological treatment that will allow them to return to their families. Dominic Mitchell's story, which focuses on 18-year-old Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry) as he transitions back to life among the living, could easily have tipped toward satire à la "Shaun of the Dead" or the sticky sentiment of "Warm Bodies.
March 15, 2013 | By Heller McAlpin
Emily Rapp is not one to sugarcoat hard truths, including the brutal diagnosis she and her husband received in January 2011 when they took their then-9-month-old son to a pediatric ophthalmologist because of concerns about developmental delays. Ronan, they were told, had Tay-Sachs disease, which was untreatable and always fatal, usually by age 3. How do you live with such a death sentence? In "The Still Point of the Turning World," Rapp describes forcing herself to think deeply about the unthinkable and adjust to a new reality as she steels herself for inevitable, devastating loss.
April 6, 2009 | Mark Swed music critic
There are many fine reasons for the popularity of "Die Walkure." It is springtime in the "Ring," and this, the second of the four-opera cycle, boasts not only Wagner's famously exuberant martial music -- "The Ride of the Valkyries" (cue the "Apocalypse Now" helicopters) -- it also contains the most tender and lyrical moments in this huge operatic enterprise. Beautiful sister and heroic brother glory in romance, and music transcends the cringe factor. A warrior god, Wotan, forsakes a beloved warrior daughter, Brunnhilde, and the long opera ends in elegiac, radiant poignancy.
January 3, 1993 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, Suzanne Muchnic is The Times' art writer
When they converged in San Francisco about 45 years ago, Wolfgang Paalen, Gordon Onslow Ford and Lee Mullican wanted nothing less than to be image makers of cosmic freedom. The purpose of art, they thought, was self-transcending awareness.
December 3, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Director-producer Renny Harlin has sold his so-called Cannon House in Venice house for $1.83 million. The two cannons, however, were not included in the purchase. The buyer asked that they be removed. The three-level home features an open floor plan, radiant-heated polished concrete floors, balconies, two master bedrooms with fireplaces, another bedroom, an office and 2.5 bathrooms in 2,756 square feet of living space. One cannon sat on a front-facing balcony and the other at the rear of the house.
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