October 10, 2013 |
Although no one knows if former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping did say "To get rich is glorious," that sentiment has certainly taken hold in China. But what happens to a society when an unregulated drive for personal wealth upends traditional norms? What happens to the less fortunate when people who have money come to believe that nothing else matters? "A Touch of Sin," the powerful if uneven new film by highly regarded Chinese director Jia Zhangke, is a corrosive depiction of the New China, an everything-for-sale society still figuring out how to cope with the dehumanizing effects of unbridled capitalism.
October 16, 2009 |
Night-life entrepreneurs routinely fixate on the details of their new clubs -- the lighting, the furniture, the vibe. But for the team behind new West Hollywood nightspot Voyeur, the details became something of an obsession. Take, for example, the uniforms worn by the club's cocktail waitresses. "We thought it would be cool to have them all dressed like Natalie Portman from the movie 'Closer,' " said David Koral, a partner behind Voyeur. Dressed, meaning mostly undressed. Not that bare skin would be anything new at the Voyeur space, 7969 Santa Monica Blvd.
November 6, 2009 |
Wednesday night at the Hollywood Palladium, in the first of three concerts there, the Pixies kicked off a U.S. tour commemorating the 20th anniversary of their 1989 college-rock classic "Doolittle." So what did the band open with? A string of obscure B-sides that even bassist Kim Deal admitted she had trouble remembering. Proudly noisy and unapologetically arty, the Pixies kept mainstream success at arm's length during their original run, which ended acrimoniously in 1993 after a stint opening arena shows for U2. Yet thanks in part to postmortem praise from the likes of Kurt Cobain (who famously called "Smells Like Teen Spirit" his attempt to replicate the Pixies' sound)
November 7, 2004
June 11, 2012 |
The phrase of the day in the 2012 presidential campaign: “Out of touch.” The slogan was liberally sprinkled Monday in competing conference calls by the campaigns of President Obama and Mitt Romney, in the latest round of sniping over controversial comments made last week by both men. Let's start with the presumptive GOP nominee, whose campaign held a call titled “President Obama Is Shockingly Out of Touch With the Middle Class.” ...
April 16, 2014 |
You may have seen your share of makeovers, but nothing like the one Sheila Callaghan inflicts on her heroine in “Everything You Touch,” her lushly written dark comedy world-premiering at Boston Court Performing Arts Center. Three glamorous models descend on Jess (Kirsten Vangsness), shrieking like birds of prey, while Victor, a histrionic fashion designer (Tyler Pierce), shouts insults at her. She staggers out of the fracas in a leopard-print swing coat. CRITICS' PICKS: What to watch, where to go, what to eat This scene laid bare the savagery at the heart of every makeover, and it would have won me over - if Jessica Kubzansky's bold, lucid staging of Callaghan's theatrical vision hadn't already done so. Although at moments the script feels as if it's still evolving, the stunning production values highlight its best features (a bit like a makeover, come to think of it)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1988
For years I've lived in Newport and tried to be calm, rational--even nice--despite my bias toward preserving the residential neighborhoods and enhancing the environment. Now I'm going to blow it all in one letter because I'm seeing red over the way the collective wisdom at City Hall is seeing fit to treat the "Touch of Green" Committee. The "Touch of Green" Committee was recently formed by residents of Newport Heights because they were seeing red over the way City Hall was treating Mariners Mile and their neighborhood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1992
The Times has done it again. In a survey of people who have lost their jobs ("O.C. Coping with Effects of Recession," Dec. 29), the greatest number of column inches (and cover picture) are devoted to a couple where the wife still has a well-paying job, the husband is still collecting a $100,000 salary for another six months after being laid off, and the children are still in private school. They are, however, unable to go to the Indy 500 next year, nor can they move into one of the $2-million homes he helped build.