September 8, 2011 |
Registration is now open for the 27th Annual Catalina Island Triathlon , Nov. 5 (a Saturday) at Middle Beach in Avalon . . . . Tri-tip and BBQ chicken are on the menu for Friday's Moonlight Hike at Mt. Baldy . Tickets ($16) are limited. Click here for info . . . . The L.A. Athletic Club's Noir Soiree Oct. 7 includes a photo exhibition, wine tasting and fashion show . Early-bird tickets are $48 (through Sept. 18) . . . . Portland's Oregon Zoo offers discounted $4 admission on the second Tuesday of each month, down from the usual $10.50.
June 9, 2011 |
Early on a recent morning, Diana Rodgers, manager of the Mar Vista farmers market, drove north for two days of farm visits in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, including to three berry growers in Nipomo. When she arrived, the farms offered gorgeous vistas of rolling dunes and sun glinting off the Pacific, with cool breezes, delicious raspberries and mind-bogglingly aromatic Mara des Bois strawberries. Rogers chatted amiably with the vendors, some of whom she had known for many years, about their families and their crops.
June 19, 2009 |
Universal Studios staged a homecoming Thursday for Courthouse Square. The outdoor set, best known as the town square from the "Back to the Future" films, welcomed the first backstage tour tram since it was destroyed a year ago when a fire ripped through the back lot. Roofers using a blowtorch accidentally started the blaze, which also destroyed the King Kong attraction, a video vault and other outdoor sets. Stilt walkers dressed as hippies, members of the USC marching band and actors portraying such characters as Eddie Murphy's Nutty Professor and Doc Brown from the "Back to the Future" films emerged from the courthouse during a ceremony to welcome the first tram, which was christened with a bottle of champagne.
February 26, 2009 |
The people of Villanueva said they'd had enough. Men in cowboy hats, women with hand-scrawled signs, children on bikes -- they gathered outside town and blocked the main interstate highway. "If you can't do it, quit!" they told their police force. They demanded that the army take over. The army rolled into this town in Zacatecas state last month and ordered the police to stand down and surrender their weapons. They did. Things only got worse.
November 11, 2007 |
Like almost everything else in Las Vegas, the city has taken a favored pastime and turned it into a type of gold. Nowadays, shopping is not just about finding a blouse or a pair of shoes. It is about passing into a sort of browsers' twilight zone. Shops in Las Vegas are seeing 50,000 people a day stroll by to catch the mall-made action -- opera arias performed in St.
April 30, 2006 |
In the late afternoon, after the shops have closed and the egrets have returned to their nest in the old smokestack, the streets are quiet except for the rattle of gray-haired women balancing groceries on handlebars and pedaling bicycles along the Black Elster River. Their hair flying, their bikes' spokes shining, the women of this town have glided through wars and decades of communism; they've raced through history with loaves of bread and bunches of flowers.