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November 8, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin
Actress and stand-up comedian Wendy Hammers has, for years, shepherded other people onto the stage. As a teacher, she coaches writers in private classes; as host of the long-running Tasty Words series, one of L.A.'s preeminent spoken word salons, she's become something of a Pied Piper of one-man/one-woman performers. Now the time is ripe for Hammers to tell her own story - again. Hammers' third one-woman show, “Ripe,” debuted at L.A.'s Greenway Court Theater last month (and is running through Nov 11)
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November 1, 2013 | By Chris Lee
Adam McKay and Will Ferrell thought they'd gotten over the hard part. By 2008, the writer-director and star had overcome their initial reluctance to film a sequel to "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," the fan-cherished comedy that established both men on Hollywood's star map. And they'd come up with a script that McKay describes as appropriately "bells and whistles-y" to follow up one of the most widely quoted movies of the last quarter-century, a...
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FOOD
April 30, 2010 | By David Karp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"Cherries!?" Almost everyone who passed the Murray Family Farms stand at the Santa Monica farmers market on Wednesday blurted out this word in varied tones of delight, surprise, and skepticism. Delight at the sight of the first stone fruit of the season; surprise, because cherries usually have not shown up at the market until a bit later, in early May; and skepticism that such early fruit could taste good. And it's true, all too often the first cherries of the season have been a disappointing tease — tart, soft, or tasteless.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2013 | David Colker, Los Angeles Times
"Banana" George Blair loved yellow. When he water-skied barefoot, which he did into his 80s in theme park shows, he wore a yellow wetsuit and was towed by a yellow boat. But it didn't stop there. "Banana" George, who drove a yellow Lincoln and lived in a yellow house in central Florida, also had yellow cowboy boots, watches, sunglasses and wallets. People may have thought he was just clowning around, but Blair laughed all the way to the bank - and when he went there, it was in a yellow business suit.
SPORTS
February 11, 1995
Why would news about Darryl Strawberry be printed in the sports section? DWIGHT CATES Ventura
FOOD
August 6, 2010 | By David Karp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
This seems to be a banner season for figs, which are practically made for farmers markets, since they are only at their best when fully ripe, at which point they are too perishable to ship commercially. The Adriatic variety, with thin green skin and strawberry flesh that's so sweet it's almost like jam at peak ripeness, is one of the most luscious of figs but rarely encountered fresh, even at farmers markets, because of this fragility; most go to make dried figs and fig paste. The second and main crop just started for Mark Boujikian of Raisin City, near Fresno, who does such a superb job with fresh Adriatics that many customers dream about them for the 10 months they're unavailable.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1995
It appears to me that the time is ripe for an amendment to our Constitution that outlaws the passage of trivial amendments. WILLIAM H. McCORMICK Garden Grove
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1992
Must Gov. Wilson balance the budget at the expense of the poor, the sick and the children? Why not get something from the rich, too? Or cut his over-flush salary! Education has made us a great nation, has taken us to the stars. Are we now to have an illiterate society, ripe for unscrupulous control? Wilson should step down from his august position. Down. And out! BEATRICE BYRNE-McKIERNAN West Hollywood
MAGAZINE
May 10, 1992
"I hope my daughter will steer the right course." Talk about shutting the barn door after the horse is out. Does Baker intend to tell his daughter about birth control and AIDS when he is ready? Get with it, man. The time is ripe now . ANNE R. NICHOLS Los Angeles
FOOD
June 1, 1989 | From Associated Press
Although avocados are available year round, the peak supply is found during spring and summer. California avocados make up nearly 90% of the nation's avocado production, a spokesman for the California Avocado Commission, a nonprofit organization, explained recently. Over 80% of the California avocado crop is made up of the Hass variety, which has a thick, pebbly skin and a rich, nutty taste. The Hass variety is available from January through October, with peak supply from May through August.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
LONE PINE, Calif. - An Inyo County official and an environmental activist stepped into wobbly kayaks on Saturday to gauge the prospects of developing a "paddling experience" that would float people down the eastern Sierra Nevada's Lower Owens River. To Larry Freilich, Inyo County Water Department mitigation manager, and George Wolfe, founder of L.A. River Expeditions, the Lower Owens' lazy loops, oxbows and wetlands - habitat for elk, bobcats and waterfowl - and rugged, wide-open scenery are reason enough to make such voyages worthwhile.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
In New Mexico, you know autumn is coming when you smell the chile roasting. The bitter aroma rises from street corners and grocery store parking lots, where spicy green peppers plucked during the September harvest are blistered to perfection in cages cranked over an open flame. We buy them by the sack and put them in or on nearly everything we eat: burritos and tamales, of course, but also hamburgers, pizzas, pastas and pies. When I left Albuquerque for college on the East Coast, it was the food back home that I missed as much as the family cat or the yawning desert sky. Each time I visited, my mom would have a pan of enchiladas waiting in the oven.
NEWS
August 19, 2013
Question: I have a plant with five round watermelons growing from it. They are all dark green. How do I know when to pick them? Martha R. Sklar Los Angeles Answer: That's a question that someone recently asked us at the counter of our nursery. Here are three easy ways to tell when watermelon is ready to pick: 1. The tendrils closest to the melon turn from green to brown. 2. The ground spot on the belly of your melon turns from white to yellow. 3. The old-fashioned thumping technique yields a hollow sound.
FOOD
December 14, 2012 | By David Karp
The great advantage of Southern California farmers markets - year-round availability of fresh, local produce - can sometimes backfire by obscuring the seasonal rhythm of crops and growing areas. For example, carrots, grapefruits, nuts and avocados are always available from somewhere but not always at their best; it's up to shoppers to learn the difference. Grown from the Mexico to the Oregon borders, carrots often look good but are starchy and vegetal in summer; the tenderest, crispest, sweetest ones come in winter, when the roots naturally accumulate nutrients.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin
Actress and stand-up comedian Wendy Hammers has, for years, shepherded other people onto the stage. As a teacher, she coaches writers in private classes; as host of the long-running Tasty Words series, one of L.A.'s preeminent spoken word salons, she's become something of a Pied Piper of one-man/one-woman performers. Now the time is ripe for Hammers to tell her own story - again. Hammers' third one-woman show, “Ripe,” debuted at L.A.'s Greenway Court Theater last month (and is running through Nov 11)
OPINION
October 28, 2012
A new lawsuit against Bank of America illuminates the warped incentives that helped inflate the housing bubble and contributed to its calamitous collapse. Filed last week by the U.S. attorney in Manhattan, it focuses on allegations that Countrywide Financial Corp. (which Bank of America bought in 2008) pumped up the volume of loans it issued and then sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, regardless of their suspect quality. Manhattan U.S. Atty. Preet Bharara contends that Countrywide and Bank of America "cast aside underwriters, eliminated quality controls, incentivized unqualified personnel to cut corners and concealed the resulting defects" when they peddled the loans to Fannie and Freddie.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1990
Thank you, thank you for Goodwin's column. Now there is a man who truly understands what his happening in this country, tells it to us in simple, understandable language and does give us some hope. The article should be sent to every congressman and senator as well as being reported in every magazine and periodical, in all languages, in order to alert everyone to straighten up and do the right thing . . . or as he so aptly stated, we will be ripe for a demagogue who will promise everything to be elected and then, if successful, erode our way of life and destroy our freedoms.
FOOD
August 27, 2008 | Dawna Nolan, Special to The Times
THE BEST way to enjoy a ripe red (or yellow or orange or purple or green) tomato is to stand next to a vine overflowing with sun-warmed fruit, find one that almost falls into your hand, and savor it right then and there. Close your eyes to get the full tomato-ness of it all. But at this time of year, if you're like most gardeners, you'd be standing there all day before you even made a dent in the abundant crop. And if you've been tempted at the farmers market, you're facing the annual dilemma: What to do with too many tomatoes?
BUSINESS
September 22, 2012 | By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times
The long spell of hot weather may have frayed nerves and fried the Southland, but Rudy Aguado is smiling because his Fruiti Pops fruit bars are more popular than ever. Business has been booming so much for the small maker of paletas that Aguado, 60, has had to leave his desk job to drive truckloads of fruit bars to a distributor. His two dozen workers are too busy in his Santa Fe Springs factory making the bars. "We've been working around the clock," Aguado said. "So sometimes I got to step in. " This summer's heat was expected to help boost Fruiti Pops Inc. sales 14% for this year to $2.4 million from $2.1 million last year, he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 4, 2012 | By Scott Timberg, Special to the Los Angeles Times
When Elizabeth Cline, a curator at the Hammer Museum in charge of engaging the public, went to see the chamber group Wild Up play at Beyond Baroque, she didn't know quite what to expect. She'd heard that the group was unconventional, but she wasn't exactly sure what that meant until she got there. Between the crowd, younger and more like what you'd see at a club than the classical audience she expected, and the group, telling stories before each piece, playing with an infectious energy, Cline could tell that something unusual was happening as Wild Up played computer music, punk rock and a piece written for player piano.
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