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March 27, 2013
This golfer looks like he's enjoying himself at this all-natural "driving range. " The photographer, Robert Larson , tells us "I took the picture on Ilford HP5 pushed to 800 with a Pentax K1000. This is in Joshua Tree. My friends and I try to get out there a few times a year for a weekend or so. We rent a different house each trip and try to forget about the 'real world' for a while. We're like a bunch of kids in a giant sandbox. It's wonderful. " Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers.
March 12, 2013 |
AUSTIN, Texas -- Outspoken rock 'n' roll balladeer Nick Cave traced his beginnings from “rural Australia” to the more comforting confines of his own imagination in a sprawling, hour-long chat at the South by Southwest music conference here. The standing-room-only Tuesday conversation focused largely on Cave's biographical history. The facts of the real world, however, weren't of as much interest to Cave as the more abstract matters of art. Speaking of his relationship with spouse Susie Bick, Cave said, “I feel that I know her better in the songs that I write about her than I do in real life.” Speaking of wanting to leave rural Australia for Melbourne, and then later Melbourne for London and then London for New York, Cave said, “Culturally, life has been a series of disappointments.
March 9, 2013 |
In 2005, Romania's equivalent of the sensational O.J. Simpson trial rocked Eastern Europe when a priest and four nuns from a convent in the country's remote Moldavia region went to prison for accidentally killing a young woman during an exorcism. The case captivated the public, attracted interest from filmmaker Roman Polanski and ultimately inspired writer-director Cristian Mungiu to make "Beyond the Hills. " The 21/2-hour movie, which opens March 8, presents a slow-burn narrative that skips flashy special effects in favor of long takes and low-key performances.
February 21, 2013 |
Three close male friends live through ups and downs in realizing their dream of running a sports shop/cricket academy in the Indian film "Kai Po Che" ("Brothers for Life"). Based on a bestselling novel, the film traffics in an energetic form of aspirational/redemptive melodrama that ties the friends' fortunes to real-world events in the early 2000s, such as the Gujarat earthquake. Once business-minded Govind (Raj Kumar), impulsive cricket fanatic Ishaan (newcomer Sushant Singh Rajput)
February 2, 2013 |
QuotagePaying the corkage fee Memphis Coach Lionel Hollins , on why the Grizzlies traded away leading scorer Rudy Gay as part of a three-team deal: "When you have champagne taste, you can't be on a beer budget. It's a small market and I understand the economics of being in a small market. " Vernon Wells makes more than he does? Miami forward LeBron James , on being paid less than he is worth because of NBA salary cap restrictions: "What I do on the floor shows my value.
January 15, 2013 |
New music in Manila is a too-little-looked-at phenomenon. We've been missing something. For a Monday Evening Concerts program, built around the U.S. premieres of works by two Philippine composers, Zipper Concert Hall became, in Jonas Baes' "Patangis-Buwaya," a rain forest. The sounds made by a quartet of low winds and whistles and stones handed out to the audience were so uncannily authentic that all that was said to be missing were the mosquitoes. But the big piece of the night, José Maceda's "Strata," proved an even more peculiar sonic and spiritual wonder.
December 31, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Ang Lee, the famously meticulous director of "Life of Pi," originally had planned to hire a survival consultant to infuse the allegorical tale of a boy's oceangoing raft journey with a tiger with a dose of realism. Then he read Steven Callahan's riveting 1986 memoir, "Adrift," detailing his own perilous life-raft adventure in the Atlantic. In Callahan, Ang and screenwriter David Magee saw a guide who understood and could articulate the metaphysical themes they were hoping to explore in the film.
December 12, 2012 |
A new stripped-down logo for the University of California is drawing criticism for looking like a flushing toilet. In an age of austerity, that might be appropriate. Here, a look at other logo designs that reflect these lean, mean times for the once-vaunted state university system. ALSO: Photo gallery: Ted Rall cartoons Slideshow: Worst insults to women in 2012 Anne Hathaway strikes a blow for an underwear-free America Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall
November 8, 2012 |
Not too long ago, friending someone involved more than just clicking a button on Facebook. So in a retro twist to social networking, a wave of Web start-ups are encouraging users to get off their couches, away from their smartphones and tablets, and back into the real world. "We have an internal tagline: Use the Internet to get off the Internet," said Kathryn Fink, community manager at Meetup, an online-to-offline start-up with 11 million members. Hybrid social networks are connecting strangers with similar interests online, then directing them to meet in person for dinners, bar-hopping, bowling or biking excursions.
October 24, 2012 |
Every few years Laurie Anderson, who was once dubbed a performance artist for lack of a better descriptor but is simply a performer sui generis, puts together a report from somewhere that is much like our world. She tells stories about places and situations we recognize. She plays something we might recognize as a violin. She uses electronics that have come to seem familiar enough. Most important, the feelings she expresses tend to be ones we share. When she makes us laugh, which is often, she does so with expert traditional-comic timing, the kind at which Jack Benny excelled.