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October 16, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Team Tommy Hilfiger blew into Southern California like the Santa Ana winds Tuesday to celebrate the launch of the label's limited-edition footwear collaboration with George Esquivel, first with a cocktail party at the brand's Robertson Boulevard boutique and later an intimate dinner with friends, family and a handful of L.A.'s tastemakers, tree-shakers and style scribes. The cocktail party, a consumer event cohosted by Esquire magazine, had shoppers lined up three deep to watch shoemakers from Esquivel's Buena Park atelier demonstrate the techniques used to craft the brogues and loafers that are part of the Tommy Hilfiger X George Esquivel capsule collection.
September 16, 2013 | By Jane Engle
Connoisseurs of craft beers can lift a glass with the experts on a West Coast cruise during the “California Beer Festival at Sea” aboard the Celebrity Century. Guests will learn about industry trends and how to make their own beer at a roundtable with Lagunitas Brewing Co. of Petaluma, Calif., and Ninkasi Brewing Co. of Eugene. Ore. “It's like Brewing 101,” said Vincenzo Giammanco, president of the California Beer Festival, the program's organizer. Other events include a four-course luncheon paired with beers and a festive “Craft Beer Heaven” with live music, food and small-batch suds.
August 28, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Another bad rap for USC football? Snoop Dogg, one of the Trojans' most prominent fans, appears to have flipped. A photograph of the rapper wearing UCLA gear made the rounds this week, and caught the eye of Bruins Coach Jim Mora. When Snoop starts wearing UCLA gear you know the #BruinRevolution is in full effect. - Jim Mora (@UCLACoachMora) August 27, 2013 Mora, whose musical tastes run toward Led Zeppelin, suddenly has cornered the market on big-name rappers.
August 17, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
No way am I going to make it to Maine this summer to feast on lobster pulled straight from the Atlantic. Short of flying in the crustaceans from the East Coast (very expensive), I intend to get my lobster fix right here. Not at the Lobster in Santa Monica - too noisy - or the Red Lobster. And I'm not longing for one of the gigantesque lobsters served up at the Palm steakhouses either. Something more demure, more soulful for me. On a recent lobster crawl around town, I found three places that did a good, even great, job with Maine lobster.
July 25, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
A team of scientists is setting out on a research expedition along the U.S. West Coast to study ocean acidification, the greenhouse gas-driven change in the chemistry of seawater that has been called climate change's “ evil twin .” Chemists and biologists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will board the survey ship Fairweather next week, sailing from Canada to Mexico to collect samples of water, algae and plankton,...
July 22, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Week after week last year, Emblem3 made teenage girls swoon with sunny cover songs on the second season of the Fox competition "The X Factor. " A fusion of pop, ska and hip-hop - think Sublime, only with washboard abs and none of the grit - the young Huntington Beach trio made up of brothers Wesley and Keaton Stromberg and best friend Drew Chadwick was also a favorite of the judges and was pegged as an early front-runner. Emblem3 didn't win the competition (it came in fourth)
July 10, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Anthropologie, the retailer known for its twee and often vintage-inspired fashions and home goods, opened its first BHLDN "shop within a shop" store in Beverly Hills on Wednesday. The sister label, pronounced “beholden,” launched as an online bridal collection in 2011 and has since expanded to two standalone brick-and-mortar stores in Chicago and Houston. But the Beverly Drive location, taking up 1,000 square feet on the mezzanine level of the existing 10,000-square-feet Anthropologie store, represents the first time both brands have coexisted in the same space.
July 9, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
I have, at various times in my cooking life, been a compulsive canner. It probably goes hand in hand with that whole farmers market thing - you spend enough time walking down rows of beautiful fruit and almost inevitably thoughts will turn to jams and jellies, pickles and preserves. Despite my best intentions, the path from market stand to bottled perfection did not run straight and true. Instead, it was long and slow, potholed by watery strawberry jam and overcooked cherry preserves.
July 3, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Music Critic
SANTA BARBARA - Feted by the New York Philharmonic, prominent at the hotshot Salzburg and Lucerne summer festivals and about to become the next music director of the celebrated Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris, the 42-year-old German conductor and composer Matthias Pintscher made his West Coast debut Monday night. It was through the back door. But you couldn't have asked for a nicer, or worthier, back door. Pintscher conducted this year's new crop of Music Academy of the West fellows in the 350-seat Hahn Hall, overlooking a stunning stretch of Montecito coastline.
June 27, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Music Critic
Last summer the New York Philharmonic attempted Stockhausen's devilishly difficult “Gruppen” for three orchestras. Each orchestra has its own conductor. Music director Alan Gilbert sweated bullets conducting one. The composer Magnus Lindberg sweated bullets conducting a second one. Both demonstrated why the work is rarely performed. Only for the third orchestra did the conductor seem in his element and the music pop out with the arresting immediacy that demonstrated why "Gruppen" is a landmark of the 1950s avant garde.
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