December 5, 1997 |
Jean Giraudoux uses an "ondine" (French for water sprite) to sardonically comment on the oddities of human culture from an outsider's point of view in "Ondine," currently in a sparkling revival of Maurice Valency's adaptation at the Powerhouse Theatre. Like Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid," Giraudoux's water sprite falls fatally in love with a human. Both stories underscore the problems of this mismatch.
August 4, 1985 |
Today they are prosperous builders who remodel homes for the stars, the 117 members of a notorious '60s commune who a decade ago wrote off the rest of the world as hopelessly corrupt and withdrew so completely that they adopted their own calendar to number the years. They are the Lyman Family, an eclectic band of musicians, artists, writers, philosophy students and psychic explorers who comprise one of the few '60s communes to survive the era.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 2009 |
At the Mermaid, the seaside bar and restaurant he presided over for half a century, Boots Thelen once gave the heave-ho to a Brazilian soccer team and its fans because their celebratory songs and samba didn't agree with him. He threw out at least one Hermosa Beach mayor. He even tossed out a Girl Scout because he didn't want her peddling cookies. "It was almost a rite of passage having Boots throw you out," said Richard Koenig, president of the Hermosa Beach Historical Society.
July 3, 1988 |
She's "Dirty Diana." According to Michael Jackson's chart-topping single, she'll be your everything if you make her a star. Her shapely legs are seen strutting in a tight black leather micro-skirt in Jackson's "Dirty Diana" video, at this writing No. 1 atop MTV's Top 20. But who do those mysterious legs belong to? Answer: Lisa Dean, a native of San Diego, who hopes her big break with the Buckled One does help make her a star.
August 24, 2000 |
Coca-Cola Co., hard hit last year by a contamination scare that left hundreds of Europeans complaining of illnesses, said Wednesday it had suspended production of one-liter bottles of Sprite and Coca-Cola in Senegal after being alerted to the discovery of a mold-like substance in two items.
June 13, 1996 |
"It takes people a few minutes to really get it," says John Dorbacopoulos, gazing fondly on a highly customized '62 Austin-Healey Sprite. It has no seats and no engine. In their place are three welded steel barbecue pits (the steering wheel has to be removed whenever the driver's side is fired up). The hood and trunk lids fold out to make tables for setting out food. The specially reinforced race car fuel tank known as a fuel safe has been replaced by a beverage cooler ("cool safe").
February 13, 2000 |
Somehow I always seem to miss the boat on whale-watching cruises. I'm usually on the one where the crew says: "You should have been on the morning cruise. There were whales as far as the eye could see." That's why I hadn't gone whale watching for a few years; I was discouraged. But I've always wanted to see a whale in its natural habitat, its huge back arching out of the ocean, water spraying from its blowhole.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 1991 |
As a small farmer from Northern California, visiting Los Angeles on business, I am startled by the hair-raising lack of personal responsibility about water that I've seen. Beyond the newspaper articles and brown patches along the freeways, beyond the few concerned citizens and officials who stare into empty reservoirs, I see little sense of personal emergency. In wealthy areas, lawns are uniformly lush and fertilized. Thousands rushed to refill pools and spas before rationing started.
February 27, 2001 |
Being cool is very important. Just ask any 13-year-old. Who knew it could be a vital socioeconomic barometer? According to Douglas Rushkoff, host of tonight's "The Merchants of Cool," an hourlong "Frontline" on PBS, coolness is very big business. "Merchants" begins with the startling fact that there are now more American teens than at any previous time. They constitute a bigger gaggle of youth-quakers than even their baby-boomer parents.
January 18, 2005
Here, let's say it all right upfront: This editorial is low-cal, lo-carb, caffeine-free and sugarless. It contains no salt, no peanuts, no foreign policy and only one gram of healthcare. It's also cholesterol-free. It does concern a subversive trend quietly underway in our society to rename diet soft drinks because, in case you haven't noticed, the fatter we get, the less popular is the word "diet." We never did have Diet Whiskey or a credible Vodka Lite.