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May 14, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
On a sunny Tuesday afternoon on a cluttered street in Gardena, some very big and skilled athletes are hanging out on a concrete basketball court, bouncing around underneath rusted backboards and chain nets, acting out a typical inner-city scene, with one small exception. They are playing baseball. "It's Showtime!" shouts Coach Wil Aaron, only this is a very different kind of Showtime. Aaron is using a tennis racket to whack tennis balls at close range to infielders on his Gardena Serra High baseball team, whose players are leaping and spinning out of stereotypes and perhaps into history.
April 20, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
The last time they tried this, it didn't go so well. The last time the Lakers attempted to win a playoff series without Kobe Bryant, they had home-court advantage, a future Hall of Famer, and absolutely no chance. The year was 1996, and after lurching through the regular season into a first-round, best-of-five series against the Houston Rockets, the unsteady Lakers collapsed into a dysfunctional heap. After they played one of their worst games of the season in losing the series opener at the Forum, Magic Johnson, in his brief foray between retirements, challenged coach Del Harris.
April 14, 2013 | By Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times
INDIO, Calif. - Under Friday night's crescent moon, a giant iridescent snail slowly made its way among thousands of concert revelers at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, causing bafflement and awe in equal measures. Nearly 30 feet tall and stretching out to some 80 feet in length, the silver-skinned creature was in fact a slow-moving sculpture titled "Helix Poeticus" that was custom-commissioned for the festival by its promoter, Goldenvoice. "I don't know if I want to run away screaming or if I want to hug it," said Silvia Ay, 23, of Los Angeles, contemplating the sculpture's eerily rotating illuminated eyes.
March 22, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
After posting a video of herself "twerking" in a unicorn onesie Wednesday, Miley Cyrus sat down with Ryan Seacrest on Friday to give the world a little something in the way of an explanation.  The twerking video is, she said, possibly her best-received piece of work. "I could walk out and I could sing at the Grammys," she said in an upbeat interview on Seacrest's radio show , "and I will always be bashed and I will always have haters. I haven't really seen one bad comment about the twerk video.
March 22, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
The Enabler has fretted about the fate of the legendary Skid Row dive bar the King Eddy Saloon since it was bought by new owners and closed for renovations in December. King Eddy, which first opened in 1933, has a history of attracting literary types, including John Fante and Charles Bukowski, along with a rough and tumble cast of blue collar workers, homeless folks and artists. It was easy to imagine the new owners, Acme Bar Group, making it a place for the fancy pants set. The thought made the Enabler want to smash a bottle of vermouth over her head.
March 7, 2013 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Pingpong tables, employees in sandals, software code scrawled on the walls, a bounce house in the lobby. No, it's not a Silicon Valley tech company. Rather, it's a scene from one of several new tech-focused office buildings in Southern California where dozens of start-ups are setting up shop and sharing the work space. In a unique feature of the region's Silicon Beach, walls in more buildings are being knocked down to create open spaces where start-ups cohabit and employees mingle with one another, attend seminars and occasionally party.
March 3, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Paris-based designer Isabel Marant rhapsodizes about Los Angeles the way most people rhapsodize about her hometown. "In a minute you can be at the sea or in Joshua Tree," she says. "There are so many things to do in nature. But I love the architecture too. There's everything I love - the sun and the light. I have always thought this is a place I could live. " Marant, 45, launched her boho-cool label with jewelry in 1994. Soon after, she expanded into clothing. Over the years she has made quite a study of the L.A. look but did not set foot in the City of Angels until 2010.
February 22, 2013
The loft-like entry to this hillside contemporary overlooks an interior waterfall. A catwalk hallway and a spiral staircase lend an industrial vibe to the Hollywood Hills West house. Location: 7270 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles 90068 Asking price: $1.85 million Year built: 2003 House size: Four bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, 4,600 square feet Lot size: 20,000 square feet Features: City and canyon views, spiral and main staircases, kitchen island, step-down dining room, two fireplaces, media room with wet bar, deck, garden/yard, two-car garage.
February 8, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
As music's biggest night approaches, so does a tidal wave of parties. The Grammys reel in star power like few events of its kind, and there is no end to the parade of industry fetes seeking to share the spotlight. Here's a roundup of some of the most noteworthy soirees. -- FRIDAY 23rd annual MusiCares Person of the Year tribute to Bruce Springsteen The Boss happens to be a 20-time Grammy winner. He'll be honored in a star-studded gala at the Los Angeles Convention Center by the MusiCares Foundation, which provides support to musicians in financial, medical or personal need.
February 4, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
Ben Affleck shared his tips for how to win an Oscar pool. Steven Spielberg hoisted an elaborate floral centerpiece off his table so he could better see his fellow lunch guests (including the youngest lead actress nominee, Quvenzhané Wallis). And 66-year-old uber-producer Frank Marshall ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") deejayed the whole affair. It was the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences' annual Oscar nominees luncheon at the Beverly Hilton. For a few hours Monday, more than 100 contenders for the 85th Academy Awards sipped Champagne, rubbed elbows with fellow nominees and received a few tips on Oscar speech making, all without worrying about who would wind up winners and losers come Feb. 24. "It's my favorite day of the year," said Harvey Weinstein, the financier behind best picture nominees "Django Unchained" and "Silver Linings Playbook.
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