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March 2, 2008 | Laurie Winer
It didn't seem odd that we had none until we suddenly had three--or, we at least have two and another big one on deck. La brasserie. So many non-French international cities have a couple of good ones--New York, London, Tokyo, even Chicago. A bright, boisterous all-day kind of restaurant where you can go anytime and wash down a plate of oysters with draft beer, or tuck into a bowl of onion soup topped with good Gruyere before running off to a movie. Or you can sit for a couple of hours and laugh as loud as you'd like with friends over a full meal--Champagne, escargots, salade frisee aux lardons, perfect steak frites.
April 14, 2014 | Robin Abcarian
Holding red apples, a crowd of more than 100 parents, teachers and students raised their arms high on Sunday in a salute to Mark Black, Santa Monica High School's suspended veteran science teacher and wrestling coach, and to besieged teachers everywhere. The rally in support of Black, who was put on leave 10 days ago after physically tangling with a student carrying drugs in class, was also an implicit rebuke to the school district's superintendent, who appeared to side with an unruly student, rather than a respected educator and coach.
February 11, 2007
"I hope my head isn't shiny." -- Eddie Murphy | "Eddie's head is so shiny." -- Djimon Hounsou | "I hope my head isn't shiny." -- Alan Arkin | "Alan's head is so shiny." -- Jackie Earl Haley | "Why am I the only one with hair?" -- Mark Wahlberg Best supporting actor nominees pose for Oscar photographer Todd Wawrychuk at the academy luncheon last week at the Beverly Hilton.
November 29, 2013 | By Amina Khan
A bright black hole in the Pinwheel galaxy has been shining us on, astronomers say - this intergalactic trickster puts out light like a big black hole but it's really quite tiny. M 101 ULX-1, described in the journal Nature, may force scientists to keep hunting for more "intermediate" black holes - and rethink their understanding of them. Black holes are thought to be remains of dead stars whose entire mass has collapsed to a tiny point. They warp space-time so badly that not even light can escape.
December 1, 1985
About the crossword puzzles--I avidly work them and think Tunick and Bursztyn are remarkable. In fact, I send the puzzle to my daughter every week and a thoughtful neighbor gives me hers. I would hate to miss even one. I have found that the new format requires an Eraser-Mate(2), which is an erasable ink pen--I use fine point. That makes it very easy to work on that very shiny paper. Eloise Chapin Arcadia
June 28, 1998
Re the copper curtain on the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. After long and serious thought, I have concluded that the only logical thing to do with the copper curtain is to: 1. Make a list of all public individuals (politicians, directors, social activists, social climbers, society wannabes, etc.). 2. Totally remove the curtain from the structure and have the artist beat the pieces into bright, shiny, copper-colored, tombstone-shaped pieces equal in number to that specified in item No. 1. 3. Clearly engrave the name of each person identified in item No. 1 on one of the bright, shiny copper-colored tombstones.
May 1, 2008 | Ann Powers
HAYES CARLL: Rebellion is a time-honored tradition in country music, contradictory as that may seem. The outlaw position has evolved from a regional, anti-corporate stance, to a free-spirited countercultural openness, to a post-Reagan era slacker critique of Nashville's shiny ways. Hayes Carll is a Texan who can rock when he wants and has both depth and a wry sense of humor. And his gruff voice is perfect for telling the powers that be what-for. (Palomino, 2:30-3:05 p.m.)
April 24, 1994
If you can stand one more letter on the subject, there is an easier way to find the hidden image in a holusion print ("Picture This," Palm Latitudes, Feb. 13). Place the print behind a piece of shiny glass or plexiglass and focus on a reflection that is not too bright. On the holusion printed in the magazine, by focusing on a reflection midway across the top edge, one can also see the other hidden images of four dolphins leaping. SUSAN HIKIDA Carson
May 29, 2008 | Liam Gowing
In MANY ways, the Good Nite is like a lot of trendy new cocktail lounges. A romantically lit spot parked on a quiet stretch of Burbank Boulevard in bohemian North Hollywood, the Good Nite boasts all the accouterment one might expect from a fashionable watering hole: There's the shiny stainless steel bar, the Art Deco sconces and damask wallpaper, the black leather bar stools, couches and cube chairs. Then, of course, there's the pole. "The [idea] came from one of my partners," says Daniel Mar, head bartender and co-owner of the Good Nite.
These are not your father's bluejeans. Although jeans have long been the unofficial school uniform across the nation, most of this year's back-to-school shoppers aren't looking for your run-of-the-mill versions; they're on the hunt for unusual features, such as denims that glow, and nontraditional colors, such as pistachio. And retailers are responding. Limited Inc., for example, will introduce plastic-coated jeans in some of its Express stores this fall. "There's a rising interest in nontraditional jeans, and we're trying to meet that demand," said Jamie McFate, the fashion scout for the Columbus, Ohio-based retailer.
September 1, 2013 | By Ingrid Schmidt
Fancy a pout like Sophia Loren, Marlene Dietrich or Courtney Love? From ladylike ruby to femme fatale orange-red to renegade bordeaux, the looks of these style icons showed up on the fall fashion runways, albeit in a very modern reprise. Fall's bold new red lip colors come in a range of formulations. Tom Ford's "Crimson Noir" Lip Color is a deeply saturated lipstick, while ILIA Beauty's "Heart Beat" lip gloss, inspired by Joan Jett's band the Runaways, is shiny and sheer. The reds in the new Marc Jacobs Beauty collection come in the form of LoveMarc Lip Gels, gel-based lipsticks, and Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyls, color-drenched lip glosses.
July 31, 2012 | By Susan Denley
Swimmer Ryan Lochte brought his own bling to celebrate winning the men's 400-meter individual medley in the London Summer Olympics on Saturday. After leaving the podium where he received the gold medal, he popped an American flag grille over his teeth. [Fashionista] Designer Stella McCartney covered the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics on Friday night as a correspondent for Vogue. She thought Daniel Craig's turn in the parachuting vignette pairing James Bond with Queen Elizabeth II was a "perfect example of great British humor," pronunced Kenneth Branagh "brilliant," marveled at soccer great David Beckham's delivery of the torch -- and then, she says, "Suddenly it dawned on me that my dad [Paul McCartney]
June 12, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
David Morrissey, a good-looking big lug of a British leading man with a talent for playing tortured rectitude, is the star and producer of "Thorne," a detective drama airing Tuesday and Wednesday on Encore. The series, to stretch the term - it ran in six parts in the U.K. in 2010, but here takes the form of back-to-back feature films - adapts two novels by Mark Billingham, "Thorne: Sleepyhead" and "Thorne: Scaredy Cat," both of which concern apparent serial murders. Its visual tics seem imported from American procedurals like"CSI,"and if they make "Thorne" seem contemporary and excite its surface, they can also obscure whatever human story they have to tell; you can't see the grit for the gloss.
June 6, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Little Mermaid, meet Han, a polished steel hunk who also perches on a rock overlooking a famous Danish harbor. And he blinks (or is he winking at you?) once an hour. The two sculptures are cities apart -- the Little Mermaid overlooks Copenhagen while Han gazes out from Helsingoer about 28 miles to the north -- but share a common size and look. And that's likely the point: Han, which means "him" in Danish, hopes to draw as many tourists to his town, a.k.a. Elsinore, thanks to Shakespeare, as the century-old Little Mermaid does to hers.
January 28, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
The chant suddenly engulfs the nearly empty Galen Center on a Thursday night, loudly, laughingly, a band of outsiders prodding at the open wound of a proud university. The chant is being sung by dozens of Colorado fans, some of whom traveled more than 1,000 miles to be here. The chant echoes off seats left vacant by USC students who couldn't be bothered to cross the street. "Let's go Buff-a-loes … let's go Buff-a-loes …" Nobody tries to drown it out with a Trojans cheer.
September 17, 2011 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
The Pitcher House was a line in the sand. If you drove north on Pacific Coast Highway, it was one of the first businesses in Hermosa Beach, located in an old, slightly run-down bank building, making the place seem historic and mysterious at the same time. It was a reminder that Hermosa used to be a working-class town and a warning that you had only a few more miles until you hit the tonier Manhattan Beach. In the late 1990s, the Pitcher House was full of middle-aged surfers who'd push through the bar's swinging doors and drink a few Buds while keeping their distance from the just-out-of-college crowd doing upside-down margaritas on the Strand, Hermosa's bright, main drag that was starting to look more and more like Manhattan.
May 13, 2008 | Richard Rushfield, Times Staff Writer
When "American Idol" sneezes, American culture catches pneumonia. Every inch of each week's show is subjected to scrutiny worthy of an International Atomic Energy Agency inspection team. Every misstep comes under a remorseless spotlight. And of all the iffy decisions each contestant makes, none -- not picking a terrible song, forgetting a lyric or flubbing an interview segment -- is as likely to earn a singer the wrath of the nation as a bad fashion choice. "Pitchy" singing can be forgiven.
December 25, 1987 | Compiled by the Fashion87 staff
Listen got a call from Dana Turner at Johnston & Murphy, the shoe firm, who said a pair of $700 crocodile shoes was made especially for Rudolph, the red-nosed you-know-what. Turner wouldn't confide the details but informed us that because "Rudolph works only one day per year and is an upwardly mobile reindeer, it behooves him to wear shoes that set him apart from all the rest." How did they find Rudolph? "A friend of the firm's, who's an outdoorsman, actually brought him to us," Turner reports.
January 14, 2011 | Bill Dwyre
It's hard to duck the obvious these days. Oregon is the current 500-pound gorilla in the Pac-10. For the moment, the power in major sports has headed northwest. Pete Carroll was cutting edge, and we didn't even see it. Those of us in egocentric, population-centric, movie-star-centric Southern California need to call a trend a trend. The Pac-10 currently does not revolve around us, as we have assumed and demanded forever. Yes, this too shall pass, ideally with the quickness of Coach Chip Kelly's spread offense.
August 19, 2010 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
After chopping vegetables for a dinner party for 60, and serving as many appetizer plates of potato croquette fried in duck fat with crème fraiche and caviar, Lisa Stern, a homemaker from Calabasas, sits down beside her husband to eat her meal. "You'd never think you'd want to spend $300 per couple to self-serve. But I love it. I mean, who does that?" gushes Stern, a sprightly blond who was in attendance at an underground dinner party hosted by a traveling food-as-educational-theater group called A Razor, a Shiny Knife.
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