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February 12, 2012 | Carolyn Kellogg
History of a Pleasure Seeker A Novel Richard Mason Alfred A. Knopf: 288 pp., $25.95 -- Richard Mason's "History of a Pleasure Seeker" has landed at just the right time. Americans, thanks to PBS' "Downton Abbey," are now hip to the upstairs-downstairs issues faced by great European households at the dawn of the 20th century. The up-close mix of luxury, labor and longing -- plus a country house's-worth of burbling romance -- are condensed into the handsome and ambitious Piet Barol.
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August 21, 2013 | By Susan King, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
It's been two decades since Groundlings alum Jennifer Coolidge got her first big break in "The Masseuse" episode of the NBC series "Seinfeld," as Jerry's new masseuse girlfriend who refuses to give him a massage. In the subsequent 20 years, the statuesque, 51-year-old actress has created a memorable gallery of no-holds-barred, outrageously funny ladies. Frat boys know her as Stifler's seductive mom who likes her scotch and men the same way - aged 18 years - in Paul and Chris Weitz's 1999 blockbuster "American Pie" and two of its sequels.
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NEWS
July 8, 1992 | Associated Press
Arson in a two-story row house Tuesday morning killed four children, ages 2 months to 5 years, who were trapped upstairs and suffocated on thick smoke from the fire, police said.
BUSINESS
July 12, 2013 | By Martin Eichner
Question: It has been very tough finding a new apartment in today's rental market. I finally found an apartment that I love, but the property manager said she doesn't think it's a good fit. When I asked her why, she said she noticed that I use a cane and the apartment is on the second floor without elevator access. She told me she felt that I could not constantly climb the stairs without hurting myself. She said that there should be a ground-floor unit available soon, which would be better for me. I appreciate her concern for my health, but I want the apartment on the second floor.
SPORTS
January 18, 2003
The other night, my son tells me that he's going to his girlfriend's house to watch the "Swiss Yachting Team." I explained to him that in my day it was called the "Submarine Races" and sent him back upstairs to do his homework. Todd Hemphill Seal Beach
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 2010
10th Annual Brazilian Carnaval 2010 Where: Club Nokia, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A. When: 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday Price: $38 advance,$48 on Saturday; $65 for preferred seating in the upstairs lounge Contact: (818) 566-1111; www.BrazilianNites.com
NATIONAL
August 17, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A Kansas burglar apparently likes to be clean -- but isn't very adept at clean getaways. Police in Wichita said a man apparently broke into a house Friday night to wash his clothes but fled in boxers, with his jeans still in the washing machine. Here's what happened: A woman reported that she returned home, found her basement laundry room in disarray and went upstairs to call her husband. That's when a man wearing only blue boxer shorts came upstairs, grabbed her purse and ran out the door.
NEWS
March 11, 2004
Heartbreakers come in both sexes ("To Avoid the Broken Heart, Simply Avoid the Heartbreaker," by Samantha Bonar, March 4). What would you call a woman who becomes, over the period of two months, increasingly intimate while the hapless "boyfriend" respects her wishes to "go slowly" and not press these intimate encounters to the point of going upstairs to her bedroom? And, once the happy couple finally do decide to head upstairs, what would you call a woman who takes her "boyfriend" to the brink of half-clothed excitement and says, "I'm sorry; I'm not ready yet," leaving the "boyfriend" to put on a happy face and reassure her that "he could wait as long as she needs to," only to, five days later, be dismissed, told, "I just don't feel the same here.
SPORTS
August 22, 1992
The richest franchise in the country with the poorest record. Tom Lasorda has lost his desire, it seems. He doesn't protest obviously poor decisions by the umpires. Kick Lasorda upstairs into Fred Claire's place. Get Bobby Valentine to manage--now, not next year. He can communicate with the players because he's closer to their age. J. RENGELATOS Santa Margarita
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 2009 | Robert J. Lopez
A 12-year-old Gardena boy died Thursday after he accidentally shot himself in the head with his parents' handgun, police said. The boy and his two younger siblings were being watched by a 14-year-old cousin when the shooting occurred Wednesday evening, according to police. The boy was alone in an upstairs bedroom. "The gun was properly secured by the parents," said Lt. Steven Prendergast. -- Robert J. Lopez
FOOD
May 4, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
Six men and two women sit down to a simple dinner around a rectangular table in a glassed-in upstairs room at Osteria la Buca. It's 7:30 on a Tuesday night in spring, and the sun is just barely sinking into the city haze, leaving Melrose Avenue awash in dirty pink and gold light. The guests - all strangers - have arrived to take part in a new dinner series called the Salon at Osteria la Buca. They have been picked by the restaurant to participate based upon recommendations from previous guests and RSVP letters they composed outlining their professional accomplishments and personal philosophies.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
The staircase is narrow and creaky, with a bookshelf made from a 100-year-old harp case teetering on the precipice of collapse at the top of the landing. Overflowing with open books, pages wildly askew and dangling from uneven shelves, the bookcase looks as if it's escaped from a vintage cartoon. Rolls of yellowed, turn-of-the-century sheet music waft through the air, unfurling from a manual typewriter suspended from the ceiling. A black-clad young woman, with a prominent pierced dimple and a philosophy book under her arm, slips by on her way up. She has found the way into the Labyrinth at the Last Bookstore.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2012 | By Kirk Silsbee, Special to the Los Angeles Times
No one's ever called music impresario April Williams lazy. She began booking and producing music in the upstairs room at Vitello's restaurant in Studio City at the end of 2009. It's now one of the most coveted jazz spots - for musicians and listeners alike - in Southern California. On April 18, she breaks new ground with a spring music series at the Federal, in the heart of the NoHo Arts District near a Metro Rail station. She could hardly inaugurate her new enterprise more auspiciously: Williams has tapped Bob Sheppard, one of the preeminent West Coast jazz saxophonist stylists and busiest recording session players in the Hollywood studios.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2012 | Carolyn Kellogg
History of a Pleasure Seeker A Novel Richard Mason Alfred A. Knopf: 288 pp., $25.95 -- Richard Mason's "History of a Pleasure Seeker" has landed at just the right time. Americans, thanks to PBS' "Downton Abbey," are now hip to the upstairs-downstairs issues faced by great European households at the dawn of the 20th century. The up-close mix of luxury, labor and longing -- plus a country house's-worth of burbling romance -- are condensed into the handsome and ambitious Piet Barol.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
  When, during his recent State of the Union address, President Obama spoke of "an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules," I wasn't worried about the GOP response or changes to our tax codes. I was worried about Downton. Everyone loves "Downton Abbey. "PBS' biggest hit in years, it's won Emmys, a Golden Globe and the critics' hearts. We are all smitten with the elegant writing, the fabulous cast (Maggie Smith!
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The many-chambered, highly peopled country house known as "Downton Abbey" opens again Sunday for visitors — that's you, I'm being metaphorical — returning for a second season under the umbrella of PBS series "Masterpiece Classic. " It is classic not for being based on some famous old book — it is an original work for television, created by Julian Fellowes ("Gosford Park") — but because it is a period piece set in a world we associate with famous old books and, in a secondary way, with "Masterpiece Theater" itself, home of the similar, chronologically overlapping "Upstairs, Downstairs" and the primary domestic expression of the Anglo-American "special relationship," television branch, since 1971.
BUSINESS
March 7, 2010 | By Frank Nelson
A gracious old Montecito home, familiar to viewers who regularly watched the opening credits of the late '60s television comedy series "The Ghost & Mrs. Muir," has come on the market. The house was "dressed up" a little bit for those opening shots as the haunted Gull Cottage rented by Mrs. Muir. For example, a widow's walk was added on the roof, a ship's wheel was installed on the upstairs balcony and a pair of lions guarded the top of the porch steps. Known as the Neal House, the classic Victorian home contains authentic hand-crafted details and original features.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2013 | By Susan King, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
It's been two decades since Groundlings alum Jennifer Coolidge got her first big break in "The Masseuse" episode of the NBC series "Seinfeld," as Jerry's new masseuse girlfriend who refuses to give him a massage. In the subsequent 20 years, the statuesque, 51-year-old actress has created a memorable gallery of no-holds-barred, outrageously funny ladies. Frat boys know her as Stifler's seductive mom who likes her scotch and men the same way - aged 18 years - in Paul and Chris Weitz's 1999 blockbuster "American Pie" and two of its sequels.
SPORTS
December 30, 2011 | By Chris Foster
Reporting from San Francisco — Datone Jones, UCLA defensive lineman, is dealing with the present with an eye on the future. Playing Illinois on Saturday is that kind of twofold assignment. The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl trophy might not find a place of honor in the UCLA Hall of Fame, but it would make a nice bookend to the EagleBank trophy the Bruins won in 2009. "When game time comes, we're going to be ready to compete," Jones said. But there is more at work than pursuing a shiny bauble.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2011 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Blow Out Criterion, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.95 Want to understand why film buffs love Brian De Palma's work? Watch "Blow Out," a 1981 thriller that encapsulates the director's operatic sense of drama, his perverse humor and his deep cynicism about American politics. John Travolta stars as a B-movie sound man who witnesses a car crash and gets embroiled in a scandal and its cover-up, which involves a prostitute (played by Nancy Allen) and a serial killer (played by John Lithgow)
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