February 21, 2013 |
Death Valley National Park gained a new distinction Wednesday for its night sky and the care it has taken to protect and preserve the darkness. The International Dark-Sky Assn. selected Death Valley as an International Dark Sky Park for its exceptional skyscape, educational programs and steps it has taken to reduce the glow and glare of artificial lights inside the park. There are 11 parks worldwide that have received the dark-sky moniker. "Death Valley is a place to gaze in awe at the expanse of the Milky Way, follow a lunar eclipse, track a meteor shower, or simply reflect on your place in the universe," National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said in a statement.
February 13, 2013 |
Ellie Goulding described herself as “just a country girl” at her sold-out Hollywood Palladium show Tuesday night. That's a curious self-image for a 26-year-old English electro-pop vixen with a one-quarter shaved head and a quiver of ravey, chart-topping singles. But then she followed that quip with “Anything Could Happen,” the first single off her most recent album, “Halcyon,” and it made more sense. On record, that tune is a throb of synthesizers and pitch-tweaked vocals.
November 1, 2012 |
Another year, another costume, another crop of celebrity parties. Halloween went down in Los Angeles, but who came out on top? From cheeky to scary to simply strange, celebs dressed up and partied starting Saturday and chugging through the week to Wednesday's official fright night. Here's a rundown of the best fetes: Hay Fever : JustJared.com hosted bold names on Saturday at Hollywood's Siren Studios, offering up a maze made of bales of hay and a psychic reading tent from Oranum.com.
October 13, 2012 |
Are you a connoisseur of agony? Then drop by Starry Kitchen for a bite some evening, somewhere around 9 p.m. if you can swing it, and listen to the customers who have been denied a shot at the Singaporean chili crab. They will be muttering imprecations when they think the staff is out of listening range, grinding teeth, staring up at the glittering pastels of the high ceiling as if they expect a unicorn to flutter down from the rafters with a sackful of British Columbia's finest culinary export.
October 13, 2012
Starry Kitchen in Tiara Café One of Los Angeles' favorite pop-ups pops up again - except when it doesn't. Call first to be sure, and to reserve the chili crab. LOCATION 127 E. 9th St., Los Angeles, (213) 814-1123, starrykitchen.com PRICES Appetizers, $5-$11; main courses, $11.50-$22.95, more for crab; desserts, $5-$6. DETAILS: Open 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. Beer, wine and sake. Validated lot parking.
September 26, 2012 |
In a little more than 48 hours, we'll have a pretty clear indication of whether Ang Lee's CGI-kissed, 3-D adaptation of "Life of Pi" casts a spell of magic or nausea. Given Lee's resume and undeniable talent, we'll err toward the former, but the international trailer below, released Wednesday in advance of the movie's Friday evening premiere at the New York Film Festival, doesn't exactly soft-sell its charms. Coldplay and Sigur Ros? Computer-generated armies of meerkats and dolphins?
September 13, 2012 |
The visual language of childhood imagination is what drives "Starry Starry Night," Taiwanese director Tom Shu-Yu Lin's studied, melancholy movie about a sad young girl who falls for the school outcast. With her parents' marriage crumbling, art-conscious seventh-grader Mei (Josie Xu) longs to be back at the enchanted cottage of her ailing grandfather, where the pain of real-world matters falls away and the universe seems excitingly vast. She finds a like-minded companion in new kid Jay (Eric Lin Hui Ming)
February 26, 2012 |
A funny thing happened whenever I set out to see Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady.” I'd invite one of my moviegoing pals to join me and then find myself later that evening at “Shame,” “My Week With Marilyn” or the glorious “Pina.” The reviews for “The Iron Lady” weren't all that glowing, but Streep came in for her usual chorus of hosannas. For some reason, this wasn't proving to be much of a lure. Even after the Oscar nominations came out, with two-time winner Streep making history with her 17th nomination, “The Iron Lady” was still a no-go with them.
June 9, 2011 |
Prime-time stars — they're dropping like corpses on "CSI. " Word leaked late Tuesday that Laurence Fishburne will leave CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" after just 2½ seasons as Dr. Raymond Langston. CBS hasn't picked a replacement yet, but with Ashton Kutcher substituting for Charlie Sheen on "Two and a Half Men," CBS will start the 2011-12 season with new leads on at least two of its signature series. Meanwhile, the exit of Christopher Meloni as a detective on NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" has thrown that show into disarray, with Mariska Hargitay signed on for a reduced role and executives in an 11th-hour scramble to make a deal with costar Ice-T.
April 4, 2011 |
Four years ago, Barack Obama was an upstart in the midst of becoming a phenomenon. Now, he's an established juggernaut with the power of the presidency at his back. But his reelection bid, formally announced Monday, seeks to re-create the grassroots effort -- the armies of volunteers, the flood of small donations, the spillover rallies -- that marked his first campaign. Few things are more laden with cynicism than modern American politics, but in the video released Monday by Obama's reelection campaign, the president clearly is asking the band to get back together for one more show -- perhaps a little less starry-eyed but, ideally, as dedicated.