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February 4, 2007
IF Beverly Beyette became quickly bored with Old Town ["Albuquerque Rising," Jan. 14], she should have traveled it with a local, because she missed the best parts. Behind the church is a 3-foot carving in the knotty bark of an old cottonwood tree that has been there since the 1940s and never been vandalized. She missed the spooky little prayer chapel at the end of one of the narrow alleys. Its heavy wooden doors have no locks or latches and, again, no one has ever bothered it. You missed the only naked ghost I've ever heard of that haunts the old brothel.
February 21, 2014 | David Lazarus
Maybe Capital One should take a course in remedial English. The credit card issuer seems to be having a tough time communicating relatively simple ideas. Betty Rome, for example, would be thousands of dollars wealthier now had Cap One expressed itself clearly. Instead, she says, the company spent months trying to trick her into opening an account she didn't want. Yet that corporate misdirection pales in comparison to the Cap One contract update I wrote about Tuesday. The company recently informed its millions of cardholders that "we may contact you in any manner we choose," including a "personal visit" to your home or workplace.
June 29, 1986
I read with great interest Betty Hughes' article re Rose Hall in Jamaica (May 25). My husband and I also visited Rose Hall 21 years ago. We, too, were thrilled touring the ruins. We hired a taxi and our driver served also as our guide. He told us that Erroll Flynn planned to film a picture there about the lore and ghost of Rose Hall but passed away before it came to fruition. Betty was indeed brave to visit the hall at night. We were there during daylight hours and it was spooky enough.
December 19, 2013 | By August Brown
Onstage, 19-year-old Archy Marshall looked like a surly high-schooler on class portrait day: a too-big brown sport coat, a thrift-shop tie and a perpetual discontented sneer.  But whenever he opened his mouth at his headlining show Wednesday night, the wounded growl that came out had a rough wisdom all its own. Marshall's project, King Krule, doesn't have many peers in contemporary music. His gravelly slur gets him deserved Tom Waits allusions; his torrent of bummed-out, street-level lyricism puts him in the line of English greats like the Fall and the Jam. The music on his debut, "6 Feet Beneath the Moon," almost sounds like angry smooth jazz -- moody diminished and augmented guitar chords, played without distortion but with a post-punky panic.  He's got fans in Beyoncé and Frank Ocean, and Wednesday's set proved why many more are likely to follow them.
January 17, 2010
Pop & Jazz Previews by August Brown (A.B.) and Todd Martens (T.M). Music Go Music "Expressions," the debut album from Music Go Music, had little pre-release hype -- it was issued with only a vague news release with clearly made-up aliases (TORG, Gala Bell). In reality, the band is fronted by Meredith and David Metcalf from prog-ish outfit Bodies of Water, and their debut is a hook-filled blast through pop's past. Or to be more specific, the '70s, as Music Go Music's songs are packed with spooky synths, brash guitars and colossal, ABBA-inspired choruses.
October 23, 2009 | Charlotte Stoudt; F. Kathleen Foley; Daryl H. Miller; David C. Nichols
Virginia Woolf may have disapproved, but Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story of split personality, "Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," says as much about modern psychology as a shelf full of Freud. Now running at Theatre 40, Jeffrey Hatcher's expressionistic stage adaptation of the 1886 novella gets a bold -- occasionally blunt -- treatment by director and designer Jeff G. Rack. Using little more than smoke, a two-way mirror, and a revolving upstage door, he creates a fun-house ride through a haunted psyche.
July 23, 1989 | JOY HOROWITZ, Joy Horowitz's last story for this magazine was "Dr. Amnio."
REMEMBERING HER DAYS AS A young girl--"No one would have accused me of being a happy child"--Leslie Abramson has an enduring memory of her favorite means of escape. After school, at the corner luncheonette, she'd buy button candies and chocolate marshmallow twists (two for a nickel) and spend hours at the comic-book racks, reading. Mad magazine was good for a giggle. But it was the spooky stuff, the horror comics like "Tales From the Crypt," that she really loved. And hated, too.
October 25, 1998 | Ilene Abramson, Ilene Abramson is senior librarian, Children's Literature Department, Los Angeles Public Library
Between coming up with exactly the right costume and carving out an appropriately scary jack-o'-lantern, Halloween can strike fear in the heart of many a frazzled parent. Here to smooth the way to a beautifully creepy holiday, and get kids involved, is a selection of books that can be purchased at bookstores or borrowed from your local library. HORRORGAMI Spooky Paper Folding for Children By Steve and Megumi Biddle Barron's Educational Series: 32pp., $7.
October 25, 1994 | NONA YATES
The spooky secrets of bats, pumpkins, skeletons and caves will be revealed in Halloween science workshops offered by the California Museum of Science and Industry Saturday and Sunday. Children 5 to 13 can create a life-sized movable skeleton, examine specimens of insects, worms, snakes, lizards and toads, or learn about the principles of cave formation in an educational alternative to traditional Halloween fare. Students enroll by age level in the sessions, which will be held from 9 a.m.
June 12, 2005 | Diane Winston, Diane Winston is the Knight chair in media and religion at the Annenberg School for Communication at USC and the author of "Red Hot and Righteous: The Urban Religion of the Salvation Army."
If high ratings for the ridiculous NBC miniseries "Revelations" are a bellwether, Hollywood's next big thing may be spooky spirituality. Either that or the feel-good "Kingdom of Heaven"-type religious plot that, like some blunt instrument, seeks to bludgeon audiences into accepting an awesomely righteous (read Emmy or Oscar-inducing) social theme.
December 12, 2013 | By Robert Abele
The kids are definitely not all right in Spanish-born horror-meister Adrián García Bogliano's dreadfest, "Here Comes the Devil. " Set in a harshly lit Tijuana and dusted with the juju of a thousand possession flicks, it concerns a beachgoing family whose preteen son and daughter go missing after an exploratory walk to a rocky, ominous hillside. When they mysteriously show up again, the pair exhibit an eerie absence of personality. Convinced a creepy vagrant was involved, desperate parents Sol (Laura Caro)
November 24, 2013 | By Irene Lacher
Teller, the usually silent half of the renegade magician duo, Penn & Teller, recently perched on a couch at the Geffen Playhouse, where he had a lot to say about two projects he has helmed as director - "Play Dead," magician Todd Robbins' one-man creep show, which runs through Dec. 22 at the Geffen's Skirball Theater, and "Tim's Vermeer," about inventor Tim Jenison's quest to unearth the Dutch painter's techniques and re-create his work in a Texas warehouse....
October 25, 2012 | By Jenn Harris
Looking for a way to celebrate Halloween this year? If you feel like having a night out, there are plenty of restaurants and bars offering specials. Here are some of the Halloween festivities happening around town. If you know of an event or special we missed, please share it in the comments below: Free Krispy Kreme is offering a free Halloween or pumpkin spice doughnut to guests who visit a participating store on Oct. 31 in a costume. One doughnut per person, no purchase necessary and valid while supplies last.
August 29, 2012 | By Susan King
Filmmaker Sam Raimi has been in the news recently, talking about the coming remake of his classic cult horror film "The Evil Dead," but the man best known to mass audiences as the maestro behind the three "Spider-Man" movies starring Tobey Maguire is also talking up a spooky new thriller, "The Possession. " Opening Friday, the film stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick as a recently divorced couple grappling with the increasingly erratic behavior of their youngest daughter after she purchases an ornate cabinet box at a yard sale.
August 16, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Like the undead, animated movies are best when they're under control. "ParaNorman,"a dark and slightly dotty 3-D fable about a boy who communes with the dearly and not so dearly departed, sometimes gets a little out of hand, especially at the end. Even so, it may be the most fun you'll have with ghosts and zombies all year. It's a spooky twist on the typical outsider kid's tale of woe. Directed by Sam Fell and Chris Butler from Butler's scattershot script, the stop-motion film centers on Norman (Kodi Smit-McPhee)
April 1, 2012 | By Margaret Wappler, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Threats A Novel Amelia Gray Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 281 pp., $14 paper In her bracing debut novel, "Threats," Los Angeles transplant Amelia Gray writes one of the most gorgeously clinical paragraphs about a blackhead you'll likely ever read. The description is somewhere between a David Attenborough nature documentary, soft-core pornography and David Cronenberg's 1986 movie "The Fly. " Here are a few choice lines regarding the blackhead's existence and its extraction by a skilled facialist: "The woman layered the [blackhead]
It doesn't seem right to serve an ordinary dinner on Halloween when you can have some fun. Here's a meal that brings the goblin spirit to the table. For this soup, use a small ghost-shaped cookie cutter or a pair of scissors to cut "ghosts" from bread. Toast them with cheese, and use the cheese-ghost toasts to garnish the soup. Serve this with Pumpkin Patch Salad, a bed of greens and little orange cherry tomatoes with a scattering of crunchy pumpkin seeds.
September 3, 2011 | By Mark Olsen, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Purporting to be edited from 84 hours of footage recently uploaded to the Internet — by whom, it is not stated — "Apollo 18" would have viewers believe that this is the true story of how NASA and the Department of Defense sent a secret final manned mission to the moon in 1974 after the lunar program had been officially shut down. What the astronauts found there has been kept under wraps ever since. In reality, "Apollo 18" is a faux found-footage thriller directed by Spanish filmmaker Gonzalo López-Gallego from a script by newcomer Brian Miller and produced by Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov.
September 30, 2010
Kids and their parents who aren't already experiencing their own version of "Spooky Science: Bug Invasion!" in their apartment mattresses can check out giant bug animatronics, a world-class insect collection and creepy-crawly interactive educational stations. See the world of bugs through their eyes, find out about "the good, the bad, the ugly" of the insect world and play with remote-controlled robotic bugs. Discovery Science Center, 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. through Oct. 31. Adults, $12.95; children ages 3 to 17, $9.95.
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