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October 19, 2011 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
New York painter Chuck Close, L.A. artist Laddie John Dill and the estate of L.A. sculptor Robert Graham are plaintiffs in a pair of class-action lawsuits filed on Tuesday against the New York operations of Sotheby's and Christie's, alleging that the auction houses violated the California Resale Royalty Act. The 1977 California statute, a rare attempt in the U.S. to provide visual artists with a financial cut of appreciating artworks they made...
July 24, 2011 | By Anthony Mostrom, Special to the Los Angeles Times
He was a forlorn-looking figure, dressed in a rumpled gray raincoat that was shiny with dirt, like a mechanic's apron. The woman sitting with him, at the Original Pantry restaurant in downtown Los Angeles, ate silently. The man appeared to be in his late 70s, his appearance hinting at homelessness, or something close to it. It was 1978, and as my brother and I stole glances at him while we ate our dinner, it was hard to believe that this man was once touted as one of the greatest living pianists — a man who drew comparisons to his famous countryman, composer and pianist Franz Liszt.
July 15, 2011
With royal fever still burning in Los Angeles in the wake of Prince William and wife Catherine's visit, it's natural to ask, "What did the coveted couple drink?" It turns out that mixologist (and Neve Luxury Ice founder) Michel Dozois — who created the artsy cocktail scene for Stark Bar at LACMA — was asked to make cocktails for William and Catherine at the black-tie British Academy of Film and Television Arts gala that took place downtown at the Belasco Theater over the weekend.
July 7, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Prince William and Catherine Middleton skipping Disneyland? It's crushing to think that Britain's hottest newlyweds won't be doing the royal wave from "It's a Small World" during their whirlwind visit to Southern California this weekend. To commemorate the non-visit, Red Lion Hotel Anaheim near Disneyland will treat any married couple named William and Kate to a free stay this summer. The deal: No fair running off to a courthouse to change your name to cash in on this deal.
June 15, 2011 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
Apple Inc. and Nokia Corp. have reached a settlement that would end 2-year-old patent disputes over mobile phone technology. In the agreement, Apple will provide Nokia a one-time payment as well as licensing royalties in the future — although Nokia, which announced the settlement, wouldn't say how much Apple would pay. The payments will cover all past and ongoing use of patented Nokia technology by Apple, the Finnish tech company said....
June 12, 2011 | Mark Heisler
Reporting from Miami Looks like he brought some bad karma with him to South Beach, too. LeBron James, who had been disappearing in fourth quarters in the NBA Finals, left even earlier Sunday night, recalling the legendary falls taken by Wilt Chamberlain, the only other NBA superstar as controversial as he is. After starting four for four in the first 4 minutes 12 seconds, James took 11 more shots Sunday night as he and the Heat slid...
June 11, 2011
'Finding Sarah: From Royalty to the Real World' Where: OWN When: 9 p.m. Sunday Rating: TV-PG (may be unsuitable for young children) 'Ryan and Tatum: The O'Neals' Where: OWN When: 10 p.m. June 19 Rating: TV-PG-L (may be unsuitable for young children with an advisory for coarse language)
March 23, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
"We want Kemba!" San Diego State fans actually chanted that Saturday in the throes of a double-overtime victory over Temple that shot the Aztecs from Tucson to Anaheim. "We want Kemba!" Seriously? Kemba Walker, the Connecticut Huskies' irrepressible, unstoppable, unsinkable, unflappable guard? They could have also chanted: "We want phlebitis!" Or an IRS audit. No, maybe, you don't. San Diego State's Billy White no longer fades into background San Diego State, until a few days ago, had never won an NCAA tournament game ?
March 1, 2011 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Harvey Weinstein vowed he would return to the glory days atop the independent film business, and Sunday night he delivered on that promise. After Weinstein Co. nearly shut down last year, the New York studio's low-cost British drama "The King's Speech" took top honors at this year's Academy Awards, the first best picture victory for the movie impresario since 2002. As when "Shakespeare in Love" defeated "Saving Private Ryan" in 1999, Weinstein's movie prevailed over an early favorite from a big Hollywood studio, in this case Sony Pictures' film about Facebook, "The Social Network.
February 19, 2011 | By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times
President Obama paid a quick West Coast sales call for his education and high-tech agenda, dining with industry royalty at a private meeting in Silicon Valley before touring a state-of-the-art semiconductor plant in Oregon. After visiting with a group of science fair students and peering at the image of atoms seen through an electron magnoscope, Obama renewed the theme sounded in his State of the Union address, with a nod toward his recent focus on deficit reduction. "Even as we have to live within our means, we can't sacrifice investments in our future," Obama told several hundred guests and employees gathered at Intel Corp.
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