June 2, 2013 |
Chino High won its second consecutive Southern Section softball championship Saturday in Irvine after defeating Lakewood, 4-0, in the Division 2 final. Miranda Viramontes threw a one-hitter, striking out eight. Ruby Barroso hit a home run. In Division 4, Hemet defeated Santa Monica, 16-2. Jade Gandara led a 20-hit attack with four hits for the Bulldogs. In the Division 6 final, shortstop Monique Landini of Burbank Bell-Jeff hit two home runs in an 8-4 victory over San Pedro Mary Star.
February 19, 2013 |
Katy Perry is sporting a heart-shaped ruby ring on her finger, a gift from beau John Mayer. The ring set off a flurry of speculation that it was an engagement ring. But relax, everyone. It was a Valentine's Day gift, according to the jeweler who made it. [People] Blackeyed Peas frontwoman Fergie seems to be expecting a baby with husband Josh Duhamel, according to a tweet. That may be why she's recently been seen at public events wearing looser-than-normal (for her) clothing. Or she might just be getting a kitten.
January 24, 2013 |
There may be people in L.A. who would find Ruby Wax's one-woman show, "Ruby Wax: Out of Her Mind," now at the Broad Stage's Edye Second Space, inaccessible. For example, those emotionally stable, positive thinkers who have never had a moment's self-doubt, much less stayed in bed for days at a stretch or considered walking into traffic. Or the no-nonsense type who would advise a depressed friend to "perk up. " But if L.A. contains such people -- and a survey of drivers at peak traffic hours might not turn up many -- I don't want to meet them.
January 13, 2013 |
The gig: As founder and chief executive of Ruby Restaurant Group, Doug Cavanaugh oversees a chain of 37 Ruby's Diner restaurants in six states, including eateries at five airports. His first Ruby's Diner, which opened in 1982, was a renovated bait shop on Balboa Pier in Newport Beach that had been slated for demolition. The Irvine company celebrated its 30-year anniversary in December. Hometown boy: Cavanaugh, 56, was born and raised in Los Angeles, where he lived until he was 12, before moving to Tustin, where his mother still lives in his childhood home.
October 27, 2012 |
Polisse MPI, $24.98 Inspired by real child protection unit cases that French writer-director-actress Maïwenn either observed or researched, the docudrama follows a group of cops who investigate child abusers and molesters. The subject matter is bleak, but Maïwenn's approach to the material is smart and sensitive, showing how these officers, men and women, work diligently and carefully, trying to exact the truth about crimes when the victims often can't adequately explain what happened to them.
October 11, 2012 |
To say that "Middle of Nowhere," winner of Sundance's coveted directing award for writer-director Ava DuVernay, sheds long-overdue light on infrequently explored aspects of African American life is true as far as it goes, but it doesn't go far enough. For the truth is that it is uncommon to see serious adult dramas this moving and accomplished, so attuned to real people and their complex, recognizable emotions, no matter the racial makeup of the characters involved. So though it echoes the films of Charles Burnett, the plays of August Wilson and "A Raisin in the Sun," at its heart "Middle of Nowhere" is old-school, character-driven narrative at its most quietly effective.