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March 18, 2012
'Nowruz — Celebrating Spring' What: Pacific Symphony and Shams Ensemble Where: Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Costa Mesa When: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday Tickets: $25 to $185 Information: (714) 755-5799 or
April 26, 2014 | By Chris Foster
UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley was a bit flustered, something opposing defenses might not be able to cause this fall. Asked how the college football world will greet the Bruins when they return for August training camp, Hundley said, "Great question. With open arms?" Hundley turned serious, "That's a tough question to answer because what I expect is different from what everyone else will expect of us. " Actually, not so much. The bar will be set high for UCLA entering the 2014 season … in the locker room and in the public's eye. "We definitely should be considered as a big-time program," said linebacker Myles Jack.
April 29, 2012
"Tomboy Style" author Lizzie Garrett Mettler shares her must-haves for spring. They incorporate this season's trends — like colorful jeans — with classic tomboy staples such as a striped tee.
April 26, 2014 | By James Barragan
The NCAA and its member institutions often refer to "student-athletes," but the front side of the term isn't often highlighted in a sports section. We asked officials from the Southland's Division I universities to point us toward their best and brightest - the teams that made classroom performance a priority. Here is what we found at Loyola Marymount: The Seaver School of Science and Engineering at Loyola Marymount is not for the faint of academic heart. But it's where a fair share of Loyola Marymount athletes - 27 of 395 to be exact - focus their studies.
March 26, 2014 | By Chris Erskine
Social media have become one of the most telling barometers of travel hot spots. And there's nothing hotter than spring break. Using last year's data, Facebook put together the lists below of the most popular spring destinations for college students and families. Among the overlaps: Santa Monica. Meanwhile, several other SoCal beaches made the family-friendly list. These lists show the top 10 most popular beach destinations based on volume and increase in Facebook check-ins, a feature of the site that allows users to check in to a location while updating their status.
June 13, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
BERKELEY - "The Rite of Spring" is a ballet born of violence. Stravinsky's score unfurls the furious sudden spring of his native St. Petersburg, the sounds of cracking ice on the river Neva being like gunfire. Taken from the scandalous sexuality of Russian folklore, the dance depicts a virgin sacrificed to the savage, ecstatic pleasure of "sages. " We've long ago gotten used to all this, the "Rite" having entered into its second century last month. Orchestral performances over the decades have become ever more driven.
September 27, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
  PARIS -- The gilded interior of Le Grand Hotel was covered with spare, white walls for the spring 2014 Balmain show on Thursday afternoon at Paris Fashion Week, suggesting designer Olivier Rousteing might be planning to pare down the brand's ornamental style and take it in a new direction. The look: A slightly sportier, 1990s-era feel, but still weighed down with a pirate's booty-worth of gilt. Key pieces: Quilted denim bomber jackets with gold button details, some with gold chain details woven through.
March 16, 1986
The telltale signs of spring are becoming increasingly evident. Extended periods of precipitation are giving way to sunnier skies and balmy temperatures. A myriad assortment of wildflowers are blooming in the normally arid and seemingly lifeless deserts of Southern California. The majestic winged eagle is venturing from her cozy nest in search of food for her offspring born during the harsh winter months past. A melancholic spirit of optimism and good feeling is naturally rejuvenating all of God's creatures.
March 21, 2011
Ah, spring. In Los Angeles, the change of seasons from winter to spring is hardly the cinematic turn of events that it is in the East. Here, it is usually just a mild changing of the guard from pleasant weather to even more pleasant weather. Well, not this year. Spring descended on L.A. like some diabolical personality-disordered spirit. It was as if spring thought it was winter and suddenly lashed the city with a nonstop storm accompanied by floods, wind, cold and power outages.
April 1, 2014 | By Jason La
Karol Franks photographed wisteria flowers hanging from an adobe building near her home in the South Pasadena area Feb. 26. " The wisteria vine is very old and twisted and produces fabulous blooms every spring," Franks said. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  for more on this photo series.
April 25, 2014 | By Chris Foster
There are two ways to look at UCLA's spring game. There's the cleats-on-the-ground view: "We need to make sure we lock into everything," safety Anthony Jefferson said. "We need to make sure we're assignment perfect. " And there's a coach's big-canvas brush strokes: "I wouldn't put stock at all in the results of a spring game, who plays well and who doesn't," Coach Jim Mora said. "It's just a piece to the puzzle. " The Bruins wrap up spring practice with a scrimmage at the StubHub Center on Saturday at 5 p.m. Mora said he wanted a "real game" and divided the teams along traditional lines - first-team offense against first-team defense, second-team offense against second-team defense.
April 24, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Santa Anita Park plans to hold twilight horse racing on most Fridays, with a first post time of 3 p.m., during its 40-day spring meet that starts Friday. One exception to the new Friday schedule is May 2, on the eve of the Kentucky Derby, when Santa Anita's first race will go off at 12:30 p.m. In the past, Santa Anita's winter meet that begins the day after Christmas had ended in April. But when Hollywood Park in Inglewood closed last year, its racing dates were picked up by Santa Anita and other Southern California tracks.
April 21, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
The Clippers needed an answer, and quick. They gave one, and wow. Their response Monday night to a playoff-opening debacle against the Golden State Warriors was powerful enough to temporarily subdue thoughts of the historic Clippers jinx while empowering dreams of a landmark Clippers spring. The answer was visible across the Staples Center sky in a flying Blake Griffin, and across the Staples Center floor in a skidding Chris Paul. The answer was audible on the Staples Center sideline with a screaming and confrontational Doc Rivers, and in the stands with thousands of red shirts whose owners' roars lasted deep into the sweaty night.
April 21, 2014 | By James Barragan and Chris Foster
UCLA football Coach Jim Mora wants to have a “real game” when the Bruins have their annual spring showcase for fans at StubHub Center in Carson on Saturday night. To ensure that can happen, he's prioritizing health this week. The Bruins did not wear pads during Monday night's practice. “My goal is to get a lot of great work done this week and stay healthy so that we can have a real game on Saturday night,” Mora said. Currently, the Bruins have nine healthy offensive linemen, Mora said.
April 21, 2014 | By Susan Denley
The Duchess of Cambridge wore a perfect-for-spring pale yellow dress on Easter Sunday, when she and Prince William and baby Prince George visited the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia. [Grazia] Earlier in the day she wore a chic dove-gray coat and fascinator to attend church services in Sydney. [BBC] First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to appear on NBC's "Parks and Recreation" season finale on Thursday and to make a cameo on ABC's "Nashville" on May 7.  [People] The Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, model Kate Moss and Rolling Stone Bill Wyman were among the mourners who gathered in Kent, England, on Monday for Peaches Geldof's funeral.
April 21, 2014 | By Ellen Olivier
The event:  “Spring Break: Destination Education,” staged carnival style at Sony Studios in Culver City, was a star-studded affair that had tweens, teens and their families lining up half an hour early on Saturday. The fourth annual event raised a record-breaking $1.5 million for City Year Los Angeles . The Hollywood hosts: Shemar Moore of “Criminal Minds” posed nearly nonstop for photos, hoisting one guest on his shoulders for a shot. Julie Bowen of “Modern Family” sang the praises of City Year corps members, who devote a year of their lives to serve as tutors, mentors and role models to students who might otherwise drop out of school.
April 19, 2014 | By Gary Klein
For at least a few fans, USC's spring-ending scrimmage at the Coliseum was an overwhelming success. One youngster from the crowd passed for a touchdown on a promotional play with the Trojans and an adult caught a pass and sprinted to the end zone on another. However, those were the only touchdowns scored Saturday as USC completed 15 workouts under new Coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff. Before getting too alarmed, it is worth noting that dating to the Pete Carroll era, USC's spring finale has not served as a reliable indicator of fall performance.
April 19, 2014 | By Chris Foster
UCLA Coach Jim Mora has stressed "don't listen to the noise" as the way for the Bruins to stay focused. A sign with that phrase hangs in the locker room. But what do you do when it's Mora making the noise? It has been clear to anyone with eyes that Fabien Moreau has developed into a strong cornerback. The only pass play to beat him during practice Saturday was a low, short throw that receiver Devin Lucien needed to dive to catch. Mora needed little nudging to launch into a campaign speech the second he was asked about Moreau.
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