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ENTERTAINMENT
August 31, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
"House for Sale," a stage adaptation of Jonathan Franzen's essay, will make its off-Broadway debut Oct. 21 to Nov. 18 at the Duke on 42nd Street. In the piece, Franzen wrote about trying to sell his childhood home after his mother's death for a price she would find appropriate. Daniel Fish, who adapted the piece and will direct the show, said Franzen's essay will be presented on stage verbatim, although not entirely the way the National Book Award-winning novelist wrote it. The cast includes Rob Campbell, Christina Rouner, Lisa Joyce, Merritt Janson and Michael Rudko.
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BUSINESS
December 13, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
The house in Alhambra where iconic artist Norman Rockwell and his second wife, Mary Barstow, were wed is on the market at $748,000. The Craftsman-style house, built in 1910, was the home of her parents. The couple had a garden wedding on the third-of-an-acre site and soon moved to the East Coast, but returned for visits. A 1941 news account from the L.A. Times reported that Rockwell was wintering in Alhambra to rest and to paint. Features of the two-story house include a front porch, a den, an office, a library/study, a glass-enclosed porch, six bedrooms and two bathrooms in 2,746 square feet of living space.
TRAVEL
September 29, 2011 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Looking to woo Californians and prime the pump before next year's London Summer Olympics, Paralympics and Queen's Diamond Jubilee, British Airways has opened a 72-hour fare sale that includes discounts of $100 to $200 for travelers flying economy or premium economy to the U.K. from the Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco airports in fall, winter or spring. The offer comes in conjunction with a daylong promotional event at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles -- a set-up that includes a chance for consumers to pose in a big “3D canvas” version of the Beatles' classic “Abbey Road” album cover (released 42 years ago this month)
NEWS
February 15, 2012 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Tickets are now on sale for the 9th Annual California Wine Festival in Santa Barbara, July 19-21. Call (800) 797-7753 .... San Francisco's Aquarium of the Bay is now home to some giant Pacific octopuses . Through Feb. 26,  it will honor the new residents with octopus talks and other octopus-related activities. For details, click here .... Checking out the cherry blossoms this spring? The Liaison Capitol Hill in Washington is offering a $190-per-night package March 22-April 22, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the gift of the 3,000 trees from Japan.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 2011
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Walt Disney Concert Hall Single tickets for 2011-2012 season. See http://www.laphil.com for complete schedule (Sun.) Wiltern Joe Jonas and Jay Sean, Sept. 20; Smashing Pumpkins, Oct. 5 (Fri.) Hollywood Palladium Cut Copy, Oct. 12 (Fri.) Greek Theatre Daniela Mercury, Oct. 13 (now); Emmylou Harris, Sept. 27 (Fri.) Pantages "Weird Al" Yankovic, Nov. 12 (Sat.)
NEWS
October 19, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
How can a bridge built in 1831 be turning 40? It's a bit of a trick question. The bridge is London Bridge on this side of the pond, and the 40th hoopla marks the year it was brought from England and carefully re-created in the Arizona desert. If you've never seen it, now might be a good time to take a gander. The waterfront London Bridge Resort in Lake Havasu City marks the landmark's 40th year with rooms starting at $80 a night. The deal: The 40 for 40 London Bridge Anniversary Special starts at $40 per person (based on double occupancy)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 2012 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
The sale of the bankrupt Crystal Cathedral to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange has been delayed, in part because of a purported 99-year lease brought to the court's attention days before the sale was to be finalized. On Jan. 25, lawyers in the case received a letter detailing an agreement that entitles the Crystal Cathedral congregation to the long-term lease for $1 per year. The diocese, which said it "has serious doubts regarding the alleged lease's existence," demanded signed copies of the lease by Jan. 27. The Crystal Cathedral was unable to produce any documentation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1993
Re "Surrogate Has No Rights to Child, Court Says," May 21: How creative of the California Supreme Court for giving a shot to the ailing California economy. Legalizing surrogacy produces a new cottage industry: growing babies for sale. The fact that the California Assn. of Adoption Agencies and the California State Legislative Task Force to Study Surrogacy concluded that surrogacy was not in the best interest of children didn't seem to carry much weight. When the economy needs a boost, the best interest of the economy will prevail.
BUSINESS
August 28, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Shades of Mildred Pierce may be cropping up throughout the state as lawmakers are set to decide whether mothers and others are allowed to sell homemade muffins, cakes and pies at local stores and restaurants and directly to consumers. Slammed by the economy, many households are looking to follow in the footsteps of the fictional heroine by earning a bit of money on the side with home-cooked confections - without the huge upfront costs in leasing certified commercial kitchens and complying with myriad business rules.
BUSINESS
October 4, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
"Star Wars" actor Hayden Christensen has listed a house in Studio City for sale at $2.65 million. Built in 1990, the modern-style house features a step-down living room, high ceilings, three fireplaces, five bedrooms and five bathrooms in its 6,302 square feet of living space. An elevator leads to the third-floor master suite, which has a fireplace and dual walk-in closets. The three-quarter-acre lot includes a saltwater swimming pool with spa, flat yard space, mature trees and a three-car garage.
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