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August 13, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Are you a hipster searching for a hipster TV set? Then look no further than LG. The South Korean company has announced a new retro TV set that is sure to be a hit with the nostalgia-seeking, record-player-loving crowd. Complete with working volume and channel dials, LG's new vintage-style TV tube is framed by a simple creamy-colored frame that evokes memories of the days when TV design meant more than just putting together a big black rectangle.  PHOTOS: Six things rich tech execs splurge on The set sits on four white legs and features a noticeable speaker below its dials that should provide the perfect sound when listening to Mumford & Sons or She & Him. Although it's missing a rabbit-ear antenna, the set is ideal for gluten-free, all-vegan TV dinners.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Robert Abele
If "Bad Country" plays like a 1980s time capsule, that's not just because it's set in the decade. The grim-faced antagonists are also macho holdovers from the era: Willem Dafoe, Matt Dillon and Tom Berenger. Such veteran-packing, however, proves to be of little consequence to this thoroughly routine, straight-to-video-reminiscent action thriller set in Louisiana. All three stars have played both sides of the moral divide over their careers, but this time around, Dafoe is the dedicated lawman and Berenger is the crime boss, while Dillon is the straddler, a criminal and family man recruited by Dafoe to bring down Berenger's syndicate from within.
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NEWS
December 13, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
In the run-up to next year's release of the newest Kobe Bryant signature basketball shoe, Nike is rolling out a limited reissue of the first eight models of Bryant's sneakers -- in chronological order at a rate of one pair per week. The first pair in the Kobe Prelude Pack was released on Dec. 7 -- just three days after Bryant and Nike unveiled the design of the Kobe 9 -- and the second shoe is set to drop this Saturday (Dec. 14). Every Saturday will bring another release until the Kobe Prelude VIII hits the streets on Jan. 25. One of the coolest things about the program (besides a second chance to buy some long-gone retro styles in snazzy new art-inspired colorways)
TRAVEL
March 14, 2014 | By Irene Lechowitzky, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Welcome to Borrego Springs, Calif., population 3,400, in the middle of nowhere (actually, about 150 miles southeast of L.A.). Throw away the smartphone; this is a place to unplug. This designated Dark Sky Community offers breathtaking views of the stars at night. The days aren't too shabby either, as my husband and I learned on a late February getaway. Be sure to stop at the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center (200 Palm Canyon Drive; [760] 767-4205, http://www.parks.ca.gov/?
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Robert Abele
If "Bad Country" plays like a 1980s time capsule, that's not just because it's set in the decade. The grim-faced antagonists are also macho holdovers from the era: Willem Dafoe, Matt Dillon and Tom Berenger. Such veteran-packing, however, proves to be of little consequence to this thoroughly routine, straight-to-video-reminiscent action thriller set in Louisiana. All three stars have played both sides of the moral divide over their careers, but this time around, Dafoe is the dedicated lawman and Berenger is the crime boss, while Dillon is the straddler, a criminal and family man recruited by Dafoe to bring down Berenger's syndicate from within.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 2009 | Lee Margulies
Low-rated talk-radio station KGIL-AM (1260) is officially going retro at 5 p.m. today, adopting a format that will feature what it calls "timeless music for all ages" -- meaning everyone from Frank Sinatra to Frankie Valli, the Beatles and Diana Krall. The station -- formerly known as KSUR-AM and then KMZT-AM -- had switched from classical music to talk in October 2007, and at various times had been home to such well-known chatterers as Michael Jackson, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck, Laura Ingraham and Lou Dobbs.
BUSINESS
July 6, 2010 | By Mark Phelan
Ten years ago, the new Chrysler PT Cruiser was one of the hottest cars out of Detroit. On Friday, the last one will be built, signaling the end of the line for a beloved little car. The compact retro car was in such high demand when it debuted in 2000 that buyers were kept on waiting lists. Some were willing to pay thousands more than the sticker price. The PT Cruiser was unveiled during the SUV craze, but its quirky styling and useful interior made it a sensation. It helped establish Chrysler as a design leader, sold far beyond the automaker's expectations and became one of the rare American small cars that was an undisputed hit. "For a while it was the best-selling Chrysler-brand vehicle," said Jim Hall, managing director of consultancy 2953 Analytics.
OPINION
December 18, 2002
Segregation, cross burnings and smallpox vaccinations. Very retro. John Gebler Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1994
Regarding Frank Furstenberg's Column Left, Aug. 23: It appears that the retro-conservatives, such as Charles Murray, are determined to whip the character of the poor into shape by abolishing welfare. Since the retro-conservatives are so committed to such a notion of character development, why stop with the poor? Why not broaden the proposal to abolish welfare for the non-poor, a great deal of which is accomplished via tax deduction? Is it fair to deny to the non-poor this marvelous opportunity for character enhancement?
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2009
Watch the five exquisite dancers of the Harlow Gold Burlesque Show take off just enough to tease you while staying thoroughly in charge of the bawdy proceedings. This retro burlesque experience features Carolina Cerisola, Jade Ruggiero and Zepha. Choreographed by Tracy Phillips and Dominic Carbone. 9 p.m. Sundays. $10. Bordello, 901 E. 1st St., Los Angeles. (213) 687-3766. www.bordellobar.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 18, 2014 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
The most surprising thing about "Her," the new Spike Jonze movie, is not that it dares to suggest an otherwise sane person might fall in love with the operating system that runs his computer and his smartphone. Or that middle-aged men look good in high-waisted pants. Or that it will be possible someday soon to ride a subway from downtown Los Angeles to the beach. It is something simpler: that the near future is more interesting, culturally and architecturally, than the recent past.
TRAVEL
January 10, 2014 | By Margo Pfeiff
GULF ISLANDS, Canada - "I'm not ashamed to say it," Colin Griffinson says, as he scans the island-dotted Strait of Georgia, "I have wooden boat disease!" And as he spins the very big wheel of his 1943 Pacific Yellowfin, one of a string of wooden boats the Dublin, Ireland-born captain and master carpenter has bought and restored over the years, he looks like a kid playing with his favorite toy. And so do we, eight passengers cruising British Columbia's Gulf Islands aboard this floating toy box stacked with mountain bikes, mopeds, kayaks, golf clubs, fishing rods, shotguns for skeet shooting and a water slide, with a hot tub on deck and a speed boat with wakeboards and water skis.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
It's difficult to know what the folks at Funny or Die were thinking when they created the miniseries spoof "The Spoils of Babylon" debuting Thursday on IFC. The all-star cast, which includes Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Tobey Maguire and Tim Robbins, is certainly a draw, as is the Funny or Die pedigree. Founded by Ferrell's and Adam McKay's production team, the comedy website has become a key player in entertainment's digital ecosystem. A video imagining "Downton Abbey's" Michelle Dockery in her next role as a tough cop recently made the rounds, and last fall, Comedy Central launched "Drunk History," based on the Funny or Die Web series.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Had Steve Jobs commissioned a song, it would have felt like Daft Punk's "Get Lucky. " Modern but ageless. Sleek, streamlined, memorable and futuristic. "We're up all night to get some, we're up all night for good fun," Pharrell optimistically declares, imagining joy on the horizon. Released in April, the single went on to soundtrack the year's wedding receptions, bar mitzvahs, drives along the Pacific Coast Highway and hairbrush-as-microphone bedroom singalongs, no small feat for two helmeted Frenchmen.
NEWS
December 13, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
In the run-up to next year's release of the newest Kobe Bryant signature basketball shoe, Nike is rolling out a limited reissue of the first eight models of Bryant's sneakers -- in chronological order at a rate of one pair per week. The first pair in the Kobe Prelude Pack was released on Dec. 7 -- just three days after Bryant and Nike unveiled the design of the Kobe 9 -- and the second shoe is set to drop this Saturday (Dec. 14). Every Saturday will bring another release until the Kobe Prelude VIII hits the streets on Jan. 25. One of the coolest things about the program (besides a second chance to buy some long-gone retro styles in snazzy new art-inspired colorways)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
It began in April at Coachella. That's where R. Kelly made a surprise appearance with the French band Phoenix, delighting (and maybe befuddling) an indie-minded crowd only minimally aligned with the audience that's helped drive Kelly to R&B superstardom. Since then the singer has been on a kind of outreach mission with performances at the Pitchfork and Bonnaroo festivals and hit duets with Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga. Carefully planned, the activity has undoubtedly boosted Kelly's profile among pop listeners, a savvy strategy in the run-up to Tuesday's release of his new album, "Black Panties.
MAGAZINE
September 27, 1998
Cleanliness, not hipness, is next to godliness ("High Priest in the World of Hip," by Mark Ehrman, Aug. 23). The fashion-industry types of John Eshaya's generation should know that being a snob isn't hip, and that there is no excuse for unattractive behavior. Devoting three pages to this young man and his attitudes lends him the importance he believes that he and his colleagues deserve. Cissy Wechter Calabasas Fred Segal fashion maven John Eshaya is living evidence that we exist in an age of artistic mediocrity, and that the dumbing down of culture is nearly complete.
IMAGE
September 16, 2004 | By Adam Tschorn
Many fashion fiends wouldn't think twice about shelling out nearly as much as a mortgage payment for Manolos or maxing out the charge card for Choos, but they scratch their heads when they see kids queued up around the block for athletic shoes. What could make a pair of second-hand basketball shoes be worth $6,000? The motivations really aren't that different: limited supply, huge demand, marketing mystique and an emotional attachment that transcends dollar value. That's why Los Angeles sneaker cognoscenti think a certain long-rumored, highly anticipated reissue of a sneaker that last saw store shelves nine years ago could end up as one of the most sought-after pairs of kicks this year.
NEWS
October 23, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Soft-drink maker Coca-Cola has tapped L.A.-based designer/collaboration king Darren Romanelli , a.k.a. Dr. Romanelli, a.k.a. DRx  (big "r" little "x" -- like a doctor's Rx) to create a capsule collection of pieced-together retro Coke clothing found at flea markets and in vintage stores around the world. While news of the Coca-Cola by DRx collection has been out for a few days now (we mentioned it in Monday's Fashion News report ), the official reveal of the collection -- and launch party -- took place Tuesday night at New York City's New Museum, and we've finally had a chance to see some of the pieces in the collection.
BUSINESS
August 13, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Are you a hipster searching for a hipster TV set? Then look no further than LG. The South Korean company has announced a new retro TV set that is sure to be a hit with the nostalgia-seeking, record-player-loving crowd. Complete with working volume and channel dials, LG's new vintage-style TV tube is framed by a simple creamy-colored frame that evokes memories of the days when TV design meant more than just putting together a big black rectangle.  PHOTOS: Six things rich tech execs splurge on The set sits on four white legs and features a noticeable speaker below its dials that should provide the perfect sound when listening to Mumford & Sons or She & Him. Although it's missing a rabbit-ear antenna, the set is ideal for gluten-free, all-vegan TV dinners.
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