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December 16, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
A fire in Monterey County has burned more than 300 acres of dense, dry vegetation, prompting some evacuations in the Big Sur area, officials said. Dubbed the Pfeiffer fire, the blaze started late Sunday near the intersection of Pfeiffer Ridge Road and Highway 1, said Andrew Madsen, a spokesman for the Los Padres National Forest. At least 50 people have been evacuated from the area, he said. Air tankers, four helicopters and a strike team of engines from the Angeles National Forest were assisting crews on the ground, who are working to put containment lines in place, Madsen said.
December 16, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
More than 400 firefighters battling a wildfire raging out of control in the Big Sur area were hoping to take advantage of a lull in winds and cooler temperatures to contain the the 500-acre blaze, officials said Monday night. The Pfieffer fire burned across dry vegetation as it destroyed at least 15 homes and forced about 100 people to flee flames in the Los Padres National Forest near state Highway 1, officials said.  One of the homes destroyed belonged to Big Sur Fire Chief Martha Karstens.  But fire crews were optimistic as night fell, officials said.
December 16, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
A Monterey County wildfire grew to more than 500 acres Monday as about 300 firefighters battled the Big Sur area blaze, officials said. The Pfeiffer fire started late Sunday near the intersection of Pfeiffer Ridge Road and Highway 1, said Andrew Madsen, a spokesman for the Los Padres National Forest. Residents living on Pfeiffer Ridge Road have been evacuated, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Twelve homes have been destroyed, including one belonging to the Big Sur fire chief, KSBW reported . No injuries have been reported.
December 4, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Like mushrooms and weird greens? Have a place to stay in Big Sur the weekend of Jan. 17-19? Or at the very least a pup tent? Then you're a natural to attend the 2014 Big Sur Foragers Festival at that gorgeous and rugged spot. A fundraiser for the Big Sur Health Center, the festival has local restaurants preparing special menus throughout the weekend based on foraged products. A barbecue titled Firestone and Fungus at Big Sur Roadhouse is scheduled for Friday night come rain or shine - and that one, including brisket and long-cooked foraged greens, roasted mushrooms and more along with a Firestone brew, is $50 a person.
November 9, 2013 | By Vincent Boucher
Not long after James and Gwendolyn Jurney opened their men's store, Seize sur Vingt, in downtown Manhattan 15 years ago, a town car pulled up and, as they tell the story, a "nice man came in and started getting stuff. " Only when he was settling up did they realize he was a Hollywood titan. Now Jeffrey Katzenberg, a client ever since, doesn't have to go to New York to replenish his wardrobe with the store's signature slimly cut custom-tailored suits and shirts. In fact, he was the very first customer to be fitted at their new West Hollywood outpost on a quiet stretch of Melrose before they officially opened last month in suitably industry-related style with a party sponsored by the nascent Esquire Network.
November 8, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
Surely, it's too early in the season to call this desperation time for the Clippers and Houston Rockets, but both teams probably feel some tension now. That could lead to an all-out effort by both teams in an early-season November game when they play each other Saturday night at the Toyota Center. The Clippers have lost the first two games on this three-game trip, leaving them nothing more than an average team at 3-3. The Rockets just lost to the undermanned, expected-to-go-nowhere Lakers on Thursday night, leaving Houston with a 4-2 record and probably not in a very good mood.
October 31, 2013 | By Robert Abele
Writer-director Michael Polish's adaptation of Jack Kerouac's autobiographical novel "Big Sur" - chronicling the "On the Road" author's addiction-fueled post-fame crack-up - is a somber peculiarity among the recent glut of Beat-centric movies. Although no less fawning and indulgent about its self-centered subject, played by Jean-Marc Barr (who also narrates, run-on style), the muted emptiness of the ill-fated sojourn wills its way toward something like existential meaningfulness.
October 22, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
The first California condor cam took flight in Big Sur Monday, allowing the public and scientists a glimpse of the endangered bird in the wild. The solar-powered webcam , installed by the Oakland Zoo and Ventana Wildlife Society,  is the first to monitor the largest North American land bird in the wild and will aid preservation efforts, according to the society. But viewers beware. Listed below the live stream is a message for visitors: "Viewer discretion advised.
September 20, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Beats are all over the movies lately -- there was "On the Road" late last year, October will bring "Kill Your Darlings," and then comes "Big Sur," which is set to open in November. The official "Big Sur" trailer is above. The movie is based on "Big Sur," the 1962 novel by Jack Kerouac. In it, Kerouac's alter ego, Jack Duluoz, retreats to a rustic cabin on the coast of Northern California in an effort to get a grip on a life that's spun out of control -- the freedom of "On the Road" has been dampened by fame, alcohol and the pressures of adulthood.
July 10, 2013 | By Chris Barton
Is there an artist as well-suited to record an album inspired by Big Sur as Bill Frisell? Having spent much of his long career working a fertile seam in the jazz world that shares ground with Americana and folk, Frisell and his often twang-dusted tone seems tailor-made for sweeping vistas and pastoral wonders. Stemming from a 2012 commission by the Monterey Jazz Festival, “Big Sur” is the result of Frisell holing himself up in a cabin at the 860-acre Glen Deven Ranch and writing music for wherever this natural muse took him. Recorded with a blend of the guitarist's most recent projects in the string-laden 858 Quartet and drummer for his Beautiful Dreamers trio Rudy Royston, the resulting 19-track suite approaches a lush, near-orchestral sweep on the strength of violist Eyvind Kang, cellist Hank Roberts and Jenny Scheinman on violin.
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