September 12, 2013 |
This year's fall pop music season offers your average 21st century bounty, one with so many colors, textures, varieties, personalities and avenues for consumption that it's pretty easy to frame an argument depending on mood or agenda. Those observing gender and the pop marketplace, for example, can note that the season is heavy with commercially powerful female vocalists: New albums from Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Cher, Kelly Clarkson and future superstar Ariana Grande look to rule the charts through the holidays.
April 10, 2013 |
How do you make a dish look appealing? It's one of the more frequent questions we hear in the Food section. Readers want to know what we do to make food look appetizing in a photo. While photographing naturally beautiful food really helps, there are a number of ways to manipulate both the dish and the viewer's eye. It really depends on the food itself and what we are trying to convey. Often, we play up the texture of a dish. The slow drip of a creamy glaze, the rich crumble of shortbread or condensation beading on a cold drink can all help sell the shot.
March 30, 2013 |
2012 Reichsrat von Buhl Pinot Noir Rosé On the East Coast, it's still snow and slush. But here, spring has sprung right on time. Cherry and plum trees are covered in blooms. Time for rosé. And here's a terrific one from Germany to usher in the season. Von Buhl winery in Pfalz produces this lovely Pinot Noir rosé. Pale salmon pink, it is crisp and dry, with soft, beautiful fruit and a silken texture. Have a glass before dinner, or with a light first course of marinated vegetables, a salad, or poached salmon.
December 27, 2012 |
The surfaces of Adam Silverman's new clay pots at Edward Cella feel generated by organic forces over time. Some are crusty and cratered, like hardened lava. Some bear the deep cracks of parched earth. Others look sheathed in creeping lichen. The vessels are relatively conventional in shape (spheres and extrapolations on the gourd), but after layered glazes and multiple firings, they're striking and inventive when it comes to texture and color. Silverman, who trained and previously worked as an architect, describes what he does as "creating an object or skin that holds space.
July 22, 2012 |
Gold Chris Cleave Simon & Schuster: 336 pp., $27 There are undoubtedly fans of Chris Cleave who will pick up his new novel, "Gold," and enjoy it as much as they did his blockbuster bestseller, "Little Bee. " There is the possibility, however, that some will find it as much of a slow-moving soap opera as I did. Which is too bad, really, for a book about two Olympic cyclists. The two women, Zoe and Kathy, are friends and rivals (heavy on the rivals). Their lives are knit together onward from the age of 19, when they first face off competitively and are taken on by the same coach, Tom. The two women have markedly different personalities.
June 27, 2012 |
The notion that our unending recession is the worst since the Great Depression is now an accepted media sound bite. Yet to go by depictions in film, theater and television, the down-and-out 1970s makes our hard times look like easy street. In the muscular South Coast Repertory production of August Wilson's "Jitney," which opened Sunday in a second engagement at Pasadena Playhouse, the era that taught us the meaning of "stagflation" becomes a central character, not unlike the way it did in those classic Norman Lear sitcoms of the period.