February 6, 2011 |
After an espresso or two has kicked jet lag into the long grass, I find no better place to plot a course in a city than at an independent bookstore cafe. Many operate more as cultural and community centers than as businesses, with late hours and a medium-sized town's worth of on-site readings, tastings and concerts out of any weather that may be annoying you. Check out their posters and bulletin boards for options farther afield. And ask the staff: Bookstore cafes usually have a nicotine-tinged finger or two on a city's pulse.
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July 3, 1991 |
When an earthquake hits, people turn to Caltech to answer the basic questions: How big was it? Where was the epicenter? How many aftershocks? But with the Sierra Madre Earthquake slamming into Pasadena on Friday, another question arises: What if The Big One hits Caltech? First of all, every building on the scientific institute's campus is reinforced to 1 1/2 times earthquake construction standards, said Bill Irwin, assistant director of the Caltech physical plant.
November 1, 1990
California Lutheran University will offer students and the community the opportunity to meet two respected writers at the eighth annual Pulitzer Symposium on Monday and Tuesday in the auditorium. Featured lecturers will be poet Galway Kinnell and writer Shirley Ann Grau. Kinnell received a Pulitzer for poetry in 1983 for his work, "Selected Poems," and has won numerous other awards for works including "Body Rags," "Mortal Words" and "The Past."
November 9, 2003 |
Los Angeles is a city awash with words. Just look at this week's roster of literary readings: There's Russell Banks reading today at the Canal Club in Venice, Orson Scott Card on Tuesday at Vroman's in Pasadena, Mark Salzman on Friday at UCLA, and Leo Braudy on Saturday at Skylight Books in Los Feliz. And that's just a tiny fraction of the total number of literary happenings around town -- poetry slams, book groups, recitals from works in progress, screenplay seminars. Should we be alarmed?
February 15, 2013 |
Consumer sentiment rebounded solidly early in February after a disappointing showing the previous two months, according to a survey released Friday. The monthly Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index rose to 76.3, up from 73.8 in January. Quiz: How much do you know about looming federal budget cuts? The readings in December and January were weighed down by Americans' concerns about the potential drag from the so-called fiscal cliff, which federal lawmakers averted with a last-minute deal.
April 14, 1989 |
Dissatisfied with what it perceives as "a scarcity of good community theater" in southern Orange County, a new troupe calling itself the Monday Night Alternative will launch a monthly series of free, radio-style theater readings next week in San Juan Capistrano. "There's just not enough theater around here," said co-founder B.J. Scott, who will stage the first reading on Monday: Paul Zindel's "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds." "So we're going to try to do something about that."
March 7, 2011
BOOKS Lundi Gras The local literary journal Slake: Los Angeles will laisser les bons temps rouler with this Fat Monday celebration featuring art, music, readings, films and food. The program includes short films by Helen Hill and Robert Sobul, readings from Hank Cherry and other Slake contributors, work by local artists, traditional New Orleans jazz and funeral music, and grub from the Crazy Creole Cafe truck. Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., L.A. 7 p.m. $10. http://www.
September 27, 2012 |
West Hollywood gets bookish this Sunday with the 11th annual West Hollywood Book Fair . Set in and around the new West Hollywood public library, the event will have panels, readings, comics discussions, things for kids, and even some talk about e-books (that's where you'll find me). The immense lineup of authors who will be there includes film star Andrew McCarthy -- he's an award-winning travel writer who has just published a memoir, "The Longest Way Home. " There will be people to talk about darkness and crime -- many mystery writers, including T. Jefferson Parker, are on the bill.
November 2, 2002 |
Edgar Allan Poe died more than 150 years ago, but as arguably the father of modern Goth, he never goes out of style. To celebrate that legacy, music producer Hal Willner assembled an eclectic array of talent including rock singer Lou Reed, actors Karen Black and Howard Hesseman, and comedian Will Ferrell for "Never Bet the Devil Your Head," his fifth annual tribute to Poe and his second at UCLA's Royce Hall.