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January 2, 2010
There's a new pecking order in birdhouse and bird feeder design. As Debra Prinzing reports, modern lines and new materials are giving winged visitors some striking new perches in the backyard.
April 24, 2014 | By Robert Abele
A resourcefully stylish indie sci-fi entry from Britain, "The Machine" drapes sleek visuals over an artificial intelligence tale set in a top-secret British government facility where robots are being developed to fight a cold war with China. Empathic computer genius Vincent (Toby Stephens) has more on his mind, however, than creating a weapon-strength, self-aware being for his military boss (Denis Lawson). Vincent imagines a revolutionary future in which the brain-damaged (be they wounded soldiers or his medically afflicted daughter)
June 1, 2008 | Melissa Magsaysay
Now THAT you can wear a short-sleeve, button-front shirt without looking like the office nerd, it's a matter of sorting through the racks for the right one -- almost every brand is making stylish versions this summer. Button one on with jeans, shorts or even trousers. Pocket protector not required.
January 13, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Editor
There was a lot of va-va-voom red, metallic beige and anything-but-basic black on the red carpet at the Golden Globes on Sunday night. And sure, Lupita Nyong'o's dramatic Ralph Lauren red silk cape gown, Cate Blanchett's luxe black lace Armani and Naomi Watts' white gold Tom Ford column looked perfect. But what kind of fun is that? Luckily, there were also plenty of fashion wild cards to heat up the night. It looked like a ruffle was wearing Paula Patton. But no, it wasn't a dryer sheet - it was a dress by under-the-radar French fashion designer Stéphane Rolland.
April 27, 1986
If Lillian Seymour finds that Christopher Nance "grates on her nerves," all she has to do is turn the dial. It took me only about a week to fall in love with this refreshing, enthusiastic, stylish and very attractive young man. Jo Bennett, Long Beach
July 27, 2008
I am 64 and suffered, along with my mother, trying to "fit in" to the images conveyed by the magazines during the "stylish" 1950s. ("A back-to-school break: Cheap is in," Your Money, July 20.) The freedom of today's teenagers to express themselves through what they wear is truly a gift. I was surprised you did not include thrift stores in your listing of sources for independent dressing. I can't tell you how delighted I am to be perusing the jeans rack at my local Goodwill, find myself standing next to someone young enough to be my grandchild and be able to ask, "Do you think this is stylish?"
August 23, 1992
A fashion story without a photograph of any sort ("The Big Picture," by Idelle Davison, July 26)? Surely someone could have managed to find one photo of the large-size women's fashions described. Although Karen Barbour's illustration may appeal to those who cannot bear to look at real, well-nourished human beings, the lack of any photograph is a slap in the face to women of all sizes. The obvious implication is that only stick figures are acceptable to the public gaze. The concept of a stylish and beautiful large woman is equated with the imaginary world of the Brothers Grimm.
September 3, 1995
Mary McNamara comes down hard on the resurgence of '60s mod outfits on runways, and my question is "Why?" ("Mod in America," by Mary McNamara, Style, July 30). How could anyone be against the coolest look of the century? Why must it die just because the '60s are over? What's wrong with girls and guys dressing in wildly colored, tight-fitting outfits that really make them look great? The best thing--fashion-wise--that could be done for the world, would be to bring back that stylish '60s look and get rid of the true bad joke of the '90s--the sloppy, baggy-pants-falling-down, oversized-clothes look--once and for all. Susan Ackerman San Pedro
March 6, 2008 | KEVIN CRUST
Beyond the American Film Institute and the Los Angeles and Palm Springs film festivals, which offer diverse global lineups, lies a virtually year-round schedule of events with narrower geographical focuses that highlight national and regional cinemas. These festivals and series serve not only as surveys of contemporary world cinema but also as windows into cultures and lifestyles. Joining their ranks this year is the first Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival, Friday through Sunday at the Landmark.
May 5, 1989 | DAVID LEWINSON
The difference between art and style can be difficult to discern these days. It's not so much that style has become arty--style has always had its arty aspects--but that art has become stylish: in its visual appearance, its standing in popular culture, and its relationship to money. In the old days, from the mid-1970s back to Impressionism, new art wasn't welcomed beyond its small circle of creators and friends. It attracted no groupies and didn't sell well. Artists pretty much expected this.
December 6, 2013 | By Christopher Reynolds
The Line hotel, a fashion-forward new hotel at 3515 Wilshire Blvd. in Koreatown, will kick off a “soft opening” on Jan. 1 with rates of $168 nightly. Before you rush to book -- and from the looks of the hotel's website , it is tempting to rush -- bear in mind that the place isn't finished. In January, while those discounts are offered, the hotel's two restaurants-to-be, nightclub and pool won't be open. In fact, there may be some construction on site. (The hotel's opening has been delayed a few times.)
September 25, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey
It was both eerie and gripping to watch the smart new true-crime drama "Blue Caprice" just days after the shooting rampage at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. Loosely based on the 2002 Beltway shootings - 13 killed or injured by sniper fire - director Alexandre Moors' stylish first feature unfolds like a procedural. Yellow crime tape and draped bodies to start, then a shift to dissect the criminal minds, rather than the crime. An alliance between 17-year-old Lee Boyd Malvo and angry ex-soldier John Allen Muhammad proved deadly.
August 14, 2013 | By Jessica Garrison
The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to create an "urban village" of shops, town homes and a park and gardens to replace Jordan Downs, the notorious Watts housing project. The unanimous vote gave final approval to a series of land use and planning laws years in the making. The move clears the way for an up to $1-billion transformation of one of the city's most poverty-stricken and violent areas. The idea is to turn the often-dangerous housing development of 700 derelict units into a mixed-income community of up to 1,800 stylish new apartments, along with chain stores and new streetscapes - all designed to attract higher-income people to move into the area and live alongside some of the city's poorest.
May 19, 2013 | By Ingrid Schmidt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Tracy Anderson Given all the buzz last month around the opening of fitness guru Tracy Anderson's flagship super-studio in Brentwood - a partnership with Gwyneth Paltrow, who is Exhibit A for Anderson's handiwork - it comes as no surprise that the celebrity trainer is extending her lifestyle brand into fashion. Just weeks ago, the Tracy Anderson line debuted with compression-fit capri leggings ($60) in three eye-catching fabrics: red tartan plaid, oversize multi-color polka dot and glittery metallic.
April 6, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Here's how I am afraid "Mad Men" will end next year: With Jon Hamm's Don Draper in a white suit, heading to Studio 54. Here's how I hope it will end: The whole series is revealed to be a story told by Roger Sterling (John Slattery) in a Ventura County sweat lodge. It may seem morbid to contemplate the demise of a show that has so inarguably changed the nature of television for the better. Just when we seemed doomed to death by reality programming, AMC's "Mad Men" proved that smart, stylish television could drive the cultural conversation as effectively as any Kardashian.
March 5, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Ikea is heading deeper into the hospitality industry, partnering with Marriott International Inc. to open 150 budget hotels in Europe over the next decade. Ikea's Inter Hospitality Holding, part of the Swedish furniture giant's property division, and Marriott plan to launch the first Moxy Hotel in Milan early next year. The hope is to have 50 sites in development within five years, owned initially by Inter and operated by franchisees. With 150 to 300 rooms each, the hotels are expected to open in major cities in Germany, Britain, Italy, Denmark and more and will fall into the economy-tier, three-star hospitality segment, the companies said.
July 31, 2009 | Charles McNulty; Charlotte Stoudt; David C. Nichols
In "The Pain and the Itch," now at Boston Court, playwright Bruce Norris takes a baleful look at an upscale white family afflicted with spiritual and ethical scabies. Every time you think these cringe-inducing characters can't descend any lower, they discover a new mucky bottom. All credit, then, to this co-production between the Theatre @ Boston Court and Furious Theatre Company, directed by Damaso Rodriguez, for not slipping into monstrous caricature. Even when we're laughing derisively, we can't help recognizing patterns in hypocrisy, denial, narcissism and greed.
July 22, 1990 | JOHN JOHNSON and RONALD L. SOBLE, John Johnson and Ronald L. Soble, Times staff writers, are working on a book about the Menendez case for New American Library.
ON A MILD SUNDAY last summer, a string of "popping sounds" drifted through the lazy night air of Beverly Hills around 10 o'clock. "I didn't think anything of it," said Tom Zlotow, a neighbor who soon learned that the noises he'd heard from the house right behind his were echoes of the most sensational crime in the history of Beverly Hills. "I didn't even think it could be gunfire, especially around here."
March 2, 2013 | Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
Hinoki is a fragrant cypress most Japanese associate with extremely expensive bathtubs, popular with the wealthy because the wood is used to build the soaking tubs at onsen , Japanese hot springs. Hinoki wood is also used to build the counters of the most prestigious sushi bars; long, smooth planks that are sanded every day and given weekly baths of milk. Hinoki & the Bird, on the other hand, is the new Century City restaurant from David Myers, who became well-known as the auteur behind restaurant Sona until it closed in 2010 and who runs the Melrose Avenue brasserie Comme Ça and the South Coast Plaza pizzeria Ortica.
January 20, 2013 | By Chris Pasles, Special to the Los Angeles Times
This review has been updated. The sound of two women singing in close harmony can give a special feeling of pleasure and even exhilaration. It is a sound not restricted to French art song, but the French especially cultivated it during the belle époque era, 1880 to World War I. This was the era lovingly mined by soprano Renée Fleming and mezzo-soprano Susan Graham in a joint recital Saturday at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The quintessential example would be the "Duo des fleurs" from Delibes' "Lakmé," appropriated as an ad by British Airways for its sense of classy uplift.
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