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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1990
Astronomers, among others, like to talk about parity in discussing physical systems; mirror images of stuff or even their properties. It looks as though the Hubble Telescope is a clear confirmation that the much sought after serendipity in scientific investigations obeys parity. I doubt that there has been a more clear example of not "finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for"; negative serendipity, that is. Or is it anti-serendipity? I forget. ELMER H. RICE Pomona
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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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ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 1994
I write with sadness on the upcoming loss of Los Angeles theater: Serendipity Theatre Company, in the Coronet Theatre, is about to close. Actors should take heed, this was an Equity company. Parents should take heed, this was legitimately thoughtful, honest, family entertainment. Schools should take heed, this was a bastion of learning, making its productions available to thousands of students every year. And Los Angeles corporations should take heed, this theater company built itself over four seasons on the wings of its own ticket sales by sacrificing salaries for any, and I mean all, of its management.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Book Critic
I love the mail. For more years than I care to say, it's been a source of serendipity: an array of books, magazines and journals -- something to which I look forward every day. The mail is also, it should go without saying, essential to how I do my job. I rely on the books that arrive in my mailbox. Right now, along one wall of my home office, there are five tall stacks of advance reading copies, waiting for me to think about what I want to write and what I do not want to write, what I'm going to review.
IMAGE
August 23, 2009 | Image staff
"Serendipity," a multimedia event, filled a downtown L.A. warehouse space recently with a combination of atmosphere and theatrics that promised at least a touch of the unexpected. Against an "enchanted forest" backdrop by Leila Fakouri and her design company Madera Design, the visual arts, percussionists, aerialists and the Stilt Circus bumped molecules and entertained. The audience? Actors, musicians, yoga instructors, a "goth Judy Jetson" type. Just the crowd for a serendipitous encounter or two. -- Image staff
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 1993
There is indeed a vacuum in L.A.'s mid-sized theater, and that vacuum is apparently reflective of the dearth of insightful theater criticism available in Calendar. Don Shirley intimates in his Stage Watch column (Nov. 28) that the Coronet Theatre, seemingly because it primarily houses the Serendipity Theatre Company (a professional company devoted to theater for young audiences), does not present "challenging new work." Nothing could be further from the truth. Youth theater is a viable and important aspect of the local theatrical community.
NEWS
March 29, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Members of the Huntington this week got an early peek at a new hillside tea garden in the making. It's part of a $6.8 million spruce-up of the 100-year-old Japanese Garden that reopens to the public April 11. The centerpiece of the tea garden is a ceremonial teahouse that comes with a dizzying travel tale and a bit of serendipity. The teahouse named Seifu-an (Arbor of Pure Breeze) was built in the 1960s in Kyoto, Japan, and constructed at the Pasadena Buddhist Temple not far from the San Marino gardens.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Book Critic
I love the mail. For more years than I care to say, it's been a source of serendipity: an array of books, magazines and journals -- something to which I look forward every day. The mail is also, it should go without saying, essential to how I do my job. I rely on the books that arrive in my mailbox. Right now, along one wall of my home office, there are five tall stacks of advance reading copies, waiting for me to think about what I want to write and what I do not want to write, what I'm going to review.
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."
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.
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
March 29, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Members of the Huntington this week got an early peek at a new hillside tea garden in the making. It's part of a $6.8 million spruce-up of the 100-year-old Japanese Garden that reopens to the public April 11. The centerpiece of the tea garden is a ceremonial teahouse that comes with a dizzying travel tale and a bit of serendipity. The teahouse named Seifu-an (Arbor of Pure Breeze) was built in the 1960s in Kyoto, Japan, and constructed at the Pasadena Buddhist Temple not far from the San Marino gardens.
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."
IMAGE
August 23, 2009 | Image staff
"Serendipity," a multimedia event, filled a downtown L.A. warehouse space recently with a combination of atmosphere and theatrics that promised at least a touch of the unexpected. Against an "enchanted forest" backdrop by Leila Fakouri and her design company Madera Design, the visual arts, percussionists, aerialists and the Stilt Circus bumped molecules and entertained. The audience? Actors, musicians, yoga instructors, a "goth Judy Jetson" type. Just the crowd for a serendipitous encounter or two. -- Image staff
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.
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.
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.
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.
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