September 9, 2012 |
Eight Summer Olympics ago, it was Los Angeles' turn. We did well with the Games (traffic and weather cooperated). We built no monuments, no starchitect stadiums or the like. But a progressive Olympic Arts Festival gave a lasting boost to our modern dance and international theater scene and stimulated the creation of Los Angeles Opera. Then there was director Robert Wilson's "the CIVIL warS: a tree is best measured when it is down," the centerpiece of the festival. It was meant to be the grandest of grand operas and proved the Olympics' great letdown.
September 2, 2012 |
VF Corp., one of the world's largest apparel companies, will move the headquarters of its Splendid and Ella Moss clothing lines to a historic industrial complex in downtown Los Angeles. The clothier agreed to lease 80,000 square feet in Alameda Square near the intersection of Alameda Street and Olympic Boulevard, said real estate broker John Zanetos of CBRE Group Inc. The 10-year deal is valued at about $18 million. VF will convert raw warehouse space into offices in preparation for a move early next year.
March 4, 2012 |
Extra Virginity The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil Tom Mueller W.W. Norton: 238 pp., $25.95 In 1985, when I was a fledgling food writer, I got a tip on a big story. A friend had just come back from a winter trip to Tuscany. There had been a freeze, he told me. Not just a little "whoops, we lost some leaves" chill, but a mega-momma that had devastated the region. Olive oil, which was just becoming a part of the American gourmet lexicon, had been particularly hard hit. I reported out the story, calling importers, other experts with contacts in Tuscany, and even olive growers in the region itself.
September 2, 2011 |
"Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame" finds Tsui Hark, a genre wizard, in top form in this splendid, action-filled period epic. It has opulent, stylized settings of elegance, grandeur and scope, flawless special effects, and awesome martial arts combat staged by the master, Sammo Hung. Yet bravura spectacle never overwhelms either the plot or the key characters. Chang Chia-lu's intricate script bristles with wit and suspense; the film from start to finish is a terrific entertainment.
HOME & GARDEN
May 20, 2011 |
Update: Atlanta Falcon tight end Tony Gonzalez and his wife, October, have sold their Manhattan Beach house for $2.55 million. The Spanish-style beach house, built in 1983, features a 1,700-square-foot rooftop deck with views from Malibu to the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The deck includes a built-in grill and sound system. The home's 3,725 square feet include two living rooms, an upgraded kitchen, a bar, four bedrooms and four bathrooms. The master bedroom suite was expanded to feature a fireplace and patio.
February 23, 2011 |
Contemporary history is seldom as relevant and engaging as Douglas Waller's new biography, "Wild Bill Donovan: The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage," which is ? by turns ? fascinatingly instructive and thoroughly entertaining. Waller, a former Time correspondent and the author of an excellent biography of Gen. Billy Mitchell, has a great ally in his subject, who was a larger-than-life personality in an American Century favored with more than its share of outsized figures.