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August 9, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
The Monkees were dealt a blow earlier this year when the band's lead singer, Davy Jones, died of a heart attack in February. Now its surviving members are moving forward and will reunite for a U.S. tour. The band -- Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz  and historically reclusive member Mike Nesmith -- have announced that they will hit the road for an Evening with the Monkees, a 12-date trek this fall. It will be the first shows the three have performed together in 15 years. The tour kicks off Nov. 8 in Escondido, Calif.
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SPORTS
April 6, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
The gallery surrounded co-leaders Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie on the first tee anticipating an 18-hole duel to win the Kraft Nabisco Championship. But the battle effectively was over after only nine holes. The 19-year-old Thompson stormed to a five-shot lead over Wie by the turn and finished three shots ahead Sunday to win her first LPGA major tournament and fourth LPGA Tour event. Thompson made a 10-foot birdie putt on the first hole at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage and never let up until she took the winner's traditional jump into Poppie's Pond next to the 18th green.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 22, 2011
EVENTS At the Japanese American National Museum's docent-led Little Tokyo Walking Tour, history buffs can explore the neighborhood's past and learn about its present. Museum admission is included. JANM, 369 E. 1st St., L.A. 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Sat. $14. (213) 625-0414. http://www.janm.org.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2014 | By Gale Holland
It was billed as a guided tour for downtown residents, church and business groups and elected officials to see skid row for themselves. As the group headed out on foot from L.A.'s Midnight Mission, it was confronted by demonstrators whistling, drumming and chanting: "You're not welcome here!" and "You're the problem!" That was in June 2011. A year later, Deborah Burton, a community organizer who was once homeless, was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery on two tour leaders.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 2010
The cheeky radio troupe Firesign Theatre revives its four-way yukfest (featuring stalwarts Phil Austin, Peter Bergman, David Ossman and Phil Proctor) for a West Coast tour of its new show, "I Think We're All Bozos on This Bus," including an L.A. stop at the Barnsdall Art Theater. 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Fri.-Sat. $40-$60. http://www.firesigntheater.com.
OPINION
January 19, 2014
Re “Russell Johnson, 1924-2014: The professor, voice of knowledge on 'Gilligan,'” Obituary, Jan. 17 Russell Johnson, also known as the professor on TV's “Gilligan's Island,” sadly has passed away. And even though the show has been over for decades, each time one of the original stranded seven passes on to that little island in the sky, it brings back such memories. Bill Spitalnick Newport Beach More letters to the editor ...
TRAVEL
April 25, 2010 | From The Los Angeles Times
Just took a great day tour in Glasgow, Scotland, with the About Scotland tour company. The wonderful driver, Ian, took five of us in a Mercedes minivan and will customize a day or multi-day tour for you. About Scotland Walking & Tours, Glasgow, Scotland, 011-44-808-225-0-224, http://www.aboutscotland.net About $45 per person. -- Joyce MacConnell, Lancaster
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2013 | By Wesley Lowery, Los Angeles Times
The crowd at New York's legendary Comedy Cellar is always primed for high-profile drop-ins like Louis C.K. and Jerry Seinfeld. But this was different. Dave Chappelle was in New York - and on stage. Chappelle, one of the country's most sought-after yet reclusive comedians after walking away in 2005 from his still-influential Comedy Central show, spent three recent nights onstage at the Cellar, sometimes joined by friends, including Chris Rock, Kevin Hart, Marlon Wayans and Paul Mooney.
TRAVEL
July 4, 2010 | From The Los Angeles Times
If you want to see Napa in a new light, take an "edutainment" walking tour and discover the historic buildings, the river and a brew pub. History can be entertaining, at least the way George Webber tells it. It's a fun two hours for the entire family. Napa Walking Tours, (707) 694-5097, http://www.napawalkingtour.com; tours at 10 a.m. daily; $20 per person, 16 and younger free. Debra Renick, Ventura
TRAVEL
April 11, 2010 | By Jen Leo
What's hot: Get video tours of the hostel's living room, computer hub, bunk beds, kitchen and more before you decide which hostel is right for you. The videos help the properties come to life — as opposed to seeing only property photos. Some videos also offer local tips and attractions. Keep your eye out for the Wi-Fi logo if that's important to you. What's not: You have to leave the website to book the hostel after you fall in love with the property on the video. But that does give you the opportunity to book it on a website that you may already know, such as Hostels.
FOOD
April 5, 2014 | Rick Rojas
In an industrial corridor outside Palm Springs, silent and still after most everyone had fled with the sunset, Grant Calkins and his wife, Janna, crept into a warehouse. They peered around, wondering if they were in the right place. Grant had stumbled upon the website of an underground supper club, and, intrigued by photos of the group's previous gatherings, the couple paid nearly $100 each for seats at PS Underground's event. They had no inkling as to what or where they would be fed. They had received only a one-word clue: craft.
HOME & GARDEN
April 1, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
Spring is the season for garden tours, and Southern California has an abundance of them. Here is a selection of 2014 spring tours to mark on your calendar. Be sure to check organizers' websites for more information and updates because some events sell out. Most are rain-or-shine. April 5-6: More than 40 gardens in the Los Angeles region are featured in the annual self-guided tour organized by the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Members $15, nonmembers $20. (818)
TRAVEL
March 29, 2014
Harvinder Singh is a friendly, kind, protective and generally delightful man who will drive you anywhere and also treat you to special places and experiences in Delhi, India. Harvinder Singh, Harvinder Tours & Travels; 011-9199-1089-9032 (24-hour help line), 011-9192-1309-6061. Alexandra Harrison Cambridge, Mass.
SPORTS
March 24, 2014 | By James Barragan
Michael Whan remembers the first question he was asked by the media after taking over as LPGA commissioner in January 2010: What was he going to do about the overwhelming international influence on the tour? "I want to pour more gas on the fire," he replied. At the time, this was not well-received. The LPGA was reeling from the economic downturn and the tour was struggling to find sponsors, and had shrunk its schedule from 37 events in 2008 to 28 in 2009. On top of that, American players were overshadowed by rising international stars on a tour that played the majority of its events in the U.S. But where others saw trouble, Whan saw an opportunity to spread the game across borders to attract new sponsors.
SPORTS
March 23, 2014 | By Brian Schmitz
ORLANDO, Fla. - Matt Every's comeback was now as complete as Adam Scott's collapse. Winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday after being down as many as nine shots to Scott during the tournament was only part of his rally. Every had been down even further than that: The PGA Tour took away his playing privileges and, effectively, his livelihood with a 2010 suspension. No wonder he at last dropped his stoic shield and choked back tears. Every lightly pounded his fist on a table at his news conference, shaking his head, finally a tour winner.
SPORTS
March 19, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Let there be no doubt. Jeanie Buss is the Lakers' most powerful executive. "Ultimately the buck stops with me," she said in an interview with Time Warner Cable SportsNet. "I'm president and governor of the team and I have empowered the basketball operations, the front office, to put together a basketball team, working within the confines of the collective-bargaining agreement. " She indicated why the Lakers gave Kobe Bryant a two-year, $48.5-million contract extension last November before he returned from a torn Achilles' tendon.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2012
'Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour' Where: Staples Center, 1111 South Figueroa St., L.A. When: 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; new shows added Aug. 14-15 Price: $50 to $175 Info: (213) 742-7326; staplescenter.com
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2010
Friends of Ballona Wetlands docents will host a Spring Open House at the state-owned reserve. Tour at 10 a.m. Sat. Ballona Wetlands, Jefferson at Lincoln boulevards, Playa del Rey. Open house at 1 p.m. Sat. at access point near 303 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey. Free; reservations requested. (310) 306-5994.
SPORTS
March 17, 2014 | By David Wharton
In a sport that isn't lightning fast to begin with, Kevin Na has earned a reputation as one of the slowest players on the PGA Tour. His glacial pace at the Valspar Championship over the weekend has revived calls for golf to institute a basketball-like shot clock. Don't look for Na -- who was cited for pace of play during the third round -- to support a change.  "I got criticized but I really don't think it's fair," he said after the tournament. "I was just playing my game.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
The Backstreet Boys, the boy band that's avoided a spiral into obscurity, have extended their “In a World Like This” tour because of “overwhelming demand.” The tour marks the 20th anniversary of the boy band that, along with other spiky-hair, baby-faced, harmonizing rivals 'N Sync and 98 Degrees, dominated the pop charts and the hearts of young girls worldwide. Those fans are now old enough to have their own little tykes to drag to the show. The tour is the band's first as a quintet in more than seven years after Kevin Richardson returned to the group in 2012.
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