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ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Robert Abele
A race-against-time thriller set in a crowded concert hall, director Eugenio Mira's "Grand Piano" may never match the silky suspense of Hitchcock's classic of sinister decorum, "The Man Who Knew Too Much," but it has a certain virtuosic joie de vivre. Elijah Wood stars as a celebrated pianist who, five years after a notorious fiasco of a performance, is making a nervous, much-hyped return to the stage. As he begins to play for the eager audience, however, his score reveals a scrawled note from a hidden sniper (a mostly unseen John Cusack)
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By David Pagel
Jacob Hashimoto's installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art Pacific Design Center is a lot like the weather: all around us and bigger than everyone. Made up of thousands of small paper-and-wood sculptures that resemble miniature kites, Hashimoto's sprawling piece also puts visitors in mind of massive gatherings, whether they're made up of people crowded into stadiums or represented by numbers too big to wrap your head around - like the national debt or the amount of Twitter followers celebrities have.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2014 | By Richard Winton and Marisa Gerber
With a clientele of Hollywood celebrities including Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Aniston and Alicia Silverstone, Dawn DaLuise was well-known as the skin-care guru of the stars. The 55-year-old former model ran a West Hollywood "skin refinery" that used electrical muscle stimulation instead of the typical steam-and-cream facial. Vogue and InStyle magazines have featured her, and she's the go-to beauty expert for national publications. So last year, when esthetician Gabriel Suarez moved in a couple doors down and started offering facials and male body waxing, the competition created tension.
OPINION
March 11, 2014
Re "Diversity in a gay haven," March 7 The increasing acceptance of gay and lesbian citizens nationwide, while obviously a good thing for all concerned, must inevitably lead to loss - the loss of a feeling of specialness, of "us against the world. " In many ways the internal debates going on in West Hollywood remind me so much of the anxiety and distress that occurred in Compton as the upwardly mobile African-American population moved out into mainstream suburbs and emergent Latinos replaced them.
OPINION
March 11, 2014
Re "Railing against a train," March 8 Passenger: "How come this bullet train went only 10 feet?" Conductor: "Misfired. " Carleton H. Ralston Los Angeles ALSO: Letters: Rainbows in West Hollywood Letters: Rereading the 2nd Amendment Letters: Making pet adoption permanent
OPINION
March 11, 2014
Re "Guns in the modern world," Letters, March 6 It's an interesting position to suggest the 2nd Amendment should only protect the right to bear the arms in use when the Bill of Rights was ratified in 1791. Following this logic, the protections provided by the 1st Amendment must be similarly restricted to the technology of the time. Speech using radio or television or a blogger's commentary on the Internet would not be protected by the 1st Amendment, since "what they had in mind" were quill pens, hand presses and unamplified voices.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2014 | By Jack Dolan and Ari Bloomekatz
More than 20,000 runners, walkers and wheelchair racers joined early Sunday in the kickoff of the 29th annual Los Angeles Marathon -- a 26.2-mile course that runs from downtown to the ocean. The marathon officially began at 7:10 a.m. under clear skies at Dodger Stadium, with the women elite runners starting first, followed by the elite men and the full field. Street closures will run throughout downtown, Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica and will remain in place for at least three hours.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2014 | By A Times Staff Writer
Here is a guide to Sunday's L.A. Marathon: WEATHER (Warm) Scott Sukup of the National Weather Service in Oxnard said that the temperature around race time Sunday in downtown L.A. will likely be in the mid-50s and then heat up into the low 80s later in the day. "It should be a pretty nice day - warm, it'll be warm by the afternoon," Sukup said . TRAFFIC (Problematic) The street closures will be in various places in Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica.  To try to ward off congestion and commuter frustration, marathon officials have issued a course closure grid , a map of additional streets that will be closed on Sunday and various other maps and tools to navigate across the county that morning.
NEWS
March 8, 2014 | By Kavita Daswani
A slab of monkeypod wood with a bronze heart embedded in its surface hangs from the ceiling by two lengths of white-and-pale-gold marine rope at Creative Registry. Festooned from the rope are frothy tassels and braided Mylar - all the components artistically fused to make a fetching decorative garden swing. The handmade piece is a collaboration between Honolulu-based woodworker Kristen Brown and Susan Manrao, Los Angeles interior designer and founder of the new West Hollywood home decor showroom.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The L.A. Marathon, being held Sunday morning, usually bring concerns about traffic and street closures. But this year, there is an added issue: The beginning of daylight saving time. Clocks should spin forward at 2 a.m. Sunday. Tracey Russell, the marathon's chief executive, told The Times' Rene Lynch Friday that marathon officials have been doing everything possible to get the word out to competitors: "Remember to set the clocks forward an hour. " RELATED: Hey L.A. Marathoners: Don't forget to change the clocks!
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