| Apr 28, 2012
| 8:40 PM
Having a movie shown at a film festival is no small feat, but imagine being a fledgling filmmaker still in college — or even younger.
The Newport Beach Film Festival gives the next generation's Woody Allens or Francis Ford Coppolas their start with...
| Jul 16, 2010
| 7:54 PM
Every generation has at least one "where were you when …" moment — a defining snapshot that, from time to time, we rescue from the mental mothballs, dust off and admire anew.
I was too young to fully understand all the oniony layers...
| Apr 3, 2010
In a java-loving world dominated by Starbucks and flavored with local roasters ranging from Metropolis and Casteel to Stewarts and PapaNicholas, Zell has carved a niche for Intelligentsia based on his coffee — and coffee-drinking —...
| Nov 3, 2009
| 1:14 PM
The world's biggest tobacco-consuming countries, including Greece, Russia and Austria, are also among the top travel spots, but the opposite isn't quite the case.
Countries with the lowest reported adult smokers, as you'll notice in the list below, don't...
| Dec 25, 2009
Though Christmas comes but once a year, it has come tenfold for Pete and Patty Mueller and their eight children this year.
The tale of the Muellers' endeavor to raise eight children, including two adopted earlier this year from Ethiopia, inspired an...
| Jul 30, 2008
The J. Paul Getty Museum has added a rare Ethiopian Gospel book to its collection of illuminated manuscripts. Created around 1504-05 with five full-page paintings and many ornamental touches, it is one of the few such volumes to have survived wars and a...
| Apr 19, 2009
The power of shoes. It's something most women and many men understand completely. And it is what transformed the young, shaggy-haired, rope-bracelet-wearing entrepreneur Blake Mycoskie into a visionary business leader hobnobbing with former President...
| Oct 2, 2009
A treasure trove of 4.4-million-year-old fossils from the Ethiopian desert is dramatically overturning widely held ideas about the early evolution of humans and how they came to walk upright, even as it paints a remarkably detailed picture of early life...
| Apr 1, 2008
For 15 years, he's been a "grocer" for Africa's destitute. But he's never seen anything like this.
Pascal Joannes' job is to find grains, beans and oils to fill a food basket for Sudan's neediest people, from Darfur refugees to schoolchildren in the...
| Oct 2, 2007
ASMARA, Eritrea — This struggling, low-profile nation is doing something virtually unheard of in Africa. It's turning down foreign aid.
With a president who vows not to lead another "spoon-fed" African country "enslaved" by international donors,...
| Mar 10, 2009
L.A.'s Fairfax Avenue has long been a meeting place for diverse cultures.
It became an artery for the Jewish community in the 1950s, and the original Farmers Market has been a central gathering ground for Angelenos of every stripe since 1934.
| Oct 2, 2007
The Eritrean president sat down recently with the Los Angeles Times to share his views about U.S. relations, a long-simmering border dispute with Ethiopia and progress in Africa toward democracy and human rights.
U.S.-Eritrea relations are at an all-time...