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September 5, 2013 |
I tend to like children, and generally harbor positive thoughts about the future. But I had my doubts this summer, maybe like you, after the U.S. Open of Surfing crowd degenerated into marauding and brawling - young men clashing with police in riot gear, flipping over rows of porta-potties, ripping out street signs and using them to bash into local businesses. They called it a "riot. " A riot, however, happens when there is at least the perception of some sort of injustice. This was no riot.
September 1, 2013 |
Rolex is relaunching its Tudor brand in the U.S. after a 17-year absence, an event that feels a bit like encountering your thrill-seeking first cousin after his long boarding school stint. Priced from $2,500 to $5,000, Tudor timepieces are produced alongside Rolex watches in Switzerland, but they're assembled with more affordable ETA Swiss watch movements rather than the movements made in-house at Rolex. Unveiled in 1946 by Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf, the Tudor collection was originally branded with a shield that contained a decorative rose, a symbol of the English Tudor dynasty.
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August 14, 2013 |
Not too long ago, I was walking along the strip in Venice and saw a man holding a cardboard sign. For 10 bucks, the sign said, you could kick the guy in the crotch. I had to ask: "How's business?" "Slow, bro," he said, as if he was trying to unload Popsicles in the dead of winter. Ah, Venice - where just about everything is for sale. Along Ocean Front Walk, you can buy beach stuff, of course - bodyboards decorated with dolphins, sunscreen jacked up to the price of shiraz.
August 4, 2013 |
Adam F. Goldberg probably had no idea during the 1980s when he was a nosy kid filming his outrageous family with a bulky video camera that he was collecting material that would form the basis for a network TV show. Funny how life works out. Goldberg's adolescence is the inspiration for "The Goldbergs," a new ABC comedy. He digitized 100 videos that he made of his family and used them as the pitch for his show. PHOTOS: TCA press tour: The Scene The story is narrated in "The Wonder Years" style by the adult Adam as he looks back on growing up in the 1980s, when he was a 11-year-old budding director always carrying around a camera and filming his high-strung family.
July 27, 2013 |
Followers of celebrity gossip have seen a lot of Selena Gomez's driveway over the last few months. Located off a winding residential street in Tarzana, it's where paparazzi have snapped countless pictures of the former Disney Channel star and where her on-again/off-again boyfriend, Justin Bieber, was photographed one night after a reported argument between the two tween idols at a restaurant in Encino. Arriving home first, Gomez apparently locked the gate in the driveway, leading to a widely circulated image with this immortal TMZ caption: "Biebs Denied.
July 12, 2013 |
Traditional Southern California supermarkets, already facing growing competition from leviathan discounters such as Wal-Mart and Target, are now catching blows on another flank as markets catering to environmentally conscious foodies proffer local fare in laid-back settings. Souped-up gourmet stores like Whole Foods Market long ago claimed a big share of the grocery business. But today it is smaller neighborhood stores, which aspire to offer customers top-drawer local fare, that are crowding in on the action.