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June 9, 1993 | MARK A. STEIN, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
After cocking their technological ears to the cosmos more than 30 trillion times over the past year and recording 110 million radio signals, the operators of the world's largest search for extraterrestrial intelligence said Tuesday they have found 164 signals worthy of further investigation.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2013 | By Michael Ordoña
For Paul Greengrass, the journey of "Captain Phillips" took him through unfamiliar waters in which he had to make himself at home. "For some reason with this one, I took a few days to find my way," the director says. "I remember feeling I was a bit inhibited with the material. I spoke to Chris Rouse, my editor, one night and said, 'I'm worried the stuff I'm doing is a bit boring.' He said, 'Oh, I thought it was a choice!' "So the next day I thought, 'We're going to go for it now,' and I started to really let rip. Tom came up to me a few hours later, 'That's more like it!
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OPINION
August 11, 2005 | Tom Chaffin, TOM CHAFFIN's latest book, "Sea of Gray: The Around-the-World Odyssey of the Confederate Raider 'Shenandoah,' " will be published next winter by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. A visiting scholar at Emory University, he lives in Atlanta.
POKER, I'M TOLD, is dealing out a royal flush for cable TV ratings. But elsewhere in our media culture, transactions governed by chance seem to be holding a dead hand. Consider, for instance, the apparently waning sway of serendipity. Coined by 18th century British author Horace Walpole, the term derives from a Persian fairy-tale, "The Princes of Serendip," in which the story's three namesake princes "were always making discoveries, by accident and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of."
BUSINESS
May 29, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
At $295, the new Le Burger Extravagant at New York's Serendipity 3 restaurant costs more than a pair of Tory Burch ballet flats, 10 Facebook shares, a trio of Disneyland tickets or 70 gallons of gas in California. The recently unveiled burger is the world's most expensive, according to Guinness World Records. The campagna roll exterior is spread with white truffle butter, dusted with gold and topped with a blini, crème fraîche and caviar. Nestled between the bread: Japanese Wagyu beef infused with white truffle butter, James Montgomery cheddar cheese, black truffles and a fried quail egg. Sounds good?
NEWS
September 25, 2001 | ANN O'NEILL
Still shaken by Terrible Tuesday, we decided it was time to pull away from CNN and go out. Dinner and a movie, how tough could that be? The movie was a screening of "Serendipity," starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale. The dinner was hosted by Miramax at the House Restaurant in Hollywood. Cusack and Beckinsale play strangers who meet at the Bloomingdale's glove counter, spend the most fabulous evening of their lives together, then part. Ten years later, they find each other again.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2005 | Lynell George, Times Staff Writer
Right ABOUT NOW, PERHAPS WE'RE ALL FEELING A BIT LIKE ELIZABETH Bailey. Braced for it. New year. New page. Same story. Long before 2005 was even a glimmer in the eye, Bailey wasn't too surprised to find that she was already booked well into March. Meetings, travel, presentations planned out end to end. It's been a long time since she could just sit back and see what chance might bring. Bailey, 43, is up every morning at 5 for a five-mile run in her South Bay neighborhood.
NEWS
October 9, 1986
There's no telling what hip adults will do for entertainment. These days, it seems, those who are really in the know spend their Saturday nights not out dancing at an underground bar or dining at a chi-chi restaurant, but at home--watching taped versions of a Saturday morning children's TV show. If you find this hard to believe, then you haven't tuned in to "Pee-Wee's Playhouse," the frantically creative and surreal half-hour show which airs on KCBS-TV, Channel 2, at 10 a.m.
TRAVEL
September 2, 2007
Regarding "In the O.C., Surfside Sleep Deprivation" [Aug. 19]: We also stayed at the Surf & Sand and had a great weekend. We would stay again in a heartbeat. We'll be grateful that the author and all that negative energy won't be there. Marina Morrison Monrovia -- If you don't like the sound of the ocean, you probably shouldn't be staying there in the first place. Francisca Wheeling Simi Valley -- I wish the Travel section would publish more articles about overpriced resorts.
TRAVEL
April 10, 2005 | Susan Spano, Times Staff Writer
By the middle of last month, my sister and I had seen "Sideways," the Alexander Payne film about two guys on a weeklong debauch in California wine country. The main characters, we agreed, were insufferable losers who gave a bad name to wine-tasting tours. We could easily do better on a getaway in the Champagne country of northeastern France. Since I moved to Paris a year ago, I've met my sister Martha, who lives in Brussels, in many interesting places around Northern Europe.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 1994 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Financial considerations forced the Serendipity Theatre Company to leave the Coronet Theatre in Los Angeles this summer, after four years of children's theater there as a resident Equity company. Down, but not out, Serendipity has bounced back as a touring company, kicking off an ambitious 1994-95 season with an engaging production of "Ramona Quimby" at the Hermosa Civic Theatre and UCLA's Freud Playhouse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2010 | By Hector Becerra and Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times
Sitting in his living room around midnight, the man who may be Bell's last honest politician ? or the most charmed ? plays back voice mails on his cellphone. "Lorenzo, this is George, please give me a call, uh, I'd like to talk to you about a few things.... " "It's urgent," a woman's voice says in the background. "Yeah, it's pretty urgent," the man says. The voices were of a powerful former councilman and of Lorenzo Velez's City Council colleagues, who were desperate to talk to him after news broke about their high salaries.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 2010 | By Randy Lewis
Jeff Bridges' star turn in "Crazy Heart" as downtrodden country music legend Bad Blake has been earning the veteran actor some of the most glowing reviews of his career, from writers who have invoked the names of many real-life musicians in their assessments of Bridges' portrayal of the fictional Blake. "Peering into that face, you'd swear it's Kris Kristofferson," Mary Pols wrote in Time magazine. Rolling Stone's Peter Travers suggested that "Bad is an outlaw combo of Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard."
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 2009 | Ramie Becker
Los Angeles, like the rest of the country, may be infested with vampire culture, as evidenced by the "Twilight" juggernaut, "True Blood" and its TV spinoffs, and lots of clubs and societies for bloodsuckers, but it shows no sign of stopping. Angelenos ruing the departure of this year's high-profile Comic-Con will find this weekend ripe for a fantasy fix, with no fewer than four major opportunities welcoming woodland nymphs, drooling zombies and sexy vampires. Between Serendipity's secret garden party, two zombie walks and Vampire-Con, Los Angeles will be crawling with creatures . . . even more than usual, that is. Friday's Serendipity party focuses on the sweet and sumptuous.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2009 | Julia Keller, Julia Keller is cultural critic for the Chicago Tribune.
Every book tells a story. Sometimes the best story it tells -- enthralling, astonishing, unexpected -- has nothing to do with the narrative concocted by the author. Surrounding every book is a meta-story, a radiance that shifts and changes with each set of hands that picks it up, flips impatiently through the opening pages and finally finds the page labeled "Chapter 1." The extra story is how that book made its way to you in the first place. Do me a favor. Take a look at the books on your shelves or your coffee table or your nightstand, in your purse or your backpack or your back pocket.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2009 | KENNETH TURAN, FILM CRITIC
Like the character it's named for, "O'Horten" is charming and a little bit daft. The story of some days in the life of Odd Horten (a common enough name in its native Norway), this is a gentle comedy, both funny and melancholy, about a timid soul who discovers the necessity of embracing life in all its absurdity and unlooked-for joy.
HOME & GARDEN
February 7, 2008 | Jeff Spurrier, Special to The Times
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico MICHELE CONNOR calls her ranch "a hunting lodge where there's no hunting," 20 acres greened by fields of alfalfa and shared with six dogs, 10 horses, a dozen sheep and a couple of burros, not to mention the chickens, geese and peacocks. It's a scene that reminds Connor of childhood, when she would play with dolls and imagine an escape far from the city. "I would make little corrals and play with little animals," Connor says. "That was my fantasy.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 25, 1993 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Serendipity Theatre Co.'s production of "A Wrinkle in Time" at the Coronet Theatre deserves an A for ambition, but for execution, this dark, sketchy version of Madeleine L'Engle's award-winning novel for young teen readers doesn't make the grade. Translating the demanding epic to the stage is the first hurdle.
OPINION
November 3, 2002 | JOHN BALZAR
It's curious what happened to curiosity. I started wondering after I returned from a posting in Africa some years back. Bubbling with stories of beauty and tragedy, I'd wait for my turn in conversations. "Africa?" someone would interrupt. "I just saw a show on the Discovery Channel...." The discussions would thereupon revert to the familiar: TV, celebrities, sports, the latest fad diet or what to wear for casual Fridays in the office. Later, I gained some perspective.
TRAVEL
September 2, 2007
Regarding "In the O.C., Surfside Sleep Deprivation" [Aug. 19]: We also stayed at the Surf & Sand and had a great weekend. We would stay again in a heartbeat. We'll be grateful that the author and all that negative energy won't be there. Marina Morrison Monrovia -- If you don't like the sound of the ocean, you probably shouldn't be staying there in the first place. Francisca Wheeling Simi Valley -- I wish the Travel section would publish more articles about overpriced resorts.
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