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December 20, 2013 |
The winter solstice may mark the longest night of the year, but for Iranians, it's also known as Shab-e Yalda , a celebration with ancient ties that commemorates the triumph of Mithra, the Sun God, over darkness. Feasting on fresh fruits from the summer season and reciting works by 14th century Persian poet Hafez, Iranians all around the world stay up to mark the start of winter. "It's not an official holiday in Iran, but similar to many other ancient traditions, it has become a significant cultural celebration observed by all Iranians," said Bita Milanian, executive director of Farhang Foundation, a nonprofit that celebrates Iranian art and culture in Southern California.
October 9, 2013 |
With a flurry of late season snow, the sale of snow sports equipment and clothing rebounded slightly last winter compared with the abysmal season the previous year. The sale of ski and snowboarding equipment and clothing reached $3.4 billion in the 2012-13 season, up 3% compared with the previous season, according to the latest report from the SnowSports Industry Assn., a trade group for ski, snowboard and apparel retailers and manufacturers. The numbers represent a slight improvement from the 2011-12 season when participation in snow sports dropped 6% over the previous year because of extremely limited snowfall.
February 9, 1986 |
If you were born in California, you may appreciate my fondness for winter--just about the only thing we don't get enough of in our golden state. For me, our endless summer becomes more like a siege by this time of year. When the weatherman says that it's going to be another great weekend, I groan, wishing for the contrast of rain or cold before spring and sunshine are upon us. But the weather does its best not to cooperate with my wishes.
May 27, 2013 |
It's the season when triple digits are about to become a regular occurrence, yet a certain Las Vegas attraction, Minus5 , is promising “365 more days of winter.” That's actually true given the temperature at both locations - the Monte Carlo and the Shoppes at Mandalay Place - is kept at a constant minus-5 degrees Celsius. That's 23 degrees Fahrenheit, which ensures that the blocks of ice from which everything is carved - the walls, bars and elaborate sculptures - remain frozen.
February 13, 2014 |
"Winter's Tale" is so obviously a passion project, so much a labor of love for industry veteran Akiva Goldsman, that you'd like to be able to say it's a complete success. It isn't, but the parts that do succeed, especially the fervor between stars Colin Farrell and Jessica Brown Findlay, provide such lush, emotional magic that unabashed romantics will be pleased. Co-produced, written and directed by Goldsman, "Winter's Tale" has been drastically pared from Mark Helprin's nearly 700-page 1983 literary blockbuster.
January 10, 2014 |
You might not peg the guy who wrote "I, Robot" and adapted "The Da Vinci Code" as a self-described "shameless romantic. " But then, when looking back on "A Beautiful Mind," the movie that won him a screenplay Oscar, Akiva Goldsman remembers it as a "promise that love conquers all. " So when Goldsman says that he likes to see the world as "a grown-up fairy tale where nothing is without purpose," it makes perfect sense that 30 years ago, riding the...