October 6, 2013 |
APELDOORN, NETHERLANDS - Dozens of black-and-yellow squirrel monkeys scampered around us, some running above on high ropes, others swooping in close to us as we walked. This was one of the many delights of the Apenheul, a primate park in rural Netherlands where monkeys, apes and lemurs are allowed to run free. The squirrel monkeys hopped easily onto the arms and shoulders of park visitors, who snapped pictures of the spectacle with cameras and phones. Our daughters, ages 4 and 8, squealed.
October 5, 2013 |
I once visited Monument Valley and tried to imagine myself in a John Ford western. It didn't work. I did the "Vertigo" tour in San Francisco and felt nothing. No matter how rooted in a specific time or place, most movies, especially the great ones, are essentially fantasias. If we should find ourselves checking out their actual locations, the effect can be deadening. Instead of being fellow spirits, we are merely tourists. These thoughts were in my mind when I traveled to Kolkata five years ago to discuss the legacy of the great Indian director Satyajit Ray as part of a cultural envoy program sponsored by the State Department.
October 3, 2013 |
This week's top high school football games Friday Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (4-1) at West Hills Chaminade (3-1), 7 p.m. (Fox Sports West Prep Zone): Notre Dame's defense has shut down high-powered offenses belonging to Gardena Serra and Canyon Country Canyon, but Chaminade has great balance on an offense led by quarterback Brad Kaaya and running backs Donovan Lee and Cory Watkins. Running back Chris Colarossi will need a big game for Notre Dame. The pick: Chaminade. Saturday Concord De La Salle (5-0)
October 2, 2013 |
UCLA nose tackle Seali'i Epenesa remembers his visit to Utah as a sophomore in 2011. "I saw snow for the first time in my entire life," he said. Utah won, 31-6, on an icy field that became a slippery slope for the Bruins. UCLA defensive line coach Angus McClure recalls a field trip to Salt Lake City in 2007. "We went up there highly ranked; we were undefeated," he said. Utah won, 44-6, in game that had neither snow nor a UCLA touchdown. The Bruins return Thursday to open Pac-12 Conference play at Utah.
October 2, 2013 |
The Madrid-based Rakatá brought "Henry VIII/Enrique VIII" to the Broad Stage in Santa Monica last weekend, and the company applied its extensive experience with Spanish Golden Age classics to the staging of Shakespeare's seldom revived history play. The result was a production that had the speed of Lope de Vega, the refinement of Calderón and just enough slippery ambiguity to remind us that this was indeed a Shakespearean foray. Scholars are still debating whether Shakespeare wrote "Henry VIII" solo or in collaboration, but the sordid saga - adultery mixed with church-state double-dealing - continues to exert its peculiar hold on modern audiences.
September 28, 2013 |
Dan Clements reached into his bag for a roll of a blue duct tape. Dodger blue. Then he pulled out a pack of baseball cards, so shiny that the glare blinded you for a moment. He flipped through the cards, one Dodgers star after another. He had room for only one card, so it needed to be just right. Mike Piazza? Never won a postseason game with the Dodgers. Eric Karros? Same thing. Jackie Robinson? On the one hand, who can go wrong with Jackie Robinson? On the other hand, he never knew of something called a "postseason.
September 27, 2013 |
Break out the chips and cold drinks, but let Chris Dufresne handle the remote. Each Friday, The Times' national college football writer handicaps what's worth watching, and skipping, on Saturday's menu of games: MORNING No. 12 South Carolina (2-1) at Central Florida (3-0) 9 a.m., Channel 7 What looked like an easy "W" on the schedule has suddenly become a prickly test of Southeastern Conference superiority. Central Florida has already notched a win at Penn State and is 3-0 for the first time since 1988.
September 26, 2013 |
With a charming, flawed heroine straight out of Jane Austen, a Dickensian rags-to-riches story and thwarted romances that hark back to the Brontës, Elizabeth Gilbert has taken cues from the greatest 19th century writers for her big 19th century-style novel, "The Signature of All Things. " Gilbert, who dominated bestseller lists with her memoir "Eat, Pray, Love," is new to historical fiction - but she has plunged into it with a creative passion. She pairs elaborate scenes of life in the 1800s with surprisingly modern twists - like the cache of dirty books her heroine, Alma Whittaker, finds most interesting.
September 26, 2013 |
Friday night's top high school football games Newhall Hart (3-0) at Lake Balboa Birmingham (3-1), 7:30 p.m.: Having scored 50 or more points in each of its three games, Hart has replaced Corona Centennial as having the hardest offensive attack to stop, with quarterback Brady White leading the way. Birmingham will try to have sophomore running back Sterling Salguero churn up yards and time to keep the Indians' offense off the field. The pick: Hart. Gardena Serra (4-0)
September 23, 2013 |
A man who was missing and presumed dead after Colorado's historic flooding has turned up alive, officials said Monday. The 46-year-old man from Drake, north of Boulder, had been spotted in his cabin just before floodwaters claimed it, Larimer County sheriff's spokesman John Schulz said. "He told us that he was able to climb out of a window just prior to the home being washed away," Schulz said. Officials also said Monday that of the 1,200 people unaccounted for after floods deluged Colorado this month, only six remained missing.