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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1996
The new name, the Lopez Canyon Restoration Project, doesn't seem fitting. Such a really large mountain of garbage might well be called Dump-O-Rama! DON L. RANKIN La Crescenta
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
It's been many years since I interviewed the late producer Daniel Toscan du Plantier, then the president of Unifrance, the key promoter of French films overseas, but I always remember a comment he made. Toscan, as everyone called him, was talking about the fate of his country's films in the world marketplace as well as in the U.S., but what he said could be applied to foreign-language cinema in general. "If you are on a street full of hamburger shops, you finally want to eat something else.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 2008 | Mindy Farabee
YOU'D BE FORGIVEN if you thought it was merely about looking cool. But "the key thing about swap is it's a way to 'upcycle,' " explains Lori Petitti, coordinator of Saturday's used clothes marathon Swap-O-Rama-Rama in Venice. "That's the new buzz word, to take things that would otherwise be thrown away and end up in a landfill, to make them into things that you really want to keep." From informal bartering among friends to well-advertised all-comers bashes, clothing swaps have been flourishing in New York City and the Bay Area for about a decade.
WORLD
November 15, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
WASHINGTON - Despite pressure from the Obama administration, Albania's prime minister said Friday that he would not allow the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons in the European country. Prime Minister Edi Rama surprised some Western officials by saying in a televised address that it was "impossible" to take on the job of dismantling Syrian President Bashar Assad's toxic arsenal because "we lack the necessary capacities to get involved in this operation. " Rama bowed to growing protests in the small Balkan nation, where activists have opposed being the host country for the costly and complex process of neutralizing Syria's weapons, because of concern over toxic waste.
FOOD
July 15, 1998
I am not a Sanskrit scholar, but I do not suffer from deliberate or other distortions of that language, as Charles Perry did in his article on meat eating in India (Forklore, "Non-Veg India," July 8). Many of things Perry mentioned are not new; unfortunately, much of it is broadcast to the world by Westernized, self-alienated Hindus themselves. So he is not alone to blame when he informs readers that Brahmin priests should be offered beef and that Sita [consort of the god Rama] cooked meat with rice.
MAGAZINE
June 30, 1991
I was appalled by the statement questioning the existence of Rama. I am sure that no notarized birth certificate exists for Rama, any more than for Moses, Christ or Mohammed, but then the beliefs and faith of millions of followers must be respected and not ridiculed. R. JINDAL Porterville
FOOD
November 12, 1997 | BETTY ROSBOTTOM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Rosbottom is the author of "American Favorites" (Chapters Publishing, 1996)
I tasted one of the best fall salads I can remember in Italy recently. It was made with fresh sliced porcini mushrooms, shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and wild arugula tossed in a dressing of balsamic vinegar and virgin olive oil. When re-creating the salad, I used domestic white mushrooms and cultivated arugula. The results were still superb.
MAGAZINE
January 30, 2000 | Mary Melton
With no L.A. home teams to fret about, I had the whole football season to plot my Super Bowl party brew. Lacking a backyard distillery, I went to one of the local brew-on-premises pubs, where rookie brew masters (oxymoronic, eh?) can boil grain and pour in hops to produce their own beer. (Just over 100 bucks and about five hours of work yields 120 bottles.) But what to name it?
MAGAZINE
July 8, 2001 | AL RIDENOUR
Courtesy of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, a "mystical multimedia experience" has joined Sea World and Knott's Berry Farm on the list of Southern California's tourist attractions. The Bhagavad-gita Museum at the group's West L.A. center gives Hare Krishna beliefs the Madame Tussaud treatment with a guided tour of 12 tableaux dramatizing spiritual concepts and episodes from the Bhagavad-gita, a sacred text for mainstream Hinduism and the offshoot Krishna religion.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 1997 | BOOTH MOORE
Holiday shopping doesn't have to be a drag. Just spice up your mall hopping. Friday For the movie or architecture buff on your list, the Paul Kopeikin Gallery is hosting a one-night exhibition and book signing of "The Last Remaining Seats: Movie Palaces of Tinseltown." The recently published book by L.A. photographers Robert Berger and Anne Conser (with text by film historian Stephen Silverman) is a lavishly photographed tour of the city's finest old movie houses. 7-9 p.m. 138 N. La Brea Ave.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 2013
The Israeli film renaissance that began more than a decade ago with "Late Marriage" is nowhere near its end. The latest evidence: "Fill the Void," a transfixing, emotionally complex drama that won the Venice Film Festival's lead actress award for Hadas Yaron and captured seven Ophirs (the Israeli Academy Awards), including best picture and directing and screenplay honors for Rama Burshtein. Herself a member of the Haredi, the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in which "Fill the Void" is set, Burshtein has spent years making movies only for the women of her largely sexually segregated society.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 25, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Israeli writer-director Rama Burshtein felt a lot of pressure graduating from the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem two decades ago because everyone expected great things from her. "They said, 'She is a promise,"' recalled Burshtein, who was born in New York City but moved to Tel Aviv with her family when she was 1. "I didn't like the weight of that. I knew I needed a break anyway after school to see if this is what I wanted to do. " But she ended up taking a very long break.
NATIONAL
March 23, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - At times it seemed the overnight fight club in the U.S. Senate just wouldn't end. For nearly 20 hours, senators considered more than 600 amendments, from lofty to less so, and voted on dozens. The marathon vote-a-rama did not end until just before dawn Saturday, when Democrats stumbled across the finish line and passed their first federal budget plan in four years. In a final squeaker, the chamber voted 50 to 49 to approve a $3.7-trillion budget blueprint that would raise taxes on corporations and the wealthy, trim spending, invest new revenue to build infrastructure and tamp down the federal deficit.
NEWS
March 22, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - Step aside, stately Senate. Say hello to vote-a-rama. On Friday, the usually lonely floor of the U.S. Senate was thrown open for that most rare of occurrences - a free-for-all frenzy of amendment-making, which is required for the annual budget process. Think of it as a lollapalooza of legislating: Senators taking to the floor, one after another, in rapid-fire fashion to present their priority issues and then call for a vote. The end will arrive only when the senators have nothing left to say. Understandably, the Capitol was prepared for a long night.
NATIONAL
September 1, 2012 | By John M. Glionna
Abigail Goldman was wandering the Internet when she came across the model train website that changed her life. She noticed all the miniature figures were engaged in wholesome activities - waving to strangers, helping neighbors. Then she had a dark thought: Maybe those characters could be made to do violent, unspeakable things. They could populate tiny, twisted dioramas of her own design, snow-globe-sized worlds of murder and mayhem. "I said, 'Oh, look at all the little people!
NEWS
July 10, 2012 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Now what are you going to do with the rest of your summer? The Carp-O-Rama Family Fishing Event scheduled for July 14 at Lake Maloney State Recreation Area south of North Platte, Neb., has been canceled because of a recent carp die-off . . . . On a lighter note, you can't kill salsa. The annual Oxnard Salsa Festival is still a go, July 28-29 in downtown Oxnard. Parking and admission are free, but the Salsa Tasting Tent costs $5. Still, a great bargain for a traditional fun weekend.
FOOD
January 30, 1992 | JOAN DRAKE
RESOURCES: ALL CLAD LTD (12)--Made in United States. Diameter: 10 inches. Capacity: 3 quarts. Weight: About 4 pounds with lid; 3 pounds without lid. Long handle attached with two stainless-steel rivets (visible inside pan). Helper handle. Limited lifetime warranty. Available at Bullock's and Williams-Sonoma. ALL CLAD STAINLESS (6)--Made in United States. Diameter: 10 inches. Capacity: 3 quarts. Weight: About 4 pounds with lid; 3 pounds without lid.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
George "Wydell" Jones, 71, who wrote the doo-wop hit "Rama Lama Ding Dong" and performed it as a member of the Edsels, died of cancer Sept. 27 at his home in Youngstown, Ohio, his son, Steffon Jones, told the Associated Press. The song -- originally released as "Lama Rama Ding Dong" -- peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1961. The Youngstown-based Edsels also included Harry Green, Larry Green, Jimmy Reynolds and Marshall Sewell. During their heyday, which lasted about as long as that of the Ford model for which they were named, the Edsels performed at the Apollo Theater in New York and appeared on "American Bandstand."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 2008 | Mindy Farabee
YOU'D BE FORGIVEN if you thought it was merely about looking cool. But "the key thing about swap is it's a way to 'upcycle,' " explains Lori Petitti, coordinator of Saturday's used clothes marathon Swap-O-Rama-Rama in Venice. "That's the new buzz word, to take things that would otherwise be thrown away and end up in a landfill, to make them into things that you really want to keep." From informal bartering among friends to well-advertised all-comers bashes, clothing swaps have been flourishing in New York City and the Bay Area for about a decade.
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