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November 15, 1985 | Benjamin Epstein
Brigitte Starczewski-Deval makes dolls. Exquisite dolls. Dolls that wouldn't look out of place in a painting by one of the old masters who inspire her. In a craft demeaned by Barbies and Kens and countless other rubberized, plasticized, babbling, gurgling junk, Starczewski-Deval makes dolls for museums and collectors, for people who consider doll-making an art form. For people who won't wince at a price range of $2,400 to $14,000.
April 10, 2014 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
It's too easy to start with the face or what she wears, how she sits. The color of her earrings. The essence is in the vowels, the way she holds and releases them. The voice drops a register, as if in a conspiracy, and a morning conversation drifts across art, ambition, age and riding camels in the desert. Many roles come to mind when Nicole Kidman speaks: inconsolable mother, suicidal writer, dangerous weather girl, nuclear scientist, gangster lover, top-hatted cabaret singer and Southern femme fatale with an earthy remedy for jellyfish stings.
February 2, 2012
Simplifying the Soul Lenten Practices to Renew Your Spirit Paula Huston Ave Maria Press: 170 pp., $14.95 paper
April 9, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
FT. HOOD, Texas - For the second time in five years, President Obama came to this sprawling Army post to console a community all too familiar with death, to offer a nation's condolences and to remind soldiers and their families of the healing power of love. The president stood on a platform under bright sun and blue skies, reciting the names of the three soldiers who were killed in a shooting rampage last week. Before him stood their portraits, boots, rifles and helmets, what are known as "battlefield crosses.
May 20, 2011
'Cost of a Soul' MPAA rating: R for pervasive language, violence and brief nudity Running time: 1 hour, 48 minutes Playing: In general release
January 5, 2013
Exhausted enough to seek outside help? Los Angeles-based Sleepy Planet founders and authors of bestselling "The Sleepeasy Solution," Jill Spivack and Jennifer Waldburger offer classes at the Pump Station in Santa Monica, a shop and resource center. "We call it sleep nutrition for kids. It's almost as important as the food they're eating," says Waldburger. These workshops, limited to 15 people, provide parents with alternatives to "crying it out" and offer personalized approaches to a child's sleep plan.
August 1, 2007
Talk to any southern Italian cook and you'll hear a recipe for salmoriglio . And the odds are they'll all be different. Some add water to the sauce; others go with straight lemon juice. Some cook the sauce gently; others insist it be served without cooking. And so it goes. I find that both of these steps slightly soften the attack of the oregano, which in my book is a good thing (fresh oregano is about as subtle as raw garlic). The heating also thickens the emulsion a little. The recipe here is based on one found in "Il Libro d'Oro della Cucina e dei Vini di Sicilia," by Pino Correnti.
November 19, 2013
Re "Silver Lake evolution lures newcomers, worries locals," Nov. 16 I find it amusing that residents now long for some golden old days of Silver Lake. When we built a house in 1991 two blocks from the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Hyperion Avenue, my partner and I spent every Saturday getting up at 7 a.m. to paint over gang graffiti, pick up trash in the streets and water some of the two-dozen trees we persuaded neighbors to plant. Our new house overlooked a previously private corner, and we soon discovered we had to shine lights to drive away the cars in which local prostitutes serviced clients.
May 20, 2011 | By Gary Goldstein, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It's not hard to understand why writer-director-producer Sean Kirkpatrick's gritty and stylish "Cost of a Soul" won an AMC Theatres distribution deal via a competition called The Big Break Movie Contest, which honors independent filmmaking and helps uncover new talent. Kirkpatrick's debut feature, made on a shoestring budget under clearly less-than-glamorous circumstances, deftly pares down a potentially epic urban crime drama into a workably tight, tense and socially conscious vision.
August 17, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
Feed Body + Soul is set to open this fall in Venice, in the former J's Kitchen space on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. The healthful-food-focused restaurant has a full liquor license and has enlisted bartender and consultant Marcos Tello (1886 Bar, Bow & Truss) to create a drinks list of organic cocktails.  According to Feed Body + Soul, the restaurant "is inspired by the belief that eating well can be a daily indulgence. " The executive chef is Matthew Dickson, who is planning a seasonally inspired menu with California-style dishes to be paired with the all-organic beverage program.
April 2, 2014 | Doyle McManus
Only a decade ago, Christian social conservatives were a commanding force in American politics. They helped elect one of their own, George W. Bush, to two terms. They were a cornerstone of a GOP coalition that appeared to hold a permanent electoral majority. But today, the movement has lost its momentum - in part because one of its assets has become a liability. It used to be that when Republicans wanted to increase conservative voter turnout, all they had to do was put same-sex marriage on the ballot.
April 1, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
A lyric from the title track from New Zealand rocker Neil Finn's new solo album, "Dizzy Heights," crystallizes much of what the erstwhile member of Crowded House, Split Enz and the Finn Brothers is up to on his latest work. "Help me make up a new sound," he sings, and indeed, much of what he's created for "Dizzy Heights" embodies that idea with spacious aural landscapes and often exotic arrangements surrounding lyrics that delve into a multiplicity of emotions. It's often a far cry from the Beatle-esque pop with which Finn built his reputation as one of the finest songwriters of the 1980s and '90s.
March 31, 2014 | By Jevon Philips
"Once Upon a Time" is known for its twists and has had more than its share of tragedy in both the present and in the flashback past, but the "Quiet Minds" episode ranks near the top of the tragic list. Warning: This is a recap, so there are spoilers. The heroic crew -- Emma Swan, Snow White, Prince Charming, Captain Hook and Evil Queen Regina -- meets up at Granny's restaurant, and Hook tells the group that it's possible Neal was the one who actually resurrected his father, the Dark One (a.k.a.
March 23, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Point guards are the lifeblood of Coach Mike D'Antoni 's system, the heads of the snake that drive and score or kick out to open shooters in a perfect basketball world (see: Steve Nash , 2005). Too bad none of them can stay healthy on the Lakers. Nash has played only 11 games because of his chronically sore back, Jordan Farmar has played only 36 games and backup point guard Xavier Henry has spent more than two months on the sidelines. Kobe Bryant , a backup point guard for a while, lasted all of six games this season.
March 22, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Kia's redesigned Soul and Fiat's all-new 500L are the latest models in the quirky "toaster" class of sub-compact cars. Picture a square box riding on a car platform. The general idea is combine the comfort and efficiency of a small car with the functionality of a sport utility vehicle or crossover. And style? Let's just say the valet will be parking these behind the restaurant. Next to his car. The success of these vehicles has been mixed. Honda's Element and the Scion xB, made by Toyota, were the founding members back in 2003.
March 21, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
The Facebook page of the dancer known as Reggae Pops has been filled with memories over the past hours as longtime club-goers pay honor to a smooth-moving fixture on the city's night-life scene. Pops, born Nemencio Jose Andujar, died earlier this week, leaving a huge hole on the city's dance floor. Best known to many for his star turn in the video for Lianne La Havas' "Age," Pops could be seen throughout the city's groovier clubs, be it the regular Wednesday night reggae party Dub Club, the summer Grand Performances series in downtown Los Angeles or anywhere a rhythm could be found.
February 16, 1997
Robert Hilburn is very competent to pass judgment on the tin-eared, talentless morons who populate the worlds of rap and alternative rock, but he displays appallingly bad taste when he feebly tries to justify his rankings of soul greats ("Ole King Soul," Feb. 9). Ray Charles and Sam Cooke invented the genre. Without them, no one who followed would have had a template to lay their stylistic variations over. That Al Green was and still is one of the all-time greats is a given, but we didn't need Hilburn to tell us that.
October 18, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
Jessie Ware has already bewitched critics on both sides of the Atlantic with an impressive debut album, "Devotion," which came out in England (and, um, on the Internet) back in August. But now she's positioning herself to break in a bigger way. On Wednesday, the London-based singer announced that she'd signed in the U.S. with Cherrytree Records, the Interscope-affiliated boutique that's delivered top 10 hits from La Roux (" Bulletproof ") and Ellie Goulding (" Lights "). The label will release an EP, "110%," in December, shortly before Ware launches her first American tour.
March 14, 2014 | By Carolyn Lyons
CERRETO, Italy - Think of an Italian summer and you think of azure seas, sun-splashed beaches, cool mountains cupping dark lakes and overheated crowds of tourists investigating every museum and ancient church. Things are different in Tuscany as well as in Umbria, where I live, for part of the year. Every local community, no matter how small, puts on its own summer festa, or festival. Some are based on religion: Each village has its own patron saint to celebrate with a day of services and parades followed by a night of feasting, dancing and, of course, fireworks.
March 7, 2014 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Raymond Chandler is among our most stylized writers, an innovator of what we might call high noir, with its cut-glass imagery, its cynical world-weariness (although never ennui). Such a posture defines him - or, more accurately, his detective, Philip Marlowe - as a wise-cracker with repartee as sharp as a fedora's brim. And yet, the more I read (and re-read) Chandler, the more I appreciate his vision of Los Angeles, the "big angry city" he described as "no worse than others, a city rich and vigorous and full of pride, a city lost and beaten and full of emptiness" in his 1953 novel "The Long Goodbye.
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