June 20, 1991 |
The pool hall--that enduring piece of Americana--has undergone a metamorphosis at The Shark Club. Look elsewhere for dingy back rooms, cigar-smoking gamblers, and sleepy-eyed hustlers--the trappings that can give pool halls a sleazy reputation. This is pool for a new generation complete with valet parking, dance music and a 2,000-gallon shark tank.
March 28, 2013 |
Dan McCleary is one of the finest figure painters working today. Since 2010 he has also directed Art Division, an after school arts program for young adults. Now he is showing with Javier Carrillo and Emmanuel Galvez, talented former students at Art Division. Their recent paintings begin with a stylistic clarity and precision familiar from their teacher's example, while wholly transforming his precedent in distinctive ways. McCleary's three large genre paintings at Craig Krull depict simple scenes.
July 1, 2006 |
Twenty-two years ago, computer animation was just a byte in Pixar guru John Lasseter's eye. Now, he's the director of "Cars," "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2," not to mention the new animation chieftain of the Walt Disney Co. But back then, he was just a young animator who'd been canned from the Mouse House and had started working at George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic, the special-effects powerhouse.
February 15, 2014 |
There was a perverse sort of logic at work in the cultish U.K. band Spiritualized opening the reborn United Artists Theatre, now the lavish centerpiece of downtown's new Ace Hotel. The band never made the same impact on American pop culture as countrymen Oasis or Radiohead, but Spiritualized's 1997 album, "Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space," is still considered a musical high-water mark from that era. A blend of soaring psychedelic rock and symphonic grandeur, the album chronicles devastating heartbreak, obsessiveness and the need to self-medicate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 1997 |
Rose Parade Princess Leslie Marrero has an unusual driving record. While making appearances as a princess, she has piloted a yacht and a blimp, the Muir High senior told the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Assn. Now for the unusual part. You won't see her behind the wheel of a car. She doesn't have a driver's license yet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1993 |
The Whitaker-Jaynes house and the Bacon house are the last standing relics that tell about Buena Park's past. Dean Dixon, a trustee of the Buena Park Historical Society, calls these homes, built in the mid- to late 1800s, "the last of the Mohicans." Dixon said it makes him "nervous" that the city owns the homes and property. The homes "are vulnerable to any decisions that the city would want to make," he said.
August 1, 1992 |
When comedian Robin Harris died of a heart attack two years ago at age 36, he left behind a CD recording of a live performance in which he played himself, stuck with taking some obstreperous youngsters to an amusement park. Harris' "Bebe's Kids" (citywide), based on that tale, has now become the first animated theatrical feature with exclusively African-American characters as principals.
September 16, 1993 |
If you're up in Ojai this weekend, don't forget to bring that suit of armor. Or that plumed velvet hat in the back of your closet, or the shirt with billowing sleeves you wouldn't otherwise be caught dead in. You'll fit right in at the Ojai Renaissance Festival. The south shore of Lake Casitas will take on the trappings of a 16th-Century English village called "Reveler's Cove."
July 10, 2006 |
There are rare moments when Italy rises above regional differences and comes together as a country. It certainly doesn't happen in politics; maybe it happens briefly when an Italian soldier is killed in an overseas mission. It is soccer, and perhaps soccer alone, that can unite the nation in unbridled euphoria, make grown men cry, sane women squeal and immerse an entire national population in wild jubilation.