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January 18, 2010
'Life Unexpected' Where: KTLA When: 9 tonight Rating: TV-PG-DL (may be unsuitable for young children, with advisories for suggestive dialogue and coarse language)
April 15, 2014 | Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Anne LeBaron is a composer as transformer. She transforms instruments, such as putting objects on the strings of the harp to tease out hidden sounds. She transforms cultural contexts, be they Kazakh, Bach or Katrina. She deals with what we know, with issues of our time and place. But her knack is for alternative realities, showing us the here and now from a point just slightly off the beaten track. That, of course, makes it difficult to generalize about a two-part portrait of LeBaron in two concerts Saturday and Sunday at REDCAT.
October 4, 2009 | Associated Press
Chivas USA used D.C. United's own goalkeeper in the first half to stay alive in the playoff hunt with a 2-0 victory Saturday evening, while struggling United's postseason hopes dimmed. Maicon Santos set up the winning goal in the 33rd minute when Chivas (12-9-5) capitalized on a miscue by United goalkeeper Milos Kocic, who was making just his third career start. Jesus Padilla added to the lead in the 53rd minute. Zach Thornton made two saves in his 11th shutout of the season as Chivas moved into a tie with Seattle for the first of four wild-card playoff spots with four matches remaining.
March 21, 2014 | By Shan Li
California's economy perked up in February, adding 58,800 net new jobs and gaining some momentum after a lackluster showing the month before. The job gains helped push the unemployment rate down to 8% from 8.1% in January, the state's Employment Development Department reported Friday. "California employment is coming back very nicely after a bump in the month of January," said Sung Won Sohn, an economics professor at Cal State Channel Islands. "We are seeing more and more cylinders in the economic engine firing.
January 18, 2010 | By MARY McNAMARA, Television Critic
"Life Unexpected" is so oddly sweet and smart and pure of heart, so very much more "Gilmore Girls" than "Gossip Girl," that you have to wonder if the CW is in possession of a time machine. If so, it has used it to good advantage, giving us a heroine so sassy and yet emotionally grounded she could be the child Ellen Page's Juno gave up, if that child had been a girl and Jennifer Garner hadn't been around. Meet Lux (Britt Robertson), a street-smart but still essentially innocent foster kid. On the cusp of her 16th birthday, she needs the signatures of the birth parents she never met to secure her emancipation.
November 4, 2009 | DAVID LAZARUS
Maria Casanova, an assistant professor of economics at UCLA, toyed with the idea earlier this year of buying a foreclosed property near the Westwood campus. She signed up for a prominent listing service called RealtyTrac. Casanova, 31, canceled her subscription not long after. Yet a few days ago she discovered that some other real estate company she'd never heard of has been billing her almost $45 a month for the last eight months. Consumer advocates say it's an all-too-common problem: People signing up for one thing online and inadvertently signing up for something else that comes with recurring monthly charges.
August 1, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
While economic woes are forcing many states to lay off or furlough their workers, West Virginia has an unexpected $65-million surplus, and Gov. Joe Manchin is asking the Legislature to use about half of it to give $500 payments to 51,000 full-time employees.
June 17, 2010
EVENTS Following in the footsteps of fringe festivals like Edinburgh, Adelaide and Edmonton, the inaugural Hollywood Fringe Festival brings emerging and established artists together. Participation is open to foster innovative art, music, dance, theater and comedy in unexpected venues. Locations and times vary, see website for details. (866) 811-4111.
April 7, 2006
Re "Where books were the bond," Opinion, April 3 It is sad indeed to read that another old-time independent bookstore is closing. One of the great joys of my life has been browsing in these wonderful establishments, always with the hope of finding an unexpected "sleeper." It is the exploration of the bibliophile of familiar, but still unknown, territory. It is not the same as knowing the book you want and finding it online. It is another symptom of the homogenization of our culture, which is worse than sad. MICHAEL MAUER Los Angeles
June 4, 1989 | JOHN HENKEN
Paco Pena and Tito Losada, guitars. Nimbus Records (NI 5116, compact disc). Pena's compositions combine a respect for and deep knowledge of flamenco traditions with strong individual identity and a willingness to experiment, if not quite to the extent of Paco de Lucia and his followers. This disc gathers a dozen fresh efforts, including three backed by longtime colleague Tito Losada. The performances are characteristically clean and unforced, and wide-ranging in spirit--a sophisticated joy to experience.
March 20, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Guess Inc. shares tumbled after the Los Angeles apparel firm unexpectedly forecast a loss for its current quarter. The retailer said late Wednesday that it expects to lose between 5 cents and 9 cents a share in its fiscal first quarter. The company made the disclosure while discussing its results for the fiscal fourth quarter ended Feb. 1. Guess shares were down $1.41, or 5%, in midsession trading Thursday. PHOTOS: Top 10 Southern California companies Despite the poor expectations for the first quarter, the company still expects to turn a profit for the full 2015 fiscal year.
March 17, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Boston, Chicago and New York City have a lock on the big St. Patrick's Day parades, but there's more going on around the country -- and the world. Look for glowing green landmarks and parades today (Monday) at these unexpected locations. The global glow: The Great Wall of China, Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland Paris, the ancient city of Petra in Jordan, the pyramids in Egypt, the London Eye, and newcomer Whistler ski resort in Canada will be bathed in green lights on Monday night.
March 7, 2014 | By Chuck Graham
My wife and I were in need of a bit of tranquillity in October, so we headed to the Mendocino Coast in Northern California for a weekend of standup paddle boarding. The coast's rugged beauty, flat-water rivers and scenic headlands honeycombed with sea caves and archways make it ideal for paddling on your own or on a guided tour with Standup Paddle Mendocino (Van Damme Beach State Park, Little River, Calif.; [707] 937-0700, . Guided tours $60 to $75)
March 3, 2014 | By Rebecca Keegan
From Brad Pitt to the pizza guy, backstage at the Oscars was a site for surprises, smooches and last-minute prepping. After Pitt's "12 Years a Slave" won best picture, the actor-producer grabbed director Steve McQueen's face and planted a kiss on it. "You're the first," Pitt said. FULL COVERAGE: Oscars 2014 |  Complete list of winners All night the long, narrow stage wings are flooded with the show's hundreds of crew members, security officers, presenters, singers, dancers and - most notably - winners.
February 22, 2014 | By Andrew Bender
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma traces its contemporary history to pioneers who populated the prairies. Now, new urban pioneers are repopulating the capital, Oklahoma City, as restaurateurs re-imagine landmark buildings and create new communities around them. They could hardly have come at a better time: The local economy is booming, and Forbes ranks OKC as the nation's eighth-fastest-growing city, thanks to thriving oil, gas and wind-power sectors as well as fracking. I was here in September for a consulting job, and I extended my stay to find these restaurants with a previous life.
February 13, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
This year's streak of nasty weather is wreaking havoc on the economy, causing plunging worker productivity, soaring heating bills, canceled flights, damaged crops and frozen hiring. But the bitter conditions, which last month left thousands stranded in Atlanta and this week is pounding the eastern part of the country with snow, have dealt a particularly severe blow to retailers. The tempests couldn't have come at a worse time. In January, as businesses struggled through a weak post-holiday period in a month that already tends to be slow, industry sales slid by their largest margin in 18 months.
September 4, 2001
The only unexpected facet about the current loss of confidence in the economy is that anyone could consider it unexpected ("Consumer Confidence Shows Surprise Drop," Aug. 29). Please remember that the daily news is replete with reports of "temporary staff reductions" and "downsizing" of the work force. In real English this translates into massive layoffs and permanent loss of jobs. Having survived the process, I know it also means that whatever new job is obtained will pay less, offer fewer benefits, have no long-term security and little if any retirement benefit, i.e., a significant reduction in lifestyle and long-term financial security.
October 29, 2009 | Kenneth Turan
If every film you see, even every independent or foreign-language film, reminds you of the one you saw the week before, it's time to check out "The Maid." This completely unexpected feature, made in Chile by young director Sebastián Silva and featuring a spectacular performance by actress Catalina Saavedra, has that particular gift of leaving you off balance in the best possible way. Already a winner of two key awards at Sundance and the only foreign-language film to be one of five best picture nominees at the Gotham Independent Film Awards, this is one to savor.
February 9, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
HOMS, Syria - The international community is lauding a United Nations-brokered deal to provide relief to Homs' long-blockaded Old City, but the aid plan is far from universally welcome in this battle-scarred and profoundly divided city. The relief effort has stirred deep animosities among many government supporters, who view it as a sellout to opposition forces - "terrorists," in official terms - hunkered down in the ruins of the Old City. "This is basically giving the terrorists food and medicine and letting them go free," said Rihab Ismael, a dairy worker who lives in the Zahra district, a sniper-plagued zone less than a mile from what remains of the rebel-controlled Old City.
February 8, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan and Eric Pincus
This certainly wasn't part of the plan. Not that the Lakers officially had one - Tank Option A? Tank Option B? - but they were merrily drifting toward rebuild mode with a nice, comfy spot in the draft lottery thanks to all these injuries. That was so three games ago. They went out and beat Cleveland with only five players able to finish the game (barely) and won in Philadelphia thanks to Steve Nash's fountain-of-youth night. Now their schedule shows home games against Chicago (24-25)
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