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July 28, 2011 | By Sonoko Sakai, Special to the Los Angeles Times
When I was growing up in Tokyo in the '60s, we had bento day at school once a week. This meant mother had to get up early and fix lunch for her five children. We were proud of her bento, which might include a little leftover meat, such as sukiyaki, yakitori or tonkatsu, as well as a vegetable dish, such as kinpira (stir-fried carrots and burdock), and fresh fruit - often a tangerine or apple. But onigiri was the centerpiece of the bento. I would show it off to my friends at lunchtime, and, of course, my friends reciprocated with their mothers' creations.
April 12, 2014 | Vincent Boucher
Not long ago, I read an article about how some men stay in shape, and one guy said his tactic was to hit the gym any time he could and take whatever class was on tap. That speaks to the appeal of classes -- a defined start and end time with a leader to put you through your paces, no aimless wandering around the gym waiting for equipment, plus the camaraderie of exercising with a group. And going to class regularly can be important. Besides the obvious physical benefits, studies such as one recently published in the Journal of Comparative Neurology suggest that inactivity affects the structure and function of the brain and contributes to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
August 12, 2005 | Holly Myers, Special to The Times
Photographer Arthur Tress has covered a lot of ground in the course of his nearly 50-year career, from sultry black and white to vivid color and back again, from social documentary to allegory, spontaneous street scenes to meticulously staged tableaux. In his latest series at Louis Stern Fine Arts, he takes a surprisingly formalist turn, producing elegant sepia toned prints reminiscent of Stieglitz, Weston and Strand. His subject, however, is not what you might expect.
April 4, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Chorale master Paul Salamunovich once said that the greatest moment of his life was a 1988 concert at the Vatican for Pope John Paul II with the group he had led continuously since 1949, the St. Charles Borromeo Church Choir of North Hollywood. But it was his experience with choral music as a Southern California teenager that provided the underpinning for nearly everything he did over the next six-plus decades, including his role in shaping the Los Angeles Master Chorale into one of the world's finest choirs.
October 24, 1985 | MINNIE BERNARDINO, Times Staff Writer
Shapes can make a difference in the world of food. Animal shapes, floral designs, hearts, diamonds and other familiar forms send pretty pictures to mind. For the skilled, all it takes to create shapes for picturesque eating is the masterful manipulation of a sharp knife. The less-fortunate majority can avail themselves of myriads of garnishing tools and all-purpose cutters found in any cookware shop.
August 9, 1987 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC
Soft-spoken, tousle-topped, pale and slim, Elizabeth Murray can melt right into a crowd. Her paintings, on the other hand, have punched their way to the top of the heap of contemporary art. Big oils on canvas often composed of several odd-shaped parts, the New York artist's works pile up and twist and crack as if propelled by some uncontrollable force. Richly painted in the center, they may blast off in all directions or drip off their edges.
September 23, 2008 | Helene Elliott
The numbers that relegated Kings goaltender Jason LaBarbera to second-tier status weren't his goals-against average or save percentage. LaBarbera, usually steady and occasionally exceptional, sabotaged his chances to excel by carrying too much weight and too high a body-fat percentage on his 6-foot-3 frame. His mass allowed him to cover a lot of net, but his bulkiness hampered his lateral movement. He knew it but couldn't motivate himself to do anything about it. "It's always kind of been a black cloud over me, I think, my whole career," he said.
July 16, 1987 | RICHARD CROMELIN
With his slash of red lipstick and eye makeup and wild tangle of hair, the Cure's Robert Smith looked like a prototype for a line of "Eraserhead" dolls on Tuesday night at the Forum. But as unlikely as it might seem from appearances, this chubby harlequin is shaping up as a major rock god.
February 15, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Irregular shapes and a variety of exterior finishes set a bold tone at this newly built contemporary in Bel-Air. Walls of glass offer views of the Stone Canyon Reservoir, downtown Los Angeles and the distant mountains. Location: 2170 Stradella Road, Los Angeles 90077 Asking price: $8.85 million Year built: 2013 Architect: Patrick J. Killen House size: Six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, 5,402 square feet Lot size: 26,642 square feet Features: Steel-beam framing, concrete and wood floors, retractable walls of glass, high ceilings, three indoor fireplaces, open dining area, home theater, office, 73-foot solar-heated infinity pool, spa, fire pit, three-car garage About the area: Last year, 157 single-family homes sold in the 90077 ZIP Code at a median price of $1.945 million, according to DataQuick.
December 4, 2002 | Janet Eastman, Times Staff Writer
What happens when an architect and a food editor team up to bring taste to bland walls? They make geometric decals in mint, lemon and tomato. Scott Flora and Jerinne Neils, who share a 1980s duplex in Venice and a fondness for Pop Art, have blended computer-generated images with vinyl film to create colorful adhesive polka dots, blocks, bolts, even invading aliens, that can be stuck on walls -- and later easily pulled off.
March 31, 2014 | By Ken Dilanian, This article has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details
FT. MEADE, Md. - In nearly nine years as head of the nation's largest intelligence agency, Gen. Keith Alexander presided over a vast expansion of digital spying, acquiring information in a volume his predecessors would have found unimaginable. In Iraq, for example, the National Security Agency went from intercepting only about half of enemy signals and taking hours to process them to being able to collect, sort and make available details of every Iraqi insurgent email, text message and phone-location signal in real time, said John "Chris" Inglis, who recently retired as the NSA's top civilian.
March 30, 2014 | By Mike Anton
When he was a young man, Hobie Alter had a clear vision of his future: He didn't want a job that would require hard-soled shoes, and he didn't want to work east of Pacific Coast Highway. He succeeded. The son of a second-generation orange grower, Alter is credited with innovations that allowed people who couldn't lift log slabs to surf and those who couldn't pay for yacht club memberships to sail. Share your memories: Hobie's contributions to SoCal culture Known practically everywhere with a coastline or a lake simply as "Hobie," Alter developed the mass-produced foam surfboard.
March 23, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - Planned as a springtime tour with a modest itinerary - affording time to chat with the pope, admire the Rembrandts and take in the Colosseum - President Obama's weeklong trip to Europe instead has become a high-stakes test of whether he can move the continent's leaders into a tougher response to Russia's annexation of Crimea. Obama will huddle Monday in Amsterdam with other members of the G-7, seeking a strategy against what many see as the most threatening European land grab since World War II. He will have to navigate disagreements among the European nations over how far to go, and the price they are willing to pay, to sanction Russia for seizing the peninsula from Ukraine.
March 16, 2014 | By Neela Banerjee
DE KALB, Miss. - Looming like a spaceship over pine and sweet-gum forest, the high-tech power plant under construction in rural Kemper County is a $5-billion wager on an energy future that includes coal. The Kemper plant is scheduled to open this year as the first in the United States to ramp up technology to remove carbon dioxide emissions on a large scale. If it works as planned, up to 65% of the plant's potential carbon dioxide emissions would be removed. But if its progress is any indication, building a coal plant that can sharply reduce greenhouse gas pollution is a white-knuckle ride.
March 15, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX -- The Dodgers' travel roster for their season-opening series in Australia is taking shape. As of now, Carl Crawford won't make the trip. Crawford remains in waiting for the birth of his third child. In Crawford's absence, Scott Van Slyke figures to be the left fielder on opening day. Van Slyke is batting only one of eight in his career against Arizona Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin, but Manager Don Mattingly likes the matchup between the right-handed-hitting Van Slyke and the left-handed Corbin.
March 13, 2014 | By David Pagel
Jacob Hashimoto's installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art Pacific Design Center is a lot like the weather: all around us and bigger than everyone. Made up of thousands of small paper-and-wood sculptures that resemble miniature kites, Hashimoto's sprawling piece also puts visitors in mind of massive gatherings, whether they're made up of people crowded into stadiums or represented by numbers too big to wrap your head around - like the national debt or the amount of Twitter followers celebrities have.
January 26, 1992 | CINDY LaFAVRE YORKS
New Mexico artist Greg FryeWeaver's creations capitalize on the hidden-pictures concept: Within the big scene lie smaller ones. Working with wood and a jigsaw outfitted with tiny blades, he first decides what shapes to showcase on his free-form "canvas." Then, with all the pieces in place, he either stains or hand-paints the shapes in bright colors. A coaster-sized FryeWeaver original costs about $5. Fry e Weaver puzzles are available at Frederick S. Wight Gallery, 405 Hilgard Ave.
June 9, 1988
Those funky bags dangling from smartly accessorized arms and shoulders these days aren't lunch pails, camera bags or even canteens--they're handbags. Never have pocketbooks come in so many retro- and forward-looking shapes and textures. Small, geometric shapes--circles, hexagons and triangles--are hot for spring. So is vintage-looking vinyl, particularly in pink, polka-dot, lime green or zebra stripes. The idea is to evoke either Jackie O. or Barbarella, but with a dash of '80s whimsy.
March 13, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil's currency is called the real, which in Portuguese means both "royal" and, simply, "real. " But with prices skyrocketing ahead of the World Cup finals this summer, some locals in this famed beach city have created a mock currency they've dubbed the "surreal. " Adorned with the mustachioed face of Salvador Dali, the bills exist only as an Internet meme. Still, they have become the symbol of a digital protest movement. Fed-up Rio residents have taken to social media to share photos of price tags, receipts and menu items so pricey, it almost seems they could only have been dreamed up by the Spanish surrealist artist.
March 8, 2014 | By John Penner
When Charles Bukowski died in San Pedro 20 years ago, the obituaries in the next day's papers typically began with some iteration of Time magazine's stock description of the writer as the "laureate of American lowlife. " In the decades since, the drinking, brawling, gambling, whoring cliche has become so entrenched and widely propagated it can be hard to see Bukowski's words for his shadow. The "Barfly" legend, sprouted from the self-mythology Bukowski cultivated in countless quasi-autobiographical works including his celebrated movie screenplay and fed by his real-life drunken bouts of abusiveness, has only grown posthumously.
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