November 18, 2010 |
Gamja-Gol on Olympic Boulevard is as legendary a fixture in Koreatown as Canter's, Langer's or the Apple Pan are in their neighborhoods. It's a place untouched by time, where the finish on the black lacquered tables is worn thin by years of use. Its crowded dining rooms, which span two connecting storefronts, are plain, save for slightly faded decorative photos of Korean dishes. In each room a huge menu dominates one wall, but no one, it seems, ever reads these. Regulars come only for the house specialty: gamjatang . One of the world's culinary marvels, the rustic, spice-laden soupy stew is based on slowly cooked pork back bones.
October 12, 2010 |
Researchers announced Monday that they had injected stem cells into a patient with a spinal cord injury on Friday, kicking off the world's first clinical trial of a therapy derived from human embryonic stem cells. The patient was treated at Shepherd Center, a spinal cord and brain injury center in Atlanta. Though the trial, run by Geron Corp. of Menlo Park, Calif., is in its earliest stages ? aimed primarily at testing the treatment for safety ? the event stands as a landmark one for embryonic stem cell researchers, who for years have studied the cells' potential to treat spinal cord injuries, diabetes and a variety of neurodegenerative diseases.
September 6, 2010 |
Use this Pilates roll-down exercise to stretch and strengthen your core muscles. Leaning against a flat wall to perform the move helps you hold and maintain a C-curve shape to your spine. Grasp a light dumbbell in each hand and stand with your back against the wall. Your shoulders and hips should touch the wall. Walk your feet forward, bend your knees slightly and firmly press your back into the wall. Let your arms hang below your shoulders. Tuck your chin in toward your throat and begin to roll down until just your lower back and the back of your pelvis remain in contact with the wall.
August 16, 2010 |
Develop a strong core with this simple yet challenging move. If you're new to exercise, do this move without dumbbells; as you become more comfortable with the move, hold a pair of dumbbells for added resistance. Lie on your back holding light dumbbells in each hand. Raise your legs so your knees are bent directly above your hips. Hold the dumbbells together over your chest with your elbows slightly bent, facing them toward your knees (this keeps the move safe for your shoulders)
July 25, 2010 |
"There are many types of genres," declares the busy spine of Dash Shaw's monumental 2008 graphic novel, "Bottomless Belly Button" (Fantagraphics: 720 pp., $29.99) "This is: family comedy/drama/horror/mystery/romance." It's as much taxonomical cheat sheet as it is a boast: in being so reductive, Shaw also broadcasts his ambition. Formally inventive and emotionally acute, "Bottomless Belly Button" indeed proves to be all those things: as fascinating and affecting a depiction of family ties as Jonathan Franzen's "The Corrections" or Wes Anderson's "The Royal Tenenbaums."
June 28, 2010 |
If you practice yoga, you're familiar with downward-facing dog. It's a traditional pose that requires strength and energy in your arms and shoulders, extension of the spine, and power and stamina in your legs. If you practice yoga, you're no doubt familiar with downward-facing dog. It's a traditional pose that requires strength and energy in your arms and shoulders, extension of the spine, and power and stamina in your legs. From a kneeling position, sit back on your heels.
March 15, 2010 |
In seated twists like this one, it's important to sit up tall and focus on lengthening your spine before you begin to twist. Done correctly, spinal twists increase circulation and build strength and flexibility in your back muscles. But you must be warmed up properly before you perform them. —Karen Voight Sit on the floor with both legs straight in front of you. Bend your left knee and place your left foot flat on the floor in front of your left sitting bone. Bend your left elbow and place it on the inside of your left knee with your fingertips pointing upward.
January 3, 2010 |
Sin has a sophisticated new look. Peter Marino, the high-society architect known for designing the Chanel and Fendi boutiques in Beverly Hills and the Presidential Suites at the Four Seasons Hotel New York, put his luxurious spin on the most exclusive areas of the Aria Resort & Casino. The New York-based architect designed the high-limits gaming areas at Aria and the ultra-luxe VIP Sky Suites that span Floors 58 and 59 in the resort's south tower. The suites weren't finished for the Dec. 16 grand opening, and thus not every part of the project had met with the Marino team's approval "due to a plethora of contractual reasons," said Catherine Philbin, a spokeswoman.
October 26, 2009 |
Just a few weeks ago, Katie Featherston was balancing plates brimming with spaghetti and baked ravioli, working as a waitress at Buca di Beppo at Universal CityWalk. Micah Sloat was a struggling actor/computer programmer living in North Hollywood. Now, they're watching the micro-budget horror movie they filmed three years ago develop into a full-blown phenomenon. The two play the young couple haunted by a spectral force in the breakout hit "Paranormal Activity." The suspenseful supernatural thriller, reminiscent of "The Blair Witch Project," has become one of the year's biggest success stories.
October 19, 2009 |
This is a safe and effective way to strengthen the muscles in your back that run parallel to your spine. Start with just a small range of motion and make sure your feet are touching the floor. This will help isolate and train those underworked areas of your back. -- Karen Voight 1Lie face down on a flat padded surface or mat. Straighten your legs behind you with your toes facing the floor, your inner ankles facing each other. Place the palms of your hands on a round, full-length foam roller.