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February 26, 1995
I think the best show on television right now is "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC). Actress Isabella Hoffman is a superb addition to this program. Bonnie B. Luttrell, Hermosa Beach
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2013
According to the rich narrative laid out by the documentary "Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp," it's hard out there for a pimp, not to mention the life that leads to it, and after it. One of black literature's most venerated chroniclers of street life and crime, the author of seven popular autobiographical books (most famously "Pimp: The Story of My Life"), Slim comes in for a vivid, warts-and-all biography as told by fellow writers (Emory Holmes, Odie Hawkins), admiring entertainers (the doc's executive producer Ice-T, Chris Rock)
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 2012 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Walkable City How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time Jeff Speck Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 296 pp., $27 If you grew up, as I did, in a pedestrian city, much of Jeff Speck's "Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time" falls into the category of no-brainer. Of course, a walking culture is better than an automotive one, better for our bodies and our souls. And of course, street life has to develop organically, from the proper urban conditions - "a citywide commitment to creating an environment that people want to live in," Speck notes, quoting Adam Baacke, assistant city manager for planning and development in Lowell, Mass.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 2012 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Walkable City How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time Jeff Speck Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 296 pp., $27 If you grew up, as I did, in a pedestrian city, much of Jeff Speck's "Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time" falls into the category of no-brainer. Of course, a walking culture is better than an automotive one, better for our bodies and our souls. And of course, street life has to develop organically, from the proper urban conditions - "a citywide commitment to creating an environment that people want to live in," Speck notes, quoting Adam Baacke, assistant city manager for planning and development in Lowell, Mass.
NEWS
July 13, 1990 | GAILE ROBINSON
It was a moment of unparalleled excitement when at least some credit cards were fairly aquiver with meltdown anticipation the day that Street Life, funky little Manhattan store filled with private label merchandise, announced it was coming to town. Now that it is ensconced on Main Street in Santa Monica, West Coast fans of the shop can tell you the threat of financial ruin is just minutes away.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 2006 | Steve Harvey
As The Times reported the other day, it would take 83 years to fix the L.A.'s backlog of broken sidewalks. (Honest.) Pavement, broken or missing, has long been an issue in the city. In 1888, Ralph Hoyt wrote to The Times: "Much grumbling is heard on account of the muddy condition of our unpaved streets. (But) our mud is a blessing in disguise.... Today we read that a prominent citizen who was thrown from his buggy, on 1st Street, escaped uninjured ... because he came down on the soft ... mud."
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 2012
The Venezuelan film "Hermano" tells a familiar story of slum-born wishes and possible escape, but with a bristling visual energy. Director Marcel Rasquin's debut feature, which he wrote with Rohan Jones, introduces us to soccer-playing youths Julio (Eliu Armas) - tall, tough and captain of his barrio's team - and his more withdrawn younger sib Daniel (Fernando Moreno). Adopted as a wailing baby after being abandoned in a pile of garbage, Daniel's grown into a serious-minded 16-year-old field phenom.
NEWS
March 9, 1995 | RAY LOYND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A novel bilingual experiment by a little-known Cuban theater company prankishly mixes Spanish and English dialogue throughout the original comedy "Romero y Julieta" at the Cuban Cultural Club of Monterey Park. The result is not a total success for people who speak only English, because playwrights Ofelia Fox and Rosa Sanchez rely much more heavily on Spanish than English, with Spanish-language humor dominating the laughs.
TRAVEL
May 27, 2012
I enjoyed reading the adventurous eating in Delhi, India, by Peter Mandel ["Where Street Cred Helps," May 20]. I have just finished a 21/2-year contract there and wanted to add a few more words of advice. First, do not let anything scare you away from a visit to India. There will be inconveniences, poverty and dirt, but there will also be amazing colors, vibrant street life and, with luck, your own Mr. Gupta. For those who want to enjoy street food without much risk, I suggest going to Dilli Haut (a stop on the new metro)
NEWS
September 12, 1993 | F. ALAN BOYCE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Kwame Hester was headed for the kind of trouble teens find all too often. "He was fighting all the time, a chip on his shoulder, and he was not living in a kind neighborhood," said his father, Larry Hester. As a 10-year-old living with his mother in the tough Bedford-Stuyvesant section of New York, Kwame didn't have the support at home to survive on the streets. "I had to learn for myself to do what I had to do," he said. "I really didn't care about school. I hardly went."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 14, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
TORONTO--If the Toronto International Film Festival is known for works of grand cinematic scope like "The Master" and "Cloud Atlas," it also has another filmic side: the one where true stories are told about colorful personalities. Perhaps none comes more colorful than Iceberg Slim, the late pimp-turned-bestselling-author who helped create the genre known as street lit and had a profound effect on hip-hop and its artists. One of those artists is the musician and actor Ice-T, who credits his career and his life to the street scribe.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 2012
The Venezuelan film "Hermano" tells a familiar story of slum-born wishes and possible escape, but with a bristling visual energy. Director Marcel Rasquin's debut feature, which he wrote with Rohan Jones, introduces us to soccer-playing youths Julio (Eliu Armas) - tall, tough and captain of his barrio's team - and his more withdrawn younger sib Daniel (Fernando Moreno). Adopted as a wailing baby after being abandoned in a pile of garbage, Daniel's grown into a serious-minded 16-year-old field phenom.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2012 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
On an unseasonably warm day in May 1997, Isaac Guillen marched in a stream of graduates to collect a diploma marking a new stage in his life: Juris Doctor. Beneath his gown were tattoos of barbed wire, reminding him of his violent younger days and the years he spent in juvenile lockup. This was the first time many of his friends and family had set foot on a college campus. Surrounded by a pearls and cashmere crowd, they cheered loudly for the triumph of one of their own. On stage at the UCLA commencement, a graduate crooned a Beatles tune: I know I'll never lose affection For people and things that went before I know I'll often stop and think about them Guillen, then 36, had struggled to escape a difficult past.
TRAVEL
May 27, 2012
I enjoyed reading the adventurous eating in Delhi, India, by Peter Mandel ["Where Street Cred Helps," May 20]. I have just finished a 21/2-year contract there and wanted to add a few more words of advice. First, do not let anything scare you away from a visit to India. There will be inconveniences, poverty and dirt, but there will also be amazing colors, vibrant street life and, with luck, your own Mr. Gupta. For those who want to enjoy street food without much risk, I suggest going to Dilli Haut (a stop on the new metro)
SPORTS
April 28, 2012 | T.J. Simers
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - I begin by challenging Randy Foye and telling him if he hits his threes, the Clippers win. If he does not, the Grizzlies will triumph in the playoffs. I have never sounded so ridiculous, and that's a lot of history to overcome. Here I am pressing someone who was 3 when his father died in a motorcycle accident. Five when his mother, selling drugs on the streets of Newark, N.J., just vanished. He was parentless before first grade, the Crips and Bloods waiting for him to grow up, his brother shot 11 times, surviving and only recently getting released from prison.
TRAVEL
February 5, 2012
A vibrant street life, stunning visuals, food and drink that sweeten your lips. The world's most romantic places seem to share these traits. But there is something more: a sense of style and spirit, a pace that's almost musical. Here's a list of ethereal places — some expected, some not — that can easily capture your heart.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2012 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
On an unseasonably warm day in May 1997, Isaac Guillen marched in a stream of graduates to collect a diploma marking a new stage in his life: Juris Doctor. Beneath his gown were tattoos of barbed wire, reminding him of his violent younger days and the years he spent in juvenile lockup. This was the first time many of his friends and family had set foot on a college campus. Surrounded by a pearls and cashmere crowd, they cheered loudly for the triumph of one of their own. On stage at the UCLA commencement, a graduate crooned a Beatles tune: I know I'll never lose affection For people and things that went before I know I'll often stop and think about them Guillen, then 36, had struggled to escape a difficult past.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2008 | Kenneth Turan, MOVIE CRITIC
Who would believe that the best old-fashioned audience picture of the year, a Hollywood-style romantic melodrama that delivers major studio satisfactions in an ultra-modern way, was made on the streets of India with largely unknown stars by a British director who never makes the same movie twice? Go figure.
TRAVEL
February 5, 2012
Berlin: Put Berlin next to Paris and you have both sides of the coin: romance, which occasionally appeals, and eros, which never fails. "Berlin is sexy," said the German capital's openly gay Mayor Klaus Wowereit, and it's been that way since the iniquitous Weimar Republic of Marlene Dietrich and cabaret, when only verboten was a naughty word. Recent influxes of German hipsters and clued-in foreigners are (as the song says) "Falling in Love Again (Can't Help It)" with Berlin's outré art scene, drinking in all-night bars where mind-numbing absinthe is the poison of choice, and dressing in provocative Weimar styles for Bohème Sauvage, an on-going series of nightclub parties with dancing to hot jazz, backroom poker and floor shows featuring scantily clad performers of undetermined sex. Most romantic season: Winter, perversely Where to set the mood: Newton Bar, back-dropped by German photographer Helmut Newton's "Big Nudes" What to wear: Something that's fun to take off - Susan Spano Havana: You can fly across the ocean, but you won't get farther from American ways than the casas and cafes of Old Havana.
NATIONAL
December 30, 2011 | By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
Their time together was so brief. Michelle Mitchell was at a sober-living home here, trying to halt a two decade-cycle of crack cocaine and prostitution. Her daughter Miracle, a bundle of energy in pink Velcro sneakers, tornadoed through the kitchen. A curvy woman with a dusting of freckles, Mitchell bear-hugged the 5-year-old. Studying Miracle was like peering into a mirror: same brown eyes, mahogany skin, wide smile. A teasing nature that belied a childhood full of indignities.
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