March 27, 2008 |
Huntsville, Ala. The National Golf Foundation , which tracks trends throughout the industry, considers an avid golfer to be anyone who plays eight rounds a year. I'm not sure what that means my three friends and I are. Fanatic? Obsessive compulsive? Nuts? Four of us recently returned from a trip to Alabama's incomparable Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail , a collection at 11 sites of 26 courses whose beauty can steal your breath and whose difficulty can shred your pride.
January 8, 2007 |
Psychotic baby-sitters, a mobbed-up magician, a kung fu-crazed preteen boy and one nymphomaniac -- these are just a few of the beyond-the-pale characters coming to theaters this year in a trio of movies that openly (and gleefully) pay homage to the lowbrow "exploitation" films of the 1960s and '70s.
December 26, 2006 |
Here's a little secret, guys: Wearing pantyhose is no fun. Sure, their sheer allure enhances the legs. But they're tight, uncomfortable and one little rip can make them run -- and ruin an entire outfit. And although they once were a staple in a career woman's wardrobe, sheer hosiery today faces an even bigger snag that can't be fixed with clear nail polish or a Band-Aid -- more than a decade of declining sales. At Hanesbrands Inc.
November 19, 2006 |
I look back now on a time when I loved my family, when I arranged for all of us to spend two weeks together -- the wife, the two daughters, the grandchild and even the son-in-law, who obviously wouldn't have to worry about missing work. It was my idea, renting a limo to drive to the airport, flying everyone to Denver, renting a 37-foot RV with a pair of SideOuts -- how cool is that? -- and arriving in time for a family reunion in Louisville, Ky. Wouldn't the relatives be jealous?
October 24, 2006 |
Something strange happened to this critic's ears on the journey home from this weekend's Arthur Nights concerts at the Palace Theatre downtown: they pricked up. Every song flowing out of the car radio sounded fresh and full of potential. Forty acts sampled over three long evenings should have produced exhaustion, but instead the pageant was restorative, thanks to music that kept raising questions about what it means to make music at all.
September 20, 2006 |
THE problem is not with the BMW M6, the Bavarian carmaker's 500-horsepower, 10-cylinder, seven-speed stupendo-coupe. The problem is the world around it. It's just too small. Even here in Los Angeles, America's biggest concrete playground and in places a free-fire zone of automotive misdeed, no off-ramp is long enough, no highway straight enough, no parking lot half so empty as to wring out half this car's scale-pegging potential.
May 29, 2006 |
The eighth time proved the charm for veteran British director Ken Loach, whose historical drama "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" was the surprise winner of the Palme d'Or Sunday night at the Festival de Cannes. Because Loach has been such a fixture here with films that have won other prizes, he was not considered likely this time.
April 14, 2006 |
It takes a special kind of man to wear a monocle. You need to be a 19th century deep thinker, like Alfred, Lord Tennyson or Karl Marx, or maybe a jackbooted Aryan type, like Col. Klink on "Hogan's Heroes." It works too if you're a jaunty cartoon character with a top hat, like the Penguin from "Batman" or Mr. Peanut from the Planters label. Now we can add a new category to the accessories list of winking devotees: 21st century gossipmongers of Manhattan.
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March 26, 2006 |
In the days after he paddled into the Pacific to help scatter his father's ashes, 52-year-old Harry Chandler returned to his Hancock Park home and began rummaging through old family papers and photographs. He was looking, in a sense, for his legacy, picking through artifacts of a family dynasty that had dominated Los Angeles for generations. In one file he rediscovered a forgotten Christmas card from his father, dated Dec. 17, 1994.