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June 23, 1991
I just wanted to drop you a note regarding the delightful illustration on the cover of the June 2 Travel Section. It reminded me of family vacations of my youth (there were eight of us kids). Not only are the colors brilliant, but the shading gives so much depth to the characters they seem to come alive. Gordon Fiedor has done a remarkable job. PAULETTE C. RECTOR Mission Viejo
April 3, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
As the Angels prepared for the 2002 World Series, bench coach Joe Maddon looked at the spray charts and came to a radical conclusion: If the Angels wanted to align their defense based on where Barry Bonds most commonly hit the ball, they should play three infielders and four outfielders. The Angels ultimately decided not to play Bonds that way, although Manager Mike Scioscia said they were "a couple pitches away" from deploying the scheme in certain scenarios. In 2005, Maddon left to manage the Tampa Bay Rays, who have been at the forefront of baseball's shift toward unconventional fielding alignments.
December 29, 1997
Re "A White Man's Film Slips Over My Wall," Commentary, Dec. 22: Donna Britt laments that director Steven Spielberg uses too few subtitles when the Mende language is spoken in "Amistad." I have a different opinion. With the paucity of subtitles, I felt left out of some of the action and uncertain about what was going on. During these times in the film I thought, "Brilliant! Spielberg is giving me the experience of hearing people talk around me while I cannot understand what they are saying."
March 25, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
“Fifty Shades of Grey” became a phenomenon thanks in large part to its titillating content -- but at CinemaCon on Tuesday, Universal Studios was more focused on romance than raunch. Before introducing never-before-seen footage from the movie, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, studio Chairman Donna Langley promised the crowd the pair “have the kind of chemistry that could turn this into the next iconic romance.” The event highlighted the difficult line Universal must walk between the material's more earnest romantic aspects and its more explicit hardcore scenes.
March 27, 2004
I was pleased to read in Bill Dwyre's Pacific Life Open commentary [March 22] that tournament director Charlie Pasarell is going to look into addressing what he called the "sun problem." Uh, it's the desert. Who knew? Having attended the finals from up in the loge section -- closer to that sun than the stadium court -- and witnessed at least five people wheeled out suffering from varying degrees of heat exhaustion, here's a contingency idea that might bypass Charlie's plan to erect some sort of shading: night games.
August 18, 1994
Recently, I rode a bike on a warm August Saturday morning to buy Basmati rice. The city occasionally slaps the rider in the face with its degradation of life. A young woman was asleep on a filth-stained sidewalk underneath a 405 Freeway bridge alongside El Segundo Boulevard. The sight of her was shocking: sooted foot pads, teen-age in appearance, curled like a fetus, her side on hard concrete, and a sack under her head. Concrete beneath and above, a river of asphalt only inches away.
February 2, 2009
Re "7 alleged L.A. taggers arrested," Jan. 29 Even though graffiti is a major blight on our city, we should not overlook that the embankment tag shown in The Times photo is miles apart from the usual crude scrawls with which gangsters threaten and boast. The tag in the picture is skillfully executed and features a use of shading that is striking. The reason "Smear" has enjoyed some success in the art world is clear: He's quite good. I for one can't agree that the embankment would look any better if the tag were whitewashed, nor that anyone should be fined for the cost of doing so. James van Scoyoc Los Angeles :: Sadly, this article succeeded in glorifying the efforts of gangs and vandals.
December 27, 2008 | Sharon Mizota
The word "woodcut" usually evokes the art of bygone days: the stark, writhing images of Albrecht Durer's "Apocalypse" of 1498, or the exquisite 19th century landscapes of the Japanese master Hokusai. Indeed, woodcut is the most ancient of printmaking techniques; the earliest examples date to 8th century China and Japan. It's also resolutely low-tech, involving little more than a sheet of paper pressed against wood that has been carved and inked by hand. At the Hammer Museum, though, the exhibition "Gouge: The Modern Woodcut 1870 to Now" aims to update woodcut's old-fashioned image, and it succeeds marvelously.
April 25, 1992 | From Associated Press
Making lampshades is a likely craft to conquer for the do-it-yourselfer who has already stenciled walls, antiqued furniture and turned bedsheets into slipcovers. "You can make a shade for less than it costs to buy one, you can get the fabrics and colors that you want, and there's the satisfaction that you made it yourself," says Bea Rowe of Yonkers, N.Y.
Many shade plants require a small amount of sun each day to do well. The following plants thrive in a wide variety of shady locations, including areas that get morning sun and afternoon shade and those locations with filtered sunlight all day long. They were suggested by Malee Hsu, owner of Upland Nursery in Orange, and landscape designer Jeff Garton, co-owner of Paradise Designs in Dana Point.
February 26, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
This week the erotic "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy reached a huge milestone: It sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. Forty-five million of those books were bought by readers in the U.S. The 100-million mark puts E.L. James' bestselling series on par with Ian Fleming's James Bond series. But the first Bond book, "Casino Royale," was published more than 50 years ago; "Fifty Shades of Grey" debuted in 2011. Originally self-published, "Fifty Shades of Grey" gained even wider reach after being picked up by Vintage, an imprint of Random House, in 2012.
February 6, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
"Fifty Shades of ... Ana!" Actress Dakota Johnson assumed the character of B&D plaything Anastasia Steele for Elle magazine's March issue. The "50 Shades of Grey" star poses for the cover and inside spread wearing all the trappings of a boudoir babe: thigh-high stockings, sexy heels and that smoldering come-hither stare. Johnson poses on the cover bedside -- on her knees -- in a demure John Galliano frock juxtaposed with the headline: "Meet Dakota Johnson, the star of '50 Shades of Grey.'" PHOTOS: Meet the '50 Shades of Grey' cast & crew The shoot, it turns out, is several shades tamer than what the starlet is willing to do for the highly anticipated film based on E.L. James' erotica trilogy.
January 28, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
When British singer Rita Ora took a break from the set of "Fifty Shades of Grey" to attend the Grammy Awards on Sunday, she shared her thoughts on the hotly anticipated film. She said the movie, adapted from E.L. James' bestselling erotic novel, will be an "amazing shock. " Even better than amazing, actually. The movie's release is "gonna be the biggest and most amazing shock ever," she told MTV , adding that she's "so excited" for it. Ora is playing Christian Grey's adopted sister Mia. Grey is the bondage-happy billionaire who sweeps innocent college student Anastasia Steele off her feet and into his bed (and a number of other places.)
January 17, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Gray is the new black. Night, the new day. Rain, the new sun. Clouds gather, shadows linger. The Oscar-nominated cinematographers' images fill the screen with a beauty only possible in worlds gone monochromatic, turning the most elemental of color palettes stunningly rich, subtly vibrant. Incredible combinations of charcoal, smoke, gunmetal and slate. Philippe Le Sourd for "The Grandmaster," Emmanuel Lubezki for "Gravity," Bruno Delbonnel for "Inside Llewyn Davis," Phedon Papamichael for "Nebraska," Roger A. Deakins for "Prisoners" - veterans all. Men all. And though they each have the capacity to shoot softness and light, the varied universes captured through their lenses this year speak to the wonder of black.
January 8, 2014 | Doyle McManus
Is Edward Snowden a whistle-blower or a traitor? Debate over the renegade computer technician who leaked thousands of secret National Security Agency documents is too often reduced to that deceptively simple choice. But it's the wrong way to pose the question, because Snowden is both of those things at the same time. Yes, he's a whistle-blower, and if that were all he had done, he would deserve our thanks for forcing a debate over the NSA's swollen powers. PHOTO ESSAY: What last year's biggest political blunders mean for 2014 But he's also a scoundrel who deserves prosecution and public condemnation.
December 21, 2013 | By Alissa Walker
The apartment building at 2602 Broadway in Santa Monica doesn't scream "affordable housing. " Rather, its proportions and details are more like that of the neighboring 1960s buildings, and that's because 2602 Broadway takes a cue from those iconic structures, architect Kevin Daly said. "What we've done is take the typical L.A. dingbat, which I would characterize as a four-sided doughnut of a building, and break it apart and move toward the extreme edge of the property," Daly said.
August 30, 1997 | KAREN DARDICK
Shade plants recommended by the owners of the Posie Pushers, a garden design firm in Garden Grove: * Abutilon (flowering maple) * Acer palmatum (Japanese maple) * Asplenium bulbiferum (mother fern) * Azaleas * Bergenia * Campanula * Cineraria * Hydrangea macrophylla 'Variegata' (variegated lace cap hydrangea) * Impatiens * Justicia carnea (Brazilian plume flower) * Rumohra adiantiformis (leatherleaf fern) * Sarcococca ruscifolia
February 10, 1991 | ROBERT SMAUS, Robert Smaus is an associate editor of Los Angeles Times Magazine
WHEN ONE CONSIDERS how many flowers fill Nancy Moss' front garden, it's a little surprising to find that it is a very shady, cool and damp place. "There's tons of shade," says Moss, a clinical psychologist. "It's a difficult area, swampy in some spots, and I've tried all kinds of things. It's just one of those places." The garden bed faces northeast and is surrounded by tall trees. Familiar shade-tolerant plants anchor the darkest areas directly under trees or in the shadows of the house.
December 17, 2013 | By David Ng
As fans await the movie version of "Fifty Shades of Grey," which is expected to hit screens Valentine's Day 2015, there's another, less serious dramatization aiming to satisfy devotees of E.L. James' bestselling novels. "50 Shades! The Musical" is a stage parody of the books that has been touring the country. The show is scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in early 2014, running Feb. 25-March 16. (The show isn't a production of Center Theatre Group, which operates the Kirk Douglas.
December 17, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Fifty Shades of Fatherhood! Jamie Dornan is a dad. The "50 Shades of Grey" film star and his wife Amelia have welcomed a baby girl, their rep told The Times. "Jamie and Amelia Dornan are delighted to announce the birth of their baby daughter born at the end of November," his rep said in a statement to the Ministry. PHOTOS: Hollywood baby boom The couple declined to comment on additional specifics including the name, birth date or other birth vitals. It's the first child for the Northern Irish actor and his wife, also an actress, who married in April.
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