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February 17, 2006 | David Pagel, Special to The Times
NINE years ago, Chris Finley exhibited several paintings by hiding two in a corridor that was too narrow to enter and placing another behind a high wall. To see it, viewers had to bounce on a trampoline. The 34-year-old Northern Californian is up to similar antics in a new installation at ACME Gallery, his 11th L.A. solo show since 1993.
November 22, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Thanksgiving is getting a little twist in some homes this year as Thanksgivukah. But in Molly Sims' house, there's been a mashup for years now. The actor and model celebrates Thanksgiving; but she also puts on a second feast - for Friendsgiving. “I'm a transplant,” Sims said one late afternoon in her Beverly Hills living room, surrounded by her three dogs. As such, Sims said she wanted to create the atmosphere that often comes naturally if you're surrounded by family. “My friends, I consider them my family,” Sims says.
August 12, 1993
A free night on the town at local restaurants and theaters will be awarded to six winners of a scavenger hunt in Uptown Glendale today, featured as the fourth in a series of Stroll the Boulevard events sponsored by merchants. Twelve clues to the scavenger hunt are published in the Glendale section today and will be handed out by participating merchants and at restaurants along Brand Boulevard beginning at 10 a.m. The hunt, from 5 to 8:30 p.m.
August 14, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Helping a kid pack for college is like going on a scavenger hunt. For the last few days, my wife and I have been working with our son to clear out old clothes, old books, old souvenirs, to decide what he'll keep and what he'll discard as he heads east at the end of the week. We've found photos, notebooks, lost school projects, all of them touched, in some sense, with the weight of memory. This is what we have left of him as a young boy, as a kindergartner and a middle-schooler. Just last night, I spent half an hour or so paging through an eighth-grade project on Thomas Paine and a second-grade “Book of Sayings”: “You can lead a horse to water,” my son warns us, “but don't push him in.” Perhaps the week's most unexpected discovery was a 1975 Webster's Collegiate Dictionary , bound in leather and monogrammed in gold with my initials, which my mother gave me when I left home for school.
July 27, 1995
The rising cost of newsprint is luring an increasing number of scavengers to Pasadena households' curbside recycling bins. Those illicit entrepreneurs better not mess with former Mayor Rick Cole. Cole recently made a citizen's arrest of a woman he allegedly caught helping herself to his cans and newspapers before the city could pick them up. "She was what I believe you'd call a professional scavenger," Cole said. "She wasn't someone on the streets."
June 25, 1995 | DAVID R. BAKER
Jeff Davis had expected to spend Saturday digging in his Thousand Oaks driveway for an underground sewer line. Instead two teen-agers were stabbing at the torn-up driveway with shovels and a post-hole digger as Davis looked on. "These nice young men came around just as I was about to start digging and asked if they could do anything," he said.
June 11, 1989 | JAMES RYAN, United Press International
A former political activist turned travel entrepreneur has given a traditional kid's party game an adventurous adult twist. For a mere $5,300 per player, well-heeled globe-trotters can take part in Jonathan Bassan's international scavenger hunt, jetting to such exotic locales as Bali to pick up a sarong or to Fatima, say, for a vial of holy water. If the chance to visit far-flung corners of the planet and pit your travel wiles against other adventurers is not enticement enough, the first pair back to the starting line will receive $25,000.
Hundreds of revelers tested their nautical skills and knowledge of local history Saturday in a boat rally that wound under bridges and into local lagoons. Powered only by batteries and with a little help from a light wind, about 50 small crafts set off at 1 p.m. from the Balboa Bay Club in the sixth annual Great Electric Boat Rally, part of the 10-day SeaFest, which ends today.
April 26, 1992 | LUCY IZON
Europe-bound students are being offered an opportunity to compete in an educational scavenger hunt and photography contest, sponsored by American Express Travellers Cheques, Rail Europe and the College Connection. The "Rail Europe Adventure" is designed to enhance the educational value of European travel through an entertaining competition.
James Gwertsman is on a mission. For several months now, Gwertsman and six associates have carefully planned their assault. They have gathered their gear--cell phones, laptop computers, walkie-talkies, flashlights, ropes and duct tape--rented a van and studied maps. Their destination is an "investors meeting" that will draw about 70 people from around the country to Los Angeles for Memorial Day weekend. But that's just a cover. Because there is no investors meeting; it's just a game. "The Game."
October 2, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter
The Cobras on display at the L.A. County Arboretum & Botanic Garden this weekend don't hiss or spit or bite. They will be sitting pretty on the grass when the 127-acre Arcadia grounds host Shelby Cobra sports cars for the exhibit "Serpents in the Garden. " Thirty Shelby Cobras -- five of them originals built between 1962 and 1967 -- will be tucked into the landscape, all accompanied by their owners. Few car shows are lucky to have such an idyllic backdrop. "When you look at images of the good life in California from the mid-20th century, it was about beautiful gardens, outdoor living and cars," said Richard Schulhof, chief executive of the arboretum.
September 27, 2012
MOVIES Obey the call of Cthulhu at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, featuring a bevy of devoted film-biz guests, spooky short films and a Lovecraft-inspired animation block featuring Scooby-Doo, "The Real Ghostbusters" and "South Park. " Other chilling offerings include a radio theatre adaptation of "The Statement of Randolph Carter" and a Lovecraft-themed scavenger hunt on the streets of downtown San Pedro.. Warner Grand Theater, 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro. Fri.-Sat. $27.
August 26, 2012 | By Aida Ahmad, Los Angeles Times
It's a hot summer morning and the campers trundle through the gates of a Pasadena grade school, then fall in with their age groups: the Seeds, the Dates, the Coconuts and the Trees. A day of typical camp activities awaits: scavenger hunts, a "pirates and princesses" dress-up play and water-balloon tosses. But there is a difference here: Those activities are sandwiched between Koran recital, the Dzhur afternoon prayer and story time that includes tales about Mecca and Muhammad. Even as one of the counselors tries to bring order to the paper boat race, it's a moment peppered in faith.
March 25, 2012 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In the Land of Blood and Honey Sony Blu-ray, $40.99 Writer-director-producer Angelina Jolie's earnest Bosnian war film received more attention than it otherwise might've because of the presence of her name above its title, but it was subject to undue skepticism as well. This is a well-crafted drama, following the tricky relationship between a Serbian soldier played by Goran Kostic and a Muslim prisoner of war played by Zana Marjanovic. Given the grimness of the subject matter, Jolie drains the film of nearly all lightness and thrills, but as with a lot of actors turned directors, she helps her cast find the emotional truth in every scene and builds a compelling story.
February 10, 2012 | Jasmine Elist
The Valentine's Day shopping list can get a little predictable: Every year seems to involve a dozen red roses, a box of chocolates and a candlelit dinner. While these standbys can be romantic and loving, sometimes looking beyond the greeting-card cliches can leave a greater impression. On Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday, Out of the Box Events brings a different kind of romantic pursuit to the streets of Venice with a scavenger hunt that will have couples fanning across the beach community in search of prizes.
January 17, 2012
Reality of war Re "Warfare changed, but laws did not," Jan. 15 I served in Vietnam in 1965 and '66. I have one thing to say about today's methods of fighting war: There are no rules of engagement. People can sit in their fancy offices with their fancy law degrees and write out all the legal rules and regulations they want, but when the shooting starts, there is only one thing that matters — stay alive, whatever it takes. If that means innocent people must die, then so be it. That sounds cruel, heartless and dirty, and that is what it is. That is what war is. Maybe it is time to put an end to war. I doubt we are up to that.
March 21, 2010 | By Esmeralda Bermudez
Three hours into the race, it was the butt scooter that nearly did Scott Ramsay in. "Burniiing!" he hollered to his teammate Fatima Santos. "I'm cramping up! We gotta keep moving. Let's go!" As the couple rushed from a West Hollywood park toward the finish line in Pershing Square, it was obvious they would not take first or probably even 50th place in Saturday's fourth annual Great Urban Race. But no matter. For many of the 700 or so racers who signed up, it was less about the finish line than the wacky adventures on the way. A combination scavenger hunt, brain teaser, obstacle course and footrace, the event unfolded like a masquerade party with a to-do list.
January 21, 1990 | LINDA DEUTSCH, Linda Deutsch is a writer for the Associated Press in Los Angeles covering the courts and the movie industry
AS OUR PLANE circled Hong Kong's Kai Tak Airport, I looked down through bleary eyes at the city's breathtaking skyline. I have taken this 17-hour flight across the Pacific many times, always allowing a day to recover. But there would be no time for rest on this trip. We were racing against the clock in an around-the-world scavenger hunt in which every minute would count. I shook my head, checked my watch and braced for the landing. Outside the terminal, scavenger teams scattered.
June 10, 2011 | By Sophia Lee, Los Angeles Times
There isn't an inch of space between 11-year-old Jennifer Suarez and her mother, Jenny, as they cuddle on the couch at the Woodcraft Ranger Afterschool Club of San Miguel Elementary School. Sitting hip to hip, their hands clasp naturally at times; other times Jennifer will cling to her mother's arm. They are always bantering, with warm smiles and laughter. Although proud of the strong mother-and-daughter tie, Mrs. Suarez worries that Jennifer might be too attached to her. So she decided to send both Jennifer and her 8-year-old sister, Solangie, to the Woodcraft Rangers summer camp at Big Bear last summer.
April 11, 2011 | Alexandra Zavis
With gas prices on the rise, Cherie Bolger ditched her SUV and started riding a bicycle to work. It's not a pleasant experience, normally. If a motorist doesn't cut her off, someone opens a car door in front of her, said the 44-year-old mother of two from Silver Lake. But for five blissful hours Sunday, Bolger, her family and thousands of other self-propelled Angelenos had the run of the road -- not a car in sight. The city's second CicLAvia event closed 7 1/2 miles of roadway to traffic, turning streets usually choked with cars and exhaust into a playground for bikers, skateboarders, runners, dog-walkers, in-line skaters and hula-hoopers.
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