May 31, 2012 |
Out of nowhere, more and more of Los Angeles is suddenly paying attention to hockey. That's what happens when the Kings can boast a 1-0 lead over the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup Final. The bandwagoners join the niche fan base and then act as if they've been on board every step of the way. But there's one prominent sports athlete who'd rather take a pass on the Stanley Cup Finals. Kobe Bryant. He's selling two of his tickets to Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on June 6, with the proceeds benefiting the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation's Youth Homelessness Initiative.
June 28, 2013 |
The curtain has come down on one of the best theater-going deals anywhere: lifetime subscriptions to the Pasadena Playhouse that were offered briefly in 1994 for a one-time, $5,000 donation. The playhouse recently finished informing nearly 200 households that had held the subscriptions -- worth up to $1,256 a year at current prices -- that they wouldn't be for life after all, but for 19 years. Its Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2010 relieved the nonprofit theater company of having to continue honoring the lifetime subscriptions, which were classified as debts canceled in the bankruptcy.
November 27, 2012 |
Fueled by a frenzy of ticket-buying, the jackpot in Wednesday's Powerball lottery has been increased to $500 million. News of the increased pot, posted on the lottery's website, is likely to set up even more buying as players head to the drawing at 10:59 (Eastern) on Wednesday. Traditionally, ticket-buying volume increases as the drawing approaches, with as much as 60% of all sales coming on the last day in a final mad rush. Before the increase, the jackpot stood at $425 million, not exactly chump change.
December 16, 2012 |
Over the last four years, airlines have been charging for extras that were previously included in the price of a plane ticket, such as checked bags, food, drinks and pillows. The trend might be reversing, with airlines starting to bundle those extras back together again. American Airlines announced last week that passengers who search for flights on the AA.com website will get several choices, ranging from a basic fare to a package that includes a ticket plus a checked bag, early boarding, an onboard drink and the option to change flights without paying a penalty.
February 24, 2014 |
If you're an American chasing tickets for the World Cup beginning June 12, your time is running short, and you have to go through Brasilia and FIFA, not necessarily in that order. Brasilia is the Brazilian capital, where the government oversees handling of visa applications. In fact, Brazil has set up a separate visa category for World Cup visitors, presumably simplifying red tape that has sometimes complicated travel between the U.S. and Brazil. But to get one of those visas, you must first show that you have tickets to one of the competition's 64 matches in 12 cities.
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June 29, 2010 |
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has argued for weeks that his acceptance of free tickets to concerts, awards shows and athletic events is not subject to state gift disclosure law because his attendance is part of his official duties. Yet beyond the thorny legal issues, Villaraigosa faces a political question: Can he drive a hard bargain with entities that do millions of dollars in business with the city if they are also giving him access to pricey entertainment? Villaraigosa has been spotted in a box behind home plate singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" with Frank McCourt, owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, at one of 15 games he says he attended free of charge since 2005.
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August 6, 2013 |
It turns out Elmo is more popular than Pitbull among staffers at the state Capitol. Companies that lobby state government have filed reports listing the gifts they gave state workers during the three months ending June 30 and, as usual, AT&T, is one of the biggest givers. Legislative staffers accepted 13 free tickets from AT&T to a concert by rapper Pitbull at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. The tickets were worth nearly $2,000 But there was one show that was more popular.
November 26, 2012 |
They call La Tienda the home of the "Utah Lottery," but the convenience store is in Idaho, in the border town of Franklin. And as Powerball's jackpot swells to a record $425 million, Utah residents hoping to strike it rich are fleeing their state's lottery ban for this ticket-selling store in droves. "This weekend we had four registers running, and they were going 15 or 20 [people] deep," said La Tienda owner K.C. Spackman, who guesses that 90% of his customers are from Utah and who sold a winning $1-million ticket to a Utah mother and daughter last year.
September 17, 2013 |
This post has been updated. See note below for details. The first opportunity to buy tickets for three Eagles shows that will open the reinvigorated Forum in Inglewood in January begins Friday before they go on general sale on Sept. 28. Those who register online by Thursday for a “fan invitation” program will be eligible for an e-mail offer to buy tickets starting Friday. Instructions state that “select fans will receive invitations by email to purchase tickets.” Those who buy tickets through the random selection process also will receive a commemorative poster from the shows.
April 15, 2013 |
Trois Mec, the new restaurant from chefs Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, opens Thursday in the space that was Raffallo's Pizza & Italian Foods (the sign's still there) in a strip mall on Melrose Avenue. And to get reservations? You'll have to buy nonrefundable tickets upfront online. People buy tickets for basketball games, movies and concerts. And "people buy a lot of things online before they get them," points out Lefebvre. So would you buy tickets for dinner? Here are a few of the dozens of comments from readers who responded to Sunday's L.A. Times story: Good idea.