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August 24, 1998
The Renaissance was an extremely creative time which began in Italy in the 14th century and continued throughout Europe for the next 300 years. The Renaissance--"rebirth"--was marked by the rediscovery of classical Greek and Roman ideas and enormous achievements in the arts and sciences. William Shakespeare, Leonardo da Vinci, Nicolaus Copernicus and Johannes Kepler were among the creative geniuses of that time.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Ben Sherwood has the kind of resume that could make even a high achiever jealous. A Harvard graduate and a Rhodes scholar, Sherwood has been a reporter, producer, author and executive. On Monday, Sherwood added the title chairman to his curriculum vitae when Walt Disney Co.  elevated him from president of ABC News to co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of the Disney/ABC Television Group. He will succeed Anne Sweeney, who is stepping down to try her hand at directing television.
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BUSINESS
May 1, 2012 | By Alana Semuels
Is it time to finally declare a manufacturing renaissance? An index by the Institute for Supply Management has grown for 33 straight months, and Rust Belt states such as Ohio and Michigan have registered big drops in unemployment over the year. Ohio dropped to 7.5% unemployment in March from 8.8% the previous year, and Michigan dropped to 8.5% from 10.5% in March of last year. The folks at Manning & Napier, the $40-billion asset management firm, say there are some reasons to be very optimistic about manufacturing in the U.S. Wages overseas are rising - China alone has experienced double-digit wage growth in each of the last two years.
TRAVEL
February 2, 2014 | By Katrina Woznicki
Taos, N.M., has had many lives: a pre-colonial Native American community, a Spanish settlement and, more recently, an artists' colony for those seeking a quieter pace. Today, many come to Taos to ski, but this resilient small town is enjoying an artistic renaissance after the 2008 economic downturn. The town of just 5,700 has about 80 galleries featuring imaginative, provocative art that captures Native American culture and the beauty of the Southwest. The tab: Our family of three spent about $300 a night for lodging and less than $150 a day on food and sightseeing.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Ten months into the moviegoing year, and many of the most lucrative surprises at the box office are cut of the horror cloth: “The Conjuring” ($137 million), “Insidious Chapter 2” ($81 million), “Mama” ($71 million). Conceived with low expectations and lower budgets, all three coasted to weekend wins and have ended up in the box office top 50. You could imagine, then, how it was easy to think "Carrie" could continue the trend last weekend -- A-list cast, big marketing spend and the added selling point that the film shares name and concept with one of the most popular horror movies of all time.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 8, 2010 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
– Over the last two or three years, a steady buzz has been building in architecture and design circles about developments in this city of 3.5 million, which through much of the 1980s and 1990s was infamous for its sky-high murder rate and viciously competitive drug cartels, including a particularly violent one led by Pablo Escobar. Architects and urban planners who traveled to Medellín seemed to return telling some version of the same enthusiastic story about the renaissance taking place in Colombia's second-largest city, which has been driven in large part by investment in ambitious civic architecture.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Edie Falco managed to keep her tough-lady look in a long, electric-blue gown at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday. The actress was soaking up enjoyment from the fact that she is lucky enough to have starred in (and won Emmys for) two popular TV series: the groundbreaking "Sopranos," and now as Jackie Peyton on Showtime's critically acclaimed sleeper "Nurse Jackie. " "I feel very lucky to be in an industry that's experiencing such a renaissance," she said. Emmys 2013: Full coverage: Top nominees | Red carpet | Play-at-home ballot | Timeline | Snubs and surprises | Emmys presenters | Emmys Live blog Part of that renaissance is thanks to the incredibly rich characters that are being written these days, many of whom are antiheroes.
BUSINESS
May 20, 2012
Taking its cues from Teatro La Fenice, an opera house in Venice, this Italian Renaissance-style estate was recently doubled in size. Five courtyards bring the living space outdoors to take advantage of the ocean and coastline views. Location: 6019 Avenida Cresta, La Jolla 92037 Asking price: $14.95 million House size: Six bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, 10,000 square feet Lot size: 0.41 of an acre Features: Ornate wrought-ironwork, Venetian chandeliers and sconces, murals, lead- and stained-glass windows, home theater, wine cellar, two master bedrooms, butler's pantry.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2013
Collecting rare works that include Italy's Giotto di Bondone and Pacino di Bonaguida, art history expands at the Getty to incorporate manuscript paintings as an essential feature of the early Renaissance story. "Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance: Painting and Illumination, 1300-1350," together with its first-rate catalog, is among the most important in an American museum this year. J. Paul Getty Museum, 1200 Getty Center Drive, (310) 440-7300, through Feb. 10. Closed Mondays. http://www.getty.edu
TRAVEL
June 10, 2012 | By Susan Spano, Special to the Los Angeles Times
SANSEPOLCRO, Italy - Sansepolcro, in the far northeast corner of Tuscany, can't match Florence and Siena for culture. It isn't even on the top of a hill like San Gimignano. It has, English writer Aldous Huxley noted, "some fine Renaissance palaces; a not very interesting church, and the best painting in the world" - the "Resurrection," completed around 1470 by Sansepolcro native Piero della Francesca. Never heard of it? Don't worry. It is a special masterpiece by a master known chiefly to art historians, a multifaceted Renaissance man who wrote books on mathematics, geometry and perspective that guided his brush without dictating to it, leaving him free to paint with imagination and heart.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2013 | Sandy Banks
In its recent ranking of popular spots, CNN's business website called Silver Lake the nation's second-best big city neighborhood. It's "a haven for families as well as hipsters ... packed with shops and hotspots, defying the 'no walking in L.A.' cliche. " There is indeed plenty of walking on Silver Lake's main drag, but that's because there's practically nowhere to park along that busy stretch of Sunset Boulevard. Look up the hill along Hyperion Avenue and you'll see those visitors' cars - hogging spots that local residents have long considered theirs.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Ten months into the moviegoing year, and many of the most lucrative surprises at the box office are cut of the horror cloth: “The Conjuring” ($137 million), “Insidious Chapter 2” ($81 million), “Mama” ($71 million). Conceived with low expectations and lower budgets, all three coasted to weekend wins and have ended up in the box office top 50. You could imagine, then, how it was easy to think "Carrie" could continue the trend last weekend -- A-list cast, big marketing spend and the added selling point that the film shares name and concept with one of the most popular horror movies of all time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2013 | By Martha Groves
When reporters for national magazines and tourists from around the world recently began showing up on Abbot Kinney Boulevard, veteran shopkeepers saw the attention as validation that they had turned the once-desolate stretch into a hip strip. Now, however, that pride over what GQ magazine called "the Coolest Block in America" has turned to anxiety for some longtime merchants and residents who say Abbot Kinney is getting too posh for its pants. The arty, indie fare that used to dominate the boulevard is being replaced by $1,400 handbags and $600 boots from Italy.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
Renaissance art made in Florence, Italy, more than half a millennium ago wouldn't look the way it does without art and artists working elsewhere in Europe. It's easy to forget that travel and trade between Italy and other countries was frequent, including travel by artists and trade in art. Yet cosmopolitan interchange played an indispensable role in the blooming notion of a Renaissance. One of the most important of these interchanges is the subject of a newly opened exhibition at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino.
SPORTS
September 30, 2013 | By Chris Foster
What Jonathan Ogden sees seems familiar. Ogden, who played at UCLA from 1992-95, was the best offensive lineman in what was an era of top offensive linemen in Westwood. He has identified a renaissance. "It's amazing to look back at the lines we had," said Ogden, a member of the NFL Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame. "There was all that NFL talent. Myself, Vaughn Parker, Mike Flanagan, Craig Novitsky. " Flashing forward, Ogden said, "The talented guys UCLA has now look like they can play at the next level.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Edie Falco managed to keep her tough-lady look in a long, electric-blue gown at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday. The actress was soaking up enjoyment from the fact that she is lucky enough to have starred in (and won Emmys for) two popular TV series: the groundbreaking "Sopranos," and now as Jackie Peyton on Showtime's critically acclaimed sleeper "Nurse Jackie. " "I feel very lucky to be in an industry that's experiencing such a renaissance," she said. Emmys 2013: Full coverage: Top nominees | Red carpet | Play-at-home ballot | Timeline | Snubs and surprises | Emmys presenters | Emmys Live blog Part of that renaissance is thanks to the incredibly rich characters that are being written these days, many of whom are antiheroes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2012 | Larry Harnisch, Los Angeles Times
Catching up with Ed Fuentes isn't easy. A running start helps. The 52-year-old Fuentes - I call him the human cyclone - moves so fast on so many fronts in any given day that whiplash is possible: photographer, muralist, blogger, modern-day historian, humorist. He briefly touched down in the Arts District last week. But it wasn't that simple, of course. Like one of the Weather Channel's "storm chasers," I tracked him from where he was interviewing a muralist in East Los Angeles to a site just off Alameda Street in downtown L.A., where he had been hired to shoot publicity stills for a local theater company.
NEWS
September 10, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Visitors to the Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival will return to medieval times as a cast of knights, maidens, minstrels and more assembles Oct. 11-13 in Las Vegas. The festival , in its 20th year, brings together a roster of more than 50 shows each day, including historical reenactments, parades and artisans demonstrating skills such as blacksmithing, stone carving and toy making. The Knights of Mayhem will make their Las Vegas debut in a full-contact, professional jousting contest.
IMAGE
September 8, 2013 | BOOTH MOORE, FASHION CRITIC
Sitting at the intersection of Hollywood and high fashion, it's no wonder Rodeo Drive is one of the most fabled shopping streets in the world. It's been immortalized in movies, books, song lyrics and on reality TV. The thoroughfare played a supporting role in the 1990 film "Pretty Woman," when Julia Roberts went on a Cinderella-like shopping spree. Eddie Murphy flirted with a blond in a Mercedes on the same street in 1984's "Beverly Hills Cop. " Late last month, Rodeo Drive was shut down for the elegant global pop-up dinner party "Diner en Blanc," where 1,200 partygoers, fashionably dressed in white, mingled among the storefronts, further cementing the street's reputation as L.A.'s luxury living room.
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