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April 16, 2010 | Susan Spano reporting from malfa, italy
I can stop looking now. I've found my dream island. It's Salina, one of seven small Aeolian Islands (also known as the Lipari Islands) cast up by volcanoes in the Tyrrhenian Sea about 50 miles north of Sicily. They're accessible only by helicopter or boat, so that keeps crowds at bay. All of them are enchanting, including the main island of Lipari, where my Italian grandfather was born. But Salina is divine, partly because it is just the right size, with a population of about 3,000 on 10 square miles, wrapped around two almost identical volcanic cones: 2,818-foot Monte dei Porri and 3,156-foot Fossa Delle Felci, the highest peak in the archipelago.
January 6, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
The teams in the final Bowl Championship Series national title game Monday at the Rose Bowl took completely different roads to Pasadena. Florida State used the high-speed express lane on its way to 13-0, cruising by one opponent after another. Auburn (12-1) took the mountainous back route, navigating potholes, detours and a few angry Georgia Bulldogs. It doesn't matter now, they're both here. So, which team takes home the crystal ball? Is it Auburn, a team of destiny that narrowly escaped Washington State in the opener and lost at Louisiana State by two touchdowns but somehow won the Southeastern Conference after two of the most improbable, back-to-back wins in the history of college football?
June 1, 2008 | Sheigh Crabtree
Director ARI FOLMAN'S "Waltz With Bashir" got lots of respect but no outright love from the Cannes Film Festival jury last week. The good news: Sony Pictures Classics' Michael Barker and Tom Bernard confirmed that they bought Folman's film, an animated autobiographical documentary about a former Israeli army soldier who tries to recount his long-forgotten mission in the first Lebanon war in the early '80s. The soldier travels around the world interviewing old friends and comrades. Using rudimentary Flash animation, Folman unleashes a pastiche of scenes that are as innovative as they are devastating.
December 16, 2013 | By David Ng
For opera fans in Southern California, Christoph Waltz has become a semi-regular presence in the audience of Los Angeles Opera productions at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. On Sunday, the two-time Academy Award winning actor officially made his debut as an opera director with a new production of "Der Rosenkavalier" in Belgium. Waltz's production premiered at the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp with plans to travel to the Royal Opera in London in 2016. (The London cast is expected to include Renee Fleming.)
November 9, 1997 | Martin Walker, Martin Walker, a contributing editor of Opinion, and former U.S. and Moscow bureau chief, is European editor for Britain's The Guardian
Jiang Zemin had a wonderful time on his U.S. vacation. He tasted barbecue, got a new hat and bought $3 billion in new Boeings. He saw the Liberty Bell and rang another one at the New York Stock Exchange. He enjoyed a cholesterol-loaded breakfast with George Bush at the Waldorf Astoria and fat-free cuisine with Bill Clinton at the White House. But what about the diplomacy?
April 6, 2002
Release date--Martin Scorsese's 1978 film "The Last Waltz," a documentary on the Band's farewell concert, will open Friday. The film was incorrectly included in Thursday's Calendar Weekend movie chart as opening this weekend.
September 7, 1991
I'll waltz to Jim Murray's comments (Aug. 29), rather than doing a sack dance to celebrate the end of the sack dance. DICK THIES Long Beach
August 31, 1986
I'm writing in response to Dick Roraback's review of "One Last Waltz" by Ethan Mordden (The Book Review, Aug. 17). I have read Mordden's book. I wonder if Roraback has. He doesn't have the title right. In his review, Roraback calls the book " The Last Waltz." Roraback apparently hasn't mastered journalism's first law: "Get It Right." A. E. MINSTEIN Westlake Village
November 2, 1991
Marvelous! Your reviewer, John Henken, and my wife, Jeanne, and I all saw and heard the same concert Oct. 13 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion ("Kissin's Memorable, Forceful L.A. Debut," Calendar, Oct. 14). How fortunate we were! I can only feel that there was seating for many more who could have shared in this experience. Let me just add that the performance of Evgeny Kissin was a true one-time experience. He is all that Henken said and more. Please ask Henken to name the five encores in order for those of us who cannot trust memory.
September 17, 1995
Patt Morrison's last line in "Rate That Tune" (On the Town, Aug. 6) confirms my belief that she has special insight to the wonderful absurdities of things American. Who else would think to point out that the political, economic and military colossus called the United States of America has a national anthem in waltz time? HERSCHEL PURVIS Los Angeles
August 28, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
The Dodgers play very good baseball. Wednesday, they also did some pretty nifty dance steps. Call it the Yasiel Puig two-step. On a day when Ricky Nolasco pitched his second straight gem, the Dodgers beat the Cubs, 4-0, Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier hit home runs, and 38,851 braved oppressive heat to watch and celebrate a team cruising toward the postseason, Puig was the story. Sad it had to be that way. Sad that a 22-year-old Cuban defector with a $42-million contract and so much talent it defies description can turn a perfect Dodgers day into one with an asterisk.
June 28, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Paula Deen has had a rough week, but maybe she can cha-cha her way out of scandal on "Dancing With the Stars. " The celebrity chef has been approached to join the cast of ABC's dance contest this fall, according to a report on VH1. Whether Deen will actually break out her boogie shoes remains unknown. ABC declined to comment, while a Deen spokeswoman did not immediately return an email. In 2010, Deen said she'd been asked to do the show but declined, adding: "Fat girls don't look good sweating.
June 11, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Two-time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz is featured in Prada's fall-winter 2013 menswear advertising campaign, along with actors Ben Whishaw and Ezra Miller. Shot by photographer David Sims in a London studio over the course of three days in late March, the campaign was "inspired by the irreverent world of '60s New Wave cinema," with the three actors as "protagonists in a drama of wit and enigma. " Waltz, who has taken home best supporting actor Oscars for his roles as Dr. King Schultz in "Django Unchained," and Col. Hans Landa in "Inglourious Basterds," may be the most familiar name of the three, but you might recognize Whishaw as the Q reboot in the 2012 Bond flick "Skyfall," and Miller as the title troubled teen in 2011's "We Need to Talk About Kevin.
May 30, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
The Peninsula Hong Kong is inviting guests to step back into an age of elegance as the hotel reintroduces tea dances, once a famed afternoon ritual in the lobby.  As part of the celebration of its 85th anniversary, the Peninsula is reviving some of the customs that evolved during its history. Sunday afternoon tea dances once offered the Hong Kong community a prime spot to socialize, dance and listen to music. The 2013 version features a 10-piece band and is to be held from 3-6 p.m. the first Sunday of every month through November.
May 17, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
CANNES -- An incident apparently involving a gun briefly interrupted a French television interview with actors Christoph Waltz and Daniel Auteuil at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday and sent nearby pedestrians scurrying for safety. According to several news accounts and eyewitnesses near the city's Martinez Hotel, a man brandishing a gun and another suspicious object appeared near a booth where jury members Waltz and Auteuil were speaking to Le Grand Journal, a program that broadcasts nightly from a seaside location in front of the hotel.
April 26, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The stats don't lie. And in the case of the Clippers, the statistics told so much about why they lost, 94-82, to the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 3 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series on Thursday night at the FedEx Forum. The one statistic that now matters most to both teams is that the Clippers lead this best-of-seven series, 2-1. Game 4 is Saturday back here. After the game, the Clippers had written down many of the stat lines on the grease board inside their locker room.
December 9, 1989
No mas, no mas. Pay-per-view fights should come complete with a money-back guarantee. If the performance isn't appealing by the midway point, you can call in and ask for a refund. I'd rather watch a Rocky film. Or the WWF. Cease boxing's Senior Circuit before one of them actually has to throw a punch. The Hearns-Leonard draw was a joke and I've seen better fights in the Coliseum stands than the Duran-Leonard waltz I got suckered into paying for Thursday night. GARY MIEREANU, Northridge
April 22, 2013 | By David Ng
It looks like Christoph Waltz, who won his second Academy Award in February for "Django Unchained," will be taking a career detour into the world of opera later this year. The Austrian-born actor is reportedly set to make his opera directorial debut with a new production of "Der Rosenkavalier" by Richard Strauss. Waltz recently told the German-language newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that he will helm the production at the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp, Belgium. The debut is scheduled for Dec. 15, according to the newspaper.
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