| Sep 30, 2009
During the late 1940s and throughout the '50s, there was no hotter dance team than Marge Champion and her second husband, Gower Champion.
The diminutive Marge and the tall, lanky Gower waltzed across the stages of nightclubs and theaters and starred on...
| Oct 2, 2009
Roller skating movies seemed like a passing fad of the disco era with the release of such camp classics as "Xanadu," "Roller Boogie" and "Skatetown U.S.A." But that would be skating over the truth -- movies featuring roller skating have a rich heritage...
| Aug 2, 2009
|| Fiction || Weeks on list ||
|| 1. || Shanghai Girls by Lisa See (Random House: $25) Two sisters from Shanghai encounter tragedy and heartbreak as they are sold into arranged marriages in 1930s Los Angeles. || 8 ||
|| 2. || The...
| Jun 14, 2009
|| Fiction || weeks on list ||
|| 1. || Scarecrow by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown : $27.99) A recently downsized reporter investigates a serial killer who uses his computer job to find his victims. || 1 ||
|| 2. || Shanghai Girls...
| Apr 15, 2007
WITH so many chic boutiques now dotting the city, it's not easy dragging out the stylists, editors and "it" kids who will broadcast big buzz. But when the store has a cult following like New York sensation Opening Ceremony, opening night of its L.A....
| Jun 20, 2010
At one time, Los Angeles was Weimar on the Pacific: Numerous German-speaking émigrés put their stamp on the city to which they'd fled.
What with directors such as Billy Wilder and Ernst Lubitsch, writers such as Thomas Mann and Bertolt Brecht, and...
| Oct 26, 2008
If the words "tiki culture" conjure images of rum drinks the color of windshield wiper fluid, dusty tribal masks and low-rent bamboo-backed bars, hold on to your paper parasol because there's a new trade wind blowing. What was once dismissed as "tacky...
| Dec 17, 2007
Qiu Jirong sits at a mirror in his dressing room, painstakingly applying his theater makeup.
First the white, then firm strokes of gold, black and finally red -- the face paint that will transform him into a colorful fairy-tale character in China's...
| Jul 6, 2008
THIS SEASON'S sartorial tale of two cities may have started with slump-chested pessimism in Milan, where the answer to the sorry state of the world was to throw in the towel, stay home from the office and protest in your pj's. But it ended in Paris last...
| Aug 19, 2009
Kim Dae-jung, a former dissident who survived three assassination attempts, one death sentence and six years in prison to become South Korea's president and its first Nobel laureate, died Tuesday in Seoul after a long bout of pneumonia. He was 85....
| Aug 26, 2007
How did George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" reflect both the Jewish and African American experience in America? Why was Ernest Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises" so influential for modern fiction and journalism? What was Abstract Expressionism, and why did...
| May 25, 2008
FOR THE last three Indiana Jones films, Indy has served as the franchise's sole fashion plate: the bullwhip curled at his hip, the dusty leather jacket, the messenger bag slung across his chest. And of course, the trademark battered brown fedora.