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February 14, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
The routes American railroads follow were laid out almost exclusively in the 19th and 20th centuries, when trains were symbols of modernity and industrial power. And today, riding a train - especially in the United States - can feel like stepping into a time machine. Tom Zoellner enters this time machine again and again in his highly entertaining, lucid and perceptive travelogue "Train: Riding the Rails That Created the Modern World - From the Trans-Siberian to the Southwest Chief.
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SPORTS
February 12, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Ben Hogan won at Riviera Country Club. So did Byron Nelson and Sam Snead too, all before the Dodgers or Lakers ever showed up here. This is the week when Los Angeles shares its cherished course with the PGA Tour, and all that history and tradition generally matters little to the traveling circus. On Sunday, the golfers will pack their bags and head to the Arizona desert, another tournament in the books, another weekend of work done. It isn't like that for John Merrick. He grew up in Long Beach, went to UCLA, then moved back to Long Beach.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Having recently completed a first-ever tour of South Africa along with dates in Australia and New Zealand, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band have come home. The group will get back out on the road in the U.S. with a run of shows in the South, Midwest and Northeast beginning April 8 in Cincinnati. The band's 15 shows will take it through 10 states, including a May 3 stop at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Other tour stops include Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Florida and Connecticut.
NEWS
February 9, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
This month Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa , a Relais & Châteaux property in Rancho Santa Fe, has launched an ambitious tequila program called the All Agave Project . To prepare for the launch, manager Chris Simmons trained at the Mexican Academy of Tequila Tasters in Guadalajara under maestro tequilero Francisco Hajnal. Simmons' role is to curate the 150-label collection of tequila and agave-based spirits (which include mezcal, bacanora and sotol) at the resort's Pony Bar. Right now shots start at $9 and go up to $276 for a rare Tequila Clase Azul Añejo . Alongside each shot of silver or blanco tequila, Simmons serves two different types of house sangrita, or "little blood," a traditional accompaniment.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 9, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
George Strait presents himself in his music as a man of his word, a paragon of constancy in a world besieged by change. Yet from the moment he appeared onstage Saturday night at Staples Center, the veteran country star seemed to be looking for a way out of a commitment he'd made. The show was the local stop on Strait's Cowboy Rides Away tour, billed as the final trek in a hugely successful career that's stretched across four decades and produced 60 No. 1 singles on a variety of charts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Gay rights activists have planned a protest Friday afternoon in downtown as the U.S. Olympic Committee brings the Road to Sochi Tour to Los Angeles. The group organizing the event, GetEQUAL , said in a news release that the demonstration will be peaceful but "will mince no words about the oppressive and dangerous anti-gay laws that have recently been passed in Russia. " The group also faults the International Olympic Committee for "deciding to move forward ... despite this law's clear violation of Olympic principles.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2014 | By David Ng
Ready for another celebrity art show? This one comes with a New Wave rock twist and some distinctive eyewear. Mark Mothersbaugh -- the polymath musician and artist, best known for the band Devo -- will be the subject of a retrospective that will launch at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver in October and will tour the country, with a planned stop at the Santa Monica Museum of Art in 2016. "Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia" is scheduled to run Oct. 31 to Feb. 15, 2015, in Denver.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2014 | By David Ng
"Matilda the Musical," the hit family-friendly show based on the Roald Dahl book, will launch a national tour at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles in 2015, organizers announced Thursday. The musical, which won multiple Tony Awards, is currently running on Broadway and on London's West End. "Matilda" will run at the Ahmanson from May to July 2015, organizers said without announcing exact dates. The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, first produced the musical before it moved in 2011 to the West End, where it won seven Olivier Awards, the London equivalent of the Tonys.
NEWS
February 5, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Miley Cyrus plans to wear clothes by L.A. designer Brian Lichtenberg on her Bangerz tour, sources tell the New York Post. Lichtenberg is known for his drug-oriented and other cheeky pieces, such as garments with logos that play on well-established labels, as in the photo above. The tour is slated to begin Feb. 14. [New York Post] New York Fashion Week is getting underway. Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic Booth Moore writes about what to expect. [Los Angeles Times] Activist and former model Bethann Hardison, whose Diversity Coalition has focused a spotlight on the dearth of diversity among models walking high-fashion runways, says things improved a bit on catwalks last fall, citing Narciso Rodriguez, the Row and Calvin Klein as labels that did well.
NEWS
February 4, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
ROSEVILLE, Calif. -- GOP gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly kicked off a 10-day, 40-city bus tour Tuesday, saying he hoped to unite Republicans and Democrats who are sick of overreaching government. “This campaign is about uniting the divided majority on the American values of hard work, personal responsibility and most importantly freedom, the idea that we were meant to live free,” Donnelly told a few dozen supporters. “That's our birthright from the founders.” Donnelly was speaking at a fundraiser at a window-glass shop here where supporters who paid $99 each or $150 per couple sipped wine from plastic cups and ate pigs-in-a-blanket.
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