February 3, 2011 |
Here's a cool way to use your credit or debit card to gain a little cultural capital -- without spending a dime. Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders can receive free entry to more than 150 museums nationwide on selected weekends merely by showing their cards. The deal: Museums on Us marks its 14th year of offering access to museums free of charge on the first full weekend of the month (meaning that April 30-May 1, for instance, is not included, but May 7-8 is)
January 7, 2011 |
On Jan. 29 and Aug. 27, the city of Berlin will stay up late to play. Nearly 70 of the German capital's museums, historical sites and other cultural centers will open their doors from 6 p.m. on Saturday to 2 a.m. on Sunday during the " Long Night of the Museums . " [ For the Record, 1:55 p.m., Jan. 20: An earlier version of this post said that the "Long Night of the Museums" would occur every weekend, beginning Jan. 29 and...
November 18, 2009 |
On Monday night, the new hard-rock supergroup Them Crooked Vultures played the coziest room of their very young career, charging through a semi-surprise 90-minute set at West Hollywood's Roxy, roughly 24 hours before the band was set to appear at the much larger Wiltern for a sold-out performance. Yet if a 500-capacity club seems like a strange domain for these A-list heavy hitters -- Vultures consists of Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones on bass, Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl on drums and, as frontman, Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age -- they handily resolved the disconnect by treating the Roxy as they would a sports arena: At several points, it was hard to hear the music over the groan of a sound system pushed well beyond its limits.
November 16, 2009 |
Dave Grohl had a new rock 'n' roll dream, and it came true in a castle in Orange County. It was his 40th birthday, so the lead Foo Fighter and former Nirvana drummer celebrated with a January evening of jousting and costumed swordplay at the Medieval Times dinner theater, a venue promising a night "where honor was unquestioned and courage was unmatched!" Cardboard crowns were distributed and roasted chicken devoured with bare hands. Among the guests were his pal Joshua Homme, the singer-guitarist from Queens of the Stone Age, and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, on a visit from London.
September 25, 2009 |
Tom Barrack is considered one of the savviest commercial real estate investors of the last 20 years. But his bid to lure public investors to join with him fell far short this week. Barrack, the 62-year-old founder of L.A.-based real estate and private-equity giant Colony Capital, wanted to raise $500 million via a new real estate investment trust that would buy troubled commercial property debt. His Wall Street bankers could rustle up only half that sum from investors. The initial public stock offering of Colony Financial Inc. raised $250 million Wednesday by selling 12.5 million shares at $20 each, instead of the 25 million shares Barrack had wanted to issue.
May 30, 2009 |
In the shadow of a big blue inflated gorilla perched on the roof, bright yellow signs shouted "Ultimate Liquidation Event." Deep price cuts, painted in bold neon letters, adorned the windshield of nearly every car on the Garden Grove dealership lot. Janice and Yao Huang arrived on a hot afternoon looking for a bargain. "We're here for the sale," Yao told Danny Covin as he approached, squinting in the sun. "We heard you are closing down. Do you have things on sale?"