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November 18, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Jim Rome cut his teeth talking sports on Southern California radio, taking his show to locales such as Reuben's in Brea and the Rose and Crown pub in Anaheim to bond with fans and build an audience, delivering a smart, opinionated style. He succeeded. Rome this week will introduce the second of three series attached to his move to CBS this year, debuting "Jim Rome on Showtime. " Rome has a daily television show on CBS Sports Network, and his CBS radio show will launch in January.
October 21, 2012
I am a subscriber and an online reader. I look forward to the Travel section. Seriously, it is one of the first sections I dive into. Today's write-up about Santa Barbara is wonderful, and I got lost in it like a good book ["It's Ripening on the Vine" by Christopher Reynolds, Oct. 7]. As fall finally arrives, it will be a short trip by rail from San Diego County. I appreciate the great writing and am considering a weekend trip there. Christopher Carmichael Santee, Calif. After reading Reynolds' description of the inns in the Los Olivos area, I feel compelled to put in a word for the ForFriends Inn. My husband and I stayed there for a getaway weekend last month and found the property and rooms beautiful and the innkeepers wonderfully friendly and charming.
October 6, 2012 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
It's not often that we get to compare Los Angeles to the Roman Empire, unless we're making fun of the kitschy copy-cat architecture of the Getty Villa. At least in popular stereotype, L.A. and Rome are polar opposites, each one the perfect foil for the other. One city - ours - is unfinished, amnesiac and forward-looking; the other city - theirs - is so obsessed with past glory, its streets piled so high with landmarks and layers of history, that its 21st century personality can be tough to make out. So when I began noticing similarities between an ancient Roman ritual and two huge public events in Los Angeles in 2012, I was tempted to dismiss them out of hand.
September 19, 2012 | By Margaret Gray
In "Roma al final de la via" (Rome at the End of the Line) by the Tijuana playwright Daniel Serrano, two 7-year-old girls in a Mexican village decide to run away to Rome. Having neither ticket money nor an understanding of geography, they wait together at the railroad tracks to jump the next train. Unlike Godot - the theatrical specter that hovers over these lifelong friends' sweetly, bleakly existential story - the train does come, rendered in all of its thrill and terror by lighting and sound in a spare, expressionist production originated by Mexico's Viaje Redondo Producciones and performed at the 24th Street Theatre as the play's U.S. premiere.
August 13, 2012 | By David Ng
The Getty Museum has added a new partner in its expanding cultural accord with Italy -- the city of Rome. The museum said it has signed a bilateral agreement with Rome's Capitoline Museums to create a framework for the conservation and restoration of artworks as well as future exhibitions and long-term loans. The Capitoline Museums are a group of art and archaeological museums that date to the 15th century. They are among the oldest public art museums in the world. James Cuno, president of the Getty Trust, marked the new partnership with the unveiling of an ancient sculpture titled "Lion Attacking a Horse," which is being loaned to the Getty.
July 27, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Perillo Tours' nine-day trip to Italy starts in Rome and heads south to scenic towns along the Amalfi Coast. The first four days are spent seeing classic landmarks of the Italian capital: the Roman Forum, Colosseum, the Vatican, St. Peter's Basilica as well as the city's Jewish Ghetto. Then it's off to the coast by coach for a tour of Pompeii by day and a stay at a 12th-century convent turned seaside hotel. Participants sail to Positano and then on to Sorrento, all within the shadow of Mount Vesuvius.
July 9, 2012 | By David Ng
In his latest movie "To Rome With Love," Woody Allen plays Jerry, a retired music executive and former opera director who travels to Italy to meet his daughter's fiancé. Upon his arrival in the Eternal City, Jerry encounters his future son-in-law's father, an undertaker who happens to have a perfect operatic voice - but only when he's singing in the shower. The chance discovery precipitates a series of comic set pieces, and prompts Jerry to rediscover his passion for the operatic art form.
June 24, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
Woody Allen is on a roll at the box office, as the prolific filmmaker's latest movie looks to follow in the footsteps of his last hit,"Midnight in Paris. " This weekend, Allen's new film, "To Rome With Love," premiered with $379,371, playing in five theaters and averaging $75,874 in each, according to an estimate from distributor Sony Pictures Classics. That's the second-highest per-screen average of 2012, behind only Wes Anderson's"Moonrise Kingdom," which averaged $130,749 when it opened in four theaters last month.
June 21, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Woody Allen's "To Rome With Love" is an affectionate but meandering comedy that contemplates romance, fame, legacy and longing. It comes with much of the lightness and love for one of Europe's great cities that made last year's "Midnight in Paris" so charming but little of the intellectual and emotional rigor that ultimately turned that film into something magical. Like Milly (Alessandra Mastronardi), a young provincial wife who quickly gets turned around in the Italian capital, audiences will be wishing for a map - the better to follow all the competing themes of "To Rome With Love.
June 20, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
It's been more than 13 years since Roberto Benigni - the actor-director-writer-producer and all-around Italian force of nature - joyously clambered atop the back of seats at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on his way to pick up the Oscar awarded to "Life Is Beautiful" for foreign-language film. Benigni also took home the lead actor Academy Award that night in 1999 for his performance in the World War II drama. Since then, he's had a much lower profile on American movie screens; fans may have caught him in his 2002 version of "Pinocchio"and his 2005 drama "The Tiger and the Snow" (which, like "Life Is Beautiful," costarred his wife, Nicoletta Braschi)
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