CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2013 |
HALF MOON BAY, Calif. - The piano was delivered to its bluff-top perch under cover of fog nearly two weeks ago. It is scheduled to leave this coastal enclave in a burst of flames on Sunday. In between the fog and the fire, musician and sculptor Mauro Ffortissimo has been treating his neighbors to an illicit outdoor concert series grandly dubbed Sunset Piano. Chopin, Debussy, a tango or two. The performances are timed to end the moment the sun sinks below the horizon. He plays to cyclists and dog walkers, babies in strollers, his landlady in a folding chair, the charmed, the perplexed.
February 9, 2010 |
Dtox Day Spa - Los Feliz The Valentine's weekend celebration at luxuriously tranquil Dtox includes spa treats, gifts, and a little bubbly. Promotions include the "Hot Chocolate Facial" (50 minutes; $95), the "Kissed by a Rose Organic Facial" (50 minutes; $125) the "Floating on Air 'dtoxygen' Facial" (50 minutes; $225), the "Choco-Delight Body Treatment" which includes a chocolate raspberry sugar body scrub and a hydrating organic shea butter body wrap and the "Aroma-Berry-apy Custom Massage" (both 50 minutes; single $95, couple $190)
February 9, 1999 |
The National Basketball Assn.'s latest fan-friendly commercial--a Valentine's Day greeting featuring Los Angeles Laker star Shaquille O'Neal--aired during Monday night's broadcast of the Laker game with the San Antonio Spurs. The commercial, which also featured several other NBA stars who are jockeying to replace Michael Jordan as the league's best-known player, is part of a wider campaign aimed at persuading fans to return to NBA arenas and television broadcasts.
February 13, 2005 |
Thousands of couples got Valentine's Day celebrations going early in the Philippines, kissing simultaneously at midnight in what organizers dubbed "Lovapalooza 2." The couples gathered along a popular seaside walkway in the capital and cheered as fireworks went off over Manila Bay.
February 3, 2005 |
Whiling away a few hours in the card aisle at the drugstore, I noticed there was a section labeled "Valentine/Romance" -- and a completely different one marked "Valentine/Wife." And you wondered why Valentine's Day is often more fun for singles than for couples? There is an old-fashioned innocence to this holiday, an aura of anticipation, of secrets and surprises. If you're single, the world's your oyster; the possibilities are endless.
February 24, 2002
Paul Lam of Huntington Beach looks at a gem on display at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art in Santa Ana. On Valentine's Day, 80 guests enjoyed a preview of the gemstone exhibition along with a romantic sit-down dinner. E2
February 13, 2003 |
Iranian police ordered shops to remove heart-and-flower decorations and have confiscated other symbols of what religious authorities consider a decadent Western event: Valentine's Day. The crackdown, apparently the first such since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, drew scorn from shoppers. "It's only rigidity and cultural backwardness," said Fariba Sabet as she bought a card with a red heart.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2003 |
Thousands of red roses were stolen from a refrigerated truck outside a flower shop on Valentine's Day. Jory's Flowers owner Don Hotton arrived at his shop about 7 a.m. Friday to find the rolling door on the truck open and several tubs gone. Each was filled with 75 dozen long-stem roses. The lock of the door had been pried open. Dozens of other mixed-flower bouquets had been plucked from their vases and tossed to the floor of the truck.