February 6, 2014 |
"Performing in space is such an honor. " Who else but Lady Gaga could utter such a phrase and still be taken seriously? "I want to challenge myself to come up with something that will not only bring everyone together but will also have a message of love that blasts into the beyond," she says in the March issue of Harper's Bazaar , referring to her planned one-song performance on a Virgin Galactic flight, which was announced back in November....
January 30, 2014 |
Arriving at a Malibu cafe while waiting to conduct a post-screening Q&A, cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki isn't just on time but, startlingly, early. The 49-year-old Mexican-born cinematographer has earned raves for two very different films last year: Terrence Malick's earthbound romance "To the Wonder" and Alfonso Cuarón's outer-orbit survival epic, "Gravity," for which Lubezki has received an Oscar nomination. It's Lubezki's fifth collaboration with director Cuarón, and it's a relationship Lubezki cherishes, even if it's a little intense: "Many, many times making 'Gravity,' I thought if somebody else was directing, or if I was directing, I think I would have said, 'OK, stop it, let's just do it with whatever we have.' Alfonso's appetite is just so enormous, and, in a funny way, he's a tiny bit naive, and I think that allows him to have all these dreams and just push us, the technicians, to get where he's attempting to go. " I don't go to a movie expecting correct science.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2014 |
From the very beginning, Colorado Boulevard was all about the car. Pasadena residents so loved their Ford Model Ts that in 1915 the city was said to have the highest rate of automobile ownership in the world. Colorado was a leg in the famed Route 66 and evolved along with the car culture, with roadside businesses giving way to bigger department stores and eventually to shopping centers. But these days, officials want to tame the famed street. Pasadena is considering plans to narrow portions of Colorado by as much as two lanes and use that space to widen sidewalks and create tiny parks with seating and greenery.
January 19, 2014 |
Regarding "Next Stop Was America," by Jane Lavere, Jan. 12: The Red Star Museum asked for stories. Here's one I sent. We'll visit the museum later this year. My maternal grandparents, Itzig (Jacob) and Blima Dora Rebecca Haimotiz Pinkowitz, traveled from their village in Romania to Philadelphia via the Red Star Line at the turn of the 20th century. Their leaving was probably due to fear of anti-Semitism and a search for a better life. My grandfather and his eldest daughter crossed the Atlantic on the Red Star Line ship Switzerland, leaving Antwerp, Belgium, on Aug. 1, 1900, and arriving in Philadelphia.
HOME & GARDEN
January 18, 2014 |
It was a broken kitchen hood that started it all. First the hood, then the refrigerator, then the air-conditioning system. But rather than replace everything, ABC-Disney executive Jana Winograde and her husband, actor Todd Sandler, saw an opportunity to rethink the home in which they had been living for nine years. Daughters Dylan, 9, and Riley, 11, needed a space of their own. "Our kids were getting older," Winograde said. "They really had nowhere to be with their friends that was separate except their bedrooms.
January 17, 2014 |
California's water problem is so bad you can see it from the edge of space. In the images in the above gallery, some taken at an altitude of 100,000 feet, you can see just how little snow the Sierra Nevada have this year, even though we are halfway through the winter season. On Friday, Gov. Jerry Brown officially declared a drought emergency in the state, and asked residents to reduce their water use by at least 20%. California braces for water rationing as reservoir levels fall The simultaneously gorgeous and disturbing images were captured by a group of high school students from Bishop, Calif., who have been launching large, helium-filled balloons up into the stratosphere on a regular basis for three years.
January 16, 2014 |
"I'm smarter than most people. That's why I'm unemployed and living in a one-bedroom apartment in Hollywood.” So says the protagonist of “The Twilight of Schlomo” at the Elephant Space, and there's more than just sardonic humor in that assessment. Timothy McNeil's maturation into one of our most original playwrights continues with this compelling study of a former stand-up comic at the crossroads, possibly his best work yet. We initially meet Richard (the excellent Jonathan Goldstein)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2014 |
The order issued by city engineers was formal and clear: demolish the 76-year-old Figueroa-Riverside Street Bridge by early spring, clearing the way for completion of a new bridge across the Los Angeles River. The order came after the Los Angeles City Council granted authority to tear down the old concrete and metal truss bridge between San Fernando Road and the 5 Freeway, a connection between the communities of Elysian Valley and Cypress Park. Now, with the $68-million replacement being built mostly with federal funds, a group of architects and activists have launched a campaign to spare the old bridge and transform it into an "elevated green space" for bicyclists and pedestrians.
January 10, 2014 |
The track lighting has been installed, the pamphlets have been printed, and the 357-pound metal space rock that crashed to Earth 50,000 years ago has been bolted to its small display table. UCLA's Meteorite Gallery is officially open to the public. To the casual observer, this small room on the third floor of the Geology Building might resemble the trophy room of a fastidious rock collector. But to curator John Wasson, a 79-year-old cosmochemist at the Westwood campus, it is much, much more.
HOME & GARDEN
January 10, 2014 |
When it comes to living in a small space, double duty is key. No inch can be wasted. Take a recent office I created inside a client's 1920s Los Angeles studio apartment. One main room held the bed, lounge chairs, dressers, bookcase and TV cabinet. Fitting in all these pieces of furniture was no small feat, and we were left no space for a desk - and all the things that go along with working from home. How did we create an office in the studio? The answer was the closet. The closet was largely vacant because a dressing area stored most of the client's clothes.