| Sep 16, 2013
| 1:59 PM
The Orthodox Jewish ritual of kaparot -- in which chickens are ritualistically twirled in the air and slaughtered as a way of transferring a person's sins onto the dead animal -- is still practiced in some corners of Los Angeles.
Readers have noticed --...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 5:31 PM
Yu Chao Liang and his wife saved a few bucks recently by checking into a mid-price chain hotel in Santa Monica for a two-day business trip from Suzhou, China. But they were not impressed.
In the room, they found no slippers, teakettles or...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 3:00 AM
Chai Dong-hey is sandwiched between scaffolding and a 17-ton bronze bell on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The white mask covering his mouth and nose pokes out just inches from tarnished metal.
His arm cocked at an 80-degree angle, the South...
| Dec 8, 2013
| 6:22 PM
Hieu Nguyen and fellow protesters stood on the sidewalk holding signs and waving an enormous rainbow flag as the traditional Vietnamese parade passed them by.
Barred from the Lunar New Year's event — and largely ignored in their own community...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Time was when Christmas movies were as reliably white as a North Pole winter. Such holiday classics as "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Miracle on 34th Street" came to define the American cultural psyche during the holidays for decades. Later films set around...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 7:01 AM
Despite his expressive elasticity as half of Comedy Central's sketch show "Key & Peele," Keegan-Michael Key is not really an over-the-top Christmas guy. You won't find him hamming it up in an ugly sweater at a party, for example.
"Basically, if I don'...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 3:19 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — In an unusual effort to bolster financial aid for undergraduates, UC on Wednesday launched an online crowdfunding campaign that has movie stars, politicians, students and faculty members pledging to lead hikes, sing rap songs and...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 9:47 AM
General Holiday Events
Queen Mary Chill
Returning for its second year, Chill turns the landmark dome at Queen Mary Port into a giant igloo containing larger-than-life ice sculptures. Adding to the arctic aura are a skating rink, ice tubing...
| Nov 16, 2013
| 8:00 AM
The online video site Hulu once had ambitions of ushering in the future of television by shaking up the status quo.
But under its new management, the site will throw off its old mantle of TV disrupter as it seeks to work in partnership with cable and...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 11:05 AM
Russian citizens deserve better than to be ruled by President Vladimir Putin and his corrupt, repressive regime that has aligned their country with the world's biggest tyrants, U.S. Sen. John McCain wrote in a scathing commentary for Pravda on Thursday....
| Sep 19, 2013
| 4:16 PM
The guitar is the world's most popular instrument and that's not about to change. It's an instrument that does it all. So let Eric Clapton wail for as long as he's agile. Let Milos Karadaglic, the young Montenegrin classical guitar star, grow and thrive....