August 23, 2012 |
Director Matt McKenzie fails to master the sprawl in “Sweet Thursday,” a world premiere adaptation of John Steinbeck's 1954 novel, now at Pacific Resident Theatre. A sequel to Steinbeck's “Cannery Row,” “Thursday” centers, once again, on marine biologist Doc, introduced in the previous novel. Just back from World War II, Doc seems to have lost his spark, prompting his old friends -- namely, the hookers and indigents of the Row -- to try and fix Doc up with Suzy (Lela Loren)
May 2, 2007
Itook a great interest in your story on Armenian cookies ["Chasing a Sweet Secret," April 18]. My wife, non-Armenian, learned how to make tahinov hats just last week from an infamous chef -- my mother. Boy, was it delightful. GARO MANSOURIAN Pasadena
November 29, 2009
Survey a group of beauty-conscious Americans and many would undoubtedly agree that a Paris Hilton fragrance is for teenagers or twentysomethings and the sophisticated strength of Chanel No. 5 is for your grandmother. Certain scents typically have certain age associations. But ultimately, what makes a scent "young" or "old" is subjective. While most perfumers agree that simple and sweet, fruity florals are the scent of preference for women and girls who are likely to have seen "New Moon," and that big, powdery, floral bouquets are most often worn by older women, that perception is largely dependent on one's personal interaction with the fragrance.
May 25, 2003
I would recommend to Susan Spano ("A Good Cause Fits the Bill, or Coin," Her World, April 23) that she consider converting her extra foreign currency into chocolate. It is a universal product, easily disposed of, and you avoid paying conversion commissions. Floyd Zula Fullerton Send letters to Travel, L.A. Times, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012; fax (213) 237-7355, e-mail travel@ latimes.com. Include your name, address and phone number.
September 26, 2009 |
The folks behind "Family Guy" have been saying some of the most alarming things. Like "sweet and funny" and "sense of family." They are using these words to describe "The Cleveland Show," a "Family Guy" spinoff that premieres Sunday night. Coming from Seth MacFarlane's crew, such descriptions are like tiny time bombs disguised as rubber ducks, or festively wrapped birthday gifts filled with fake vomit and itching powder. Because while executive producer Rich Appel may be sincere when he says "The Cleveland Show" is "kinder and gentler" than its predecessor, he is working from the same warped palette that gave us Stewie, the erudite and profane baby who most recently beat his dog to a bloody pulp for laughs on the Emmy broadcast last Sunday.
April 19, 2010 |
To every generation are born multiple sitcoms in which single people sit around talking about love and sex and other things they are not getting enough of or are getting a lot of but of the wrong kind. "Romantically Challenged," which premieres Monday on ABC, is one of these. It stars Alyssa Milano as a person. Who has friends. (Three friends, exactly.) Her character's premise is that she is single after a very long marriage and has begun to wade really for the first time in the dating pool.